Wednesday 10 September 2008
Eamonn complained that he got very little sleep last night – he did not sleep until 4.00 a.m. and has been having trouble getting a good night’s sleep generally. However he got through the day and when I asked him after the pastoral council meeting when I came home how he was doing he told me he had a renewed burst of energy in the later evening. I walked over to the pastoral council meeting at 8.00 p.m. with my ear-phones on and my mobile phone listening to the concluding minutes of the Ireland away match in Montenegro. 0 – 0. I learned at the meeting that Mary Cummiskey has been in hospital and, I think, she is now in a nursing home in Termonfeckin. The meeting was ok and I explained what I meant by "family ministry" – support for families in crisis. I also recited the opening prayer "Come, Holy Spirit." A small attendance including Fr Larkin who said little. He smiled when I made a remark about "patronizing the priest," "We’ll canonize you again!" It arose about a proposal about a special Vocations Sunday which came from The Knights of Columbanus via Bobby Arthur. Around 10.30 a.m. I left the Louth County Childcare Committee meeting in Ardee Business Park to take a call on my mobile from Alan Ratcliffe. It was evening before I realized he was ringing from Greenore where I had arranged last week to play with him at 10.30 a.m. today. So I rang him again in the evening and had to postpone the golf we arranged for tomorrow until next week – because I have an arrangement to meet Kevin McGeough in Ballymac at 10.30 a.m. tomorrow! There was very few at the meeting in Ardee but it was nevertheless a good meeting. Patricia Hayes told me about her recent holiday in Prague. Claire Wood’s son got married recently and honeymooned in Cuba where he was caught in a hurricane but suffered no ill effects. I was slightly distressed all day because I was unable to remember Bedrich Smetana’s name. Patricia had mentioned that Vltava flowed through Prague. Ann Watters is going to Australia soon to visit her grandchild. I took my 3 metal with me to Ardee with a view to visiting GreenLife DR on my way home. However Rosanna text’d me in Ardee to say she would like to play golf in the afternoon. In the event it rained and I never got to strike a ball of any description. I got through the pastoral council meeting alright but I had to leave the LCCC meeting to go to the toilet. I also went to the toilet immediately after the meeting in Ardee and sat down afterwards in the boardroom and had a coffee and three Kerry Creams. I left Eamonn in to DkIT in the morning on my way to Ardee and collected him in the evening. There was a little bit of a mix-up because Rosanna said Eamonn wanted me in at 5.30 p.m. but he rang me at 5.00 p.m. (expecting me then?). In fact I collected him at around 5.20 p.m. Rosanna looked after the fire all day. A lot of logs, a cold fire, a lot of blow-downs. Boiled rice and chicken curry in the afternoon and sausage rolls twice in the evening. Weetabix and milk for breakfast: corn flakes and milk for supper. Did my exercises early in the morning: again before bed and also washed my teeth. I was the last to retire in the house around 12.00 midnight. A couple of comments on "Gavin Maloney Conducts" from an earnest and conventional person signing herself "Reed Note." Maura Harrington of S2S on hunger strike in Bellanaboy in protest at the pipe-laying ship Solitaire.