Kerry has the following.....The Public Libraries Act was adopted by Kerry County Council in 1925, making the Local Authority responsible for all libraries in the county, except Listowel (which operated under a Trust until 1953). Prior to this, grants had been received from the Carnegie Trust for the erection of Carnegie Library buildings at Cahirciveen, Castleisland, Dingle, Kenmare, Killorglin, Listowel and Tralee. The Library service in Cahirciveen, Dingle, Castleisland and Kenmare still operates from these original or reconstructed buildings.


Who designed the Listowel library?


 Architect and engineer, of Dublin. Rudolf Maximilian Butler was born in Dublin on 30 September 1872, the son of John Butler, a barrister from Carlow, and Augusta Brassart, who came from Schleswig-Holstein.(1) He was educated in Dublin until he was ten, when his father died. At the time of his father's death in Dublin, Rudolf was on a Christmas holiday with his mother in Germany, with the result that he remained in Germany to finish his education. When he was sixteen he returned to Dublin, where, after a brief spell in the wine business, he became a pupil first, from 1889-1891, of JAMES JOSEPH FARRALL   and then, from 1891 to 1896, of WALTER GLYNN DOOLIN.


The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Sat 30 Sep 1916 Page 52


Mr. Fuller's father, the eldest son of Captain Edward Fuller, who had fought with his regiment in 1798 at Killala and Castlebar against the French troops of General Humbert, was evidently a typical squireen of the old school in his devotion to sport, and the facility with which he squandered






The Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1942) Sat 21 Dec 1895 Page 22


 Death was an acute attack of paralysis or apoplexy. He was about 76 years of age. Mr.


Sandes' despotic rule had, for well nigh half a century,


Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932) Sat 7 Dec 1878 Page 6


A MOST HARROWING SCENE. (Snippet of article)


A correspondent of the Kerry Sentinel,


Writing from Ballybunion on Thursday week, says :  An eviction of a most heartrending


character took place yesterday evening at a place called Gortnaskehi, the property of Mr.


Geo. Hewson, J.P., Ennismore. The place lies close to Ballybunnion, and the scene enacted on the occasion baffles description. The name of the evicted person is Michael Gorman, who has a wife and live children, the youngest an infant at the breast. This property was bought by Mr. Hewson about a dozen years ago. Gorman, I believe, was born on the property, and married a niece of a man named Kissane, who adopted her as his child. Kissane's family, I am informed, resided for generations in the place.


Pat Leane represented Australia in the Olympic Games at Helsinki, Finland in 1952 and Melbourne, Australia in 1956.  He competed in the decathlon (10 events - 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 metres, 110 metres hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500 metres). 


 He held the position of best long jumper and high jumper in Australia for many years. His parents emigrated from Finuge in the 1920's.  He lives in Melbourne.


DUAGH Priests, Sisters and Brothers


Duagh Priests, Sisters and Brothers

Morgan O Connor, John Connor, Michael Horgan, Maurice Lane, Tom Moloney, Denis Moloney, Con O' Keeffe, Denis Brosnan, Denis Brosnan, John Brosnan, Pat Brosnan, John Brosnan, John and James O'Connor, Michael Dillon, Maurice and John McCarthy, James Colbert, Gerard and Eugene Heffernan, John Lane.

Brothers Boniface and Eugenius Dower Brendan Keane, Owen Hartnett and Brother Colbert

Sisters Bridget, Kitty Thomas and Kathleen O' Connor, John Horgan, Lelia and Terecita Lane, Lil and Nora Walsh, Mary and Eileen Brosnan, Kathleen Hayes, Margaret Keane, Margaret and Nora Flynn, Mercedes Meade.

Kevin Sheehy, Pat and Maurice O'Connor, John and James Molyneaux, James McElligott, John Nolan, Denis Moloney, Brian Starkin.
Brothers Tom Enright and Christopher O' Connor

Catherine O' Mahony, Pauline, Pauline, Elizabeth and Bridget Moloney, Margaret O'Connor, Philomena Sheehy, Ann Dillon, Berchmans and Concepta Kennelly, Margaret and Teresa Murphy, Maura Nolan, Elizabeth Starkin, Elizabeth Roche, Mary Rose and Walter Gleeson, Eileen Enright, Adrian Doran, Hannah Mary and Elizabeth Ahern, Elizabeth O' Gorman, Alexis, Hillary and Eileen Fitzgerald, Dympna Costello, Sister Molyneaux, Sister Dillon.


Michael Clune, Michael Dillon, Pat and Jack Gaire, Noel Hickey, Dan Keane, Bernard O'Mahony, John Lyons, Tom, Edmond and Reginald Stack.
Brothers P O'Mahony, Cataldus Dillon and James Stack,

Alphonso Marie, Agatha, Imelda and Delores Stack, Ita O'Connor, Cleopas Relihan, Adrian Moloney, Nina O'Brien,

Lybes and Knockunderval
Pat & John Joe O Brien, Robert Finucane & Fr Finucane, Pat Carey, Con Guerin
Brother Romuld o Donoghue,

Rose Carey, Catherine Broderick, Stanislaus, Mary & Kitty Galvin,

Knockalougha and Derk
Maurice Joy, James Casey,
Mary Anne, Peggy, Sr. & Sr. Shanahan, Mary, Bridget & Gilberta Nash, Felicitas & Agnes Joy, Two Casey Sisters, Catherine & Philomena Dower, Mary & Mary Mc Elligott,

Fr Sean Maher,
Sr. Lucy & Sr.Calista Faley,

Fr Edward Walsh,

Fr Gerry & Tim Galvin,
Two Sr. Galvin

Fr Pat J O Donoghue, Fr Dan Stack
Sister Dowling,

Fr Andrew Stack
Sister Eileen & Joan Relihan,

Sr. Gerard & Sr. Brendan Sheehy,


Fr Pat & Fr Declan O Connor,
Sr. Alphonsus, Joseph & Mary Sheehy,


Fr John, Fr Denis & Fr John O Keeffe,
Brother Gerard Collins
Sr. Philomena O Keeffe and Sr. Concepta Keane,

Tom & Tom Relihan, Michael Sheehy, John O Donnell, Michael Dillon,

Sr. Michael Sheehy and Sr. Margaret Mary Broderick,

Knockmeal & Scrahan
Fr Tom O Brien & Fr Ned Corridan,
Brother Tom Sheehy & Brother Fergal Kelly,

Helena & Augustine Corridan, Margaret Moloney, Perpetua O Brien,

Sr. Consuela and Sr. Moloney, Sr. Patricia Langan,

Fr William Fitzgerald
Sr. Hilda Moloney,

Knockavallig and Ballygarrett

John, Jim & Maurice Dillon, Pat, John & Mort Daly,

Sr. Marina Daly & Sr. Kathleen Kelly

Fr Maurice Lyons & Canon Denis Flynn,
Sr. Mary Rose, Sr. Mary & Mary E Flynn, Sr. Lelia Burns,

Fr Tim & Pat O Connor, Fr John Keane, Fr Tom Molyneaux,
Brother Edward Kelly,

Eileen & Margaret Keane, Helen & Barbara Broderick, Patricia O Connor, Anne Maria Horgan, Johanna Harnett, Laura Kelly,

Michael, Gerry & William Costelloe, Stephen Stack, Tom Collins,

Tim, Dan & Tim Harnett, Pat, John , Fr & Fr Sheehy, Matt, Jerry, Jeremiah, Pat, Paul, John & Matt Dillon, Jim Nolan, Jim & John O Brian, Patrick Maher, Maurice Joy, FR & Fr Horan, John & Jim O Brien,
Sylvester and Winifred Hartnett, Maureen O Brien, Rosarie Maher, Gerard Dillon,

Fr Vincent O Connell & Fr Sean Harnett,
Sr. Ignatius Mc Carthy, Sr. Angela O Connell,

Fr Pat O Keeffe & Fr Jerry Molyneaux,
Sr. Agnes de Sales Molyneaux,

Sr. Mary Flynn

Tim, Michael & Dan Cronin, Michael O Donoghue, Maurice Mc Kenna, Con Scannell, Michael Walsh, Pat Quille,

Brother Baptist Quill & Brother Raphael Cronin,

Joan Cronin, Peter & Claver Kirby, Anastasia, Mary & Francis O Connor, Margaret & Mary O Donoghue, Baptist Kirby, Eileen Finucane, Mary Quille, Joan Mc Carthy,


Fr Denis, Fr Bartholomew & Fr Tom? O Brien.

From My Notebook
Of Duagh Fr Tom Stack Duluth Ordained 1944, Fr Tom Moloney Santiago Ordained C 1943, Sr. M Patricia Dillon of Presentation Waterford died 31st Aug 1887 aged 61years.



Mortuary Cards Kennelly
Date of death

30th July 1971 Denis Daly Knockane aged 59.
19th Aug 1968 John Daly Knockane aged 19.
21st may 1983 Catherine Shine Moyvane a 86.
4th Jan 1962 Rev H Cunningham born 1878.
23rd Aug 1969 Padraig O'Callaghan N.T. Knockanure.
13th Jan 1969 Teresa Kennelly Knockanure.
11th Oct 1977 Dora Goulding (nee O'Sullivan) Keylod.
17th March ? Julian McElligott.
6th Nov 1932 Rev R. A. Harnett.
11th June 1949 Cathy O' Flaherty.
24th May 1989 Sister Magdalen Kennelly age 72 yrs.
12th March 1991 Bill Kennelly Knockanure.
15th Mar 1957 Sister Stanislaus Kennelly age 37 yrs.
7th Jan 1946 Fr Denis J. Moloney Newbrighton born 1881.
21st Mar 1989 Ml Moloney Foxford.
25th July 1950 Jeremiah Kennelly M.C.C..
14th Feb 1992 Mary T. Kennelly Gortdromagowna,.
8th Aug 1977 Tom and Imelda Stokes Knockanure.
7th Feb 1972 Mary Jane Diggins Ballincloher age 78 yrs.
10th Aug 1974 Ml O'Donoghue Chicago and Duagh.
2nd May 1968 Timothy J. Kennelly Listowel age 51 yrs.
17th Apr 1977 James T. O' Kane Omagh age 52 (Moloney).
20th May 1958 Kenny Sheehy.
30th Aug 1957 Ellen Sheehan .
30th June 1973 Ml Diggin Lixnaw age 79 yrs.
24th Aug 1968 Patrick Barry Gortdromagowna.
28th Feb 1956 John Daly Knockane.
9th Mar 1969 Rev L. O'Dwyer P.P. Texas age 36.
29th Mar 1967 Fr William F. Scanlon ord. 15-6-1935.
7th Jan 1985 Mai Kennelly Skibereen age 73 yrs.
10th Dec 1982 Dermot Kennelly Skibereen.
Feb 1984 Daniel G. Kennelly Sycamore Road Dublin.
24th Nov 1982 Bridie Cunningham Court House Road Listowel.
20th May 1978 Danny O'Mahony, Ballydonoghue.
24th Nov 1985 Murt Daly Knockane Listowel.
24th Jan 1984 Fr Pat Daly Ordained 1946 for Salford Eng.
5th Nov 1983 Elizabeth Stokes, Gortdromagowna age 83 yrs.
13th Feb 1986 John Hanlon Ballydonoghue
22 Mar 1985 Paddy Barry Derry Listowel O'Sullivan.
26th July 1987 Mary Daly Duagh age 93 yrs.
5th Feb 1982 Peter McMahon Ballybunion age 32 yrs.
5th Aug 1968 Ellen O'Mahony Ballydonoghue age 89 yrs.
8th May 1988 Jack Flavin Coolard age 78 yrs.
16th Apr 1988 Eileen Galvin Daly Knockane Listowel.
4th May 1988 Mary Jo Daly Foynes and Duagh.
1968 Mother Gerard Kennelly buried Dingle.
27th May 1946 Mary O' Riordan .
13th Dec 1941 Dr Lawlor Ardfert.
6th June 1943 Stephen Scannell Tralee ?.
11th Oct 1988 May Galvin Gortacloghane Listowel.
4th Dec 1988 Bridget Galvin.
15th July 1988 Mary Kennelly [nee Kennelly] Main St Listowel.
22-3-1985 John Mc Mahon Lisaniska.
21st Nov 1985 Patrick Scanlon aged 65.
1962 K Van Laer
8th July 1957 Rev Crishan aged 77.
28 Jan 1984 Mary Ann Kirby aged 82.
12th July 1953 Fr Daniel F Collins Ballinasloe.
Oct 1964 Fr John Murphy All Hollows aged 67.
22-3-1983 Michael Mulvihill.
18-1-1986 Ellen Leahy.
15-12-1961 Bridget Moran Keylod.
5-6-1984 Tom Kennelly Knockanure aged 66.
18-1-1984 Mrs Ellen O Connor aged 97.
16-4-1986 Fr Tom Moloney Ord June 13th 1943.
16-4-1960 Mary Daly Knockane aged 73.
9-4-1943 Nora Danaher Woodcliffe House aged52.
5th Nov 1983 Elizabeth Stokes Gortdromagowna aged 83.
26th Oct 1983 Dan Stokes Knockanure
16-1 -1977 Pat Moran Keylod a 59.
4th April 1966 Fr Tom Daly Knockane born 1928.
28 May 1987 Sean Bunyan Ballydonoghue
24th June 1981 Maurice Harnell, Leitrim West aged 72
3rd Oct 1972 Pat Scannell, Listowel west aged 84
4th Sept 1984 Willie Curtain, Kilacullan aged 16
5th Aug 1987 Dan F Leahy





 The O'Connells of Ahalahana that you mention in your e-mail to Kathleen that lived in Kissane's Rea are my ancestors. I had heard of a connection with a Shanagolden but I didnt know that some of the family moved there. My grandfather Richard went there quite a lot so that makes sense.

