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Summer in Listowel, Street Performers in Cork and Cain’s of the Bridewell is changing


Poor Women…..again!

This is an ad for a 1940s self help book for women.


Harvest Knots   

This photo is from the National Museum of Ireland.  These  are harvest knots which were given to a loved one as a token of affection the days before Hallmark.


Listowel in Summer 2017


Street Spectacular in Cork, July 2017

On a glorious summer Sunday I attended the street performers spectacular show in Fitzgerald’s Park.  It was  a feast of breathtaking stunts and entertainment.

This man juggled chainsaws and swallowed a sword.

This lady is an escapologist. She escaped from the straight jacket quick smart

I was there with one of my Cork families.

This is the fantastic Mr. Fish juggling knives while balancing on a unicycle. For his finale he flipped a goldfish (plastic) into a bowl on top of his head.

There was breakdancing, juggling galore, comediens, side shows and huge crowds.


Some Old People still call it Cain’s of the Bridewell

Since I’ve been in town it’s been Crowley’s sweet shop, Hobson’s, The Advertiser, The Gold Corner and now it’s to be Doran’s Pharmacy.


Old schoolbooks and a poem to make you smile


Cricket, Corran Tuathail, Googling Listowel and The Sydney Rose

1 Comment

  1. Gerry

    I am afraid that is not the corner known as Cain's of the Bridewell. Cain's corner is next to the Garda barracks in the town leading around to Colbert Street.

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