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More from The Green Guide., Living Literature, Dublin Kerry Association


More from the Little Green Guide of 1965


Living Literature  at The Seanchaí

This is Angeline, the actress, with Jerry, the John B. Keane fan before the start of our Living Literature Tour on Saturday July 21 2018

We were in The Seanchaí for a tour of the rooms dedicated to North Kerry Writers. If you get a chance to take this guided tour, I’d highly recommend it. Angeline, our guide, was full of enthusiasm for the work of the featured writers. She sang, played, recited and acted to bring to life the work of the various writers. She was brilliant and we all greatly enjoyed the tour.

 In the room dedicated to Bryan MacMahon she told us the story, recounted in The Master, of Bryan getting a young mahout to bring a baby elephant to the school. This seems really extraordinary to today’s young people but a photo in the John Hannon archive shows a parade of elephants through the town to advertise the arrival of a circus.

Elephants on Market Street photographed by Johnny Hannon.

Paddy stepped up to the plate to play Byrne to Angeline’s Big Maggie in the excerpt from the John B. Keane Play.


Dublin Kerry Association

I missed this one earlier in the summer when Fr. Anthony Gaughan was presented with an award and the Kerry gang in the capital came out in force

Fr. Gaughan with Miriam O’Callaghan and Keelin Kissane


Seán Keane in Finuge

The highlight of the Seán Maccarthy Memorial Weekend was Seán Keane in concert Neil Brosnan was there and he met Brendan Kennelly with his sister and niece.

Photo; Neil Brosnan

 This photo and caption are also from Neil Brosnan on Facebook.

Sean McCarthy ballad competition sponsors, Mike and Sue Nilsson, with prizewinners: Joe Harrington, 1st, Caroline O’Callaghan, 2nd, and myself in 3rd place 


Yesterday, August 5 2018 in Listowel

Listowel Pitch and Putt Club, a quilt and a new location for our vaping supplies shop

What a Beauty!

Tree near Listowel Pitch and Putt Clubhouse


Listowel Pitch and Putt Course

This part of Listowel’s Town Park is a tribute to all  the people who have taken care of it over the years. There has been some magnificent planting done here over many years and the course is always beautifully presented. I have heard that the definition of unselfishness is planting a tree under whose shade you will never sit. Listowel has reason to be grateful to many many unselfish men.


The E Smoke Store has moved

On Lower William Street


Pat Del Savio’s Irish quilt

Pat had a greeting card that she liked so much she decided to use the design to make a quilt. Isn’t it lovely?


A Highlight of Seán McCarthy Festival


Molly has Gone Home

All good things come to an end. Molly has gone back home after her Kerry holiday.

Of course I miss her company on my walks, her sweet little face welcoming me home, her companionship in the house and garden.

But then there was the same Molly who ate the first 2 chapters of the book I was reading and the brat who got into my knitting bag.

So I don’t think I’ll be getting a puppy. I am assured that Molly is allowed to come to Kerry for holidays whenever I want her.

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