Feale River Walk in February 2021

Christy Halpin took this photo on the river walk on February 24 2021.


R.I.P. Eunice Parrin

I took this photo in Scribes a few years ago. On the left is Eunice with her friends, Maureen and Namir. Eunice, who passed away recently, was one of those quiet heroes who are the salt of the earth. Eunice loved to knit. She spent her evenings knitting little caps for premature babies. These little mites go through a lot of caps as the caps have to be sterilised to prevent infection and so they dont survive long.  

May Eunice’s gentle soul rest in peace.


A Look back

A few years ago Jerry Ryan was a familiar face on Listowel’s streets. He is retired now. In my picture he was passing the time of day with Pat Hickey.


In The Square in 1973

Martina O’Gorman identified some youngsters in this Limerick Leader photo from 1973

The photograph in the square – standing at the pole is Robert Stack & Pete Sugrue & Liam Canty

Margaret Lynch is girl with black hair.


Listowel Arms Hotel

This photo appeared in the Glin Historical Society site.


Local Marriage Customs

From the schools’ folklore collection, Derrindaffe School

It is at a season which the church calls shrove marriages most frequently take place in our district. There are certain days in the week which people consider are unlucky to get married on. These days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Also the Church prohibits marriages during Lent and Advent. The months of May and December are considered unlucky.

Numerous matches are made in our district during. shrove and there are some made also during the year. Money is given as a dowry now a days while long ago stock and goods were given. Long ago also when there were few chapels in the district.  Marriages were held in the house. It is about one hundred years ago since this custom was stopped on in Ireland. 
On the wedding morning the husband goes to the wife’s house and lefote leaving for the chapel to get married they take some refreshments and as the custom is at present some intoxicating drink.  Now they have motors to take them to the chapel sometimes five or six, while long ago they had to go on horse lack. Each one would have a horse going but on returning the wife would sit behind her husband. 
On the eve of the wedding day nine or ten straw boys come disguised to wish joy to the new married  couple. They dressed  sometimes in womans clothes and put masks on their faces. When they enters the wedding house they dance, – and all do their best not to be known.

Teresa Kelly
Lisroe, Co. Kerry