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Pres. Listowel remembered, Listowel lady wins beat dressed Competition and Katie Taylor in Listowel

Summertime is Fungi time

photo;Fungie Forever


Some Pres. Old Girls

Kay Caball and Maura Grimes met up at the recent Active Over 50s show in Killarney. They had lots of old memories to share about their time in Pres. Listowel.

Kay and I have embarked on a project to collect memories of Presentation Convent and Schools in Listowel. We are looking for photographs and stories from old girls or anyone else who remembers the Pres. presence.

Jean Kiely O’Leary is organizing a reunion of her classmates from 1965 for June 27th in The Listowel Arms. She is anxious to make contact with as many of her old class as she can. If you do not have Jean’s contact details you can email me and I’ll put you in touch. Below are two photographs Jean sent me to help jog your memories.


Listowel Fashion Success

In the blue and silver is Maria Stack of Listowel winning the Best Dressed Lady prize at Curaheen recently. Maria made her own hat and the hat worn by her friend, Anne, on the far right. Anne came 3rd.


Invitation For You

And Another


Jack and Yolanda are getting married

Jack from Ballyheigue and Yolanda from Niarobi are tying the knot in September 2015. Jack is on a steep learning curve informing himself about Kenyan marriage customs. Below is a link to his hilarious blog post about choosing a bride in Kenya;

choosing the wrong girl


Scoil Realt na Maidine Communion

Photo from Scoil Realt na Maidine on Facebook


Fight Night

Big crowd in the Community Centre for Kate Taylor on Saturday May 16 2015

Katie was generous to the fans. She took time to sign lots of autographs

Well done, Trojan Boxing Club

Veterans’ Parade, Listowel Pitch and Putt, 2007 telethon and crafts and baking at The Kingdom County Fair 2015

Veterans Parade at Listowel Military Tattoo 2015

The leading flag party

 The drums of the Killorglin Pipe Band

Michael Guerin


Band of The Ambulance Service

The excellent M.C. for the ceremony was Damien Stack.

Wreath Laying

A line of wreaths, a moving tribute.

The buzz of the helicopter was heard. Everyone looked up and cheered as the Irish Coast Guard chopper flew round the square, a symbol of modern day heroes who guard our waters.


Listowel Pitch and Putt

The course looks absolutely world class these days.  Take a bow Listowel Pitch and Putt Club


Telethon in Pres 2007

A no uniform telethon fundraiser in Pres. Listowel . Were you there?


Kingdom County Fair 2015

Unless the organizers do something drastic to revive interest in the baking and craft classes at next year’s show, I think it is time to abandon these classes. While there was some lovely work on display, in many classes there was only one or two entrants. To enter was to win even though the product was well short of show standard.


Boxing Star in Town this weekend

Birthday celebrations at Craftshop na Méar, The River Feale and some Christmas lights

Katie Taylor…Superstar

5 times World Champion…a record unlikely to be beaten


Birthday Celebrations in Craftshop na Méar

The crafters and friends had a great party on November 22. The shop was packed and everybody was having a good time.

Sean Lyons, chairman of Listowel Writers’ Week, came to give the venture his blessing. He is pictured with Bernie Carmody.

The very talented Amy O’Sullivan played the accordion and flute.

 A section of the audience listening to Liz Dunne read a Christmas poem.

Clodagh Murphy learned 6 new tunes especially for her performance. She was just one of the many  people showcasing their talents in the lovely space that is Craftshop na Méar.

Anne and Carmel met up for the first time in a while.

Abraham posed for me with his friends, Mary and Patricia.

Namir and one of the very talented crafters, Eibhlín Gleeson of Tigh Polly.

The crafters cooked the goodies and Namir made the mulled wine and provided the birthday cake. It all went down a treat with shoppers and visitors.

All in all, a great day. Happy birthday, Craftshop na Méar. Here’s to many more birthdays!


The Feale

My Silver River Feale, November 2014


The Christmas lights in Main Street


The intricate lacework of the humble spider, a naturally super crafter

My garden on a November morning in 2014


Last photo of Laurel and Hardy; 1956.  Photo from Historical pictures on Twitter


Rory in Oz

(Photo: Rory McIlroy on Twitter)

Rory looks happy to be back in Australia to defend his Australian Open Championship


Yesterday’s Photo Captioned

The occasion I think was a presentation to Archdeacon Wallace by Michael O Neill, who was representing the Urban Council, also Mons.Sheahan P.P. Listowel, Mrs Wallace, Patsy O Sullivan and Bryan McMahon.  Thanks, Vincent.


Victoria Day and A Jobless Generation

Today is Victoria Day, i.e. the Monday before May 24th. May 24th. was Queen Victoria’s birthday and this day was celebrated as Empire Day during her long reign from 1837 to 1901. It is still celebrated in Canada. In 1952 Victoria Day was declared a statutory holiday in Canada to be celebrated on the Monday before May 24th.


 3 Good Reasons to be proud

On Friday, Listowel Town Council held a civic reception to honour Dr. Patricia Sheahan, for her work in cancer care. Patricia, originally from The Square, Listowel, heads up the palliative care team at Kerry General Hospital. Everyone who has encountered Patricia and her team at a very hard time in their lives sings her praises. Well done to Listowel Town Council for recognizing Patricia’s invaluable work.

Congratulations to Jonathan Sexton on Leinster’s great victory on Saturday. He has given Listowel another reason to be proud.

Malachy Browne took this great picture of Katie Taylor and her dad. No Listowel Connection that I know of but a reason for the whole country to be proud!


