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Ballybunion and Listowel

Ballybunion at Christmas 2021


Neighbours and Friends

Cyril Kelly sent the photo to Eamonn Dillon and Eamonn sent it to me. It’s a picture of Church Street neighbours and shopkeepers, Liam Dillon (Eamonn’s father) and Mai Naylor (Cyril’s mother).


Sign of the Times

Lynch’s Coffee Shop is now reopened


New Business on Leahy’s Corner


A Poem of Hope for an End to This

Covid Sonnet

John McGrath (published in John’s anthology, After Closing)

The world has pinned us with a warning glance,

the kind our mothers gave us long ago,

the look that was designed to let us know

that this might be our last and final chance.

So grounded, we can only hope and pray 

as, day by day, we inch away from fear

and tiptoe towards a future far from clear

our wounded planet showing us the way,

that voices raised in ignorance and greed

may yet be drowned by kindnesses and care,

together we may rise above despair,

united we will find the strength we need

as, all for one, we reach beyond the pain

and dare to dream tomorrow once again.


The Holy Season closes in St. Mary’s, Listowel


Memories of the Movies

News that the cinema has closed brought up some cinema memories for blog followers.

So sad to see the Astor closing . It was a huge part of growing up for me . Introduced us to a fantasy world where we believe we were Cowboys / Indians ie The Durango Kid, Johnny McBrown , The Lone Ranger or Tonto, Elvis movies always guaranteed a full house . I remember a Chubby Checker Movie where every one was on their feet doing the Twist. Peter Cushing , Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff scaring us to death. What a great time it was. Noel Roche

I accompanied my grandmother to the matinee every Sunday. It was her outing. But for me on Monday at school the question was who went to the cinema yesterday. I had to stand up then my hands were put on the desk palm side down and I got wacked with the bamboo across my knuckles. That was my punishment for watching Hoppalong Cassidy with my gran. Not good memories. Maria Sham

So sad I remember in my day it was a great meeting place and we did not have much else going on in Listowel at night. It is definitely a sign of the times. Frankie Chute Phillips


Adi Roche in Changes and Betty Stack honoured by Comhaltas

In Changes last week

Adi Roche, her sister Helen, Mary SugrueMargarita MorozovaJesse Barry & Danny Russell in Changes to prepare for The Rose Ball


Betty Stack honoured for her work with Comhaltas


From Abbeyfeale to Sudan

“Welcome to Solo in South Sudan. My name is Helena Quinn from Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick living in London. 

Earlier this year, I sent an email that would change my life forever. I embarked on the journey of a lifetime to Narus in South Sudan to live with Fr. Tim Galvin and Fr. John Joe Garvey and to get a taste of missionary life.

I was the maths teacher in St. Bakhita Girls primary school and on my second day was promoted to the lofty position of Headmistress of the Standard 8 candidate class.

I fell in love with South Sudan and every minute spent elsewhere will be just one minute closer to my return. 

This is my record of my life and experience in South Sudan. It is my way of sharing but also my way of remembering. “

Helena Quinn is back in Sudan. You can read all about her latest trip HERE


In Craftshop na Méar

Liam Dillon and Helen Moylan


At The Old Ground, Ennis


Brother Denis Aherne

( Photo and text : The Irish Catholic)

Congratulations to Bro. Denis Aherne, OFM (centre standing) pictured following his first profession at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate Friary in Burlington, Wisconsin where he went to do his novitiate having completed his postulancy in the Franciscan Friary, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Quilters and Liam Dillon’s repainted

” Stooks” of Irish Heritage Bristle/Black Oats cut with a reaping hook, this is from last years saved seed and will again be saved for 2014

The above photo and caption were posted on Facebook by a man who posts as Bromore Cliffs. He is clearly a conservationist.


Here is a link to a lovely video of Listowel shot during Races 2011 by Fealegood productions.

These and other of Denis Carroll beautiful videos are available to purchase from


The Irish Post has a great article on Second Generation Irish in Britain .


Kathy Taylor sent me 2 more from the Quilter Clan gathering. First is Jacques Quilter of Lixnaw with his branch of the Quilter Tree and below is one of the youngest Quilters present planting a tree at their tree planting ceremony.


Liam Dillon’s on Upper Church St. has been repainted by Fred Chute Signs Ltd. They have done a great job but the weather has been too bad lately for me to get a good picture of the finished job but I’ll bring you one as soon as I get a good day and no vehicles parked in front of the shop.


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