Friday, 20 July 2018

Painting the Community Centre, Changes at Bank of Ireland and Olive Stack's mural


Morning in Listowel Pitch and Putt course

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Molly is still enjoying her trip to Listowel


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Painting work continues at Lisatowel Community centre







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I Met the Hannons in The Square



Danny, Eileen and Maurice out for a stroll in the July sunshine

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Aspects of The Listowel Arms Hotel








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Changes at Bank of Ireland





They're changing the interior layout of the bank. I'll keep you posted.

Olive Stack's mural is still intact.







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The First of the Beal Spuds


Photo: Ita Hannon

Do you remember when the first of the new potatoes would come into the grocery shop and the grocer would boil a muller of them and plonk them outside the door?
 There was no better advertisement.
Ita Hannon's photo took me back to those days and I just know that there is many an emigrant mouth watering at the sight.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Ballygologue Cross, The Feale in Summer 2018 and The Abbey in 1963

Ballybunion as you've rarely seen it

Photo credit; Salva Tore

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Is this the best kept corner of Listowel?

 This is Ballygologue Cross, always in pristine condition.





Across the road is the entrance to Hawthorn Drive, another pristine estate.


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Started Early, Took my dog




Molly posed by a local landmark just to prove to her family that she is seeing all the sights while she is on her Kerry holidays.



We took our early morning walk by The Feale, which is the driest I have ever seen it.






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An Old Abbey programme

Mary McKenna of Newbridge brought me an old Abbey programme when she came for the John B. Keane Festival.




Health and Safety in 1963 was the spraying of Jeyes'  Floral Spray




"Ireland's gift to a thirsty world"



Ah, The Queen's!





So many of the Abbey greats!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Hay and Tae in Bromore in Summer 2018, Ballybunion and Smores


Life's a Beach...Ballybunion July 2018




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Hay and Tae in Bromore

Every year Michael Flahive organises a unique event at his farm near Ballybunion. This year in ideal weather his meitheal saved the hay the old fashioned way. A man who posts on Facebook as Salva Tore took these priceless photos.


This is the meitheal gathered for the photo when the work was done.


This is how they took the photo from that angle. No drone here.


Here the men are piking the gathered hay on to the wynn and Michael is spreading it and shaping the cock. There is a special skill in that job. You do not want to peak too soon. My poor dead mother would have a heart attack if she saw that man in bare feet with so many pikes about.


This haymaking was done to musical accompaniment.


You've heard of piping the captain on board his ship or piping the bride into the wedding breakfast but this is a new one, piping the farmer on to the wynn.

 What a lovely picture as Michael holds the next farmer who may make hay in a different way.


Sliding off the wynn can take a bit of skill too. Dried hay can be very slippery.


All the loose hay is combed down from the wynn and the whole lot is secured with a súgán. A súgán is a rope made from twisted hay.

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Late Evening Ballybunion July 2018


 My young visitors were playing in the sea until late evening every evening.







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Sunny's Hair and Beauty, Church Street




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Please sir, may I have s'more




Here are my grandchildren and friend roasting marshmallows over a disposable barbecue to make smores.

I never heard of this delicacy until last week but its amazing what you can learn from children.

s'more is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a fire-roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.[1] National S'mores Day is celebrated annually on August 10.[2] The Guinness World Record for number of people making s'mores at one time was 423, set April 21, 2016, in Huntington Beach, California.[3  

That last is not from the children. It's from Wikipaedia. We didn't have Graham crackers so we 
improvised with digestive biscuits.

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John B. Keane Festival

As part of the festival to celebrate John B. Keane on July 19 to 21 2018, there will be an 
exhibition of photographs at
The Seanchaí. Here is one from the Seanchaí's collection



Some of the founders of Listowel Writers' Week with Marie Keane of RTE.

Seamus Wilmot, John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon, Marie Kean and Tim Danaher