Dail date for Tom after Minister spots his artistic talent

by Padraig Conlon
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Following on from CRC Firhouse Day Centre’s success in the recent Irish Healthcare Centre Awards, one of their regular attendees was invited to Dail Eireann by Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath.

Tom Hynes, a Crumlin resident and keen artist, will proudly have his work on display in the Dail after it caught the eye of Minister McGrath.

The Minister has visited Firhouse CRC on several occasions and each time has commented on the excellent quality of artwork produced in the centre by Tom and his fellow attendees.

Following the visit, Tom and centre manager, Breda Gavagan discussed the possibility of making an interesting and relevant gift of artwork to the Minister’s Office and chose to present a set of paintings of 1916 Proclamation signatories.

The official presentation was made during the summer, but everyone was unable to meet up until now.

Minister Finian McGrath said he is delighted with the portraits, which are hanging in his Ministerial Office and are set to remain there into the foreseeable future.

Following the trip to Dail Eireann, Tom says he is proud to have his work displayed in such a high-profile location, and Minister McGrath said he would return to Firhouse when his schedule permits.

This caps an exciting few weeks for CRC Firhouse after they won Day Centre of the Year in the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards held in the Ballsbridge Hotel.

Run for over 20 years by Manager Breda Gavagan, the Firhouse CRC Centre has been an important feature of local life, providing daily respite and activities for over 40 adults with a physical disability.

Speaking at the gala ceremony after accepting the award, Breda described how the success of the centre was a credit to the outstanding staff team who work closely with clients attending the centre, to ensure their wishes are at the heart of how the centre is run.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their contribution to the centre, including the many local people who have volunteered their time over the years, making sure that the centre is firmly embedded in the local Firhouse community,” Breda told Dublin Gazette.

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