Going out and doing some Good!

abstract watercolour of rain by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
detail from “An Fhearthainn/ Gentle rain”

“So I’ll go out at 9.30”, she said, “the frost will be gone by then, but I’ll be back by 12.30, just before the rain; I won’t need my winter coat, my spring coat will do, but I’ll still wear the fingerless gloves…”

I looked out the window.  “Hmmm, might be no harm to bring an umbrella”, I said. “No, I’ll be home before the rain”, she replied. “It won’t rain until 12.30 and then, it’ll be wet until four but anyway, it’ll be too windy for an umbrella, fresh and blustery southeast winds”, she said.

Such precision – and such faith in the weather forecasters at Met Éireann – but then I have to admit that they’re getting incredibly accurate these days. The other day, when every cloud in the sky looked to me like they were about to empty themselves in angry bucketfulls onto the Southside, nothing happened, and they moved away, over to the Northside and presumably did their torrential business over there. And of course, this was exactly as had been foretold by met.ie

the two Johnnies, Fiachra and Fíona talk about MND on the Ray Darcy show
Fiachra agus Fíona Mhic Dhomhnaill with The Two Johnnies – all taking part in the Good Run 5k in St Anne’s Park on Good Friday

So why this talk about the weather?  Well, I’m thinking about The Good Run which happens this week, on Good Friday in St. Anne’s Park at 11am.  It’s a charity fun run to support research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.  And the forecast is good for the park so it promises to be a great event!

The Good Run is organised by friends of ours – Fiachra & Fíona Mhic Dhomhnaill – and it has taken place in St Anne’s Park annually since 2015 (although it was moved online during the pandemic). Thank goodness, it’s back now, actual people actually meeting up in the park to run, jog, wheel or walk – but mostly to enjoy the open air and to help raise funds for this worthy cause.

And you don’t even have to come to the park, you can do your 5km anywhere!  Just be sure to share pics of your own Good Run by tagging @thegoodrun5k on your Instagram story.  Or, of course you could simply donate here

So, if you were wondering about the photo above, Fíona was in RTÉ recently to talk about her story on the Ray Darcy show and you can listen to the podcast here.  Such a moving story.

The Good Run 5k


The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association



…and the watercolour painting at the top can be seen at:




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