Two great friends of Pádraig’s came for a visit tonight. Pádraig’s smile when he sees them and hears their voices is contagious. It is brilliant to see him being so aware of what is going on around him.


What he needs is regular and extensive therapy – as do all the other people with severe acquired brain injury.

Tomorrow, An Saol’s letter to politicians will go out asking them for their stance on the issue. It will be supported by the ‘stories’ of three survivors as told by their parents. It’ll be interesting to see the reaction…

Still looking for adequate space for An Saol’s Sara Walsh Therapy Centre. If you can help us finding something, even temporary, please let me know!

This week, serious preparations for the first big fundraising cycle from Los Angeles (Hollywood) to San Francisco (Nappa) are going to start. We will need to plan the route, contact cycling clubs on the west coast and ask for their support, arrange press conferences and meetings (at schools?), and get in touch with the Irish communities on the West Coast – we might even find a celebrity patron! Can you help with any of this?

15 weeks ago, Pádraig, Pat and I were in Kelly’s Hotel in Rosslare, having the most wonderful dinner in a brilliant restaurant with the waiters and the chef preparing the most delightful food for us and especially for Pádraig. Tomorrow, it’ll be 15 week that Pádraig is being assessed. That is considerably longer than the ‘standard” stay in the NRH of three months. – Why it has been taken so long is an absolute mystery.

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can beat them, just for one day
We can be Heroes, just for one day