Thursday, 24 April 2014

Presentation Secondary School website and Writers Week 2014 programme launch

Easter Chicks

These Easter chicks posed in some old china cups, days after their birth on a farm in Ballyduff. They are a promise of new growth and hope for good things to come.


This is a group of pupils from Presentation Secondary School Listowel. It was taken during their recent celebrations for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

The school has just launched its new website :

Presentation Secondary School Listowel


Fortune hunters……..not!

Jer. Kennelly found this one in an old newspaper.

Published: July 28, 1906,
The New York Times
Cleveland Ohio 27th July 1906.
John Mangan a retired policeman aged 72 born Glin County Limerick, has refused to seek estate of $6 million. Two babies were born the same day under the elder Mangan’s roof, John the policeman and Mary was born to a sister of Mr Mangan, she later became Lady Bateman. In 1849 Mr Mangan sold his estate to the father of Lord Kitchener and then went to America, the parents died in 1851 and the children were sent to charitable institutions. What became of Mangan’s money is unknown. Mary the cousin of John Mangan Policeman married Sir Thomas Bateman in London. Sir Thomas died six years ago and Lady Mary died intestate leaving $6 million. John Mangan said that at his age of 72 he is not wildly ambitious.


Some photos from the launch of Writers' week's 2014 programme

Máire helping to pour the wine

Seán Lyons, Writers' Week chair with danny Hannon

The very talented Muileata Fileata

Norella Moriairty and Máire Logue

Annette Jerry and Noel

Vincent and Kay


My friend found this on a Facebook page posted by a man called Scott Kelleher. The caption merely said that he found it "at work".

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Chocolate making in the craft shop and an outdoors weekend

Irremore Chocolates chocolate making demonstration in Craftshop na Méar

This is Siobhán Dennehy. She has the dream job. She is a chocolatier, with her own business, Irremore Chocolates. On Friday April 18 she came to give a chocolate making demonstration at 53 Church Street.
Siobhán nearly made chocolate making look easy.

There was lots of heating and cooling, tempering and moulding.

One of the finished products.

Ulla and Mary Sobieralski enjoyed the lesson.

My family couldn't wait to sample the wares.

Róisín enjoyed a good munch on some delicious pure chocolate treats.

Namir, Siobhán and friends posed for a photo after the very enjoyable class.

Siobhán's Irremore Chocolates are on sale in Craftshop na Méar, 53 Church St. Listowel

If you are looking for something different to do this Saturday. Our next workshop will see you walk home with a lovely bracelet.


Outdoors on sunny Easter Days 2014

Ballybunion half marathon
Photo; Ballybunion Beach Prints

The local Crusaders charity running group were out in force over the weekend.

In Tralee there was a Tír na nÓg children's festival.

I had visitors for the weekend and we spent much of it outdoors.

 Bobby Cogan and family on the patio overlooking the river at The Listowel Arms on
 Saturday April 19 2014.

 Sunny Sunday by the Feale.

 Boys throwing a few stones in the water.

Listowel's lone heron blending in with his environment.


Writers' Week Programme Launch

Michael Lynch, Nuala Stewart and Dick Carmody are having a quick look at the marvelous National Children's Literary Festival programme  at its launch last week.

The National Children's Literary Festival runs in Listowel in conjunction with
Listowel Writers Week 2014 and it promises an amazing few days of unbelievable treats for children interested in books and writing. I'll be telling you more about this in the coming weeks.


Novel half written?

This could be your big chance. Writers Week has a few places left in its half way there writing workshop.
Acclaimed novelist, John McKenna is directing this workshop aimed at writers at the half way stage in their work. It's a brilliant opportunity to gain that vital final push to see your magnum opus over the line to publication.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

On the streets in Listowel

Listowel basked in glorious sunshine for the Easter weekend and spirits lifted visibly.


I was in town with my camera

 I met Vincent and Kathleen Carmody and their lovely grandchildren on Upper William Street.

My good friends, Anne and Liam Dillon were out and about on Church Street.

I ran into Mary Moylan, home from Cork on Sunday and later on I saw the same lady head out on her training cycle as part of her preparations for the Ring of Kerry Cycle. She is doing it for Ard Churam.

