Martin of Multyfarnham
"The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital."
- Mark Hyman
We met Martin in a restaurant that was next door to a rental we were staying in at the end of December. Being greeted and engaged with was a common occurrence during our travels in Ireland. Folks are genuinely welcoming and friendly here. Wherever you go, you are greeted with a kind hello, sometimes in passing, but often as the beginning of what becomes an interesting conversation that leaves you feeling you have connected with another person in a meaningful way.
Martin lives within walking distance of the restaurant and pub here. He sleeps in the same house, in the very bedroom, where he was born. Isn't that amazing? I'm not sure you would find that to be the case with many, if any, in the culture I was raised in. Americans move around a lot, especially in comparison with the culture here. In Ireland, people stay put, and they stay connected...to their families, their communities, and to the land. They travel, but Ireland is their home.
The folks who work in the restaurant know Martin well, along with all the other regulars. They are regulars because this is their community. They support one another, both personally and in business. The world could learn a lot from the way the Irish live their lives.
Mark Hyman (quoted above), is an American physician, scholar and New York Times best-selling author. He is the founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center and a columnist for the Huffington Post.