Cumar Dheis this week
Photo; Kerry Climbing on Facebook
The saddest Corner of Town Today
My photo shows, on the far right, Casa Mia, once the bar owned by Kerry footballing great, Tim Kennelly. Beside it is the old creamery, once the gathering place for country people, where stories were told and news and gossip exchanged. Next is the building that was once Walsh’s Ballroom , The Las Vegas where Sive was premiered and where many a romance began. And then The Classic Cinema, which Kieran Gleeson loved and nourished.
Kieran passed away yesterday, February 16th 2016 after a short spell with that cruelest of neurological diseases. MND. May the sod rest lightly on the gentlest, the kindest and noblest of souls.
My photo from 2012 shows Kieran doing what he loved best, promoting a local film maker;
L to R: Kieran Gleeson of Listowel Classic Cinema with Rory Kirby, filmmaker and Eddie, Mary and Catherine Moylan of Listowel Vintage Wireless Museum.
Terry Wogan Compered The Rose of Tralee
My information comes from the festival history on The Rose Of Tralee website
“Rose Selection has been compered by Kevin Hilton, Joe Lynch, Terry Wogan, Brendan O’Reilly (RTÉ sports), Michael Twomey (‘Cha & Miah’), Gay Byrne, Kathleen Watkins, Derek Davis, Marty Whelan, Ryan Tubridy and Ray D’Arcy.”
and this is what it said in the paper about him
Kerryman Saturday, 28 March, 1964; Page: 3
APRIL is almost here once again and with it come the glamour and excitement of the Rose of Tralee dances.
BACHELOR GAY Terry Wogan, the gay, bachelor compere of T.E,’s “Jackpot,” is known to thousands throughout the country. Those without, T.V. will have heard, him news announcing on Radio Eireann for the past three yews. He is probably one of the most, popular television personalities on T.E,.—proof of this lies in the number of Valentine cards he received, on February 14 last—130. Terry hails from Limerick and was a bank official before joining R.E.,
R.E. is Radio Eireann
gay meant cheerful or happy go lucky)
Junior Griffin recalls the early days on Badminton in Listowel
His colleagues in Listowel Badminton honoured Junior on his 50 th. year promoting the sport in town.
Here Junior writes about the early days of the club.
BADMINTON was invented long ago; a form of sport played
in ancient Greece and Egypt. Badminton came from a child’s game
called battledore and shuttlecock, in which two players hit a feathered
shuttlecock back and forth with two tiny rackets. The game was called
“POONA” in India during the 18th century, and British officers stationed
there took the Indian version back to England in the 1860’s. The army men
introduced the game to friends, but the new game was definitely launched there
at a party given in 1873 by the Duke of Beaufort at his country place, “Badminton”
in Gloucestershire. During that time the game had no name, but it was referred to
as “The Game of Badminton” and, thereupon, Badminton became its official name.
Until 1887 the sport was played in England under the rules that prevailed in India.
They were, from the English viewpoint, somewhat contradictory and confusing.
Since a small army of Badminton players had been recruited, a group formed itself
into the Bath Badminton Club, standardised the rules, made the game applicable to English ideas and the basic regulation (of England) was formed to take over the
authority of the Bath Badminton Club, and the new group made rules, which now
govern the game throughout the world.
The sport seems to have come to Ireland almost immediately. It is known that
Badminton was very strong in Dublin, Wicklow, Coleraine and Ballymoney
in the 1890’s which resulted in the Badminton Union of Ireland been formed in 1899.
Indeed, the world’s first ever International Badminton match was played between Ireland and England in Dublin in the 1902/03 season and, except for the
two world wars, became an annual fixture alternately home and away until 1971/72.
So, as one can see the sport of Badminton was in its infancy when it came to Listowel.
Regretfully, except for the dance card found by Jim Halpin, there is no other record pertaining to that time and, unfortunately, there are no names listed as to who was involved in the founding of the club. Hopefully, if those founding fathers came back today they would be proud to see the club they started in such a strong position one hundred years on.
This made my Day
Last week I received this. Well done, An Post, and thank you, Philomena.
