OUR AIM IS...
Our new Pastoral Centre was designed to serve our growing and vibrant community.
This beautiful, modern building has become the heartbeat of our area, bringing people together through the wide range of classes and activities on offer at the Centre or simply as a relaxing place to catch up and socialise over coffee and cake in our Coffee Dock or our outdoor patio.
We hope our new Centre will continue to remain the lively hub of our community as we work hard to provide services, activities, and educational classes for different age groups and different interests.
Please view our activities, drop in and join us on this exciting journey!
During these difficult times of Coronavirus / COVID-19 the Newtownpark Pastoral Centre has been closed in line with Government and HSE Guidelines to protect each other.
I am delighted to tell you the Pastoral Centre has reopened on Monday 31st August 2020 with the Montessori School and on the 27th August Rowan House Afterschool was back with us as well. A number of our other classes and activities will be returning on a phased basis over September and October in line with Government 's Road Map.
I would like to reassure you that all measures have been taken to protect all users and visitors to the Centre. A deep clean of the full centre has been undertaken by our professional cleaning company Grosvenor Cleaning Services who have over 30 years' experience in the business and have won awards for their operating and cleaning practises.
Perspex screens have been installed in the Reception Area and the Coffee Dock, hand sanitisers and signage are in place throughout the building, the way we enter and exit the building has been revised to use several doors in the Centre to reduce the risk of close contact.
Common areas and toilet facilities have been reviewed to reflect the 2m social distancing rule and there will be a 30 minute time lapse between classes / activities to allow each room to be cleaned between bookings.
The current restrictions in place from Wednesday 19th August up to Sunday night of the 13th September have imposed increased restrictions on many of our Groups hoping to be back in the Centre over the first two weeks of September.
The dates and activities listed across the different categories on our website are provisional as at the end of August and will invariably change in the coming weeks as further updates to the Government's Road Map are announced.
A decision was taken by the Pastoral Centre Management Committee not to reopen The Coffee Dock in 2020, a review will be undertaken early in 2021. This decision was taken primarily to protect our volunteers and all of you who frequent The Coffee Dock to stay safe till such time as the Coronavirus / COVID-19 has become more stabilised following other areas of importance reopening i.e. Schools, Universities and routine health services.
Please take care of yourselves and each other and I look forward to seeing you back in the Centre in the coming months.
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much" Helen Kelleher
Deirdre Dornan - Manager
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Sonya Yoncheva stars as opera's ultimate diva, the title heroine of Puccini's thriller. Emmanuel Villaume conducts Sir David McVicar's grand staging, which transports audiences to the gritty, glittering, and gripping world of Rome in 1800.
This stream can be viewed until 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, September 26.
Nightly Opera Streams, Week 28 (September 21 - 27)
Friday, September 25
In his classic potboiler, Puccini stirs together some of humanity's strongest motivating forces-love and loyalty, fear and cruelty-to create an operatic thriller that sinks its teeth into the listener with the opening chords and never lets go. Taking place in Rome in 1800, the story concerns a fiery yet devoted diva, the painter/revolutionary whom she loves, and a sadistic police chief determined to crush political rebellion and claim Tosca for himself. All three are among opera's most indelible characters.
Saturday, September 26
A legendary ancient princess presents each new suitor with a series of riddles; success will win her hand, but failure costs his head. One brave warrior prince rises to the challenge, determined to thaw Turandot's frozen heart. Puccini lavishes the tale with some of his finest and most spectacular music-not to mention "Nessun dorma," an aria instantly recognizable far beyond the confines of the opera house. Combined with Franco Zeffirelli's breathtakingly opulent production, it makes for one of opera's grandest experiences.
Sunday, September 27
Puccini's La BohèmeAs classic as opera gets: the most-performed work in Met history in the company's most-performed production, but late director Franco Zeffirelli. An archetypal tragedy filled with gorgeous and deeply affecting music, Puccini's timeless tale of love, camaraderie, jealousy, and loss in the garrets and cafés of bohemian Paris has reliably enchanted-and devastated-audiences since its 1896 premiere.
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GARDENING / COFFEE DOCK / RECEPTION
NEWTOWNPARK PASTORAL CENTRE
Newtownpark Ave, Stradbrook, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Newtownpark Pastoral Centre
Newtownpark Avenue. Blackrock. Co. Dublin
(01) 210 3887 / 083 370 9500
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