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In Castle Durrow

Photo’; Neily Curtin

This evocative image is one of the pictures by members of mallow Camera Club now hanging in Kanturk Community Hospital.


Danny’s Easter Window Display

Always stylish, always different.


Olivia Buckley’s Rose Memories concluded

From Pres Secondary School Yearbook 2003


A Last Few St. Patrick’s Day 2022 Photos


Castle Durrow

To conclude my luxurious birthday weekend, the girls decided to have Sunday lunch in Castle Durrow. This is a beautiful hotel restaurant, an 18th century “castlesque” (their word) mansion set in a massive hard wood forrest.

The sumptuous surroundings are reflected in the ambiance of this up market eatery.

The entrance hall gives you an idea of what’s in store.

The stained glass windows were not of a religious nature.

This cricket bat and record book is from the oldest cricket club in Ireland, Ashbrook Co. Laois. It was lovingly displayed in a glass case. The book covers the years 1846 to 1848 with members names, accounts of every matches played and all the clubs financial records. Many of the cricket players were employees of Castle Durrow estate. It would appear the promising players were recruited and given employment.

A piece of history I found on the internet;

Viscount Ashbrook’s cricket club – on his estate at Castle Durrow – had a membership composed of the local Protestant gentry. But when the club needed extra players, Catholic men from the lower classes were hired to supplement the team. While the “toffs” were required to make cash contributions to the club, the Laois “temps” were actually paid for their endeavours.

Rules and Regulations for the Season 1847– the worst year of the Famine – show that the club members were required to pay “one shilling for every match they are on the losing side” and “one shilling and sixpence” (which included the cost of a luncheon of “cold meat”) for each practice day.

But the Catholic hirelings were paid for their participation – at the rate of “two shillings each for practice day and the same per day for matches against other clubs and their expenses”.

(Lord Ashbrook was regarded as a good landlord so we will suppose he killed two birds with one stone, improving the cricket team and alleviating the poverty of his tenants.)

A bit of flattery will get you anywhere. This extra touch was designed to make today’s guests feel special.

“Tis a long way from castles we were reared.


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.


looking Forward to Writers’ Week

Upper William Street in march 2022


Ballinagare, Ballyduff

Photo: Moss Joe Browne


Some More from St. Patrick’s Day in Listowel


Listowel Writers’ Week

I called in to the Writers’ Week office last week. I was delighted to see a familiar face. My good friend, Liz Dunn, was looking after the shop.

The office has had a facelift. The welcome was as warm as ever. As usual there was time for a chat in the midst of the work of organising this year’s “live” festival.

Listowel Writers’ Week 2022 will run from June 1 to June 5.


Old Posters

While on my way to the Writers’ Week office, I spotted these in Kerry Writers’ Museum.


A Monday Medley

Photo shared by Eva Ní Shuilleabáin on Twitter

Áilleacht na radharcanna – the beauty of the scenery. ‘An Searrach’ is a sea stack located off the West Kerry coast and it is obvious why it is also known as ‘The Foal’. Kinard (Cinn Aird) West Kerry.

Caption and photo by Eva Ní Shuilleabháin


Sr. Consolata’s Memories continued

(From 2009 Pres. Secondary School Yearbook)


A Fact

Maybe you knew this. I didn’t. Ivana Bacik, the new leader of the Labour Party is the granddaughter of a Czech refugee. Her grandad, a factory owner, moved his family to Waterford in 1946. He was involved in the setting up of one of Ireland’s most iconic industries, Waterford Crystal.


Look Up

In many towns, the shopfronts are beautiful but the upper stories of the buildings on the street often look plain and a bit neglected. Not so Listowel. Look at some of these upper storey adornments in Church Street, Listowel.


We had Musicians and Dancers on St. Patrick’s Day 2022


Climb with Charlie

Image from the internet

This weekend all the talk was of Charlie Bird and the massive amount of money he had raised for his two chosen charities.

Celebrities came out in force to be part of the action. One of our biggest chain stores blared Charlie’s new old digitised message to us to the point of annoyance.

Songs were composed and sung. Mountains were nearly laid flat such were the throngs who scaled them.

Through it all I saw only one hero, the loving, patient, supportive Claire. I know what it’s like to watch someone you love deteriorate before your eyes. I know what it’s like to watch someone eat, fearing that any bite could choke him. I know what it’s like to love someone whose days are numbered. If only love could save him….

My heart goes out to Claire and all the unknown Claires, heroines in my eyes.


Dromclough and Ukraine

The very talented pupils and teachers in Dromclough National School have learned and performed a lovely Ukranian folksong. It’s well worth a listen.

Well done all.

Verbovaya Doschechka

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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