Sunny day in The Garden of Europe in April 2024

Danny Hannon’s Bookshop

I posted this last week. Danny Hannon R.I.P. had a newsagents and book shop in Main Street where Glamourous is today.

Then in a piece of synchronicity, Aisling Neville sent me this bookmark that she found in an old book.

“Books on your doorstep by land, sea and air. All titles, all authors. The easy way.”

Danny was a great man for the grand gesture and the flowing phrase. He was ahead of his time. Listowel is the poorer for his passing.

My Niece, the World Champion

Adult Irish step dancing is increasing in popularity. If you have danced competitively as a youngster, you may miss the camaraderie of it all in adulthood. Christine has gone back to her childhood pastime with not a little success.

Christine and her two friends won gold in the World Championships for their three hand reel. The competition was held in Scotland.

Dancers and their teacher.

Jer’s Bits of News from the Archives

April 19 1930 New York NY Irish American Advocate

Whilst crossing a Meld in Drumcunnig, Abbeydorney, a few days ago, Maurice Hayes, a youth, was attacked by five greyhounds and a Kerry Blue. It is stated that though young Hayes sustained injuries to both his legs sad arms, still they are not of a serious nature.


The heaviest snow-fall for thirty-years was recorded in Cashel Saturday,


An anniversary Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Father J  Heffernan, a native of Killarney, was celebrated at All Souls’ Church in San Francisco.


The death in Chicago of Mrs. Ellen Cregan Wallace, a native of Glin, who emigrated about 40 years ago, is deeply regretted by her numerous relatives and friends.


James Duggan, N. T., Glin, member of Glin football team, was the lucky winner of first prize at Adare whist drive a valuable motor car.

( A car as a prize for a whist drive in 1930!!!!!! Something amiss here, I’d say)

A Poem

One for the Diary

A Fact

Paper recycling was first recorded in 1031. Yes, you read that correctly, 1031!!!!!! Shops in Japan sold repulped paper.

Source of this extraordinary fact: my fact a day calendar