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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí, Sr. Patricia Hickman

Last weekend, Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí took place in Ballybunion. It was a resounding success.

Jer took this video of Moss Walsh dancing and Sean Breen singing:

While I’m on the subject of traditional music, here is a link to Ger Greaney’s grandfather, the late great Con Greaney of Rooska singing Nancy Hogan’s Goose in 1997.


So North and South Kerry are to be united into one
constituency. There is nothing new in that, according to Jer Kennelly. He sends
us this photograph of Kerry’s first TD, James Crowley.  James, a vet, was a member of Sinn Féin. He is
pictured here with his wife Clementine Burson 
c. 1930. 

They lived in this house on Upper Church St.  which later became a nursing home and is now lying derelict. There is a beautiful wooden staircase in the house, designed by Clementine herself.

This a photo of Michael Crowley, brother of James, who was a doctor. He practiced in England.


This photograph taken by Jer Kennelly on Saturday in the old Knockanure graveyard is of Sr. Patricia Hickman from Melbourne. She was in Lixnaw for a short visit and was tracing her ancestors while here. Noreen O”Connell and Jer spent some time helping her in this mission. Sr. Patricia is a descendant of Anna Pope Hennessey and she is a cousin of Sean O’Connell of New Zealand who sent us the Pope Hennessey photos some time ago.


A Tuesday laugh!


Gleasure photos, Americano then and now


Saving the hay and harvesting the corn

1 Comment

  1. Listowel Connection

    I have met Sr.Patricia on a number of occasions.The first time was at my aunt's funeral in March.Sr.Pius O Farrell was based at Presentation Centre in Cork and knew Sr.Patricia very well. I have met Sr.Patricia on a number of occasions since as she is based now in Presentation Centre while she is here in Ireland.She told me of her Listowel connections and was very impressed with Listowel when she came for the funeral, vowing to come back. Delighted to see she has.Michelle Whelan.

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