Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Post Wedding Blues

We're only fit for the bed or the fireside after our big day on Saturday. If I recover sufficiently I'll tell all next week...and then it will be Writers Week.......



My mother used to say "There is so much bad in the best of us and so much good in the worst of us that it ill behoves any of us to talk about the rest of us." So I won't pass judgement but I'll share this poem that Sinéad Gleeson shared online

Friday, 19 May 2017

Ballybunion Tidy Towns and more from Fr. Pat Moore's ceremony on the beach

Bogna Kuleszewich in Ballyduff


Ballybunion at Evening

One fine evening last week I took a walk along the cliff overlooking Ballybunion beach.

This seat is close to the Kingdom of God on a lovely evening like this.

The view from the seat

The sun was setting.

Lovely May flowers with the old Mercy convent in the distance

On my way to the beach on the Glen Road I spotted this. Looks like a fairy door.

Dog owners have to clean up after their animal. Horse owners should too.

Ballybunion Tidy Towns do great work and they deserve the support of the local community

The artwork on their recycling area looks good.


May 11 2017 on the beach 

An unplanned duet by Eileen Barrett and Paddy McElligott of the song You're Never Alone is HERE

Dana Mulrooney treated us to a perfect rendition of Around the Chapel Gates in Cooraclare

Paddy Mac Elligott sang Guy Clarke's I wish I was in Austin

The sun set behind the cliff on a near perfect evening, remembering a live well lived.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Athea Mural and candlelit ceremony for Fr. Pat Moore in Ballybunion

Patsy Lynch took this photo in Ballyduff and  posted it on a  Facebook page called This is Kerry.


Athea Revisited

I took a drive to Athea on a lovely sunny Monday and I snapped a few changes to Jim Dunn's masterpiece. This is a work in progress with details being added and bits here and there tweaked constantly.

It's such a pity about the electricity pole which you can see casting a shadow to the left of my photo.

This new figure has been added. Jim tells me that he will be recognisable to all the local people. His collar and tie give away the fact that he is not someone you would expect to see in a forge.

These hens positively walk out of the wall at me.


Candlelit ceremony for Fr. Pat Moore

Here are some more pictures from a great night on the beach in Ballybunion on May 11 2017.

Local filmaker, Gerard Barrett remember his great friend and mentor who encouraged him in everything he undertook. Fr. Pat was as proud of Ger as a father would be of a son.

Fr. Pat's cousin, Debbie was his go - to person when the time difference made it possible to make a late night or early morning phone call. Debbie became one of his team of dedicated carers during his last illness.

Mary Fagan, Fr. Pat's great friend for so many years read Fr. Pat's poem of acceptance and reconciliation which he wrote during his cancer journey.

Mario put the finishing touches to his 'circle' and we all gathered and placed our candles in the sand in a moving tribute to the great man from his circle of friends.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Heron, Listowel then, Killarney now and his friends celebrate the life of Fr. Pat Moore R.I.P.

This heron in flight was photographed by Ita Hannon


(Text and photo from Seán James Healy on Facebook)

Two great servants of Listowel Emmets GAA Club holding the Sam Maguire in the Square in Listowel in 1979/80.......no greater honour than to see one of our own (Tim Kennelly aka 'The Horse') lead Kerry to the ultimate honours the previous September. You can see their pride beaming from their faces as these two great men saw him grow from a boy to a man ....from a young lad playing club football to a leader of the greatest inter county team in the country.


William Street in the 1940s

Bill Hannon of Beale in town (Photo shared on Facebook by Bill's grandson Liam O Hainnín)


in Killarney

Bridie Murphy took this lovely photograph


Ballybunion May 11 2017

As Mario worked away on his beach picture we gathered for songs, prayers and stories to remember Fr. Pat Moore

Fr. pat's great friend, Sonny Egan told stories and even sang Fr. Pat's song, Ballybunion town. A few short months ago Fr. Pat and himself had great fun giving us this as a kind of duet at the launch of Weathering A Storm

Ballybunion Town

Two of his loyal carers, Sr. Kathleen Quinlan and his cousin Debbie.

Donie, Mary and Trish were part of the organising team.

Sr. Kathleen read a poem he loved.