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Below are the regular Newsletters that the late Eugene MacBride used to send to all Pelicans. The following issues make interesting reading and will give you some idea of what has has taken place since Eugene and Jarlath Hynes formed The Pelicans association in 1992.
No apologies are undertaken for Eugene's tendency to switch to Latin on occasion or his attempts to sell you a Pelican badge or to persuade you to travel to foreign climes to weep over lost youth or for humming long-forgotten items from the Liber Usualis in his sleep (allegedly) or pretending to be a Rangers' supporter when looking for sympathy or for blowing a fuse when rallying the troops. etc
Yes, we miss him.
|Newsletter 50: June2006|
|Newsletter 49: January 2006|
|Newsletter 48: May 2005|
|Newsletter 47a: February 2005|
|Newsletter 47: December 2004|
|Newsletter 46a: March 2004|
|Newsletter 45: January 2004|
|Newsletter 44: Autumn 2003|
|Newsletter 43a: Christmas 2003|
|Newsletter 43: February 2003|
|Newsletter 42: September 2002|
|Newsletter 41: May 2002|
|Newsletter 40: April 2002|
|Newsletter 39: January 2002|
|Newsletter 36: June 2001|
|Newsletter 35: Easter 2001|
|Newsletter 34: March 2001|
Region Meeting -
|Newsletter 33: October 2000|
|Newsletter 32: Eastertide 2000|
Lenten Rigour (2000)
|Newsletter 30: Christmas 1999|
|Newsletter 29: October 1999|
Midsummer Madness 1999
Lenten Hortatory Edition 1999
|Newsletter 26: September 1998|
Region Meeting - 24 Jan 'O1.
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29: October 1999
My dear Pelicans
Have you got your lapel badge yet? It's an absolute beauty, a stunner, a miniature of one of the old Priory cap badges and remember it's a limited edition. Contact Derek Biewer with a tenner and Derek will oblige you p & p included. Thank you, Derek (and May).
No web-site yet but Paul West and I are about to work it out.
Fiery Cross: Rutherglen will receive us on February 19 and 20 AD 2000; the WFs will provide the food but southerners will have to ask their Scots buddy for accommodation; Bishops Waltham (via Terry Butler courtesy of Fr Buckley) on June 3 and 4; and Chris Benton has been in touch with the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel to take us for October 2000. The DAH would be a Friday to Sunday reunion but will cost £55 per head per night! In order to qualify for a discount we must get our numbers in soon for a block booking. WILL YOU PLEASE BE SO KIND AS TO TELL ME ASAP IF YOU INTEND TO GO? No tell, no discount. No discount. no go. Lionel Holland hopes to organise a reunion at Totteridge for March 2000 AD and I hope to get another letter out in this regard before Christmas. As with Bps Wa and Dryburgh AH, Totteridge will also be a wives' do.
I want to put a new headstone on Peter McKenzie's grave at Blacklion as a beau geste on the part of the Pelicans. Zelda and I stood guard of honour (?) over him this year on Cemetery Sunday at the end of July. Bud Greene (as we found out) had put a posy of flowers by his head. Peter's grave is surmounted by a tall cross which is in a very shabby condition. It needs a good cleaning but even if we went at it with bleach and brush, the inscription still needs repointing. It's in among a lot of new graves with simple black headstones which need only a sponge-down to keep them looking at their best. I have been in touch with Fr O'Mahoney and he has no objections (the grave is registered to the WFs); Bud went up to see the PP and he is very pleased that we should be taking this initiative; I've spoken to Pat Gibbons who has asked me to get him a price so I have written to the stonemason in Sligo for his latest brochure and am waiting. I didn't feel it was a grave at all on Cemetery Sunday in the sense that the cross was being used as a support for sore feet by the party in front. It's like an abandoned grave. Peter is left alone bar the kindness of Bud and Caithe Greene and I do believe we will be better people for doing something.
Caithe needs your best prayers as she waits to go in for surgery. Pray hard too for Paula Yeomans of the Burdett-Clark family. Jarlath may not be entirely fit to open the bowling but I have no doubt, all else being equal, he will rise to the occasion this June at the Priory and address the congregation with all his customary wit and fortitude. Shop around the saints for him and also for Brian Geraghty and Louis Fitzmaurice. In fact, at the age we are (even you, Melling), oremus pro invicem.
Addresses at Bps Wa: 1) Brent Villa B&B (Tom Wilkie): 01489 890188; 2) Bridge Hotel, Shawford: Ol962 713171; 3) The Priory Inn: Ol489 891313; 4) Upland Park Hotel, Droxford: 01489-878507; Marwell Hotel: 01962 777681. Let's get our bookings in early.
