I took this photo recently at the Dunloe Hotel, near Killarney, Co.Kerry. These sheep were up early grazing and some were already taking a break from the early start!

On This Day
On October 17th 1972 the American rapper and actor Eminem, who was one of the most controversial and best-selling artists of the early 21st century, was born.

On October 17th 1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Prize On this day in 1979, Mother Teresa, was named the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace for her work with the poorest of the poor

On October 17th 2020 the Labour Party headed by Jacinda Ardern was re-elected in a landslide in New Zealand’s general election. She stepped down as Prime Minister in February 2023.

Birthdays Today

Simon Harris (Minister for Further Education) is 37

Leigh Arnold (Actress) is 44

Eminem (Rapper) is 51

Kimmi Raikkonen (Finnish F1 Driver) is 44

Saint For Today

Today October 17th is the Feast Day of Ignatius of Antioch. His greatest concern was for the unity of the church.

Significance of Today

Today Oct 17th is World International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Poverty as we know is widespread in so many parts of our world today. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed to promote and acknowledge the effort and struggle of those living in poverty. We also think today of the flight of so many innocent Palestinian people who have had to flee their homes to avoid getting caught up in missile attacks.

Quote For Today

“Poverty is not just a lack of money, it is not having the capability to realize one’s full potential as a human being.” ~ Amartya Sen

Did You Know

Did you know that nearly 1 billion people don’t have enough to eat. 615 million people suffer from water stress. And almost half of the world’s population has no access to the internet.

Video for the week🎥  (Updated every Wednesday🎥)

Tomorrow’s weekly video is called ‘A Daily Prayer’

Thought For The week

God does not ask for our ability or our inability but our availability.’ ~Author Unknown

This weekend we watched some amazing quarter final games in the World Cup Rugby. Ireland v New Zealand and France v South Africa were simply wonderful to watch. Ireland were so close to beating New Zealand and the same can be said of France who were so close to beating South Africa also. The ability of these teams to create such excitement deserve huge credit and praise for what they have done.

When it comes to ourselves it is true that we sometimes focus on our inabilities rather than our abilities. How often we have heard, “I’m no good at that.” What a pity. If only we had more inner belief and the confidence to hear that inner voice within each of us saying, “I can and I will do it.” For every one thing we could be better at, there are many things that we are so good at.

So maybe a simple question to ask this week is: How can I give some of my time to doing even one thing I enjoy and something I know I’m good at? Can I believe that even one simple thing has the potential to make the world of a difference? Can I make myself available to make this moment happen?

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday