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This lovely photo appeared on The Listowel Arms website at the weekend. <<<<<<<
These Easter chicks posed in some old china cups, days after their birth on a farm in Ballyduff. They are a promise of new growth and hope for good things to come.
Presentation Secondary School Listowel
Jer. Kennelly found this one in an old newspaper.
Published: July 28, 1906,
The New York Times
Cleveland Ohio 27th July 1906.
John Mangan a retired policeman aged 72 born Glin County Limerick, has refused to seek estate of $6 million. Two babies were born the same day under the elder Mangan’s roof, John the policeman and Mary was born to a sister of Mr Mangan, she later became Lady Bateman. In 1849 Mr Mangan sold his estate to the father of Lord Kitchener and then went to America, the parents died in 1851 and the children were sent to charitable institutions. What became of Mangan’s money is unknown. Mary the cousin of John Mangan Policeman married Sir Thomas Bateman in London. Sir Thomas died six years ago and Lady Mary died intestate leaving $6 million. John Mangan said that at his age of 72 he is not wildly ambitious.
Máire helping to pour the wine Seán Lyons, Writers' Week chair with danny Hannon The very talented Muileata Fileata Norella Moriairty and Máire Logue Annette Jerry and Noel
My friend found this on a Facebook page posted by a man called Scott Kelleher. The caption merely said that he found it "at work".
Vincent and Kay
Irremore Chocolates chocolate making demonstration in Craftshop na Méar
This is Siobhán Dennehy. She has the dream job. She is a chocolatier, with her own business, Irremore Chocolates. On Friday April 18 she came to give a chocolate making demonstration at 53 Church Street.
Siobhán nearly made chocolate making look easy.
There was lots of heating and cooling, tempering and moulding.
One of the finished products.
Ulla and Mary Sobieralski enjoyed the lesson.
My family couldn't wait to sample the wares.
Róisín enjoyed a good munch on some delicious pure chocolate treats.
Namir, Siobhán and friends posed for a photo after the very enjoyable class.
Siobhán's Irremore Chocolates are on sale in Craftshop na Méar, 53 Church St. Listowel
If you are looking for something different to do this Saturday. Our next workshop will see you walk home with a lovely bracelet.
Ballybunion half marathon Photo; Ballybunion Beach Prints
Saturday April 19 2014.
Writers' Week Programme Launch
Michael Lynch, Nuala Stewart and Dick Carmody are having a quick look at the marvelous National Children's Literary Festival programme at its launch last week.
The National Children's Literary Festival runs in Listowel in conjunction with
Listowel Writers Week 2014 and it promises an amazing few days of unbelievable treats for children interested in books and writing. I'll be telling you more about this in the coming weeks.
Novel half written?
This could be your big chance. Writers Week has a few places left in its half way there writing workshop.
Acclaimed novelist, John McKenna is directing this workshop aimed at writers at the half way stage in their work. It's a brilliant opportunity to gain that vital final push to see your magnum opus over the line to publication.
I met Vincent and Kathleen Carmody and their lovely grandchildren on Upper William Street.
My good friends, Anne and Liam Dillon were out and about on Church Street.
I ran into Mary Moylan, home from Cork on Sunday and later on I saw the same lady head out on her training cycle as part of her preparations for the Ring of Kerry Cycle. She is doing it for Ard Churam.
My visitors love Listowel and would happily spend all their time here out and about.
We now have 2 vamping shops.
These Listowel souvenir fridge magnets are on sale in shops in town. Where, oh where is the building on the bottom right?
Jer. Kennelly spotted this in the Knockdown notes on the Athea site
Doreen Buckley posted this lovely photo on Facebook. She took it before the dawn mass in Duagh on Easter Sunday morning 2014.
I don't have an exact date but people who know such things think that this photo was taken at a teachers' dance in The Astor about 60 years ago.
In the photo, in no particular order, are, John and Peg O'Connor,, Mary Whelan, Joan Curtin, Betty Leahy, Doreen O'Connor, Mrs. Hannon, Margaret Whelan, Mrs Halpin, Mrs corridan, Lil walshe, mrs. O'Connor, Luaí OMurchú, Barney Hanley, Micheál Flavin,Finbar MacAuliffe, John Joe McElligott, ?Hickey, ? Foley
Anne's Vintage Tearooms is all old china and tablecloths. The food is good too.
Last week I attended the marvelous Scoil Realta na Maidine's Salute to Spring
Members of Kerry Choral Union on the altar steps in St. Mary's Listowel
Good Friday tradition in west Kerry
Me, Eilís Wren and Kay Caball in The Square Listowel on April 17 2014 on our way to the programme launch for Writers' Week 2014.
