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Christmas 2022 on the Way

November 2022


New Phone Repair Shop on Main Street


“Our Own Little Saint”

Sr. Consolata may be small in stature but she has the presence of a giant in Listowel parish. I know she would not want to be called a saint but that is how Shane O’Donoghue ( Chair of Listowel Parish Council) described her on Sunday Nov 20 2022 .

The occasion was the presentation by Bishop Ray Brown of the pope’s bene merenti medal to Sr. Consolata Bracken.

This prestigious medal is presented to people who have been acknowledged by their parish to have given exceptional service.

Sr. Consolata with three of her old friends from her days in Presentation Secondary School, Listowel. Geraldine O’Connor, Bridget O’Connor and Lisa Whelan.

Sunday’s mass and ceremony was attended by past pupils, former colleagues from Pres., friends from St. Vincent de Paul, members and past members of the parish choir, neighbours, friends and many more whose lives she touched in quiet ways.

It was fitting that the ceremony took place on the Sunday nearest to Presentation Day. The vision and ideals of Nano Nagle are ever close to Sr. Consolata’s heart.

We in Listowel are blessed to have known her and I am honoured beyond measure to call her friend.


Candles at Christmas Recalled


Plum Pudding

from Raymond O’Sullivan on Facebook

A timely reminder that next Sunday, 20th November, last before Advent, the end of the Liturgical year and five weeks from Christmas, is the traditional day for mixing the Christmas (Plum) Pudding. Remember it should have thirteen ingredients, representing Christ and the twelve apostles. Each member of the family takes a turn in stirring the mixture and everyone is allowed to make a wish. It should be mixed with a wooden spoon representing the manger, and in an East/West direction in memory of the ‘Three Wise Men’. The sprig of holly on top of the pudding is a reminder of the crown of thorns. Happy steaming, and take the opportunity to have a little festive dram yourself. So it begins!

I’m a bit late but I’d say you are not too late to make one this week.


Sr. Consolata Interview Concluded



More Second Floor Embellishments


Sr. Consolata Interview concluded

This is the last part of the interview with Sr. Consolata Bracken, published in the Pres. Secondary School Yearbook 2009. Listowel is very lucky to have this extraordinary lady. I wish her many more years of ministry among us.

Photographs for this article were taken by John Stack.

With SVP volunteer, Eileen O’Sullivan in the SVP shop.



I noticed that on William Street all sign that the EBS was ever there is already gone.



In Cork I beat Cora, the champion of Rummikub,

It wasn’t all fun and games. We did homework too, with a little help from Molly Madra.

My youngest grandchild, Aoife enjoying an outing with her grandmother and godmother.


Looking for a Book Recommendation?

Here is the short list for the big prize. I loved, loved, loved Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These.


Looking back and Looking Forward

Listowel Town Square, March 2022


Look Up!

William Street above shopfront level


Pres. Yearbook 2009, the Sr. Consolata interview


Sr. Consolate with some of the parish choir. R.I. P Anne Marie


Faces in the Parade on March 17 2022


First News of Reimagining Listowel Town Square

We have some very exciting news to share here at Brendan Mahony Butchers🍦🍦We will be selling soft serve Angilito ice cream cones, all minerals and chocolate and more for Summer months☀️☀️ from our specially designed window hatch at the front of the shop. Any customers for ice cream won’t need to enter our shop just come to the hatch outside. I think it will be a fantastic addition to the square, plenty of seating right outside the door. Our new venture is called the Square Cone. And 1 last thing on opening day which hopefully will be the start of May, free cones to everyone on the day.


A Photo and Caption from WLR Fm

What a sight this is Séamus Power, Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry all on course before a 4-ball session at Augusta.


Emigration in 1946

In Main Street

Taken a few years ago


Sr. Consolata’s Memories of life in Pres. Listowel (continued)


More Photos from 2022 Parade


Bord Gháis Theatre

Pre -concert photo by Éamon ÓMurchú


Piece of Family History

John Anthony Hegarty found this interesting piece of his family’s history.

He writes; My Mother Mary Kennelly (Hegarty), her sister Eileen Kennelly (Sr.Mary Angela) from Pallas, began from St.Michael Convent Newmarket -On -Fergus to Ville De Matel. Many others from Listowel lived there.

This is a record came across , 3 sisters made trip via SNN-LON-JFK to Houston County, Texas.
Eileen Kennelly was 22 from Pallas with  Mary M Clancy 20 BallyCashel, accompanied by St.Mary Cahill 48, Shanagolden .

Trained to be teacher, later returned to Mercy Convent Trim. Later she left nuns, and married Terence O’ Conor. She was teaching in a few places finally to Oughterard,Co.Galway. She is buried inBohermore Cemetery Galway City.
John-Anthony Hegarty 


The Cycle Path on Bridge Road is done


Convent life Remembered

Through an eye of the Big Bridge in March 2022


Sr. Consolata Remembers her early Days in Listowel

From an interview in Pres. School Yearbook 2009

(to be continued)


More from St. Patrick’s Day 2022

Lovely Pres. girls enjoying the parade


Family outing in Malahide

Photo: Éamon ÓMurchú


The Square in Late March 2022


Census 2022

Sunday is Census evening. Dave O’Sullivan found a few tibits to get us in the mood for recording for posterity


According to 2016 CSO figures the population of Listowel is 4,820.


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