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Basketballers Named, the Ball Alley and a love poem

Listowel Town Square


Ball Alley Art Gallery

The St. John’s and Listowel Tidy Towns Art project is finished. It’s really really good so if you are in town do drop in.

The walls are now adorned with picture bubbles depicting Irish culture with an emphasis on Listowel.

I was delighted to see that the alley was still serving its original purpose with a young man practicing badminton.

Junior Griffin’s poem remembers the ball alley as it was in its heyday.


With a Little Help from my friends

Denis Carroll named most of them and I got a little help to jog his memory on only 2.

Back; Gerard Tarrant, Yvonne Croghan, Kay OShaughnessey, Martina Fealy, Katie O Sullivan, Miriam Beasley, Karen Carmody, Denis Carroll.

Front: Jacinta Hartnett, Beatrice Kelly, Marie Carmody and Deirdre Diggins


Daddy’s Girl

I’m unashamedly awarding myself the award for most heart melting moment captured on camera.


Back to Nearly Normal

Cork Opera House for my first trip back to the theatre, 60% capacity, face masks and covid certs.

The play was a classic and performed with all the respect that such a classic deserves.

Alex Murphy in the role of Gar Private stole the show. You may know him from his role in Young Offenders



Love in a Coffee Shop, a Shark and Some Window Displays


A Poem, School Milk and a Night in St. John’s


  1. Alan Stack

    Hi Mary,

    Greeting from Dubai. With regard to the names in the basketball photo, I think the girl standing beside Gerard Tarrant is actually Sandra Mahony if I’m not mistaken – she was a neighbour of mine from Clieveragh Park.
    Regards, Alan Stack

    • listowelconnection

      Hi Alan,
      Thank you for getting in touch. I’m afraid you are mistaken. Yvonne Croghan grew up as my neighbour and I’m fairly certain that that is Yvonne in the photo. Lovely to hear from you all the way from Dubai. If you have any Listowel reminiscences to share, I’m always delighted to hear from the diaspora.

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