Turtle Bunbury is the man behind The Vanishing Ireland project and has interviewed many people from the west Limerick area over recent years and published their stories in his Vanishing Ireland books. An Exhibition of the photographs of some of the people he has interviewed takes place at the new Irish Georgian Society HQ in the City Assembly House on South William Street, Dublin, right beside Powerscourt Townhouse. It runs from July 17th to August 30th 2013, Mon-Sat, 10am – 5pm. Entry is free. Featured in this present exhibition are Mikey and Annie Kinnane, Glenagragra. If anybody happens to be in Dublin in the next few weeks it would be worth visiting.

Entries are coming in to Glin library for the Poetry and Art competition on the theme “the Knight’s Walk”. This competition is run by the Glin Development Association. Keep them coming for the next week. All entries from both children and adults will be judged.
Carol Noonan’s Art and Craft exhibition in the library is receiving great admiration. Call in when passing just to see it. Some items are for sale also.

George Langan’s DVD and CD of Lovely Clounleharde is proving very popular. It is still on sale in the Knockdown shop. Only €5 for DVD and Cd together. I played it for Liza Mulvihill in St Ita’s during the week. Liza, who will be 98 in a few weeks time, regretted that she could not get out of bed to waltz to the music. Her mind is active as ever. Nora Mulvihill,too, is in great form and always asks for the people around the area.

Best of luck to the Ballygoughlan School Reunion which takes place this coming weekend. We hope they enjoy it as much as we enjoyed the Clounleharde one recently. We are still getting letters from past pupils saying how much they enjoyed it.

I have missed Pat Brosnan from his corner in the Athea News recently and want to send him good wishes. He and my father had a strong friendship down through the years as both had a common interest in poetry and song and all things traditional. He and Paddy Faley were part of the trio that gave birth to the Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal back in 1977 and which is still going strong thanks to Tom O’Donoghue. Pat has left a great legacy to the area with all his songs and writings and deserves great credit and praise. He did not hide his talent “under a bushel” but used it to bring joy to as many people as he could. I hope he is happy in his new home near the village.