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Time for a chat, ……… is coming and the passing in London of Seán Corridan

Across the half door

I spotted Martin Griffin and his friend, Michael Burke, chatting at Martin’s door in Charles Street last week.


Another Listowel business closes its door


One for the Diary


Gorgeous things for Christmas in Craftshop na Méar


Passing in London of Seán Corridan

Photo from

Tributes have been paid to Sean Corridon who died last week after a short illness.

The Kerryman was a loyal servant to the London GAA and had many claims to fame. He was part of the mighty Kingdom team of the 1970s and has seven London county championships medals to his name.

He was instrumental in the setting up of Fulham Irish when that club was founded in 2006 and in 2011 laid claim to be the oldest footballer ever to grace a GAA pitch when lined out for Irish in a reserve championship game at Ruislip. He was ever-present at Ruislip and could always be relied upon to the thankless jobs like linesman or umpire.

Fulham Irish issued a statement on his passing last week. It said: “It is with great regret that Fulham Irish GAA received the news of the untimely passing of Sean Corridan.

“Sean was a one of the very few people involved with the London County board who offered unflinching support during the difficult period that Fulham Irish GAA came into existence in 2006. Sean was easily identifiable as a genuine gentleman who always had the player at the forefront of his thoughts.

“In 2009, Sean joined Fulham Irish GAA to get involved with the running of the Senior football team. He remained a dedicated member right through to the end and could always be relied upon to help out when required, always there, always ready to help out.

“One of those occasions happened in 2011, when the Fulham Irish Reserve team were playing a match against St Kiernans. Playing with only 14 players, the game was close enough. To make the numbers up to 15, Sean pulled on a jersey at half time but unlike others who do this, he stayed on the field for the duration of the game, twice catching the ball and laying it off for scores.

“One of the sweet victories for the club after which Sean was researching whether he was oldest player to ever play in London. We offer our sincere sympathies to his Family and wide circle of Friends. May he rest in peace.”

He was also well-connected with the St Joseph’s club in London.

“On behalf of everyone involved with St. Joseph’s, we wish to extend our sincerest sympathy to the Corridon family following the recent sad passing of Sean. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. Sean will be very sadly missed by everyone in the Joe’s.”

Mr Corridon was a life-long member of the Kerry Association London.

Secretary Tara Cronin said: “ It was with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Sean Corridon. Sean was a long standing member of the Kerry Association in London and has been involved with us for a number of years. Sean was an integral part of the committee and he will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his wife and family.”

Sean is survived by his wife Mary, children Dawn and Derry and granddaughter Beth.”

(C* Seán Moriarty. Irish World.)


In Happier Healthier Times

This picture from 1981 is on a Facebook page called Classic Pics. It shows Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve hailing a taxi in London in 1981.

R.I.P. two of cinema’s legends, who died before their time.


Nano Nagle remembered on Sunday

Pres girls were in the church on Wednesday preparing for their very special mass for `presentation Day. Presentation Day is on November 21st. The mass is on Sunday next Nov. 16 at 11.00 in St. Mary’s

U.S ODonoghues, Craftshop na Méar and Roses

Spring tide in Ballybunion

(photo; Mike Enright)


Great golfing story from the U.S.

From Jack O’Donoghue came the following email;

Just a bit of fun from the States; my brother and I started a family golf outing called the O’Donoghue Open and have a photo  of the coveted Listowel Cup that is awarded to the two man team champions.  The event started a few years back with a small number, as we restrict participation to just bloodline family members, but this year we have 32 golfers from all over the US participating and over 100 relatives attending the post event dinner.  We can submit more photos of the event as it will be taking place this Sat Aug 9th if you wish?  No big deal if not appropriate to post.  We all share a common bond with Listowel being the birth place of all of our mothers or fathers.  My father in particular was ( God rest his soul ) Tom O’Donoghue.     


Passing of Fr Michael Sheehy  of Melbourne Archdiocese

Rev. Fr. Michael Sheehy, PE 29.8.1927 – 31.7.2014  second youngest child of Thomas and Marianne Sheehy of Duagh, Co Kerry. Survived by his sister, Sr. Laboure Sheehy , he was predeceased  by six siblings. Reverend Michael (Mick)  was born in Kilcara, Duagh, Kilmorna  on Aug. 29, 1927. Died 31st July 2014 in the care of the Sisters of Nazareth, Camberwell in the sixtieth year of his priesthood.  He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Carlow as a student for the Archdiocese of Melbourne and was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, on June 6, 1954. After serving as Assistant Priest at the Parishes of Northcote (1955), Kyneton (1958), Kew (1965), St Kilda West (1967), Preston East (1967) and then as Parish Priest of Healesville (1969), Heidelberg (1971) and Doncaster from 1979 until his retirement in 2009. 


Dún Chaoin

Great photo (by Peter O”Doherty) of a lovely spot


Listowel Emmetts Summer Camp


Craftshop na Méar

Craftshop na Méar at 53 Church Street Listowel is a great place to go for that souvenir of your trip to Listowel. There are many gift ideas in the shop and stock is changing all the time.

Here is some of the stuff that caught my eye on my visit last week.

Maurice Hannon Frances O’Keeffe and Namir Karim in the shop last week


Munster in Bloom

Tipperary, Limerick Cork and Kerry contestants for The Rose of Tralee  (internet photo)


Listowel Emmetts Ladies

Great team performance from the Senior Ladies last night who secured an away win against Corca Dhuibhne on a scoreline of 6-16 to 3-8 in the Mary Jo Curran Cup.

Back row: Doireann Tarrant, Claire Kennelly, Louise Horgan, Breda Lane, Kate Sayers, Norma O’ Sullivan, Sarah O’Brien, Maguerite O’Flaherty, Emma Thornton, Catherine Flavin, Fiona Buckley, Megan Feeley,
Front row Maimie O’Flynn, Miriam O”Keffee, Lauren Flavin, Mary Beades, Aoife Shine, Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Sarah Moriarty,

(photo and caption from Listowel Emmetts Ladies Facebook page)


R.I.P. Comic and Acting Genius

Thanks for all the laughs and the heartwarming roles

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