The death of a family member in an accident in the USA I am not too sure about but there was mention of a female dying in the USA from pneumonia.

I wrote to the parish priest in Moyvane for the baptismal records of Richard and his siblings. The only names I knew were Richard and Daniel. On the records were Mary, Patrick, John, William, Ellen, Ellen, (2), Michael, Joanna, James, Daniel, Richard and Mary (2). My grandfather died when my dad was 10 so he didnt have any knowledge of his uncles and aunts.

Regarding the Foleys, please pass on my name and address to Mr Foley. The details I have are scant but here goes.

Nora Foley (my grandmother) married to Richard O'Connell. She was born in Aughrim. Father was Maurice Foley - mason. Do not know her mothers name. Siblings: Maurice (emigrated to Australia no date), Marie married to a Tom Roche. Do not know of any other siblings.




The only thing I know about my Kerry relations is that my
greatgrandfather Michael Windle is that he married Anna Long , in
Ballybunion May 25, 1867. Both were born in Kerry, according to the
1901 Census of Ireland. All of their children were born in Limerick.
The first in Ballyquilttown, the second in Dromerisk the third thru
seventh in Ballyquilttown and the last three in Glenagragra. There is a
descendant of Michaels still living on the property that they had in
1901. He has not responded to my correspondence.

Michael's parents were Henry Windle/Wingle and his wife was Bridget
Culhane. In addition to Michael they had the following children that I
am aware of, Thomas, Henry, Maurice, Ellen and Mariam. Mariam was born
in Limerick on September 7, 1853. This has been confirmed by the
Limerick Heritage Center. I believe she was the last child born. I
suspect that there were other children born but I can't confirm it. The
only reason that I know about Thomas, Henry, Maurice and Ellen were that
they came to the USA and died here. I have copies of there death
certificates indicating who their parents were.

What I am trying to determine is where in Kerry Michael was born and if
he had other siblings and who his grandparents were. I realize that the
last part of the request might be a stretch. I know that records might
not go back that far.

Any help that you can give me would be very much appreciated.

James Kanaley canada

My great-great-grandfather. This is James Kanaley in a military photo. He was a general in World War II for Canada. He was the son of Thomas Kennelly and the former Rose Flynn, husband of Mary Wallace (daughter of Andrew Wallace and Kate Bulger), and father of 5. He was born on May 15, 1868 in Cobourg, Ontario and died in 1918 in Cobourg.





In the ploughlands of Kilbaha there dwells a comely maid,
Its many the young and foolish heart she has betrayed
Loved by rich and poor though humble in her cot
Her name I wont tell where she Dwells is always called the lot
Connell and Power like salmon in a scour they're dying with the hatch
The man says that he'll entertain them and the house they'll thatch
Maggie she is wide-awake drawing them every hour
The Maid was smart and Won the heart and a watch from power.

About Maggie forester

Mickey Drury was married to Joan carroll their children Paddy, born 1859, Jack was lame, Billy had his neck a bit twisted, Mick called Ruck they had one sister


Ballydonoghue Pioneer's
Spiritual Directors
1935 Fr Michael Cannon Fuller, 1947 to ‘48 Fr J J Maher CC, 1950 to ‘56 Fr J Barry CC, 1957 Fr Daly CC, 1957 to'60 Fr Moynihan CC, 1961 to '63 Fr Edmond Stack PP, 1964 to '66 Fr Mc Elligott CC, 1967 to '68 Fr J B Daly CC, 1969 to '72 Fr Noel Moran CC, 1973 to '74 Fr Edmond Stack PP, 1975 to '91 Fr Michael Stack PP,

1935 Denis Collins, 1947 to '53 Patrick Tarrant, 1954 to '74 Lizzie Mary Stack, Michael Donovan, Richie Kissane, Brian O Connor, Siobhan Nolan, Edward Kennelly, Myra Kissane, Milie Costelloe, Ned Joe Kennelly,

1935 Richard Mc Carthy, Tom Carroll, 1950 to '56 Maurice Barrett, 1957 to '66 Michael Donovan, 1967 '72 Sean P O Moran, Mary Nolan, Maurice Mahony, Neilus Carr, Ann Tydings, Eileen Mc Carthy,


