This blog is a personal take on Listowel, Co. Kerry. I am writing for anyone anywhere with a Listowel connection but especially for sons and daughters of Listowel who find themselves far from home. Contact me at listowelconnection@gmail.com

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Day Care Centre, an Irish Honeymoon and rutting deer

Sunrise at Béal by Ita Hannon

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Back Breaking Work

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Turning the Sod at Ard Churam

R.I.P. all those no longer with us.

Photo by John Kelliher of committee and fundraisers at the official starting ceremony for the building project that is now Ard Chúram

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Charlotte Bronté, the Listowel connection

“Charlotte & Arthur is a story of love and grief as we see Charlotte falling for her husband only after they have wed, and her struggle to cope without her siblings as well as her own faltering health. A masterly work of skill and commitment, no stone or sod is left unturned in this fantastic recreation of Charlotte Bronte’s honeymoon in Ireland.”

– Liz Nugent

I haven’t started it yet but I’m looking forward to this new book from Pauline Clooney who its no stranger to Listowel and Listowel Writers’ Week.

Charlotte and Arthur’s honeymoon trip took them on a tour of Wales and Ireland. Follow their journey at the link below

Charlotte and Arthur honeymoon trip

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Rutting Season

The rut has started in Killarney National Park. Jim MacSweeney was there to get a few photos.

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Help would be appreciated

This weekend I had a V.I.P. visitor.

I had to introduce her to all the nearby beauty spots.

So I was away from my computer for 2 days and then this happened.

I moderate comments for obvious reasons. I have put in every filter I can think of. For instance I’ve blocked “By way of introduction” in all its forms, upper case, lower case and a mixture. I’ve blocked comments containing links. All no good. I come back to 291 rubbish spam comments selling me cbd oil, offering me jobs, praising my blog etc. etc. I dont really want to stop comments completely but it looks like I may have to.

Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated. And yes, I know I’ve written the trigger words here so I can look forward to even more “comments’ next week.

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Defibrilator, Mallards, Sive and a Horse Fair

Defibrilator installed in the Square in October 2021

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You have to Laugh

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A Poem about ducks by a poet called Catherine Gander

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A Literary Treasure returns to Listowel

From left: Cara Trant, director of Kerry Writers’ Museum; Joanna Keane-O’Flynn; Karl Harding; John Keane; Billy Keane; Mar Harding. Picture: Tom Fitzgerald.

The above picture by Tom Fitzgerald illustrates a great story in the Irish Examiner, October 4 2021

The man in the front in blue was clearing out an old house in Cork when he came upon the original script of John B’s Sive signed by the author.

Karl Harding is a keen John B. Keane aficionado. He and his wife Mar determined that Kerry Writers Museum was the proper place for this treasure. They are pictured above with Cara Trant and members of the Keane family at the hand over.

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October Horse Fair 2021

Smaller than usual but a welcome return to near normal, the horse fair returned to Market Street yesterday. There were goats, donkeys, ponies and miniature horse breeds but very few horses.

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Ballylongford, A Pebble, a poem and a Very Clever Sculpture

Ballylongford Mill today; Photo by Breda Ferris

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It’s the simple things like sharing a donut….

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A Tribute to a Beloved and Missed Mentor

Elizabeth Carroll (Liz Chute) remembers Bryan MacMahon and his influence. The story is told in Liz’s screenshots from her Instagram feed.

The Pendant

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That Naas Sculpture

Helen O’Connor and Dave O’Sullivan filled me in on this one.

Title: Siren

Artist: By Alex Pentek

Location: Siren is located on the green adjacent to Naas Fire Station on the Newbridge Road.  

History of the project:
Over the last number of years, Athy and Naas have both opened purpose built fire stations.  A refurbishment of the fire station in Monasterevin has also taken place.  As part of the building programme, Kildare County Council engaged three Irish artists to further enhance each building by means of commissioning art works, through the Per Cent for Art Scheme.  The Fire Officer, Michael Fitzsimons and County Arts Officer Lucina Russell considered the physical building and their particular location when designing a brief for the commissions.   


Artist statement:
The sculpture shows how I think the sound of the fire alarm would look if it were not a sound but an object.  As the sound of a fire alarm broadcasts the message that the help of the Naas Fire Service is required, it is not a soothing sound, but a loud and shrill noise that forces anyone who hears it to consider their own personal safety for a moment.  As the traditional fire-bell has been replaced with the wailing cry of the air horn, the form of the proposed sculpture comprises of a series of fluted horns, pointing outwards in all directions as if to make sure that everyone gets the message.  

About the artist: 
Alex Pentek is a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork and currently works from a studio at Monard, Rathpeacon, Co. Cork.   

With the style of the work ranging from abstract to figurative, he have worked predominantly on large-scale public art sculpture commissions for outdoor locations using durable materials. Some of this work includes two life-size female figures from cast marble sand in Tralee, Co. Kerry; three giant leaves in cast bronze in Clonakilty, Co. Cork; and four giant seeds from carved oak in Tower, Co. Cork, to name but a few.  During this time he has also carried out several smaller scale, private commissions for both indoor and outdoor settings.

While continuously exploring aspects of Nature in a variety of materials ranging from sheet metals, cast bronze, ceramic, carved wood and cement, he also enjoys the challenge of new materials. 

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Bog in Ballylongford, an old Christmas card and Listowel Printing Works is Relocating

In the bog; photo by Breda Ferris

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Lord Listowel 1963

photo found on Glin Historical Society

This is the 5th earl, William Hare. The current earl is Francis, his son from his third marriage.

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A Listowel Christmas Card

Listowel; men, Michael O’Connor and Bryan MacMahon collaborated in the making of six Christmas cards. The cards were produced by Oriel Press.

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A Poem as Halloween approaches

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Fuel of the Future?

Enjoy this old ad.

This month we read that Ireland is now importing horticultural peat from Latvia.

Read all about it here;

4000t of Horticultural Peat arrives in Drogheda

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Listowel Printing Works is gone from Church Street

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Ballybunion, Pres. Basketball and 1970 Fleadh Committee

Illumination by Michael O’Connor

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From an Old Pres. Album

I can see a few faces I definitely know. Please help me to name them all.

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Poem from a Local Poet

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Concluding the Bryan MacMahon article from Shannonside Annual 1956

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Fleadh Cheoil Committee 1970

Betty Stack has given us all the names for this old photo. Thank you, Betty.

Front Row: Mairead Walsh, Eamon Hartnett, Jackie Walsh, Michael Dowling, Geraldine Hartnett, Joan Curtin, Maria O’Gorman
Middle Row:
Pat McAuliffe, Michael Stack, T. Dillon, Maureen Nolan, Betty Stack, Patricia Cronin, Helen Leahy, Peggy Gleeson, Patsy Kennedy, Jack Molyneaux, Christy Stack
Back Row: Ben Landy, PJ Kirby, ? , Mossie Molyneaux, Timmy Brosnan, Sean Broderick, Ian Nugent, Paul Nolan, Vincent O’Sullivan, Joe Gleeson, Peter O’Sullivan

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