Organised and facilitated by Shane Crossan, with many local musicians taking the call with Xmas spirit to lift the spirits of loved ones, in the care of Laurel Lodge and St Josephs Longford town, who had a ball and were very grateful. thank to all the nurses for helping out and all the musicians who gave up their time to do it well done all involved.
Kitty Ross representing Marys Meals, was collecting today from Louis Herterich café, where he also sponsored a kindly 75euros worth of meat for a raffle, and a guess the weight xmas cake to win it too, great man and a charity close to his heart. The effervescent Kitty Ross, braved the weather and did Mary's Meals a great honour, collecting all voluntary work with Mary's Meals, click on picture below, to follow link to Mary's Meals, a charity I firmly believe in too. where even ten cents can be enough for a meal and 93percent without fail of every euro goes straight to the people that need it, and for 18.30euro you can feed one child for a whole school year.
Saint Elisabeth Convent that has close ties to Ireland, visit yearly, self funded community of faithful, that do many initiatives to help family's and individuals in Belarus with substance abuse and special needs children also. The convent once a year for a month, visit Ireland to raise funds for that great work that they do, helping many people. They raise funds with selling gifts that they make which are various. Unfortunately due to covid, they were unable to attend markets because they cancelled, in Belfast and Galway. they have an online shop where they sell their unique items made by them and people they help. If you can help, by buying an item, sharing a post, pass onto others, every little helps. Or you can donate directly, one below image that will take you directly to their website, where you can do that if you so wish. thank you for your time reading, if you can help every little matters.
Sister Anna in Longford St Mel's Church Feb of 2020
Bumped into James (Jock) McGrath St Mels Rd, where a lot of things are happening, between the new center of excellence in St Mels College, and what is evident is the knocking of the old wall, from new car park and St Michaels boy school. Times change and modernisation, safety is key, where a new inside path undertaken by the Local Council, to safeguard children from school to car picks up from St Mel's Car Park. I think any help on this matter is very welcome, to protect children from rising car ownership and a well known narrow very busy road. Jock told me it's a welcome thing that's happening, no real sentimental value, remembers fondly hammering footballs on the wall when he was young, but traffic wouldn't allow that for any children these days. The road itself had been done only recently and strengthened thank to Pat Keenan, 2015/16. Football was a key part of Jocks growing up, couldn't play on St Mels College ground because of privacy, but after 3pm came, any local lads went to St Michaels, and plates footy til it was dark. On a side note, he told me that the lower half of the buildings and houses along that road are built from stone from an old British jail from Pearse Park, and that they were first built in the 1800's hundreds. Jock was also kind enough to share some images with me that you can see in the images uploaded.
Was in Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore, today for a follow up check on my clot I got in Jan of this year 2020. Last place anybody wants to be in current times, for many reasons, but for some they cant avoid it, like this lovely Nurse. The whole system and process was very well managed and virtually nil contact with anybody, unusual to be in a waiting room and either none or one or two are waiting to be seen. This lady wanted her name not put in, and if you recognise her I ask you to withhold from saying it on blog, thank you forwardly. Like a military operation and added bonus of wiping everything down, I got to go to home soon after, but day in day out, these Angels in nurses uniforms are on the front line, thank you and may God Bless ye all.
Father James MacKiernan, St Mel's Cathedral, Longford Town, on Sunday past (4th Oct 2020), in Honour of St Francis of Assisi, has continued his annual animal blessing. Despite the weather, people turned out for the blessing, and in these times thinking of all these pets being lost or stolen, consider below prayer for all of them in such stressful situation with an intention for them, Thank You forwardly.
St. Francis of Assisi, born in Umbria in 1181, was the founder of the Franciscan Order. He died on October 4, 1226 at the age of 45. Francis is considered the founder of all Franciscan Orders and the patron saint of ecologists and merchants.
PRAYERS TO ST. FRANCIS FOR OUR PETS:
Good St. Francis, you loved all of God's creatures.
To you they were your brothers and sisters.
Help us to follow your example
of treating every living thing with kindness.
St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals,
watch over my pet
and keep my companion safe and healthy.
