It was a delight to welcome President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese to Darkley House during the afternoon of Thursday 27 January 2011.
During her time at Darkley the President and her husband spoke with the directors, staff, volunteers and residents. She saw the Darkley House kitchen (where it all happens) and the inside of one of the residents’ flats, a moment that resident will not forget!
The second Christmas fair was held in Crossmaglen square and despite the weather and cold conditions local people joined with the market day customers, stall holders and visitors.
Andy Rogers made it down from Coleraine and although a contemporary singer/songwriter he enjoyed the opportunity to sing traditional carols with the people who also appreciated the ‘hotdogs’ with cranberry sauce and homemade stuffing.
We recently said our fond farewells to Simon Fleming our Added Value Shop Manager. Simon was only here for a short while but in that time he made a big impression on everyone he came in contact with. We were all sorry to see him move on but at the same time we are delighted that he secured a new permanent position.
As part of the Care Programme, a new staff administration and reception area has been created in Darkley House. Currently the room is empty and we need to fill it with furniture and all the normal office equipment and supplies.
We would appreciate any donations to cover the costs of fitting out the room. This can be in the form of money or alternatively, if you can donate individual items that would be grand.
Social Development Minister Alex Attwood has endorsed the achievements of children and young people projects from disadvantaged areas in Armagh. The Projects were funded by the Department for Social Development's Modernisation Fund Capital Programme.