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After the Races

Courthouse Road Sept 2023


The Kerry Piper

My friend, Margaret came across this when she was looking for something else. Has anyone any idea who this Kerry Piper is?


Listowel Races 2023

The weather was not the best for this year’s race week and I’m afraid I’m a fair weather race goer. I only made it to The Island on one day, Friday, Ladies Day.

My three children, Clíona, Anne and Bobby at Friday’s Races.

All of my grandchildren had school, except Aoife who is only 2. She was enjoying her first Harvest Festival of racing.

Clíona and Aoife posed for me outside the box where Clíona sold racecards many moons ago.


Murals, New and Old

My visitors beside the newest mural and the oldest


A Sobering Fact

The period 1347 to 1351 was a dreadful time in Europe. The pandemic known as The Black Death killed one third of the population. Physicians at the time had no clue what caused the pandemic but they recognised that it was highly contagious. To protect themselves against the disease they wore an elaborate beaked headpiece. This protective mask had a large beaklike container which sat between their mouths and their noses. The “beak” was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds. It’s purpose was to counteract the stench of putrid flesh from the dead and dying plague victims, whom they were helpless to cure.

Folklore has it that this is the origin of the title quack as applied to a doctor.



A Trip to Ballincollig


Ballybunion and Other Places


  1. Joe Cahill

    I read it (“The Kerry Piper”) as just the name of a book of poems by M. J. Reidy (Maurice). Probably not a particular person. You can read about Reidy at
    Reidy was interested in horse racing.
    Most references I find for “the Kerry Piper” are about a thoroughbred horse, or pubs of that name.

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