CULLEN and DISTRICT SPECIAL NEEDS ASSOCIATION

CULLEN and DISTRICT SPECIAL NEEDS ASSOCIATION

The Christmas season got off to a great start in Cullen on Sat. Dec. 2nd, when the Cullen and District special Needs Association hosted the 37th  annual Christmas Mass in the seasonally decorated Cullen Community Centre, which was much admired and appreciated by all guests. The sun shone brightly as all assembled for Mass celebrated by Cullen native  Fr,Anthony O’Keeffe, with the local choir and organist Susan O’Connor, adding to the celebration and making it such a special and meaningful occasion. Dr.Casey welcomed all the guests and was delighted to see such a great crowd. Afterwards there was plenty of food, music and craic to pass the afternoon, including a brilliant disco with D.J. Sean Sheehan.  There was no scarcity of dancers among the guests who also contributed songs.

In the meantime the ladies from Kanturk Red Cross had a busy evening as many of the guests enjoyed some relaxing hand massage and nail painting.

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Cullen & District Special Needs Association Prizegiving Event 2017

The ten week Sponsored Weight Loss Programme in aid of Cullen & District Special Needs Association came to an end on Monday, 13th March 2017 in Cullen Community Centre. A total of 465 lbs was lost over the ten weeks and a total of €5,270.00 was contributed. Sincere congratulations to the organisers, the winners and all those who helped in any way to make the annual event such a tremendous success. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

And we share lots more pictures from the wonderfully praiseworthy annual event.  John Tarrant will have full details of winners in the “Corkman”. [read more …] “Cullen & District Special Needs Association Prizegiving Event 2017”

CULLEN and DISTRICT SPECIAL NEEDS ASSOCIATION

CULLEN and DISTRICT SPECIAL NEEDS ASSOCIATION

Our 36 th Annual Christmas Mass and Party took place on Saturday last,Dec.3rd  in Cullen Community Centre..    Weather conditions were perfect and a large number of our special friends attended with their families, friends or carers attended, from afar as Mallow and Kanturk to Newmarket, Millstreet  and Gneeveguilla.

Mass was celebrated by Canon Jack Fitzgerald, and the local Choir added to the celebration with appropriate Christmas hymns and carols. Good food, music and dancing kick-started the festive season for all present, whose energy and enthusiasm could put many to shame. Our DJ Andrew Lynch supplied some wonderful disco music and contributed in no small way to the success of the party. As usual each guest received a gift. Dr.Pat Casey had a busy evening as he made the presentations and he thanked everybody who helped to make the Party such a success.   A group of ladies from the Kanturk branch of the Red Cross, returned again this year offering hand massage and hail painting to all guests, and this was very much enjoyed and appreciated

Many thanks to all who came and supported the afternoon to make it such a success.

Cullen and District S.N.A. wish all their special friends, supporters and sponsors all the Joys and Blessings of Christmas with the best of health and happiness in the New Year

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Our 35th Annual Christmas Mass and Party took place on Saturday Dec.5th in Cullen Community Centre. In spite of the wind and rain we were thrilled with the turn out from afar as Mallow and Kanturk to Newmarket, Millstreet and Gneeveguila. A large number of our special friends with their families, friends or carers attended.

Mass was celebrated by Canon Jack Fitzgerald, and the local Choir added to the celebration with appropriate Christmas hymns and carols. Good food, music and dancing kick-started the festive season for all present, whose energy and enthusiasm could put many to shame. Our DJ Andrew Lynch supplied some wonderful disco music and contributed in no small way to the success of the party. As usual each guest received a gift. Dr.Pat Casey had a busy evening as he made the presentations and he thanked everybody who helped to make the Party such a success. Great credit is due to the organising committee and the many helpers who did trogan work behind the scenes to ensure that everything was in order for the evening. A new addition this year was a visit from a group of ladies from the Kanturk/Millstreet branch of the Red Cross offering hand massage and nail painting to all guests, and this was very much enjoyed and appreciated

Many thanks to all who came and supported the afternoon to make it such a success.

 

Cullen and District S.N.A. wish all their special friends, supporters and sponsors all the Joys and Blessings of Christmas with the best of health and happiness in the New Year

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Cullen and District Special Needs Association

Just to inform you our Zumba classes finish on March 9th 2015.

There will also be no weigh in on the 16th March 2015.

The Weigh-in will conclude on March 23rd 2015. There will be a presentation of trophies to the winners of weight loss and sponsorship collected.
There will also be a presentation of cheques to the representatives of centers caring for those with special needs.

Sponsorship cards can also be returned at any stage.

Cullen and District Special Needs Association

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Party yourself into shape!!

**Annual sponsored Weigh-In**

commences on Monday Jan 12th

In Cullen Community Centre.

