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Class of ‘ 94 reunion, Scouts and Duagh Sports Complex and Sea Angling in Ballybunion

Past pupils of Presentation Secondary School, Listowel celebrated the 20th anniversary of their schooldays. With them in the picture is their principal, Sr. Consolata. Copies of the picture are available by contacting Aisling Griffin of the organizing committee.


Scouting in Listowel (continued)

Fr. Anthony Gaughan

     In 1945 the annual
camp was held partly in Dublin and partly in the an Óige hostel in Enniskerry.
This enabled the members to realise that their county did not have a monopoly
of Ireland’s scenic beauty. In 1946 the annual camp was at Gweedore in County
Donegal.  The jouney to camp involved a flight from Rineanna (later
Shannon Airport) to Collinstown (later Dublin Airport) and a journey on a
narrow-gauge railway from Letterkenny to Burtonport. In 1947 Kennelly took his
troop to camp at Knaresborough, near Harrogate in Yorkshire. The camp was
shared with troops from Leeds and Skipton. The English scout leaders had seen
active service in the British army and the camp was run along military lines.

     In the autumn of 1947
Kennelly was informed that it was not the policy of the CBSI to organise annual
camps outside the country. This prompted him almost a year later to affiliate
the troop with the B-P scouts and the 4th Kerry became the 1st Listowel Boy
Scouts. Thus in 1948 the summer was at Gilwell Park, London, training centre of
the B-P scouts. There members benefited from rigorous training in basic scouting
and had an opportunity to visit the major sights of London and other places
such as the nearby Epping Forest.

     For summer camp in
1949 the Listowel scouts spent some days in Paris before travelling on to
Lourdes. In Paris they were accommodated by Abbé Pierre Conan. He and a troop
of boy scouts from his parish of St Severin, near the Sorbonne, had been guests
of the Listowel scouts in 1946 and 1948. In 1950 the Listowel troop travelled
to Rome for the Holy Year celebrations. After stopovers at Aix-les-Bains and
Zurich, they arrived at a huge camp site near the church of St Paul outside the
walls of Rome. This had been prepared by the Italian Federation of Boy Scouts
for scouts arriving from all over the world. Kennelly, in a typical imaginative
gesture, at a general audience handed Pius XII a roll of Irish tweed for poor
children in Rome.

   In 1951 the troop travelled to the
7th World Scout Jamboree at ad Ischl, near Salzburg. The Listowel scouts and
some from Tuam, who travelled with them, were accommodated in the visitors’
section of the camp. The jamboree was dominated by American scouts and the US
8th Army seemed to be everywhere helping their compatriots.  The journey
through Austria, then occupied by the US, USSR, UK and France, and the sight of
trains filled with flag-waving communist youth on their way to a huge rally left one in no doubt about the tenuous nature
of the post-World-War-II peace in Europe.

   Throughout his years as a
scoutmaster, apart from showing outstanding imagination in choosing
destinations for the annual camp, Kennelly was most adept at organising
concerts and other functions to subsidise the troop’s trips abroad.


More from the Michael Kennelly archive

The following photos were taken at the jamborette in Listowel in 1948. Michael’s caption says “Mass in the Paris camp”. Scouts from all over Europe attended this event and they camped by the banks of the Feale in a field near where Kerry Group have their plant today.

Duagh Sport and Leisure Complex

(Photo:   Duagh Sports Complex)

Work is almost finished on this very impressive addition to sports mad Duagh.


Angling in Ballybunion in October 2014

(photo: Ballybunion Angling and Coastal Views)


My Basque Connection

Dont foget to check in with my little grandsons in France. Their blog is Discovering Basque

Ballybunion sunset, Confessions of a tyre kicker and Duagh Sports Complex nearing completion

Stunning Ballybunion Sunset witnessed by Mike Enright….a side benefit of fishing.


Tyre kicker; This term apparently came from the car selling trade and it is used to denote a person who comes in, wastes the salesman’s time by looking at everything, asking lots of questions and leaves without buying anything.

The term implies that the person in question never intended buying anything in the first place and was just a time waster,  so, in that sense, I was a tyre kicker by accident for I did intend buying, I just left without doing so.

What am I talking about?

Let me explain that Billy Keane took part in a RTE1 radio show last week with Derek Mooney when the subject of tyre kickers was the topic of the day. Derek had; a car salesman, an estate agent and a publican (Billy Keane) in to discuss the phenomenon. Billy was discommoded by visitors to John B.’s who come in, take photographs and ask lots of questions but buy nothing. He told us that it upsets his mother even more than it does him.

If the cap fits, as they say, so here is my new culpa.

On Thursday nights they do a marvelous theme night in Allos Bistro. Last Thursday night week the theme was Indian. The meal was delicious, the servings generous and a bottle of wine was imbibed by myself and my two dining companions.

