I took this photo as I walked along the Douglas Road yesterday afternoon. The footpath winds its way through Reeves Wood and these beech trees are easily over a hundred years old. In a busy urban area it is lovely to see such trees growing so tall and majestic

On This Day 

On September 26th 2021 in the Ryder Cup Golf at Wisconsin, the United States regained their title beating Team Europe by a record, 19-9

Birthdays Today

Serena Williams (Tennis Player) is 42

Saint For Today

Today Septembe 26th is the Feast Day of Sts Damian and Cosmos

Significance Of Today

As we come to the end of September just to say it has been dedicated as Friendship Month. It is all about highlighting the importance of what friends mean and celebrating what friendship brings to all of our lives every day. There is still plenty of time left this month to make contact with a friend that we may not have contacted in a while.

Interesting Quote for Today

“A single rose can be my garden but a single friend, my world.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.

Did You Know😇

Did you know that a giraffe cleans its ears with its tongue. A giraffe’s tongue is over a foot and a half long or 21 inches. They also use their tongues to get around thrones and acquire the leaves they want to eat.

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Thought For The Week

“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” ~Anonymous

I went to the ploughing last Wednesday in Co. Laois. It was a great day out but I have never seen so much mud and it was everywhere! Despite the presence of a metal floor track to walk through the main sections, one would have been completely lost without a pair of wellies. It was just essential wear and once you had a pair you could simply walk through every pool of mud knowing you were dry. It reminds me of the gift of faith and the importance of believing in something. Like a pair of wellies it especially helps you when conditions are difficult. Our faith also helps us through good days but especially when life is difficult and challenging.

Yesterday  (September 25th) was the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. This year marks the 1,400th anniversary of the death of St. Finbarr making today a significant day. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything.

This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today. It is also lovely that the feast of Saint Finbarr occurs during the Season of Creation which always happens during September. The Season of Creation encourages us to get out and about to appreciate the beauty of creation and to sense God’s presence in the beauty of nature. We can of course do it anywhere but a beautiful place to do it is of course Gougane Barra.

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