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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Basketballers Named, the Ball Alley and a love poem

Listowel Town Square

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Ball Alley Art Gallery

The St. John’s and Listowel Tidy Towns Art project is finished. It’s really really good so if you are in town do drop in.

The walls are now adorned with picture bubbles depicting Irish culture with an emphasis on Listowel.

I was delighted to see that the alley was still serving its original purpose with a young man practicing badminton.

Junior Griffin’s poem remembers the ball alley as it was in its heyday.

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With a Little Help from my friends

Denis Carroll named most of them and I got a little help to jog his memory on only 2.

Back; Gerard Tarrant, Yvonne Croghan, Kay OShaughnessey, Martina Fealy, Katie O Sullivan, Miriam Beasley, Karen Carmody, Denis Carroll.

Front: Jacinta Hartnett, Beatrice Kelly, Marie Carmody and Deirdre Diggins

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Daddy’s Girl

I’m unashamedly awarding myself the award for most heart melting moment captured on camera.

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Back to Nearly Normal

Cork Opera House for my first trip back to the theatre, 60% capacity, face masks and covid certs.

The play was a classic and performed with all the respect that such a classic deserves.

Alex Murphy in the role of Gar Private stole the show. You may know him from his role in Young Offenders

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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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Listowel, Painting, Some Schoolgirls and International Storytelling Comes to Listowel

Listowel Big Bridge by Éamon ÓMurchú

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Back to Normal

The uniforms are on again as schools reopen after a very disrupted 18 months.

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Fact Stranger than Fiction

In 1951 the village of Cong, Co. Mayo delayed the rural electrification scheme so it could provide the setting for The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. (Irish Examiner)

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The Changing Face of Listowel

This house on Church Street is getting a facelift.

The walls have been stripped back to the blocks

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Carroll’s is being painted

Painters taking a well earned rest

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Pres. Primary school Second Class

Margaret Dillon provided all the names for her second class classmates.

Back Row L – R
Eileen O’Connor, Eleanor?Leahy, Nora Barry, Babe Murphy, Terry Buckley, Eileen Brazil, Patsy Browne.
2nd row,  from top, L- R Sheila Murphy, Eileen Corridan, Helen O’Quigley, Doreen Canty, Noreen O’Hanlon, Delia Walsh, Mary Walsh, Eileen Barrett,  Philomena Horgan, Joan Rowan, Eileen Donoghue.
3row , from top. L-R Carmel Gorman, Eileen Relihan, Marie Canty Connell, Nora Hanrahan, Brenda Dillon,  Margaret Dillon, Marie Moloney, Noreen O’Connor, Jeanie Hartnett.
Front row , L-R Marie Curtin, Kathleen Enright, Eileen Roche, Kathleen Corridan, Christine Keane, Kathleen Sheehy,Joan O’Brien, Frankie Chute.

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News from Kerry Writers’ Museum

Listowel International
Storytelling Festival 2021
We are delighted to announce that Listowel International Storytelling Festival returns in-person to Listowel from September 17th to 19th.  Now in its 3rd year the festival will feature a packed programme of events including storytelling sessions & workshops, story & history walks, music sessions and children’s storytelling. We are especially thrilled to have acclaimed storyteller Maria Gillen as our Artistic Director for the festival.

Our full programme will be available soon, but follow our Social Media pages or visit www.kerrywritersmuseum.com/storytelling-festival/ for updates on special guests and events.

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions our total audience capacity is limited.

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An Artist, a Tribute to a Friend and a Cycling Photo

Small Copper butterfly by Breda Ferris

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The beautiful artwork for the cover of the commemorative programme to mark the official opening of the upgraded sports field in 1960 was the work of Listowel artist, Michael O’Connor.

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+ Marie Moloney Martin R.I.P.+

Marie Moloney passed away on July 4 2021. Here her dear friend from her schooldays in Listowel kindly consented to write an tribute to her for Listowel Connection.

