Friday, March 13, 2009
BITS AND PIECES
March 13th 09
BITS AND PIECES
In the middle of the recent madness I was summoned to Saint Gerard’s Resource Centre here in the heart of West Belfast. Saint Gerard’s is a wonderful school for children with special educational needs. I was there before and the atmosphere was electric. Not because of me. No, it was the accordion music slipping between jigs and reels and salsa which greeted our party and the general air of merriment and good fun which infected both teachers and pupils. They need a new school building and will have it as soon as possible if this blog and the Minister of Education can have our way.
But that’s not why my presence was requested this time. This time the pupils wanted me to bring a message from them to President Barack Obama. So I dashed from a meeting with the First and Deputy First Ministers and the other party leaders to Saint Gerard’s at the foot of the Black Mountain.
And there to my surprise was the merry accordion player, this time on a fiddle with another cheery musician fingering and squeezing the melodium and the place alive with music and craic and an epidemic of pupils and teachers and parents crowding into the entrance hall to witness the handover of the gift made during the US election campaign by the young people of Saint Gerard’s.
Reuben Kearney and Pearse McMahon did honours. They also slipped me a fine bottle of red wine to speed me on my way. So White House security watch out. The Saint Gerard’s school project is winging towards you and this humble messenger is privileged to be the bearer of good news from Ireland to President Obama. Thanks Reuben. Go raibh maith agat Pearse.
I gave you a bum steer about the Ceol ón gCroi on TG4 last week. It wasn’t about the hungerstrikes as I suggested. It was about the 1916 Rising and was a truly great programme featuring Pauline Scanlan from County Kerry.
The Hungerstrike one is on this Sunday night. 10 o clock on TG4. I will miss it. Maybe some of you will let me know what you think of it? Le do thoil? I have no doubt it will be well worth watching. The series so far has been mighty. Well done to everyone involved.