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WW1 Dead Remembered, Pride of Place, Kerry Crusaders, a Listowel born veteran and The Field in St. Johns

Nothing about War is Glorious

Yesterday, in the aftermath of Friday November 13th’s atrocities in Paris, was a good day to remind ourselves of all that was has taken from North Kerry by war. The good people atListowel Military Tattoo organized a moving ceremony to commemorate all the local soldiers who had lost their lives in WW1 and also to remember all those who had lost their lives in any conflict. We remembered too the civilians who died because they were caught up in conflict.

The flag at the memorial stone flew at half mast.

Inside St. John’s the stage and auditorium were decorated with the flags of many nations. The ceremony was a non denominational religious one. We prayed and observed silence for all those idealistic people who had given their lives for a cause they believed in.

 This young lady read the poem, In Flanders Fields, in memory of her ancestor who died in WW1 and whose remains were only recovered in 2002.

Then a procession of people read the names of people from their locality who had died. Some of the young people struggled with names like Gallipoli, Salonica, Ypres and The Somme.

These theatres of war were once household names.

The names of the dead were the familiar names of our neighbours and fellow townsfolk.

Jimmy Deenihan reminded us that war is not too far away in today’s world.


Pride of Place 2015

We didn’t win. Castlemartyr did. But there was a small consolation in an award which went Kerry’s way.

 It went to to Kerry Traveller  Health and Community Development Project.

Listowel people take great pride in their own place. We don’t need an award to tell the world that.

A huge vote of thanks is due toListowel Tidy Towns and everyone who put in such a massive effort to win us this accolade.

Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach.

Photo from Listowel Tidy Towns shows the Listowel contingent at the awards ceremony in Ennis on Saturday.


Kerry Crusaders Big Day, Saturday November 14 2015

These are some of the dry Crusaders who were helping with the registration on Saturday. Months of hard work went into the organization of Kerry Crusaders first competitive run in Listowel. Despite the truly dreadful weather the event was a huge success. 

You will find all the details and some more photos on their Facebook page (link above).

Vincent Carmody was one of the many participants in the 10k walk on Saturday.


Another treasured photo from Paul Murphy

Bill Kearney at the mike.


Listowel born U.S. Army veteran

This is Jimmy O’Connor,  who was born in Tannavalla, Listowel in 1935. Jimmy served in the US army . On his return home from Chicago he married Eileen from Greenville.

Jimmy’s son, Brian sent me the photo.


The Field in St. John’s

St. John’s was full to the rafters every night last week.  Such was the demand for tickets that they had to put on an extra performance of John B.’s powerful and disturbing play.

Nora Relihan and Joe Murphy serving refreshments at the interval, in St. John’s on Thursday November 12 2015.

The Lartigue, Pride of Place and a date for the diary

Lovely Listowel

Dr. Halketts on Church St. is getting a lovely paint job done.

Scoil Realt na Maidine decked out in Kerrys’ green and gold


A Journey on The Lartigue in 2015

When I was in The Lartigue Museum on Sept 1 I met two lovely railway enthusiasts. This lovely friendly couple were from Canada and they, like so many visitors to the museum, had come to Listowel especially to ride on this unique train. They were full of admiration and praise and they thoroughly enjoyed their train journey and couldn’t wait to tell them all at home about their adventure.

 They posed on the running board for a photo.

Two local visitors shared the journey with us.

The locomotive has to be turned manually.

 The visitors were intrigued by this procedure.

Now the front is the back and vise versa so the guard had to bring a lateen to the rear of the train.

Every citizen of Listowel should take a ride on the Lartigue. It is a trip back in time, full of history and romance.


Last Photos from Pride of Place 2015

Listowel’s love affair with Racing was recognized in this welcoming display.

Tech Space was showing what one can do with computers.

Máire and Liz were manning the Writers’ Week display. They presented a gift of words to the judges.

World champion dancer, Seán Slemon waiting his turn to entertain the judges

The best of Irish step dancing was on display.

The judges chatted to everyone and took an interest in every exhibit.

Maire Logue, Jimmy Moloney, Liz Dunne and Mary Hanlon at The Seanchaí

The judges were interested and appreciative.

Mary Anne O’Connor, chair of Listowel Active Retirement Group, Cara Trant of Kerry Literary and Heritage Centre, Maire Logue, Festival Manager, Listowel Writers’ Week, Joan Byrne, Listowel Tidy Towns and Liz Dunne, Vice Chairperson Listowel Writers’ Week.

Eddie Moylan of Listowel Vintage Wireless Museum shows some of his artifacts to the judges who had never seen a gramophone horn in real life before.

One final Dance an Doras and they were away to see some Living Literature upstairs.


Slack Day, Sept 15 2015

Jerry Hannon took this photo of Pat Healy and Berkie Browne enjoying a rare day off during Listowel Race Week . It’s business as usual for this pair again tomorrow, Weds Sept 16 2015.


