September & October 2018 – What went on at Beechtree

As we say goodbye to the warmth of the autumn, Beechtree have been adjusting to the colder and shorter wintery days.

We had one last visit from Ray’s ice-cream van for this year, bringing delicious ice cream to everyone, I’ve no doubt he will be back to us when the warmer days come back next year.

Beechtree always enjoys sharing in the celebration of our resident’s birthdays and we had lots to celebrate in September and October. A few evenings were spent up in the Oldtown Bar enjoying a cool beverage. As always thanks to Niamh & Maddie who organised this.


Residents of Beechtree out at Oldtown Bar

We were delighted to welcome back Lenny the Barber who always looks after our Gents so well.

Sadly, we had our last visit from Wooly Wards Farm whose furry friends have brought lots of joy and happiness to our residents who enjoyed interacting with the small (and some not so small!) cute animals. We want to say a big thank you to Wooly Wards for bringing such joy to us during their visits and we wish Mary the very best in her future endeavours.

Our Legion of Mary volunteers continue to spend time at Beechtree and our residents enjoy this very special time. As always we thank Father Fagan who visits every week to say mass and prayers.

We had some great outings over the past two months. With Dublin wining the All Ireland again it seemed a perfect time for a trip to Croke Park to see the visitors centre. A great day was had by all.


Croke Park Outing

We had another outing to The Hill of Tara, taking time out to enjoy some lovely tea and cream buns in Maguires Tea Shop


Maguire’s Tea Shop at Hill Of Tara

The wonderful Phil visits Beech tree weekly now to provide mediation and mindfulness which is proving very popular with our residents.

Arts & crafts continues with Maria who spends a few afternoons in Beech tree creating some beautiful cards and frames amongst other things.

Siel Blue visit us every Friday morning, their exercises are tailored specifically for our residents and are hugely beneficial.

Deirdre our reflexology therapist visits us weekly much to the joy of our residents. Along with this, our new Head massage therapist, Bernie, is proving very popular.

We had lots of music during September & October Aidan Flynn, Pat Sheridan, The Banjo Man, Brian Carey, and Ronnie & Niamh to name but a few. We also had our own staff Jocelyn & George sing a few tunes.

We enjoyed celebrating Halloween in October and had great fun dressing up for our annual Halloween party.

With the new school year starting Beechtree are always very happy to facilitate work experience for transition year students. We have had a few students pass through our doors in recent weeks some using Beechtree as a forum to display their musical talents. Thank you Emma & Liam for playing the Violin and Guitar while you were here. Aoibheann Galvin one of our students from last year still returns to us and plays her beautiful Harp.

We had a fundraising drive in Beech tree to raise money for those who were affected by the flooding in Kerala, India. Many of our Staff’s relatives lost their houses in the devastation caused by the floods. Sincere thanks to Manoj one of our Carers, who championed the fundraising and made sure the money reached the right people.


Beechtree Fundraising for Floods damage in Kerala

With winter, and dare I say it Christmas, fast approaching it was time for Janice to start making some puddings. We had a super fun afternoon with our residents making some delicious puddings.


Making puddings and laughter


Residents making Puddings with Janice

Lots more activities, fun and Christmas cheer to come over the next few months. To stay informed of all activities, feel free to email for our activity calendar.
Until next time…………….