Book Review

I recently read a fiction novel called The Solomon Curse by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake. I found out later that it is number 7 in the series of Fargo adventures. It has a modern feel to it but is full of adventure with some action, is mysterious and involves caving and underwater archaeology. The…

Botanic Gardens

Part of the timetable in New Horizon has been day trips out . We head out for the full day and we have been blessed with great weather so far. Last week a group of us and Gemma went to the Botanic Garden in Glasnevin. The weather was really nice and we arrived grand and…

Maureen’s Drawings

I haven’t been drawing for a while so I decided now is the time to get back into it.  I bring my sketch book everywhere with me now and sketch from observation whatever catches my eye.  My plan is to build up a big enough portfolio of drawings that I can mix and match and…

New Horizon Healthy Cookery Group

The last two weeks here in our New Horizon Healthy Cookery groups with Gemma we have cooked two different lasagnas. The first one we cooked was a vegetable Lasagna. To be honest I thought this was really nice despite there being no meat in it. I had never tasted a vegetable lasagna before.  In both…

Irish Advocacy Network Presentation

  On Tues 31st July, there was an Irish Advocacy Network Presentation held in the Eve: New Horizon Hub.  The presentation was being held to award the participants with certificates on the completion of The Irish Advocacy Network’s self- advocacy and personal development course. It was  held over an eight session time period. We started…

Keeping Busy

On weekends I keep myself busy.  I do my voluntary work in my local Credit Union in Kilnamanagh.  I work there for three hours.  I also go on a few walks and go to various shops in town and in The Square. I have a look around many others too.  I also meet up with…

Corkagh Park

Two weeks ago a group of participants went with Gemma and Samantha in the people carrier for a picnic to Corkagh Park Clondalkin.  It was a beautiful day and we set up under the fairy tree for shade and also because there were little wooden benches to sit on. For those who wanted to lie…

Irish Advocacy Network 2018

For the past seven weeks, there has been a Self Advocacy course run by the Irish advocacy Network in Eve New Horizon. Each week there is a different topic or area relating to self-advocacy and other types of advocacy.  Other topics have included human rights, accessing information and support and personal development. The course is…

The benefits of using the gym for me!

I tend to eat healthier before and after I’ve been to the gym to maximise the effect of health gains. I also eat slightly less heavy meals before going to the gym so that I don’t feel sluggish when exercising. I drink water 30 minutes before and immediately after. The effects of doing this intentionally…

Trip to Dun Laoghaire

Last Thursday June 28th, Gemma and Samantha, two of our facilitators had organised a day trip to Dun Laoghaire.  We had arranged to meet at the Square, for 9:30 to get the 10:00 o’clock, 75 bus to Dun Laoghaire. The weather was forecasted to be good and we were all looking forward to the day…

The Link Programme

My time at New Horizons lasted two and a half years I finished in May 2018, but I am back here on the Link Program. The Link Program is a one day a week scheme in which a Participant can come in for support. New Horizon and the Link program provide an atmosphere of friendship…

The Women’s Marathon

On Sunday morning, 3rd June 2018, I woke up at 5am with the excitement of doing the Ladies Mini Marathon.  I went into town and met Julie and her friend Susan.  We had a coffee in MacDonald’s and made our way to the starting line. There were thousands of women there.  There were 30,000 women…

Healthy Ireland Cookery

Last Thursday the weekly cookery class was held.  The dish we had chosen to make was Nando’s chicken breasts with coconut and lime rice. We started to prepare the dish on Wednesday by marinating the chicken breasts.  The marinade consists of chopped ginger and garlic and the juice of one lime which were combined with…

Healthy Ireland/Cookery

Last Thursday May 17th, Samantha one of our facilitators held a cookery class as part of Healthy Ireland.  The dish we were to cook was Chilli Con Carne. To begin the class every participant had to put on an apron, hair net and a pair of gloves.  We started off the dish by browning the…

New Horizon and Hail Green Ribbon Day 2018

I was in New Horizon the day that they had for Mental Health Awareness.  It was run by Hail Housing who organized the day. Hail Housing look after people in the Mental Health Services who are looking for housing accommodation. Patrick was the Participant who was responsible for the running of the day. There were…

Michael’s soccer reports

In  the  Champions   League  this   Saturday    with  the  final   in  kiev, Ukraine.   I think it will   be a  great   game.  It will be end to  end  drama.   I  probably   think  that   Liverpool  will  get  the  first goal,  if    that  happens  I   think  Real  Madrid  will  get  back  into  the  game  and  make  it  one  all…

2018 Eurovision

I usually write about football and rugby but for my Blog piece this week I am writing about the Eurovision which I really enjoyed watching.  The Eurovision song contest in 2018 was held in Lisbon Portugal.  Twenty six countries got through to the final. Ireland was picked last in the first semi final a few…

My Jobs Coach

As part of attending New Horizons I have a jobs coach coming in to see me to help me look for part-time work. I am looking for admin/clerical/accounts work.  I like a variety of work where I am kept busy and on the go all the time. The jobs coach comes in to see me…

Two new members!

We start the day by signing the book and clock in.  Every Monday we have the Breakfast Club until 10.45am.  We discuss what we are going to do through the week. We have a break then we have Art with Jim.  Some people sign up do that, then we have Community Links with Gemma.  We…

A New Timetable

On Monday the 30th of April 2018 New Horizon started a new timetable of different activities.  It will run from May 2018 to August 2018.  Activities include Health and Wellbeing which includes Wrap,walking group, relaxation, cookery group, men’s and  women’s health group, creative colouring, smoking cessation community integration, which includes discovering our community, path group…