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Feale Monument, People at Pride of Place and a Listowel Graveyard

Early Autumn in Listowel


More from Pride of Place

 After The Lartigue, I headed to The Seanchaí where Cara had assembled an Arts and Cultural presentation to wow the judges

The best of North Kerry music was to be heard as Comhaltas pulled out all the stops.

The Vintage Wireless Museum was represented and a colorful display of old broadcasting and recording machines were on show.

The story of the Fleadh in Listowel was there too.

Matt Mooney and young musicians showed the way forward for North Kerry’s great musical tradition.

Jim Halpin does trojan work in preserving the memory of those who gave their lives in war. His Military History Museum is a must visit for young and old visiting Listowel. Here he is chatting to Cathy Walsh of Gurtenard House


John Paul 2 Graveyard

Listowel people look after the graves of their dead. John Paul Cemetery on the Ballybunion Rd is always ablaze with flowers and a very hard working committee keep the communal areas looking neat and cared for.

There is now a good footpath all the way so that people who want to walk to visit a family grave can do so in comfort


The Next Generation


Welcome Back

Something different for the punters at the Races…. Bingo in the Plaza on Weds and Thursday

Drop in and see the newly refurbished hall.  All in aid of a good cause…Listowel SVP.


R.I.P. Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly (second from right) will be remembered by many as Listowel Race Company Secretary. He is pictured here with McKenna’s Hardware colleagues at a Christmas Social. May he rest in peace.

Harvest Festival Races 2014 and countdown to an All Ireland Final

Harvest Festival 2014

Some photos from Wednesday September 17 2014, on the Island

 A record crowd of over 27,000 attended. The weather was balmy. Temperatures reached 23degrees as Listowel basked in its 15th. day without rain, heading for the driest September on record. The familiar breeze which whips up from the river is absent this year so conditions for the punters are ideal.

Gone are the days when a row of parked helicopters graced the area behind the carpark….only 2 on Wednesday.

These ladies were fundraising for a Ballybunion Preschool Facility.

 Eleanor and family were picking winners.

 Miriam Kiely, home for the Races, was enjoying the sunshine with her friends,e Mary Sobieralski and Joan Kennelly.

These proud grandparents were introduction their twins to their second visit to Listowel Races. Here they are taking a nap before getting down to business.

The Fitzgerald brothers studying form.


Fergus O’Connor and his wife took the day off to return to Fergus’ roots.

Dan and Maureen Hartnett enjoying the sunshine and the racing.

The Nolans came to the races to meet up with friends and enjoy the conviviality of the occasion.


Lower William St. en fete
Stab 3 cards, win a prize
Hook a Duck
Kiddy Ride
Big Wheel
Baby roller coaster
Mini Big Wheel
Another stomach churning ride


Music Bridges The Generation Gap

This lovely photograph is from Kerry Comhaltas webpage. It was taken in Listowel at an open day in The Seanchaí in September 2014.


Garda station has got a face lift


Photos from Ladies’ Day 2014 next week

Meanwhile there is the little matter of an All Ireland Final….

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