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.
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.
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?
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?