Here they are; the first tranche of my Ladies Day photos. I’ll be posting more tomorrow and in the following days, but don’t worry, I’ll try to include a few non fashion related items as well.

If you needed a bag or a hat to complete the ensemble you could purchase one on the spot at a stand on the island.


Serious message coming up!

The link above is to Christy Moore’s anti Arthur’s Day song. Listen and you will notice the ambivalence of the audience. They want to clap and sing along but the song is not a happy clappy number. It’s a very serious wake up call to alert us to the danger of being sucked into this image of Irishness being peddled by the advertisers.

We are all familiar with the iconic image of Barack Obama in a pub in Moneygall with a pint in his hand.

The queen’s visit was not complete until Prince Philip had been photographed in front of a pint.

Closer to home, I saw so much drunkeness in town on the Friday of Raceweek that I am very concerned for our young people.

A regular follower of the blog wrote to me to ask me to appeal to people to be “guardian angels” and look out for their friends and neighbours who are so incapacitated by drink on a night out or in this case a day out that they are a danger to themselves and others.

Rant over!


In response to numerous requests, here it is Mickey MacConnell singing his ballad of Lidl and Aldi live in John B’s. Enjoy!


I wonder if they were as hard to come by in 1939.


Free blood pressure checks today, Weds. Sept 25 2013 at Listowel Family Resource Centre between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.