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Saol Project

Mission Statement
Saol is a community project focused on improving the lives of women affected by addiction and poverty

Vision Statement
Saol is working towards transforming the way in which Ireland responds to addiction and poverty.

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Creative Work

A selection of work from our participants


Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Back

Back in the day, the SAOL participants wrote and recorded three songs - 'I don't care what the people say', 'The night is young' and 'Stronger Woman Now'. You can hear each song by clicking on the title - to add to the experience, some of the lyrics are reproduced below:

"Suddenly we had so much to say, we talked for hours every day
You made me laugh and showed to me all the things that love could be" - from 'I don't care what the people say'.
"I'm tired of painting this town blue. There's so many things I want to do. I'm tired of feeling that I don't belong. Tonight this town belongs to me" - from 'The night is young'.
"I'm a stronger woman now and there's no turning back. I'm a stronger woman now, nothing's gonna hold me back" - from 'Stronger Woman Now'


I love the summer
It brings me lots of good memories
All related to my daughter
And all the beautiful days out on the beach

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If I could change just one thing
I’d be a millionaire, have lots of bling
I wouldn’t have to worry about a thing
I’d be so rich everyday I would sing
Live the life of a king
But as it goes I am broke
And believe me this is no joke
Maybe though I’ll meet a millionaire
A man with style and flare
Fall in love, into each other’s eyes we’d stare
O to live my life without a care.

Blue Horizon

The Winter Sun

Well I always love the sun when it shines.
The sun shines through the clouds and it's a softer kind of sun
But shines so nice even though the snow is all over the ground.
I love walking through the snow, the noise it makes
And the way it falls when I walk on it.
I love watching the telly when I see people skiing down the slopes
I always see other people wearing sun glasses
And say to myself “O God, if only that was me and the kids”
Well as I always say, ‘maybe some time’.



When I was young I had lovely long hair
But that was the fashion and fashion meant so much that I went out and worked for it.
Levi’s was what everyone was wearing
Well I had every colour that came out
And as for the shoes and me runners
I would only wear Air-Max and all the top brands.
As my fella’ always says
“You weren’t born with a silver spoon – you had a platinum one”
“It’s not my fault my ma went out and worked”
And he says
“Well, your ma was buying all the robbed clothes”
And I said,
“And why did your ma not buy any?”
And he said
“Any time my ma wanted some, your f***ing ma had them all”


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