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Tag: St Patrick’s Day 2012

St. Patrick’s Day

On this day in 2012

Today is March 17 2015 so, all going well,  I am in town at the parade. I’ll bring you photos from today’s parade tomorrow but meanwhile I’ll jolt your memory with a few from yesteryear.


St. Patrick’s day in Dublin in 1950

(Photos of Dublin on Twitter)


O’Reilly play in Cincinnati

Last week I wrote about Listowel playwright, Christian O’Reilly. Then I got this lovely email from a blog follower, Elizabeth Koller:

” I read ago about Christian O’Reilly in your blog, then discovered there was a production of Chapatti showing in Cincinnati, OH. My daughter and I went to see it on Saturday night, just before the run ended. It was powerful and the two actors were absolutely amazing. It was very well received here and was pretty well sold out. We were lucky and  managed to get two tickets that had literally just been turned back in.”


Tralee goes Green

Tralee Chamber Alliance is turning Tralee green for St. Patrick’s Day 2015. 

Could Listowel try something similar?

Dominican church


(Photos; Tralee Chamber Alliance)

More St. Patrick’s Day photos and WW2 re-enactment

Do you remember with old film cameras we took 12, 24 or if we were lucky 36 photos over a period of time? We removed the roll of film from the camera and we took or sent it to Spectra and we waited 48 hours to see the finished result. There was the eager anticipation of wondering what the photos would turn out like and the frequent disappointment when they were overexposed, had heads cut off or were otherwise ruined.

Nowadays you take a photo and the subject is straight round to take a look and accept or veto the finished result. There are cameras which have a screen at the front so that the subject can see how he looks before you click the shutter. There is a new camera, the Lytro which allows you to edit and enhance photos in the camera. We used to say “The camera never lies.” Well it does now!

This preamble is by way of introduction to today’s photos. They are James Kenny’s photos from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They are a bit late for today’s audience so used to instant gratification but they are worth sharing nonetheless.

BTW this camera will soon be available in Ikea. It’s made of cardboard, takes 40 photos to an internal memory, runs on 2 AA batteries, and has usb connectivity. And it will be cheap as chips. It was only a matter of time……



Louis le Brocquy R.I.P.

I first heard of Louis le Brocquy, who died yesterday aged 95, in Listowel Writers’ Week. Mairead Pierse was in charge of art in the 70’s and she had a great eye for talent.  She was responsible for bringing many artists to us. Some of these, like Louis le Brocquy went on to greater things.


Take a look at the promotional video for the May weekend. It’s really good.

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