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FCA, Horizons and Connect 4 in Berlin

Canon Declan shared some of his old FCA photos with us.

The quality of the pictures is not great but the memories are priceless.


This is Fr. Pat Moore P.P. Duagh and Mary Fagan, presenter of Horizons.

What are they doing on today’s blogpost?

On Friday last, Mary recorded a Horizons’ programme with me as the subject. Since chattering away is a forté of mine, it all felt very easy and enjoyable. Maybe it was down to Mary’s skill as an interviewer, but the time flew and I felt that we had just had a friendly chat.

 I’ll alert you to the broadcast date when Mary gives it to me and you can hear for yourselves.


Above is Listowel Town Square last week and below the same place in the 1940s. I have no idea who the people are but if you know, do let me know. They look to me like visitors posing with a local lady.


My daughter, Clíona, went to Berlin recently for a  holiday and she found this marvellous bar in which the customers were encouraged to play board games.

Here she is channelling her inner child with her friend, Philip, and a good old game of  Connect 4.

Seán takes on the winner. Notice behind them the shelves lined with every boardgame you could imagine. Would it catch on in Listowel I wonder?

Listowel FCA, Old ads, Ballybunion and a Connemara family

Another great photo from John Kelliher


Some of these businesses are still thriving Thank God.


This story has made all the newspapers In Ireland.

This beautiful painting by Derek Clarke recently came up for auction. Clarke painted the McDonough family of Connemara in 1946. The family has since suffered the ravages of emigration and the siblings were scattered across the globe from Australia to the USA. Only two of them remained in Ireland. Five of the children are still alive and these five banded together to buy the painting which had a guide price of €15,000. Unfortunately for them there was someone else willing to pay €38,000 for the picture. The McDonoughs are now in negotiation with this buyer as they would like to put the painting on public display in a museum in the US where most of them live and where they are very embedded in the Irish community.


This is Ballybunion as it used to look. As I write these houses at the foot of the cliff and facing the sea  are being demolished to make way for modern more eye pleasing accommodation.


Interesting fact:

In the period 1835 – 1899, some 237 people were hanged in Ireland, including 13 women. 

The bulk of these executions were for murder (including conspiracy to murder and aiding and abetting murder),

although executions also took place for attempted murder, shooting at and rape.

The list of names of those executed is here :


Today April 4 2013 is horse fair day in town. I’ll be out with camera to bring you some faces at the fair.

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