Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Humanitarian Aid For Chernobyl Orphans
   Accidentally, while returning home, I came across the Munster Chernobyl Aid convoy, as it was assembling at Portlaw one evening last month.  In brilliant sunshine, a large number of local people turned out to talk with those drivers, co-drivers and helpers before they were cheered on their lengthy journey to Belarus, with much-need aid for the many unfortunate people there. The colourful signage on the various trucks was quite striking, and hopefully got the message about the continuing plight of inhabitants of that area across to thousands on that lengthy journey right across Europe

Some of the truck signage.

"ЧОРНОБИЛЬ" (Chernobyl)

The name Chernobyl will never be forgotten, following the disastrous explosion at the Nuclear Power Plant there on April 26th, 1986, resulting in the deaths of numerous people, then at the site itself, and ever since from various types of cancer, other fatal illnesses, and deformities caused by the radioactive fallout.
The town of Pripyat, with a population then of over 50,000, had to be abandoned, and many nearby villages were heavily contaminated, resulting in a wide exclusion zone. However hundreds of the elderly inhabitants of these areas refused to leave and be re-housed elsewhere for fear of the inability to settle down in such areas.  
Possibly the worst hit people were the children born later with severe birth defects, cancer and other serious illnesses, many of whom are maintainted  in poorly-equipped homes and stark surroundings. Furthermore many such children have also lost their parents.    
Humanitarian Aid from Ireland has been an outstanding gesture for many years, but hundreds of those children have been brought to various parts of Ireland for a holiday each summer also, being accommodated by numerous generous families.
It is not possible to give a more detailed account here of the present-day situation in the affected areas, and I do not have any further information on ‘Munster Chernobyl Aid’ but am adding some lines hereunder as published in St. Patrick’s Church weekly newsletter with the kind permission of the author, Margaret O’Hara, whose husband, Michael, travelled with the convoy:

"The convoy that left the square in Portlaw on Sat. Sept 7th have returned home safe and sound. A gruelling round trip of over 6,000 km was made by 12 men and one brave woman. The members of the convoy - in particular the three local men Noddy Jacob, Dixie Maher and Mick O’Hara would like to thank most sincerely Fr. Richard for his lovely words of encouragement at the start of the trip, the pipe band and the people of Portlaw and beyond who came out in great numbers to send them safely on their way. They would also like to thank everyone, too numerous to list individually, who donated in any way to make the trip the success it was. Over 85 tonnes of aid was delivered to the people of Belarus. No words could describe the joy this aid brought to these humble people; let’s just say ours don’t know how lucky they are. Roll on next year and may the next trip be as successful."   
            Thanks again, to one and all!  

Further images and text to follow.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Céad Míle Fáilte!

The illustration is adapted from a photo taken in Curraghmore Estate
in January 2011.

A single left-click on the image will enlarge it.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Within the last minute
the number of page-views 
on this site
has reached a grand total of
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Making it possible are viewers from
China, USA, Ireland and Germany,
who are looking in right now. 
Thank you all!
(Sept. 27th, 2014.  7.14pm.)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014


                                                                                                                                                                As in previous years, prime movers  behind the annual
at the 
Fountain Centre, Portlaw,
were Peggy Cuddihy and Biddy Hanlin.
This annual nationwide event, in aid of the 
Hospice Movement,
is sponsored by Bewleys' Coffee.

                                                                                                                                                         Pictured above are a few of the many contributors to the fund-raiser:
L. to R:  Peggy Murphy, Kathleen Gilman,
Marie Nolan, Patricia Cullen and Dolores Hennebry.

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Meanwhile, enjoying the late warm weather by the fountain, outside, were:
L. to R:  Paul Kelly, Seamus Crotty and Michael Walsh.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Good Morning
to you
out there
in far away
M A C A U,
viewing our Blog just now, 
on a very sunny day here in Ireland!

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Roofers at work on Holy Trinity Church, Portlaw,
replacing the ridge tiles on September 3rd .
Although most of the cost has been raised by parishioners and friends,
there is still  a shortfall of over €2,000.
If you'd like to contribute, contact Mrs. Mary Coe, Brown Street.