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Entrance to Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail from Dowd’s Road
The Square is Changing
Listowel Town Square in 2016
Before that, this old phone box used to sit in the corner of the Square.
Listowel Town Square in October 2021
The new defibrillator box occupies the site of the old phone box.
Here are the locations and times of availability of other public defrillators in town
A Poem recalling the Children of Lir
Fionnuala was the eldest of Lir’s children and the mother substitute who looked after her brothers as they wintered on frozen waters. The poet invokes her as she leaves her loved one in the charge of another Fionnuala.
The story of famous local raparee from Shannonside Annual 1956
A Poem about ducks by a poet called Catherine Gander
A Literary Treasure returns to Listowel
The above picture by Tom Fitzgerald illustrates a great story in the Irish Examiner, October 4 2021
The man in the front in blue was clearing out an old house in Cork when he came upon the original script of John B’s Sive signed by the author.
Karl Harding is a keen John B. Keane aficionado. He and his wife Mar determined that Kerry Writers Museum was the proper place for this treasure. They are pictured above with Cara Trant and members of the Keane family at the hand over.
October Horse Fair 2021
Smaller than usual but a welcome return to near normal, the horse fair returned to Market Street yesterday. There were goats, donkeys, ponies and miniature horse breeds but very few horses.
Elizabeth Carroll (Liz Chute) remembers Bryan MacMahon and his influence. The story is told in Liz’s screenshots from her Instagram feed.
That Naas Sculpture
Helen O’Connor and Dave O’Sullivan filled me in on this one.
Artist: By Alex Pentek
Location: Siren is located on the green adjacent to Naas Fire Station on the Newbridge Road.
History of the project: Over the last number of years, Athy and Naas have both opened purpose built fire stations. A refurbishment of the fire station in Monasterevin has also taken place. As part of the building programme, Kildare County Council engaged three Irish artists to further enhance each building by means of commissioning art works, through the Per Cent for Art Scheme. The Fire Officer, Michael Fitzsimons and County Arts Officer Lucina Russell considered the physical building and their particular location when designing a brief for the commissions.
Artist statement: The sculpture shows how I think the sound of the fire alarm would look if it were not a sound but an object. As the sound of a fire alarm broadcasts the message that the help of the Naas Fire Service is required, it is not a soothing sound, but a loud and shrill noise that forces anyone who hears it to consider their own personal safety for a moment. As the traditional fire-bell has been replaced with the wailing cry of the air horn, the form of the proposed sculpture comprises of a series of fluted horns, pointing outwards in all directions as if to make sure that everyone gets the message.
About the artist: Alex Pentek is a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork and currently works from a studio at Monard, Rathpeacon, Co. Cork.
With the style of the work ranging from abstract to figurative, he have worked predominantly on large-scale public art sculpture commissions for outdoor locations using durable materials. Some of this work includes two life-size female figures from cast marble sand in Tralee, Co. Kerry; three giant leaves in cast bronze in Clonakilty, Co. Cork; and four giant seeds from carved oak in Tower, Co. Cork, to name but a few. During this time he has also carried out several smaller scale, private commissions for both indoor and outdoor settings.
While continuously exploring aspects of Nature in a variety of materials ranging from sheet metals, cast bronze, ceramic, carved wood and cement, he also enjoys the challenge of new materials.