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Tag: Lofty Kelliher

Rossbeigh, Veteran’s Remembrance Day, Lofty Kelliher and a poem about Alzheimers

Rossbeigh photo by Chris Grayson


From John Hannon Archive

Was this Listowel’s first pop up shop? Every Sunday Lofty Kelliher set up outside St. Mary’s church after mass and sold newspapers to mass goers.


More Photos from the May 5 Veterans’ Wreath Laying and March past

This last picture shows Minister Brendan Griffin with special guests at the ceremonial march past in salute to the special military guests.


This may not be your problem today but it could be some day

(from Vincent Doyle)


Alert!    Tabloid story coming up

The Royal Wedding has a Listowel Connection

Okay, I told you it was tabloid, so its totally exaggerated and very very tenuous.

This is Andrew Chase who grew up in Windsor. He now lives in Ireland and he is engaged to my niece, Christine.

No, he is not invited to the royal wedding.

But he was confirmed in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. 

So what? say you.

This is what. He is one of the only cohort of Catholic children ever to receive Confirmation in St. George’s Chapel. The Catholic church in Windsor was under renovation and, in an ecumenical gesture by the Church of England, St. George’s chapel was offered to the Catholic congregation for Confirmation.

I warned you it was tenuous!


We have some  names

Margaret Dillon has a great memory for names.

Back R, 4th girl Clair Broderick, 6th Mary collins, 7thKathleen Given,  last girl Cecilia Carroll’s sister, I forget her christian name.

Middle row sitting; 1st Claire O’Connor, 3rd her sister Marie, 4th Eleanor Scanlon, 5th Maureen Guerin.

Front; middle Josephine Dore/Flaherty,  last girl, Pacelli Carroll.

Christmas in Listowel Garden Centre and a Food Fair Award

A Glorious Winter Sunrise in Ballybunion

(photo; Ballybunion Angling and Coastal Views)


The Late Lofty Kelliher

(photo; Mike the Pies)


Fungi Calendar

His friends at  Fungie Forever have put together an absolutely beautiful calendar. This is the cover.


Christmas displays at Listowel Garden Centre

Year after year, the Christmas scenes at Listowel Garden Centre just get better and better. Below are just some of the scenes which must have taken days to construct.

Santa’s bed


Listowel Food Fair Award

A Dandelion Flower Preserve made by The Wild Irish Foragers & Preservers from Birr, County Offaly, was announced as the Gold Medal Winner in the Listowel Food Fair Best Emerging Artisan Food Product Awards at the 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Awards in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Saturday night (22nd November). Sponsored by Kerry Local Enterprise Office, Sharon and Gordan Greene of The Wild IrishForagers & Preservers were presented with their prize of a cheque for €1,000 by Aoife Hannon, Chairperson of the Judging Panel. The Dandelion Flower Preserve will also be displayed and sold in Garvey’s SuperValu, Listowel, County Kerry. This year entries for the Best Emerging Artisan Food Product were received from all over Ireland. The judges then selected a short list of 5 finalists, all who attended the Awards and each received a cheque for €200*.

Photographed here are Gordan and Sharon Greene, with Aoife Hannon (Head of judging panel) and Pierce Walsh (Chairman).                ( Listowel Food Fair 2014)

Kelliher photo; Tea Dance and Writers’ Week 1975

Remember this photo!

Several people recognized Moss Kelliher. I got the following email from Sharon Monahan

I recognize
this man as Moss Kelliher he is Moss Kelliher Snr son ( lofty’s Dad ) , This is
my Uncle and Grandfather both called Moss !!

Keep up the
good work 


Sharon Kelliher Monahan

Another Kelliher source tells us the trip to Killarney was an outing taken while the boys were at home from England where they were working.


The following photos were shared by Kay O’Leary. They were taken in The Listowel Arms on St. Patrick’s Day where young and old had a ball at the NKRO tea dance.


These are photos from John Pierse of Writers’ Week 1975

Have fun identifying people here.


Would anyone be able to help with this email query from Australia?


My name is Robert ( Bob ) Pierse and I’m Australian.

My Great Grandfather John Pierse arrived in Australia from Ireland about 1851/52

following his sister Winifred who came as a famine orphan in 1850.

A Doctor William Pierse also came to Australia and we think is their brother.

Their parents were David Pierse and Ellen Sullivan. Ellen was still alive in Listowel when they left.

I’m hoping you can give us some information on this side of the Pierse family.

Kind Regards,

Bob Pierse

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