School Reunion 2015 Devon from Class of 1962
From left – Farid, Mark, Christopher and Richard
“The beautiful Devon town Ivybridge was the location for the recent Ashburton /Firswood School Reunion . They were joined by their former English teacher Mark Brady. They had all being together over 50 years ago – in the early 1960’s.
This exciting Reunion was generously hosted by another former classmate of theirs and whose preference to remain incognito must be respected.
The lucky four men were treated to a five star hotel experience which included trips to locations on scenic Dartmoor, Ashburton College, Newton Abbott, and Firswood School, Torquay. These building are presently used for different purposes , but the chance to return and take photographs of them was a thrilling experience for all.
For this watershed Reunion Lt. Col. Christopher W. Brawn had travelled over from Germany where he lives in active retirement ;
His brother Profsr. Richard Brawn from Bristol where he lives in active retirement also;
Farid Sadre Hashemi from London where he enjoys life as a computer expert.
Mark Brady enjoys life in his native Navan, Ireland and is presently home for six months from Mexico where he has worked as a Humanitarian worker for over thirty years among the Tarahumara peoples in the Sierras.
All five enjoyed their emotional trip down memory lane and look forward to another Reunion which they hope will take place in London . For that Reunion they hope to contact other fellow students from that early period in their lives”
The Solstice Arts Centre, Navan was the venue for the Premier screening of the film “Living On The Edge” spectacularly directed by Ronan Carley a primary school teacher in Navan.
Ronan’s film is centred upon the life of Navan-man Mark Brady who has a book published about his life in both English and Spanish.
The film was attended by almost 200 who were treated to over two hours of an exciting, colourful and informative information dealing with Mark’s life in Ireland and working with The Tarahumara peoples in Mexico.
He says that telling his life story in book form and now on the screen is a dream come true. More importantly he says that it is his way of saying thanks to The Irish Tarahumara Society, its committee, and everybody who have supported his Tarahumara Crusade for so many years.
He looks forward to their continued support as presently he helps over thirty Tarahumara students secure an education which includes university level.
These Tarahumara students would never get the chance to improve their standard of living were it not for the generosity of Irish supporters and far beyond. They are very grateful to The Irish Society for all the help they have received over so many years.
In his 33 years helping the Tarahumara Mark has never begun a project which he was unable to complete. He plans to return to Mexico in October to continue this important Tarahumara work.
Mark would like to thank Ronan Carley for his time and effort in directing the film; the Solstice Arts Centre for hosting the film; Bishop Smith, Canon Clarke and the Mayor of Navan Colr. Joe Reilly for opening the film show; the M. C. Richard Ball; Colr. Francis Deane; Raymond Egan, Kieran Maguire, Print 4 Now; L.M.F.M.; Meath Chronicle and Meath Echo; The Newgrange Hotel and all who were present at the performance.
The film will be on sale in Navan shortly.
Mrs Moipone Phamotse chatting with Mark in the Clyde Hotel , Dublin
Mark signs a copy of his book for Ambassador Paramente Phamotse, The Kingdom of Lesotho, during the celebrations to commemorate the Anniversary of National Independence Day in Mexico.
Mark shares a joke with Ambassador Phamotse in the Clyde Hotel, Dublin
The Second Edition of my book “Living On The Edge” is now available in both Spanish and English and the following photographs were taken in the Mansion house, Dublin, on July 18th when the Mexican Ambassador to Ireland, Ambassador Carlos Garcia De Alba, together with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, launched it before a capacity house.
Mexican Ambassador Carlos Garcia De Alba and Mark in the Mansion House, Dublin
John O’Brien Publisher interviewing Mark at the Mansion House.
Dr. Steven Worden addresses the audience at the Mansion house
Mark Signing Copies of his Book
Marina Buckley with her brother Adrian with the Mexican Ambassador
The Mansion House, Dublin
The Mexican Ambassador, Carlos Garcia de Alba, will launch the Spanish version of Mark’s Book “Living on the Edge” or as it is known in Spanish “Viviendo Al Limite” in the Mansion House at 7:00pm on the Friday the 18th of July 2014. It will be attended by many dignitaries from all walks of life!
Mark makes the long return journey from Mexico back to Ireland.