Tuesday, 21 August 2018

More from Brendan of Kerry, All Ireland final in 1940s and Parnell in Listowel

By the River Feale

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Greaneys and Careys in Brendan of Ireland


This is Frank Greaney's grandmother, Mary Greaney, nee Carey. She loved to play Patience and played it every day. Frank remembers her just like this in this very navy blouse with the white polka dots. She took snuff and she was partial to a Baby Power. She was in bed by 10.00 every night.


This is Frank's mother, Bridie.

 This the Greaney family around the table.


Here they are all saying the family rosary. Pidge is on the far right in the photo. The little girl kneeling by the small chair is Frank's sister, Máire. His younger sister was not born when the picture was taken.

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John Brassil's Constituency Office in Church Street




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Up for the match

Photo from North Kerry Camera....Vincent Carmody

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Parnell in Listowel




I have been told recently that Parnell did not speak from the hotel window at all but from a platform in The Square. Could it be that he addressed the crowd twice?

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Update on Molly

Some of her fans have been asking me how Molly is doing. She is doing fine and dandy. She is just back from her holiday in Rosslare and is settling down to her last weeks before  back- to -school life in Ballincollig.


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Monday, 20 August 2018

Brendan at School (in Kilconly), St. Mary's Listowel, Heather Ale and Limerick hurling






Dandy Lodge in Listowel Town Park, August 2018

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Brendan at School






The school scenes for Brendan of Ireland were shot in Kilconly school.  Michael Greaney who played Brendan, went to school in Rathea.

Kilconly was most likely chosen as a location for the photos as it was a new school and would look good in the photos.

Mike Flahive who is the boy with the shock of black hair seated in front of "Brendan" in the photo remembers the occasion well. Brendan arrived with the photographer and an entourage and Brendan was put sitting in the midst of the local children. Frank remembers that the photographer, Wolfgang Suschitzky, was accompanied, during his time in Kerry by a very famous actress, Eithne Dunne. Maybe she was to give acting tips to the participants in the staging of the story for the camera.




The hurling game in front of the school is another story altogether. The visitors brought the bag of hurleys and the sliotar with them. There was no hurling in Kilconly back then. They gave the boys the hurleys, a quick lesson in how to hold them and away they went. The girls are well back from the action, sitting in benches outside the school. Michael Flahive remembers the game being called off after about 10 minutes for health and safety reasons. There were genuine fears that someone could be maimed.  No helmets, shin guards or gum shields in those days!



Brendan is pictured making a donkey out of "modelling clay" i.e. marla which was the brown Play Doh/ plasticine we all had as a nod to craft  in Primary school in the 1950s and 60s. Notice the clean new desk with the brass lid on the inkwell shined to perfection.


The book was translated into several European languages

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Our Beautiful Church all decked out for a Wedding






You'll have to agree it's beautiful.

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An Early Craft Beer


Source: A Year in Kerry by Patrick O'Sullivan

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Luimneach Abú


Heartiest congratulations to all my Limerick friends, neighbours, family and blog followers. You knocked it out of the park, lads

Friday, 17 August 2018

Garden of Europe, Festival of Kerry, Statues in St. Mary's and more from the stars of Brendan of Ireland


It was Roses, Roses all the Way



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Festival of Kerry...A Thought


Source: A Year in Kerry by Patrick O'Sullivan

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Listowel Community Centre Looking Good




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Garden of Europe in August 2018




This seat is placed opposite The Tree of Hope



This is what you are reading if you are seated here.



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Moving Statues

St Theresa has been restored to a new position in St. Mary's.


And St. Padre Pio has got company on his altar.




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More from Brendan of Ireland




The purpose of the series of books was to educate children about the cultural differences between people in different countries.

Brendan, as a typical Irish child, wears jumpers knitted by his aunt, short trousers held up with braces and Robin sandals.

He walks to school and he plays hurling, pitch and toss and card games. His life is an outdoor one of turf and water from the well, feeding hens and investigating birds' nests.


Brendan fishes for tráthníns and he keeps them in jam jars and changes the water every day before he releases them back into the stream.


Brendan finds a bird's nest and cannot resist taking a look at an egg.


Frank Greaney remembers this well near the family home. You had to bend down to draw the cool water. Here Brendan is carrying a bucket of water home for drinking and cooking.
In the story the house has no electricity or running water.


Here Grandpa Jack is telling Brendan a story by the fire. Most people remember Paud Carey as a quiet reserved man, with little to say for himself. People might have thought him aloof or shy but Frank, who knew him well, remembers an extraordinarily generous man who waited at the gate of the  Technical School to give Frank 2 shillings when 2 shillings was a fortune.

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Deer, Oh deer!



Christopher Grayson took this awesome shot in Killarney National Park.

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My Pick


This is Saoirse McGrath, the 2018 Meath Rose contestant.
Why is she special?
Because she bought 16 of her 25 day dresses from her local St. Vincent de Paul shop.

So if he Roses are down your way keep an eye on her style.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Kenny Heights, Wolfgang Suschitzky, Brendan of Kerry and the Doc on One


Border at the Tim Kennelly Roundabout in August 2018

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An Old Sketch of Listowel Castle



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Another Beautiful Corner of Listowel









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Ducks on The Feale in August 2018



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Photo; The Guardian

The photographer who took the photos from the publication Brendan of Ireland was a world famous Austrian photographer, Wolfgang  Suschitzky.  He passed away in 2016 at the age of 104 leaving a huge body of very highly regarded work behind him




The story is a simple one of a boy growing up in the west of Ireland. He is close to his grandparents who play a big part in his life. His grandfather tells Brendan the story of Niamh Chinn Óir, of Óisín and Tír na nÓg and Brendan sets out to find the sea and the land of eternal youth.

This is the opportunity to have Brendan encounter "tinkers' , a ploughman and fisherman on his way to the sea. He goes via Ballyduff and The Cashen.







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A Book to Treasure




I found this marvellous book recently in Listowel's St. Vincent de Paul shop. It is full of interesting little titbits and valuable information about the countryside.


I'll share nuggets from it with you here from time to time.






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Conor Keane's Doc on One


Conor writes;

IN 1946, in an act of defiance against the local clergy, a group of local men in Listowel, Co. Kerry force open the locked gates into the Parish Church.

This action by the townspeople of Listowel never makes it into the newspapers, nor is it recorded anywhere else at the time. In fact, the incident has mostly faded from the town’s memory yet has never been forgotten by some. What was it that drove a normally compliant congregation to challenge local Parish Priest, Canon Patrick Brennan's dominion?

Behind this act of defiance lies the story of a young woman named Peggy McCarthy, whose tragic death in childbirth resulted in the local clergy refusing to let her body lie in the church overnight before her burial. Subsequently, an alliance between Church and State has had a devastating impact on three generations of Peggy's family - including on the daughter she gave birth to, Breda - which persists right up to the present day.

Famed balladeer Séan McCarthy wrote a song, Shame, Love, In Shame, about the young woman at the centre of these events. Peggy was Séan's younger sister. Years later, Peggy's story also inspired local Listowel playwright Tony Guerin to write the play 'Solo Run'.

Documentary On One: In Shame, Love, In Shame looks at the events behind this story, of Peggy's life, of her daughter Breda's life, of how the people of Listowel rallied round and defended Peggy - and of what happened before and since those Church gates were rammed open in 1946.

Narrated by Conor Keane
Produced by Conor Keane and Liam O'Brien
First Broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 18th August 2018 @1pm, Repeated Sunday 19th August  2018 @7pm