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Best Dressed Man at Listowel Races 2016, Gogglebox and a new boutique on Market St.

Two Famous Listowel Men




Billy Keane and Junior Griffin photographed by Mary McGrath at a surprise birthday party organised by his friends in badminton in John B. Keanes on Friday September 23 2016

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Best Dressed Man Competition 2016


The ladies on the left were the judges of the best dressed man at Listowel Races 2016.  Above they are recruiting a local finalist for their competition.

These are some of the finalists with the judges.

Winner all right!


Will you look at how easy it is for the men. They can rock up in fine comfortable brogues and still win. The unstated dress code for the ladies includes vertiginous heels.

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Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Racegoers


The Best Dressed Man competition took place on Thursday. Here are a few more people who were on The Island on Wednesday or Thursday, enjoying a great day’s racing.

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Meanwhile some people had to work

The couple on the left of this picture came all the way from the U.S. to watch their horse run in Listowel. He obliged; He won.

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Cavan Twins Replace O’Donovans as the Nation’s favourite Brothers



I read this story on Journal.ie and the photo is from there too. Apparently the story goes that there is now a programmme on TV3 in which we are expected to watch people watching television. These farmers, who are twins and live in Cavan, are the stars.

Part of the irony is that they don’t actually like television so they are eloquently dismissive of the programmes they are watching.

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Market Street




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Golfer, Rory McIlroy with Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill. Arnold Palmer, the king of the game passed away recently.

Rory posted this photo on his Twitter feed.


Best Dressed Man at Listowel Races 2016, Gogglebox and a new boutique on Market St.

Two Famous Listowel Men




Billy Keane and Junior Griffin photographed by Mary McGrath at a surprise birthday party organised by his friends in badminton in John B. Keanes on Friday September 23 2016

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Best Dressed Man Competition 2016


The ladies on the left were the judges of the best dressed man at Listowel Races 2016.  Above they are recruiting a local finalist for their competition.

These are some of the finalists with the judges.

Winner all right!


Will you look at how easy it is for the men. They can rock up in fine comfortable brogues and still win. The unstated dress code for the ladies includes vertiginous heels.

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Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Racegoers


The Best Dressed Man competition took place on Thursday. Here are a few more people who were on The Island on Wednesday or Thursday, enjoying a great day’s racing.

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Meanwhile some people had to work

The couple on the left of this picture came all the way from the U.S. to watch their horse run in Listowel. He obliged; He won.

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Cavan Twins Replace O’Donovans as the Nation’s favourite Brothers



I read this story on Journal.ie and the photo is from there too. Apparently the story goes that there is now a programmme on TV3 in which we are expected to watch people watching television. These farmers, who are twins and live in Cavan, are the stars.

Part of the irony is that they don’t actually like television so they are eloquently dismissive of the programmes they are watching.

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Market Street




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Golfer, Rory McIlroy with Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill. Arnold Palmer, the king of the game passed away recently.

Rory posted this photo on his Twitter feed.


Sean Hayes, Famine Graveyard and local yearbooks



 Seán Hayes and the Listowel Connection






This is the U.S. actor, Sean Hayes who will be familiar to followers of Will and Grace.


This is the same Seán Hayes in The Listowel Arms during filming for the U.S. version of Who do You Think You Are. Genealogists traced hi ancestors to Ballylongford. The episode will be screened in the U.S. in February

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Sobering Thought for Christmas Week

The story comes from Limerick Life

The History of
St. Bridget’s Burial Ground

This is one of the saddest and most
hidden graveyards in the city, it is located behind the Watchhouse Cross
development on the Killeely Road. It is known locally as “The Paupers
Graveyard” or “The Yellow Hole”. In 1841 on construction of the Union
Workhouse, now St. Camillus’ Hospital a burial ground was required for those
poor departed souls who were left without means or family, for a number of
years the inmates were buried in Killeely Graveyard, Thomondgate. As the famine
years grew longer and the graveyard became overcrowded the concern of health
risks to the local inhabitants arose.

