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Pitch and Putt Course

Photo; Éamon ÓMurchú


Listowel Pitch and Putt Course

The marvellous men who layed out this course, planted the first trees, and maintained it for so long, would be more than proud to see the magnificent shape it is in today.

Isn’t it absolutely pristine?


Ballybunion Community Market

If you are looking for that different souvenir of your holiday in Ballybunion or a beautiful hand knit layette for that new baby; if you are looking for the best of vegetables, preserves, confectionery or Kombucha, Ballybunion Community Market is the place to go. It’s in the field opposite McMunns.

There is Irish music to entertain you. Emily of Simply Devine Preserves told me that they will have new stalls added each week so it’s well worth a trip back.


Sonny Canavan’s Dog

Mattie Lennon tells a John B. Keane yarn.


Kerry Pride Festival

Last Weekend June 16 to 18 2022 was Kerry Pride Festival. While most of the Listowel events were happening at The Family Resource Centre , some local traders were also flying the rainbow flag.

William Street



And the winner is……

Healyracing turned the camera away from the horses to snap Charlene Brosnan as she is announced winner of The Best Dressed Lady competition at Killarney Races on July 15 2022

Some of the finalists against the backdrop of the Killarney Mountains. Photo: Healyracing


In Castle Durrow

Photo’; Neily Curtin

This evocative image is one of the pictures by members of mallow Camera Club now hanging in Kanturk Community Hospital.


Danny’s Easter Window Display

Always stylish, always different.


Olivia Buckley’s Rose Memories concluded

From Pres Secondary School Yearbook 2003


A Last Few St. Patrick’s Day 2022 Photos


Castle Durrow

To conclude my luxurious birthday weekend, the girls decided to have Sunday lunch in Castle Durrow. This is a beautiful hotel restaurant, an 18th century “castlesque” (their word) mansion set in a massive hard wood forrest.

The sumptuous surroundings are reflected in the ambiance of this up market eatery.

The entrance hall gives you an idea of what’s in store.

The stained glass windows were not of a religious nature.

This cricket bat and record book is from the oldest cricket club in Ireland, Ashbrook Co. Laois. It was lovingly displayed in a glass case. The book covers the years 1846 to 1848 with members names, accounts of every matches played and all the clubs financial records. Many of the cricket players were employees of Castle Durrow estate. It would appear the promising players were recruited and given employment.

A piece of history I found on the internet;

Viscount Ashbrook’s cricket club – on his estate at Castle Durrow – had a membership composed of the local Protestant gentry. But when the club needed extra players, Catholic men from the lower classes were hired to supplement the team. While the “toffs” were required to make cash contributions to the club, the Laois “temps” were actually paid for their endeavours.

Rules and Regulations for the Season 1847– the worst year of the Famine – show that the club members were required to pay “one shilling for every match they are on the losing side” and “one shilling and sixpence” (which included the cost of a luncheon of “cold meat”) for each practice day.

But the Catholic hirelings were paid for their participation – at the rate of “two shillings each for practice day and the same per day for matches against other clubs and their expenses”.

(Lord Ashbrook was regarded as a good landlord so we will suppose he killed two birds with one stone, improving the cricket team and alleviating the poverty of his tenants.)

A bit of flattery will get you anywhere. This extra touch was designed to make today’s guests feel special.

“Tis a long way from castles we were reared.


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