New York Savings Bank
Kerry savers
Catherine Foley b 1813 of Kerry, Hannah Foley b 1844 Manhattan, Matt Driscoll b 138 of Kilflynn, John Ford of Listowel, Maurice Gunn b 1844, Daniel Curtin b 1930 Brosna, Jeremiah Dowling Abbeydorney, Pat O Brien Ballylongford, Nora Perry Ballylongford, Jer Perry do, Bridget Barry Kilflynn, Margaret Beggan Ballylongford, Thomas Mc Elligott b 1839 Irramore, Tom Dean Ardfert, Ellen Mack b1808 of Abbeydorney, Ed Stack Kiltomey, Ellen Stack Tralee, Robert Stack of Stacksmountain, Annie Tuohy b 1848 {Dore}.

Limerick Names
John J Dore b1843, William Stephens, Bridget Taylor b1814, Mary O Brien Ardagh, Mary Moore b1816, Michael Moore b 1809, Edward Madigan Newcastlewest, Pat Leacy b1797, Alice Lacey , John, Dan and Catherine Kennedy, Bridget Keely b1814,
Ellen Keily 1802, Mary Kelly1829, Catherine Hurley b1832, Mary Hennessy b1836, Pat Hanrihan1833, Ann & Ellen Griffin, Matt Flanagan b 1845, Ml Egan, Ellen Egan 1836, Nora Connell b 1841,Catherine Condon b1792, James Cole b1846, James Collins b1822, John Collins b1810, John Clancy b1822, Sarah Callanan b1815, Johanna Baggot, James Barrett b1842, Mary Barry b 1836, Mary Ahearn b 1839.



Abbeyfeale Abbington Adare Almer Anglesborough Ardagh Ardpattrick Askeaton Ballingarry Ballingarrycramer Ballinvreeny Ballymagarrydown Ballybrood Ballyscanlan Bilboa Bruff Brury Caherconlish Cahirellywest Castleconnell Castletown Cluggin Court and Curraheen Croaghburgess Croome Drumcollogher Dromon Fedemore Galbally Glanogra Glin Herbertstown Hospital Kilfennycommon Kilfinan Kilmallock Kilmiddy Kilmore Kilteely Knockaderry Knockany Knocktoran Knocklong Limerick city Lismullane Mountpelier Murroe Nantenant Newcastle Pallasgreen Patrick's well Portrenard Racahill Rathkeale Shanagolden Singland Spurreboy Stonehall Tubbermurry Tullow Turagh.




By Pat Brosnan



Pat O’Donovan’s special guest on West Limerick’s “Story and a Song” programme last Saturday afternoon was Anne Phelan, the well known and highly popular musician from Castlemahon. Anne recalled playing music as early as the age of 5 and obtaining a scholarship in music already at the age of 9. She used to travel once a week by train from Charleville, accompanied by her mother, to get music tuition in Dublin. To get the early train they had to be out of bed at 4.00am on the days they were travelling. Anne, who has been a member of the RTE Light Orchestra for years, is an accomplished performer on various musical instruments, but is perhaps best known for her playing on the Violin. Anne described her National School days in Castlemahon and attending Secondary School in Charleville. She told how she got her first music lessons from a nun in Buttevant at age 5. Anne played some great tunes on the programme classical, topical and traditional. These included a Hungarian Gypsy tune, the Marina Waltz, the Cualin, Danny Boy and many other airs. It was indeed a very interesting hour listening to Anne telling her own story and hearing some of her delightful music. Well done to Anne and also presenter Pat O’Donovan for coming across so well on West Limerick Radio. It will also be recalled that on the day of the late Mickey Liston’s funeral, the well-known Athea Seanchai, in January 2009 Anne Phelan played some wonderfully appropriate music for the occasion during the Requiem Mass in St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea.




Kerry Captains

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Tom Costello - The Man Who Captained Kerry to Victory 100 Years Ago in 1909


by Weeshie Fogarty

I find it quite amazing with all the talk and hullabaloo in relation to the year that's in it, the 125th anniversary of the GAA, not one mention (to my knowledge) has been given to a man who 100 years ago this year led Kerry to their third All Ireland victory. The name Tom Costello has always held a great fascination for me when ever the names of renowned dual legendary players come up for discussion. Sadly here is one man whose memory seems to have been completely forgotten and neglected despite the fact that only for his likes the great Kerry tradition we know today probably would not exist. So let's take a nostalgic trip back in time. Let's peer back through the mists of all those decades, back through the vista of all those years long since passed and recall the deeds of the great Tom Costello who led the Kingdom to their third All Ireland title in 1909. To me what the "Mile Height Boy" achieved is just as relevant as and probably more so to day than away back then.

