This shrine to St. Teresa, who’s feast day occurs in November. It is in the Church of St. John In Ballincollig.
November is a time for remembering our loved ones who have passed to their eternal reward. I am going to share with you a piece from a lovely book called Irish Stories of Love and Hope which was produced a few years ago to raise money for the Irish Hospice.
Hearing the joy
In the yard
For the footfall
Of the lost
Again and again
You feel the sten-
Of that “What if?”
And that, ‘What
Well then he’d be
St. John’s, Tralee, new Window
This is the Window of Reconciliation and it was blessed by Bishop Ray Browne on October 27 2017
My photograph does not do it justice so you’ll have to go to see it for yourself.
The window was executed by Thomas Denny who is a descendant of the Dennis of Tralee.
It is in three panels, each panel evoking reconciliation. The central panel depicts the prodigal son as he is embraced on his return by his delighted father. The right hand panel is inspired by Jesus reading from the book of Isaiah.
In the left hand panel, St. John, patron of the parish sets forth filled with The Holy Spirit.
I took this information from a leaflet I picked up in the church. It also told me that this is the first new stained glass window in the church in 60 years.
A Few Photos I took on the day of the recent performance of his Tom Crean Show by Aidan Dooley
Rose Wall with Aidan
Eilish Wren bought Aidan’s book
Elaine Kinsella with Tom Crean actor and writer, Aidan Dooley
John Griffin Again
This is the very competent O’Sullivan team who were looking after the sound and lighting and the media content on the day of The Young Adult Book Fest in Listowel Community Centre. On the right is John Griffin whose mother is originally from Listowel.
A Paddy Drury Story as remembered by Jerry Histon
When Paddy came home from his war work in Scotland after the 1914 1918 war, he had, of course, some money spared. After hitting Listowel he met two cronies and took them in for a few drinks. At the time drink was very scarce and it was suggested that certain publicans were not above eking out the supply of drink with materials that never saw the distillery. Anyway, Paddy asked the lady inside the bar for “three glasses of whiskey”. When those were downed, Paddy called the woman again “Mrs, give us three more glasses of nearly!” The lady was puzzled”What nearly?” she asked. ” nearly water, ma’am,” Paddy shot at her, to her consternation.
A missioner, giving a retreat Moyvane, asked Paddy: “what is the difference between God’s mother and your mother?” I don’t know, but I do know there was an awful difference between their two sons!” Was Paddy’s humble reply.
Paddy hired with a local farmer and one of the conditions was that he should be home for The rosary each night. The man of the house generally offered up the rosary for “myself and my four and no more!” One night the farmer asked Paddy to offer the rosary. Paddy had a few drinks on board and was, anyhow, getting tired of the farmer, So his offering was “I offered this rosary for myself and no more!”
<<<<<<<< An Important Correction re Drury Knockanure Satire >>>>>>>>
This correction is provided by a Knockanure local and the correction of the correction by Vincent Carmody. Thanks.
“The Rhyme about Knockanure was written by John O’Sullivan. John, from Charles Street, was a reporter for the Kerryman. His daughter May Kathleen followed in his footsteps. She was also married to an O’Sullivan. May Kathleen’s uncle was the famous journalists, T F. O’Sullivan.
( Eamon Kelly’s father in law was. Michael O Sullivan, from the Beara Peninsula, he was an Irish teacher in St Michael’s. He had nothing to do with the O’Sullivan satirised in this rhyme.
Drury wrote about John O’Sullivan.
In Listowel Town, there lives a clown,
who would sell his soul for porter,
Sullivan John is the man,
a dirty mean reporter.”
This Knockanure Local also had a photograph of Paddy Drury
A Wedding in the Behan Family
I took these photos of The Horseshoe window on November 17 2017