Monday, 16 July 2012

Blogging, Fred Chute and handball

I want to explain something about how my blog works.
I usually compose the bones of a post a day or two ahead of publication. I leave it in draft mode until the night before. Then I tweak it a bit, add a photo or two or sometimes something that I have found on the internet or something that has been sent to me by email. I then schedule the post to upload the next morning at 7.30 a.m. People who check into my blog anytime from 7.30 on see this latest blogpost.
Niall, the techie who set up the NKRO website added a feature to my blog. This feature is called Google feed burner. It is a facility that invites interested people to sign up with an email address in order to receive my posts by email. 120 of my"followers" have done this. These are not the 49 who appear as followers on the right hand panel. Now here's the rub. People who receive my posts by email get them a day late,
I have learned from talking to people that many of you read the email and never visit the actual blog,
If you are one of these people, you probably then delete the email. This means that you are not alerted if I modify the content (I very rarely do unless I have made a big mistake and it is pointed out to me) or if someone posts a reply ( again this only happens rarely as most people have difficulty with the reply facility in Blogger).

All of this is by way of explaining why I am posting these next two pieces that came in as comments:

"was following the irish lacrosse team in the european championship as my sons wife brother-in-law Tim Weir is one of the coaches.They were in the top10 in the world before the final and this should push them up.I checked all week during the tournament for results but not a line in any irish paper.The team is made up of irish born and of irish decent.One name caught my eye was a ODonoghue kid from pittsburgh and Listowel conections.If i remember years ago a ODonoghue family from Tanavalla left for pittsburgh and were involved in the bar business there. "

"really enjoyed reading about the handball alley and the wonderful people that played there.I remember playing in a tournament during my 2 yrs. at St.michaels and the one match i won was against i think Bernie Murphy or bernie Buckley.that is as far as i advanced.My story about the ball alley is at the tender age of 16 i was selected to be the goalkeeper for the listowel senior hurlers against Abbeydorney in a curtainraiser to Kerry V Roscommon at Sheehy park in 1961.Off i went to the ball alley for 2 weeks practicing hitting a ball up against the wall and catching it with the bare hand.Now trained to perfection and ready for the big day and big crowd.Well the first ball that came to me was a high ball and with my backline of Renie Farrell,lyons and Rohan keeping the forwards at back put up my hand to catch the ball as i had done hundreds of time in the ball alley in secret training I swung at the ball instead.Big Mistake.missed the ball,Goal.15 minutes and 4 more goals later got the call from the sideline from Guard Healy,Sheehy off Tony Barrett on.I remember one of the umpires saying to me after the 5th.goal i should have stopped that goal,my answer was i should have stopped all the(----__)goals.I wonder we had 4 goals Barrett should i be called 5goals Sheehy.Just a thought.Thanks vincent Carmody for the program of that day which i will treasure. "

Both of the comments came from Mike Sheehy in NY and formerly of Main St. Listowel. Thank you Mike. Your stories are welcome anytime.


An Irish man has made history by becoming the first person in the world to complete the Oceans 7 Challenge.

46 year old Steve Redmond  from Ballydehob in West Cork  crossed the 20 kilometre Tsugaru Strait in Japan yesterday evening in a time of 14 hours 24 minutes.

The endurance swimmer  had to abandon previous attampts to take the Strait in June when he was defeated by strong currents.

It joins his other epic swims in Hawaii, New Zealand, California, the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Irish Sea.
He’s the first person ever to complete this  grueling challenge – which is considered to be the equivalent to climbing the seven summits in open water swimming.

Mighty man indeed!


Fred Chute painting the new sign on O'Farrell's shoe shop on Church St.


Handball continued

A special meeting was held on Wed. Feb. 14th at which the chairman reported that the
sub-committee had met with M/s McMahon, O’Hanlon and Ml Keane who had
approached Mr. Joe O’Mahony, the local representive for Lord Listowel. Mr.
O’Mahony informed the deputation that the Listowel Handball Club had no legal right
to the land in question which was the property of Lord Listowel.
He had in turn received an offer for the ground and it could be possibly be sold by
4pm the following day. He would, however, give the Handball Club the first choice
if they wished to purchase the property. The members present decided to purchase the
handball site at £140.
At subsequent meetings 5 trustees were elected as legal advice was received from
Mr. Paddy Fitzgibbons (senior) who advised that a club as a body had no legal
standing and had also advised on the role of the trustees. The five trustees appointed
were M/s  Tom Enright, Andy Molyneaux, Ml. Keane, Brendan Macauley and John
Griffin (Jnr).
At a following meeting Mr. Enright withdrew his name from the trustees and for
personal reasons Mr. Fitzgibbons retired as chairman and was replaced by Mr. John
Joe Kenny.

At the 1963 A.G.M. the chairman, Mr. John Joe Kenny paid tribute to the club
President, Mr Joe James who had died during the year.  Mr. Kenny said that Mr.
James had been a founder member of the Listowel Handball Club and had at all times been available to give advice to committee members and players, and had always taken a special interest in the juveniles
.  On the proposition of the secretary it was decided to purchase a shield
for the minor championships and call it after Mr. James.
Mr. Kenny also paid tribute to former Club vice-president Mr. Frank Sheehy who
also had died during the year.

The club tournaments were still the main-stay of the club and great interest was
 still generated in these. At a meeting held on Sat. Nov. 16th1963 the draws were
made for both the novice doubles tournament and for the senior singles tournament for the Gaelic weekly Shield.  Novice doubles draw as follows; J.O’Sullivan &
 J.Ryan v A. Molyneaux & P. O’Flaherty; C.Chute &. J.Nolan v M.O’Shea & T.
The Senior singles tournament was played on a handicap basis for 40 aces. Draw;
C. Chute (plus 21) v J. Keane (plus 15); T. Enright (6) v D. Carroll (26)
J. Coady (20) v M.O’Shea (23); J.O’Halloran (9) v J. O’Sullivan (28)
D. Buckley (8) v S. Guerin (23); J. Griffin (scr) v J.J.Kenny (18)
Unfortunately, the results of the tournaments have not been recorded.

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