Anne Marie’s Story of Independent Living

“I never thought I’d ever be able to live on my own. This is a dream come true.” – Anne Marie

In the summer of 2013 Anne Marie Curnyn from Co. Meath realised a life-long dream and that was to live on her own, in her own home. With the support of Bluebird Care and the HSE a package of supports was put in place and on 8th July 2013, Anne Marie’s dream became a reality.

Anne Marie has a learning disability and previous to living on her own, lived with her parents, however she desperately wanted to make her own choices in life. In this video she tells her heart-warming story of how that dream came true and the impact it has had on her.

We also hear from JJ Fay, Director of Bluebird Care in Meath who was instrumental in organising her initial move to independent living and now JJ’s team supports Anne Marie in her new life.

Chef Gary O'Hanlon with Active Retirement Ireland President Mai Quaid

TV’s ‘The Restaurant’ Chef Gary to Cook Up A Storm in Limerick

FREE Food for the Soul Cookery Demo in the Strand Hotel, Thursday 30th October @ 7:30pm


Bluebird Care and Celebrity Chef Gary O’Hanlon from TV3’s Late Lunch Live and The Restaurant takes their nationwide series of Food for the Soul cookery demonstrations to Limerick. Food for the Soul is a collection of Gary’s favourite home-cooked recipes. The cookbook is published by homecare company Bluebird Care which has its head office in Limerick and 23 others nationwide. The cookbook will raise money for Active Retirement Ireland, which has 24,500 members across Ireland.

The free cookery demonstration takes place in the Strand Hotel on Thursday 30th October at 7.30pm. To register your free place email or call 061 481 208 or click here to register online.

Food for the Soul could be described as ‘food for the soul, stories from the heart’ as Gary has a personal back-story for each recipe and putting his unique stamp on the book. Speaking this week Gary says, “We have four sections in the cookbook – Starters, Snack, Mains and Desserts. We also have a ‘How-to-Guide’ for the more difficult recipes. I am really excited to partner with Bluebird Care on this project.

“They are a company that spends lots of time, energy and investment on projects to benefit other people and other organisations. I am pleased that my very first cookbook is one that is going to raise money for Active Retirement Associations across Ireland.” Not only has Bluebird Care produced this cookbook for sale nationwide they have also commissioned a series of complementary online videos showing Gary cook each dish which are available to view on their website.”

General Manager of Bluebird Care in Limerick, Daragh McGlynn says, “We have long-held the view that good home cooking is very important to our customers who live in their own homes. We are in the homes of dozens of people every week right across Limerick and we understand the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. We asked Gary to write the cookbook for us and to devise recipes that had home-cooking at the heart of them. There are dishes for everyone – the beginner, intermediate or advanced home-cook.”

The cookbooks are available for sale at €10 online – click here.


Bluebird Care Jobs

We Are Hiring an RGN in Clare


We are hiring an experience RGN in Clare for an immediate start.

Experienced Nurses required but you will also be afforded continuous on the job training.

Essential Criteria:

  • Must be registered with An Bord Altranais
  • Will need to complete the Bluebird Care recruitment process
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Desire to work in community setting

Interested? Please get in touch.

Bluebird Care is an equal opportunities employer.


Bluebird Care Shares in the Magic of the Wexford Opera Festival

Michael Corcoran of Bluebird Care in Wexford is hosting an Art Exhibition of recent paintings by Sheila Burton in their offices on 6 Upper George’s Street during this year’s Wexford Opera Festival.

The exhibition was opened by George Lawlor, Mayor of Wexford and will run until November 2nd.