Farms don’t usually feature in the fun activities I organise to entertain my disabled daughter B. After all, they don’t generally feature live music, busy shopping streets or even chocolate cake!
But this particular farm trip went unexpectedly well. From our home to Newgrange Farm in Co Meath was a good 40 minute car drive, plenty of time for dancing down the back to her favourite tunes. And it all got better from there. Organised by the Rainbow Junior Arch Club, the trip was held on Easter Saturday, which meant the place was buzzing, but not too busy.
B petted the baby animals, laughed at the other children and even went exploring in the hay maze.
Sunday featured a big roast dinner with all three of my children at the table at the same time (hadn’t happened since Christmas) followed by a yummy cheesecake made by my eldest – my belt has been loosened..
And Monday was even better: B and I headed out to sample the inaugural Cruinniú na Cásca Festival that was providing free events all over the country. The most publicised was in St Stephen’s Green in central Dublin, but as that seemed aimed at families of small children, we took a chance and headed for nearby Smithfield instead, which promised interactive science activities, wall painting, slam poetry and artisan food and drink.
Best of all, there was lots of live music. Even so I wasn’t expecting to see bands I actually love including The Heathers and We Cut Corners, nor was there any advance mention of the elevated disabled viewing area, meaning we had a fantastic view of the stage and B loved every second as you can see if you click on this video snippet.
It was a wonderful way to end the Easter weekend: my reason to be cheerful for this week.