Photo; Eamon ÓMurchú


Kennelly Family of Cloth Hall

Photos and history from Vincent Carmody’s Snapshots of a Market Town and his blog, Listowel Living History

A long family tradition of business on Upper William Street will soon draw to an end.

Kennelly’s Cloth Hall, 10 Upper William Street.


J.J. Kennelly, from Knockanure, commenced his tailoring business, known as The Cloth Hall, at number 10 William Street in 1897. 


J.J. was married to seamstress, Kathleen Kerins from Main Street. They had 12 children, Michael, Kathleen (Sissy), twins Philomena and Maurice who both died young, Jim, Maura, Patrick (Stan), John, Matt, Una, Maurice and Marguerite. 


J.J. Kennelly was an early car enthusiast and he had one of Listowel’s earliest motor cars, a Studebaker, 


The original ‘Cloth Hall’ lettering remains to this day, It remains the only town’s example of what was a Victorian invention, the lettering was molded in porcelain and then veined to imitate white marble.


Should also say, that Kathleen Kerins had a sister, who was known as Sis Kerins, she married a Cahill man, they ran a bakery in Main Street, they had a very talented family, both musically and in the dramatic sense, Siobhan and John were long time members of the Listowel Drama Group and would have been very close personal friends with John B.  Siobhan played the part of the grandmother in Sive, John was the singing tinker, Carthalawn.


Moyvane was in Lockdown in 1898

Kerry Evening Post Wednesday, 15 June, 1898


A serious outbreak of fever has occurred at Newtownsandes, County Kerry, and I regret to say that

a couple of deaths from this cause have already taken place. The schools in the village, as also the large Co-operative Dairy Factory, have been closed with a view of preventing the spread of the disease. Dr Browne. Medical Inspector Local Government Board; Dr P T Dillon, Tarbert, and Dr J Dillon, Listowel, have been over the infected area, and have, no doubt, recommended the carrying out of the necessary safeguards. —Correspondent.


In Listowel Town Square

Frances Kennedy and Máire Logue were enjoying a chat when I met them on July 28 2020.


Statues Remind Us

We live in a world that has become hyper sensitive about pubic statuatery. Statues now are all about what they remind us of. Here in Listowel someone has taken this on board and put a face covering on the statue of our beloved playwright, John B. Keane. It reminds us that we are in the middle of a pandemic and we should all heed public health advice and wear our masks.