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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
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.
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.
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.
That’s me with 2 gardaí who were working on the day
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.
Some Christmas Windows 2022
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.
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
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.
`Today’s Christmassy piece
A Listowel Christmas card with artwork by Michael O’Connor and verse by Bryan MacMahon.