Monday 19 March 2018

Members make memories to last a lifetime during summer of fun

Taking part in the Remember Us Summer Programme in Balbriggan
Taking part in the Remember Us Summer Programme in Balbriggan

John Manning

A PACKED six-week summer programme run by Balbriggan-based special needs group Remember Us is coming to an end, leaving its members with a lot of fond memories to look back on.

Some 140 young people, aged from four years old up to adult, have taken part in the summer programme and, by all accounts, they had an unforgettable time.

Remember Us founder Nora Roban had a long list of people to thank who helped the whole programme come together this summer.

Nora told the Fingal Independent: 'A very big thank you to everyone at Causey's Experience who, as always, looked after us so well on our visit in July.

'Everyone had a wonderful time and, of course, the bog, as usual, was the highlight of the day. The brown bread the members made was also lovely.'

The Remember Us founder added: 'Thank you to Mouse, Turtle and Eagle at OWLS - The Turvey Park Experience - for a terrific afternoon. Remember Us had a great time and we look forward to visiting you again soon.

' at Courtlough, Balbriggan, hosted a great evening of falconry and archery for our adult group and some of our very nervous adults and volunteers provided additional entertainment for the young people.'

Remember Us also had a great day out when the group visited Lullymore Heritage Park, near Rathangan, Co. Kildare. The Cool Gang particularly really enjoyed the 'crazy golf' and the younger members had a wonderful time in the play areas.

Of course, there was the traditional visits to Dublin Zoo. Nora explained: 'Our adult group always love this day out and the tigers and feeding the sea lions were the highlights for our members.

'We would particularly like to thank Tom Kilmurray who who took the time guide and talk us around the African plains. It was very educational for members and volunteers alike and Remember Us really appreciate it.'

Buck Mooneys in Kells and a trip to Mad Science Ireland were the highlights of the programme in late July, while all kinds of fun workshops were happening at Flemington Community Centre in Balbriggan and over in Fingallian's GAA Club in Swords.

There was a trip to the Kildare Maze near Prosperous and big night out for the adults group to see 'Dirty Dancing' at the Bord Gáis Theatre, as the six-week programme rolled on.

Kia Ora Mini Farm provided a fun venue for another trip at the end of July and there were some practical skills to learn in a First Aid course for the Cool Rockers, courtesy of Berrick Occupational First Aid.

A visit to Tayto Park kicked off the August festivities, closely followed by trips to ALSAA and then to beautiful Glendalough for a picnic.

Baldonnel Aerodrome provided a fascinating trip for the group, some of whom got to sit in a cockpit of a plane and were shown around the vintage aircraft at the aerodrome's museum.

Croke Park was a great visit more recently for the GAA fans among the group who were treated to a tour of the iconic venue.

There were countless other events in what was a packed programme and it is to the enormous credit of the group's volunteers for putting the mammoth programme together this year and every year - well done to all involved and here's to another summer of fun for Remember Us, next year.

Fingal Independent