On 9th May 2014 at 6pm, The Butterfly Company perfomed their latest show for our resident and relatives called 'Musical Sensations'. This was a musical performance to celebrate songs and stars of the silver screen, West End and Broadway.
On 30 November 2014 'The Hession School of Dance' came to the Áras to perform for ourresidents. The event commenced at 3:00p.m. with all of the dancers, 17 in all, gathering together inthe upstairs sitting room, along with their teacher Doireann Hession, to dance their hearts out! Wewere also joined by a number of parents and local musicians, Luisne, Aisling and Traolach, whoalong with the children, played a selection of reels and jigs on a miniature harp, violins, accordion,concertina and tin whistles. What a talented group of performers!! The concert finished up with theteacher, Doireann, dancing solo and later being joined by Luisne, Aisling and Traolach for a setdance. Magnificent!!!Our residents, relatives and friends truely enjoyed this wonderful display of Irish dancing and CeolGaelach. Our residents watched eagerly as the dancers performed and clapped their hands to thewonderful music being played. A truely wonderful performance where young and old cametogether to enjoy this occassion.After the concert, the children were treated to minerals, sweets and crisps, which went down a treat!This performance lasted approx 1¼ hours. We look forward to these wonderful young perfomersreturn to the Áras in the future.
Autumn Concert 2014
The Autumn concert, held in September was a great success, with nearly a dozen musicians from the locality generously giving their time and talents to ensure a great day for residents, relatives and staff. Thank you all who made this wonderful day possible.
Cór na nÓg On the evening of 15th December the local youth choir, Cór na nÓg from Spiddal, came to the Áras to perform for our residents. It was a lovely session which was enjoyed by our residents, parents and staff alike. The Christmas tree twinkling in the corner of the sittingroom and the decorations and lights on the patio upstairs added immensely to the festive atmosphere. This is an annual event which is thoroughly enjoyed by the residents and the children, not to mention the staff! Katie asked the residents for feedback on the event the following day and the feedback was extremely positive. Resident comments were that it 'was great'; that 'the children sang like angels'; that 'it was wonderful', and that 'the children were great'. All in all, a wonderfully, happy, memorable and joyous event for all of us in the Áras.
Twenty three of our residents chose to attend and they gathered together in the upstairs sitting room where the performance took place. As usual, there were 3 performers in total – 2 ladies and 1 gentleman. They performed a selection of songs from the silver screen, West End and Broadway. It was most enjoyable and our residents sang along and clapped their way through the performance. It was a very interactive performance with the performers actively including the residents, relatives and staff in their routine. There was a wonderfully, happy atmosphere in the room with residents, relatives and staff clapping and singing along to the music. Residents thanked the performers for the 'wonderful show' and a recent resident to the Áras, thanked Katie, for organising such a 'great show'! Another resident said: 'was wonderful to hear the old tunes', another added: "bhí sé go hálainn". This was a most enjoyable event for our residents and staff members, which was funded by Cairde Áras Chois Fharraige. Music events are always popular in the Áras and this event was most certainly enjoyed by residents, relatives and staff alike. We hope to ask the Butterfly Company to return again before the end of the year to perform once again for our residents.
Hession School of Dance
The Butterfly Company
Summer BBQ 2014
It seems like a long time ago now but this year’s summer barbeque on July 6th was a great success with about 50 people. Thanks to all who made it possible and attended and thanks to staff members for putting in the effort on this and all other activities and outings.
As well as our weekly music sessions, there are regular concerts, dramatic performances and other events throughout the year. Below are a few highlights from recent years.