Gurtenard House, then and now

Old photo and text is provided by Jimmy Moloney. The later photo is from

The list of families associated with the house are Collis, Church,

Fitzgerald, Crosbie ( all these 4 were agents of Lord Listowel),

Armstrong ( left circa 1921. He owned a sweet factory near where

Yard is now), Bank of Ireland, Church of Ireland, 


Lawlor 2006-

The story of Armstrong is interesting. He ran a sweet factory
near the

castle. After Arthur Vickars was shot and Kilmorna House burned

1921 his wife stayed in Gurtenard House for safety. Shortly
after this

Mr. Armstrong left Listowel.

The following is taken from Houses of Kerry by Valerie Barry

“No date is given for the building of Gurtenard, but in 1837,

S.E.Collis  was in residence, although it was probably
built before

his time. Dr. Church later became owner, being followed by

Brinsley-Fitzgerald. James Crosbie, of Ballyheigue Castle (q.v),

have used it as a town house for he was  possession early
in the

1800s. Between 1870 and 1890, the Earl and Countess of Listowel

for a season in the house and thereafter occasionally returned

entertained the local families. Lady Listowel found the town

congenial and spent a number of Summer holidays here. Between

World Wars I and II, Gurtenard House had a chequered career and

to deteriorate. In 1948, the Moloneys bought and restored it. It

now open to Summer guests.”

(As far as I know, Gurtenard House is currently on the market.)


It was just another paper sold for Joe Treacy until he looked up
at the customer: a rather tall-looking Jimmy Stewart. Photo taken on O’Connell
Street, Dublin on 1st August 1962.

I took this great photo and caption from a website called Irish Photo Archive


 This photograph from The Kerryman celebrates Michael Barrett’s great win in Clonmel in 1973 with his dog, Dashing Newdown.


 If you are a Listowel person exiled in the capital, a great Listowel night is planned for February 21st. Vincent Carmody has assembled a great line up of high profile Kerry people for the Dublin launch of his acclaimed book.

Everyone is welcome; being from Listowel is not a requirement.

Put it in your diary now.


Did you have one of these?

Lamb tongues???????


Annie Kett

Ireland’s oldest woman has died at the age of 107

Clare native Annie Kett was born Annie Hayes in 1905 in The Glen, Killaloe, Co Clare. After training as a nurse in London, she moved to Kilkishen where she farmed with her late husband, John who died in the 1970s.

She passed away at Thorpe’s Nursing home in Clarina, Co Limerick on Sunday 3rd Feb 2013, Annie celebrated her 107th birthday with family and friends just before Christmas 2012. Annie Kett is survived by her son and daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Before Annie,

Ireland’s oldest person was Laois woman Mary Kate Byrne, who celebrated her 108th birthday in August 2012.

Requiem Mass for Annie Kett at Garraunboy Church on Thursday 7th February 20013,  burial in church grounds.

Picture from