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Pride of Place 2015, Ballincollig and Fleadh na Gael in Listowel in 1974

Pride of Place

On Sept 1st. 2015 the judging for this year’s Pride of Place competition took place in Listowel.

The sun shone, Listowel put on its best dress, and the place never looked so good.

The business community, the volunteer community and clubs and associations went the extra mile to show the judges a taste of what happens in Listowel and how the local people engage with their town. I think the judges left impressed and, if Listowel does not win, it will be a travesty. I took photos in The Lartigue Museum and in the Seanchaí and I’m told that the display in The Family Resource Centre was excellent and showed the town in the very best light.

The judges were a husband and wife team. They took their job very seriously. They chatted to everyone, looked and admired everything on display and seemed genuinely impressed by everything that was going on in the town.

This is the judge alighting from one of Fitzpatrick’s coaches which brought them from venue to venue.

 Jimmy Moloney and Mary Hanlon of Listowel Tidy Towns were bursting with pride in their place.

Jimmy Deenihan was on hand to welcome them to the Lartigue and to explain to them a bit about the project, its origins and how it runs today. 

Click on the link below to see the video Denis Carroll made of the event at The Lartigue.

Pride of Place 2015 by Fealegood

Tim O’Leary and Martin Griffin were ready to welcome the visitors.

 Two other visitors were watching the video prior to their trip on the train.

The Tuesday crew, driver, John MacAulliffe and guard, Junior Griffin, were on a tea break and chatting to Paddy Keane and John O’Connor.

The museum, as always. was looking in tip top shape and was of great interest to the two “ordinary” visitors who had travelled from Canada and were on a trip around the world looking at railways. They were very interested in all the doings of the railway and brought a knowledgeable eye to view the workings of the engine and the complicated changing of the rail so that the train could be turned.


Music in the Community

Music in the Community is a great initiative to bring music into the lives of as many people as possible. I attended a great free open air concert in Ballincollig Regional Park  on Sunday August 30th 2015. The sun shone. The setting was ideal and we all had a great day. A bit like a free Electric Pixnic!

 This is a section of the crowd in the Regional Park for the free concert.

My family, plus newly acquired dog, Cappi, were there in force.

The marvelously energetic Jerry Fish was the headline act.

This is the queue for a crepe! The queue for coffee was longer.


Fleadh na Gael in Listowel

A brochure from Betty Stack’s collection of Comhaltas memorabilia.

This is a flavor of the brochure for Fleadh na Gael in Listowel in 1974

Ballybunion Surf School, Fleadh na Gael and Stack’s Off Licence

 Been There, Done That, Bought the TShirt  Hoodie

In July 2015 the weather in Kerry was bitterly cold. Temperatures were below normal, it rained constantly and generally it felt like November. My grandsons, newly returned from balmy France were booked in for a week at Ballybunion Surf School. The first day got the week off to a bad start. Surfing was cancelled, due to the dangerous conditions in the sea. After that surfing went ahead every day despite the cold and wind. I’m afraid my boyeens loved the surf but found the conditions hard to tolerate. In short they were blue with the cold.

I took this photo on the Ladies’ Beach Ballybunion at 12.00 noon on July 29 2015 while the boys were in the sea.

 A picture paints a thousand words.

 Mark Mulvihill and the hardy crew at the Surf School were making the most of it.

 Above and below are some photos of the boys in the water.

 The beach was empty.

 Killian couldn’t wait to get his clothes on.

 Mark Mulvihill is doing a great job, running very enjoyable summer surf camps in fairly testing conditions.

Even the beach mission had no takers.

Killian was very proud to display his certificate and photo. He also loved the new hoodie.


Another of Betty Stack’s old cuttings

I don’t have a date for this one but it is the organizing committee of Fleadh na Gael. This Comhaltas venture differed from the All Ireland fleadhanna in that there were no competitions. There were lectures and sessions. There was also ceilidhe and a Teach na Féile each night.

The organizing committee were Michael Dowl;ing, Bernie long, Matt Mooney, Cathal Fitzgerald, Willie O’Donnell, Marie Gorman, Joan Rochford and Collette Daly

Betty Stack agreed to make mutton pies, a Listowel race week delicacy, for patrons of the Teach na Féile on the Friday Saturday and Sunday nights. According to the paper the committee reckoned that they would need 1,000 pies!

I photographed the cutting in two halves, because the quality was poor.


Key of the Door!

Stack’s off license is now part of the Number 21 chain.


Four wheels bad, two wheels good

This poor man took part in the Tour de France in the early 1900s.

Fast forward to 2015 and this promising young rider, Tom O’Connor of Duagh  has the best equipment and support behind him as he sets out on his cycling career with The Irish National Youth Cycling Academy.     (photo; Duagh Sports)

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