The first time I ever heard of Daffodil Day was by way of a note from my Knocknagore neighbour, Peggy Reidy. That was in March of 1989. Then, Castleisland was just about to catch up with the cities and hold a version of the previous year’s launch of the novelty, fund-raising idea.
Peggy and her Irish Country-women’s Association colleagues took to the streets of the town on Friday, March 23-1989 with shopping trollies full of fresh Daffodils and buckets for collecting the donations. That makes the event in Castleisland 25 years-old this March.
Back to the Future
“The 2014 Daffodil Day is on this Friday, March 28th. As always I’m looking for volunteers to help throughout the day with selling Daffodils ,tea towels, mugs and pens – which all carry the daffodil logo,” said local organiser, Marie Walsh.
“Every item sold improves the lives of people affected by cancer. Irish Cancer Society’s services are free, confidential and accessible and are there to help anyone affected by cancer at every stage throughout that difficult journey,” said Ms. Walsh.
Fresh daffodils can be left in at Walsh Bros Electrical on the Wednesday or Thursday of this week or they can be brought to the collection points around the town on Friday morning.
To volunteer or to donate fresh Daffodils, money or time you’re invited to please contact 086 1032436 or 066 71 41973.
“It’s always good to give back to your community and volunteering is a very rewarding way of doing just that,” Marie concluded. – John Reidy / The Maine Valley Post 25-3-2014