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St. Patrick’s Day 2023

Statue of St. Patrick in Listowel


Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a day of rest and celebration so I’m just going to check in with you here. I hope to go to the parade and to take a few photos which I hope to post here next week.

For the day that’s in it a few pictures;

Michael O’Connor’s beautifully illuminated copy of St. Patrick’s breastplate now in Kerry Writers’ Museum.

The late great Michael Dowling in Danny Gordon’s photo of a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Listowel in the 1980s.

A more recent picture of Liam Brennan as St. Patrick.


Back in the Classroom

Spring 2023 in Listowel Town Square


I was Back in the Classroom

There I am in the midst of the lovely 6th class girls in Presentation Primary School, Listowel on World Book Day 2023. The girls were dressed as their favourite characters. I came as myself.

I was a VIP guest as part of their Creative Schools’ Cluster project.

I was welcomed to the school by my friend Mrs. Anne Brosnan and the class I spoke to is now being taught by someone I taught back in the day, Miss Julieanne Galvin.

Behind us on the interactive whiteboard is our good friend, Jimmy Hickey. I told the girls about Jimmy’s exploits in The National Concert Hall. They don’t read Listowel Connection so it was news to them. Jimmy is their dancing teacher.


Alice Curtayne

It’s not all male writers in Kerry Writers’ Museum. This female Kerry writer is there too. She is a little known but very learned journalist and writer, deserving of a wider audience.


A Little bit of the USA in Cork

When I’m on foot I notice things that were there all the time but I never spotted before.

This happened to me lately when I was walking on Western Road in Cork and I came upon this sign.

Maybe it is my imagination but doesn’t that white car look a bit American as well.


Something to Look Forward To


Concert in the Listowel Arms, soldiers houses and First Confession

A Great Cause

They’re trying to raise enough money to purchase a bus for the use of the service users of St. John of God. If you’re looking for something to do on Friday night next, why not pop into The Listowel Arms. A great night is promised.


In Fashion

Two North Kerry fashion designers are in line for an award according to The Kerryman.


All’s Changed, changed utterly

Last week I attended Saicrimint an Chéid Aithrí with my youngest grandchild, Cora. This happy experience is a far cry from my own daunting first confession. 

Cora drew a picture of her “sin” or her ‘failure to love’ as it now is.

No gloomy confession box here. The little  boys and girls made their confession in the sanctuary in plain view of everyone. I even took a few pictures.

In the church of Christ our Light in Ballincollig, Cora presents her ‘sin” to Fr. George.

He listens as she explains the incident and then he gives her absolution.

Cora skips down the altar steps, her sin confessed and forgiven. Happy days!


Gorta Walk in North Kerry in the 1980s

Michael Dowling,  Derry Tatten and Gerard Lynch on  a fundraising walk in Moyvane, Knockanure and Listowel in the eighties.


From Minutes of a Council Meeting in 1945


After a long and unavoidable delay the British ex-servicemen’s houses are about to materialise at last. The initial work on these houses which are being built by the Irish Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Land Trust, was put in hands last week by a local contractor and I understand that four houses will be built for a start. To the Rev Canon Adderley, M . A. Listowel, more than to any other man, is the credit due for the much-belated coming of these houses, for he never lost sight of the promises made to the Irishmen who helped England in the hour of need.

Lovely photo from Tom

Tom just now sent me this photograph of members of the parish bazaar committee making a presentation to the late Michael Dowling  at last year’s Bazaar.  Ní imithe uainn atá sé ach imithe romhainn.

In the photo are Julie Gleeson, Michael Dowling, Brendan Behan, Billy Moloney, Mary O’Hanlon and Kay Hanley.

Festive Friday, Parish Bazaar and Clounmacon photo revisited

I snapped this at the sheriff’s corner yesterday. 


They’re putting up the lights.

And tonight in Halla Bhriain Mhic Mathúna it’s the parish bazaar….

My photo is from a bazaar of yesteryear with Brendan Behan in the auctioneer’s chair. 

We will spare a thought tonight for the best auctioneer of them all, the late Michael Dowling. 

Michael, a lifelong pioneer, provided many a laugh with his descriptions of alcoholic items. Anything from a cheap sherry to a Chateau Neuf de Pape was described by Michael as a “fine table wine” for the Christmas dinner. His gentle admonitions to the children shuffling around the front, “Ah, be quiet now lads, they can’t hear me at the back,” will be missed tonight.

 Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam uasal.


Vincent Carmody, on seeing my Clounmacon photo, pointed me in the direction of the library and a treasure therein. The book he recommended and I subsequently borrowed is called Scéal Chluain Meacáin. It’s a great book brought out by Clounmacon GAA to celebrate the opening of their new field. There is the photo of my fine young men with the cup complete with captioned names.

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