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The Handball Alley

St. John’s Arts and Heritage Centre in September 2023


Ballylongford Community Centre

lovely to see two local women commemorated in this seat.


We’re Having a Mission

This will be unlike the fire and brimstone missions of old. This will be an active, walks and talks mission. This will coax us back to the church following the awful privations of lockdown from which many have still not recovered.

“The Mission will be led by the Redemptorist Mission Team, Limerick beginning at the Vigil Mass on Saturday night next, 7th Oct. and ending on Friday night, 13thThere is a comprehensive programme of events to help us to re-invigorate our faith and help us all to reconnectafter a few difficult years with Covid. Check into www.listowelparish,com or the advert in the Advertiser. All are most welcome to come to each of the daily masses 7a.m. or 10.30 a.m. or the evening sessions at 7.30 p.m.

Parish newsletter


The Ball Alley

Oct 1 2023

I hope you can enlarge this to read Junior’s poem.

Once upon a time this place meant so much to Listowel’s young men.

Handball Memories… It’s well worth revisiting this great site to get an insight into the significant role that handball played in the lives of those who played it.

In recent years Listowel’s alley has become an arts space, visual art and performances. There are plans to develop this aspect of this beloved place.

I would prefer to see handball make a return


Hospice Coffee Morning

I took a good few photos at the coffee morning in The Listowel Arms on October 5 2023. I’ll post them next week but here is a photo of some of the volunteer organisers who gave us a great morning.


A Fact

The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia



Ballylongford and Ballybunion


Caffling, Nurses and Guards

1 Comment

  1. MArie Shaw

    Hi Mary, smiling as I remember one particular Mission back in the early 50’s.
    I was a teenager and as Eamon Kelly liked to relate there was always a Big man and a small man. At that time St. Mary’s had a pulpit where the sermons were preached from. On the first night of the mission, the big man mounted the steps to the pulpit, stood there for a good minute just looking around at everyone in the church. He then pounded the pulpit and declared in a booming voice “ YOUR ALL DAMNED”!
    Very traumatic for a teenager at that time. Thank God things have changed since then.

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