Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Ballybunion, Listowel, Lyreacrumpnane and Moyvane

Tiger on the rocks at Ballybunion


From Time Travel Kerry

The link above will lead you to a great site which has then and now photos from all over Kerry. I've put just two of the many Listowel ones here. The site is on Facebook and I know that many of my blog followers "don't do Facebook" and so might miss these treasures.

Apart from the demolition of the house in white above, little has changed archictecturally in The Square.


Bord na Mona: a Lyre Connection

"We had a request for items about the former Turf Development Board and BnM works at Lyrecrumpane in Kerry. This photo was taken at the retirement of Harry Starken of Boora in 1958. Harry Starken, second left front row, was a German who brought the first machinery to the Turf Development Board in 1936. The machinery was used in Turraun, Co. Offaly. While assembling the machine, he fell in love (bet he didn't expect that to happen) and married a local girl, Elizabeth Cloonan from Leabeg. He remained in Ireland and was transferred to Lyrecrumpane in Kerry. "

photo and text from Bord na Mona Heartland


GAA Nostalgia

From Twitter the 1972 Kerry Football team


Moyvane Historical Walk

Despite the inclement weather, the planned historical walk through Moyvane went ahead on Sunday evening July 26 2015. Gabriel Fitzmaurice with the help of many local walkers relived old times in the village. People reminisced about characters who once enlivened daily life in Moyvane, shops and houses now closed up, blacksmiths, old schools and church, businesses selling all sorts, owners fondly remembered, and stories of life in a different era. 
I missed it but Elizabeth Brosnan took some great photos. Below are just some. Elizabeth has lots more on Facebook.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Listowel Railway, Cork Summer Sing and Tarbert then and now

Tiger on the Beach?

(photo and tiger; Ballybunion Prints)


Denis Carroll on Facebook

-Listowel Railway Station-
In 1865 the Limerick and Kerry Railway was proposed and in the late 1870's the 43 mile line from Newcastle(West) to Tralee was built. It was opened on 20th December 1880 with intermediate stations at Barnagh, Devon Road, Abbeyfeale, Kilmorna, Listowel, Lixnaw, Abbeydorney and Ardfert.
The Lartigue (Listowel - Ballybunion Monorail) terminus was nearby to here too.
In 1963 the passenger service was withdrawn but despite this occasional passenger specials continued to use the line and then finally on the 10th of January 1977 the last goods train ran on the Listowel-Tralee section of the line. Track lifting began in January '88 and despite concerted efforts to use the track bed as a walkway/trail this never came to pass. The original picture here was taken around 1988 before the track was lifted. The station house is now in private ownership and has been restored to a fine standard, also note that the platform is still there on both sides, just the track bed has been filled in and made into a roadway.
No credit info on the original picture although I suspect it may have been Michael Geurin.


Summer Sing Cork 2015

This is me with David Brophy. Those of you who watched the TV series, High Hopes will recognize David as the conductor who recruited and trained a choir of homeless people and in the process turned their lives around. The project was so successful that they repeated it in Cork and Waterford. David was in Cork  to film the Cork choir in action. I met him in Cork City hall.

This is my little group of singers, 3 family, 2 friends and chauffeur (also family). They are not part of the High Hopes Choir. They are Summer Singers.

This is the scene in City Hall Cork when the High Hopes choir sang to an audience of Summer Singers.

Cork High Hopes Choir under their conductor, Sonja Keogh.

(These 3 photos are from the Summer Sing website)

Summer Sing is a summer camp with a difference. 370 Cork children learned a repertoire of songs and then went out on to the streets of Cork to sing. There were two base camps for the children, Cork City Hall and The Triskel Arts Centre. My Aisling and Róisín were in City Hall. They started out each day there but they got to sing in The Crawford art gallery, St. FinBarre's Cathedral, The Freemasons Lodge and Bishop Lucey Park.

On the day I went to hear them, they had a special visiting conductor, David Brophy of High Hopes Choir fame. He conducted the children in their outdoor performance and then the children were treated to a concert by the Cork High Hopes Choir. This concert was being televised for the next series of High Hopes. Summer Sing is an absolutely brilliant initiative which should be held everywhere. It does take massive organizing and requires lots of volunteers.  Take a bow,  Music Generation Cork


A Couple who made a big contribution

From an old Clounmacon magazine a lovely photo of Maureen and Michael Dowling R.I.P.


Tarbert Now and Then

-Tarbert main St-
The name Tarbert is from the Irish 'Tairbeart' drawn from an Old Norse term meaning 'draw-boat'.
This picture is taken on the Listowel road into the village at the end of the 19th century and again in June '15. 
The thatched cottage on the left appears to still exist today albeit with a slate roof.

Photo and text from; Kerry Time Travel


+  R.I.P. Sr. Nora Carmody  +

Sr. Nora Carmody, on left, with her sister, Maura on the occasion of Nora's final profession.

