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Tag: Island of Geese

In Tralee and Listowel

My Christmas decorations 2022 from Kanturk Men’s Shed Craft Fair


Island of Geese, Tralee

I walked through this beautiful Corner of Tralee for the first time last week. It’s a peaceful natural oasis in the centre of town.


From The Sleán , a Clounmacon journal of the 1980s

Clounmacon by Dan Keane

I apologise for the size of the print . It’s worth enlarging.


Dáithí on The Wren in 2004

Photo shared by Dáithí ÓSé online


Christmas Traditions from


Photos I took at the Garda Centenary Celebrations

Betty and Gary Dineen, the last family to live in the Garda station


Colbert Street, Tralees Island of Geese William Street, Listowel and a night in the home of a knight

Colbert Street, Listowel


Con Colbert’s memorial card from the Capuchin Archive. Colbert Street is named after him.


The Island of Geese, Tralee

This is a strange little corner of Tralee with one of the most unusual names.


Bryan MacMahon’s poem in The Square


William Street


The Night I Met the Knight

The late Desmond Fitzgerald, the last Knight of Glin was an affable and kindly man. One Christmas many moons ago, I, with a group of my fellow teachers, went to Glin Castle for our Christmas night out. Hiring the castle out for these kinds of large parties was one of the plans the knight hit upon in his efforts to save his family seat. The beautiful old castle needed a huge annual budget to run and the farm was not sufficient to meet all of the outlay. So there is your blogger, at the left hand of the knight and at his right shoulder is the late Sr. Nuala O’Leary.

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