Thursday, 21 June 2018

Morning Walk in Writers' Week 2018, Craftshop na Méar and Listowel Visual Arts Week 2018

Feeding Time photo by Graham Davies

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My Walking Tour of the Square during Writers' Week 2018


Ger Holland's photo tells its own tale. I was totally overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday June 2 2018 to take the walking tour of Listowel Town Square with me.


At the door of The Listowel Arms I met Dave O'Sullivan, Paddy McElligott, Cliona McKenna and Mary Fagan, four of my able assistants.

 Mary was getting into character as Mena in Sive as she met Thomasheen  Seán Rua, the matchmaker, played by David O'Sullivan.
"Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch...."


Local historians, Michael Moore, Liam Grimes and Vincent Carmody were taking the tour.


Clíona's parents in law, Mary and Tony McKenna, great supporters of Writers' Week, were looking forward to a leisurely walk in the early morning sunshine and to maybe learning a thing or two about Listowel and Listowel people.



Musician and singer, Mary Moylan and Mike Moriarty, singer and historian, two more of my able assistants, were ready for the off.



I mounted the podium, aka the Tidy Town's seat, and the tour began.


Paddy and Mike Lynch did a great job on Goodbye to the White Horse Inn.



On the steps of Listowel Castle we had history, songs and drama.









At Gurtenard House we had more history, more songs, an anecdote or three. Eamon ÓMurchu was hastily press ganged into being an able assistant but acquitted himself like the trouper he is.


We stopped at the beautifully restored Butler Centre, where Antoinette Butler told us what happens nowadays in this historic edifice.


We finished up our walk on another stage in the Town Square where we all sang a few verses of Lovely Listowel by Bryan MacMahon.
The morning walk was a great success, thanks to all the hard work put in by everyone involved.

Most of these photos were taken by able assistants, Tony McKenna, Breda Ferris and  Elizabeth Brosnan.

Follow the link below for some of the highlights of the walk recorded by Charlie Nolan;


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O'Connor's Pharmacy with weighing Scales


Photo: John Hannon

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My Time in 53 Church Street Remembered

As 53 Church St. prepares to reopen as a barbers' I'm looking back at the early days of Craftshop na Méar.


Namir Karim opens the door to Craftshop na Méar


Namir gets a weaving lesson


Some of the early crafters

Crafters with the late Dan Green who was
 a great supporter of the shop in its early days. At the far right in the picture is Miriam Kiely who knew 53 Church Street as her family home.

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First Ever Listowel Visual Arts Week


It's Visual Arts Week and the shopkeepers of Listowel are getting behind Olive Stack in her new venture.



Then in the Square, local artist, Jim Dunn is showing us how. He is crafting a beautiful celtic style mural before our very eyes. He worked on it for hours and hours today and he'll be back tomorrow.







He has to work through all the distractions, people chatting to him, photographing him and having a go at helping him.


Will you look at the state of his hands? And let me tell you he is an exceptionally neat worker.



Wednesday, 20 June 2018

M.S. Busking Day, Roadworks and Entertainment in summer 2018

Photo; Graham Davies

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North Kerry M.S. Society Busking Day

The North Kerry branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society had three blessings on their busking day for 2018. They had  a great group of hard working volunteers, they had some brilliant musicians and they were blessed with the weather.

















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Roadworks are still a feature of our Lives in Listowel 




Workmen temporarily removed the John B. Keane Road sign while they placed  the pipes.



Traffic is heavy in town these days too,

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Musicians at the Friday Market



On the Friday I was in The Square there was a much increased number of stalls  and some talented young musicians creating a great atmosphere.

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Living Literature at The Seanchaí


I met Angeline O'Donnell in character for her Living Literature performance in The Seanchaí

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From 1938 Schools Folklore Collection

Han Savage of Lisselton  had a story about William Diggin. Mr. Rice from Moybella had several men digging potatoes. He promised a quarter of tobacco to the man who would produce the biggest potato. William Diggin was one of the men digging the spuds. He dug a big potato and cut it in half. Then he got another potato and quartered it and he tied the two potatoes together with string to make one enormous potato. He won the quarter of tabacco.

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Lartigue Friends Reunited


In a marquee in the sunshine on June 2 2018 this group of Lartigue theatre friends met up and reminisced.

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A Food Hub for Listowel?


I met this delegation in Tralee yesterday., June 19 2018 as they were readying their pitch to Kerry County Council for a food hub in Listowel.