Another busy week for Wicklow Active Retirement (WARA) commenced at the Tuesday meeting when over 60 members gathered to wish a very happy 80th birthday to Peggy O’Sullivan. Peggy is a long time member of the group and was, for many years the Social Secretary responsible for many enjoyable events such as mystery tours, holidays and day trips plus many amusing quizzes.
On Wednesday almost 40 members set off by coach on a beautiful autumn morning, to visit the 1st World War Memorial Garden at Islandbridge on the Liffey in Dublin. The memorial, which was designed by Edwin Lutyens is breathtakingly beautiful and granite towers, fountains and obelisks are the backdrop to a rose garden, all perfectly maintained by the OPW. WARA then headed off to the Phoenix Park to visit Ashtown Castle and Visitor Centre. All enjoyed a very tasty lunch and after a tour of the Tower House and a look at the magnificent walled garden, everyone returned home tired, but happy.
On Sunday afternoon, WARA Chairman Godfrey O’Byrne presented three perpetual plaques to Wicklow Scouts, as a token of appreciation for the use of the Scout Hall for the meetings over many years. These plaques to be awarded annually to a Beaver, Cub and Scout for Endeavour.
WARA now meet in the Pastoral Centre at St. Patrick’s Church every Tuesday morning at 10.45 a.m. New members always welcome.