Marie (Moloney) Martin

It was such a shock to hear of the unexpected death of my lovely friend Marie Moloney (Martin) on Sunday 4th July.  We had been friends since we started in Babies class in Presentation with Sr. Frances.

Marie had many friends of course through her life and I was lucky to be one of them. What fun we had during our childhood years playing ‘shops’ and ‘housies’ in her home in Gurtinard.  We spent many a carefree day in the fields around the house and in the Square with Brenda Dillon and Berenice Mulcahy.

All through the years since then we have dipped in and out of each others’ lives in one way or another.  Marie, as well as being a very glamorous girl was also a creative and imaginative stylist as well as having a great singing voice.  But most important of all, like her sister Kay and her late brother Jimmy, she had a very warm engaging personality and had a great Listowel sense of humour.

Having qualified as PE Instructor in Sion Hill, she emigrated to England in her twenties to join British Airways as an Air Hostess.  Later her good friend Kathy Corridan (Market St) joined her at BEA’s sister airline BOAC.   Kathy died prematurely seventeen years ago.   For the past thirty or more years, even though we seldom met, due to geographic and family commitments, we corresponded every Christmas.  I looked forward to her long newsy letters and she did likewise to mine, particularly if I referred to people by the ‘nicknames’ we had given them in a good natured way, long ago. Not very P.C. now!

Marie had a very happy and exciting life with her husband Geoff, who as a judge. He  had assignments in Tonga, St. Helena & The Turks & Caicos Islands.  Earlier Marie lived in Hong Kong where she met with another of our childhood friends – the late John Keane (Church St), who was then in the Hong Kong Police. John was the brother of Nora Keane Moriarty.

Marie is survived by her husband Geoff, her daughters Mair & Léan, her grandchildren Joseph, James, Evie, Tom  and her sister Kay.

Until we meet again Marie, Slán agus Beannacht.  

I will always cherish your memory.

M.D.

Second Class in Presentation Primary.

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Cycling Club

Jumbos Cycling Club 1988….Photo; John Daly on Facebook

1956 Advertisement, The Land and an Old Pres. Photo

Photo: Breda Ferris

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From Shannonside Annual of 1956

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Once a Tidy Towner……

Breda McGrath is not fond of having her photo taken. So she didn’t pose but I snapped her doing her level best to make sure we win that gold medal again. Breda is just one of the many volunteers who work round the clock keeping Listowel looking beautiful.

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A Very Strange Happening in 1842

Boston Pilot 9 July 1842

The Wandering Quakers. These silly fanatics arrived in Listowel from this town on Tuesday evening last, and formed their encampment in the extensive area in the rear of one of the houses in the square, under the shelter of which they sat in pious silence the greater part of the next day in expectation of obtaining followers, or at least hearers, and of being internally moved by the spirit to preach, sing or pray. Finding, however, after a great trial of their patience that, all their expectations were in vain, they rose and retired to Adam’s Hotel where they did justice to the good things of this carnal world, making atonement in the flesh for all that was wanting in the spirit. The next day the holy’ tribe set out on their peregrinations, after having excited the surprise and laughter of the good folks of Listowel. — Kerry Examiner.

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Photo by Éamon ÓMurchú of farm implements at Newbridge House

The Land

John McGrath

I stand in fields where my forefathers stood once

And feel the dreams of those who’ve gone before me.

I tramp through damp and half-remembered pastures,

The folds and features of the land that bore me

All around.  Above the sound of lark’s song,

Below the spring of earth beneath my feet,

The green and gold of April in the hedgerow,

The purple haze where sky and heather meet.

Where mighty men have thought to mark their passing

The furze creeps back to mock the spade and plough,

Those futile epitaphs of generations

In Folk Museums condemned to moulder now.

Where men have raised a fence or tilled a furrow

The land, as if to scorn their simple gains,

Erases each proud trace until tomorrow.

The men have gone; the land alone remains.

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A Passover Meal in Pres. Listowel

I could guess a few names but I’d probably be wrong so I’m hoping someone will help us out.

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