Ballybunion from the air

Ian Flavin posted this lovely picture on This is Kerry


The Lartigue Listowel Visitor Attraction

When I visited the Lartigue with my two visitors, we had a great time.

Junior Griffin was the guardsman.

The tickets have the look and feel of the original ones.

At the desk on the day we visited were Valerie and Helen. Valerie has recently got engaged.

Micheál Kelliher was also bringing  a visitor to experience one of the best visitor experiences in town.


Time is Cruel

I was doing a bit of a clearcut of my inbox, when I came across this photo that Vincent Carmody sent me some time ago. It features four old friends on the Lartigue.

Vincent, Liam, Mike (now sadly deceased)

and Paddy were classmates.


Listowel News from the Sixties

 The Kerryman Sept. 24 1966


WHETHER it was due to the recent protest made by the Listowel Urban District Council or otherwise T.V. reception in Listowel was slightly improved during the past week. Let us hope the improvement will continue.

CARNIVAL APPROACHES; Listowel it already en fete for the Carnival and Race week which opens on Sunday next. All the week, the U.D.C. workmen were engaged in making sockets in the streets for the erection of the branch lights which Tralee has lent to the Decorations Committee, so that, bright as Listowel always has been during its festive week, it promises this year to outshine itself.


John Nolan, whose death occurred recently at his home in Killarney at an advanced age was a member of one of Listowel oldest and most respected families, all of whom came from Cleveragh.

His death had more than ordinary significance for the ‘oldsters” as it has removed one of the few remaining links with the old “Gym”. Long before the frantic high-pressure sounds of pop music were heard Johnny and his accordion, or as he used to call it, “the gadget,” reigned supreme as the one man band for all functions which were held there, a position which he held unchallenged until it was burned down.

He is survived by his wife, his sons, one of whom is Jeremiah Nolan, who is engaged with Mr. Thos, Murphy. Victualler. Listowel, and other sons and daughters; Mrs. Aggie Walshe, Listowel and Mrs. Skidmore, London (sisters).


Tarbert Church

Tarbert like so many parishes nowadays has no resident priest. The church is beautifully kept by the parishioners.

The windows in Tarbert church are simple. I could see no example of the elaborate stained glass which is a feature of so many places of worship.

One of them was donated by Brendan Kennelly’s old teacher. Brendan often mentions in interviews that he attributes his early love of English literature to her influence.


The Sydney Rose

These are just some of the many supporters of the Sydney Rose. This lovely girl, Aisling Walshe seems to tick all the boxes but then so do so many of the other Roses. Fingers crossed.


Meanwhile in Tralee…


A new mural is being painted in Abbey Street. It will tell the story of the first Rose, Mary O’Connor and her fiancé, William Pembroke Mulchinock.