Thursday, 30 March 2017

Ballybunion and Kit Ahern and a dinner party with difference

Deirdre Lyons climbed Carrauntoohil.


Branding sheep in the old days


A Trip to Ballybunion in March 2017

 The sea was rough.

 The beach was fairly deserted.

Seats in memory of local people are located on the path on the way to the breach. They are a nice touch.

 The toilet building was completely redone last year.

My little girleen made a sand castle.

We were fascinated to see how well this three legged greyhound could get around.

The sea rescue building.


Passing on the Skill

This is my granddaughter, Aisling. She has been mastering the skill of knitting whenever she is on her Kerry holidays. The bad weather on her last trip meant that she had lots of time indoors. She spent much of this time knitting.

Here is Aisling with her sister, Cora in Ballybunion. Aisling is proudly wearing the snood she knit herself.

Róisín learned to knit as well but she still prefers to read.


Kit Ahern of Ballybunion

We remember the late Kit Ahern as a T.D. but here is an account of a young Kit starting out her political career with the ICA

  The Kerryman Saturday, April 15, 1961

MRS. KIT AHERNE, of Main Street, Ballybunion, was elected national, president at the annual meeting of the Irish Country women’s Association, in Dublin this week.

The high honour crowns many years of keen activity in Kerry and Munster on behalf of the association which, is the largest and most widespread women’s organisation in the country.

Mrs. Aherne, whose husband, Mr. Dan Aherne, is a national school teacher, is president of the Ballybunion guild of the I.C.A., a former president of the Kerry Federation and was National Vice-President up to this week.

She has many interests as a member of the I.C.A but her mai, one is lace making. During the past few years she has visited lace making, areas in the six counties  and recently  started, a class in Ballybunion for ten young ladies.
For the past two years she acted as bean-a-tighe and teacher for Gaeltacht scholarship holders, and is looking forward to doing the same again next month.

Mrs. Aherne also is interested in An Club Leabhar, and her wish that some Kerry members would start a Ciorcal Leightheoireacht.
“I work with the I.C.A. is because it is the only movement in which women can do their share to hand on their parish and, their country better than they found it,” .she told. The Kerryman
She also got an award for an essay, called The ICA in my County.


A Lovely Dinner Party at Mully's

This is the group assembled at David Mulvihill's on Tuesday evening for  a masterclass  in cooking and a delicious meal to follow.

My photo does not do this justice. These little tosheens contained Jimmy Harris' smoked chicken. They were served to us as we chatted on the window seats. The custom made serving dish was made by David.

These are the delicious samosas which David convinced us were easy to make.

This was our main.

David demonstrated how we could make a yummy Ferraro Rocher cheesecake.

Then out of the fridge he whipped the ones he had made earlier .

A great night with delicious food in great company, and a cookery lesson to boot.

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