Applications are now open from school-leavers for the Gradam Áras Chois Fharraige nursing bursary. Successful applicants will be native Irish speakers who have been accepted onto an accredited nursing course. Awards of up to €3,000 per applicant will be made. For more information contact the matron. The Áras Bursary award for fluent Irish speakers has been helping local young people to study nursing since 2010.
Áras Chois Fharraige has part funded a defibrillator for the Chois Fharraige community. The defibrillator located outside reception of the Aras, was part funded by the home after we were asked by Croíline Cois Fharraige. Ongoing training in its use is also being funded by the home to ensure the ready availability of defibrillators in the area.
Today (Thursday 19th April 2012), the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley T.D. paid a visit to Áras Chois Fharraige in An Spidéal .
During his visit, Minister McGinley met with residents of the facility and presented a number of staff who are currently learning Irish with the Fáinne and the ‘Cúpla Focal’ emblem. The Minister said he was very taken with the amount of Irish to be heard at the facility among staff and residents alike and praised the staff for the extra effort they were making to assist those in their later years feel comfortable hearing their native language.
The Minister of State also congratulated the facility’s management for the friendly atmosphere evident at the Áras, where it was clear to see that a genuine warmness existed between residents and staff.
The Áras Chois Fharraige team has won the best float at the Spiddal St. Patrick Day Parade. Well done to all the residents and staff who took part in the Parade or who provided support at the party afterwards, both this year and for the last five years. A special thank you to our sponsors who provided a stretch limousine to drive residents in the parade. Thank you to staff for helping residents with costumes and giving the home a special St. Patrick's Day feel. Well done all.