War Horse

Hay There - at Millstreet Horse Show - by Geraldine Dennehy - second in the Irish Examiner 2015 amateur photograph of the year
2016-01-23 Geraldine Dennehy and daughter Lauryn - on collecting her prize at Irish Examiner amateur photograph of the year_Congratulations to Geraldine Dennehy whose photo “War Horse” (above) of a cheeky horse at the Millstreet Horse Show was the runner up in the ‘Irish Examiner Readers’ Photography Competition.

Geraldine who is a very keen photographer was thrilled with her win: “I’ve always been interested in horses, I’ve worked with them for years, she says. “I was wandering around, taking photographs, and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was lucky the camera was on auto focus and I had a fast lens because I only had seconds to take that photo. I’m thrilled to have been a finalist.”

She is pictured (right) with her daugter Sarah at the presentation in the Irish Examiner offices (picture thanks to the Irish Examiner).

[read more …] “War Horse”

Works Continue on the Bridge at the Boeing

With the current good weather, work has continued with the construction of the abutments for the new bridge over the Blackwater at the Boeing which is part of the Breifne Beara Way. Click on the photos below to see larger photos, which are thanks to Michelle, or click here to see all photos of the construction so far.
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Ssssshhhhh !

Julia going Ssssshhhhh to her Mum_-1000 On Wednesday morning, keen photographer Aleksandra Cashman was on TV3’s Ireland AM Camera Club Final for September, with presenter Mark Cagney and competition judge Jenny McCarthy. Her photo (above) was of her daughter Julia telling her mum to Ssssshhhhh as she tried to put her baby doll to sleep in her buggy. In any event it was won by a beautiful photo of a horse with it’s head in a bedroom window having it’s nose rubbed by a little girl, but Ola was delighted to be there in any case. See the video on the TV3 Player.

[read more …] “Ssssshhhhh !”

A Red Sky at Night

A Red Sky at Night - by Geraldine Dennehy
We’ve been blessed with this week’s fine spell which has lots of opportunity for taking nice photos of the world around us. Especially the skies this week, with the various moons and this one from Geraldine Dennehy entitled “A Red Sky at Night”, is of the bright red susets we are getting every evening now, which would be nice even if we said it was from the Serengeti. Long may it last … until Sunday that is !

New Irish Writing » Ann Lane

route66-beginIn the last few months Ann Lane has begun to publish articles on her travels and journeys around the world. She has writel travel articles in the past and has always had her camera at the ready.

Over the weekend she wrote of the start of her trip across Route 66, and she also has articles on trips to Nepal and Everest, Tromso and the Northern Lights, the Trail of Tears, and more.

They are all very interesting articles, and they can be seen at http://www.newirishwriting.com/category/ann-lane/.

Ann’s latest book titled “The Moment and the Day: Archives and Anecdotes” was released in May 2014, and is a photographic collection of photos of people from her travels from the last 50 years who, at one time or another, were prominently involved in the history of that era or event.

[read more …] “New Irish Writing » Ann Lane”

From the top of Musheramore

Caherbarnagh, Clara, and the Brandon Mountains on the horizon in the haze. Taken from Musheramore, by William Glasgow Howe, a member of one of a number of group of walkers that passed this way over the Duhallow Way in the last few days. (16th April 2015). Click the photo to see more from their walk.

Speaking of being on the top mountains, the annual Clara Mountain Run is on tomorrow (Sunday) evening at 7pm starting at the West End. The race is open to all, and full race details are on IMRA.ie

Spring Equinox by Con Collins

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The Spring equinox (12 hours of day, 12 hours of night) taken over Deep Creek in South West Florida USA happened on March 20th. Thanks to Con Collins formally of Cockhill, Millstreet, and now living in Southwest Florida who sent us the two above photos of the sun at that time.

