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Community Garden

By the River Feale Aug 2022


The Other Side of the Wall

Our apples are ripening nicely.

This area will be beautiful when the flowers and climbers grow a bit.


Meeting a Former Pupil in Ballylongford

On my visit to the traditional crafts farina Ballylongford I ran into my friend, Bridget O’Connor and then together we ran into a former pupil, Dora Mulvihill. Dora and I are in a framed picture in Presentation Secondary School Listowel, celebrating Dora’s gold medal for achieving the highest marks in Irish at her Leaving Cert.

Dora’s lovely son took the picture for me.


From 2015

When browsing through Boards recently I came across a link to these old photos.


Bet you Didn’t know this

Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, a novelist Morgan Robertson published a novel called Futility. The story was about an ocean liner that struck an iceberg on an April night.

The name of the ship……….Titan


From Kanturk to Ballybunion

a poem





Sunny Days


  1. Shelia White

    Hi Mary,
    The apple tree by the wall, where is the street that the wall is in.

    • listowelconnection

      Hi Sheila,

      The clue is in the title of the piece. It’s in the Tidy Town’s community garden by the handball alley. When you take the road under the arch it’s on your right. M

  2. barbara watts

    Hi Mary, I like to keep up with all your photos, comments and history. I have a question you may or may not be able to answer. Just wondering where I could find out when Steve Roche wrote the poem ‘The last week of July’. Was it based on another poem by a different author? If so, who wrote the original.

    Thanks for your help,

    • listowelconnection

      Hi Barbara,
      Frankly I have no idea. As you can see, I photographed the page from a local Duhallow free magazine I saw when I was in Kanturk. Steve obviously sent in the poem so I presumed it was his composition but maybe not.

      Sorry not to be more help. M.C.

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