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A Trip to Lyreacrompane

Ozanam Centre, aka The Plaza, in October 2023


They Did It! Emmetts Abú

Boys in Scoil Realta na Maidine will be delighted that their heroes, the men of Listowel Emmets have gone in an underdogs and come out victorious in the Football County Final Junior championship in Tralee yesterday.

Great game!


Swim in Pink

Bill didn’t leave his tee box to join in but the swimmers had a beautiful day for their fundraiser. I hope they made lots of money.


A Cigarette Card

This one surfaced on Facebook. Did you know that there were once two sea arches in the sea off Ballybunion?


Irish Nurses in Britain

Do you remember Ken Duckett and his mother who trained as a nurse in England? I wondered if anyone had made a study of the lives of all the nurses who had left these shores for nurse training in Britain. Many of them never returned.

Ken found the very woman who had made such a study. She is Ethel Corduff, formerly Ethel Walsh from Tralee. I have borrowed the book from the library. I’ll let you know if there is anything of interest to share with you.



Seán, Aoife and Cliona on a very wet Charles Street

Aoife familiarising herself with her Listowel connection

We took a trip to Lyreacrompane. Lyre I have discovered is not really a place, it’s a frame of mind. There is really no centre, as we discovered when the sat nav took us to Lyre post office. Transpires we were in “the wrong place altogether’, advised to go back the way we came, turn left and we would eventually see “the picture on the wall” on the right.

We were looking for the new mural.

We saw the picture alright but not the one we came to see.

This is Mike O’Donnell’s Canty’s forge mural. The blacksmith in this forge, maybe Mr. Canty, was not just a farrier. He obviously mended gates, old pots, wheels, rakes and sleáns as well,

A family perched on a roof next door helped us out and dispatched us further along the road to the Bord na Móna mural which was what we had come to see.

Bog train with windmills in the background in the beautiful new artwork.

We took in a visit to the restored limekiln on our way home, just to complete our history mystery tour of Lyreacrompane. All in all a great day out.


More from our Old Guide

Áras an Phiarsaigh in 2023


A Fact

Nigeria has more English speakers than the whole of the UK.



In Lyreacrompane


Orphan Girl’s story revisited

1 Comment

  1. Karen Trench

    Hi Mary,
    I’m enjoying your posts about landmarks on the Lyreacrompane Heritage Trail, being from Lyre myself. Canty’s Forge was the home of Catherine Horgan, Canty herself, who taught in Pres Primary. I hope the link below will bring you to the FB post from Sept 22 about it. If not you can find it on Lyreacrompane Heritage Trail FB page.

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