COVID-19 may have stopped them in their tracks for a while but now the residents of Eastwell Retirement Home in Dublin are girding their loins and taking steps to get out and do more.

So, it was time to take a trip to Howth Head and they were delighted at the arrival of a Malahide Coach. So spruced up in their finery, off they set for the day on Sunday 17 October. Wrapped up warm, they arrived at Howth Head and settled in for a fish and chip meal which Howth is famous for.

This was followed by a trip on a boat around the bay. The day was balmy and calm and they really enjoyed it. After this they settled down for a quiz evening and eventually went home about 8pm. Even though it was windy, the sun shone and a really good day was had by all.

The spirit of determination to move on and keep going is very obvious in these residents. So much so that they have re-commenced the art classes that were so much missed during lockdown. The artist Eoin Byrne is back with them and everyone is enjoying the fun time they have together.

They were sad to lose Mrs Morgan who had been one of the keenest members of the Art Club. She died earlier in the year at the age of 95 years and is very much missed. She was a great artist and an encourager to those who were starting up.

Heather Brown