Friday, November 27, 2009


Those who had a look at our wedding website, back in the day, may remember the Best Man. Well he's now produced a book and not just any book. It's a collection of his photographs from around Ireland, all of them taken as is, without any artificial lighting and with some amazing results! Have a look at it here or better still check back in a few days when online ordering has been set up. At €25 it's better than most other Christmas presents you'd get at twice the price! (NB My only vested interest in this publication is that, having helped at the launch, I got two bottles of red for my trouble!) The website for it is very good too but I admit that I'm biased given that the webmaster is my beloved helpmeet and the mother of my firstborn.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The kindness of strangers

It's a shock and a surprise but in a very pleasant way to see how good people can be, even in this hectic and sometimes cruel world. A few weeks ago I was running a little late and thus hurrying through Dartmouth Square toward Leeson St. Of course, careless speed no less than pride goeth before a fall. This fall was, if I say so myself, spectacular. My fall was broken by my face. There was little noticeable change, at least once I stopped bleeding. My glasses were broken too, and I was generally aching and sore.

Out of the blue a receptionist emerged from a neighbouring office, offering help. Her boss followed with a chair, then some ministering angel brought a hot cup of tea. Anti-septic wipes, tissues and plasters followed, as did a kind bystander who used my mobile to call my 9am appointment to explain why I was really very late.

It was heartening to discover that, in the timeless words of Fr Werenfried van Straaten OPraem, "people are better than you think!" Deo gratias.