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Quilters and Liam Dillon’s repainted

” Stooks” of Irish Heritage Bristle/Black Oats cut with a reaping hook, this is from last years saved seed and will again be saved for 2014

The above photo and caption were posted on Facebook by a man who posts as Bromore Cliffs. He is clearly a conservationist.


Here is a link to a lovely video of Listowel shot during Races 2011 by Fealegood productions.

These and other of Denis Carroll beautiful videos are available to purchase from


The Irish Post has a great article on Second Generation Irish in Britain .


Kathy Taylor sent me 2 more from the Quilter Clan gathering. First is Jacques Quilter of Lixnaw with his branch of the Quilter Tree and below is one of the youngest Quilters present planting a tree at their tree planting ceremony.


Liam Dillon’s on Upper Church St. has been repainted by Fred Chute Signs Ltd. They have done a great job but the weather has been too bad lately for me to get a good picture of the finished job but I’ll bring you one as soon as I get a good day and no vehicles parked in front of the shop.


Clan Gatherings; Quilters and Horgans

Last weekend I was in Cork celebrating a family birthday with the French branch of our family.

Meanwhile two Kerry clans were holding gatherings. The Quilters were tracing their roots to Lixnaw and living it up in Tralee. Kathy Taylor sent me these photos.

Jacques Quilter was the driving force behind this very successful clan gathering. He is a very knowledgeable local historian and a thorough family genealogist so he proved an excellent guide.


When I was in the Listowel Arms on Friday night I met Jim Horgan who was just finishing off a very enjoyable clan gathering in Lisselton. He promised that he will send on some photos.


Jer recorded the choir in Ballyheigue on Pattern Day at the holy well


From Goracing .ie

Quick Facts About Listowel

Racing in the area was originally held at Ballyeagh, near Ballybunion but due to faction fighting was moved to Listowel in 1858. It was originally known as the North Kerry Hunt Steeplechase Meeting.

It started as a 2-day event but because of its popularity has been gradually extended over the years and in 2002 became a week long affair.

2003 Irish Derby winner Alamshar won his first race at Listowel in 2002. 

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