RESULTS OF DRAW 2019

RESULTS OF DRAW 2019

Here are the results of our 2019 draw:

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Many thanks to you all for supporting this fundraiser.

Art Exhibition during Westside Arts Festival

Art Exhibition during Westside Arts Festival

A number of people availing of our services in Snipe Resource Centre, Beechwood and Greenview Adult Day Services, exhibited some of their wonderful artwork during the Westside Arts Festival in early July. If you would like to enquire about any items for sale, please contact us at 091 540900.

ANNUAL GOLF EVENT IN GALWAY GOLF CLUB

ANNUAL GOLF EVENT IN GALWAY GOLF CLUB

Just under four weeks to our annual golf event in Galway Golf Club. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to play this superb golf course. This is a hugely popular event so book your tee time early to avoid disappointment!

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Best Buddies International Conference

Lucy Dockery, Dylan Somers and Sara Fuller from the Best Buddies NUIG College Programme who are representing Best Buddies Galway at the International Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana, USA. Ability West is so proud at the success of this programme and this is in no small part to Linda Keane, our Volunteer Programme Manager, and the amazing Buddies that participate in this programme. Sincere thanks to all who made Lucy, Dylan and Sara's journey to the conference possible.

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Best Buddies Galway was recognised as a Regional Outstanding International Programme for the 2018-2019 academic Year.

Pictured are Lucy Dockery and Dylan Somers, Best Buddies NUIG College Programme

Pictured are Lucy Dockery and Dylan Somers, Best Buddies NUIG College Programme

Rusty Chain Monivea Cycle Club - 80km Charity Cycle

Rusty Chain Monivea Cycle Club - 80km Charity Cycle

Join the Rusty Chain Cycle Club for an 80km Charity Cycle in aid of Ability West.

The cycle departs at 10am from the Fr. Sammon Centre, Monivea. Sign in prior to that from 09:30. Sign on fee of €30 for Cycling Ireland Members, and €35 for non-members.

All are welcome to join us and refreshments will be provided during and after the event. For further information, contact secretary.rustychaincc@outlook.ie

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RECRUITMENT OF HOME SHARERS

RECRUITMENT OF HOME SHARERS

Recruitment for Home Sharers has commenced. Please contact Angharad, Cara or Fiona at Ability West at 091 540900 for more details.

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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD BROKEN ON THE SALTHILL PROM

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https://www.irishtimes.com/news/galway-disco-fans-break-rock-the-boat-world-record-1.3927306 Video: Joe O’Shaughnessy

https://www.facebook.com/KamilFilms/videos/383790928934124/?v=383790928934124 Video: Kamil Films

History made today in Salthill....The people of Galway and Ability West broke the Guinness World Record for the largest Rock the Boat, with a staggering 1,805 people.  #community #breakingrecords #havingfun 

Sincere thanks to you all for participating and special thanks to our sponsors and many supporters: Salthill Hotel, GMIT, Medtronic, O’Reillys Bar and Kitchen Salthill, Galway Bay Hotel, Eye Cinema, Coppingers Furniture, Salthill Rotary, Mike Geraghty, BARDON, Galway Cultural Institute, Fat Tony’s Barber Shop, Galway Bay FM, iRadio, The Galway Advertiser, The Connacht and City Tribune, An Garda Siochána, Red Cross Galway, Galway City Council. It’s fantastic being part of such a wonderful community, well done Galway.

Many thanks to Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Mike Cubbard, our adjudicators Deputy Mayor Cllr Donal Lyons, Niall Ó Brolcháin and Cllr Peter Keane. A really special thanks to the many volunteers who helped us to get this event over the line, particularly the committee members who put huge work into it.  Until next time……

'Rock the Boat' Promo with Ronan Lardner, The Live Wire, Galway Bay FM

'Rock the Boat' Promo with Ronan Lardner, The Live Wire, Galway Bay FM

‘Rock the Boat’ promo with Ronan Lardner, on The Live Wire, Galway Bay FM. Interviews with Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO, Ability West, John Farragher, Receptionist, Ability West, and Michael Duke, Community Development Officer, Ability West.

