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Tag: Danny O’Mahoney

NKRO, Pavilion in Ballybunion, A Young Danny O’Mahoney and Listowel Streets

This sculpture stands in Listowel Town Square. It represents the river Feale and the fort or lios which gives its name to the town. It was designed by local artist, Tony OCallaghan. Tony was a teacher in Scoil Realta na Maidine. He was a skilled artist in copper. He was also a town councillor.


NKRO Back in the Day

Local historians at one of the early meetings of NKRO

Vincent Carmody, Cara Trant, Joe Harrington, Mary Cogan, Ger Greaney and Kay O’Leary


A Long Shot

Every now and again someone who is browsing the internet finds their way to Listowel Connection. Sometimes they contact me to see if I know any more about who or what they are searching for. Sometimes I can help or I know someone who can.

But this one has me stumped. The below message was left as a comment on an old post about showbands. The commenter did not leave a name or any means of knowing who it is.

I’m printing it here in the hope that the person who posted the comment or someone who knows them will be in touch.

“I’m an old friend of the late Buddy Dalton from 1962 when he played with his Dad in Ballybunnion We were Mc Faddens Stage Show and showed there all that summer 1963 I would love to get his C.D don’t know where to look If you can help please it would mean the world to me Thank you”


Bumpers at the Pavilion in Ballybunion

I love the nun and child in the centre car. This photo will bring back happy memories for many. It was shared on a Ballyduff Facebook page.

I came across this photo of Danny O’Mahoney on the same page. He hasn’t changed a bit.


Stay 2 Metres Apart Please

Hopefully these will soon be replaced and we can draw a little nearer to one another. When the story of the pandemic, Covid 19, in Listowel is written, these photos will tell their own story.

Listowel, Old GAA Brochure and Writers Week 2015

Ireland’s most famous dolphin

photo:  Fungie Forever


Public Consultation

Last week, the Heritage section of Kerry County Council conducted a drop in consultative event in The Seanchaí . We got to tell the consultants what was good and bad about our town and we got to tell them of any opportunities we saw for improving our town for residents and tourists. I was there with my camera. Here are a few snaps I took on May 13.


Ads and images from 1960 GAA Brochure


Vincent Carmody and Jim Cogan R.I.P.

Vincent Carmody knows the history of Listowel and its people better than anyone.  This year, his morning walks during Writers’ Week promise to be the best yet. If you are in town, join Vincent and his  followers. You won’t regret it!


Date for the diary

photo; Writers’ Week

On May 31 at 12.00 in St. John’s


Poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice & musician Danny O’Mahony share a passion for the traditional music, song & poetry of their native North Kerry. Fitzmaurice and O’Mahony collaborate in this unique project to bring the audience on a journey, celebrating local masters and their legacy of poetry, music & song.


For The Young Ones

Judi Curtin will be in Listowel Community Centre on  Friday May 29th.with her Big Book  Quiz.

You don’t need too much book knowledge for this one. It’s a team effort for teams of 4 people.The atmosphere will be fun and relaxed. The prizes are super. Easons is sponsoring this event so goody bags of books etc could be on offer.

Suitable for book loving or not so book loving young people aged 9 to 12.


Coming up


Ladies Day

The hardest working lady in Listowel for the past few months has been Eilish O’Neill. She has organized a great event for Sunday May 31st. So ladies get your glad rags on. It promises to be a good one!



I posted these two photos on Wednesday to illustrate my great story about Liam Healy. I had asked Cathy for a photo of her father as a boy. She sent me these without caption, I presumed (wrongly) that the boys with Liam were his brothers. They weren’t. They were his classmates and the photo was cropped from a school photo.

Apologies to the boys, now men involved. Liam is the cute little fellow on the right and Tony Stack is next to him

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