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Ballybunion, Beards and Cosy Caps


Help with names or a date for this old Ballybunion school photo would be appreciated. This photo appeared in The Advertiser.


Paul Galvin , as always, right on trend

A beard keeps you young, healthy
and handsome according to Science

(Online World Observer)

Gentlemen, they’re not just for
hipsters and the homeless any more. While both dead sexy and totally awesome,
beards are also a boon to your overall health. Researchers discovered that men
with beards and moustaches actually enjoy numerous benefits including, but not
limited to, instant handsomeness.

A study from the University of
Southern Queensland, published in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry
journal, found that beards block 90 to 95 percent of UV rays, thereby
slowing the aging process and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Got asthma?
Pollens and dust simply get stuck in that lustrous facial hair. Additionally
all hair retains moisture and protects against the wind, keeping you looking
young and fresh-faced. What’s more, shaving is usually the cause of ingrown
hairs and bacterial infections that lead to acne.

Have you tossed your razor in the
trash yet?

To conduct the study, researchers
left bearded mannequins, along with less attractive, follically-challenged
ones, in the blistering sun of the Australian outback and then compared the
amount of radiation absorbed by each.

But don’t forget to take care of
those blessed follicles; beards can also spread infection if not properly cared
for and make consumption of certain foods (e.g. cheeseburgers, corn on the cob,
falafel sandwiches—anything with hummus actually, bagel ‘n’ schmear, syrupy
pancakes) rather laborious. Fuzzy-faced men would be wise to take advantage of
beard wash and beard oil, essential tools for looking and feeling
your beardy best.


Knitwits, Listowel’s knitting group, has just posted 218 caps to KozyKaps4Kids, the US charity which distributes handmade caps to children who are undergoing chemotherapy


The town is in mourning for Anthony Curtin,  former mayor of Listowel and long time champion of everything in Clounmacon. May he rest in peace

I took this photo at the unveiling of the statue of Nano Nagle  in Novenber 2010 when Anthony was mayor.


Horse Fair photos next week.

St. Patrick’s Day in Listowel 2013 and some more 1974 ads.Old ads,

Fran’s the man alright. A great start to his papacy. Let’s hope the humility and empathy filters down the ranks as he follows in the footsteps of the fisherman.


A short video I made on St. Patrick’s Day 2013


A few more photos from the parade


More ads from panto programme 1974


Nice one!


From the official website of the GAA to publicize the next round of the Allianz football league and the clash of the old rivals.

La fashionista,Friday stroll, old ads and the twin tub

Listowel’s newest fashion emporium on Market St.


For a brief few days two weeks  ago we had a lovely spell of fine weather. Was it summer?

The very best neighbour in the whole world came and mowed our lawn.

Jim got out and about for the first time in 2013. On our travels, we encountered Billy Keane and Fr. Haulie Ashe, both looking well and in good spirits.

It was Friday and Denis Walshe was distributing The Advertiser. I told him that he reminded me of Lofty Kelliher. Denis had never heard of Lofty!


Some more ads from 1974


How many of you remember the twin tub? I remember when this washing machine was the height of luxury.


Yesterday we had a great St. Patrick’s Day parade. I took so many photos that it will take me a day or two to sort them out for posting here.

Here are two from Facebook

My St. Patrick’s Day visitors, including Ted…….more on Ted tomorrow
NKRO float from Doreen Buckley


THE rugby

Well done the girls!

St. Patrick’s Day and 1974 panto programme

This photograph was taken in Listowel during the 90’s

St. Patrick’s Day in Dungarvan in 1952

Dublin 1961

And some photos from  Listowel 2012


I was sent this joke to give you a laugh for the weekend:

An Irishman goes into the confessional box after years of being
away from the Church.

He is amazed to find a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap.
On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates.

Then the priest comes  in.

Excitedly, the Irishman begins…..”Father, forgive me, for it’s
been a very long time since I’ve been to confession, but I must first admit
that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be.”

The priest replies, “Get out. You’re on my side.”


Listowel Emmetts 1983


Remember my ads from 20 years ago? Anne Moloney has helped me to go one better. She gave me a panto  programme from 40 years ago and I will drip feed the ads to you over the next few days.

Jan 1974


Jer took these photos at Dr. Eugene Duffy’s Lenten lecture in St. Patrick’s Hall on Wednesday night.

and he made a little video

Jennifer Musa,Kerry 1968, old ads and Pres. photos

Jennifer Musa, formerly Bridget Wren of Tarbert

Have you ever heard of this lady? I had never heard of her until Thursday last when I heard her story in St. Johns. Here it is for you in Kerry museum’s website:

Her story is so fascinating, I can’t believe that she has not been celebrated more widely in Ireland and particularly in North Kerry where she was born.

Here are the bones of her life from Wikipaedia.

Jennifer Musa (11 November 1917
– 13 January 2008) was an Irish-born
nurse, second wife of Qazi Musa, is often often nicknamed the “Queen of

Jennifer Musa was born Bridget Wren at
Tarmons, County Kerry
in 1917. She left Ireland to train as a nurse. In 1939 she met prominent
politician Qazi Musa, brother of Qazi Muhammad Essa, a
prominent activist in the Pakistan Movement while
studying at Oxford. Qazi
Musa was the eldest son of the Prime Minister of present day Kalat District. Jennifer
Musa took the name Jehan Zeba and married Qazi the following year.

After his sudden death in a car accident in
1956, Jennifer Musa decided to settle permanently in her husband’s home town of
Pishin. She joined
the National Awami
and was elected to Pakistan’s first Parliament in 1970. During
that time she often clashed with the Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.


had five children: four sons and one daughter. Her son Ashraf Jehangir
is a senior Pakistani diplomat.


I found the following photos on Terrace Talk website

Fitzgerald Stadium in the 1950s

The Kerry team 1968


Some more ads from 20 years ago

And from the same yearbook a few team photos

Ah! where have the years flown?


Listowel Community College is issuing a rallying call to all its past pupils. They want as many past pupils as possible to march with them in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. NKRO is also looking for volunteers for its float.


Lovely photo of the Tralee to Blennerville steam train on REA North’s website.


She is one of our own

It’s been confirmed that the Kingdom of Kerry has links to the future Queen of England.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is a descendant of the first Baron of Kerry, Thomas Fitzmaurice, who died around 1260.

Tourism Ireland unveiled the details at an event in the House of Commons in London.

Research carried out by genealogists shows that Kate Middleton has connections – through the Lupton family from Yorkshire – with the Fitzmaurices, a noble family from Kerry, who in turn had links back to Brian Ború, the first High King of Ireland.

CEO of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons, says it’s great news in this, the year of the Gathering, and Irelands’ Family History Year.    (Radio Kerry)

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