This poster was issued by the Ministry of Information in Britain in 1939 at the beginning of the war. The intention was to boost morale. For some reason only a few of the posters were distributed. I suspect that the bossy tone of the exhortation might not have had the intended effect.

Anyway, it was thought that only a few of the original posters survived, until in 2012 a lady turned up at a filming of The Antiques Roadshow with 20 of them.

The posters caught the imagination and spawned many pastiches. I like this one.

This leads me to something in Saturday’s paper that made me angry. The article was entitled The Jobless Generation. This paragraph is so so sad.

many young people, qualifications, degrees and experience count for little in a
distressed economy. About 30 per cent, or 80,000, are out of work; the rate is
twice that of the general population. Our youth-unemployment rate isn’t the
highest in Europe – that distinction belongs to Greece and Spain, where just
over half of young people are jobless – but it is right up there among the five
worst-performing countries in the EU.

extent of the problem is likely to be masked by the number emigrating for work
or choosing to stay in further education. In fact, in recent months, the number
of young people out of work has fallen slightly; a stagnant economy means there
are nowhere near enough jobs to absorb the wave of young people entering the
workforce each year.

many the experience of job-hunting is simply one of repeated rejection. What’s
worse is that research shows that those out of work during their 20s are more
likely to be permanently scarred, with lower earnings and worse health later in
life. It’s little wonder, then, that most policymakers see the issue as little
short of a social emergency.

“If you have a
growing number of people left behind, there is a cost to society,” says Anne
Sonnet, senior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development. “You run the risk of a jobless generation disconnected from

But there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. If you are one of the 30% of our young people who has no job, read on…

It’s not what you know, it’s who
you know’….The Irish initiative looking to use the power of the Diaspora to
bring business back home…

BY ADMIN MAY 15, 2012

Just two days ago, the Irish Sun newspaper reported that
currently an average, 200 people emigrate from Ireland every day!  “More
than 40,000 emigrated last year — a figure not seen since the Great Famine in
the 1840s”…. the report then goes on to highlight.

With unemployment currently sitting at around 14% of the working population,
the figures are a shocking reflection of the demise of the Celtic Tiger and the
continued fallout of the Euro and Global financial crisis and recession.

There is a history of Irish emigration, throughout the last few
centuries, and a warm Irish welcome can be found in all parts of the Globe (and
in a few Irish bars too!). However, one initiative currently being launched in
Ireland is
ConnectIreland, a crowdsourcing
inspired project, that is looking to use the strength of the Irish diaspora to
attract new business and business opportunities back to Irish
soil…TheEmployable contacted Connect Ireland to find out more and get the low
down on this innovative approach…

us all about ConnectIreland? What is it, how does it work, and what are you
looking to achieve?

ConnectIreland is a crowdsourcing inspired initiative asking
individuals to use their contacts, family, friends and business connections, to
identify and make introductions between ConnectIreland and overseas companies
who are considering international expansion. Any individual who introduces a
company that subsequently invests in Ireland and creates new jobs will receive
a minimum reward of €1,500 per job, up to a maximum of 100 jobs, from the
Irish Government.

ConnectIreland has been appointed by IDA Ireland, the agency
responsible for attracting foreign direct investment to Ireland, to deliver the
Succeed in Ireland initiative as part of the Irish Government’s Jobs Action
plan for 2012 and aims to create a minimum of 5,000 jobs over five years.

stand out good news stories so far?

We have received interest from all over the world including the
US, Canada, India, China, Brazil and other countries. Since our launch date on
March 8th, as a result of introductions made by people in Ireland and overseas,
ConnectIreland has built an impressive pipeline of potential projects including
a number of final stage negotiations with companies planning on investing in

is another excellent Irish employment initiative, do you think the financial
crisis has unleashed an innovative spirit in the Irish people?

Irish people have always been known for their innate
entrepreneurial drive. Business people everywhere are dealing with reduced
demand for products and services, tighter regulations and restricted access to
finance. These factors have combined to make some more cautious while others
are trying new ideas to get ahead. More Irish SMEs than before are now looking
to export markets to grow their businesses and also strategic partners to tap
into new markets. These activities will serve to strengthen businesses across
Ireland and ultimately lead to a more robust economy.

this sense too, do you think Ireland is leading the way within Europe, in innovative
attempts to create new jobs

Ireland has one of the world’s largest Diaspora communities with
an estimated 70 million people claiming Irish ancestry. Harnessing this great
asset in a systematic way via ConnectIreland is a very innovative way to drive
jobs. Ireland is the first country in the world to offer an incentivised
referral system to boost efforts to attract foreign direct investment.

can someone do, right now, to help this scheme succeed?

Visit and
register your support. Tell your family, friends, business contacts about
ConnectIreland and think about who else who you know that can help put us in
touch with a company that is expanding internationally. ConnectIreland is on
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

TheEmployable welcomes this innovative project to try and drive
employment and jobs. Ireland is currently coming up with some really creative
approaches, to try and combat the Euro crisis and recession, and ConnectIreland
is another scheme that hopefully will work. We support this scheme and let’s
hope that this type of innovation can be replicated elsewhere!


Something funny to lighten the mood.


John Henry Donovan took the photo and he captioned it “Only in Cork”


Beauty’s home, Heaven’s reflex; this absolutely beautiful picture of Ross Castle is from the Discover Kerry website. The photographer is not credited but it looks like the work of Valerie O’Sullivan.

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