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John L. Sullivan, Kanturk Fair and an old Pres. Staff Photo

Phot; Jim MacSweeney in Killarney National Park


Old Telephone Exchange in October 2021


From Shannonside Annual 1956

John L’s Irish connection was with Abbeydorney from where his parents emigrated to Boston.


Kanturk 1900

In these days of calls to reduce the national herd by 30%, I was amused to see this old picture of Strand Street in my native Kanturk on the mother and father of all fair days in 1900


A Nostalgic Poem from a Local Poet


Some Presentation Secondary School staff

Sometime in the 1970s or ’80s is my best guess.



Ballygologue Cross, Outdoor Dining in The Square and Orators and their Hearers


Old People and Old Ways


  1. Nathalie LEGER

    Hello Mary,
    Thanks so much for posting the Presentation staff photo. I have seen it before and I think it was taken in 1986. I joined them as a French language assistant for the 1988-1989 school term and had the pleasure to be on the staff photograph then.
    On this photo I clearly recognize Noreen McCarthy, Colette Daly, Mary O’Flaherty, Geraldine O’Connor, Kathleen Hayes, Tony Behan, Johnny Flaherty, Mrs Prendiville (I forgot her first name) … Such good memories !! Thank you for the time travel ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Bridget O Connor

      Hi Nathalie,
      Bridget O Connor here. Lovely to hear from you again after such a long time. I have a few photos of you when you visited us many years ago. You bring back many happy memories indeed. Are you on Messenger or WhatsApp. I could share them with you.

      • Nathalie LEGER

        Hello Bridget,
        I am delighted to read your message, Mary told me you were in touch.
        Despite all those years I have never forgotten Listowel and the people I met there. I do hope to come back one day !!
        Yes, I am on Messenger and Whatsapp, that would be great if we could chat again. I’m not very good with computers but I’m going to try and contact you.
        Enjoy a lovely Sunday.
        Best regards ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Nathalie LEGER

        Hi again Bridget,
        I have just sent you a friend request on Facebook so we can chat on Messenger. Don’t be afraid if you see the weird name with Listowel in it, that’s me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Anne Donegan

    Love your poem Margaret, miss you reading it!
    Hopefully we will all be back soon at the Wed night writing sessions.

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