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A Heatwave a century ago and a Look at Listowel Primary Care Centre today

Grotto at O’Connell’s Avenue

O’Connell’s Avenue Grotto


From Sr. Consolata’s Scrapbook


One Hundred Years Ago

Listowel was basking in sunshine on June 16 1921 according to this old newspaper unearthed by Dave O’Sullivan.

Could History be about to repeat itself?


Listowel Primary Care Centre

Listowel Primary Care Centre is a purpose built medical services facility in Greenville.

I have never been to the primary care centre. My friend was visiting the dietician and I asked her to take a few photos.

In this photo you can see a section of the old stone wall that divides the centre from the community hospital.


Living Her Best Life

This is Delia O’Sullivan in David Morrison’s picture. This image was used by The Jack and Jill Foundation as part of their fundraising Art sale.

You can still buy the cards as part of a pack on the Jack and Jill website.

Delia chose another picture from the same session for the cover of her new book of creative pieces. The book includes some of Delia’s prizewinning essays as well as new work.

Why the onion? I discovered on reading Delia’s book that her mother called this vegetable an ingin. I thought my mother was the only one who pronounced onion thus. Anyone else encounter this weird pronunciation of this everyday word?

John McGrath was responsible for introducing me to the work of this heartwarming and amusing writer. John has done invaluable work in encouraging and mentoring local writing talent.

I’ll be bringing you a few of John’s own poems soon.



Doon, Ballybunion, Presentation Sisters and “Let them eat Brioche.”


A Song, a Story and a Few Shops


  1. William Murphy

    Sure back n Lyreacrompane they too called them “ingins” would place them an a slice of bread made with bran and baked on the griddle we called ” pake” used be cut in slices like pizza , called “pointers”/

  2. Bridget O’Connor

    Yes Mary we used the word ‘ingins’ when I was growing up. Thanks for the memory.

  3. Marie Shaw

    Funny you should bring up “The Ingin” I have heard it called that many times in my youth. Even today, I have trained my American husband and my sons to understand that when I ask them to pass the ingins they know what I mean. Another word from my past is “yolla” (yellow) As in yolla meal bread.
    Great old expressions.

    • listowelconnection

      Marie, I’m delighted to hear that it is an accepted pronunciation.

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