The night was still young when we left Allos so we decided to take in the pub theatre in John B.s and to have our nightcap there.

We arrived just as the play was starting so we decided to wait until the performance was over to order our drink. The play was great. I enjoyed it immensely and took lots of photos for the blog,  but old age, early mornings, hard work and a full belly were combining to cause my friend to nod off.  I suggested that we head for home and the leaba and come to John B.s another night. Without thinking, I had become that pariah of the car, house and drink trade…a tyre kicker.

So there it is. I put my hand up to my sin. I have publicly confessed. I have made a firm purpose of amendment and if you see me in John B’s in future, I’ll have a drink in front of me.


The Play

John B. Keane’s puts on some great shows during the summer months. This one was a performance by the Athea Drama Group of John B.’s Backwater. The play explores themes close to the playwright’s heart; love, emigration, family conflicts and the small pleasures of life in a rural Irish backwater. The inexperienced actors coped well with performing in a very tight space with their audience close enough to touch them. It was a lovely intimate occasion and an honour to see his play performed in the great man’s own home just below the room in which the play was written.


That was then, this is now



The lights are on in Duagh Sports Complex

Isn’t it fabulous, a credit to all involved.


Listowel Emmetts U8 girls

photo from Listowel Emmets Ladies’ Football page


Drone view of Electric Picnic on Saturday last


Extraordinary footage here of Ireland’s strongest man, (Michael) Butty, Sugrue;

Kissing gates, Ballybunion after storm Christine and that lamp again

These two gates are situated within metres of one another between the Town Park and the lane that runs behind Bridge Road.

This is the “new” gate, modern, functional and ugly.

This is the “old” gate, charming, interesting and pleasing to the eye.

The last time I posted a picture of this gate, someone who signed themselves Whitehall Webby told us that these gates were known as “kissing gates”.

Wikipedia definition of a Kissing gate;

kissing gate is a type of gate which allows people to pass through, but not livestock.

The normal construction is a half-round, rectangular, trapezoidal or V-shaped enclosure with a hinged gate trapped between its arms. When the gate is parked at either side of the enclosure, there is no gap to pass through. However, the gate can be pushed to give access to the small enclosure, then moved in the opposite direction to close the first opening and allow exit from the enclosure to the other side. The enclosure may be made large enough to accommodate pushchairs and wheelchairs. The gate itself is usually self-closing, to the side away from the land where animals are kept. The self-closing may be by hinge geometry but sometimes by a spring or weight.

This design of gate does not usually allow bicycles to be taken through, and they must be lifted over the fence. Alternatively they (or horses) may pass instead through an adjacent conventional gate, or an additional latch may allow the kissing gate itself to open fully for this purpose.

The etymology of the name is that the gate merely “kisses” (touches) the enclosure either side, rather than needing to be securely latched.


Post storm Ballybunion

I photographed this among the debris thrown up by the storm in Ballybunion. I include it here as a symbol of better days in the seaside town. These days will come again.

Lots of flotsam and jetsam collected on the beach awaiting the clean up.


Our lamp has brought back memories to another reader. Dick Carmody send us this:

Read with interest the ‘experiences’ of pump-starting the Tilley lamps – the lamp shown was known as a ‘storm lamp’ and was used outside around the farm- and was designed in such a way to withstand wind etc and was used in confidence and without any great concern for fire-safety around cow stalls(byres) , hay-sheds etc

It used parafin ‘oil’ and had an adjustable wick and a robust glass shade protected by a wire mesh.



Duagh Sports’ Centre is ready for plastering.


IN Craftshop na Méar they are preparing for Valentine’s Day.

1966 Listowel schoolboys, Duagh Sports Complex and Irish soldiers who fell in WW1 and WW2 remembered

This is another great photo from Dan Doyle’s album. Scoil Realt na Maidine 1966.

Would it be The Country team from the town league?

Dan is second from left at the back.


Then and Now


This little corner of the world is getting a facelift these days.

Flavins is nearly done and The Harp and Lion repainting job has just started.


Remember these?


They’re making progress building their sports complex in Duagh.


This is the old girls Primary school being demolished. Denis Carroll took the photo.


Denis Carroll took this  photo in Listowel on Armistice Day. 

NKRO in conjunction with Listowel Military Festival would like to make contact with people whose relatives died in either of the two world wars, with a view to collecting their stories, photographing their memorabilia and commemorating them.–The-Irish-who-died-in-World-War-One-133702923.html?utm_campaign=opt-tweets&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_flow

Above is a link to an Irish Central article on the Irish who gave their lives to redress injustice in the world. The fallen young men included my late husband’s uncle.


Battlefield at The Somme


Above is a link to Kay Caball’s post about Kerry casualties in WW1

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