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St. Patrick’s Day shop windows, 1920s Kerry and La Place now Coco Kids

William Street in February 2019


More St. Patrick’s Day Photos

Listowel shop window displays sometime in the 1980s photographed by Danny Gordon


A Sad and Troubled Time

In the 1920s  Kerry was a violently divided place. Here the civil war was truly a war of brothers and the War of Independence left scars that are only slowly healing today.

Last week The Irish Times published the following article.

‘Pray for me’: The last letter of an RIC officer executed by the IRA

Ronan McGreevy

The poignant last letter of former Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) officer who was executed by the IRA for being a spy has been released as part of the Brigade Activity Reports. 

James Kane, a fisheries protection officer in Co Kerry, was executed on June 16th 1921 on suspicion that he gave his former RIC colleagues details of eight IRA men who were  involved in the shooting dead of the constabulary’s divisional commander. 

Detective Inspector Tobias O’Sullivan was shot dead on January 20th, 1921 outside Listowel barracks in Co Kerry. Some time later men from the 6th Battalion, Kerry North Brigade, kidnapped Kane. They did so on instruction from IRA General Headquarters (GHQ) and interrogated him. 

After a prolonged period of interrogation he was executed on June 16th, 1921. His body was left by the side of the road with a note, “Convicted spy. Let others beware. IRA.”

Before he died Kane composed a letter to his family which is in the newly-released Brigade Activity Reports files of 1 Kerry Brigade. The letter is addressed to his children, one of whom is said to have cried out as the coffin was lowered into the ground, “Daddy, daddy”. 

It beings: “My dear children, I am condemned (to) die. I had the priest today, thank God. I give you all my blessing and pray God may protect you all. Pray for me and get some masses said for me.” 

Kane goes on to list the financial provisions he has made for the family and the money he owes to people locally. 

It is clear that his children will be left as orphans as he requests that he be buried next to his “loving wife if possible”. 

He concluded: “Don’t go to too much expense at the funeral and have no drink or public wake. I am told my body will be got near home. I got the greatest kindness from those in charge of men. 

“Good bye now and God bless you and God bless Ireland. Pray for us constantly and give my love to all my friends and neighbours and thank them for all their kindness.”


Then and Now

The Square, Listowel

Some odds and ends for a Monday

Heather at Bromore Cliffs

(photo: Bromore Cliffs)


Group of Listowel People

Has anyone any idea who, where, when or why?


Can Bake; Will Bake

This is Adi Canty from Listowel, winner of one of the National Junior Baking Competition regional finals. The competition is sponsored by Aldi and is in association with Foróige and the National Ploughing Association.The qualifiers of The National Junior Baking Competition were held through Foróige youth clubs and projects nationwide. The National Semi Finals will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of September in the Aldi Marquee at the 2015 National Ploughing Championships Ratheniska, Co. Laois. Two people will be picked from each day and they will go head to head in the final on the 24th of September


La Place

The new clothes shop in the Square has a name…La Place. 


Back to Class at Listowel Family Centre

(Photo: Listowel FRC)

Above are some of the beautiful projects made by adult students in the Craft Textile class, run by the VEC in Listowel FRC.


The countdown has begun


Solidarity on the shore

This event was organized at short notice but it still made an impact. 

Here is what Lisa Fingleton posted on Facebook to accompany the photo by Rena Blake;

‘Solidarity on the Shore’ : A candlelight vigil to send light for safe passage and a better life for all refugees. 8pm Friday 4th September. Ladies beach, Ballybunion.What a powerful evening. Thank you to the sixty people who came to show solidarity with refugees on the shore in Ballybunion tonight. Don’t forget to bring your clothes etc to Ballybunion Community Centre from 12 next Friday. Photo by Rena Blake”


Under 10 Winners

Moyvane who won the U10 football competition in Listowel yesterday, Sept 6 2015.


Winner Alright

I have been following here the fortunes of Sonny Bill, the horse owned by my brother and niece. Yesterday was his last show for this year. He won his class and was declared overall champion of the show in Bantry. What an achievement for a four year old in his first year showing.

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