The Arcade looking good in the sunshine last week


Mending Fences

From my vantage point at the rails I could see the damage a field of horses jumping over them can do to the hurdles.

Immediately the workforce are out with mallets repairing the fence.

Here it is, good as new and ready for the next onslaught.


Presentation Convent, Listowel

As I was passing by on foot to the races I dropped in to my old workplace and I took a few photos of the dear old convent. 

The Parents’ Committee has erected a plaque to the nuns and the great contribution they have made to education in North Kerry.

The secondary school grounds.

 Looking towards the convent chapel from the school grounds

 Presentation Convent Listowel in September 2019

The old convent chapel


Building in Greenville

This building is going up next door to the convent chapel.


Ardagh Chalice

The Sam Maguire Cup was based on the Ardagh Chalice 

The Ardagh Chalice is one of the greatest treasures of the early Irish Church. It is part of a hoard of objects found in the 19th century by a young man digging for potatoes near Ardagh, Co. Limerick. It was used for dispensing Eucharistic wine during the celebration of Mass. The form of the chalice recalls late Roman tableware, but the method of construction is Irish.

The Ardagh Chalice represents a high point in early medieval craftsmanship and can be compared in this regard to the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Paten.

See it on display at the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology


A Minute of Your Time

If you’d like to pre-order a signed copy, just drop me a line at The book is with the printers but as soon as I have it I will be mailing copies.

For Listowel people, the launch is planned for St. John’s Listowel on Saturday October 19 at 7.30


Culture Night 2019

I ran into Aimee and Sinead from Writers’ Week as they finalised their plans for Culture Night. I met them in Listowel Printing Works where they were meeting with Paul. He has a part in the Culture Night event too.