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Meet the ShareRing Skills Committee 2023-24


Ailis Aylward


Ailis retired a few years ago was delighted to discover ShareRing Skills Group active in Celbridge.   She first began to attend the drop in sessions in the library in 2014 and later participated in some short courses with tutors provided by KWETB.   


Her range of interests is wide which include: painting, photography and craft work of all kinds from lace making to basketry. Her hope for the ShareRing Skills group for the next twelve months is to see the group expanding to include new members and continue our collabrations with other voluntary groups in Celbridge.   

Ailis is the current Chairperson of the ShareRing Skills Group committee. 



Sam Cowden 

ShareRing Skills meet as a group on a Monday at the Celbridge library. I was by chance at the library while a meeting was in progress, I was invited into the group and found it the ideal place to share creativity in a safe and secure environment.


As an artist I was able to share what I had learned over the years and as a person able to learn from others in the group. We generally exhibit twice a year and this includes all forms of art and crafts such as painting, drawing, print, and photography 


As a group we work closely with our local County Councils on numerous projects such as nurturing and caring for environment Making of environmental movies engaging in biodiversity by building hives thus helping pollinators as well as running courses on personal development.


We intend to continue along this path and the future is looking bright, (in the words of a great sage.) If you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting what you are getting. By being flexible, resilient and nurturing with one another the sky is the limit for our group'   


Phil Fitzibbon
Having retired and finished commuting to Dublin for many years I was looking for a local organisation to join.

I was delighted to come across The ShareRing Skills Group through a mutual friend.

Their ethos fitted in perfectly with my principles.

I was very much looking forward to trying my hand at art never having learned it in school.

I am a strong believer in crafts, using old materials and upcycling.  ShareRing Skills is a good fit for me.


Paul Mullally

I have been a member of ShareRing Skills for a number of years now having received recommendations from a number of friends,  It has allowed me to do two things, firstly allow  me to be creative and secondly meet new people.  SRS gave me the confidence and encouragement to write my first Novella, A Life Less complicated back in 2018.  I also oversaw the creation of the groups website  and Youtube Channel in the last few months,   My hope for the groups future is now that we have taken our first steps into social media it will allow us to grow as a group and reach out to other similar groups in sharing ideas and sharing skills.   



Joanna Szlugaj-Zacharska

I discovered information about ShareRing Skills group by chance on library door.   I took my courage and went to the Monday meeting.  This was in late 2019.  I am still with the group enjoying every meeting.  My interest is in drawing, painting, sewing, knitting and learning new art and crafts.   I am enjoying sharing my skills, art and learning in the company of other people.  Brilliant experience! An experience that is hard to translate into words.  Joanna has been elected as Secretary of the group.  


Sarah-Jane Lavin

Hi everybody, My name is Sarah-Jane.  I have been with ShareRing Skills for three years.  It is the best thing that could of happened to me.  I have met some very interesting people who look out for me.  I enjoy the beekeeping, art and the activities I have been involved in.   Also, I am on the committee for the Celbridge Access Group, which I love.  Sarah Jane is the Advocacy Officer for the group.  

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