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, or Willie Brady 087 2251115.


Occupational Therapy Educational Talks 2018

Occupational Therapy Educational Talks are taking place in April which may be of interest to parents, please see dates and events below:


Booking Form: Places are limited:

  1. Secure your place by emailing or
  2. You can complete the form below and hand it in/ post to Springfield Centre:

Name: ________________________________________

Teacher/Parent ________________________

Contact: _____________________________________

Email: _________________________________

OT Talk Number you wish to attend:

Post to: OT Department G Beyer: Springfield Centre, St Loman’s Campus,Mullingar,  Co.Westmeath

Free admission for Visitors with Disabilities and Carers at OPW Heritage sites


Free admission for Visitors with Disabilities and Carers at OPW Heritage sites – Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran

Scheme to commence on 1st May


Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief has today (22nd February) announced free admission for  visitors with disabilities and their carers into OPW Heritage Sites from the 1st of May this year.

Speaking about the initiative Minister Moran said, “The OPW is entrusted with looking after wonderful heritage sites and I feel passionately that everyone should be able to enjoy these cultural assets on our doorstep.  This includes those with disabilities and I am delighted to announce today that the OPW will, at all its paid admission sites, admit disabled persons and their Carers for free commencing on the 1st of May”.

The announcement comes at the start of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and Minister Moran indicated that he sees this initiative as a direct contribution to the celebration of Heritage.  “The theme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is ‘Make a Connection”.  This theme aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage and build a legacy of increased public engagement over time. I am delighted to announce this initiative today so that we can make that connection with those of our visitors who suffer with an impairment.  I hope that this will mean that they will be able to more easily visit some of Ireland’s wonderful heritage sites and they will, like so many other people, get huge enjoyment from the experience.”

The Minister also confirmed today that the OPW will be continuing with its progressive approach to the provision of Sign Language tours for deaf and hard of hearing visitors this year with tours organised in a number of locations around the country right throughout the summer.  “We are very conscious of the recent move to make Irish Sign Language (ISL) an official language and we aim to continue to improve our services in this area.  We have provided tours in ISL since 2016 and will be announcing the dates and venues for our 2018 ISL calendar shortly.  This is part of a developing programme and we will hope, in consultation with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to continue to work to better improve our delivery of excellent services through ISL in the future”.

Minister Moran continued, “I have continued to champion accessibility to OPW heritage sites since I took office and today’s announcement builds on the extremely successful Under 12’s Go Free” initiative I introduced last summer.  In its first season of operation, a total of 74,000 children under 12 availed of the scheme which demonstrates just what a great appetite children and their families have for history and heritage. I am delighted to announce that the OPW will continue with this initiative at all their fee-paying sites in 2018 and beyond”.

Minister Moran concluded, “I look forward to engaging with those across the disability sector over the next couple of months to ensure our plans reflect their input as we prepare to launch this fantastic new scheme on 1st May”.

Donation from Round Table Association Athlone

Friends of St. Hilda’s were delighted to receive a donation of €4,500 from Athlone Round Table.  Pictured are members of Athlone Round Table Mr. Sean Flynn, Mr. George Kenny (Vice Chairman Athlone Round Table), and Mr. Mark Kenny presenting Ms. Sheila Buckley Byrne (Friends of St. Hilda’s) with their kind donation.

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Donation from Athlone and District Housing Association

Friends of St. Hilda’s were delighted to receive an early Christmas present this week, with a very generous donation of €50,000 from Athlone and District Housing Association.

Mr. Ciaran Temple (Athlone & District Housing Association) presented a cheque to delighted members of the Board of St. Hilda’s Services; Mrs Angela Flynn, Mr. John Blackweir, Mr. Michael Evans, Mrs Ann Kenny, and Mr. John Keena.


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Work Therapy Day Service create stunning flower displays at local charity event

Individuals supported by the Work Therapy Day Service created stunning flower displays which formed the center piece at the lunch tables at a recent charity event Dare to Wear Pink Charity Lunch for Breast Cancer Research.  Everyone involved in supporting this event were delighted with how the tables turned out.  The event was a great success, best of luck from all of us in St. Hilda’s Services to everyone involved in this worthwhile cause.  We were delighted to help out.