It certainly was a day of celestial happenings as it [read more …] “Spring Equinox by Con Collins”

The Final Resting Place of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, Drishane

The Convent Plot at Drishane Cemetery is the final resting place of the Nuns of Drishane, The Sisters of the Infant Jesus. B

Thanks to Tom for these photos. Full resolution photos on his TMC Photography website
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Those buried in the Nun’s Plot in Drishane Cemetery

Sr. Mary Cotter – April 11th, 2020
Sr. Eilish O’Mahoney – April 7, 2020
Sr. Ann Breen – April 4th, 2020
Sr. Kathleen Day – March 28th, 2020
Sr. Catherine Golden – April 23rd, 2019

Sr. Agatha Ahern – June 26th 2018 – aged 94 years
Sr. Helen Keane – June 11th 2018 – aged 92 years
Sr. Eleanor Neville – March 6th 2018 – aged 100 years
Sr. Carmel O’Sullivan – July 12, 2017
Sr. Louise (Kitty) Roche – April 24th, 2017 (buried in Shanballymore) [rip]
Sr. Máirín Campbell – April 2, 2017
Sr. Florence (Sheila) O’Sullivan – 19th February 2017
Sr. Deirdre O’Loan –  August 13, 2016 (Singapore?)

Sr. Emilie Nagle – April 16th 2016 – aged 95
Sr. Enda Beasley – 22nd  Jan 2015 – aged 100 years

602: SR. PASCHAL O’SULLIVAN DIED 17. DEC. 2013 AGED 101 YEARS
601: Miss Marta del Valle – 15 March 2013 AGED 59 YEARS ***

600: SR. ATTRACTA GILMORE DIED 7. MARCH 2013 AGED 93 YEARS
599: MISS MARY TEAHAN – died 31 December 1999 AGED 88 YRS ***
598: MICHAEL MCGRATH – died  24 APRIL 1973 AGED 76 YEARS ***
597: SR. ETIENNE HYLAND DIED 20 JUNE 1997 AGED 96 YRS
596: SR. MARGARET COTTER DIED 26. AUG. 2012 AGED 86 YEARS [rip ??]
595: SR. MICHAEL O’REGAN DIED 30 MAY 1997 AGED 91 YRS
594: SR. JOSEPHINE HEALY DIED 17. DEC. 2011 AGED 92 YRS
593: SR. ALPHONSUS M C MAHON DIED 27 MAY 1997 AGED 87 YRS
591: SR. GABRIEL BROWNE DIED 12 APRIL 1997 AGED 92 YRS
592: SR. CARMEL O’KEEFFE Died 17. Oct. 2011 Aged 93 Years [rip]
590: SR. MARGARET TARRANT DIED 6. OCT. 2011 AGED 93 YEARS

589: SR. PATRICIA COLLINS DIED 8 NOV 1996 DIED 94 YRS.
588: SR. PEGGY (Damien) MURPHY DIED 24. SEPT. 2011 DIED 93 YEARS [rip]
587: SR. FRANCIS XAVIER O’SHEA DIED 15 OCT. 1996 AGED 87 YRS.
586: SR. RÉIDíN SCANNELL DIED 17. JUNE 2011 AGED 76 YEARS [rip]
585: SR. MARY JANE DURKAN DIED 21 AUG. 1996 AGED 91 YRS.
584: SR. HELEN WYNNE DIED 19. MAY. 2011 AGED 69 YEARS
583: SR. ANDREW SPILLANE DIED 20 AUG. 1996 AGED 78 YRS.
582: SR. HELEN FALVEY DIED 9. APRIL 2011 AGED 94 YEARS
581: SR. COLUMBA O’DONOGHUE DIED 20 MAY 1990 AGED 82 YRS.
580: SR. EVELYN HOULIHAN DIED 2. APRIL 2011 AGED 83 YEARS [rip]

579: SR. MARY CATHERINE MARREN DIED 23 APRIL 1996 AGED 85 YRS
578: SR. GERTRUDE FINN DIED 6. SEPT. 2010 AGED 97 YEARS
577: SR. ALOYSIUS O’DRISCOLL DIED 20 SEPT. 1995 AGED 81 YRS
576: SR. BRENDAN CRONIN DIED 31. AUG. 2010 AGED 90 YEARS [rip ??]
575: SR. AGNES O’RIORDAN DIED 6 NOV. 1994 AGED 68 YRS.
574: SR. JOAN SCANNELL DIED 29. AUG. 2010 AGED 83 YEARS
573: SR. JOHN DESMOND DIED 12 FEB. 1994 AGED 94 YRS.
572: SR. DOLORES HEALY DIED 28. OCT. 2009 AGED 94 YEARS [rip ??]
571: SR. IMELDA COLLINS DIED 25 DEC 1993 AGED 97 YRS.
570: SR. AILBE SWEENEY DIED 5. AUG. 2009 AGED 89 YEARS [rip]

