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St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018, Tom McGreevy and an IWA Fashion Show

Ballybunion at Easter


IWA Fashion Show

On Saturday March 24 2018 the local IWA branch held their first ever fashion show at their shop in William Street. Fashion Shows by their nature involve a lot of hard work and this was all done voluntarily in this case, so thanks, ladies for a very enjoyable evening.

 These are some of the hard working volunteers, looking a bit nervous before their big night.

Eilish Stack was our experienced compere for the evening. Teresa Hannon was browsing through the stock, all of which was for sale on the night.

Some early arrivals

 The scene was set with rails of clothes, tea and confectionery and lots of great spot prizes.

There were some lovely garments on some beautiful volunteer models. The show ended with this beautiful wedding dress. Some items were brand new with tags still on and every thing was for sale at bargain prices. Charity shops are always worth a look. You will nearly always find something to tempt you.


More from the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Thomas McGreevy and the late Pope John Paul 11

The sweet factory, Pope John Paul 11 in Ireland and Berlin G.A.A. with a Listowel Connection

Charles Street, Listowel Co. Kerry in 2017


Liam O’Hainnín unearthed this old one


Armstrong’s Sweet Factory

The building covered in ivy is the castle and the four story building on the right is the old mill which became the sweet factory. I hope I have it right this time.


The Pope’s Visit

Photo; Photos of Dublin

This is the Phoenix Park in 1979. It is estimated that one third of the population of Ireland was there.


Christopher Hennessy’s Legacy 

( thanks to Mairead OGorman for the heads up on Facebook))

Christopher Hennessy, who in 2015  passed away from cancer at the age of 40, grew up in Listowel. He was, like many another young fellows at the time, mad for sport…every sport

Christopher is second from the right in the second row of this scouts picture from 1984.

Like many another young man, he wanted to see the world, to travel and to make a mark. He went to  Australia and from there he went to several countries in that part of the world before settling down eventually in Germany with his lovely wife Katharina.

Chris biked and ran and regularly partook in Sunday morning kickabouts in the park. But he missed the cut and thrust of competitive football. Not one to sit and moan, Chris did something about it. He set up the first Berlin G.A.A. club. He rounded up friends who had played Australian Rules football, a few soccer players and a few hurlers. These with the handful of lads who had some experience of Gaelic football formed a team. There were already one or two G.A.A. clubs in Germany so they had a league to join.

In 2014 Christopher’s was living the dream, beautiful wife, handsome son, Tristan,  a fledgeling football team for recreation, his allotment to keep him busy and close to nature. Then cruel Fate took it all away. Christopher was a fit young man. He endured the pain and the treatment in the hope of recovery. His Listowel family travelled to Berlin to be with him and to do everything they could to make life easier  for his devastated wife and son.

Christopher’s funeral mass in St. Mary’s Listowel  in February 2015 was one of the saddest I have ever attended. In his 40 years Christopher had done so much and had achieved so much. He had everything to live for. His parents, John and Helen were so proud of him.

The reason I am writing about him today is because the RTE programme, The Geansaí, featured his club in Berlin on it’s second episode of 2017.

The Geansaí on RTE Player

His club is still going strong. Their jerseys bear the name Criostóir in memory of their founder. The Dresden G.A.A. club hold a Hennessy Hurling Cup competition and Christopher’s own club, Berlin were this year’s winners.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam uasal Chriotóir.

St Patrick’s Day parade;the old days, the pope and Listowel Firemen 1963

It’s time to celebrate Irishness

Stylish idea for our national holiday from The Irish Cultural Centre, London


Lovely celtic design artwork from San Diego


This was Listowel on St. Patrick’s day sometime in the nineties. The years have seen many changes, not least a one way traffic system.  I hope to bring you some news of this year’s parade next week.


Lest we ever forget

This powerful reminder of the horrors of war comes from inside a gas chamber at Auchwitz


The pope in the Phoenix Park in 1979 from photos of Old Dublin


Fireman’s Dance 1963-64.

 Back L-R: Buddy Dalton, Tommy Dalton, Benny O’Connell, Bunny Dalton, Jim Doyle, Michael Brennan, John Mahony and Joe Keogh. 

Front L-R: Pat Dowling, Roly Godfrey, Patsy Leahy, Ned Broderick, Tommy Lyons and Sean Curtin. 

Music on the night was by the late Bunny Dalton Showband, Listowel. 

Photo compliments of Violet Dalton Puttock

Violet Puttock sent this photo to The Advertiser some time ago . I thought some people might have missed it or might like to see it again.


Enjoy the St. Patrick’s weekend. See you next week

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