May 12, 2016
Ascension day is the 40th day of Easter. We celebrate it every year and the whole communtiy goes out for an outing in the park. This year we choose Gosford park again like last year. Its a good time of the year to have picnic as the weather is sunny and we again re visit the nature reserve as well as different kinds of animals. We had a community walk before and after the picnic and the day went well as everyone really had a great time with the nature walk and the summer sunshine!
March 23, 2016
The Easter Festival in Camphill Ballybay
Very sooon we will be celebrating Easter. It is a wonderful festival, set as it is into the early Springtime, with the coming of new life, new light, and the promise of milder days to come.
In the Christian year, Easter can only be gained by going through the days of Holy week, and thus preparing inwardly to celebrate the festival.
Many of you will think that all this has just got to do with the Church, with organised religion, and therefore cannot even try to relate to it. However, consider this. Easter and what it is about has to do with each and every one of us, with our inner experiences, our inner divine, and possibilities of redemption in the broadest sense of the word.
You will have gathered by now that the essence of Christianity is something very important to Camphill. We see the Christian festivals as vehicles, or milestones, to carry us through the year, and to celebrate our human nature and our divine nature at the same time. And every time we behold each other with compassion and understanding, it is (either consciously or unconciously) the Christ Being at work in us. This has very little to do with Churches or Religion- but rather to do with personal realities.
March 17, 2016
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Paddy's Day, Big Day Out. We enjoy this year's St. Patrick's Festival Parade in excellent weather conditions today in Monaghan!.The streets of Monaghan were awash with colour as the 2016 Parade,themed Imagine If…
February 14, 2016
Its Valentines Day and everyone is busy preparing for lunch party. Its the first time to celebrate Valentines party in Brighid house after how many months of refurbishment. The atmosphere was perfect, a lots of Love decorations around the house and ofcourse we had a chance to taste different kinds of cuisine from different countries made by coworkers. The day went great and we had so much fun!
February 9, 2016
December 10, 2015 CHRISTMAS PARTY
November 22, 2015 CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE
Traditionally, we have a Craft Sale for Christmas.
Our community sells different kind of things from our
workshops: beautiful candles, colorful weaving stuff,
delicious cakes and waffles and our own organic
grown vegetables, jams, juices. Our tea room turned
into flea market and that was the highlight for most of
the visitors. We had 3 raffles in which you could win
for example, a basket full of Camphill products.
Thank you for all the people who came and supported
us with donations. We hope for many more
people and for better weather on Summer craft sale
next year! Congratulations to all the Raffle Winners:
1st Prize: Patrick O’Neil who won the Lamp
2nd Prize: Carmel Ray who got the Galway crystal
3rd Prize: Mildred Clarke - Care Chemist hamper
4th Prize: Lucy Moffet - Ballybay Chemist hamper
October 30, 2015 HALLOWEEN PARTY
We always celebrate Halloween with Raymond’s Birthday. We all dressed up in different spooky scary costumes and Raymond chose to be a wicked witch this year. We gathered together in the hall which was decorated in a Jungle theme with lots of spider webs by Natasja. We had variety of creepy and horrifying foods like bloodly sausage fingers, a pumpkin vomiting guacamole and spooky cupcakes. After eating, we had games and the spine tingling dance party. Ofcourse, we had a matching sound track for the dancing which everyone enjoyed. So, out and out we had a wonderful creepy evening.
October 1, 2015
On Thursday, the 1st of October we celebrated Michealmas day in our community. It is the feast of Micheal the Archangel. One day before we started our preparations: Some of the residents and co-worker harvested the vegetables from our garden and prepared them in the Hall. The art-class painted a big picture of St. Micheal and the dragon which we hang up next to the altar and the weavers decorated the table for lunch.
On Thursday morning we had a service in the Hall where we lit seven candles, sang a Michealmas hymn and Bible reading.
After the service we started to prepare for our Michealmas lunch: Each house prepared one meal. We had soup, stew, gulash, breadbuns from our bakery, salad and cakes for our community lunch. After the meal we sang Michealmas hymns and Sigi shared a story about Michealmas “St. Micheal and the Dragon” which everyone enjoyed. It was a lovely day indeed.
August 15, 2015
On Saturday 15th August Alan, Kevin o'Kelly, John an myself were in Tydavnet show. Pauline bought us there. There were a lot of people at the show. We walked around there and had burger and chips. At 3:00 we got on our horses. There were people to lead us around in a big circle. Then we had to salute to a Judge standing in the circle. Myself came first, Alan was the second and John was third. We got a place and a rosette. We really enjoyed the show.
Christmas in Camphill Ballybay
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Nowadays, although the meaning has changed, we still celebrate Halloween as a big party and on the 31st October we all dressed up and danced until late, it was great fun.
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In the same day we presented an adaptation of the play "The green snake and beautiful Lily" which tell us a story of people coming together and overcoming their weaknesses.
The King of Ireland's Son
Published on: Mon 19th Aug, 2013
It was a fantastic feeling to follow through the different stories in the tale and to make it our own and much more to see everybody work on it together putting in a lot of effort to make the perfomance at the end of the week as good as possible - and it was fantastic! We are grateful for a week full of storytelling, inspiration and fun.
Kevin O'Kelly's Birthday
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Milking in Ballybay
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Summer Party 2012
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Outing to the American Folk Park
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