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Races, A Poem, a Postbox and Smithing in Ballylongford

In The Garden of Europe


Listowel Races, Sept`. 2021

Listowel native, Niamh Kenny won a prize for her beautiful hat. It complemented her outfit perfectly.

Wllie and Jackie Mullins in the winners enclosure.

The ever stylish Mary O’Halloran was one of the Ladies Day finalists. She did a moving interview with Celia Holman Lee. Mary loves Listowel Races and comes every year.


Talking Poetry

John Given and Jimmy Deenihan are finalising plans for the publication of John’s father, Pat Given’s, next book of poems.

Here is a poem from Pat’s last anthology. It was reproduced for Poetry Town.


Post Box on College Road, Cork

This lovely post box is on College Rd. Cork near the junction with Highfield Road.

I had occasion to be in the Bons. The paper shop in the hospital was closed. I made my way to what in my day used to be Flirty’s shop and post office. It is now a Daybreak. There I made a discovery.

Students don’t buy newspapers. I was in the shop at 8.30 a.m. and there was only a handful of papers available.


A Tinsmith at Work

At the Ballylongford Blacksmithing Fair Sept. 25 2021


Bernard Brogans Book, Outdoor milking, a Golf Photo and Tralee Community Garden

 Footballers and their Books

If there had been our usual book launch for Bernard Brogan’s book, Jimmy Deenihan would have been the man doing it.

There was a kind of mini launch anyway and Jimmy sent me two photos. The first is placing Bernard’s book among the poets and literati.

I think Bernard Brogan is more at home in the Sports biography section. I’m not really the target market for sports biography but I did read Jimmy Deenihan’s which he published to raise funds for the Lartigue restoration project. I’d highly recommend it  to even non football fans like myself. Some great stories there.

According to tales on the Late  Late Show and elsewhere, it was Jimmy who “made the match” between Bernard’s parents so he has a lot to answer for to Kerry fans. If you have any football fans on your Christmas list, Bernard’s or even Jimmy’s books would be a sound bet.


Cow Time

This photo popped up in a Facebook page called The Irish in London. She must be the quietest cow in Ireland. no halter, no spancel, no stall. Patience personified.


An Old Golf Photo

Patsy O’Sullivan gave me this photo a good while ago. I posted it a while back with a request for names.

Nicholas Leonard sought the help of his old friend and colleague, P.J. Houlihan, hurler turned golfer. P.J. with the help of a few friends came up with all the names except one.

Here they are;

Back row L to R. Mike Holly,  Tom O’Donnell, Willie Enright, Danny Lyons, Sean Sullivan, Patk. O ‘Sullivan, Brendan Stack, P J.  Houlihan, Colm O Callaghan, John  Molyneaux, Dan Sheehan. 

Front row L to R., J B O’ Shea, Michael Barrett, Patsy O Sullivan, Frank Pierce, Didgie O Connor, Jerry Brick, unknown.

Now we only need the name of the man on the far right in front and a year and occasion for the photo.


Season of Mists and Mellow fruitfulness

Tralee Community Garden 2020

Old Killorglin Postcard, Halo Health, Some Bog Pictures and a Feared Princely Visit in 1885

Photo: Tom Fitzgerald


Yarn Bombing

Marie Moriarty spotted this intriguing piece of craftwork in Listowel Town Park.


Charles Street Neighbours

Dermot Mahoney shared this photo on Facebook.

The ladies are Maggie Stack holding Edward Grimes and Kitty Mahony holding baby Dermot.


William Street Upper

Halo is open.

Work has begun on Dress to Impress.


On Church street

I met Jimmy Deenihan, Donal O’Sullivan and Charlie Nolan.


A Very Old Killorglin postcard

Judy MacMahon found this old postcard during her Covid  clearout.


2020 A Good Year for Turf

Photos; Bridget O’Connor


The Prince of wales  was Not Welcome in 1885

Shops and Signs, A Poem a Recent Snap or two and a To Let Sign

KDYS /Old Carnegie Free Library

This lovely old building is at the top of Church Street where it joins Dowd’s Road


Listowel shops and their signs during Lockdown 2020


Carroll’s is Open


At the AIB



Carroll’s Yard

The River Walk

After a long dry spell the level of water in the river is very low.

