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Tag: Friday Market

Friday Market , Spike Island and a jostle stone on William Street

Colourful seating at Christy’s, The Well


Jed  Chute with daughter, Gillian and Family

I was having a cup of coffee with my friend, Marie Moriarty when I spotted this lovely family enjoying he sunshine. Marie posed with them for my photo.


Friday Market

There were many new traders at the Friday market when I visited on July 26 2019. And there was music.


A little poem on Spike

A friend went on an excursion to Spike Island and photographed this for us.

It goes 

My dearest Kerry (I think, or maybe, Harry) I am awfully sorry

If what I write here you don’t like

But writing out rhymes is a craze of the times

With which I’m fed up here in Spike.

Any ideas who, when or why?


How Old are our Jostle Stones?

Warren Buckley has been touch. He was fascinated by these stones ever before I took an interest and he has done a bit of research.

Warren found this one in the Lawrence Collection.  It must be at least 100 years old.

Could this local one which looks in size and shape very similar, be that old?

Friday Market, Commemorative Seats, Ard Churan Concert and Revival 2019 line up

Ballybunion Sunset 2019

Photo; Jason at Ballybunion Prints Beach


Music in The Square at the Friday market


Commemorative Seats in Listowel Town Park

Donating a seat seems to have replaced planting a tree as a means of remembering a lost loved one. Here are the two new seats in the park.


Ard Churam Concert

On Thursday May 30 we were treated to a great night of music by the people behind Ard Churam fundraising.

Photo; Ger Holland, official Writers’ Week photographer

The undisputed stars on the night were the members of the Ard Churam choir and their coach, soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan. Cyril Kelly took us down memory lane and reality television star, Fr. Ray Kelly sang songs from his album. The concert was a great success and helped greatly in raising funds for the planned dementia care day centre.

Mairead Slemon and Rachel Guerin congratulate Aine Guerin on a great night’s work.

Mary and Peter  McGrath were enjoying the music.

 Vourneen Kissane and Margaret Reidy were there too.

Sr. Consolata met her old friend, Jackie McGillicuddy who was singing with the choir.


Courthouse Plaza

Courthouse Road leads to a lovely plaza area with three public buildings surrounding asome newly planted raised beds.

This is the back of Áras an Phiarsaigh.

Áras an Phiarsaigh

Listowel Courthouse

Listowel branch of Kerry Library


Revival 2019

Saturdays’ headline act, The Coronas has been confirmed. This promises to the best Revival yet. Tickets are selling out quickly .

Friday Market, Hollymount, hay and Sceilig

Listowel’s Friday Market

I took my camera to the market in The Square last Friday and here are some of the sights I captured for posterity.

Sights of summer in Listowel


Remember these?

Ah, those pre computer days in the library !


Jim Corrigan

This man never rode the Tour de France but he is still a big hero in his native Dingle.


Sisters from Hollymount Convent, Centenary Book by Sr. Bridget Moloney Sister of Charity of Jesus and Mary

I have no names for these girls. Maybe someone knows who they are. The old book is for sale in Walter Lyons, Tralee.


Hay and Tae in Bromore

fine wynnd of hay on the farm by Bromore Cliffs, Balybunion


The force is with Sceilig Mhichíl

Star Wars film crew have begun filming on this beautiful rocky island off the Kerry coast. We can all see why this other worldly location was chosen. All good for our tourist trade…

Some photos from Christmas 2012

 On Thursday Dec. 20th I met Noreen and Rosarie doing their Christmas shopping.

 Griffin’s door: perfect!

Listowel Arms’ welcoming fire

 Listowel Arms’ tree

I popped in to the Friday Market just in time to snap Anne Moloney being presented with her prize in the traders’ raffle. Presenting Anne with her hamper is Maurice Hannon. Also in the picture are Jimmy Moloney and Ella O’Sullivan.

While I was there I took a few more photos of the stalls.

 Mulled wine and reindeer food were on offer here.

This knitwear stall was being run by a camera-shy nun who told me that her (very pricey) knitwear was being sold for charity.


Below is the cover of the December issue of Munster’s newest glossy magazine.

Listowel is well featured in this publication.

This article describes the work of the new Love Listowel organization set up to promote the town.

Aoife Hannon, our very own haute couture milliner is featured.

Danny Russell gives us an account of a typical day in his busy life. 

I spotted this rose blooming on a wall in a back lane on Dec. 21.


Good news from Kerry Radio

Kerry Parents & Friends have
won the fight against Government plans to cut its funding by 5%.

The organisation joined forces
with the Federation of Voluntary Bodies in successfully campaigning for the
cutback to be reduced to point three percent (0.3%).
 According to the
association, which  works with people with an intellectual disability, and
supports their families, its funding has been cut by over €1m over the past
four years.


The fireworks display is here:

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