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 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. 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 2013-2014. 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.

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