I regard the Warrenmount Education Centre in Mill Street Dublin 8 as my second home.
I first started attending there in the Spring of 2001 and from the day I walked in to it I was made to feel very welcome and special.
It is partly for the friendship and social end that I returned again and again, year after year. My school days were far from good and in 1996 I returned to Adult education.
I was surprised and pleased how it was totally different. When I came to Warrenmount five years after that I really felt at ease going into a School atmosphere.
One of the things is the teachers; they don’t create a barrier between the class and them.
I have attended many courses over the years and got numerous certificates. Among the subjects I studied were Creative Writing, Art, Computers, Photography, making Christmas ornaments, Book Club, Arithmetic, a folk group, Interior Design, Music Appreciation, Bookkeeping, Foreign Cultures, Spanish , Irish, etc.
At present I am doing a one to one with a man who is recovering from a stroke and helping him to understand sentences.
The presentation of certificates usually takes place on the run up to Christmas and its usually Mary Kennedy on RTE who is there to present the awards. In fact I got so many certs that Mary knows me by name and by sight now!
I met some VIPs as well such as the former Lord Mayor Emer Costello and Brian Dobson of RTE.
I recent years the centre has added a coffee shop, which is a great idea from the social end.
The Presentation Order of Nuns runs the centre.
The motto of the centre is ‘Our door is always open to you’ and truly everyone is given chances to improve themselves regardless of their backgrounds.
Looking back at my own schooling I see now I was quite clever but for several reasons I did not reach my potential by any means.
I often came home from Warrenmount sorry that the class was over. That’s because I feel Warrenmount is my second home