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Strictly comes to Moyvane and the Death of Canon White in 1935

Snow in April 2016

Muckross Abbey this weekend photographed by Tim Bingham


Listowel Bridge

photo: Ita Hannon


Talk of the Town in Moyvane

Every parish seems to be holding a Strictly competition these days, if photos in The Kerryman are anything to go by.

Moyvane are holding their one on May 1st 2016 and they have roped in a prestigious panel of judges. They have a real dancing judge, a politician who had to employ some fancy footwork to get away from an enraged cow, a beauty queen and a football administrator. Promises to be a good night!

The dancers: (L-R) Owen Stack, Siobhan Fitzgerald, Shane Stack, Regina Galvin, Diarmuid Fitzmaurice, Sean Walsh, Diarmuid Leahy, Shauna Foley, Brendan Galvin, Kevin Kennelly, Fiona Buckley, Aine Scannell, Tara Mulvihill, Marie Stack, Norella Molyneaux, Karina Stack, Brenda Kennelly, James Fogarty, Liam Corridan and John Mulvihill.

(All photos and information from Moyvane GAA on Facebook)


A Back Lane

Listowel is like a rabbit warren with its maze of back lanes. This one is Mill Lane opposite the offices of The Revenue Commissioners.


Crossing over to Lofty’s

This great old photo of Convent Street was taken on film by John Kelliher.


Death of  Listowel’s Parish Priest in 1935

Kerryman  Saturday, 20 April, 1935; Page: 2


Late Rev. Canon White, P.P., V.F.,


Amidst many manifestations of
genuine grief, the remains of the late Very Rev. Canon Patk. White, P.P., V.F.,
Listowel, were laid to rest in the local cemetery on Monday. All business
establishments were closed, and blinds were drawn as a mark of respect to the
memory of their beloved Pastor, and all business was suspended. The funeral
cortege was of huge dimensions, and was composed of every class and creed of
the community-, and included a large number or people from Dublin, Cork and
Limerick . Members of the Men’s and Women’  Sodalities, a detachment of
Girl Guides, the local Branch of the Legion of Mary, members of the Sodality of
the Children of Mary, a party of Guards, under Supt. P. Chambers, and the
children of the parish schools attended by their teachers, marched in
processional order, preceded by the cross-bearer, and a number of acolytes.
Members of the local Troop of Catholic Boy Scouts formed a Guard of Honour
around the remains.

His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr.
O’Brien, Bishop of Kerry, was the celebrant of the Pontifical High Mass
at  Mary’s parish Church, Listowel. (Break, List of clergy at Mass)

The chief mourners were: Patrick
White, Bedford, Daniel McElligott, Woodford, Laurence and John Moloney, Duagh
(nephews); Miss Kattie  White, Bedford, Miss Mary Moloney, Duagh (nieces);
Patrick and David McElligott, Woodford,(grandnephews); Miss Mary Cronin, Duagh.
Miss Eily O’Connell. Abbeyfeale ,Mrs  Dan McElligott. Woodford, Mrs. W. J.
Hennigan, Listowel, W. Enright, Listowel (cousins).


My Boyeens are Growing up

Sean and Killian Cogan in Listowel at Easter 2016


Darkness into Light

Cliff Carlson took this photo of the organizers of Darkness into Light 2016. They were gathered in John B.s to organize this years event.

Easter Garden at St. Mary’s, Pillar Postboxes and a circus tent blows down in Listowel in 1862

(Photo; Chris Grayson )


Easter Garden in St. Mary’s Listowel

For the past few years Martha Woulfe has been creating a beautiful Easter garden in the sanctuary at St. Mary’s. This year’s, 2016, is her best yet.


Postboxes revisited

Michael O’Sullivan wrote to me on the subject of the local postboxes. He reminded me that the one pictured below is over 100 years old because it is an Edward V11 and he died in 1910.  Michael writes “The last Victorian box I heard about was in Knockanure up to about ten years ago but is not there now.”

( I wonder what happened to it.)

The above box is in Bray, Co. Wicklow. It is a Penfold design and there were only 150 of this design in Ireland


A Circus Tent Blows down leading to a court case in 1862

 Monday, 01 December, 1862; (From the archives of The Irish Examiner)


John Davit v. Thomas Hogini. This was an action to recover £19 6s,
stated to be due to the plaintiff on a contract entered into with the
defendant. The plaintiff is a band master, and contracted to supply
the defendant who owns a circus  with a band of six performers and a
big drum—seven in all—for the sum of £9  13s. a-week. He now sued for
a fortnights salary.

The plaintiff, examined, stated that be had been some time with the
defendant and was paid his salary up to the 8th Nov. From the 8th to
24th however, he got nothing. He produced his letter of engagement
which was written by Mrs Hogini, the defendant’s wife. He was still in the
defendant’s employment, and had been paid regularly since the 21th Nov.

In reply to Mr. Blake, the witness stated that there were no
performances during the fortnight for which he was now suing. The
defendant’s tent was blown down while they were performing in Listowel
and they did not perform again until the defendant opened a circus in
Cork. He did not, therefore, give the defendant a single ” blast” for
the £19 6s. Mrs. Hogini had promised to pay him. 

He was not
disemployed for the fortnight, from the 8th to 24th, by Mr Hogini for
his engagement, was for the whole of the winter season. For the
defence, Mr. Blake examined Mr. Hogini, who deposed that all the
company were disemployed after the accident at Listowel, as they had
no place to perform in. When they were coming into Cork together he
recommended Davis to give concerts, and said that he would help him.
Davis did not come near him for a week, and he did not know what Davis
did during that time. His Worship asked who had to pay the bandsmen
during the fortnight they were idle. ” Davis said that he had. His
Worship said he should give a decree for the amount claimed, payable
at the rate of £1 a week. Agent for plaintiff—Mr. M. J. Collins. For
defendant—Mr J C Blake.



John Kelliher scanned this photograph from one of his old negatives.


Annual Clean up Under Way

The photo below was taken at 8.00 a.m. on Saturday morning last as most of us were still in bed. It shows local volunteers heading out on the clean up. They collected 100 bags of litter from the approach roads to town.

Photo: Listowel Tidy Towns


One Listowel man was out early on Saturday morning April 2 2016, doing his bit to keep Listowel tidy.

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