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Tag: The Cashen

Our Little Stretch of Greenway

Rainbow over Listowel

Photo taken by Edel O’Connor as she left St. Mary’s on Sunday October 30th 2022


The Lartigue Little Theatre

The Kerryman April 1 1972

The Listowel Notes announced the beginning of this iconic Listowel theatre. The first fundraising efforts were very modest i.e. a jumble sale..


Local People at the Official Opening of the Listowel Abbeyfeale Greenway

Margaret, Daisy and guest
Damien brought his dog. Dogs are welcome on the greenway.
Christy, Damien and Moss were there to witness history being made

Keen cyclist, Jimmy Moloney, stopped for a chat with his neighbour, Marie Regan on his way home from the opening ceremony.


Our Newest Mural

Garrett Joyce has finished our latest mural by now. When I visited him on October 28th 2022 he was nearly finished.

If you can at all, do go and see it for yourself. My photos don’t do it justice.


End of an Era

Breda Canty, photographer, took the photo of fisherman on The Cashen at 5.30 am one morning. Breda was doing a big clearout of her stock at Listowel Food and Craft Fair. I bought this never to be repeated image,. I was tempted to buy the lot. She has some beautiful pictures of North Kerry.


Just a Thought or Six

Source; The internet


Flags,Boat on The Cashen, Aras Mhuire and The Ring of Kerry and Listowel’s Video Masters

Some Tricolours flying in Listowel This week


Sailing on The Cashen

A local photographer snapped these two “messing about on the river”.


A Last Few from St. Patrick’s Day 2016


Aras Mhuire and The Ring of Kerry Cycle

Aras Mhuire is one of 2016’s chosen charities for The Ring of Kerry Cycle on July 2

Established in 1971 by members of the local St Vincent De Paul that included Mary B Keane, John B Keane’s wife, for a number of years it operated as a welfare home to accommodate the needs of the elderly in the North Kerry area. It was only in 1992 that it officially became registered as a nursing home.

The nursing home has an extensive waiting list of people who require long-term nursing care in the area. Because of this, they desperately need more space. They are in the process of building an additional three ensuite bedrooms to try to meet the demand and keep people near their family, friends and community. One of the three new bedrooms is being designed specifically for residents with an acquired brain injury. This requires additional funding for specific requirements which is why the money you’ll donate this coming July will make such a difference.

“This is a golden opportunity to raise much-needed funds for our nursing home which at the moment provides residential care for 35 residents,” said manager Trish Joy. “We are a not for profit organisation and for us to maintain the high standards of care we provide then we must raise much-needed funds for some projects. The money raised will go towards the building of a seven-room extension including a purpose-built room for people with acquired brain injuries. We also plan to build four self-contained apartments and we need to raise €350,000,” adds Joy.

The four apartments on the grounds of the nursing home will be built for people in the local community who can no longer live alone but who do not require nursing home care. This allows people to maintain their independence in a safe and purpose built environment in their own locality and will provide the residents with a much-improved quality of life.

The homely safe and stimulating environment in the nursing home supports resident’s’ desire for independence and personal freedom. It also allows residents to remain active in their social, religious and recreational activities and connected to their family friends and community that is vitally important in their later years.

It’s their commitment to enhance the quality of life of the residents, by delivering care with dignity and compassion that makes Aras Mhuire Nursing Home such a special place.


Recording the Parade 2016

Listowel videographers, John Lynch, Charles Nolan and Denis Carroll


Remember the Lumber Jacket?

Patrick J. O’Shea found this one

Sluagh Hall and cleaning up

    A view of the town from Dylan Boyer


The Monday cleanup gang: Well done all.


Sluagh Hall 

At the ceremony to mark the
closure of the Sluagh Hall in Listowel and the standing down of F Company,
Michael Guerin gave an address on the background to the Sluagh hall and the FCA
in Listowel.

I am paraphrasing this address
from the account of it in The Advertiser.

At the outbreak of WW2 the
Irish government declared a state of 
emergency on June 7th 1940. The following year a Local
Defence Force was formed.

The Listowel District Command
covered 21 districts in North Kerry and included a Field Ambulance Company.

The first regular army
instructor appointed the LDF was Bill Kearney. 
(Bill became a stalwart of the Listowel drama Group). The LDF had its
headquarters at Moloney’s Garage in Upper William St. (This premises was later
Lonergan’s Supermarket and now houses Royal China.)

In 1943 the army bought an
old egg packing store by the railway bridge in Upper William St. This premises
was converted to a Sluagh Hall. There were 78 of these halls throughout the
country. The Hall had offices, a training hall and an indoor rifle range.

Down the years Listowel
Sluagh Hall has been used for basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball, drama
productions, Writers’ Week exhibitions, boxing and Tae kwon do.

In 1946 the old reserve was
disestablishes and An Fórsa Cosanta áitiúil (FCA) was established. This was
formed into 6 companies in North Kerry. The company met for training on Tuesday
nights and parades at weekends. The highlight of the year was the annual
training camp in Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee. This was like a two week paid
holiday for many a young North Kerry youth.

In 2005 the FCA was disbanded
and the Army Reserve established in its place. The numbers joining the Army
Reserve never reached the peaks seen in the FCA in the 1960s and 70s.

In 2013 Listowel’s F Company
was finally stood down and the Sluagh Hall closed up forever.


These two are taking part in a sketch in school. They are Rhona Tarrant and Chloe Walshe, both of whom have gone on to carve out careers in media.


Poster from 1980


Don’t you wish you lived here all year round?

Ballybunion Sea Angling posted this from his morning walk by The Cashen on Saturday April 20 2013

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