The Curragh Pride Family Resource Centre's recent garden party open day had to revert indoors but the community didn't let the showers damage their spirits.
A buoyant celebratory mood hung in the air as the various groups that use the centre proudly displayed their projects.
Brig Gen Joe Mulligan commented on the fantastic community spirit of the Curragh Camp, the success of the centre, and the importance of education.
Comdt Alan Courtney, and TDs Martin Heydon and Fiona O'Loughlin were also present.
Curragh Pride manager, Angela Morrissey-Kenny paid tribute to all the groups. She commended the Women's Group for their 1916 projects which were funded by the Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB). The women also made a number of pottery plates with the names of the 1916 heroes engraved on them. A fantastic handmade quilt was on display as well as paintings and felt flowers. Angela said the participants really enjoyed the 15 week course.
She said the proceeds from the sale of the Shortgrass CD were being presented to a representative of St. Brigid's Hospice. The CD was made by the Men's Group and contains monologs created by the participants themselves about the Curragh. The music course was also funded by the KWETB.
The board also facilitated the Horticultural Program which was also run from the centre.
“They have done a fantastic job on the garden. It's just a pity that we can't have the garden party out there today,” she said.
Angela pointed out the Homework Club is also an integral part of the centre's work.
“It's not just about doing homework, it's about developing life skills and we do a lot of activities with the children besides homework,” she said.
There was also a display from the parent and toddler group.
“I would like to thank all the staff and the team at the centre. Without their efforts, things just wouldn't happen,” she said. Angela also thanked Túsla — the funding body for the centre.
Imelda Carroll from the KWETB said people who return to education build up their self esteem and skills and become an important part of society by contributing to the economy.
“They ensure their children have a life long love of education and become actively involved in the community, they help to promote our environment,” she said.
She pointed out anyone can return to education at any age and there are courses available at the centre to suit everyone.