Hill Walk

When I received the email inviting me to go walking in the mountains I immediately responded and took to the challenge like a duck to water.
The invitation was from none other than the Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht who requested I join with him on a walk for charity.
This years Oireachtas Charity Walk was in aid of Arthritis Ireland.


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ValleyNow that the Irish Times has exposed my hairy legs for its readers to admire I have decided to expose all and admit that I am a fervent hill walker. Still can’t understand why other walkers look at me that way..like… shorts in THIS weather?? What do you think?   The most original comment will receive an invitation to visit me in The Dail where I will be dressed to perfection in suit and collar and tie….here is a sample… We can start with The High Tatras in Slovakia..


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Filipino Flag

There are more than 16,000 Filipinos working and living in Ireland and they certainly know how to celebrate and have fun while celebrating their Independence Day.

It was my pleasure to have received an invitation to attend and speak with the Filipino community at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght on June 11th, where the Filipino community assembled from all over Ireland to give honour to their National Hero and Poet Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

They are a beautiful and colourful, happy and proud community who are making an enormous contribution to, the mainly, health care services in Ireland. Without their presence our health services would collapse.

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Diaspora Women's Initiative? Who are they? What do they do?

Well I did not know a lot about them myself until I received an invitation asking if I could come along to their event and maybe say a few words. I happily accepted the invitation and dropped down to The Lantern on Synge Street, my old school, which has converted the former Christian Brothers monastery into a very welcoming Inter Faith facility.

Diaspora Women’s Initiative is DWI and it is a great example of the new immigrant community providing moral and practicable support and education around the issues of HIV and Aids. They are a co-operative of women who have recognised the need to outreach and co-operate with existing Irish services who are providing assistance and support on the HIV/Aids.

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Silent IdolsWas lazing around relaxing on my day off, Sunday, when I received a text message from my old pal Nuala Gilsenan. A  a cryptic text message “2.30 Donore Ave”
Was relaxing with a beer and admiring my tomato seedlings' progress in the garden and dressed as you do when your pottering about
"God will I or wont I go down to Donore Avenue ?  "

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