Monthly Archives: February 2011

Some diary extracts … July to December 2002

28/7/02 – Sean’s 11th birthday … Pauline and I gave him the ‘Art of War’ Cossacks add-on – he was thrilled with it. Susanna got Sean a rugby ball for his birthday. AJ, Andy, Robert and Martin were here from about 2, running around with Sean and firing pellet guns. Pauline took them all, and Susanna, to the cinema in Navan, where they saw The Crocodile Hunter, and then to McDonald’s.

12/8/02 – Sean had a great time at the summer camp.

13/8/02 – I concreted some posts in position for the chicken run, with some help from Sean.

14/8/02 – Sean had another good day at the summer camp – they did hurling, which he loves.

22/8/02 – Pauline, Sean, Susanna and I got a taxi to the station, and went to London. We went to the Natural History Museum, and had lunch there (Sean got into a prolonged huff because he wanted to go to the Science Museum.) [We met some friends in the London Bridge area and had something to eat …] Around 8.30 we walked down the riverside to the London Eye – the kids and I went up it. Wonderful views of London. This whole episode had a magical, romantic feel – London was relaxed and at its best. Continue reading



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A photo by Sean.


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Sean’s music 17 … Jimmy Cliff

Sean liked Jimmy Cliff as part of his general fondness for Jamaican music. The first clip in his YouTube ‘favourites’ is ‘The Harder They Come’ (I don’t know whether he ever watched the movie of the same name). His downloaded music includes the Cliff tracks ‘Many Rivers to Cross’, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, ‘Vietnam’ and ‘Wild World’, as well as ‘The Harder They Come’ (Cliff’s version of ‘Wild World’ was on the CD that Clio made to be played at Sean’s wake). He especially admired Cliff’s stunning performance of ‘Many Rivers to Cross’ on a ‘Hootenanny’ edition of Jools Holland’s Later from 2003 or so, and often mentioned it to me. Continue reading

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Some diary extracts … January to April 2003

1/1/03 – We went to Navan, to the second part of The Lord of the Rings, which was nearly three hours long. It proved to be very good. The kids really enjoyed it – Sean thought it was the best movie he’d ever seen.

7/1/03 – I helped the kids with their homework – Sean’s grasp of Irish is still rather poor, and he gets frustrated at this. They are showing some interest in the guitar; Sean played the electric guitar; and Susanna ‘played’ his.

11/1/03 – Sean and I watched the Perpignan–Munster match in the afternoon, which Perpignan won, much to our disappointment.

18/1/03 – [Munster’s ‘miracle match’ against Gloucester] Sean rang [from his granny’s] at half-time and full-time. He was as exhilarated as I was.

27/1/03 – Found a very small field mouse in the hens’ feed, which Sean picked up and freed. Continue reading


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All We Had

One more for Sean. Please click on the title below to hear it.

All We Had

All we had
All we had was not
All we had was not enough

Time went by
Time went by and then
There was no more time for us
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Songs for Sean … ‘Love Remains’ and ‘Losing You’

I’ve written a couple of songs for Sean. Please click on the titles below to hear them.

Love Remains

Some notes in order
On a waveless sea
Come drifting across the twilight border
Between you and me
Your voice is unclear, but I can hear
You singing now, wherever you may be
A renegade tune from a cut-throat moon
I wake up then, and this is what I see.
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Sean’s music 16 … The Frames

Sean’s favourite Irish rock band … he particularly liked the tracks ‘Revelate’ and ‘Fake’, and used to play them a lot on his computer … also one or two others that I can’t now find. He enjoyed the Once movie as well … Hansard and Irglova received an Oscar for the ‘Falling Slowly’ song. Continue reading

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Sean and soccer 2

The photo shows Sean’s school soccer squad, 2007/2008 season. Sean is second from the right, front row. The boy immediately to his right (with the football in front of him) is Christopher Sheils, who was born on the same day as Sean and died, in a road accident, a year and a week before him.

RIP Christopher and Sean. Always remembered.

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Sean … a litany

What was Sean?
Sean was a big, beating heart in our multi-heart world.
Sean was a pulse.
Sean was energy.
Sean was joy.
Sean was newness.
Sean was silver.
Sean was laughter.
Sean was chat.
Sean was craic.
Sean was irreverence.
Sean was humour.
Sean was hope. Continue reading


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