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Tag: St. Patrick’s Day 2024

U.S. Artists in Town

Ross Castle photo by Chris Grayson

A Local Gathering

A Listowel Connection

Stephen Rynne took his mother to see Sive. They loved it.


St. Patrick’s Day parade 2014

Mosaic Artists in Olive Stack’s

Talented artist friends, Rachel Aronson and Bonnie Len are in residence in Olive Stack’s Gallery and workshop until the end of March 2024.

These are some of their beautiful micro mosaic pendants.

I couldn’t resist this beautiful little gem.

Spoilt for choice, my friend chose the one on the left. Did she make the right choice?

Some raw materials

The ladies took us upstairs to show us how it’s done. The pendants are made from coloured glass ‘straws’, very carefully cut and arranged into a pattern using tweezers. Painstaking work. a typical piece takes a day to create.

If jewellery is not your thing , Rachel makes beautiful mosaic pictures.

The ladies’ work is displayed on Olive’s window in Main Street. I’d recommend you drop into them and see for yourself. The artists are super friendly and their beautiful pieces are reasonably priced.

It’s not everyday we get an opportunity to buy a unique pice of precious glass work.

On Friday March 29 Rachel and Bonnie are holding an exhibition and reception in the gallery from 5.00p.m. to 8p.m.

More Corkisms

It tales someone who has moved away to hear the little quirks of language we don’t notice any more. Stephen Twohig of Kanturk is that someone.

“Great tack”, is good stuff

” Guzzle”, to drink with gusto. Usually the last ten minutes before last call.

” Haunted” is to have bad luck. On the dance floor or in Bingo.

“Go away outta dat”, you don’t seem to be making sense. 

“Here la”, Look here.

“How’s the Form? How goes it?

To take a “hopper” is to fall. Usually after last call.

” Houndin” is to be pursued. By an old girlfriend or the Law.

A “Howl” is a great time or a “scream”.

“ I will  yeah,” means the opposite, I will not.

“ I will  in me eye”, I will not.

 “A jag”, is a date.

“A latch”, an idiot…a latchico is a complete idiot.

“Lamp” is to look at.

“Langer”, not a German golfer but someone of questionable qualities.

” Bollox “, See Langer above.

“Langers” a little unsteady on the feet after a lot of guzzling. Seen after closing.

“A legger”, is to make a run tor it.

 “Law di daw”, a snobby person.

“Mad”, very enjoyable.

“To make  tracks” like a legger but with less haste and criminal connotations. 

“Magalorim”, presumably from “Maith go leor”, in a state after too many


“Manky”~something not very nice or pleasing. Used in many subjects.

“Minted”, someone with money.

“ me Daza “ is excellent .

” Mockie ah”, the same as the Gaelic ” Mar dhea”something fake or not real.

 “Mouldy”, not as in old bread but as in a state after too much drink.

” Mowsie” and pronounced “Mosie” is to shuffle or move on. Even less haste than “making tracks”.

“How are you, old stock?”, a greeting my Uncle Paddy would always use when seeing an old friend.

“Panned out”, is worn out or very tired.

“Poxed”, is lucky.

“Ponney”, a small pot.

“Picture no sound”, not on talking terms or the strange silent sensation when your “oul doll (wife) is moving her lips a lot but you don’t hear anything!

” A queer hawk”. a strange individual not a light in the spurs hunting bird.

“Rubber dollies”, trainers or sneakers.

 “Sca” is gossip.

” Sconce”, to “gawk” but a little less obvious.

” Scrope”. The Cork past tense of scrape

“Scuttered”, a mixture of “mouldy”, “legless”, and “panned out”. A state after a Social.

” Shades”, the Gardai or police.

A Fact

Phobophobia is the fear of having a phobia.


A Poem, a Fisherman and a Parade

Main Street and Church Street

A Poem from One of my Favourite anthologies

One of my favourite poems too

Spending St. Patrick’s Day in Phuket

Mary Sobieralski spent St Patrick’s day 2024 with Mark and Jacqueline in sunny Phuket.

Meanwhile in Listowel

St. Patrick was meeting and greeting.

