During this time most of us have an odd day. A day when all feels not right. It could be a small incident that triggers this feeling and it is understandable. It is okay to feel like this now and then.
The key thing to remember is time passes quickly and tomorrow brings a new day, new hope.
Also remember ying and yang – good and bad. When we have good days, they can be really good.
So with that in mind I have a few wordpress site links below which have brought a smile to my face or made me stop and think of how lucky I am.
From late February / early March when the Covid 19 pandemic hit our lives, Claremont Stadium Staff were on alert as to how this would impact our community.
As many of those who visit the stadium know we are a community based stadium whose mission is to offer courses, and sporting opportunities to people of all abilities and walks of life. So we had no option but to close our doors to protect everyone. Since then we have been working remotely.
On our social media pages we have been focusing on keeping people informed about online courses, home schooling. Also putting up links about Wellness, Meditation ,and of course physical fitness challenges and programs.
What we have learnt during this period, or been reminded of, is that Irish people are resilient and our sense of humor comes alive in times like this.
We would like to thank all of those who volunteer within our neighborhoods, these are not people who put up posts about running to the shops/chemist for a neighbor, baking cakes , making baskets of fruit and leaving them on doorsteps. Ringing a doorbell and walking or running back to the gate to stay and talk to the lone householder, simply to check on them and pass some time talking. These small things make a difference and we would like to say thank you to all who are doing this.
October has arrived and brought with it new courses, and events here at Claremont.
Art classes are always popular and tend to become a social event, with Tutor Carol O’Connor steering them back to art. Art Classes take place on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Fitness for over 50’s will start on the 15th October at 10.30 in the morning. This course is aimed at those who take no exercise at all. It will be a gentle start to get everyone up and moving, along with some cognitive exercises to keep everyone’s memory as sharp as possible. The course is supported by Athletics Ireland who provided training for the leaders/coaches.
Parkvilla FC are fundraising to improve the junior pitches and we are supporting them by providing a team to take part in the Lip Sync Event on the 14th October. We are also holding a Coffee Morning on Friday 4th October to raise awareness and funds for the Club.
Claremont Stadium is currently working on a biodiversity project, at the Stadium where we have some patches of waste ground. We would love to brighten the area by planting pollinator plants, wild flowers and providing the odd hotel for any passing bugs. This is one of our projects for the next few months, along with holding information events on topics such as upcycling, recycling and how we each can play our part in this fight against climate change.
We are all aware that foster parents improve the lives of children. However, there is a shortage of foster parents and TUSLA (The Child and Family Agency) are holding an information evening on the 10th October in Claremont Stadium at 7pm.
For more information on any of these courses or events please contact us on 046 9029693
How do we put the sense of community back into our communities? This is the hundred million euro question and many long hours have been spent working on this problem.
But what do we mean by sense of community?
I am told that many years ago it was Aristotle who first wrote a definition on the word “community” as a group established by men having shared values. But in today’s world the word “community” has very different meanings as technology has created a virtual online community where no hand shaking or temper tantrums( just an example) are witnessed, purely the good side as seen in all of the selfies and the world of “friends” who don’t meet.
Before Technology began to interfere in our lives, we physically had to get up and walk to a phone, a door, or a neighbour’s house to get help or advice of simply offer help. Today most of this goes on from a sofa or desk. It does sound bad.
But there is always a resistance and in today’s world of social media and social media interaction there lingers some who prefer to meet and greet in person. Here in Claremont we have a Mens Shed group who meet every Friday afternoon. They do not come in and sit down, have a gossip, a cup of tea and melt away to their respective homes. They come together with a purpose to help anyone in their locality, in other words -their community. Book clubs, knitting clubs, sports clubs, often provide a similar type of support to anyone in their environment who need help or assistance and most importantly to exist they need physical members who come together to learn etc .
So in conclusion perhaps, Community is here, but not always apparently so, something like an underground resistance group.
Your opinions are welcome as this author always needs enlightenment,