FDC Group office in Church Street in March 2023


St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2023

Schools participating in Listowel’s St. Patrick’s Day parade 2023


Áras an Phiarsaigh March 2023


Convict Musicians in Australia


(Text and picture from internet site Australian Historical Dance)

Especially for St Patrick’s Day we compiled a list of Irish Convict Musicians who brought their culture to Australia.

Between 1791 and 1867 about 40,000 Irish convicts were sent to the eastern Australian colonies. Although these only accounted for 12% of the total number of convicts transported, their culture had a distinct influence on the Australian psyche. Irish convict musicians provided music for celebrations, weddings (which could last up to three days), wakes, and for everyday entertainment, especially in public houses.

The great majority of Irish convicts served their sentences free from trouble and went on to lead ordinary lives. It is almost impossible to trace their musical careers.  We’ve created a list of Irish convicts who gave stated they had a musical trade.  


Daffodil Day 2023

Friday March 24th 2023 is Daffodil Day. In advance of the day, I’m sharing this photo of two lovely Listowel ladies, Betty McGrath and Anne Moloney, lost to cancer.


151 Years in Business

Congratulation to Sheahan’s celebrating 151 years trading in Upper William Street.


The Big Busk

Photo; Marie Moriarty

This group of local musicians and many many more came together in Garvey’s Super Valu to form the Fealegood Band to participate in

Today fm’s Big Busk for Focus Ireland.

Photo Super Valu website

Members of the Fealegood Band, Listowel.ie and management at the Super Valu centre with the cheque for €1,288.28 which the buskers raised for Focus Ireland.


A Little Known Fact

On Easter Monday 1916 as the Rising was taking place in Dublin, The Irish Grand National was taking place at Fairyhouse. The race was won by a horse called All Sorts. All Sorts connections had a rude awakening in store for them. All the trains were stopped due to The Rising and so they had to walk all the way home to The Bishopstown Stud in Streamstown, a distance of 60 miles.

It took them five days to get home.

( Information gleaned from Ireland’s Own)