569: SR. COLETTE O’CONNOR DIED 28. OCT. 1993 AGED 87 YRS.
568: SR. PAUL O’FLYNN DIED 11. MAY 2009 AGED 88 YEARS [rip]
567: SR. DECLAN M C SWEENEY DIED 11 MAY 1993 AGED 89 YRS.
566: SR. MAUREEN RODDY DIED 24. MARCH 2009 AGED 92 YEARS [rip ??]
565: SR. THOMAS AQUINAS FORDE DIED 23 APRIL 1993 AGED 84 YRS. [Headsburgh 1967]
564: SR. NELLIE O’SULLIVAN DIED 20. JULY 2008 AGED 92 YEARS [rip]
563: SR. EUGENIE O’SULLIVAN DIED 27. OCT. 1992 AGED 82 YRS.
562: SR. NORRIE O’SULLIVAN DIED 3. OCT. 2007 AGED 95 YEARS
561: SR. ERNEST LONG DIED 5. JUNE 1992 AGED 86 YRS.
560: SR. AGNES O’CONNOR DIED 27. FEB. 2009 AGED 81 YEARS [rip]

559: SR. EILEEN LYNE DIED 14 APRIL 1992 AGED 85 YRS.
558: SR. FABIAN BUTLER DIED 17. DEC. 2008 AGED 98 YEARS [rip]
557: SR. MARY MAGDALEN M C GILLYCUDDY DIED 4. JUNE 1990 AGED 88
556: SR. EILIS CASEY DIED 23. JULY 2008 AGED 89 YEARS [rip]
555: SR. EUCHARIA CALLAGHAN DIED JUNE 9, 1989 AGED 82 YRS
554: SR. CONRAD IRWIN DIED 15. MARCH 2008 AGED 91 YEARS [rip]
553: SR. FLANNAN GALVIN DIED JUNE 26, 1988 AGED 81 YRS.
552: SR. ALBERT M C SWEENEY DIED MARCH 1.1988 AGED 90 YRS.
551: SR. RAPHAEL MOORE DIED 7. OCT. 2007 AGED 79 YEARS
550: SR. JUDE LOONEY DIED OCT. 7. 1987 AGED 82 YRS.

549: SR. KRILLIAN O’DONOGHUE DIED 23. MAY 2007 AGED 90 YEARS
548: SR. DYMPNA MURPHY DIED SEPT. 12. 1987 AGED 77 YRS.
547: SR. PERPETUA O’BRIEN DIED 2. NOV. 2006 DIED 91 YEARS
546: Sr. Gemma O’Dwyer died April 16, 1987 aged 53 yrs
545: SR. CATHERINE FITZGERALD DIED 5. SEPT. 2006 AGED 87 YEARS
544: SR. EDMUND SHEEHY DIED OCT. 7 1986 AGED 93 YRS.
543: SR. GENMA O’SULLIVAN DIED 31 MAY 2006 AGED 87 YEARS
542: SR. MARY PHILOMENA MC ELLIGOTT DIED MARCH 30, 1986 AGED 76 YRS
541: SR. ANGELA BUCKLEY DIED 7 MAY 2006 AGED 88 YEARS
540: SR. MARY MURPHY O’CONNOR DIED JAN. 23. 1986 AGED 88 YRS.

539: SR. CANICE O’CONNELL DIED 16 MARCH 2006 DIED 91 YEARS
538: SR. BASIL HALPIN DIED 17 FEB. 1985 DIED 65 YRS.
537: SR. ZITA BUCKLEY DIED 23 AUG. 2005 AGED 87 YEARS
536: SR. FINBARR MURPHY DIED 23 OCT. 1984 AGED 80 YRS.
535: SR. DANIELLE HORGAN DIED 12 JUNE 2005 AGED 87 YEARS
534: An tSúir Maire Brid Nic a’Bháird, a Cailleagh ar an 13ú Lá Mí na Nollaig 1983, aois 71
533: SR. JOHN BOSCO O’RIORDAN DIED 24 JAN2005 AGED 87 YRS
532: SR. PAULINE LENIHAN DIED 1 FEB. 1983 AGED 79 YRS
531: SR. PIUS SINGLETON DIED 11 JAN 2005 AGED 89 YRS
530: SR. JAMES WALSHE DIED 17 JAN. 1983 AGED 88 YRS.