**Zumba Fitness Classes**

conducted by

Lauren O’Shea

beginning

on

Monday Jan 19th

continuing to

Monday March 9th

at 8pm!!

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The Christmas season got off to a fantastic start in the newly renovated and attractively decorated Cullen Community Centre on Sat. Dec 6th when the 34th Annual Special Needs Association Christmas Mass and Party proved to be another memorable occasion. Mass was celebrated by Canon Jack Fitzgerald, accompanied by Susan O’Connor, and the local choir adding to the occasion. Afterwards there was plenty of food, music and craic to pass the afternoon, including a brilliant disco with D.J. Andrew Lynch.  There was no scarcity of dancers among the guests who also contributed songs.

 The highlight for many was when Dr. Casey finished off the evening by presenting each one of our special friends with a Christmas gift. It is always a wonderful day for families and carers. Despite the absence of a number of regulars, some of whom had gone to their eternal reward and others who were indisposed through illness, a large number attended. Many renewed old acquaintances, as this evening attracts a regular clientele from outside the area. Once again the committee excelled themselves in staging this event, and they would like to thank everybody who ensured that the evening was so successful. A special thanks to all sponsors, helpers and the media who promote our events.

We are indebted to the many people who have given so generously of their time, their talents and their resources over the years .

Cullen and District Special Needs Association wish all their Special Friends, their Supporters and Sponsors all the Joys and Blessings of Christmas with the best of Health and Happiness in the New Year.

(Moira O’Keeffe. Sec.)

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Presentation to Kathleen & Geff in Cullen

We thank Sheila Fitzgerald for the excellent photograph and the following caption:  Cullen and District Special Needs Association honoured it's two founder members last Monday night with a get together at the local Community Hall. The event was organised to mark the couple's 50th Wedding Anniversary, and their fellow members presented them with a commemorative plaque and a decorative anniversary cake Kathleen and Geff O Sullivan established the Special Needs Association 35 years ago and in the initial years held fundraising Vintage Shows at their own home. This event was relocated to the local Sports Grounds in later years and the subsequently named annual Harvest Day has always been a great success for the Club while the Weigh In during the Winter/Spring months is one of their major fundraisers. Secretary Moira O Keeffe told the Corkman that Kathleen and Geff  were "outstanding" and worked extremely hard at every event throughout the 35 years. "We only had to ring and ask for anything and it was done" Moira said, and this was indorsed by all those present. Monies raised by the Association go to Cope Kanturk, Mallow, and Cork, St. Joseph's Foundation, Charleville, Tearman Lodge, Rathmore, and The Monastery, Killarney."
We thank Sheila Fitzgerald for the excellent photograph and the following caption: “Cullen and District Special Needs Association honoured its two founder members on Monday night with a get together at Cullen Community Centre. The event was organised to mark the couple’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and their fellow members presented them with a commemorative plaque and a decorative anniversary cake.  Kathleen and Geff O Sullivan established the Special Needs Association 35 years ago and in the initial years held fundraising Vintage Shows at their own home. This event was relocated to the local Sports Grounds in later years and subsequently named the Annual Harvest Day and has always been a great success for the Club while the Weigh In during the Winter/Spring months is one of the major fundraisers.
Secretary Moira O Keeffe told the Corkman that Kathleen and Geff were “outstanding” and worked extremely hard at every event throughout the 35 years.
“We only had to ring and ask for anything and it was done” Moira said, and this was endorsed by all those present.
Monies raised by the Association go to COPE Kanturk, Mallow, and Cork, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Charleville, Tearman Lodge, Rathmore, and The Monastery, Killarney.”  Click on the picture to enlarge.  Sheila’s full report is scheduled to appear in this week’s “Corkman”    ( S.R.)

Cullen & District Special Needs Association – Weigh-in

Cullen Weigh In - lose weightIt’s that time of year again Christmas has passed and we invite you all to join us for our 29th Annual Weigh-in, beginning on tomorrow Monday Jan. 20th at 8.00 p.m, in the newly renovated Cullen Community Centre. Dr. Pat Casey will again oversee the Weigh in. There will be Aerobics conducted by Máire Heffernan and Hannah O’Connor followed by music and dance each night… (aerobics begin Jan 27th). We are extremely grateful to the many people who give so generously of their time, their talents, their services and their resources over the years to assist in our fund – raising efforts; all who sponsor and help to make the vintage afternoon such a great success, all who support our Weigh – in, and the media who promote our events.

Cullen and District Special Needs Association

Cullen and District Special Needs Association

29th Annual Weigh In commences on

Monday. January 20th 2014 at 8 p.m.

Cullen Community Centre

Aerobics begin on January 27th at 8p.m. followed by music and dancing at 8.30p.m.

Do Come Along!!!

Everybody Welcome !!!

We hope to see you there!!!

