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'Happy Smiles'
(Archived on Friday - September - 09/09/2022 )

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  Photo was taken in the English Market in 2011 by photographer Valerie O'Sullivan  
The news of the death of Queen Elizabeth was received with great sadness yesterday. It was the only story from 6pm last evening and tributes to her flowed in from all over the world. She achieved so much in her 70 years as Queen.

But for many Irish people her visit to Ireland in 2011 was most memorable and a trip that went so well. By the time she got to Cork it was the fourth and final day of the trip. The Queen was in a very relaxed mood and fishmonger Pat O'Connell made for an iconic photo when he brought this big fish in front of her. Both burst into laughter and it has become such a beautiful memory of her visit to Ireland and especially her visit to Cork

May her gentle soul rest in peace

The normal bits and pieces here will resume tomorrow


Thought on Friday - September - 09/09/2022

"The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God." (St Paul's letter to the Corinthians 2:10)

As we begin this month of September there is an invitation to appreciate our depth. St. Paul speaks about depth and the greater the depth of our spiritual lives, the greater the spiritual blessings will be. But the world we live in today does not use the word depth much.

The world we live in today moves at such a fast pace that there is little time for depth. Life can often be shallow and one story moves so quickly into the next one, with no time for reflection or time to be grateful or time to appreciate our blessings. There is such a need for depth in all of our lives today. As we return to more normal routines now after our summer, we are invited to be a person of depth in everything we do.

We also congratulate all those who received their Leaving Cert results on Friday. It has been a long wait during the summer and for many students the wait continues for a few more days to see if they will get their preferred course.

But it is important to say as well that the results last week only tell one story. The results don't always tell the story about the beautiful person that is each student. As you make the transition from secondary school to new beginnings, always remember who you are, always be yourself, always be proud of what you bring to each day and always remember how precious, special and unique you are today and everyday.

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