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Trees, Listowel Community Centre and Tennis, Melchert and Second Time Around


Catherine Moylan took these photos. The top one she took in The Garden of Europe and the one above in Gleannaginty, Castleisland.


Progress at the Community Centre

They have roofed the extension.


Listowel Tennis

In preparation for the new season the club had power washed the courts. They are looking very inviting.

The clubhouse could do with an upgrade


Melchert in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a Reunion of Melchert workers

Photos; Mike Hannon on line


My Favourite Listowel Shop

I love charity shops. They have lots of attractions that are lacking in other shops. They always stock a variety of goods and you never know when you will come across a treasure.

Another huge advantage of these shops is the calibre of people who volunteer in them. I have met the kindest, most patient shop assistants in charity shops.

My all time favourite of these boutiques is Second Time Around, the St. Vincent de Paul outlet on Upper William Street, Listowel.

It opens for business on Thursdays and Fridays from 11.00 a.m. It stocks a great quality variety of clothes, books, jewellery and brick a brac. Stock moves quickly here. If you like it buy it. It probably won’t be here when you come back.

One of the attractions of Second Time Around is the lovely shop assistants. Here are just a few of the many friendly, helpful volunteers.

Cathrina, Eileen, Marie and Kay were volunteering on Thursday afternoon March 2 2017

Nancy and Hannah posed for me with Miriam, who was dropping off a donation on March 4 2017


Look who was on the Today show

Photo from the Rte website

Writers’ Week and shop windows

Bryan MacMahon at the railway station addressing a group during Writers’ week.

Sean MacCarthy and ?

Theresa Cahill and the late Mick Relihan

Ted Hughes in St. Johns

All photos are the property of John Pierse.


That was then , this is now.

Here is a selection of windows decorated for Mother’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.


Just in: a brilliant photo from Michael Dillane of Stag employees on a trip to Germany.


This poor guy seems to have got his great marketing idea all wrong. Or are we being too sensitive?

Memories, memories!

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