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Kennedy’s Pet Farm, The Kingdom County Fair and a few photos of town

Some Aspects of Town

Cherry tree by the river near the racecourse bridge

 Spire of St. Mary’s

 Door into The Seanchaí

2 Jack Russells in The Living History park at Listowel Military Tattoo 2016


Can you imagine a lovelier place to live?

This is Kennedy’s pet Farm and last week  I was back for my second visit of 2016 .

The puppies had grown but they were still seriously cute.

This lamb was only hours old and just finding its feet.

 The old wooden boats are still popular.

The calves are very tame and friendly.

Rabbits and guinea pigs were probably the most popular animals with my grandchildren.

It does my heart good to see the poultry roaming free.

The children went trip trapping on the “trolls’ bridge”.

 Then it was back to the animals again.

Scenes in Kennedy’s are reminiscent of a Turner painting.


Listowel Ladies doing business at The Kingdom County Fair

Dawn Thomas and another satisfied customer.


A Celebration of Listowel videographers

Weds May 11 2016 was a great Listowel night in St. John’s. We were treated to a feast of local memorabilia and wildlife.

This is Charles Nolan, Listowel’s answer to David Attenborough. The big difference is that Attenborough has a team of cameramen, editors and assistants to help him. Charlie is a one man show.

Charlie knows the River Feale like no other. He is really knowledgeable about the fish, birds, insects and animals of our local river. He has filmed them over months and has spend even more months editing the film, identifying the subjects and adding a soundtrack which is mix of birdsong and music. The result is a masterpiece and a triumph for this humble Listowel man whom we are so lucky to have in our midst.

John and Noreen Lynch

The second half of the show was devoted to the work of John Lynch, our own documentary videographer over so many years. One of the gems John has recorded is the late Joe Hickey making a boot. This skill, now almost forgotten, is preserved forever in John’s lovely film.

We also saw the Fleadh Cheoil of 1973, which was shot by John. He concentrated on the human elements and the life on the street and in the camping site.

It was a joy to watch this film in the company of Listowel people who were thrilled to recognise local people as they appeared. Unfortunately many of the these old folks are now gone from us. A huge cheer went up when Jimmy Hickey in his prime dancing in The Square appeared on screen.

All in all a great night and a very successful fundraiser for Kerry Parents and Friends.

John Pierse, who was the mastermind behind the venture, is pictured here with the musicians who did a great job in matching and recording the music. The original was filmed without sound.

The Beamish Family Memorabilia in Listowel, Kennedy’s Pet Farm and NCBI official opening

Greenfinch at Beal

photo: Ita Hannon


NCBI Official Opening

The lovely ladies in the NCBI shop on Church Street threw a party to mark their official opening.


Summer on the Way!

The days are getting finer. I enlisted some help to prepare my summer transport.


Pet farm Revisited, Sunday April 24 2016

I love visiting here so much that the Kennedys are now our friends.

 The setting is absolutely idyllic.

Mrs. Hen was brooding in the midst of it all.

Bambi feeding from Sean’s hand.

 Christmas is months away.

 This is one of the many cocks I saw. They seem to live and let live at Kennedy’s.

They had a nice young pot bellied pig.

 All of my boys loved the guinea pigs.

Cupboard love; Bambi is following Killian everywhere not because he loves him but he is watching for an opportunity to steal his food.

 Carine loves the puppies best.

 All of the animals at Kennedy’s live in harmony.

Sean tried his hands at the milking.

Posing with a rabbit

 Posing with a goat

They had an 8 week old litter of puppies on the day we visited.

It’s always hard to say good bye to Kennedy’s


Presentation Secondary School, Listowel

Photo taken on Proclamation Day and posted on Twitter


Beamish Exhibition in The Seanchaí

An event that happened at Listowel Military Tattoo 2016 was the display in The Seanchaí of the sporting and aviation memorabilia of the Beamish family of Dunmanway.

Here are just a few of the exhibits I photographed. The artefacts are on permanent display in Britain but were kindly brought by the family to Listowel for the Tattoo


Darkness into Light

Next Saturday is the morning when all of Ireland walks into the dawn of a hopeful new Ireland without the pain of suicide and self harm.

Billy Keane is doing his bit to promote the walk by persuading all of his celebrity visitors to try on the T-shirt.

Actor, Patrick Bergin

Rugby player, Jonathan Sexton

100 Tommies, School around the Corner 2014, Footprints and some lovely ladies

Doomed Youth

100 photographs of Tommies before they went over the top at the Somme are HERE

The British Independent is trying to identify them.

The title Tommy for British soldiers came about because the sample enlisting form was filled out in the name of Tommy Atkins


The School around the corner’s not quite the same


‘The school around the corner’s just the same,

The school where we were taught to use our brain,

Where is Dublin on the map?

Put your hand out for a slap,

Oh, the school around the corner’s just the same.’

In January 1964 Paddy Crosbie arrived in Abbeyfeale to record an episode of ‘The school around the corner’. Sheila Prendeville, St Ita’s Terrace performed a Skipping Rope Dance and received a prize of a school bag. She has the bag to this day and uses it to store all the important documents she has accumulated over all the years since. On Saturday night, August 30 we are going to recreate ‘ The School around the Corner’ at Fr. Casey’s GAA Clubhouse, follow it with a school sports day, enjoy a visit from the Fit Ups and finish the night with a school Hop to music by DJ Jeremiah Roche. Light refreshments served so no need to bring lunch. School uniforms optional. Reverend Mother armed with her measuring tape will be at the door checking that pinafores are a suitable length. There will be a prize for the student – male or female – with the hairiest legs, the student who brings teacher the blackest driest sod of turf, brown hairy sods will lead to a spell in the Bold Corner, the student who can recite the 12 tables and much more. Admission €10.


