This blog is a personal take on Listowel, Co. Kerry. I am writing for anyone anywhere with a Listowel connection but especially for sons and daughters of Listowel who find themselves far from home. Contact me at

Tag: diaspora

The Irish DNA atlas

Noreen O’Connell has shared this very interesting link with us

The following announcement was written by the

Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College

 of Surgeons in Ireland: This afternoon at the

Back To Our Past show at the RDS, the Genealogical

Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in

Ireland launched an important All-Ireland project to create

a collection of DNA samples from individuals of Irish origin,

 which will be used to explore human genetic variation

in the Irish population.

Over the past decade or so genealogists from around the

world have become increasingly intrigued by the

possibilities afforded through the advances in genetic

genealogy to…

Listowel Connection

This is the scene today in Listowel. Minister for Heritage, Tourism and The Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan officially launched an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia related to the work of Listowel’s famous stucco artist, Pat McAuliffe. This is appropriate for my first post on this blog because it marries the old and the new.

What I intend to do with this blog is to post news from Listowel along with some of my photos and every now and again to post some old stories, anecdotes and anything else I find interesting.

For whom am I blogging?

Mainly the Listowel diaspora but really for anyone with an interest in Listowel.

While on the subject of the diaspora I have to here plug our new community organisation, North Kerry Reaching Out. This is a local history, genealogy and tourism venture. We hope to reach out to people everywhere with any link to North Kerry. We will help people as best we can to research their family tree. We hope to set up a website with lots of local news and lore and then…. we hope to organise A Week of Welcomes when some of our new friends would come to North Kerry and we would lay on a programme of entertainment for them.

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