Taekwondo for special needs

If you're reading this in Texas, Thailand or even Tipperary, you're probably wondering why I'm boring you with some information about a little club for kids with special needs in North Dublin.  Well it might be little to you, but for me and my family the Rainbow Junior Arch Club has been huge part of our lives for the past ten years.  A place of refuge, somewhere to go every week where I could relax with the children and meet other parents.  Where my kids are accepted without question.   It all ends this Saturday, when the Club closes for the summer.  Smiley is now 14 and by far the oldest child so we won't be going every week from September.   I will no longer be Club Secretary and after the AGM - hopefully - someone else will be taking over.

The Chairperson is resigning as well, so we'd love for this Saturday to be a huge success.  And that's why some very special guests have been organised - a display team from the fabulous Red Star Sport Taekwon-Do Club, who will also be teaching some simple moves to our kids - non contact obviously.  

If you are interested in joining a club like ours, please drop in this Saturday and see for yourself.

One of the reasons I have to make these changes is that I currently feel like a general fighting battles on about a dozen fronts.  Some things have to be let go and I need to simplify my life.  Like so many families my income is going down as household expenses go up.  I've been trying to get a job that fits around the needs of my children but Government and banking policies mean that I may have to take whatever I can get - even if that means reducing time spent with the kids, doing things for the kids and fighting for them to get the right therapies and help.  Of course down the road their care may cost the state more, but that doesn't seem to bother anyone.... 


  1. That'll be an emotional day for you! Hope there's a fab turnout. So difficult to juggle the needs of the kids and finances/jobs etc. Really hope you get something that still allows you to spend as much time with them as possible. And you're dead right, it IS going to cost the government more in the long run but unfortunately whats the price our kids pay too? xxx

  2. @Petunia - thanks, me too xxx

    And another oops, I have the club address marginally wrong. It is NOT the Scoil Chiarain in Dublin 9, it's the one on St. Canice's Rd. Glasnevin. Dublin 11.

  3. What is that saying, penny wise, pound foolish??? I wish our govt's could see past their noses to see long range!

    I wish I lived closer!

  4. It's hard to say goodbye to things that have been a huge part of your life, it will be emotional for you. These governments have a hell of a lot to answer for. It's easy for them to make tough decisions when they are living a comfortable life. Grrrr!

  5. They make the decisions but live in a different (more privilaged)world. Hoping all goes well and that saying goodbye to the club is not too emotional for you x

  6. Changes can be hard to make but I hope something works out for you that fits in with the needs of your children. x

  7. @Lizbeth - I wish we all lived closer xx

    @Lyndylou - Grr is right!

    @mum in meltdown - yep and they forget it x

    @Deb - that's what I'm hoping anyway x

    @everyone - I was a bit down when I wrote this, on the way back up now I hope :)

  8. I'm so sorry that you are losing such a big retreat/club in your life. Sorry about the battles and the finding work troubles as well. Such silliness on the govt. work front. sigh I hope that things start looking up for you soon..wish there was more that I could do to help...

  9. @kathleen - thanks as ever for your support, I just feeling down when I wrote this xx