Saturday, November 28, 2015


Darryl Walsh & Hayley Fitzsimons

On left – Darryl Walsh, The Square, Portlaw, who played on the Irish U-16 soccer team in the recent  Victory Shield, at Newport, Wales. Darryl trains regularly with the team at Malahide, Dublin.

On right – Hayley Fitzsimons, Portlaw, one of the Irish team, which participated in the recent International Paralympic Committee World championships, at Doha, Quatar. Over 1,300 athletes from ninety countries took part, in temperatures of about 35 degrees Celsius. Hayley, who had been training for five years and featured in the F40 Shortputt, would like to thank her coach, Tom Prendergast, also Josephine Hickey, the Staff of Peak Fitness, and the people of Portlaw for their continuing support.  Congrats to both talented people.  


Thursday, November 5, 2015


Due to other commitments, I was late heading out to seek some Halloween pictures.
I had seen some individuals and groups out as early as 5.00 pm
 in villages near the coast. 
Nevertheless, I was pleased to get the small number hereunder near 8.00 pm.

This Carla O'Brien group was the first to be seen,
as they were passing by the Library.
It was they informed me that 2 colourful characters were seen going into the nearby Oakville  Estate . . .

. . . and right they were,
as there I came across Frank Conway, who had been out with his young son. 

Frank was dressed as the 'Mad Hatter'
but his son had  just given up for the evening.

Next was this group at Brown Street, with well-known Allie
waving a magic wand!
Call us 'The Adams Family' they said!!!

                                                                                                                                                                       Next, I spotted two young Gleesons, Heath and Abigail,
at Séamus Crotty's door,
where their bucket was being filled.
Abigail was only 14 months old, they said.

A most colourfulgroup, again at Brown Street,
Geoffrey and Feena Foley,
with daughters, Sinéad and Farah.

Mary Coe was well prepared and had lots of 'goodies'
for these adventurous children.

Things were still happening on Factory Road,
where I met this group.

Laden down with goodies were the two young ladies on the left in this picture.

                                                                                                                                                                 A closer-up shot revealed the frightening Misses Casey and Heylin,
thrilled after a lengthy, but productive participation in this now-established tradition, 
which originated in the USA. 

A minute later, I encountered this comely witch,
who cast a spell on me,
which I can't shake off.
Never again, on Hallowe'en!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Preparing the Ground

Preparing the ground for sowing winter wheat
at Curraghmore yesterday, October 22nd.
Fortunately, the weather has been excellent for such work
for some time, but is shortly about to change. 

Sliabh na mBan in background.

Tower Hill cottages in background.

Tractor driver - David Mulcahy. 

(a single left click on each image, will show an enlarged version)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Oíche Shamhna 2015

A great, enjoyable
to all our worldwide viewers
(98 countries in five years). 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pleasant Surprise today Oct 21st, 2015.

Regrettably, access to the church and cemetery
has not been possible for many months!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015