Friday, October 19, 2018


. . . on Queen Street.

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                                                                                                                                                           T'was that time of year once more
on October 20th,
and staunch supporters of the
rallied around all over the country to raise funds for same.
assisted along the way by BEWLEYS,
who have been supporting the event for the past twenty-five years,
raising over €35,000,000.

                                                                                                                                                        Peggy Cuddihy,
a loyal volunteer for years at many local functions,
one of the first to arrive and prepare for the day.

Bernadette Wade,
one of the early supporters
to turn up.

Biddy Hanlon,
an equally loyal volunteer
on the day,
noted for her work at a number of
annual fund-raising functions.

Somewhat shy about having her photo taken was
Chrissie Power,
seen here with grand-daughter, Naomi,
among the earliest arrivals.

Joan Walsh,
another early-bird,
probably Portlaw's greatest walker!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Autumn Colours

A perfect day today, October 17th, for walking in Curraghmore estate,
with Autumn colours appearing rapidly everywhere!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


                                                                                                                                                            Now over twelve months established,
at The Bridge, Portlaw, 
has already made a reputation for itself 
as a  purveyor of good food at sensible prices,
which its very many regular customers will agree to.

Dropping in unexpectedly recently,
I met these two young local ladies about to place an order.

                                                                                                                                                              This staff member was busy dispensing ice cream, 

. . . and these young children were enjoying some more,

                                                                                                                                                            . . . while others were having a tasty-looking lunch.

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Enjoying a Rest . . .

Enjoying a rest on the William Street seat recently: 

L. to R.:  Maureen Whelan, 'Doc' Morrissey, Francie Whelan. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Getting ready for the hunting season . . .

Jimmy Keane and assistant exercising fox-hounds
at Coolroe, Portlaw,
yesterday afternoon, October 11th.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

Page-viewer Origins

Origin of pageviews for past month:

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China - 49;  Germany - 44;  France - 33.
(only the top ten figures are made available)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Am glad to say this blog has been chosen in the initial selection
of the Ireland Blog Awards 2018.
Two more adjudication rounds to go, however!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Multitudes Arrive . . .

A welcome sign at Malcomson Square awaits the multitudes
arriving for the first annual

A little short of 15,000 music lovers turned up,
and the weather was excellent throughout the three days and nights. 

The entire event ran to perfection, thanks to the excellent planning of the organisers.

The location (part of), from a distance, one day before commencement of festival.

On  Friday, August 3rd, HUGE numbers of concert-goers descended on Portlaw,
in and around Malcomson Square.
From here, throughout the entire weekend, 
they were ferried back and forth in a free shuttle-bus service to and from the festival site, 
about three kilometres away.

This Dublin bus was just one of very many.

Two music-lovers from Melbourne, Australia,
who arrived on that Dublin bus,
and with whom I had a great conversation about Irish ancestors,
and the 'infamous' Ned Kelly, whose ancestors came from my own native parish in South Tipperary.

Portlaw villagers were enjoying the frenzied activity right through the weekend.
Tom Nugent and daughter, Sarah, done it in style from a seated position,
while also enjoying the excellent weather the country was experiencing.

Notes taken re some of the visitors were mislaid,
but I believe this group had just arrived from Cork.
Correct me, if I'm wrong! 

At times traffic at the roundabout almost became a  problem,
but fortunately the situation was handled to perfection by
stewards and gardaí right through the entire weekend . .. 

. . . except for a while when this hired camper, with visitors from Dublin, 
stalled at the roundabout due to serious clutch trouble
and caused consternation before being moved a short distance away. 

In a nearby house, these ladies were enjoying the carry-on.

Awaiting a shuttle-bus, but certainly enjoying themselves,
were this group of charming ladies from Cork city.

Some young men, all the way from Wicklow,
came well prepared for a merry weekend.
It's reported that the local supermarket was sold out of liquid refreshments!

This young lady at Malcomson Square houses,
with their fine floral display,
was also taking it all in.
(photographed with permission).