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Tag: North Kerry football

A Raffle prize in 1926, Moore St. and opening a school extension

Eventide in Ballybunion; January 2016

Photo: Mike Enright


Mario Perez’s tribute to David Bowie on Ballybunion Beach on Monday January 11 2016. (Photo: Ballybunion TidyTowns Facebook )


This Could be the Start of Something Big

Liam OHainín who grew up in Beale now lives in Germany. He has a huge collection of old TV cameras, wirelesses, record players, records and music related memorabilia. He is also a keen family historian and he has a huge stock of old photos recalling a way of life now largely forgotten.

He posts some of his photos on Facebook from time to time. 

Recently Liam posted the below photo.

The building is the old Presentation Listowel girls’ Primary School. Scaffolding is up around the building and half of the roof is stripped. The school is now demolished.

The sight of this photo prompted me to write to Liam to ask if he had any more photos of the convent or schools.

He replied with the following great story.

“A story about the convent . They were trying to raise
money for renovations in 1926 . So they had a raffle with this Radio as first
prize. My Grandfather, William Hannon won it and it was the first Radio in
Beale just in time for the opening by Douglas Hyde of Ireland’s first radio
Station, 2RN.

I spent years looking for this. My family  had given it to someone in the late 40ties,
It had given great service to the family and often all the neighbours as well
when a football match was on.

 My father had
given me such a good description of it that I could identify the make etc . He
remembered listening to Lord HawHaw broadcasting from Radio Bremen during the

I found it at a market 10 years ago and paid the sum
asked. If the seller had know how long I was looking he could have made more

 Now comes a twist, my father remembered also letting one of the wave
change coils fall and being relieved when it still worked despite having a chip
knocked off it. Recently while cleaning I discovered that one of the plug in
coils had a chip out of it, Could it be possible that this was the one my Dad
let fall all those years ago in Beale? I
like to think that I really found the one that my Grandfather won in the raffle.
It’s my prized possession .”


Moore Street

Photo: Anne Coury

This old photo shows what Moore St looked like in the 1950s. I know it has emotional and historic connections that appeal to some who want to preserve it. I can see little architectural merit in it.


Oficial opening of the Extension to Presentation Secondary School Listowel in 1985

Fr. Denis O’Mahoney C.C., Bishop Diarmuid O’Suilleabháin, Jimmy Deenihan…… Dick Spring, Sr Sheila Kelliher, Fr. Dermot Clifford and Sr. Eileen


Victory Celebration

Sure to bring a smile to all Listowel people around the globe as Listowel Emmetts celebrate their North Kerry Final championship victory over Brosna last Saturday.

Barry O Halloran

Happy New Year 2013

THE place to be on New Year’s Eve is Sydney Australia. They do the very best firework display. Julie Evans, friend of this blog lives there. She enjoyed the display and sent us these photos.



As usual, on the first Thursday of the year there was a horse fair on the streets of Listowel.

Jer took a video. 

and I took a few photos


Jer. was also at the Ballyheigue Races. 


I am slowly getting through listowelconnetion correspondence after the break and I will respond to all in due course. If there is anything that readers can help with, I will post it in the next few days.

The first interesting letter is from Brisbane

Hi Mary,

My name is Kath. I just came across your Listowel Connection
blog, with the Irish famine orphans to Australia. I noticed that you are
originally from Kanturk. My 4x great-grandmother, Catherine Fitzgibbon and her
sister Elizabeth, were from Kanturk. They were both shipped out under the Earl
Grey Scheme, on the Maria in 1850. Catherine was 18 and Elizabeth 19. Their
parents William and Judith were listed as deceased. Neither of them is listed
on any famine memorial, and I know little of their life in Ireland, having hit
the proverbial brick wall. I am wondering if you would be able to give me any
hints, tips, basically anything, that could help. I would be very grateful as I
would love to know more about these women and what their lives were like,
including the area they grew up in.





This is a great site for anyone researching Ireland during WW1:  lots of links and resources.


After a 50 year wait Duagh became North Kerry football champions yesterday. I don’t pretend to know anything about football so I’ll let my photos do the talking.

The sun sets on the 2013 NK Championship
the constant toing and froing to the shop.
The queue at half time
Small section of the huge crowd

cars everywhere
Every vantage point taken

nervous fag at half time
section of the stand

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