Category Archives: Turn Back Time

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

Feet on the street, man bites dog, hairy chests and Boney M – it’s some town for one town

IT HASN’T GONE AWAY YOU KNOW: PEDESTRIANISATION OF PLUNKETT STREET SPLIT OPINION BACK THEN AND NOW IF you think it’s a divisive issue now, you should have witnessed the heated stand-off that developed when a proposal to pedestrianise Plunkett Street appeared on the local agenda back in 1992. To suggest that it split traders into… Continue Reading