My Friends in Vincents
Vincents of William Street, Listowel, is one of my all time favourite shops. Recently I am meeting many new people manning the shop on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
A Laugh from Mattie Lennon
An elderly man, in Listowel, was quite unhappy because he had lost his favorite hat. Even though he was a man like myself who was always as honest as hard times would allow, rather than purchasing a new one, he decided he would go to church and steal one.. When he got there, an usher intercepted him at the door and took him to a pew where he had to sit and listen to an entire sermon on the Ten Commandments. After church, the man met the Priest in the vestry doorway, shook his hand vigorously and said, “I want to thank you for saving my soul today, Father. I came to church to steal a hat, but after hearing your sermon on the Ten Commandments, I decided against it.” “You mean the Commandment, Thou shall not steal, changed your mind?” the Priest asked. “No, the one about adultery did,” the man said. “As soon as you said that, I remembered where I left my old hat.”
Listowel Tidy Towns
The good people of Listowel Tidy Towns held a great local awards night recently. They have shared photos of all the winners on their Facebook page
A Listowel Success Story
Seamus Given sent us an account of this one.
No Magic Pill is as play by Christian OReilly. It played to universal acclaim at the recent Dublin Theatre Festival.
“It had previously run in the Black Box Galway and had its Dublin opening night on 5 October.
It is a dramatisation of a campaign for independence for disabled people in Ireland, based on the life of Martin Naughton.
It was rapturously received by the Dublin opening night audience, which included many Listowel residents and Dublin exiles.
It continues Christian’s stellar year. His play “The Good Father“ presented by Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group was placed second in the Athlone All-Ireland Drama Festival in May and his play “Chapatti”, presented by the Palace Players from Kilworth, came third.” Seamus Given.
Christian is a native of Listowel.
What I’m Reading
They now have copies of this book in Woulfe’s and Kerry writers’ Museum.
Noel Grimes is a native of Listowel. He now lives in Killarney. His book is a very readable account of the Famine in the Killarney area. It is perfect for someone who wants the sad story in accessible form. I highly recommend it.
Well done and thank you, Noel!