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Listowel Players 1996

Praying for Peace with the People of Ukraine

St. Mary’s Church by Éamon ÓMurchú


A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant

Jer Kennelly found an old play programme.


1930s Listowel

8 Church Street Listowel , Co. Kerry

Photo copyright; Tipperary Studies Photographs of Munster Shops


From Presentation School Yearbook 1991


Some Famous Faces at Writers’ Weeks Past

Com Tóibín and Brendan Kennelly R.I.P.
Fergal Keane
Catherine Moylan and Graham Norton
John McAuliffe
Joe Stack


Rattoo, Arizona and Kildare

Photo: Rattoo Round Tower in 2022 by Moss Joe Browne


Sr. Consolata was in Arizona in 1997

Sr. Consolata and me in 2019


(Continued tomorrow)


Listowel Badminton has a rising Star

Grade E ladies doubles winners Bríd Murphy (Kingdom/Castleisland) and Deina Vesko (Listowel), on the left, along with runners-up Helen Browne Moyvane and Samera Hayes (Killarney) and Munster Badminton President Michael McGrath at the Munster Badminton Championships at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre Killarney last Sunday. Photo by Tom Bradley

Deina Vesko was the star turn at the Munster Senior (Premier) and Grade E Badminton Closed Championships in Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre on Sunday with the Listowel woman winning three provincial titles on a day when the host county’s players performed extremely well.



Aoife’s Christening

Aoife McKenna was baptised in the lovely White Abbey Carmelite church in Kildare town. I’ll tell you more about my trip to Kildare later on but I couldn’t resist sharing a few pictures of my gorgeous granddaughter on her first big day.

Aoife posing with her Daddy. No, she is not standing. She is being held.

Me with 5 of my 6 grandchildren. Róisín had a trial for a soccer team, so, unfortunately, missed the big day.

Aoife sitting on her godmother’s lap and getting to know her cousins.


War and Judo

Photo; Kieran Cogan, Mallow Camera Club


An Image of War

Soldiers attending mass in Notre Dame Cathedral in 1945


From 1990 Yearbook


Tae Lane, January 2022


Old Dublin

From Photos of Dublin


At The Listowel Arms


It’s Back

Revival has been revived.


Soap, a Bridge and a Ferry

Photo: Jim McSweeney, Mallow Camera Club


When Soap was Soap

If you remember this, you are as old me. This was ‘household soap”. It was manufactured by Lever Brothers in Port Sunlight outside Liverpool. it was used everyday for hundreds of jobs. If anything, and I mean anything, needed washing this was the go-to soap.

Scrubbing the doorstep, indeed scrubbing floors generally, was an activity undertaken by some on a daily basis. The scrubber knelt on the floor and with scrubbing brush and soap scrubbed every inch of the floor, mopping off the excess moisture with an old rag. These poor women (they were always women) ended up with a condition known as “housemaids knee”.


We’ll go racing again

We’ll cross this bridge again in 2022. I was delighted to see the sign advertising a June meeting and The Harvest Festival of Racing for September has been erected at the River Feale entrance to the racecourse.


Old Tarbert Ferry Postcard


From Pres. YearBook 1990


A Well Travelled Trip Adviser

(From RTE on the internet)

A Kerry man has made it into the review history books, as he’s named the best-travelled reviewer on Tripadvisor.

The review site has published a break down of its stats, as it reaches a milestone of publishing one billion reviews and traveller insights.

User @damienstack, from Listowel in Co. Kerry, Ireland, was revealed to have posted reviews for 176 different countries. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he has actually visited all 193 countries in the world!


Ships that Pass in the Night

Photo: Lisa Egan, Mallow Camera Club


Main Street

This was taken early in the morning on January 26 2022. I was on my way to mass. The Small Square was quiet. Listowel is easing its way out of Covid restrictions and we are taking cautious steps back too normality. We have had the mildest and driest January in my memory. Hopefully the blue sky is a portent of better days to come.


From the 1990 Pres Yearbook


Our Lovely Back Lanes

One of the suggestions for our upcoming “reimagining” of Listowel is upgrading and preserving of the back ways. Listowel’s back lanes are not like the ginnels of Coronation Street but wide streets capable of renewal and promotion.

Look at the beautiful stone work on these old buildings in Mill Lane. The walls are the work of ancestor craftsmen. The bricked up window serves as a stark contrast.


Ship at Night

Ita Hannon is a superb photographer. Here is another of her excellent captures of a ship on the Shannon estuary.


Old Dublin

From a website called Photos of Dublin


From the Mailbag

Dear Mary,

Again, thank you so much for the interesting article about the Presentation Sisters and their history and dedication to Listowel.

I grew up in NYC.  My father was from Listowel.  He was committed to our family both here and in Ireland.  When it was time for my secondary school in New York City, we went to St Michael’s Academy on 33 street and 9th Avenue in the city.  He understood what the education by the Presentation Sisters offered me.  The school was a bus and 2 train rides away from my home in Flushing, New York but his commitment to the best education for me overcame the long commute each day.  

Because of the guidance and education of the Presentation sisters, I thrived both academically and socially.  I am 80 years old and still in active contact with many of my classmates.  Until covid time about 16 of us would meet for lunch in New York and we continue to keep in contact on line.   We have never lost sight of what was blessedly given to us by the Presentation Sisters in those 4 years.

I learned a good deal from your article and thank you so much for your commitment to Listowel.  

God bless you.

Frances O’Brien Blaikie


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