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Tag: Julia Galvin

Church Street Auction, Cars from the Movies and Jackie Moore

Donkeys photographed by Ita Hannon


Old Auction Poster

A little bird tells me that a local historian is compiling a book of old posters, like this one I found on Facebook. Posters, in their own way, add a valuable element to the history of Listowel. 


Your Help Needed

I posted these photos before without success. The first was taken at the door of St. Michael’s College. The last one looks like a pilgrimage. Any help with identifying these people would be appreciated.


Pop up Craft Shop

When it’s gone, it’s gone. This lovely addition to our town’s retail offering is only staying until after the June weekend so if you want an artistic craft item, pay a visit while it’s here.


Friends and Neighbours Meeting

Tony, Alice, Anna and Ella were having a chat when I met up with them in Main Street in May 2018


Iconic Vehicles in Town


Julia’s Balloon Animals

Meeting Julia is always an uplifting experience. She is someone who is incurably cheerful and positive. Here she is making her balloon animals at the History Festival 2018.


A Listowel Pipesmith

Photo; John Hannon

This is Jackie Moore photographed in his workshop in Charles Street Listowel


R.I.P. Denis Keane

I took this photo of Denis Keane with his friend, Mary O’Flaherty in 2015 when he was in town for Writers’ Week. May his gentle soul rest in peace.


Rás Tailteann leaves town May 23 2018

1988, NKRO Week of Welcomes, Behans

Pope Benedict’s resignation


Some interesting snippets unearthed by Jer.

Pope says  he has felt his vigour has diminish in him in recent months.

Feb 11th 2013; feast Our Lady of Lourdes marks the church’s annual World Day of the Sick… in the Vatican, this is Independence Day: the anniversary of the 1929 Lateran Pacts which made the Holy See a sovereign city-state, the pontiff is its ruler.

April 29, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI visited the tomb of Pope  St. Celestine V (1215-1296). In Aquila, Italy After a brief prayer, he left his pallium, on top of Celestine’s tomb! Celestine was last Pope to resign.


More from 1988

An ad. for The Listowel Arms in the same magazine


The Gathering 2013

NKRO are planning a great Week of Welcomes from August 2 to August 8 2013. TG4 is going to do a documentary programme covering the festival and following 2 people who come back to reconnect with the land of their ancestors.

If you are reading this in a far clime and are planning to come home this year, the first week in August would be a great time to make your trip.

If you are reading this and you live closer to your roots, the Week of Welcomes would be a great time to come home. If anyone is planning a mini gathering event let us know and we will be happy to welcome you to NKRO organized events.

Watch the webpage for updates


Mail car Galway 1895

Mail bike  Listowel 2013


Behan’s The Horseshoe is making a bit of an effort for Valentine’s Day


Work at the boys school is nearing completion.

This was the schoolyard on Friday.

And on Saturday, tarmac was being poured….lovely job!


Go raibh míle maith agat to  Julia Galvin…the first to update her cv from 1988

Since then I became a Biology teacher lost my mobility regained my mobility became a novelty sports afficianada/ a charity fundraiser / an elf in Lapland and for my efforts a Dame!
It’s been a great life so far….

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