Abandoned House in Valentia Island

Photo: Chris Grayson


Watching the Tennis in the 1980s

Photos; Danny Gordon


Bord na Mona and Barna Bog

This photo was taken by a Bord na Mona employee, Mr. E Switzer, (related to the Grafton Street family) in 1948. It shows a tipper full off hand cut turf being loaded on to a Cadbury’s Rathmore truck.

Photograph and information from Bord na Mona Living History


Can you Help?


Féile an tSolais is looking for 15-20 volunteer artists and craftpeople, to complete an amazing project for its 2019 festival this October/November.

Key Skills

– Metal Fabrication

– Wirework

– Experience using Dremel tools

– Sculpture

– Upcycling

Please send a short bio with your name, age, skills and experience.

Email: feileantsolais@yahoo.com

The beautiful Illustration below is called ‘The Destruction of Leviathan’ by Gustav Doré.


When the Pantomime was the Talk of the Town

Jack and The Beanstalk in 1972 was a show not to be missed.  With scriptwriters like John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon and the panto king himself Declan Mangan, Colm O’Brien and Cathal Fitzgerald in charge of the music and a cast of thousands this panto had all the ingredients for success. So successful was it that it awakened an appetite among the audience for an annual panto and the players   and other participants had been bitten by the bug. So pantomime became part of Listowel’s entertainment calendar for a few years. People cherish very fond memories of those years. It also raised much needed funds for the building and fitting out of Listowel Old Folks’ Home, now Áras Mhuire.


People You Meet at a Conferring

Bob Geldof was lucky enough to run into Martin Moore at a recent conferring ceremony.