The John Gately Memorial Shield Soccer Tournament 2018

On Thursday 13th September 2018 the 10th anniversary of the John Gately Memorial Shield Soccer Tournament was held at AIT’s John Count McCormack Hall.

The first match kicked off at 6.30 pm.  We had a fantastic group of players in teams of Ireland A, Ireland B, Liverpool A, Liverpool B, Bluebirds and Robbins.  In total we had over 40 players from across St. Hilda’s Services and School. Each player gave a very professional and skilled game which made for very entertaining viewing for families, staff and supporters.  We had great feedback as to teamwork and as to how the players were so proud and independent in reading and playing the game.

I would like to thank each player who were involved in the training and preparation at the matches played on the night.  Without you this very special event in St. Hilda’s Services calendar would not happen.

This year the sun shone so bright for our Wednesday Training sessions we sometimes had to call off training, but in the end it was truly a great success.

My thanks to  Mrs. Anne Gately and family, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin and all Staff at AIT; College Support and Services, Gordon Brett, and the Students Union who as always give us great support.  Order of Malta, Sandy Hughes, Vincent O’Sullivan for DVD’s and all who helped make the evening another great success.

It was my pleasure to see such achievements.  Over the last 10 this has been a wonderful inclusive development through the John Gately Memorial Shield Soccer Tournament. The vision is that we can get local soccer teams involved going forward.

DVD’s are on sale for €10.

“Together we can achieve more”

Thank you,

Rosemary Joyce

Floral Display for Fundraising Event

Individuals supported by the Work Therapy Day Service created stunning flower displays this week for a local charity event  “Dare to Wear Pink” Charity Lunch for Breast Cancer Research which takes place this weekend.

Best of luck from all of us in St. Hilda’s Services to everyone involved in this worthwhile cause.  We are delighted to help out.

Community Mural involvement – The HUB

Service Users attending The HUB are participating in Athlone’s first community mural on the underpass of the Garrycastle Bridge along the Greenway.

 

(The aim of the project is to create an attractive mural that will showcase Athlone and district as a tourist destination, to create environmental awareness, and to support visual arts).St. Hilda's Services

Golf Classic 2018

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Athlone Golf Club hosted a superb Golf Classic last week in aid of St. Hilda’s Services. The event, supported by its highest turnout of golfers to date, was a great success and received huge support from the public and business community.  On one of the warmest days of the year some excellent scores were achieved, but the day belonged to the many participants who came out in force to help St. Hilda’s build a new house for their Children’s Respite. This year all monies raised through fundraising is going towards this project.

Willie Brady, who takes on the considerable task of organising the Golf Classic for St. Hilda’s said “We are delighted with the turnout this year and the generosity of everyone in supporting this project.  Athlone Golf Club are to be congratulated on the excellent condition of the course and the catering staff provided each participant with an excellent meal. Every three years we run this event and each year we meet many friends who continue to loyally support what we are doing in St Hilda’s”

Willie also extended a special thanks to the staff in St Hilda’s.

Prize winners as follows:-

1st: {Creggan Court} : Noel Murray, Padraig Shine, Tony Shine, Pat Buckley. Score 90 Points. 2nd: Niall Dowling, Ray King, Mick Rock, Pat Ryan. Score 89 Points.

3rd: Pascal Macken, Cathal Donnelly, Frankie Donnelly, Paul Hunter. Score 87 Points.4th: Philip O’Farrell, Jimmy Fox, Michael Downes, Eddie Kelly. Score 86 Points.

 

 

 

Thank You

Thank you to Midlands Polish Community for their kind donation of €540, raised from a Family Fun Day held recently.  This donation will go towards the redevelopment of our Children’s Respite.

St. Hilda’s Services involvement in Community Tourism Initiative

Athlone is to get its first community mural this summer on the underpass of the Garrycastle bridge along the Greenway this year.

As part of this initiative, individuals from The HUB, alongside other community groups, will be involved in painting the mural,  and will work alongside local artist Lucy Tormey.

We would like to wish everyone involved in this exciting task the best of luck.

Thank you to Students from Moate Community School

Thank you to Moate Community School’s “Aon Scéal” Students who called in with a very generous donation during the week.  These young entrepreneurs, consisting of Jack O’Donovan, Jamie Ravenhall, Niamh Kelly, Sinead Kelly and Saoire Ripley have  developed an illustrated Irish children’s storybook “Aon Scéal ” with English translation as part of Student Enterprise Programme.

Pictured are Jack O’Donovan, Jamie Ravenhall and Niamh Kelly who presented a cheque for €300 to Sheila Buckley Byrne C.E.O., St. Hilda’s Services, Jarlath Lennon, Paul Dalton and Tara Phelan.

College Support and Services

Many thanks to AIT College Support and Services  who recently fundraised on behalf of Friends of St. Hilda’s. Thank you to all who supported their fundraising efforts.  Pictured is Ian McLoughlin, accepting a cheque for €375 from David Kelly and Aoife Claffey, College Support and Services.

Golf Classic 25th May 2018

Friends of St. Hilda’s Golf Classic takes place in Athlone Golf Club on Friday 25th May 2018.  This fundraising event will assist our current development programme which includes the building of our new Children’s Respite.

To sponsor a Tee / Green or to participate contact St. Hilda’s Services on 090 6475825, info@sthildas.ie or Willie Brady 087 2251115.