Eason, Church St. Listowel
The new shop interior
A new chapter in retail history in Listowel is opening today. This was the scene yesterday. Today it will be all ship-shape and Bristol fashion. If Mickey Kearney could only see his old place!
Across the road, another premises is getting a face lift before its big birthday.
This letter appeared in last week’s Kerryman
Wednesday February 22 2012
Sir, I am writing from Alice Springs, Australia about my first visit to Ireland and Tralee at end of May/start of June 2012.
You must get many letters like mine but I hope you will assist me in my hope of finding descendants of my great-great-grandfather who was from Tralee.
He and two of his brothers were sent to Bermuda during the Great Famine, for stealing a cow. They endured great hardships and were released finally in Van Dieman’s Land (Tasmania). I don’t know what happened to Owen’s brothers after they were released.
My great-great-grandfather was Owen (Eugene) O’connor, baptised at St John’s RC church in Tralee on 26 May 1817. His brothers were Thomas, b.1810 and Cornelius b. 1828. Their parents were Denis O’connor and Ellen Doyle.
Owen married Mary O’hayes in Tralee and had a son Denis. Denis married Margaret Mcquin on 29 June, 1859 and had two sons, Eugene, b. 1859 and Michael, b. 1862.
I hope readers of The Kerryman will be to help me reconnect with members of my Irish family. I can be contacted at the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sincerely, Lyn Mcleavy, Alice Springs, Australia.
Ed O’Connor alerts us to another great resource for people In the U.S. researching their Irish roots
Now a treat for you all.
John Fitzgerald, formerly of this parish but now residing in Dublin sends us this epic.
According to Kavanagh, Homer’s ghost said “I made the Iliad out of such a local row.”
I enjoyed this tale of boyhood tribalism. I’m sure you will too and especially
anyone who remembers any of the participants.
The Battle of Tae Lane
one eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
cavalcade of cavalry lost in Death Valley too.
pharaohs in their pyramids and the Eiffel on the Seine,
but who of
you remembers the famous Battle of Tae Lane.
planned his sorties from a galleon out at sea,
Hannibal crossed the Great Alps on an elephant you see,
his sites on Bagdad as mighty Caesar did
and the Casbah
planned new boundaries to encompass sweet Tae Lane.
the year of fifty nine, at the back of Sandy’s shed,
long since Hitler went to Poland and Paddy to
and of all
the wars you’ll mention, there is none will hold a flame
fight fought by the Gravel Crushers defending their Tae Lane.
before the New Road was a tranquil place by day
as the boys
played round the grotto and the old ones knelt to pray,
night behind the Astor, they gathered one and all
to plan their
deadly battle and The Gravel Crushers fall.
and the hazel were long stripped before the fall.
played no part in this of that I well recall.
hand of Tarzan Murphy paring sticks both thick and tall
as he swung
through trees and branches letting bows and arrows fall.
were all apparent if only eyes would see.
went round the town on an errand of mystery.
Scanlon’s up to Shortpants he gathered off cuts by the score,
pouches for the making of the deadly slings of war.
scoured the backways, picked up bits from forge to forge.
of steel, the point he’d feel, an arrow tip or sword.
‘Til at the
back of Charles Street, as the last forge he did pass
he felt the
boot of Jackie Moore go halfway up his ass.
and bawls off backway walls went half
way round the town
Connor and Gigs Nolan thought ‘twas the Bandsroom falling down.
But the ear
of Tommie Allen, sharp as any corner boy
beans were spilt , they’d all be kilt , and he began to cry .
is up”, he shouted from Scully’s Corner’s vantage point
Bomber he’s been captured as he was struggling to find
live ammo for
the battle in the cold and p p pissing rain
Pat Joe Griffin
must be warned to strike early on Tae Lane.”
of the Broderick clan defied the daring raid,
his troops together and ‘twas then this plan he made.
them at the bottleneck” that went by the shithouse name
under Dan Moloney’s
garage in the heart of sweet Tae Lane.
marshalled troops to left and right, of the gushing sewer outfall.
from these waters flowed of that I well recall.
Half were placed on the market cliff and half
on Dagger’s dump
they’d wait in soldier’s gait ‘til Victor shouted jump.
Crushers ammo was got ready for the drop,
guns and gadgets from Fitzgibbon’s well armed shop,
they’d cut, no face they’d soot, yes, they’d face no blame or shame
gallant lads from William Street who defended their Tae Lane
boys, the Shaughnessys were such an awesome sight.
climbed the saddle of the King’s Tree on the right
Titch and Teddy ever ready, pointed bamboos on the bank
stood next to Victor, his brothers he outranked.
The Bank they gathered just below the Convent Cross,
Mickeen Carey taught us all the game of pitch
took no notice, no thoughts for God or man
rushing of those waters where the silver salmon ran.
Pat Joe was
the leader of the Casbah’s fearsome band,
with the Nolans,
Long John and Spats, he’d backup at his hand.
the Reidys and the Roches, the Cantys
and the Keanes
all set off together to capture sweet Tae Lane.
battle worth recalling, there were heroes more than few,
as the sky
above grew darker when the stones and arrows flew,
and in the
close encounters , it then was man to man
one a Gravel
Crusher and one a Casbarian.
flowing towards the river, it all came down to two,
of those fighting hordes, Victor Broderick and Pat Joe.
wrestled in the nettles, in the rubbish they did fight
and dockleafs and Mary B’s pigshite.
The duel it
was well balanced as they struggled on the grass,
punch, an elbow a kick in shin or arse.
would be given, sure the day would end in pain
the price one had to pay for lovely sweet Tae Lane.
Mickey took a horsehoe which he’d
pinched from Tarrant’s forge.
No more in
vain he could watch in pain his brother poor Pat Joe.
shoe of steel he threw, it caught Pat Joe’s left grip.
have changed”, Eric Browne exclaimed “we’re on a sinking ship”.
the sky above them changed, the sun shone through instead
as round by Potter Galvin’s came the flash of Ollie’s
a milk white stallion from Patrick Street he came
the brother’s rescue as he lay wounded in
mixed views of what happened next, but I was surely there.
from the Astor or the Plaza could compare.
or Mc Fadden could never stage the play.
Who lost? What matter, all were Gleann
Boys on that day.
royal still lingers in the confines of my mind.
No time nor
tide dare loose it as long as I’m alive.
battle of all battles that held no blame
fiercely by those boys of yore for the right to rule Tae Lane.