Friday, 20 January 2017

Badminton, Youth Culture and a Pat Given poem

In Listowel Town Square

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Badminton in The Community Centre, Sunday January 16 2017


The man himself wasn't there when I called to the community centre but his seat was reserved for him.


These three, James Sheahan, Margaret Healy and Mark Loughnane were busy running the show.





The prizes looked very impressive. Also very impressive was the collection of trophies in the County badminton photo which was on display.




Listowel's winning Division 4 team.


This brother and sister had come all the way from Valentia especially for the tournament.

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Bop It


This is my grandson playing Bop It. You've never heard of Bop it? Well, that's only the start of it. I learned a lot about young people's culture during my sojourn in Cork at Christmas. Let me share some of what I learned with you.


In this photo my three granddaughters are wearing JoJo bows.
Never heard of those? Jo Jo Siwa is a young girl with a You Tube channel and she is super at marketing. Every young girl in Cork seemed to be wearing these.

While we're on the subject of Youtube sensations, have you seen this man?


He also has his own Youtube channel and his Pineapple Pen song (It's hardly even a song, more of a jingle) is a viral hit. It was the audience participation song at the panto in The Opera House and, I kid you not when I tell you that every child in Cork knew it.

Do you know about the Musically app? Very young children are using this to make music videos and to lip synch and share their compositions with their friends.

And then there are Vines.

"A Vine is a download-only short-form video hosting service where users could share six-second-long looping video clips."   Wikipedia.

Here endeth today's lesson on Youth culture. I hope your head isn't too addled.


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A Poem

Helios; A Cork dog with French connections

Welcome 

by Pat Given...from his anthology October Stocktaking

When I returned after one week’s absence
Such rapture greeted me!
Now, some would say such open demonstration
Of affection is vulgar.
Others say; anything so overdone
Smacks of pretence.
But I say to the first,
Show me one other who greets me so,
To the second,
Deceit is not in the nature of a dog.

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Quarant Ore

Quarantore was the practice of 40 hours exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. It was celebrated in Listowel with a procession through the convent grounds. As people's memories of this annual event are being stirred, I am getting a clearer picture. We have the priest surrounded by altar boys, communicants strewing rose petals, nuns in their cream cloaks which were worn at funerals and other solemn occasions, Children of Mary and, now, according to Anne Dillon who remembers participating in the procession when she was in sixth class, all of the girls from the primary school. 

Wouldn't it be lovely if someone could find an old photo of this occasion.




Thursday, 19 January 2017

Presentation Convent Then and Now, a poem and the Community Centre extension

The 1916 installation in January 2017




It looks great.


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Presentation Convent, then and now

My photographs of the convent  made so many people feel sad that I thought I'd better post a last few nice photographs from the convent in its heyday, the way we all prefer to remember it.












So sad!

When I was writing some convent memories earlier in the week, I included this Facebook comment from Maria Sham


What a waste! Sr Dympna loved the gardens, with the help of a man named Mackassey. I remember walking around the gardens following the Priest with the Blessed Sacrament all of us in our white dresses. It was Corpus Christi. We had another name for it. Does anyone know what it was ?

Seems that lots of people know what it was, Maria. It was the Quadrant Ore Celebration of the Eucharist.

James Kenny did a bit of research on this practice. This is what he wrote;

 "Maria Sham referred to a procession at the Presentation Convent during Corpus Christi and was querying if it had a name. It was called the Quarantore, official name is Quadrant’ Ore. I remember the processions….I  was an altar boy at the time and had the great “honour” of leading out the procession with the other boys and the priests.
The Quarantore was Forty Hours' Devotion; a Roman Catholic exercise of devotion in which continuous prayer is made for forty hours before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. It commonly occurred in a succession of churches, with one finishing prayers at the same time as the next takes it up
A celebration of such a devotion was begun by a Solemn Mass or "Mass of Exposition", and ended by a "Mass of Deposition". Each of these masses includes a procession and the litany of the saints being chanted.
The word derives from early 17th century  Italian: quaranta meaning forty and ore meaning  hours.
I don’t recollect if the procession in the convent grounds was the beginning or the end of the forth hours adoration.
Although the precise origin of the Forty Hours' Devotion is wrapped in a good deal of obscurity, the custom of exposing the Blessed Sacrament in one church after another is recorded as having started as a novelty in Milan, in May, 1537."

