This blog is a personal take on Listowel, Co. Kerry. I am writing for anyone anywhere with a Listowel connection but especially for sons and daughters of Listowel who find themselves far from home. Contact me at listowelconnection@gmail.com

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Mary Cogan, retired from teaching in Presentation Secondary School, Listowel, Co. Kerry. I am a native of Kanturk, Co. Cork.
I have published two books; Listowel Through a Lens and A minute of your Time

Memories from Clounmacon and Kanturk

Corner of Listowel Town Square on Dec 2 2022

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My favourite Grinch Window Display

Once again Doran’s Pharmacy on Church Street has a beautiful creative and entertaining Christmas window .

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From An Sleán

A Clounmacon Journal from Christmas 1985

Bryan MacMahon remembers old Clounmacon and old Clounmacon people.

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More Photos from Garda Centenary Commemorations in Listowel

These are some of the people gathered to celebrate with Kerry gardaí

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In Kanturk we were once Dead Posh

Source: Facebook Group, Kanturk Memories

( De Valera’s “comely maidens” had nothing to our “bright faced, laughing young girls”)

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Aoife in The Christmas Shop

On Aoife’s visit we had to visit the Winter Wonderland that is Listowel Garden Centre Christmas Shop.

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Christmas, A Time for Remembering

Photo: Listowel Emmetts webpage

Listowel Emmetts, North Kerry Football champions.

Listowel Connection is usually a sport free zone, because it is a subject on which I know precious little. But this week people are talking about little else. Seán Moriarty’s giant killers brought home the spoils on Sunday , to add another trophy to Listowel’s many accolades of 2022.

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A New Addition to the Michael O’Connor Collection

This is a beautiful original artwork for s book plate that one of the O’Connor family is willing to add to the archive of the great Listowel artist, Michael O’Connor. A great and varied collection of his work is on its way back to his childhood home, No. 24 The Square, Listowel, now Kerry Writers’ Museum.

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100 Years of Policing Listowel

This is a diverse group pictured at the celebration of 100 years of policing in Listowel on Nov. 30 2022.

Gardaí, former gardaí and their families were invited to be part of the festivities.

They also invited their partners in so much of their work, ambulance staff, fire staff, clergy, search and rescue personnel, sea and cliff rescue, lawyers, voluntary groups and the general public.

Fire officer, Paul O’Sullivan and paramedic, John Kelliher

That’s me with 2 gardaí who were working on the day

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Bernie Long, R.I.P tells Tales out of School

In 1983 Clounmacon produced a Christmas journal called The Sleán. One of the contributors was Bernie Long. He wrote this autobiographical essay.

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Some Christmas Windows 2022

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Opening Soon

Remember those long queues in Ballybunion? Now this very popular coffee shop they knew as Seaside in Ballybunion is relocating under a new name to Charles’ Street Listowel.

Opening shortly.

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That pesky Grinch is everywhere.

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Something Old, Something New

Christmas Lights at Coco and The Arcade 2022

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Cyril Kelly Remembers John B. Keane’s The Field

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Celebrating 100 years of Policing

Nov 30 2022

The scene of the action was the Garda Station.

This lovely doggie was taking a day off from searching and rescuing.

Some well known local faces in the crowd

Tony and Mary Frances watching history being made

Jim, Colette and Liz on Church Street

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The Little Cheese Shop

This unusual little shop was where I lunched recently. I was at the consultant in The Kerry Clinic at the Bon Secours Hospital. I had not been in this part of town for years and I was looking forward to a lunch in the lovely Bons Café. Alas the café is no more. Well, it is still there but now it’s for staff only.

Nothing for it but to leg it to town. This was the first eatery I met. As you can see from my picture its by The Island of Geese just down the road from the hospital.

If you are dairy intolerant, don’t be put off by the name. You can have a lovely lunch without a hint of milk, cheese, yoghurt or other dairy produce.

I dined upstairs and I was fascinated by this “side hustle”, coats made from woolen blankets.

The dairy theme was echoed in the improvised furniture. The router sat on an old butter churn.

If you are in Tralee, give it a go. They are very nice.

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`Today’s Christmassy piece

A Listowel Christmas card with artwork by Michael O’Connor and verse by Bryan MacMahon.

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In Listowel

Agri Auto Parts in November 2022

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A Doubting Thomas Punished

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Lovely People I met

I was in town with my visitors on Saturday Nov. 26 2022. Here are some of the people we met.

Aoife met P.J and Joan Kenny on William Street.

In the Vincent de Paul shop (now open on Saturday afternoons) we met Eileen O’Sullivan who gave Aoife a beautiful book. Thank you, ever generous Eileen.

Eileen was having a look around with her sister.

On Church Street we met Mags and Liz and the adorable Jaycee.

Mary and Clíona are old friends from schooldays. Here they are , now both mothers, with Maisie and Aoife.

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Listowel Pantomimę

Tommy Moore shared these photos a while back.

Have fun naming the actors.

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Commemorating 100 years of An Garda Síochána in Listowel

November 30 2022

This was the first garda I met on the day. Her smile says it all. Everyone was in great form. The weather was perfect. The buzz was mighty.

Schoolchildren lined the streets around the Garda Station.

Look at this lovely little man saluting the Garda car.

Everyone had a garda friend on the day

Teachers and pupils loving the break from class and learning a bit of history at the same time.

Lots more to come….

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Somethings to look forward to

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Last Saturday in November 2022

Saturday Nov 26 2022

Do I spot Santa in town?

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Visitors for the Late Late Toy Show

Ryan Tubridy on TV

Aoife watched because it was on but I think she is a bit young to appreciate what all the fuss is about. She prefers Cocomelon

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The Grinch in Listowel

The Grinch is in town early. I met him in Olive Stack’s Gallery. He was calling into all the shops, doing a bit of grinching.

The artist in residence is a good sport. She tolerated his gurning and posed for a photo.

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“Beneath My Skin, the long-awaited collection of amazing verse from Bernadette Ní Ríada, coming to Kerry bookshops this week.

Don’t miss it.” (John McGrath)

MY FATHER

Time marches on!

He used to say that every night

before winding the clock.

Coarse grating sounds

in short bursts

when he turned the silver key.

Then a short pause

while he repositioned his fingers

on the key to turn it again.

The corncrake, running through

the long grasses of the meadow

makes a sound like that

of a clock being wound.

Two hoarse bursts,

then a short pause before the next

rasping couplet.

The corncrake doesn’t live here anymore.

Nobody winds the clock.

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Just a Thought

My most recent week of reflections on Radio Kerry are here;

Just a Thought

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Cock Crow at Christmas

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Hats off to Listowel

Hat and owner have been reunited.

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Great Day in Town Nov 30 2022

We had a great day yesterday celebrating with the guards. I took lots of photos but I’ll have to sort them out. Here are a few to be going on with.

Bit of a scrum outside the Garda Station, politicians, media, lots of gardaí and retired gardaí and their families.

Primary Schools out in force

The plaque commemorating a centenary of policing

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