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Feale Monument, People at Pride of Place and a Listowel Graveyard

Early Autumn in Listowel


More from Pride of Place

 After The Lartigue, I headed to The Seanchaí where Cara had assembled an Arts and Cultural presentation to wow the judges

The best of North Kerry music was to be heard as Comhaltas pulled out all the stops.

The Vintage Wireless Museum was represented and a colorful display of old broadcasting and recording machines were on show.

The story of the Fleadh in Listowel was there too.

Matt Mooney and young musicians showed the way forward for North Kerry’s great musical tradition.

Jim Halpin does trojan work in preserving the memory of those who gave their lives in war. His Military History Museum is a must visit for young and old visiting Listowel. Here he is chatting to Cathy Walsh of Gurtenard House


John Paul 2 Graveyard

Listowel people look after the graves of their dead. John Paul Cemetery on the Ballybunion Rd is always ablaze with flowers and a very hard working committee keep the communal areas looking neat and cared for.

There is now a good footpath all the way so that people who want to walk to visit a family grave can do so in comfort


The Next Generation


Welcome Back

Something different for the punters at the Races…. Bingo in the Plaza on Weds and Thursday

Drop in and see the newly refurbished hall.  All in aid of a good cause…Listowel SVP.


R.I.P. Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly (second from right) will be remembered by many as Listowel Race Company Secretary. He is pictured here with McKenna’s Hardware colleagues at a Christmas Social. May he rest in peace.

Vintage cars and a request for help with family history

Summer…… last!

Yesterday morning in Ballybunion: Photo by Mike Enright


Eyes down, watch your numbers

Due to damage to The Plaza during Storm Darwin of last February, the weekly Sunday night Bingo is now held in The Community Centre. It is still proving as popular as ever.


As part of  Listowel Military Tattoo in early May 2014 a display of vintage cars was held in Market Street. I have finally got round to posting my photos from that day.


Family search

I had a letter from Jo Chellwood who is researching her North Kerry ancestors.

Here is an extract from her email:

My father Maurice Brennan born 1913 Ballybunion Married my mother Josephine Carey born 1920 Dublin. She never lived in Kerry.  My father moved to England and we followed later.
His father Martin  married Hanoria Linnane….Lacca 1904.  Her father John married Mary Fitzmaurice
A sister of Martin, Bridget married Jer Murphy  (Joseph Linnane’s uncle.)  A daughter Annie was born about 1910. no details of marriage or birth.  Hopefully Joseph can help out.
Martin’s father Michael married Mary Deenihan….Lacca  1868
One of Michael’s daughters Catherine married Patrick Lucid…children..Patrick 1892? Mary 1894? John 1895? Bridget 1896? Catherine died in childbirth.
Another daughter Mary/Maria/Mariah married  Stack.(no name)…..children Peter about 1904 and John about 1908.  Her husband must have died as she later married Jack Kennelly….daughter Mary
I have more detailed information including grave photo’s from Killehenny.
It seems they all lived in Ballybunion/Lacca/Listowel.
My grandfather Martin Brennan and his father Michael were both blacksmiths
Does anyone know of the above or have any old photo’s which they could photocopy for me.  Am more than happy to reimburse any monies.



My condolences this week go out to Jer. Kennelly on the death of his sister, Mary Rose.

Jer shares with us this poem which was read at her funeral mass.

Letter from heaven

To my dearest family and friends

There’s some things I’d like to say, but first of all, to let you know that I have arrived okay.

I’m writing this from heaven.  Here I dwell with God above,

Where there’s no more tears of sadness,

There is just eternal love.

The day Thursday, I had to leave you when my life on earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me and said, “I welcome you”

“It’s good to have you back again,

You were missed while you were gone:

As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.”

Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight;

Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.

God gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do;

And foremost on the list was to watch and care for you.

When you lie in bed at night,

With the days’ chores put to flight,

God and I are closest to you ……In the middle of the night.

When you are walking down the street and you’ve got me on your mind,

I am walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb.

But together we can do it by just taking one day at a time.

And when it is time for you to go from that body to be free remember that you’re not going…

You are coming here to me. 

R.I.P. Mary Rose Kennelly

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