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ARCH Club Contacts

CO. CAVAN
Bailieborough (Lakelands)
Jenine Smith
Mobile 086 6180082
E-mail: lakelandsarchclub@eircom.net
CO. CLARE
Mobile: 087 7540746
Ennis: Mary Ryan
CO. CORK
Bandon: Aidan Leahy
Mobile: 087 2463135
Mobile: 087 6421443
Ballincollig: Hillary ODonoghue
Mobile: 087 296 9061
Cork City: Lisa Chandler
Mallow: Joy Buckley
Mobile: 087 2035945
Mobile: 086 3565539
Munster: Caitriona Campbell
E-mail: munstergreatescapes@eircom.net
DUBLIN & CO. DUBLIN
Mobile: 086 0457003
Balbriggan: Nora Roban
E-mail: fingalrememberus@eircom.net
Balrothery: Teresa OBrien
Mobile: 086 0457003
E-mail: teresaob@live.ie
Dublin 3: (Rainbow 13+)
Mobile: 087 6838734
Judy McGillicuddy
Mobile: 086 8510800
Bayside: Phil Buckley
E-mail: philomenabuckley@gmail.com
Dublin 7/11 Junior (Jigsaw):
Mobile: 087 1202954
Siobhan Baker
E-mail: bakersiobhan@msn.com
Dublin 12 (Arch D12): Michael OReillyMobile: 085 7696888
E-mail: archd12@yahoo.ie
Dublin South: Rosie Cahill
Mobile: 086 2735101
E-mail: dsarchsecretary@gmail.com
Dundrum: Lorraine Keegan
Mobile: 087 6815337
E-mail: info@dundrumarchclub.com
Finglas (Meeting Place)
Sandra Dillon
Mobile: 087 9730003
E-mail: sandratherese@eircom.net
Glasnevin (Rainbow Jnr.)
Lisa Jones
Mobile: 085 8508316
E-mail: rainbowarchjuniorclub@gmail.com
Hartstown: Kathleen ODwyer
Mobile: 087 2358543
Huntstown (Little Seeds Junior)
Angela McNeice
Mobile: 087 2033556
E-mail: amc3166@gmail.com
Mobile: 087 2237679
Iona: Nicola Elmes
E-mail: ionaarchclub@gmail.com
Lucan: Lisa Greene
Mobile: 086 1525786
E-mail: lisagreene40@gmail.com
Ongar: (Little Seeds)
Ger Kenny
Mobile: 087 9705467
(after 2.30p.m.)
E-mail: gerkenny160@hotmail.com
Portmarnock: Kevin ORourke
Mobile: 086 1087306
E-mail: angkev09@gmail.com
Ronanstown: Caroline Lawless
Mobile: 086 1304596
E-mail: clawless@crosscare.ie (Work)
Skerries: Pauline Cronin
Mobile: 086 8109917
E-mail:paulinecronin1@hotmail.com
Swords: Susan Watson
Mobile: 087 9777737
E-mail:buttonmooney@hotmail.com
Tallaght: Kevin Connaughton
Mobile: 087 6781560
E-mail: nothguannock@hotmail.com
CO. KERRY
South Kerry: Martina Fitzgerald
Mobile: 087 3484328
E-mail: archclubssk@outlook.com
CO. KILDARE
Naas: Orla OConnell 086 8070809
E-mail: orlaoconnellnaas@gmail.com
North Kildare (Leixlip): Valerie Haugh Mobile: 087 4061070
E-mail: northkildarearchclub@gmail.com
North Kildare Jnr. (Leixlip):
Carol OMeara
Mobile: 087 3252798
CO. KILKENNY
Kilkenny: Frances Prince
Mobile: 087 6896211
E-mail: frances.prince@yahoo.ie
CO. LAOIS
Portlaoise: Mary Heaney
Mobile 087 2188794
CO. LOUTH
Ardee: Lily Flanagan
Tel: 041 6851986
Drogheda: Oonagh Dillon
Mobile: 087 975 2243
Dundalk: Ciara Douglas
E-mail: ciaradouglas1988@gmail.com
CO. MAYO
Ballina: Carmel Reilly
Mobile: 087 6361371
E-mail: reillysara@eircom.net
Ballinrobe: Mae Langan
Tel: 094 9541366
E-mail: irenelangan@eircom.net
CO. MEATH
Navan: Mary Davitt
Mobile: 086 8649415
E-mail: marydavitt@eircom.net
Trim: Miriam Bradley
Mobile: 087 4176817
CO. MONAGHAN
Monaghan: Grainne Rocks
Tel: 047 81345
CO. OFFALY
Tullamore: Mary Daly
Tel: 05793 43628
CO. WATERFORD
Dungarvan: Marie Curran
Mobile: 087 2347918
E-mail: marieacurran@yahoo.ie
Tramore: Anne Crowley
Mobile: 087 6402190
E-mail: annecrowley74@gmail.com
CO. WEXFORD
Enniscorthy: Maria Fenlon
Tel: 053 9233285
Gorey: Aidan Daly
Mobile: 087 6440053
E-mail: doydan@hotmail.com

