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

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Listowel Girls’ Primary School in festive mood in Main Street

Listowel Library Book Club pose for the camera after our Christmas meal in Fitzgerald’s.

Beautifully decorated windows are everywhere in town this December. These are in The New Kingdom.

These boys took a moment out from their holly selling, so that I could prove to you that the tradition is not dead.

It is still a very busy time for An Post. Claire Sweeney is here delivering mail on Charles St.

Carols at Carrolls. Chris Nolan joined the Listowel Folk Group for my photo yesterday.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, John R.’s distributed a tray of mince pies to the carollers.

North Kerry Reaching Out

We had a meeting of North Kerry Reaching Out last night and we have made massive progress already.

We have a committee in place with Ger Greaney as the chairman.

Our website will be up and running shortly. This will link to the local websites in North Kerry.

Our Facebook page is under construction as I write.

Our first fundraiser is Ger’s Killarney Challenge

The first of our Irish night fundraisers will be held in The Harp and Lion on Oct. 14th.

If you want any more information about North Kerry Reaching Out or if you would like to be involved, email me at

I pass this lovely Listowel house almost every day and it was only very recently I learned something of its history. 

It came about like this. I belong to one of Listowel’s book clubs. If you’d like to join us, we meet in the library in Listowel on the first Tuesday of every month. We discuss the book of the month and then we often fall to discussing other books we have read.  One of our members had read a book called The Midwife. This lead to a discussion of changed practices in this sphere of medicine. Listowel once had several lying in hospitals, sort of cottage maternity homes and this house, pictured above was one of them.

Was any of my readers born here I wonder? I’d love to hear any stories anyone has to relate on this or any matters relating to Listowel in the past.

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