529: SR. MARIE GONHEADY DIED 17 SEPT. 2004 AGED 87 YRS
528: SR. AUGUSTINE O’DONOGHUE DIED 31 OCT. 1982 AGED 86 YRS.
527: SR. CARMEL HAYES DIED 13 JUNE 2004 AGED 84 YRS
526: SR. ELIZABETH M C SWEENEY DIED 6 SEPT. 1982 AGED 79 YRS.
525: SR. FINTAN McAULIFFE DIED 10 JAN 2004 AGED 83 YRS
524: SR. HELENA GOUENEY DIED 17 MARCH 1982 AGED 89 YRS.
523: SR. MICHAEL O’CONNOR DIED 19 NOV. 2003 AGED 92 YRS.
522: SR. TERESA O’DONOGHUE DIED 12 AUG. 1981 AGED 88 YRS.
521: SR. EDWARD O’DONOGHUE DIED 9 JUNE 2003 AGED 89 YRS
520: SR. JAMES FITZGERALD DIED 28 FEB. 1981 AGED 70 YRS.

519: SR. EMMANUEL HEGARTY DIED 8 OCT. 1973 AGED 61 YRS.
518: SR. BENEDICT CRONIN DIED 9 JAN 2000 AGED 83 YRS.
517: SR. EDNA COLEMAN DIED 3 SEPTEMBER 1972 AGED 56 YEARS
516: SR. MARIE CELINE SHORTALL DIED 16 JULY 1999 AGED 85 YRS.
515: SR. RITA O’CONNELL DIED 9 NOVEMBER 1971 AGED 61 YEARS
514: SR. EVANGELIST DALY DIED 30 MAY 1999 AGED 87 YRS
513: SR. LELIA RUTLEDGE DIED JAN 15. 1971 DIED 79 YEARS
512: SR. ISABELLE GAVIN DIED 2 APRIL 1999 DIED 84 YRS.
511: SR. STANISLAUS WICKHAM DIED MAY 18 1970 AGED 79 YEARS
510: SR. THERESE MURPHY DIED 11 FEB. 1999 AGED 83 YRS.

509: SR. MARTIN FITZGERALD DIED JAN. 13. 1969. AGED 78 YEARS
508: SR. GENEVIEVE MAGUIRE DIED 25 JAN. 1999 AGED 86 YRS.
507: SR. MARGARET MELODY WHO DIED 24 MAY 1967 AGED 68 YEARS
506: SR. MARY JO MURPHY DIED 6 JAN 1999 DIED 82 YRS.
505: SR. ANNIE O’LEARY WHO DIED 4 AUGUST 1966 AGED 67 YEARS
504: SR. REGIS FITZGERALD DIED 6 DEC 1998 AGED 82 YRS.
503: SR. PHILOMENA O’RIORDAN WHO DIED 26 JULY 1963 AGED 70 YEARS
502: SR. MARIE EDITH BAKER DIED 12 NOV. 1998 AGED 94 YRS.
501: SR. JOSEPH M C CARTHY WHO DIED 15 OCT. 1960 AGED 78 YEARS
500: SR. PAUL CASEY DIED 21 AUG. 1998 AGED 84 YRS.

499: SR. PETER O’MAHONY WHO DIED 1. JUNE 1956 AGED 80 YEARS
498: SR. VINCENT MULCAHY DIED 7 JULY 1998 AGED 76 YRS.
497: SR. FRANCIS DONOVAN DIED 13 JUNE 1954 aged 75 yrs
496: SR. VINCENT MC SWEENEY DIED 10 APRIL 1998 AGED 93 YRS.
495: SR. ST. MARIE THERESE O’CONNELL DIED 13 JUNE 1948 AGED 41 YEARS
494: SR. NORA HARTNETT DIED 23 FEB 1998 AGED 63 YRS.
493: Sr. Agnes O’Flaherty died 31 March 1944 aged 74 years
492: SR. DECLAN COTTER DIED 13 NOV 1997 AGED 87 YRS
491: Sr. St. Monica Cunningham 18th February 1942 aged 29 years
490: SR. MARY NOEL SCANLAN DIED 2 AUG 1997 AGED 89 YRS.