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Dundrum Arch Club


40th Anniversary Party
On Saturday 17th September 2016 Dundrum Arch Club
celebrated its 40th YEAR ANNIVERSARY in style by holding a
gala ball in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun laoghaire, Co. Dublin
to mark this Special occasion.
Over 200 people joined the club on the night for a drink's
reception then dinner, a fun photo booth and an awards show
followed by a disco. We had an amazing time, everyone looked
like film stars. Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor turned up as
did Minister Shane Ross also former Olympic Winner John
Tracey along with some of the fabulous cast of Fair City . Other
guests included members and their families, volunteers and
founding members, it was a great night to remember .
Article by Nicole Redmond (Member)

Archway to Funfilled, Friendship Clubs,


for People with Special Needs

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NEWSLETTER OF
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OF ARCH CLUBS

ISSN 1393-9459
Spring/Summer 2017
Vol 17 No 1/2

Friendship Clubs for People with Special Needs

Laois Arch Club


Laois Arch Club is a very vibrant active club which caters for between 70-80
members at our monthly disco in The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise. Every year we
bring a group of approximately 40 of our members for a weekend away and we
also bring some of our members on a day trip.
In 2016 our day trip was to Dublin Zoo. The excitement was catching as we
headed off and we all had a wonderful day exploring all the different areas and
seeing all the animals in the zoo.
The highlight of the day was definitely when we went to have lunch in the
restaurant and some of our members spotted Gerry Creighton, Operations
Manager, who appears on The Zoo TV Series on RTE. They couldnt believe when
he joined our table and chatted to us all about his work.....

Chairperson
CIARN CRONIN
E-mail:

ciacro@gmail.com

Editor
ANN MARIE ELLISON
Email: ameellison@hotmail.com

Secretary
GERALDINE BIRTHISTLE
74 Meadow Grove, Dublin 16
Tel/Fax: (01) 295 1081

Email: archclubs@eircom.net
Website: www.archclubs.com
Printed by: Enprint, Churchtown, Dublin 14.
Design by: Anita Johnston
email: anitajohnst@gmail.com
tel: 087-1461673

Pictured below is Gerry


with Melissa Ryan, his
No 1 Fan!

Pictured here are members of Dundrum Arch Club


celebrating their 40th Year Anniversary

Thanks to all the members who have filled these pages.


There is something on its way in the post to all whose contributions appear.
Paint a picture for your 'Archbeat', write a poem, send in a letter or a picture
of yourself.
Don't forget to send us your name and club name with your entry.
Perhaps friends, volunteers, parents could help?
Send to: 74 Meadow Grove, Dublin, 16.

Contents
Laois Arch Club

Lakelands Arch Club

Bernie Tipper

Ardee Arch Club

A.G.M. Notice

Dundrum Arch Club

Contact List

To submit articles in the next edition of Archbeat, send your stories,


news and photos to: Ann Marie Ellison, 39 Cherry Park, Swords, Co. Dublin,

or if possible, e-mail to: ameellison@hotmail.com

Head Office: 74 Meadow Grove, Dublin 16. Tel/Fax: (01) 295 1081
F UNDED BY THE D EPA RTMENT OF
C HILD REN A ND Y OUTH A FFA IRS .
N A TIONA L L OTTERY F U NDING .

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NATIONAL FEDERATION OF ARCH CLUBS NEWSLETTER

Archbeat
Lakelands Arch Club

Bernie Tipper

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF ARCH CLUBS NEWSLETTER

Archbeat
The Ardee Arch Club has been on the go since
1985 and meet up in the day centre, main street,
Ardee on a Friday night from 7 to 9 pm. They
have over 30 members that have grown older
with the club and on a Friday night they run
simultaneously various activities such as table
top board games, Disco, and a sponge ball game
that can be played from the sitting position. Lily
Flanagan has been the club contact/Chairperson
for the past 21 years and along with Margaret
and 4 young volunteers ensures the club runs as
smoothly on the night. If you would like to more
of this club or voluntee please contact :

The Cavan Area Arch Club has been up and running


since April of this year. With supports from our local
community, staff and direction from the National
Federation of Arch Clubs we are growing fast in our
junior group and our senior group with new
volunteers coming on board . We had a great
Christmas party and look forward to the coming
year .... If you would like to know more you can
email Jenine1@eircom.net or log onto our
facebook feeds.
Mobile: 086 6180082
E-mail: lakelandsarchclub@eircom.net

In 1976 a group of parents


and friends came together
to form a club in order to
provide a social outlet for
people with special needs
in their local community.
That first Arch Club was
formed in Dundrum
Dublin.

A.G.M NOTICE

Ardee Arch Club

Lily Flanagan Tel: 041 6851986


or Margaret Tel: 087 9385225

The Annual General Meeting will be held


on Saturday , 1st April in Wynns Hotel
35-39 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin The
Council will be delighted to meet all those
who can make it on the day, registration is
from 10.00 a.m with light refreshments.
Training will also take place on the same
day and in the same venue

1.
2.

CHILD/VULNERABLE
ADULT PROTECTION
BASIC FIRST AID

If you wish to book places for the training


please phone the office 01 2951081

Pictured here is Bernie


Tipper one of the founding
members of that club and
our organisation receiving
flowers at the Gala Ball in
Dun Laoghaire.

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Pictured here is two young volunteers preparing


some tea and cake for the members, Emma in
the navy tracksuit has been a junior volunteer
with the Ardee Arch Club for 9 months.

Maeve and Laurajane at the Ball!


(see page 4)

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