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Convent girls in 1954 and the Millennium Arch

Convent girls with Sr. Dympna in the early 1950s

The following is from the letter from Marie Shaw which accompanied this great photo of her class in Listowel sixty years ago.

Back Row: Eleanor Leahy, Eileen Barrett, ? McCarthy, Celia Carroll, Rose Healy-Fitzmaurice, ?Walsh, Marie Neligan (me), Doreen Stack, Nora O’Keefe, ? Enright.

Middle Row: Kathleen Fitzgerald, ? Noonan (not certain about that name)Margaret Sheehan Mary McElligott, Phyllis Horgan, Kathleen Dunworth, ? Beasley, ? O’Keefe, Maeve Moloney, ?Murphy, Dympna Hillard.

Front Row: Nora Barry, Margaret Horgan, Eileen? Lynch, Noreen Mahoney, Geraldine Reidy (an american girl visiting Listowel), Patricia Hartnett,Marie Buckley, Terry Buckley and of course Sr. Dympa

I’m wondering if there is anyone else still around who remembers this.


Does anyone recognize herself, her mother or maybe her grandmother in the photo? I’d love to know where they all are now.


garda patrolling the beach in Tramore in 1922


These are appearing on footpaths all over town.  They are covering the newly installed water meters.


My three lovely grandaughters praying at their grandad’s grave last week.


This is our Millennium Arch in all its glory in 2009. I don’t suppose it would be cost effective to rebuild it .  Another landmark gone!


4th class Convent 1932 and Sive at The Abbey


Zentangled Art. Jim Stynes and Stack Clan win Gathering Award

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