In The Garden of Europe

A lone daffodil at the John B. Keane memorial


Saving Money in 1938

Kerryman Saturday, 05 November, 1938; Page: 26


In Eire, since 1923, approximately
171 million Savings Certificates, cash value £13.5 millions, have been
purchased. There are just 4,000 co-operative Savings’ Associations at work in
the country in schools, Boy Scout and Girl Guide Troops, places of employment,
and in various religious and social groups. These Associations are operated by
over 7,000 voluntary workers, the majority of whom are members of the Irish
National Teachers’ Organisation. In the Post Office Savings Bank, at the 31st
Dec, 1937, there was approximately a sum of £8.5 million standing to the credit
of 325,500 depositors.


Beautiful Ballybunion Easter 2016

I took these photographs on the Cliff Walk. As you can see from the last photograph, the path is succumbing to erosion and in some places the protective barrier is slowly falling away.


Dan Keane’s Placenames 

Placenames meanings from Dan Keane’s Logainmneacha

Clieveragh: Cliabhrach; A framework of ribs. A cliabhrach is the wicker frame of a basket or a boat. In older times if there was a pot hole or soft spot in a passageway, people would place a cliabhrach over it and they would cover it with rushes.

(Maybe there is an idea here for today’s potholed roads of Listowel.

Clounmacon: Cluain Meacan. The meadow of the root or tuber. Meacan bán meaning white tuber is the Irish for parsnip. There is a field close to Dowd’s Road where parsnips were grown during the Famine. This field was known as Clounmacon

Clountubrid:The meadow of the well

Coolaclarig: The corner of the wooden bridge. The wooden bridge referred to spans the river Galey.

Coolagown: Cúl an Ghabhann, the corner of the smith, (probably a blacksmith.)