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Posters, March 1 in town and 1989 soccer

Thank Crunchy its Friday!

A few more posters;

A few pieces of social history;

Once upon a time

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky… The combination would
sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking

 along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.
They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the
family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they
would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a “wake”.
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 When local folks started running out of

 places to bury people they would dig up coffins and would take the

 bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these
coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the
inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they
 would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the

coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would
have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to
listen for the bell; thus,someone could be, “saved by the bell” or was
 considered a “dead ringer”…
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Yesterday was a balmy day in Listowel. Taking advantage of the unseasonal warmth, I and my better half took a stroll into town.

One lucky cat was still nestled in in her cosy bed in The Square.

She was casually ignoring all the attentions of passers by.

Notice the Eason bag? Yes it opened at 2.00 p.m.

Across the Square another cat was settling down on the window of The Listowel Arms for his afternoon nap.

I ran into this pair of happy newlyweds.


Just for balance, I have an older photo for you as well.

1989! A few of them are still playing I’m told.

Proposed Listowel bypass

Well done, Listowel Town Council on that decision to ask all of the presidential candidates not to put up posters in the town centre. Let’s hope they all comply. On the subject of the  town bypass, this from Radio Kerry website yesterday;

“The five route options for the N69 have been unveiled to the public. The presentation was made at last night’s meeting of Listowel Town Council, and is available to the public from today. The five routes vary in length and range from costing €28m to €48m. Members of the public viewing each proposed route are invited to complete a questionnaire on the bypass options. The NRA will finalise the route by the end of the year. Proposed Route A begins about three kilometres outside Listowel at Billeragh on the Tralee road and ends at Bolton’s Cross. Route B and B1 each begin at the entrance to the Kerry Group factory and also ends at Bolton’s Cross. The shortest route, Route C start at Billeragh and connects with Listowel’s Inner Relief Road, the John B Keane Road. Route D begins at the N69 junction with the R557 Finuge Road and ends on the N69 Tarbert Road at Skehanieran. At the monthly meeting of Listowel Town Council, Senior Engineer with the National Roads Design Office in Castleisland Matt Corridan said Listowel is a destination town, and so advised a full bypass may not be suitable. Submissions will be reviewed by the NRDO team, which will help them decide which route to recommend to the NRA for approval.”

The full minutes of Monday’s council meeting from Councillor Jimmy Moloney.

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