Remembrance-Two Grandfathers And World War One

As a native of Liverpool, with Wexford roots from my maternal grandfather, I grew up with stories of the family farm back in Ferns, and stories of my grandfather, Henry Gahan, a Liverpool man, who was a veteran of the trenches of World War One.

As a member of the Royal Engineers, he would crawl out into no man’s land-that very dangerous space between the British and German trenches-to try and intercept German messages on their telephone lines. However, at the end of 1916, as a result of the wet conditions of the trenches, he became ill and was discharged from the army and returned to his job as a post office telegrapher in Liverpool.

A hundred years ago on 11 November 1918, he was on duty in Liverpool’s main post office, in his role as a telegraphist. He was responsible for receiving and sending messages via morse code-a series of dots and dashes-along radio lines, one of the main methods of electronic communications a century ago.

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A rewarding volunteer task

Matthew came to see us last week.  He spent a whole day in our office.  We had quite a bit for him to do because another regular volunteer was taking a well deserved break.  Among other things, Matthew prepared 50 Information Packs for Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas.  Each pack needs envelopes which are pre-stamped.  These are sent out to prisoners who are new to us.  They contain a large colourful map of Ireland and a poster with Irish pictures to brighten up a prison cell.  Our latest ICPO Newsletter https://www.icpo.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Newsletter.pdf

We have contact information for our services and other organisations which people may need.  Pur packs tell people what we can and cannot do for them.  We have over 250 new people every single year so our Information Packs are a very important resources.  If they are not ready and waiting then our extremely busy caseworkers have to stop what they are best at, go to print and prepare the information packs themselves.  It is extremely frustrating and time consuming to have to do this.  So we’ve made it a challenging but rewarding task for our volunteers and despite it being a very boring tedious job, Matthew does it more cheerfully than most.

He makes sure to enjoy a chat and some music to lighten the load.  The time saved by a volunteer doing this means our caseworkers ensure that the continuous requests and letters which need responses get done efficiently and with the least interruption possible.

Matthew loves working with us as a volunteer and we love Matthew’s work because it allows us to do our jobs better.  Thank you Matthew!  Go raibh míle maith agat!

Travellers in Prison Newsletter September 2018

Our latest Traveller in Prison Newsletter TIPN September 2018

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month 2018

Celebrations for Gypsy Roma Traveller History month went on around many prisons in England and Wales. The Traveller Equality Project attended events in HMP Thameside, HMP Highdown, HMP Chelmsford and HMP Erelstoke to name a few. All events were well attended and celebrations included
traditional meals, music, story telling and socialising. GRTHM coincides with Appleby Fair and this too was a fantastic event attended by many.


Appleby-in-Westmorland is a market town in Cumbria, north-west England and has been host to the fair since 1775. The picture above displays some of the horses that were at the fair this year. The fair was well received in the media this year, with many national newspapers reporting on the positives of the fair, the beauty of the horses and the fun had by all.  If you celebrated Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month in your prison, please get in touch and let us know what you did.

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Emigrants Walk – Mayo

We are delighted to announce a fundraising walk in aid of our Elderly Campaign, which takes place on Saturday October 6th 2018 in Mayo, Ireland.

Starting at 11 am from the Trailhead in Mulranny to Newport.

All are welcome to join us.  Those taking part will include Alan Brogan (former Dublin Gaelic footballer) who is Ambassador for this campaign to raise funds to support elderly Irish living alone in London.

 

Campaign details are available here.

DONATE.  Choose Elderly Campaign from the list.  Don’t forget to subscribe also to our Newsletter.

For further details please contact admin@irishchaplaincy.org.uk or 0207 482 5528

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The Church and Sport Spirituality

Sport, Spirituality and Seniors

One of my earliest childhood memories is of the Italia ’90, the 1990 Soccer World Cup Finals. It was the first time that the Republic of Ireland reached the finals and the team, affectionately known as Jack’s Army, was under the direction of Jack Charlton. New anthems were written, there was a run on Credit Union loans to finance fans visiting Italy and the nation truly held it’s breath at the penalty shoot-out against Romania. On returning home after the finals, Jack’s Army received a hero’s welcome.

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Family Prison Visits

It is generally understood that prisoners’ families, particularly the children, are as likely to be affected by imprisonment as prisoners are. It is also accepted that it is difficult to maintain family ties and at times it can feel as though the whole family are serving the sentence also.

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Irish Chaplaincy is Hiring – Outreach Support Worker

Irish Chaplaincy is hiring!

We are looking for a Pastoral Outreach Support Worker to help to expand and develop our befriending, support and advocacy service for elderly Irish across London. Salary £26,360. Deadline: April 12th 2pm (interviews May 1st). Please return completed application form (and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form) to paul.raymond@irishchaplaincy.org.uk   (Tel: 0207 7482 3274)

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St Brigid’s prayer

Brigid

You were a woman of peace.

You brought harmony where there was conflict.

You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast.

May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,

and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.

Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.

Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.

Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.

May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit.

Amen.

(author unknown)

St. Brigid’s Feast Day is February 1st.