Tom Costello was born just one mile from Tralee on the Killarney side hence the nick name "The Mile Height Boy" The house and surrounds where he kicked his first football are still there. His club was Tralee Mitchell's and he achieved remarkable success with them winning four football county championship medals and three hurling medals. The football wins were achieved in the years 1907-08-10-17 and the hurling successes came in 1908-11-12. He also had the distinction of captaining the Mitchel's to both a hurling and football title. He first came into football prominence when he came on as a substitute as a young boy for "Long Tom Sullivan" against Tipperary in the early summer of 1903. He was now becoming one of the best left full backs in the country and while he was on the losing side against Kildare in the 1905 final his greatest day was just around the corner.

Tralee Mitchel's won the Kerry county championship in 1908 defeating the Dingle Gascons in the final and at a subsequent meeting of the club Tom was unionanamously proposed as the next Kerry captain. And so on December 5th 1909 in Jones Road Dublin Tom Costello led The Kingdom to glory against Louth as they triumphed 1-9 to 0-6. Years later he spoke about that historic day. "It was a year of strange happenings. Cork beat us in the Market Field Limerick in the Munster final. We objected to Derry Beckett who played with Cork and were awarded the game, Beckett was declared illegal but we refused to accept the match. We won the second day after a great tussle and it was the first time our great forward Jack Skinner lined out with Kerry. Louth were our opponents in the final, their first, and their lively ground football puzzled us at the beginning.

"A great goal from Skinner and points from Dick Fitzgerald saw us ahead at the short whistle. We proved far too good for them in the second half and ran out easy winners 1-9 to 0-6. What I remember most about the game was a magnificent point scored by Dick Fitzgerald. He got a free out near the corner at the canal end of the ground and swerved the ball beautifully over the bar. I believe this was the first time spectators had seen a screw kick as it was Dicks first time playing in Dublin. After all those years I can still see in my minds eye the ball going between the posts because I had a great view from my position in the full back line. To lead all those great men in an All Ireland final was the proudest moment of my life and that of all my family at home in Tralee".

Tom Costello went on to win two more All Ireland medals in 1913-14 and also added a Croke Cup medal to his collection. Unlike most of the old time players, subsequent to retirement he maintained a very keen interest in the affairs of the Association. He was elected chairman of the Kerry selection committee, a position he held up to the date of his untimely death in September 1934. He operated his own lime kill business from his home at The Mile Height and it was his lorries which were placed at the disposal of the county board when improvements were undertaken at the Austin Stack Park. And it should also be added that Tom Costello's lorry was the first to bear the victorious Kerry teams through the streets of Tralee when they returned in victory.

Tom had three sons and one daughter as a result of his marriage to Mary Minnie Brosnan. Sadly Mary died a young woman and Tom remarried to Ellen McCarthy who was a brother to the renowned Maurice McCarthy who helped Kerry to All Ireland victories. The forgotten greatness of Tom Costello has come to light following a fascinating evening Christy Riordan C/R videos Caherceiveen and I spend with Toms two grand sons last week. Michael and Tom Costello have wonderful and vivid memories and photographic history of their great relation all of which they so kindly shared with us. We also interviewed Toms great grand son Patrick Kearney who is one of John Mitchells rising young stars and is well aware of his Kerry football breeding. Also a noted and highly respected referee Tom officiated at many Kerry and Munster games both at football and hurling.

Tom Costello played 50 championship games for his county and never sought the limelight. A man of few words I am reliably informed that when he spoke his opinion carried great weight. When he died at the young age of 46 in 1934 a massive crowd assembled for his funeral to Rath Cemetery. His old colleagues of many a hard fought field assembled in great strength. Members of successive Kerry teams from 1903 to that date formed a guard of honor and the Kerry and Mitchell's jerseys and the Tricolor were placed on the coffin. The GAA was just 25 years in existence when Tom Costello captained Kerry to victory in 1909. That is now 100 years ago. The man richly deserved to be remembered and honored in some small way.

Fogra; "Secrets of Kerry, The Captains Story" A personal portrait of Kerry's All Ireland winning captains will have its first viewing in London next March at the invitation of the Kerry London Association. Work on the project is ongoing. It includes interviews with all living winning Kerry captains and close relations of all those who have answered the final whistle.





