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Retirement presentation to Miss Bríd Walsh in 1972.
This photo was prompted a few emails. I am going to share this lovely message from one of Bríd's grateful past pupils, Elizabeth Brosnan.
The teacher was Bridgie Walsh who lived in Courthouse Road in Listowel. She taught me from Junior Infants to Second Class.
There is only one of the people in that picture alive now and he is in his mid eighties. I think the parents in the picture were in the then Board of Management. They are as follows from left to right: Michael (Mikey) Kennelly, Coolaclarig, (grandfather of Tadhg and father of Timmy etc.) (Rip), Gerald Mulvihill, Shronowen (Rip), Fr. Michael Stack, Ballydonoghue (Rip), Miss Bridgie Walsh (on occasion of her retirement) (Rip), Thomas Flaherty, Coill, (alive and well) & Jeremiah O'Carroll,Tullamore (Rip).
I cannot remember what year Miss Walsh retired, but I will find out. She lived well into old age, and spent her final days in the Kennedy Nursing Home. She wrote me a lovely note every Christmas, as I always sent her a Christmas card. She was a very nice teacher.
One of my classmates was buried today, following a car accident and we were reminiscing on our Tullamore school days (the awful days in particular), then I came home and saw your e mail. How fitting!
Some more storm damage
My friend, Joan Kenny, pointed out to me that when I was taking my stroll through the graveyard I missed the destruction that was done to the burial plot of The Presentation Sisters.
Roofs took a bit of a battering as well and roofers are busy these days.
Spring IS on the way:
I snapped these this week on the path in the Cows' Lawn beside the Town Park.
Remember this scene after Storm Darwin in Denis Carroll's photo?
Below is how it looks now.
There is still much storm damage visible in the graveyard and in The Garden of Europe:
What lies beneath?
A reminder that our beautiful Garden is built on the old town tip; proof that it takes forever for plastic to disintegrate.
Everywhere I looked on my walk there were tree stumps.
Life goes on. These early morning walkers are now used to viewing the damage.
There was lots of debris at the bridge and what looked to me like most of a grown tree in the river.
These trees by the river survived.
The River walk is closed until the debris is cleared.
Listowel Town Council decided at Monday's meeting to have all the trees in the Park professionally assessed and treated before the next storm.
Our finding of this old photo was timely because Tom Coffey, who was a teacher and playwright passed away recently.
Junior sends us this memory of him:
This photo was taken in Dublin Zoo in 1963. The elephant's name was Komali. We have no names for the children. The photo is from a site, Photos of old Dublin.
Did you know that the Catcher in the Philadelphia Quakers Baseball Team in 1886 was Limerick born Andy Cusick (second from the right, back row).
Both Vincent Carmody and Aidan OMurchú contacted me after they identified this lovely lady who retired from Tullamore School in 1972.
The lady in question is Bríd Walsh who taught in Tullamore for many years. She lived in Courthouse Road next door to the ÓMurchú family and Aidan remembers her as a "lovely lady".
Aidan also knew the man on the far left. He is Tim Kennelly's late dad. Michael Kennelly.
Vincent identified the others in the photo as :
Gerald Mulvihill, Fr. Mundy Stack P.P. Ballydonoghue, Bridget Walsh, Thomas Flaherty, Jeremiah O Carroll.
This photo appeared in The Advertiser. Junior Griffin can name all but on of the people in this. Here they are in Junior's own words;
Denis Carroll posted this happy shot
And he gave basketball lovers a hint of good things to come with this photo.
As we near Seachtain na Gaeilge here is a lovely photo from 1925. It is from Scoil na Leanaí in Ring Co. Waterford. It is part of a collection of photographs of old Waterford which appear regularly on Twitter.
Old ad for a Limerick shop as posted on Twitter by Limerick 1914
Bryan MacMahon said that a teacher leaves the track of his teeth on a parish for 3 generations. I think the same is true of a doctor. Certainly, this man pictured above, Dr. Michael O'Connor of 24 The Square, Listowel keeps coming up in folk memory here.
Today my titbit is an old letter that my good friend, Anne Moloney, unearthed for us. The quality of the copy is poor so I'll transcribe it for you.
It is dated 13.12.'22 and the address is The Square, Listowel and it goes:
Dear Sir (or Madam),
It has been brought to my notice by a tobacconist in this town that some soldiers in Listowel Barracks have been using my name as their excuse for refusing to buy Irish made cigarretes, stating that the Doctor said, "Irish cigarettes caused skin disease". This slanderous allegation is, of course, entirely untrue and was never uttered by me. Indeed there is nothing, as far as I know, in Irish or any other cigarettes likely to cause skin disease.
It is a poor specimen of a man or a soldier who has not the moral courage to say, when purchasing cigarettes made by Irish girls, that he prefers those made by foreigners.
M. O'Connor M.D.
Mike Enright's lovely photo last week of a calm Cashen inclines me to think that Spring may finally be on the way after this oh so inclement winter.
Our recent fascination with the weather sent me to my copy of Brendan MacWilliam's Weather Eye .
Here is a fascinating piece of useless knowledge for you all:
"Dr. Alan Robock of Rutgers University, new Jersey has examined 465 songs performed over the years, by rock singer, Bob Dylan, and dicovered that the word "sun" appears in 63 of them; "wind" turns up in 55, "rain" in 40, "sky" in 36, "cloud' in 23, "storm" in 14, "summer" in 12 and "snow" in 11. Other weather words occurring but scoring less than 10, include hail, winter, lightening, thunder, flood and, of course, "weather" itself.
