Long, Tough Year Marked by Acts of Kindness and Thoughtfulness

Santa with all his lists in order and surrounded by local knowledge at Cahereen Heights with: Cllr.Charlie Farrelly, Martina O’Mahony, Breda O’Donoghue, Pat Hartnett and Amy Pryall. ©Photograph: John Reidy
The wonder of it all: Little Gearóid O’Donoghue, Cordal knows he’s in safe hands when he met Santa and Mrs. Claus at Cahereen Heights at the weekend. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Cllr. Charlie Farrelly (left) pictured with his partner, Martina O’Mahony and neighbour Pat Hartnett distributing Easter Eggs throughout their 97 house neighbourhood on Easter Sunday morning. ©Photograph: John Reidy 12-4-2020.

Easter Sunday fell on April 12th earlier this year and, like most Sundays of 2020, it was eerily quiet and the kind of quietness we had yet to get used to.

In spite of all that was falling down around us here at the time there was a remarkable blooming of community spirit and altruism.

The meitheal mentality was also beginning to flower at a time just when it should and was most wanted by so many.

There was no talk of masks only of hand washing and sneezing into one elbow and keeping the other one for bumping with people you’d normally shake hands to.

All Over In Weeks

GAA clubs and voluntary organisations offered their services to the people most in need of a hand in their local communities and we believed it would all be over in a matter of weeks.

Back then nobody could foresee that the likes of World Fiddle Day Scartaglin, Puck Fair, The Rose of Tralee, Willie Clancy and Patrick O’Keeffe festivals would fall before the sweeping blade of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

An Act of Pure Goodness

I mentioned Easter Sunday at the outset because it was then I first came face-to-face with a morale boosting act of pure goodness and kindness.

Up in Cahereen Heights on Easter Sunday morning, Cllr. Charlie Farrelly and a little group set off on a tour of the houses in their neighbourhood and knocked on every one of the 97 doors therein and presented all who answered with a giant Cadbury’s Creme Egg for the day that was in it.

A Change of Clothes

That same little group,and few more helpers, took off on a similar circuit again last weekend with a change of clothes of uniformly red.

They were in seasonal dress and had Santa at the centre of the party and his very specific list and a trailer of presents to disperse on their community spirited, merry way.

Kindness and Thoughtfulness

The year, which will never be forgotten by anyone who lived through it, will be remembered because the darkness and dangers it brought were continuously pierced by the light of acts of kindness and thoughtfulness.

Long may they last and long may they be remembered. Happy Christmas.

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