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Ballybunion Sea Rescue, Kerryman 1994 and Listowel Juvenile Tennis in the 1980’s

The Presbytery, Listowel in January 2019


Kerryman Christmas Supplement 1994


Watch, for you know not the hour

Ballybunion Sea Res cue posted this picture and the accompanying story on their blog;

Today we were honored to accept a cheque from Lorenzo Cubeddu, his wife Amanda, Cormac and Elaine Cahill and the amazing staff at Super Valu Ballybunion. The staff raised 250 Euro which was matched by Cormac and Elaine for a total of 500 Euro for Ballybunion Sea Rescue.

This donation comes after Lorenzo went missing at sea on the 11th of November 2018. Lorenzo was windsurfing when he got into difficulty, he had last been seen by local fisherman, Mike Enright at around 16:30 and reported overdue around 17:10 which triggered a major search operation involving Ballybunion Sea Rescue, Ballybunion Coast Guard, RNLI units from Fenit and Kilrush, the Irish Navy Vessel LE Niamh, Rescue 115, Ballybunion Fire Service and Gardai. The search ended at 23:20 when it was confirmed Lorenzo made it ashore at Corlis Point.

It is a tale of strength and endurance and thankfully it had a fantastic result, Lorenzo returned safely to his family and friends. From then on we have seen an outpour of support from Lorenzo and Amanda and their friends and especially Cormac and Elaine Cahill who on that very night were a rock to Amanda and a huge support to all emergency services involved.

We thank you all for your continuing kindness, generosity, and support!


Listowel Juvenile Tennis Club

Sometime in the late 1980s

Photo: Danny Gordon


Listowel’s Christmas Goal Mile 2018

These are some of the large group of hardy souls who took part in the Goal mile at Christmas 2018. Jimmy Deenihan tells me that they had participants from the USA, UK and various European countries as well as Ireland.

They raised €1,200 for Goal

Family, Lily’s and a few more from December 11 in The Square

Well done, Ballydonoghue, North Kerry Champions 2016

(photo: John Kelliher)


Kindness at Christmas 2016

Nancy Kelly’s eyesight is failing but she loves the internet. She also loves to surprise people with an unexpected phoncall, card or greeting. She loves Listowel and Ballybunion and she truly appreciates those of us who bring her images and news from her home in North Kerry. 

Above is the lovely surprise her new internet friend, Mario Perez, created for her on the beach at Ballybunion.


Blackbird in the town park in December 2016.


Family Events at Christmas

I had a ceremony of Light, Christmas Concerts and a end of term drama show on my most recent trip to Cork.

My girlies in the Church of Christ our Light, Ballincollig for Róisín’s Ceremony of Light.

Cora was the very best sheep in her Seó na Nollag at Gaelscoil Uí Riiordáin

Killian played carols at the concert for residents in Rosenalee Nursing Home.

Róisín was an urchin in her drama class’ end of term show.


Another New Business Opens in Charles Street


A Pizza and an Elf walked into the Square

A few more photos from Dec 11 2016 in the square for the Coca Cola trucks event


What I’m Reading and What I’m Listening to

While I’m reading Pat Given’s poems I have this lovely album playing in the background. It features all of the artists who appeared on this season’s Late Late Show and all the proceeds go to St. Vincent de Paul.


Christmas Day Swim

Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue will be organising their usual swim on Christmas Day. If you don’t feel brave enough to take the plunge you could drop by and contribute to their bucket collection. They do great work.

Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue and Healyracing’s tribute to A.P. McCoy

in Listowel Square


Signs Old and New on Courthouse Road


Look who I met in Changes

Jean Quille of Kerry Businesswomen’s Network with Norah Casey who was in town for Listowel Food Fair and Danny Russell of Changes who had just styled Norah’s hair.


Healyracing tribute to A.P. McCoy

One of the really nice local events on this year’s Writers’ Week programme was Healyracing’s photographic tribute to A.P. McCoy. I was lucky to be there. Here are a few photos I took at the launch.

Three generations of the Kelliher family
John Maguire, Kevin Sheehy, Maurice Hannon, Aiden O’Connor and John McAulliffe
Liam Healy with his granddaughters
Junior Griffin, Cathy Healy and Danny Hannon
John McGuire, Maurice Sheehy, John Keane, Kevin Sheehy and Junior Griffin
Old stock: Junior Griffin and Liam Healy
Liam with Mr. Carey
Sally O’Neill and Michael Lynch
Lisa Healy and son
Marion Relihan
Pat Healy
Liam with Owen and Maura MacMahon
Seán Lyons and Christy Walsh
Christine Dwyer Hickey and Máire O’Connor
Sean Lyons, Máire Logue and Joe Stack


Heroes All

Ballybunion Sea & Cliff
Rescue was founded in 1986 to provide a rescue service to the locality of North
Kerry and West Limerick.

