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Ballylongford Tree, Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine 2019, The Wren and More Mike’s Murals in Tralee

Ballylongford Christmas Tree 2019

 Photo: Ballylongford Snaps.

The lighting up of their Christmas tree is a big occasion in Bally. They had a lovely evening for it on Saturday last.


Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine

This gorgeous photos from Hegarty’s shop is the cover image for this year’s eagerly awaited journal.

Some of the capacity crowd in Tomáisín’s for the launch

Prizes were awarded for creative writing and photography. John McGrath won the poetry prize.

The committe couldn’t wait to get a look .

Marion Walsh of the Dublin Kerry Association did the honours as official launcher of the yearbook.

I took these photos from Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine’s Facebook page. There are lots more there too.


A Video Gem

This lovely old video dates from 1963 and it features a young Bryan MacMahon giving an interview to TG4 about the origins of “The Wran” at a Wrenboy Festival in Newcastlewest in 1963

Bryan MacMahon on the Wren tradition and the bodhrán


His Best Yet?

The very talented Mike O’Donnell continues to intrigue Tralee people with his murals. I took the photos from Mike’s own Twitter feed.

Because it’s Kerry, there has to be a football tribute. What better subject that that Kerry legend, Mikey Sheehy.


Christmas is a Time to Remember

Ribbons are on sale in St. John’s and many local shops.


Thady Kelleher, Kanturk’s Old Court, A poem


New Kerry Jersey, Gap of Dunloe and a Teacher Contract in 1923 and Christmas Parking

1 Comment

  1. Unknown

    What is the name of the young lady on the cover of the 35th edition she resembles two of my family members and was wondering if there's a relation,
    Thank you
    Joanne Reid

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