Friday, August 28, 2015


UZBEKISTAN, now a democratic republic, located east of the Caspian Sea in Central Asia, was formerly part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The country, famous for it's mosques, linked to the 6,000 km long, great Silk Road, which once stretched from China to the Mediterranean Sea. The capital city, Tashkent, has a population of nearly 2,500,000. Total population for the entire country is over 30,000,000.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


to local resident,
whose 100th birthday occurs today
23rd August, 2015.
An "Open Day" was held at Maurice's home yesterday,
attended throughout the day by a large number of neighbours, 
and well-wishers. 
Some photos taken on the occasion hereunder.

Maurice with Séamus Crotty and his daughter, Gráinne. 

  With Maura Power.
Maura celebrated her 60th year as church organist two weeks previously!

With local personality, David Cohen.
David was born in Palestine prior to the setting up of the state of Israel. 

Over the poster can be seen Maurices wedding photo,
with his late wife, from many years ago.

  An early caller was Bridie Cullinan,
who dropped in early each day to see how Maurice was doing.

Maurice and nephew, Tom Nugent.

 Allie Walsh was still another of the many well-wishers who called.

 The fine birthday cake.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Curraghmore Bluebell Festival 2015

It has taken a long time to get even the first image online,
and with software problems galore,
further additions will be slow!

Maurice Nugent, pictured here with family members, in front of the 'Honeymoom Wagon',
built by his father, Tom,  with assistance from Maurice, in 1930,
for the honeymoon in the west of Ireland
of the 7th Marquis of Waterford and his wife.

L to R:  
Tom Nugent (nephew), Tom Nugent (grand-nephew),  Mark Corcoran (grand-nephew), Pat Nugent (son), Tom Nugent (nephew), xxxxx xxxxx (security man?), Maurice himself in front. 

Close-up shot of a very relaxed Maurice, at the Bluebell Festival,
a short few weeks away from 
his 100th birthday,
which falls this very weekend.

Text + more images to follow!


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Church of Ireland - Kilmeadan

Just down the road from Portlaw, one can see the fine Kilmeadan Church of Ireland building, St. Mary's.
Regrettably, just now, I have no interior picture, but have seen it a few times in recent years, and can say it is in immaculate condition, thanks to the generosity of the late Mr. Ambrose Congreve,
who lived nearby at Mount Congreve,
currently one of the county's major tourist attractions.
I must say, the ultra-modern door looks very much out of keeping with such a period building!
Photograph especially for Natalie and her partner.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Hay Bales Accident

During the afternoon of Friday last, June 26th, bales of hay fell off a trailer
as a tractor turned the corner at the junction of
Carrick Road and Connolly Road.

A short section of wall was demolished.
Fortunately, no one was injured,
and the situation was back to normal quickly!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


F Á I L T E  ~  W E L C O M E !

woman on her bike 

A special 'Hello'
to the two ladies from the Netherlands,
Mariette and Willimein, 
who passed close by on the 'Bog Road' today,
on a four week cycling holiday, touring the U.K., and
going right around the coast of Ireland, anti-clockwise,
starting at Belfast and ending in Dublin in a few days.
These ladies, who cycle an average of 100 km per day,
are actively involved in Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Leaving Waterford city in two day's time, where they are staying with my daughter, Áine, they will travel through some of 
Wexford's and Wicklow's most picturesque areas viz.
New Ross, Bunclody, Tinahely, Aughrim, Ratthdrum, Enniskerry and Glendalough,
before their final stop-over in Dublin.

Both cyclists at Guillamene Cove, Tramore,
before heading off on the Passage-Ballyhack ferry on way to New Ross.