Roscrea's Autism Awareness day heralded as a "huge success"

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Roscrea's Autism Awareness day heralded as a "huge success"

Committee and helpers: Back: Charlie, Marguerite Ryan, Yvonne Coughlan, Nicola Carroll. Middle row: Damien Carroll, Aine McGee, Florence O Brien, Michael Smith. Front: Colm Fitzpatrick, Damien Gleeson

On Sunday 19th August, Autism Awareness Roscrea held an Autism Friendly Family Fun Day in the Glebe Park, Roscrea.
From early morning, the park was a hive of activity, with bouncy castles being inflated and tents and gazebos being erected.

There was lots of activities lined up apart from the bouncy castles, which naturally proved a massive hit. We also had sensory play, slime making, face painting, lego building, colouring and story telling to mention a few. We also had the unveiling of our wonderful benches and fairy trail. Although the event was scheduled to run from 2 to 6pm, there were plenty of visitors by 1.30 and there were many still there after 6pm too.

Pic: Marguerite Ryan and her Son Ramey

The kindness and generosity we experienced was wonderful, the sound of laughter and giggles from children and adults while playing rang through the park. This event would not have been possible without the support of Tipperary County Council and Creative Ireland Community Grant Scheme and the generosity of the following: Cenit Group, Eurogiant, Gleann Glas Residents Committee, Claire Larkin and David Kruse, our community and visitors on the day. Without volunteers this day would not take place so to you the volunteers a sincere thank you for your hard work: Parking and assistance on the day: Liam Stapleton, Buddy and Sam Conlon, James Boland, Flor O Brien, Noel Fairbrother.

Sommer Byrne and her fabulous calming tunes, Mike Edwards ready to assist in First Aid, Sinead and Robyn O Brien and Caroline Carroll in the Table Top Activities Tent creating Lego masterpieces, Mary Treacy from Little Learners and her helpers including Anna Bochnak creating opportunities for Sensory Play.

Our fairies Mary Mc Namara and Nicola Carroll spread magical fairy dust wherever they went and our Fairy Queen Jessica Shakespeare who read many enchanting tales. The perseverance of Michelle Wymbs and Teresa Delaney and the face painting activities has to be admired, the sheer delight on children’s faces from dinosaurs to unicorns was wonderful.

From the start ‘Bounce About’ Freda and David and their team were on board and ensured that all children were happy on the day with a variety of play equipment that was fun, safe and open to all children to play.

To the residents of Carrolls Row and Ballahall you have been patient and kind in permitting this fun event in your area. Sgt Paul Kelly and your staff who made time to come visit us on the day and chat with children encouraging community involvement.

Many of you would have seen our beautifully designed Adult and Child Benches constructed with love by St Cronan’s Services and sensory responsive Fairy Doors and the fairies have recently moved into their little homes, the Worry and Wishes Plaque powered by Fairy Magic turns worries into wishes once the children use it, a positive example of our community working together to make a difference. We would also like to thank the various media outlets who were so generous in helping us to promote this wonderful event.

This is the beginning of our journey in creating awareness of Autism in our community and next year’s event is already being planned with improvements and more activities. Please like and follow our page on social media as we will be active and announcing more adventures in the near future.