Tuesday, 29 July 2014

St. Mary's renovation; progress report, Fungi and some puppies


Fungi, the Dingle Dolphin



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From Bord na Mona Heartland


The First International Peat Symposium took place in Ireland, 60 years ago in July 1954. Delegates came from 15 countries to discuss the latest technology in the peat industry. 20 years after an Irish delegation visited Germany and the Soviet Union to look at the industry there, now overseas delegates came to Ireland to look at our industry. This is the visit of the delegates to Clonsast Bog.

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St. Mary's Parish Church Listowel ….progress July 26 2014



The project is on target and is due to finish on Saturday next, August 2 2014.


St. Mary's will revert from a building site to a place of worship.



New floor looking good



Radiators are being reinstalled. The old ones were good enough so no new expense there.



A new and safer ramp gives access to the altar.



Beautiful  confession boxes are put back.



Great new lighting will highlight some of the lovely old features of the church.



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Puppy Walkers Needed




Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind  are looking for volunteer puppy walkers in Tralee.

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R.I.P. Maurice Stack ….another of the old stock




Photo of Maurice Stack and the late Eamon Keane from the internet.

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Saving the hay, salmon fishing and an end of year dinner and dance

Make hay while the sun shines….

On Muckross House Traditional Farms they saved the hay the old way. The photos come from their Facebook page.



 This man is gathering the hay prior to making the wynds. This machine requires quite a  bit of skill to operate.


This man appears to be using a four prong pike so I'd say he is finishing off the wynd and combing out the loose hay. Haymaking was always done with a two prong pike.


The wynds made and the field raked…job done!

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Lisivigeen school 1930




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Lyre



Lovely photos from Lyreacrompane dinner and dance here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyreacrompane-Community-Development/257124171035097?fref=photo


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Moss Joe Browne's video of salmon fishing in the river Cashen last week;

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=262803743921812&fref=nf


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Tom Fitzgerald and Jim Cogan on Church St. in 2008. May they both rest in peace.



This obituary to the late Tom Fitzgerald is taken from the North Kerry Board GAA website

Former Secretary of the North Kerry Football Board                                                                                                       Billerough, Listowel.

It was with immense sadness and much regret that we learned of the news that swept throughout North Kerry and beyond on Wednesday morning last July 16th 2014 of the passing of the late Tom Fitzgerald R.I.P. Tom was to so many, a person of the highest integrity through his profession as a Secondary School Teacher and then through his involvement and love of the G.A.A. He was always a great family man, despite the fact that an amount of his time did revolve around his profession and sport. Indeed it is at this time that we think especially of Tom’s family and particularly that of his beloved wife Marie, daughters Ann Marie and Juadth sons Paul and Gerry, daughters in law Denise and Olivia, son in law David, grandchildren, brother Kieran and sister Eileen nephews, nieces family relatives and wide circle of friends with whom our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with at this sad time.

Indeed to go through everything that Tom achieved whether it be on the pitch or at the boardroom table or in the confines of the Tech in Listowel would indeed require a lot more space to highlight than what is printed here. It would require reams upon reams of paper to properly document everything that went into his most illustrious life. In this article we  wish to highlight as much as possible his involvement particularly in the G.A.A. where he touched the lives of so many people. From his early childhood Tom was steeped in the G.A.A. and won a Minor North Kerry Medal with Listowel in the mid 40s. That followed on with a Senior North Kerry Championship medal again with Emmets in 1957. 

An absence from these shores followed with Tom spending a few years in England. On returning he once again became involved with the Listowel Emmets Senior Team who were going through a bad patch at that particular time which was in or around the beginning of 1971. Through the efforts of the late Chairman Mikey Kennelly, Secretary Vincent Carmody and Tom a big drive was put in place to put together a good and young energetic team in which over 36 players were watched and looked at with a young squad emerging that would propel the Club into great success. 

By the end of 1972 the Emmets Senior team had captured the North Kerry Senior Championship defeating Finuge in the Final. They also won the Co Junior Championship defeating Glenflesk in the Final. The North Kerry League was also to be theirs even though Emmets drew with Desmonds in the  Final with the replay going out until June of 1973. To his credit Tom has had unbelievable success in both training and as a selector in so many various teams. He trained Emmets to great success, again capturing titles in 1995, 96 and 97. He trained Finuge and Ballydonoghue during the course of his career plus he guided and trained Feale Rangers who went on to win a County Under 21 title. He also trained both Listowel Vocational School and the Kerry Vocational School teams to glory at both local, County, Provincial and All Ireland levels. He also trained Shannon Rangers along with guiding the Kerry Juniors to All Ireland success.

