Friday, 21 October 2016

Lovely Listowel, Lawlers' Cake Shop, and a letter to raise the spirits.

Gurtinard October 2016

Autumn leaves on the path by the Pitch and Putt course



I came to live in Listowel in 1975.  Lawlers cake shop in Church St. soon became my favourite shop. Gigs Sheehy could be seen there early in the morning delivering trays of fresh eggs. Buckets of fresh cream came from the creamery. Lawlers cream sponge was to die for. There is nothing in town nowadays to compare with the mouth wateringly good cream buns which were usually sold out by 4p.m.
Those were the days!


"There is nothing short of dying half as lonesome as the sound
Of the sleeping city sidewalks Sunday morning coming down."


This Letter Restored my Faith in Humanity a little bit

As I've told you, I have been ill recently and I spent a tamall in hospital and a while in a convalescent home. Inevitably my consumption of electricity went down. Last week I received this letter from SSE Airtricity.


A message and poem from Dick Carmody

On the occasion of Marc Ó Sé's retirement from the Kerry football panel, I am attaching a few lines written the day after the 2009 All-Ireland win when all three brothers, Dara, Tomás and Marc typified the heart, spirit and backbone of Kerry football.

The Brothers Three

Where Three Sisters guard West Kerry’s coast from the North Atlantic swell
Of the famous Gaeltacht brothers a football story we will tell
In this year of celebrations in the annals of our native games
The three O Se’s will feature high among those Gaelic names

From a long and proud tradition in our language and our sport
One family bequeathed Kerry with a gift we must report
Three sons have worn the Green and Gold with passion and with pride
The backbone of the Kingdom team, the spirit of this side

From an early age, still in his teens, Dara was to make his name
With skill and endless stamina he adorned the midfield game
Majestic jump and fielding were soon his defining mark
From club on to West Kerry and then to famed Croke Park

From under age he soon progressed through senior rank transition
To rightly claim the centre spot, since his youth a long ambition
For sixteen years he has held sway against numerous pretenders
And yet finds time to notch up scores or fill in for defenders

Soon following in his footsteps, Tomás his younger brother
A stout defender at half back, be it centre or positions other
Relentless in defending back or in his sorties up the field
His gift for taking points at speed was soon to all revealed

Then youngest of the trio, Marc joined the county team
Another class act from out west, he is part of Kerry’s scheme
With lightning speed and dummy, leaves opponents in his wake
Outfield he surges on a run and a score he will surely take.

We celebrate our 36th this year, again they have played their parts
They have given every ounce of strength, every beat of bravest hearts
The crowd respond to their every move in defence or in attack
As they repel the opposition and send the onslaught back

So here’s to our Gaeltacht heroes, to our shining knights in arms
Who keep us in their constant spell of skill and football charms
May they long continue in the side to further Kerry’s chances
And from other lesser mortals receive only envious glances.

Dick Carmody   


Brosnahans of Lacca, Kilmorna in 1988

I posted this photograph of Peter Brosnahan and his two sisters a while back. I can't remember where I got the photo from. The image caught the eye of a certain lady in the U.S. Peter was her father's first cousin. She believes that neither he nor his sisters married . She is anxious to make contact with this family or anyone who might know them or remember them. Please email me if you can help.


Guímis Codladh Sámh i measc na Naomh is na nAingeal Dó

R.I.P. Anthony Foley

Anthony Foley & the Sleeping Giant in the distance - during Munster training camp in West Kerry (pic Mossy Donegal).
(Tweeted by Seán Mac an tShíthigh)

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