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Tag: Pitch and Putt

Danny Hannon’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, Thurles train station and Munster Championships for Listowel

The Tidy Town corner of Listowel Town Square


Danny Hannon Honoured at Writers’ Week 2019

Danny held his beloved Eileen’s hand at his big night at Listowel Writers Week, May 29 2019.

The Hannon family at the door of the family home as they prepare to take the short walk to The Listowel Arms for Opening Night.

Maurice escorted his mother while Joanna Keane, daughter of his great friend, John B. escorted Danny.

The night was filled with emotion, love,  pride, affection and a tinge of sadness.

The story of Danny’s contribution to the Arts was told as this very humble gentle man listened. There was talk of drama and books, of plays and playing and particularly innovation in the field of theatre. Many of Danny’s family and friends were there to celebrate him.

 V.I.P. guests Joseph O’Connor, Colm Tóibín and Carol Drinkwater listened enthralled.

And still Danny held Eileen’s hand. He later joked about the manicure.

The hall was packed. Danny has a long association with Mercier Press who co incidentally sponsored the trophy.

Danny and Eileen posed with Eddie and Helen Moylan, parents of Eileen who designed and crafted the beautiful presentation piece at her Claddagh Design studio in Macroom.

His good friend, Jimmy Hickey was on hand to congratulate Danny. He was just one of a long line of well-wishers.


Joys of Free Travel

 I had a little rail trip last weekend and I took a photo of this Victorian post box in some train Station but I cant remember which one.

This is Thurles.


Listowel Pitch and Putt

I was walking in the park yesterday when I spotted that the pitch and putt course was closed. There is a good reason. The hard working club members are getting the course ready for the Munster Championships at the weekend.

The always beautiful course is looking even more beautiful today.

Lislaughtin Holy Well, Whiskey for a Writer and a Powerful Poem

 Young people enjoying a game of pitch and putt in Childers’ Park Listowel in March 2019


Spotted in the Off Licence window

Sounds like just the think for the writer in your life.


St. Laictín of Lislaughtin

In Lislaughtin Abbey.

About a mile from Tarbert Parish there is a well over which is a bush. One evening two men sat near the well, one was chewing tobacco and as he did so he began spitting into the well. Suddenly he thought a rat ran up his leg, and in his effort to keep the rat from running up he felt the supposed rat in the other leg. He tried to restrain the rat from running up the second leg but the rat went over to the first. The supposed rat ran over the man’s body and he stripped himself on the road but no rat was to be seen. It was no rat but that was his punishment for spitting in the well.

Alice Mc Carthy- Address, Tarbert, Co. Kerry

Informant, Richard Curran, Age 78 Address Tarbert, Co. Kerry

Local Patron Saint


(name not given)


The following story was told to me by my father a few nights ago.

The patron Saint of Ballylongford is St. Laictín. The townland of Lislaughtin is called after him and it means the “Fort of Laictín”.

It is said that he lived in Lislaughtin Abbey but in the year 1478 a man named Smith said of an older Church being there dedicated to Saint Laictín.

Saint Laichtín’s feast day is kept on the 19th March. Before he died he walked around Lislaughtin and blessed it. It is said that he was buried in the Church near the Altar with other Monks and Priests.

There is a Well called after him and it is known as “Laichtín’s Well”. It is in the land of Mrs. Sullivan in the townland of Lislaughtin. It is said that he visited the Well on the 13th May 758 with other followers. There are no rounds paid at the Well because it is not certain whether he visited it or now.


A Powerful Poem from Facebook

Barbara Derbyshire shared Viola Wilkins poem and the accompanying picture.

When this horror ends (because it will end), 
we will do museums and in the showcases 
there will be shoes, letters, small photos, 
Cards, hair, pile of torn cl
And there will be school classes 
that will wonder how this has been possible.
And there will be survivors who remember 
“if it was human” thinking of Primo Levi.
And there will be intellectuals, well-thinking, 
of all variety that agree “never again this”
There will be TV shows where they interview our contemporaries
And there will be those who will say that they only obeyed the orders. 
And there will be those who will explain they had the courage to disobey
And as always there are those too busy on the shopping channels
Who will say “we didn’t know”
And there will be grandchildren 
who are going to ask their grandparents
on which side were you ?
And there will be grandparents, a few,
who will answer with truth “I was on the side of humanity”.
And there will be others who will drop their eyes and will not answer.
…….. A. Nonymus

A Listowel physio, Australia and WW1and Listowel Pitch and Putt

Listowel’s Physiotherapist to champions

This is Aoife MacMahon who has  just returned from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when she was volunteering as a physio in the boxing arena for the games. She is holding the medal won by Irish boxer, Michael Conlon.

Aoife with Paddy Barnes at the Commonwealth Games.

Aoife is also Physiotherapist to the very successful Cork Camogie team. They will play Kilkenny in the All Ireland Camogie Final on Sunday Sept 14 2014. Even though Aoife is based in Cork, her heart is always with Kerry so, between working and supporting, Aoife has had a very busy summer.


Australian Forces in WW1 ……a Listowel connection


Dublin City in the rare ould times

Dublin 1946


Headline Copy

If you are my age or older you will remember a pen with a nib, a bottle of ink and a headline copy. Joined up writing in those days was a tricky business and very hard to master. They have it soft nowadays.

“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

 I must have written this headline hundreds of times.


Because it contains all the letters of the alphabet and so was great practice for headline writing.


Pitch and Putt

I walked through the park last Sunday early in the morning and I couldn’t help but notice how the pitch and putt course looked in excellent shape. I think there must have been a competition on and the course was a credit to the hard work of the local committee.


Something for the weekend

A leisure cycle on Saturday
The Races on Sunday


For the class of ’94

For the ladies gathering for their class reunion this weekend here is a picture of one of your old teachers as you have never seen her.

Yes, she can milk a goat… one of her many hidden talents.

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