In 1849 the Union Workhouse Board of Guardians leased the plot
of land to become known as St. Bridget’s Graveyard, this site had previously
been occupied as the remains of a ringfort, some of which can still can still
be seen today to the right of the large cross on the hill. The presence of this
ringfort, which would have been known in the 1850s up until relatively recently
as a “fairy fort” would have had many superstitious connotation for 
those living in the area at the time.

The graveyard acquired is name “The Yellow Hole” as during the
height of the Great Famine when the graveyard was in use multiple burials were
a daily event. Large holes were dug to accommodate the dead. The area was a
boggy one and below the suface of the boggy earth was a deep band of yellow
mud, which is common in boggy areas six to thirteen feet below the bogland.
Quicklime was probably used as a disinfectant and means of speeding up
decomposition. Each layer of bodies would be concealed under a shallow layer of
earth, with later burials laid on top of earlier ones. This mixture of
quicklime and decomposing bodies would also have caused a yellow soap-like
substance at the bottom of the pit.

During the early years bodies were laid coffinless in rows of
six dressed in sacking cloth. There were as many as 500 people a month buried
at the height of the graveyards use, and over 5,000 people are thought to be buried
in the graveyard. The last known person to be buried there was in 1940. Over
the years the graveyard became derelict until the Limerick
Civic Trust
in 2010 cleaned up the site and erected a new cross.
They also planted wildflowers on the site, making it a peaceful sanctuary.

Michael Hogan “Bard of Thomond” was greatly effected by the site
of the unfortunate souls who found themselves in the workhouse and ultimately
in St. Bridget’s Graveyard a fate which he himself only narrowly escaped. This
is a snippet of his poem of the famine era in Limerick.

Michael
Hogan, The Bard of Thomond

‘Twas in
ruthless Forty-Seven

When the plague-fraught air was
riven

With the sound which harrowed heaven,

Of a famished
people’s cry…

.. In a place
of shadows sunless,

Barren, sombre, treeless,
tuneless,

Weird, sepulchral, starless, moonless,

Yet not wholly
wrapt in gloom…

.. All my
heart, with horror shrinking

On a
thousand dread things thinking,

I advanced- each footstep sinking

In
the corpse-befatted ground…


( research by Miriam Lohan, Mary Hughes and Anthony Furlong)



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Two stars of 2014



Rory McIlroy posted this photo from his visit to Coolmore Stud. He is pictured with Galileo.

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Local Journals


(Photo: Kay O’Leary)

Anthony Lawless and Caoimhe reading the Lyreacrompane and District Journal 2014.

This is one of the many invaluable publications that come out every year at this time. These magazines are full of local social history, photos and anecdotes. They are an invaluable source for local historians and the people who toil on them do great work in preserving an account of what our lives are like today and how our forefathers fared in time gone by. They deserve our support. So go out and buy The Ballylongord Journal, The Ballyguiltenane Yearbook, or one of the many great books out there. 

The Advertiser is free and the Christmas edition is a great record of the year gone by.

Happy Christmas to all my fellow local chroniclers. Bail ó Dhia ar an dea obair in 2015.

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Birthday celebrations at Craftshop na Méar, The River Feale and some Christmas lights

Katie Taylor…Superstar

5 times World Champion…a record unlikely to be beaten

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Birthday Celebrations in Craftshop na Méar

The crafters and friends had a great party on November 22. The shop was packed and everybody was having a good time.

Sean Lyons, chairman of Listowel Writers’ Week, came to give the venture his blessing. He is pictured with Bernie Carmody.

The very talented Amy O’Sullivan played the accordion and flute.

 A section of the audience listening to Liz Dunne read a Christmas poem.

Clodagh Murphy learned 6 new tunes especially for her performance. She was just one of the many  people showcasing their talents in the lovely space that is Craftshop na Méar.

Anne and Carmel met up for the first time in a while.

