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Tag: The Listowel Arms

Vick’s Vaporub, Hunting in Ballylongford and a meeting with an Author

Lovely snap by T.J. MacSweeney


A Panacea

The below ad. was found on the internet.

 Do you remember Vick’s VapoRub?

Does anyone use the word embrocation any more?

Maybe my question is answered. My autocorrect just changed embrocation to imprecation!

Is there anything this miracle embrocation couldn’t be claimed to cure?


Ballylongford Sunday

Jason of Ballybunion Prints took this photo in Ballylongford a while back.


The Listowel Arms Hotel, Munster’s favourite wedding venue

Couples are coming from all over to The Listowel Arms to book their weddings.

There are all kinds of special touches and details that make this the stand out venue for your special day.

My boys tried out a fireside pose in case a groom had a turf or Bord na Mona connection.


Morning with the author in Ballincollig Library

Kristin Gleeson has written a novel based loosely around the story of St. Gobnait of Ballyvourney. Kristin is third from right in the photo. I, along with a group of other book lovers, got to talk to her and ask her about the writing process in general and this book in particular, recently in Ballincollig Library.


Listowel Fireman Photographed by John Kelliher a few years ago

L/R Jimmy Sheehan, Pat O Carroll, John Curtin, Liam Enright, Diarmuid Walsh, Driving Dave Mary Caplice, Passenger Jerry Mullins.


Look who I Met on Church St.?

On Monday morning Conor and Seán Moriarty and their men were making an early start on the Christmas lights. 

A more sure sign than the Christmas ads that Santa is on his way to Listowel.

Plus ça change……April horsefair

More from April 3rd’s horsehair


Limerick 1853…..many young men of twenty…….

from the twitter feed Limerick 1914


Closed last week


Wigs and jigs

World Irish Dancing Championships are closer to home this year.

The very best of luck to Sean Slemon who is carrying all our hopes and dreams into this huge arena. Whatever the outcome in London this little lad is some dancer!

Well done to The Listowel Arms on winning the prize for best wedding venue at the Munster wedding awards 2014

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