Ground cover in Gurtinard Wood in March 2024

Danny O’Connor has been in touch, to alert us to the need for early booking for this one. Tickets are selling out fast.

The Patrick Pearse Motel Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 7th April at 8pm

The Lartigue Theatre Company are delighted to present Hugh Leonard’s hilarious comedy caper directed by Denis Mahony.

When her husband Dermod is away in Cork with his business partner Fintan, Grainne seizes the opportunity to spend the night with an ex-flame, who is now a TV personality. However everything doesn’t go quite according to plan !!

The Cast includes Laura Shine Gumbo, John Healy, Joanne Prendeville, Mike Moriarty, Con Kirby, Lucille O’Sullivan, Robert Bunyan and Aisling Griffin.

Tickets are €15 and are available from St. John’s Box Office on 068 22566 or

A Poem

Above is the anthology. Below is the poem. Many of you will remember this poem in Irish from your schooldays. it celebrates the imagination of a child, in sharp contrast to her Daddy’s “blindness”.

Working Dog

If you encounter this cute puppy in the local shops, don’t be tempted to pat him or otherwise interact with him. He is working and needs to concentrate on his job as he still at the learning phase

A Memory

My friend, Alice, was in Dingle and spotted this sign. Fitzpatrick’s of Kanturk once had three grocery shops in town. They had a bakery and an ice cream plant as well.

Fitzpatrick’s used to sell broken choc ices to the local children. You could buy a bag for 6d. If you were lucky you might get more choc than ice.

Happy days!

Idioms of Yesteryear

Internet survey statistics

50 Phrases Going Out Of Fashion

(% shows how many have never used the phrase)

1. Pearls before swine 78% 

2. Nail your colours to the mast 71%

3. Colder than a witch’s tit 71%

4. Pip pip 70%

5. Know your onions 68%

6. A nod is as good as a wink 66%

7. A stitch in time saves nine 64%

8. Ready for the knackers yard 62%

9. I’ve dropped a clanger 60%

10. A fly in the ointment 59%

11. Keen as mustard 58%

12. A flash in the pan 57%

13. Tickety boo 57%

14. A load of codswallop 56%

15. A curtain twitcher 56%

16. Knickers in a twist 56%

17. Dead as a doornail 55%

18. A dog’s dinner 55%

19. It’s chock a block 55%

20. Storm in a teacup 55%

21. Could not organise a p*** up in a brewery 54%

22. Not enough room to swing a cat 54%

23. Flogging a dead horse 54%

24. Toe the line 54%

25. Popped her clogs 54%

26. Drop them a line 53%

27. Steal my thunder 53%

28. A few sandwiches short of a picnic 53%

29. A legend in one’s own lifetime 52%

30. Be there or be square 52%

31. Fell off the back of a lorry 52%

32. A bodge job 52%

33. Eat humble pie 52%

34. Having a chinwag 52%

35. Put a sock in it 52%

36. Mad as a Hatter 51%

37. Spend a penny 51%

38. Cool as a cucumber 51%

39. It’s gone pear shaped 51%

40. It cost a bomb 51%

41. Raining cats and dogs 51%

42. See a man about a dog 51%

43. It takes the biscuit 50%

44. He’s a good egg 50%

45. Snug as a bug in a rug 49%

46. Chuffed to bits 49%

47. Have a gander 49%

48. Selling like hot cakes 49%

49. Pardon my French 48%

50. A Turn up for the books 45%

A Fact

Most of us have two Christian names. A U.S survey found that 43% of middle names honour someone in the family. Only 27% of first names do.