Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Ballyvourney, Listowel's One Stop Sweet Shop, roadworks at the courthouse an the 2019 Parade

Jim McSweeney

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Séipéal Bhaile Mhuirne

I often pass through Ballyvourney on my way to Cork. It's a lovely little Gaeltacht village full of old world charm and character. One day last week I took a pit stop in the village and I explored the lovely  church. The photos speak for themselves.




















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One Stop Shop on Church Street


For all your confectionery needs

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Gas Works?




Last week they were digging up the pavement at the library plaza.

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Listowel St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019













Some people were in Listowel and some people wish they were.


Steve Scallon LAPD from Monaghan ,Tony Curtin NYPD Clounmacon, Greg Sterns LAPD at the St Patrick’s Day Parade New York. 
(Photo: Facebook)


Philomena Kuhn at her home in Germany


Maria Sham celebrated with her friends in London

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Bill Clinton in Listowel, Joe Murphy of St. John's ,The Fancy Warehouse and St. Patrick's Day 2019

Jim McSweeney


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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019

You'd never know who you'd run into at the St. Patrick's Day parade. On Charles Street I met up with neighbours and friends.




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2019 parade in Charles' Street



Liam Brennan is a convincing St. Patrick  figure.


Proudly flying the flag for Listowel were this year's victorious Tidy Town Committee.







The Listowel convent girls marching band are an essential part of Listowel's parade.

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Bill Clinton Whizzes Through

What is it with U.S. presidents and golf?

Since Eizenhower in 1954 the White House has had a putting green. It's been installed, allowed to grow over, reinstalled and eventually relocated by President Clinton, an avid golfer.


Photo of the then president and vice president in 2009 from the internet.

Flash back to September 1998 and US President Bill Clinton is on a visit to Ireland and part of that trip is a round of golf in the famous Ballybunion links.

The plan was for POTUS to stop in Listowel for a photo op. drinking the obligatory pint in John B.'s. His itinerary was known and a group of peaceful protesters gathered in the small square. US security got a bit windy for the president's security and hastily changed the plan. Listowel was bypassed and the cavalcade instead stopped in Lisselton. It had to stop somewhere, else it would arrive ahead of schedule in Ballybunion. So Listowel's loss was Lisselton's gain and he was greeted enthusiastically by the lovely people of that borough.
Mike Guerin was out with his camera and here is his recording of the scene at McKenna's Corner on that historic day.


Mike Guerin wasn't the only cameraman present to record the day. Junior Griffin took a lovely photo of John B. at the door of the pub as he waited for the customer that never came.


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End os an Era at St. John's



Listowel's very own man in black, "Vicar" Joe Murphy, is in his last year at the helm in St. John's. Anyone who knows Joe will agree with me that he is force of Nature. He has run St. John's with charm, dedication, enthusiasm and lots and lots of hard work. The place wont be the same without him.



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The Fancy Warehouse




When I came to Listowel first in the mid 1970s this shop was called The Fancy Warehouse and it was run by a Miss O'Brien. It sold knitting wool, notions and other haberdashery. The name os the shop always fascinated me. Up to then I imagined a warehouse as a big store but this shop was tiny. If you look closely you can just make out the old shop name as it is stripped down for refurbishment.


Miss O'Brien's sister ran a shop across the road called O'Brien Hartnett's. That sold shoe polish, polish brushes and other small goods.