Saturday, May 16, 2015


I’m pleased to announce that the above image of mine, already on this site with explanatory notes, was runner-up in a recent All-Ireland competition, organised by the Church of Ireland Press Office, Belfast.

The award was presented during the Church of Ireland General Synod in Armagh City, which I was invited to attend, by the Church of Ireland Primate, Most Revd. Richard Clarke. 

The overall winner, Lilian Webb, has been a close friend from, and since the early days of audio-visual competitions organised by the Irish Photographic Federation. Lilian is a member of the Celbridge Camera Club, County Kildare. Neither of us knew the other was competing, so it was quite a surprise seeing one another at the Synod, in the midst of hundreds of delegates from all around the country! 

Presentation of award by the Church of Ireland Primate, Most Revd. Richard Clarke at the 2015 General Synod, Armagh.

On the extreme left can be seen the Rt. Revd. Michael Andrew James Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Waterford, Lismore, Ferns, Ossory and Leighlin, who was obviously pleased to know that the picture represented parish life in his diocese.

Thanks to my partner, Phyllis, author of the above picture,  but whose flash failed to fire when needed. Nevertheless, with difficulty, the image was salvaged, despite considerable noise or grain.

Monday, March 30, 2015

A MARCH DAY Sunday 29th

It might have been a blustery March day on Sunday, March 29th,
but Elizabeth Cashman was out and about,
enjoying the brief moments of sunshine,
with neighbouring twins in that buggy!


Members of the Church of Ireland in the Fiddown Union of Parishes
(Piltown, Fiddown, Portlaw and Kilmeaden),
accompanied by part-time priest-in-charge,
Revd. Mellissa Jeffers,
celebrated Christ's entry into Jerusalem,
with a procession of donkeys and parishioners,
from Factory Road to Holy Trinity Church,
where special readings and prayers were said for Palm Sunday.

 Parishioners, John Wills and David Gordon, at the former Mayfield and Tannery gates.

-    oooOooo    -

When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately you will find an ass tethered,
and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them here to me.
And if anyone should say anything to you, reply,
‘The master has need of them.’
Then he will send them at once.”
This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Say to daughter Zion,
“Behold, your king comes to you,
meek and riding on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.
They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them,
and he sat upon them.
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,
while others cut branches from the trees
and strewed them on the road.
The crowds preceding him and those following
kept crying out and saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”
And when he entered Jerusalem
the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?”
And the crowds replied,
“This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

(Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday Reading.  Mt. 21. 1/11)

Michael Hayes giving advice(!)  before the procesion commenced.
Additional people in this picture are Mary Hayes and Leslie Bowers + some children.

Revd. Mellissa Jeffers and others posing for photographs before the start of the procession.
George Smyth in red jacket. .

Posing for photos as the event was about to commence.

At the entrance to Holy Trinity church.

Outside Holy Trinity Church.

Some of the children who participated in the service.

(A single left-click on each image will show an enlarged version).

Sunday, March 29, 2015


What a pleasant surprise
yesterday, 28th March 2015,
to see that we had visitors to this site from

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Friday March 27th 2015.

Left to right: Mary O'Donohoe, Emma Barry, Jean Walsh and Peter Phelan,
outside Fogartys' at the bridge, with all flowers sold, and just lapel badges left. 

Left to right:  Biddy Hanlin, Catherine Daw, Catherine Connolly,
with plenty of daffodils still to sell, outside the Centra supermarket. 

Thanks to the thousands of volunteer collectors nationwide!

Sunday, March 22, 2015


to you
over there in 
looking in just now,
on a bright, sunny morning here in
south-east Ireland.
Thanks for the visit!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2015


Walkers participaiting in the parade were asked to assemble and start in the church grounds,
from a safety point of view,
and vehicles at Coffeys' Corner, where both groups would then amalgamate.
Here, prospective participants can be seen trying to cross the road at this DANGEROUS bend as they head for the church around the corner.
The wall on their immediate right was struck and damaged by a runaway vehicle some years ago and still lies unrepaired. Also, within the past few years  two other runaway vehicles had to deliberately crash into (1) the cemetery wall, and (2) the wall at entrance to the church, in order to stop as they went downhill.
It's surely about time that a footpath was built on the other side of this now very-busy road
to accommodate pedestrians in safety.
There appears to be ample room from the bottom of the steep hill right up to near the church.
Over to you, local Councillors, TD's  and Ministers.

The Saint himself, followed here by three snakes!

T H E  E N D !

(Imposible, timewise, to add names to all the above images,
but some names/text will be added if  time allows) 

Bluebell Festival pictures to follow soon!