Errors Corrected and Clarifications Given
In my story from Junior about repairs to the clock in St. John’s, I stated that Archdeacon Wallace lived in Gurtenard House. Junior pointed out to me that the Archdeacon never lived in Gurtenard. The last clergyman to live in Gurtenard was Canon Adderley.
My little fun fact about the days of the week in February was not in fact a fact at all. A man who deals with figures and who notices such things pointed out to me that every February has 4 of every day of the week. 2016 is a leap year so it has 5 Mondays.
Now to the G.A.A. photo which Junior gave me;
What he gave me was a print of a photo with the names underneath. Junior did not in fact write the names himself so he takes no responsibility for any mistakes here.
Margaret Dillon thought that the priest in the photo looked more like Fr. Gerard Dillon. She remembered that Fr. Dillon was a great step dancer and participated in many concerts with her.
As usual with Junior, one story calls up another memory and he has a story to tell. He says
“My memory of Fr. Dillon, a lovely priest, was of a man with a fine bushy head of black hair. The one thing I know is that Fr.O’Sullivan would have been a curate in Listowel much earlier than that,in the early or middle 40s I would say. Could tell you a small story about him saying the 8 o’clock Mass one Sunday morning. He became P.P. of Duagh after that but was a man that was very much involved in golf.
Around the time that photo was taken the clergy in Listowel were Canon Peter O’Sullivan, Fr. Matt Keane and Fr.Gerald Dillon. A great team of priests. The house keeper was Mrs. Kearns and I became very close friends with her son Olly and I spent a lot of my time in the Presbytery and knew the priests well. Olly’s son Liam is the well known inter County football manager, with Tipperary at the moment”
( I’ll have to go back for the 8 o’clock mass story.)
Such is the beauty of the internet that one memory shared leads to lots of other stories and the above photo was no exception.
The man in the front row is second from left is the late Roly Chute who ran a famous chip shop at the corner of Ballygologue Rd. across from the sports field. Vincent Carmody shared the following memory of the late Roly on Facebook;
“Whatever about the merits of Roly’s smart bow tie and dapper dress sense, nothing could compare to his wonderful chips, peas, and Donnelly’s skinless sausages, then washed down by a glass of milk.
In 1972, when I first became secretary of Listowel Emmets, training was at a low ebb at the start of the year . I had an idea that we should adopt a professional approach, and offer a meal after training.
Firstly, I went to Roly Chute and asked him, what would he charge per player for chips, peas and sausages. He thought for a minute and said, “One shilling and sixpence and for an extra threepence, I’ll throw in a glass of milk.”
Next, I spoke to the chairman of the club, Mikey Kennelly, (father of the great Tim). I told him of the idea and Roly’s quote. Always a man for a new idea, “Right,” he said, “if you think it will work, go ahead.”
Agreement got, I went to Michael Collins and asked him to type a letter which we distributed to all the players. First night of training after that, 36 players turned up, not counting away players. Afterwards as Mickey and myself watched them all troop over to Roly’s cafe to be fed, he turned to me and said , “We will break the club, but we’d better go over as well, as I hear they’re great chips.”
As the training nights went by, the numbers settled down and each night less and less went over to Roly’s. The training bug had caught on. That year, the senior team won an unprecedented treble, County Junior Championship, North Kerry League and Championship.
Shortly after winning the replayed league final, Andy Molyneaux gave me a copy of the missive which I had given to the players and he declared, ‘”Thanks to your idea and Roly’s chips, peas and sausages, we have the best year ever in the club’s history.”
Listowel Emmetts Junior County Champions 1972
Back, E O Carroll, R.Chute, D. Stack, B.Galvin, S O Donavan, T Fitzgerald, T Leahy, J Leahy, G Leahy, P Lynch, J Guerin, B Walsh, V Carmody, T Moriarty, J Hannon, M Kennelly.
Middle, J Croghan, T Kennelly, T Shanahan, P Flaherty, J Hartnett, E O Connor, J Driscoll, G Galvin. Front, K Fitzgerald, P J Browne, T Dalton, P Horgan.
Ashes Team, (c) 1962.
Front, J Keane, J Griffin, M Cremin, M Cotter, F Chute, T Ashe, M McMahon, R Farrell.
Back, B McMahon, B Shanahan, G McMahon, B O’Shea, F Murray, J Flaherty, M Ryan, R Chute.