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Joseph Hickey of Listowel

Joseph Hickey of Colbert Street was awarded these two medals and they are kept safe by his son, Jimmy.

Joe’s story is an extraordinary one. He was only 15 when he joined the Volunteers. During the reign of terror of The Black and Tans the republican side often used women and children to carry messages and sometimes even guns and ammunition as they were less likely to be stopped and searched.

The Volunteers got guns from many different sources, some from the USA.  Joe was caught in the act of transporting a gun and he was brought to The Listowel Arms where the Tans were quartered. The punishment for gunrunning was that the gun was confiscated and became property of the British Army and the gun carrier would be shot.

However two things worked in Joe’s favour. 

1.The gun he was carrying was no ordinary firearm but a silver mounted pearl handled gun.

2. The ‘Tans were a lawless bunch. They decided to keep the gun for themselves and to let Joe go.

They played a game of cards among themselves to see who would have the gun.

Joe served time in Limerick and The Curragh after that. He was awarded two medals and he received an IRA pension.


Post box in Cornmarket Street, Cork


Listowel Races 1938

Kerry News Monday, September 19, 1938

At the Listowel District Court on Saturday, before Mr .C. S. Kenny, B.L., D.J..

This being the Annual Licensing Sessions and there being- no objections all publicans certificates were renewed.


Renewals of Wholesale Beer Dealers’ Licences were granted to Michael Dowling, Market Street, Listowel; Elizabeth Galvin, William Street, do.; George Gleasure, The Square, do., and Maurice O’Brien, Castle Inch, do.

Amedee Crowley, William Street, Listowel, was granted a renewal of General and Game Dealer’s Licences.


Agnes Macaulay, publican. The Square, Listowel, was granted an occasional licence for the Race Course Bar on the occasion of the Listowel Race Meeting.


Patk. Coffey, Tralee, was granted a temporary licence to hold dunces at “The Astor” Cinema, Listowel, on the three nights of the forthcoming Listowel Race Meeting. The hours fixed are from 11 P.m. to 6 a.m. on each day.


Patk. Sheahan, Kilmore, Ballyduff was granted a licence to hold open air dances in Listowel on the three days of the Listowel Races from 12 noon to 8 p.m.


The following were granted renewals of licences for dance halls: — Trevor Chute, proprietor of ” The Plaza,” Listowel. John Collins, in respect of Walsh’s Ballroom, Listowel. Michael Cronin, Secretary of the Lixnaw Coursing Club. Maurice Heffernan, owner of a hall situate at Shronebeirne, Duagh. John Curtin, in respect of a hall at Tourhane. Batt Joy, for the Bedford Hall. Timothy Kelly for a hall at Lisroe, Duagh. Timothy Langan in respect of the Lyons Memorial Hall, Duagh. Ml. Regan for the “Six Crosses” Hall. Michael Scannell, proprietor of Scannell’s Hall Listowel. Jerh. Whelan, In respect of a hall at Crotta. John Woulfe, for the Dromolought Temperance Hall.


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