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Final Night Monday March 24th

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CULLEN and DISTRICT SPECIAL NEEDS ASSOCIATION;

The Christmas season got off to a great start in Cullen on Sat. Dec. 7th when the Cullen and District special Needs Association hosted the 33rd  annual Christmas Mass in the newly renovated Cullen Community Centre, which was much admired and appreciated by all guests. The sun shone brightly as all assembled for Mass celebrated by Canon Jack Fitzgerald, P.P. with the local choir and organist Susan O’Connor, adding to the celebration and making it such a special and meaningful occasion. Chairperson Breda O’Riordan welcomed all and was delighted to see such a great crowd.

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Annual Sponsored Weigh in. 2013

The grand finale of our 28th Annual Weigh in was on Monday Mar. 25th, when a large number of participants eagerly awaited the announcement of the winners in the different categories. Dr. Pat Casey was kept busy calculating the weight loss of the different participants, while the officers collected sponsorship cards and money. There was a great party atmosphere, as refreshments were served and wonderful music played by our faithful group of musicians, who are a joy to dance to or just to listen to their fine music.
Results as follows:-

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grand finaleThe grand finale of our 28th Annual Weigh is on Monday Mar. 25th, when a large number of participants will eagerly await the announcement of the winners in the different categories.

We appeal to all who took sponsorship cards to return them on or before March 25th when trophies, again generously sponsored by Robert Guerin, Ballydaly, will be presented to winners: – 1st , 2nd , 3rd to both ladies and gents for weight loss and 1st , 2nd , 3rd for Sponsorship collected.

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Cullen & District Special Needs Association Annual Weigh-in Begins Tonight

Cullen & District Special Needs Association Annual Weigh-in begins tonight at 8.00 sharp in Cullen Community Centre.    People have been enquiring as to whether it was taking place tonight in the light of the present weather conditions.    The decision (as we note at 3.40 pm) is to have the event go ahead as originally planned.   If there are any further updates we shall upload here as soon as we become aware of any further indications.   ( S.R.)

CULLEN and DISTRICT SPECIAL NEEDS ASSOCIATION 32nd Annual Christmas Mass and Party- Saturday Dec. 8th.

CULLEN and DISTRICT SPECIAL NEEDS ASSOCIATION

 32nd Annual Christmas Mass and Party- Saturday Dec. 8th.

The 32nd anniversary of our first Christmas Mass and party was celebrated in Cullen Community Centre on Sat. Dec.8th  and it certainly lived up to the success of the previous parties, some saying it was one of the best. Invitations were sent to approx. 100 special guests and their families. Despite the absence of a number of regulars, some of whom had gone to their eternal reward and others who were indisposed through illness, over 70 plus families and carers attended.

It commenced as usual with Mass in the Community Centre celebrated by Fr. Jack Fitzgerald who made the ceremony so special, with the Choir and organist Susan O’Connor adding to the occasion with appropriate  hymns and Christmas Carols. A wide assortment of fine food, refreshments and punch was then served to all and as the tables were cleared it was on to the dance floor for a fantastic disco with top class music from our faithful D. J. Andrew Lynch

Chairperson Breda O’Riordan welcomed all guests, families, carers and helpers and thanked all who contributed to the success of the party.

William Fitzgerald videoed our party and following on the recent successful launch of Cork Music Station, he presented a substantial cheque to Sec. Moira O’Keeffe.

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Cullen & District Special Needs Association Award Night 2011

Prizewinners, Sponsors and Committee Members of the Cullen & District Special Needs Association on the final night of the Sponsored Weight Loss Programme 2011 when the annual prizes were awarded at Cullen Community Centre on Monday, 21st March 2011.

Conor Visits Cullen & District Special Needs Association Christmas Party

Conor Counihan was a very popular Guest of Honour at the Cullen & District Special Needs Association's Annual Christmas Party on 11th Dec. 2010.

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Cullen & District Special Needs Association Christmas Party 2010

Some of the dedicated organisers of the annual Cullen & District Special Needs Association Christmas Party which was held in Cullen Community Centre on Sat. 11th Dec. 2010. Lots more pictures to follow later featuring Conor Counihan distributing the presents.

Cullen & District Special Needs Association 12th Annual VIntage Rally & Old Time Threshing

Cullen & District Special Needs Association 12th Annual VIntage Rally & Old Time Threshing

Sunday July 25th (Laitiarain Sunday) Cullen GAA Grounds.

Fun for all the Family

Live Music – Cullen Pipe Band followed by Mike, Helen and Southern Pride.

Children’s Sports @2pmTractor Competitions, Sheep Dog Exhibition, Raffles, Numerous Side Shows.

Cullen and District Annual Sponsored Weigh-In

CULLEN and DISTRICT ANNUAL SPONSORED WEIGH-IN 2010

1979 – 2010

by

Moira O’Keeffe

It was all systems go in Cullen Community Centre on Mon. Feb.1st for the 25th annual sponsored weigh in. It was great to renew acquaintances from previous years and also to welcome many new faces. It was a big night for us as the weigh in had been postponed by two weeks due to the inclement weather in January.

