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Tag: Dolores OConnor

Easter Traditions

Schiller in The Garden of Europe at Easter 2024

Celebrating Easter

On Good Friday a huge crowd turned up for the annual Hospice fundraising walk.

Some old stalwarts still helping out

Meanwhile in Athea they were praying an outdoor Way of the Cross

Meeting an Old Friend

I met Dolores O’Connor and a young friend on one of the finer days .

Glory Days!

Finches in Kanturk

In my homeplace the focus has shifted temporarily from horses to finches. These little birdies are attracted to the new bespoke finch feeder filled with their favourite nibble. It wasn’t mealtime when I visited and a big bully of a bullfinch was scaring off all the lovely little goldfinches.

The feeder is positioned outside a big glass door so hours are spent observing the antics of these lovely feathered friends. The record so far is 40 birds either feeding or waiting on the fence for their turn at the table.

A Fact

Chocolate eggs at Easter first appeared in the court of Louis XIV. Before that, and in some countries the tradition is still carried on, real eggs were painted red and displayed to signify the blood of Christ.


Claddagh Design News, Reading The Advertiser and An Emigrant Returns

Photo: Ita Hannon


Boston to Boston with Delta Airlines

( and the Listowel Connection)

This is the very talented silversmith/goldsmith Eileen Moylan of  Claddagh Design

Eileen is well known for her award winning jewellery and one-off presentation pieces.

Eileen was in Boston last week on a really exciting adventure.

 She was the guest of Delta Airlines because she was chosen to be part of their celebration. I’ll tell you the story from Paula who writes the Claddagh Design blog.

Eileen Moylan of Claddagh Design joins forces with Delta Air Lines on their upcoming creative project: Boston to Boston Souvenir Shop.

The concept behind this exciting project: Bostonians love Boston. So much so, why would they ever want to leave? With Delta, they don’t have to. If you love Boston, Delta can take you to other Bostons around the world.

Delta and Wieden+Kennedy New York celebrate the pride Bostonians take in their city with The Boston to Boston Souvenir Shop.

The mobile souvenir truck will be making it’s way around the city over three days, offering a limited edition curated collection of Boston themed pieces. Each piece from 10 different artisan makers, merchants, and creators from Boston destinations Delta travel to around the world.

The collection includes Eileen’s very own limited edition Claddagh Ring, handcrafted in our Claddagh Design workshop. Representing Boston Ireland, Eileen will share the Claddagh Design story. Her beautifully handcrafted Sterling Silver Claddagh Ring will be available to purchase.


Catching up with the Listowel news 

Reading The Advertiser in the Indian summer sunshine in Listowel’s Main Street.


Welcome Home, Noel

I finally met Noel Roche in person. Noel Roche is a loyal and appreciative friend of Listowel Connection. I met him on William Street with his sister, Dolores and his old neighbour and friend, John Hennessey.


We Won Silver

Our Mayor, second from left in front, receiving Listowel’s silver award in Entente Florale 2019

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