Looking down Courthouse Road from the library in March 2024

The Marvellous Facility that is the Public Library

If you haven’t been to the library in ages, don’t leave it any longer. Go today.

Once you have joined and got your membership number a whole world of free entertainment is open to you.

You can download a few apps to your computer, tablet or phone and the library is in your home.

On Borrowbox you can read or listen to any one of thousands of books available free.

On PressReader, you can read newspapers from all over the world. There are magazines catering for every kind of interest there and even comics…all free.

Libby has loads of magazines.

If you prefer to read an actual book or newspaper, these are also available in the library. There are computers, printing facilities, reference books and the marvellous Swap Box where you could pick up a book to take home and keep or where you could donate books you are finished with.

I forgot to mention the free wifi and the friendly helpful staff. The local library is one of my favourite places in Listowel.


From Stephen Twohig

There are many phrases and expressions that are both colourful and unique to us. As time goes by I suppose you will hear them less and I am sure they would be circled in red on your English essay, but so be it. They are just another linguistic and oral tradition we must remember and not forget. 

           If ever there were a people for sayings, proverbs and blessings then it is the Irish. There is hardly a house of someone of Irish origin that hasn’t got some Irish Blessing or other hanging on the wall. Our blessings I suppose are only a match for our curses, but that’s another story. Again the blessings and sayings come from very simple rural origins, natural but perfectly matching the metaphor of their intent. There are, as you would expect proverbs in lrish and those translated into English. It seems that there is a proverb for any topic on life. As many as old wives tales. Or I suppose as stories by the fire. The number and variety indicative of a past richness in spoken and conversational wit and banter. Let’s first look at some of my favourite sayings in lrish. These old sayings are referred to as “seanfhocail'” or old words or wisdom. The one over my own fireplace is a good one: “Nil aon tintean mar do thintean fein”, There’s no hearth like your own hearth.

 Everyone has heard in school “‘Aithníonn ciaróg,ciaróg eile”, or every cockroach recognises another. The following is a list of my favourites. 

“Má tá tu ag lorg cara gan locht  beidh tú gan cara go deo”. (If you are looking for a friend without fault you will be without a friend forever.)

“Trí ní is deacair a thuiscint; intleacht na mban, obair na mbeach, teacht agus imeacht na taoide. (Three things hardest to understand; the mind of women, the work of bees and the comings and goings of tides. At least the tides are predictable! Ouch!!)

 Giorraíonn beirt bothar. (Two shorten the road.)  

“Obair gan chríoch, obair bean tí. (Work without end is housewives work) No comment !

“ Is fearr glas ná amhras. (A lock is better than suspicion.) 

“Nil aon leigheas ar an ngrá ach pósadh. The only cure for love is marriage.

 And the emigrant’s proverb; ”Bíonn súil le muir ach ni bhíonn súil ón uaigh”. (There’s hope from the ocean but not from the grave.) 

“Is maith an scáthan súil charad.” (A friend’s eye is a good mirror.)

 And lastly; “An áit a bhfuil do chroí is ann a thabharfas do chosa thú”.

(Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.) 

My family climbed a Mountain

Killarney held a great festival, Wander Wild, last weekend. There were all kinds of outdoor activities on offer.

Bobby and Killian opted to climb Carrantuohill.

Sunday, March 24 2024, was one of the wettest, dirtiest, foggiest, coldest days so far this year (or any year !)

Drenched to the skin (literally) and frozen to the bone, they soldiered on, encouraged all the way by their lovely guides.

Finally they reached the summit. They could see nothing through the dense fog. They could barely stand on the top, battling against an Arctic wind. But they were glad they did it.

Micro Mosaics

Some beautiful pieces in Olive Stack’s window.

Remember tonight’s the night for the reception and exhibition at the gallery. The event starts at 5.00p.m.

A Fact

Apart from the fact that it is smaller, the biggest difference between the brain of an ape and the brain of a human is that the ape’s brain is symmetrical.

Our brains have evolved into an asymmetrical shape as we have assigned different skills to different areas of the brain.