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Tag: Jubilee Nurse

Jubilee Nurse, Skywalking and Help Needed with a Photograph

Ever Beautiful Ballybunion


Skywalkers in Tralee

I am always on the lookout for fun things to do when my grandchildren come to visit. They always love a visit to Bowling Buddies in Tralee.

The boys actually prefer Air Hockey to Bowling but on this visit we did both.

On their recent sojourn in Kerry the girls discovered Skywalking. This is an experience housed in the same building as Bowling but its a ride not for the faint hearted. My girls are gymnasts and have lots of upper body strength and flexibility so they were well able for the exertions. Their mother, on the other hand, found it a bit tougher and she was only going along to make sure they wouldn’t be frightened.

Their grandmother stayed firmly planted on the ground.


Contributing to the Jubilee Nurse fund

Kerry People  Saturday, March 09, 1912


Subscriptions  towards a fund for the support of a Nurse from the Queen’s Jubilee Institute for the poor of Listowel and Kilmorna district.


Earl of Listowel … £25- 0 -0; Knight of Kerry … 10- 0- 0; George Gun Mahony … 10- 0- 0;Mrs  Trent Staughton … 5- 0 -0; Jas. D. Crosbie , D.L. … 3 -0 -0; Jas. Bannatyen and Sons, Ltd. … 5- 0- 0; Thomas Armstrong … 2- 0- 0; Mrs. McElligott, Mount Rivers .. 2- 0- 0; Revd. J. Beazley, Duagh … 2- 0 -0; B Johnston … 2- 0- 0.

ONE Pound from Following; J. Woulfe-Flanagan, R.M. , M J Byme . … John Dillon, M.D. … Mrs. Raymond … Mrs. Sweetnam : … Robert Geo. Gentleman .. R Latchford and Sons … Miss Horgan .. Mrs. Moran … Henry J Marshall …  Connor, Martin, MD., Tarbert … William McElligott … Revd Canon Molyneaux, Ballybuinion . … Michael O’Connor, M-D. .. J. Little, I.N.S. 

TEN SHILLINGS from; Mrs  Eagar … T. J. O’Connor, Tralee …  Patrick Corridan …  Mrs. Breen …  Mat Finucane …  Maurice Kelliher, Tralee … Thomas. Sampson; T. F. Cronin … J. H Pierse, V.S. …  D H Leane, L.P.S.I. …  Revd Canon O’Riordan ….Maurice Leonard…. Revd. Canon Hayes, Ballylongford …  D Flavin. C.U.D.C…. Dr . Clancy .

5 SHILLINGS EACH from; —T. F. Hawney, T M O’Connor, D,C., Tarbert; P Breen, J Kane, T Moran, Mrs. M Colohan, M O’Connell, Mrs Spillane, Jerh. Galvin, M. O’Carroll, B. Johnston, junr.; Revd. John Pattisson, Miss Pattison, P. Quill, B. Browne, T. Galvin, Thomas Corridan. T O’Connor. J J Kennelly, J Moran, .M. Murphy. Pat Scanlon, Mrs. M. Crowley, Miss Griffin. Edwd. Wilson. Miss Lyons, Mrs. Behan, John McNamara.

3s and 6d from—Wm. Keane. N.G. 

2s 6d each from—M. McCarthy, Mrs. Leahy. Miss O’Carroll. Martin Sheehy, Miss Buckley, J. C. Harnett, Martin Mulvihill, Mrs. Costelloe, Mrs. Harnett. L. Larsson, H O’Sullivan,  J Kirby, John Broderick, Miss  Namack. R. A. Browne, Mrs. McMahon, Mrs P Keane, Miss Barrett, John R Troy, Geo. Hewson, T Browne, J Foley, J Ross. Mrs E Stack, Mrs. Carroll, Sergeant Kane, J Lynch, D J Johnston, J O’Donoghue, Timothy O’Sullivan, M O’Connor, Joe Broderick.  M. Hannan. Elder and Co. 

2 SHILLINGS each—T. Bennett, Mrs. Kirby. Jerh Buckley, P J O’Connor, Wm. Leahy, Morgan Sheeny, I Peet. T O’Connor,. Mrs. Cotter. J P Kennelly, T. O’Brien, Miss Julia Nolan, Pat Stack,  Mrs. Griffin, John Moran, Wm. Dillon. P M McGrath, Mrs. Reynolds, Miss Keane.

 Is 6d EACH—Mrs O’Sullivan..

Is each—Timothy Galvin, Miss Kearney, L Dwyer, Miss Bunyan. Mrs. McGrath. Mary Buckley; T Grogan, J Sweeny, Con 0’Farrell, B McGinley, Mrs Naylor, Miss Lane. J Cain, J Quigley, T J Dillon. P Mangan, T. Bolster. Wm McCarthy, M Scanlon, M J Dillon. J.Thornton, J Relihan, Miss Moroney, Mrs Bridget Nolan, T. Dillane, Miss Stack.

B JOHNSTON, Hon. Treasurer.


Another Photograph from Johnny Hannon

Junior Griffin drew a blank with this one. Someone must know them. They are almost certainly local and I’m guessing the time is the 1950s

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

Litter Picker

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

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