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Google Mapping Walk and Treasure Hunt

Picture of The River Feale through the eye of The Big Bridge taken on our Google pinning walk 

July 22 2017


Google Mapping Walk   Part 2

On Saturday July 22 2017 Damien O’Mahoney led a group of volunteers on a walk around Listowel. The purpose of the walk was to collect images of Listowel to add to Google Interactive Maps in order to improve Listowel’s presence on the web, thus raising the profile of the town and promoting business and tourism.

Our photo album is HERE

We are now on the river walk. My boys loved taking the photos and they don’t mind that I get all the credit. Damien organised a treasure hunt to keep the younger members of our party interested.

Seán needed a little adult help to find the first  clue. It directed us to the next location where we were to look for a key.

The day was gloriously sunny and the river walk was peaceful.

In the old ball alley we posed for the a group photo. Charlie Nolan took it so I’m in it and he’s not.

We found the key!

In the Garden of Europe we found the box and Sean needed help to undo  the chain to reveal the loot….sweets.

We strolled on to St. Michael’s graveyard and I took this photo of John B’s gravestone.


Resplendent Listowel in 2017

I’m sure the Tidy Towns’ judges will be impressed.

McKenna’s social, Corpus Christi procession 2013

I posted this photo a while back with names supplied by Jer Kennelly. The photo was much commented on  and a few of the names were corrected. I asked Junior Griffin to take a look. He did better than that. He gave me the names and the back story so here you have it, in Junior’s own words.


this on Thurs. afternoon but God only knows when I will complete it.

re the list for photo that Jer sent you, he has a lot of the names correct but not
all. I list as follows;

left to right; Angela O’Flaherty (maiden name Hayes), A.N.Other but definitely
not Kathleen Clifford, Maureen O’ Connor (Buckley), Kathleen O’Regan.

row, standing; Eileen O’Mahony (O’Connor), Kathleen O’Brien (Murphy), Mikey
O’Connor, Pat Walsh, Junior Griffin, Sean Lynch, Dick Kiely, Willie Barrett,Tim
Shanahan, John O’Mahoney,Tom O’Connell (a brother of Ned’s who worked in
McKenna’s), Michael Crowley, Margaret Crowley(Stack). Note; behind the
Crowley’s are three faces. I would be almost certain that the face looking over
Ml. Crowley’s right shoulder is Kathy O’Connor, Mikey’s wife; other 2

row; Michael O’Neill, Brendan Daly, Kathleen Daly, Tom O’Connor, Mickey
O’Mahoney, John Daly

a small follow up on our first social held in the Hotel on January 8th, 1962. 

It all originated from a Ring of Kerry staff  tour that I was asked to
organise on the last weekend of August. With 10 shillings left over and a chat
with Michael O’Neill down in Waterville on the day of our trip the social seed
was planted.

don’t remember who we booked the hotel with but I remember well on New Years Day, which was one week before the social date, the four of our committee,
Michael O’Neill , Brendan Daly, Dick Kiely and myself being summoned to the
Square by John Joe Kenny, the butcher , where the Veterinary Centre is
now based . I can’t place whether we were working then on new Year’s Day
or not but being a Monday it would have been a half day.

his door John Joe met us. “Lads,” he said, “ye will have to call
off that do next week. I won’t be able to supply the turkeys. Put it off for a
week.” We were literally stuck to the ground and there was no chatting
back with John Joe. 

remember well the four of us standing on a snow clad Square and wondering what
in the name of God would we do, with tickets printed and at that stage many
sold. We decided to go to the Hotel to see could we change the date.

met the manageress who was a Miss Olivia Featherston,  a native of County
Roscommon and who, not too long after that, was to marry Tommy Murphy of
William Street.  

asked her was it possible to change our social date for a week. She queried why
and we told her that Mr. Kenny could not supply the turkeys. She looked at us
and exclaimed, “you are not serious”.

said it was I engaged the fowl from Mr Kenny and he had no right what so ever
to consult ye.  If Mr Kenny cannot supply me with what I want I have
many other contacts who would be only too delighted to supply my order.

make my story short, our social went ahead as booked on Jan. 8th, and John
Joe did supply the turkeys. Miss Featherston certainly put John Joe in his

year, of course, the hotel was called “The White Horse Inn” and was
owned by renowned singer Josef Locke. The name of the hotel called after
one of his great numbers.

