My tribute to Eamon McClean

Green-Party-McClean-460x298                   A week has passed by from when I heard the terrible news, about the sudden death of Eamon. The reality of his passing away is still as hard to take in now, as it was then.

Eamon was about as good a husband, father, son, brother, neighbour and friend that you could possibly wish for and he will be sorely missed.

C.S.Lewis said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” that was Eamon. He was rightly proud of his family, of his community and his country. Of course with a name like McClean, his ancestral roots are the same as mine (both our fathers teased each other about that fact and the direction that both families took). Eamon used that pride to fuel his desire to bring children, families and communities together so that they would have a better understanding of each other. He was selfless though his charity work, fundraising by way of cycle rides and running.

We his friends and family have a responsibility to carry on that work, to find a better way to serve each other, to not accept something that is broken and not try to fix it. His heart will beat on as long as we fullfill our duty and follow his example.

My faith hope is, that I will walk again shoulder to shoulder with Eamon in a better land where there is no more sorrow or pain, where everything is perfect and we are bathed in the Glory of our Creator.

I close with these final lines from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”, I think it sums up the life of my friend..

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!






To day I felt like a Carrie Bradshaw type figure.

I met up with some of my friends for lunch in our village. We ate our food, setting the world to right while being continually interrupted by one of the toddlers. We talked of life with the kids (the football marks on the windows, when apparently no one was playing in that part of the house). We talked about the diets that we are on (as we munch on a biscuit, saying we will be good for the rest of the day). We talked of fresh starts, a new business perhaps (do you sell door to door or on-line?). We promise ourselves that this is the year, we are not going to sit back any longer!

This year we will be thinner, heather, fitter and mentally stronger than we have ever been before (we shall see!).

It’s great to have friends that you can share the highs and lows of life with. Friends who are there when you are in need and care for you. Friends who don’t necessarily share your faith or politics but love you all the same.

So as I looked at my friends today, I thought how blessed I am and how would Carrie write about it.

It’s easy to  love friends. loving your enemy takes a bit more effort.