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March 17, Gortaglanna, Ronnie Delaney and Duagh 1958

During the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013, Listowel Celtic entertained the crowd by inviting onlookers to take frees against Elmo (AKA Edel O’Connor)

The theme of Dromclough School’s troop was the scourge of emigration. In the group I saw the grandson of returned emigrants reliving the pain of emigration which is ravaging our green and misty isle today as it did in his grandparents time in the 1950s.



Ronnie Delaney Feb 2 1959


I took the following account from the Pres. school yearbook of 1992. In the days before the internet girls used to ask their parents and grandparents to tell them the stories of historical events.

The Martyrs
of Gortaglanna

There was a
mission on in Athea this particular week. 
Con Dee, Paddy Dalton and Paddy Walsh were after attending the mission
on the morning of the 12th May 1921. 
They had Mass, Confession and Communion. 
They had come a couple of miles to Connors cross where they had arranged
to meet Ger Lyons.  As Ger arrived, the
lorries which belonged to the Black & Tans surrounded them.  The only thing the four men had with them was
their rosary beads.  They hadn’t expected
to meet the Tans but it is rumoured that a woman in Athea told the Tans that
she had seen them leaving a while earlier and that they were on the road.  The Tans captured them, beat them up and
threw them into the lorries.  They took
the four men about a quarter of a mile in the direction of Listowel.  They took them out of the lorries and marched
them into a field where there was a fort. 
This field is now known as the “Martyrs’ Field”.  This field was owned by William McMahon of
Kilmorna.  The Black & Tans lined the
four men up and selected a firing party from the Black & Tans.  The Tans were ordered to shoot the four men,
the orders were given and the shots rang out. 
Paddy Walsh, Paddy Dalton and Ger Lyons fell dead.  Con Dee was wounded in the leg.  He turned and ran down the glen as shots rang
out after him.  He kept going on towards
the bog with his leg bleeding heavily until he came to a road.  He had travelled a mile when he was spotted
by a man who had a horse car and rail. 
He put  Con into the horse car and
covered him over and brought him a  mile
or two towards Coilbee and put him into a meadow and hid him in a dyke and
contacted some of the other comrades.

            Con was collected by Donal Bill
O’Sullivan who helped him across about eight fields to Enrights of Ballahadigue
where a doctor was called from Listowel to treat his wound.  He had lost a lot of blood by this time.  Later that night Con Dee was removed in a
pony and trap to a farm between Ballylongford and Lisselton where he was cared
for until his wound healed and he had recovered to health.  Con Dee emigrated to Philadelphia in the late
1920s.  He used to make regular visits to
Ireland and called to the people who cared for him while he was wounded and
would also call to the location where the murders had taken place.  Con Dee died in Philadelphia about ten years

            There is a monument in memory of
these men at Gortaglanna and also the well-known song “The Valleys of
Knockanure” is dedicated to these men. 


This photo from 1917 shows US submarines in Bantry Bay.


Liam Murphy found these photos of Duagh Confirmation 1958 while trawling through the great Kennelly Archive

 Back L to R- ?-Horgan, Thomas Hickey(R.I.P.) Bernie O’Connell, Pat Buckley, J.J. Somers,Ned Murphy, ? Keane. Front L to R- ? Keane, Ned Somers, (R.I.P.) Joe Doran, (May be) Pat O”Loughlin, Me, and Billy Doran.


More from March 17 and famous ancestors

A few more from March 17th


Mary Moylan sings Sweet Listowel. I apologise in advance for all the background noise that I have no clue how to filter out.


MIchael Collins throws in the sliotar to start the All Ireland Hurling Final in 1921


Girls remember some famous ancestors 

 ( From Pres. Secondary School yearbook 1992 )

Collins – Eilín Olive Pierse, 1 Bríd

Collins, Commander – in – Chief of the Free State Army during the Civil War,
was killed at Beal na mBláth on 22nd August 1922.

            His brother Johnny had lived at the
family home at Woodfield, near Clonakilty with his wife Kate and their eight
children. Kate died in February, 1921. 
Woodfield was burned by the Black and Tans and the children were forced
to live with relations.

            One of the eight was Mary.  She married Richard (Dick) Pierse of Listowel
and had seven sons.  The second eldest –
Robert- is my father so this makes Michael Collins my great-grand uncle.

Patrick De Woulfe
Scanlon (1862 – 1893), Karen Kennelly, 1 Bríd

The anniversary of the death of Patrick de Woulfe Scanlon
brings to mind the taking off in the springtime of his life of a talented young
North Kerry man whom the Pittsburgh, Pa. press described, at his demise, “as
one of the brightest and most talented young men that city had ever known”.

journalist, and an artist, whom disease cut down more than a quarter of a
century ago, just as fame had dawned on the marvels of his brush.  De Woulfe Scanlon was born close to the
village of Newtownsandes in North Kerry and, when quite a young lad, emigrated
to America and, for a while, settled in Philadelphia, Pa. where he accepted a
position on the clerical staff of the Pennsylvania railroad.  He was shortly afterwards promoted to
Pittsburgh, Pa.  Having always a taste
for literature and art, his spare time was devoted to the cultivation of both,
and shortly after his arrival in the great iron smelting city of the west, he
was looked on as a brilliant and effective writer.

