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beautiful corner of Listowel Town Square in July 2023


Last of the Memories (for now)

Every second Wednesday was fair day and wooden barricades were placed along the edge of the footpaths. . The farmers arrived in with their cattle early so the fair was in full swing as we left for school . We were fascinated to see bright red notes changing hands. We didn’t know what denomination they were but we’d never seen them. When the fair was a horse fair which spread up to Market Street we got a day off school as it was considered it would be too dangerous for us to walk through the horses. All that stopped when the Mart was built in the early sixties. 

All of us children walked to school  which was quite a long way from the Square to the Convent. We would walk with the Fitzgibbon girls and we always cut through the archway between the top of Tae Lane and the Market. I remember clearly seeing the car being painted on the side of Tarrant’s garage which I think is still there. 

Eleanor Belcher


Revival 2023

Still time to get your tickets


A Success Story with a Listowel Connection

Richard Sheahan (on the right in the photo) was selected on the 4 person team to represent Ireland in the International Chemistry Olympiad which took place in Zurich over 10 days. At the awards ceremony he learned that he had won a bronze medal for Ireland. He is pictured with his teammates. 

Richard is the grandson of Nora Sheahan and the late Jim Sheahan from Greenville.


Remembering Schooldays

Many of these ladies still in town may help with the last few names and maybe a year.



A Fact

There is a golf course on the border of Sweden and Finland. There are nine holes in each country.


Writers’ Week 2014 recalled , Listowel People I met and a Mathlete with a Listowel Connection

Only a Few Days to Go 

This was opening night in 2012. This year on May 27 2015 Anne Enright, multi award winning writer and first Laureate for Irish fiction will do the honours. Don’t miss it!


Rememeber Last Year?

These are some happy local people arriving for Opening Night 2014. Hope to see you all again on Weds 27th.  I’ll be there with my camera.


The festival will be opened by Anne Enright


IFTA Winner Coming to Listowel forLWW

The great movie, Song of the Sea, won an IFTA Award for best film last night. The scriptwriter, Will Collins, is coming to Listowel on Thursday next, May 28th 2015 for Operation Education.


Chance Meetings

 Three members of the Kelliher clan met up on William Street.

 The Canadian branch of the Stack Clan was researching their roots with Damien.

These three lovely ladies were helping out in the St. Vincent de Paul Second Time Around shop.


Success for a little boy with a Listowel Connection

Richard Sheahan is the latest All-Ireland champion with a Listowel connection. Richard, is the the 10 year old grandson of Jim and Nora Sheahan from Greenville & he was recently crowned All-Ireland champion for 4th class in the school maths competition “Mathletes”. Over 12600 children from schools all over the country competed in the competition; the initial part of the competition takes place online starting in January, and then the top students qualify for provincial finals, and then the All-Ireland final which was held in DCU on May 2nd. Richards parents Mike and Noelle think he inherited his maths ability from his grandparents, who have always both been very good with figures! Richard’s success will feature on RTE’s nationwide programme in the coming weeks.

In the photograph he is being presented with his trophy and an iPad mini by Sean O Sullivan (Dragons Den), Brian MacCraith (President DCU) and Ciaran Cannon TD.


One of Our Own

John invites us all to Woulfe’s Bookshop on Church St. on Saturday May 30th at 2.30 for the launch of his latest poetry collection.

I think I’ll need the gift of bilocation for a few days.

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