Pat Accepts Séamus Buckley’s Magnificent Cheque in Aubane

Pat McMahon (on left) of Meelin and co-founder of the amazing Varanasi Children’s Hospital in India accepts Séamus Buckley’s wonderful cheque which later increased by a further €1,000.00 – at a truly memorable and magnificent event in Aubane Community Centre and Marquee when Séamus’s 50th Birthday was celebrated on Saturday, 21st July in truly grand style with a capacity attendance and marvellous entertainment.   Pat is a past-pupil of Séamus and has been involved as a male nurse in truly inspirational work in Varanasi, India.   This wonderful cheque will be of tremendous benefit to so many.   All the Guests were delighted to learn how their birthday gifts to Séamus were being used in such a praiseworthy manner. Happy Birthday, Séamus and take a bow indeed on how you, your Family and Friends brought such joy to Pat and all his international Friends.  Further information on Pat’s inspirational project may be viewed on   (S.R.)

A Day On Clara Hill

A light cover of snow lay on the mountain and the air had a wintery chill
And the cold damp winds of January blew across Clara hill
As we climbed up towards the wooden cross Jerry and John Mahony, Donal Hickey and I
A memory to remember until the day I die.

The Mahonys had their working dog Sandy with them and Donal had Jerry his cattle dog
And the climb up through the snow clad bracken for Schoolboys a hard old slog
The dogs bored without a fox or hare to chase suddenly commenced to fight
For Jerry a bloodless victory though not a pretty sight. [read more …] “A Day On Clara Hill”

Film Board pulls plug on film about Joanne

Joanne O’Riordan who was born without arms and legs has vowed to get a documentary on her life completed, despite the Irish Film Board’s shock decision to axe funding.

Joanne, 16, from Millstreet, Co Cork, was honoured by the United Nations last April for the incredible courage and determination she has shown in defying her disability.

Joanne told the Sunday Independent that while she is “shocked and very disappointed”, she will not let the controversial IFB decision scuttle her project.

The documentary — entitled No Limbs, No Limits — was axed after the IFB said it did not believe the project had [read more …] “Film Board pulls plug on film about Joanne”