St. Francis of Assisi Lover of all Creation
Prayer for Sick Animals:
you created all things for your glory
and made us stewards of this creature
If it is your will, restore it to health and strength.
Blessed are you, Lord God,
and holy is your name for ever and ever.
PRAYER FOR OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS
(To make a Novena for a sick pet, say this prayer for 9 consecutive days.)
Heavenly Father, our human ties with our friends of other species is wonderful and a special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your Fatherly care and healing power to take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of Yours. They have trust in us as we have in You; our souls and theirs are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill Your ill or suffering animals with healing Light and strength to overcome whatever weakness of body they have.
(Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer.)
Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures. From our souls to theirs goodness flows, touching each of us with the reflection of Your love. Grant to our special animal companions long and healthy lives. Give them good relationships with us, and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. Grant our prayer through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures.
Give him the power to watch over our animal friends until they are safely with You in eternity, where we someday hope to join them in giving You honor forever.
Thanks to Faith32 for the above prayers and info on St Francis of Assisi link here- https://faith32.livejournal.com/109200.html
Bumped into this gentleman and had a good chat, had to ask for a portrait with his rarely seen style these days, as you see he wears it well. Milo is originally from County Waterford, and moved to and worked in Dublin for 30 years, a job which he liked and helped many. Lucky enough to retire early, and decided and why not to enjoy a warmer climate, he went to Portugal for a few years. Wanted to come back and settle in Ireland, and found great value in a good market for a buyer and decided to settle in Longford. Already settled in a few years, you will see him day in day walking his wee dog Monty and himself dressed as fine as this. Monty by the way he told me was a rescue he was got kindly off a local Saint Hillary Robinson, who not only looks after the dog pound, where now with Hillary's input, no dog is put down, and many many re-homed, via different charity's as well as walk ins to the pound, where all are welcome, don't buy re-home, the pound has regular visitors that visit the dogs and walk them too. Hillary also has a great equine charity Hungry Horse Outside, where volunteers are welcome, with lovely partner Mick and family and many volunteers run a great and very much needed charity for mainly equine but also others she would never turn any animal away. Milo told me that Monty he got of Hillary was left in a field tied with a rope to fend for himself, he was six years old at the time, Milo has Monty 3 years now, a very friendly dog, but like many dogs has a taste for cars and motorbikes, barking at them, but fair play to Milo for what he done, and fair play for being original with dress sense. Thanks for the chat and best wishes with settling well into the town
Culture Night Longford 2020 18th Sept
, Watch live and enjoy Culture night Longford, I was a participant making a short movie for Lumin-X curated by Local Shane Crossan. There is many things on offer and all free and available to view on the Longford Creative Culture page live on the nigh, link below via photo of said page. Grateful to be part of anything creative and local is a bonus, with Lumin-X film makers were paired off with musicians and sound guys, mine was the very talented Shane Kennedy, likes country, blues and folk. its an abstract poetic self reflexive piece that also contains elements of a recent open project I am working on, called 'Remembering Place', you can see images from that project on Instagram and soon on Photographs on this website.
Walk about town, Longford Town never know who you would walk into, nice to be friendly, and bit of snooker in Athlone where I bumped into locals having a mini competition, didn't stay long enough to find out who won it. Some well known Longfordordians who meet up on a Friday for a bit of a chin wag,more often than not in Jacobites, you better have your wits about you with this motley crew
As storm 'Ellen' as its been called, swept through Ireland and Longford early morning on the 20th August 2020, it took with it a small piece of Teffia Park with it. A tree that was planted in 1954, succumbed to the force of the storm Ellen, but it did look as storm Ellen just helped the inevitable, because of the rot that had set in some time before as is noticeable. No damage was reported to any local residence or anyone thank God. It will be loss, more than aesthetics, many have passed through, took refuge, and many many have played conkers on the back of it, it is the memory of many. I bumped into Pat Briody and his grandson Tommy and Ned Stokes, help cleaning up the aftermath. Ned told me, local man to Teffia, Leo Devlin said the tree was planted in 1954, and believe it or not, Ned was open to tell me his age, the same age as the tree was planted. Local Councilor Peggy Nolan said on social media, allaying any fears of what may happen, and that as soon as possible that a new tree would be planted.