I was able to participate and enjoy the celebrations for Africa Day; one in Buswells attended by the Ambassador of Kenya and with a lively dance and singing group; then the local AKIDWA celebration in Buckingham Street on Saturday.
I had my speaking time on the Finance Bill on Wednesday which you can read here
Thursday was a great day for the East Wall For All Festival in East Wall; the Garda Band were brilliant. I presented the prizes to the primary school students for their posters and that night we had our first céilí in East Wall, held in the Youth Club. Another inter-generational event with the teenagers from the club and the older ladies doing their Fallí Luimnigh and other dances. Music from Fidelma and Grainne with a few songs.
Crinan project had a great cake sale on Friday - I came alway with lots of goodies and I won a prize in the raffle.
The gender issue has come up again with the Minister's plans for a quota so I have had some contacts from the media, including R.T.E. calling on Saturday for an input for the news which I missed as I was attending an event in the Dublin Writers Week - the readings from Dermot Healy and Hisham Matar. I have some local radio (not Dublin) on Monday.
I did get to see Dublin hurlers start the championship in fine form though with a few heart-stopping moments in the second half. Back in school - St. Mary's Baldoyle - for the Transition Year production of 'Annie' and as usual it was fantastic; so much talent and lovely to be back where I spent so many brilliant years.