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Battle in The Square May 1 2016, a few people I met and a new foal in Kanturk

Ballybunion Golf Course by Jason O’Doherty


Sunday May 1 2016 in The Square

Tony Quinlivan’s realistic photo of the carnage on the streets give you a feeling for what the mock battle scene was like in Listowel.

There is a part of me that says war is never a game and is never entertaining. But for most of us the 2 world wars are now just stories we read, not something we experience daily like the poor citizens of Aleppo.

 The wreaths were still in The Square reminding us of the real fallen soldiers as the mock soldiers assembled for the mock battle.

At the corner by the castle a real guard talked to a fake soldier.

 The citizenry cowered in doorways.

 Suddenly into the quiet square came armoured tanks and “soldiers” looking menacing and brandishing guns.

 Young sentries stood no chance.

 Prisoners were taken and the enemy rounded up and carted off.

 Medics attended to the wounded.

A local garda…a real one…saw off the ‘enemy” out of town….for another year.


Human of Listowel I met in Town at the Military Weekend


Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

This business is now on Church Street.


Meanwhile in Kanturk new life is welcomed to the Stable

My brother’s lovely mare and her foal are just getting used to each other. She is an inexperienced first time mother but she is learning fast how to care for her very handsome foal. He was just a day old when we visited and Mammy was still a bit unnerved by all the attention.


You’ll be sorry if You Miss this

On Weds. May11 2016 in St. John’s a great DVD will be launched. Sales on the night are in aid of Kerry Parents and friends.

The DVD is a celebration of Listowel, its wildlife and its people. It is a compilation of the work of Charles Nolan and John Lynch, two of Listowel’s greatest documentary videographers.

Among other things it features the wildlife on the River Feale, Patrick Hickey making a shoe and the funeral of the great dancing master, Jerry Molyneaux.

The soundtrack features  some of today’s best local musicians.

For those who can’t make it on the night, the DVDs will be available to purchase in local shops

Images of the 2014 parade in Listowel and a few snaps from my recent trip home

Some more photos I took on March 17 2014 at The Parade

Listowel Tidy Towns proudly paraded their 6 hard won gold medals.

Johnny Ryan was walking with the turf cutters.

More turfcutters

Jer. Kennelly was out with the camera too. His photos are here:


While I was in Kanturk last weekend I spent some happy time revisiting the family and friends of my youth.

This is my brother with one of his beloved horses.

My niece looks a bit dischevelled as she nurses her horse  who was feeling a bit poorly. Note the drip in the background. She had to sit and hold him steady while the drip went in.

The same horse gamboling about, thankfully restored to full health.

In The Trade Union Hall I met Anne Goggin, who remembered me as a teacher in Kanturk.

Mary Lynch, now Crowley remembered me as a pupil and recalled the one most significant event that dominated all our schooldays; the death at age 15 of my older sister. Mary told me that it was her first experience of the death of someone she knew.

( Lisa Egan took the photos)


An image of war from the Limerick 1914 website


What on earth is that?

It is a bug hotel in Ballincollig, part of their Tidy Town’s ecology drive.

(photo from Listowel Tidy Town page)

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