Glorious Autumn

Trees in Listowel Pitch and Putt Course: October 2015


Ah, Here!

I know I promised no more frocks or hats from Ladies Day , but…..I just had to share the  photos I took inside the tent where the interviews were taking place. Brian Purcell was the M.C. and he was very capable in that role. Below he is interviewing the girl who went on to win in a new category this year; Best Dressed Young Racer.

Young was defined as “under 25” but the finalists were all teenagers.

 Another new category this year was Best Dressed Couple and this Cork pair won that.

In a lull in proceedings Brian Purcell invited Eilish Stack out to dance. All her Strictly training stood her in good stead. See for yourself  HERE

 Orla Diffley of Upfront was running the whole show.

Alison Canavan, one of the judges, took it in turn with Brian Purcell to interview the finalists.

To my surprise, this lady eventually won the prize for the most jazzy hat. Her sister made the headpiece and she also made the ones on the ladies pictured below. The one on the left is a lot more “jazzy” in my opinion, but who am I to judge?

Again I was wrong here. I thought this lady was the clear winner for the best dressed lady prize. She seemed to me to have nailed the perfect outfit.

These are the finalists. I turned round from photographing them and there beside me was one of the best dressed ladies on the racecourse…. in the audience.

The four finalists with Mr. McElligott, the sponsor. Bríd Hayes on the far right was declared the winner.


Another look inside Listowel Garden Centre’s Christmas Shop

Listowel Garden Centre have invested a huge amount in stocking and displaying this mammoth Christmas display. They deserve our support.


Out and About with Camera

In Allos I met cousins Josephine, Isla and Anne (all née Scully))

These two gentlemen were talking football outside Flavins, Mr. Maher and Christy Killeen.

Joan Carey was walking her dog on Church Street.


R.I.P. Garda Tony Golden, Family Man and Hero

This is a photograph of Blackrock Co. Louth yesterday, October 15 2015. The photographer, Niall Carroll, who took the photo at the request of the Golden family, asked us on Facebook to share it as a mark of respect to the tragic young father mercilessly gunned down as he did his duty.

The sight of a thin blue river of uniformed gardaí is a profoundly moving one. Even more moving is an account in today’s Irish Times by Miriam Lord of the state funeral of a family man. Lord describes the two Golden little girls, holding hands and clutching teddies as they try to comprehend the enormity of the occasion.

Garda Chief Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan summed up their loss. “It is achingly sad to realise that Tony and Nicola’s three beautiful little children will need help to remember the best of what has been taken away from them” 

You can read the full article HERE. It would move a stone to tears.