Don't forget that our first Pelican visit ad limina apostolorum takes place from Oct 23 until Oct 29. +Michael Fitzgerald has fixed us up with accommodation and got us tickets for various functions in the Eternal City. He took Walter and Margaret Perry and Jarlath and Ann Hynes behind the scenes at the Vatican on their recent visits (and I think John and Mary Kelly too?). Anyway, this is a Pelican visit to Rome. Who would have thought it? We shall take no major decisions without clearing them with you know who (we're booked in for a General Audience). Let's go for 2000AD: Glory to God on high and on earth ENTHUSIASM!
God Bless, Eugene
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28: Midsummer Madness (1999)
My dear Pelicans
It seems an age since the Lenten Hortatory Edition but we have not entirely gone to sleep here at the Editor's Desk. We had a reunion at Preston over Whitsun courtesy of Fr O'Donnell and those wonderful ladies, Muriel and Marion who laid on two days of meals you could not have bettered at the Savoy. Pelicans present were Chas Robinson, John Morton, Pat Gibbons, Bernard ('Babe') Melling, Fr Bill Russell WF, Fr Pat Boyd WF, Lionel Kearney, Hugh Campbell, Fr Tom O'Donnell WF, Pat Menzies, Chris Benton, Frank Dillon, Bro Joe Mullen WF and me.
We always get stimulating fare from our speakers at these reunions. This year was quite exceptional with Brother Joe giving us about two hours of his time on Saturday night and Fr Bill slightly less time but no less heartening on Sunday morning. Both had travelled specially in order to speak to us, so we were honoured indeed. At the pow-wow stage of things, it was decided to ask Paul West to go ahead with the setting-up of a Pelican web site incorporating information about who we are; a notice board; the WF badge; Ebby's auntie's painting of the Priory, Maurice Billingsley's sketch of St Columba's and any other brainstorms. Are you out there, Paul? Will you contact me? Or shall I send you an up-to-date list of our membership? Probably the latter first with this letter.
Now for a few questions? Do you have an e-mail address? If so, why not let me have it? Mine is email@example.com. I think I mutilated a few e-mail addresses earlier in my career as editor of this newsletter but am more mature now. Are you getting the WF/WS magazine? If not, please contact Fr Bill Turnbull WF at 129 Lichfield Rd, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands E374 2SA (firstname.lastname@example.org). The magazine is free but costs a bomb to produce so donations are not unwelcome.
Have you heard of Fr Kevin Wiseman WF? Kevin was one of the WF internees at St Denis in 1940 and was ordained at Jedburgh on 3 June l 949. He was twice prepared for execution by the Germans and has now written his story. If you want a copy, send £10 to KAAS Publishing, PO Box 8900X4, Houston, Texas 77289, USA. If you want the formal order form, ask me. The title of the book is: DESTINED FOR A MISSION.
Do you wonder where your Pelican lapel badge is'? It is on its way! Are you wondering about the next Pelican reunion? It's in Rome, Oct 23-29 and there are ten of us booked to fly: Gibbons x2, Morton x2, Price x4, MacBride x2. Are you wondering what our plans are for twenty hundred? I hope to ask Rutherglen to receive us in March; Bishops Waltham to receive us for Whitsun (I believe we disappointed quite a few people by not being there this year); and if Jimmy (Johnston) can swing it, Dryburgh Abbey Hotel in October.
Right, that's enough questions. Before l do the financial report, Jarlath tells me Jimmy scooped over £3000 for the missions from his Derby Draw and Craigneuk Cabaret at the end of May. Doesn't it warm your heart? Now this is Pat's financial report from 1 December 1997 to 14 May 1999 for which we are very grateful. The opening balance was £690.16. Income for the Priory Chair Fund was £1820.16; for Tod's and Pat's Golden Jubilee Fund: £650. Interest on those amounts was £28.15. Donations came to £2054.00, a total of £5242.31. Where then did your money go? The Priory Sanctuary Chair took £1220; flowers for Muriel, sick in hospital (she loved them!) £47.99; TO'D got £350 for being 50 years a priest; Pat (no less loved) got £300; and the rest went to the Missions: Bro Trevor £1170; Packy £310; Bro Bailey £220; Fr Cullen £620; Fr Easton £350; which is not bad going when you think of it. But Fr Bailey, surely? Vincent Bailey?
How, you ask, reverting to questions, is the Golden Jubilee Fund going in respect of Dan Sherry and Tom Rathe? Well, we have £210 in so far but this represents only TWO donations for this appeal. Dan taught some of us at St Columba's and Tom put some valued time in at the Priory. Roll up!
Back to Preston we sang Plain Chant Compline on Saturday night, absolutely rattled through the psalms in the manner of the ancient Hebrews and sang Missa de Angelis on Sunday morning followed by the WF Magnificat (brilliantly sung, not a mistake anywhere) and then the Priorians' Farewell for the Holidays: Sweet Jesus Bless us ere we go. Great stuff, yet the stuff that causes us to confront the charge that we are exclusive. There are those who would like to join us but are frightened away because of our Priorian ethos. But Fr Bill was not an ex-Priorian, nor was Joe Mullen. Both of them seemed to be totally at home. Fr Boyd says he is only reporting what has been said to him. It reminds me of the farming co-operative in Northern Ireland, a success beyond belief until one night somebody stands up and says what a shame! We're bound to fail. Catholics and Protestants can't work together. And from that moment on ----- Doom! Who is saying these things? Why not contact me or come to our reunions? I was not at all eager to start the Pelicans in 1992. Now I feel slightly cheesed-off if this back-biting really is going on. Whoever's doing it put up or shut up. Pray for Jarlath and Brian Geraghty.
