Yup – it’s been raining so much that Cork city is under water … we are in a recession … and something happened in the football that I couldn’t care less about.
Take the time and you can make a really really long list of all the things that are annoying, distressing and just plain difficult in your life.
Some are real … and some are just the way you choose to view the world.
And then you can take the same amount of time [notice I don’t tell you to Not Feel Bad … that’s your choice and I’m a great believer in free choice] and celebrate [nay, rejoice] in the riches that abound in your life.
I am blessed with good health and a mad dog called Coco … who pretty much puts a smile on my face every day.
I live in Ballinamore and am surrounded by good people and beautiful landscape and lakes … which are pretty much overflowing at the moment.
I have family and friends around the world who I love … and who love me. They are my wealth and my joy.
Anyone who has read this blog on a regular basis will know that 2009 was challenging financially for me … and it also created some of the best time for me to develop Life Dreaming and SKIL2 and barter and just to enjoy living.
Last night I went to the Top of the Parish event at the community hall.
It was a celebration of dance, music and drama from young people aged from quite little to 18 and involved the 4 parishes of – Ballinamore, Drumreilly, Aughnasheelin and Fenagh.
And that’s just the Ballinamore Crew!
To say I was impressed by the standard of talent would be an understatement.
Ballinamore’s own JedWard
Young people sang beautifully … danced traditional dances with a contemporary edge … did small plays [and the monkey won a lot of laughs] … hip hopped … and showed us that we have a lot to celebrate.
And … they put the show together in something like 6 weeks!!! It was amazing and I found myself stunned to silence at one boys voice … and then laughing with delight at a brilliant satire of the corruption and ineptitude of our government sung to the tune of YMCA.
This was a very funny sketch … the monkey was very very funny
This young man was very good … dancing in the oldest form of Irish dance.
And at the other end of the spectrum … brilliant hip hop
These crew mixed traditional irish dancing with a contemporary edge and a hint of hip hop … very very good
Love the movement in this photo … the kids literally threw themselves into the action and you could see how much fun they were having
This wee one had a lovely voice as she sang Dana’s Eurovision song. The Aughnasheelin crew did a Reeling in the Years theme with music, dance and drama from the 50’s to now … brilliant.
We had a few special guests … the Jackson Five in fine voice
Abba are always welcome
The 80’s saw mass movement away from Ireland as people sought jobs elsewhere. This young mans voice was haunting.
And the 90’s saw the roar of the Celtic Tiger ruled by a government who helped put us in the dreadful state we are in now.
fast forward to now … and we have the same inept government. This was sung to the tune of YMCA [NAMA is an assets management agency that the govt has set up to manage big bad debts that property developers and banks built up in the 90’s … and they did nothing to regulate].
What a night … brilliant.
There were so many people wanting to attend that the show was on over 2 nights to packed audiences .
I took a lot of photos. There will be a dvd of the evening that I will certainly buy … and it would be great to see some of the performances on You Tube.
Many many congratulations must go to the adults that freely gave their time in each Parish to help the young people put their acts together. In Ballinamore Ber Hamill and Mary McGovern were the producers and they had a very able production team but I don’t have their names.
Finally … to all the young people … huge congratulations. You looked like you were having such a great time. I tried to get photos of every act because I thought you were all amazing.
Quick reminder of the Big Clothes Swap Party for Charity that Aine and I are organising next Friday Nov 27. Bring along your much loved clothes, bags, shoes, coats, scarves and jewellery … and get some new treasures. We’ll be having great raffles and a short fashion show and some special treats.
I hear there are women coming from as far as Dublin and Boyle and Manorhamilton … and all our great Ballinamore women.
We’ll be accepting your treasures from 3 to 7ish on Friday. If you’re coming a distance then bring them in from 8pm.
I’ve put the photos as thumbnails so I can put a lot on this page. All you need to do it click on them to get a bigger photo.