Listowel Writers' Week Fringe

Blogging Listowel's Literary Scene

In Kerry South over the weekend…

September 22, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections

For the first time in ages, I was back in County Kerry. It was the weekend of the gathering of the Diaspora in Dublin: people came back to Ireland to contribute conversations on how to recover the country… The Global Economic Forum… I wrote a comment to a journalist who was there. He replied…


a Corkman [I'm not really a "Corkman"] in Kerry for the weekend? That must have been tough! Thanks for leaving the comments. Can I assume that the reason you were off Internet is that you forgot to bring your devices with you rather than the lack of reliable broadband in the Kingdom? We’re striving to be a digital economy, so I assume it is not the latter.

Brendan [Hughes],

Indeed you’re right. I left all my internet devices behind, so I didn’t test broadband. When I live blogged Listowel Writers’ Week in May, broadband reception was OK, but that’s an urban centre. This weekend I was out on the cliff.

Who says “we’re striving to be a digital economy”? I don’t see any striving going on. Eircom is too busy being bought & sold. The government has only one thing on its mind: damage limitation…

In Alicante, in March, I met a man who had a business providing broadband connectivity to remote places in Norway – a country far more difficult to serve than this, I’d say… Perhaps we could link better with what they’re doing over there?

I thought it would be good to put some new content up here…

Michael Reeves sent these wishes to Listowel Writers’ Week

June 06, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections, events, painters & paintings, poem, starting up

Apologies for not posting these earlier.

Michael (Mick) Reeves is from Limerick. We met at school. He is a fine painter and he lives in Clare and spends time in Murcia, Spain, where the light is special.

He sent me this text to pass on to Listowel Writers’ Week via the blog:

“From Spain I hear a body of voices
quiet moments for head and heart.
In your festival of words,
in the rhythm of the moment,
let words fall in all the colour of confetti at your feet…”

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