Only God can Make a Tree
Kay McDonnell took this photo
Sisterly love in a Poem
“Limerick poet Anne Mulcahy wrote the poem Sister in 2014. I have her permission to get it published. ” Mattie Lennon”
The story behind it is as follows;
A mutual friend of ours had a brother, David, with Down Syndrome. He was also non verbal. David spent 55 of his 57 years in an institution until his death in 2014. When he reached the terminal stage of his life that same institution clearly did not wish to have him remain in their care but rather wished him to enter an acute hospital setting. This issue needed to be robustly fought with the members of the institution to allow David to remain in his ‘ Home’. His sister, who had been his Guardian Angel for decades, was an able and willing advocate to defend his rights.
Sister was written from David’s perspective from beyond the grave.
Dear Sister, thank your noble heart, that fought my need to sleep,
In sheets that smelt and felt so familiar to me,
You spoke my words when my voice could not be found,
Through divided chaos you firmly stomped the ground,
Chin firm, teeth clinched, and no budge to make-
Steering the ship to higher ground!
Now, here, in this realm my tongue is loose and free,
And sings songs like Jingle Bells and happy melodies.
I cannot keep a pair of shoes, so worn are they from dancing.
And I laugh so much, I cry big tears, till my shirt oft needs changing.
Cold nights I read before I sleep, warm tales of hope and peace,
And all the while, I lay entwined, in my own familiar sheets!
Everything here is wonderful, both the company and the food,
And I’ve met many here that I once knew.
Pain does not exist here-only a great peace of vast magnitude.
Dear Sister, hold fast the times we had,
We both know the efforts you made, the gifts you brought, the prayers you said,
And when we meet, as sure we will, I’ll have a bed ready and made!
©Anne Mulcahy 2014.
Listowel in the Pandemic of 2020
Jumbo’s and O’Connell’s Decor are two very busy shops at this time.
McKenna’s has a one way system.
The pharmacy next door has lots of signs
You can see the table with the sanitiser for customers. A one way system is in operation.
Behan’s The Horseshoe is open for take away food.
Sad to see a Robert Moloney’s, a shop which always worked long hours, closed.
When I took my second walk downtown later Dominick was in town checking on his premises. Dominick Moloney is a tonic in a pandemic, always in good form and ready to pose for the camera.
Listowel Writers week Opening Night May 27 2020
I love Opening Night. i take up my position at the hotel door and photograph local people and visitors arriving in their finery for one of Listowel’s biggest nights. The atmosphere is electric, the music uplifting and everyone is in great high spirits.
Covid 19 meant that all of that was different in 2020. Opening night speeches and prize giving went online. RTE came to town and Joe Stack, whose usual role as sports reporter is in a bit of a lull, interviewed local people about the loss of the festival and its revenue. Lovely Listowel was on every news bulletin.
The scene at The Listowel Arms on May 27 2020
Billy Keane was being interviewed at the door of John B.’s
In The Square, RTE was interviewing Gabriel Fitzmaurice for TG4.
Out and About with Camera
I met my friends, Joan and P.J. Kenny in the Square on May 28 2020. They posed, at my request, on the Tidy Town seat.