Next weekend everywhere you turn in North Kerry there will be a festival taking place. These are not rival festivals but all complementary, providing something for everyone. In short, North Kerrry is the very best place to be for the August bank holiday weekend because there is something on to suit every taste. You can learn about your Irish heritage, dance at the crossroads or take a walking tour of Listowel with the very knowledgable Vincent Carmody, you can visit local gardens and learn about flower arranging, you can give your dog a very enjoyable day out, you can visit a craft fair or dance to Declan Nerney all on next weekend in our very own backyard. Listowel will be THE place to be.
What in the name of all that's good and holy is this?
It's a doggy loo. I photographed one on the John B. Keane Rd. Your beloved pooch does his business, you scoop it up and deposit it in one of these dog toilets. I have heard no reports yet on the success or otherwise of this initiative. I hope these toilets will prove more popular than the one for humans in Market St.
This extraordinary story from last week's cinema shooting in Aurora is true.
|Petra Anderson, violinist.|
Finally, a poem for Monday from Kathleen Forristal who wants to share some of her happy memories of growing up in Listowel.
Clean and Happy
Reflection’s of flames upon the stone floor.
Sound of fire, damper open, chimney roars.
Clock in centre of oven door tells no time.
Hand moves slowly round but never chimes.
Tin bath with handles propped between chairs,
Pots of hot water, kitchen fills with steamy air
Immersed in warm water I make a bubbly lather.
Wrapped in a warm sheet, vigorously dried from hair to feet.
Mother tells me the story of the little red hen.
Baby doll under my arm, innocent, sweet and warm.