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Club is Family

12-11-2022: Man of the Match Football SuperStar David Clifford and his brother Paudie (captain) celebratesafter their team Fossa won the Kerry Junior Premier County Final when they defeated Listry in Killarney on Saturday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

“If he was a soccer player he would be worth €20m, but becuase he is a GAA man he is priceless.”


An Old Card

I found this in a book on my shelf.


Christmas Customs


deValera and an Unlikely Friendship

The truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. This was my first reaction on hearing this story.

After The Rising of 1916, Eamon de Valera who was one of the leaders was taken into custody after he surrendered. The soldier to whom he surrendered was a man named Hitzen. The soldier confiscated de Valera’s belongings, one of which was a pair of “field glasses’, binoculars to you and me. The soldier kept them.

“Eamon de Valera escorted to Ballsbridge Barracks after his surrender to Captain EJ Hitzen. De Valera is the figure on the far left of a group of three marching behind the flagbearer. Captain Hitzen is on the far right of the group carrying a flag under his arm (29 April 1916).”

Years later in 1938 when the Prime Minister of Britain, Neville Chamberlain, was coming to Ireland to effect the handover of the Treaty Ports, Hitzen contacted him and said he would like to return the field glasses.

The Prime Minister did just that.

Dev contacted Hitzen to thank him and a friendship developed between the two men. Such was Dev’s regard for Hitzen that he persuaded his old IRA brigade to make Hitzen and Honorary member and he got Michael O’Connor to draw up a scroll celebrating that fact.

This extraordinary story was sent to us by Stephen Rynne who tracked down the letter and the certificate. It was in The Isle of Man with a grand niece of Hitzen’s.

Truth stranger that fiction, surely.


Booking Essential

Friday December 9 2022


Jewish Community in Ireland in 1965

This is a post I am uploading for a specific purpose.

In 1965 the Jewish Community in Ireland presented President Eamon de Valera with the gift of a forest in his name in Israel. The forest is still flourishing today. To mark the handover of this gift, The Forest Committee presented the president with a “Book of Honour” in thanks for his work for peace during World War 2.

This book was beautifully illustrated and written in calligraphy by Michael O’Connor.

Stephen Rynne photographed the book, which is 31 pages of parchment in a specially commissioned box.

Since the book contains the names of all the contributors to the project it is a record of the names of probably all of the Jews in Ireland in the 1960s.

Stephen and I are bringing you here the lists of names in the book. We are doing this specifically to help anyone looking for a record of Jews in Ireland in the 1960s.

Mary Cogan and Stephen Rynne

Some Holy Things

The Presbytery, Listowel October 2022


Jerry Kennelly Remembers

Some North Kerry churches remembered by Jerry Kennelly in Shannonside Annual 1959


A Leftover from Another Age

This image of the grotto at Lourdes in a window on Church Street took me back to my childhood. This image was everywhere, in pictures and in little cards we used to have in prayerbooks. It was also very popular in memorial cards.


De Valera and a Forest in Israel

This 1965 picture shows representatives of the Irish Jewish community presenting Eamon de Valera, Uachtaráin na hEireann, with a “Book of Honour” in thanksgiving for his work for peace during the second world war. The book was illuminated and written in calligraphy by Michael O’Connor of Listowel.

On Dev’s right as you look at the picture Professor Mervyn Abrahamson, chair of the Eamon de Valera Forest Committee.

So where is this forest?

Éamon de Valera Forest (Hebrew: יער איימון דה ואלירה) is a forest in Israel, near Nazareth. It was planted in 1966 and named after American-born Irish politician and statesman Éamon de Valera.

“It has 10,000 trees planted by the Jewish community of Ireland in tribute to President Eamonn de Valera. To be known as the Eamonn de Valera Forest at Kfar Hanna near Nazareth, the project is the latest in a series of similar forests named to honor the late President John F. Kennedy, Jan Christian Smuts and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.”

The 10,000 tree forest is till flourishing today.


Greenway Mural

I met this lovely young man in the Neodata carpark.

He is Garrett Joyce and he is busy finishing his mural in time for the official opening of our Greenway.

Looking good!


Today’s English lesson


Getting Ready for Halloween

My dotey granddaughter in her pumpkin outfit is all ready for Halloween. She has no clue what is all about but she knows excitement when she sees it.


More from Opening Night LWW 2017

Rare old Photo

This photo was shared recently by The National Library of Ireland. It shows DeValera with Countess Markievitz.


Brendan Kennelly is Honoured in Listowel

Every year at Listowel Writers’ Week someone is honoured for a lifetime of achievement. This year the very popular choice for this award was Brendan Kennelly. Eileen Moylan, a local silversmith was commissioned to make the one- off piece to present to the great man on opening night. This year she made an absolutely magnificent piece, pictured below. The two sides of the piece depict symbols of two places very close to the poet’s heart, the window at Lislaughtin Abbey in his native Ballylongford, and the arch at Trinity College where he spent so many happy years teaching and living. The twin strands of his life are intertwined.

Here is Eileen, the artist with Brendan Kennelly on the night of the presentation.


More people, local, famous and otherwise at opening night 2017

Catherine Moylan, Vice Chairperson of Listowel Writers’ Week snd Aisling Wren

Singer, songwriter John Spillane makes his way to the hotel for his gig.

Out of focus picture of Hilda Doody and Mary McElligott

Great friends of the festival, Canon Declan O’Connor P.P. Listowel and Fr. Anthony Gaughan

Tony Guerin

Seamus Hosey and Mattie Lennon

Billy Keane and Roibeard Pierse

Jimmy Deenihan and Noel O’Grady

Jennifer and Mirelle Murphy

Playwright, Tony Guerin greets his old friend Fr. Antony Gaughan


Schiller in all his Summer Glory, June 7 2017

The Garden of Europe is just awakening into life these days. The heavy rains have brought up abundant vegetation. All we need now is some sunshine to enjoy it.

An Post Rás

Colorful display at Lawlees Upper William Street.


This is it, the final few photos of The Rás

 The schoolboys are lined up to watch An Rás leave town.

The peleton rides out of Listowel.

2 serving Gardaí chat to a retired colleague.

A few from Day 1

 Michael Salmon and Denis O’Mahoney

English visitors who love Listowel, Siobhán and Mark Hewitt

 Mary Hanlon and grandchildren

 Wheels pumped in readiness for the day ahead.

The team car is loaded up.

Tony and Denise came out for a look.

The Square is empty and the clean up begins.

The band on its way home.


Horse chestnut tree in bloom by the entrance to the Gaelscoil.


Arbour Hill 1924 Dev and Austim Stack


Ger Greaney got this marvellous photo of the opening of Lyreacrompane church in 1956. Its so clear. People will definitely identify people. Are you in the picture?


Jer shot this lovely video of Noel OGrady on Opening Night Writers’ Week 2013

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