Photo: Chris Grayson in Killarney

Pitch and Putt Club Honoured

Photo: Dominick Walsh

Text: Listowel Pitch and Putt Club on March 2 2024

Last night, the Listowel Municipal District honored our three All Ireland Champions at their annual awards night in Listowel. Honored were Jake Shine (All Ireland Junior Strokeplay Champion, 2020 (played in 2021)), Killian O’Gorman (All Ireland Intermediate Strokeplay Champion, 2022), and Ajay Barrett (All Ireland Boys Strokeplay Champion, 2022). It was a lovely night for the boys to be honored by their hometown for their amazing achievements on the Pitch and Putt course. Thank you to the Listowel Municipal District for acknowledging their achievements. Well done, boys.

A Poem

1986 in the Newspaper Archives

Kerryman, Friday, October 03, 1986


SERVICES for nearly 250 blind people throughout Kerry ¦ are “barely surviving” according to the Chairperson of the Kerry branch of the (National Council, for the Blind, Mary Jo McDonnell.

Last week nearly 100 bind people from around the county gathered in Ballybunion for the NCs Kerry Branch lunch. The organisation, in Kerry is finding it, increasingly difficult: to .run its services on, its present Health ‘Board grant,’ and voluntary subscriptions.

Next year the Kerry Branch, will be without a permanent headquarters when it: will have to vacate its present premises at the Social Services Centre in Tralee.

Moira finds that the attitude to the blind has changed with the general greater understanding of the disabled. Some bind people still have barriers, about using a white cane and, the attitude of sighted people can help in overcoming these.

Meanwhile the fund raising by the Kerry Branch continues. One recent example of it was a marathon walk by Bernie O’Connor of Moyvane who works in Rehab in Tralee and who raised, £600 by walking from, Killarney, through Tralee and Listowel and, on to Ballybunion.

Irish American Heritage Month..The Listowel Connection

Tonight, March 6 2024, is a big night for our own Vincent Carmody.

The Irish American Historical Society will bring the extraordinary story of Kathy Buckley to a New York audience.

“Born in Upper William Street in Listowel, Co. Kerry in 1885, immigrant Kathy Buckley had unprecedented access to the highest corridors of power of the 20th Century, not to mention some of the era’ best kitchens. She was once heard to remark, “If my sandwiches came back from the Oval Office uneaten, I knew then there was a world crisis.”

In 1900, Kathy was employed as a kitchen help at the Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville Co. Kerry. In 1906, some American guests dined there and one asked to meet the cook. He was none other than the famous banker, JP Morgan, and in a pivotal moment in her young life, Morgan offered Kathy a job as an assistant cook at his home in New York. She was eventually hired by Mrs. Grace Coolidge, wife of Calvin Coolidge, to head the White House kitchen. 

The author of the book is Vincent Carmody, a proud Listowel man, who has published a number of books starting with North Kerry Camera: Photographic Memories of Listowel and its Surroundings 1860-1960, in 1989. He followed that book with Listowel – Snapshots of an Irish Market Town, 1850- 1950, in 2012.

The book will be launched by culinary journalist and historian Laura Shapiro. Her essays, reviews and features have also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Gastronomica, Slate and many other publications. Her first book was Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century (1986), which the University of California Press has reissued with a new Afterword. She is also the author of Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America (Viking, 2004), and Julia Child (Penguin Lives, 2007), which won the award for Literary Food Writing from the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2008″

Text and photo from the page of The American Irish Historical Society

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