This blog is a personal take on Listowel, Co. Kerry. I am writing for anyone anywhere with a Listowel connection but especially for sons and daughters of Listowel who find themselves far from home. Contact me at

Then and Now

The Square in April 2023


Then and Now

Lower William Street


Coming to Listowel Writers’ Week 2023

In the wake of President Biden’s visit we may be lured into thinking that the USA Biden’s ancestors emigrated to was the land of opportunity for every emigrant. Not so. This book explores the lives of women who were forced by circumstances to turn to crime. It’s a fascinating eye- opening read.

Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick will be at Listowel Writers Week 2023. Their event is appropriately taking place in The Courthouse on June 1 2023.


Remembering Michael Dowling


Crowd gathered for the unveiling of the Michael Dowling Memorial on April 9 2023

Above is a brief summary of Michael’s achievements in is well lived life.

The picture is from an old magazine. A young Michael and the love of his life.

Vincent Carmody’s picture of Michael in his footballing days.

Players in the photo,

Front L to R

John (Nobby) Canty-Connell, Pat Whelan, John Murphy, Thomas Grogan, Timmy Walsh (capt) Michael Dowling, Bert Griffin, John Healy.


Tom Fitzgerald ( between supporters), Phil Healy, Celestine Stack, Andy Molyneaux (behind Cel. Stack), Bob Murphy ,Jim Guerin, Paddy O’Connor,  Jim Harmon, Fr. Teddy Molyneaux, Billy Kelly.

Supporters included and identified, 


Denny Carroll, Mossy Walsh, Canon Peter O’Sullivan, Patsy Leahy, (Trainer)


Sean O’Sullivan, Jack and Jim Galvin, Chuck Roche, Michael Carey, Toddy O’Connor (Chairman).


A Fact

Spam now means an unsolicited email.

But where does the word come from.?

Answer; Shoulders, Pork and hAM

Spam was a kind of tinned luncheon meat. If kept in the tin it would last for years. Since it was so resistant to spoilage it became a staple of the diet of soldiers, hikers or others who spent long times away from base without access to fresh food or refrigeration.

It was originally promoted as a health food.

I’ve tasted it. Not bad. I’ve definitely tasted worse.



The Days of the Video Shop


Looking Back and Forward

1 Comment

  1. Michael Sheahan

    That tribute to Michael Dowling is so well deserved. Bringing the Fleadh to Listowel for the first time in 1970 was risky- not every local was fully convinced and some were nervous-but it was a great success, largely thanks to his vision, and the rest is history. Anyone like myself who was lucky enough to be a teenager in Listowel for some of those fleadhs will be eternally grateful- such craic.

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén