Monday, 23 May 2011
Sit & Knit Together for Bealtaine at Miltown Malbay Library
On Thursday, 12th May 2011, a Senior and Junior Citizens Sit and Knit Together session was held in the Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library in Miltown Malbay to mark the Bealtaine Festival which celebrates creativity in older age. Approximately 23 children from three different schools attended this hugely successful event. A group of local senior citizens, including members of the Seanoiri Laichtín Naofa group, visited the library to teach the children how to do various types of needlecrafts such as knitting, sewing and crochet. Helen Flynn, Senior Library Assistant in Miltown Malbay, said that “the children absolutely loved the knitting and crochet and some had never before had an opportunity to try these activities. All of the children were totally engrossed in the crafts and all got an opportunity to try it themselves as there was an abundance of materials available”. A group of five students from the local Youthreach group also attended on the day to pick up some tips for the sewing and cushion cover making they are required to do for their Junior Certificate. Their teacher said that they “would love to have some of the senior citizens in to do a demonstration again for them at a later date”. The Youthreach students also provided refreshments for the occasion in the form of freshly made muffins. At the end of the hour one of the senior ladies entertained all in attendance by performing an “old style” hornpipe. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the teachers and students from the local schools expressed their wish that it become a regular event.