Port Lincoln Times (SA : 1927 - 1954)

Friday 6 July 1934



A Double Record


Probably the most remarkable re cord in the whole world held by two Yugoslav peasants, Stoyan and Yolka Dimitriyevitch, who recently celebrated the hundredth anniversary of their wedding. They are each 118 years old. It is very seldom that husband and wife both attain so advanced an age — it is more usual for a centenarian

to nave had a succession of partners. The famous Zaro Agha, for instance, who enjoyed his first flight at Brook lands three years ago, when he was said to be 156, made twelve separate matrimonial experiments. Zaro Agha died at Constantinople last Friday, at the age of 160. Zaro Agha, who claimed to be the world's oldest man, married for the twelfth time at the age of 152. Known as the 'Turkish Methuselah ' Zaro Agha's most interesting recollection is of having seen the Emperor Napoleon when he was fighting against the French at Syria, He was 24 at that time. Zaro Agha fought in six wars, and was wounded six times. When he was 100 he volunteered, and fought at the battle of Plevna. Zaro Agha had a certificate, vouched for by the Turkish Government,! which had investigated the records, to prove that he was born in 1774. He was very jealous of his claim to be the oldest man in the world, and

Ridiculed the report that a Chinese had been discovered who was said to be aged. 252 years. , Then there wag Daniel Bull MacCarthy, of County Kerry, who married his fifth wife at the age of 84, and had 20 children by her before he died at 112. MacCarthy was famous for the fact that he was still riding to hounds when over the century, a feat which was not equalled until our own day when a Devon sportsman, Mr. Richard Ferris, still continued fox-hunting after his hundredth birthday. These are truly remarkable records,

but at least one woman could challenge comparison with the best of them. This was Katherine, Countess of Desmond, who died at the age of 140. She had a daughter after she was sixty-five, and shortly before her death astonished everyone by growing a new set of teeth. None of the cases mentioned can claim the longevity record for modern times, however. That belongs to Thomas Carn, whose death at the age of 207 is recorded in the parish register of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch. It seems incredible, but there are scientists who believe that the average span of human life should be 140 to 160 years, and there is evidence to prove that at least some people did live longer in former centuries.




Coming Home for Christmas




I took a walk along the old railway line in Abbeyfeale lately and as I walked upon the track I couldn’t help thinking about all the people who had travelled on the same line in the days when the steam train chugged its way to Limerick and back. I remembered my own journeys on that train, going to and coming from England. There was something special about steam trains. You could hear them coming for miles and then the beats of the engine became less frequent until the train pulled up in a cloud of steam and smoke. The smoke had a really strong, but not unpleasant, smell and it enveloped the whole station. One of the best times was coming home for Christmas. Back in the middle of the last century almost every home in the parish had a family member or more working in England. Most of them came home once a year, the married ones in the summer time but the single ones usually opted for Christmas. The Christmas mood started about the end of October when minds were made up to go home for Christmas. The lads who frequented the pubs every night  gave up the beer on the first of November to put a bit of money together. You couldn’t arrive home if you hadn’t a wad of money to spend. It was vital to give the impression that you were doing well. New clothes, in the latest fashion, were purchased and shoes with a shine that could blind. As soon as work broke up, a couple of days before Christmas people could be seen, in all the major towns in Britain, heading for the train station with brown suitcases in their hands. There was no such thing as fancy luggage in those days. The brown case was the only one available. Some of them were a bit the worse for wear and had to be held together with a piece of rope or a leather strap. Anyway, they did the job and carried the essentials for the travellers. I used to leave  from Coventry station and take the train to Rugby where we had to wait for an hour or so to catch the northern train from London. This took us to Crewe where we boarded the boat train to Hollyhead. The train pulled right up to the ship for Dunlaoghaire so it was just a matter of walking up the gangway and finding a place to sit. This was no luxury liner. It was used mainly for transporting cattle so the accommodation was very primitive. There was a bar though and as the Christmas spirit kicked in it did a lively trade. That was great for a while but when the seas were choppy, drinking wasn’t a very good idea. It was not uncommon to see people getting sick all over the place. God, I hated that boat and couldn’t wait to arrive in Ireland to get the train to Kingsbridge (now called Heuston) station.  The Cork train was boarded which took us to Ballybrophy or Limerick Junction where we changed for Limerick. Then came the last leg of the journey, the train to Abbeyfeale. By this time we would have been travelling for almost 24 hours, some with hangovers and others recovering from the sea sickness but the nearer we got to home the better we felt. As the train struggled to climb Barna hill, a sense of anticipation took over and everybody perked up. Having crawled over the top of the hill, through the tunnel, the train began to gather speed and flew along to Devon Road. This was the last stop so we gathered our belongings and were waiting at the doors as the train chugged into Abbeyfeale. The platform was usually full of people eagerly waiting to welcome sons, daughters, husbands, fathers  they hadn’t seen for at least a year. There was a lot of tears and fond embraces but it was a most joyous scene. It was the custom at the time to have a drink at the Railway Bar before heading for home. Sean Sullivan might be playing a few tunes on the melodeon and when we had our first sip from a frothy pint of real Guinness it was like heaven. The road home brought back memories of the people who lived in the houses and the days passing them on the way to school. It was a great feeling to be back in Ireland and at home. There was a great welcome from the family and the eyes of the little ones lit up when the old suitcase was opened and the presents were given out. For a while at least the world was a nice place to live in as peace and goodwill prevailed. Before too long it was time for midnight Mass  where everyone met outside the door and wished each other a merry Christmas. It was all over too soon and we had to take the train back again feeling very empty and lonely at the thought of being away for another year. But we had our memories and they kept us going in the factories, tunnels and building sites. Roll on next Christmas when we will take that train again


