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Scout Social 1955,Changes and a fly fishing enthusiast.

Scout Reunion Social 1955

This photo from Michael Kennelly’s album is captioned ; Lake Hotel Killarney, January 3 1955

Michael knew them all so well he did not need to note the names. If someone looking at them can name even a few, I’d love to publish them.


The Changing Face of Listowel

Town end of Charles’ Street in 2007

Town end of Charles’ Street in 2014

Church St. 2005

Same corner of town, October 2014


Fly Fishing in North Kerry

Damien Willis wrote the following in his blog :

each year I travel to a remote part of North Kerry to take some time out with
some close friends and family. Fortunatley my 74 year old father Aiden was able
to travel on this adventure. My angling companions on this occasion were Aiden
Willis,Tom Wilson,Noel Fitzpatrick and Brendan O Sullivan. Warm sunshine and
temperatures averaging 18C combined with early tides played to our advantage
with a total of 21 sea bass and 36 Flounders in North Kerry.

fishing is probably the easiest form of shore fishing – tarvelling light is the
key which increases mobility and reduces minding from the flodding tide. As the
trout season comes to a close my focus is turned to sea angling. For 37 years I
have fished with my father Aiden around the coasts of Ireland. I am glad to say
that my father whom is now in his seventies is still as active as ever, we
continue to take time out togeather fishing in this part of Ireland.

in North West Kerry is exceptional in that it contains something for everyone.
To miles of sandy beaches with crashing surfs for the angler after Bass, to
quite places like estuaries, piers, and cliffs that sink into deep water. This
part of Ireland has treasures galore to suit all types of fishing, all year
round, containing a variety of fish to match every taste and all within easy
distance of each other.

It is prohibited to take and kill more than two bass on any
one day. (Bye-law No.667)
The minimum overall size limit of 40cm. From tip of
snout to end of tail. Closed season from 15th May to 15th June.


Images of Irish Fuel

1960s filling station

Taking turf to Tory Island


Sunset over The Black Rocks

photo by Ballybunion Angling and Coastal Views

Official opening of Craftshop na Méar and Bishop O’Brien in Listowel

Historic day in the making for Listowel Emmetts


Christmas on the Western Front WW2

An elder of the town told me this week that many German boys were housed in Listowel with local families after the war. Does anyone remember these boys? Are there any photos?

There used to be huge boy scout jamborees with tents in the field where Kerry Group now stands. Junior Griffin remembers campfires on the river bank. He promises to put his memories of that time on paper for us. While Junior is on the task, I would welcome contributions from anyone else who remembers that time or the priest  who was responsible for it all. He was Listowel born, English based Fr. Leo Walsh.


Some more photos from the official opening of Craftshop na Méar

Canon Declan performs a blessing
Ruth, Maureen and Mary
Frances with Christmas tea cosy
Viveca felting
Máire and Bernie
Proud Dad, Namir and Rosa
Namir makes his speech
Mairead and Mike


An old picture of Bishop O’Brien preaching in Listowel. People have identified Joan Rochford in the congregation. Any other people identifiable in this very attentive crowd. Any idea of year or occasion?


Work is progressing on the library roof.

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