There was also time for a quick few minutes for tennis lessons with Mike Geraghty, Tennis Coach, one of our many supporters ahead of our Guinness World Record Breaker on The Prom, Salthill, 15 June. Sincere thanks to Galway Bay FM, Adam Grant, BARDON, and Mike Geraghty.

Rock the Boat with Ability West - Saturday, 15 June

Rock the Boat with Ability West - Saturday, 15 June

Join us on 15th June and be part of this official Guinness World Record attempt at the longest ‘Rock the Boat’. Registration commences at 11:15am.

What to expect?

1,702 people is the current world record and we hope to shatter this record by having over 2,000 people so please expect that traffic into and out of Salthill will be busy*. We would encourage you to walk, cycle, carpool, or use public transport where at all possible.

Suggestion: bring a paper/bag/jacket to sit on and appropriate rain gear in the event of a shower or two.

Local business, O’Reilly’s Bar & Kitchen, will have refreshments/food for sale in the vicinity of the event for any hungry Rock the Boat participants. 

Public Transport Links

By bus from Eyre Square: 401 or 410

Registration for the Event

Registration will take place on the Prom in Salthill from the Blackrock Wall (diving board end) to Ladies Beach on the pavement at several locations, commencing from 11:15am.

You will be required to sign your name to the participant sheet.

The Event: Rock the Boat

MC Ollie Turner and the local band BARDON will entertain the crowds from 11:15am.

At 12 noon you will be requested to sit on the prom and wave your arms up in the air for 5 minutes while DJ CORKY plays the Hues Corporate ‘Rock the Boat’ song.

There will be three independent adjudicators who will validate the number of participants.

Mementos of this Official Guinness World Records Attempt

All participants will receive a commemorative wristband (donations welcome) and an Official Guinness World Records Certificate of Participation

*This is a stewarded event.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

There was a great turnout at our Annual General Meeting held on 27th May 2019. Our Audited Accounts 2018 and the Annual Report 2018 have been published on our website.

Ray Kelly, Chairman, Matthew Brennan, Olympian, Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO, Ability West

Ray Kelly, Chairman, Matthew Brennan, Olympian, Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO, Ability West

Paddy Daly, Company Secretary, John McHugo, Director of Finance, Ray Kelly, Chairman, Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO, Dermot Callanan, Partner, FCC Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors, Gerry Burke, Finance, HSE CHO West

Paddy Daly, Company Secretary, John McHugo, Director of Finance, Ray Kelly, Chairman, Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO, Dermot Callanan, Partner, FCC Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors, Gerry Burke, Finance, HSE CHO West

John McHugo, Director of Finance, Ability West, Seamus Durkin, Head of Finance, Brothers of Charity Services Ireland - Western Region, Ann Loughney, Sector Manager, Brothers of Charity Services Ireland - Western Region, Ray Kelly, Chairman, Audrey Pidgeon, Director of Client Services, Cathal Esler, Director of Human Resources, Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO, Ability West, Pat Reidy, Managing Director, XYEA

John McHugo, Director of Finance, Ability West, Seamus Durkin, Head of Finance, Brothers of Charity Services Ireland - Western Region, Ann Loughney, Sector Manager, Brothers of Charity Services Ireland - Western Region, Ray Kelly, Chairman, Audrey Pidgeon, Director of Client Services, Cathal Esler, Director of Human Resources, Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO, Ability West, Pat Reidy, Managing Director, XYEA

Ray Kelly, Chairman, John McHugo, Director of Finance, Audrey Pidgeon, Director of Client Services, Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO, Cathal Esler, Director of Human Resources, Orla Haddigan, Assistant Director of Client Services

Ray Kelly, Chairman, John McHugo, Director of Finance, Audrey Pidgeon, Director of Client Services, Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO, Cathal Esler, Director of Human Resources, Orla Haddigan, Assistant Director of Client Services

HUGE THANKS to our fantastic volunteers!!

HUGE thanks to our volunteers who give their time, energy and hard work to helping children and adults with intellectual disability in Galway. Their much valued support reinforces our vision which is to enable people we support to realise their goals and ambitions. #NVW2019

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Rock the Boat with Ability West on June 15th

Join us on Saturday, 15th June at 12 noon on the Salthill Prom as we try to break the current Guinness World Record for the largest ‘Rock the Boat’. We need you and at least 1,702 others to break the record. See you there.

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