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Christmas Tree Lighting 2015, Lucozade, Craftshop na Méar and Listowel Volunteers in 1916

Sunday December 6 2015 in Listowel Town Square

photo; Listowel Tidy Towns

Listowel partied last evening as the Listowel Tidy Town Committee switched on the Christmas Tree Lights. We gathered in The Square, we bopped to the music as we ate hot dogs, mince pies and goodies from Lizzie’s Little Kitchen. The children waved their balloons and munched sweets and treats from Spar Express and the adults drank mulled wine and mulled cider.  Santa and Mrs. Claus sauntered over from The Seanchaí where they had been working hard all day, Billy Keane did a great MC job as usual and the Listowel Marketing Group and Love Listowel people were justly proud of a job well done.

Storm Desmond had necessitated the postponing of the shindig from Friday night  but the word of the new date had got out and we had a great crowd and people were delighted to be outdoors on a balmy night in lovely Listowel.

I’ll have lots of photos for you in the coming days. Here is one to give you a flavor of the atmosphere and below it is a link to Denis Carroll’s video record of the evening.

Listowel Christmas Tree Lights 2015


A Taste of the Past

Photo: Irish Abroad

Do you remember this? Everyone who was ever in hospital in the 60s and 70s got lots of these. After the bag of grapes this was the favourite present of hospital visitors. I never figured the reason for the orange cellophane wrapping.

All good things come to an end and Lucozade too was rumbled. It really was no better for you than any bottle of fizzy orange and, in fact, was much worse for you than plain drinking water. The product is still around but gone are any claims that it has healing properties and gone too is the picture of the nurse from its advertising.


Christmas shopping

Bernie Carmody was minding the shop. Mary Boyer had called to drop off some hats and scarfs for the homeless. The other 2 ladies were on their way home to Annascaul from a badminton tournament in Moyvane when they popped into Craftshop na Méar for a spot of impromptu Christmaas shopping. They all kindly posed for me beside the Christmas tree.


East River just got easier to find


Sign in a shoe repair shop

Thank you, Liz Dunn for sharing this fromFred Nelson


Seeking information on Listowel people involved in 1916 Rising

Information is being sought on those from the Listowel area who were involved in the events of Easter Week 1916. 

A new book edited by Kerry journalists, Owen O’Shea and Bridget McAuliffe and Dr Mary McAuliffe of UCD, will feature details of over 150 Kerry men and women who were arrested following the Rising. 

These biographies will be accompanied, where possible, by photographs of the participants. The book, which will be published early next year, will contain essays by historians on Austin Stack, Roger Casement, The O’Rahilly, Thomas Ashe, Fionán Lynch, Thomas MacGreevy, Cumann na mBan, the Kerry GAA and revolution, the drownings at Ballykissane Pier, and the Irish Volunteers in Kerry. 

If anyone has information about, or photographs of, the following members of the Irish Volunteers, they are asked to get in touch with editors Owen O’Shea (087 7870070) or Bridget McAuliffe at

Pat Griffin from Listowel who worked in McKenna’s Hardware

Servelus Jones, a tailor from Listowel

Patrick (Paddy) Landers from Listowel, a blacksmith and footballer

Joe Mahony from Listowel, a solicitor’s clerk

James Sugrue from Listowel, who worked as a drapery assistant


Christmas Fun at The Seanchaí


Christmas in Ballybunion

This is Jason who brings us our daily pictorial update from Ballybunion on Facebook. Here he makes a rare appearance at the other side of the camera as he helps to erect Ballybunion’s tree in Super Valu carpark. They switched on their lights last night (Dec. 6 2015)

Duagh reunion and Currans of Dingle

Do you remember this, the glass bottle, the crinkly paper, the gold foil covering the cap? 

I’m feeling better already.

That was then; This is now


A very enjoyable Gathering event was held in Duagh during the summer. Here are two of the many old photos that were put on display during the weekend. 


Have you noticed how cafes have all gradually become tea-rooms? I must say I like the nostalgic feel to this move. The teddy bear sitting outside Lawler’s in the early autumn sunshine added a further touch of old world charm to this refurbishment.


Pictures of a pub with a Listowel connection

James Curran
John Curran

J. Curran’s pub in Dingle is virtually unchanged since the 1930s and 40s.  The owners resisted all the lure of the early plastic era and the fake charm of the retro period in pub furnishing and have kept it just as it was with all its genuine charm. I’m told they also have the essentials right and serve one of the best pints in Kerry. The pub cum shop first opened its doors in 1871 and was the place where Peig Sayers found employment when she spent her first “tréimhse in aimsir”. She describes her time there very fondly in her autobiography. Her memories of Currans and the Curran family were among her few happy recollections of her working life.

The photographs were taken from the facebook page of The Irish Pub film. The film will be in cinemas from October 4.

I try to keep everything the same as it was, that’s one of my traditions. Keep things as they were. There’s enough of things changing in the world”

One of the publicans you will meet in the film is James Curran of Curran’s pub in 

Dingle, Co. Kerry”

The charming trailer for the film is here

I can’t wait to see the full thing. It’s a treasure, a glimpse at a vanishing Ireland.

class photos, Lucozade and Gabriel Byrne

In case anyone missed this in The Advertiser. …

Sorry about the very poor quality.

While I was in Scoil Realts na Maidine to vote I spotted some class photos on the walls. I took a few snaps and I’ll let you have a look over the next few days. Here is the first one;

Mr. Kenny’s class 1997/98




Leo Finucane launched his video celebration of Paddy and Mick Finucane in St. John’s on Friday night. Jer. took his camera and recorded friends and neighbours of the Finucane family enjoying the night out. Leo’s DVD is available in local shops, priced €10.


Crossing O’Connell Bridge, Dublin 1960. 


Closed and shuttered on Sunday morning

As a result of repeated break- ins at this shop this drastic action had to be taken.


I couldn’t resist showing you this. It’s available from Niall O’ and is surely the answer to your gift problem for the woman “of a certain age”.

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