Monday, 18 February 2019

Tennis, Holy Smoke, Paul Shanahan's and Dress to Impress closes

Apple blossom time


Tennis Players in action in 1987

Photos; Danny Gordon

If you recognise yourself, Dympna, Tom, Declan or Ashley and you are reading Listowel Connection far from Listowel, I'd love you to get in touch with memories of growing up in the 1980s and a little account of where you are now.


Holy Smoke

When Fr. Pat Moore was curate in Listowel, he gathered a group of us women together to help him write a column for a short lived newspaper. My memories of it all are very vague but one of our number kept one of the columns and here it is.


Paul Shanahan's/ Walsh Bros.Electrical/ Crazy Prices/ Horan's Healthstore

Following our recent trip down memory lane to the days of fancy paper, pens, pencils and cheap toys,   local historian, Vincent Carmody wrote to remind us this shops changing history;

 in reference to the people who you mentioned, who over the years conducted their businesses from the corner shop (now Horans), may I add some others that earned a living from that house.
From the late 1800s and running well in the 1900s were a William and Florence (Haughton) Woods, they had a drapery shop, William put his name up before the people on the occasion of the 1899 local U.D.C.elections, it must have been a lonesome experience for him as he only received 14 votes and came last of 26 candidates fighting for one of 12 seats. 
For a short time after the Woods the shop was taken over by Tom Walsh from Lyreacrompane.  He operated there until he moved across the street and opened his new drapery in what had been Gibsons. Tom Walsh went forward was elected several  times as a member of the Listowel Urban Council. In this regard It is worth recalling an unusual occurrence in the local elections of 1928, Up to closing time for the acceptance of nominations, the then Town Clerk and Returning Officer, Mrs Annie Gleeson had received no nomination. 
The Council which at that time have consisted of 12 members had since the previous local election of 1925, through resignation, disqualification and other causes dwindled down to only three members, i.e. Thomas Walsh, Edward J. Gleeson and Patrick Brown. So in 1928, Mrs Gleeson in accordance with her powers, published a notice stating that as no candidates had been duly nominated for election, Messrs. Walsh, Gleeson and Brown would be declared elected. They afterwards became known as the Holy Trinity. None of the three put their names forward in the 1934 or subsequence elections.  
Michael Fitzmaurice was next, having served a hardware apprenticeship in the town, after which he got married to Bridget Buckley and they had a stationary and newsagency in the house.

The house  had a new tenant in the 1920s, John Scanlon opened it as a grocery and hardware establishment, also catering as a cycle agent. His billheads advertised it as 'The Corner House'.  

The house reverted to a drapery establishment again during the 1930 and 1940s when it was occupied by a Stack family. 

In the 1950s it converted into a shoe shop when it was bought and run by Paul Shanahan. 


Sad to see this popular shop close

Best of luck in your retirement, Norma.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Tennis, John Dwyer, NZ Policeman, Derry O'Carroll and Roadworks on Church Street

Top Dog


More Young Tennis Players

Photographer; Danny Gordon


John Dwyer, Policeman with Listowel roots

This illustrious policeman was a relative of Kerry historian, Martin Moore. You can read all about him in the latest issue of The Old Kerry Journal.


Caught on Camera

My favourite builder, the genial Derry O'Carroll of Duagh, snapped off guard in Upper William Street


Gas Works on Church Street

Feb 12 2019

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Molly, The Pantomime in the seventies, St. Michael's Ball in 1999 and a Barn Dance in 2019

Doggy in the Window

If Molly had a big red button, she'd put it here.


When the pantomime was the talk of the town


Year 1987; Photographer Danny Gordon


St. Michael's Black Tie Ball

They're planning a black tie ball in St. Michael's. It will be held on March 15th 2019 and tickets are available at the school.

The last time they held such an event was in  December 1999  when the college was celebrating 120 years of education for boys in Listowel.  Here is the souvenir booklet.



Barn Dance

I found this photo on Facebook of two happy barn dancers, Patsy Kennedy and Kay Lane at William Street on Friday 8 2019 for Listowel's barn dance in aid of Listowel Tidy Town's proposed purchase of a van.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Carrauntoohil, tennis players, a Brampton Cocktail and Hansel and Gretel and NEWKD workers

Photo: Kerry Climbing


There is always someone who knows

Last week I posted this picture of an old bottle from a Listowel Pharmacy. The ingredients looked pretty lethal to this untrained eye.

Liam Grimes solved the mystery for me. This is a Brompton Cocktail. It was given to relieve the pain of terminally ill patients. It got its name from the fancy London hospital where it was first dispensed.


Juvenile Tennis Players in Action

Photos; Danny Gordon


Friends in the St. Vincent de Paul shop

Three of the lovely volunteers who work so hard in the best charity shop in town.


When Pantomime Tickets Cost 50p


One for the Diaspora

If you like an evening of music with a great Irish tenor, then you should try to get to hear this young man who is fast making a name for himself. You can see all the dates of his 2019 U.S tour on his website. He could be coming to a church or other venue near you. You'll enjoy him.


North Kerry Home Maintenance Service for Older People

NEWKD Maintenance Service for Older People operates from the old post office building in Upper William Street.

I have had these three lovely men powerwashing and painting for the last few days. I feel so blessed to have this reliable trustworthy service available to me.