Bluebird Care Sponsors Ian’s Trust Charity Challenge

On Saturday 16th August the 2nd annual Moon & Back Charity Walk/Run/Cycle takes place in Co. Clare. Over 500 people will go to the moon and back for Ian’s Trust. Ian’s Trust is a national charity supporting children with Acquired Brain Injury. Register for the challenge or Donate at www.ianstrust.com. Proudly supported by Bluebird Care.

Oorla Cusack, mother of Ian Cusack, has this to say about Bluebird Care who cared for Ian after his accident:

“Ian Cusack was a beautiful blue-eyed 5 year old boy who had his whole to live when he was knocked by a car in September 2008 and sustained a severe brain injury. Ian’s journey began here and lasted for four long years. He required 24-hour care for the remainder of his life.

“Bluebird Care provided a lifeline for our family after Ian’s care changed from critical to longterm care. Their staff looked after Ian in such a loving and professional way, and played a vital part in Ian’s life.
We will be forever grateful for this and are delighted to have Ian’s Trust and Bluebird Care affiliated.”

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National Quality Standard Nomination for Bluebird Care


National Quality Standard Nomination for Bluebird Care
Business Group of the Year finalist at National Q Mark Awards
Homecare-company Bluebird Care has been shortlisted for ‘National Business Group of the Year’ for the second year running at the forthcoming Q Mark of Excellence Awards.
Bluebird Care won the title in 2013 and is hoping to retain it this year. The company is the first franchised homecare company in Ireland to have all 24 offices certified with the Q Mark of Excellence standard, which is overseen by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA).
Meanwhile, Bluebird Care in Galway and Meath are finalists in the ‘Homecare company of the Year’ category for their individual commitment to excellence in quality standards.
The awards take place in the DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin – Burlington Road on Friday 26th September 2014.
Irene Collins, Managing Director of Excellence Ireland Quality Association – the proud guardians of The Q Mark – says the awards “celebrate outstanding levels of commitment to quality standards.”
Operations Director of Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole says the ethos of the company is to deliver the quality standards that customers expect.
“We are a people business and we deliver homecare packages that respond to the needs of our customers at home and in the community setting. Therefore, we’ve always had quality at the heart of everything we do. We are pro-regulation of the homecare sector and in the absence of that we adhere to the EIQA quality system together with implementing our own internal quality audits.”
Bluebird Care is an Irish-owned company with 24 offices nationwide. For more information on Bluebird Care log onto bluebirdcare.ie.
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Irene Collins, Managing Director, EIQA

Bluebird Care Galway Support Dean Raftery in Rally Championship

Bluebird Care Galway are proudly supporting Galway man Dean Raftery in the Toddsleap Ulster Rally in Northern Ireland. Read the press release below on what Dean has to say about the upcoming race.

Raftery seeks repeat of last year’s winning ways in Ulster Rally showdown

MSA British Rally Championship contender Dean Raftery will head to Northern Ireland this weekend as he bids to keep his RallyTwo championship hopes alive and contests the Toddsleap Ulster Rally. The 23 year from Galway is currently second in the RallyTwo fights and leads the BRC2 class going into the fifth round of the series and will need to call on his previous experience of the challenging Fermanagh and South Tyrone roads if he is to move into the lead of the most hotly contested category in the championship.

The Irishman will certainly be hoping to repeat his success of last year where he won the BRC Challenge section of the event in his Honda Civic and with regular co-driver Aileen Kelly alongside once again, the duo are certainly favorites to take the category win. Using his new-for-2014 Ford Fiesta R2, it will be the first time Raftery has contested a British Championship event on asphalt in the car, being forced to skip the Jim Clark Rally earlier in the year, but is confident he has the measure of the nimble 1600cc machine. “I’m really looking forward to contesting the Ulster Rally again and hopefully we can be right on the pace from the very first stage” he says.   “We have proved this year that we can get some impressive results in the Fiesta so it will be interesting to see how our times compare with the other RallyTwo contenders”.

Ensuring he wasn’t at a disadvantage by missing out on valuable seat time on asphalt, the two-time Irish Junior Champion contested the ALMC Stages in July and duly returned back to Galway with a R2 win under his belt. His impressive outing going some way to make up for lost ground on his British Championship rivals.  “The ALMC result was an important victory this year” said Raftery.  “We used the event mostly to set the car up on asphalt and to find a comfortable pace, but we settled in much quicker than I thought we would and it was a great confidence booster.  I learnt so much about the car during that rally so I really need to put it all into practise now. It’s going to be a tough battle but we are ready for it”.

The Ulster Rally provides a fantastic backdrop for Raftery to showcase the Fiesta across Northern Ireland and has secured the backing of leading care home business, Bluebird Care. “I have to say a huge thank you to Bluebird Care for supporting me during the 2014 season. Hopefully we can look forward to some winning ways together” says Raftery.  Joining the nationwide home and care service provider is continued support from Craughwell Tyre Services, King Car Parts and Black Hawk Fuels.

The Toddsleap Ulster Rally is a two day event and provides competitors with over 120 miles of competitive stages around the rally base of Enniskillen. The action kicks off on Friday 15th August at around midday with around half of the event mileage ahead of the 140 crews taking part. The remaining 60 miles will be tackled during Saturday, before the finish ceremony in the town centre during the evening. For more information on Dean and his rallying career, visit www.deanraftery.com

Summer Crime Prevention Advice from An Garda Síochána

Don’t give criminals a crime opportunity: Summer Advice from An Garda Síochána

The month of August is the traditional holiday month across Ireland and also time for annual graveyard ceremonies across the country. Unfortunately thieves are targeting parked cars during this time.

Sgt. Paul Wallace, Divisional Crime Prevention Officer in Donegal stated, “Recent crime figures tell us year to date (compared to this time last year) we have a 33% increase in reported thefts from vehicles, with significant increases in certain areas of Donegal so it appears we have to keep reminding the public about this very preventable crime.”

So the advice provided below by An Garda Síochána should be heeded by everyone across the country and we are happy to share it with you. Please share it with anyone you know and/or tell them about it.

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Local Divisional Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace has issued the following advice:
1. Ensure your car is locked with all windows closed.
2. Remove any valuables and place in the boot before you set out to attend the ceremonies – better still remove items and leave at home if possible.
3. Thieves are targeting ladies handbags, cameras, binoculars & sat navs basically any item that can be quickly sold on.
4. Parked cars will be checked discreetly by the thieves who will steal items in unlocked cars.
5. Persons acting suspiciously i.e loitering in the area should be kept under observation and Gardai contacted.

General Mid Summer Advice – You can afford to lose nothing!
➢ Keep a sharp eye on strange vehicles in the vicinity of your home & elderly neighbours.
➢ Restrict access onto your property; maintain your boundary fences, hedges and walls.
➢ Install a monitored intruder alarm to your home and buildings that are vulnerable.
➢ Going on Holiday or Shopping – Ask at neighbour to look over your property away, (you can also return the favour).
Further Crime Prevention information – www.garda.ie
Issued by Sergeant Paul Wallace Garda Divisional Crime Prevention Officer, Letterkenny Garda Station
074-91-67161 (Direct) / 086-8281946 / paul.wallace@garda.ie