Kayaking on The Feale

Here is the story from The Kerryman

Below are some of the photos I took on the day. Tempting, aren’t they?

Listowel lady, Mary McGrath, seen here with Jimmy Deenihan is a confirmed outdoor activities enthusiast. she was here with her Cappanalea friends.

This lady made it al seen very inviting and easy. She was talking to 12 ladies who had never kayaked before. 

The first of three groups who were tasting the joys of kayaking for the first time.

Young and slightly older took to it like ducks to water.

Teresa Grimes had lots of family support on hand.

The Feale looks like the ideal spot for this activity.


Beautiful Images of Howth

Eamon ÓMurchú sent us these beautiful images of Howth. In these days when we aren’t allowed to travel, it is lovely to visit places in Eamon’s photographs.

 Another Listowel lady taking us on splendid journeys is Bernie Carmody Schweppe. Here is her account of her trip to Scattery Island . Bernie is also a photographer so her accounts of her trips are illustrated with beautiful photos.

World Travel With Bernie

Photo; Scattery Island by Bernie Carmody

Photo: Belmar, New Jersey by Marie Nelligan Shaw, Listowel and New Jersey


 Letters from Australia


My great great grandfather migrated to Queensland, Australia from  Listowell in the 1870s. He called his house in the Darling Downs ‘Listowell.’ I have a very old postcard of the B&B at Mount Rivers from Nelly? MacElligot, wishing him a Happy Christmas and thanking him for the newspapers which he sent to her. One day I hope to visit the places which my ancestors called home.

Kind regards,

Gina Wheeler

In response to my request to share the Photos, Gina wrote

Hello Mary,

I assume that Martin Collins migrated to Australia in search of a new life. He must have had an adventurous spirit as he was only 21. He may have been lured by Agents for Immigration who were sent to England, Ireland and Scotland to promote the new State of Queensland by offering an assisted passage across the seas. Martin Collins arrived in 1863 and it seems that he came alone. He did not marry until 1875. I don’t know if he was related to the McElligots. I’ve attached photos of both sides of the postcard which is dated 15 December 1906.

Warm regards,

Gina Wheeler



A Ballybunion Post Box

The repurposed Mercy Convent in the background