Wild Garlic and The Dandy Lodge, May 2024

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More Information on Soldier, E. J Keane

This is what we had last week;

Joined the 8th Battalion as a 2nd Lieutenant in France on the 27th of August 1916. Wounded at the Battle of Ginchy, on the Somme, 9th September 1916. We do not hear of him with the Munsters after this but a Lt. E.J. Keane was placed on the Royal Air Force ‘unemployed list’ in December 1919. His home address, on his medal index card, was ‘The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry.’

Thomas Buckley read this and he is able to tell us a bit more;

Hi Mary,

A connection that you may not be aware of!

E J Keane, Royal Munster Fusiliers, in photograph of issue 26 April 2024, was Edward a son of James Kane, 9 Courthouse Rd. Listowel, retired RIC.  James was working as fisheries inspector when executed for spying for the forces of occupation by the Listowel IRA on 14 June 1921. This was covered by your issue of 4 September 2019.

Reports at time give name as Keane not Kane, and date of execution as 14 June. See Bureau of Military History ref WS 1109

Just to clarify the Kane/ Keane referred to has no known relationship to other families in Kerry. James born in Leitrim, while serving in Cloughjordan, Tipperary, married Catherine Ryan of Silvermines, Tipperary.

Poems are made by fools like me

But only God can make a tree.”

Trees in Listowel Pitch and Putt Course.

The ruined Franciscan Abbey of Kilcrea is in Ovens, outside Ballincollig in Co. Cork

The Abbey was built in the 15th century. It was sacked several times but some of its beautiful architecture is still intact.

Kilcrea is a National Monument.

It is still used as a burial ground. The most famous grave is the grave of Art OLaoghaire whose widow wrote him the most famous caoineadh (lament) in Irish literature.

“Mo ghrá go daingean thú

Lá dá bhfaca thú

Ag ceann tí an mhargaidh….

Eibhln Dubh, widów of Art, was wracked with grief when his horse came home riderless, having left Art to die on the roadside. She composes a lament, revisiting her first sighting of him and the sacrifices she made in defiance of her father to marry him.

Northern Lights

On Friday, May 10 2024, all you needed was the naked eye to see the most spectacular light show ever over Ireland. The following photos were taken by local photographersand shared on social media. Some were taken, using only a phone. No need for filters.

Aisling Shannon was at home in Clare.

Ita Hannon in her beloved Beal

John Kelliher was in his back garden, where the Aurora Borea Allis illuminated his washing line and his shed.

Chris Scott was on top of Knockanore

Pixie O’Gorman captured the feeling of wonder we all felt.

These are just a small sample of the many, many great records of a phenomenal event in our little corner of God’s kingdom.

A Fact

George Washington’s false teeth were set in a wooden base. He used to soak it every night in port wine in order to preserve it.