On last Friday’s Good Morning
Show, host Bridie Sheeran and newsreader Angela Cameron were joined by
Elaine Browne, founder of Perspective peer support centre, which has
opened its doors above the Family Resource Centre on Mount Street.
talked about how peer support differs from other mental health
services, and how her own struggles have given her the experience to
become a peer support practitioner.
Her peer support group runs on Wednesday evenings at 7.15 pm. A men’s peer group will run weekly starting Tue 16th April. Also available are a ‘writing for wellbeing’ group, and a monthly carers’ group.
Elaine is not currently making
money from this work – it all goes back into developing the centre. She
told Bridie about the fundraising activities coming up, including a
night of trad with tea & coffee on 3rd May, 7.30 -10.30 pm.
Perspective will officially open Mon 27th May, with surprise special guest on the night – all welcome.
Paddy Connolly celebrated his 99th birthday two months ago. Congratulations Paddy!
But his age doesn’t stop him socialising – or from being the best old-time waltzer in the West of Ireland for his age. And at the social dances every weekend, he’s dressed to kill – as you can see from the photo.
CCR’s Bridie Sheeran is a
frequent dancing partner of Paddy’s, and she recently went to interview
him, along with mutual friend Seamus Hughes.
Paddy has witnessed
World War 2, poverty, emigration, and rural electrification, and
remembers food scarcity, the travelling shops, getting water from the
well, arranged marriages, babies born at home, and the days of rampant
He sat down with Bridie to look back and remember – and even confess to ‘re-routing’ the electricity now and then!
Ultan Conlon hails from East Galway, and music is in his blood.
Last Friday, Anne McLoughlin caught up with him on the phone, ahead of a big gig at Whelan’s in Dublin.
He talked about where good songs come from, about the difference between house concerts and venue gigs, and about the challenges of making it as a professional musician these days (clue: teaching music helps).
His current album is ‘The Last Days of the Night Owl’.
He’s playing Westport House on 18th May, and may also be playing in Claremorris over the summer. Watch this space!
For more interviews, news, music and chat, join the Good Morning Show every weekday morning 9-11 a.m., live on 94.6 FM.