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Christmas in Listowel, Christy Ring remembered, laying the gas pipeline, a colourful ancestor and Christmas windows

Listowel Castle by John Kelliher.


McKenna’s Christmas Shop


A Correspondent with a Very Interesting Ancestor

God only knows what you will come across if you go delving in the family history. This lady who wrote to me recently sure found a fascinating relative among her ancestors.

I’m descended from a convict Edmund Elliott who was convicted for crimes against the English.  He was a dance master and a senior Whiteboy .  He was given a life sentence at the Kerry assize in the early 1920’2 and sent to Australia on the Brampton.  Apparently he was caught leading a raid on the house of the person who had employed him to perform for some local function.  His family had a long connection with Kerry and in particular Listowel.  His ancestors were part of the Roger McElliogotet 51st Foote that fought for the King at the Battle of the Boyne .

I’m a retied teacher and am planning to visit Ireland next September.   So far the plan is to go to Cork to see  where the paternal  line of O’Keeffe/Cotter came from and then on to Shanagolden and Listowel for the Elliott and lastly to Raheen in Clare to visit the home of the Bradys’.

My cousin sent me your blog because at present we are fossicking about in the Boyne to discover if Valentine and Thomas Elliott did porridge with Roger McElliogotte in the Tower.  Unfortunately, I think our generations have become somewhat anaemic when compared to the exploits of our ancestors.

Roz Scharf


A Cork tribute to Christy Ring


A Poem for today

A bugbear of mine is making nouns into verbs. People dont look anything up anymore.

They google it. People don’t insult you anymore they troll you. 

My own family have a word for what I do, it’s awfulising. So we are in the era of nouns as verbs. Here is a poem from someone who shares my dread of this new phenomenon.


That’s Gas

The big yellow thing in the foreground is the new gas pipe. Below is the park as it is nowadays.


Listowel’s North Pole Express

Listowel is pulling out all the stops this year to make sure the the children have a memorable Santa experience.  Click the link below to read all about it.

Listowel’s North Pole Express

Many of the businesses in town are getting behind the venture and the train themed Christmas windows are a big talking point in town these days.

My favourite is Finesse, which is the work of Listowel’s best window dresser, Cora O’Brien

Chic window features a replica Lartigue Monorail

Broderick’s Pharmacy features a brick built train.

Isn’t Listowel Veterinary Centre’s window splendid?

Hartnett’s Pharmacy


more windows tomorrow

Murhur School 1982, Bringing gas to Listowel in 2017 and Goods on Appro

Late Blooming Hydrangeas

I photographed these lovely blooms in Bridge Rd. Listowel


Photo Shared by Moyvane Village

Wonderful photo of 2nd and 3rd class with Mrs. Adams in Murhur NS from 1982.

Front Row: Joanne Shanahan, Sinead McEvoy, Aileen Stack, Esther Foley, Mary Lynch, Susan Kelly, Riona Fitzmaurice, Celine Kennelly, Noreen Brosnan, Breda Quinn, Claire McGrath, Margaret Scanlon, Brid Kearney

Middle Row: Paul Hudson, Adrian O’Connell, John Fitzgerald, Marguerite Greaney, Denise Carmody, Yvonne O’Carroll, Mary Brassil, Keith O’Connell, Margaret Enright, Irene Culhane, Kathleen Enright, Michelle Groarke, Aine Kissane, Martin Mulvihill, Liam Roche, DD Hughes, Richard Stack, Johnny Stack

Back Row: Nola Adams, Pat Kearney, Jim Liston, John Cunningham, Roger Mulvihill, James Culhane, Stack, Shane Riordan, Andrew O’Connor Bray, Shane Hughes, Muiris O’Connell, Padraig Kearney, Aidan Stack, Maurice O’Connor, Padraig Horan, John Horan, Maurice Kearney, Conor Walsh, Myles Quinn, Kevin Greaney


Laying the Gas Pipeline

Work continues on the laying of the pipeline.


Getting Goods on Approval

Marie Neligan Shaw remembers shopping in the 1950s. Strangely, internet shopping has actually brought this practice back but it involves trips to the post office rather than to the local shop.


Kerry to Berlin

These are some photos of the Kerry contingent who went to Berlin recently to tell our new German friends, who can fly directly to us now from Berlin to Kerry, what they can see and do when they get here

An Old Church, a New Shop, and Some more 1950s Reminiscences

Listowel in October 2017


New Business on the Way to The Square


Reflections in the Sand


Listowel in the 1950s as Marie Nelligan Remembers it


The Way we Were

Marguerite Wixted took these photos in 1995, in the days before the hotel creeper covered the facade completely

The late Kevin O’Donovan outside his shop in Upper William Street at Halloween in 1995


Michael Tea

My sister in law is visiting her son and his family in the U.S. She brought him a reminder of home….a Michael Tea cosy.


A Few Activities for your Calendar


Well, that’s Gas

Remember my photo of the digger at work in the old Neodata carpark. It transpires that it is part of the work for the laying of the gas pipeline. This is how the scene looked yesterday.

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