Category Archives: Turn Back Time

Not picture perfect but it changed a town’s mindset

IT was a picture that painted a thousand words, not one of them even remotely complimentary. Captured at quarter to eight on a dull March morning in 1982, it exposed an ugly, repulsive side to a town that, even then, locals took great pride in describing as Beauty’s Home. The Sunday morning monochrome snapshot portrayed… Continue Reading

Planning revelation on Killarney visit shocked Lemass

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the death of former Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader, Seán Lemass. In this extract from the memoirs of Kerry South TD, John O’Leary, written with author, historian and researcher Owen O’Shea (pictured), it describes how a visit by Lemass to Killarney in the early 1960s led to the introduction… Continue Reading

The day my marbles disappeared like chalk dust

As skilled in the debating chamber as he had been in the classroom, Cllr Michael Gleeson this week announced his intention to retire from active politics after a remarkable contribution to public life. And while I have been there to take notes of his wonderfully articulate contributions to so many debates, on so many occasions… Continue Reading