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Listowel Defibrillators, a Poem and Jesse James

Entrance to Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail from Dowd’s Road


The Square is Changing

Listowel Town Square in 2016

Before that, this old phone box used to sit in the corner of the Square.

Listowel Town Square in October 2021

The new defibrillator box occupies the site of the old phone box.

Here are the locations and times of availability of other public defrillators in town


A Poem recalling the Children of Lir

Fionnuala was the eldest of Lir’s children and the mother substitute who looked after her brothers as they wintered on frozen waters. The poet invokes her as she leaves her loved one in the charge of another Fionnuala.


The story of famous local raparee from Shannonside Annual 1956


River Feale Works, Asdee and a (very) Short Poem

Loughfouder School, Knocknagoshel: mural by Mike O’Donnell


Combatting Erosion on the Banks of The Feale

A huge job of work is underway on the riverbank.

This is the right hand side where a previous shoring up with boulders was done.

There were seven lorries full of boulders queued up on the day I visited.

A road is being laid and the big boulders will be placed on it as an emergency measure to save the houses at Convent Cross from being undermined and falling into the river.


Jesse James of Asdee from Shannonside Annual 1956


A Sad Ditty

Do you love me

Or do you not

You told me once

But I forgot.


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