Sunset in Phuket, photo; Mary Sobieralski

Confirmation in Ballincollig

I was in the church of Christ Our Light in Ballincollig on March 19 2024 for the last of the Cork grandchildren’s Confirmation.

Cora with her dove picture

We had no bishop, just four priests. The mass was in Irish.

This is the actual Confirmation

Cora’s sponsor was her older sister, Aisling

Aoife and Cora’s Granny busied themselves with a doll dressing game while the lengthy ceremony was going on.

Symbols of sixth class in Gaelscoil Uí Riordáin, uniform, team jersey, football and a hurley

This is the legendary principal, Gabriel Ó Cathasaigh. He is holding up a sign saying “Ciúnas.” There were 90 children for Confirmation so the congregation was getting a bit restless during the ceremony.

The washing up

And the Listowel connection… I met David Bunyan who “knows” me through Listowel Connection but was meeting me for the first time in person. He too had a grandchild for Confirmation.

Who Knew?

Sign on Baker Street, Ballincollig. Interestingly a housing development of apartments is nearing completion across the road from this sign. The apartments appear to me to have no dedicated parking spaces, so, presumably, the tenants with cars will park them in this public carpark.

Huge Success for Listowel’s Rhona

Rhona Tarrant with Donie O’Sullivan in Listowel during Writers’ Week 2022. They started out together in Storyful, a fact checking agency for social media but have both since gone on to greater things in the U.S.

Rhona is now the executive editor of CBS News Confirmed, a fact checking initiative set up by the CBS News agency last November.

Rhona is very experienced in the area of identifying fake news and disinformation. She was perviously head of editorial for Storyful,

Rhona is based in New York, where she is highly regarded. She is described by her new boss at CBS as ‘”One of the leading journalists and editors in the world working in and breaking new ground in the area of verifying information.”

The rise of AI has made the work of journalists and editors more critical than ever. Rhona is credited with developing new tools to uncover misinformation and disinformation.

As her old teacher, I am mighty proud of her and all she has achieved. She is a credit to Jenny and Ger, to Listowel and all of us who knew her in Pres. Listowel.

Never Forgotten

This is Jerry Ryan’s grave in John Paul 2 graveyard. It is always beautifully maintained.

A Fact

I heard our current weather described as “whiplash weather’. That’s a fact.