Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.” And a less famous person added, “If you don’t start appreciating what’s right in front of you, you might lose it.” What around 50 friends of Pádraig are doing this coming weekend is opening their eyes to see what is right in front of them, and appreciate what they are seeing, making sure that they will never loose it: their country, their language, their culture; friendship, compassion, love; fun, excitement, and the wild seas that (thank God:) surround Ireland.
I know that Pádraig would love nothing more than being right in the middle of this mad, crazy, and terribly exciting snámh. Giving out about the freezing cold, singing with them on the journey between the beaches at the top of his voice, having the time of his life. This weekend has everything he so much loves: good friends and marvelous company, the thrill of not knowing (how cold the water is going to be:), music, the language, the country, great craic. A friend of his said he’d be the first to jump in, and I think that would be right. Dá má rd é go mbeadh biseach air béadh sé i dtús áite ag an agóid seo.
You can follow the snámh on Twitter #snamhphadraig. If you want to meet the swimmers on their trail around the coast of Ireland and, indeed, support and encourage them over the weekend, here is their schedule.
TG4 TV is planning to meet them in Connemara and Galway.
Today we met with Pádraig’s physio and OT. It was the first of our now weekly meetings. We will try to do something similar with the speech therapist. It’s so important that Pádraig is kept being challenged, that he can see and feel his progress, that he believes in him getting better. He has come a long way, we have made huge sacrifices, so many people have supported him on his journey, and the doctors, nurses and therapists are so enthusiastic about his progress, that all will help him to get the best of care and support one could get. It’s when we all get together, when all the stars align, when we all make extraordinary efforts, that we will be able to achieve what some months ago looked like the impossible.
Today, we heard the good news that his custom-made wheelchair has arrived, the headset has arrive, and the assembly is on its way. It’ll be early next or the following week that the wheelchair will be ready, giving Pádraig and us a little bit more independence. I think I mentioned already that Pádraig has one of those trainers, like a stationary bicycle, in his room now that will help him to build up some more flexibility and muscle in his legs.
He hadn’t been out in the viva-la-Thekla this week at all, but today the therapists moved him out of his bed and promised to do the same tomorrow – he is still on their special Saturday list which is really great. Hopefully, with the arrival of the wheelchair there will be more opportunity to move Pádraig around. He is so stable at the moment that his
There has been quite a bit of coverage of Pádraig’s accident and the fantastic fundraising efforts by his friends over the past days:
- Alexandra College Dublin have a really nice picture of two of the three master swim-a-mile heroines up on their main news page, as well as a full report.
- Click here to listen back to this morning’s “Today with Sean O’Rourke” broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 about Pádraig and the great Snámh starting tomorrow morning.
- Ar Scáth a Chéile: A Community Rallies for Pádraig by Conn Ó Muíneacháin on April 11, 2014 in An tImeall, Gaeilge. Conn published an article on http://www.technology.ie today about how he got to know Pádraig. He also published a link to “this week’s An tImeall Irish language podcast which dips into the archive for an extract from An Líonra Sóisialta, published in October 2006, which featured a clip from Pádraig’s podcast An Saol. You’ll hear the voice of a teenager, excited by the possibilities of culture and language and technology. I hope we will hear that enthusiasm soon again. Treise leat a Phádraig!”
[Conn Ó Muíneacháin works at Blacknight. He’s an award-winning radio producer, podcaster and blogger. He’s an engineer as well (not the award-winning kind). Conn produces video for Blacknight and edits Technology.ie. Labhair Gaeilge leis!]
- Irish Central published an article on Pádraig some days ago. Click here to read it.
Today’s German Music Tip
Die Fantastischen Vier, Tag am Meer (1993).
The German word/phrase/verse of the day
Wer die Wahrheit nicht weiß, der ist bloß ein Dummkopf. Aber wer sie weiß und sie eine Lüge nennt, der ist ein Verbrecher. – Bert Brecht