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Con Colbert of Athea, Taur and when Moyvane won the Con Brosnan Cup

St. John’s Theatre and Arts Centre, Listowel Square, Early Morning


Con Colbert of Athea

Captain Con Colbert was 28 at the time of his execution in 1916. He was born into a republican family on a small farm in Athea. When his mother died, Con moved to Dublin to live with his sister. He is described as being full of fun but very serious about the cause of Ireland’s freedom.

He was in love with Lucy Smith whom he described as “the nicest girl in Dublin”. During the Rising he was involved in the takeover and occupation of Jameson’s Distillery. He was sentenced to death and he was shot by firing squad on May 8 1916. (Source; Simplified History 1916 by J. O’Reilly)

Athea remembers him in a street name, community centre and numerous organisations.

This recently erected bronze bust which was unveiled during a weekend of celebration is a fitting memorial to one of Athea’s most famous sons.


Coco pop up shop

I met the lovely Sharon in  Coco, a shop that has popped up in The Square recently.


Tour Roman Catholic Church

Dotted all over the countryside are beautiful churches which soon will be locked up and unused. Not so Taur, Co Cork. This little place a few miles outside Newmarket has a beautiful church perched on a hillside. Though a small and scattered parish they still have a priest. Will he be their last?

This is the view from the church door.


A Moyvane ballad


By: Cormac O’Leary

thoughts often hover to that day in October 

When footballing history was made

 When the boys from Ardfert thought that
Moyvane they’d best

 But their hopes very quickly did fade. 

In the
town of O’Dorney, we played them 

And the tale is quite easily told,

 For when the great game it was over ‘Twas a
win for the Green and the Gold.


I pledge you Moyvane men and the deeds they have

The gallant Con Brosnan, Tom Stack on Red Rum:

Their memories we’ll cherish those good men and

And here’s to the men Of Nineteen Eighty Two.

2. I’ll start with our goalie, The great-hearted

He cleared balls, from near and afar,

 And great at
full-back was the young Ritchie Stack, 

In football he sure will go far.

On the right was the gritty Noel Sheehan, He
stemmed the on rushing tide,

And sound as the Rock of Gibraltar Mike Mulvihill
held the left side.


3. And fit as a fiddle, Johnnie Stack in the

His fetching was something to see;

Those two gallant triers With dash and with fire, 

Eamonn Fitz and the young Bobby Sheehy.

Sean Walsh had a great game at centre, 

 high in
the air he did soar,

And Hamish was never once beaten,

And two lovely points he did score.


4. Now Thomas and Eamonn on the wings they were

 They played
with great dash and great flair.

Teddy Keane like a beaver Was ever so eager,

And Donal commanded the square. On the forty, sure
Johnny was brilliant,

And shone like the bright Polar Star

 And clever
in every endeavour, Paddy slipped a few over the bar.


5. Our substitutes too, All good men and true,

 Ever ready
to answer the call

To our Chairman and Trainer, Selectors all four,
Great praise to them one and all.

Old timers like us too were happy And our glasses
we quickly filled up

And toasted the young generation, Who brought home
the Con Brosnan Cup.



A Great Month for Music in St. John’s

Be sure to check out the programme of events in St. John’s in October because it has music for all tastes. The great RTE Vanburg Quartet are coming, as is Johnny McEvoy and, if you love Irish music, Cormac Begley of the well known  West Kerry musical family is in concert with special guests on Thursday October 27 2016.

County Fair, Con Colbert and a thought for the day

Bluebells and Wild Garlic

These 2 photos were posted on Facebook by Mallow Camera Club. They were taken by a club member on their Bluebells and Wild Garlic outing recently.


Kingdom County Fair 2016

At the County Fair on Sunday I ran into Fear na Coillte, Will Fogarty who was carving a horse.

Michael Healy Rae dropped by for a chat and to admire the work.


Listowel Ladies

These three lovely Listowel ladies were on their way home from mass on Monday when I met them. Anna, Dolores and Mary were in great form, full of praise for the fine weather and only delighted to pose for me. Some people could take a leaf out of their book


Con Colbert Remembered


Just a Thought

Ignorance  (By John McCarthy R.I.P.)

There is no greater ignorance

Than educated, well informed prejudice.

Christmas Trees, The Den, John B. and friends and The Great Southern Greenway

 Some Listowel Christmas Trees

The custom of the Christmas tree is thought to have been introduced by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. It certainly was not an old Irish tradition. Irish houses traditionally were decorated with holly and ivy and paper garlands and ‘mottos”. These traditions seem to have died out. No one now streams paper garlands and I don’t know anyone who still puts a sprig of holly behind the pictures.

Here are some Listowel trees for 2015

In the window at John R.’s

Listowel Community Centre

Listowel Arms Hotel

Changes Hair and Beauty

At Craftshop na Méar

This is the best tree by a country mile… the best window dresser at Finesse Bridal Shop


Ray Darcy in The Den

photo; Irish Abroad


Memories, precious memories

Joan Relihan, John B. Keane, Elaine Keane and Maureen O’Connor

Maureen and Joan with Gay Byrne    (Photos; Ita Hannon)


Love is……

reading a story to your baby sister when you are just about able to read yourself.


Great Southern Trail

A group of local campaigners are working might and main to secure this invaluable amenity for us all.

Michael Guerin sent me the photos and a copy of this letter which was sent by the minister to Liam OMahony

Dear Liam

​I refer further to your email regarding the Great Southern Trail (GST).

As I am sure you will appreciate it was not possible for me to make reference to all greenways of merit in my interview on the “Morning Ireland” show on the 30 October last.

I am well aware of the importance of the GST and look forward to seeing this greenway extended as far as Listowel. As you will be aware Kerry County Council (KCC) submitted a proposal under the National Cycle Network funding call 2014-2016 to deliver this section of the GST, however, it was not successful in securing funding on that occasion.  I would hope that KCC will continue in their efforts to secure funding for this project under future funding calls.

With best wishes,

Minister Paschal Donohoe

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport


Con Colbert Memorial Card


Listowel Parish choir, Christmas 2015

ClickHERE for Karen Trench, Seán Ahern and the Listowel parish choir at their recent recital in St. Mary’s Listowel

Pres. Convent today and Con Colbert of Athea

Very Sad State of Decline

The convent door photographed in July 2015

The same door in summer 2006

This is how the convent and chapel look today July 23 2015


Con Colbert of Athea

“This slightly decolourised photograph of Con Colbert is included among the collection of papers of Fr. Aloysius Travers OFM Cap. which has recently been made available online at the Digital Repository of Ireland. Colbert was born on 19 October 1888. He was a founding member of the Republican youth organisation, Fianna Éireann. During the Easter Rising, he fought in the area around Jameson’s Distillery. A deeply religious man, Colbert was ministered to by the Capuchin friars of Church Street during his detention in Kilmainham Jail. He was executed on 8 May 1916.”    (photo and text : Facebook)

Con Colbert has streets named after him in Listowel and Abbeyfeale, a train station in Liomerick and a community hall in Athea.

Coincidentally  I read in Saturdays’ Irish Times an obituary to Sr. Íde Woulfe, who died in Belfast . Sr. Íde who was in her 100th year was a niece of Con Colbert. She came from a family of five children of Catherine and Richard Woulfe of Woulfe’s Pharmacy in Abbeyfeale. Her sister, Agatha, was also a nun and all three of her brothers were Holy Ghost priests.


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