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Tag: rewilding

Rewilding, Honey Badgers, Jostle Stones and Lawlers Cake Shop

Missing Molly

Molly was with me on her Kerry holidays for the best of last week’s weather. I miss her on trips to Ballybunion.


More Rewilding

This lush vegetation is in Gurtinard Wood.


Keeping the flowers in Tip Top Shape

Watering the flowers in Listowel Town Square in July 2019


At Golf View


It’s the Silly Season

From this invaluable book of useless information I have learned that the honey badger is the most aggressive and blood thirsty mammal in the world.

They live in Asia and Africa, (thank God for that) and they are not badgers at all. They just look like badgers. They are an unrelated species of weasel but they do love homey. They love to rip apart beehives and eat as much honey as they can scoff. They are led to the beehives by honeyguide birds. The birds call out to the honey badger when they find a hive. They wait for the honey badger to eat his fill and they are happy with what’s left. They are birds after all. They don’t have much of an appetite.

Wait for this! The honey badger has few predators because, if attacked from the back, his skin is so loose fitting that he can twist around within his own skin and fight back.

But there’s worse! They will eat snakes, hyenas, lions and tigers, tortoises, porcupines, crocodiles and bears  AND  they also eat young honey badgers; only half the cubs survive to adulthood……..I have to stop.

This is beyond disgusting!


Lawlers’ Cake Shop

I came to live in Listowel in the mid 1970’s and this shop was in it’s heyday. I remember seeing buckets, yes buckets, of fresh cream from the Creamery being taken in there. Gigs Sheehy used to call with trays of eggs piled high every morning. By 12.00 noon Lawlers was a feast for the senses as the array of fresh cream cakes were being constantly replenished as they were snapped up by customers. By 4.00p.m. you would be lucky to get anything at all. Nowadays we have lots of shops selling confectionery, but in 1970s Listowel nothing compared to Lawlers.


Young Tidy Towers 

Lovely to see young people taking pride in their town and helping out with the litter picking.


Jostle Stones

Look at the two cement bollards at either side of the passageway. These are the obstructions we were talking about yesterday.

Vincent Carmody knew what they were and he wrote;

The stones which Patrick O’Shea referred to were also known as Guard Stones, These were possibly of French origin, they are known  by their French name as Chasse-Roue, translated to, wheel-cheaser. Sometimes instead of stones, parts of obsolete canon barrels were used. 

There are up up to 11 locations in Listowel where these or something similar can be still seen. A blast  (not the canon) from the past.

Nicholas Leonard also knows of these devices for protecting your walls. He wrote;

That stone is an aptly-named Jostle Stone. They were as you say designed to protect entrance walls from the iron-banded wheels of heavy drays and carts. In places, the Jostle Stones were conical-shaped so that any wheel that might ride up on the side of it would immediately be ‘jostled’ and slip down and outwards from the stone, and the wall it protected. Other stones leant into the wall at a steep angle; this ensured immediate repulsion of intruding dray-wheels, etc.

it seems that Jostle stones were designed and set in place  in such a manner as to bear heavy impacts and to last for a  long time.

There is a great piece on Jostle Stones online – see  Forgotten Stones: Jostle Stones of Ennis by Mary Kearns   

Ennis has many Jostle Stones still in-situ which may be seen onlineCork City is another place where Jostle Stones may be seen. My experience (in the 80s) of Ennis is of dangerous narrow streets, entrances and lane-ways. There were bound to be tight turns and narrow entrances in olden days for carters and dray-men.

Listowel Pitch and Putt Course, Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill and Rewilding

St. Mary’s, Listowel in July 2019


Listowel Pitch and Putt Course in Summer 2019

The course is in tip top condition and a credit to all the people who look after it.


Book of Ignorance

Another pearl of wisdom for you….

Over a fifteen year period an ecologist called Jennifer Owen discovered 422 species of plant and 1,757 species of animal including 533 species never before recorded in Britain and four were completely new to science. All this in her suburban garden in Humberscome. So if you have enough time, patience and, of course, expertise, it is quite possible to discover a new species without ever leaving home. AND if you get to discover a new species, you get to name it.


‘Sé mo Laoch……

Text and photo is a Facebook post from Raymond O’Sullivan.

While waiting and praying(?) that my old car would pass the NCT test in Charleville this morning, I jumped the wall into the adjacent Holy Cross cemetery to pay my respects to the 18th century Gaelic poet, Seán “Clárach” Mac Domhnaill. He was born in Churchtown in 1691 but lived most of his life in Charleville, and is buried there in the ruins of the mediaeval church in the centre of the graveyard. Although a labourer by trade he was regarded by his peers as Príomh-Éigeas na Mumhan or Chief Poet of Munster. He is best remembered for Mo Ghile Mear, a Jacobite ballad composed after the defeat and exile of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden in 1746. One of our most popular Gaelic songs, it has become the ‘anthem’ of our southern neighbours in Cúil Aodha i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí.
BTW, she passed the test. Never underestimate an old man with an old Nissan Micra.



That’s the new name for it. So if your lawn is going to seed and your garden looks a bit neglected, you can say you are “rewilding”. It’s the latest trend in gardening.


So Sad

This story was all over main stream and social media yesterday so I’m sure by now people will have made out who John was. I hope he had a good turn out at his funeral.


Good News from Ballybunion

Beach Wheelchairs

Kerry County Council have announced that there will be a beach wheelchair available on the ladies beach for the summer. The wheelchairs will be available for booking until 15th of September.

This service is free but the wheelchairs must be booked in advance and are available for up to 3-hour slots. They are available at Collin’s Seaweed bath’s phone 068-27469, Times available during weekdays are 12pm to 5.30pm and at the weekends 11am to 6pm. For further information phone 066-7162000 or email:

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