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Ships that Pass in the Night

Photo: Lisa Egan, Mallow Camera Club


Main Street

This was taken early in the morning on January 26 2022. I was on my way to mass. The Small Square was quiet. Listowel is easing its way out of Covid restrictions and we are taking cautious steps back too normality. We have had the mildest and driest January in my memory. Hopefully the blue sky is a portent of better days to come.


From the 1990 Pres Yearbook


Our Lovely Back Lanes

One of the suggestions for our upcoming “reimagining” of Listowel is upgrading and preserving of the back ways. Listowel’s back lanes are not like the ginnels of Coronation Street but wide streets capable of renewal and promotion.

Look at the beautiful stone work on these old buildings in Mill Lane. The walls are the work of ancestor craftsmen. The bricked up window serves as a stark contrast.


Ship at Night

Ita Hannon is a superb photographer. Here is another of her excellent captures of a ship on the Shannon estuary.


Old Dublin

From a website called Photos of Dublin


From the Mailbag

Dear Mary,

Again, thank you so much for the interesting article about the Presentation Sisters and their history and dedication to Listowel.

I grew up in NYC.  My father was from Listowel.  He was committed to our family both here and in Ireland.  When it was time for my secondary school in New York City, we went to St Michael’s Academy on 33 street and 9th Avenue in the city.  He understood what the education by the Presentation Sisters offered me.  The school was a bus and 2 train rides away from my home in Flushing, New York but his commitment to the best education for me overcame the long commute each day.  

Because of the guidance and education of the Presentation sisters, I thrived both academically and socially.  I am 80 years old and still in active contact with many of my classmates.  Until covid time about 16 of us would meet for lunch in New York and we continue to keep in contact on line.   We have never lost sight of what was blessedly given to us by the Presentation Sisters in those 4 years.

I learned a good deal from your article and thank you so much for your commitment to Listowel.  

God bless you.

Frances O’Brien Blaikie


People at Graham Norton at Writers’ Week 2015 and images of a back lane in Listowel

Kissing Gates; the old and the new


People at Graham Norton’s event at Listowel Writers’ Week 2015

As part of my Writers’ Week duties I was put on the gate at The Town Park for the Graham Norton Event. As always I had my camera in my little mitt and I snapped away as the audience ignored the downpour to troop into the Community Centre for the hottest ticket in town. Here are some of the people who were organized enough or lucky enough to have tickets.

Did you spot all the happy faces, despite the fact that it was raining cats and dogs?  In this first tranche of photos from the night you will notice a few of my fellow Writers’ Week committee members making their way to work at the venue. It was a case of all hands on deck on the night, and I think we played a blinder. It all went off oh so smoothly.


Feale Sculpture

In The Square, Listowel


Listowel Back Lanes

from the door of Listowel Garden Centre
Behind Church St.
old loft door


Who is that in the photograph with Maria Stack?

(photo: Facebook)


They are holding a MidSummer Fest in Cork

(Photos: Minihan’s Chemist)

This is Oliver Plunkett Street on Sunday where the Our Table event was a great success.

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