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Photographic Journey through Old Listowel
5th December 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm€5
A Photographic Journey through Old Listowel 1870-1970, a lecture by local historian Vincent Carmody takes place at Kerry Writers’ Museum on Thursday December 5th at 8 pm.
A Photographic Journey through Old Listowel will take you on a trip down memory lane to hear stories of local characters and places with accompanying photographs. For example, you probably associate the work of the town crier with Shakespeare and Elizabethan England. But you will find out that the job was alive and well in Listowel in Queen Victoria’s time and indeed right through the Irish War of Independence. You may even see a rather menacing photograph of Mick Lane, town crier supreme, complete with his bell. Apart from making community announcements, Lane saw his job as promoting the sale of various items of local interest. A literate man who liked verse, his best-known quatrain was:
Go forth in haste with brush and paste,
Proclaim to all creation
That men are wise that advertise,
In every generation.
You may also hear the story of Sir Arthur Vicars who spent considerable time in Kilmorna House, an elegant Victorian building located a few miles from Listowel. Sir Arthur was appointed custodian of the Irish Crown Jewels in 1893. In 1907 the jewels disappeared and have never been recovered. The Royal Commission that was set up to solve the mystery failed to come to any conclusion. But it recommended that Vicars should lose his title.
In 1921, during the War of Independence, the IRA suspected that Sir Arthur was a British spy. They burned Kilmorna House and executed Mr. Vicars. There is still no conclusive report on the jewels or how they disappeared.
Vincent has published two books on the history of Listowel:
Snapshots of an Irish Market Town 1850-1950
A Printers Legacy 1870-1970
Both can be purchased online at www.listoweloriginals.com.