In August 2021 I was diagnosed with a degenerate condition in my right foot which couldn’t be remedied through surgery. Getting the news from the Orthopedic Surgeon was deflating. As the surgeon himself remarked, ‘Patrick found it difficult to hear as he is very enthusiastic about his running’…I was recommended to replace some of my running time with swimming and cycling… I never learned to swim properly but my mind was made up to give it a go..
During these winter days I strive to make the most of the times of brightness to get outdoors. Even going for a short walk or jog gives me the opportunity to enjoy nature and distract myself from overthinking my own thoughts and concerns…Having faith has imbued me with a belief in a better day to come – it has helped me to find inner happiness, to embrace the support of others and ultimately to trust the promise of living in eternal peace with God in heaven.
Our Lady’s Island is a place of natural beauty and ecology which has offered solace and peace to countless pilgrims over the years and which continues to provide rest and renewal to the modern day visitor too. Recently I visited this pilgrimage site for the first time since a family outing there during my childhood and I found it to be an uplifting and prayerful experience.
The recent Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which took place in Mullingar was a fantastic success. Fleadh 2022 was a homecoming event in the town where Comhaltas was founded in 1951 and a celebration of the very best of what it means to be Irish.
I recently celebrated a big event in my life, my 40th birthday, in Liverpool. As I reached this milestone I was prompted to give glory and thanks to God for the gifts He has bestowed on me throughout my life and to entrust my future plans to his providence.