Nora was born in Upper William Street on 20th March 1938, she was the fourth of five children born to John and Josie Carmody, the others being, John P., Maura, Maurice and Vincent. She went to both Presentation Convent Listowel, Primary and  Secondary schools. Having completed her Leaving Certificate, she went to study nursing at Dollis Hill Hospital in London. Having qualified, she applied and was accepted as a novice in the English Province of the Little Company of Mary ( affectionally called The Blue Nuns). Nora made her final profession in 1970. As both a nun and a theatre nurse she served in Dollis Hill, Harrow, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Liverpool, West-cliff On Sea and finally in Ealing.

Nora passed to eternal reward at St David's Nursing Home, Ealing, on the 14th of July 2015. There was Requiem Mass for Nora at the nursing home oratory on Tuesday 21st, this was celebrated by Abbot Fr. Francis of Ealing Abbey, By strange coincidence, Fr. Francis also officiated at Nora's final profession in 1970.
Nora's body was brought back to Limerick on Thursday 23rd. There was visitation at Griffin's funeral home. Her funeral mass took place on Friday 24th at Castletroy. Her burial was afterwards at Milford House Convent Cemetery.  May she rest in peace.

Our sympathies to her brother, Vincent and her sister, Sr. Maura.     


Monday, 27 July 2015

Schoolgirls in 1953, Changes in town and Sr. Elizabeth Starken

Presentation Secondary School pupils in 1953

Jimmy Magee couldn't hold a candle to Betty Stack of Greenville. She gave me this great photograph of the whole school cohort in 1953 and she remembers all the names.

Betty gave me lots more photos and press cuttings. I will be sharing these with you over the next few days.

Front Row;
Margaret Keane, Joan McElligott, J. Halpin,--O’Sullivan, May Noonan, Noreen Guiney, Theresa Walsh, Delia Duggan, Claire O’Connor, Imelda Sheehy, Peggy Brennan, Maureen Stack, Betty Sheehan, Maureen McElligott, Maura O’Connor, Helen Hanrahan, Betty Walsh, Theresa Enright, Margaret Mooney, May Grogan, Pay Murray, Maria Hegarty,Theresa Hegarty, Eileen Fitzgerald, Maria O’Connor.
Pat O’Connor, Kathleen Enright, Maureen Guerin, Eleanor Scanlon, Joan Stack, Maureen Hunt, Margaret Keane, Maria Buckley, Maura Grimes, Claire Broderick, Maria Kirby, Renee Buckley, Margaret Galvin, Nora Dillon and Irene Nolan.
Back Row:
Carmel Sheehy, Laoise O’Connell, May Walsh, Bridie Mooney, Ellen O’Sullivan, Maureen Buckley, Beta Whelan, Ina Leahy, Mary Ahern, Peggy Buckley, Bridie Godley and May Dillon.


Big Reburbishment Going on at Maguires Pharmacy


Blast from the Past from The Kerryman


Now and Then


Bord na Mona, Lyreacrumpane

 The woman on the right here is Sr. Elizabeth Starken a member of the Presentation Order. She was born in Kerry when her father Harry Starken was based there at the BnM works. This photo shows Michael Casey, from Longford presenting a bog oak chalice to Brother Joseph Bell and Sr Starken. The chalice was then brought to Rome, presented to Pope John Paul II and used on 6th October 1996 during the Beatification Ceremony of Brother Edmund Ignatious Rice. A long way from Lyrecrumpane.

(text and photo; Bord na Mona Heartland)


You're Ugly Too

This is Mark Noonan He is in Japan promoting his new film, You're Ugly too. Mark is an up and coming writer director. He is a nephew of Helen Moylan and Tess Noonan of Listowel.


The Games have Begun

Team Ireland at the Special Olympics was lead out by Colin Farrell.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Youthreach, Michael Flatley and the Ring of Kerry Cycle

A Heartwarming  Listowel Youthreach Initiative

While my grandchildren were in Listowel, they walked through the park on the path beside the pitch and putt course every day on their way to and from the community centre. They told me about the motivational quotes tied to the trees and it became part of the daily routine to seek out and read these cards. Making and hanging the cards is the work of Listowel Youthreach. Well done all on a lovely initiative. You help brighten my days.


A Young Michael Flatley

 The world-famous Irish dancer, star of spectacular shows like Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic Tiger, is also a flute player in the Irish tradition. Here he is, quite near his birthplace on the South Side of Chicago, at the 1977 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil, getting a few pointers from fellow flute player Kevin Henry. At the time, Michael was nineteen years old, and one of the top competitive dancers and flute players in Irish music. Of course, he only went on to bigger things. Did you know Michael also played the flute, or that he was a Golden Gloves boxing champion?

The photo, which is by Jonas Dovydenas, is part of AFC's Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection (AFC 1981/004). 

(photo and text from American Folklife Center)


Some photos from The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

Marie Moriarty took her camera with her to Killarney and she took some photos  of the biggest charity cycle on this island.


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