Margaret Dillon remembers Listowel's Quadrant Ore well. The Eucharist in a monstrance was held aloft by the priest. That year's communicants (girls) in two lines came forward and strewed petals before the Eucharist. This was a carefully choreographed exercise. Sr. Dympna was in charge and she drilled the girls in what to do. At a certain point, the girls who were at the front went to the back and two new girls took over the petal duty at the front of the line.

Vincent Carmody remembers this Corpus Christi procession too. Vincent was an altar boy in the convent chapel and on Corpus Christi he got a day off school to participate in the the procession. The ceremony was part of Quadrant Ore or forty hours of prayer to mark the feast of the Body of Christ. 

As Vincent remembers it the blessed sacrament was taken in the monstrance from the altar where it had stood during the Quarantore exposition and it was carried down the corridor of the convent followed by the nuns and the Children of Mary. It was carried out the front door and around the front lawn following the path, before being returned again to the chapel.

Seán Keane remembers it well. He wrote "No doubt you were there for the "Quarantori" as I think the Corpus Christi procession was called ( forty (Quarenta) days after Easter Sunday?)The girls scattered petals of flowers from baskets,onto the ground in front of the priests at the head of the procession around the convent grounds.
I was one of the young Altar boys who served the priest at all the ceremonies in the convent church.
Sr Aloyius was our taskmaster
The 7.30 am Mass was a bit of a bind but was compensated for by the freedom to roam which we took and the generosity in the kitchens which we availed of while we waited to serve at benediction after retreats for the Children of Mary etc.
I recall seeing a nice photo of the group of us Altar boys taken in front of the convent door
( exactly as in our picture) about 1960.
Others will have more."

Maura McConnell remembers it as well. "The procession through the convent gardens on Corpus Christi was known as Quarant'Ore  . The garden always looked immaculate then and woe betide you if you were caught walking on the grass 😂 Maura"


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A Poem for You


I Like to Walk with Nana

I like to walk with Nana,
Her steps are small  like mine.
She never says "let's hurry-up!
She always takes her time.
I like to walk with Nana,
Her eyes see things like mine.
Shiny stones, a fluffy cloud,
Stars at night that shine.
People rush their whole day through,
They rarely stop to see.
I'm glad that God made Nanas
unrushed and young like me!

Author: unknown

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From the Archives

Kerryman 4 January 1947

South Kerry Domestic Servant's Fatal Injuries. About 6. 10 pm on
Christmas Eve, while seventeen years old Miss Mary Curran a domestic
servant, of  Coomastow, Ahatubrid, was proceeding home from her
employer’s place at Waterville, she was involved in a collision with a
motor lorry at Kinneigh, seven miles from Caherciveen and received
injuries to which she succumbed in about 20 minutes.

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Progress on the Community Centre Extension, January 11 2017




Wednesday, 18 January 2017

St. Bridgit's Duagh, Presentation Convent , Listowel and Badminton in the Community Centre

Wind Turbines on the hills behind Duagh, Co. Kerry, January 2017




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Memorial in Castle Island




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St. Bridgit's Duagh

Some more photos from my visit to St. Bridgit's in Duagh in early January 2017.










This is the view from the altar.





The stations of the cross were all sponsored by benefactors.

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Presentation Convent Then and Now

Another reminder of what we have lost.


This photograph was taken by the late Tim Griffin who looked after that lawn and flower beds so well.



This magnificent horse chestnut tree stands outside Toirbheart, the old primary school.






I think we'll see these before we ever see it returned to its former glory.

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Listowel Badminton Club Invitational Tournament 2017

Junior Griffin is Mr. Badminton in Kerry. He is always coming up with new plans to promote the game. I met him in the community centre on Sunday last and he told me about a new fun sideshow he had introduced this year. The photographs tell the story. The rhymes are Juniors.


No, I didn't win the cup or any other prize for badminton ever. It was Junior's idea that we pose with it in the absence of the Junior Griffin cup which was played for on Saturday and was on its way to Cork.






Junior showing how its done.








If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. Mark, despite his admirable record of Saturday, had to take a few goes on Sunday but he did succeed in getting the shuttle in the bucket.