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Tag: Barbara Derbyshire

Launch of Barbara Derbyshire’s New Book, Knight of Glin and An Post 2019 cards

1916 Commemorative Garden in November 2019


An Post Christmas Cards 2019

They feature some lovely old ppostboxes


What a Knight!

Mme FitzGerald dancing with husband, the Knight of Glin , at the costume ball given by the Earl and Countess of Longford at Strawberry Hill, England; performing band in background.

Tom Donovan posted this marvellous picture and caption on Glin Historical Society’s Facebook page.


Launch of Leaving Echoes 

 Kerry Writer’s Museum was the packed venue for the launch of Barbara Derbyshire’s lovely anthology of poetry and stories.

 Máire, Madeleine, Dee and Pricilla were their to lend their support.

John McGrath, Barbara’s editor and publisher was our M.C.

Barbara’s friend and writing workshop facilitator, Kim Arnold launched the book.

The music was heavenly and accented all the extracts from the book that were read by Barbara and her friends.

Newcastlewest, an invitation to a launch,Michael Hartnett and returning to the land of one’s ancestors

Stag with a fine Harem of Wives

Chris Grayson took this photo in Killarney National Park.


An Invitation for You


My Trip to Newcastlewest

This is Shirley O’Regan, poet and broadcaster, in the Limerick West fm studio where she interviewed me about my book, A Minute of Your Time.


I took a stroll around Newcastlewest and here are a few photos from the town square.

This is the inscription on the below sculpture. My half remembered Latin seems to tell me that this is a monument to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Assumption erected in 1950 by the parishioners of Newcastlewest.

The figure is clearly a milkmaid and in her hand she has a pair of butter paddles.

The bronze coin on the pavement also confirms that she is indeed a milkmaid as does the presence of milk churns on the plinth.

This would appear to depict a cow as well.

At the other end of the leisure space in The Square is a monument to local poet, the late Michael Hartnett.

Its a brilliant statue capturing the essence of this thoughtful genius.

Even on the dirty wet day of my visit, Newcastlewest square looked magnificent.


Someone’s Coming  Home

“My G Grandmother Mary Stack born 1832 is from Kilbaha, Her mother is Ellen Shanahan, Stack, Gregory. My G and GG came from Newtown Sandes, John Walsh born 1806 and his son Patrick born about 1830 came to the states about 1850 to Paris Ky.

 I am looking forward to visiting your lovely city in late March or early April in 2020 with my son. We will be in Kerry and other locations for 7 to 10 days. I have done extensive searches for family from your lovely county for many years. So now it is time to visit and see it for myself. My name is Robert Patrick Walsh Fister, My son Tony, Robert Anthony is bringing me to Ireland as a gift, I am excited for sure.

Bob F “

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