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Christmas at the front in WW1, An Gleann and some Christmas windows

Jim Halpin, curator of a great collection of war and other military memorabilia at his museum in Church St. invited me to photograph his Princess Mary tin and he told two very interesting stories apropos the tin.

The idea of sending a tin to the soldiers was not an original one. Princess Mary’s aunt, Queen Victoria had sent such a present to soldiers during the Boer War. Jim has one of these in his collection and it contains the original straw packaging used to protect the enclosed gifts.

The Princess Mary story is fascinating. Apparently, the young princess went to the warehouse where these tins were being packed and she brought a hand written note to enclose in one tin. The note asked the finder to contact her. The story goes that the note was found by a Munster Fusilier from Limerick.

This old photo of 4th battalion of The Munsters comes from Historical Tralee

The tin is inscribed Christmas 1914. It has a cameo of Princess Mary surrounded by a laurel wreath. In the corners are the names of Britain’s allies in the Great War. Other symbols of the British Empire at war adorn the box as well.


Last Rites 1915

Chaplain to the Munsters was a Fr. F. Gleeson from Tipperary. In this famous painting he is depicted giving last absolution to the troops as they paused on their way to the front.

Whilst moving forwards to the trenches on 8 May 1915, in preparation for the Battle of Aubers Ridge, Lieutenant-Colonel Victor Rickard ordered the battalion to halt at a roadside shrine in Rue du Bois, near Fleurbaix.  Gleeson, who had ridden at the front of the column, addressed the assembled 800 men and gave them the general absolution whilst still mounted on his horse. The men then sang the hymns Hail, Queen of Heaven, the Te Deum and Hail Glorious Saint Patrick before Gleeson moved along the ranks bidding farewell to the officers and encouraging the men to maintain the honour of the regiment.The battalion then moved off to the trenches from which they launched their attack at 5.30 the next morning. The Munsters were largely cut down by machine gun fire before they had advanced more than a few yards although enough men survived to capture the German trenches, the only unit to do so that day, before being forced to withdraw. (Wikipaedia)



Denis Carroll posted this old one on Facebook. The Mart Field is now Feale Drive.

Back row L-R: Gigs Nolan,?, Pa Kennedy, Miley Fitz, Jerry Kelliher, Bob O Brien, Buster Lynch, PJ Kelliher, Jimmy Griffin, Manager Roche.

Front L-R, Denny Carroll, Peter Sugrue, Kempes Kelliher, Kevin Sheehy, Liam Kelliher & Noel Roche


The Kerry Football team is one of Six Nominees for Rte Sport Team of the Year 2014

(photo; The Sunday Game )


This cool vehicles was spotted in Limerick this week


Christmas 2014 Scenes from Listowel

Athea revisited and Princess Mary Tins

Athea, Co. Limerick

I could look at the Athea forge mural forever. When I visited last week it had progressed a good bit. It is absolutely fascinating to watch the forge scenes from my childhood come to life on a local wall. The life size animals and men are captured brilliantly by artist, Jim Dunn.

This looks to me like a seed drill. I am proud to say that I have operated such a machine. I can’t wait to see this one finished.


A Christmas treat during WW1

As British servicemen were
mobilised en masse in late 1914, the nation prepared itself for Christmas at
war. Facing the very real prospect of hundreds of thousands of British men
spending the festive season away from their families, the 17 year old Princess
Mary took it upon herself to create a Sailors’ and Soldiers’ fund that would
raise funds to provide every service man and woman with a Christmas gift to
remind them they hadn’t been forgotten. 

Dubbed the Princess Mary Tin , the
gift was a brass tin that contained a variety of gifts. Tobacco, writing sets,
cigarettes and chocolate all featured, with a photo of the princess inside
every one of the 2 million tins produced.          (Photos and text: FindmyPast on Twitter)


Slí na Sí

The Fairy trail is now even more inviting as all the tall weeds have been cut back.

Another burden of worries left at the worry tree.

Róisín spotted all the birds’ nests high above us .

We checked in on the animals in the pet farm at O’Halloran’s Garden Centre

All doing well and enjoying a rare sunny day outdoors


The staff of Dr. Enright’s dentist’s The Square Listowel sometime in the 1950’s  (photo from Listowel thread on

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