Archive for January, 2009


Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Well, the quiz was a good success with 30 teams. I hope they made a good bit of money. Here’s a photo of the kids doing a demo afterwards.
Set Dancers-0683
Good luck to them in the Ulster Readoiri Final today..

Pubs Closing

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Pub aka The Hurlers closed today, probably for the last time. It’s the third pub to close in the village since I took this photo in 2007
Kilnaleck Pubs Poster
Brooks’s, The Central Bar (Millers) and now The Hurlers. It’s a difficult trading time for pubs in small villages. One pub a day is closing in rural Ireland. The effects of the (futile) smoking ban, increased enforcement of the drink-driving laws and changes in peoples incomes and lifestyles mean that a lot more will close in the coming years also.

It’s a pity to see them go. The pub has been a meeting and socializing place and a part of Irish society for many years. I feel we’re losing something more than just a few places to go when we’re thirsty. I hope the remaining six pubs in the town manage to keep afloat during the tough times ahead.


Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

This Friday night 30th January we have a table quiz to raise funds for the Crosserlough Set Dancers. These kids are doing very well. They’re in the Scor All-Ireland Final next month. If you can, put in a team of four and try to raise a few euros for them.

On Saturday night we have music with The Guitar Man. Pete and Stephen are part of the furniture here and are always good.

We’ve started serving Sunday Brunch from 11am till 4pm so if you’ve had a rough night Saturday night, this is just your man to get you back on your feet


Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Paul and I went for a walk to Mullaghmeen, near Ballinacree yesterday. It’s Europe’s biggest planted Beech forest right here on our doorstep with panoramic views of Lough Sheelin.
Sheelin Pano
It was a totally calm day and we could hear a lad playing the bagpipes while walking his dog through the woods. Surreal. There are more photos on the flickr page.

Copper Kettle Blog

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I’m going to try blogging so I can say a bit more about the photos I take, and write a bit about what’s happening around the village