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_________ May Coill Dubh News_________


Mary Murphy, assistant co-ordinator has moved onto “Pastures Greener” after seven years service to the community project. Mary will be sadly missed by workers and sponsor groups alike, but she is wished every success in her new appointment. A farewell function was held in St. Kevin’s, Staplestown on Friday 27th of April. A presentation was made to Mary and a good time was had by all.


Petty vandalism and breakages have become a problem in and around Coill Dubh N.S. recently. The Board of Management are currently considering a number of solutions in consultation with the local Community Alert.


They say ”you can buy a dog but you can’t buy the wag of his tail”. Caesar came with me to the parish in the autumn of 1993; he settled in much faster than his master. Caesar is one of those creatures who speaks a lot with his eyes. His eyes can signal many moods from great excitement right down to bottomless disappointment. He welcomes me home when I return to the house late or early. Mid-winter or mid-summer, his smiling welcome is always a source of joy. If Caesar sees me going out in a hurry, he gives me a look which says “safe journey, I’ll be here whenever you get back”.

In recent years we are unable to travel as far as we used to ‘in better days’. I often say to Caesar as we walk our shorter walk than we were both accustomed to “Caesar we will go home”. He answers with his eyes, “are you mad, this lovely evening, everything so beautiful, how could you say ‘home’?”. But I feel deep down Caesar knows Pat is not the man he once was when the ‘boot was on the other foot’. In those days Pat would say, “Caesar we must press on further”. Then Caesar’s eyes said “pat, you’re off your rocker, we have walked miles already.” Nowadays I say to myself, “every dog has his day”.

Caesar understands in his own inimitable way and in keeping with his noble name he seems to remind me “Rome wasn’t built in a day“. At the end of each day I say “ good-night Caesar”. The “good night” signals all is well. God has given us another day and in the morning (if God spares us), I’ll say “good-morning Caesar”; to be greeted with a yawn, which says, “take it easy, God has given us another day, let’s make the best of it and make haste slowly.

Pat Ramsbottom

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