Follow the yellow brick road…Glenlohane Co. Cork

The Voice of Horse Racing

Racecourse commentator Jerry Hannon from Listowel says his career as the voice of Irish horse racing started out as a party piece

“From an early age I was fascinated by horse-racing commentators and how the one voice at a race meeting could create such an atmosphere. I think that’s what whetted my appetite.

“At the time, there was a TV programme called Sports Stadium, which showed races from the previous week. I used to record those races using an old cassette tape and then I’d play them back and try to put my own voice to it. Michael O’Hehir’s famous 1967 commentary of Foinavon winning the Grand National at Aintree became my party piece.”

This opening paragraph is from a recent article in The Irish Independent

A Snooker Poem

I intend bringing you the poems, all sports related, that I found in the library on Poetry Day 2024. I’m starting with this one as it is topical when history has been made and three qualifiers dethroned the big boys and made their way to the last four at The World Snooker Championships. The dream faded in the final, however, and it was a seeded player, Kyren Wilson, who was crowned 2024 World Snooker Champion.

In Kanturk

My recent visit to Kanturk coincided with the official reopening of Twohigs after a big refurbishment.

The ribbon was cut by this lady, Kathleen O’Connell who has worked in Twohigs for 50 years.

I met old friends and had a great catch up.

Mary Lynch is a pal from my school days. Kieran OSullivan was giving out samples of the various salads made that morning in his family business, GOS Salads

Mickey and Minnie were there for the children.

The party went on for 3 days.

Maurice Walsh

A Fact

A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.