The good life…

…is built with good relationships.

So says Robert Waldinger in this much-watched Ted Talk.

Joe Brolly comes to similar conclusions in this article about GAA communities and residents of the small town of Roseto 90 miles outside New York.

Declan Harte had booked tickets for himself and his mother to come to a recent gig of ours. His mother hurt herself and couldn’t make it. Declan was determined that his mother would get to hear me play anyway and so he asked me and he asked Georgie (written about in these pages before) to come to the Nazareth Care Centre and play for his mother Pat (centre, below) and other residents.


We had a magic afternoon. Residents singing with their children and grandchildren, with each other, with staff. Music – bringing a room of all ages into the one space. The breaking up of the day. People spending time with those they love.

All because one man wanted to look after his mother. He now plans to make this a regular event, and more power to him.

Look after the relationships in your life and they will go a long way towards looking after everything else.



I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.

5 thoughts on “The good life…

  1. Yes, we do drift along in our own little and sometimes self-contained bubble not realising there is ‘another half out there who might really benefit from our participation in their day. Kieran, you obviously hardly ever sit still and give your energy n talent to as many causes as possible. Exemplary. In the giving, I hope you are receiving affirmation, not in a self-serving manner, (which never comes across, ever) but you too are obviously kind, deep thinking and caring. You are sharing much more than you realise so do not overlook that you deserve the same in return. R-e-s-p-e-c-t.

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