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Tag: Garda Tony Golden

Listowel in The Fall, Christmas Shop and John R.’s accommodation

The Garden of Europe in Autumn

It is lovely to walk through The Garden of Europe at any time of year. It is particularly beautiful in Autumn. You have heard of Vermont in The Fall and how it attracts so many visitors. Give me Listowel any day.


Your Daily Dose of Christmas Goodies

If your Christmas theme calls for white decoration, Listowel Garden Centre has them in abundance.


Luxury Accommodation in Listowel Town Centre

A family prepared to invest in the future of the economy in Listowel is the Walsh family who have traded on Church Street for generations. They have converted their accommodation offering to a top class bed and breakfast option for visitors to Listowel.

The business is located next to and over John R.’s and Café Hanna.

 Marion gave me the guided tour.

 There is a literary theme throughout. At the top of the stairs is this limited edition John B. Keane picture, a present from the Keane family.

These framed posters celebrate local and national stage performances.

An old fireplace is cleverly adapted as a showcase for souvenir Writers’ Week brochures.

The ultra tasteful tea and coffee nook is kitted out with this beautiful vintage tea set.

The three bedrooms are tastefully furnished.

There is a charming mixture of the vintage and the modern.

This sofa space in the communal area invites you to sit and read or just get away from the family for a while.

 This beautiful Dresden lamp is one of the many luxurious touches here.


Namir has given a home to this lovely little kitten…..soon to be named as soon as sex is determined.


Nice Gesture

A bunch of flowers was left at the door of Listowel Garda Station last week. It was a thoughtful token of support for the Gardaí who are still mourning the death of Garda Tony Golden who was murdered as he went about his duty in Omeath.

Final Pictures from Ladies Day 2015, more from Listowel Garden Centre’s Christmas Shop and the funeral of a slain Garda

Glorious Autumn

Trees in Listowel Pitch and Putt Course: October 2015


Ah, Here!

I know I promised no more frocks or hats from Ladies Day , but…..I just had to share the  photos I took inside the tent where the interviews were taking place. Brian Purcell was the M.C. and he was very capable in that role. Below he is interviewing the girl who went on to win in a new category this year; Best Dressed Young Racer.

Young was defined as “under 25” but the finalists were all teenagers.

 Another new category this year was Best Dressed Couple and this Cork pair won that.

In a lull in proceedings Brian Purcell invited Eilish Stack out to dance. All her Strictly training stood her in good stead. See for yourself  HERE

 Orla Diffley of Upfront was running the whole show.

Alison Canavan, one of the judges, took it in turn with Brian Purcell to interview the finalists.

To my surprise, this lady eventually won the prize for the most jazzy hat. Her sister made the headpiece and she also made the ones on the ladies pictured below. The one on the left is a lot more “jazzy” in my opinion, but who am I to judge?

Again I was wrong here. I thought this lady was the clear winner for the best dressed lady prize. She seemed to me to have nailed the perfect outfit.

These are the finalists. I turned round from photographing them and there beside me was one of the best dressed ladies on the racecourse…. in the audience.

The four finalists with Mr. McElligott, the sponsor. Bríd Hayes on the far right was declared the winner.


Another look inside Listowel Garden Centre’s Christmas Shop

Listowel Garden Centre have invested a huge amount in stocking and displaying this mammoth Christmas display. They deserve our support.


Out and About with Camera

In Allos I met cousins Josephine, Isla and Anne (all née Scully))

These two gentlemen were talking football outside Flavins, Mr. Maher and Christy Killeen.

Joan Carey was walking her dog on Church Street.


R.I.P. Garda Tony Golden, Family Man and Hero

This is a photograph of Blackrock Co. Louth yesterday, October 15 2015. The photographer, Niall Carroll, who took the photo at the request of the Golden family, asked us on Facebook to share it as a mark of respect to the tragic young father mercilessly gunned down as he did his duty.

The sight of a thin blue river of uniformed gardaí is a profoundly moving one. Even more moving is an account in today’s Irish Times by Miriam Lord of the state funeral of a family man. Lord describes the two Golden little girls, holding hands and clutching teddies as they try to comprehend the enormity of the occasion.

Garda Chief Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan summed up their loss. “It is achingly sad to realise that Tony and Nicola’s three beautiful little children will need help to remember the best of what has been taken away from them” 

You can read the full article HERE. It would move a stone to tears.

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