Listowel Castle December 2019
Some Lovely Shopwindows
Listowel shopkeepers make a great effort with their window displays always.
Cheryl’s lovely crochet crib figures are on the NCBI window.
McKenna’s Winter Wonderland
Work at Listowel Courthouse courtyard
They look like flowerbeds in the making.
Christmas Cleaning from the Dúchas collection
The first job always seemed to be the cleaning and painting.
It is an old custom to clean up the house the week before Christmas, to white wash it and paint all the furniture. All the old people like to go to Tralee for the Christmas.
On St. Stephen’s day boys flock together and go around with the wren. They dress up in various kinds of clothes and get a dead wren and a bit of holly. They go from house to house and sing and play and dance. The people of the house give them some money and sometimes give them drink.
The old people put up holly around the windows and mantles for Christmas. On the Eve of each holiday candles are lighted through out the Christmas.
Christmas is a merry time for young and old. Five days before Christmas the people go to a town or village for their Christmas supplies.
The first sign of Christmas is the houses are whitewashed and the places cleaned. On Christmas Eve the candles
Mike O’Donnell’s own photo of himself painting the old Kerryman masthead over the door of The Kerryman building
Listowel Tree 2019
Christmas Craft Fair
I never got round to posting these last week. This was the Christmas Craft Fair in Kerry Writers’ Museum with some lovely things to buy.
The heavenly Elle Marie ODwyer is a new face at Listowel craft fairs. I love her new song, Christmas by the Lee. Have a listen.
Our local historian, Vincent Carmody was there with his chronicles of old Listowel and old Newcastlewest
Anne and Katie’s snowmen and candy canes were very popular.
Frances O’Keeffe is the best knitter and knitting designer I know. Her cupcake dolls are a new addition to her range and they’re gorgeous. I also love this Rhode Island Red hen tea cozy.
This lady had beautiful large or small Christmas arrangements.