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Christmas 2020, North Kerry M.S 1991 and Boys Tennis 1987

A New Dawn

A new day dawns in Portmarnock and Éamon ÓMurchú was there to capture it.


A Season for PJS and Slippers

Christmas 2020 was a festive season like no other I remember. We were given a brief respite from lockdown and I was lucky to see my family. Those few short family days confirmed my determination to stay safe so that I can enjoy these precious times again.

Chinese Chequers with the girlies.

Scrabble is another favourite. To our shame, the only non native English speaker at the board was the winner.

If you like boardgames and you are looking for some new ones to play in lockdown, I’d recommend Rummicub. It’s suitable for all age groups. We love Dixit too. This is definitely one for lovers of cryptic clues.


Looking Back and Remembering 1991

Mary Robinson, President of Ireland came to town to open Listowel Writers Week ’91. On the morning after the official opening she met with representatives of local charitable organisations. I was there with the local branch of MS Ireland.

Left to Right: James Kenny, Bridie O’Rourke, Helen Moylan, Tom Kelly (Tom, very sadly, passed away on Christmas Day 2020. May he rest in peace.), Mary Robinson, Nuala Finnegan, Ursula O’Conor, Anne O’Connor, Mary Doyle R.I.P. and Mary Cogan


Listowel Tennis Club Winners of Boys Tournament 1987

Back: John Finnegan, Brian O’Shea, Tom Doyle, John MacAuliffe and Seamus Cronin

Front; Dessie O’Sullivan, Bobby Cogan, Mikey Whelan and Seán Quinlivan


A Precious Christmas Card


Signing off for 2020 with Oiche Nollag in song and verse


The Weather, Country Life in the 1950s and Donie O’Sullivan of Cahirciveen

1 Comment

  1. John F

    Hi Mary, great to see the old photos from days gone by. Thanks for the great memories, kind regards, John Finnegan.

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