A Great Tit
Photo credit: Graham Davies
Pedestrian entrance to Listowel Town Park with Dandy Lodge in the background
The newly enlarged entrance from Bridge Road
Sign flattened by the elements
1916 commemorative garden
Listowel Community Centre
Listowel Parish commemorates The Holocaust
This is Fr. Michael Morrison who was born in Listowel in 1908. He was a chaplain who attended at the liberation of Bergen Belsen concentration camp at the end of WW2.
His story is here
BBC Archive; World War 2 People’s War
Photo: Kerry’s Eye
At Sunday mass in Listowel on January 28 2018, Holocaust Memorial Day, Fr. Morrison’s grandnephew, Finbarr Walshe of Tralee presented an icon to Listowel parish. The family believe that the icon was made by inmates in the concentration camp.
The Bergen-Belsen camp was built to hold 10,000 people, but on the day it was liberated 60,000 were crammed into appalling conditions. An estimated 50,000 people died there between 1941 and 1945.
Following the war, Fr Morrison served as a parish priest in Australia, before eventually returning home to Ireland, where he died in 1973.
Plasterwork getting a Facelift
A little touching up to the famous plasterwork was in progress as I passed by on Church St. in January 2018.
The Success of Sive in 1959
Some more newspaper cuttings from the Sive 1959 archive. Thank you, David O’Sullivan.
Listowel in 1968
Newsbeat came to town to see if it was snobbery that was keeping local girls from applying for lucrative jobs in a new local factory. The interviewer was the late Bill O’Herlihy.