Wednesday, 21 March 2018

St Patricks Day 2018, Listowel Folk on the way to mass

Out and About with my Camera

I love this photo that John Kelliher took of me on St. Patrick's Day 2018. There I am at the parade, preparing my blog post.

Before I went to the parade, I had the bright idea of going to the church to snap some photos of local people on their way to mass.

I didn't get everyone's photo. Here are just a few of the good folk of Listowel parish at 11.00 a.m. mass in St. Mary's on St. Patrick's Day 2018.

As I made my way through The Square, the viewing platform was being decorated and Donal O'Sullivan was putting the finishing touches to the sound system.

At St. Mary's ushers were beautifully turned and at the ready.

 Floor manager, Ronnie Patterson, and chief celebrant, Canon Declan O'Connor, were finalising plans.

 Jimmy Hannon was the first of the musicians to arrive. He had a story to tell.
It takes a musician to recognise a musician. Jimmy twigged that Ronnie Patterson the floor manager with Kairos who were filming the mass and making the programme for RTE, was, in fact, none other than the same Ronnie Patterson who played the double bass with the seventies group, The Pattersons. Jimmy put this knowledge to work and brought his double bass and guitar to the Listowel Arms and along with John Kinsella they had a great old session of seventies hits.

Everyone who had a part to play was dressed to impress.

These men were on a mission. The man second from left is a Stack and these are the Danish branch of the clan. They picked a bad day to research their roots as people were a bit preoccupied with other things. But if they would like to contact me again, I'll be happy to help. You see I was on a mission myself and I didn't have a card or a pen and paper handy so I have no contact details.


Some Humans of Listowel, March 17 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

St. Patrick's Day 2018...the preparations

St. Patrick's Weekend 2018 in Listowel

What a weekend we had ! It will take me a day or two to bring you all my photos.

On March 16th 2018 the scene was set. The schedule was up in The Square. The sun was shining and we were all set.

The shop windows were decorated.

We were not just having a parade. We were welcoming the Rith runners to our town. These runners had set off from Belfast at the beginning of Seachtain na Gaeilge, carrying with them a baton which held a message of support for the Irish language from President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Our green clobber was in order and we were looking forward to the big day.

Finesse window was decorated with messages of support for everyone involved in all the festivities.

At St. Mary's a full rehearsal was in progress. The folk group were in fine voice. I had always known that they would do us proud on the big day but when I heard them in rehearsal I knew that they would exceed all expectations.

The first of my visitors arrived bringing Molly (their new dog) on her first visit to The Kingdom.


Listowel Folk Group

One of the Listowel highlights of St. Patrick's Day 2018 was the programme broadcast from St. Mary's. It includes mass in Irish and some lovely footage of Listowel with yarnbombing for International Woman's Day and an introduction by Owen MacMahon.

The music of Listowel Folk Group was heavenly and everyone involved did us all proud. The link to the programme is live until April 16 2018

Mass for St. Patrick's Day 2018 from St. Mary's Listowel


Helping the Beach Artist

No trip to Listowel would be complete without a trip to Ballybunion. My girlies were delighted when Mario allowed them to "help" him sculpt his St. Patrick's Day beach artwork.

What Mario Perez does is amazing and Ballybunion is so lucky to have him.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Pres Listowel 75 and Listowel schedule for St. Patrick's Day 2018

Will it Snow on St. Patrick's Day?

Photo: Elizabeth Brosnan

The weathermen tell us that it may not snow but it will be very very cold. No change there then!


A Modern Take on an Old Story

Thanks Neil Brosnan for sharing this


Down Memory Lane

If you have photos or memories that you would be like to contribute to this book please drop them into the school. The book will only be as good as you, our friends and past pupils make it.

Check out our Facebook page,  PresListowel 75


Dont Forget

Mass from St. Mary's broadcast live on RTE1 at 11.00, followed by parade and the conclusion of Rith with a message from Uachtarán na hEireann read by Micheál O Muircheartaigh, followed by a ceilí in The Seanchaí...all on March 17 2018

News next week from Pittsburg where a Listowel born lady will be grand marshall. Watch this space!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

St. Patrick's Day 2018 in Detroit, a local treasure and Volunteers needed

Listowel Parish Mass on RTE 1 on St. Patrick's Day

Note the time change from 11.30 to 11.00


A Treasure from The Kerry Museum 

This brooch was found in Tullahennel near Ballylongford, Co.Kerry by Mrs Sheila Edgeworth whilst clearing out her ashes from the range at her home. It had been unwittingly thrown into the fire the night before concealed in a sod of turf. It miraclously surived. c.600AD


Detroit Parade 2018

I had a relative on the ground in Detroit last Sunday, March 11 2018, when they were celebrating St. Patrick and Irishness. Here in pictures is his report;

I googled him and here is what I learned.

Blessed Solanus Casey (November 25, 1870 – July 31, 1957) – born Bernard Francis Casey[1] – was an American Roman Catholic priest and a professed member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.[2][3] He was known during his lifetime as a wonderworker, for his great faith, and for his abilities as a spiritual counselor - but especially, for his great attention to the sick, for whom he celebrated special Masses. The friar was much sought-after and came to be revered in Detroit where he resided. He was also a noted lover of the violin, a trait he shared with his eponym, Saint Francis Solanus.[4][5]
His cause for beatification commenced over a decade after his death, and he received the title of Venerable in mid-1995. As a miraculous healing attributed to him was approved by Pope Francis in mid-2017, he was beatified in Detroit at Ford Field on November 18, 2017.[    Wikipedia

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