Slashers & Fred 2010

To Protect and Welcome: A fundamental Tenet of Environmental Health Sustainability

To Protect and Welcome: A fundamental Tenet of Environmental Health Sustainability

When I arrived from Canada in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland in 1975 to take up an appointment as Health Inspector with the Northwestern Health Board, I was most fortunate to share an office with my new found friend and mentor, the great Paddy Tunney. Recognised and much appreciated throughout the country as a traditional singer, poet, writer, raconteur, lilter and songwriter, Paddy was a dedicated, efficient and highly qualified health inspector fully committed to serving the community well to the best of his wonderful abilities and giving of his time and attention to all, without exception, to excellent effect. I learned from him the wonderful traditions, culture, history and rich ethos of the native people of Donegal and of their generosity in hard times and under repressive regimes; and also of their great sense of humour and positive outlook.

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