Tuesday, 7 July 2015

John Kelliher photography,Convent closure and Ballyduff O'Donoghues

John Kelliher took these great photographs of the final mass in the convent chapel. When he posted them recently on Facebook they brought back many memories of another era when nuns and convents were part of everyday life in Ireland. Alas, no more.























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Photobombing giraffe


Joe.ie got  this great photo from a Dublin couple whose photo was photo bombed by a fellow with a hard neck.

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Ballyduff O'Donoghues





If you have Ballyduff O'Donoghues on your family tree this is a great blog to follow:
Ballyduff O'Donoghues

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On the street



I met Mary Sobieralski in Main Street with her German visitors, her son, Mark and his girlfriend, Sabrina

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Something to Look Forward To



The  Kissane Gathering weekend is planned for 7th, 8th and 9th August. Jerry Behan who is a Kissane descendant is opening a new gallery at the Horseshoe in time for the event. A Photographic Exhibition of Black and White Kissane photographs will be displayed in the Gallery the week leading up to and including the Gathering weekend. This exhibition is being prepared by Eamon O'Murchú formally from Listowel. Eamon's mother was a Kissane.  Some of these photographs are from as far back as the 1880's. The Launch of the Photographic Exhibition will be the weekend before the Gathering. 
Everyone is welcome to walk in and view the photographs as the Gallery will be open everyday from 12 o'clock.

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That Match!

Great match, shame about the result.  John Kelliher was there and he got some great photos. Here are just a few. View the rest on his page by following the link above.








Monday, 6 July 2015

Belfast, 1916, and the 1977 North Kerry fleadh committee


My Trip to Belfast

Recently I travelled north of the border for the first time in ages. I spent two days in Belfast and found it a lovely city. Belfast people are among the friendliest in the world. Every time I and my traveling companion were standing puzzling over our map, invariable someone would come over with an offer of help. On one occasion, a lady who was obviously on her way from work stopped to offer help. She turned our map the right way round and walked with us until we got our bearings. This was typical of the kindness and helpfulness we encountered everywhere in Belfast.


I thought I'd pose with one of my beloved pillar boxes. That's my ever present map in my hands.


I took this to entertain you with this rather amusing sign.


Belfast City is divided in quarters. Our hotel was in The Queen's Quarter which was very central to shops and restaurants. It was near the university, as the name suggests.

We were just a short train ride from the Titanic Quarter where we went to visit The Titanic Experience.


The iconic cranes


This is Clíona outside the Titanic Experience. It is a marvelous visitor attraction. One is not allowed to take photos so you'll have to go yourself to see what it looks like inside. As a museum it is not like any other I've visited. There was lots of reading but there was also lots and lots of interactive experiences. We were there at a quiet time and it took about 2 and a half hours. The time flew and we both agreed that it was super.
We had planned our visit before the euro fell to an all time low due to the Greek crisis so we had a good excuse for not buying the overpriced souvenirs.



Clíona looks a bit worried by these two. The Art piece is about women in the workforce. What drew me to it first was the crochet bombing. On closer inspection, the ladies are weighed down with telephones and typewriters, ladles and rolling pins. The statues are outside the main bus station.


This artistic piece is in the City Hall in Belfast.




There are some lovely stained glass windows in the city hall. The lower one is called the Famine window.



I was there in the week after the Berkeley tragedy and people were queueing to sign a book of condolence.


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1916    2016

Here is a link to the complete list from the military archives of the rebels who fought in 1916


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North Kerry Fleadh Cheoil 1977


Committee of the 1977 N K fleadh includes; 
L-R, Christy Stack Joint Treasurer, Matt Mooney Secretary, Michael DowlingChairman, Tim Brosnan Joint Treasurer,
 Second row, Babe Jo Collins, Collette O Connell, Maureen Dowling, Betty Stack, Babe Hilliard, Elizabeth O Reilly, Josie Molyneaux, Helen Leahy
 Back, Jack Flavin, John Enright, Tom O Connell, Maurice Molyneaux, Tom Murphy and Jack Larkin MCC.

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A More Recent photo of people planning for the upcoming Munster Fleadh


Photo; Listowel/Duagh Comhaltas


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Tripadviser's list of things to do in Listowel

This list 

Twelve Listowel Attractions

is doing the rounds of Facebook. The list is not at all exhaustive. It's just the list of places people have reviewed for Tripadvisor. We all know that Listowel's Military and History Museum, Teampall Bán, Listowel Cinema, Craftshop na Méar, Listowel Emmetts' Sportsfield, Listowel Community Centre, Listowel Pitch and Putt Course, Olive Stack's Gallery, The River Walk  and so many great shops are part of Listowel's attractiveness to visitors. We all need to get reviewing!

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On the Street



Noreen Queally and Marie Moriarty out and about last week


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+ R.I.P. Val Doonican +



The rocking chair is empty. Tá laoch ó laethanta m'óige ar lár.

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A Rarity



Stephen Smyrl posted this photo on Facebook of a very rare post box spotted in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

"George V continued to reign until his death in 1936, but generally after partition postboxes ceased to bear his initials. After him, his son George VI reigned until the "Free State" declared itself a republic, outside of the Commonwealth of Nations."

It would appear that the door alone was replaced with the Saorstát Eireann (Irish Free State ) logo someone time around 1922.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Friends Reunited, Listowel Food fair 2015 and some Listowel Patricians


This is a group of happy Listowel ladies who got together in The Listowel Arms on Saturday June 27 2015 to catch up with each other and to reminisce about old times. They are Grace Beasley O'Sullivan, Jean Kiely O'Leary, Rose Woulfe West, Mary Stack Kelly, Sr. Una Harman, Norma Lynch McIlvenna, Hilary Nielson Kelly, Mary King, Eileen Greaney and Mary Kelly Gore.

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Listowel Food Fair  June 18 to June 21 2015

The first Food Fair event I attended was the Kathy (White House) Buckley plaque unveiling ceremony. Here are a few more photos from that lovely afternoon on Upper William Street.


Ciarán Sheehan and Donal Nolan

 Clodagh Murphy







There was some great jazz in The Square at The Friday Market.

On Sunday I was in The Square again with my family for the fun day with food and entertainment galore.
queueing for  a crepe


 I met my former neighbour, Gerard Nugent  who grew up in Listowel. He was in town for the food fair  with his gourmet pie business.


Damien Stack shared his pie with Marie Regan….delicious!



Xistance members were painting faces.

 Drumdance Ireland was a great hit with my crowd.


 The Stack/Scanlon family were enjoying themselves.


 That's Róisín in the gingham giving it all she's got.

 This man was in charge of the music session. He was brilliant.



Face painting was available all day.


The girls got a balloon each.


and a crepe

Great day out, despite the cold weather. 
Roll on next year!

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Some of Listowel's Venerable Forefathers

Photos from The commemorative booklet produced in 1960 for the opening of the sports field.