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Tag: Sean McKenna

In Lyreacrompane

Presentation Convent bell in the grounds of St. Mary’s, Listowel


New Business in The Square



My son in law, Seán, works for Bord na Móna. His father is retired from Bord na Móna and his mother still works in Bord na Móna head office in Newbridge.

When my Kildare family visited recently we headed to Lyreacrompane to see the latest in the local Bórd na Móna connection.

This Mike O’Donnell mural stands on the spot where the bog and works once stood.

On the hill behind the mural is today’s source of power, wind turbines.

Looking right as you face the mural, you can see the remains of a tippler.

Archive photo of a tippler in use

Lyreacrompane Bord na Móna workers had a hard life. During the turf harvest, workers (all male) came from far and near. They lived in Nissan huts in fairly primitive conditions for months on end. Everyday they toiled in wet bogs doing backbreaking work as they harvested the turf for household fires, for industry and for power. The good old days!


A Poem in Praise of Abbeyfeale

from Dan Keane’s The Heather is Purple


Garden Centre Christmas Shop

It’s open!

More photos next week.


Be Halloween Safe

Two friendly gardaí were working in Garvey’s helping to make Halloween a safe enjoyable holiday.


A Fact

There were four funnels on the ill fated Titanic. Only three of them were functional. The fourth fake one was added to make the ship look more powerful and symmetrical.


P.S. A big thank you to everyone who contacted Listowel Connection to help Tom Gould help his wife to find her Listowel Connection. Tom and Noreen are delighted with all the information.


Basketballers Named, the Ball Alley and a love poem

Listowel Town Square


Ball Alley Art Gallery

The St. John’s and Listowel Tidy Towns Art project is finished. It’s really really good so if you are in town do drop in.

The walls are now adorned with picture bubbles depicting Irish culture with an emphasis on Listowel.

I was delighted to see that the alley was still serving its original purpose with a young man practicing badminton.

Junior Griffin’s poem remembers the ball alley as it was in its heyday.


With a Little Help from my friends

Denis Carroll named most of them and I got a little help to jog his memory on only 2.

Back; Gerard Tarrant, Yvonne Croghan, Kay OShaughnessey, Martina Fealy, Katie O Sullivan, Miriam Beasley, Karen Carmody, Denis Carroll.

Front: Jacinta Hartnett, Beatrice Kelly, Marie Carmody and Deirdre Diggins


Daddy’s Girl

I’m unashamedly awarding myself the award for most heart melting moment captured on camera.


Back to Nearly Normal

Cork Opera House for my first trip back to the theatre, 60% capacity, face masks and covid certs.

The play was a classic and performed with all the respect that such a classic deserves.

Alex Murphy in the role of Gar Private stole the show. You may know him from his role in Young Offenders


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