Róisín taking a photograph in the wildflower garden in Ballincollig Regional Park.
Bunclody, Co Wexford
“Oh, were I at the Moss House where the birds do increase
At the foot of Mount Leinster or some silent place
By the streams of Bunclody where all pleasures do meet
And all I would ask is one kiss from you sweet.”
The streams of Bunclody actually flow down the middle of the street. Cliona and I had a lovely trip to this beautiful picturesque village.
They still have working phoneboxes.
Who fears to speak of ’98? They still remember their history in this fair town.
I took the below photos in the lovely church which is at the heart of the town.
The church interior was cool and airy on a very warm Sunday. It is beautifully appointed in the modern style.
The Stations of the Cross
The adoration chapel
Our Lady’s Altar
This crucifixion window is rather unusual in it’s depiction of the Good Friday
This is the view from the church door
Today’s Fun Fact
from The Second Book of General Ignorance
Vision is by far the most important of the human senses. 30% of our brain’s activity is used up processing visual information. Smell, the directional aid used by most mammals, accounts for only 1%. Birds, however, are as visually dependant as we are. But birds have one huge navigational advantage over us. It’s called ‘magnetoception’ i.e. the ability to plug in to the Earth’s magnetic field. We may once have had this gift too but we’ve lost the ability to use it.
The Lartigue Monorail Museum
Every Listowel person should take a trip on The Lartigue. I loved my trip last week and I learned so much Listowel history.
The whole station was looking in tip top condition with colourful flowers everywhere.
These were three of our volunteer rail workers on the Wednesday we visited.
It was a busy day on the train.
We all got a chance to climb into the driver’s section and we got to toot the horn. Our driver, Michael Guerin, offered to take everyone’s photo .
There is a saying that has survived from the days when the original Lartigue travelled between Listowel and Ballybunion. When the train reached a bit of a hill, first class passengers were asked to get out and walk and third class passengers were asked to get out and push. In the case of the replica Lartigue in August 2019 it was the volunteer workers who had to get out and push. And there is quite a bit of pushing involved as there is a complicated system of to-ing and fro-ing at turntables to get the locomotive facing in the other direction.
Kerry County Council has installed these lovely new maps by local artist. Amy Sheehy.
The weather was not so kind to Revival on the Saturday night but the concert goers didn’t mind a bit. The Coronas, Delerentos, Thanks Brother and Hermitage Green lifted the clouds over The Square and everyone had a ball.
Early Sunday morning in The Square and everything nearly back to normal.
William Street, Sunday morning Aug 11 2019
Meanwhile in Killorglin
Puck Fair is in full swing.
Photos by Chris Grayson