Beautiful Ballybunion

Another beautiful Ballybunion sunset by Mike Enright


Old post boxes

I have a fascination with old post boxes. I photographed this one in East Ferry recently. It dates from the reign of Queen Victoria. There is another Victorian one in Macroom. I spotted it one day while stuck in traffic.

Why do I mention this now?

I recently read in tourist literature for Guernsey that that island’s St. Peter Port claims to have the oldest postbox still in use in the British Isles. Their one is on Union Street and it was put in place in 1853.

Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1838. Could we be about to burst Guernsey’s bubble? How do we find out?


Then and Now

Veterinary Centre, The Square

Cheryl’s Vintage Shop

Halo on Church St.


Josie Enright, renowned Irish dancer from Moyvane


London Irish

The London Irish Centre recently added these photos to its website. The people in the photos are not identified but I’m sure the scenes will be familiar to many of my older readers.

The rooms were fairly cell like.

It must be Sunday, judging by the suit and tie.

Christmas Social


Earth to Echo and a random act of kindness

When my grandchildren are on holiday with me, one of our preferred rainy day outings is to the cinema. This time we went to see Earth to Echo in the intimate Screen 3 at Listowel Classic Cinema. The film, reminiscent of E.T. was actually quite good.

As we made our way to the cinema along the John B. Keane Road we met Billy Keane out walking. Billy put his hand in his pocket and stood to the two boys in memory of their grandfather, Jim Cogan, whom Billy always acknowledges as having contributed to his education. Such random acts of generosity are more rare nowadays and the boys told me that they only ever experience this type of  spontaneous generosity in Kerry. Some traditions are worth keeping. Standing to children is one of them.


Daniel O’Donnell and Dolores Keane in the INEC recently  (photo Facebook)