Cliff Walk, Ballybunion

Looking down on the Nuns’ Beach, Ballybunion

Last time I was on the cliff walk there seemed to be some running repairs going on.





Look at this account of the granting of licences in 1938 with dancing ’til 6.00 a.m in one of the many dancehalls and they even had open air dancing too. And they got a booze licence for a dance in a “Temperance Hall” in Dromolought!

Good times!

Kerry News Monday, September 19, 1938

At the Listowel District Court on Saturday, before Mr .C. S. Kenny, B.L., D.J..

This being the Annual Licensing Sessions and there being- no objections all publicans certificates were renewed.


Renewals of Wholesale Beer Dealers’ Licences were granted to Michael Dowling, Market Street, Listowel; Elizabeth Galvin, William Street, do.; George Gleasure, The Square, do., and Maurice O’Brien, Castle Inch, do.

Amedee Crowley, William Street, Listowel, was granted a renewal of General and Game Dealer’s Licences.


Agnes Macaulay, publican. The Square, Listowel, was granted an occasional licence for the Race Course Bar on the occasion of the Listowel Race Meeting.


Patk. Coffey, Tralee, was granted a temporary licence to hold dances at “The Astor” Cinema, Listowel, on the three nights of the forthcoming Listowel Race Meeting. The hours fixed are from 11 P.m. to 6 a.m. on each day.


Patk. Sheahan, Kilmore, Ballyduff was granted a licence to hold open air dances in Listowel on the three days of the Listowel Races from 12 noon to 8 p.m.


The following were granted renewals of licences for dance halls: — Trevor Chute, proprietor of ” The Plaza,” Listowel. John Collins, in respect of Walsh’s Ballroom, Listowel. Michael Cronin, Secretary of the Lixnaw Coursing Club. Maurice Heffernan, owner of a hall situate at Shronebeirne, Duagh. John Curtin, in respect of a hall at Tourhane. Batt Joy, for the Bedford Hall. Timothy Kelly for a hall at Lisroe, Duagh. Timothy Langan in respect of the Lyons Memorial Hall, Duagh. Ml. Regan for the “Six Crosses” Hall. Michael Scannell, proprietor of Scannell’s Hall Listowel. Jerh. Whelan, In respect of a hall at Crotta. John Woulfe, for the Dromolought Temperance Hall.


Witch Hunt

Witch hunt is a term which is back in use thanks to Donald Trump. He sees every investigation of his activities as a witch hunt. According to my “fact” book witch-hunting is a much misunderstood term.

Witchfinding was a trade in the seventeenth century. The witch finders were a bit like bounty hunters, a legitimate branch of the law.

Here are a few facts;

Witches were not all women. Men were also accused of witchcraft.

For an allegation of witchcraft to stick, the accuser had to prove that the alleged witch had actually harmed them.

Witches were not burned alive at the stake or elsewhere. They were hanged. Sometimes the body of the already dead (from hanging) witch was burned but not in all cases.

There were no mobs baying for witches blood. Most ordinary people were superstitious and feared having anything to do with those suspected of witchcraft.

Seventy five per cent of all witch trials ended in acquittal.