The flags flew at half mast and most of the club players and officials lined out on both days to provide an impressive guard of honour. A lone piper piped his funeral cortege from the church to the playing field where he attended so many matches, then on past “The Club” i.e. the local community centre which was a second home to him. There he loved to play cards and chat over a pint with friends young and old. Dan was one of "the old stock" and Kilbrin respects its elders.
Guímis leaba i measc na naomh is na naingeal i gcomhluadar a chairde dá anam uasal dílis.
Kilbrin Revisited… A Sad Journey down Memory Lane
The church too is lovely. It is very small with 3 small aisles. It was built in the 1830s by Fr. Con Scully. I do intend returning to look at the place again….a trip down memory lane.
Local Men Fondly Remembered
Last week I published these photos of a group of local friends who are all still remembered with great affection.
Owen MacMahon told me about Danny Kelliher (on the right in the first photo). On the left of the photo is Tommy Murphy of Murphy's Butchers' in William St. Murphy's Butchers' employed Danny to deliver the meat around town.
After he finished at Murphy's Danny got a job as a window cleaner.
One day Bryan MacMahon was walking in The Square when he met Danny. The Master stopped to enquire how Danny was getting on with his new job. Danny told him that he was always being asked by tourists alighting from buses in The Square if he knew anything about the history of the castle . He was always disappointed to have to tell them that he didn't. Bryan offered to write out a short history of the castle for him to learn off so that he could answer the tourists' questions. This he did.
Some time later Bryan MacMahon was again perambulating in The Square when he met Danny again as he was cleaning a window. He asked Danny if he had had any opportunity to use his new found knowledge of Listowel Castle.
Danny told him that an American tourist had indeed come up to him and asked about the castle. He gave him the full history as learned from The Master's account. the American man was astounded and he remarked that Danny had a great knowledge of history for a humble window cleaner.
Danny's reply, "You can't beat a well educated proletariat."
The Yank asked no more, only gathered himself back to his bus.
Listowel 10K: a Great Success
Vincent Carmody presented his medal to his grandson, Jack, at end of Kerry Crusaders 10K on Saturday November 14 2015.