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St. Michael’s Football in 1970, opening of St. Joseph’s and Doe a Deer in Beaufort

Wild Garlic in Garden of Europe 


St. Michael’s County Cup Winners 1969

Left to Right 

Front :    Kieran Fitzgerald , Maurice O ‘Sullivan , Mick O’Connell , Tom Lyons  , David Kissane .

Middle:  John Hynes , Tadhg Moriarty , P J Browne  , Timmy Shanahan , Jimmy Deenihan , Pat Stack .

Rear    :  Eamon O’ Carroll , Maurice O’Connor , Pat Stack , Tommy O ‘Flaherty, John O’ Connell , Jerry Kiernan , Pat Quilter .

Tim Kennelly was also on that team but was missing ( or maybe mitching ) on the day of the photo.

Johnny Flaherty and John Molyneaux Snr. were in charge .

Kieran writes;

It would probably be hard to believe ,at a remove of 50 years , what St Michaels stood for in those days . It concentrated  on imparting a classical education through the medium of Irish with no small amount of disciplinary measures thrown in as a bonus .  Teachers took great pride and spoke often  on the success of their ‘Alumni’ and , in retrospect , there is no doubt that many a successful career was launched from St Michaels . 

I have a couple of photos somewhere of successful college football teams in 1969 /70 . We won both the County and Dunloe Cups which up until then was undreamed of  . Our teams included Jimmy Deenihan , Tim Kennelly , Jerry Kiernan , Tommy Fla and younger brother Pat , Tim Shanahan ( who later starred in London ) Eamon Carroll , Gerard Leahy ,  Maurice ‘Toots’ O’Connor and yours truly . By any standards it was a very talented group which was  marshalled firmly  by Masters Flaherty and Molyneaux Snr . I will forward the photos if I come across them .

The school was also very successful on the Athletics front at that time . John O’Connell was a wonderful athlete as was Kiernan and all the names mentioned earlier . Success at Provincial and National Level was the norm for a few years . John Molyneaux Snr and Pat Kiernan ( Jerry’s father ) were the driving force . There was even an athletics track in the Sportsfield with lane markings  all around , burned onto the Grass . There were  jump pits with proper sand  and an area reserved for the high jump and pole vault . It was a hive of activity which was not welcomed wholeheartedly by some in the Emmett’s fraternity . Unfortunately I have no photos from that era. 

Others I remember as being in the class are Tim Shanahan ( Clounmacon ) , John Neville ( Bedford) , Pat Hayes R.I.P , James O’Donnell  ( Ballybunionish ), Timmy Lawlor  ( The Square )  but I dont see them in the photo 


A Forgiving Poem from Róisín Meaney

For some, it’s all about reading,

For others it’s painting, or kneading,

If it helps you come through itFind time just to do it,
Right now, it’s our souls that need feeding.


Opening of St. Josephs

Photos and story from Patsy Kennedy on Facebook

Opening St. Joseph’s unit in Listowel hospital 1984

First patient Maggie Nolan being welcomed by matron Sr Peter Hudson and staff


Motherly Love

Chris Grayson took these photos in the grounds of St. Mary of the Angels. Beaufort

Banna , Convent Street and Flavin’s of Church street

Banna by Bridget O’Connor


Convent Street, Listowel

The sign is on the wall at the entrance to the hospital. I’ve discussed this at length on the blog but it still fascinates me to see street signs where the Irish has absolutely no connection whatsoever to the English name. In most cases the English street name is an English Christian name, thought to be named after Lord Listowel’s sons, e.g. William and Charles. In this case however and in the case of Church Street the English name refers to a well known building, a landmark located on the street. The Irish name refers to an older superstition. One didn’t mess with the Púca. He was a wicked spirit who rode around the countryside after dark spiriting away anyone foolish enough to be out late.

The entrance to Listowel hospital grounds

They are making great progress with the dementia day care centre. The organising committee are still looking for volunteer cyclists to do the Ring of Kerry Cycle to raise funds for them. If you can’t do the cycle, please sponsor one of the cyclists.


Bryan MacMahon and  Flavin’s Bookshop

Dan Flavin and his son, Micheál at the door of the shop sometime in the 1950s. The photo appears in Vincent Carmody’s Snapshots of a Market Town.

Flavins is closing tomorrow, Saturday February 8 2020


Famine Poverty and a Kind Landlord

from the Schools’ Folklore Collection

The Quarter field is situated on the side of a hill. It contains nine acres in the begining of the nineteenth century many families lived in this field The field was owned by a Land Lord and he allowed these poor people build houses in it. Each family got a quarter of ground. There was no division between the quarters only paling. They used to set potatoes in the quarter every year and used to get the manure from the neighbouring farmers. These people had no other way of living only when ever they would work for another farmer for small hire. When the potatoes failed in the years 1845 to 1847 all these people died of starvation. When they were gone my grandfather bought this field with more land surrounding it and my father is in possession of it now My grandfather threw the remains of the houses away and it is all one level field at present. If you walk through parts of it on a Summers evening you could see the form of the houses and the little gardens alongside it

Liam Ó Duilleáin
Gortacloghane, Co. Kerry
(name not given)
Gortacloghane, Co. Kerry

Listowel Hospital, Emmy Award for Journalist and a piece of Leitrim history

Tree at the gate of Listowel Hospital


In the Grounds of Listowel Hospital

Áras Mhuire retirement home

Senan House

Hospital chapel


Prize winning Journalist with a Listowel Connection

The man in the middle receiving his Emmy award is multi media journalist Malachy Browne from Broadford, Co. Limerick. 

