Keane's pub obliges director's last wishes

 

There are all-night drugs and booze sessions on the Rock of Cashel, according to the Nationalist and Munster Advertiser, which wondered if, in the midst of economic downturn and global turmoil we were living in Tir Na nOg.

A local councillor wondered if a 10p deposit charge on cans would stop the litter problem.

An English film-maker's dying wish was that ashes be scattered upon the hearth at John B. Keane's pub, said the Kerryman. Raymond Maurice Rendall, who died six weeks ago, left instructions with his best pal, Joe Dolan, as to where his ashes were to be distributed following his cremation.

Joe arrived in Kerry on Sunday night, complete with two-thirds of the ashes, and asked John B's son, Billy, if this rather unusual request could be carried out, the paper reported.

"We were very happy to oblige and everyone in the pub stayed quiet while Joe said a few words and scattered the ashes near the range," said Billy.

"Afterwards, we asked if it would be appropriate to have the usual Sunday sing-song and Joe said it was no problem, that Rendall would have been delighted."

(At this stage, alert readers will be asking what happened to the other third of the ashes?)

Mike Casey, whose ancestors departed the oul' sod five generations ago, hired a theatrical company to make him up as Braveheart for his visit to the Hill of Tara.

The Meath Chronicle explained that the Washington DC lad went to all this trouble in order to propose to his beloved, Gretchen von Gehren.

He even arranged to have Gretchen's employers dispatch her from Washington DC on a phantom business trip to London so she hadn't a clue what was up when she arrived.

On the Hill of Tara, Gretchen was greeted by Mike wearing the full Braveheart face make-up (two colours and a line down the middle), plus a kilt.

Gretchen is pictured by the Meath Chronicle with her arms around Mike while holding a large microphone, presumably because Mike wished to record her acceptance on tape.

The unelected officials of Carlow County Council want to do something about the housing crisis. Young couples will be able to buy three-bedroom semi-detached houses for £57,500 if a proposed change to the County Development Plan goes ahead.

Some "incensed" councillors took exception to the manner in which the proposal was presented to them by officials.

"Deputy John Browne said that they must be thought of as nothing less than `weak rubber stamps'," said the newspaper, and the matter was deferred until the October meeting.

The Kerryman said the "scrappage scheme" for politicians who have given long service in urban and county councils is a "sick joke" and proves that "as a people we have lost an appropriate sense of outrage".

"At a time when much more deserving issues should receive urgent attention and resourcing, we are to be treated to the spectacle of ageing politicians - some of whom are already retired from active politics - pocketing large sums of tax-free cash, courtesy of the taxpayer.

"Even politicians who are already in receipt of generous pension because of their service at national level and who have quit their council seats at local level are to benefit from this lunacy," it said.

Meanwhile, there are lengthening queues for Tralee General Hospital; escalating demand for public housing; wholly inadequate investment in the county's roads; and alienation of a major section of our people from opportunities presented through education and work, said the Kerryman. "Given that the scheme will go ahead and money will be frittered away in this ridiculous manner, Kerry's politician beneficiaries would receive the appreciation of the people they claim to serve if they `donated' this taxpayers' money into a fund for distribution to worthy causes," it said.

There's been a lot of talk about stylish Irish women lately. Kerry's Eye had a picture of vibrant and glowing 102-year-old Kate O'Sullivan wearing a pink cardigan and a tea-cosy hat and holding a bright bunch of flowers. She loves nothing better than a drop of brandy every night before going to bed.

She advised aspirant centenarians that "healthy good wholesome food and a hard day's work. That's what kept me healthy. And of course, go and enjoy yourself". Now that's style.