Its Alphabet Thursday again my favourite time of the week as it also means it is nearly the weekend. Any way visit other ideas at
We watched as HM Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire (Algernon Heber-Percy) and various other dignitaries inspected the parade.
An altar of drums was set up in the middle of the parade ground this is what happens when they are on tour and away from church.
There is also another wolfhound that was at Saturdays parade Brian Boru.
There were lots of these being worn .
This was agin taken on the day the regiment marched through town I have included it as I am standing just under the ladies hand you can just see the tip of my then blond hair. The light blue uniform being worn by the flag waving children is from my previous school Longlands.
It does not matter if this is a just war or not , what matters is that young men like the ones I saw on Saturday are preparing to go on active duty in Afghanistan later this year as well as the thousands of military from around the world that are there now.
This Blog is about the Royal Irish because they are on my doorstep all most and I live near soldiers on my estate, I have soldiers daughters in my rainbow unit and Hannah babysits for a military family so yes we are connected oh and the padre worships at our church .
I know that when they are deployed later this year there will be lot's of prayers being said for their safe return as there are Continually for the military out there now but let me not lose sight of the fact that this is a fun blog and I have not intended to make it depressing .
Hannah and I had a great time running the creche in the officers mess we had 20 under 10's who were fab and a few over 10 who where quite obnoxious but thats life.
we got to have canapes and drinks ( non alcholic) plus we got paid so all was good.
This prayer was on the prayer card handed out at the deployment service when they last went I think that although it is a soldiers prayer it is relevant to us all.
A Soldiers Prayer
Help me, oh Lord, never to be so afraid as to neglect my duty:
to be diligent and honourable in all things: and to show fortitude,
cheerfullness and couragein the face of hardship and danger.
Be with all whom I love: Guide them, protect them,
and give them peace in their hearts:
through Jesus Christ name