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Tag: Martin Sheehy

Cork, Adare, Ballybunion and Listowel; a miscellany of images

IWA shop relaunched

Jimmy Moloney, Mayor of Listowel Municipal District relaunched the refurbished IWA shop on Upper William Street.


New Kid on The Block

This new hairdressers’ on Church Street has just opened for business.


In Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork


Fenn’s Quay restaurant

They were being careful not to alienate the Kerry crowd.


Spotted in Adare

A post box from the P and T era.

Made in Scotland


An Old Train

Train from Macroom arriving Capwell 1914                 Photo; Patrick J. OShea


Public Convenience

The very old sign on the men’s toilet’s in Ballybunion


+ Martin Sheehy R.I.P. +

In June 2007 when Martin visited Jim and myself

I have a friend who was born and reared in Listowel. She says that every time she mentions someone from Listowel, her husband enquires, “Were they a very brainy family?” Because she uses the phrase so often in relation to Listowel people.

The title brainy family would be certainly true in the case of the Sheehy brothers. Martin, maybe the brainiest and the brightest of them all went to his eternal reward a few short weeks ago. Martin and his four brothers grew up in Main St. He lived most of adult life in Phoenix Arizona but his heart never left Listowel. He returned often especially for Writers’ Week and he was a great supporter of Listowel Connection. He wrote frequently to encourage and praise me. I will miss him. May he rest in peace.

Fathers’ Day and Presentation Convent Listowel then and now

Yesterday was Fathers’ Day.  In honour of the day I bring you this photo of Jim Cogan and family and this “thought for the day”.

Photo by John Stack

‘It’s good to be blessed.
It’s better to be a blessing. ~Author Unknown

So often we do not realize what a blessing we are to others. We might
not think we make an impact, but often we do make a huge impact in someone
else’s life. The following story is just one example. 

In the faint light of the
attic, an old man, tall and stooped, bent his great frame and made his way to a
stack of boxes that sat near one of the little half-windows. 

Brushing aside a
wisp of cobwebs, he tilted the top box toward the light and began to carefully
lift out one old photograph album after another and his old journal. Opening
the yellowed pages, he glanced over a short reading, and his lips curved in an
unconscious smile. 

His eyes brightened as he read the words that spoke clear
and sweet to his soul as he read the inscription for June 14th . It stood out
because it was so brief in comparison to other days. In his own neat
handwriting were these words: ‘Wasted the whole day fishing with Jimmy. Didn’t
catch a thing.’

 With a deep sigh and a shaking hand, he took up Jimmy’s journal
and found the boy’s entry for the same day. Large scrawling letters, pressed
deeply into the paper, read: ‘Went fishing with my dad. Best day of my life.’



Presentation Convent, Listowel


I took these photos on May 28 2013.


A picture paints a thousand words.


Update on our 7 little chicks of three different breeds.  See how they have grown!


Fungi taken from a Baltimore boat last week


Alas, no more!


They have a lot to answer for.



As an addendum to last week’s article about Cyril Kelly and Writers’ Week, Martin Sheehy, all the way from Phoenix, Arizona sent this comment:

“Hats off to Cyril Kelly and honour to his late mother-Mai Naylor ( Mrs. Kelly) and her friends from Upper Church St., all of whom brought joy to my boyhood-Babe Jo Wilmot ( Mrs. Collins), Masie Gleason ( Mrs. Sweeney), Maureen Horgan ( RIP), Noreen Horgan ( Mrs. Lynch), Marie Kiely, Moira Madden ( my late mother, Mrs. Sheehy), Josie Madden ( my late aunt, Mrs. Flynn), etc. Before and after Vatican II, with or without Mai’s hats, they were and are a memorable crowd. ”


June 15 2013 in Ballylongford

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