Abraham posed for me with his friends, Mary and Patricia.

Namir and one of the very talented crafters, Eibhlín Gleeson of Tigh Polly.

The crafters cooked the goodies and Namir made the mulled wine and provided the birthday cake. It all went down a treat with shoppers and visitors.

All in all, a great day. Happy birthday, Craftshop na Méar. Here’s to many more birthdays!

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The Feale


My Silver River Feale, November 2014

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The Christmas lights in Main Street

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The intricate lacework of the humble spider, a naturally super crafter

My garden on a November morning in 2014

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Last photo of Laurel and Hardy; 1956.  Photo from Historical pictures on Twitter

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Rory in Oz


(Photo: Rory McIlroy on Twitter)

Rory looks happy to be back in Australia to defend his Australian Open Championship

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Yesterday’s Photo Captioned

The occasion I think was a presentation to Archdeacon Wallace by Michael O Neill, who was representing the Urban Council, also Mons.Sheahan P.P. Listowel, Mrs Wallace, Patsy O Sullivan and Bryan McMahon.  Thanks, Vincent.

V.

WW1, Kilflynn and St. Mary’s Listowel 2014



A Picture paints a thousand words




Ronan McGreevey snapped this during yesterday’s game.



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One of the fallen







JOHN BARRY.

Rank: Private. Regiment or Service: Irish Guards. Unit: 2nd Battalion.

Age at death: 22. Date of Death: 17-March-1917. Service No: 7579.

Supplementary information: Son of Bridget Barry, of Knockanune, Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. Grave or Memorial Reference: V. H. 6. Born in Listowel, County Kerry.

Enlisted in Listowel, County Kerry. Killed in Action. Cemetery: Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery in France.

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That was then; This is now



Scribes


MacMahon House 

Glamourous

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Kilflynn IRA

Kilflynn IRA

1922 Flying IRA Column

Front (L to r); Terry Brosnan, Lixnaw, John McElligott, Leam, Kilflynn, Danny O’Shea, Kilflynn, Timothy Lyons (Aero) , Garrynagore, Tim Sheehy, Lyre, Pete Sullivan, Ballyduff, Paddy Mahony, Ballyegan, Battalion O.C.

Back (L to r); Denis O’Connell, Lixnaw, Stephen Fuller, Kilflynn, William Hartnett, Mountcoal, Tim Twomey, Kilflynn.

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St. Mary’s Parish Church, Listowel August 2014


St. Mary’s Parish Church, Listowel is an absolutely beautiful church with very striking mosaic work in the sanctuary and some beautiful stained glass windows. The recent work on the floor has enhanced it even further. In my opinion, our church is now a new visitor attraction and worthy of asking tourists to make a detour to visit. It is, of course, primarily a place of worship and in that regard is a peaceful and prayerful place.

This is the piece of tile work that marks the recent refurbishment of our local parish church.

Just a bit of work remaining to be done in the adoration chapel.

section of  tiling

I was thrilled to see this. Wheelchair users are welcomed with their own designated places, centralized in the congregation. Well done to whoever is responsible for this.

border by the wall
entrance to the reconciliation room
The sanctuary with new ramp

Beautiful work of integrating the new ramp

Detail on the tomb in front of the altar

beautiful old mosaic tiling
entrance
door handle
centre aisle

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This is an old very poor quality picture of the men who worked on the last refurbrishment.

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Words fail me!



An internet picture of Rory McIlroy with the claret jug at Old Trafford. A word in your ear, Rory …If this outfit was chosen by a stylist, sack him. If you chose it yourself, get a stylist.

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Stolen

This is Ruby. She is 12 years old and useless for breeding purposes. She is dearly loved by everyone in Kennedy’s Pet Farm. She and several other more valuable animals and birds were stolen from the farm on Friday night last.  Ruby may be dumped when the thieves realize that she has no sale value. If you see her, please contact the Gardaí or the heart broken family in Kennedy’s Pet Farm.

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