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5th May 2010

Greetings!

Glad to hear the farmers are selling off the lambs. The combination of rain and heat should bring good growth to the pastures. Lucky the stone came in the window behind you.

Another month and time moves on swiftly.

A weekend of different experiences. I was booked for a memorial Mass on Saturday at midday, which turned out to be a mass of thanksgiving for a graduation.A young lady from the settlement area, Vengere, had graduated with a B.Sc. in agricultural science.The family arranged Mass at the home. Her twin brother is in fourth year of Medical School. How a family in such humble circumstances could manage to send two of their children to College, while a third is at second level, is amazing. It gives some hope.The young lady,Suzan, is about to start a Master’s degree later in the year.

Leinster went down tamely to Toulouse on Saturday p.m. in the Heineken Rugby Cup semi final.The opposition had too much muscle and strength.

Sunday, I had Mass at St.Andrew’s. I gave a lift to a six/seven year old orphan girl back to her grandmother’s place.It is a very sad scene. Her parents died. She was placed at the orphanage in Rusape. An aunt came and took her to her home. Within a short time the aunt died. She was left in the grandmother’s care along with a number of other orphans. She goes back to the orphanage during school holidays and cries her heart out when returned to her grandmother. For legal or beaurocratic reasons, it is not possible for her to return permanently to the orphanage.So sad.

The outstation is well organized with good local leadership.I gave a lift to an old lady who has arthritis. The church was full with great participation by the congregation.After Mass, I gave the old lady a lift back to her home and retraced my journey to give an eighty seven year old and some others a lift to their drop off points. The old gentleman was so grateful. He finds the seven kms walk each way a bit much. As a result of the recent heavy rains, the dirt road to his place was very badly broken with gullies and big stones in some places.Much care needed in driving.

I made my way to Mutare on Sunday mid afternoon, hoping to watch Munster play Biarritz in the Heineken Cup semi final..

Unfortunately, the game was not shown live but was put on at 1.00am on Monday,while the result was announced on the 9.00pm news. Monday’s Irish Times brought the news of McIlroy’s victory in golf :GOLF: “ON THE eve of his 21st birthday and ahead of this week’s Players Championship, Rory McIlroy produced an imperious final round 62 to claim his first win on the PGA Tour at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina.

But yesterday’s spellbinding final round 62 upped the ante to a completely new level as he closed out his first win in America with a 15 under par 273 winning aggregate. He also lowered the course record by two shots.” A great performance by the young man!

I got a tummy chill at the weekend, sat between an open window and a door after perspiring on the journey from Rusape to Mutare. Was unable to play golf on Monday. My energy was very low. I took it easy at the Priory.

Mary Robinson paid a visit to Zimbabwe last week in her role of empowering women.The group was addressed by Mugabe. Robinson was very circumspect in her TV interview, saying “she noticed some tensions in the country.”

Love and best wishes.