Well known Facade remodelled
Stacks Arcade was repainted recently. It looks absolutely smashing, modern and stylish.
Below is McKenna’s big window during race week 2019.
Anthem of the ICA
This song used to be sung at all ICA gatherings. I wonder if it still is.
Snapping the Fashion at Races 2019
Lorraine and her mother model Lorraine’s beautiful hats.
The lady on the far left, Mary Kelliher was the winner on Ladies Day.
I dont know all the names in these photos but I’m sure you’ll recognise the local ladies
Another gem from Eileen Sheridan
It is summer 1958 and these are the girls
Front row Ann Gleeson
Mary Keane, Noreen Scanlon, Noreen McSweeney, Geraldine Flaherty
Angela Breen, Eileen Guerin, ? ,Kathleen Kenny
Maisie McSweeney, Eileen Scanlon
Some Anecdotes from Vincent Carmody
Mary, yournice study of the Harp and Lion and of Martin of the Chute family painters dynasty reminded me of a number of stories, the first, recalled to me by John B himself.
The feature has three phrases,
Latin: Spes Mea In Deo, My Hope is in God
French: Maison De Ville, Town House
Erin Go Bragh: Ireland Forever.
One time, when he was quite young, he said, a number of American tourists had walked up Church Street, they were admiring McAuliffes plaster work, this particular day they stood outside the Keane families front door, looking across the road at the Harp and Lion. As they tried to decipher the various languages on the plaster work, the young John B. came out his own front door, one of the Americans sensing that the young man would have the inside information as to the meaning of the phrases, said, hey son, can you explain the meaning of the language on that piece across the road. Of course, the young Keane, sensing that a dollar tip might be in the offering, stood out on the pavement in front of the visitors and with typical confidence, said,
The Latin translation is, I am a Lion,
The Franch means, I have eaten Rhubarb,
And with a great flourish he said, Erin Go Bragh means, don’t stand under me.
John B. told me that the visitors gave him a standing ovation and not one but two dollars.
The Chute family have been Listowel painters and sign writers since the 1800’s,
Bryan McMahon once recalled, he was traveling in the west of Ireland one time, and stayed for a day in the town of Gort, as he went around the town he came across a painter on a trestle, painting a house front, Bryan stood, watching the tradesman, after a while the painter looked down, recognising the Listowel man, he shouted down, Master McMahon, am I as good as the Chutes of Listowel.
Our Listowel master craftsmen, Pat McAuliffe, Paddy Whelan (The Cement God, Galvin’s old home at the corner of The Square and Bridge Road is a great example of his work) and the Chutes are known nationally.