20 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

“It is the place where I meet my friends, where I get to try new activities and experiences, where I set my goals and where I get support to achieve them.”

These were the words of Brid Connolly as she described how she benefited from the services offered by the Cairde Activation Centre, Clones. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys visited the centre last week and was warmly welcomed by staff and members alike.

Each speaker was introduced by Walter Pringle who very capably and enthuasiastically acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The Cairde Centre members have a busy and active schedule as Brid outlined.

“In the past week I have gone swimming, done archery, learned computers in Clones library, attended literacy with Simon, gone to snooker, attended a sewing class, and had lunch out.”

During the summer she and other members of the Cairde Centre visited Crom Castle, Marble Arch Caves, Castle Leslie, the Ulster American Folk Park, Florence Court and Astra Bowl.

Involvement in community projects such as the Tidy Towns, events in the Cassandra Hand Centre, the Clones markets and the Peace Link also formed part of the Cairde Centre’s members’ activities.

“I know that I have people around me to support me; working with my family and the staff of Cluain Mhuire to make sure I live life to the full,” Brid added.

Thanking Minister …


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