An amazing letter to my granny Matilda

The famous historic letter to Granny Matilda typed up (26-12-2021)

                                                                           St Colum’s  college

                                                                                        Derry

                                                                               July 7th 1931

Dear Mrs Sheeran,

You will think it strange to get a letter from me seeing that I was never speaking to you in my life except once when I bid you time of day. You will think it stranger still when you hear my story. Fr Mc Kenna tells me that you have been received lately into the Catholic Church and that you got married also to Mr Sheeran of the National bank who i know well.

Now I have been looking out this long time for your conversion and the reason is this: I have been praying for you almost every day for the past seven years. I began to pray for you on the night before you came to Feeny (before i even saw or knew who you were). Somebody told me that a young lady doctor was coming to Feeny to do locum for Dr Thomson. I don’t know why I did it but that night I began to pray for you. I continued to pray, saying short prayers two or three times in the day, during the time you were  in Feeny. When you left Feeny (it was in August 1924), I stopped praying for you because I was going to Lourdes myself that year and I said to myself I will wait till I go there. I tell you candidly that I felt terribly unhappy during that time when I was not praying for you. When I arrived in Lourdes I went straight to the Grotto of Our Lady and the first prayer I said was for you and I cannot describe how happy I felt. Ever since, I never missed a day, perhaps one, that i omitted praying for you. Besides I was in Rome the following year 1925 and i said Mass for you at St Peter’s tomb in St Peter’s church. On the 15th August, in the following year, I said Mass for you again and included you several time in commemorations in Masses, I never forgot to pray for you and will continue. I am exceedingly glad therefore to hear you are now a Catholic and I am glad too you got married to a good, decent, respectable boy. May you live long and happy together. May God protect you and Mary always pray for you. All I ask in return is that you say a little prayer every day for me.             B. Mc Namee cc

free online understanding dementia course July

Course Description

The Understanding Dementia MOOC was developed by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre based in the College of Health and Medicine at the University of Tasmania. This world-leading online course is free, easily accessible and available to everyone with an interest in dementia.

The ageing of human populations across the globe has contributed to dementia being identified as one of the public health issues of the 21st century. The MOOC curriculum addresses this health issue by drawing upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals from both within the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, and beyond.

Since 2013, the Understanding Dementia  has received over 315,000 enrolments from all around the world. We invite you to join our community and learn about the diseases that cause dementia, how the condition affects the person with dementia, and how we can provide the best quality care.

Once the course commences, you will be able to log in to engage with the course content and activities, and share perspectives with other participants.

To get the most out of this experience, you should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week completing the course activities for the 7 weeks of scheduled content. The additional 3 weeks that the course is open is to allow you to catch up or revisit content.

You can work through the content at any time of day and at your own pace within this release schedule. This includes revisiting earlier released content as needed. 

Once you have completed the course, you will be eligible to download a free, personalised certificate of completion. We also offer paid enhanced certificates options in addition to the free certificate. There will be more information about this in the Completion module.

We look forward to your contribution, as an important member of the Understanding Dementia community.

Course Outline

The BrainThe Brain The Brain provides background content on basic nervous system anatomy and function, followed by a discussion of the diseases that cause dementia, current dementia research and future directions. Nervous system anatomyAnatomy with Body CentralPathology of dementiaFuture directions of dementia research
The DiseasesThe Diseases The Diseases explores differences between normal ageing and dementia, risk factors, issues surrounding diagnosis, as well as medical management. Difference between normal ageing and dementiaRisk factors for dementiaDomains of dementiaDiagnosis of dementiaYounger onset dementiaStages of dementia and focusing supportMedical management
The PersonThe Person The Person addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia friendly communities, dementia inclusive design, and non-pharmacological therapies. Insidious onset of dementiaLiving with dementiaDementia palliationNon-pharmacological therapiesDementia and behavioursPain and dementiaAdvanced dementia symptoms and managementDementia friendly communitiesDementia inclusive design

Fond Memories of Maura Crowley RIP

Fond Memories of Maura Crowley RIP (16-11-2021)

Fr Price’s sister in London, Maura, was one of the staunchest supporters of the Divine Mercy Conference, especially in the early days.

We all loved her. As Loretta said “She was really lovely”

We were all very fond of Maura, older sister of Fr Cathal.

What happy memories when she would come over for the Conference and stay with Fr Cathal. In Balgaddy and in Kilbarrack.

She had her share of trouble. Some bitter grief. We prayed for her and her family in London and she prayed for us in Dublin. She was one of the gang, it seemed.

Maura always seemed to be smiling and cheerful. There was a lovely simplicity about her but she had great common sense and genuinness

She supported Fr Cathal very well. It was not always easy to put on the Conference. Her husband was Tim. I think he died a few years ago.

I did not really know Tim. Her beloved son was Michael.

I used to ring Maura now and again to keep in touch. We did not see her recently but we will never forget her.

Her funeral Mass in London was on Friday December 10th. We all tried to join in online but the technology failed us. C’est la vie.

Fr Price bravely made it to London, God bless him, despite the threat of Covid.

Love had the last word…..

Appreciating Mrs Bernie Quinsey RIP

Happy Memories of Mrs Quinsey

I used to call into Mrs Quinsey in Turret road when I lived in Balgaddy (South Lucan) in the 90’s.

She always made me very welcome. Like a VIP.

She was lovely really

She had a great relationship  with Jimmy, her husband,  who  I really liked too.

God help  him now.

It’s a long time ago and I am sorry to say I lost touch a bit with Joe and Turret road.

When I got married I did not have as much time for visiting or keeping up with friends.

But a vivid  bright light shines in my mind when I think of Bernie, as Mrs Quinsey was called.

I can see her always smiling  and caring so much about everyone as mothers do.

A beautiful, sensitive and intelligent soul.

Appreciating Mary Hurley

Appreciating my good friend, Mary (Pat) Hurley

I got very emotional tonight when Robbie told me his Ma had died.

She  meant a lot to me. She prayed a lot for me. One of my pillars.

Mary was really a character. We had some great laughs

She suffered a lot and so much that many people couldn’t really believe it.

It seemed that she liked being sick because she was sick so often.

Still she had her little smoke and her little contented house and her beloved family, heartbreakingly complicated as all Irish families are, it seems

She loved Our Lady. Boy, did she.

She ended up right next door to the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Rowlagh. How fitting.

She might be called St Mary Pat of Rowlagh.

But she could be a divil and drive you mad too.

How truly loveable was Mary.  How human. How caring. A strong heart of love.

How we will miss her. Mary really helped me a lot.

I will miss her total genuiness and almost extreme dedication to God

and her quaint womanly ways too.

A  very intelligent lady. So proud of her children.

Background to Local Home Based Support Group (Baldoyle)

I care for my mother, Mary, part time, as she has dementia. I have found the Alzheimer’s society (ASI) online support groups very helpful so now that most people are vaccinated, I am starting a wee support group in my own kitchen, with the blessing of my wife, Maura, who is also a nurse. very simple, only about 5 or 6 people max, cup of tea or coffee and chat for an hour or so, once a month

Upcoming Home Based Support Group

Please ring or text me, Paul, 0872999241 if you are interested in a small local (Baldoyle)

home based support group for families and friends and carers of people with dementia

or whats app 0852548244 (for non urgent)

Meeting Monday 3pm May 9th and also at 7.30pm

just for and an hour or so

Free of charge

refreshments provided