05 August 2012

Books for sale and a beach to walk

Looking out to Lambay Island from the beach at The Quay in Portrane this afternoon (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2012)

Patrick Comerford

We had another good afternoon at the Heart-to-Hand sale at The Quay in Portrane today. The end-of-day takings passed €8,000 for a second day, and the book stall brought in over €330, an appreciable increase on yesterday’s takings.

I arrived in Portrane immediately after the Cathedral Eucharist in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin ... and the rain that had been pouring down unremittingly all morning stopped just as we arrived, leaving us with a dry, bright afternoon.

I still managed to get time off for a contemplative walk on the beach below The Quay ... the tide was lapping against the grey and yellow sand, the blue skies gave a clear blue colour to the pools of water forming in the rocks, and standing on the shore it was possible to pick out the features on Lambay Island clearly and crisply.

The sale continues tomorrow afternoon. Although the giant Toblerone was one by a happy child near the end of the day, there are still stacks of books in the big, red-and-white marquee at the gate, and many, many more items for sale ... all in aid of projects supported by Heart-to-Hand in Romania and Albania.

Books for sale in the big marquee in Portrane this afternoon (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2012)

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