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Tag: Christmas 2021

Listowel Memories and a New Business in Town

Listowel Garda Station in November 2021


The Master

an essay by Cyril Kelly


Homeward Bound

A nun walks home to the convent in 2007. A lot has changed.


A Listowel Fact

Lord Listowel visited the town in 1814 and he handed over sites for two churches, one Catholic and the other Church of Ireland. Both were built almost ten years later. St. Mary’s was built in 1829. The spire and porch were added in 1865. Initially the congregation stood during mass as there were no pews. The seats were added and side aisles built in 1910.


Pixie has made a Calendar

If you’re looking for a gift idea for a Covid bound emigrant, this could be the answer to your prayers.

Pixie will deliver or drop for you to collect if you are local.

You can contact him with your order at the email address below.


Santa at McKenna’s in 1959

Were you one of the lucky children who visited Santa in Listowel in 1959?

Kathy Reynolds has put a lovely collection of Santa photos from that occasion up on line. The link is here;

If you recognise yourself or someone you know please email Kathy. The photos are numbered and you can give her the number and the names of the people in the photo. Kathy’s email address is on the video. She asks that you respect copyright.

Santa in McKenna’s in 2021


Another Change on Church Street


A Drunken Wall

Church Street, Listowel in November 2021


John B. Keane’s Sive

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first performance of Sive, The Listowel Players produced a souvenir programme to go with their production of the play. They included a page from the original programme.

Margaret Ward, who played the first Sive when she was only a schoolgirl remembers an eventful rehearsal.

Lovely memories from Nora Relihan


Martin Chute, Master Signwriter

Martin stopped for a short chat with a friend as he finished the sign on Griffin Butchers on William Street, Listowel


Did you Know?

Listowel once had a structure called The Drunken Wall. It was located at the end of the footpath on the Neodata side (or Town Park side for those who don’t remember Neodata) of Bridge Road. It was a wall built across the footpath preventing you going any further. It was built to prevent intoxicated pedestrians from walking into the river which is about 100 yards from that point. The idea was that as soon as you hit the wall, you could go no further and you knew it was time to cross over to the other path which would lead you over the bridge.


We’re having a Christmas Market

and we’re turning on the festive lights.

Photo; on social media


Old Listowel

Photo; Éamon ÓMurchú in Mount Usher Gardens


Old Listowel post card


Did you know?

Lord Listowel, who literally and figuratively “owned the place” once upon a time, insisted that all the houses in The Square should be three stories high. The Church of Ireland school, which was located beside St. Mary’s Catholic church could not afford to build the third storey. To comply with Lord Listowel’s orders they built a mock third storey with mock windows.


A Piece of Memorabilia

Violet Dalton shared this dance poster on Facebook. These dances which went on until the wee hours used to be locally known as All Night Dances.


New Shop on Church Street

Imara Edit began trading on Church Street on Saturday November 13 2021. It sells costume jewellery and accessories.


Another Emigrant Ballad

This ballad from The Shannonside Annual of 1958 seems to belong to a genre that was popular in this journal. Joe Harrington suggested that the air of My Eileen is Waiting for Me might be suitable for the last example I included.

Maybe they weren’t meant to be sung.


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like…..



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