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Christmas Comes to Listowel and Clonmel and Limerick and Cork……

Santa Parade in Listowel Sunday December 7 2014


Scoil Realta na Maidine carol singing In The Square December 5 2014


Community Centre Fundraising Spinathon December 5 2014


Memories, memories

Two people wrote to me to give me the names of the people in this photograph.

Beta O’Brien names them as: “Dr Wm Enright (Dentist) Mr Maloney, his Dental mechanic Mrs Enright and daughter Teresa (Dentist) father of Todd( Dentist)”

Liam Enright, formerly of Cahirdown wrote:

In the photo were my grandfather William B., Jim “the Chum” Moloney, my grandmother Sheila, and my aunt, Teresa.


Boats at Beal 1964

Liam Enright wrote;

  I found the photo of the blessing of the boats very interesting . On the left of the photo there is a wheeled vehicle. This is a “DUKW”.  It was a type of amphibious troop landing vehicle that was used in large numbers in WW2. They were US made. This one could well have seen action in Normandy or Anzio or some other landing site. I remember seeing that DUKW in  Ballybunion. There was great excitement on the men’s beach one day when it drove down the road into the beach and entered the water. I must be getting old because I often asked people if they remember it around Ballybunion and not too many do. It was very interesting to see a photo of it. …

Anyone know anything about this vehicle?


Enjoying a Break

My good friends, Anne and Liam Dillon enjoying a weekend break in Cork recently.


A Corner of Listowel that is forever Chinese

McKenna’s Does Christmas


Parish Bazaar 2014

(photo; Denis Carroll)


Nice Christmas Story from Clonmel

(photo and story ;Morning Ireland)

Clonmel, like many Irish towns has suffered a hemorrhage of emigration in recent years. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in local teams where the loss of so many young people often leaves once strong clubs unable to field a team.

Clonmel have hit on an innovative fun event for St. Stephen’s Day. It’s called Home to Hurl and eighteen young men are returning from Australia, the U.S., Britain and Saudi Arabia to take on the team they left behind.

The photo above shows their mammies eagerly awaiting the return of the hurlers.


On Your Bike, Limerick


Cork Knits for Simon

(photo: Vibes and Scribes)

Vibes and Scribes is a great Cork knitting and craft supplies shop. This is the scene in the shop this week where many women are knitting caps, socks, gloves and other woolies for rough sleepers and people in the Simon Community hostel.


The late Jackie Healy Rae

This great photo of the late jackie Healy Rae and supporters was taken by MacMonagle Photographers in Killarney in 2007.


Savannah McCarthy (of Listowel): the rock on which Irish success is being built

Great writeup in yesterday’s  (Dec 8 2014) Irish Times

Snow, Ballincollig and The Brian Boru Crown

The Shape of Things to Come

John Kelliher’s photo from 2010 is a timely reminder that, at this time of year, we can expect the worst. Predictors of a white Christmas this year are thick on the ground. Odds are shortening as the temperatures drop.


And in Ballybunion……

(photo;Ballybunion Angling and Coastal Views)

Looking very wintery and cold yesterday.


Ballincollig Regional Park

Photos taken on a recent walk in this lovely Cork park


The Future is in their hands

Teenagers check their smartphones in front of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch

(photo; So Bad So Good on Twitter)


Sadness beyond all telling

Jonathan Corrie was a homeless junkie when he died within sight of Leinster House last week. His sad lonely death brought the country to a standstill.

Read this piece by his childhood friend and get a better idea of who he was;


Brian Boru Replica Crown…the Listowel Connection

Six Listowel ladies donated old or broken gold jewellery to the Jewels for Cures project. Pictured above are four of these ladies with the crown in The Seanchaí, Listowel on December 5 2014

Madeleine O’Sullivan, Máire Logue, Mary Cogan and Bernie Carmody.


Kerry has lost an Icon

R.I.P. Jackie Healy Rae


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