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Dwyers Washington Street.
March 23, 2017
12:53 PM

Dwyers Washington Street.

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The old picture of Dwyer and Co. on Washington Street in Cork, was in fact a calling card from a commercial traveller from the company.
It says ""Mr Blank will have the pleasure of calling in a few days when your orders will be esteemed"

Dwyer's employed a lot of travellers on the road, one for each department. A story is told about one booking into a hotel in Letterkenny one winter and, when he came down to breakfast finding eight other fellow reps eating there, all from Dwyers of Cork !


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Lost in Translation One Hundred and Fifteen
March 16, 2017
10:06 AM

Lost in Translation One Hundred and Fifteen

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A traditional Quincallerie shop in Montlucon yesterday.
Quincallerie is one of my favourite French words .

Because the original kitchenware or hardware shops in France traded in goods in iron and steel and these articles tended to rattle (French clinquant.) Quincalleries (there I've used it again !) are one of the few places which can boast an onomatopoeic origin to the name of their metier,
- for non-french speakers it comes out as something like Kan-ki-ary.


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Unmarried Mothers.
March 12, 2017
09:00 AM

Unmarried Mothers.

At the moment I have an anthology called Windharp by my bed, edited by Niall Mac Monagle (where would Irish Poetry be without him ?) and given to me by daughter Eileen, it is subtitled Poems of Ireland since 1916.
It includes this one from Austin Clarke written in 1963 called:

"Unmarried Mothers"

In the convent of the Sacred Heart,
The long room has been decorated
Where a bishop can dine off golden plate:
An Oriental Potentate.
Girls, who will never wheel a go-cart,
Cook, sew wash, dig,milk cows, clean stables
And, twice a day giving their babes
The teat, herdlike, yield milk that cost
Them dearly, when their skirts weretossed up
Above their haunches.Hook or zip
Has warded them at Castlepollard.
Luckier girls,on board ship,
Watch new hope spraying from the bollard.

This was written, do not forget, in 1963.
54 long years ago.
Plus ca change...................


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Ash Wednesday
March 03, 2017
01:02 PM

Ash Wednesday

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Kilkenny college students leave their ash plants outside while they attend mass on Ash Wednesday.


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The Blog, twelve years a goin'
08:30 AM

The Blog, twelve years a goin'

It was on the 27th of February, 2005, just over 12 years ago that I put up my first blog, one about mayonnaise which I repeated here last week.
Daughter Caitriona and husband Aonghus had just spent , what I suppose would now be called a gap year, in Australia and instead of writing home weekly letters they both blogged about their experiences. This was of course brilliant, they covered all friends and family with , basically, one letter. I wanted to do this too so the savvy daughter showed me how. Ducks to water were not in it and soon (this was shortly after I had sold my restaurant) I was blogging busily, sometimes several times a day.
The following year I was short listed for a blogging award and later my blog was featured in the Irish Times. It was an exciting moment.
But then, around 2010 blogging became passé, and I, like must of the internet fraternity, took to Facebook and Twitter. I have kept up my blog but lately have been remiss, like communicating with an elderly parent, I am inclined to put up a blog only when challenged by guilt. Last month, I have just noted I only managed four posts in February.
Shame on me.
I will try and do better.


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