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Tag: Number 21

Signwriting, Market Yard 1902, Election in 1910 and EPA Cormac en route to the U.S.

Martin Chute, Master Signwriter, painting the gate at Number 21


From the Garden of Contemplation 



Market Yard Listowel 1902


Nomination of Election Candidates in 1910

Kerryman  Saturday, January 29, 1910


At one o’clock on Friday Mr. Redmond Roche, Sub-Sheriff, accompanied by his legal assessor, Mr. D. Roche, solr., Castleisland, sat in the magistrates’ room of the courthouse, Listowel, for the purpose of receiving nominations for the Parliamentary representation of North Kerry. 

At five minutes after one, Mr. T. Neville Stack, accompanied by Mr. Patk. Browne, P.L.G., arrived at the Courthouse, when a number of nomination papers were handed in. In the paper relied upon, Mr Stack, who was described as a newspaper proprietor and journalist, of Kerry House, 46 Auriol Road, West Kensington, London, W., was proposal by Gerald Leahy Stack, J.P., chemist, Market St., seconded by Edward James Stack, J.P., draper, William Street, the assenters being Cors. Mulvihill, William St.; John Faley, do.; Wm. Dillon, do.; Joseph Broderick, do.; Patk Browne, do.; D. J. Larkin, Main St.; John Broderick, Church St.; Edward McGrath, William Street. 

Ml Flavin arrived a half hour later accompanied by  Messrs P. Trant, J.P., M.C.C; J. M. Woulfe, R.D.C ; J. Kennelly, R.D.C; M. J. Nolan, J.P., V.C.  CoC, and others. In the paper on which he relied, Mr. Flavin was described as a merchant, Rock-st., Tralee  and he was proposed by the Very Rev. Thos. Canon Davis, P.P., V.F., and seconded by Edward Moran, drapery and boot emporium, Market Street, Listowel. The assenters were Michael O’Connor, U.D.C., Market St.; Patk. Scanlan, do.; Michael Dowling, do.; Timothy O’Sullivan, do.; Joseph O’Donoghue, do.; Geo Enright, Convent St.; Patk. Hayes, U.D.C., Church St.; T. P. O’Connor, Market Street. 

There was no commotion whatever, but whilst addressing a meeting in the Market after his nomination Mr Stack met with a great deal of interruption.


A Horse Picture

Somebody told me lately that she misses the horse pictures. The reason I don’t post them any more is because I dont get home anymore to take them. My Kanturk family sent me this one. He is Cormac. He was born on my grandniece’s birthday and she was given the honour/task of naming him. She called him after a boy in her class. Children!

He was to be my niece’s next hunter but he grew too big. He was being trained in a Limerick yard when, by a series of amazing chances, an American lady who loves Irish draught horses saw a video of him on Facebook. Even though he wasn’t actually for sale, she bought him and he is now on his way to his new home in New York.

Isn’t he a beauty?

Christmas in Killarney, Noel Roche, jostle stones Knitwits and a stunning Tapestry Project and Anseo

Christmas in The Great Southern, Killarney

These lovely Christmassy displays are in the foyer of the Killarney Great Southern.


A Poem by Noel Roche

Noel’s sister, Dolores has shared a few of Noel’s poems with us.


When I arrived in Heaven

I wondered what I’d see

As I stood before the pearly gates

In all their majesty.

Then I saw God standing there

With his arms open wide

And he said, “Come on now,, child of mine,

You’re home now. Step inside.”

And then I saw my mother

She was weeping tears of joy.

She took me gently in her arms

Saying, “There’s my baby boy.”

Then my father, he was standing there

The first time I saw him stand.

He said, ‘Son take a walk with me,

And he took me by the hand.

So I walked with dad in heaven

I could not be more proud.

People jpoined us as we walked

Until it became a crowd.

But its not a crowd of strangers

That I plainly see.

All the faces in that crowd

Were faces known to me.

All my brothers and my sisters

And good friends that passed away

They were all here to greet me

In heaven on this day.

I met grandparents, aunts and uncles

That I never knew

But as I looked into their eyes

I said “Yes, I know you.”

