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Volunteers and More

Daffs in Market Street

A Poem

Verses to live by…

From the 1988 Yearbook

Helping out with the Laundry Service..

The invaluable laundry service continues today. .The girls are no longer involved. The service now operates from Listowel Family Resource Centre.

Below are some of the current volunteers at their annual mass in 2022

Standing; Helen Kenny, Majella Stack, Margaret Leahy (hidden), Jenny Tarrant, Eileen Sheehy,  Anne Doran, Bridie ORourke,  Josephine Cronin, Mary Commerford,  Eleanor Cronin, Joan Kenny,  Olwen Keane Stack, Joan O’Donnell,  Bridie O’Connor, Joan Buckley,  Jean Quille, Anne O’Connor,  Margaret Murphy

Sitting; Nora Scanlon , Mary Walsh, Julie Gleeson, Helen Moylan, Fr.  Jack O’Donnell, Mary Hanlon, Norita Keane Killeen 

A Cork Artefact

At the last meeting of Muskerry Local History Society, Michael Lenihan brought his collection of tram memorabilia.

The Cork Tramway and Electric Light Company was set up in 1898. The biggest problem for the trams at the beginning was that thy shared the road with horses. The horses were scared of the trams.

As well as tram tickets he had a picture of a tram. You will notice a kind of viewing gallery on top. This drew the ire of the clergy as women standing there had their ankles on view. The tram company installed “decency boards” along the railing . These were in time used for advertising.

A Fact

Scientists can identify individual zebras by scanning their stripes like a barcode



Kilmorna House


Listowel Folk Group, Then and Now



    Hi, I was really interested in the Listowel Laundry Service photo. I’m keen on genealogy in this area and have Patrick Hanlon and Margaret (Madge) Stack grandparents from Asdee, Kerry. I wondered if any of you by chance were related to my grandparents?
    Ken Duckett

  2. Mary Hanlon

    Hi Mary. Thank you, that was a lovely piece on the Laundry for the Elderly, one of the longest Voluntary groups in Listowel. Our Annual Mass is the highlight of the year, as it gives us a chance to catch up. Normally, we just work in our own groups. Last year, when I was ‘on sick leave’ my granddaughter (whose Mom is also a volunteer now !) Filled in for me on packing! She is in 1st Year in Presentation!

  3. Julie Gleeson

    Lovely read about laundry. Still going strong just over 38 this year. Looking for younger people to join us. Thank you Mary

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