Images from Mexico from 2009 to 2010

During 2010(Jan to Apr) approx. 20 lucky Tarahumara workers were employed at the external restoration work on the 400 year old catholic church in Basihuare, Chihuahua.
See picture page  for year 2003 for work done inside the Basihuare church. In 2009 the electricity arrived in Basihuare.

Mark

Picture One and Two shows the Basihuare Church boundry walls under construction.
In Oct/Nov 2009 the new Roof was placed into position

Another view of the Boundry Walls and the Steps under construction.
John, Juan, Martin and Rogelio
building the Grotto with a dual effect
New 4 feet stone statue to Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mother of all Mexicans) overlooking the renovated location where all the local Tarahumara congregate each Sunday @11 a.m. to discuss their business.Notice  the famous "pastel" rock in the backround
Juan,Martin,Jose celebrate on the final day of their unique work. The inscription " Madre de los Mexicanos" is today painted to the right of the map of Mexico and the stone statue of SAN.JUAN DIEGO is today decorated with 6 colourfully wood crafted flowers
As above
New sliding entry gates with all 16 new steps leading to the church door - Also view of the New Boundry Wall
On the opposite side inside the church grounds shows 3 large stone notices which carry the names of all the Tarahumaras  who helped with Mark's project (2000-2010). The inscription reads "This temple to the Virgen de Guadalupe was built around the year 1600 and during the years 2000 and 2010 it was restored by an Irishman called Markus Brady and for which The Tarahumaras are most grateful
One of Mark's trucks with the inscription "Help from Ireland for the Raramuri"

 

In March 2010 the Week Long  
Tenth Tarahumara Students Annual Cultural & Sports Event
took place in
ABOREACHI in Chihuahua

Mark

The sign which welcomed the 100's of enthusiasts to this popular students event when some lucky Tarahumaras avail of school scholarships as a direct result of the many generous Irish donations collected while Mark is at home in Ireland.

On the final day of this unique event the organiser Pedro Holquin -- representing 40 teachers-- shows their appreciation for Mark's work with this presentation to him.
Shows Mark  with invited digniteries enjoying the inauguration  which is run like a mini olympics.
some of the 100's of lucky students on parade.
Mexican flag presentation by
the Kindergarden Tarahumara pupils
Mexican flag presentation by the
Tarahumara Teachers
In 2002 the weather was not too kind to us so the event was held indoors!!.
Shows Ramon Moreno a champion athlete
who won a school scholarship
at this years event in Aboreachi
                     Juan Villalobis was recognised
for his 10 years construction work as
Mark's loyal and trusted companion.
Loyal Supporters of the Tarahumara
In the summer of 2006 Mark visited the home of his 100 year old
step grandmother Elizabeth Brady, Allenstown, Navan,
but later died at 101 Years - R.I.P.
Loyal Supporters of the Tarahumara
Mark shares a chat with his 98 year old cousin Una Cooney, Mullingar (on his late mother's side) in June 2010 and asked him
"do you think I'll make the 100?"
We all pray she does