 Domhnall de Barra



Letter from Listowel, published in the Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier of 11th May 1865.


“To the Editor of the Daily Reporter.


Church-Lane, Listowel, 10th May 1865,




Dear Sir – In my meanderings and up-and-down wanderings through the town, I pick up a great deal of news early and late, without much profit to myself, or benefit to the public, but as I am now on the staff of the Cork Reporter, for you know it is myself, Sir,  that carries about your paper every day, and it gives me much pleasure to state that it is well received by all classes and all parties, irrespective of creed or political feelings, which, by Dad, gives me a large commission.


The great desideratum of  our gaining a local name and habitation among the “Northerns” is  already achieved and, although the “South” may have many attractions, they are not a bit beyond us in intelligence; we can estimate measures, not men,  and we can draw a distinction between what is for our good and otherwise, but that is not here or there to what I want to say.


Some few weeks ago the watchman that is here spied upon Maurice O’Halloran,  and in consequence was he fined £1 and costs for having some persons in his house at 11 o’clock at night.  This was all right you will say, but I say it was all wrong, as the watchman, being paid by the shopkeepers only to sing out the hour, ought to let the police mind their own business. At any rate, a few persons in the town, determined to put down the wretched crew of informers  that exist here, signed a paper appointing another man and the people were afraid  of signing this for fear of causing anger to themselves, or annoying the head who put his tail into it.


But as I am heartily sick of the low tricks and ignorant devices of officialism in Listowel , I hasten to inform you that I am going out on Sunday to see that far-famed and justly celebrated watering place called Ballybunnion, on a visit to your agent there.  Mr. Harence, the popular Landlord of that locality , was there last week, and was welcomed with bonfires, &c. He placed a splendid clock, at his own expense solely, in the church, which is of great advantage to the folk, as they will know “the time o’ day.” He is about fitting up a hotel, which I do not see much use of, as there is a first-class one there before, kept by one of the most obliging landlords in the country. I do not know how will he act towards this hotel-keeper, as the place will not support two; if he is strong he ought to be merciful, and look to what he exemplifies in his own case- vested rights.


I am told he is about to build a number of cottiers’ houses which will be of service to the working classes, that is if the working classes are there for them. He is also to start a public car, connecting it with Foynes Railway, so that tourists may proceed at once to Ballybunnion without waiting at Listowel. All these arrangements to be effected this season.


Ballybunnion, as a watering place, stands unrivalled for scenic beauty. All along, an iron bound coast is lashed by the billows of the mighty Atlantic, and the wild scream of the sea-birds, as they rise on high, fills one with awe. The healthful breeze blowing landward, braces the nerves and gives renewed courage to face manfully the trials of life and struggle among those contending upward and onward. There are some beautiful natural caves through which, at high-water mark, the sea rolls, disporting itself through the basalt rocks until it makes an outlet at Doon Bay, a sad and solitary spot, where the curlew’s wail is heard far away.


The strand is a beautiful level table of sand, firm and unyielding, and the places set apart for male and female bathers are well selected, and possess every advantage. Mr. Harence, it is said, will erect baths, a consummation devoutly to be wished for, as we calculate, after a little trial they will compete with any in the country. The town of Ballybunnion consists of a number of houses with a large and commodious hotel, where every accommodation can be got. Mr. Scanlan, the proprietor, is an intelligent gentleman, who gives his best attention to tourists, and all parties visiting the waters. As the season is likely to be a crowded one there, I will after my visit give you a few more particulars – I remain, Sir, your obedient servant, LAME PADDY.”