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"Make Your Ceili"

“Make Your Céile”:  The Health and Wellbeing officer with Scotstown GAA Club launched a novel idea, which I think should be extended all over the country and I would be surprised if other organisations did not take it on and promote it too. Its very simple really but the effects are far-reaching: 'SCOTSTOWN GAA Health and Wellbeing Invites you to: “Make Your Céile” any time between Sun 29th Oct – Sun  5th Nov. Don’t put it off any longer to go visit that someone who’s on your mind, neighbour, old friend, new baby, someone on their own. We are inviting young  and old from all over Tydavnet  parish to get involved in a ‘Chairde Week’.  Don’t make ceiling a thing of the past!  More details on'.   Modern technology and the demands of modern fast living has cut us off from too many people and has ruined the art of conversation. It is time we all re-connected with each other as human beings and not just as a stylus touch pen for a phone or iPad. There is someone out there who is waiting for you to contact them, to call with them personally, to have a chat, to listen to each other and there is someone you know you should go and see and there is someone out there who should get in contact with you. Why don't you make the first move. In the years, not too long ago, everyone looked out for everyone else, people went on their ceili, people talked to each other face to face, people did not feel so alone because a friend was close by and would call. This is a marvellous idea that was launched by Bernie Sherry for the Scotstown GAA club on Tuesday, October 24th in Scotstown Complex. A huge crowd turned out to show their support and if that is any indication of the enthusiasm of the people for the idea then it will be a roaring success. All sections of the parish and all organisations of the parish were represented and that shows a great willingness of the population of Tydavnet to get involved in this innovative Cairde Week. Speakers at the Launch included Fr. Stephen Joyce, Parish Priest; Michael O McMahon, County Chairman; Cathal Hand, County Health and Wellbeing officer with the GAA; Cormac Sherry, on behalf of the Scotstown club. All praised the idea and encouraged all to get involved and there was hope that it would extend on into winter time and next year and not just for the week ahead. All complimented Bernie Sherry on her work in bringing the idea to fruitition and expending such energy in making it a success. Bernie explained the thinking behind the idea and invited all to begin the process by staying on after the launch to enjoy a cuppa and to have a chat with a neighbour or someone else present. The Mick Duffy Cup was there and many had brought their own mug but all mugs were filled. This is a terrific idea and one that is badly needed to kick-start communication between us human-beings face to face rather than over the internet fibre. Local schools have become involved and the Scotstown players showed their support by calling in to the launch. I'm sure Bernie would be delighted if a club, organisation, group or even one person from another area followed her invitation and went on 'their Ceili'. Well done Bernie and I hope this takes off as it is one of the best ideas that has come this way in a long time. JJ Sherlock composed two excellent poems to coincide with the launch and we have published them below the images. Well done JJ.


You're in for the night, you might put up your feet,

Time to catch up with Coronation Street.

There's so much you could do, but those jobs you'll adjourn,

While you check what's going on, in the Rovers Return.


A crowd sitting around, drinking all sorts of liquors,

On a break from the factory, that makes fancy knickers.

What's up with Norris, he looks like a ghost,

In their doom and gloom problems, you've become so engrossed.


What of poor Norris, maybe he'll die,

Stuck in this soap bubble, your life passes you by.

Winter is here, we'll soon turn back the clocks,

Time for a change, and think outside the box.


Turn off the TV, and throw down your phone,

Go visit your neighbours, and those living alone.

Call in for a chat, hear what they have to say,

For those on their own, you'll brighten their day.


They'll tell you old stories, of days they recall,

Going back many years, to the time they were small.

Everyone lived, in wee humble abodes,

Without electric gates, where you need access codes.


There's much from those times, we wouldn't want back

But can we bring back the ceilí, for a wee bit of craic.

Turn on your street lights, and open the gate,

Our old neighbourly ways, it might help recreate.

J.S October 17

A few wise words from JJ Sherlock to welcome "Cairde Week" where everyone is invited to go on your "ceile"......

I'm here on my own, I rarely see one,

It'll only get worse, now that winter's begun.

It's that time of year, when it gets dark too soon,

And there's a lot less hours, of the sun than the moon.


I don't do doom and gloom, so I'm not going to moan,

But there isn't much craic, when you're living alone.

Sometimes I get lonely, so I just reminisce,

My friends that have passed, and all the people I miss.


I've no family left, to check I'm alright,

Home help in the morning, but no one at night

I heard on the wireless, next week's Chairde week,

But who'd visit me, sure I'm old and antique.


Take a look around the parish, there's many like me,

So come on your ceilí, I'll gladly make tea.

There'll be nothing fancy, don't expect scented candles.

Nor them oul China cups, with them awkward wee handles.


Call in for chat, I'll for sure be delighted,

Get up off your couch, you've just been invited.

You can leave your TV, if just for a while,

Your life will go on, without Jeremy Kyle.


J.S October 17 — at Scotstown GAA.