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Kathleen Gibbons

Founder, Tidy Towns Committee

When Kathleen isn’t up at the Stella Maris day centre volunteering and generally ‘acting the class clown’, she can be found enjoying the peace and quiet in her garden surrounding the house she grew up in.

Hidden gem or inside tip to share with visitors?
‘Over in the park there is the twin wells, with sulphur coming out of one side, and iron coming out of the other side. The Spectacle Bridge [built between 1840 and 1860] is special too.’

Favourite place to go on holiday?
‘The best holiday I ever had was South Africa. We opened the front door in the morning and there was Table Mountain looking at us. It was magnificent. The best holiday ever.’

Advice to 15-year-old self?
‘I’d say, ignore the orders and do your own will. Do what you want. Which was impossible then. You did what you were told.’

The best thing about living in Lisdoonvarna?
‘It’s very hard to describe. I am very thankful I was born in Lisdoonvarna. It means that much to me. I love the people, I love the area, the whole thing about Lisdoonvarna. I couldn’t live any place else. Here is home, and home is here.’

Something you’ve always wanted and did you get it?
‘I always wanted, and I did get it—to see Ella Fitzgerald. I saw her in Dublin. It was 1962 or 63. She is my numero uno.’

What cheers you up?
‘Meeting my buddies and music. Meeting friends at the Stella Maris always cheers me up. They are the salt of the earth and they’d lift you. And of course music to me is medicine.’

Favourite Book?
‘My favourite book is my crossword book. It’s kind of an addiction to make sure all of those squares are filled in. I’m a crossword addict. I absolutely love them.’

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My favourite book is my crossword book. It’s kind of an addiction to make sure all of those squares are filled in.
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