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More from the launch of The Ballad of Mo and G

This photo of a plane between the Pigeon House chimneys was taken at the great Flightfest in Dublin at the weekend. It was posted on The


John Stack’s football photo of the past weekend.


Now as promised, some more photos from the launch of The Ballad of Mo and G by Billy Keane.

Claire Keane sang Over the Rainbow….Heavenly!

Joanne Keane OFlynn (above) and John Looney (below) read extracts.

Mickey MacConnell sang his self deprecating satire on the dangers of shopping in the local multi nationals, Aldi and Lidl. Super!

Jimmy Deenihan credited John B. with setting him out on his political career.

All in all the night saw a great outpouring of love and support for Billy and the Keane family, scions of Listowel’s literary aristocracy.


If you were in Ballyheigue on Pattern Day 2013, you might spot yourself on Jer.’s video here


Big Win for Pres. girl

A young woman from Listowel, Co
Kerry, Eimear Donovan, has won a trip to NASA’s Space Center Houston in
Texas, a visit to Intel Museum in Silicon Valley, California, and two days in
San Francisco, California – the Intel sponsored prize that was up for grabs for one of the
young people who selected ‘Ireland’s Greatest Woman Inventor’ from a shortlist
of 10 Irish innovators and pioneers. Eimear chose Dorothy Stopford Price.

Sixteen-year-old Eimear is a
science enthusiast and studies biology, chemistry and ag-science at secondary
school in Listowel. She admits her mum, Mary, a science teacher, may have had
some influence on that passion.

“Mum always had lots of science
books in the house, and has always brought me to science exhibitions,” Eimear
told us. Indeed, as we sit in the Science Gallery in Dublin for a chat, she
tells us her mum has brought to her exhibitions there in the past.

While conceding that chemistry is
“quite hard”, she tells us she still really loves it. She’s not altogether sure
which discipline of science she will pursue to third level, but she has
podiatry in her sights. That, she says, might well change and she is
keeping an open mind about the future. Her delighted mother Mary points out
that Eimear is also great at English (her dad, Louis, is a teacher of history
and English), and her varied subject choice means she has a variety of avenues
to follow in the future.

Eimear, her mother and a friend will now travel to the US during mid-term break in February 2014, and they are both very excited about the “amazing” trip.

Let the Races begin

It’s that time of year again when the skyline over Listowel is dominated by Bird’s Ferris Wheel. Yesterday’s high winds meant that it had to be decommissioned for the day but hopefully it will be in full swing shortly.


This lovely one on Twitter was captioned “The Circle of Life”


 Jrr. Kennelly attended the opening of Daffy Motors in Lisselton and he took these photos on the night.


When Jer. was trawling through the internet for things of interest to Listowel people he came across this interesting photo of two handsome young ladies.

Danbury, CT, 1921,  Catherine Hanrahan née McNamara (1888-1975) and Annie Burns née McNamara (1895-1990). Their half-sisters’ grandfather-in-law William Nolan was from Listowel.


On Friday night last I went to the launch of Billy Keane’s new novel in The Listowel Arms. The launch was a great success. Rumour has it that 1000 books were sold. The entertainment was of a very high standard and we all had a great night.

The book is another matter. Let’s say it is the type of book I would never read and if it were anyone else who had written it I would not have persevered beyond the first chapter. It describes that violent amoral  subset of society we came to know in Love Hate on TV. I have no doubt that such people exist, but I just don’t like to read about them.

I took a few photos at the launch . I’ll share a few today and I ‘ll keep a few more for tomorrow.

Billy  enlisted some of his friends to help out on the night. Máire Logue and her son helped sell the books. They were very busy.

Billy is sitting in the audience listening to Madeleine O’Sullivan introduce the book.

It is a measure of Billy’s generosity that he endeavored to write a personal message in every book he signed.

The Writers Week gang were out in force.

Seán Moriarty was the M.C. for the night, a job he did with great good humour and tolerance.

Here Billy is pictured with his proud mother, Mary, and his brother, John

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