This week’s Friday’s Child is veteran campaigner, social and political activist, Eamonn Melaugh. In the 1960s he helped found the Derry Housing Action Committee(DHAC) and the Derry Unemployment Action Committee and then became involved with the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association .Eamonn has been a keen amateur photographer for many decades and his photos have provided an important social record of Derry and its people. More recently he founded and currently runs Action With Effect, a Derry-based charity which provides support for India’s destitute lepers, orphans, and street children.
How would you describe yourself?
No-one knows me as well as I know myself and the truth is I am extraordinarily ordinary.
Happiest childhood memory.
Going to Buncrana on the train complete with a smimming suit and two bread and jam sandwiches.
‘Life is forever’.
‘The Quiet Man’.
Favourite T V programme.
‘Last of the Summer Wine’.
“ It may never happen”.
What is your favourite method of relaxation?
Study of self; who am I?. What am I?. Why was I given life? What obligation if any does life place upon me? What will be the consequences for me if I reject the reason for life in a body of matter here on planet earth? Where and how will I spend eternity?
Favourite holiday destination.
I don’t do holidays, I go to the development world to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and engage in other humanitarian deeds.
Who would you most like to meet?
I would love to meet my great hero, that itinerant philosopher who meandered through Palestine 2,000 years ago. His greatest advice was: ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and everything else will be added to you.
What makes you happy?
Happiness lies in the concept we have of it. Happiness is a contented mind; the mind that is free of all malice, hate, envy, and material greed.
What makes you angry?
Anger is the mind used in its negative mode. What is required in all circumstances and in e very situation is to use intelligence, intelligently; this advice if accept and acted upon will, in time, deliver individual spiritual liberation.
What is the human quality you most admire?
Generous compassionate generosity to the destitute in the ‘third world’.
What is your greatest fear?
There is nothing to fear except fear itself; a distressed mind causes fear.
What was the high point of your life.?
Holding my first born child for the first time.
How would you like to be remembered?
I really don’t care if I’m remembered or not; I do not seek the approval of a confused society.
What is your most treasured possession:?
MIND; My mind to me a kingdom, a temple of love, truth, and sanctity.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
Pay off all the family mortgages and spent the rest on the destitute in the third world, 26,000 children die each and every day starved unto death from hunger.
If you were granted one wish what would you ask for?
The ability to eradicate all diseases of mind and body.
If you could write you own epitaph what would it be?
I struggled long and conscientiously to uncover the mysteries of life and found that I am, who I am, the child of infinite love.