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Adi Roche in Changes and Betty Stack honoured by Comhaltas

In Changes last week

Adi Roche, her sister Helen, Mary SugrueMargarita MorozovaJesse Barry & Danny Russell in Changes to prepare for The Rose Ball


Betty Stack honoured for her work with Comhaltas


From Abbeyfeale to Sudan

“Welcome to Solo in South Sudan. My name is Helena Quinn from Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick living in London. 

Earlier this year, I sent an email that would change my life forever. I embarked on the journey of a lifetime to Narus in South Sudan to live with Fr. Tim Galvin and Fr. John Joe Garvey and to get a taste of missionary life.

I was the maths teacher in St. Bakhita Girls primary school and on my second day was promoted to the lofty position of Headmistress of the Standard 8 candidate class.

I fell in love with South Sudan and every minute spent elsewhere will be just one minute closer to my return. 

This is my record of my life and experience in South Sudan. It is my way of sharing but also my way of remembering. “

Helena Quinn is back in Sudan. You can read all about her latest trip HERE


In Craftshop na Méar

Liam Dillon and Helen Moylan


At The Old Ground, Ennis


Brother Denis Aherne

( Photo and text : The Irish Catholic)

Congratulations to Bro. Denis Aherne, OFM (centre standing) pictured following his first profession at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate Friary in Burlington, Wisconsin where he went to do his novitiate having completed his postulancy in the Franciscan Friary, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Halloween at Changes, Listowel Scouts in the 40’s and Protest March against Irish Water

Halloween at Changes

Danny and the gang in Changes at 97 Church St. Listowel love any opportunity to dress up and to decorate their lovely premises. Here is their Halloween look for 2014 from their Facebook page.


Rainbow over Ballybunion in November 2014

Another great photo from Ballybunion Angling and Coastal Views


Listowel scouts in the 1940s

 in Killarney

Listowel boys in the 1940s saw Ireland and Europe with the boy scouts. They were the first troupe to fly to a jamboree. They made friends all over the continent. Many of those friendships lasted a lifetime.


An old one!

I don’t know when, where or how but it’s from a site called Historical Tralee and surrounding areas


Listowel Protest March Against Uisce Eireann on  Nov. 1 2014

photo; Namir Karim


Another great North Kerry chef

(Photo and text from The Limerick Leader, Nov. 1 2014)

A County Limerick-based chef is in the last five of the prestigious Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition.

John Fitzmaurice who works as a sous-chef in the Mustard Seed restaurant in Ballingarry was selected from among hundreds of entrants for the final of the competition. At that event, he will have to cook for some of the leading chefs in Ireland, with the winning dish to be judged by renowned British chef Phil Howard of two-Michelin-starred The Square in London (and co-proprietor of the Ledbury and Kitchen W8).

“It is brilliant to be involved. You are actually learning during it as well, which is very important,” said John, a native of Moyvane and son of the poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice.

He has been working in the Ballingarry restaurant for three years.

Just to get to the final, John had to go through a number of stages. These included a social media element, for which John used his Twitter account, @mustardseedfood, to showcase some of the mouth-watering dishes he has prepared.

The second stage involved submitting a proposal for a dish which he would prepare for the competition. This was followed by an interview at which he outlined his experiences and his vision as a chef.

“There are 500 or 600 people who enter the competition every year so it is great to get into the final five,” John said.

“I am the only chef from the West coast in the final,” he added.

For the final stage of the competition, which takes place in four weeks, John will have to prepare his dish live in front of a panel of judges and serve it up to a group of culinary experts.

The judges will be looking for evidence of creativity, skill and superb cooking talent, with passion for Irish food and local and seasonal sourcing at its heart. This year’s theme is ‘No Chef is an Island’ with an emphasis on fun, interaction and sharing; shared food, shared experiences, shared ideas.

The winner of the competition will win an all-expenses paid stage at the Square in Spring 2015.

Christmas preparations and Craftshop na Méar and Tar Abhaile

Photos from Changes at Nine Seven , Christmas 2013


Craftshop na Méar

Mairead Sharry is spinning by the range in Craftshop na Méar at No. 53 Church St. Listowel. Namir Karim of Scribes is opening a craft shop just in time for Christmas. Knitwits will be selling their wares there and spinning demonstrations, knitting classes etc are planned.

