Opening Night Writers’ Week 2015

It may seem that I did, but I did not take everyone’s photo who attended opening night.

 I did take quite a few!

Children’s author, Philip Ardagh, looked an imposing figure at the door of the Listowel Arms.

 Some of the following people I know well and some I have no name for so if you recognize someone, do tell them that they feature in my blog today.


Full Circle

Andrea wrote to me from the U.S. to tell me that her daughter is to be married in St. Mary’s in summer 2015. The wedding will see this bride back in the church where her great great grandmother was baptized.

The ancestor is Catherine McCoy, known in the family as Kate. She was 1 of 8 , John, Patrick, Mary, Margaret, Joanna, Daniel and Ellen all born between 1857 to 1868. Their parents were Lawrence McCoy and Margaret Collins. Margaret was born in 1827 and had a sister Mary  born in 1825. Their parents were John Collins and Mary Lynch. Kate  came to the states at 18 and met up with her sister Joanna. They settled in Albany Ny. Kate married Oliver English.  They had 5 children. Andrea’s grandma was the oldest, Margaret. She lived to a ripe old age of 103 and was very dear to Andrea. 

Ellen McCoy stayed in Ireland and lived to a good age, but Andrea is not sure if she married. Kate’s family lived in a area of Listowel  called Coolnaleen.

This is all the information Andrea has and this was got from the records in Listowel. If anyone knows anything else about this family, do drop me an email please.


Jason at Ballybunion Prints posted this great photo of goats on the cliffs at Ballybunion.


Meanwhile in Scoil Realt na Maidine

Boys are gardening, running in the park, going on outings as well as playing a football league, all part of their well rounded education.


Adare Now. June 7 2015

It is so sad to see this image of Adare. It was taken last Sunday by Knockanure Local.