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Tag: Aoife MacMahon

Listowel Races, an Athea artist and Cork win the All Ireland Camogie Final

Monday, September 15 2014

Guess where I will be this afternoon ?

No prizes for guessing the answer.


I might win a prize because I have been chosen as one of the finalists in the Loving Listowel Races Photography Competition.  The winners will be announced at 4.30p.m. today by Mr. John Maguire, Chairman of Listowel Race Company.

Watch this space!


They did it!

The Cork Camogie team, helped by their Listowel born physiotherapist, Aoife MacMahon, were far and away the better team in yesterday’s All Ireland Final. They won by a comfortable margin in the end even though they got off to a shakey start and found themselves on the receiving end of a few licks from the Cats.

(photo: The Examiner)

Anna Geary, the Cork captain, was this year’s Cork entrant in The Rose of Tralee


A Brush with history

This is the writing on the paper bag containing the brush pictured below. My friend found it among her family treasures. The writer claims that the brush was purchased around 1863.

The brush is about 16 inches long. Any idea of its purpose?


Big Wheel in full swing


Athea mural coming along nicely

Snapped on the street in Athea, Co. Limerick last week; the artist, Jim Dunn at work on his forge mural. It is worth a trip to Athea just to marvel at the work of this extraordinarily talented artist.


Getting behind the team


A Listowel physio, Australia and WW1and Listowel Pitch and Putt

Listowel’s Physiotherapist to champions

This is Aoife MacMahon who has  just returned from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when she was volunteering as a physio in the boxing arena for the games. She is holding the medal won by Irish boxer, Michael Conlon.

Aoife with Paddy Barnes at the Commonwealth Games.

Aoife is also Physiotherapist to the very successful Cork Camogie team. They will play Kilkenny in the All Ireland Camogie Final on Sunday Sept 14 2014. Even though Aoife is based in Cork, her heart is always with Kerry so, between working and supporting, Aoife has had a very busy summer.


Australian Forces in WW1 ……a Listowel connection


Dublin City in the rare ould times

Dublin 1946


Headline Copy

If you are my age or older you will remember a pen with a nib, a bottle of ink and a headline copy. Joined up writing in those days was a tricky business and very hard to master. They have it soft nowadays.

“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

 I must have written this headline hundreds of times.


Because it contains all the letters of the alphabet and so was great practice for headline writing.


Pitch and Putt

I walked through the park last Sunday early in the morning and I couldn’t help but notice how the pitch and putt course looked in excellent shape. I think there must have been a competition on and the course was a credit to the hard work of the local committee.


Something for the weekend

A leisure cycle on Saturday
The Races on Sunday


For the class of ’94

For the ladies gathering for their class reunion this weekend here is a picture of one of your old teachers as you have never seen her.

Yes, she can milk a goat… one of her many hidden talents.

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