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On the Road with Barbara

Grotto in O’Connell’s Ave in August 2022


Mallow Train Station

I snapped these recently in the train station.

Here’s a random question for people who travel by train. Have you ever thought that the man who recorded the announcements in Irish sounds very like Gabriel Fitzmaurice? “Táimid ag teacht isteach i nGabhal Luimní. Seachain an bearna le bhur dtoil.”


Round Ireland Trip

Part 3 of Barbara Kissane’s coach tour

On the 7th day of this trip was the start of my 10 day tour titled, The Wild Atlantic Way Experience.    Ireland is an addictive place to visit-beautiful, stunning and with ever-changing scenery.

Slea Head Drive
Cows at Ballyconry

We stopped off at the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland-Kilbeggan.   We did a tasting! 

We drove to Athlone and the River Shannon to Galway City.   The start of viewing incredible landscapes, dramatic coastlines, villages and cities.  Full of charming people waiting to give us the warmest welcomes.



In Kildare

Bord na Móna head office in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The Listowel Connection here is that my son in law and his mother both work for Bord na Móna

Beautiful utility boxes in Kildare Town. Wouldn’t they look good in Listowel?


Won’t be long Now

Senan and Sadhbh took a minute away from the festivities at their aunt’s wedding to look out the window of The Listowel Arms at Listowel race course.


A Fact

Someone asked me where I am getting these facts from.

The source is a book called Trivia for The Toilet, a book for the bog.

Sorry you asked?

Today’s fact; When Bugs Bunny first appeared in 1935 he was called Happy Rabbit.

In case you are thinking that I should have left that “fact” book where I found it, I Googled today’s fact and here is what it says in the Looney Tunes site

Happy Rabbit is the name sometimes used for an early rabbit character from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series who evolved into the Warner Bros. cartoon studio‘s most famous character, Bugs Bunny. Created by Ben “Bugs” Hardaway in 1938, the rabbit first appeared in the short “Porky’s Hare Hunt“.

Like most of the other Looney Tunes characters, the rabbit was voiced by Mel Blanc. The name of the Bugs Bunny prototype was not used publicly until Blanc spoke of Bugs’ origins in a 1970s interview, though there is some doubt that it was ever an official name.

(So maybe not quite a fact, but near as dammit.)


Halloween Parade 2016, family on a visit and a local Book Launch

A Wintry Walk in Listowel


KDYS Halloween Parade

Great fun for the children and the adults at Listowel’s annual Halloween Parade on October 31 2016. ( photos from KDYD on Facebook


John Kelliher’s lovely study of O’Connell’s Avenue grotto


From the RTE Archive

Listowel Races 25 September 1981


Johnny Cronin School of Irish Dancing Feis

Big day for these dancers on Sunday week


Aisling, Still Straddle Levering

Another great day to be alive!


Book Launch in aid of Áras Mhuire

I haven’t seen the book yet but its a great cause so come along and support them.


Do you want to get someone something really special for Christmas?

This is a Donald Teskey study of the Kerry coast. This unique print by a world class Irish artist is part of an heirloom offering from Listowel Writers Week….The Hope Portfolio.

“A limited edition portfolio entitled HOPE, is the result of a collaboration between Stoney Road Press and Listowel Writers’ Week. Five unique texts and a limited edition print were commissioned specially for this collection.  We are delighted that the following Irish authors have graciously agreed to participate in this wonderful project:  Eavan Boland, Anne Enright, Jennifer Johnston, Brendan Kennelly and Colm Tóibín.  Accompanying these five exclusive signed works is a limited edition print by Irish artist, Donald Teskey.”

This is a once off opportunity to acquire a piece of Listowel’s Literary History. This portfolio is a treasure, a worth while legacy investment. It is sure to appreciate in value with time.

For more information click HERE

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