There was a funeral in progress in the church.


The Dawn above the Dark

John Fitzgerald has written a poem for those who have forgotten what a pulled pint is.

The Dawn above the Dark

Out of a gold grained silvered font the dark stream seeks the light The gargoyle bows its ugly head To flow it out of night

Into a steady downward plunge that surges up the dawn
and takes it o’er the ticking glass to let the pint take form.


Snapped in Town

Jimmy Deenihan was having a socially distant chat with a friend.


First Covid Business Casualty ?

I am so sad to see a To Let sign on one of my favourite coffee shops.

Feline Frolics, St. Michael’s in 1970, Ballybunion new toilet under construction and Rocky 103 on film

Down Came a Raven

Photo; Tom Fitzgerald


Cat Rescue in 2005

Listowel Firefighters are lucky to have  an onboard cameraman to record some of the more interesting tasks.

Here John Kelliher photographed the rescue of a cat in the Town Park in 2005. If it was your cat or if you remember the incident let us know. According to John the birds were trying to knock the cat off before the firemen got to him.

One life down. Eight to go.


Memories, Memories

Tommy O’Flaherty shared this photo on Facebook last week. I saved it and shared it on Listowel Connection. Then I got this email.

Good Morning ,

Imagine my surprise when I came across the photograph of the 1970 Class from St Michaels on your blog earlier this morning .  I cannot recall the photograph being taken nor who took it but the memories came flooding back . I am seated on the wall on the extreme right holding a camera . God only knows where the camera came from as there was none in our house . 

In those days St Michaels consisted of just the main structure and the outside shed, along the side wall at the rear , which was used for smaller classes . There was a pathway that led from the front gate to the main entrance with a patch of lawn ( bog more like ) on either side .

The main foot path  could only be used by the teachers . Students had to use the path at the left hand side and enter the school via the steps at the rear . I recall that , in a final show of defiance        ( probably on the same day as the photo ) , we all committed heresy by exiting through the main  front door and the centre path . That was a major crime  and there would have been some type of retribution. I can  recall being dispatched from class by Father Long ( then President) to educate some neanderthal  ( a new arrival in mid-term ) who had been detected walking into  the school via the centre path . Our classroom , in our final years, was on the left just inside the front door .

There are a number of luminaries in that photograph , former Minister Deenihan ( in white at the front ) , Gabriel Fitzmaurice ( squatting on the right at the front )  and a lesser known (but the brightest star then ), John O’Connell  ( An  All Ireland Colleges winning athlete , fourth from the left at the back ) . Tommy Fla represented the glamour being a drummer with the local pop band ‘The System’ before subsequently departing for a larger role on the Showband Scene . 

However I am surprised that there are some faces  that I cant identify  and some , who I do recognise , but have not met up with since 1970  . I would be obliged if , through your blog we can put names and whereabouts  to all the faces . I can set the ball rolling if you like and maybe Fla or some other reader can fill in the gaps .

It is indeed time for a socially distanced and hygienically pure  re-union .

Best Regards

Kieran Fitzgerald 

P.S.  I  am from Billeragh ( close to the  Six Crosses ) . My sister , Eileen O’Connell , lives in the former shop at the Crosses opposite the petrol station , My brother was Tom Fitzgerald , former teacher who lived in Upper Church St ,  and passed away in 2014 . You may know his wife , Marie , who is cocooned next door to the Plaza. 

(Look out for more from Kieran in the next few days)


May 18 2020

Photo; Kilcooley’s

Construction has recommenced on Ballybunion’s new public convenience.


Does anyone remember Rocky 103 -Your Station, and Mine?

Warren Buckley found this treasure when he was reviewing his old stuff during lockdown. It’s a video he and some more St. Michael’s Fifth Year students made in 1988. Eamon Carey was the young Brian Dobson doing a great job of interviewing the rising radio star, Francis Jones. Some neat camera work by Warren as well. The ads at the end are gas.

Rocky 103 interview

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