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lough Derg 1955, Troy family of Church St. and Craftshop na Méar

Lough Derg Pilgrims 1955


Troy family of Church St.

I posted last week about a Fr. Charles Troy of Ballyfermot who hailed originally from Listowel.

Here below are two extacts from writing by Bryan Mac Mahon who knew the family well:

“…I digress for a moment to call attention to
the Troy family, five of whom were

prIests – three were monsignori — who achieved
eminence in many aspects of

U.S. ecclesiastical life, including army chaplaincies,
college and parochial life.

Miss Mai Quinlan of Church Street reminds
me of Fr. Jim’s appearance at the

Eucharistic Congress in 1932 in Dublin
dressed as an honorary Indian chief and

leading a troupe of full-blooded Indians!

She too recalled the five priests and Sr. Mary
Jane, together with their father,

John and his wife, Bessie, nee McKenna, holding
a musical evening in their home

with Thomas Purcell at the keyboard.

The Purcells later lived in Charles St.

The best known member of the Troy family on
this side of the Atlantic was ex-kerry

player Father Charlie Troy, Ballyfermot,
whom I saw trying to make

peace in Listowel during a Civil War battle
for possession of the town.

As a postscript, I am reminded that John Troy’s
wife, Bessie has come down to us as a marvellous personality — she impishly
interrupted the musical evening by encouraging an itinerant barrel-organ

player to render rauccus tunes outside the
window. The evening ended in

uproarious laughter.’

and this introduction to a songbook

“A feature of the publication is the dedication
which accompanies each of

thc songs and which provides a sociological
or historical dimension for

the publication. “O’ Donnell Abu!”, which
he describes as “War Song 1597”

(National Anthem) Poetry by M.J. McCann,
Arr. by Thos. J. Purcell, Op 59”,

is dedicated to the soldier and jurist, the
Hon. Marcus Kavanagh, Chicago,

Fears to Speak of Ninety Eight” is dedicated “to my friend Wm. J. O’Neill,


and “The Boys of Wexford” to “M.D.
Hennessy, Chicago, Ill”. This last named dedication should have been exchanged
with the dedication of “The Patcheen Finn” which he offered to Rev.

Thomas F. Troy of Listowel and Chicago. for
the professor and family were very friendly

with Fr, Tom Troy in Chicago, where he served
for a while in St, Colmcilles.

Incredible as it may seem, Father Troy, who
comes from a brilliant family who

lived a few doors from me here in Church
Street, Listowel, was descended,

as also are the McKennas of Listowel, from
Thos. McKenna from Monaghan,

and “brave United Irishman” of the ’98 song
“The Boys of Wexford”, who

married Jane Foulkes, “the captain’s
daughter, the captain of the Yeos”, both

of whom, if local lore is to be believed, made
their way to Kerry after the

disaster of Vinegar Hill and who now lie buried
in the Hegarty grave at Kilsynan

The Troy family  lived second-next door to us at number 22 Church
Street (now O’Halloran’s).


Some of the lovely gift ideas in Craftshop na Méar, Listowel


Charles Street

This recently refurbished corner of Charles St. is looking really well now.


Very happy talented young man

(Photo from his mammy’s Facebook page)

The very talented step dancer, Seán Slemon of Moyvane is once again All Ireland Champion. Well done, Seán!    Well deserved!

Michael Kennelly in The Alps, Fr. Charles Troy and some names from 1955

As it is now; As it was then


From Michael Kennelly’s Scrapbook

Michael describes the dwelling in this picture a his digs.

On this holiday in The Alps it would appear that Michael was a kind of one man tourism ambassador. He distributed An Tostal literature everywhere he went and he organized for a troop of scouts to visit Listowel.

An Tóstal (Irish pronunciation: [ən̪ˠ ˈt̪ˠoːst̪ˠal̪ˠ], meaning “The Pageant“) was the name for a series of festivals held in Ireland in the 20th Century. Inaugurated in 1953 as a celebration of Irish life, it continued on until 1958 when it died out in most centres except Drumshanbo.

The original purpose of the festival was a celebration of Irish culture, with an emphasis upon drawing tourists into the country during the Easter off-season. It was marked by a series of regional parades, arts and sporting events. Many towns began a clean-up plan, thus starting off the National Tidy Town Awards, which is running still in Ireland. In 1953, a set of commemorative stamps designed by Limerick artist Fergus O’Ryan, were issued by the Irish Post Office.

Chess Competitions were held as part of An Tóstal by the Irish Chess Union from 1954 to 1957.[1]

Drumshanbo in County Leitrim have the distinction of being the only place that An Tóstal has continued to run every year since 1953.  (Source; Wikipaedia)


Fr. Troy of Listowel

Capuchin Annuals of early 1930s had articles by Fr M C Troy, MA, CC of St Michan’s, Halston Street, Dublin. Fr. Troy was born in Listowel.

Monsignor Charles Troy K.C.H.S. Parish priest, ordained 1921, he was the last surviving of five priests in his family. He also had a sister a nun in the Mercy Order in Illinois. In his obituary in Sunday Independent of November 12th 1972 it is stated that  he played with Athea alongside Fr. Mullane and Fr. Leahy and in 1919 they won the West Limerick title. Charles Troy helped Kerry to the final, but did not get an All Ireland  medal, because he entered the seminary before the final. He played with Con Brosnan.

Ballyfermot GAA Club De La Salle, organised in 1953 as Ballyfermot Gaels. They trained and played junior fixtures at the facilities located behind the De La Salle Primary Schools on Ballyfermot Road. The club plays in the Kerry colours as a tribute to the first parish priest, Kerryman Charles Canon Troy who sponsored the club.

Ballyfermot Gaels hurling tem togged out in green and gold.

In  1962 Canon Troy presented the cup for the best Ballyfermot graden.

De la Salle schoolboys with Canon Troy


Eurovision winners

RTE has announced that, this year, they will go back to the old format. Anyone can submit a song. The recent format of selecting mentors and allowing them to choose a song and a singer clearly has not worked. It also fueled accusations of cliquishness in RTE with the same names and  the same faces appearing year after year.


Scout Reunion names

Trish Tatten recognised her late dad and John Cahill did his best to remember some memory.

John Cahill’s best guess:

 BACK ROW:  Nial Stack, Dermot Tattan, Michael Kennelly,,  ? White   -?.Johnny Fitzmaurice?

Front Row.  John Cahill,  Donie Hartnett,  Dan Guerin, William (Curly) Keane Stack, Justin Stack, Dick Flaherty. 

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