That Photo again

June 29 1953, North Kerry Agricultural Show in the sports field

Vincent Carmody and Margaret Ward have worked
hard on getting the names for our 1953 photograph. Some of the people came from
the country and were not known to my two townies. Some others were too difficult
to decipher but following is a fairly complete list.

 Included, sitting or standing in front of

Right to left,

Paddy Moloney(Charles St.), Jim O’Sullivan,
Mary T.O’Sullivan, (Charles St.)  Pat and Johnny O’Flaherty, Church St., Eileen
O Flaherty is seated in front of  Noreen and Eileen Scanlon,Greenville , Martin?
Holly (St Brendan’s Tce.), Gene Moriarty ( Charles St.) Nuala Buckley ,seated (Patrick
St.), Nora Flaherty, ( O’Connell’s Ave), Fealey Brothers, Seamus and Sean ( O’Connell’s Ave),
Mr Morgan, (Colbert St.), Brendan Behan (Colbert St.) pronounced Behane.

Included behind the railing,

Right to left,

Mrs Jim O’Sullivan (Charles St.), Mrs Enright (
Charles Street), Theresa O” Carroll (Red Cottages), Mrs Howard and daughter
Ella ( Greenville) Mrs. Nellie O’Flaherty, (Greenville) …..,….Mrs. Thomas
Mulvihill, (Lower William St.), (at back) ? Sweeney, ( Church St.)  Mona Cantillon ( Patrick St.) Jackie and Sheila Buckley, ( Patrick St.) Babe
O’Sullivan, (St. Brendan’s Tce), Lizzy Griffin (O’Connell’s Ave), Mary Whelan,(
Market St.), Marie Neligan, (Clieveragh and Colbert St.), Lizzy (Fitzgerald)
Sayers, (Colbert St.) 

Michael O’Sullivan, (Patrick Street).  at end leaning on fence

Sitting on wooden stand, 

Included right to Left,

John Keane ( O’Connell’s Ave)with white shirt,
Toddy Griffin ( O’Connell’s Ave), Michael Downey with black jacket( O’Connell’s
Ave), Michael Barrett (Ballybunion Road), John Murphy (Gurtcreen), Maurice
Cahill (Main Street), (Junior Griffin (Bridge Road), Paddy McGuiness (Upper
Church St), Edward Mahoney (Charles Street), Ned Boursin (Church Street). ?
O’Carroll (Red Cottages), Maurice Kennelly (Patrick St.)

At back,

Miss O Sullivan (Charles St.), Peggy
Walsh (Market St.), Martin Sheehy 2nd boy(Main St.), Joe Guerin
(Convent St.) Eileen Harmon (Patrick St.) Miss Kennelly (Patrick St), Mrs Clem Crowley
(Church St.) Kathleen Medill (Patrick St.), Noreen O Hanlon (Patrick St.)
Margaret Dillon (Colbert Street),

at backR to L 
Tommy Dalton, Junior Griffin, Kathleen O’Sullivan  (Dowd’s Road), Sean O Brien and John O Brien
(Convent St.)

The photograph appeared in the Thursday July 31th 1952 edition of the Evening Echo and it was captioned, “Watching the jumping competitions at the North Kerry Show, held at Listowel yesterday”  


The late Bríd Nolan

The teacher is Speech and Drama teacher, Bríd Nolan R.I.P. These are her prizewinning pupils at Pres. Listowel from the early eighties. I recognize Pio Stack, Lucinda Lyons,  Celine Kennelly and Catherine? Pierse.  Maybe someone else will fill us in on the other names and tell us where they are now.

Bríd was the epitome of grace and eloquence. Until late in her life, she travelled from her home in West Limerick in hail rain and snow to her job in Listowel. She loved her girls and she took immense pride in seeing them succeed. She was dearly loved by staff and students alike as they vied with each other to see who would “carry Mrs. Nolan’s bag.” Carrying her bag to the next class was a task always undertaken with pride. Bríd was a very devout Christian and I’m sure she would appreciate a prayer from those of you who remember her today.


House for sale

This charming house in Clieveragh has the original thatch under the tin roof. It would be lovely to see someone buy it and restore it as a typical Irish thatched cottage.


Bye, bye Sun

(photo:Ballybunion Prints)

These balmy days in early April 2015 are set to leave us for a while. It was great while it lasted.