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Annual Sponsored Weigh in.

The grand finale of our Annual Weigh in was on Monday Mar. 20th, when a large number of participants eagerly awaited the announcement of the winners in the different categories. They are as follows:-


Weight Loss; Ladies – 1st Mary Buckley, Rathcoole, 31 lbs.
2nd Julianne Daly,Clongeel, 21 lbs.
3rd Eileen Murphy, Shanacknuck, 19 llbs

Gents – 1st Patrick Fleming, Renasup, Gneeveguilla 32 lbs.
2nd Pat Hickey, Nohovaldaly, Rathmore 31 lbs.
3rd Con O’Keeffe, Banteer 24lbs.

Money Collected:- 1st Mary O’Brien, Carrigaline, € 770.00
2nd Pat Hickey, Nohovaldaly, Rathmore € 700.00
3rd Nora Ryan, Ard Mhuire, Rathmore, € 500.00

Total Money collected: – €14,000.00. Total Weight Lost :- 1,206 lbs.

Trophies were presented to all the above winners.

Many thanks to all our wonderful participants, sponsors and all who contributed in any way to the success of this annual event.

Special mention is merited by Hannah O’ Connor who has just completed her 10th year looking after and guiding the popular aerobic classes and whose contribution to the success of the Weigh-in is immense.

Our talented musicians never let us down, we know we can always depend on Kathleen O’Keeffe, Marie Casey, Finbar Murphy, Seamus Buckley and towards the end we were joined by the Linehan Family and friends from Millstreet.

Special mention was made of the late Alice O’Sullivan, Lisnaboy when her recent death was referred to. She was a true friend of the Association from the beginning in 1979 and always supported the many fundraising functions and events that are ongoing. Her pleasant smile and her warm hand of friendship will be sadly missed from all these events. Sympathy was extended to the O’Sullivan Family who are so actively involved in the Association. May she Rest in Peace.

The origins and history of:

Cullen & District Friends of the Handicapped

For decades past parents and families of mentally handicapped children had soldiered alone to care for their special children. With the advent of Community Care and community involvement in all aspects of Christian living, group at local level would be of tremendous benefit to everyone involved. Inspired by the wonderful work being done by other enthusiastic groups in outlying parishes under the auspices of Cork Polio, the wheels were set in motion for a new initiative in this respect.

Officials from Cork Polio and General After-care Association were invited to attend the inaugral meeting which took place in Cullen Community Centre (The Old Technical School) on April 10th 1979. Attendance by the local community exceeded all expectations which was very heartening indeed. Cork Polio officials present were John Birmingham, John Teegan, Con Dennehy and Mrs Dennehy. They presented a very informative programme consisting of an introduction talk by John Birmingham followed by a slide presentation showing the work being done by Cork Polio in the care of the mentally handicapped.

A local committee was formed. The first elected officers of the newly formed “Association for Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped” were as follows:

President : Fr Tom Pierse, C.C, (Cullen)
Chairperson : Geoff O’Sullivan
Vice Chairperson : Kit Hickey
Secretary :Brendan Murphy
Assistant Secretary :Peg Murphy
Treasurer :Mary O’Sullivan
Members included :Peggy O’Riordan, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Phyllis O’Connor, Margaret
Goulding, Eileen Murphy, Margaret Fitzgerald, Therese Murphy,
Bridgit Hickey, Sean & Nellie Murphy, Sean O’Sullivan, Noreen
Dennehy, Mary Forde and Nora O’Connor.

MAJOR FUNDRAISING EVENTS

THE OLD-TIME THRESHING:

Having established the existence of a compact committee and a much larger support group, it was decided to plan a major fundraising event. Many ideas were proposed, but the final choice was an old time threshing and vintage exhibition, which became known as “The Gala Harvest Afternoon”

SPONSORED WEIGHT LOSS:

The Sponsored Weight Loss is the greatest fund raising event that we have each year. No. 1 is is most enjoyable where all participants meet on the first night to join up, they are weighed by Dr Pat Casey, Millstreet. Each person is given a card showing their weight on the night and after a little chat with the Doctor their ideal and target weight is also written on the card. They are then weighed every Monday night and their cards are marked by Dr Casey. It is quite easy to know how each person is doing because Dr Casey being a very jolly man asks for a round of applause for those who have lost weight .
Each night before they are weighed, the participants have the opportunity of taking part in an Aerobics Class. For those not interested in Aerobics but who like dancing, can dance to Polka sets or any other dance while shedding the pounds.

Our aim is to build a respite centre for the handicapped. We have purchased a site in Cullen with the money collected by our participants.