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Listowel Arms, Badminton in Listowel and a few dates for your diary

Listowel Arms Now and 10 years ago

January 2016



Badminton, a shop refurbishment and an old dance card

Junior Griffin tells the story:


What, one may
well ask, has the famed city of Jericho and the Listowel Badminton Club in

The Bible
story tells us that Joshua and his Israelites marched around Jericho, then
shouted and blew their trumpets so that the walls came tumbling down.

There is no
doubt whatsoever that the writing of this history of the Listowel Badminton
Club would never have been considered but for the destruction of another wall.

A few short
years ago local business man and former badminton club member, Mr. Jimmy Halpin
moved his fishing and shooting supplies business to number 24, Church Street,
Listowel. The premises needed extensive renovations to cater for his business,
which meant many of the inner walls had to be knocked, not to the sound of
trumpets but with the use of jackhammers and the tools of today.

On examining
the rubble, Mr. Halpin and his workmen found numerous newspapers, all tightly
folded as if they were inserted for insulation. On checking the papers it was
found that the headlines of most dealt with the earthquake and the destruction
of San Francisco in 1906.

On turning
over a page he saw something falling to the ground.  On examining it, Mr.
Halpin found it to be a beautifully decorated and well preserved invitation
card (illustrated) with a short pencil attached, to a dance under the
auspices of the Listowel Hockey and Badminton Clubs to be held on Friday
December 16th 1908.

The music
listed was definitely different to the music that is heard in the dance halls
of today with many classical pieces being to the fore and the pencil possibly
used by the ladies to reserve a dance if asked by a gentleman. One wonders did
that inspire the writer to pen the tune “ Save the last waltz for me”.


A Few Dates for you to Pencil in

Make sure you catch Listowel Drama Group in St. John’s from February 11 to 14 2016. Their Blithe Spirit is a must see. Listowel needs to get behind them as they head off to the tough world of drama festivals.

The Exhibition will showcase works of art, photography, felting & assemblage. Participating artists include, Rebecca Carroll, (not in photo), Liam Brennan (not in photo), Jim Dunne, Noreen Breen, Malcome Donald, Lisa Fingleton, Viveca Amoto, Susan Hitching, Marie Brennan, David Morrison, Mary Finucane & Arian Everson. This Exhibition is in co-operation with Newcastlewest Arts. For further details contact Rebecca Carroll (Colourful Spirits) @ 087 4577979 or Vicky Nash (Red Door Gallery) @ 086 2517086

The Exhibition will be official launched by Billy Keane (Journalist & publican)

     ATHEA DRAMA GROUp presents ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ at Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea on February 25th, 27th, 28th & March 3rd, 5th & 6th at 8pm.Directed by Oliver McGrath, this is a heart lifting tale that tells the story of five women who meet up for a night of fun and laughter that ultimately leaves their lives turned upside down. The cast features Annette O’Donell, Angeline O’Donnell, Nora Hunt, Louise Ahern & Ria Browne. Photo by Lizzy Murphy

Ballybunion sunset, Confessions of a tyre kicker and Duagh Sports Complex nearing completion

Stunning Ballybunion Sunset witnessed by Mike Enright….a side benefit of fishing.


Tyre kicker; This term apparently came from the car selling trade and it is used to denote a person who comes in, wastes the salesman’s time by looking at everything, asking lots of questions and leaves without buying anything.

The term implies that the person in question never intended buying anything in the first place and was just a time waster,  so, in that sense, I was a tyre kicker by accident for I did intend buying, I just left without doing so.

What am I talking about?

Let me explain that Billy Keane took part in a RTE1 radio show last week with Derek Mooney when the subject of tyre kickers was the topic of the day. Derek had; a car salesman, an estate agent and a publican (Billy Keane) in to discuss the phenomenon. Billy was discommoded by visitors to John B.’s who come in, take photographs and ask lots of questions but buy nothing. He told us that it upsets his mother even more than it does him.

If the cap fits, as they say, so here is my new culpa.

On Thursday nights they do a marvelous theme night in Allos Bistro. Last Thursday night week the theme was Indian. The meal was delicious, the servings generous and a bottle of wine was imbibed by myself and my two dining companions.

The night was still young when we left Allos so we decided to take in the pub theatre in John B.s and to have our nightcap there.

We arrived just as the play was starting so we decided to wait until the performance was over to order our drink. The play was great. I enjoyed it immensely and took lots of photos for the blog,  but old age, early mornings, hard work and a full belly were combining to cause my friend to nod off.  I suggested that we head for home and the leaba and come to John B.s another night. Without thinking, I had become that pariah of the car, house and drink trade…a tyre kicker.

So there it is. I put my hand up to my sin. I have publicly confessed. I have made a firm purpose of amendment and if you see me in John B’s in future, I’ll have a drink in front of me.


The Play

John B. Keane’s puts on some great shows during the summer months. This one was a performance by the Athea Drama Group of John B.’s Backwater. The play explores themes close to the playwright’s heart; love, emigration, family conflicts and the small pleasures of life in a rural Irish backwater. The inexperienced actors coped well with performing in a very tight space with their audience close enough to touch them. It was a lovely intimate occasion and an honour to see his play performed in the great man’s own home just below the room in which the play was written.


That was then, this is now



The lights are on in Duagh Sports Complex

Isn’t it fabulous, a credit to all involved.


Listowel Emmetts U8 girls

photo from Listowel Emmets Ladies’ Football page


Drone view of Electric Picnic on Saturday last


Extraordinary footage here of Ireland’s strongest man, (Michael) Butty, Sugrue;

Old WW1 photos, Athea Drama

Fourth Battalion royal Munster Fusiliers, Tralee 1904

Recruiting party in Kerry 1904


Athea Drama Group’s recent production (photos Jer. Kennelly)

People involved were; director  Theresa O Halloran. Taking part included, Donal Woulfe, Roger Ryan, Karina Buckley, Hannah Finnegan, Claire O Connor, Damien Ahern, Jack Denihan, Annette O Donnell, Laura Quille, Margaret Reidy, Margaret Mary Mullane, Tom O Keeffe, Tony Halpin and Lal Browne. 


Photo from The National Library of boys and girls in Clynagh Co. Galway 100 years ago. Cross dressing before we had a word for it!

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