BOG DAY AT DERRYVARROGUE
Our annual Turf Cutting day
will take place in Derryvarrogue Bog (near Roche's Pub),
on Sunday July 7th. This is the sixth year for the competition.
Cutting for adults will be from 3p.m. to 5 p.m. There will
be a junior section from 4p.m. to 5 p.m. As this is a family
day we want juniors to take part and experience the fun
in cutting turf by hand. There will be prizes for the winners
of both Junior and Senior sections. An educational tour
deep into the dome of the bog will take place from 3:45
p.m. to 4:30p.m. All of the different heathers, lichens
etc will be pointed out and named as well as the wonderful
variety of other life forms. Refreshments will be available,
so do come along and experience the wonder of our Family
Please Note: Change of day from Saturday to Sunday.
RORY IN BELARUS AS NARRATED
BY RORY HIMSELF
Rory Tansey has just arrived back from Belarus,
having given his time voluntarily to assist in the building
of an orphanage in Grovasa near Minsk. Rory was one of one
hundred and forty people (mainly guys) from all parts of
Ireland who traveled to convert part of an old military
barracks (which is now an orphanage for 150 children) to
a more humane dwelling with proper toilets and showers and
capable of accommodating between 300 and 400 children. Even
though Rory was expecting the worst, nothing could prepare
you for the 'sheer poverty and that musty smell that still
lingers'. The orphanage is in a rural setting with little
or no transport except for the odd Lada. The reason the
children are here he says is that the families can't afford
to keep them.
The children did speak reasonable English, and although
in reasonable good health were starved of attention, as
the regular staff that were few and far between didn't have
the time to attend to so many children. The locals themselves
were rather suspicious of volunteers, suspecting I suppose
the government paid them.
The whole experience was wonderful and fulfilling and felt
that you were doing something worthwhile for the children.
Visited another orphanage over an hour journey away. Found
kiddies without nappies, so went out, bought a load as well
as potties, just to give these children some dignity. Mind
you there is no shortage of supplies if you have the money.
Everything has a price. Dollars will get you anything and
the black market is a way of life. Am going back again in
September to follow through in the next stage of the development.
Leaving the kids that morning at 5 a.m. was a moving experience,
as they all got up just to say good-bye and show their appreciation
of having the volunteers there.
Getting back to Shannon and going into a shop for a roll
and a pint of milk seemed odd. Not to mention seeing kids
with their school bags being able to walk into a shop and
buy whatever they wanted, Strange sort of world, isn't it…
ST. PETER'S WELL
An Ecumenical Pilgrimage will begin
at St. Peter's Church Donadea, at 7p.m. on Friday 28Th. June.
The route will be from the church to the Range Houses, on
to Greenhills Cemetary, arriving at St. Peter's Well for prayers
at 8p.m. Bring some food and drink to share with each other,
as we plan to have some music and chat after the ceremony.
Please bring your family and friends along to this beautiful
Delia, Carol and Majella would like to thank
the people of Cooltrim,Donadea, Hortland and Tiermohan for
their generous support in sponsoring them on their Lenten
Fast for Trocaire. The total raised by them was €1176.50
which was sent to and receipted by Trocaire. The Girls would
like to say thanks for all the offers of cups of tea from
the welcoming houses of our area, see you next year. (P.G.)
Best Wishes go to Maggie Kennedy
and Cormac McMahon on the occasion of their wedding in Staplestown
Church on May 31st last. We wish the happy couple every
joy and success in their life together.
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