Sunday, December 20, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Christmas cactus


It hardly bloomed last year but this year it is wildly prolific, outdoing itself, and in the same spot.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Molly - In Memoriam


I'm sorry to tell you that my mother passed away in the early hours of October 2nd, after a long illness. I'm sharing a link to the the notice on rip.ie and the words my sisters put together.

Eulogy 
composed and read out in parts by my sisters for the funeral service at Glasnevin

On behalf of the family we would like to thank you all for being here today.

To­day we are here to celebrate the life of Mam / Molly / Nana and remember just some of the good times along the way.

She was a Dublin woman born and bred who never lost her love of the city, especially around St. Stephens Green where she played as a child.

She trained and worked as a talented dressmaker and one of our abiding childhood memories was her ability to find the best remnant of cloth in Hickeys, take it home and turn it into clothes that would sit proudly these days in any designer shop, ­ We were the best dressed kids in Dublin!

She had a great love of ceili dancing ­ Herself & Aunt May danced their way into the Jo Mac Show and went on tour with them in America.

She bought her first car and learned how to drive it on the way home!

On hearing that her first grandchild had arrived, in delight ran the length of O’Connell Street to get to the Rotunda asap leaving a friend standing wondering what was going on! Her enthusiasm and love for all her grandchildren never waned beyond this sheer delight and love at watching them grow.

She was an avid armchair sports person! who surprised us all when she ran in the Woman’s mini marathon in her 50’s and was delighted to see her photo in the national paper the following day.

Mam instilled in us all a strong sense of right and wrong and never to judge people on where they came from only on how they behaved. She always said “it’s not where you are from its how you behave that matters”

And after we had long flown the nest and set up our own lives, she met Tommy and together they explored several countries of the world, something she had never done (beyond the Jo Mac thing!) She loved these years and she loved Tommy, who has been the very best of companions to her over the last decade.

We’ve been saying Good­bye to Mam for many years now as we watched her illness slowly take her from us, it has been a long road which has tested us all and along the way we have discovered things about ourselves; and about being thankful for small things, like the fact that she never lost her ready smile when people spoke to her, or the pleasure of listening to music even when she could no longer dance along to it, she seemed happiest when in the midst of a group of people and she seemed calm within herself which is not a given with this illness.

We could go on, but instead we thought we would give you a run through of our chatter over the last few days :­

DAY TRIPS TO PORTMARNOCK

YELLOW FORD AVENGER WITH BLACK VINYL ROOF

LONG THIN MENTHOL CIGARETTES MADE ALL THE LONGER WITH A CIGARETTE

HOLDER

PERFECTLY SET HAIR

SWINGIE SKIRTS AND RED PILL BOX HATS

WATCHING HEFFO'S ARMY ON HILL 16

BUTLINS GLAMOROUS GRANNY AND MOTHER AND CHILD CONTEST

BRUCE FORSYTHE AND THE GENERATION GAME

A FEATURE WALL WITH GOLD WALL PAPER

HEAVILY PATTERNED AXMINSTER CARPET

BINGO IN MOORE STREET

DINNER IN WOOLWORTHS

SHOES AND COATS IN ARNOTTS

CEILI DANCING

FURY BROTHERS

THE DUBLINERS, THE BEATLES

AND A HOOLIE FOR EVERY OCCASION

I'm sure all of us here to­day have some special memories, but suffice to say for us, her family, she was a wonderful Mother and Grandmother and she will live on with us in our hearts and minds where she will be forever missed.


With friends and family (Highfield)


With Dad (on O'Connell Bridge)


Molly, at age 15


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BBC The Daily Politics - assassinating Corbyn

Some gibbering ass (Lance Price) is trying to say Corbyn's speech was no good. He's trying his damnedest to portray it as a dismal failure. He wants Corbyn to go chasing other people's votes, the very mistake that has now cost Labour two general elections. Jeremy Corbyn's speech was excellent, and I have watched all the leader speeches for both main parties for many years. It was one of the best. The BBC commentator, Lance Price, was wheeled on by Andrew Neil immediately after the speech with a little caption on the screen, "Speech Verdict". How can this be viewed in any other way than a calculated attempt to smear Corbyn and distort perception of his speech? Price says he had low expectations and the speech fell well below them. I don't think the idiot can have even listened to the speech. It was excellent and ended on a massive high, far more thoughtful and satisfactory than Miliband or Blair ever achieved with their phoney baloney. I make a little exception for Gordon Brown but he too was in thrall to "chasing the game". Corbyn is on the money. But I'm afraid BBC News is in a tailspin. I love the BBC but its news division is dissolving into amateurish, clownish self-indulgence and groupthink. #dailypolitics #bbcdailypolitics #bbc #bbcnews #bbcdailypolitics #andrewneil #jeremycorbyn #uklabour #lanceprice

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