Thank you from the Committee of the Co Tipperary Education Centre

A huge thank you to all of you who came to the Presentation Sports Complex yesterday morning to participate in the Grand Gesture for Helen and Sean. It was a truly memorable experience as Mary Teresa McCormack, leading the meditation, guided us gently from the busyness of our minds into the present moment. At the same time Teresa Bourke lead the children gently, through music and movement, into stillness.  Messages of support, which are continuing to arrive, from those of you who were unable to attend are also greatly appreciated.

As Helen and Sean continue to receive essential medical attention let’s continue to think of and support them and their family in any way we can.

A Gentle Introduction to Meditation and Relaxation


Stress is being here but wanting to be there. For so many of us, our thoughts keep us running towards the future or trapped in the past. What we are really doing is resisting the Now.  We don’t realise that this is where our real life is located.  Instead we keep reducing the now as a means to an end. We keep missing the very Essence of life.

When we meditate we are deliberately choosing to stop running. Instead we anchor ourselves in the present moment.  We allow the present moment to be our friend.

The present moment can seem so small and yet when we step into it, slip into it, align ourselves with it, we realise that all of life is contained in it.  As we practice Meditation we develop skills to take our focus off the thoughts that are driving us out of this moment and leaving us feeling stressed and anxious.

Some people find it helpful to put their focus on something that is not a thought.  Your breath is not a thought.  As you rest your focus on your breath, you can be aware of all your thoughts but not held a prisoner by any of them. You realise that you have the ability to take control of your thoughts.  When you change your thoughts you change your life.

Meditation is living from the still centre that is within each of us and is always available to us.  Because we are so rushed we lose our connection to it. Within this stillness we feel peaceful, calm and relaxed and yet are more fully aware and present to our lives.  In this present moment awareness you realise that everything you need is already present. You stop running, surrender your resistance and allow this moment to be as it is.

Join us on Saturday next 24th October  at 10am in the Sports Complex PresentationThurles and be part of the Grand Gesture for Helen and Sean.

A Message from Helen and Sean’s mam Catherine

A Message from Helen and Sean’s mam Catherine

In the last 15 months, our 2 children have been critically and seriously ill but we just feel incredibly blessed and lucky, blessed to still have them both and so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful family, friends and community, willing to support us and scaffold us through it all. Amazingly, all this help has been given to us without us ever having to ask. Think about that! There is so much goodness and kindness in people. This journey has taught us about human nature, people’s ability to pull you through it, to lighten your load and help carry your cross. Thank you!

Having 2 children ill and 2 others at home necessitated us to stop working. Your financial support has allowed us to take the precious time to be with our precious children without the burden of mounting financial debt. It has helped to run our household while also contributing to hotel/accommodation, travel, parking and living expenses while away in hospital. We have had to change our car to accommodate special needs seating and special buggy and increased family size. Again these purchases would not be possible without people’s help. It is important for us to let people know how your generosity has helped. Thank you to all involved in and supporting next Saturday’s introduction to ‘A Gentle Introduction to Meditation in Aid of Helen & Sean.

The darkest hour is just before the dawn and ironically our darkest hour was at the start of this summer. Thankfully both children are now making progress and thanks to all the prayers and the wonderful skill and talent of the teams in Temple St , Crumlin, Clonmel Paediatric Unit and local Early Intervention Services/ PHN & St Mary’s Health centre and hopefully rehab in Dun Laoghaire (still on waiting list!!), they are recovering. Helen continues rehabilitation and awaits a scan next month to determine how tumour is behaving and Sean continues to be closely monitored by Cardiology in Crumlin.

A sincere thank you for all your support!