Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween - check out events across the city, keep safe and mind yourself with some stress less tips below

Halloween Events from Dublin City Council Below

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Dublin City Council is encouraging the public to celebrate Halloween safely.

Halloween is a fantastic opportunity for families and communities to come together and celebrate. The huge majority of people celebrate Halloween responsibly and have great fun. In recent years the number of incidents that the emergency services have responded to on Halloween night has also declined as more and more people enjoy Halloween at community events like the ones Dublin City Council supports.
Unfortunately it’s still one of the busiest nights of the year for Dublin Fire Brigade and the Emergency Services.  Remember, all bonfires are illegal and cause destruction and damage in communities. Fireworks are also potentially very dangerous and are only legal when part of a licensed fireworks display.
Have a scary Halloween, not a nasty one!

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Celebrate Halloween safely in your community

This Halloween, Dublin City Council is organising and supporting family friendly events all over the city. These events offer a safe environment to celebrate Halloween. Check out events in your area here

Be aware of the dangers of bonfires and illegal fireworks

Want to get a real scare? Watch Dublin Fire Brigades film on the dangers of bonfires and illegal fireworks 
Events in Your Area
Here are the ‘fantastic and ‘spooktacular’ events Dublin City Council is supporting in the community
Ballymun Otherworld Festival
Frightened? You will be! Ballymun Otherworld Festival  starts 5.30pm on 31st October. Festival village in Ballymun Plaza and fireworks display at 8.45pm over the Plunkett Tower, the last remaining tower block in Ballymun. More on
Finglas Fright Night
Holy Moly! Gather for Fright Night Finglas at The Civic Centre, Mellowes Road, Halloween Night, 6-9pm with Halloween parade, family entertainment and fireworks display and much more that will scare your socks off! More on
There will also be an Art Workshop in the Finglas Library on Tuesday 28th October  2-3pm and a Magic Show on Thursday 30th October 2-3pm also in the Library.
Dublin City Council with WALK and the Drimnagh Castle Restoration Project present a family Halloween event at Drimnagh Castle on 30th October. It will include a tour of the ‘haunted’ castle, ghost story telling, zombie dancing, giants and lots more. Tickets cost €5 per person or €15 for a family of 4 and online at
This is a major event with 600 tickets available and follows last year’s very successful launch of the initiative.
A Halloween fancy dress disco will take place in St. John Bosco Youth Centre, Davitt Road on Halloween night.
For more contact the Crumlin Area Office at Tel: 222 5500
Inchicore / Bluebell / Kilmainham .
The South Central Area Office is supporting the local community in providing positive activities during the Halloween/Mid-Term school break. All activities are free of charge.
In conjunction with the C.I.E. Residents group, Dublin City Council will support a range of activities during the Halloween week.  These activities will take place in the Inchicore Sports & Social Club, West Terrace, Inchicore and include the following: -
Samba Drum Workshop on 27th 2 to 4pm
Parachuting and bean bag race on 29th of October from 10 – 1pm.
On 31st a Halloween Party will be held
Bluebell Community Centre are also active during this week:
  • Tuesday the 26th of October Athletics Workshop for children from 5-14 age group from 10.00am- 4.00pm.
  • On Wednesday the 29th of October Leinster Rugby are hosting a Rugby coaching day for the children of the same age group from 11.00am to 1.00pm and 2.30 - 4.30pm.
  • On Thursday the 30th there will be Swimming events and children’s Bingo in the afternoon from 2.00 to 4.00pm.
  • On Friday the 31st there will be a day trip to the Tayto Park from 10.00am – 4.00pm as well as a Halloween Party and Fancy Dress starting at 4.00pm.
  • On the 31st of October St Michael’s Estate will have day long activities from 10.00am – 6.00pm for all school going children, finishing with a Halloween Party and fancy dress.
The Liberties – Get Your Spook on
Dublin City Council is supporting a number of events in the Liberties area before and on Halloween.
Get Your Spook On - the big event will take place in St Catherine’s Church on Thomas St on 31st October.  There will be music, food, a magician, the Mr. Podso Show, (friendly vampire), giant jenga & connect 4, face painting, balloon making, stilt walkers, piñatas and traditional Halloween games. The event kicks off at 3.00pm and runs until approximately 6.30pm. This event is a Dublin City Council joint initiative with the local after schools groups, FRC’s and youth projects/groups.
Other projects in the area during the lead up to Halloween and on the day itself include.-
Pumpkin carving in Basin Lane community Rooms from 11.00am to 1.00pm on the 31st.
Halloween festivities in Rialto with the Ferrini youth Club on Halloween night from 7 to 10pm.
Haunted Dome in Flanagans Field on the 31st October between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
St Catherine’s Church – The Liberties
400 children are expected to take part in the Halloween activities taking place at St. Catherine’s Church on Friday, 31st October.  With Pumpkin Pinata, Magic Show, Best Costume Competition, Halloween crafts and much much more.
  • 2.00pm SICCDA after schools will parade down to venue with Dragon and present at the plaza for Photos, Stilt Walkers and monsters from SWICN will accompany them and stand at entrance to highlight the event.
  • 3 .00pm –3.30pm  Mr Podzo opens the event
  • 3.30pm  - 4.00pm Performers
  • 4.00pm – 5.00pm Murf the Magician
  • 5.00pm – 6.00pm Games, Pinantas ,costume judging, prizes
  • 6.00pm – 6.30pm Finale, Confetti  Cannons etc.
Traditional Halloween Games, Crafts, Makeovers, Giant Games, Fencing,  Sumo,DJ, etc  all ongoing in respective areas and tables throughout the day.

Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard Haunted House and Fireworks
Halloween is a busy time with an interactive Haunted House in the Cherry Orchard Equine Centre on October 31st between 1pm & 3pm.
A Fancy Dress Disco will be held in the Orchard Community Centre on October 31st from 4 to 5.30pm.
The annual fireworks display in the park opposite St. Ultan’s School at 6pm sharp on October 31st.
An Evening of Ghost Stories from Ballyfermot and Chapelizod with readings from local actor David Spain will be held in the Ballyfermot Library on Thursday 30th October. Doors open at 5.15pm, event begins at 5.30pm sharp and is organised by the C&S Development Team. Musical Entertainment will be provided by the Kylemore School of Music in Ballyfermot and to finish it off very nicely traditional colcannon will be served along with refreshments.
Monster's Ball (Tea Dance) for local Active age Groups will take place on Wednesday the 29th October in Parnell's GAA Club from 2:30pm-5pm. Tickets €8. Prizes for best Scary Fancy Dress Costumes.

This event is  run in conjunction with the Donaghmede Estate Residents Association).  Their Fire Works display will take place at 6.30 p.m. at Donaghmede Park.
Kilbarrack promises a real firecracker
Run by Dublin City Council with Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme (KCCP). Events will culminate in a Fire Works display at the open space on Roseglen Road at 7pm. Last year it was estimated that some 1,500 people attended the event.
This is run in conjunction with the Safety Association for Edenmore (SAFE) and is part of a major programme of activities which takes place  in St. Monica’s youth club. There will be a parade to Edenmore park where the Fire Works display takes place at 8pm. 

Dublin Free Event Guide published this evening so check in with Joerg for other events happening across the city :)

and remember to take some time out for your mental health - try some of these stress less tips:

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Living with Loss - a bereavement information evening open to the public on Thursday November 6th 2014

November is traditionally a month for remembrance.
To support people who are living with bereavement the Irish Hospice Foundation will host a public information evening about grief and loss. 

The event will take place on:  

Thursday, 6th November from 5.30pm to 8.30pm in the Alexander Hotel, Fenian Street (off Merrion Square), Dublin 2.

Bereavement Information and Supports

This free event aims to detail the range of supports available to bereaved people. It is a ‘drop in’ evening and will offer an opportunity to chat to voluntary bereavement support services about the services they provide as well as details on what to expect when grieving.

Living with loss evening Nov 2014

Guest Speaker and author Michael Harding will speak on the evening and on ‘Living with Loss’.

If you have any queries or would like further information see the flyer below and /or please contact Iris Murray on 01 6793188 at The Irish Hospice Foundation.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Gateway Bank Holiday Meet Up @2pm Cafe Moda Rathmines

Gateway Project is closed this Monday 27th October BUT...  we have organised a meet up with Oliver D and members in Cafe Moda, Rathmines this bank holiday Monday, to make the long weekend a slightly shorter and more fun one for everyone! Members can decide what to do or where to go from there...

Oliver will have the Gateway phone with him for the afternoon so call him from 2pm onwards if you can't find the group or want to know what they're getting up to

Gateway Mobile 085 7521220

Little Things Can Make A Big Difference #littlethings campaign launched this week

#littlethings is a new mental health and wellbeing social marketing campaign from the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention, and created in partnership with over 20 partner organisations was launched earlier this week on Monday, 20th October 2014. 

The campaign has three messages to share:

1. We all experience life’s storms – the day to day dips that are an ordinary, everyday part of life

2. There are things that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel, and how you cope

3. You can find out more about the #littlethings and about mental wellbeing on, or call the Samaritans on 116123 for a listening ear.

The Stories: 
As part of the campaign, three generous people have shared their experience of life’s storms, and what #littlethings worked for them in getting through those tough times. Úna, Robert and Alan’s stories have been animated into 40’ TV and Radio adverts and will be widely shared throughout the campaign. 