            The brush,
however, dominated the pen in his ambition, and after four years he had spared
sufficient money to enable him to set out for Europe to pursue his artistic
studies.  In Paris he studied painting
under the leading masters of the period and there became associated with Mr. J.
Elmar Salsibury, the well known Pittsburgh artist, who took a keen interest in
the work of young Scanlon.

            Outside the
studio he still continued to write for the American press and supplied art
critiques and articles under the pen name of “Vandyke”.  After the Paris Exhibition he studied in
Florence and Rome and, having toured France, Germany and Africa, he returned to
Ireland on way back to America, having taken in the principal cities of England
in his route.

            During this
itinerary many interesting sketches and articles found their way into the
leading journals of the States, while yet he was laying the foundation of the
more solid and enduring forms of art. 
Returning to Pittsburgh he opened a studio in 4th Avenue and
soon his paintings attracted a number of patrons through whom his work was
gradually attracting lucrative attention. 
Death claimed him at the age of 31.

            For many
years afterwards in his old home – a pretty homestead on the roadside between
Newtownsandes and Tarbert – numbers of his earlier school day sketches were to
be seen up to a few years ago, but they have gradually found their way into the
hands of his many friends and admirers. 

March 17 2013 in Listowel and a Glasgow Celtic connection

This is Listowel town square on March 17 2013 as the crowd waits for the annual parade to come up Bridge Rd.

some well known faces marching with the Gaelscoil
section of the crowd

Dromclough dancers

A Polish dog


A clip of John Stack’s dancers from St. Patrick’s Day 2013


Another event which took place on March 17 was a cycle from Listowel to Abbeyfeale in support of the extension of The Great Southern Way. I met this pair in The Square on their way home after their round trip.


A very successful St. Patrick’s weekend Gathering event was Tralee International Marathon


In my old yearbook from 1992 I found a very interesting article where some girls wrote about their famous granduncles.

Here are two of the accounts

My great
grand uncle founded Glasgow Celtic

Mairéad Mahony, 1 Bríd 

It wasn’t
through Packie  Bonner, our famous
football star, that I became a fan of Glasgow Celtic.  My interest began years before that as my
great-grand uncle, Fr. John Foley (1860 – 1953), was one of the founders of the
club.  He died in his native Tralee in
the 93rd year of his life and 64th year of his

            He frequently paid the rent of the
club’s first pitch out of his own pocket. 
Fr. Foley was in his younger days a crack athlete, a first-class boxer,
cricketer, footballer and walker.  When
he was over 60, a walk of twenty miles in four hours was nothing to him.

            He was a man to make you turn and
stare in the street.  Even in his
advanced  years he had the build of a
giant and the springing walk of a perfectly trained athlete.

            I am really proud to see how well
Glasgow Celtic, which he helped to found, has done since.

Patrick Joseph Keane, Sacramento

Ciara O’Connor, 1 Bríd 

My great
grand-uncle, Patrick Joseph Keane, was born in Barraduff, Lisselton on 6th
January, 1852.  He was educated at St.
Michael’s College, Listowel and later at St. Patrick’s College, Carlow.

             Pope Pius X1 appointed Fr. Keane as auxiliary
to Bishop Grace of Sacramento on 10th September, 1920.  After the death of Bishop Grace, Fr. Keane was
appointed Bishop of Sacramento.  He was
responsible for updating the historic Sacramento Cathedral.  Bishop Keane died on 1st
September, 1928.

            The family of Bishop Keane was indeed
a distinguished one.  Bishop Keane’s
brother was Governor of Assam from 1932 until he died at the age of 63 in
London.  He had served as State Secretary
in India from 1917 to 1921. 

            Bishop Keane had another two
brothers, Rev. W. Keane who was Parish Priest in Killorglin, and Rev. John
Keane who was a Jesuit in St. Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner Street, Dublin.

            I am very proud of my great
grand-uncles as, indeed are his relatives to this day in the parish of


For my Cork followers

The Coal Quay/Cornmarket St. 1905

The Brush Dance, parade photos and Teen SpiriT

Watch these flying feet as a lovely  lass dances the brush dance on St. Patrick’s Day 2013 in Listowel Town Square.


Tales from the Big House; David Norris meets the Knight of Glin


More parade photos


Jer Kennelly recorded the Teen SpirtiT  concert on Weds. night


St. Patrick’s day card from 1917

This is a Cumann na mBan card. The brass buttons depicted on the card were those of the Irish Volunteers. A harp was depicted separating the I and the V.

St. Patrick’s Day in Listowel 2013 and some more 1974 ads.Old ads,

Fran’s the man alright. A great start to his papacy. Let’s hope the humility and empathy filters down the ranks as he follows in the footsteps of the fisherman.


A short video I made on St. Patrick’s Day 2013


A few more photos from the parade


More ads from panto programme 1974


Nice one!


From the official website of the GAA to publicize the next round of the Allianz football league and the clash of the old rivals.

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