Month’s Mind

Today is my Mother’s Month’s Mind.  If you are Irish and Catholic, you know exactly what that means.  If not, let me tell you.

A Month’s Mind is a requiem mass arranged by family and close friends of the deceased, one month after the funeral.  It continues to be a strong tradition in Ireland in both urban and rural areas and important for the family and close friends to gather, after the initial heartbreak has receded somewhat.

By the time I post this, my family in Cork have attended the Month’s Mind mass for Mum at the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Dennehy’s Cross, Cork and gathered afterwards at Dad’s to share a meal together.

I’ll be doing my own version of the Month’s Mind here on Bowen today, strolling through the old growth forest on my doorstep, listening to one of Mum’s favourite songs – Mo Ghile Mear.

Here’s Mary Black’s version.  I did find a version with the wonderful music of the Chieftains and vocals by Sting (I kid you not!) but somehow I preferred Mary Black’s blas, when singing as Gaeilge.

And you will notice, this song is a lament – a lament for a lost love.  It wouldn’t be a traditional Irish song without some kind of a lament!

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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One Response to Month’s Mind

  1. beverley lindsey says:

    Thank you for sharing this poignant moment in your life journey. “Mary” will always be walking alongside you wherever you may be.
    Bevxo

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