Monday, October 5, 2015




Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ballooning Championships

45th Annual Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships, 2015.
Once more the competitions are based at Waterford city.
and about forty competitors from around the globe are participating.
For the second successive year Curraghmore Estate, Portlaw,
was chosen as a take-off location, on two different evenings.
Above view:  From Factory Road, looking towards Malcomson Square.

Those around the town of Portlaw, who didn't watch the take-off at Curraghmore,
were almost overwhelmed with back-lit balloons
all flying reasonably low, and appearing rapidly from behind the trees.
A superb cloud formation added to the scene.

This was my best shot from a number of attempts.

See website: 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


National Coffee Morning, 
a nationwide fund-raising event for local
Hospice Services,
was held once more in Portlaw
at the Fountain Centre,
on Thursday last, September 17th, 2015.
All money raised locally throught the country stays locally.
All coffee for the event is supplied free of charge by

Serving behind the hatch, as usual, were
Peggy Cuddihy & Bid Hanlin,
with Paul Kelly in the queue with his contribution. 

Outsde the hatch were,
Johnny O'Brien, Peggy Brophy, Maura Power and Paul once more. 

Alice Kiersey, manageress of the Martin Centre in Queen Street,
brought along many of her clients to participate in this important event.

Patie Power too was one of the early birds to make a contribution.
As can be guessed, it was one of the warmest days of the month!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Curraghmore Concert

Mary Black in Concert
part of the
 Rather late in the day to be posting this online,
but the open-air concert has been well publicised for weeks.
Mary will be supported by Kíla & Rue de la Coup.
Gates open 5.00 pm. Concert at 7.00 pm.
Venue - The Courtyard.     Seating will be provided. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Indian Ocean Visitor!

Réunion is a French department in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa; it was very much in the news last July, due to the finding of part of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, MH370, which had disappeared in March 2014, and was washed up on a beach there.
The plane was flying from
Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. 

Réunion has a population of over 800,000. The capital city is St. Denis.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Clonagam Cemetery Mass 2015

Regrettably I was unable to attend this year's Mass, 
but am glad to include hereunder, with kind permission, 
an account of the event from St. Patrick's Church newsletter.

A beautiful early evening, briefly interrupted by a very short shower which didn’t dampen the spirit of those in attendance, set the scene for the annual Clonegam Graveyard Mass. Fr. Richard was joined by Rev. Mellissa Jeffers for this special occasion. In welcoming the congregation Fr. Richard remembered those buried in the cemetery since last year, mentioning that the late 8th Marquis of Waterford, John Hubert de la Poer Beresford, was only buried there in February of this year. He had read the First Reading for our Mass last year. His son, Lord Tyrone, read our First Reading this time, followed by Joan Kelleher reading the Responsorial Psalm and Emma Verling our Second Reading. This is the text of Fr. Richard’s homily:

 As we gather, we are surrounded by history and by beauty. What a magnificent view. Were you to close your eyes and try an imagine such a scene as we have here, it would be hard to do. It is no accident I think, that being here this evening, we do on a day that Pope Francis, in solidarity with other Christian churches has asked us to celebrate as ‘Creation Day’ - a day devoted to appreciating the great gift of creation which God has given to us. Only a few weeks ago actually, Pope Francis presented to the world his second letter entitled Laudato Si - a letter all about creation - a letter which outlines the care that we should have for this world and ourselves who inhabit it. And as we all know, there are many issues facing the care of nature and the care of each other. We all are part of creation and God wants us to appreciate and value who we are and what we have. We only have to think of the ongoing refugee crisis that we see every night on our television screens - people being exploited in their misery and desperation and being left to face dangerous journeys. Not how it is meant to be. We think of how some of the biggest and richest countries in the world will not agree on climate change because it gets in the way of business and commerce. Again, not as it should be. This world, our environment, our lives - they are all gifts to be cherished and looked after.         
 On this evening, as we appreciative the lives and caring of family and friends gone before us and who rest in this place, the beauty and peace of this place and our friendly gathering and cooperation, they point to a way forward. They point to that appreciation of what we have and who we are and how now more than ever, we should care for the beauty around us and each other who are fortunate to share it. May we never falter in that task of caring. May we never leave God down in watching over all that He has given to us.

Our sacristan Mary took great care in having everything taken from St. Patrick’s as well as bringing from her own home her late mother in law Eileen’s Crucifix for the Altar. Our Altar Servers Jenna and Gerard took up the Offertory Gifts that were laid on the steps beside the Church door that were used for mounting horses in years gone by. Pat and Johnny had already brought up the chairs that were borrowed from the Community Centre. Michael Kinsella, Undertaker provided the amplification. Thank you to Lord Waterford and the Church of Ireland for access to the graveyard for this Mass. After a blessing from Rev. Jeffers our celebration was ended. Thank you to everyone who attended and anybody who helped in any way to make the evening special.

Friday, August 28, 2015


UZBEKISTAN, now a democratic republic, located east of the Caspian Sea in Central Asia, was formerly part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The country, famous for it's mosques, linked to the 6,000 km long, great Silk Road, which once stretched from China to the Mediterranean Sea. The capital city, Tashkent, has a population of nearly 2,500,000. Total population for the entire country is over 30,000,000.