The Cistercian Order in Ireland

The Cistercian Order in Ireland

Between 1142 and 1270, the Cistercians built 38 abbeys in Ireland from which, at their peak, they owned almost half a million acres in Ireland, including 48,000 acres at their mother-house, Mellifont Abbey. Famed for their agricultural prowess, the Cistercians were...
The Ballyduff Three, County Waterford

The Ballyduff Three, County Waterford

Written following an encounter in circa 2005 with thresher John Flynn (born 1943), store manager Pat Flynn (born 1939) and the late postmaster, Eamon Bolger (1931-2009).   ‘I’m Ballyduff baptised, Ballyduff confirmed and Ballyduff married,’ says...
Mary Kennedy’s of Callaghane Bridge, Co. Waterford

Mary Kennedy’s of Callaghane Bridge, Co. Waterford

  What shall we do with a drunken sailor, earl-eye in the morning? The answer to certain regulars in Mary Kennedy’s pub is obvious. Heave him by the leg in a running bowline, earl-eye in the morning. ‘Drunken Sailor’ is probably the most famous of the...
Geoff’s Bar – Waterford City

Geoff’s Bar – Waterford City

‘The devil in the corner’ was how one publican described the television in his bar. ‘I took it away one time and they all gave out to me’. The simple fact, we are told, is that 21st century drinkers need the visual stimulation of a television in order to enjoy the...
Waterways Through Time

Waterways Through Time

‘A most wonderful selection.’ Eanna ni Lamhna Mooney Goes Wild, RTE Radio One   “Upon those who step into the same rivers, different and ever different waters flow down.” Heraclitus   *****   On 21st February 2022, my fiftieth birthday, I launched...