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Lacrosse and Sr Mary Brendan Brosnan

The Roche family of O’Connell’s Avenue who are planning their own Gathering reunion in 2013


1989 Russian President Gorbachev with Charles Haughey in Shannon


Lacrosse news

The Celtic Cup 2013 International Lacrosse Tournament will be the third instalment of this major men’s lacrosse tournament, having been held in Wales in 2005 (where Ireland finished as champions) and Scotland in 2009 (where Scotland finished as champions).

The tournament will feature the men’s national lacrosse teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France, and may also feature visiting club teams from Canada and the USA. The Irish men’s team will be looking forward to building on its recent success having won the silver medal at the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships in Amsterdam, a fact which was recognised by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D. Higgins. Ireland Lacrosse will be running the tournament and is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Lacrosse in Ireland.

Don’t forget we have a Listowel connection in the Irish team. I’ll jog your memory.

Colin O’Donoghue is the grandson of the late Tom O’Donoghue of Tannavalla.  Tom emigrated to Pittsburgh in the 1950’s  and was a dedicated GAA man for years, heading up the Roger Casement Football Club in Pittsburgh, PA. Tom was chairman of the North American County Board for a number of years in the late 1970’s and early 19080’s.  His restaurant “The Blarney Stone” in Pittsburgh was a well-known center for Irish sport and culture in Pittsburgh.  Colin’s father Jack played for the Pittsburgh teams as well during the 1980’s and 1990’s and is still a big supporter of the GAA in Pittsburgh.


Sr. Mary Brendan Brosnan

 Thanks to Susan Twomey for sending us this material. Between the two of us this is the best we could do. Old eyes like mine will need the help of a zoom to read it.

Listowel; snapshots of a market town 1850 to 1950

Everyone is invited to the launch of Vincent Carmody’s magnum opus in the Listowel Arms on Sunday next at 5.00. It promises to be a good do.

Vincent is familiar to readers of this blog as a collaborator and someone to whom I turn for verification of stories pertaining to Listowel. He is a dedicated local historian and has an insatiable interest in everything and everyone who has lived or traded in Listowel in the 19th and 20th century.

He appreciates the value of a photograph, a letter, a poster or shop bill as a first hand account of how people lived, what they bought and how they disported themselves. He has a huge collection of memorabilia, much of which would have been discarded long ago had Vincent not rescued and preserved it for us. His book is a very valuable social document and Listowel is lucky to have someone to tell the future generations how their ancestors lived. AND he has documentary evidence to back up his account.

Every town should have a Vincent Carmody.

 Vincent proudly displays a first copy of his great book.

Vincent gives his good friend, Jim Cogan, a sneak preview before Sunday’s launch.

If you love Listowel and you are only going to buy one book this year, I think it should be Vincent Carmody’s Listowel, Snapshots of an Irish market town. Up there with Listowel and its Vicinity as a collectors’ item. Well done, Vincent. As the young people say, “Respect!”


The lights are up in William St.


Listening to the match. I remember such a scene well and like the lady in the picture my mother wrote down each score as it came. Those were the days of the legendary Micheál OHehir. Ní chloisfimid a leithéad arís, is baolach.


Recently I had an email from a lady called Susan Twomey of California who traces her McKenna ancestors back to North Kerry. Here are some extracts from our correspondence.

“My great-great grandfather Patrick McKenna from Listowel was born c. 1802, married Sarah/Sally M Stack from Duagh…they married c. 1832 and had their 14 children in Ireland before moving to America c. 1862 and settling in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Pat died in 1865 in Negaunee, Marquette County, Michigan. Pat and Sally were my mother’s great grandparents.”


“Another cousin Sister Mary Brendan Brosnan who came from Kerry to America when she was 13 to enter the Mercy Convent in Los Angeles was somehow connected with a Father Hegarty also from Kerry, priest of the San Diego diocese here, who is responsible for the gravestone for Thomas and Jane McKenna and their children in the cemetery of Kilshenane (sp?).  Sister Mary Brendan was always part of our family gatherings when I was growing up in southern California.  I am not sure how she was related either…but she was close to my grandmother Jane/Jenny McKenna Lynch, my mother’s mother. “


Re: Brosnans – my relative was born in 1897, Mary Elizabeth Brosnan, from Knochreagh, Irremore, Listowel, Kerry.  Parents John and Nellie (Ellen?). She came to America in 1908 to join her aunt  (Sister Mary Pius) who had joined the Sisters of Mercy some years before.  Mary Elizabeth/Sister Mary Brendan Brosnan was 13 when she arrived, but they would not let her enter the community as a postulant until she was 15, in 1910.  She died in 1970 while visiting relatives in Philadephia, Pennsylvania…she had been living in Burlingame, near San Francisco, California.  She was a teacher most of her life. Last year her community sent me a copy of a short biography of her…I am happy to send you a copy of the couple of pages.


Susan was as good as her word and sent me the account of Sr. Mary Brendan Brosnan’s life. I’ll post it on the blog tomorrow.

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