Some background required: Ranjan is another volunteer and we put our 25 euros a week food money together to make it stretch. This particular evening Ranjan was holding the money.
Two days later when Ranjan's family had left and he and I were discussing grocery shopping, I told Ranjan he didn't have to wait for me as he had the food money and he could go if he had the opportunity. We usually shop together. Ranjan then informed me that I had the money. Here's the exchange; Me, "No - you have the money". Ranjan, "No, I gave you the 50 euros at Johnny Fox". Me, "please tell me that was a five not a fifty, because I gave that bill to Ben Murphy". Yep... I gave our entire food allotment for the week to Ben as a tip. Murphy's law - pun intended. Important safety tips: 1 - DO NOT handle money when you are tired and 2- Look at the bills when someone hands you money.
On the upside I know Ben must have gone home to his wife and said "someone really likes my music". Good Karma, out of a costly evening. See Ranjan I told you I would share the story in my blog!
|US Ambassador Rooney & his wife|
These were controversial choices but hold great significance to the work being done to move forward after the conflict. I was asked to be the official photographer for this black tie event. As you can imagine there were dignitaries from several Embassy's there and many people from the business sector who support the on-going work of Glencree. Security was high but everything went off without a hitch.
That was last Thursday night and Friday - The Women's Programme participants arrive.
I love the women programme but it is a non-stop 3 day adventure. This weekends group were from Ballybean and the Shankhill areas of Belfast. Strong women who have been through s much but have not been tainted or become bitter by they trials... just the opposite. These are some of the most generous women I have ever met. It is always a pleasure to work with them and - as the Irish say - always good Craic.
There was also a birthday party for one of the gals on Saturday night. I have never seen party decorations set up so quickly (balloon hats and all) and the food... delish! Love these women!
|My balloon tiara they made for me|
Sunday as we were finishing up the women weekend the German Remembrance Event was being. I was the photographer again and the women all came to the event before heading back to Belfast. Glencree has a large connection to the German people and was the home for Operation Shamrock after WWII; housing children left injured, starving and abandoned. There is also the German Cemetery at Glencree for soldiers who lost their lives and came to rest on Irelands shores, even though Ireland was not involve in the war. It is a somber event but also one filled with hope as we talk about the fall of the Berlin wall and the unification of German. The remembrance begins at the small St Mary's church then walk to the Graveyard to lay wreaths, followed by a reception and seminar. Always celebrating peace... it's a good thing!