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Valentia, Geokaun and Portmagee

Valentia, Knightstown and Geokaun

This is the Valentia lifeboat. It is anchored in Knights Town, one of the prettiest villages I have ever visited.

This is Hotel Valentia overlooking the harbour.

Everywhere there were boats and signs of a maritime lifestyle, all beautifully painted and pristine.

The local Tidy Town’s committee have done a great job of painting, restoring and preserving. This is an old weigh bridge, all painted up and looking beautiful.

This is the wall that greets you as you come off the ferry.

 What a beautiful way to decorate a boring old fence! In the international language of flags, this display spells Knights’ Town.

The old Church of Ireland church is surrounded by a sensory garden.

This looks like an old baptismal font put to a new use.

This is one of the many wooden items in the innovative and different playground.

Below is a shop which has been in the news recently. It is Walsh’s and has reopened after 21 years.



No visitor should leave Valentia without visiting Geokaun. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles some of the most breathtaking views. The drive up the mountain is a bit scary but worthwhile.

This is Portmagee, a lovely little tourist town as you come off the island.


Another lovely photo from Mike Enright


A hare photographed by Timothy John MacSweeney.


Pictures from last Sunday’s Glin Swim–A&


It’s a boy

Photographs of Dublin Zoo’s new baby elephant are by Patrick Bolger.


Will you look who’s wearing a loom band bracelet now?


Good luck tonight to the Irish Ladies U 19 football team. A win tonight will see them into the semi finals of the European Championship.

Dublin Zoo, dolphin watch at Bromore and Bridget Walsh of Tullamore N.S.

This photo was taken in Dublin Zoo in 1963. The elephant’s name was Komali. We have no names for the children. The photo is from a site, Photos of old Dublin.


Cabra Outdoor Baths in the 1950’s. Before swimming pools came to every other town in the country, people swam in unheated outdoor pools and rivers. This one in Cabra, Co. Dublin seems to have been well fitted out and popular.


Denis Carroll took this photo of a tree felled during the recent storm. The tree has now been chopped up and drawn away and the path is clear again.


Mile Flahive took this photo last week. It shows the Carrigaholt Dolphinwatch boat at The Devil’s Castle off Bromore Cliffs.


Did you know that  the Catcher in the Philadelphia Quakers Baseball Team in 1886 was Limerick born Andy Cusick (second from the right, back row).



Both Vincent Carmody and Aidan OMurchú contacted me after they identified this lovely lady who retired from Tullamore School in 1972.

The lady in question is Bríd Walsh who taught in Tullamore for many years. She lived in Courthouse Road next door to the ÓMurchú family and Aidan remembers her as a “lovely lady”.

Aidan also knew the man on the far left. He is Tim Kennelly’s late dad. Michael Kennelly.

Vincent identified the others in the photo as :

Gerald Mulvihill, Fr. Mundy Stack P.P. Ballydonoghue, Bridget Walsh, Thomas Flaherty, Jeremiah O Carroll.

Thanks lads.

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