We, as a society, can often feel hardened to the horrible miseries that are the hand dealt to so many unfortunate people in our country, such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse, neglect, or family violence. So it is always heart lifting to see such warmth and concern by so many people for animals who can be horribly abused or even killed or maimed so badly that they must be “put down”.
1st July 2012 was one of the few dry days in July, lucky that it was, as the Walkinstown/Crumlin Communities got together to celebrate all their great activities.
In the past, I was the Independent Chairman of the Labre Park Inter-Agency Committee in Ballyfermot and learned a lot about the developments in a range of areas, not least of which was the role education is playing in the life of Travellers.
I recently took some time out to visit the Ballyfermot FÁS Training Centre, where I met with a guy who, it transpired, was an old schoolmate of mine from our days in Synge Street.
You may or may not know that my hobby is Hill Walking! Every year, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, leads an Oireachtas Hill Walk for a nominated charity.