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Where to go in Summer 2022

Photo by Jillian Harris

This photograph by Jillian, a member of Mallow Camera Club is part of a collaboration between the club and Kanturk Community Hospital in 2017.



When I stopped in Glenflesk recently I called to their lovely church to say a prayer.


Visit a Heritage Site on the first Wednesday

On the first Wednesday of each month, many OPW Heritage Sites offer Free Admission to independent/individual visitors and families. A list of participating sites appears on the OPW website, and details of each can be found at the relevant link.

Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and online booking will not be available. Normal conditions of admission apply.
Visitors may experience delays at some of our busier sites and are advised to arrive early. If allocated a time, visitors are asked to arrive promptly. There is no guarantee that visitors who miss their allocated time-slot can be accommodated later. Children must be supervised at all times.

Access to some sites is by guided tour only. Car-parking may be limited at some sites and patrons are requested to respect the facilities and other car park users.

The full list of sites is at the following link

Heritage Ireland


Post Boxes

A few subjects crop up here regularly. One of them is post boxes. I’m terrified that these pieces of street furniture are doomed. If they are underused, and they are, cost cutting measures at An Post will surely see them condemned.

Whatever about the newer ones that are ugly, I’d hate see the old ones that have been there since we were a colony removed from our streets.

When I was in Dublin recently I took this photo near Stephen’s Green.


Sitting on two Chairs at once

“We are delighted to announce that Catherine Moylan was voted in as the new Chair of the Board after David Brown stepped down from his position. Catherine Moylan is also Chair of the Festival for Listowel Writers’ Week. “

This recent statement from Listowel Writers’ Week may have confused you. “Surely she was already the chair,” you may have thought.

Up to now the chair of the Board of Directors of Writers’ Week and the chair of the festival have been two separate honorary roles. With the election of Catherine to the chair of the Board, these two posts have come closer in that they are now held by one person. 

I wish Catherine the best of luck in her new role. I can’t wait for the first live festival in 2 years and seeing all our old friends back in town.


Pres. Convent Chapel photos

Beautiful North Kerry

Great photo of a rain shower by Mike Enright


More of Mairéad O’Sullivan’s Convent Chapel Photos from 2007


Adare is still like this today

This Ireland XO photo shows girls at a water pump in Adare, Co. Limerick


Looking Ahead to St. Patrick’s Day 2017

John Relihan of Duagh and Holy Smoke, Cork has been to London to prepare for another big street party to mark the saint’s day.

This is Seán Spicer, the U.S. Trump administration Press Secretary (he of the alternative facts fame) who is, no doubt, preparing to celebrate as well. The CNN photo from 2016 shows Sean, whose emigrant ancestors came from Co. Clare, sporting his rather unusual St. Patrick’s Day attire.


Then and Now….       a loss for design

This is how a post box used to look.

This is how they look today

Humans of Listowel on St. Patrick’s Day 2016, and The Country Boy in St. John’s

More from Listowel St. Patrick’s Day 2016

Some photographs of Listowel people on St. Patrick’s Day 2016


Post Boxes

The old British post boxes are so much more photogenic the An Post ones of today. I’m so glad they left them behind.

This is Listowel’s example at the corner of The Square.

In Dublin they are painting them red for the commemorations of 1916.


Something to look forward to

Next week all roads will lead to St. Johns from Thursday Mar. 31 to Monday April 4 for The Lartigue Theatre Co. present John Murphy’s comic drama reflecting on the social problems of emigration and rural life in the late 1950’s.  Directed by Denis O Mahony, the cast features; Lucille O Sullivan, Clare O Connor, Margaret Murphy, Robert Bunyan, Mike Moriarty and Con Kirby.



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