Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tae Lane, Lord Listowel and the convent and the National Children's Literary Festival 2017

The Horseshoe, Tae lane


Free Wee Library

This one is in Ladysbridge, Co Cork. This community book sharing initiative is popping up all over the place. The only rule is take a book, leave a book.


Where it all began for the Presentation Presence in Listowel

Kerry Evening Post 1813-1917, Saturday, April 14, 1855; Page: 3

The Tralee Chronicle announces, with the following flourish of commendation with what he calls -LIBERALITY OF A PROTESTANT NOBLEMAN.—The Earl of Listowel has made a grant to the Nuns of the Presentation Convent in Listowel of the land on which their Convent is erected. His Lordship  accompanied this generous gift, in which he was joined by, his gallant son, Lord Ennismore, with a most complimentary assurance of his appreciation of the services of these devoted Ladies in the moral and industrial education of the town. In addition to the gift which was unsolicited, the nuns having only asked for a lease of the land—the noble Earl directed that the deeds of conveyance should be drawn up at his own expense.


National Children's Literary Festival 2017

 Integral part of Listowel Writers' Week for many years now is the children's festival which runs concurrently with the adult literary events. This year's festival was jam packed with workshops, fun events and book promotions.

This is the great book doctor. She finds out your reading symptoms and she prescribes a course of reading for you. My grandchildren love this annual checkup and they consult their reading list often, especially if a book token comes their way.

Maria Leahy, on the left is one of the hard working volunteers who help manage this festival. On the right is the author, E.R. Murray.

This year the treasure hunt took the children around the world. They had to stop at various "countries"  and answer questions based on books they had just read.

Miriam and her band of volunteers from KDYS made these beautiful fun props which set the atmosphere in the town park.

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