In March of this year our one day / week Activation Programme commenced on a 10 week pilot basis. This programme aims to provide meaningful activities and ongoing learning opportunities in the magical and safe environment of the Field of Dreams. It is geared at those adults who wish to partake in a variety of social and practical activities and gain new experiences in areas such as horticulture, catering and arts and crafts.
Soft fruit specialists, Keelings, transform the field of dreams by constructing 2 large polytunnels
C-Field Construction leave no stone unturned for Field of Dreams.
We may have been quiet online recently but only because we have been really busy on site. The excitement is mounting every day as the plan takes shape before our eyes under the expert and careful eye of C-Field Construction Site Foreman, Gerry Ryan. Gerry, seen with our own Ray O’Callaghan, and his team have been fantastic – a pure pleasure to work with and seem to be enjoying helping the dream unfold as much as we are. As you can see from the image, the construction work is very nearly complete and it seems an excellent time to thank C-Field Construction for their huge support of this project. Míle buíochas leis an bhfoireann ar fad.
Active Leisure Charity Family Fun Day
in conjunction with
Down Syndrome Cork’s Field of Dreams
Ballincollig Rugby Club
on Sunday April 23rd 2017
Active Leisure will host a Charity Family Fun Day from 2 to 5pm on Sunday, April 23rd in Ballincollig Rugby Club, in conjunction with Down Syndrome Cork’s Field of Dreams.
The Field of Dreams is a horticultural and social farming initiative by Down Syndrome Cork which will provide meaningful work and life skills development opportunities for adults with Down Syndrome.
On the day, activities will include bungee trampolines, train rides, bouncing castles and slides, face painting and much much more.
Admission is €20 per family (two adults and up to three children) or €5 per person and all rides and entertainment be included in the admission price.
Rory O’Sullivan, the event organizer from Active Leisure Entertainment, said that this will be a large-scale family fun day extravaganza, which will feature activities and entertainment for all ages, and that anyone attending will be supporting this very worthy cause.
Family tickets are available at the gate of Ballincollig Rugby Club on the day. For further information please contact Active Leisure on 087 2795848.
A great day of fun guaranteed at the Ballincollig Rugby Club on Sunday, 23rd April. This event is a family fun day organised by Active Leisure and proceeds will benefit DSCork Field of Dreams. Entry is a flat rate of €5 or a family ticket is €20.
Bouncy castles, obstacle courses, games, food and goodies – you name it and it will be there!
Click on link below to see Ray and Megan with Daithi and Nuala, talking about DS Cork and our journey to the Field of Dreams
Check out footage from our Sod Turning event on 18th February – thanks to parent Gary McGrath !
Press Release. 18th February 2017
The Field of Dreams is a horticultural and social farming initiative by Down Syndrome Cork which will provided meaningful work and life skills development opportunities for adults with Down syndrome. On Saturday 18th February, the ceremonial ‘turning of the sod’ was celebrated at the Field of Dreams ,in Clash Road, Curraheen, on a 3 acre site leased from Munster Agricultural Society. Adults with Down Syndrome were joined by their families, invited guests and supporters on this beautiful spring day to mark the culmination of five years hard work.
Ray O’Callaghan, Chairman of Down Syndrome Cork gave a brief background to the project, what inspired it, and why it is so badly needed. He thanked the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Department of Health and Cork Educational Training Board for their essential support.
Special guests included County Mayor Cllr Seamus McGrath, Minister Michael Creed TD, Kathleen Lynch and celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin – all of whom spoke eloquently about the challenges facing adults with Down Syndrome and their families. They acknowledged that the 95% unemployment rate among adults with Down Syndrome is unacceptably high. They also endorsed the aim of DS Cork in supporting its adult members to gain skills and experience that will improve their job opportunities.
Ray thanked the Cork business community for their help in making the Field of Dreams a reality, in particular the following key sponsors: PM Group, CField Construction, M&S, ESB, Keelings, Dansko Food Ltd.
A reception at the Kingsley Hotel, Victoria Cross ensued, with Dansko Foods kindly sponsoring refreshments for the 80+ people who attended. Adults with Ds hosted this reception, and they used this opportunity to showcase their own achievements and abilities.
The event was formally closed by Ray, who thanked everyone again for their support, and he commended the unwavering dedication of the Board members for to the project. He reminded all present that we DO need more financial support, we DO need expertise in different shapes and forms…we DO need volunteers….in his words ‘loads done, loads more to do!’
As a fitting note to the Sod-turning event, builders are scheduled to break ground at the site over the coming weeks.
For more information on being part of the Field of Dreams, contact Sharon Mulcahy on email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more photographs follow Facebook link
We had great fun filming this thanks to Gerard and Eugene from Dell/EMC who sponsored the production. They were so engaging and natural with us and made us feel really special. Thank you lads and thank you DELL/EMC for your confidence in our project. We think this short video gives a great insight into the value and potential of Field of Dreams; we hope you agree.
If you would like to contribute to our dream we will bring you to our EVERYDAY HERO donation page here.