“Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.”

A MacMonagle photographer captured the moment when Dr Crokes captain, Johnny Buckley ( who has a Listowel mother) commisserates with Kenmare’s Patrick Clifford who was taken off injured in the County Final on Sunday Oct 16 2016.


Down Memory Lane on Facebook

I see a few faces I know here so maybe we’ll have a bit of luck with the names and the year.


The Road from Abbeyfeale

THE ROAD FROM ABBEYFEALE:  Abbeyfeale was a vital hub in the early

part of the nineteenth century in the national network of horse drawn

transport.  On November 4, 1836 Mr. Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator,

had the services of a driver and four horses on a journey from

Abbeyfeale to Newcastle West.  The four horses were named Jack, Major,

Nancy and Grey.  O’Connell paid one pound and eight shillings for this

service.  His driver was paid seven shillings.  This information is

gleaned from the books of accounts of Leahy’s Inn and Livery Station

located at the Square in Abbeyfeale at that time.  An original copy of

the accounts for the years 1834 to 1842 is the source material which

Dr. Pat Wallace will draw on for his lecture entitled “The Road from

Abbeyfeale” which he will deliver to Rathkeale & District Historical

Society this Friday evening October 21.  The lecture will examine all

the horse drawn traffic through Abbeyfeale in the years 1834 to 1842.

It will also tell of the guests, carriages, drivers and horses as well

as details of the cost of stay and other matters.   Dr. Wallace is the

former Director of the National Museum of Ireland and was the chief

archaeologist with overall responsibility for the Viking Dublin

excavations at Wood Quay and Fishamble Street in 1974.  You, your

family and friends are welcome to attend this free lecture in the Arts

Centre at the Carnegie Library in the Rathkeale area offices of

Limerick City and County Council. Starting time is 8.30pm.  The Arts

Centre can be reached by lift and by stairs.


Nana’s and Aisling’s First Camogie Match

(Aisling playing, Nana supporting)

On a misty moist Saturday morning I gathered with all the other parents and grandparents to watch my first game of camogie.

There is a lovely little ritual at the end of the game where they all line up and everyone shakes hands with everyone, your teammates as well as the opposition.


Humans of Listowel

I met former classmates, Betty Heathy and Miriam Kiely last week.