Thank you, Eugene. (And Louis Fitzmaurice!)
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27: Lenten Hortatory Edition 1999
This is the sort of thing Peter
would appreciate: Think of the big guest parlour below the oratory at
the Priory. In wartime it was a dormitory, l2 beds packed tight. .
. . the blackout had been pulled back when the siren went off denoting
an air raid in progress. Then a whisper: There's one caught in the
searchlight." The result was a headlong rush of bodies in pyjamas
to the windows. The l2th man, meanwhile, rolled up all of Hoss's bedclothes
including the mattress onto a locker at the foot of the bed opposite and
meandered casually to see the sights in the sky. It was like firework
night. Then the inevitable: "Here comes Connie!" (Fr Kinsella).
There was a dash to get back and curl up under the coversexcept
for Hoss who hit the naked spring and moaned out a cry for help: "Where's
ma bed?" Connie came through the door. As the only one in the know,
I was eating my pillow. Connie was aware that something was afoot but
the Grand Silence was electric. . . we might as well have all been lying
gassed. . . I don't know if I relented, I don't know if I told Hoss where
his bed was, I don't know if I said I was sorry. What I do remember is
the pain trying to hold back the laughter at Hoss's high speed landing
on the wire spring..."
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26: Lenten Hortatory Edition 1999
My dear Pelicans
This is to announce that Derek Biewer, after much legwork for which we should be grateful, has made contact with Fatterini, the Birmingham people who (very probably) once made the Priory cap badge, and has negotiated terms for a metal lapel pin in blue and gold based on one of the 40s/50s style examples lent by Chas Robinson (who has two see picture).
In matter of quality we have decided to go for the metal instead of cold enamel which would be cheaper to buy but inferior in terms of product. The metal lapel badge will cost ?10 postage and package included (which will naturally be extra for overseas readers in Miami, the Toronto suburbs, NZ and elsewhere). Derek would like to place an order for 10 badges but there is no way he can dress May in finery and have ?1,000 to lodge with Fatterini. We have to get our orders and money in to him to enable him to go ahead.
If you think you would like to have a lapel badge (and what about one for the lady wife who accompanied you so faithfully to the Priory on May 31 and Tod? do on June 27?), please send a cheque for the appropriate amount to:
Derek Biewer, 27 Hambledon Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TSS 5EE.
Derek? phone number is 01642-873917 and he can be contacted on the Internet at email@example.com. You can get me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, Derek. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Were you at Blacklion? I went back during the ?ummer? The rain was pelting on the night of July 27, anniversary of the fine day on which I left the Black in 1956. Jack Maguire promised us Philosophy would be the happiest two years of our lives. How could he be so sure and yet so right? I had one great year at Broome Hall and one at St Augustine? and the rest was anti-climax not to say dishwater.
I took to my feet on the morning of the 28th to compensate for 42 lost years. I could not credit this was the road to the Marble Arch Caves (photo left). It was as if they had been relocated backwards and would never come. Where by the roadside was the Saltman? Rock, most prominent of landmarks? Gone, all gone. (I found it on the way back, ivy all over it). On the return journey I saw a cow give birth and (post hoc) collapsed into the first pub in the village. My knees could take no more and yet as boys we had bowled out that road for a day? camp in the Claddagh Glen, skipped back in the evening but with no stop in Blacklion for a beer, straight out along the road to the college, another couple of miles still to do. Effortless.
I was likewise amazed at the revised distance out to Cuilcagh mountain, a mere stroll surely there and back for a day? fun in the old time but now 300 miles distant. Up at the college, I was allowed into my old room which I had seen in my dreams. There are two beds in there now and a lock on the door. I doubt if I will dream of it again. There? a sad poem here somewhere.
I just couldn? find Peter McKenzie? grave, search as I might. I was near to giving up when I gave him a shout. ?ome on, McKenzie, show yourself!?and in that moment I had him. Now that was a happy experience. Wee Pete was drowned two days before the death of John XXIII and about six months before the assassination of JFK. Another era entirely.
I went up to Glenfarne to see the church we opened (rehabilitated) in April 1956 and through to Kiltyclogher to view the statue of Sean MacDermott, the joker of the 1916 Rebellion. On my last morning before up to Donegal, I did something I never did throughout 1995-6 and I can? understand why not: visited the Shannon Pot and saw at last the shining hole of black water below Cuilcagh where Ireland? great river rises.
PLEASE GET YOUR LAPEL BADGE ORDERS IN!!!
God bless, Eugene
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