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April Horse Fair, Tidy Town Judges favourites and a Holy Well

Minnie posing in Ballybunion at evening time.   Photo by Bridget O’Connor


April Horse Fair 2019

Market Street was busy on April 4th as a big crowd attended the street fair.

Cabbage plants

Scealláns or seed potatoes. I remember long hours spent cutting them and preparing them for planting.

Saddles and other assorted horse related tack.


Mentioned in The Tidy Towns Judges Report

The Tidy Towns adjudicators had mostly positive things to say about Listowel. A few places in particular they loved. They loved the Pat MacAulliffe plasterwork and they praised the people who preserve it. 

They loved the houses along the John B. Keane Rd by the Lartigue museum. The one below, No. 6 was a favourite.

Their report mentioned this tribute to Ireland’s most popular car.


A Holy Well, a moving experience

(from the Dúchas folklore collection)

There was a blessed well in Jim Woulfe’s field and one day they washed clothes in it and that night the well changed out to Tom O’Connor field which was two fields away. People used go there on Sundays and especially Sundays of May. Some people used go there to get cured from some disease they had and they would leave a piece of cloth on the bushes round the well. They used also go around the well three times to every rosary they would say. It is called Sunday’s Well. If you were to be cured at some wells you would see a fish.
Eileen Shine
Gortdromasillahy, Co. Kerry

Shop Windows, Dancehall Days and Market Street in 2019 and Gapos

Photo: Chris Grayson


Happy Days

Philomena Moriarty (now Kuhn) has many happy memories of growing up in Listowel. Recently she shared on Facebook some memorabilia of her dancing days.

1959…Philomena’s first dance. Dancing was always and still is one of her favourite activities.

Left to right: Bernie Sullivan, Marie Canty, Danny Shine, Beata Keane and Philomena

Left to right: Bernie Sullivan, Philomena Moriarty, Ann Flaherty and Helen Rohan.


St. Patrick’s window Displays 

Photos from a year in the 1980s or early 90s by Danny Gordon


Flower bed at an Iconic Corner of Listowel

Tarrant’s Garage at the old mart entrance is enhanced by these lovely raised beds.


Mai Fitz’s Then, Gapos Now

Recently the lovely people who run this restaurant closed for a short while. They posted this endearing message on their door.

In case of any misunderstanding, Gapo’s is open and it’s business as usual in this lovely place to eat.

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