“The Community”

The fourth edition of “The Community” is brought to you full of news after what has been a very busy month.

Catch up on what’s new in the network, meet new members of the Bluebird Care team, find out what’s happening for the upcoming Positive Ageing Week, have a sneak peak at Age Action’s Tea Party season in full swing, see who’s delicious dishes made it to the Big Bake Off final this week and join the Bluebird care team at the National Ploughing Championships on Tuesday through to Thursday.

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Kind Regards,

Brian MacGoey

Managing Director


Director of Bluebird Care Galway Sean Lyons presents the keys of Ireland’s first Blood Bike to Mike Carty of Blood Bike West. Also pictured is Becky Blight. The official launch takes place in Galway on Monday 8th October with Charley Boorman.

The West is set to benefit from Ireland’s first ‘blood bikes’ emergency medical  transportation service after an insurance firm provided its own vital lifeline.

The volunteer run Blood Bike West service, which is primarily sponsored by home care provider Bluebird Care, will be officially launched in Galway on October 8th.  Its ten strong team of riders and crew will primarily serve hospitals in the Health Service Executive’s Western Region, speedily delivering urgently needed blood, blood products, patient records, drugs and other medical requirements.

But the project nearly stalled when the service couldn’t get insurance cover to protect its volunteer riders and specially liveried Honda motorcycle Pan European ST1100, an ex-Metropolitan Police bike supplied by Bluebird Care. Thankfully chairman and founder Mike Carty was able to get it back on track by securing support from Carole Nash, one of Ireland’s biggest motorcycle insurance specialist: “Having the bike was a huge boost to our cause. With Bluebird Care coming on board it brought us forward six months. Then we were really struggling to get insurance but when Carole Nash heard about our plight they immediately rode to our rescue and became our official Insurance Partner,” he explains. “They’ve been a lifesaver because without insurance we simply could not operate what we believe will be a vital emergency transportation service, one which will help protect many, many lives.”

Carole Nash’s head of marketing, Rebecca Donohue, said the firm was delighted to be able to help. “When we heard of Blood Bike West’s insurance troubles we didn’t hesitate to offer our support because we know just how invaluable their service will be to medics and the patients they treat. Swift delivery of blood and other vital supplies can make the difference between life and death. Ours is a small contribution compared to the time and effort being committed by Mike and his fellow volunteers to protect lives and relieve sickness in the West.”

Bluebird Care Galway Director Sean Lyons says, “when approached by Blood Bikes to support this innovative project, we immediately jumped on board. In fact we believe this service has the potential to grow further and we look forward to working with the team here in the West.”

The founding of Blood Bike West follows the success of similar operations in the UK where motorcycle enthusiasts have created a network of regional blood bike services. Like those operation Blood Bikes West is dependent not just upon the goodwill of its volunteers but financial donation from the public and businesses. “Donations are our life blood,” says Mr. Carty adding that contributions can be made via the organisation’s website at www.bloodbikewest.ie.

Volunteers, medics and a celebrity biker Charley Boorman will officially launch the service at Huntsman Inn, Galway, on October 8th from 3.00pm.

Shannon Golf Club Presentation

Kay Leahy, Managing Director of Bluebird Care, Clare pictured presenting Ann Jones with her wining prize with Lady Caption Lynn Kelly at the Shannon Golf Club last night. Bluebird Care sponsored a number of prizes on the night.


Celebrating Caring and Positive Ageing in Cork

From Left – Eveline Sheeran (Care Manager), Rhona O’Connor (Age Action), Suzanne Leclair (2012 Bluebird Carer of the Year for Cork), Sally Madden (Director Bluebird Care) and Don O’Riordan (Business Manager Bluebird Care).

Bluebird Care Announces Cork Carer of the Year at Age Action Tea Party

Active Retirement members from across county Cork were treated to High Tea sponsored by Bluebird Care this week, as part of the nationwide Age Action Tea Party season.

Over 150 people packed the Maryborough Hotel in Cork on Tuesday with afternoon tea and music provided by Liam McCarthy a local over 60′s talent show winner, followed by 2007 You’re a Star winner David O’Connor and his band, with Ireland’s legendary Sonny Knowles, closing the afternoon with what was described as “a fantastic performance that had everyone on the floor.”

Ireland’s legendary singer Sonny Knowles meets and greets guests in the Maryborough Hotel in Cork on Tuesday. Sonny is performing at a series of these tea dances as part of Age Action’s Tea Party Season, sponsored by Bluebird Care, ahead of his 80th birthday celebrations in November.

Eamon Timmins, CEO of Age Action says, “to celebrate our 20th birthday we are organising a series of Tea Parties around the country to honour and acknowledge our elder members of society. Sponsored by Bluebird Care, the events are proving a huge success and help foster a strong sense of community belonging and positive ageing.”

Don O’Riordan, Director of Bluebird Care Cork says the Tea Party series is one which complements the Bluebird Care corporate social responsibility ethos.

The nature of our work means that we are constantly engaging with older people and their families and their sense of spirit and contribution to society should be celebrated. We are delighted to promote and support the nationwide series of Age Action Tea Parties and in fact are using the opportunity to showcase our shining lights who help make a difference to the lives of elderly people in our community.”

Suzanne Leclair from Kanturk, Co. Cork was honoured with the accolade of 2012 Bluebird Carer of the Year for Cork. Suzanne is a qualified Occupational Therapist, graduating from UCC this Summer, first place in her class. She will now represent her region in the national Bluebird Carer of the Year awards to take place in Dublin in December.

Suzanne said she was thrilled to be chosen for the award, “when working with Bluebird Care you become a part of a family and a part of a community, meeting and working with great people everyday. I simply love my job and it is a honour to be chosen as Cork’s Bluebird Carer of the Year.”

Suzanne was nominated for the award by her colleagues because of her dedication to her job, her attitude to the role and considering her popularity with her clients.

The crowds enjoying being treated to High Tea and great entertainment as part of Age Action’s in the Maryborough Hotel in Cork on Tuesday.