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Tae Lane, Lord Listowel and the convent and the National Children’s Literary Festival 2017

The Horseshoe, Tae lane


Free Wee Library

This one is in Ladysbridge, Co Cork. This community book sharing initiative is popping up all over the place. The only rule is take a book, leave a book.


Where it all began for the Presentation Presence in Listowel

Kerry Evening
Post 1813-1917, Saturday, April 14, 1855; Page: 3

The Tralee
Chronicle announces, with the following flourish of commendation with what he
calls -LIBERALITY OF A PROTESTANT NOBLEMAN.—The Earl of Listowel has made a
grant to the Nuns of the Presentation Convent in Listowel of the land on which
their Convent is erected. His Lordship 
accompanied this generous gift, in which he was joined by, his gallant
son, Lord Ennismore, with a most complimentary assurance of his appreciation of
the services of these devoted Ladies in the moral and industrial education of
the town. In addition to the gift which was unsolicited, the nuns having only
asked for a lease of the land—the noble Earl directed that the deeds of
conveyance should be drawn up at his own expense.


National Children’s Literary Festival 2017

 Integral part of Listowel Writers’ Week for many years now is the children’s festival which runs concurrently with the adult literary events. This year’s festival was jam packed with workshops, fun events and book promotions.

This is the great book doctor. She finds out your reading symptoms and she prescribes a course of reading for you. My grandchildren love this annual checkup and they consult their reading list often, especially if a book token comes their way.

Maria Leahy, on the left is one of the hard working volunteers who help manage this festival. On the right is the author, E.R. Murray.

This year the treasure hunt took the children around the world. They had to stop at various “countries”  and answer questions based on books they had just read.

Miriam and her band of volunteers from KDYS made these beautiful fun props which set the atmosphere in the town park.

Sisters at Prayer, The Lartigue and A Stone on Church Street

Beautiful Kerry

Catherine Moylan took this beautiful landscape photo in the Black Valley in November 2016


Nuns at Prayer

This rare photo of Listowel’s Presentation sisters at prayer was posted online by Mike Hannon.


Lartigue Ready for Another Season

There’s only one wheel on the line

And the track like the story is single.

Sure there isn’t a railway so fine

Not excepting the Tralee and Dingle.

The official opening of the original Listowel and Ballybunion Railway (known locally as The Lartigue) took place on February 24 1888. On its first day in business it carried over 100 passengers.

The modern replica locomotive and museum will open for the 2017 season in April. The dedicated team who run this venture posted this picture of the spruced up train and the lovely new standard lamp, all ready for action in April.

Everyone in Listowel should make a firm resolve to take a trip on the train at least once this season.


What’s the Story of this stone?

If memory serves me right this stone used to be at a location lower down Church St.

What is it?

Did it once serve a useful purpose?

I’m intrigued.


The Children are in For a Treat


Bíonn Siúlach Scéalach

I am not a well travelled person bu I am the next best thing, a person who knows lots of people who travel and who bring me back their observations.

Today my wisdom gleaned from traveller’s tales for is this; Concrete balls to prevent drivers parking on pavements are everywhere.

Christina Kennelly, who hails from Ballybunion where I first photographed these balls, spotted these in Torremolinos, Spain.

Vincent Carmody tells me that the big red ones are outside lots of Target stores in the USA. He has often sat on one of them while waiting for his relatives to complete their Target purchases.

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