Friday Night is Culture Night

Listowel Races, Pride of Place 2015 and a traditional thatched cottage

Race week in Listowel and an All Ireland Final to look forward to

Listowel is festooned for Race Week but football is not too far from people’s minds.

Meanwhile on The Island…..

(Photo; Bridget O’Connor)

The weather is spoiling everything.


More Photos from the Pride of Place judging

All of these local people were in The Lartigue Museum for the judges visit.


Looking Lovely!


“Fond memory brings the light

Of other days around me”

Photo from The Capuchin Archives

By the roadside, Croagh Patrick, County Mayo, c. 1910

An image of a traditional thatched cottage at the base of Croagh Patrick, a mountain and an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo. It is climbed by pilgrims on Reek Sunday every year (the last Sunday in July). The photograph dates to about 1910 and was taken by Fr. Angelus Healy OFM Cap. (1875-1953) who was known as the ‘Guardian of the Reek’ in honour of his long association with the pilgrimage. This association lasted from 1906 to 1949, during which he climbed the mountain forty-two times missing only two years, in 1919 due to a railway strike and 1922 due to the Civil War. (Image Identifier: CA-PH-1-51).

Co. Cork countryside, in The Lartigue Museum and Crusaders in Dingle

Life in the Country 2015

These great photos of tillage farming in Liscarroll, Co. Cork were taken last week by local photographer, Denis MacSweeney.


More from The Lartigue Museum at Pride of Place Judging

Jimmy Deenihan with Martin Griffin welcome the visitors to the museum where a great crowd of local business people had gathered to meet them.


Crusade to Dingle

A group of Kerry Crusaders who ran marathons and half marathons in Dingle on Saturday.


The Good Old Days

(Photo: Facebook)


Christy Browne Remembered

Christy Browne, artist and his mother are remembered at this time. Christy passed away in Sept 1981 after a life spent painting with his left foot.

Christy Browne was the youngest of 13 children born to a Crumlin family. Christy’s mother never let his cerebral palsy stop Christy doing anything he wanted. She encouraged his art and his writing. He celebrated her in his autobiography My Left Foot which was later to be made into a film. Brenda Fricker won an Oscar for her portrayal of Christy’s mother.

Christy married and lived out his final years in Co. Kerry.

(Photos; Rare Irish Stuff)


Kearney’s Bar , Moyvane

The late Dan Kearney of Moyvane with some of his customers and with some of his grandchildren

(photos: Moyvane Village)

Listowel Marching Band, Pride of Place the town park and Pres. girls named

Kerry Fuscia in bloom

(photo: Elizabeth Brosnan)


Listowel Marching Band

These photos were supplied to me by Betty Stack. They are from a Ballyheigue magazine in the eighties.


Pride of Place 2015

Here are some of the people who were in The Lartigue Museum on Tuesday Sept 1 2015 for the Pride of Place judging.

Prestige Foods supply hotels with these yummy desserts.

Prestige Foods

John Cronin of Cronin’s Cider  was giving out samples. It is delicious, fresh and refreshing. John promises that it will not give you a hangover as it is additive free. I’ll certainly be buying it on the basis of my first sample.

Eabha Jones with their goodies .

Helen and Armel of Allos had a very appetizing looking array of food on display on their beautifully styled table, a feast for the eye as well as the belly.

If, as folk wisdom says,  the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I’d say Listowel certainly won the heart of the judges on Tuesday.

The minister was working so he declined to sample the cider. He stuck to tea.


Scully’s Corner

In the Town Park

Listowel Community Centre

These containers were covered in artistic graffiti. Maybe they will be again.

The playground and the Dandy Lodge in the background


In the Small Square

In town last week I ran into my friend, Cathy Healy and I persuaded her to pose for a photo with Eamonn Sullivan.


Mystery Solved….nearly

Eileen O’Sullivan remembers them all for it was her class. The photo which was given to me by Anne Dillon brought back happy memories to Eileen.

Here are the names as Eileen remembers them:

Carmel Moloney,  Marie Greaney,  Christina O Driscoll,  Majella Maher,  Mary O Donnell,  Maureen Aherne,  Eileen Lane,  Breda O Connor,  Marie Buckley,  June O Connor,  

Mary Moran,  Carmel Hennessey,  Teresa Lyons,  Muireann Moloney, 

Marian O Rourke Rip. Geraldine Buckley

Liz Chute and Breda Ferris got some, but not all of these;

Back: McCarthy sisters, Mary Lyons, Bernie MacAulliffe, Marie Daly, Veronica Lawlor R.I.P.

Middle; Carmel Guiney?

Front: Geraldine Dowling, Anne O’Donnell, Anne O’Connor and Catherine O’Keeffe


Pattern Day in Ballyheigue 2015

Photo: Tadhg Horan

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