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The Hahah, Killarney, pensions in Australia and more from Ladies Day 2017

Grey Squirrel by Chris Grayson


The Hahah, Killarney

In this little corner of Killarney where the jarveys wait for a fare and feed and water their horses, there is an interesting shrine.

Around the corner from here are 2 lovely urban buildings; the town hall and the Plaza Hotel.


School Traffic

I accompanied by little cailíni to school last week. Thank God we were on foot.


Getting the Pension in Australia in 1899


Ladies’ Day 2017

It’s always great to meet friends at The Races. Here I am with my friends, the O’Sullivans.

Great to catch up with Máire, Keelin and Judy

Daithí is well used to posing with pretty ladies. Imelda and Helen obliged him.

West Limerick ladies

The jazzy hat competition brought out some fabulous creations

Local ladies, Vourneen, Norah, Betty and Margaret were paying attention to action on the track.

Cliona places another losing bet.


Farm Safety

Photo: Donal O’Leary

Two sixth year students, Padraig Hunt and Michael Murphy won the Safe Family Farm Competition for schools at The recent National Ploughing Championships 2017.

Their win was timely in a week that saw another two fatal farm accidents added to the list of such accidents we are hearing about lately.

With their Ag. Science teacher, Fiona Griffin, the boys came up with a plan to get an aerial map of the family farm and to highlight danger areas. This map would be of use to the farm family as well as visitors or farm workers

Craftshop na Méar, some signs and a few snippets from the archives

Fungi Forever

These dedicated Fungi fans photograph their favourite dolphin every day and post the photos



Craftshop na Méar

Craft is thriving in Kerry nowadays. Here are some of the lovely products on display in Craftshop na Méar, Listowel. If you are visiting, don’t forget to call in for a look around. There are loads of very affordable souvenirs in stock.


You have to laugh

This photo was not taken in Listowel or even in Kerry


MacAuliffe’s bike has got a lick of paint…..lovely!


From the archives some items with a Listowel connection

The Old Age Pensions Act 1908 introduced a non-contributory pension for eligible people aged 70

eligible, applicants had to be 70 years old, to have an income of less than £31.10.00 per annum and to ‘be of good character’. During the first three months of 1909, 261,668 applications were made in Ireland. By 31 March 1910, 180,974 Irish pensions had been granted. The level of take-up from those eligible in Ireland was 98%, as opposed to 45% in England and Wales, demonstrating the need for such a measure due to widespread poverty. The full pension of 5 shillings per week for a single person, or 7 shillings per week for a married couple, was available to those with an income of less than £21.00.00 per annum.


Year of Census Extract1851

Surname of Applicant Wilmot

Christian name of Applicant Bessie

Applicant’s present address Mrs Bessie Wilmot O’Connor, 14 Nelson St , Tralee, Co Kerry

Surname of Father Wilmot

Christian name of Father Joseph

Maiden Surname of Mother Collins

Christian name of Mother Ellen

Residence Location – County Kerry

Residence Location – Barony Iraghticonnor

Residence Location – Parish Listowel

Residence Location – Townland Listowel Town

Residence Location – City-


Year of Census Extract1851

Surname of Applicant Nolans

Christian name of Applicant Bridget

Applicant’s present address The Secretary, Ministry Of Healths Whitehall S W 1

Surname of Father Nolans

Christian name of Father Jeremiah

Maiden Surname of Mother Stack

Christian name of Mother Mary

Residence Location – County Kerry

Residence Location – Barony Iraghticonnor

Residence Location – Parish Listowel

Residence Location – Townland Listowel Town

Residence Location – City-


An old newspaper cutting


The Irish Independent article on the launch of Listowel Food Fair 2014

is here:

Great photo, great cake!

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