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Turf Selling in 1905, Ashe Street and Shebeens

Mallow Camera Club Image of the Year 2020/21 Competition


Grade 2 : Image Title ” Horizontal”

1st Place : Peter Tips.


Turf Sellers in Killarney

Photo and caption from Vanishing Ireland site

Young Kerry lads in from the country selling turf in Killarney, about 1906. 

This lantern slide was produced by the Keystone Photographic Co.

They like to carry as much as possible on their donkey carts, with turf neatly stacked on top.


St. Michael’s College, Listowel on a Cold and Frosty Morning in Feb. 2021


Church Street or Ashe Street?

What’s in a name? We have bigger things to trouble us in February 2021.


A Shebeen

Does this word for an illegal pub exist anywhere outside Ireland? Once upon a time in Ireland shebeen’s were popular. They were often places where póitín was sold.

During the recent lockdown, shebeens are having a revival. The Gardaí have raided quite a few recently.

The word shebeen comes from the Irish sibín meaning a mugful.

Only a mug would visit one nowadays but that’s a whole other word altogether.


Phone boxes and sad emigrant tales


Robin, McKenna’s, Certified Seed Potatoes and Wintry Weather on the Coast


  1. Listowel Connection

    Yes, I've been told that by a man who knows these things. He also knows a thing or two about renaming Listowel streets. Look out for future posts

  2. ClareK

    I think shebeen is a term used a lot in South Africa.

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