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Tag: Alice in Wonderland

The Greenway

The Curragh; Photo; Éamon ÓMurchú


Another iteration in the restoration of this shop



The source


The Greenway

One entrance to the greenway is just off the Tim Kennelly roundabout.

In Cahirdown the walking and cycle paths are generously wide.

The cycling section ends at St. Michael’s.

The entrance to Páirc Mhic Shithigh is at the junction with Ballygologue Road so it was not possible to extend the widened path that far.


Alice in Wonderland Day

This quartet were participating recently in Cork’s Alice in Wonderland Day.


De Valera, an Israeli Forest and a Listowel Connection

Stephen Rynne is nothing if not diligent in his quest to track down samples of Michael O’Connor of Listowel’s beautiful artwork.

Here is his latest update.

Michael O’Connor on the far right of picture

Hand illustrated ‘Book of Honour’ presented to President de Valera on 5 
November 1965 to mark the planting in 1965, of a ‘Forest of Trees in his 
honour and in his name at ‘Kfar Kanna’ near the ancient town of Nazareth in 
Israel in recognition of his many years of devoted service in the cause of 
peace and freedom’. Includes quotation from Bunreacht na hÉireann and 
tributes to de Valera from Dr. Isaac Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Ireland, Dr. Robert Briscoe, former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Dr. Immanuel Jakobvits, Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, Mrs. Sarah Herzog, wife of the late Dr. Isaac Herzog, Chief Rabbi of Israel, and Arthur Newman P.C, list of names of members of the Irish Jewish community and the names of the Eamon de Valera Forest Committee. Lettered and illuminated by hand, using Celtic symbols and decorations from the Book of Kells. Parchment leaves.

Illumination and Calligraphy by M.A. O’Connor, Dublin and Design and Presentation by 
Maurice Fridberg. Album (31pp), in bespoke presentation box;


I’m Late, I’m Late,

Small Changes at McKenna’s Corner


Alice in Wonderland Centenary

This year 2015  marks 100 years since the publication of Alice in Wonderland and to mark the anniversary , The National Children’s Festival at Writers’ Week adopted an Alice theme at its festival this year.

Buí Bolg Mad Hatter’s Tea Party installation in the Town Park
Flamingos by Xistance

David Rawle and Will Collins at the tea party

Many of the local shopkeepers came on board with the theme and Listowel’s windows featured a March Hare and Mad Hatter theme for a few weeks.


Listowel Australian wedding in Spain

(photo; Facebook)

Dad and daughter, Paddy and Máire Guiney, formerly of Listowel. Máire now lives in Australia. She was married recently in Spain.


Always Remember

The first to apologize is the bravest.

The first to forgive is the strongest.

The first to forget is the happiest.

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