Mommy Diaries - The Irish American community shows its huge heart
The Irish American community never misses the chance to help one of its own in need,
The Irish American community never misses the chance to help one of its own in need, a fact especially true last month when a benefit was held for a Kerryman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. APRIL DREW, one of the organizers, said the event for PJ Flavin proved to be a proud day for the Irish.
It has been a busy week. My husband, John, and I are now only a week and a half away from welcoming our second addition to our growing family, and the excitement levels are brewing in the Mooney household.
I’ve been very relaxed about being prepared for this baby. Aside from having a crib in place and a few bits brought up from the basement, I’ve a list as long as my hand to get through in the next week or sooner if my husband has anything to do with it.
He is very concerned I may go earlier and keeps phoning me every day to ask me if I have my hospital bag packed and another bag ready for our 14-month-old, Colum.
He is right, of course, and I may very well get on that after I finish this article.
We’ve been busy, you see. You may have seen the front-page story in the Irish Voice three weeks ago.
Irish are the least romantic nation in Europe says new survey
A good friend of ours, PJ Flavin from Ballylongford, Co. Kerry, was in a terrible motorcycle accident last summer and as a result of the serious injuries he sustained that day was forced to have his right leg amputated from below the knee in August.
As soon as the extent of his injuries were made clear and the insurmountable medical costs that came with such procedures (and all those after) PJ’s friends immediately rallied around to get the ball rolling on a fundraiser.
After months of preparation the fundraiser took place at the Kerry Hall in Yonkers on January 29.
Words can’t express how blown away I was at the level of community spirit that was displayed that day. I knew from word on the street that the benefit would be big, but I had no idea just how big it would be.
From the minute Mass was over (said beautifully as always by Father Brian Coffey) the crowds poured in the door. There were members of the Kerrymen’s Association who as always are wonderful for supporting their own, there was a high visible presence of young families all there to support the cause, and there was no shortage of leather jackets dotted around the hall.
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