According to Dylan, the answer to many vexed questions is "blowin' in the wind" and " You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing".
Listowel girl honoured
Savannah McCarthy ( Listowel Celtic) was chosen as the under 17 Player of The Year at the recent FAI Player awards.
Staff of Moloney's Garage 1950 or 1951
Front: Moss Lyons, Michael Moore, Eilish Furlong, Margaret Moloney, Dan Moloney,Delia Dwyer, Albert Kennedy, Ina Sheahan, Denis Kelly
Second Row: John Finucane,……, Dermot Lynch, Jimmy Connor,….., Neily Canty, Dan Cantillon, Patsy Kelly, Patsy Barry, Bob Barry, John McGredy, John Kinsella
Third Row: …Hussey, Tom Canty, Emmet McLaughlin, Jack Canty, Ed Flaherty, Jimmy Molyneaux,
….Barry , Thomas Grogan
( A big thank you to Jimmy Moloney for ferreting out all the names. If you can fill in the gaps please do.)
This photo from the Lawrence Collection shows an advertisement for The Lartigue.
I found this poster on a site called Limerick 1914. The message is not immediately clear to me unless it's that if one economized on bread or butter one would be helping the war effort.
John B's The Man from Clare in St. John's
I saw the play on Friday last and it was great. My last trip to drama in St. John's was a bit of a disaster. I saw a woeful one woman stand up comic play to a tiny audience who squirmed in our seats at her woeful lack of connection with us. Friday night was different.
The auditorium was packed with an eager audience ready to be wowed again by local people interpreting John B.s genius.
As I watched Con Kirby's portrayal of the over the hill football hero, I was put in mind of Paudie O'Mahoney whom we have recently seen 'transformed". Padraig O'Dea (The Man from Clare) was looking into the same abyss at age 35. His playing career is over. His status in the local community,which was built entirely on his success on the football field, is now greatly diminished. He is facing a life of fishing and loneliness, living on memories of his glory days as Cuas's greatest athlete.
The play had everything, hilarious comedy and bucket loads of pathos in the shape of the delusional Morisheen Brick. His clumsy matchmaking worked in the end and we had a happy ending. This part was played to perfection by John Looney.
The irony of putting a band of over the hill footballers on stage to play over the hill footballers was a brilliant stroke. Robert Bunyan was convincing as the trainer, struggling to accept the decline of his best player/ nephew.
Everyone on stage did a brilliant job but I have to compliment especially my friend, Cathy Healy, who was drafted in at short notice to play the part of the "rip" from Kerry who steals Clare's best man. Her Elsie was suitable cheeky and irreverent and her smugness once she has snared the talented but gauche Jim Flynn was heart achingly credible.
John B. wrote this play in the 1960's before it became popular for footballers to have model/actress girlfriends. He well understood the tribal rivalries that make football in Ireland so passionately followed. Best of all he understood people and he made a particular study of his own Kerry people whom he portrayed so well in plays like The Man from Clare.
If there are any tickets left, I'd recommend you get one.
This is Zentangled Art. I took a class on this in Craftshop na Méar on Saturday and found it positively addictive.
Maria was our very patient teacher. She managed to bring out artistic talent in everyone. This art form is most accessible even to to an artistic klutz like me. I'd recommend it.
Here are a few photos I took of some of the other participants in the class;
Patsy O'Connell Bernie Carmody Ruth O'Quigley Eileen Fitzgerald Anne Moloney
Back Row: Eleanor Leahy, Eileen Barrett, ? McCarthy, Celia Carroll, Rose Healy-Fitzmaurice, ?Walsh, Marie Neligan (me), Doreen Stack, Nora O'Keefe, ? Enright.
Middle Row: Kathleen Fitzgerald, ? Noonan (not certain about that name)Margaret Sheehan Mary McElligott, Phyllis Horgan, Kathleen Dunworth, ? Beasley, ? O'Keefe, Maeve Moloney, ?Murphy, Dympna Hillard.
Front Row: Nora Barry, Margaret Horgan, Eileen? Lynch, Noreen Mahoney, Geraldine Reidy (an american girl visiting Listowel), Patricia Hartnett,Marie Buckley, Terry Buckley and of course Sr. Dympa
I'm wondering if there is anyone else still around who remembers this.
Ballylongford in the past
Sive at The Abbey
Critics are unanimous in their praise of the current Abbey production of John B. Keane's play.
The play, however and its playwright has had a troubled relationship with the national theatre. Sive was rejected by The Abbey in 1958.
Listowel Drama Group had achieved success in the All Ireland Amateur Drama Festival in Athlone in 1954 with a one act play, George Fitzmaurice's The Magic Glasses.
Brendan Carroll was a very experienced producer and he realized that in Sive he had the makings of an overall winner in Athlone.
The play was a resounding success at the regional stages of the competition and it came as no surprise when it won outright in the final in 1959.
It was the beginning of a very successful career as a writer for John B. and as a actress for Nora Relihan.
Listowel Drama Group in a photo taken outside Dáil Eireann where they were guests of local T.D. Dan Moloney, shortly after they had won the Esso trophy in 1959.
Margaret Dillon who gave us this photo played Sive. She is standing beside John B. in the photo. Nora Relihan is the lady in sunglasses.