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April 1, Fool’s Day, other bygone things and Daffodil Day 2015

Fool’s Day

Do you remember playing tricks on people on April 1? Do you remember being caught out?

As a young teacher it was the bane of my life. Health and safety rules meant that you had to investigate every case of a missing student  (usually in a cupboard), summons to the principal’s office (always check with the school secretary first) or mysterious announcement of a no home work day that everyone knew about and you had missed.

In honour of the day I’m going to remind you of a few more things we have lost along the way…

Remember when there
was only one telephone in the house and everyone had to use it. It was usually
in a public area and you had to have parental permission to use it and then only after 6.00p.m. The identity of a caller was unknown until you answered the phone.

Waiting for the phone to ring when someone had promised to
“give you a bell”.

Checking your emails on the house’s only computer meant that
no phonecall could be made or received 


Your good tape getting snaggled in the cassette tape player.

Trying to undo the snaggle with a pencil.

Video tapes

Watching TV with your parents.

Washing up after the family meal.

Collecting fancy paper.

The Love Hour on Radio Kerry

Turning off the immersion.

Hand me down clothes. So many homes had a trying on session
at the beginning of the new season. The lucky eldest got the new clothes and
for the rest it was a case of; “If it fits, its yours.”


Writing Thank You letters, in fact, writing any letters.

Fab Vinnie and MTV

Pen pals

Fountain pens

Cycling to school

The bike shed

No sell by dates. If
it smells okay, eat away.


Ling; Where has that awful fish gone?

Twisting spills of paper to start the fire.

Red matches that could be struck on any rough surface. Men striking
these on the soles of their boots.

Untipped Woodbines


“God bless all here, bar the cat and the dog,” neighbours calling in with no purpose in mind except to see how everyone was doing and if there was any news from town/the creamery/the postman.

Ah, those were the days!


Daffodil Day 2015, when Listowel turned yellow

“Fair daffodils, we weep to see you haste away so soon,

As yet the early rising sun has not attained his noon.”  (Robert Herrick)

All of the following photos come from Listowel Daffodil Day

Good work by a very hard working band of local volunteers. Many of these people are with this fundraising venture for years. Many too have had their own very personal experience of cancer.



The Wild Atlantic from Bromore Cliff Walk


Surfing in Ballybunion, March 30 2015

(photos by Ballybunion Prints Beach)

Communion Boys 1955, Town League 1935

This photograph appeared in The Advertiser a few weeks ago. No body yet has come up with  names.


side entrance

This building off the John B. Keane Road houses the Listowel Family Resource Centre.  It is an invaluable asset to the town since its opening. I am always surprised when people tell me that they have never been in it.
If you live in or near Listowel take a look at their website and you will see some of the great things that are going on there.


Another group who don’t get the credit they deserve are Existance Youth Café. The youth group are doing great work for the town. Here they are helping out with last year’s Writers’ Week. Ann MacNamee took the photo at Fossetts circus.

The café is run by the KDYS. Read all about them here;


An older snap; this time from Scoil Realt na Maidine

Town League 1935


For an account of Sunday’s thrilling football final between Beale and Emmets look here

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