Friends met

Hello again!  Just after baptizing seven children here in the Cathedral.  Very special occasion.  Enjoyed the experience a lot.

Yesterday I went to NYC and visited the APPLE STORE on 5th Avenue.  What an experience.  Talk about worshipping – pasased St Patrick’s Cathedral on my way to Grand Central and there didn’t seem to be as many around there.  Interestingly, as I write, it strikes me that I “passed” it but did not go in – hmmm! Maybe I need to think about that and when I do there might be a sobering thought there for myself!  I have cousin’s wedding in less than an hour so I won’t dwell on Apple and St Patrick’s just now.  I enjoyed the visit to Apple and, No I didn’t buy anything.

Went to Crestwood to visit Noelle McInerney, husband  Tom and children, Neil and Niamh.  There too was my cousin John McDonnell and his wife Teresa, Noelle’s sister Kaye Breen and son Kevin with his wife Deirdre and their daugther Nora.  Tom’s parents Gene and Ellie were there as well and their daugther Ellen and her daughter Katie.  A fine crowd and a very enjoyable evening. 

Nora - assessing the situation!
Nora - assessing the situation!
feeling a smile might work!
feeling a smile might work!

We had a lovely meal (Thanks Noelle and helpers) and a very pleasant evening.  John McDonnell is my father’s first cousin and a few months younger than him.  They went to school together in Coolavin.

John McDonnell
John McDonnell

Niamh and Neill’s cousin (Katie) was visiting from North Carolina.  They enjoyed each other’s company but spent a bit of time with us as well.  Glad to meet Katie and her mother Ellen.

Katie, Ellen and Noelle
Katie, Ellen and Noelle

We had a good chat – from Sligo to Virginia and I was able to tell them about Gunston Hall and George Mason – they were impressed.  Since I was fifty percent of the tour audience in Gunston I seem to have taken in more than I had realised.

Kevin and Deirdre
Kevin and Deirdre

Kevin and Deirdre headed home when Nora finally gave up the ghost and yielded to sleep.  It was lovely to see them and I must make a better effort to visit them next year.  (Be warned!)

Travelled back to Rockville Centre with Kaye and really enjoyed the evening with Noelle, Tom and family in Crestwood.  As I said before; “people make places”.

Niamh, Noelle, Ellen, Ellie, Katie, Kaye, Neil, Gene and Tom
Niamh, Noelle, Ellen, Ellie, Katie, Kaye, Neil, Gene and Tom

Wedding time!

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