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Casette Tapes, Fishing in Béal, Cinderella and some festive shop windows

What a shot!    photo by Thomas Healy


Today’s Blast from the Part

photo;Irish Abroad

Do you know the relationship?

You used the pencil to rewind the tape when it got pulled out or snaggled in the cassette tape player. These were great recorders. You could mix your own music and record messages for friends. There was a little stopper that you could pull out and your recording would last forever…or until technology overtook it and there was no longer any machine to play it on.


That was Then: This is Now

Both these photographs were taken by Ita Hannon of Beal. The first shows Michael Hannon fishing in Beal, using a naomhóg and a small net. He was carrying on a fishing tradition that has been in his family for generations.

The second photo was taken by Ita recently. It shows two trawlers with big nets fishing the same waters.

The irony is that the small fisherman was stopped from fishing here some years back, allegedly out of fears for the depletion of fish stock.


Panto Time

The lines are learned, the costume making is complete, now it’s time to book your tickets. They are on sale now from the charities listed in the poster below.


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Look out behind you!

I was at the panto on Friday night and it was the best night’s entertainment I’ve experienced in Listowel in a long time.

Snow White had everything.

Snow White was beautiful,vivacious, engaging and sang like an angel. Queen Maligna cackeled, chuckled and conived to beat the band. She even had one little audience member in the front row pleading with her to spare Snow White.

Prince Michael of Lyrecrompane  who ” got the girl” was suitably handsome but worthy and dull by comparison with the crowd pleasing Chuckles.

Alonso was every inch the bumbling incompetent courtier.

Hiya kids!  Hiya Chuckles! Everyone just loved him.

We had some inventively named dwarfs. Here is Snotty who played his part to perfection.

The chorus sang and danced their hearts out.


This is the character who stole the show. Danny Russell, Dame Goodheart had the most colorful and fabulous costumes, the biggest hair, the most outrageous lines and she brought audience participation to a new level. Danny’s cheeky ad libs had the whole town talking.

Dame Goodheart’s  unrequited love for Chuckles had us all rolling in the aisles.

Even Snow White’s wake was a hoot.

I  did a spot of celebrity spotting in the interval.

I spotted this RTE sports journalist selling tickets for the raffle.

All in all a night to remember. 

Very important breaking news;

Due to popular demand, Listowel panto, Snow White, will go on for one performance only in 

The Tinteán Theatre in Ballybunion on January 21st.

Don’t miss the show everyone in North Kerry is talking about!

Christmas in Listowel

Ah lads, it wasn’t that hard. Christy Walsh is hard to disguise, even in a Santa mask.

Yesterday I went to the hairdresser. This is how Changes looks for Christmas 2011.

Danny had news for me. He is going to play the dame in the panto. The panto is Snow White and Danny is going to be the queen’s (played by the brilliant Tina Enright) assistant. He will be hilarious. And… he is going to sing a few songs.

I have heard Danny’s singing and I don’t think he should give up the day job anytime soon.

Don’t forget the Christmas market in The Seanchaí tomorrow. The motto in Listowel this year is:

 “Keep your business local and keep your locals in business”

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