Great Easter for Kanturk
Joy is unconfined in my hometown, Kanturk this weekend. The local rugby club had a huge win over Instonians in Belfast on Saturday and so will play senior rugby next year, a huge achievement and well feted in this sport - mad town.
Local horse, Rebel Fitz put the icing on the cake of victories with a great win in The Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.
Recently I took a stroll through the lovely Garden of Europe. Several lovely trees came down in the February 2014 storms.
Two men were working clearing the fallen wood on the day I visited.
They told me that they were using the wood pulp as mulch for the remaining shrubs and trees.
These hardy daffodils were blooming on regardless.
Two dogs were enjoying the early spring sunshine.
I spotted these on a tree on the path from the Garden to Gurtinard. Nest boxes?
This is definitely the end of my WIM Weekend coverage
I know that that is not really a headline but I thought it might be a relief for some of my faithful followers to know that normal service is bring resumed next week.
Before that I have to tell you that I met my friend, Evelyn O'Rourke in Ballybunion.
Me with Evelyn O'Rourke
Evelyn with her mum Peigí, her aunt Eileen and friend Mairead
Evelyn has written a book, Dear Ross, telling the story of a year in the life of her family. Evelyn was still on maternity leave with her first son, Óisín when she discovered she was pregnant. She was thrilled. The thrill only lasted a very short while as, within a week, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Evelyn wrote a series of letters to her unborn son, Ross, telling him how much she and his dad, John loved and wanted him and wanted to do everything possible not to compromise him in any way.
In the book we read of the horrors of chemotherapy compounded by the discomforts of pregnancy and the trials of looking after a small child.
In Ballybunion we saw Evelyn, the surviver, read movingly from some of the letters. We met Evelyn, the campaigner, passionately promoting the cause of breast cancer research. We met Evelyn, the family woman, wallowing in the love of her old and her new family. And we met Evelyn, the great communicator standing before us, a testament to the triumph of will, of love and support and modern medicine over this terrible disease.
During the weekend the local Creative Writing group took the opportunity to sell a collection of their works, A Little Life Music.
As part of the weekend too we got a taster eco tour of Ballybunion.
Danny Houlihan is a man of many talents. He told us about history and wildlife in a really interesting trip to the Cashen and the Castle Green. Below are a few photos from the tour
Writers Week 2014
The programme was officially launched last night in The Seanchaí. Great night, lots of photos to come but I had to share this one.
"Come and verbally attack me"
I wrote that headline because I was in Ballybunion on Sunday last April 13 2014 and I learned the importance of a headline.
I was attending the marvelous Women in Media Weekend and a man called David Labanyi gave us a lesson in the current state of mass media in Ireland. He was brilliant, well informed, a great communicator but what he had to say was a little bit frightening.
This is David Labanyi on the far left with Mary Dundon, Head of Journalism at UL and local native, Shane Phelan, Public Affairs Editor for The Irish Independent.
On Sunday morning they gave us a glimpse inside the newsroom of the future. The pace of change in this area is dizzying to someone like me who remembers a time when I nearly had to bring a wheelbarrow to Flavins to bring home the Sunday papers. The newspaper of the future (and the future is yesterday so fast is this happening) is a platform agnostic medium. I picked up a bit of the jargon while I was In Ballyb and this means that we don't really care where we get our information, but we want it now.
Newsrooms now are employing as many developers as journalists and journalists nowadays have to be able to photograph, make podcasts, video, write live blogs, create data visualization graphs etc. etc. The days of the liquid lunch are long gone.
Our attention span is about 5 seconds so we have to be hooked at the first chance, i.e. the headline. I am so bad at all this that I didn't, until recently, write any headlines at all. Today I have resorted to pure sensationalism but it does have relevance, if anyone is still with me when I get to it.
I am going to give you the words of Mickey MacConnell's great newsroom song. I'm sorry I couldn't find any clip of him singing it but here are the words;
Deirdre Walsh of The Radio Kerry, who introduced the panel, remembered back to when she started her career in The Kerryman. Her tools were a typewriter and a landline.
Finally I'm back to my headline. The online editor of The Irish Times told us that getting the headline right is more important than being first with the story. Most people nowadays don't go directly to the Irish Times page to get the news. They come on the news through Twitter, Facebook or a search engine, so you must have the right words in the headline so that your platform is where the consumer will see the story. All newsrooms now have a studio to record live interviews. News stories are fed to us piecemeal. We don't want to wait for Prime Time anymore. We want to see our resigning chief executive or embattled minister grilled now this minute.
