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
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.
| Kildare Community Network