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Christmas & New Year Celebrations
February 14, 2018
Christmas and New Year at Oak View is always a magical time, with residents getting into the spirit of the season. With an array of activities and entertainment it was hard to be bored!
This festive season included a coffee morning at Castle Manor with musical entertainment which included recitals by the Rugby Choir, followed by a lively Christmas Party and a visit from Santa Claus himself.
We got all creative too, with the residents of Oak View making Christmas cards, wreaths, decorations and iced Christmas cakes. Everyone had lots of fun with this.
Over the festive period we were blessed to have visits from several choirs and talented singers such as; the Drumm Choir, the Rugby Choir and Mother's Union (Buttlersbridge Baptist Choir). All of whom gave outstanding performances, not to be outdone of course by Ernan Gilleran who made our weekly Mass uplifting with his talented, angelic voice.
Our Annual Residents Christmas Party took place on the 9th December. It was an outstanding success, with music on both floors. Francie Rudden & his band entertained in The Willow Suite. Michael Moran kept the musical beats going in The Elm Suite, which also had a visit from Santa who bestowed gifts on each resident. Great fun and laughter was had during our 'Jolly Jumper' competition, which was won by Maureen Donohoe & Nurse Deidre Murphy. The dancing and spot prizes also went down a treat with our residents.
One of the highlights of 2017 was the much anticipated celebrations for Maggie Timmons 100th birthday on 18th December. Starting off a 3 day celebration, on the Friday we celebrated with Maggie here at Oak View. On the Saturday, Maggie celebrated with her family at the Seven Horseshoes Hotel, Belturbet. To round up the celebrations, a special Mass was said for Maggie on the Sunday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (celebrated by Jason Murphy). A Civic Reception at the Town Hall gave the locals & Maggie's neighbours a chance to celebrate with their much loved 100 year old Belturbet lady (born & bred). Maggie's generosity shone through when she donated all her gifts/presents to the 'Irish Heart Foundation' in memory of her son Michael. This was a beautiful gesture on Maggie's part and one which provided a great financial boost to the charity.
Celebrating the meaning of Christmas, we had a Church of Ireland service on the 22nd December, conducted by the Dean of Kilmore. This was his first visit to us in Oak View and drew a large congregation. Christmas Day Mass was held at 11 o'clock, celebrated by Jason Murphy.
On New Year's Eve, we saw the welcome return of Nigel Livingstone. His lively entertainment had everyone in merry spirits as we all rang in the New Year together.