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Tag: Chute

Young Tennis Players, Pat McAuliffe Plasterwork and Mill Lane Corner

Lower William Street, Listowel in January 2019


More tennis players from 1987

 Happy carefree days captured by Danny Gordon


Ireland of the Welcomes

“From the heart of Ireland to the Irish at heart”

This magazine, as far as I can see, is still going strong. This edition is from 1999 and was sent to me by a U.S. internet friend now gone to her just reward.

In 1999 a London based photo journalist called Liam White came to Listowel and wrote a beautiful illustrated article on the plasterwork of Pat McAuliffe. Below are photos of his photos

I’m going to quote here the final paragraph of the article.

“There is a Listowel family of painters and decorators by the name of Chute who are noted particularly for their distinctive sign writing. They are often called upon to redecorate the work of Pat McAuliffe which they do to singular effect. For generations their own original work has been appreciated well beyond the bounds of Kerry. The Chutes contribute greatly to their hometown’s reputation for vernacular shop decoration.  Once in distant Gort in Co. Galway, Bryan MacMahon was observing appreciatively as a sign writer, high on his ladder, worked with great concentration on the shop owner’s name in Irish. The artist stopped working briefly, and, smiling down at Bryan, asked “Am I as good as the Chutes of Listowel?”

The writer of the article met with Ray McAuliffe who showed him some of his great grandfather’s moulds.

We are blessed in Listowel that the families of the craftsmen, the shop owners and the wider community appreciate the unique heritage that sets Listowel apart from so many towns.


Then and Now



Catching up with family and friends in Listowel

Deserted Church St. on a sunny Sunday in April 2015

When the sun shines here everyone heads for Ballybunion.


Gurtenard House

Refurbrishment on this historic old house is well under way. When finished it will be a welcome addition to the tourist infrastructure of Lovely Listowel.


Out and About with my camera

When you live in Kerry, you look forward to times like Christmas and Easter when the family comes home and everyone gets to meet up with old friends. I had my Cork family with me for Easter. Here are a few photos.

run to Daddy
in Listowel Garden Centre

 Larking about in the Square

Margaret Broderick, Madeleine O’Sullivan, Elaine O’Sullivan and Anne Cogan in the park.
Proud Nana

Pauline, Paula, Jed, Gillian and Penny, the Chute family of Upper Church St. in the park on Easter Saturday 2015.


Puppy in Training

 Lovely photo from Ballybunion Prints

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