erhaps they knew that this big family photo of the whole town was going to be a shot that would be seen around the world, and they simply didn’t want to ruin it.
For whatever reason, the handful of Greystones’ ugly mugs stayed clear of the 1hr Holiday At The Cove this afternoon, and left all the handsome, windswept and interesting folk to party hearty like it was 1969.
Which was very decent of them, when you think about it.
The weather couldn’t have been better, of course, this scorchio Indian summer that has kicked off September turning the town into Costa del Greystones for what has been a gloriously, positively dizzying week.
And that was certainly the case today, as the It Takes A Village crew put together an afternoon of old school fun and games for the town’s kids, this group of local primary school teachers causing an international incident over the past two months with their simple call for young kids not to bring smartphones into school.
Given that these weapons of mass distraction tend to, you know, distract us all from the business at hand. And disconnect us from the people around us.
The gang are also looking to have a child therapist available in each of our schools at least one day a week, given the brave new and rapidly-evolving world that kids today have to navigate.
Today was all about being connected though, to one another, to our community, to ourselves, as kids played old-fashioned outdoor games, such as bouncing beach balls off one another’s heads.
Well done to the It Takes A Village team for pulling together such a wonderful day (especially Ross ‘Sun King’ McParland and Rachel Harper, both natural born ringleaders), plus MC Laura Woods and DJ Breffii, Doctor Cheryl for handling the first aid, plus all 16 incredible volunteers – including Lisa, Brian & Nikki from The Whale, the Molloy sisters, the Swann lass, that lad with the big glasses, reformed councillor Mags Crean and spinmaster general, Garret Harte.
Photocall Ireland were there to take the professional family shot that will be sent out around the globe, with everyone from The New York Times to the BBC having covered Greystones’ smart move to get smarter about smartphones.
In the meantime, well done to everyone involved in this sunny celebration. It was a perfect day.
You can find out more about It Takes A Village here agus here, and check out the full gallery of pics in hi-res here.