With amazing strength and enthusiasm, these ladies fought against the closure of their Monday Club, a VISTA-supported club, and used the fine facilities provided by Dublin City Council in the Community Hall on Donore Avenue to prove they were not going away. Their goal was to show that they still had the energy, strength and courage of their convictions to rebuild a Club that the Community would be proud of.
It was my great pleasure to attend the celebrations commemorating the staff and volunteers of the Walkinstown Social Services Centre. The staff and volunteers there have, over a 50-year period, served the elderly and the Walkinstown community in such a professional and human manner that it strengthens our resolve that there is far more goodness in this world than badness.
In the summer of 1995, a meeting was called by a small group of residents and people who cared about Fatima Mansions. From this meeting, Fatima Groups United was established, and a new journey began that would lead to the regeneration of Fatima Mansions.
An amazing transformation has taken place in Bluebell since the provision of the Youth, Ladies and Community Centre.
They say “paper never refuses ink” and “good news doesn’t sell papers”. All the same, sometimes one would get exasperated listening to radio news broadcasts and newspapers portraying young people as causing all sorts of horrors and devastation. I have a huge problem with the constant negative portrayal of young people.