Monthly Archives: May 2011

Well done, Susanna!

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One year

Pauline and I miss you, Donal.

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Some diary extracts … February to March 2001

6/2/01 – I had a game of chess with Sean.

7/2/01 – Sean had to be collected from school – someone had stood on his thumb. He later claimed that it had clicked back into place – i.e. it had been dislocated and was now ‘located’ (or the bones had been ‘reunited’) … Sean and I played chess.

11/2/01 – [In Warrenpoint for anniversary mass; met numerous relatives and ate and drank …] The climax was when Sean, egged on by Nuala, spat on his hand and shook hands with Tony to seal the deal that Tony and Molly would visit us in the summer.

15/2/01 – I had a couple of games of chess with Sean (he beat me yesterday), and did ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ with the kids, who were up quite late. Continue reading

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Sunset on Lough Ramor 2

Another photo taken by Sean a few years ago.

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One Way

This is my tenth song for Sean. To listen to it, please click here: One Way

One way

One way
You always went one way
Some day
Maybe I’ll catch up on you
If you want me to

Straight on
You always went straight on
Impatient to move along
And see what you might see
Maybe you will wait for me Continue reading

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Acceptance and love

Sean with his friend 'Cusker'

We continue to hear stories about Sean. Yesterday we learned that after the brother of one of Sean’s close friends ‘came out’, Sean approached him to shake his hand and congratulate him, and say ‘well done’. Sean, I think, was the only one to do that, and it meant a lot to the young man in question. He also made supportive comments online. Sean believed that people should be what they are, and be allowed to be what they are.

As Susanna puts it, Sean was ‘very accepting’. She is very accepting too … exceptionally so. She is a lovely person, and Sean was too. We hear that he often made the effort to talk at length to someone who didn’t quite fit in, or was on the edge of the group, and we have heard the same thing about Susanna – from her teachers and others. They tell us that she is a wonderful ambassador for her school. Continue reading

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Some diary extracts … April to May 2001

Sean at the Giant's Causeway, 6 May 2001

1/4/01 – Sean and I had a game of soccer with Mark and Ross and their young visitor, Gavin O’Brien. It was a very good game, with a lot of running around, and I was soaked in sweat afterwards. Sean loved it.

2/4/01 – I cooked Sean’s dinner and had a game of chess with him.

4/4/01 – Sean was tired and emotional, crying about Grandad – he came down and sat on Pauline’s knee for a while. Continue reading

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