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Tag: Brendan Daly

Feale Monument, People at Pride of Place and a Listowel Graveyard

Early Autumn in Listowel


More from Pride of Place

 After The Lartigue, I headed to The Seanchaí where Cara had assembled an Arts and Cultural presentation to wow the judges

The best of North Kerry music was to be heard as Comhaltas pulled out all the stops.

The Vintage Wireless Museum was represented and a colorful display of old broadcasting and recording machines were on show.

The story of the Fleadh in Listowel was there too.

Matt Mooney and young musicians showed the way forward for North Kerry’s great musical tradition.

Jim Halpin does trojan work in preserving the memory of those who gave their lives in war. His Military History Museum is a must visit for young and old visiting Listowel. Here he is chatting to Cathy Walsh of Gurtenard House


John Paul 2 Graveyard

Listowel people look after the graves of their dead. John Paul Cemetery on the Ballybunion Rd is always ablaze with flowers and a very hard working committee keep the communal areas looking neat and cared for.

There is now a good footpath all the way so that people who want to walk to visit a family grave can do so in comfort


The Next Generation


Welcome Back

Something different for the punters at the Races…. Bingo in the Plaza on Weds and Thursday

Drop in and see the newly refurbished hall.  All in aid of a good cause…Listowel SVP.


R.I.P. Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly (second from right) will be remembered by many as Listowel Race Company Secretary. He is pictured here with McKenna’s Hardware colleagues at a Christmas Social. May he rest in peace.

Sundown in Ballybunion and beautiful Athea

Mike Enright took this photo of a fantastically peaceful Ballybunion sunset earlier this week. We are lucky to have someone like Mike with his knowledge of the weather and the tides to bring us views of Ballybunion that us landlubbers rarely get to witness.


Early morning in Ballyb

Another photo from Ballybunion Prints Beach of the dolphins at play


Beautiful Athea

When I was away with the fairies in Athea a few weeks ago I missed these  beautiful sights. These photographs are from Athea Tidy Town’s website. What talent and community commitment they have in this little place. The village is a credit to everyone concerned.


This rhododendron forrest in Tipperary looks beautiful but it is practically impenetrable. Two very experienced mountaineers got  trapped here last Sunday. The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association had great difficulty in reaching them to free them.   Avoid!

(Photo; SEMRA via Facebook)


I was a bit surprised to run into these two gentlemen as I was walking the streets to get away from the World Cup. I suppose even mad soccer fans have to get away from it sometimes.


Beach weather

The children are still in school but the beach is still busy these days (photo Ballybunion Prints Beach)


2009 At Listowel Races on Friday was Listowel races Secretary Brendan Daly and Assistant Secretary Brenda Daly. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney) —


Hymns at a former Redemptorist retreat in Limerick


Photographs from the interior of the Redemptorist Church, Limerick


All you who sleep tonight

Vikram Seth

All you who sleep tonight

Far from the one you love

No hand to left or right

And emptiness above

Know that you aren’t alone,

The whole world shares your tears

Some for two nights or one

And some for all their years.

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