Our Tag Rugby team play at Aviva Stadium

Paddy tagging

Some of the men and women from Kildare Services played for Barnhall Buffaloes at the Aviva stadium on Saturday 17 December 2016 during half-time of the Leinster v Northampton game. Congratulations to Paddy McNally, Joe Gannon, Sean Squires, Stephen Pwajok, Kieran O'Reilly, Eric Brazil and Caroline Rooney. 

Buffaloes lined up

These players are part of the Barnhall Buffaloes tag team supported by Shelly Breslin from Sport and Recreation at St Raphael's.  This is their second year to play at the Aviva.

Paddy in actionTraining will start again in May 2017 so if there are any service users who wish to join please contact Shelly in the Sports Department.

Stephen Paddy Kieran

Stephen Kieran Caroline Sean

MU Barnhall Buffaloes


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Donkeys at St Raphael's School Christmas Celebration

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St Raphael's Special School pupils held their Christmas celebration in St Raphael's Church on Tuesday 20 December 2016.  Parents and friends attended the church where pupils performed Christmas songs and acted out the Christmas story.  The finale of the celebration was when pupils from Class 10 sang Little Donkey and two real donkeys came to meet everyone outside the church.

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St Raphael's Special School Plant Orchard

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On Friday 25 November five fruit trees were planted near our school vegetable garden as part of an initiative from SAP Landscapes and GIY Orchard in an Hour project see www.sapgroup.com/orchardinanhour

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Pupils Create Christmas Scene from Recycled Materials

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Pupils from Class 5 in St Raphael's School have helped create a magnificent Christmas grotto in front of their school using recycled materials.  Old pallets have become Christmas trees decorated with bottle tops, flower pots make small snowmen and old car tyres have become a life-size snowman.  

Xmas grotto 1

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The Plough and The Rising

 Plough and stars

'The Plough and the Rising' is a symposium event conceived and organised by the service users and staff of Choices Day Programme (St John of God Liffey Region) in collaboration with Run of the Mill Theatre. It marks a year long engagement with the events surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising through education and theatre, supported by Kildare County Council's Decade of Commemorations. The project will culminate at the end of this year, in a unique performance of Sean O' Casey's The Plough and the Stars, directed by Aisling Byrne (Run of the Mill Theatre) on Thursday 15 December at The Celbridge Manor Hotel. This promises to be one of the highlights of Kildare's year of commemorations of the events of 100 years ago.

On 26 April our event in the Mill Community Centre, Celbridge shared some of the wonderful learning that has taken place over the previous three months at Choices Day Programme, and provided a unique cultural experience for the people of Celbridge.  Visitors were be able to enjoy a wonderful exhibition of memorabilia (introduced by collector Padraig O' Brien), interesting conversation, theatrical re-enactment, and an accessible public lecture on The Plough and the Stars by Dr Christopher Collins (The University of Nottingham/Trinity College Dublin). 

Choices Day Programme provides day services, educational opportunities and community based supports to adults with an intellectual disability. It is a part of St John of God Community Services Liffey Rregion.

Run of the Mill Theatre is a community based space of creative identity based in Celbridge County Kildare and founded by a number of participants of the drama programmes at St John of God Liffey Region and artistic director Aisling Byrne. The group is based in The Mill Community Centre, Celbridge and provides training and access to arts education across St John of God Liffey Region in Kildare. Run of the Mill is kindly supported by Kildare County Council.


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