Another Graduation, Done and dusted.

Another Graduation, Done and dusted, just a short story of my youngest daughter’s graduation at University College Dublin. The immense pride, the beautiful setting here in the grand old land of the green. Now my wife and I live in Clonakilty, County Cork, so it is some drive to get to Dublin in time for the ceremony. We leave at 06.30, with me driving. My oh my but it is a beautiful drive with the countryside looking stunning, so green and lovely. ‘How green was my valley then and the valley of those who have gone’. Quoted from Richard Llewellyn’s magic book. Just before we arrive in Dublin I pull over to the side and stop and let the wife take over, after all she has been in phone contact with my daughter and our ‘troubles’ begin. Well we are on the road to University College Dublin, yet we cannot seem to find it, perchance we are heading in the wrong direction? So we do a right turn at the next traffic lights and head the other way and so on and so forth. It’s becoming dicey now as time is running out. I do not know what it is about women but, they will not listen. For the millionth time I say to my wife, ‘why don’t you just pull over at the next garage and ask them where it is’? You may as well be talking to a brick wall leave alone the dirty looks. Eventually we make it and my daughter is standing there at the entrance and quite literally she takes my breath away looking so beautiful. Now I know parents and fathers ALL feel this way, but, I just couldn’t help it. Herewith follows our time there mainly shown as pictures.

The ceremony at University College Dublin.

Graduation ceremony. University College Dublin.

Graduation ceremony. University College Dublin.

So that is how we see it from where we are sitting at the back of the hall. Oh dear Lor’ but I have forgotten my spectacles and cannot adjust my camera for a long range shot as the logo on the top appeals to me. So I hand it to my wife who is fierce annoyed with me. After all I have just come down with a cold leave alone forgetting my spectacles, so am sniffling and coughing, the only one in the hall. By gum it’s a hard life being a man and all? The other thing to remember is, so many Doctor’s are qualifying today it is mind blowing. Actually, the largest intake ever at this hallowed institution, so they are done first, whilst the nurses come last. It is of course my ‘considered’¬†opinion that nurses are the engine room of any hospital? Correct me if I am wrong. Now the logo above the dignitaries said and this appealed to me. Think about it. It’s a bit out of focus but am sure you can follow it.

James Joyce.

James Joyce.

Well it is done, all the graduates have received their degrees and now the fun and games can begin. I take my hat off to each and everyone here it is not easy getting a degree. First photo up shows my daughter and then am going to do a photo gallery, after all I am not known for being long winded and boring for nothing you know?

Siobhan graduated as a nurse specialising in childrens problems.

Siobhan graduated as a nurse specialising in childrens problems.

So to cut a long story short the celebrations in photos. Congratulations kid and of course to everyone else, magic man.

Photo Gallery of Nurses graduation at University College Dublin.

From here we go back to our hotel the Sandymount in Dublin before proceeding to the next do. Hard left of the Sandymount is the Aviva Stadium home to Ireland’s rugby team and a very impressive place. Siobhan has to change into her nurses uniform before proceeding to Saint Vincents Hospital where her and the other graduates are given their nurses badges, two in fact, one for general nursing and the other for childrens. Then the Bishop or Archbishop of Dublin washes their hands, a form of blessing to help them heal the sick. Once again in photos.

Now it doesn’t quite end there, after the presentation of the badges we head back to the old Heartbreak Hotel as we have some time to waste before the next stop, which is going out to dinner. The wife and daughter spend it drinking wine while poor old Dad sits twiddling his thumbs and going outside for the old fag or two. Eventually spruced up and looking in our prime we start the long walk. Thankfully Siobhan flags down a taxi by the Aviva Stadium and we head into Dublin where we find a pub and are joined by my son and Siobhan’s boyfriend. Then onto to dinner where my sister Judy joins us and my nephew PJ who is here in Dublin playing cricket for some side and hoping to improve his immense talent. Once more in photos.

So there you have it and I’m going to finish off with a song because I wish to. I’m choosing this not only because I always loved Simon and Garfunkel but because if my memory serves me correctly it was the theme song for the film The Graduate staring Dustin Hoffman. Consequently appropriate?

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About spookmoor

I'm a 61 year old happily married man with three grown up children. I lost all my hearing as an eighteen year old whilst doing National Service and then had a Cochlear Ear Implant twenty years later. I love trying to explain these things to people and bits about my life. I never thought so at the time, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Thus one gets Random ramblings from a man who has seen a lot with a touch of humour underlying all.
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24 Responses to Another Graduation, Done and dusted.

  1. George Azevedi says:

    A proud father you are but isn’t this what every parent lives for?Seeing our children succeed in life is the best thing that we can ever wish for,so very happy for you and your beautiful daughter for you have both succeeded.

  2. frankiekay says:

    Well…I hope my daughter doesn’t expect me at hers…not my thing at all…

  3. Sounds like a great time for all. Glad you could attend this special event.

  4. bents says:

    Congrats to you all and especially Shioban ! We, hopefully, will be going through the same next year when our son Kieran graduates from Cirencester i.e. providing hops and barley don’t rule before then ! Maybe we can get together while we are over there ? All the best….Bents

  5. bulldog says:

    Great post on what we would consider those special times in our lives when the family graduates making a parent oh so proud… congrats to your daughter and to you as proud parents… great post Spook…

  6. msasa13 says:

    After those glowing compliments, what can I add? I feel your pride in Siobhan’s achievements, and your joy in this lovely day. Beautifully put, as ever! What a lovely lot you are. D x

  7. Gomer Pyle says:

    Loved your blog and the way you laid it all out ! Your love and joy in your family’s achievements shines through, flooding your whole story in the most beautiful sunshine that can only emanate from a fathers heart absolutely bursting with pride! May your children, one and all, appreciate the input their father had in their success as human beings
    today! We wish them all everything of the very best for their futures and may they be all they can possibly be without compromise. Blessing to you, your lovely wife and all your beautiful and talented children !

  8. Lovely blog about your daughters graduation. Can feel the love and proudness in your words, and it shows in your photographs. Congratulations to all on this great achievement.
    You have a lovely family, and thank you for sharing with us.

  9. Paul says:

    There is a gift in your writing Spook. I say it as a compliment that it has a classic enthralling prose – not unlike Charles Dickens himself.

    • spookmoor says:

      Blimey matey that is rich praise coming from you and is indeed a compliment. I often wish that I had your gift, still, beggars can’t be choosers.

  10. Tess Bold says:

    So glad you did this Spook….long winded indeed…Always enjoy be apart of your memories.When ever I read one, its like a series on T.V or another chapter in a good book. One proud dad….

  11. Brian Ford says:

    Yet another great story Spookman. You are truly blessed with the achievements of your family.
    My claim to fame at the University College of Dublin is playing in a golden oldies rugby festival there in the early 90’s.

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