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Dan Keane, Poet

Ballybunion, Sunday October 22 2023


Old Telephone Exchange


Seeking a Listowel Connection

A request for help from Tom Gould in the US…

Hello Mary!

I hope you may be able to point me in the right direction.

My wife , who is a Delaney, had a grandfather born in 1895 in Listowel
by the name of Jeremiah Brandon. He left for the US , we believe,
somewhere between 1912-1918 ( ? )  and ended up in the New York/New
Jersey area/ He died July 1958.

We are making a trek to Ireland in July 2024 . My wife Noreen would
love to find to see if there are any relatives of Jeremiah still in
the area of Listowel.

If you have any great thoughts , or can point me in the direction of
any databases that may help us track down any relatives, we will be
most grateful.



A Much Loved Local Poet

Dan Keane R.I.P. was a great scholar and preserver of local lore and stories. Here is the foreword Bryan MacMahon wrote for Dan’s book The Heather is Purple.


Emmets Abú

Flags, bunting and this window display at Scully’s Corner, all telling the world that next weekend is a big one for Listowel Emmets…

Sunday 29th October throw in 2pm Austin Stack Park for the County Final.


A Fact

Fleas can jump more than 200 times their body length and can accelerate 50 times faster than a space shuttle.

(I waited until after our French travels were over for that one.)



A Forgotten Corner of Town




  1. Nicholas Leonard

    Mary, your piece on the finer qualities of the flea reminded me of what an old Dublin woman said when she saw the aged Dean Swift sauntering along the street: Will ya look at the ould Dane- and he hopping about like a new-married ‘Flay!

  2. Eily

    Eugene Brandon was born in 1865 in Aughrim, Moyvane. His parents were Labourers Daniel Brandon and Johanna McCarthy who lived in Ahalahana, Moyvane. Daniel and Johanna were alive for the 1911 census.
    Eugene grew up to marry Margaret Buckley, daughter of Jeremiah Buckley of Leitrim, Moyvane in 1888 in Moyvane Church.
    Their son Jeremaih was born in 1895 in Aughrim, Moyvane. He was called after his grandfather Jeremiah Buckley.
    Jeremiah’s siblings were Johanna, Daniel, Patrick, John, Margaret, Mary and Thomas.
    The brother John married Nora OConnor from Clonamon, Ballylongford in 1932. Dont know anything further about them but most likely they have family living locally. This brother John was also present in Aughrim in 1938 when his father Eugene died so John was most likely living there. Thats a spot to visit. Eugene was also father of Jeremiah the man in question. Neighbours in Aughrim will know who they are and if any are still living locally…..

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