As the Retired Active Men’s Social ,RAMS returned to full activities on the 11th January 2024 the group are off to usual activities and socialising. To start the year, RAMS celebrate the 80th Birthday of esteem member Mr Denis Commins. Denis has been a huge supporter of RAMS since its inception in 2010. He has been a great advocate for older men, and he has contributed greatly to the success of the RAMS. Denis works tirelessly for the Peamount United Football club, he has been the Chair of the local Community centre, Newcastle-Lyons Development Trust, and he has also received the South Dublin County Council Endeavours awards. Well earned. So, they wished Denis a very happy birthday and many years of continued good health.
A birthday cake was presented to Denis by Vice Chair, Mr Jim Nolan, who too celebrated his 80th birthday in November 2023. Many octogenarians celebrating together. Pictured Denis being presented his Birthday cake by Mr Jim Nolan.
It has become a custom of RAMS to celebrate the 80th and 90th birthdays of any members, and much to the joy of all of members. Musical Director Mr Liam O Donnell, gave a rendition of “Happy Birthday to you” and a good auld Tipperary song for Denis, Slieve na Man. All the members joined in the sing song, and a wonderful morning was had, and enjoyed by all.
The RAMS will continue to achieve goals for 2024, and the group are pre-planning educational trips and external visits for this year. RAMS host a range of social events, and outings, including games, chat over coffee & Scones, or a day trip. They ensure that members have plenty of opportunities to enjoy each other’s company
The RAMS in Rhythm were very pleased to have contributed to many charities during 2023, and supporting our charities with a sum of €55.000. The main charities to benefit from the RAMS in Rhythm donations were, Capuchin Day Centre, SVP 4 District, Down syndrome Kildare, Our Lady’s Hospice, Barnardo’s, Simon Community, Gavin Glynn Foundation, Newcastle Tidy Towns, Relay for Life Cancer Support, Greenogue Tractor run for Cancer research, Bobby Fund Clondalkin, Pieta House, Darkness into light Corkagh Park, Rathcoole First Responders, Irish Cancer Daff Day andSt Finian’s Church renovations.
The RAMS in Rhythm are inundated with requests for singing for the next coming months. The group started singing again for the New Year. Singing for residents, staff and visitors at the Clondalkin Lodge Nursing home, where they entertained a large group of residents, who sang and clapped along to our repertoire of songs.
RAMS social group meets every Thursday morning in the Community Centre in Newcastle.