From Listowel Connection

Fisheries Officer:  Darren Halpin


From:  Listowel, Co. Kerry


River Basin District (RBD):  Shannon River Basin District


How did you become a Fisheries Officer?


I was always fishing as a young fella. My uncle was in fisheries for over 30 years so I was always intrigued about what he did. He was a good influence in my life and I followed his footsteps right into my career.


What does an average day look like?


I go into the office in the morning, meet the Assistant Inspector and go through any emails that have come through. Then we plan out our day and what we’re going to do – it might be a spawning patrol, estuary patrol or coastal patrol.


What is your favourite part of the job?


There’s a lot to be said about getting up in the morning and wanting to go into work. You’re outdoors, out walking, you’re allowed work on your own initiative a lot of the time, too, which is great.




I’m interested in nature and wildlife. I love walking the banks of the rivers just to see the fish and wildlife along the river. There is such variety in the job – you could be doing boat patrols, estuary patrols, jet ski or kayak patrols. There is always something different.


What is the most challenging thing about the job?


Sometimes dealing with the public can be challenging. You could be dealing with a pollution incident on a farm – one farmer might be very accommodating and there is no issue and then another farmer could be argumentative or confrontational. You have to be able to handle that.


You do a lot of unsocial hours, too. But you get used to it.


What do you think are the most important skills needed for the job?


Communication skills are important. You are dealing with the public all the time. Every situation can be different – there are different ways in how you communicate and react to situations.


Teamwork is also a big thing, you are working as a team all the time so you need to be comfortable with that.


What would you say to someone considering a job in fisheries?


If you’re really into the outdoors and fishing, then it’s definitely the job for you. You will get as much out of it as you put in.


Source; Off the Scale Magazine online


Ballybunion Radio Station from Listowel Connection


Despite references in several publications, Ballybunion Station was not built by Marconi, and never operated commercially. The station was built by the Universal Radio Syndicate. Construction started in 1912, but the station had not obtained a commercial licence by the time World War 1 started. The company went into liquidation in 1915. A sister station at Newcastle New Brunswick, built to the same design as Ballybunion, suffered a similar fate. The Marconi Company bought the two stations from the liquidator in 1919, mainly to prevent their use by potential competitors. The stations were not idle in the interim, however, having been appropriated by the British Admiralty almost immediately upon outbreak of the Great War and kept in constant activity as key components of the allied communication system until the Armistice of November 1918.




The Marconi Company did not use the stations commercially, and it would appear that the Ballybunion station was only used briefly, in March 1919 for a successful telephony experiment with the Marconi station in Louisbourg, and for communication with the R34 airship in July 1919.




In March 1919, Marconi engineers H.J Round and W.T. Ditcham made the first east-west transatlantic broadcast of voice, using valve technology, from the Ballybunion station using the callsignYXQ. The first west to east voice transmission had already been achieved by Bell Systems engineers from the US Navy station at Arlington Virginia to the Eiffel Tower in October 1915.




The contents of Clifden and Ballybunion were sold for scrap to a Sheffield-based scrap merchant, Thos. W. Ward in 1925.


DONATIONS Listowel from Papers


Freemans Journal 1763-1924, Thursday, April 23, 1846; Page: 4


ABSENTEE Lord Lansdowne has offered the Kenmare relief committee a LOAN of 5001., to be REPAID at their convenience. Lord Listowel and Sir Edward Denny have given free donations of 3001. each to Listowel and Tralee.




1968 Old Boys Reunion St Michaels




Michael Moriarty sent me a few photos from the recent reunion of the 1968 St. Michael's class.




 "One of the photos is of our surviving teachers along with the present principal, Johnnie Mulvihill, all of whom were our guests at our dinner on Sat 8th Sept. We had a wonderful weekend. We met up for an informal “meet and greet” on the Friday evening (complete with name tags!). On Saturday morning we were in St. Michael’s where Johnnie Mulvihill gave us a guided tour of the college including the room where we attempted to sit in the same seats we had in our Leaving Cert year. We were also treated to a tasty reception in the college. In the afternoon We had a guided tour of the town led by Vincent Carmody which was very informative both to those of us who are residents of the town and the lads who are scattered throughout Ireland and beyond."


At the door of Listowel Garda Station Vincent Carmody, their historian guide took this photo during their Guided walk around Listowel;


 Front row: Seamus O’Donovan, Willie Keane, Jerry O’Flaherty, yours truly, my younger brother Tom, Paul O’Brien.


 Second row: Christy Sheehy, Michael Moran, Michael Crowley, Teddy Murphy.


Back row; Maurice O’Connell, Tadhg Leahy, Ned O’Sullivan, Liam Cummins, Pat Flaherty.




Mike Moriarty kindly gave me a bit of information on the Listowel connection of the old boys;




Seamus O’Donovan is a brother of Stephen O’Donovan, Upper William St.


 Willie Keane is a brother of Norita Killeen.


Jerry O’Flaherty grew up in the house that was incorporated into Allo’s when that restaurant expanded.


Paul O’Brien is a brother to Carmel Harnett, whose daughter runs the creche at the top of Cahirdown.


Michael Moran is from Billerough out near the six crosses.


Michael Crowley grew up in the house that is now Doran’s Pharmacy.


Teddy Murphy is a brother of Margaret Murphy who works with Dr. Daly.


Maurice O’Connell is a brother of Thomas the builder and is married to Alice Gleeson who grew up where Jumbo’s is now.


Tadhg Leahy is a brother of John (taxi man) and grew up in Leahy’s Drapery in Market St. Tadhg and myself married two sisters!


Liam Cummins is a native of Ballybunion. Came in by bus each morning but had to thumb home. Retired guard now living in Abbeyfeale.


Pat Flaherty, an only child, grew up in the Red Cottages in Cahirdown and comes home frequently from Dublin.


Christy Sheehy of Listowel


Ned O' introduction necessary


    So there were plenty drapers’ sons in the class; Tadhg Leahy, Ned Sullivan and the two Moriartys.


Harrington Papers


M S 40,644 /3; Photocopies of items collected by Harrington relating to the period 1921-23 in Co. Kerry; includes report by Cornelius Dee on the killing by Crown forces of Patrick Dalton, Gerry Lyons and Patrick Walsh near Knockanure, Listowel, Co. Kerry on 12 May 1921, ms, 3 sheets; report on the Feale Bridge/ Brosna Road ambush, ts, 2 sheets, undated; transcript of letter from Liam Deasy recommending an end to hostilities, ts, 4 sheets, undated, [post 29 Jan. 1923]; 8 items, c. Jan.-Feb. 1923.