Littor earlier in summer 2018 photographed by Elizabeth Brosnan


Macra Dance 1968


A New Service at Listowel Family resource Centre

This new service is for anyone who is feeling lonely. It will help everyone but most especially people who might feel a bit at a loose end and in need of company.

This service is called “social prescribing” and the social prescriber will help put you in touch with local groups and activities that will help you integrate into the community.

Your GP might refer you for this programme or you can refer yourself. Just call the Listowel FRC 06823584 and ask for MayEllen or drop her an email

Mary Ellen will organise a chat with you and if you need company going to one of her recommended activities she will come with you and support you every step of the way.

Some of the groups you might like to join are

Man’s Shed

Park Run

Active Retirement

Tidy Towns

Knitting group


Mary Ellen has set up a new walking group which meets on Mondays at 7.00 p.m. at the  Convent Primary School. That’s a good place to start, some gentle exercise and chat and absolutely no pressure.

If you are feeling a bit lonely or stressed just now this service might be just the thing for you. If you know someone who could benefit from a chat with Mary Ellen do encourage them to make the call. She is lovely, really approachable and understanding. I felt better for talking to her.


Sunset in Ballybunion: Summer 2018

It’s just like the good old days with crowds on the strand at 10.30 p.m.


Finding Shelter

Dogs are good at finding a shady spot. A man who appeared to know told me that fish are good at finding shade too.  The fish in the Feale will be sitting out the drought in deep holes.


Exciting Times at The Seanchaí

Cara Trant and members of the board of The Seanchaí travelled to Kilkenny recently to receive the award of full museum status for Listowel’s Writers’ Centre which is going from strength to strength.

This week is a big week in The Seanchaí with the festival to celebrate what would have been the 90th birthday of John B. Keane.

Here is the programme;


Say (Swiss) Cheese!

Holidaying in Listowel with her dad, Cliff Gore, is Helen Mitchell and her family. I met them on Courthouse Road just after they arrived.