Life-changing testimonies from powerful women
Good morning readers, it's Micheal here again....could your Friday get any worse!
Anyway, a slight change in tone but for me, this has truly been a reaffirming week. I'm sure, like any job for any person, you have your peaks and troughs; you wonder why you bother sometimes, however, this week, I was reminded about my why! It was a peak week.
The last few days have been a powerful reminder, to me personally, that the role I possess is a relatively unique one, in the sense of the access it allows me – and Armagh I – to people's lives. In turn, it is on us to convey that in our words, in our stories.
It started with a conversation with Keady woman Katrina Finnegan – what an absolute privilege to have had 50-minutes of her time. The positivity she radiated, when she has every right to curse her luck in life, was incredible. Katrina's love for her daughter, Kerrie, was boundless, and knowing that she will be okay come what may, is Katrina's contentment. That is special. Being in a position to tell her story was special. If you haven't already, please give in 5-10 minutes of your time. Hats off to the Children's Fund for Cancer charity on their work.
This Martha Washington quote sums it up Katrina perfectly..
"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
That was followed by an emotionally-charged conversation I had with the victim of domestic abuse. Her abuser was sentenced to 4.5 years recently.
Covering court cases is one thing but hearing the true impact, first hand, from a victim of some horrific abuse, is truly horrifying. It wasn't the details of the crime that hit hard but rather the emotional impact it had on a young woman who, in her own words, had everything going for her. She may be healing but it's a lifelong scar – through absolutely no fault of her own, but not that she knew that at the time. She felt sorry for her abuser upon hearing his sentencing a little over two weeks ago. She's still dealing with the impact of his horrendous actions, but it's not her fault. That story will be published on the website soon.
The over-riding thought from both these women – if their words resonate with just one person...just one, well, it has been 100% worth telling their stories. Through Armagh I, they can change the life of one person. That is powerful and why we are immensely proud and privileged to have been given the chance to speak with these strong, powerful women. So, for that, we thank them – I thank them.
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What's On: Poyntzpass Tractor Run
Poyntzpass Primary School is hosting its first ever Charity Tractor Run in association with Air Ambulance NI Saturday, September 11. 🚁🚁
A fun family day out with food being provided for the driver and one passenger. There will also be food and drinks to purchase in the field. Each tractor driver will also receive a goodie bag with lots of goodies inside and a chance to win one of our fantastic spot prizes!!
*All vehicles welcome.
Registration in Best's Field from 10am-12noon. Convoy leaving at 12.30pm.