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Glenflesk and Other stories

Mallow Camera Club in 2017 took part in a lovely project . They framed some of their beautiful images for a permanent exhibition on the walls of Kanturk Community Hospital. This smashing image is by Viv Buckley.


On the road to Cork

Last weekend I went to visit my Cork family. I usually go via Mallow and take in my Kanturk family . Unfortunately they had Covid in the house. So I decided to see a different side of the country. I went via Macroom.

Big Mistake!

The little work around most people take to avoid the bottleneck that is Macroom Main Street is closed so all the traffic has to go through the town. Let’s say I won’t be passing this way again for a while.

That is a pity because on the way through Glenflesh I stopped for my lunch at this lovely shop. The friendly assistant, (Subway and Spar would call her a sandwich artist) made me a lovely fresh roll. I took this and my coffee outdoors. They have outdoor seating in the most beautiful calm picturesque setting you could ever ask for.

This caught my eye. I remember that awful accident. How nice of them to remember Denise in this way.

A stone ditch and a faraway mountain were the backdrop to my dining experience.


From Pres. 02/03 Yearbook

The committee preparing the yearbook in 2003 undertook a few interviews.

Here is one of them.


Ireland Stands with Ukraine

I know that war and the politics of war is complicated and I know that there is propaganda on both sides and there are good innocent people suffering in Russia as well. But I could not help but be proud of our politicians (with a few exceptions) who listened so attentively and responded so eloquently to Zalensky’s address to us all.

His poor people are being brutalised before our eyes. He is doing his level best for them and it’s not enough.


April 7 2022 Horsefair

Traditional horsefair on Market Street on the first Thursday of April.


Listowel Tidy Towns and an unusual Cork Workshop

Listowel Tidy Towns

Listowel Tidy Towns are a great organization, well embedded in the community. They do excellent work and support every effort that contributes to Listowel’s looking and feeling better.

Listowel Girls Primary school community at the raising of their 5th green flag.

Kerry Crusaders help Listowel Tidy Towns with a clean up.


A really unusual Café

During my Cork holiday, I was taken to a really quirky and quaint café. it is located not too far from the airport. If you want to visit, you will have to look up the directions on their website; 

The Workshop Tearooms

One of the first things to caught my eye as we parked the car was the tree hung with old chipped and cracked cups.

The family who run the venture also keep prizewinning hens and poultry. My photo does not do justice to this lady as I caught her when the wind had ruffled her feathers.

 A tabletop made from an old road sign

A rail of turf at the door

As you can see, its not your usual café entrance. The business is run by two brothers and it is housed in what was once their father’s workshop.

 Once inside, you will see that the place is full of curios, antiques and bric a brac. Everything is for sale, even the chair you are sitting on.

 An old record player was playing swing music on the day I was there.

In the bathroom, the washhandbasin is inside an old gramophone cabinet.

This is a photograph of a man in Fermoy standing beside a door from his shop which is now a feature of The Workshop.

Pinning their colours to the mast, in pride of place is a framed signed Cork jersey.


Remember these?

I took the above photographs in The River Island Hotel in Castle Island


Pastoral scene near Glenflesk


This is a photo (from the internet) of a cyclist in the Tour de France in the early 1900’s

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