But his role as an administrator was exemplary. His ability, time and patience will never ever, ever be matched, forgotten or surpassed by anybody whom had the privilege of either serving or working with him during the course of his 23 years as Secretary of the North Kerry Football Board. He took over the role as Secretary of the Board in 1972 on the retirement of the late Andy Molyneaux who proceeded to be appointed as Secretary of the Kerry County Board on that particular year. During the following 23 years Tom served under three different chairmen Dan Kiely, Gerald McKenna and Bernard O’Callaghan. Indeed if anyone had all the attributes that make a unique Officer of any Club or Board Tom Fitz, as he was more affectionately known, had all of these and more. 

Those of us who had the privilege of either serving with him, or working with him, indeed we will always hold his friendship, courteous manner and style to the highest degree. His duties and loyalties were again to the forefront when he took the position of Chairman of the Emmets Club on the stepping down of the late Mikey Kennelly. In recent years he was made President of the Emmets Coiste na nOg Club a position he held with great pride until his passing from us. 

Indeed the high esteem that Tom was held in was very much borne out on Saturday morning last as over a hundred school kids flanked his remains as it made its way from his home to St Michael’s College. Tom Fitzgerald R.I.P. gave so much to Club, Divisional, District and County G.A.A.  has left us a legacy in his passing for which we will always be humbly grateful. May the sod in St Michael’s Cemetery in Listowel rest lightly on the gentle soul of our esteemed friend, colleague and comrade who now joins with so many of his fellow Gaels in that huge arena in the sky. An chuid file suaimhneach, a chara,  Ní bheidh muid ag feiceáil a chuid leithéidí arís. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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His and Hers Hairdressing in Charles Street has got a facelift.


This is the town end of Charles St. this week. His and Hers Hairdressing is second from right, next to Carmody's off license, now closed.

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Chapatti

I hope that we in Listowel get to see the new play by Christian O'Reilly which played to rave reviews at The Galway Arts Festival last week.


Friday, 25 July 2014

Dublin in July 2014 and some local sporty people

I made a trip to Dublin and Kildare for a theatre break and to visit family


I did not come to Dirty Dancing with too high expectations and in terms of light summer entertainment it was an enjoyable night out, light hearted and untaxing. The mostly female audience entered into the spirit of things and their enthusiasm added to the atmosphere.



My theatre companion, Clíona, at the theatre before the show. The Bord Gáis theatre is currently on the market.

 I took this photo from the upper tier at the interval. The Bord Gais theatre is really such a well designed gem, fitting perfectly into this lovely space.


 After the show, with the place all lit up, I'd buy it myself if I had the money. I hope it goes to the right buyer anyway.


Controversy surrounds these chimneys as well with plans to demolish them being opposed by some Dubliners who see them as "iconic". They are across the city in a direct line with the theatre.


On a beautiful summer evening many people were chilling out on the canal wall.

I had heard about the teenagers who don wetsuits and come down to swim in the canal. They were thrilled to see my camera and put on a performance for me and the tourists on the Viking Splash Tour.









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Kerry Crusaders



I found this photo on the Crusaders Facebook page. It shows some of those who took part in the Run Killarney event last weekend.

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FAI summer camp



photo: Facebook

A record number, 163 young people, participated in the recent FAI summer camp in Pat Kennedy Park, Tannavalla. The future is looking bright for football in Listowel.

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The Adventure is Over…. for now


Listowel's Savannah MacCarthy and the  U19 Irish Ladies Football team failed to make it to the final of the European Championships last night. They have shown such talent throughout the competition that I have no doubt we will be hearing more of them in the future.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Valentia, Geokaun and Portmagee


Valentia, Knightstown and Geokaun




This is the Valentia lifeboat. It is anchored in Knights Town, one of the prettiest villages I have ever visited.


This is Hotel Valentia overlooking the harbour.





Everywhere there were boats and signs of a maritime lifestyle, all beautifully painted and pristine.


The local Tidy Town's committee have done a great job of painting, restoring and preserving. This is an old weigh bridge, all painted up and looking beautiful.


This is the wall that greets you as you come off the ferry.



 What a beautiful way to decorate a boring old fence! In the international language of flags, this display spells Knights' Town.




The old Church of Ireland church is surrounded by a sensory garden.


This looks like an old baptismal font put to a new use.


This is one of the many wooden items in the innovative and different playground.



Below is a shop which has been in the news recently. It is Walsh's and has reopened after 21 years.





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Geokaun


No visitor should leave Valentia without visiting Geokaun. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles some of the most breathtaking views. The drive up the mountain is a bit scary but worthwhile.













This is Portmagee, a lovely little tourist town as you come off the island.




Ballybunion


Another lovely photo from Mike Enright

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A hare photographed by Timothy John MacSweeney.

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Pictures from last Sunday's Glin Swim


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It's a boy




Photographs of Dublin Zoo's new baby elephant are by Patrick Bolger.

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Will you look who's wearing a loom band bracelet now?


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Good luck tonight to the Irish Ladies U 19 football team. A win tonight will see them into the semi finals of the European Championship.