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Tag: Ceann Sibeal

More from Art in The Square 2018 and a novel event at St. John’s

5a.m. at Ceann Sibéal, Dingle

Photo credit; John Hooton


River Feale at Listowel Bridge, July 2018

Photo: Patrick Godfrey


Ah Here!

I know the children can get on your nerves during the school holidays but…..

Seen in the NCBI window in Church Street and posted for a laugh and not as a criticism.

I know there is a limit to how many words you can put in a lightbox.


Pecha Kucha….A First for Listowel

PechaKucha (Japanese: ぺちゃくちゃ, IPA: [petɕa kɯ̥tɕa],[1] chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs).[2][3]

PechaKucha Night was devised in February 2003[4][5] by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo‘s Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa), as a way to attract people to SuperDeluxe, their experimental event space in Roppongi, and to allow young designers to meet, show their work, and exchange ideas.[6]

In 2004, a few cities in Europe began holding PKNs, the first of several hundred cities that have since launched similar events around the world.[7][8]As of May 2016, PKNs were held in over 900 cities worldwide.[9]  


On June 21 in St. John’s Listowel I attended my first Pecha Kucha night and I was very

Impressed by the format.

Stephen Stack of Listowel Chamber Alliance was the host and the various presenters,

some of whom I have pictured 

below, were  some local and some visitors. They all  grasped the concept very well.

Internationally acclaimed fashion designer, model and dog breed judge now lives in Knocknagoshel.

Film maker and sand artist based in Ballybunion

Our host

Internationally acclaimed local artist

The musical entertainment was top class as well.


Collaborative Art in The Square June 2018

This masterpiece was resting under a tree in The Square in the final stages of execution on the last day of Listowel Visual Arts Week 2018. It is the work of one man from design to finish but he kindly let us all  have  a hand in it.

Yours truly daubing a bit.

The very artistic Marion Relihan knew her onions.

Cathy Sadlier enjoyed helping out a friend.

Martin Chute persuaded the Morkan family that they couldn’t mess it up. They didn’t, but added a very valuable few brushstrokes.

Aysia O’Callaghan added a few finishing touches.

But all the hard graft, the long hours, the brilliant design, the amazing colours and overall perfection of the piece was down to one man, Jim Dunn


Molly and I watched a spot of the Pitch and Putt

Drama,Rock Concerts in Gaelic Park in 1969 an old post box in Cashel and a Deed of Blood in North Kerry

Listowel Town Square


Another Old one from a Kerry’s Eye supplement


They Rocked Gaelic Park in 1969

Talk about the summer of ’69. What a line up of concerts!

Where did I find it?

Ciarán Sheehan shared it on Facebook


William Street


Singing his Heart Out

Photo is from Belfast . The photographer is unknown.


This Edward V11 postbox is in Cashel.  Photo from Twitter


A Deed of Blood

Land has always caused trouble in Ireland and in the not very distant past dreadful deeds were done in the name of our right to land. We all know the story of John B. Keane’s The Field and nowMark Holan in his latest blog post has nosed out another gory story from our recent past. Mark writes a great Irish American blog and, because his Irish roots are in Kerry, he often writes about our neck of the woods.

Let me here apologise to any descendants of the people named. I don’t post this to malign anyone or to dig up painful family history, merely to recount historical facts and to remind ourselves of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man.

Land-related violence in
late 19th century Ireland were euphemistically known as “agrarian outrage.” …

For several years now I’ve
been exploring Ireland’s Land War period, 1879-1889. In particular, I’ve
focused on the 1888 murders of farmers James Fitzmaurice and John Foran, which
occurred within six months and just a few miles of each other in the northern
section of County Kerry, home of my Irish ancestors. Both men were condemned as
“landgrabbers” for leasing property after other farmers were evicted. In the
case of Fitzmaurice, the previous tenant was his brother.

In the 1880s, the Irish
National League (or Land League) was waging a campaign to break the grip of absentee
landlords, who controlled tens of thousands of acres. Farmers were called to
refuse paying their rents until lower rates and other rights could be
negotiated. When tenants were evicted for these or other reasons, the League
declared that the acreage should remain fallow and not be leased by other

Because Fitzmaurice and
Foran did not abide these strategies, they were condemned by League
officials and subjected to social and economic ostracism, known as boycotting.
Notices of their offenses were posted near the leased property and at local
market places. Each man received limited police protection, but both of them
fatally waved off the security.

The 68-year-old
Fitzmaurice was shot point blank by two assailants near Lixnaw, Kerry, on 31
January 1888. His daughter Nora, about 20, witnessed the murder in the “cold
grey dawn of morning,” according to a 16-page political pamphlet titled,
“A Deed of Blood,” published a few weeks after the crime.

“A Deed of Blood” was
produced by the Irish Loyal and Patriotic Union, an alliance
of Irish businessmen, landowners and academics who sought to preserve the
existing political ties with Great Britain. The group was formed in 1885 to
oppose efforts by Charles Stuart Parnell and the Irish Parliamentary Party of
to win land reform and limited domestic autonomy, called home rule.

The pamphlet quoted from
newspaper coverage of the Fitzmaurice murder, as well as original reporting.
It appeared in mid February 1888, shortly after two men were charged with
the murder, but before their trial, conviction and execution by hanging at the
end of April. For the ILPU, the crime was “yet another link … added to the
strong chain of evidence connecting the National League with the latest murder
in Kerry.”……………..Mark Holan


Did I ever think I’d live to see the day?

This is Seamus Eoinín, the oldest man living at the foot of Ceann Sibéal. Seán Mac an tSíthigh took this photo of him last week as Seamus was out enjoying the Star Wars buzz.


Annual Eucharistic Procession tomorrow 

Our Eucharistic Procession, this year, is to take place after the Vigil Mass of the Feast of Corpus Christi on Saturday next 28th May after the 6.15pm. Leaving the Church at 7.00pm. proceeding through the Square, William Street, turning left at McKenna’s Corner, through Market Street, Convent St., keeping left at the Convent Cross, past the Presentation Secondary School and turning right into the Hospital Grounds and ending outside the Árd Cúram Centre (North Kerry Day Care Centre) where Benediction will take place. There will be an opportunity to visit this beautiful Centre also after Benediction. All are welcome, refreshments will be served after in the Centre.

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