The River Feale behind the Listowel Arms; Photo: Charlie Nolan
“Fond memory brings the light of other days around me.”
Bernard O’Connell who lived in Upper William Street Listowel and now lives in Canada posted to Facebook this picture of his childhood friends.
A Holy Well
From the schools folklore collection at Dúchas
Tarbert School collection. Nora Scanlon, Dooncaha.
Our Holy Wells
There is a well in Tarmons known as St. Senan’s. It is in the corner of Buckley’s field in Ballintubber.
This well is not deep and a stream flows out of it. Always in the month of May people pay rounds at this well on every Saturday of the month.
This is how people pay rounds. People pick up seven pebbles out of the stream and then kneel down at the well and start reciting the Rosary. Then they start at the right hand side of the well and walk slowly all round reciting a decade of the Rosary while going round. At the end of each decade they throw one pebble away. Then when the seventh round is paid they kneel down and finish the Rosary. Then they take three drinks out of the well and wash their faces at the stream. Then they usually tie a piece of cloth on an overhanging bush. It is said that according as the cloth wears away the disease wears off the patient.
It is called St. Senan’s well because it was St. Senan who blessed its waters. From the well you can see the ruins of seven churches and round tower in Scattery built by St. Senan.
There are no fish in the well and the water is not used for household purposes. Once a woman went to fill her kettle at the well. She forgot to bring a vessel with which to fill her kettle. She left her kettle at the well and went back for a saucepan. When she returned the well had disappeared and the bush with it. It went from the top of the hill to the side where it is now.
As Asphalt and concrete
Replace bushes and trees,
As highways and buildings
Replace marshes and woods
What will replace the song of the birds?
Only in Ireland
Photo; Random Cork Stuff
People at the Armistice Day Centenary Commemoration in Listowel
On a cold showery Sunday a good crowd turned up to commemorate the men who endured appalling hardship in the most awful of wars. Cold and rain were nothing compared to weeks spent in wet trenches with rats for company.
Carmel Gornall was there with her brother and two sisters in law.
Carmel’s sisters in law had grandfathers who served in The Great war.
Great to see Jim Halpin brave the cold to be part of it. Jim has done more than most in North Kerry to make sure that the names of the brave men who fought will be remembered.
Local history lovers and retired military men turned out in numbers to remember.
One to Watch
Bánú nó Slánú: Thursday TG4 9.30p.m.
This documentary looks at the small town way of life that is dying a death in Ireland, as illustrated by a visit to once thriving towns in Kerry and Leitrim. Ballylongford in north Kerry has seen its mill, creamery and many businesses close over the last 30 years. In 2017, no new children started in the national school for the first time in living memory and its post office is now under threat. One of the last small farmers in the village, Donal O’Connor, who’s in his 70s, sums things up: “I’m the last of the family. There are no small farmers anymore.” Kiltyclogher in north Leitrim made the headlines when it launched a media campaign to attract people to move to the village. Six families made the move, helping to save the local school – but one year on, how does the future look? Did the newcomers stay? And have they done enough?
(Photo and text from Irish Times TV Guide)