489: SR. ST. CATHERINE O’SULLIVAN DIED 3 RD DECEMBER 1939 AGED 60
488: SR. CONSILIA QUINN DIED 24 JUNE 1997 AGED 85 YRS
487: SR ST JEAN CARPENTIER WHO DIED 8 APRIL 1918, AGED 64
486: SR. MARY MAGDALEN FOLEY DIED 25. SEPT. 1949 AGED 80 YEARS
485: SR. ANTHONY COLEMAN DIED 12. MAY 1977 AGED 93 YEARS
484: SR. BEATRICE FOLEY DIED 3. MAY 1948 AGED 76 YEARS RESET IN PEACE
483: SR. ST. ITA MANGAN DIED 3RD MARCH, 1926 AGED 28 YEARS.
482: SR. LEONE REDMOND DIED 23 MAR. 2000 AGED 90 YRS.
481 SR ST. CELSUS RIORDAN DIED 3 RD JANUARY 1941 AGED 34 YEARS
480: SR. ITA M C SWEENEY DIED 17 MAY 2000 AGED 90 YRS.

479: Sr. St. Kieran Daly died 9th March 1942 aged 29 years
478: SR. STEPHANIE PURCELL DIED 23 JUNE 2000 AGED 82 YRS
477: Sr. Martha O’Sullivan died 14th March 1948 aged 60 years
476: SR. GERALD FITZGERALD DIED 2 JULY 2000 AGED 86 YRS
475: SR. PATRICK LUCEY WHO DIED 1. FEB. 1953 AGED 74 YEARS
474: SR. EITHNE M c CARTHY DIED 27 DEC. 2000 AGED 81 YRS
473: SR. ELIZABETH RASCOUSSIER WHO DIED 5 AUG. 1955 AGED 77 YEARS
472: Sr. Cornelius Crowley who died 11 Jan 2001 aged 84
471: SR. BONAVENTURE KISSANE WHO DIED 1 SEPT. 1958 AGED 71 YEARS.
470: SR. BRENDAN SCOLLARD DIED 4 TH MARCH 2001 AGED 88 YRS.

469: SR. BRIDGET MC INTOSH WHO DIED 31 MAY 1961 AGED 80 YEARS
468: SR. MARY LUNT DIED 13TH MARCH 2001 AGED 95 YRS.
467: Sr. Savior O’Donovan died 25th Sept 1964 aged 60 years
466: SR. MARY PETER WEEDLE DIED 17 TH MARCH 2001 AGED 85 YRS
465: SR. ITA SPILLANE WHO DIED 12 NOVEMBER 1966 AGED 79 YEARS
464: SR. THOMAS GILMORE DIED 17TH APRIL 2001 AGED 87 YRS
463: SR. GERARD FOLEY WHO DIED 12 MARCH 1968 AGED 56 YEARS
462: SR. MONICA KELLY DIED 30 TH DEC. 2001 AGED 81 YRS.
461: SR. AGNES HAYES DIED DEC, 17 1969 AGED 77 YEARS
460: SR. CECILIA CRONIN DIED 3 AUG. 2002 AGED 84 YRS.

459: Sr. Malachy Bruen died 21 November 1970 aged 79 years
458: SR. MARIE NOEL FITZGERALD DIED 26 AUG. 2002 AGED 87 YRS.
457: SR. JOSEPH HARTY DIED SEPT. 25. 1971 AGED 74 YEARS
456: SR. ANNE MARIE O’CONNOR DIED 12 SEPT. 2002 AGED 83 YRS.
455: SR. PATRICIA CLARK C DIED 20 AUGUST 1972 AGED 73 YEARS
454: SR. MADELEINE LUCEY DIED 26 NOV. 2002 AGED 92 YRS.
453: SR. AGATHA O’SULLIVAN DIED 17 JUNE 1972 AGED 76 YRS.
452: SR. BERNARD CASEY DIED 12 DEC. 2002 AGED 85 YRS.
451: SR. KEVIN DOWLING DIED 24 APRIL 1974 AGED 79 YRS
450: SR. MARGARET MARY CORBETT DIED 13 DEWC. 2002 AGED 90 YRS

