Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Despite having received emails during storm OPHELIA about the safety of people in this area 
from distant concerned friends and blog followers in Canada and the USA, UK., 
Dublin, Waterford city, and more
I wasn't aware of what was happening as I heeded the national warnings
to stay indoors, and just had a short look around today (Tuesday). 
Plenty of debris from trees was to be found everywhere,
and all trees that had fallen across roads had already been cut up and disposed of.

A number of trees had fallen on the Portlaw to Clonea-Power road.
Entering Curraghmore estate at Whitestown Lodge, 
much tree damage was evident,
and the above tall Beech, nearer to Curraghmore House,
was one of the casualties.
Further fine Beeches were down inside the main entrance to Curraghmore,
one near Coe's Lodge, and two great tall ones just about 100m from
Clonagam Church. 
Much tree damage was also evident in the vicinity of the polo field entrance,
and one had to drive carefully.

Only when I saw the 5.30pm news on TV3 this evening
was I made aware of serious damage to approximately six rooves
in Brown Street.
Hopefully all have been repaired by now, and that no one injured.

Other parts of the country were not so lucky.
Thanks to the excellent radio and tv coverage,
we were able to see or hear what was happening nationwide throughout the day and evening.
At 10pm yesterday, the storm had passed away to the N.W. and N.
and there was hardly a 'puff' of wind!
Today, Tuesday, was a brilliant sunny day, and most things were back to normal. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Pageviews for yesterday originated in the following countries:

Canada - 170;  Ukraine - 20;  Ireland - 11;
United States - 7;  United Kingdom - 5; China - 3; 
Germany - 3;  Brazil - 2;
Australia - 1;  Spain - 1. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017


The modern way to harvest potatoes,
'captured' in recent days at Curraghmore:

The light-brown land in the distance shows the extent of the potato crop area.

Harvesting with The Gap in the Comeraghs in background.

Trailer with suitable containers being loaded
from the harvestor's conveyor belt.

The modern harvester being used.

Note the canvas-covered platform at the end of this huge machine.
Two men worked inside this, picking items (probably stones?) from the conveyor belt
and discarding them!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

R O A D W O R K S . . .

Remedial work all around the local roundabout has been going on for weeks
and is now nearing completion.
Here a gentleman is using an angle-grinder.

Simultaneously in the background is this vehicle cruising non-stop around the perimeter,
spraying water (?) and sweeping (?) the area to keep down the dust.
This very expensive project may well be a complete waste of money,
as while the work was in progress,
people were parking on the edge of the roundabout centre itself,
outside the many 'bollards' in front of the Centra
and outside the bollards between the entrance and exit areas!
Not alone that, drivers were still taking a chance coming down Talbot Terrace,
and driving anti-clockwise around the roundabout to park at the Main St. side of the Centra.
Better still, while one driver (A) was coming up Main St., a driver (B)  coming from the William St. side waited for driver (A) to move on to the roundabout until he (B) could go down the wrong side in order to park at the far end of the Centra car-park.
Driver (A) realised what (B) was up to and didn't budge,
resulting in driver (B) having to continue up Factory Road!
It's all happening most days!!!
It will be all so easier now for these drivers to continue doing the same
when all the bollards are gone.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Coffee Morning 2017

A Coffee Morning in aid of the
Waterford Home Care Nursing Service
will take place at the
Fountain Centre, Portlaw,
on Thursday next, September 14th.
Doors open 10.00 am till late.
Please come along and support this worthy cause!

-    oooOooo    -

Addendum 18 Sept. 2017:

Some contributors at the event

L to R: Biddy Hanlon (one of the organisers), Mary Coe and Eileen Maher.

Eileen Long and and grand-daughter.

Eileen's grand-daughter, Ellie Mae Long.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Curraghmore Harvest August 2017

Making the most of the good weather at Curraghmore
before the forecast torrential rain comes
this evening and tonight (Sept 2nd and 3rd).

-    oooOooo    -

“Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields,
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth
And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain
The sharp, gentle chill of fall.
Here as we move into the shadows of autumn

- author unknown

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Suas leis An Déise!

                                                                                                                                                               The county is ablaze with blue and white in support of the
Waterford County Senior Hurlers
as we approach All-Ireland Final day next Sunday.
This was one of the best we've seen,
but there are many more great ones around.
This can be seen as you go downhill into Passage East.