Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas Lights, A Stroll through The Garden of Europe, Some Craft Food and Frances Brennan in town

Christmas Lights

I went to the switching on of the lights ceremony last Saturday. Unfortunately I couldn't get the setting right on my camera to cope with the light in The Square.  You get the drift though.

 The Millsiders entertained the large crowd.

 Mulled Cider, Cupcakes and other confectionery was on offer.

 Billy Keane was M.C. Kelly OSullivan Browne was one of the organizers.

 Jennifer Scanlon, another organizer was there with her family.

The crowd in The Square.  Again my apologies for the very bad photos.


Lovely Listowel in autumn 2014

I took all of the above photos on the morning of November 18 2014 in Listowel Town Park and The Garden of Europe. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful town.
As they say on Facebook; feeling blessed!


On Sunday Nov 23 2014 I went to the Craft Fair which is held annually in conjunction with Listowel Food Fair, in the The Community Centre. Here is what I bought.

 The quiche from The Mixing Bowl was a spinach and olive delight. I would definitely recommend the trip to Ballybunion just to try it.  The mince pies from there were delicious as well. They were a bit pricey at €2 each. 

The Mint and Pea soup was the best I've had ever. The brown bread was perfect as well. Sell done to the local new producer.

Finally is this really interesting product. The little jar on the right contains Dandelion Flower Preserve.
It is from The Wild Irish Foragers and Preservers who make these delicious confections from hand- picked wild produce which they cook  using old recipes. The Dandelion Preserve is delicious with goats' cheese and the lovely lady who sold it to me told me that it is also  a brilliant natural cure for a sore throat.

I heard later that it had won the Food Fair prize for best upcoming food product.


At Your service, Listowel

Francis Brennan snapped in the company of some well known locals.

The hard working people in the Love Listowel marketing group brought Francis Brennan to town to talk us all into shape. The meeting  in The Seanchaí on Tuesday evening Nov 25 2014 was very positive . Frances was full of praise for how the town presents itself to the visitor. He had no magic bullet to solve the problems of Listowel's traders but he got everyone talking and that is a great start.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Birthday celebrations at Craftshop na Méar, The River Feale and some Christmas lights

Katie Taylor…Superstar

5 times World Champion…a record unlikely to be beaten


Birthday Celebrations in Craftshop na Méar

The crafters and friends had a great party on November 22. The shop was packed and everybody was having a good time.

Sean Lyons, chairman of Listowel Writers' Week, came to give the venture his blessing. He is pictured with Bernie Carmody.

The very talented Amy O'Sullivan played the accordion and flute.

 A section of the audience listening to Liz Dunne read a Christmas poem.

Clodagh Murphy learned 6 new tunes especially for her performance. She was just one of the many  people showcasing their talents in the lovely space that is Craftshop na Méar.

Anne and Carmel met up for the first time in a while.

Abraham posed for me with his friends, Mary and Patricia.

Namir and one of the very talented crafters, Eibhlín Gleeson of Tigh Polly.

The crafters cooked the goodies and Namir made the mulled wine and provided the birthday cake. It all went down a treat with shoppers and visitors.

All in all, a great day. Happy birthday, Craftshop na Méar. Here's to many more birthdays!


The Feale

My Silver River Feale, November 2014


The Christmas lights in Main Street


The intricate lacework of the humble spider, a naturally super crafter

My garden on a November morning in 2014


Last photo of Laurel and Hardy; 1956.  Photo from Historical pictures on Twitter


Rory in Oz

(Photo: Rory McIlroy on Twitter)

Rory looks happy to be back in Australia to defend his Australian Open Championship


Yesterday's Photo Captioned

The occasion I think was a presentation to Archdeacon Wallace by Michael O Neill, who was representing the Urban Council, also Mons.Sheahan P.P. Listowel, Mrs Wallace, Patsy O Sullivan and Bryan McMahon.  Thanks, Vincent.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Them, pool in Mike the Pies and a few more old ones

November morning in Listowel

All photos taken in Listowel Town Park in November 2014.


Christmas Tree in Craftshop na Méar

Some photos from the craftshop's celebrations to mark one year in business coming up shortly.


A New Business in town

Sewing Island is a brand new dressmaking, sewing and alterations service based in William St.


A Few Old Ones


Pool players in  Mike the Pies

Lofty Kelliher, Ned Broder, Jack Sweeney, Eddie Hartnett and Tom Lyons.
(photo; Mike the Pies on Facebook)


Guess Who?

He hasn't changed that much!



I don't know the circumstances but it looks like the boys' school hall, Bryan MacMahon, Patsy O'Sullivan making a presentation to the Church of Ireland rector. His retirement perhaps?


North Kerry young people honing their internet skills

Techspace is a Foróige project for teenagers, helping them to explore computer usages. This is the first Listowel gang in the Seanchaí at their recent graduation.  (photo:Doreen Buckley)