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a Jubilee Nurse in 1912, a Visit to Duagh Pottery and a photograph to evoke memories

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Photo: Philip Karina, Mallow Camera Club


The Jubilee Nurse

The title Jubilee Nurse comes from the The Queen’s Jubilee Institute which was the body that first appointed and funded these district nurses.

Kerry People  Saturday, February 03, 1912; 

Women’s National Health Association 



Mr. D J Flavin, J P. C.U.D.C. was moved to the chair and the other members  present were: Miss Lamont (Organiser): Mrs B. Foran, V.C., P.L.G., hon. sec. ; Mrs Raymond, Mrs J H Pierse, Mrs  W McElligott, Miss B Buckley, Messrs. B Johnson, Manager Bank of Ireland; D H Leane, L.P.S.I. ; and P. Breen, St. Michael’s College. The hon. secretary read her report to the meeting which was considered very satisfactory after which the necessity for the appointment of a district Jubilee nurse was discussed. Miss Lamont explained the rules under which a Jubilee nurse takes-up the position, and stated the salary of such a nurse would be £90 a year.

Mr. Johnson said they commenced to collect the town and said they had collected in one street about £50, there being no refusal but one. The people he should state met them in the most generous and sympathetic manner possible, and he had no doubt whatever that they would be always in a position to meet the salary of the nurse.

The Chairman asked Miss Lamort what, would be the area  to be covered by the nurse.

Miss Lamont said the nurse  would take in a radius of about three miles from the centre  of the district, but, of course, in exceptional cases she would not confine herself to that radius; she might go four and even five miles from the centre. Her duties primarily should be concerned with the poor of the district, but in exceptional cases and where she was at liberty to do so, she could give her services to the better off people who of course, would be obliged to pay for such services. The nurse would at the same time, be always subject to the directions and advice of the doctors as to the patients to attend to, and she hoped the medical gentlemen of the town would sympathise with the movement.

Mr. Johnson said he knew that as far as the dispensary medical officer Dr. Dillon was concerned he would, he assured him give all the assistance in his power. Mr. Leane said that Dr. O’Connor, he was sure, would do the same. 

Mrs. Foran asked if the nurse could be sent to cases of infections disease Mrs. Lamont: Yes, in exceptional cases, but while attending such a case she must be kept away from the ordinary cases. Of course she knows a good deal herself what to do, and how to act in such circumstances. Chairman : I am sure she won’t be  overwhelmed with too much authority. (Laughter).

 Mrs. Foran : If we had a nurse when the  present epidemic broke out it would have possibly prevented it. Because instead of having the patients nursed by their mothers, the nurse would have at once known that they were suffering from a contagious disease and have them separated at once.

(Discussion continued and suggestions and advice was sought on who to appoint to the position.)


More Pottering About at Easter 2018

While my young visitors were with me we visited the newly opened 

Duagh Pottery 

This is a small 2 man or one man and one woman operation in the heart of rural North Kerry. The beautiful flora of this idyllic location is the inspiration for many of the unique, quirky colourful pieces produced bt Maggie and Mac.

Maggie showed us how she makes her beautiful tiles using bits and pieces she finds in the kitchen and incorporating vegetation from the nearby meadows.

Duagh Pottery is an adults only operation but Maggie allowed my boys to have a go just so I could see how its done. Duagh Pottery offers a very different kind of day out for a small group in its Pottery Experience Day. All the details are on the website

Duagh Pottery

This is a tile made by Maggie in her studio in Duagh for her son’s kitchen in London.

Above are some of Duagh Pottery’s beautiful  creations

Maggie and Mac are two more talented artists who have relocated to Kerry and continue to contribute and enrich the life of our community. 


One Night in 1959

This photo is one of several that were given to me by Mike Hannon so that I could share them with you. Mike came upon these when he was clearing out his Uncle Johnny’s house and he knew that some people would love to see them and to relive the happy memories.

I recognised Junior Griffin and Margaret Dillon in this one and I asked Junior to fill me in on the the others. Here is what Junior wrote;

Left to Right…(later Judge) Brian McMahon; myself; Olly Kerins, Margaret Dillon, Joan Sharry (nee Griffin). That photo was taken in Ballybunion and I’m almost certain it was in 1959. Olly’s mother was housekeeper to Canon Peter O’Sullivan  who was our P.P  here in Listowel and came around late 1953. Olly’s eldest son is Liam Kerins who is the current manager of the Tipperary senior football team. Olly and his wife Eileen are now based in Tralee for many years. My sister Joan was married to Jack Sharry of Colbert Street who was himself an uncle to Margaret Dillon. Joan and Jackie settled down in Coventry, indeed next October will be the 10th anniversary of Joan’s death. Jackie pre deceased her.


The icon of The Holy Family in St. Mary’s, April 9 2018

Icon of the Holy Family in Listowel, New Road Signs and a Turf Powered Steam Engine

Denis Carroll in Ballybunion


Icon of The Holy Family in Listowel

This icon will be with us in Listowel Parish church from this afternoon, Monday April 9 2018 until Wednesday.

What is The Icon of the Holy Family?

The icon of the Holy Family was specially commissioned by WMOF2018 (World Meeting of Families), written by iconographer Mihai Cucu, and assisted by the Redemptoristine Sisters of the Monastery of St Alphonsus, Iona Road, Dublin, as part of their ongoing prayer for families.  The Icon was unveiled and anointed on the 21st August 2017, during the launch of the one-year programme of preparation at the National Novena in Knock, Ireland. 

Everyone is invited to come and view the icon while it is in town. It doesn’t matter if you are a believer, a non believer, an art lover or just plain curious, I think you should come and take a look . 

If you have never been to St. Mary’s before of if you have and have never looked around you at the magnificent mosaic work and stained glass, take this opportunity to really look at this artistic treasure, St. Marys. It has been left to us by our forbears and beautifully preserved and enhanced by generations of Listowel priests and parishioners.

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Republican Funeral in 1918

A visitor to Dingle library during Easter took a photograph of this picture for us. Tomás Ruiséal died of a bayonet wound received during a confrontation with the army in Co. Clare.


A Word of Caution


New Traffic signs

These new Slow Zone signs are appearing in housing estates all over town. I have no idea why they have put them so high up on the poles.


A Steam engine Powered by turf

This was a short lived and ultimately unsuccessful experiment. I read the story on

Bord na Mona Living History

When O. Bulleid joined CIE from British Railways in 1949 he decided to build a turf-burning locomotive.

Trials were made with a stationary engine using pulverised turf and these trials were observed by HMS Miller of Bord na Móna. CIE then converted a 1903 locomotive to burn turf and extensive steaming trials were carried out in 1951 and 1952. The engine was tried out on a main line in 1954 but broke down in Cork and had to be towed back to Inchicore. It was also too large to turn on any CIE turntable.

In 1955 the locomotive was tested using semi-briquettes. During a trial run in 1957 sparks from the locomotive set the leading coach of the test train on fire. It never hauled a fare-paying passenger but some use was made of it between Houston Station and the North Wall on goods trains. By that time the replacement of steam with diesel was well advanced and the locomotive was scrapped in 1965 when Todd Andrews was Chairman of CIE.


Labour Then

This photo of Listowel men, Seán McCarthy and Michael Guerin with John Joe O’Sullivan and Dick Spring appeared in this week’s Tralee Advertiser.

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