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Tag: Dan Kiely

Some old photos; this time with names, and a few new ones to amuse you.

Winter Robin by Timothy John MacSweeney


Elizabeth O’Carroll Chute wrote to me about this photo:

“Tim  Kennellys  father is man on left . Girl with sunglasses , Frankie Chute who lives in California . 

Next to her girl with long hair could be Kennelly . Her parents had a very busy hardware store in small square next to present shoe shop . I believe the nun is Sr Austin , one of my favourites. 

The man with the grey hair could be Mr Reagan but that’s a long shot . And that is most definitely Norella with her mum . “

The funny thing is is that the one person we were both sure of was Norella and we are both wrong, for it is not the good lady at all but her younger brother. Apologies to Norella and to Eoin.

P.S. I think the woman on the far right with glasses is the late Mrs. Kirby of Convent St.


This is what Junior Griffin wrote to me about this old photo:

“Back row;

Can’t make out the 1st side face but the 2nd is Sean O’Sullivan of Market St.;Andy Molyneaux, Listowel; Not sure of the next, then partly hidden, Bill O’Sullivan, Clounmacon, Murt Galvin, Killarney (County Board Treas;) Cormac O’Leary, Moyvane, then I feel Tadhg Prendeville, Castleisland, (County Board Treas.)

Front Row;

Dan Kiely Tarbert (possibly North Kerry Chairman at that time, Maybe 1969 or a bit later; Gerald McKenna, Ballyduff; Johnny Walsh, Ballylongford and possibly Jackie Lyne, Killarney”


The year is 1992 and it’s Christy Walshe winning the bartenders’ race. Tom Fitzgerald found the old photo. He found this next one too. It’s Joe O’Mahoney in another heat of the same race in 1992.


Turf cutting during the war

In Ireland, while war raged in Europe, turf was the main fuel and to meet the increased demand, men were recruited from all over the country and were housed in hostels and camps in Kildare. The work was very hard, living conditions were fairly spartan but there was good money to be made in a time of rationing and poverty.

This is the bill of fare for the Christmas festivities in the Turf Development Board’s hostel in Newbridge in 1945. Many of the men did not go home for Christmas as they would have worked on Dec. 24 and would be back to work again on the 27th. There were no women in the camps.

This shocking photo shows one of these men in ragged clothes cutting sod turf in his bare feet. Men were paid for the amount of turf they cut.  There was no hourly rate.

Bank of turf in Phoenix Park during WW2

(information from Bord na Mona Heartland)

Winter in Listowel and a few old photos

The Small Square is looking bare and wintry these days. Roll on Christmas and the extra street  lights we are promised for this year.


Yesterday’s hunt/mudbath in Ballyduff

Bernard O’Connell (Upper William St. and Canada) sent us this photo

Front row (L-R) Patrick J McElligott, Denis Quille, James Sugrue, Brian O’Grady

Middle Row Martin Quille, Christopher Broder, Con Brosnan, Timothy O’Sullivan

Back Row Daniel O’Grady, Miss Mary Aherne, Sean Coughlan

Bernard writes;

Denis Quille 2nd left in the front row was married to my Gran Aunt Julia O’Connell she was a sister of my Granfather Jack my Dad’s father, he was a Tailor at 31 Upper William St, my home where I grew up.”


They don’t make ’em like they used to….

Design classic! Did you have one of these? They never wore out or broke and could be passed from one child to the next.


Last week one of the old stock of North Kerry passed away. 

Jeremiah Behan R.I.P. of Lisselton was one of nature’s gentleman.

When I came to town first and was raising a young family, I used to own a chest freezer and I used to buy the meat to fill it in Behan’s of Lisselton. The twice yearly trip to Behan’s was never a chore. There was always a cup of tea and a chat in the friendly cheerful atmosphere of a family shop. Jeremiah will be missed by his family and his many friends.

Ar dheis láimh Dé go raibh a anam uasal dílís.


Two photos from The Kerryman archives

Coursing in Listowel in 1982

Dan Kiely on the platform after mass in Listowel in 1982


An idea for local people on your Christmas list

 memories of growing up in rural North Kerry in
the 1950’s by Dick Carmody will be launched on Friday, 30th Nov. at 8.00pm inClounmacon
Community Centre. Book proceeds go to support the work of Kerry Emigrant Support.


This news is from Radio Kerry:

A decision on whether to give the go ahead to a primary care centre in Listowel has been deferred. An Bord Pleanala was due to make a decision on November 20th, however the decision has now been put back to January 24th. The proposed two-storey facility on Convent Road, Listowel is to comprise a regional primary care centre, a GPs care centre, a medical suite, as well as 50 car parking spaces. Listowel Town Council granted planning permission, however that was appealed to An Bord Pleanala, who will now make a decision on January 24th.

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