Our first job was to make a St. Bridget’s Cross to pray a blessing on the venture

Kniwits joined in a good old sing song around the wheel and by the range;

The shop will be officially opened on Dec. 10 2013.


Do you liked the new sign?

Its not finished yet. I’ll bering you the fully finished sign soon.


It’s that time of year again.


These two are in rehearsals for this year’s panto. Alladin will go on stage in early January 2014.


Date in the diary yet?

Mary Cogan, Kay Caball and Evelyn O’Rourke

Sunday next Dec 1 Tg4 9.30 Tar Abhaile from North Kerry. People outside of Ireland can watch it in a live stream from TG4.

This is the press release from TG4:

“Don’t forget , TG4 , This Sunday Night 9.30 P.M. A night of Genealogy with North Kerry Reaching Out. This week’s programme of the “Tar Abhaile ” series comes from Listowel and other locations around North Kerry and West Limerick.

The first descendant who features this weekend is Julie Evans, a teacher from Sydney Australia who discovers the mystery behind how her grandmother’s grandmother ended up leaving Listowel Workhouse in 1849 and on a ship to Australia as a 16-year old girl as part of the Famine Orphan Girl Scheme. 

The second is Angie Mihalicz, a retired teacher from Beauval, Saskatchewan, Northern Canada who comes back to discover what she can about her grandfather’s father, Peter McGrath and his mother Ellen, who emigrated to Canada at the height of The Famine and after a long search finally gets to stand on the land of her ancestors.
Join us live on TG4 at 9.30 P.M Sunday , Listowel time
Monday 8.30 A.M. Sydney time
Sunday 3.30 P.M. Beauval Canada time.
Watch it live anywhere in the world at or Just go to www.tg4.ieand click on the Tar Abhaile (Come Home) logo when it appears in the ‘Check it Out’ box and it will bring you directly onto the series link on the player.
It is available to view live and for a further 35 days after airing.”


Lovely photo from Friday night. Bernard Brogan and his parents watch the fireworks in The Square, Listowel.

( More beautiful shots from a better photographer than me to come in the next few days)

Shop Closures, April Horse fair and Danny Russell

All of these following are no longer trading:

A frightening sign of the times.


More from Thursday’s horse fair


This is Danny Russell at work in his very popular hair salon, Changes in Upper Church St. Listowel.

Danny has shaved his head in order to raise money for Kerry Cancer Support Services whose bus service to Cork is under threat for lack of funding.

I asked the obvious question: Since Danny is an expert on wigs and other hair loss solutions, why is he not wearing a top -of -the -range hairpiece to cover his shorn head.

His answer highlighted Danny’s essential good nature. He felt that it would have detracted from his gesture to use the head shave to promote his business. Fair play to you, Danny.

Whose hair was Danny styling when I met him?

None other than Miriam Kiely, formerly of this parish who has met a whole new branch of her family since an initial request to Listowel connection for information about Listowel Kielys. I was delighted to hear it.

Odds and ends from Christmastime 2012

I hope to resume normal blogging on Monday, after my Christmas holidays.  Today I’m giving you a few photos that I took during the 12 days of the peaceful season.

This is Tia. She was at work meeting and greeting the customers in Changes on Christmas Eve.

I met Listowel’s golden couple, Tadhg and Nicole Kennelly, home for the holidays and looking forward to the launch of The Gathering on New Year’s Eve.

Christmas for me was  a family time. Here, my grandson, Killian, performs a magic trick for his family. Happy, innocent days!

Lots of fun and games.

We visited the live crib in Duagh. It has a real donkey, 2 sheep called iPad and iPod, a goat, 2 hens and a cock and it’s all housed in a real stable. I recommend you visit before it is all dismantled after the weekend.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan posed for a photo with the Knitwits ladies in Scribes.

I enjoyed the fireworks display in The Square.

Seán McKenna and Clíona Cogan in The Square.

 The folk group in fancy dress enlivened a wet and gloomy day in town.

Mary Moylan and Evonne MacGillicuddy get us into the party mood.

Helen Moylan and Paddy McGillicuddy. Will you look at the state of him in those tights!

Tina Enright.


The story of last Sunday’s drawn North Kerry Final in photos on Eabhnait Scanlon’s page.

 The replay is on Sunday in Listowel. It promises to be a cracker! 

May the better team win!


Minutes of December Town Council meeting:

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