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Coffee, The Man’s Shop and Some People I met in the Park

Wake up and Smell the Coffee

 There I was bowling along, listening to Pat Kenny and Prof. Luke O’Neill on Thursday May 6 2021, when Pat told us that studies had discovered that people who had lost their sense of smell due to Covid 19 had it restored by smelling Turkish coffee. They also told us that your sense of taste is very closely bound up with your sense of smell so if you have lost both due to Covid it’s worth a try at restoring them by smelling the coffee.


The Mans Shop

Ned O’Sullivan shared this photo of his family shop William Street. It was taken in 1963.


Out and About with Camera

It was lovely to run into friends I haven’t seen in ages.  We are all missing the attentions of professional hairdressers.


Jim and Liz Dunn were making a rare foray into Listowel. I was pleased to note that they are in good spirits, part vaccinated and looking forward to resuming their very busy lives.

Seán Treacy was sporting an impressive head of curls.


Lovely New Coffee (and lots more) Shop in Ballybunion

They even have a little creche for your dog while you are indoors.


*Look out for News of a moving house nature tomorrow*


Things we used to do and a Story of a Lixnaw Robin Hood


Tralee Town Park in May 2021 and Handball Memories Sought

1 Comment

  1. Marsi Mangan

    Thank you so much for writing this blog for so many years, Mary. I was afraid while reading your email tonight that you were announcing that you’d decided to retire it. So relieved that’s not the case. My paternal great-grandparents were both born and bred in Tarbert and emigrated to Colorado in the early 1900s. I visited Tarbert for the first time a few months before the pandemic hit (and am I ever glad I did), and went into Listowel every day for dinner at the Horseshoe, books at Wolfe’s, and custom jewelry pieces at Aidi’s. It was because of your blog that I discovered Teampall Bán. Your new posts arrive in my inbox around 9pm Seattle time, right as I’m settling in to read for a bit before tuck-in time, and it’s always such a nice ending to my day. Brings back so many wonderful memories of “home,” and I’m so glad you’re out there doing your thing!

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