The following reflection was read during a Mass to mark the new school year in Ballincollig Community School yesterday
If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now. Not for any grand cause but for something that tugs at your heart, something that is worth your aspiration, something that is your dream. You owe it to yourself, to make your days count. Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch. Dream big. Know though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be times when you want to turn around, pack it up and call quits. Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself and that you are not afraid to learn by trying. Persist. With an idea, determination and the right tools, you can do great things. Let your instincts, your intellect and your heart guide you. Trust. Believe in the incredible power of the human mind of doing something that makes a difference. Next year, the start of something new brings the hope of something great. Anything is possible because there is only one you. You will pass this way but once so do it right.