Friday, 22 September 2017

The Hahah, Killarney, pensions in Australia and more from Ladies Day 2017

Grey Squirrel by Chris Grayson

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The Hahah, Killarney

In this little corner of Killarney where the jarveys wait for a fare and feed and water their horses, there is an interesting shrine.










Around the corner from here are 2 lovely urban buildings; the town hall and the Plaza Hotel.



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School Traffic


I accompanied by little cailíni to school last week. Thank God we were on foot.

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Getting the Pension in Australia in 1899



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Ladies' Day 2017



It's always great to meet friends at The Races. Here I am with my friends, the O'Sullivans.


Great to catch up with Máire, Keelin and Judy



Daithí is well used to posing with pretty ladies. Imelda and Helen obliged him.


West Limerick ladies


The jazzy hat competition brought out some fabulous creations


Local ladies, Vourneen, Norah, Betty and Margaret were paying attention to action on the track.


Cliona places another losing bet.

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Farm Safety

Photo: Donal O'Leary


Two sixth year students, Padraig Hunt and Michael Murphy won the Safe Family Farm Competition for schools at The recent National Ploughing Championships 2017.

Their win was timely in a week that saw another two fatal farm accidents added to the list of such accidents we are hearing about lately.

With their Ag. Science teacher, Fiona Griffin, the boys came up with a plan to get an aerial map of the family farm and to highlight danger areas. This map would be of use to the farm family as well as visitors or farm workers


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Listowel Folk Group, St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Killarney and more from Ladies Day 2017

Doe, a deer....

Mother and babe by Chris Grayson

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Listowel Folk Group Bid Farewell to Ballinskelligs

Photos from Listowel Folk Group on Facebook


For some years not, the parish folk group have been taking a welcome summer break in Ballinskelligs. Now the house where they used to stay is up for sale and sadly, those happy summer days are now just a memory.



The congregation at Saturday evening mass in St. Mary's continue to enjoy their music and singing.

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Tarrant's of Market Street Repainted



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St. Mary's, Killarney, Church of the Sloes

St Mary's (Church of Ireland) Killarney, is a beautiful church in the heart of Killarney which serves a small congregation as well as tourists. There is evidence as far back as the 1200s of a Church in this area. More significantly the name of the Town itself Killarney (in Irish: Cill Airne) means Church of the Sloes.


I visited this church recently and I took a few photos of the many beautiful windows and fittings.

























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More from Ladies' Day 2017





It was great to meet so many local people making the Ladies' Day style effort.


I was very surprised not to see this eye catching outfit on the podium. It seems to be the year of block colours. Florals or prints did not seem to get a look in with this year's judges.



This looks to me like that fruit bowl creation which won at Galway. No joy at Listowel but you must agree it looks stunning.

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Culture Night 2017

Fergal Keane will return to his father's hometown on Friday Sept. 22 2017 to launch his new book.
Venue: Listowel Arms Hotel
Time; 7 to 8 p.m.


I took a few photos of Fergal when, as part of Listowel Writers Week 2017,  he read  his father's lovely piece of writing for the introduction to Vincent Carmody's North Kerry Camera.


Fergal Keane with Paddy Keane


with Kay Caball

with Eamon OMurchú


Fergal Keane reading to an enthralled audience