Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Listowel, Saint Yves, Meeting Rory Gallagher or Shane Lowry

Main Street, Listowel


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When Kerry's Eye did local supplements


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As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Each wife had a cat
Each had a kit
Kits, cats, man and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?


I thought of the riddle when I read the above plaque on the wall of Pierse and Fitzgibbon, Solicitors, Market Street, Listowel.

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Plus ca change, plus c'est la même chose


Meeting your idol is always a special thrill.



Jim Deasy shared this great picture with Random Cork Stuff. It shows Rory Gallagher stopping on the Shakey Bridge to sign autographs for these delighted teenagers.




Joanne Riordan got the opportunity to attend the Irish Open Pro am and she got to meet some of her idols, Niall Horan and Shane Lowry.

People don't bother with autographs anymore. They take a selfie.

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In John B.s for the Pub Theatre

Local people lined up to congratulate Nora Relihan on her outstanding performance in John B.'s on Thursday May 19 2016.








Mickey MacConnell and Wayne Tarren provided the musical entertainment after Nora's performance.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Wiliam St., St. John's and summer entertainment in John B.'s

It's Barbecue Weather.....Some Days


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Upper William Street, Summer 2016


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Remember These ?








God be with the days before mobile phones. I grew up in a house with no phone, mobile or otherwise, so when these came in I thought they were a brilliant innovation. Those were the days when public phones were easily found in most towns. Callcards got rid of the necessity to have pocketfuls of change in order to make a phone call.  



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Weather in Ballywatticock






We are all familiar with amusing place names like BallyJamesDuff, Effin, Knockdown, Horse and Jockey etc. but Ballywatticock has to be in the hunt for the most outlandish.



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St. John's




Remember last week I was looking for a photograph of the interior of St. John's. Anne Moloney unearthed one. Unfortunately for my purposes, we can see more of a cute younger Jimmy Moloney than we can of the church.

The search continues. I can't believe that no one took a photo of the interior before it was remodelled.

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Summer Entertainment in John B.'s



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Monday, 23 May 2016

Some Listowel People, Ballybunion Sea Rescue, Olive Stack's Gallery and Nora Relihan in John B.s

Moon over Béal

 photo: Ita Hannon

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Kilburn in the Sixties


This photo from Twitter will bring back memories to many readers. Kilburn in London was one of the biggest Irish emigrant haunts in the early part of the 20th century. The weekend visit to the dancehall was the highlight of the week for many hard working emigrants.

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Mike Enright of Ballybunion took a few photos of Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue personnel on a practice manoeuvre in May 2016.




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The Kerry Parents and Friends benefit night on May 11 2016 was a great success. Local people gave their talents to fashion a great night's entertainment and Listowel people came out to support them.



Below are just a small few of the local people who were present on the night.












DVDs of the films shown on the night are available to purchase in St. John's.
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Not today nor Yesterday




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Window Shopping at Olive Stack's Gallery







Olive's visiting artists are really producing some lovely work while they are here.

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Nora Relihan in John NB.s


For one night only in John B. Keane's on Thursday May 19 2016, Listowel's best actress reprised a one woman show she first put together for a Sunday Night in the same bar 50 years ago.

Everyone who was present was lucky to witness this tour de force. Nora has lost none of her presence and stagecraft. She charmed her audience with the work of local poets and playwrights. She is truly inspiring.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Baking, Wedding Dress Shopping and some Listowel men, May 11 2016

Ita Hannon snapped this thrush as he was having a light  snack.

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Baking on Display and a Baking Display at Thee Kingdom County Fair 2016






When I had finished looking at entries in the bakery competition, my mouth was watering. Luckily the organisers of The Kingdom County Fair had anticipated that and they had laid on a free cookery demonstrations (with tastings).



Frank Moynihan showed us how to make a tea brack. One of the ingredients is cold tea and Frank uses cold tea in lots of dishes. He told us that it adds flavour to gravy. 
He had a brack whipped up in jig time and he had one he made earlier ready for us to sample. It was absolutely delicious.

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Wedding Dress Shopping in Listowel


On Saturday May 14 2016, I set out with the bride-to-be, Clíona, and her two prospective bridesmaids, Darina and Anne, for our appointment in Finesse.


An hour and a half later, after much trying on, patient advice and endless untiring adjustments and enhancements, she said yes to the dress.



One happy customer pictured with Liz in Finesse on May 14 2016.

My verdict; 10 out of 10. Wedding dress shopping in Finesse, Listowel is a stress free, unhurried, enjoyable experience. They stock a huge range of dresses and are really knowledgeable about what suits a bride. Cliona bought her dream dress, which was in many respects not at all what she had dreamt. Happy days!


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Listowel Men at the Showing of John Lynch and Charlie Nolan's films about Listowel




Kieran Moloney, Paddy Keane, Michael Guerin and John Pierse


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Another oldie