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Annual M.S. Busking Day.

I know first hand the good work that is done by the North Kerry branch of MSIreland.

Every year, Jimmy Hannon rounds up some musician friends and they give a day busking in the Small Square to raise much needed funds. The hard working volunteers coax as much money as they can from passing motorists and pedestrians.

On Friday, the sun shone and the warm weather brought a crowd to town so the streets were busy and there was much passing traffic. Everyone of the MS people felt a shiver of loneliness. The day was just not the same without Mary Doyle. This time last year she was fussing about, organizing and making sure that everyone was looked after. I hope you have a bed in Heaven, Mary. Thank you for arranging the fine day for us.

Here are some snapshots of the day:

Bridie O’Rourke and Batt O’Keeffe on the island in The Small Square.

No one was left out.


On Friday also a crowd had gathered in the boys’ national school for the official opening of the new special unit there.


Betty McGrath had just taken delivery of her new chapeau. Her sister made this hat especially for Betty to wear on Ladies’ Day. Would we not all love a sister like that.

Jerry Sheehy was passing so I asked him to pose with Betty, since I know his brothers will be checking in here.


Memorial Day and Writers’ Week


Fine Gael, JK Sports, mass goers and Jowika

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    great to see brother jerry.He was in new york just a few weeks ago at my sons wedding and for my 1st.grandson by my other son.So it was a great few weeks.Thanks Mary for the lovely pictures.No better place when you get the fine weather.Waiting for Jerry to send me the tape of louie carrollsRIP. songs.looking forward to listning to them.

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