Christmas card from Listowel’s Bryan MacMahon, illuminated by Listowel’s Michael O’Connor.
Noreen Keane- Brennan shared this photo of friends and neighbours in Sheahan’s of William Street at Christmas 1957.
A Kerry Christmas…a poem by the late Brendan Kennelly
A Listowel Bridge Champion
Earlier this week when I was writing about John Comyn’s 50 years writing the Bridge column in The Irish Independent, I included the observation that he thought that Pat Walshe of Listowel was the best player he had ever encountered in a long career playing Bridge at championship level.
But who was Pat Walshe?
Jim MacMahon has the answer.
“… Pat was the son of the late Dr Toddy Walshe and Siobhan, nee Ashe, a cousin of Thomas Ashe. Pat lived in Church Street (or Ashe street). I recall my late father Bryan saying to me one day when Pat was about 8 years old ,…..Do you see that young fellow, Toddy’s son, he has an unusual aptitude for maths…and so it proved to be.”
( What was in the water in Church Street? I wonder if any other street has produced so many exceptional scholars.)
Edwardian post box at Convent Cross. This box dates from the 1930’s. Many is the Christmas card started its journey here.
Craft Hub at Kerry Writers’ Museum
If you’re looking for a beautiful locally made Christmas present, drop into Kerry Writers’ Museum.
This is what I bought and I’m delighted with my haul. The beautiful intricately detailed bookmarks are made by Karen Pleass. They are absolutely beautiful and perfect for that air mail present for someone who loves the Irish countryside.
The hand made cards are a steal at €3.75 each. Maggie Donald makes these unique frameable cards from local plants. They are absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to buy the lot.
Everyone who knows me knows that I love Woodford Pottery. Pat Murphy has been very busy in lockdown. This new range is a new departure from his block colours. I bought a little jug, ideal for those of us who dine alone. And then because it was so sweet and I love a posy on the table I bought this lovely little vase.
Be sure to drop in before Christmas and support local artists.