This blog is a personal take on Listowel, Co. Kerry. I am writing for anyone anywhere with a Listowel connection but especially for sons and daughters of Listowel who find themselves far from home. Contact me at

Remembering The Famine

Horse chestnuts ripening nicely in the sun and rain of summer 2023


Famine in The Lane, Kiskeam

The Lane in 2023

Extracts from Kiskeam by Fr. John ORiordáin


Social History

We’ve had an email from Sarah Moore with some invaluable guidelines for anyone going about recording the reminiscences of an older person

Hi Mary,

I was just wondering if you were still updating We’ve just created a great guide to help people interview their elderly family members for genealogical research, and how to get the best experience and understanding from those interviews. You can see it here:

If it would be useful to your readers, we’d love to be included on your page!

Thank you,

Sarah Moore

Marketing Specialist


Molly in The Garden of Europe


A Thought



Old History and Recent History


Holidays 2023

1 Comment

  1. Sue

    Speaking of impact, I want you to know how much I’m enjoying your messages. When I signed up, I was expecting to hear from you once a week or less. When I first saw 2 messages in 2 days, I thought it would be too much. Now I look forward to seeing Listowel pop up in my mailbox each day & enjoy the photos & stories. Thank you for brightening my days & bringing my father’s hometown to life.

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