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Jimmy Moloney shared some more photos from the family album with us.

Gurtinard House

This is a group taken on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1954.

Jimmy’s grandmother is in the middle of the first row.  I’m not clear if the rest are Listowel people.

This is a De Valera rally. Jimmy is not sure if it is in Listowel but thinks it is. Dev certainly has a lot of support.

This is an old picture of Moloney’s garage.

The Big Bridge

The house in white beside the church was later knocked down in order to extend St. Mary’s.

An old postcard of the river Feale

A date for the diary:

On Friday next in The Seanchaí NKRO will officially launch our website. Come along and see what we are at. Everyone welcome.


The mood in town at the weekend was darkened by news of the untimely death of Dr. Louis O’Carroll.

Only one week ago he was one of the stars of this fundraising event for Writers’ Week. By all accounts he was in fine voice as he held the audience enthralled with his renditions of  John B. Keane’s Sweet Listowel and Bryan MacMahon’s haunting My Silver River Feale.

Louis was known for his generosity to his local town. He launched his cd  in St. John’s in a fundraising concert for Listowel hospice.

Here is a link to a youtube clip from that event

Go ndéana Dia trócaire air.


Posters, March 1 in town and 1989 soccer


Listowel rugby


  1. Marty Sheehy

    As the fates would have it, Dr. Jim O'Sullivan of Bray, Co. Wicklow, and a fellow graduate of UCD x 1968 was visiting with me here in Phoenix, AZ–he from outside Omaha, Nebraska, where he practices as a psychiatrist–when my brother Michael, having just heard of Louis' untimely tragic death from, I believe Vincent Carmody, phoned me from New York. Even though we were some 6 years ahead of Dr. Louis at Medical School, Jim had known and worked with Louis at various psychiatric hospitals in Dublin back when. Jim and I were greatly saddened and mourned for our colleague, Dr. Louis, R.I.P.
    Equally unplanned, Vincent has called me here in Phoenix from Listowel soon after the Dublin event and specifically mentioned Eamon's participation as ' fear an ti ' and Louis' vocal renditions.
    A fine voice silenced and a colleague removed before his time.

  2. Anne Downes

    Knowing Louis and hearing his heartfelt renditions of songs so dear to him,our lives were greatly enriched.We were in Listowel for the launch of his CD and felt we were witnessing something very,very special.We last saw him at a concert in Dublin in December and shared some precious hours in his company.Lots of laughter,many wonderful memories of a unique gentleman in every sense of the word.God Bless,Louis.The Heavenly chorus will be rejoicing ! Anne and Tony Downes.

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