Dublin’s Christmas Markets with the ‘Independent Travel Group’

Our ‘Independent Travel Group’ has proven to be a great success over the last year. Our final trip of 2015 took place last Friday at the ‘I Believe’ Christmas markets, Custom House Quarter.



Everyone meet underneath the iconic Clery’s clock on O’Connell Street. We then took a walk down Henry Street to check out the Christmas market stalls there. Arnott’s windows and decorations were lovely and there was a wonderful buzz around town. We took the Luas up to Custom House Quarter and got a coffee in the CHQ building before looking around the markets.

It was lovely day and everyone was in great spirits.

 “I felt very Christmassy after our trip to the markets. It was great fun.” – Patrick Tunstead


“I thought that it was an ok market; it could have been a bit bigger. I had a good day nonetheless and am looking forward to Christmas.” – Mark Leahy


“I loved Fridays trip. The atmosphere was nice and I love hanging out with my friends.” – Matthew Colgan


“The markets were good. I love looking about the place.” – Anthony Murray



 After the final outing of 2015 for the ‘Independent Travel Group’, we took some time to reflect on how we feel the group is going.


“I have enjoyed these independent trips because they are always good fun and very interesting. I feel more in control and trusted by the staff. It feels good to know that they have confidence in us. We also work very well as a team and look out for each other.” – Patrick Tunstead


“It is good to get out on outings. I don’t mind finding my own way. I would be able to do it normally anyway; I am a very independent person.” – Mark Leahy


“I usually don’t go into town very often and recently never really go in without my mum or sister. When I was younger used to go in on my own but I lost confidence after not doing it for so long. It is nice to be able to get my independence back and to rebuild my confidence in relation to travel and town.” – Matthew Colgan


“I love being a part of this group. When we meet up with the staff in town it feels more like we are meeting up with our friends instead of our minders. We are all on the same level and it is good.” – Chris O’Neill


“I like getting out on my own with my friends. I am happy about how much the staff trust us.” – Janet Hogan


We look forward to many more trips in 2016.

© 2015 HSE/EVE

About HSE EVE Estuary

HSE EVE Estuary Centre is part of Eastern Vocational Enterprise (EVE) and is a training centre for individuals with intellectual disabilities based in Lissenhall, Swords, HSE Dublin North East. We provide a quality service to sixty four individuals.

One comment

  1. Patricia Carey

    I Had a Lovely Time And I Love to go again to any other trips going for next year:):)

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