Kids bring new life hours after news of Jill's death
HOURS after word broke of the discovery of Jill Meagher's body in Australia, new life was planted in the soil where she walked to school in her native Termonfeckin.
As if divine inspiration itself had taken over, a special daffodil bulb planting morning had been organised for the field, overlooking her former family home.
Students from Scoil Naomh Feichin seemed oblivious to the significance of the moment, full of life and cheer and childhood excitement.
Teachers and community workers were much more aware of the day, some of those very teachers recalling a little Jill sitting in front of them in class.
One thousand bulbs have been planted there, in co-operation between the land owner, the Tidy Towns and TUS, the Louth Leader Partnership backed project.
Laurence Kavanagh admitted the moment brought mixed feelings.
A member of the TUS team with Peter Corcoran under supervisor Oliver Dowd, he said a lot of people still remembered Jill and the family.
'Everyone is shocked by it all. But today is about a bit of hope I suppose.'
The bulb planting ceremony had been organised in advance of the sad circumstances surrounding Jill's death, but was fittingly poignant.
' The children are our future and this project is part of the community. This was once a derelict site but we've brought life to it,' Thomas Maguire from the Tidy Towns stated.
'We wanted the children involved because they'll be the ones taking this on in the future,' he added.
Next spring, when the ice chill of a departing winter meets the winds of summer, the once derelict wasteland in Termonfeckin will bloom again in bright colours.
And some will sit back and remember the day they were planted. A day many will never, ever, forget.