Main Street in February 2024

An Old Poem

A Paddy Drury ditty remembered by Brigid O’Brien in San Francisco

Oh sweet Knockanure may the heavens still bless you
That dear little spot where the dead do resort
You can stand in her Abbey on a bright Autumn morning
And see the ships sailing to many a port
You can see Co. Clare and the fair town of Ennis
And the tide at Duneen as it do rise and fall
Travel the wide world over for a burying plantation
Knockanure Church you’re the pride of them all.

My Grandfather< Jack Casey of Lower Athea taught me that as a kid!


The Kildare branch of the family, Tony and Mary McKenna, went to see Sive. They enjoyed the show but they preferred more traditional John B. Keane versions.

More Success in the U.S. for a Young Listowel Lady

( Thank you Mary Ursula O’Rourke for alerting me to this story)

Irish Central, November 2023

Dr. Elizabeth Stack has accepted an offer to become the new Executive Director of the American Irish Historical Society (AIHS) in New York.

The AIHS announced the news on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday, November 21 and said that Stack will begin her new position on February 1.

Stack, a native of Listowel in Co Kerry who moved to New York in 2009, had been named to the interim board of directors.

was appointed the Executive Director at the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, New York in 2018.

Announcing her appointment at the time, the Museum said that Stack would be responsible for all aspects of the Museum’s operations.

Stack previously taught Irish American History and was an Associate Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham University, where she completed her Ph.D. She also has a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Relations in the 20th Century from University College Dublin.

When she was appointed as the Irish American Heritage Museum’s Executive Director just over five years ago, Stack said: “I have learned that because emigration is part of the Irish story, and immigration part of the American, there is a reciprocity that exists between both countries that exceeds familial ties or time of arrival. “

Visiting the Horses

Some of the EPA horses warm and cozy in their stables in Kanturk.

Mr. Jiggs, who is 24 years old prefers the outdoors, despite the wet underfoot conditions.

Chabal, Jiggsy’s best friend and constant companion pushed the 24 year old aside so he could be front and centre in the picture.

A Fact

A giraffe has exactly the same number of bones (seven) in his neck as a human. The giraffe’s bones are just longer.