My visitors love Listowel and would happily spend all their time here out and about.


Other odds and Ends from town

We now have 2 vamping shops.

 These Listowel souvenir fridge magnets are on sale in shops in town. Where, oh where is the building on the bottom right?


Jer. Kennelly spotted this in the Knockdown notes on the Athea site

"Thanks to my good friend George Langan for the following interesting bit of news. George says “ Wasn’t there a sense of pride on hearing President Michael D. Higgins mention one of our own fighting Irish when addressing the House of Commons last week. I refer to no other than Tom Kettle MP whose grandmother was one of the McCoy’s from Ballyhahill. I don’t know who drew up Michael D’s speech, maybe he had an input into it himself, he being an avid historian but it was moving to say the least. In addition I would like to add a few extra words quoting the great patriot himself who lost his life at the battle of the Somme in September 1916. Five days before he was mortally wounded he wrote the following lines in a letter home to his little daughter in Ireland, describing the soldiers going into battle he said ‘ Not for flag, nor King, nor Emperor, but for a dream born in a herdsman’s hut and for the secret scripture of the poor.’ and as Michael D alluded to – ‘Kettle died as an Irish patriot, a British soldier and a true European."


Doreen Buckley posted this lovely photo on Facebook.  She took it before  the dawn mass in Duagh on Easter Sunday morning 2014.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Teachers' Dance in The Astor in 1940s and Writers' Week 2014 programme launch

I don't have an exact  date but people who know such things think that this photo was taken at a teachers' dance in The Astor about 60 years ago.

In the photo, in no particular order, are, John and Peg O'Connor,, Mary Whelan, Joan Curtin, Betty Leahy, Doreen O'Connor, Mrs. Hannon, Margaret Whelan, Mrs Halpin, Mrs corridan, Lil walshe, mrs. O'Connor, Luaí OMurchú, Barney Hanley, Micheál Flavin,Finbar MacAuliffe, John Joe McElligott, ?Hickey, ? Foley



Anne's Vintage Tearooms is all old china and tablecloths. The food is good too.

Shwopping is a new one on me but it sounds fun.

This is outside a pub on the main street.


Last week I attended the marvelous Scoil Realta na Maidine's Salute to Spring

The souvenir ptogramme was very attractive.

Members of Kerry Choral Union on the altar steps in St. Mary's Listowel


Good Friday tradition in west Kerry

"Nuair a bhíonn sé ag déanamh síos ar lag trágha, Aoine an Chéasta, bíonn gach aon tráigh agus cladach i nDún Chaoin lán de mhnáibh agus de ghearrachailíbh agus de gharsúin, ag bain bháirneach agus ag priocadh miongán. Bíonn bior ag gach duine aca chun na mbáirneach a bhaint....cuireann siad na báirnigh mhóra bhuidhe, méithe annsan ag beirbhiú ar an dteine in oigheann nó corcán.. bíonn a ndóthain mór, agus a thuille 'na theannta, d'annlann na trágha acu, Aoine an Chéasta.
[Seán Ó Dálaigh, Timcheall Chinn Sléibhe]
"Good Friday will be next Friday and we have a custom here to go to the strand for sea grass and other things that's growing on the rocks. All the women and children go to the strand that day. it is an old custom I think. The women of long ago here used everything that's growing on the strand. They are very healthy mind you....Old men and women say that you should not be in the strand when the sun is gone down entirely. I am sure they used be afraid of fairies."
[Eibhlís Ní Shúilleabháin, Letters From the Great Blasket]

This lovely photo appeared on The Listowel Arms website at the weekend. 


Me, Eilís Wren and Kay Caball in The Square Listowel on April 17 2014 on our way to the programme launch for Writers' Week 2014.

Actress, Aisling O'Sullivan launched the programme in The Seanchaí. I took lots of photos which I will share with you over the coming days.


Great Easter for Kanturk 

Joy is unconfined in my hometown, Kanturk this weekend. The local rugby club had a huge win over Instonians in Belfast on Saturday and so will play senior rugby next year, a huge achievement and well feted in this sport - mad town.


Local horse, Rebel Fitz put the icing on the cake of victories with a great win in The Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.