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Ford in Brazil, The Cashen, silage and Ireland’s Own

Aidan Fleming, Cobh Camera Club’s entry in The Rebel Cup photography competition. He called it Letting off Steam


Cherrytrees shed their blossoms


Something I read in Ireland’s Own

Ireland’s Own is an Irish institution. It has been going strong now for many years. It is always packed with entertaining stories and pictures.

I read the following in the Unusual Facts column.

In 1928 Henry Ford bought land in the Amazon forest to harvest rubber to make tyres for Ford cars. He planned to build a Ford plant just like his U.S. one complete with an American style suburb called Fordlandia.

On a 6,000 square mile site in Brazil Ford built houses, a hospital, shops, a restaurant serving American food and he even built a swimming pool.

Ford’s efforts to imposeAmerican ideals on his Brazilian workforce did not succeed and soon the experiment had to be abandoned.

in the 1940s synthetic rubber was developed. Demand for rubber fell off and Ford sold the area back to the Brazilian government.


Cashen Connection

Kateen O’Brien,  Hannah Cahill, Peggy Dee,  Kathleen Laide,  Bridie O’Brien, …….Mary Dee, Nell Kissane and Eileen Dee

 back row : Timmy (Taylor ) Syiiivan Tommy Flanagan dont know this man

Photo and caption from Cashen Connection. This site has this and many old photos from the Cashen area.


First Silage 2017 in Kilfierna, Co. Limerick

Photo: Liam Downes


Snapped in Listowel Town Square

Nancy and Seán were at the Parade of Veterans in Listowel on Saturday April 29 2017


The Lartigue Players in Bantry in the 1980s

Norella’s old photos

Silage and a window in Upper William Street,

Silage 2014

My friend, Denis MacSweeney is a photographer. He lives in North Cork next door to a farm. He took these photos of silage work on the farm in May 2014.


Drama Trail during Writers’ Week 2014

This very popular event was again blessed with good weather in 2014. Abbeyfeale Drama Group provided the entertainment and everyone had a great time.

A queue for one of the many popular St. John’s events  (photos; Ann McNamee)


A window to wonder at

Vincent Carmody drew my attention to this upstairs window in the house next to St. Patrick’s Hall, Listowel which is currently being renovated. This little window is at odds with the architecture of the street and breaks the line of rectangular windows chacteristic of this corner of town.  I have taken some photographs of some of  the neighboring windows, varied and individual but all rectangular and symmetrical.

This is how the street looks now.

the new window and an old one



Bank of Ireland is being repainted. I preferred the old colour. It’s now a bit too grey for me.


Listowel born cleric

BISHOP: Bernard Mahoney was born 24 July 1875, in Albany, New York, to Daniel and Honora (née O’Connor) Mahoney, both parents from Duagh Co Kerry. He left school early to support his family, worked  as telegraph messenger boy.  After attending St. John’s Academy in Rensselaer, he entered September 1895, Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1899 and a Master of Arts in 1901.He worked through college as a telegrapher for Albany and Troy newspapers. Bishop Thomas A Burke of Albany sent him to the North American College in Rome , where he was  ordained to the priesthood on February 27, 1904.Returning to America  in 1905 He  served as a curate at St. Peter’s Church in Troy until 1909, Fr Mahoney again went to Rome  and  became spiritual director of the Pontifical North American College there. In 1912 he earned a Doctor of Sacred Theology.On May 24, 1922, Bernard J  Mahoney was appointed Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 29 from Cardinal Gaetano de Lai, with Bishops Giovanni Maria Zonghi and Giacomo Sinibaldi serving as co-consecrators, in Rome. He was Bishop at Sioux Falls for the  sixteen years, until his death at age 63 on 20th March 1939. He was popular at conducting retreats for priests.

Bishop Mahoney died at Rochester following and operation. His funeral services were held at St Joseph’s Cathedral.

Published: June 25, 1883

Copyright © The New York Times

Amy Sheehy, artist

Ballybunion Sea Angling was on Bromore Cliffs on June 4 2013


Yipee! We’re on the short list

Four Kerry towns have been shortlisted
for the 2013 Tourism Town Award.

The award, now in its second year
is organised by Failte Ireland, and is designed to recognise Irish towns and
villages where the local community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal
to tourists.

Portmagee in south Kerry was the
winning town of the inaugural award in 2012.

This year, again, Portmagee is on
the shortlist along with Listowel, Kenmare and Tralee.

The 45 towns will be judged under
the following headings Sense of Place, Local Involvement, Tourism Products
Available and Development and promotion of the town.

The top ten towns will each receive
€1,000 with the eventual winner receiving a further €10,000 along with
marketing and development supports from Fáilte Ireland.   (Radio Kerry)


Knockanure are the North Kerry division 5 league football champions and John Stack took some great photos….ones to show the grandkids in years to come.


Ger Greaney took a photograph of a photograph in a Kerry’s Eye from 2000.  It shows Ruth and Amy Sheehy with Sara Browne and Leah Dore.

The very same Amy Sheehy had her own art exhibition in The Seanchaí during Writers’ Week 2013 and I was there.

Striking paintings very well received by the capacity audience.

Another artist in the canon of Listowel’s very talented.


cat and mouse?


Silage season is here:

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