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Tag: Pres. Yearbook 1988

Volunteers and More

Daffs in Market Street

A Poem

Verses to live by…

From the 1988 Yearbook

Helping out with the Laundry Service..

The invaluable laundry service continues today. .The girls are no longer involved. The service now operates from Listowel Family Resource Centre.

Below are some of the current volunteers at their annual mass in 2022

Standing; Helen Kenny, Majella Stack, Margaret Leahy (hidden), Jenny Tarrant, Eileen Sheehy,  Anne Doran, Bridie ORourke,  Josephine Cronin, Mary Commerford,  Eleanor Cronin, Joan Kenny,  Olwen Keane Stack, Joan O’Donnell,  Bridie O’Connor, Joan Buckley,  Jean Quille, Anne O’Connor,  Margaret Murphy

Sitting; Nora Scanlon , Mary Walsh, Julie Gleeson, Helen Moylan, Fr.  Jack O’Donnell, Mary Hanlon, Norita Keane Killeen 

A Cork Artefact

At the last meeting of Muskerry Local History Society, Michael Lenihan brought his collection of tram memorabilia.

The Cork Tramway and Electric Light Company was set up in 1898. The biggest problem for the trams at the beginning was that thy shared the road with horses. The horses were scared of the trams.

As well as tram tickets he had a picture of a tram. You will notice a kind of viewing gallery on top. This drew the ire of the clergy as women standing there had their ankles on view. The tram company installed “decency boards” along the railing . These were in time used for advertising.

A Fact

Scientists can identify individual zebras by scanning their stripes like a barcode


In Kanturk and Muskerry

Wildflower meadow in Childers’ Park in February 2024

New addition to Kanturk’s Boar Family

The town of Kanturk takes its name from the legend that the last wild boar in Ireland was slaughtered near the town. The boar’s severed head features on many logos associated with Kanturk. Now a family of imposing boars have been installed in the little park by the river.

I took this photo of the wild boar sculptures in The Canon’s Wood in Kanturk on my last visit.

Now I learn from the Kanturk Newsletter that they have welcomed a baby boar to the family.

Photo; Kanturk Tidytowns community

Baba Val like his parents has been fabricated by Anton Rusinov and Kate Rusinova. Clann Toirc have all been decorated by local artists.

Another Artefact

On my recent visit to Muskerry Local History Society I saw this extraordinary piece of Catholic Doctrine History.

Jerry Kelliher was a student in Maynooth. He salvaged this book when the library was undergoing a clearout.

This catechism claimed to contain “the express word of God”. It was published in 1848.

The catechism is bilingual.

An interesting explanation is given of the origins of the letters of the Irish alphabet.

Jerry gave us this example of a question and answer.

I photographed a few pages.

The Irish script is so ancient that it would take a scholar to decipher it now.

The author of the catechism was a Fr. Andrew Dunleavy. He was born in 1694 and was hedge school educated. He studied in the Irish college in France in 1710.

The first edition of his Catechism was approved in 1741.

A Local Hero Retires

John Kelliher was at the other side of the camera at celebrations to mark his recent retirement from local emergency services. John will not ride off into the sunset. He will now have more time for his other passion, photography and he will still be making a huge contribution to Listowel and North Kerry.

Pres. Yearbook 1988

My photo of the school staff is a photo of a photo in a book so the quality is poor but the memories are there.

A Fact

On June 20, 1967, boxer, Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston for refusing induction in the U.S. armed forces. He was a conscientious objector to the Vietnam war ands spoke publicly against it. Judge Joe Ingraham handed down the maximum sentence to Cassius Clay (as they insisted upon calling him in court): five-years in a federal penitentiary and a $10,000 fine.


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