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Tag: Listowel Family Centre

Super needlewomen and Gender Quotas

These ladies with their teacher, Priscilla Sweeney, are doing a needlecraft course under the VEC in Listowel Family Resource Centre. When I visited them on Friday they were working on their Listowel quilt project. The ladies are taking well known images of Listowel and working them into a patchwork quilt.

Each pupil keeps a journal of the project. The journals themselves are works of Art. Here is one example of such a journal.

Another of their patchwork projects is a life-sized two dimensional horse. Here is an account, from the journal, of the processes involved in that project.

A sample of patchwork
The completed horse
Each student made their own smaller horse. This is Angela’s.
The process

On Friday Priscilla had brought another piece for the students to work on. It was a clown bag suitable for laundry, toys or anything that needed tidying in a child’s room


Gender Quotas: Does the end justify the means?

This is Edel Clancy of the 50/50 Group and she argued the case for gender quotas in politics  at Women in Media Weekend in Ballybunion. Mary O’Rourke and Mairead MacGuinness were her “opposition”.

Edel told us that:

  •  There has never been fewer than 85% men in Dáil Eireann.
  • Since the foundation of the state there have been only 12 women in cabinet.
  • Ireland is in 92nd. place in the world in terms of representation by women in parliament.

The facts are irrefutable. Something has to be done to correct this imbalance. Gender quotas is a blunt instrument to get us over the initial hurdle. In time, like Denmark, we won’t need them.

Mary O’Rourke and Mairead MacGuinness offered no argument as convincing as these statistics. 

I’m for gender quotas and I’m glad that political parties will, in future, be fined if 30% of candidates are not female.


Some people I met at the weekend

Bernie Carmody and Jackie Goddall
Bernie Carmody and me with Miriam O’Callaghan
Jimmy Deenihan, Katie Hannon, Deirdre Walshe and Mary Dundon

Communion Boys 1955, Town League 1935

This photograph appeared in The Advertiser a few weeks ago. No body yet has come up with  names.


side entrance

This building off the John B. Keane Road houses the Listowel Family Resource Centre.  It is an invaluable asset to the town since its opening. I am always surprised when people tell me that they have never been in it.
If you live in or near Listowel take a look at their website and you will see some of the great things that are going on there.


Another group who don’t get the credit they deserve are Existance Youth Café. The youth group are doing great work for the town. Here they are helping out with last year’s Writers’ Week. Ann MacNamee took the photo at Fossetts circus.

The café is run by the KDYS. Read all about them here;


An older snap; this time from Scoil Realt na Maidine

Town League 1935


For an account of Sunday’s thrilling football final between Beale and Emmets look here

Official opening of Listowel Family Centre

Frances Fitzgerald T.D. officially opened the centre on Monday.

The centre is located off the John B. Keane Rd. in Stokers Grove.

It is a magnificent purpose -built building and it is really busy every day and night. It is a gem: a huge asset to us in Listowel.

Here are some of the hard working staff and volunteers as well as some of the service users and guests at the opening.


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