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Hospice Walk 2019, Rás Mumhan and Molly is in the Doghouse

Calvary in Mallow

I took this photo in the grounds of Mallow church in Holy Week 2019


Hospice Walk

In glorious weather on Friday April 19 2019 a big crowd turned out to walk the walk. This annual fund raising walk for The Irish Kerry Hospice is organised with the help of the O’Connor family in memory of Eamon O’Connor of Mike the Pies. Each year it goes from strength to strength. Well done all.

Photos from Mike the Pies and Edel O’Connor’s Facebook posts


Tarbert Walk

Big turnout for the Good Friday Hospice Walk in Tarbert too

And they had a soup kitchen too


Rás Mumhan in Listowel

April 20 2019


The Dog Who Ate Milkman

You’ve heard of the dog who ate the homework, the dog who ate the car keys and lots of dogs who eat postmen.

Our Molly would probably eat all of the above but her worst offence in my eyes was she chewed Milkman. This copy of Milkman was not my own. It belongs to the library. It has a long waiting list of readers queueing to borrow it. I was the first person to whom it was issued.

There she is looking all innocent in the protection of one of the people who love her unconditionally.

Milkman is a brilliant book in case you were wondering and this copy is still readable


 Molly is now forgiven.


Still More from Opening Night LWW 2018, Listowel Hospice fundraising and Edna O’Brien’s award

Photo; Graham Davies


Three ladies who starred on Writers’ Week Opening Night, May 30 2018

 Catherine Moylan, vice chair of Listowel Writers’ Week was first up. She conquered the nerves and we all relaxed along with her.

 Elizabeth Dunne, in her final year of her three year stint as chairperson, played a blinder as usual. She has worked tirelessly at this job and it’s a tribute to her professionalism that she insisted on mastering the Irish bits herself. She could so easily have called on the services of a native but that’s not Liz’s way.

The star of the night was Edna O’Brien who received the Lifetime contribution to the Arts award. She was a worthy winner and proved a big hit throughout the festival.

The magnificent silver piece which is presented to the recipient of Listowel Writers’ Week John B. Keane Lifetime Achievement Award is designed and made by Listowel silversmith, Eileen Moylan.

Each year, Eileen designs a bespoke piece uniquely relevant to the recipient. The photos don’t really do this piece justice. It is engraved all round with the titles of Edna O’Brien’s books. 

Not only is the award a singular honour, much to be desired, but the silver trophy is a unique piece of Irish silverware, to be treasured and valued.

Photo by the official festival photographer, Ger Holland

There was to be another strong woman doing the official opening. Poet, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill was ill and unable to perform the task. In her stead, American poet, Billy Collins took on the job at short notice.

Billy Keane told us that, when he met the prince of Wales in Killarney, he did his bit in securing a really big name to open the festival next year. Wouldn’t Camilla be perfect for the role?


A Few More famous and not so famous people who attended Opening Night Writers’ Week 2018 and a few lucky volunteers who were ‘working’ on the night


Hospice Flag Day

I met these volunteers last week out collecting for the Listowel branch of Kerry hospice.

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