The unit, manned by 35
volunteers, is situated on the Ladies Beach in Ballybunion and operates as a
declared resource to the Irish Coast Guard. BSCR operate on 7 minute readiness
for the D Class and 12 minutes for the Atlantic 75, always available on 24 hour
pager alert. As a declared resource we form part of a group of voluntary rescue
boats collectively called Community Rescue Boats Ireland. This is made up of 13
units around the country (listed below)

Although maintaining the name Sea
& Cliff Rescue, cliff rescue was taken over by the Ballybunion Unit of the
Irish Coast Guard in 1991 (then the Coast and Cliff Rescue Service). The Irish
Coast Guard unit based in Ballybunion is a separate organization and should not
be mixed up with BSCR.

Equipped with a D class
inflatable boat, & a new Atlantic 75 RIB, BSCR covers the coast and Shannon
Estuary from Ballyheigue, Co Kerry to Foynes, Co. Limerick, and inland to
Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick. Having a declared night time capability also means we
overlap with neighboring services to cover that area in the hours of darkness.

As well as providing 24×7 Sea
& Cliff Rescue, the volunteers also provide First Aid and Ambulance
assistance at a handful of horse races and other events around the Ballybunion

We rely on public donations and
all year round fund raising to raise the €45,000 needed to keep the service
afloat each year. None of our members are paid and all give their time freely.

The crest of Ballybunion Sea
& Cliff Rescue Service is made up of an anchor in the centre, a ring buoy
around a figure of 8 (for climbing) and a plan view of a D Class boat, all of
which is outlined by a gold rope.

The words “Watch for ye know not the hour” is the units motto
and comes from Matthew 24:42. It reminds people to always be
careful…….because you never know when you may need us.

Photo and text from Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue 


An Gleann 2015 Scoil Realt na Maidine champions


Billy Keane’s great article about Limerick Tipperary rivalry on the field of play and a heartache closer to home is



We have a Winner

Maria Stack of Listowel (on left) was declared the best dressed lady at Cork Summer Show at the weekend.

Specky Dragon and Women in power

Anois ‘teacht an Earraigh,

Beidh an lá ‘dul chun síneadh…….


This photograph was taken outside MacAuliffe’s Gift shop sometime in the 80s. The girls in pink are Clíona Cogan and Orla Kennelly but who is the guy in the Specky Dragon outfit?

 Did you ever see a more unlikely looking dragon?


This photograph from the Capuchin Archive is of Henry Street, Dublin in the aftermath of 1916


Dev, looking like a film star in tinted glasses, at the National Turf Cutting Championships in 1936

( photo:óna-Heartland/180733458639655 )


– the Rev. Cyrus Townsend Brady sees Women’s suffrage as “an insult to God” (1915)


I read the above on Twitter from Limerick 1914 on the same day I read this on Radio Kerry’s website:

The Mayor of Tralee has resigned from Fine Gael 

after being a member for 35 years.

Town councillor Pat Hussey left the party because he claimed a gender quota directive from Fine Gael blocked his nomination to 

contest the local elections.

At the Tralee convention, it was decided that of the three Fine Gael candidates chosen, one would have to be a woman.

Pat Hussey says he hasn’t decided yet whether he will stand in next May’s council elections as an independent.

Speaking to Jerry O’Sullivan on
Kerry Today, he says he believes that Fine Gael is  going to add a fourth
candidate to run in the elections in Tralee.


And from Twitter this photo:

the Defence Ministers of Norway, Sweden, Netherlands and Germany. 


May 2-5 2014.

Put this date in your diary. This year’s Listowel Military Tattoo promises to be a big weekend in town

The American Attachè is coming to the remembrance parade and the British Ambassador will be in town as well.


Those great volunteers in The Sea Rescue helping donkeys to safety in the Cashen on Saturday last.


This is one happy man this week. This is mayor Murray of Seattle. We all know who won America’s Super Bowl by now and the newly elected mayor is a huge Seahawks supporter.

The are two remarkable memories that newly elected Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, 58, considers vital in shaping his life. One was John F. Kennedy’s election, the other was being honest with his Irish Catholic family about being gay.

These are the first few lines of a great article about this son of Irish emigrants who has done well for himself in the land of opportunity.

You can read the rest of the article here:


On her very interesting blog this week Kay Caball has a great story from a great friend of Listowel, Kathy Taylor. The link is above.


Tune in to Rte 1 The history Show at 6.00p.m. on Sunday Feb. 9 at 6.00 p.m.

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