I talked with all the people there

And it went on and on

And, as we talked, it seemed to me

Like they were never really gone.

They were all really happy

And that was no surprise

I saw contentment and serenity

When I looked into their eyes.

Then Jesus walked amng us

Oh, what a sight to see

My whole being filled with love

As he placed his hand on me.

His perpetual light was shining bright.

We were all filed with His grace

Right then I prayed and hoped

That we would never leave this place.

Then the darkness it came over me

As day turned into night.

And I groped around frantically

Looking for the light.

When I put the light on,

I saw my bedroom wall.

I realized that

It was just a dream

I wasn’t in heaven at all.


Jostle Stones on William Street

2019 was the year when I learned what a jostle stone was. Since I learned about them I’m seeing them everywhere. Here are two on our own William Street,

These are at either side of the lane by Jumbo’s that runs behind McKenna’s.

These are just a little further up the same street.


Knitwits at Christmas 2019

We had a good crowd at knitting club on Dec 14 2019 so I took the opportunity to take a few pictures. It was freezing cold so we were wearing our coats, but still having the chat as we knitted and crocheted.


What Talent, Patience and Skill

This is Kathleen McCarthy. Kathleen was given this tapestry picture to complete after the lady who started it was unable to finish it. Kathleen is a multitalented craftswoman. She can turn her hand to any project and she welcomed this challenge.

Kathleen sewed this tapestry before she had her cataract operation and working under the other challenge that the lady who started the work was left handed, so Kathleen had to do all the stitching in a direction not familiar to her.

The finished project is magnificent.  My photo does not do it justice. Kathleen had it framed and is now handing it back to the original owners.


A Kindness at Christmas

I have a secret Santa. I received this lovely gift in the post this week. People are so kind! Thank you, Dan,  for making my day!

I love, love, love the book. I highly recommend it!

Isn’t the cover photo the most gorgeous loving capture ever?

Ballybunion Surf School, Fleadh na Gael and Stack’s Off Licence

 Been There, Done That, Bought the TShirt  Hoodie

In July 2015 the weather in Kerry was bitterly cold. Temperatures were below normal, it rained constantly and generally it felt like November. My grandsons, newly returned from balmy France were booked in for a week at Ballybunion Surf School. The first day got the week off to a bad start. Surfing was cancelled, due to the dangerous conditions in the sea. After that surfing went ahead every day despite the cold and wind. I’m afraid my boyeens loved the surf but found the conditions hard to tolerate. In short they were blue with the cold.

I took this photo on the Ladies’ Beach Ballybunion at 12.00 noon on July 29 2015 while the boys were in the sea.

 A picture paints a thousand words.

 Mark Mulvihill and the hardy crew at the Surf School were making the most of it.

 Above and below are some photos of the boys in the water.

 The beach was empty.

 Killian couldn’t wait to get his clothes on.

 Mark Mulvihill is doing a great job, running very enjoyable summer surf camps in fairly testing conditions.

Even the beach mission had no takers.

Killian was very proud to display his certificate and photo. He also loved the new hoodie.


Another of Betty Stack’s old cuttings

I don’t have a date for this one but it is the organizing committee of Fleadh na Gael. This Comhaltas venture differed from the All Ireland fleadhanna in that there were no competitions. There were lectures and sessions. There was also ceilidhe and a Teach na Féile each night.

The organizing committee were Michael Dowl;ing, Bernie long, Matt Mooney, Cathal Fitzgerald, Willie O’Donnell, Marie Gorman, Joan Rochford and Collette Daly

Betty Stack agreed to make mutton pies, a Listowel race week delicacy, for patrons of the Teach na Féile on the Friday Saturday and Sunday nights. According to the paper the committee reckoned that they would need 1,000 pies!

I photographed the cutting in two halves, because the quality was poor.


Key of the Door!

Stack’s off license is now part of the Number 21 chain.


Four wheels bad, two wheels good

This poor man took part in the Tour de France in the early 1900s.

Fast forward to 2015 and this promising young rider, Tom O’Connor of Duagh  has the best equipment and support behind him as he sets out on his cycling career with The Irish National Youth Cycling Academy.     (photo; Duagh Sports)

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