There were some big names in attendance at the 2016 event.
These two ladies are not so well known because they are the big names behind the cameras; Catherine Magee, producer of Rebellion for RTE and Katie Holly, M.D. of Blinder Films.
I didn't attend every event. There were big names on Sunday as well but your blogger had moved on to the Brendan Kennelly at 80 event.
The wealthy O'Connor clan commissioned a huge processional cross for the monastery. This was discovered one day years after the sacking of Lislaughtin by a farmer who was ploughing. I suppose a monk had rescued and buried it during one of the raids on the monastery. The farmer, Jeffcott, was reluctant to part with his find and kept it for eighteen years, before a combination of the gentle persuasion of a local historian and the fact that he had fallen on hard times combined to persuade him to part with it. It is today on display in The National Museum.
As well as history we had poetry. The first of many renderings of I See you Dancing, Father was given by Denis Hobson.
Before we left the churchyard I took a wander around and noted Ballylongford's strong republican leanings with the presence of many tricolours adorning headstones.
This republicanism is alive today. When we returned to Bally a group of people had laid a wreath at the memorial to The O'Rahilly.
A Hooley in Áras Mhuire
Two 80th birthdays in a row! I took a few photos at Áras Mhuire at James Gould's birthday party. I'll share them shortly.
Giants of the Game
photo: John O'Shea
Mrs Spillane sees her three sons head out to a football game during the glory days of Kerry football.