This morning my Son appeared on a breakfast TV programme called Ireland AM broadcast by Ireland’s independant TV station TV3. Why was he there? He is a member of his schools astronomy club, St.Cronan’s Stargazers and earlier this year Deirdre Kelleghan who runs the club (on a voluntary basis) came up with an idea to record a short video to submit to Blackrock Observatory’s “GatheringTheGathering” project, where video messages will be sent into space to a star 10 light years from Earth.
The video was completed in early summer and posted to YouTube and has been submitted for broadcasting to the stars. It’s a fun, educational and positive video, which you can see here, caught the attention of TV3, so this morning the boys who appear in the video and Deirdre appeared on TV to talk about it. Their short segment can be viewed on the TV3 website here.
I was lucky to tag along the morning so as to see the interview happening. Below are a few more photos from this morning.
This is my daughter’s current favourite photograph of herself and her pony Jazz, taken on Brittas Bay Beach early on a Saturday morning at the end of August.
Parents of horse riders often spend time hanging around waiting, or as our children think, just chillin’
Today the funeral of one of Ireland’s most famous poets, Seamus Heaney, takes place. I didn’t study his poetry in school (guess I’m just too old) and my first exposure to his work was through my daughter and her homework. I like that he used simple English to express things, thoughts & feelings.
I took this photograph yesterday, while out walking with my Son and it reminded me of his poem “Blackberry Picking” especially the lines:
“Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot” – Seamus Heaney
May one of Ireland’s greatest wordsmiths rest in peace.
I found this place recently, this is not the shot I want, so I’ve got the location on my ever growing “revisit list”
Take near the wind turbines at Carne, Co.Wexford