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Tag: Babe Jo Wilmot

Babe Jo again and Kennedy’s Pet Farm

Remember my pictures of Babe Jo last week? They prompted Jer Kennelly to root out this from his trove of photos. It has Babe Jo on a holiday with Listowel Macra. Of course it leaves 10 more unanswered questions. Anyone know who, when, where, and why?


I have my grandchildren with me during school holiday time. We took our usual trip to the pet farm.

The two girls are animal lovers so they enjoyed feeding the deer and the lambs. As you can see, all the animals on the farm are child friendly. We met calves, pigs, chicks ducklings and many more.

Babe Jo and Corkmen

The lady on the left is Babe Jo Wilmot who was a well known character in Listowel in 1950s onwards. Here she is in Ballybunion with 2 friends.

Here she is again much later when she had become Babe Jo Collins. She is pictured during Writrers’ Week, which was founded by her more famous brother, Seamus Wilmot, registrar of  UCC. With her are Eamon Keane and Frank Lewis.


For a short time in the 1980’s when Cork was on the crest of a wave, Corkmen exiled in Kerry at the time decided to form a Kerry Corkmen’s Association.  It looks like Cork had won a lot of the GAA silverware that year so quiz buffs will be able to date it. The people I know in the photo are Gabriel McCarthy, Martin McCarthy, Fr. Jack Fitzgerald, Paddy Guiney and Eddie Moylan. Some of the other faces look familiar but no name will come to me. Sorry lads!

NKRO website launch

Here we are, members of the committee of NKRO on Friday night last at the launch of our website

We had a great turnout on the night and we were thrilled with the success of our first official function.

Onwards and upwards from here.

Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht did the honours

The all Ireland Scór instumental music champions entertained us.

And the great and the good were there. Here are a few photos I took on the night


Now onto something borrowed.

A lovely man called Michael Healy shared this treasure with us on Saturday.

These Listowel men were obviously on an outing to Killarney. In front on the left is Moss Kelliher (Lofty’s dad) next to him is a man called Buckley, standing behind is a Daly man from Ballybunion, the jarvey, Willie Barthishell at the back right and we don’t know who the man on the front right is but maybe someone will recognize him.


Another man with treasured photos on Saturday was John Pierse. Here are two to whet your appetite for more.

Dr. Johnny Walshe chats to Seamus Wilmot.

Babe Jo Wilmot and Marie Keane Stack dressed for some jape or other.

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