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St. Mary’s Listowel, Jesse tree, Travellers and Limerick at Christmas in 1972

Radio Kerry in Town last Week

The panto crew, Maria, Danny and Mary were one of the groups interviewed


Changes at Christmas


St. Mary’s in Advent 2015

The Jesse Tree is one of the oldest Christian Christmas traditions. It often appears in stain glass windows. The most famous Jesse tree window is in Chartres Cathedral which was dedicated in 1260.

Jesse was the oldest known ancestor of Jesus so the tree is a kind of family tree for Jesus. Our one in St. Mary’s Listowel is decorated with symbols from the old and new testaments.

The tablets of stone with  The Commandments

Noah’s Ark

 The angel Gabriel, I think

 Crown of Mary Queen of Heaven

The apple that brought about our downfall.

David’s harp

Joseph’s coat of many colours

The manger at Bethlehem.

Do drop in and see these and many more.


Traveller Encampment

Liam O’Hainnín posted this great old photo of travelers on their way to the races in the bad old days.


Road works off Colbert Street


Limerick at Christmas time in 1972


Neighbours and Friends

Christy and Noreen Brennan in The Square on Sunday December 6 2015

Mary Moylan and Clíona Cogan


Seeing Red!

Apologies friends. Every now and again, despite my best efforts, some text appears in red. It is black when I type it and then when the post uploads it is red. I thought the techie in the family had solved it, but alas, no. Just now it’s happening again. If anyone is  reading this who knows anything about Blogger, I’d really appreciate if you could tell me how to correct this annoying quirk.

……and the goose is getting fat

Dec 8th. was traditionally the day when country people came to town to bring home the Christmas.

In Listowel today we have a gala day planned with marching bands, mulled wine in The Square and the ceremonial switching on of the lights.

This nativity scene is in front of the main altar in St. Mary’s and

the Jesse tree is on St. Joseph’s altar.

While I was in the church with my camera, I took a photo of progress on the new shrine on the site of the confession box. The plinth is in place. Here it is

The church crib has been relocated outside the front door

The town is gearing up for a big shopping day. The town council is helping with the provision of 2 hours of free parking.

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