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A Christmas wreath, some shop windows and Colourful Spirits exhibition

A Kerry Donkey: Chris Grayson


Cured, you say? Caused, more like!

Photo from Facebook


Some Christmas windows


 Tae Lane


A Christmas Wreath

My lovely daughter in law, Carine, treated me to a wreath making workshop in The White Horse in Ballincollig. Even if I say so myself, we made some lovely creations.

My Christmas wreath 2019


John Paul 2 Cemetery

I put my Christmas wreath on Jim’s grave. The cemetery was looking lonely in the winter sunshine.

The burial ground is expanding rapidly with a whole new section opened up recently.


Colourful Spirits Exhibition in St. John’s

I took the following photo s at the opening evening but the pictures will be there for the month. I’m delighted with my purchase. I’ll leave it hang for a few more weeks but I’ll have it in my home for Christmas.

Viveca Amato’s Santa greeted us at the door.

I think most of the Spirits who were exhibiting are in one or other of these photos. The group does have a few more members but their work is not in this show. The paintings are lovely. Well worth a visit. These artists do commissions as well so if you like someone’s work you could talk to them about doing something more special to you.

This mixed media picture is very eye catching.

This is me with my painting and the artist who painted it. Máire did a bad job on the photograph. I’ll have to take it again when I get it home.

Máire bought Jim Dunn’s Mad Hatter.   ‘nough said!

NKM Leaves Listowel, Account of an Old School in Derrindaffe and North Kerry MS Fundraiser

Photo: Chris Grayson


Two Gentlemen

The late Jim Cogan and the late Dan Browne stop for a chat on a summer morning in 2004.

May the sod lie gently on both their souls.


Maurice Mul in Ballybunion

Poster thanks; Liam OHainnín


Listowel’s First Strike


An Old School 

(In the Dúchas Folklore collection )

Mrs Quill of Derridaff told this story to an unnamed schoolgirl. 

There was a school in Meenganare. It was a low thatched building with only one very small window.The floor was earth and in Winter, when the roof leaked, the children’s feet were mired in muck.  Seating for the pupils was a plank of wood resting on two blocks of wood.

It was a one teacher school. The teacher was a Mr. Purcell, a native of Cork. He taught there from 1844 to 1879. Mr. Purcell lived in lodgings near the school and he was paid every Friday.

Both pupils and teacher spoke only Irish. The only subjects that were taught were Irish and English. The teacher wrote on a large stone flag which rested against the wall and the children wrote on slates.


M.S. North Kerry Fundraiser

On Saturday February16 2019, I spent a very pleasant morning in Tomáisín’s in Lisselton. My old friends in the North Kerry branch of MS Ireland were holding their annual Valentine’s coffee   morning.

The confectionery was mouthwatering, all made locally by volunteer bakers. The company was good and there were lovely raffle prizes. It was a very enjoyable event.

Here are some of my photos from the day.


Mystery Solved

I asked someone who knew. It’s a traffic counter according to Jimmy Moloney.

Craftshop na Méar, Convent Cross, The Irish Nillsons and a Stunning Ballybunion Sunset

Bog Cotton on Stack’s Mountain

Photo: Máire Logue


Craftshop na Méar is No More

This premises is soon to be a high end barbers’

Does it say something about us as a society that we are not prepared to spend our money on hand craft?  We will spend it willy nilly on titivating ourselves.


Convent Cross, June 12 2018

Convent Street.


A John Hannon Photograph

Brother and sister, Marie and Seamus Buckley of Upper William Street


The Swedish Connection

You may have seen this handsome couple around Listowel or in St. John’s and wondered why they love Listowel so much and keep returning.

That love goes back a long way. Here is the story as told by Bryan MacMahon of Ballyheigue.

Mike Nillson loves North Kerry and Irish history and literature so much that every year his family  sponsor a prize at Listowel Writers Week. The prize is awarded to the best work of Irish local heritage.


Thank God for the Weather and the Sunsets

This stunning photograph was taken by Ita Hannon from The Nuns’ Beach, Ballybunion on June 22 2018. Heaven’s Reflex!


Love’s Last Gift:  Remembrance

Photo by John Stack on Jim Cogan’s last birthday, two months before his death.

He is never far from my thoughts in the last five long short years.

Knockanure Vintage ,Mr. Kebab, photos from a drone and Mary John B. R.I.P.

Knockanure Vintage Run

Knockanure hosted an array of vintage cars, tractors and motor bikes last weekend. Elizabeth Brosnan was there with her camera. Look at her photos by clicking below;

Elizabeth Brosnan Knockanure


New Business in Church St.


Boys and their Toys

When I was out and about with my grandsons on Saturday last we ran into Brendan Landy of Landyphoto down by the river. He was trying out his new drone. Have you seen the beautiful aerial shots on his window lately? These were taken from the air by a drone. Brendan is a great fan of this type of photography and he made it all look easy.

His smart phone, connected to 4G, is mounted on a control, a bit like a game controller with an aerial and joysticks. From here Brendan steers the drone like a pilot.

This is the drone on the ground. It is amazingly small and light. It has propellers on each corner and a camera underneath. This camera, Brendan told me is better than any TV camera.

Brendan rose the drone into the air over the river. On his screen we could see the panorama that the camera had in its sights. It is about the size of a big bird and it is a little noisy.

We all looked up in awe as the drone hovered over The Feale.

My boys were fascinated.

Watch out for some spectacular photos of Listowel in Landyphoto window in the near future. They make a super present for anyone who likes to keep in touch with Listowel.


+ Mary Keane R.I.P. +

Another of the “old stock”  gone to her eternal reward.

 I took this photo in August 2005 when we ran into Mary Keane on Market Street. Her genial smiling presence will be missed from Listowel’s streets. May she rest in peace.

Two Years

Three months after his 65th birthday, Jim Cogan passed away on June 23 2013.

 Photo: Jim with his girls.

(Photo: John Stack)

Jim with his only son, Bobby.

A poem for the day that’s in it.

I Have Your Name    by Mary Dorcey

I have your name

And no use for it.

It will never call you home

I have all your names still;

Every one of them

On the tip of my tongue

I have to bite my lip

To keep from spilling them.

Useless now-

Nobody comes.

I have your name and no use
for it.

I have said it

Times without number,

Without thinking,

Not needing to think.

I have called it through the

Winter and summer

Early and late.

First thing in the morning

And last thing at night.


I have said it in rapture,

In anger,

In grief.

I have called it across

Bellowed into the wind,

Like a farmer calling home
the dogs

And had it blown back on my

I have murmured it so softly

No one heard but you.

I have your name and no use
for it

No matter where

I say it now:

How loudly

Or how often-

It will never

Call you home.

“The day Thou gavest, Lord, has ended,

The darkness falls at Thy behest.”

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