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Tag: Carrigafoyle

A Problem, A Bookmark and a Landmark

Outdoor dining in Thwe Square


Two Beautiful Bookmarks

Eamon ÓMurchú has sent us photographs of two beautiful bookmarks, the work of Bryan MacMahon, poet and Michael O’Connor, artist.


A Problem Solved

(with the help of a good teacher)

Do you remember a while back I complained that my blogposts were showing up minus the sidebar and footers in tablets and phones. I blamed WordPress.

A bad tradesman blames his tools.

Jim Ryan, formerly of this parish and follower of Listowel Connection, came to my aid and gave me the Ladybird version of how to solve my problem. In solving that problem Jim has also solved another issue that has been bugging me (and probably my followers, although they don’t complain). When I post a “memory” on Facebook, the link takes you, not to the post in question, but to the most recent post. This “problem” has been with me for the whole ten years of my blogging life. Now, thanks to Jim, I’ve solved it.


Sean Walsh of Killelton Ballylongford with Noel Doyle at Carrigafoyle


St. Batt’s Well

I visited the holy well in Coolard on Sunday last. It is a haven of peace and quiet and birdsong.

This is the well. While it is dedicated to St. Batt. Much of the symbolism and the devotional rounds are more reminiscent of a marian shrine.

It is traditional to leave tokens attached to the bushes to symbolise the petitions being prayed for at the well.

It is significant that this year along with rosary beads, flowers, holy pictures and statues there are face masks hanging from the branches.


When You’re Born into a Book loving Family

Aoife’s first book!


Garden of Europe, a poem and Eamon Keane remembered the Carnegie Library when it was playhouse

Carrigafoyle castle near Ballylongford, Co. Kerry

Photo by Ita Hannon


A Poem to raise a smile

The optimist fell ten stories

And at each window bar

He shouted to the folks inside;

“I’m doing all right so far.”

(Author unknown)


Path to the river

This path runs beside the Garden of Europe and leads to the River Feale.

This stand of trees is relatively recent, certainly within the last 20 years.

This seat will be surrounded by wild garlic in a few weeks.

The Garden of Europe is looking very bare these days.


When is a Library not a Library?

This building at Upper Church Street, Listowel was at one time used as a classroom. But Vincent Carmody reminds us that it was also once used as a playhouse.

Here is a quotation from Eamon Keane’s introduction to Vincent’s Not Kerry Camera;

“I looked across at the old Library Hall last week and saw again, in my minds eye, Horatio, the old yellow poster on the billboard outside:  

For one week only- Anew McMaster and Full Supporting Company, In a Season of Plays Mostly by William Shakespeare’

As an entranced fifteen year old I had seen Mac as Oedipus (by Euripides) along with Patrick Magee and Donal Wherry playing in the same hall to a spellbound audience of locals, mountainy men and well- read countrymen. Some even sat on the window -sills, so packed was the auditorium”


Weren’t Healyracing a credit to Listowel on the telly?

I took this photo a few years ago of Cathy Healy and her beloved dad, Liam.

He would have been so so proud of her and of all his family on Nationwide.

In case you missed it, here’s the link to the programme on RTE player

Nationwide from Castleisland and Listowel


Cranes as Symbols of Recovery

Upper Church Street late February 2018

Doran’s Pharmacy is getting there.

The view from Courthouse Road

Storm Imogen, 1960 GAA, North Kerry Toffees and Sr. Maura Carmody R.I.P.

Imogen: the worst storm of 2016 so far

Ballybunion February 8 2016     (photo; Jason at Ballybunion Prints)


The Viking

photo; Ballylongford Snaps

This carving is on the roadside on the way to Carrigafoyle Castle.


G.A.A. Celebration in 1960

Photo from Junior Griffin


A Historian Found These

Kerryman  Saturday, March 27, 1920; Page: 3

ESTABLISHMENT OF A SWEET FACTORY. ‘ To the pleasure and satisfaction

of the people of  Listowel a sweet factory, which bids fair to develop

into an industry of far reaching importance, has been established in

Listowel by Mr T Armstrong, J.P., the well-known creamery proprietor,

Gurtinard House. The enterprising promoter has refitted and converted

into suitable premises for the purpose the creamery run by him up to

recently on the Castle Inch, and under the manager ship of a highly

competent sweet manufacturer  in the person of Mr Postlethwaite the

business of the  factory has been conducted with most satisfactory

results, and benefit to the community, for though but recently set in

motion there are  a number of hands employed, principally young

respectable girls, who from the start  and without any previous

experience entered the very fascinating and light-laboured business at

very good wages.

Freemans Journal 25 -11-1921 p 8 reports death at Listowel of Mrs
Thomas Armstrong  wife of owner of the North Kerry Sweet Factory. She
was daughter of Mr B Johnson of Rathmines , Dublin, he was also
manager of Bank of Ireland in Listowel for many years. Funeral Service
was conducted by Canon  Adderly. Chief mourners were Mr. Thomas
Armstrong(Husband) Walter (son)Mrs Dr. Crosbie (sister) Dr. Cox Dublin
(brother in law)

Kerryman of 2-2- 1924 reports that George Gleasure and Mr. J Medill of
William Street, have purchased the Mill Premises by the river off the
Square from Mr Tom Armstrong, which was used as a sweet factory called
N K M.

Examiner of 17-4-1924 page 4 reports

Promoters of Listowel Toffee Factory held meeting in the premises of
the old factory. Mr Medill presided. Present were George F Gleasure. P
Browne, J J Walsh, P Landers, E Stack, T Corridan, T F Cotter, T O
Connell, assistant clerk of the union, William Elder, H Larsson, T T
Cronin, Etc. They hoped to open the business to provide employment, a
deputation was to canvass businesses in the town to enlist support,
could open within a month or six weeks.

Kerryman, Saturday, May 09, 1925; Section: Front page, Page: 1

There are rumours in circulation latterly that an attempt is to be
made to restart the  North Kerry Sweet Factory in Listowel. It is to
be hoped that there is some truth in such reports, as the North Kerry
capital—like almost every Irish town at present—could do with a little


Do you remember this?


Obituary of Sr. Maura Carmody of Listowel


Some Winning Teams in the recent Credit Union Schools Quiz

U11 1st Dromclough National School
Leo Daly Listowel Credit Union, Aisling Leahy, Tadhg Galvin, Ashling Neville Teacher Thomas Kelly, Grace Linnane.

3rd Knockanure National School
L-r Paddy Mulvihill Listowel Credit Union, Katie Keane, Tadhg O’Connor, Rachel Horgan, Megan Large, Mrs Kiely Teacher, Betty O’Sullivan Listowel Credit Union

U11 3rd Listowel Convent Primary School
Mary Hennessy Teacher, Casey McCormack, Ellie Ava Liston, McKenzie Mulvihill, Lily Twomey, and Denis Dillane.

U11 2nd Coolard
Front L-r Stephen Cunnane, Brian Dalton, Ciarán O’Connell, Seán Mahony.
Back L-r James Kenny. Listowel Credit Union, Elizabeth Kissane Teacher, Leo Daly and Denis Dillane Listowel Credit Union


One to watch

This is Mark Hennessey from Ballybunion who came first in his competition at Feis Maitiú

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