Up and down the country today, schoolkids headed down to their local Catholic Church and got themselves a few gold stars on their copy.
For today, across Ireland, was the Blessing Of The Schoolbags. And the Holy Rosary in Greystones was pretty darn packed.
With proud parents, excited kids (with one or two exceptions, of course), and potentially possessed schoolbags.
You know how it is. You’re walking to school, the sun is shining, the birds are tweeting, and suddenly a great, big, dark voice whispers from your schoolbag, “Hey, kid, let’s skip school today, and go hide out down on the South Beach!”.
In truth, it’s wonderful to know that, as technology is changing daily life in Greystones by leaps and bounds – our young men and women jumping on those big metal birds to start new lives abroad, Joe Sweeney using a mobile phone, Mrs Mooney heating up her Jameson in the microwave – some old traditions remain.
And the Blessing Of The Schoolbags is one of those old traditions that you feel is particularly Irish. Hard to imagine many – if any – other countries were out blessing their pencil cases today.
So, Holy Moleskin Satchels, Batman, here’s hoping that, as a community, we’ll always have events such as The Blessing Of The Schoolbags and The International Spud Festival.
In truth, it’s what makes us special. In a good way.
You can check out the history of the Holy Rosary Church right about here.
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