Corkisms (and probably Kerryisms too)

A fellow Kanturk man, Stephen Twohig, who now lives abroad made a list of some of the many colourful idioms he only hears when he is at home.

” A Birdie··, a kiss.

“A beeor” a girl or lady.

“Belt away”, carry on.

“Break your melt”, to try your patience. “Bubbillah” a shortened version of “Boy will you”

 ” C’mere”, Come here will you.

“Cat” or “Catma]ogen”, something bad or negative.

“A Caffler”, a troublemaker or “Gurrier”. 

“Chalk it down”, I agree with you.

“Cog”, is to copy your homework from someone else.

“Compo” a way of earning money from a bad string of luck and a remarkable


“A dawk” is a punch or dig.

“Daycent”, decent.

“A Darby , a small whiskey.

“Deflicks”, the movies

“Doonchie” or “dounchy” means something small and usually smaller than


“Don’t be codding me”, fooling me.

“A Dote”. a lovely person 

“Ecca”, is homework.

“A feen”, is a boy or man.

“A fifty”, is to be stood up on a date.

” A flah”, is someone very attractive. 

” Flahed out,” exhausted.

“A funt, is a kick.

 “‘Gatch” is a particular way of walking.

To ”Gawk “at something is to stare at it. Usually a “beoor”. 

Grade” and ”spondoolicks” is money.

A Fisherman Remembered

Story and pictures from Christy Halpin on Facebook

Earlier this month a small ceremony of dedication was held by North Kerry Anglers Association. The ceremony was to dedicate a plaque by the river to a fisherman whose favourite place was this stretch of The Feale.

Tom Galvin passed away two years ago. He is remembered by his fishing friends.

Another dive into an old Yearbook

These are the girls who put together the yearbook in 1989.

A Fact

Smoking tobacco was introduced into Europe by a Spanish physician, Francisco Fernandes …in 1558….yes, 1558!


A Play, A Train, Toast and a Poet’s Muse

Bike stand with Listowel Arms in the background

John Relihan in Kanturk

Duagh’s world famous chef and food entrepreneur was in Jack McCarthy’s world famous butcher’s and food shop in Kanturk on Saturday.

John Relihan with William and Cian Ahern in McCarthy’s on Saturday March 16 2024

Lartigue Opening at Easter 2024

From the Archives

Kerryman Friday, April 24, 1987

Tons of Money; comedy

GROUP Theatre Tralee takes the stage in Siamsa Tire Theatre at the end of this month with their 52nd production to date; a three act farce called “Tons of Money” by Will Evans and Valentine.

“It’s the funniest play I’ve read in years and I can recommend it unreservedly,” director Maurice Curtin told The Kerryman this week as work started on the set in Siamsa.

“Tons of Money,” which is currently running at London’s National Theatre, will be performed by the Tralee group from Thursday to Saturday, April 30 to May 2 at 8.30 p.m.

The cast of Group Theatre’s latest production in this, their 18th consecutive season, includes Betty Crowley from Ardfert, Bernie O’Connor from Moyvane and Tralee actors and actresses, Tony Collins (Lisbeg), Miriam O’Regan (Moyderwell), Brian Caball (Ashe Street), Brendan McMahon, Mary Church, Mairead Dowling, Danny O’Leary and Kay Dowling.

Mr. Curtin told The Kerryman that “Tons of Money” was one of the earliest box office blockbuster plays, reaching a record 733 consecutive performances when it was first staged, in London in 1922.

He said he believed it had been performed in Tralee before by the CYMS Drama Group and Denis Hourigan of St. Brendan’s Park, Tralee, could remember playing the part of the butler, Spules, in it.


Stella was Dean Swift’s muse. Little is known about her. She was Esther Johnson, an English woman. She is buried beside Swift in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

St. Patrick’s Day 2024

Kay’s Children’s Shop window

Big crowd of spectators

First sighting of the marchers

Leading the parade in sunny Listowel

A Fact

French toast has nothing to do with France. It was the brainchild of Joseph French, an innkeeper in New York in 1724. He intended to call it French’s Toast but in his advertisement, he forgot the ‘s.


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