Una's Story and her #littlethings

Alan's Story and his #littlethings

Robert's Story and his #littlethings

#LittleThings Posters
Here are some posters to remind us of the little things that make a big difference to how we feel. Share them with friends and family, or download them to remind you that it's the little things that can help lift your mood - See more at:
Download LendingAnEar_PosterA3
Download 8HoursSleep_PosterA3
Download DrinkLess_PosterA3

Download SeemsSmaller Poster
Download MoreYouMove_PosterA3
Download BoostYourMood_PosterA3

Download DistantFriends_PosterA3
Download AddFriends_PosterA3

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

First Fortnight Halloween event

On Wednesday October 29 2014 the first ever First Fright Night will take place in the Sugar Club. To get you in the mood for the spooks and scares of Halloween we will be screening the 1973 cult classic The Wickerman in the eerily intimate surrounds of The Sugar Club. As well as the screening there will an amazing Trick or Treat Raffle and music well beyond the witching hour with Aoife Nic Canna. Make sure you don't miss out on this scarily fun night and get your tickets here now! And don't forget, all proceeds go towards making First Fortnight 2015 possible.

Where? The Sugar Club, Leeson St.
When? Wednesday 29 October
How Little? Only €10
Fancy Dress? Yes please!

First Fortnight 2015
The team are on course for yet another amazing First Fortnight festival in 2015 and are coming close to finalising a jam-packed festival programme that will include theatre, film, visual arts, dance, spoken word, music, discussion, and lots more.
Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and the final programme to be published soon and check here for events.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Gateway WRAPPERs on the airwaves... WRAP for Radio on Newstalk FM this weekend - tune in Sat 7am and Sun 10am or catch up with the podcast after the show

Gateway WRAP group met with Victoria Enright earlier in the summer to discuss wrap and their experiences of recovery for a Newstalk series on WRAP in Ireland.  Details below: 
This year, to mark WHO World Mental Health Awareness Week, Producer Victoria Enright travels throughout Ireland to track the changing face of our society’s Mental Health culture. ‘WRAP Radio’ - Ireland’s Journey’, is a broadcast which seeks to challenge our mindsets and tune us into being a WRAP Nation; a society, where, when we hear the word mental, we don’t think crazy.
WRAP is the Wellness Recovery Action Programme, which was designed by creator, Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, and is currently being quietly and successfully rolled out throughout Ireland. In ‘WRAP Radio’ - Ireland’s Journey’, Producer Victoria Enright takes an inside look at how WRAP translates into Irish people’s everyday lives. In essence, WRAP Radio, is a Wellness Toolbox. An Operation Transformation for the Mind - or a Head-Check if you will ... Most importantly, ‘WRAP Radio’ drives home the message of Hope to the very many persons whose hearts have broken open.
Made with the support of Genio, ( and The Copeland Center; (, ‘WRAP Radio’ - The Journey’ - is a Multi-Generational, National Conversation; travelling from Tipp to Clare, South to Limerick, West to Mayo, Midlands; Mullingar & Portlaoise and back to Gateway Dublin and the big two - SJOG, St John Of God's and SPUH, St Patrick’s University Hospital.
Individuals will explain just what the experience was like to create His or Her Wellness Toolbox - how was it for them - the Pre and Post WRAP of it all - the journey of ‘WRAP’ and because of it, in real and practical terms, the difference it has made in their lives.
  • Portlaoise Mother, Kate says; without ‘WRAP,’ she doesn’t know where her family would be. Her son no longer suffers in silence. As a mother, she recognises the signs pre triggers and changes her behaviour accordingly. She no longer panics because she knows how to access the supports and knows that they are not alone.
  • Orla is a Senior Occupational Therapist, for the Psychiatry for Later Life in Mullingar. She says WRAP works because it’s realistic. It’s all about taking personal responsibility.
  • 731 girls from the Loretto College in Mullingar are being urged to take the same message on board. Guidance Cllr, Miss Sinead Hyland says that ‘WRAP’ is no biggie. She says it’s simple. It’s a lifeskill. It works. She wants every school in Ireland to be running ‘WRAP’.
As a happy consequence of the making of ‘WRAP Radio’ -Ireland’s Journey’, Producer Victoria Enright has been trained up by Rona McBrierty, WRAP International Mentor for the Copeland Center to become a WRAP Facilitator herself. In addition, See Change have recently invited Victoria to become a new Ambassador, to aid in continuing the conversation of Mental Health in 21st Century Ireland.
‘WRAP Radio’ - Ireland’s Journey’ will be broadcast on Newstalk
106-108fm this weekend, Saturday 11th October at 7am, and Repeated at 10am on Sunday 12th October.
‘WRAP Radio’ - Ireland’s Journey, is part of the Autumn Season of Documentary on Newstalk.
‘WRAP Radio’ - Ireland’s Journey’, can also be listened to online at:
Podcast available at: after the broadcast.
Victoria Enright, MA is VE Productions.
She is an award winning, International Radio Producer with 15 years broadcasting
experience. Original creator and executive producer of ‘The Wide Angle’, Newstalk
106.8FM, Ireland and documentary maker in Newfoundland & Toronto, Canada;
Victoria has built a reputation for translating the global back to the grass-root. As a
campaigning Journalist & founding member of AIRPI - the Association of
Independent Radio Producers of Ireland; she has consistently given organisations
and individuals the opportunity to raise their public awareness and get their message
out. It is Victoria’s belief that in today’s highly competitive media world, good content
producers are what distinguish the best storytellers amongst us. She takes pride in
delivering ‘real stories with real people in real time’.

