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Bridge Road,Scoil Realta na Maidine and some visitors

Beautiful Kerry

Derrycunnihy photographed by Catherine Moylan in Winter 2016


Bridge Road

Mike Hannon’s photos show how Bridge Road used to look.


Scoil Realta na Maidine Fundraising

On April 14th, 15th and 16th we are hosting a fundraising/reunion event with something to suit everyone.

We are looking for old school photos to include in a timeline display which can be seen during our Easter Weekend  celebrations at Scoil Réalta na Maidine. You may like to take part in our 20k walk along the Feale from The Cashen in Ballyduff to Listowel (this can also be done in relay). We are also looking for people to help with stewarding and general organisation or you may sponsor a walker (sponsor cards are available from the school).

On Sunday we will have a reunion of the ever popular and exciting Town League, featuring the Country, the Boro, the  Ashes and the Gleann. There promises to be a great party atmosphere with food, stalls and live music.

If you can help in anyway please contact Bernie (087 2140645), Brian (087 2396085 or the school office 068 21994

All help will be greatly appreciated

Source: The Advertiser


A Thank You Meal

I know people are grateful to me and appreciative of all the work I put into bringing you Listowel Connection. I know because people send me emails, letters and cards. Some people pray for me or thank me in person and I’ve had the odd cuppa paid for by a grateful blog follower.

Last week I had a first. A lovely couple from Maine in the U.S. who only know me as their blogger bought me lunch in Allos during their recent holiday in town.

Here I am with my hosts, Patty and John Faley. Patty’s grandfather came from Listowel and both she and John are in love with the place. This was their 16th trip to Listowel. John describes their attraction to Listowel as a blessing and a curse. Since their first trip to the town of Patty’s ancestors, they have never seen another part of the world. Every holiday is spent here. They love everything about Listowel and John B.’s is their local when they are in town. Something tells me that they they may fulfil their dream to retire to Listowel in the not too distant future.

Such lovely people would be an asset to us.

While we were in Allos, we met Alice and Elaine Sheahan who just might be related to Patty since they too have a Faley/Fealy ancestor.

Patty bought this sign in Craftshop na Méar on one of her many visits and now it hangs proudly in her Maine home.


New Artist at Olive Stack’s Gallery

Damien Stack introduced to Amy, the first artist in residence of 2017 at Olive Stack’s gallery. Amy’s first creative endeavour since coming to Listowel is the Feale fish hanging in the window behind her in my photograph. Her fellow artist in residence, Caroline, had popped out when I popped in but look out for her drawing classes starting shortly.

Crafters, Some Pres. Old Girls and grandchildren in Christmas shop

Photo; Timothy John MacSweeney


New Busker in Town

This man on the corner of Market St. is a new addition to our streets.


Talented ladies

These three ladies sell their crafts in Craftshop na Méar, Listowel.  I met Maureen Connolly, Eileen Fitzgerald and Eileen O’Sullivan in the shop on Saturday.

These two above photos are the front and back of the bag that Eileen is in the process of making. Wow!


Some Pres. Old Girls

5th and 6th Years 1953


A Little Corner of our Lovely Town

Between the Ball Alley and The Millennium Arch is a lovely little park with flower beds and picnic tables.


Loving the Christmas Shop

My beloved girls were in town for a short break and they loved Listowel Garden Centre’s Christmas display.

I bring everyone who visits me to the shop. For me it has become an essential visitor attraction.

Convent girls in 1954 and the Millennium Arch

Convent girls with Sr. Dympna in the early 1950s

The following is from the letter from Marie Shaw which accompanied this great photo of her class in Listowel sixty years ago.

Back Row: Eleanor Leahy, Eileen Barrett, ? McCarthy, Celia Carroll, Rose Healy-Fitzmaurice, ?Walsh, Marie Neligan (me), Doreen Stack, Nora O’Keefe, ? Enright.

Middle Row: Kathleen Fitzgerald, ? Noonan (not certain about that name)Margaret Sheehan Mary McElligott, Phyllis Horgan, Kathleen Dunworth, ? Beasley, ? O’Keefe, Maeve Moloney, ?Murphy, Dympna Hillard.

Front Row: Nora Barry, Margaret Horgan, Eileen? Lynch, Noreen Mahoney, Geraldine Reidy (an american girl visiting Listowel), Patricia Hartnett,Marie Buckley, Terry Buckley and of course Sr. Dympa

I’m wondering if there is anyone else still around who remembers this.


Does anyone recognize herself, her mother or maybe her grandmother in the photo? I’d love to know where they all are now.


garda patrolling the beach in Tramore in 1922


These are appearing on footpaths all over town.  They are covering the newly installed water meters.


My three lovely grandaughters praying at their grandad’s grave last week.


This is our Millennium Arch in all its glory in 2009. I don’t suppose it would be cost effective to rebuild it .  Another landmark gone!

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