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Tag: Cois Tine

Cois Tine in Craftshop na Méar etc.

The first Cois Tine event in the craftshop was a great success. Everyone who came enjoyed themselves and the audience left asking for more.

Here are a few photos from the day:

Listowel Writers’ Week supported us in force.

 Mary Boyer was looking after the shop.

Seán Lyons, chairman of Writers’ Week chatted to Danny and Eileen Hannon.

 John McGrath and Wendy Brosnahan were there.

Surprise visitor, Alice Taylor, listening intently to a reader.

This is a section of the audience.

Billy Keane read one of John B.’s Christmas stories.

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was a big hit with the ladies. Here he is with Maureen Connolly .

Miriam Kiely dropped in late.

Gabriel brought his guitar and lead us in a Christmas singalong medley.

John McGrath read some poetry.

Kay Caball recounted a sad tale of a drowning in Oz. Australia featured in many of the more modern tales and poems as well…..a sign of the times!


A long way from Alice Taylor’s To School Through The Fields, my granddaughters and friend make their way to school through the traffic in Ballincollig last week.

Meanwhile these two happy volunteers were manning the shop at Second Time Around.


Lovely photos by John Stack from North Kerry Footballs review of the year

Friday Miscellaney

Some local ladies taking a look around Craftshop na Méar.


Encomium for lady with a Listowel connection in 1899

(From The Kentucky Irish American, Louisville August 12, 1899)

No death of recent date has caused more profound sorrow in Ireland than

that of Mrs. Pierce Mahony, which occurred at her home in Sutton, County

Dublin, July 27.

 Mrs. Mahony belonged to a well-known Kerry family, the Raymonds, and was in every respect an ornament to Irish womanhood. She was a lady of exceeding culture, and her great personal charm was the admiration of all

who ever had the privilege of coming within her gracious influence. To the

Irish cause she was passionately devoted, and her bereaved husband by her decease loses a lifelong companion who was in complete sympathy with all his aims.


Another one of the newly painted shops. Town is looking really well lately. This premises on Market Street was formerly Cronins.


Charming picture from Dublin Zoo 1932


Sunday is Dec. 8, traditionally a big shopping day in town. If you are “bringing home the Christmas, do drop into Craftshop na Méar for that unique gift.

The Santa Parade starts at 12.30 in The Square.

Put December 10 in your diary for the official opening of Craftshop na Méar.

and December 16 for our Cois Tine event with the help of our friends in Writers’ Week. Stories and song around the fire from 2.00p.m. Small charge will apply.

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