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Old Tralee, A handmade Christmas craft and a new Phone shop opens

Robin in Full Voice

 Photo; Chris Grayson


Old Tralee

There is a great page on Facebook

Historical Tralee and Surrounding Areas

They regularly post lovely old photos of Tralee. Here are a few recent ones.


Don’t be Alone on Christmas Day


A Christmas Craft

I posted this picture before of Rosie and her Christmas house. Since then I’ve photographed her beautiful creation in more detail for you.

What creative talent!


New Shop on William Street


Christmas in Old Ireland

From the School’s Folklore Collection

Christmas Day
Christmas comes but once a year;
When it comes it brings good cheer,
When it goes it leaves us here,
And what will we do for the rest of the year.
When Christmas morning dawns everyone is up early and goes to early Mass, and many receive Holy Communion. When people meet on their way to Mass their salutes to each other are:- “A happy Christmas to you” and the reply is – “Many happy returns”. The children are all anxiety to see what Santa Claus has brought them.
When Mass and breakfast are over the children play with their toys while the elders are busy preparing the Christmas dinner.
The chief features of an Irish Christmas dinner are – roast turkey, or goose and a plum pudding. The remainder of the day is spent in the enjoyment and peace of the home, and the family circle.
Christmas customs vary from country to country but the spirit of Christmas is the same the wide world over. It is the time of peace, and it is also the feast for the children, because it was first the feast of the Child Jesus who was born in Bethlehem nearly two thousand long years ago.

Collector Máighréad Ní Chearbhaill- Address, Ballybunnion, Co. Kerry. Teacher: Máire de Stac.


On the Beat

Time was when you never saw a Garda patrolling alone and I don’t think I’ve ever before seen a Garda on the beat around my housing estate. I welcome the development though.

Convent girls in 1954 and the Millennium Arch

Convent girls with Sr. Dympna in the early 1950s

The following is from the letter from Marie Shaw which accompanied this great photo of her class in Listowel sixty years ago.

Back Row: Eleanor Leahy, Eileen Barrett, ? McCarthy, Celia Carroll, Rose Healy-Fitzmaurice, ?Walsh, Marie Neligan (me), Doreen Stack, Nora O’Keefe, ? Enright.

Middle Row: Kathleen Fitzgerald, ? Noonan (not certain about that name)Margaret Sheehan Mary McElligott, Phyllis Horgan, Kathleen Dunworth, ? Beasley, ? O’Keefe, Maeve Moloney, ?Murphy, Dympna Hillard.

Front Row: Nora Barry, Margaret Horgan, Eileen? Lynch, Noreen Mahoney, Geraldine Reidy (an american girl visiting Listowel), Patricia Hartnett,Marie Buckley, Terry Buckley and of course Sr. Dympa

I’m wondering if there is anyone else still around who remembers this.


Does anyone recognize herself, her mother or maybe her grandmother in the photo? I’d love to know where they all are now.


garda patrolling the beach in Tramore in 1922


These are appearing on footpaths all over town.  They are covering the newly installed water meters.


My three lovely grandaughters praying at their grandad’s grave last week.


This is our Millennium Arch in all its glory in 2009. I don’t suppose it would be cost effective to rebuild it .  Another landmark gone!

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