Sunset by Denis Carroll
Scoil Realt na Maidine 1988
Patrick Godfrey found this photo of his third class with Mrs. O’Sullivan
Successful Walk in Aid of Listowel Hospice on Good Friday 2018
Still Time to Get a ticket
“Reds Under the Beds” at Bord na Mona in 1956
This story comes from one of my new favourite blogs
In August 1956 Bord na Móna was involved in a bit of controversy over a two week visit to Ireland by a delegation of Soviet peat experts including the Minister for Peat Stations, Mr Alexei Bausin. The Soviet visit was in response to a trip by Bord na Móna officials to Russia earlier that year.
At the time Pope Pius XI warned that no assistance be given to Communism in any enterprise whatever and there was a certain amount of hysteria about the so called Red Menace. Because of that, various Catholic groups were against it and there were lots of letters to the papers denouncing the visit.
One of the main protests was the placing of a picket on our head office in Dublin by Firinne, a Dublin Catholic Action Group. The picket carried banners on some of which the slogans were: “Do Reds dominate the Bord?” “Bord na Móna Trademark – Hammer and Sickle” and “Bord Traitors to the Church of Silence.” Leaflets were also given out that asked “What Irish Catholic worthy of the name will not denounce the bureaucratic action of Bord na Móna in bringing to Ireland a delegation of Soviet experts on fuel?”
The visitors were informed that the picket was actually a welcoming committee.
In response Bord na Móna pointed out that the visit was a reciprocal one, Irish technicians had previously visited Russian peat installations and that the visiting Russians were engineers.
Overall the visit went well and the Russians were impressed with the technical expertise and machine improvements achieved by Bord na Móna since the Second World War. This led to many other visits between both countries over the years and ten years later a delegation of Soviet peat experts were brought to an All-Ireland Hurling Final and not a protestor in sight.
Listowel Connection to The Masters
There has been lots of notice given to the GAA jerseys at last weekend’s Masters Golf Tournament.
According to Aiden O’Connor the man in the Kerry Jersey watching the winner Patrick Reed sink his putt is Timmy Leahy from Ballygologue.
This photo of his television screen was taken by Gerard Leahy.