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Listowel Writers’ Week Young Adult Book Fest 2017

November, A Time to Remember


Listowel was the place to be yesterday

Listowel Writers Week organised a huge event for young people yesterday and it was a huge success.

Young adults in their final years of secondary school converged in their hundreds on Listowel Community Centre on Thursday November 9 2017 and they were treated to a day’s entertainment they will remember long after they have left school.

Jim and Liz Dunn posed for my photo with two of the organisers of the day, Margaret Broderick and Joanna O’Flynn.

 I took a few photos of people who were helping out on the day before the throngs of school students arrived

.Young people came from all over Kerry and beyond.

I photographed some teachers who arrived early.

The day started with some video footage of famous people telling us about their favourite books when they were teenagers. Ryan Tubridy loved Roald Dahl and, unsurprisingly, Rory of Rory’s Stories loved The Twits. Leo Varadcar loved Midnights’ Children by Salman Rushdie.

We were treated to a lovely video featuring Brendan Kennelly. His advice to the young people was to choose a favourite poem and record yourself reading it. He felt that in order to fall in love with poetry you must fall in love with your own voice.

Fergal Keane recorded a special piece from his new posting in The Congo.

Then followed a very special interview. Billy Keane interviewed Tomi Reichental, a man who, as a nine year old, was interned in Bergen Belsen. He recalled many of the horrors he witnessed to the fascinated and spellbound audience. The young people gave him a standing ovation when he finished.

Thirty five of Tomi’s family lost their lives in The Holocaust. He is determined that they and the thousands of others who suffered and died will never be forgotten.

Billy Keane, Elaine Kinsella of Radio Kerry who was the MC for the day, and Tomi Reichental.

Next up after the break with a tour de force performance of his Tom Crean monodrama was Aidan Dooley. He was brilliant as usual and the young people were gripped by the Crean story.

Aidan with Jim and Liz Dunn. Aidan flew in from the U.K. especially for the performance. Aidan is busy at the moment preparing a marvellous annual  children’s Christmas show. This year’s production is called The Lion who came for Christmas. If you are anywhere near The Brook Theatre, Chatham you should try to catch it. It sounds great.

Elaine was a marvellous M.C.

Our last two acts were Stephanie Preissner and Katherine Lynch. Stephanie was brutally honest and self deprecating. Her style appealed very much to the young audience . After the gig she was most generous with her time, signing autographs and chatting to the young people.

During the day aspiring young writers took a hand at writing a 6 word story. Here are some of the winners with Stephanie  who presented their prizes.

 Katherine Lynch and Stephanie Preissner with some of the Writers Week committee.

All in all, the day was a triumph of organisation, planning and execution and the young attendees were a credit to their families and schools.


Kerry People in Berlin

The group who went on the recent trip from Kerry airport to Berlin to promote Kerry tourism are pictured here at the Brandenburg gate.


One Door Closes, Another Opens

Liz McAulliffe has retired from the floristry business after many years serving the people of Listowel.     I had personal experience of dealing with Liz in relation to our family wedding and she was a pleasure to deal with. I wish her every good fortune in her retirement. May it be a long and happy one.

Susan Roberts’ Amazing Blooms opened on Market Street on Monday. We wish her every success.


Love or Land

Don’t forget this local play is running in St. John’s from November  12 to the 16.  Take a look at that cast. This one will be a hoot!

Murhur School 1982, Bringing gas to Listowel in 2017 and Goods on Appro

Late Blooming Hydrangeas

I photographed these lovely blooms in Bridge Rd. Listowel


Photo Shared by Moyvane Village

Wonderful photo of 2nd and 3rd class with Mrs. Adams in Murhur NS from 1982.

Front Row: Joanne Shanahan, Sinead McEvoy, Aileen Stack, Esther Foley, Mary Lynch, Susan Kelly, Riona Fitzmaurice, Celine Kennelly, Noreen Brosnan, Breda Quinn, Claire McGrath, Margaret Scanlon, Brid Kearney

Middle Row: Paul Hudson, Adrian O’Connell, John Fitzgerald, Marguerite Greaney, Denise Carmody, Yvonne O’Carroll, Mary Brassil, Keith O’Connell, Margaret Enright, Irene Culhane, Kathleen Enright, Michelle Groarke, Aine Kissane, Martin Mulvihill, Liam Roche, DD Hughes, Richard Stack, Johnny Stack

Back Row: Nola Adams, Pat Kearney, Jim Liston, John Cunningham, Roger Mulvihill, James Culhane, Stack, Shane Riordan, Andrew O’Connor Bray, Shane Hughes, Muiris O’Connell, Padraig Kearney, Aidan Stack, Maurice O’Connor, Padraig Horan, John Horan, Maurice Kearney, Conor Walsh, Myles Quinn, Kevin Greaney


Laying the Gas Pipeline

Work continues on the laying of the pipeline.


Getting Goods on Approval

Marie Neligan Shaw remembers shopping in the 1950s. Strangely, internet shopping has actually brought this practice back but it involves trips to the post office rather than to the local shop.


Kerry to Berlin

These are some photos of the Kerry contingent who went to Berlin recently to tell our new German friends, who can fly directly to us now from Berlin to Kerry, what they can see and do when they get here

FCA, Horizons and Connect 4 in Berlin

Canon Declan shared some of his old FCA photos with us.

The quality of the pictures is not great but the memories are priceless.


This is Fr. Pat Moore P.P. Duagh and Mary Fagan, presenter of Horizons.

What are they doing on today’s blogpost?

On Friday last, Mary recorded a Horizons’ programme with me as the subject. Since chattering away is a forté of mine, it all felt very easy and enjoyable. Maybe it was down to Mary’s skill as an interviewer, but the time flew and I felt that we had just had a friendly chat.

 I’ll alert you to the broadcast date when Mary gives it to me and you can hear for yourselves.


Above is Listowel Town Square last week and below the same place in the 1940s. I have no idea who the people are but if you know, do let me know. They look to me like visitors posing with a local lady.


My daughter, Clíona, went to Berlin recently for a  holiday and she found this marvellous bar in which the customers were encouraged to play board games.

Here she is channelling her inner child with her friend, Philip, and a good old game of  Connect 4.

Seán takes on the winner. Notice behind them the shelves lined with every boardgame you could imagine. Would it catch on in Listowel I wonder?

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