Aine Edwards, after meeting the 91 year old, decided to produce a documentary on Sr Loreto, filmed around the time of her Jubilee, or 70 years of sisterhood.
Aine wanted to not only share her story but also celebrate the work of so many other Irish educators in India.
Sr Loreto aka Peg Houlihan left her rural farmhouse in Tinhalla near Carrick-An-Suir in Co Tipperary in 1943, became a sister novitiate in the UK before departing for India.
In 2003 I left Ireland for Chennai in India, to live in Perambur among the Anglo-Indian community and volunteer as a teacher at The Little Lambs School. Although Sr Loreto, a Presentation nun from Co Tipperary now aged 91, was living close by, it was three months before we met.
In 1943, 16-year-old Peg Houlihan had left her rural farmhouse in Tinhalla near Carrick-An-Suir in Co Tipperary. She became a Presentation Sister noviciate in the UK before departing for the distant shores of India. Her ship set sail from Liverpool to Bombay as the second World War was drawing to a close, and she celebrated her 17th birthday on board.
During that journey and its many blackouts, Sr Loreto bravely looked forward - spending a lot of time on the ship learning the ancient Tamil language, the beautiful letters which she has never forgotten.
Eight-year-old Kamali Moorthy, a child prodigy, is the only girl skateboarder and surfer in her hamlet in Tamil Nadu.
For the skateboarding community in India, Kamali is a child prodigy. She is not a professional skateboarder yet, but she is already a part of the circuit and goes on tours with other skateboarders. How did this young girl from a fishing hamlet in coastal TN become the next big thing in Indian skateboarding?
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“Kamali was only 3 years old when she started skating on a slope built by Holystoked collective, which builds skating ramps across the country,” Aine says, “Mahabs has always been a surfer’s town, and skateboarding is concrete surfing, so it goes hand-in-hand here.”
Fans of fusion music are in for a rare treat, as the band AnTara (literally ‘the space between’ in Sanskrit), of Irish musicians Tommy Hayes and Matthew Noone, are set to perform at the Thiru Gokarnam temple, in Pudhukottai district, as a part of a Music Heritage Revival Concert Series, and also at the annual Thyagaraja Aradhana festival in Thiruvaiyaru, the birthplace of the Carnatic composer, Sri Thyagaraja.
Great write up on our Maldives Yoga Holiday, in this weekly publication Indulge - The New Indian Express. with Shanthala T Medappa and Mohamed Arif of Scuba Inn Guest House, Omadhoo Island Maldives.