449: SR. DOROTHY O’SULLIVAN DIED 19 MARCH 1976 AGED 85 YRS.
448: SR. ITA CARROLL DIED 21 FEB. 2003 AGED 88 YRS.
447: SR. AMBROSE SHEEHY DIED 12 JAN 1978 AGED 80 YRS.
446: SR. GOBNAIT O’CONNELL DIED 14 DEC. 2002 AGED 84 YRS.
445: SR. MAGDALEN O’CALLAGHAN DIED 17 FEB. 1979 AGED 89 YRS
444: SR. RITA MURPHY DIED 25 FEB. 2003 AGED 84 YRS.
443: SR. BERNADETTE LINEHAN DIED 20 AUG. 1979 AGED 73 YRS.
442: SR. THEOPHANE MURPHY DIED 16 APRIL 2003 AGED 89 YRS.
441: SR. ROSE HANEFY DIED 25 JAN. 1980 AGED 85 YRS.
440: SR. ITA O’CONNOR DIED 2 JUNE 2003 AGED 64 YRS.
439: SR. BERNARD GALVIN DIED 17 OCT. 1980 AGED 89 YRS

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*** Indicates Not a nun. There are three burials in the nuns plot that are nuns, and these are:

  • Michael McGrath was the wonderfully popular Gardener for decades in Drishane and he was buried in the Nuns’ Cemetery …. not along the main row…more nearer the hedge.   I remember him from my youth. – S.R.
  • Mary Teehan was a Dublin woman who was a nun for a number of years. She left the order and worked in the Catholic Communications Institute in Booterstown, Dublin. She used to come to Drishane every year for her holidays. She was immensely popular with everyone and some of the nuns used call her “Lady May”. It was her desire always, to be buried in Drishane. – L.F.
  • Marta del Valle was from Puerto Rico. She died in Texas. Her sister is an Infant Jesus Sister in Ballymun, Dublin where she runs the Aisling Project for disadvantaged children.  Possibly her ashes are interred here in Drishane? Here is her obituary: Marta Rosa del Valle, 59, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, March 15, 2013. Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday, St. Francis of Assisi in Grapevine, Texas. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lucas Funeral Home, 701 W. Wall St., Grapevine, with rosary at 7 p.m. Marta was born June 12, 1953, in Puerto Rico to Jose del Valle and Dolores Garcia. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Quico del Valle. Survivors: Her sister, Magdalena del Valle (infant Jesus sister); nephews, Rafael del Valle and wife, Danni, and Sergio del Valle.
    (An article on Sr Malen del Valle is included below)
  • John Whooley (July 7th 1898 at EnniskeaneMarch 20th 1956 at Nazareth House) was a ploughman/gardener from Courtmacsherry (?or Enniskeane) who worked in Drishane for many years.The Drishane sisters maintain his grave which is in the second row of graves to the right inside the main gate. Its the third grave, about a metre wide by two metres long. [1901] [1911]

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Sr. Malen del Valle IJS
On 18th April 2012 Sr. Malen del Valle IJS was presented with this award in recognition of her work with the Aisling Project, which supports young people’s education through its innovative after-school programmes in Ballymun. “Magdalena del Valle (abbreviated to Malen) was born in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Islands. She grew up in a family of four, with two brothers and a sister and as a child enjoyed swimming, basketball and scout activities. She attended the Sacred Heart Convent School and enjoys meeting up with friends when she revisits her homeland.
At age seventeen Magdalena moved to Spain to live with her grandmother and to attend university. While there she came into contact with the Infant Jesus Sisters and, following graduation, joined the Infant Jesus Sisters taking the name Sister Malen. The next few years were spent teaching in Madrid, working as a School Principal in Bembibre, a mining town in the north of Spain, and subsequently running an after-school project in Barcelona. Sr. Malen then moved to Liverpool where she worked with a young team in collaboration with the Christian Brothers and ran retreats for secondary school students. Some years later she came to Ireland and started a similar project ‘Challenge for Life’. This work involved running retreats in schools all over Ireland.
In 1997, during a parish mission in Ballymun, one of the Principals of St. Joseph’s School asked Sr. Malen to initiate a service for local children who had dropped out of school. The Aisling Project began in a flat provided by Dublin City Council. It was prepared by volunteers and furnished by generous donations.
There are now five individual Projects operating in Ballymun. The main aims of the Aisling Project are to prevent early school leaving, to benefit the
community and to advance education by running an after-school intervention project for children at risk. This intervention provides purposeful activity including drama, music and swimming. The projects
take place Monday to Thursday 2.30pm to 6.00pm with a full three-week Summer Project during the month of July each year. The programme is
designed around the interests, needs and learning of the young people involved in the project.”
In her acceptance speech Malen paid tribute to all who have made this Aisling project possible over the years. [ijs]

