What a exciting few days, and a mix of story and Photos. From a pleasant meeting with a young man, playing a Piano in Connolly Station, a new initiative by Iarnrod Eireann Railway, to have it permanetly in Connolly Station Dublin Ireland. Which the young man I had met, Paul Duggan, and also hearing others playing it, its a great idea, lifting dreary faces in the morning. Too Graduation of students from Templemichael College in the Longford Arms Hotel, all were extremely happy and proud along with family and friends. Walked into literally the Beano Show by Horace Panter, the 'Specials' Bassist Player. Ebow Art Gallery Dublin, had Beano favorites plastered all over windows, I just had to visit, one of my favorite character Gnasher and Dennis were in it too, brought back fond memories,
Grudge match between Longford Towns Camlin FC v Moydow, 15th Sept in the Mall Complex. Camlin ran out 3 - 1 winners. Only seen the first half, at first was a competitive game, until eventually got control and lead half time 2 - 0. the 16th during mass there was poignant added remembrance of those who lost their lifes, on duty in arms service representing us. After mass Local Pipe Band led the party to the Mall complex, where wreaths were laid at the memorial plaque, names of them that lost their life's, and a a minute silence was observed and a loan piper played a lament after. Local dignitaries were in attendance alongside friends and relatives.
Liturgy for the World Meeting of Families 2018, in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, in St Mel's Cathedral, Longford, 21st Aug 2018
Neighbors to Artist, to Holy Family Celebrations, you never know what any day holds for you, make the most of them, within good reason. I had the pleasure of being at the opening Liturgy for the World Meeting of Families 2018, in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, in St Mel's Cathedral, Longford, 21st Aug 2018. Also video interviewed Artist Gordon Farrell, and my neighbors, Miley and his son Luke, doing what most father and sons have been doing for a long time now, remember my own days fixing bikes etc.
Gordon Farrell a fine artist, and a Longford man, and a national treasure. rues, the lack of effort locally and nationally to help our Artists.
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Celebrated the 15th of August alongside Legion of Mary Longford, whom honored and revered Our Lady's Feast day of the Assumption, in Spring lawn, alongside some locals.
Today the 16th had a great day out with niece, whom I brought too Dublin for the day. No mobiles no tablets, good auld fashioned fun, on bus, on way we played, Duck, she said, every time we came across a bridge we had too Duck, I lost 18-3, I was thinking about cafes and food in my defense. Also, what colour car was next, what animal was next in next field. Brought her too Wax Museum, which I must say was good fun, and well worth a visit, and to temple bar and bit of shopping, good day out, memorable.
Out about the last few weeks, some people I have come across, thanks to Henry, Pedro and John Farrell, firstly for allowing me to Photograph them, and their kindness in conversation. Beside local shops, to the height of Croagh Patrick.
Longford Arts Festival Cruthu 2018, what a way to finish off a great festival great night of music, with the effervescent Aoife Mulligan and the pulsating Kila. Longford Arts Festival Cruthu 2018 finished
A great local talent Aoife wowed on the night, with great voice and music, someone that will go very far. Kila Kila Kila, what can I say, I wanted more, story's fun and music that would stir the dead to dancing. St John's Church Battery road, was the venue, everybody that was there will never forget a great night of music. I was up since half five that morn, for reek Sunday Croagh Patrick, wasn't home an hour but went to this gig, shattered tired, the pain was a distant memory, til it was all over off course, I cannot wait to see either perform again
Pilgrimage, prayer, penance and peace, Croagh Patrick Reek Sunday 2018. What a journey, second time in doing so, was well worth it. Peace of mind, penance, you get it all, something every Irish person I believe should do. I think Joe Duffy heard my expletive thoughts on way down, was kind enough to pose for a photo.
Tom MacManus, from Clondra, County Longford, over fifty year toil and sweat, with Hanlons Gala garage, now working on and renovating an old ambulance, that use to be built in a factory, that was once on the same site of what is now 'Hanlons Gala garage Longford Town, Ireland, the factory was before his time he said. He first started working at Hanlons Garage when it first opened over fifty year ago. The factory that made the ambulances was also in the hands of Hanlons family too. My late Grandfather, same great name Michael Croghan, worked at some point of his life in Hanlons Factory, that made the ambulances. The quiet unassuming Tom, is literally part of the fixtures now at Hanlons garage. Great Loyalty and dedication, many know him fondly, and nobody would ever have a bad word to say about him. Quiet gentle hard working Tom, the ambulance that was once in a very bad state, was a ambulance that came from the old factory, and Tom, is tipping away at it daily, it has reached local media and fame across County of Longford. Now it hasn't moved far he said, it was driven one end of the Garage court to another end, at literally one mile per hour, he said the speed was due to no breaks, he said smiling, runs but you cant fast obviously. A lot of issue with electrics he is unsure if it they can be repaired fully, but coming on well regardless, of that, and it does run he said