When I came home from Ballybunion, buzzing with all my new found knowledge of how we "consume" news stories nowadays, I settled down with my cup of coffee and my Sunday Independent.
"Come and verbally attack me," bayed John Waters from page 5. No, of course he did not say that in so many words but he might as well have done. What he actually said was, "I don't believe in Depression. There is no such thing. It's an invention. It's bullshit. It's a cop out."
Unable to believe my eyes, I went to the internet and there was a living example of my new found knowledge of media…online the live interview with Niamh Horan. I now had not only read that John Waters had made these awful statements. I saw him and heard him making them.
( more from WIM Ballybunion tomorrow)
The next Michael Flatley?
These ladies with their teacher, Priscilla Sweeney, are doing a needlecraft course under the VEC in Listowel Family Resource Centre. When I visited them on Friday they were working on their Listowel quilt project. The ladies are taking well known images of Listowel and working them into a patchwork quilt.
Each pupil keeps a journal of the project. The journals themselves are works of Art. Here is one example of such a journal.
Another of their patchwork projects is a life-sized two dimensional horse. Here is an account, from the journal, of the processes involved in that project.
A sample of patchwork The completed horse Each student made their own smaller horse. This is Angela's. The process
This is Edel Clancy of the 50/50 Group and she argued the case for gender quotas in politics at Women in Media Weekend in Ballybunion. Mary O'Rourke and Mairead MacGuinness were her "opposition".
Bernie Carmody and Jackie Goddall Bernie Carmody and me with Miriam O'Callaghan Jimmy Deenihan, Katie Hannon, Deirdre Walshe and Mary Dundon Mothers and Daughters at WIM Ballybunion
It was Saturday, April 12 2014 and instead of reading Róisín Ingle in the Irish Times, we were sitting in Kilcooley's Country House in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry listening to her talk about another favourite journalist and author, Maeve Binchy.
Vourneen and Keelin Kissane with Róisín and Anne Ingle
Róisín Ingle is now Daily Features Editor of The Irish Times, a mantle which sits lightly on her shoulders. She was in Ballybunion to take us back to another editor and to help us live again the enjoyment we got form Maeve Binchy, the journalist. Róisín has recently edited a collection of Maeve's pieces for the Irish Times and so she is a bit of an expert on Maeve's best bits. She described getting this job like getting a job in quality control in a crisp factory.
Róisín did not give us my favourite anecdote about Maeve on The Late Late doing battle with a formidable lady on the necessity of etiquette and decorum but she read for us Maeve's account of an incident when she encountered a business man sitting in the Ladies' Toilet in a posh hotel. He had mistaken it for the lobby.
Maeve's description of her first dress dance at age 16 is still hilarious today. Maeve's coverage of Princess Anne's wedding made us all regret that she had passed away before the recent state visit.
Róisín decided that Miriam Lord with her "irreverent but affectionate" approach to serious subjects is Maeve's best successor today. I think that Róisín Ingle with her ability to mine the minutiae of everyday life and produce entertaining and self deprecating pen pictures has a lot of Maeve Binchy in her too.
This is Róisín with a local lady called Christine. Christine came to Ballybunion to meet Róisín because Róisín once wrote about her. If anyone reading this knows Christine will you get that story for us please?
(more from WIM tomorrow)
This is Listowel man, Tim O'Loughlin
Sue Townsend R.I.P.
So sad to hear of the death of this wonderfully entertaining witty writer. If you haven't read the first Adrien Mole book, you have missed a gem.
New tenant in 25 Church St.
These controversial e cigarette shops are popping up everywhere these days as vaping takes over from smoking. I still can't get used to the sight of people puffing on these indoors.
Women in Media
This is me in Kilcooleys in Ballybunion on Saturday April 12 2014. I was rubbing shoulders with some of the top women in Irish media at the annual Women in Media weekend. With me in the photo are Joan O'Connor, newly elected Mayor of Ballybunion and organizer of WIM, Róisín Ingle of the Irish Times and Katie Hannon of RTE.
I had a great 2 days and I was totally starstruck so you'll be hearing more of this during the week.
While in Ballincollig I visited the grave of rock legend, Rory Gallagher.
New crafter in the shop, Eileen Moylan was in store assembling her glass cabinet.
Namir called in to help with the set up.
Máire Logue of Writers' Week gets a sneak preview of Eileen's Listowel range, which is still at the planning stage.
This lovely photo appeared on The Listowel Arms website at the weekend.