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Winners and Losers

Listowel Town Square in March 2024

Tennis Winners

Bobby Cogan and his Lakewood Division 2 team who won their Winter League match at the weekend.

Friendship Celebrated

Make new friends

But keep the old

The new ones are like silver

But the old ones are like gold

Peggy O’Shea, Mary Cogan, Margo Anglim and Assumpta O’Sullivan, friends for 50 years, meeting up for a regular catch up in March 2024 .

Pres. Yearbook 1988

An Obituary

I spotted this obituary in this week’s Kerry’s Eye. I never met Jim Costelloe but he is a man I feel I know through his book. He wrote about Asdee in the 1940s and 50s, a world very familiar to me from my own childhood.

I’ve featured many of his stories in his lovely chatty writing style on here in the past. I’ll have to revisit them again now.

Rest in Peace, Jim Costelloe

A Fact

from Woman’s Weekly



St. Patrick’s Day cards


Back to School

1 Comment


    Hi Mary, Thanks for the obituary of Jim Costelloe who wrote the excellent book Asdee in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Asdee was the village that my grandparents Patrick Hanlon and Margaret Stack lived on the farm in Asdee. On researching further on family trees I discovered he was related to me from two different sides.
    I visited Asdee on many occasions to see my 2nd home and practiced my walking in the farmyard as a toddler which was full of chickens but their main farming was as a dairy farm.
    As I got older I visited as a teenager, then with my wife and still keep up with my cousin who still lives in the farm. It has a view of the great Shannon river and you can walk down to the strand. They used to have horse racing on the strand in earlier days.
    They were terrific visits and great memories ,

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