April Fool's Day History
Some of us in NKRO are attending a really good workshop on genealogy and heritage. The lecturer, Lorna Moloney of http://www.irisharc.org/index.cfm is interesting and informative. Last week she was telling us about gravestones. I knew that there were lots of different designs but I thought that that was more to do with what one could afford than with fashion.
People who have made a study of gravestones can tell the date of a stone by its shape. The iconography on stones can also tell us a lot about our ancestors.
Anyone visiting St. Michael's graveyard in Listowel cannot but notice the amount of celtic crosses there. When I walked through the graveyard on Thursday last I took the opportunity to photograph a few of the different crosses. I could hardly believe that there were so many different crosses in one place.
When I took more notice I saw that no two were the same.
These are but a small sample of all the crosses that were there.
Celtic crosses have fallen out of favour of late. Polished marble has replaced granite. Inscriptions are less formal and a fashion has grown up of adorning graves with trinkets and symbols of the departed person. Were I to take my camera to John Paul cemetery I would be recording a very different scene.
If you are seeking to locate the burial details of a Listowel relative this site is very useful
Listowel Youthreach is planning to erect a Remembrance Tree in the Square. Currently cards are on sale in local shops with all proceeds going to the Bee for Battens charity. For each card sold a ribbon will be placed on the tree. The buyer of the card will sent it to someone who has lost someone or who is very ill to tell them that their loved one will be remembered in Listowel. The tree ceremony will be held in The Square on Weds. next April 4 at 1.00p.m.
Random bit of silly news
Why are Jaffa Cakes cakes and not biscuits?
I learned the answer to this pressing question on the radio last week. Apparently, in Britain, cakes attract a lower rate of V.A.T. than biscuits. Cakes are essential, biscuits a luxury, is apparently the hard -to -understand rationale behind this one.
A million pound court case turned on this designation of Jaffa Cakes and the decision came down in favour of designating these edibles as cakes.
The Reason: Cakes go hard when they are stale and biscuits go soft. Ergo Jaffa Cakes are cakes.