The Manly Barber, Charles Street, Listowel


Rossmacowen Church (image from the internet.)

Mr. John O’Leary sent us this account of a famous priest of his native parish. This priest, Fr. Michael Enright was a native of Listowel.

At the height of the Famine, in 1847, Fr Michael Enright was appointed 

to Castletownbere.

Fr Michael Enright, a native of Listowel was active in getting the Chapel 

at Rossmacowen built. The people were so poor that they were only able 

to raise one pound, four shillings towards the new chapel, which was 

completed in 1855 and blessed on the feast day of St Bartholomew, 24th 

August 1855.

Rev Fr. Michael died May 1865.

The Cork Examiner noted in its obituary published in 1865, the affection 

in which they never ceased to regard their beloved pastor was 

affectionately evinced on Thursday the 25th when his remains were 

deposited among them in the church which will remain a testimonial to 

his labour and of his love for the poor of his flock. He was buried in 

the graveyard of Rossmacowen on May 25th 1865.

Growing up i was always interested in the history of the locality, and i 

have on so many occasion listened to people speak so highly of Fr 

Michael. He was a man of the people.

In 2011 we had a family reunion, 48 travelled from America. Up in our 

land and at the bottom of the hill there is a mass rock. Late on the 

Saturday evening we all clambered up through the hill side and our 

cousin Fr John said mass. We all left quietly after mass as our 

ancestors would have done. I designed a card for the occasion, and I

asked a retired school principal if he would do a little poem, just to 

mark that connection

Tígh fé Thalamh

They gathered all together

Round a lonely hidden rock

The priest arrived and said the mass

For his faithful, waiting flock

Neither penal laws nor gunfire

Could force them not to pray.

In earnest lowly whispers,

The rosary they would say.

They fought to keep the Irish faith

Which they took to many a land

And gave their children’s children

A strong belief in God.


Listowel in the 1930s

J.M Galvin’s Central Hotel now Maid of Erin, Main Street, Listowel

Photo copyright; Tipperary Studies Photographs of Munster


Dates for the Diary

It’s back; Listowel will have a St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17 2022.

If you wish your club or organisation to participate, entries are being accepted at Christy’s The Well in The Square.

Let’s make this year’s event a true return to the old normal.

While you have the diary handy, The Lartigue Theatre Company will bring their new production of John B. Keane’s Sive to St. John’s from April 7 to April 12 2022.