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May the road rise with you wherever you travel – today and every day

Co.Kildare, 17 August 2013

Farewell, friends, it's been great

Farewell, friends, it’s been great

As the last bus scooped up its remaining passengers for the long road home and farewell hugs and tears were exchanged, memories of this week of joy and laughter and prayer came flooding back – the challenging activities, the day trips, the wonderful religious ceremonies, the hilarious disco dancing – and the wild Irish jigs!

Hop, side, Hop, skip - it's easy!

Hop, side, Hop, skip – it’s easy!

Three years of planning had paid off in spades – not a missed deadline, not a cross word, but a splendid mix of humour and efficiency and some quick footwork on the part of the volunteer staff and eager involvement and enthusiastic participation on the part of the guests.

Yes! – you ALL did. Brilliantly.

And may the wind be always at your back

As the day wore on, national group by national group, guests and helpers alike, tired but happy, were waved off with an Irish blessing and a promise to meet up again next year – for the 31st Order of Malta International Summer Camp for Young Disabled in the land of tulips and clogs.

The sun sets on the 30th International Summer Camp

The sun sets on the 30th International Summer Camp, Clongowes Wood, Co.Kildare, Ireland

Photos: Julian Andrews

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