Saturday, May 30, 2009
Also pictures of John dressed as captain jack filming for Xmas was prob filming for Tonights The Night would love John or TW to be in Who again.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
On Saturday April 5th 2008, a simple tackle in a club rugby game in London left Stuart Mangan, a graduate of Rockwell College and UCC, aged just 24, with a devastating spinal injury. In global terms, Stuart’s injury is the most catastrophic rugby injury seen in recent years. Categorized as C1 Complete, he is completely paralyzed from the neck down and unable to breathe without a ventilator. Stuart will require 24-hour medical care for the rest of his life.
Dr Fred Middleton of The Royal National Orthopedic Hospital at Stanmore, London says of Stuart: “The level of Stuart's injury at the top of the spinal cord eliminates all voluntary movement in the limbs and trunk including the muscle of breathing. This is the worst cord injury which can occur in sport" Stuart’s life and that of his parents and brothers changed utterly on that fateful day. Physically, Stuart is now dependant for his every basic need, in sharp contrast to how he lived his life before the accident. A talented sportsman with an exciting career ahead in banking, Stuart loved to travel and speaks five languages
In coming to terms with his horrific injury, Stuart has managed to show incredible courage. He is determined to deal positively with his drastically altered circumstances. How can you help ? Stuart’s care will cost millions and quite simply his future is in all our hands. He and his family have been inundated with messages of good will, many wondering just how they can help Stuart deal with the days and years ahead. A fundraising campaign- The Stuart Mangan Appeal - has been launched and each contribution, no matter the size, will help enormously in ensuring Stuart enjoys the best possible quality of life. In this context, an Irish trust fund has been established with the responsibility of managing Stuart’s needs in terms of housing, living, equipment and medical care.
To support Penny who's raising funds visit
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Now I fully accept kids are annoying - I would find it hard to pay them 100% attention when all I wanted was to relax prehaps for the first time in 5 years esp. when there is a bit of sun however... tough. We bring em along you better be up for the challenge. If you know you're going to tempted to ignore your kids as much as you like them don't bring them. My Aunt came up with a great idea - country cousins and city cousins. When she wanted a sun break she shipped her kids out to the countryside to us and my parents shipped us off to the city (its actually a small town but we thought it was massive) when they had things they wanted to do. Parents deserve a break after all. However bringing your kids on holidays and not having their well being top of your list is unforgivable. Being distracted by the quest for a perfect tan or the need to get pissed doesn't cut it. None of the kids (who must of been taken out of school for these holidays) suffered luckily nothing more than tooth decay and skin damage so I am clugging like a mother hen for no reason but these are lessons best not learnt the hard way.