His Listowel Connection? 

He is the son of David Browne, Director and former chair of Listowel Writers’ Week.

Why is he famous?

Malachy and his team were presented with the prestigious award exactly one year to the day after the massacre took place in which 58 people attending a concert were gunned down and slain. Called 10 Minutes, 12 Gunfire Bursts, 30 Videos, Mapping the Las Vegas Massacre, the film won the Outstanding New Approaches: Current News award.

It is an investigation which tracks the timeline of the shootings, using mobile phone footage and CCTV footage and puts viewers right at the heart of the rampage,  knowing how it felt with nowhere to go to escape.

Malachy was the senior producer on the documentary film along with Drew Jordan, Nicole Fineman and Chris Cirillo. He has been with the New York Times since 2016.” 

Limerick Leader

This Limerick man (with a Listowel Connection) is working at the cutting edge of  multi media technology journalism. We will be hearing more of him.


The Bad Old Days

People who have recently seen the film Black 47 will be familiar with this type of very poor dwelling. This image and the story that follows is from a great Facebook page on Irish folklore and history.


From the National Folkore Collection as by Stephen McGann of Drumlara, Co Leitrim,

“Soon after the ordination of the new parish priest Lord Leitrim increased his father’s rent because he said he was able to pay a higher rent when he could educate his family. The priest’s father died in 1865. Soon after his death Lord Leitrim was passing through Drumgirla and met cattle wandering on the road. He dismounted and drove the cattle into the widow’s yard. He called her out and asked him if the cattle belonged to her. She had to admit they did and she had to pay the penalty of an increase in rent. In a few years later he heard that she had carried out improvements on her place…She foolishly admitted. ‘I have got no improvements made except some wallpaper for the walls and a new window put in where it was absolutely necessary’ Lord Leitrim laughed scornfully and said, ‘papering walls, a woman who can afford to paper walls can afford to pay a higher rent.”

(From National Folklore Collection under the heading of “Lord Leitrim)

Note how in this case the victim is a widow and the wide range of ingenious excuses which Lord Leitrim used to increase the rent. This tale may have grown in the telling but the fact that it does refer to an exact date and an exact placename may indicate that there is a lot of truth to it. Scholars have judged that Lord Leitrim’s rents were not that high in comparison to those of neighbouring landlords but the main problem may have been that he tended to raise them in a very arbitrary manner. The picture below shows a cottage outside Mohill co Leitrim in 1889, not untypical of the poverty of the smaller tenants.


A Lifelong friendship that began in Charles’ Street, Listowel

These ladies are old friends, Marie on the left and Doreen on the right. They are pictured here on the occasion of Doreen’s eightieth birthday last weekend.

Marie is Marie Nelligan and Doreen is Doreen Stack and their friendship began over 70 years ago in Charles Street Listowel. Emigration took both ladies far away from their native Listowel but they still today live within walking distance of each other in New Jersey.

Thank you ,Marie for the photo and Happy Birthday, Doreen.


Edwardian Post Box

Wrong E……The post box at Convent Cross is Edwardian and not Elizabethan as I said. 

Thank you, Tom Walsh, for the correction.

Young Scene, Cycling in Ireland in Edwardian Times and an old Race card

In Listowel Town Park August 2018


William Street Facelift

This huge premises now looks resplendant.


Hospital shop

I posted a photo of this house a while back. Marie Shaw tells me that it used to be the home of the Horgan family. At one time they ran a shop from the front window. People visiting patients in the hospital could buy sweets or drinks to bring with them to the hospital.


Trials of Cycling in Ireland in the early 1900s

Source; Patrick O’Sullivan, A Year in Kerry


Listowel Racecards have Changed a Lot

Junior Griffin showed me a card from 1964 side by side with one from last year.

The Races was a three day meeting in 1964 and the race card cost one shilling.


Looking Forward to my Favourite Event at Listowel Races

Evening Press 1939, Listowel Hospital and Clinics and the old popemobile

Roses at Listowel Big Bridge July 2018


More advertisements from the Sunday Press of 1939

That one doesn’t seem to have caught on.

Back in 1939 they were pushing bottle feeding. Apparently it protected a child against the winter weather!


In Listowel Hospital Grounds

I took a wander back Greenville to see how things were in that part of town. Here are some pictures I took in the hospital grounds


Donncha  ODulaing and the Popemobile

This photo is in the RTE archive. I wonder if the new popemobile will look less like a caravan mounted on a lorry


Interesting Sign for the Golf Tournament

AA signs now have the eircode for the event venue  Genius.  No one will ever be lost again!

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