Well protected grave

This photograph of a grave in Ballyphehane in Cork appeared on The Apparently this measure was taken to deter bodysnatchers.


A Corner of Town Now and Then

(photo: Footprints on Facebook)

This premises was a bakery run by the Kerins family, then by John Cahill (father of Siobhan, who
played the grandmother in the original version of Sive, Maurice (R.I.P.) who was
married to Peggy Devereux, Cahirdown, and John, who played the part of
Carthalan in the play and is still hale and hearty, living in Cork with his
lovely wife Mary (JD) O Mahoney.

After the Cahills it was run by the
Beechinor family as a fruit and veg. shop.Then it was bought by John Scanlon
(Ballybunion) who ran it as a restaurant called The Spinning Wheel. Now it is
a shoeshop, Footprints. 

(Information from Vincent Carmody via the internet)


Looking Lovely

These lovely ladies are Deirdre, Aoife and Eileen Kelliher. I took the photo shortly before Aoife set off on an adventure to Dubai. I predict that she’ll be back next year as the Dubai Rose.


Michael Kelliher, Artist

If you are in town with a few minutes to spare do drop in to the Seanchaí to see Michael’s exhibition. He has some lovely copper work in the style of the late Tony O’Callaghan. Most of these are sold but they are worth viewing while you can. It  is lovely to see a talented local artist exhibiting his work in his native town.


Ruby, don’t take your love to town

Tracy is holding on tightly to the returned Ruby and pugs. Good police work by the local Gardaí and masses of support from the public saw all of the dogs happily returned to Kennedy’s Pet Farm. The birds are still missing.

 The family who run this tourist venture are absolutely thrilled to have their animals back. This is not just a business for Kennedys. Their animals all have names and personalities and are treated as part of the family. The family have all received a great lesson in how much they are loved and appreciated by all who know them and who visit the farm. We are all delighted at the happy outcome.

WW1, Kilflynn and St. Mary’s Listowel 2014

A Picture paints a thousand words

Ronan McGreevey snapped this during yesterday’s game.


One of the fallen


Rank: Private. Regiment or Service: Irish Guards. Unit: 2nd Battalion.

Age at death: 22. Date of Death: 17-March-1917. Service No: 7579.

Supplementary information: Son of Bridget Barry, of Knockanune, Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. Grave or Memorial Reference: V. H. 6. Born in Listowel, County Kerry.

Enlisted in Listowel, County Kerry. Killed in Action. Cemetery: Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery in France.


That was then; This is now


MacMahon House 



Kilflynn IRA

Kilflynn IRA

1922 Flying IRA Column

Front (L to r); Terry Brosnan, Lixnaw, John McElligott, Leam, Kilflynn, Danny O’Shea, Kilflynn, Timothy Lyons (Aero) , Garrynagore, Tim Sheehy, Lyre, Pete Sullivan, Ballyduff, Paddy Mahony, Ballyegan, Battalion O.C.

Back (L to r); Denis O’Connell, Lixnaw, Stephen Fuller, Kilflynn, William Hartnett, Mountcoal, Tim Twomey, Kilflynn.


St. Mary’s Parish Church, Listowel August 2014

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Listowel is an absolutely beautiful church with very striking mosaic work in the sanctuary and some beautiful stained glass windows. The recent work on the floor has enhanced it even further. In my opinion, our church is now a new visitor attraction and worthy of asking tourists to make a detour to visit. It is, of course, primarily a place of worship and in that regard is a peaceful and prayerful place.

This is the piece of tile work that marks the recent refurbishment of our local parish church.

Just a bit of work remaining to be done in the adoration chapel.

section of  tiling

I was thrilled to see this. Wheelchair users are welcomed with their own designated places, centralized in the congregation. Well done to whoever is responsible for this.

border by the wall
entrance to the reconciliation room
The sanctuary with new ramp

Beautiful work of integrating the new ramp

Detail on the tomb in front of the altar

beautiful old mosaic tiling
door handle
centre aisle


This is an old very poor quality picture of the men who worked on the last refurbrishment.


Words fail me!

An internet picture of Rory McIlroy with the claret jug at Old Trafford. A word in your ear, Rory …If this outfit was chosen by a stylist, sack him. If you chose it yourself, get a stylist.



This is Ruby. She is 12 years old and useless for breeding purposes. She is dearly loved by everyone in Kennedy’s Pet Farm. She and several other more valuable animals and birds were stolen from the farm on Friday night last.  Ruby may be dumped when the thieves realize that she has no sale value. If you see her, please contact the Gardaí or the heart broken family in Kennedy’s Pet Farm.

Babe Jo again and Kennedy’s Pet Farm

Remember my pictures of Babe Jo last week? They prompted Jer Kennelly to root out this from his trove of photos. It has Babe Jo on a holiday with Listowel Macra. Of course it leaves 10 more unanswered questions. Anyone know who, when, where, and why?


I have my grandchildren with me during school holiday time. We took our usual trip to the pet farm.

The two girls are animal lovers so they enjoyed feeding the deer and the lambs. As you can see, all the animals on the farm are child friendly. We met calves, pigs, chicks ducklings and many more.

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