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Camp life at the gallop

Grand Master takes the reins

Co.Kildare, 14 August 2013

Grand Master in cracking form

Grand Master in cracking form

A full day’s programme at the Order of Malta 30th International Summer Camp for Young Disabled saw the Grand Master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, looking in on mask decorating, trying his hand at clay pigeon shooting, checking out the archery, and comparing notes with the mask decorating guests who are preparing to display their creations at Friday night’s masked ball.

But he really hit stride as he whisked horse and carriage around Clongowes field, cheered on by guests and friends. And then it was Austrian guest Christoff’s turn. He smiled all the way.

Christoff couldn't stop smiling

Christoff couldn’t stop smiling Photos: Julian Andrews

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