Out and About

Out and About
Dublin’s first Cycle of Light in aid of NCBI

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) will hold its first ‘Cycle of Light’ event on August 25. This event will see 100 people cycle into the darkness of night for sight loss. From 8.30pm until dark participants will cycle from Dalkey to Howth and back to Dalkey, via the outskirts of Dublin city. Also cyclists can also choose to take part in relays and just cover one leg of the journey.

This is a unique 85km night time cycling tour shining a light for those living with sight loss and raising vital funds for NCBI’s rehabilitation and children services.

Entrepreneur and former Dragon’s Den star, Sean Gallagher, is the Ambassador for the Cycle of Light. “We all need to be grateful for our sight and be aware of people who are blind or visually impaired. I know first-hand what it is like to experience sight difficulties having been born with congenital cataracts. I have seen the great work NCBI do,” he said, encouraging participation in the night cycle.

NCBI’s services include emotional support and counselling, low vision solutions like magnifiers, assistive technology advice and training, rehabilitation training (including independent living skills and using a long cane), a large print, audio and Braille library. The organisation also has an online shop with lots of practical solutions.

To learn more or to register for the Cycle of Light visit www.ncbi.ie or email cycleoflight@ncbi.ie or call Collette on 01 882 1970.


Conference to honour legacy of Limerick bishop

Academics and historians will be celebrating the legacy of Bishop Edward Thomas O’ Dwyer of Limerick, on the centenary of his death, this October.

The World of Edward Thomas O’Dwyer of Limerick (1886-1917) is a one-day conference organised by Limerick Diocesan Archives and the Department of History, Mary

Immaculate College, to assess the legacy of Bishop Edward Thomas O’Dwyer of Limerick, on the centenary of his death.

Bishop O’ Dwyer is best remembered for his celebrated clash with Sir John Maxwell in the wake of the 1916 Rising and his contrarian positions on everything from the Plan of Campaign, to university education and the fall of Parnell, as well as his lesser known anti-war writings which had a significant international impact.

The conference takes place in Room G10, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Friday, October 13. See https://odwyer17.wordpress.com or register at https://odwyer17.wordpress.com/registration/


Legion of Mary hosts Catholic Young Adults Conference

The Legion of Mary is once again hosting a Catholic Young Adults Conference (ages 18-40) in All Hallows College Dublin over the weekend of September 2-3.

The theme of the conference is ‘Know Mary, Know Jesus’ and the MC again this year is renowned Dominican preacher Fr John Harris. The conference will have a wide variety of speakers and workshops with over 200 young Catholics in attendance.

Two days non-residential €50 or residential €80. Contact Keith on 086-8899123 or Lucy on 087-9959803 or deusetpatria@gmail.com or see www.facebook.com/deus.patria