Happy World Mental Health Day... we get by with a little help from our friends

Happy 10th Birthday Gateway!

We had a fabulous 10th birthday yesterday.  Thanks to everyone involved for making it an unforgettable celebration and World Mental Health Week event.

Gateway Project's achievements promoting positive mental health and social inclusion over the last ten years are impressive. Our birthday celebrations yesterday were equally so with a whole range of fun, social and positive mental health activities that took place throughout the day.

We had live music from local musicians Davina Brady and Chris Maxey as well as Gateway Member Sean Cahil Accordion Player extraordinaire and member's singing.  We had a drumming circle with 8 members and Eddie from the NCH Outreach Programme (more in 2015 folks).  We heard from Gateway Member and Representative Oliver Duffy on his own journey and why Gateway is such an important community mental health resource and heard more members' thoughts on this from Ann Marie Mullen's What Gateway Means to Me box.  We heard the talented Nicholas Carroll, Gateway Member and poet with his delivery of a specially crafted poem for the occasion.  We had an Art Exhibition and interactive talk with Tim Lloyd and members.  We had a Creative Writing Exhibit with readings from Gateway writers. We had our interactive Wellness Tools Wall, Project Information and the launch of Gateway member's commemorative 10 year booklet.
We had lots and lots of party food and cake - mostly due to the kindness of local business people and friends particularly Supervalue Rathgar, Insomnia and Tesco.  We had lots of fun and danced off all the extra-but-worth-it-calories on the dancefloor with funky DJ Kelly in da house!

Thanks to everyone for their support, kindness and solidarity.  We have got here because of your help over the years.

Our Birthday Cake Wishes: core funding for another ten years!

Amazing day?  Yes, definitely!


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Gateway's 10th Birthday Schedule as part of World Mental Health Week 2014

Gateway Birthday Schedule

October 2014 Newsletter - Gateway is 10!

October Schedule

Hi folks,
We have a great month of activities lined up in Gateway.  From relaxation & meditation classes with Carol on Mondays to arts & crafts Thursdays and creative writing on Fridays.  Angela from Threshold Training Network will be in on 20th to chat with members about their new Employability Skills Course, the Wellbeing Cafe and WRAP.  Monday 27th October is a bank holiday so the drop in will be closed, instead Oliver D will be volunteering his time to host a meet up with members in the city so make sure to check in with him, here on the blog or project workers beforehand to know the details.
Finally, and most importantly, Gateway is celebrating its 10th Birthday this Thursday 9th October as part of World Mental Health Week events.  We have lots of fun and positive mental health related activities as well as the usual partying lined up for the day. Look out for the event guide for the day in upcoming blog posts.
Best wishes to everyone,
Gateway Project

Friday, 3 October 2014

And something for the weekend... Tesco Community Fund cheque received and some musical interludes from our kind local musicians due to play next Thursday as part of the birthday bash - enjoy

Thanks to Tesco Community Fund for including us in good causes charities.  We received €129.43 from the last round of voting from a total of €500 which was shared with other important local groups: St Mary's Day Care for the Elderly and the Women's Refuge all in Rathmines.

It was a good to have Gateway information available for every to see in Tesco so other people living locally could find us, as some new arrivals to the project remarked recently!

Thanks Tesco and thanks to the fabulous Michael D for dropping everything last minute to collect the cheque for us :)  We also chanced our arm at some donations for the birthday party next Thursday so hopefully Mick and Suzanne will help us out a bit further.  If anyone is interested in giving them a gentle reminder, please do drop in!

The money from the fund will go to support extra relaxation and meditation classes for members - yippee and thanks Carol for being such a great facilitator.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and remember to check out Joerg's Dublin Free Event guide to find out what's happening around the city for free.

Now some music for the weekend from our wonderful supporting musicians set to play at our birthday next Thursday:

The amazing Davina Brady - a modern day Janis Joplin in the making by the sounds of her...

Davina will be singing and playing to kick off the party from 12.30 at Parker Hill
Check her facebook page and like it / leave her a message of thanks :)  

and the rockin Chris Maxey doing some band practice - check out his facebook page too and

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