Dove House Awards Ceremony

Well done to all the participants in Dove House who completed a Literacy Course this year. Participants and their families were treated to cakes and buns specially prepared in Dove House for their awards ceremony in early June.

Front L-R Mary Kissane, Clare Walsh,Mary Tynan,Alan O 'Hanlon,Sarah Kenny Back L-R: Mary Dobbyn ,Gary Adams,Francis Bergin, Michael Mc.Evoy ,Nicky Rea

Front L-R Mary Kissane, Clare Walsh,Mary Tynan,Alan O ‘Hanlon,Sarah Kenny
Back L-R: Mary Dobbyn ,Gary Adams,Francis Bergin, Michael Mc.Evoy & Nicky Rea, with their tutor Anne Scanlon

 

 

Tommy Ryan’s Book Launch

Thomas Ryan launched his book of poetry “New Beginnings” in Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre, LOETB, in May. Thomas’ talent was discovered in his Creative Writing Class two years ago & since then he has written 20 poems.

“It took two years to get it right” said Tommy, “the course is very enjoyable & I had a great time. I would like to thank my tutor Denise Dunne for her encouragement & support”.

Following the launch in Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre, Thomas had a subsequent launch in Eamon’s coffee shop in Portarlington. His book is available to buy in shops in Portarlington for €10 & Thomas is giving all proceeds to the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul.

From poems about everyday life, the green bus that travels through his town & a poem about 1916, these poems are certainly worth a read. All the staff and his fellow students in PFETC wish Tommy the very best & look forward to seeing more of his writings.

Tommy Ryan with Denise Dunne, Creative Writing Tutor

Tommy Ryan with Denise Dunne, Creative Writing Tutor

Joan Phelan & Henley Pheng pictured at Tommy's book launch

Joan Phelan & Henley Pheng pictured at Tommy’s book launch

Sabrina Bowden, Theresa Doyle, Leanne Swaine, Jennifer Hayes & Cherie Talbot at Tommy's book launch

Sabrina Bowden, Theresa Doyle, Leanne Swaine, Jennifer Hayes & Cherie Talbot at Tommy’s book launch