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SR. EILISH AHERN (Clontarf and formerly of Drishane Convent and Ballyhooly, Co. Cork): On June 19, 2003, peacefully, at the Mater Hospital, following a short illness. Sadly missed by her Community and all Infant Jesus Sisters, brother Dan, sister-in- law Mary, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephew, relatives and a wide circle of friends. Rest in peace. Requiem Mass today (Saturday) at 10am in St. John the Baptist Church, Clontarf and thence to the Church of the Nativity, Ballyhooly for 4pm Mass. Burial immediately afterwards in adjoining cemetery. – The Irish Examiner 21 June 2003 [1]

More Snow Photos from this Morning

Thanks to those that sent us these photos of the snow scenes and fun in the snow this morning: from Alan (taken from the Deer Park, above St.Mary’s Cemetery); from Michelle (playing in the snow before school this morning), from Tom from TMC Photography (of Millstreet Hospital, and Clara mountain, taken from the Killarney Rd), and from Áine (of Lackabane and the Nun’s Wood).

First Snowman of the Winter !

The first snows arrived about 6:30 on Thursday morning. There wasn’t much in town, but there was a nice bit on the hills. One of our braver readers made a snowman and took some nice photos in the morning sunshine on his way to work at the top of Togher. Click the images for full size

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[read more …] “First Snowman of the Winter !”

A little bit of us will be seen all over the world this Christmas

2014-11-06 An Post Christmas Stamp 2014 which is part of the Harry Clarke stained glass in St.Patricks Church MillstreetThere’s thrilling news this morning that a photo of part of the Harry Clarke stained glass window (Adoration of the Magi) in St.Patrick’s Church Millstreet has been selected by An Post as one of three specially commissioned stamps for this Christmas. So a little bit of Millstreet will be seen all over the world this Christmas on letters and packages.

We featured the stained glass previously when it appeared on Fr.James McSweeney’s website 2u.ie. The photographer Bill Power is from Mitchelstown has an interest in Harry Clarke’s stained glass, has outlined in a nice piece  how it all came about:

MY PHOTOGRAPH GOES GLOBAL
It’s official – the news that I’ve had to sit on for a few months.

“One of this year’s three Irish CHRISTMAS STAMPS is a photograph that I was commissioned to take in May by An Post. I won’t have the [read more …] “A little bit of us will be seen all over the world this Christmas”

Today in Millstreet and in Carriganima…A Pictorial Record

 

In sharing a pictorial record of today, Thursday 7th August 2014 we get to meet (above) Sr. Rosemary and Bishop Tim Carroll at St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet; we not the young people assembling for the annual Debs Ball (below) and we visit the very colourful Carriganima.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
In sharing a pictorial record of today, Thursday 7th August 2014 we get to meet (above) Sr. Rosemary and Bishop Tim Carroll after Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet and we note the young people assembling for the annual Debs Ball (below) .  We also visit the very colourful Carriganima. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Let’s observe some ten more images from today’s [read more …] “Today in Millstreet and in Carriganima…A Pictorial Record”

Justin Black’s Superb Coverage of FEI European Championships for Ponies

We thank Justin Black of Justborn Photography, West End, Millstreet for this superb selection of six of his photographs from the prestigious Eventing Cross Country occasion at Drishane on Saturday, 2nd August 2014.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
We thank Photographer supreme, Justin Black of Justborn Photography, West End, Millstreet for this superb selection of six of his photographs from the prestigious Eventing Cross Country occasion at Drishane on Saturday, 2nd August 2014.   Click on the images to enlarge.    (S.R.)

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