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Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue, Shannonside Annual and a Limerick

Éamon ÓMurchú in Dingle peninsula


Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue

Some lovely photos of a training exercise posted online by Jason O’Doherty


Shannonside Annual

For a few years in the 1950s a highlight of the year for local people was the Shannonside Annual, packed with excellent articles and poems.

Here is the Foreward to the first edition in 1956


The Beginning of The Next Listowel Characters Mural

And the finished artwork

Cormac and Louise of Mack Signs posed for me at the end of their week of long days and evenings of hard work on the latest Listowel Characters mural; August 14 2021.

I like it. It has a kind of old fashioned feel to it.


A Monday Verse

There was a young lady of Niger

Who rode on the back of a tiger; 

They came back from the ride

With the lady inside

And a smile on the face of the tiger

Edward Lear



Outdoor Dining, Knitting, a Mural and a Limerick


River Feale Works, Asdee and a (very) Short Poem


  1. John Nolan

    John Nolan

    I never saw any of the Shannonside Annuals published in the 1950’s and like Ken Duckett would be interested if any are still around .

    I do have a copy of the 1993 Shannonside Journal which my cousins in Kilcolman sent me as I live in England.

    Thanks for all your good work Mary, it is a pleasure reading your ditties.

    John (Joseph)

    • listowelconnection


      Shannonside Annuals, which are literary treasures, are very hard to come by now. Kerry Library does have copies which one can read in the library but not take away.


      • John Nolan

        Thank you Mary, I will follow this up on my next visit to Kerry.


    I loved the writing introducing the Shannonside Annual 1st edition 1956. The description of the area and it’s people is spot on.
    Are any of the volumes still available?

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