News I Just Heard Belatedly


More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal as a result of flooding, with 40 million affected by the devastation. At least six people, including two toddlers, were among the victims in and around India’s financial capital.

The devastating floods have also destroyed or damaged 18,000 schools, meaning that about 1.8 million children cannot go to classes, Save the Children warned on Thursday. (August 31st)

The charity said that hundreds of thousands of children could fall permanently out of the school system if education was not prioritised in relief efforts.

“We haven’t seen flooding on this scale in years and it’s putting the long-term education of an enormous number of children at great risk. From our experience, the importance of education is often under-valued in humanitarian crises and we simply cannot let this happen again. We cannot go backwards,” said Rafay Hussain, Save the Children’s general manager in Bihar state.


Eamon Doogue Remembered

Eamon Doogue Remembered


I really did not know Eamon very well

but he was always at the RDS Divine Mercy Conferences

and Sr Briege’s big Masses in Phibsboro.

I really only bumped into him.

But he was always cheerful. A gentleman.

With a soft and crinkly face and smiling eyes.

And i remember his beautiful playing of the violin.

I always felt i had a friend in Eamon.

In prayer and in faith-filled music.

God, he stuck it well.

A great ad for the healing power of spiritual songs.

He never missed a Conference until he was well into his 90’s.

The stuff of legends. Dublin legends.

Carlow legends.


More Travels

A Little Trip to Donegal Sunday (3-9-17)

We set out early on a wild, wet Sunday morning. Gerry, Mary, Willie and me. We arrived in Cavan about 7am and got breakfast there in a petrol station cafe. We arrived at the historic, penitential island about 9am and got our tickets.

My cousin, Joey Sheeran, was the boat man who brought us over. It was good to meet him. We had our tea and scones and looked around. After the morning prayers in the Basilica, we relaxed for a while and then had lunch at half one. A very good lunch. Mary loved the soup. Lovely sandwiches. We were all stuffed.

Willie got Confession and we all got Mass and left the island very satisfied. I got a nice dvd of Lough Derg in the shop and I got a Mass said for Paddy Rhatigan, a great old nursing friend who had died on Saturday 2nd Sept in Mullingar.

We called into Susan in Donegal town. My brother, Mark, was away golfing. A nice, friendly visit. Then we went out to Rossnowlagh Friary and viewed Donegal bay. It had cleared up into a really beautiful evening, thank God.

We went to Ballyshannon to the apartments where we were to stay and got the key at the welcoming restaurant, Nirvana, nearby from Ray, the owner.

We settled in and then had a nice meal in the restaurant. And a good sleep.

On Monday morning, we packed up and travelled back to Rossnowlagh for Mass at 10am. We got breakfast for Willie in a petrol station on the way there.

After the lovely community Mass, we went back into Donegal town and got a full breakfast and called into Mark’s shop to say hello and get photos printed.

Then we hit the road for Cliffoney via Bundoran and called into our old pal Kathleen O Connell there. She came with us into Sligo town where we just looked around for a while. It was Mary and Willie’s first time in the North West

Willie got a good dvd box set in Tesco. “Sherlock”.

Kathleen got the bus home and we travelled on to Tobar N’Ailt, the Holy Well,

and had a lovely, if brief, stop there at that quiet, sacred place of angels.

Next stop was a new sit-down chipper in Edgewardstown and then on home to Dublin. Tired but content. Glad to get home to dear old dirty familiar Dublin.


Remembering Pat Rhatigan RIP

Fond Personal Memories of Paddy Rhatigan RIP September 2017

There must be something in the water in Mullingar. Joe Dolan was really one of the greatest singers and performers that Ireland ever produced and Paddy was one the greatest nurses I ever met. Outstanding. He was an inspiration to me in a big way. One of those few people you meet that you want to be like.

I was very raw in 1998 when I came to Unit 3 in James Connolly hospital, Blanchardstown. ‘Mammy’ Mary Costello welcomed me like a loving mother and Paddy was like a very kind father to me. A strong character. No bullshit.

But also a very demanding father. I was a care assistant then and worked with him a lot with the men. He really put me through my paces. He was like a steam engine and he was not young at the time. He was past 65, I think. He had been a UN peacemaker in the Congo troubles in the ‘60s with the army. He was a great handyman and electrician. A great family man. A real hard goer.

He eventually encouraged me to become a nurse. He believed in me even though he was not blind to my weak points. A great mentor. A man’s man.

He was a really great nurse. For example, he used to re heat the dinners individually in the microwave before feeding the patients. He could not stand cold dinners being sent up. No trouble was too much for him for ‘his’ men.

He did not suffer fools. When he gave up cigarettes, he was not easy to be with. He was private and kept to himself at lunch time. A gifted nurse. Very dedicated to the patients and intolerant of any managerial codology.

The admin knew they could trust him but that was before the bullies got to work on him as they did to others too. He had to get out of Blanchardstown hospital eventually. Jealousy can be very toxic.

I pray now he will get Christ to give those bullies their due cum-up-pence now.

“Father, forgive them….” (Love your enemies, it will drive them crazy!)

He went to Lourdes every year with Meath Diocese. A deep river.

He got terribly badly injured in a car accident then and could no longer go.

I believe he suffered a lot. He is up there with Mother Teresa now, for sure.







Our Pro Life speaker, Denise Kelly, spoke last year at the Divine Mercy conference in the RDS having worked for a time in Haiti with the CRUDEM foundation.

Tonight, the worst hurricane ever is hitting Haiti.

with winds of up to 180 miles per hour.

So please spare a prayer for the poor people of Haiti

who are already so battered by the harshness of life.

The Divine Mercy chaplet is so powerful that it can diminish storms

as the Diary of St Faustina tells us.

Thanks again,


ps our Divine Mercy Conference friend in Texas

was spared too much damage, thank God,

in Galveston,

and is mobilising great relief efforts there now

after really dreadful flooding due to Hurricane Harvey

last week