Wednesday, July 26, 2017


What a surprise to note we had visitors to this site during the past two weeks
from places seldom heard of.
However I can remember well having some items from those places in my  philatelic collection very many years ago!

São Tomé and Príncipe, officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, located about 140 kilometres (87 miles) apart and about 250 and 225 kilometres (155 and 140 miles), respectively, off the northwestern coast of Gabon.
With a population of 192,993 (2013 Census), São Tomé and Príncipe is the second-smallest African country after Seychelles, as well as the smallest Portuguese-speaking country. Its people are predominantly of African and mestiço descent, with most practising Roman Catholicism. The legacy of Portuguese rule is also visible in the country's culture, customs, and music, which fuse European and African influences.
The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis,  is a two-island country in the West Indies. Located in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles, it is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere, in both area and population. The country is a Commonwealth realm, with the British monarch, who is currently Queen Elizabeth II, as head of state.
Saint Kitts and Nevis were among the first islands in the Caribbean to be settled by Europeans. 
(Above info from WIKIPEDIA)

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Before the Mass.

Before the Mass

Introduction to the occasion by Fr.Richard O'Halloran, C. C. 

Fr. Mick at Commencement of Mass.


Many pictures plus some text to follow in this series

One left click on each image will show an enlarged copy!

(Having been away for some time and hospitalized briefly since, this series is 'way behind'!)

Friday, June 23, 2017

JAPANESE KNOTWEED once again . . .

Thanks to WLRFM radio for recently commenting on the situation, even if it was in County Cork.

Check out this item from the Irish Examiner in August of last year: 

Enough information here to slow down the building of the proposed
Solar Panel Farm
at nearby Coolroe townland!

-    oooOooo    -

During a recent visit to West Cork,
I was glad to see that Japanese Knotweed had been treated
and was withered completely everywhere I went.

Thanks to
Councillor Pat Dunphy,
Leas-Cathaoirleach Kilkenny County Council,
for a recent number of emails
re Japanese Knotweed at Strand Road, Fiddown.
Much appreciated!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


to visitors in the last ten days from some new countries:

This brings the total number of countries of origin of viewers on this site to  118
and the total number of page-views to 181,714.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Waterford Greenway

Rian Glas na nDéise

Greenway Girls + Gent at Ballyvoile viaduct. 

The popularity of the recently-opened greenway  has exceeded all expectations.
Stretching 46 kilometres from Waterford City to Dungarvan,
it has already attracted thousands of walkers and cyclists from all over Ireland and abroad,
some bringing their own bicycles on their cars, or hire them along the way.
Refreshments are also available at a number of places.
There are a number of entrances & exits along the way, each with a map and signage re the entire route,
also fine car-parks.
Nearest entrance from Portlaw, is just down the road at the
Suir Valley Railway entrance.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Scarlet Pimpernel is back!!!

Keeping an eye on a single Scarlet Pimpernel plant in the Tower Hill area for a number of years, It disappeared completely last year and did not appear either this year. Then, yesterday, on viewing an area about fifteen metres from the same location, lo and behold, there was a number of clumps of this tiny but beautiful wildflower. They had appeared where two years ago approx. some people from Coillte had bulldozed an area where lots of rubbish was dumped inside the wall going N.W along the road from Clonagam church.  Obviously they had sprang up from seeds which lay dormant for very many years.

Dumping in this area has now reached epidemic proportions. Within the last week, a trailer-load of household rubbish was dumped over the wall here, and yesterday within an hour of travelling up the Clonagam road and back, a sackfull of bottles etc. was dumped ON THE ROADSIDE at one of the entrances to the forestry area. Do these people not know that there is a bottle bank much nearer, at the GAA field. Where are the new surveillance cameras we were told of during the past year???

Addendum Friday, May 12th '17:

Within hours of posting the above item yesterday, I was once more walking in the Clonagam area, when what did I see but another trailer-load of rubbish, just 3 or 4 metres from the above Scarlet Pimpernel plant. This time the rubbish consisted of what almost certainly looked like the crap from a dogs run ( large plastic container full of it),some corrugated galvanised and perspex roof panels and some chipboard . . . obviously the contents of a dog's kennel.  Presumably the poor dog had died in appalling conditions!

If you are aware of who done this, or any other dumping, why not contact the City & County Council?

Addendum 31st May 2017:

Within four days of posting the previous addendum (May 16th), lo and behold what was dumped at the same location but a toilet bowl and handbasin plus matching support pillar. Oddly enough, the items seemed to be in perfect condition, and could have easily been sold on the Internet, fetching a substantial amount. A blue bag nearby contained broken tiles.  Obviously the 'dumper' now is showing off his new bathroom suite with matching  tiled surround.

Yesterday, May 31st, I was back at the scene nd now a large tyre was dumped  there.

Further down the road, inside the same wall,  was dumped what was obviously a trailer-load of assorted household rubbish, as can be seen above, which shows a red 'buggy' in the foreground and a large quantity of wood shavings on the left side.

Included amongst this huge array of items was the above distinctive piece of clothing, or whatever. You may recognise it as having belonged to your neighbour? Then there's that Tipperary blue bag. 

Addendum - June 8th, 2017:

Today. just a few days later,
a newly-dumped mattress beside the road to Curraghmore estate and beyond,
and a huge area of Japanese Knotweed immediately behind it!
The problem further up the road has now become a serious traffic hazard,
as the rapidly spreading plant has now reduced the carriageway
to the width of one vehicle, especially by a very sharp bend.

A report to Councillor Dunphy of Kilkenny Council
re a large area of the same invasive non-native species
on bank of Suir at the Fiddown amenity area,
brought two immediate responses,
saying he would immediately contact his county's environment department.
Much appreciated.

A reported sighting, a few weeks ago,  of a large area of the same species,
in the grounds of a public building in Dublin,
again brought a fast response,
saying 'No problem, we'll come tomorrow and cut it all down'
which was done!!!
No further comment on that 'estate manager' !!!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Warm Weather Arrives!

After cold and windy weather for some weeks,
the warm weather arrived in earnest on Sunday last,
with top temperature of over 22 degrees Celsius in part of County Mayo.

Here at the junction of Queen St. and William St., enjoying the sunshine were:

L. to R:  'Doc' Morrissey, Ann Laffan and Johnny Crotty.