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Writers’ Week, Athea, Sporting people, old Listowel photos and Cycle against Suicide in town

Listowel Writers’ Week 2015

I was in Bank of Ireland on Friday with Liz Dunn, Margaret Broderick and David Browne on an awareness raising mission for this year’s brilliant programme.

In my picture, Liz and Margaret are holding the poster for the Children’s programme. This year your baby can boogie with Jo Jordan or your older designer can make a headpiece with Aoife Hannon. If your offspring are not into dancing or millinery, they can sit and listen to fabulous authors like Shane Hegarty (Darkmouth) or Sarah Webb  who has a marvelous website Sarah Webb with tips for aspiring writers and study notes for the teacher who wants to use her books in the classroom.

And that’s only a small taste of what will be happening in Listowel Community Centre for

National Children’s Literary Festival 2015

There really is something for everyone and again this year Easons Listowel are sponsoring some of the prizes.

That’s the June weekend’s entertainment sorted for you!


Athea Revisited

On the May holiday weekend I had visitors. Visitors are always my perfect excuse to visit Athea. 

Such is Jim Dunn’s skill as an artist that I think his man and horse in the mural look as real as Tony and Mary who were  enthralled by them.

Jim’s work is progressing on the other side of The Forge. I am fascinated to see the scene come to life.

My visitors live in the Heartland of Bord na Mona so I showed them the other mural as well and they were particularly taken with the turf cutting scene.

As we walked over the bridge on our way to Fairy Mountain, we came upon this lovely man feeding the wild ducks.

Bugs proved a little elusive.

Leaving her worries behind.



These people are out and about and doing us proud. They are a great ad for a healthy lifestyle. I think this photo was taken before The Great Limerick Run. Respect!

Another troop rocking the healthy outdoor lifestyle, Finuge Freewhelers.

Listowel Tae Kwon Do start them young in this very disciplined and athletic sport.


Listowel in The Rare Ould Times

These two photos have appeared recently on Facebook posted by Knocknaheeny Hollyhill

The ladies in the top photo are identified by Noreen Brennan as Mrs Lawlee from Shrone and Mrs. Hayes from Bedford.

The lower photo is of Convent Street


Cycle against Suicide

On Sunday May 3 the cycle came through Listowel.

These girls came from Tralee to join the cycle.


Great footage from the military weekend here:

Listowel on Forces TV

May Day, Writers’ Week and Cycle Against Suicide

Lá Bealtaine traditionally marks the beginning of summer.  Herds are driven out to summer pasture. Summer, the season of growth and abundance is here. Our ancestors lit bonfires on hills to greet the season of energy and fulfillment. This year has been a dreadful one for farmers. There is no growth, and the land is bare and sodden.

Lets hope that from today we see an improvement and the beginning of a better season for us all.

My friend in Ballybunion Sea Angling took this on Saturday morning last.


Another pic to remind you of the calibre of people coming to this year’s Writers’ Week. This time it is poets Rita Anne Higgins and John Montague.


The Writers’ Week Childrens’ programme is out and it’s a cracker. Listowel is set to greet its very own answer to Thomas the Tank Engine in the form of Larry Lartigue. There is a Teddy Bears’ picnic, Baby Boogie, A Big Fat Bug Wedding, a rapper and a bookmaking workshop with The Happy Artist. These are just some of the events planned for the June Bank holiday weekend. Read the brochure here

And if you have a small person who wishes to participate, book your place fast.


On Friday last I chanced to be in Listowel Town Square around 2.30 where I met this lady.

Anne Marie was waiting patiently for her husband to come through town with 

Cycle Against Suicide

I waited and took a few snaps of the happy cyclists.

And would you believe it…..I got Bressie! He is on the far left in the 3rd photo down.

These are just a small fraction of the photos I took.  There were so many cyslists, I’m afraid I could not identify the local lads. Well done, everyone!


The Germans are coming!

Guten tag!

Dont forget to look out for these guys at the Military Tattoo next weekend.


Sinead Gleeson and Anne Enright with Console CEO, Paul Kelly pictured at the launch of Silver Threads of Hope, a fundraising book of short stories by established Irish writers. The book is available in book shops

Console’s  new centre in Tralee

National suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console has opened Ireland’s first suicide resource centre in Tralee.
The Console
Centre will provide a broad range of community-based supports, services and
resources for those affected by, or at risk of suicide.
The facility is based
at the McAuley Centre, Balloonagh, which was acquired by the charity from the
Sisters of Mercy and refurbished and redeveloped with the help of Kerry
Launching the new Console Centre, Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy says
Console plays a crucial role in supporting family members, friends and
colleagues who suffer the bereavement of a loved one through suicide.  (from Radio Kerry website)

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