Always a warm welcome around Con's fireplace at Christmas time
CON Hayes of Killalin, Over The Water near Cahirsiveen, is a man with a particularly well known fireplace and deservedly so for it has been at the centre of many a warm and welcoming gathering.
For the last 30 years Con - who turned 82 on November 17 - has been the host to a number of particular friends from Valentia and Cahirsiveen. The visits down through the years have traditionally occurred during the Christmas holiday period and others have called too at various times.
It's a place of warm welcome, chat, sing song, nostalgia and tales of long ago over a big open turf fire. It's also a place far removed from the stresses of negative equity, NAMA, the ECB, the Troika and the IMF. It's the home of Con Hayes.
GG O'Sullivan, Ger Lynch, Seamus Lynch, Tim O'Driscoll, Tommmy O'Connell Dermot and Jane Foley and his neighbour Pat Murphy paid their usual visit this year. They ate Mary Golden's cake (wife of the former Liberator stroke oarsman John), sang songs and told stories of days long gone.
Con Hayes has been a teetotaller for 66 years and has the medals to prove it. A photograph depicting him at his fireside won a gold medal for a French photographer. He plants his garden in the spring, he is a big Kerry football fan and has good neighbours. He's a happy man.