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Tag: The Beach Mission

Ballybunion,Old Phones, Ladybird Wife and Republicans in the 70s

Fields of Gold

Chris Grayson photographed this barley in Lyracrompane


 in Ballybunion by the Sea…August 2017

View of the beach from the Cliff Walk

 Peaceful cattle rest in the sunshine

 Isn’t this lovely?

The beach mission are still pulling the crowds.


Things that Take me Back

In the Lartigue Museum in Listowel there are many many things that will take you back in time. As well as the train and the train related videos and memorabilia, there is a collection of photographs and artefacts that will take the visitor on a delightful trip down memory lane. Below are some I photographed lately.

 I remember these meters and fuses from my childhood.

Ah the Sacred Heart lamp and those light fitting adaptors!


Old railway signs

My granddaughters were fascinated by the old phones. They found it hard to imagine a time when the phone rang and you answered it without a clue as to who it might be.


From the Ladybird How it Works series 

A tongue in cheek guide to being a wife


Listowel in the New York Post

Robert O’Shea shares this from The New York Post


The Girls are Back in Town

Read this blog to see what visitors who have become family at the Olive Stack Gallery have been up to. They also share a sneak peek of what’s being planned for Listowel for Christmas and its mega exciting



Were you there?

This photo was taken in Listowel on an Easter Monday in the 70s and Ballydonoghue Magazine Committee are looking for names.


I Put me Money where my Mouth is

(Well, not a lot of my money, obviously, but at least I now have skin in the game)

Make hay while the sun shines

Summer 2013 was a great one for haymaking. Banished are the memories of farmers queueing for imported hay a few short months ago.


Ballybunion had a great season.

This is The Beach Mission. It has been coming to Ballybunion every August for 35 years. It is the best free entertainment you will get…a summer camp on the beach every day. I enjoyed introducing my grandchildren to the simple pleasures enjoyed by their parents over 20 years ago. They still organise a boys versus girls tug-o-war.

I took this picture on the Bromore Cliff Walk. If you have never walked here you have missed something wonderful.


KnitWits are still happily knitting and crocheting. Here we are in Scribes in July 2013.


Sad to see this shop close its doors


Traffic update from The Mayor of Listowel

Roadworks on the R552 Listowel-Ballylongford Rd between JB Keane R’bout and Bedford Cross continue until Friday. Delays expected.


Jer. Kennelly took this video of crowds leaving Croke Park on Sunday. You might see a few familiar faces;

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