Stunning Photograph from Ita Hannon

North Kerry has some amazing subjects on offer for the Nature photographer. North Kerry has some amazing locations for anyone interested in photography. These two advantages are exploited to the max by the artistic talents and superb eye of Ita Hannon of Beale. In a North Kerry area where we have so many excellent photographers, I think that no one would dispute that Ita is one of the best.


A St. Michael’s Old Boy

First of all let me explain why I am putting up this photo again. Many people find their way to Listowel Connection by Googling for something else, e.g. St. Michael’s. Google will bring them directly to the relevant page so they will have no context if I refer to yesterday’s picture, unless I include the picture.

This particular picture has had a resonance with many of the men in the photo. One of these is John Hynes. John now divides his time between Ireland and Spain. When he emailed me he reminded me that he is also in a photo in the centenary commemorative St. Michael’s book.

This is the photo of John with Brendan Kenny in St. Michael’s on the last day of their Leaving Cert. Boys carried their books in those days. It was uncool to have a schoolbag.

Interestingly St. Michael’s boys didn’t have a uniform back then. I think it came in Fr. Horgan’s time.

John Hynes sent this photo of himself, Maurice O’Sullivan and Stephen Stack taken outside Madge Regan’s in Church Street.

John’s family owned The New Kingdom when they lived in town. John remembers  happy days spent playing soccer in The Square and the Cows Lawn

John Hynes a few years ago with his friend, Jimmy Deenihan.


Church Street in Lockdown in 2020

Many of the business owners in town left an explanatory note for their absence during lockdown. I have photographed a few.

Brigita at Scribes left a framed notice advising us to stay safe. I’m looking forward to rerturning to my knitting group who meet here.

Lees Solicitors notice was business like and formal.

Konnect had one of the most readable and clear signs.

The Barber’s is closed. Aoife left a heartfelt note of concern for all of us.

Sunny’s Hairdressers expressed great concern for staff and customers.

It is testament to the speed with which the lockdown came that many businesses had no time to prepare a notice. Many are handwritten. This one on a page torn from a diary says it all. The page is a Sunday one when the business was closed.  The shop will now remain closed for months. Every day is a Sunday.

Short and to the point at The Hair Gallery.

Liz and Mags will be back soon. Meanwhile they are  remaining mellow.

Altered Images, as well as all the hairdressers are closed

John R’s is open with reduced hours and no café.

The Star and Garter injected a bit of humour into the situation.

New protocols including a one way system are in operation  at Listowel Garden Centre.

Nothing happening at Listowel Physiotherapy Clinic

Larry’s is open.

Variety is the spice of life.