On this day Jan 30
in 1972 British paratroopers killed 13 people on a civil rights march in Derry.
Great pictures if windsurfers on the internet these days as an Atlantic storm hits the west coast.
I Love Charity Shops
Here are Listowel's charity shops
You never know what treasures you might find in one of these. The secret is to be patient and call often. Since most things cost only a few euros, there is nearly always something worthwhile to bring home.
The people who work in charity shops are invariably the nicest shop assistants you will encounter anywhere. I have witnessed them putting up with verbal abuse, haggling and downright rudeness and they still smile through and forgive. Don't get me wrong. This is not the norm and charity shop customers are usually a friendly lot who like to chat and reminisce as they rummage for a bargain.
My favourite of these local treasure chests is "Second Time Round".
On Thursday last it did not disappoint. There among the books from a house clearance I found this.
Who do you think was volunteering in the shop only Sr. Consolata?
Sr. Consolata was the principal of Pres. Secondary School in 1988 and she kindly posed for me with the precious souvenir.
All her friends in the St. Vincent de Paul shop gathered round her for the trip down memory lane.
When I got home I spent a happy couple of hours reading my treasure. I will bring you a few snippets over the next few days.
This is the back cover with a clever drawing by Kathy O'Rourke. I wonder where she is now?