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Original Kerry, More from Writers Week 2013 & a Red Cross Social in the 1950s

Ballybunion Sea Angling took this photo looking out from a cave on The Nun’s beach. Is there anywhere on earth as lovely as Ballybunion? It is a geographer’s paradise. It must have every coastal feature there is.


This is Isobel Barrett of  Fairylawn Alpaca manning the desk at the lovely Original Kerry pop up shop. This shop operated in Tea Lane for the duration of Writers’ Week and as well as crafts for sale it held workshops and demonstrations daily. I bought one of the beautiful wooden pens you see in the foreground of my picture. These pens are made in Moyvane by an enterprising 18 year old,  Donnchadh O’Connor. My pen came in a gorgeous wooden box.

These are examples of Isobel’s handmade toys and scarves. She also makes beautiful bags. As well as knitting her own products, Isobel spins her own alpaca yarn.


Here are 2 more snaps I took at Amy Sheehy’s launch

Stacks, mother and daughter

Old friends, Mairead O’Sullivan and Grace O’Sullivan aka Mrs. Mairead and Mrs Grace.


This is master painter, Fred Chute passing on his craft to his nephew, Francis.

Under Fred’s watchful eye, the next generation of Chute painters is learning how to paint the unique plasterwork of Pat MacAulliffe.


A new feature of this year’s Writers’ Week was Mike O’Donnell’s live sketching of some of the participants.  Using skills honed while sketching criminals in The Four Courts, he captured the essence of people like Máire Mhac an tSaoi and Rebecca Miller.


I love Dermot Bolger even though he made me cry every night for a week when he read his poems of grieving for his wife on Book at Bedtime. He was described by Carlo Gebler who interviewed him at Writers’ Week as a very generous publisher and writer. He displayed that same generosity to me by inviting me to pose with him for my photograph for the blog. On Dermot’s right is committee member, Máire O’Connor.

Carlo Gebler in conversation with Dermot Bolger


Something old

This is one of the photos Maura McMahon found among her late Aunty Maureen’s treasures. Margaret Dillon who has a great memory for old Listowel faces, helped me with these names. The lady pouring the tea is Maisie Sweeney. The lady with the cup is Maureen MacMahon. In the back are Maureen (OQuigley) Tatten and her husband Derry Tatten. We have drawn a  complete  blank on the man on the far left as you look at the photo. At the risk of sounding a bit like a garda on Crimecall, the image is very clear. Someone must know him. The other lady is familiar to people as well but no definite identification yet.

The photo was probably taken at a Red Cross Social in the 1940s or 50s


This is Denis Carroll’s photo from Friday nights’s high jinx in John B.’s to mark Billy Keane’s adoption into the Stack Clan. You too can be an adopted Stack for a very small fee.

Read all about it and their planned Clan Gathering HERE

More from the May weekend and some old Ballybunion photos

Some more from the official opening of the Lartigue Museum

Two well known local historians were in attendance.

The minister acted as MC

Christy and Norita Killeen

These volunteers had a busy day helping with the catering.


Ballybunion Sea angling has been looking through The Kennelly Archive and he found these interesting pictures from the 1950s

Golf Club Dress Dance

Catching salmon in The Cashen


Men in uniform, photographed on Saturday May 4 2013

After the ceremony on Saturday, John Kelliher was just lining up his friends in the Fire Service for a photo so I asked him to join them. This photo is especially for John. John is in the middle at the back and for you who so not know him, he is the photographer who provides us with such stunning photos of our native town.

My homeward journey took me in the same direction as the fireman. Here they are, homeward bound.

These Gardai were really on duty, not part of the ceremony.


Interesting photo

[Hours before death: This newly-uncovered image is the last
one taken of IRA leader Michael Collins (in the back of the car, left) before
he was shot dead]

A photo of Michael Collins, taken just hours before his
assassination rocked the country, has turned up after more than 90 years.

Killed in an ambush later that evening, Collins is seen in
the back of a touring car outside a hotel in Bandon, Co. Cork.

The remarkable photograph taken on August 22, 1922 by
18-year-old Agnes Hurley, has only come to light after being discovered in the
attic of a Dublin house.

Until now, the last photograph of ‘The Big Fellow’, as IRA
leader Collins was known, had been assumed to be one taken in Bandon the day
before, on August 21.

Hurley also captured the scene of the shoot-out near Béal na
Bláth the next day, showing a scrap of cloth on the ground believed to be
Collins’s shirt collar.


Every so often Discover Kerry posts a little “Where in Kerry?” quiz.

 I think I might know the answer to this one of today’s photos.


In case you missed this on Kerry Radio, here is some good news

Free morning parking in Tralee for the summer falls short of what town centre traders wanted, but is all the council can do. That’s according to the Mayor of Tralee Johnnie Wall. He was speaking after last night’s Tralee Town Council meeting, where it was agreed that there will be free parking in council’s car parks between 9 and 11am every day for May, June, and July. Cllr Johnnie Wall says while a lot of new businesses are opening, many are closing; he hopes there’ll be an improvement in the town’s economy. Cllr Wall adds that while the council would like to do more for the retailers, free morning parking for the summer is all it can afford now. 

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