Locke was on tour at that time but to our luck he returned the evening of our
social and went on stage during the night for us and sang  several of his
well known numbers including Blaze Away, Hear my Song, Goodbye and  The
Drinking Song amongst others. It really made our night for us and indeed it was
the talk of the town for a long time afterwards that Josef Locke sang at
McKenna’s social.

me personally it was a wonderful thrill as I have always been a great fan of
Josef Locke.

on in his career it was the operatic scene that Locke had in his mind.

the death of Enrico Caruso in the 1920’s two of the world’s most acclaimed
tenor’s of that era were Italy’s Beniamino Gigli and our own John

the 1940’s Gigli was in concert in Covent Garden, London and his under study was
none other than Josef Locke, such was the esteem that Locke was held in around
 that time.

advice from John McCormack, however, who felt that Locke’s voice was more
suited to the lighter repertoire rather than the operatic career he had in
mind, McCormack urged Locke to find an agent, thus he found the noted
impresario, Jack Hylton, who booked him but could not fit his full name on the
bill, thus Joseph McLaughlin became Josef Locke, and the rest, they say, is

year, 1962, saw the Arms Hotel change hands and I can’t exactly remember the
reason but our second social was held in Tralee, the hotel was unavailable for
a period of time but we did return to the renamed  Arms Hotel for many
years to come. 

yes, many happy days (and nights).



( to be continued tomorrow)


Presidential candidates and their spouses 1990


Some photos I took at the Corpus Christi procession this year.


Warning: the following is in French. It is an interview with my 7 year old grandson who, last week, was “expat of the week ” among French children in Cork.  Indulge a proud Nana or simply ignore.

haut de ses 7 ans, Seán est un petit garçon qui apprécie les plaisirs de la
vie. Il aime beaucoup faire la fête et rigoler. Même s’il prend beaucoup de
plaisir à vivre en Irlande, son pays natal, c’est en France qu’il s’amuse le
plus. Il attend donc les grandes vacances avec impatience

L’année scolaire
en Irlande

 Né en Irlande,
Seán a une maman française et un papa irlandais. Il vit à Cork depuis
qu’il est né. C’est aussi là qu’il va à l’école. Aujourd’hui, c’était :
“la Journée sur l’Inde”, car il y a une petite fille d’origine
indienne dans sa classe. Il a découvert des danses indiennes, mais aussi des
chansons et de la nourriture de l’Inde. “C’était bien,“dit-il
en souriant. D’ailleurs, Seán apprécie l’école. Il trouve les maths assez
facile, par contre il pense que la langue irlandaise est fort compliquée car
les mots sont très différents.” Il est très content de savoir
parler deux langues, comme ça tu peux parler avec beaucoup plus de

Seán aime s’amuser et bouger 
Quand il rentre de
l’école, il y a une nounou qui s’occupe de lui et de son frère jusqu’à ce que
sa maman rentre du travail. Seán est un garçon bien actif. Après les devoirs,
il fait beaucoup de sport. Il va jouer au football et prend des cours de tennis.
Il aime aussi beaucoup nager. Même son anniversaire, il le fête dans un lieu où
l’on bouge et s’amuse. Il se souvient que sa maman les a emmené à Chuckies. Il
pouvait faire du rodéo sur un “bull et si tu tombes, tu perds
ton tour
.” Il y a là plein de jeux pour se distraire et s’amuser.

vacances en France, c’est la fête 

Seán attend les vacances avec
beaucoup d’impatience. Avec son frère jumeau et ses parents, ils vont les
passer en France. Rien que d’y penser, c’est déjà la fête. Le voyage est assez long
car ils prennent le bateau entre Cork et la Bretagne, mais qu’importe. Il y a
“beaucoup de gens. On a une cabine, il y a un restaurant, un cinéma et
aussi un spectacle de magie.
” Et puis en France, “on peut se
coucher plus tard. On va à la plage, on joue et il y a les cousins.

Et en plus, “je peux manger des moules et des crevettes.” nous
dit-il ravi. Seán ajoute : “Il y a trop de pluie en Irlande“.
Il n’y a pas assez de plages à son goût. Car son rêve secret, “c’est de
voir beaucoup de plages dans le monde. En Amérique, parce qu’il fait plus chaud

Propos recueillis par Isabelle Barth,


Safe Tractor Driving Skills Course for youths aged between 14-16 years will be held in Listowel Mart on Tuesday June 25,2013 between 10am and 4pm. The Course costs 30 euro or 15 euro if your family is in receipt of social welfare payments or an employment scheme such as CE, RSS, TUS etcetera. For more information or to book a place for your son or daughter please contact North and East Kerry Development reception on 068 23429 before Wednesday June 19.

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