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Down Memory Lane

Daisies at the Dandy Lodge in No mow May 2024


Beautiful wisteria in blossom in Upper Church Street, Listowel.

Eamonn Dillon shared a wisteria story with us.

Every wisteria in Europe descended from this one on a brewery wall in West London.

This plant was given as a gift to a man called John Reeves by a Chinese man in whose garden he had admired it on a trip to China. Every wisteria you see can trace its DNA back to this one.

Happy Memories

I met the lovely smiling Nora Griffin, home from New York. It’s not today nor yesterday she sat in front of me in her brown uniform. She recognised me, even though clearly I have changed most. She is settled and happy in the U.S. now but she has never forgotten her roots or her old schoolfriends. She checks in with Listowel Connection too.

A Lost Skill

This beautiful piece of needlework is on display in the library in Charleville, Co Cork. It is the work of a lady called Bridget Clarkson and she stitched it in 1839. Bridget was a pupil at Mrs. O’Keeffe’s school for young ladies.

Imagine once upon a time, needlework was an essential skill for a young lady.

Beach Clean up

When you work for a large corporation it is now accepted that you will give at least one day back to the community every year.

This year, my daughter in law, Carine and her colleagues at Dell Renewal sales cleaned up Ballybranagan beach in Co. Cork.


A Fact

On May 20 1896, the chandelier of the Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris broke and its debris fell on a crowd? Several people were injured and there was one death.





Summer 2024

1 Comment

  1. Eleanor Belcher

    I love the picture of the wisteria Marr. We lived in Chiswick in West London and used to go to see that famous wisteria on the walls of the Fuller’s Brewery .

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