A Silent Night – New Release from North Kerry singer Peggy Sweeney 

Peggy Sweeney, the renowned traditional singer from Mountcoal near Listowel, has released a new recording of A Silent Night – Christmas 1914 written by Cormac Mac Connell.  Though the song’s title has alternated between 1914 and 1915 by various singers over the years, Peggy has decided to stick with the words that she originally learned when the song came out many years ago.  The song refers to the unofficial Christmas truce in  No Man’s Land in World War One when opposing troops sang Christmas carols.  There was a Truce in 1914 and 1915.  

 

Peggy has long been associated with the songs of Sean McCarthy from Listowel having released two albums of his work:  The Songs of Sean McCarthy (1990) and More Songs of Sean McCarthy (2005).  She has also recorded five other albums and three DVD’s which are all still available. 

In keeping with modern musical trends, the song is available for download or streaming on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music etc. 

It’s also available on CD  with three other Peggy Sweeny songs from ww.kerrymusic.com and some local outlets.

2018 Listowel Food Fair BORD BIA Quality Mark Schools Competition

The “Bord Bía Schools Competition & Food Academy” is an educational and awareness programme that has grown to become a headline event in the festival programme. This tailored educational programme engages senior (transition year and 5th year) and junior students in over fifty secondary schools across Munster, highlighting the importance of the Bord Bía Quality Mark, its meaning and significant role in the Irish food sector.

 This initiative is managed on behalf of the Listowel Food Fair by Mairead Moriarty, Home Economist and it has become an important part of the festival.

 The Food Academy was a new initiative which commenced in 2017 in conjunction with the Bord Bía Schools competition. The Food Academy was designed to give students an opportunity to experience the local artisan foods that are produced in Munster. Two nutritionists and two chefs were engaged to deliver educational programmes to the large number of students who attended this morning in the Listowel Community Centre. A fitness programme was included in the Food Academy to ensure that the physical well being of the students was considered.

 Speaking on behalf of Bord Bía, Declan Coppinger, Marketing Finance Manager, Bord Bía said:

 “Bord Bía is delighted to be associated with the Listowel Food Fair, which helps to raise awareness of the Bord Bía Quality Mark. The Bord Bía Quality Mark when displayed on food products demonstrates that the food item has been produced to the highest Bord Bía quality standards with 100% traceability “from farm to fork”. The Bord Bía Quality Mark process ensures that food is independently checked at every stage of its journey from the farm to the table.

We would like to congratulate the Listowel Food Fair on a wonderful event today and we wish them every success with the remainder of this year’s festival.”

 This year Bord Bía and the Listowel Food Fair Committee received the highest number of entries to date, with over fifty secondary schools in Munster entering multiple projects. The projects were adjudicated and four lucky finalists were chosen with much difficulty by two independent judges, Mairead Moriarty and Rosie McGrath.

 Speaking about the initiative Festival Chairman Jimmy Deenihan said:

 “On behalf of the Listowel Food Fair I would like to thank Bord Bía and in particular Declan Coppinger, Marketing Finance Manager, Bord Bía for his support with this initiative. The Bord Bía Quality Mark is a hallmark for quality food and this competition by its criteria has created further knowledge, education and brand awareness of the Bord Bía Quality Mark among the next generation. I would like to congratulate all of the junior and secondary schools in Munster who participated and our warmestcongratulations to this year’s winners.”

The winners of the 2018 Listowel Food Fair Bord Bía Quality Mark Schools Competition are as follows:

 First Place – Junior Category

School: Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick
Student: 2nd Year Students, Desmond College
Teacher: Edel Boohan
 
Second Place  – Junior Category
 
School: Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee
Student: Aideen Lynch, Roisin Reidy, Chloe Henneberry
Teacher: Stacey O’Leary
 
Highly Commended – Junior Category
 
School: Causeway Comprehensive School
Students: Niamh Gentleman, Holly Casey
Teacher: Sinead County

 

First Place – Senior Category
 
School: Presentation Secondary School, Listowel
Student: Caoimhe Nolan, Megan O’Brien, Anna Maltas
Teacher: Lisa Whelan
 
Second Place  – Senior Category
 
School: Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee
Student: Caoimhe Doyle, Caoimhe Dowling
Teacher: Stacey O’Leary
 
Highly Commended – Senior Category
 
School: Colaiste Na Riochta, Listowel
Students: Tinka Forerster Jones, Kaoife Carey
Teacher: Laura Long

  Winning students received cash prizes as did each winning school totalling €1200.00.

Information on the 2018 Listowel Food Fair festival is available at www.listowelfoodfair.ie .

The Listowel Food Fair Committee would like to thank the various sponsors and festival partners for whom without their support, this event would not be possible each year – An Bord Bía, BIM -Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Ornua –The Home of Irish Dairy, Teagasc, Kerry Group, Kerry Local Enterprise Office, Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership, Garvey’s Supervalu, Dairy Master, Tipperary Crystal, Jameson Irish Whiskey, O’Brien’s Wines and JJ Galvin Wines.

Kerry’s Lizzy Lyons Awarded Food Hero Accolade

Lizzy Lyons has been named as the 2018 Local Food Hero at this year’s Listowel Food Fair.  The Kerry native, who founded Lizzy’s Little Kitchen in 2014, was presented with the award at a gala dinner in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Saturday 10 November 2018.

Speaking about the accolade, the mother of 2 young boys said, “Words cannot express how delighted I am to be recognised by my local community.  I am deeply humbled and would like to express by deepest gratitude to everyone who supports me personally and professionally.”

The Flogas Ireland Ambassador, who regularly appears on the cookery slot on Virgin Media One’s Weekend AM, spent a number of years working in London.  It was there as Catering Manager with Universal Music that the seed for Lizzy’s Little Kitchen was planted and having worked in the hospitality sector on her return to Ireland, Lizzy embraced self employment when she started selling her nutritious, tasty and affordable dishes at the Friday market in Listowel.

It was always her dream to open a restaurant and she described the launch of her LLK Ballybunion Pop Up in June 2015 as a “step in the right direction”.  Such was its success it remained a permanent fixture during the 2015/2016 off season and earned her a place in John & Sally McKennas’ “Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way” as well as a best newcomer nomination at the RAI Irish Restaurant Awards.

In summer 2016 Lizzy’s Little Kitchen put down roots on Lower William Street in Listowel.  The menu changes daily and always features a comforting chowder, fresh salads and curries made from scratch.  Such is their reputation, in 2017 Lizzy’s Little Kitchen was recognised as the Best Neighbourhood Restaurant in Munster at the Irish Curry Awards.

A collection of 10 of Lizzy’s favourite dishes has been published in collaboration with Flogas Ireland who appointed her as brand ambassador in 2017.  Equipped with a Flogas Ireland demo unit, Lizzy is a regular at events to showcase her cooking skills and expertise and has made appearances at Bloom, Taste of Dublin, the Dingle Food Festival and most recently at the Listowel Food Fair with actor/presenter Simon Delaney.

The business has gone from strength to strength since its initial days as a modest market stall and boasts an ever increasing number of private catering clients including high performance sports’ teams.  In addition, Lizzy regularly hosts supper clubs and this December presents “The 12 Tastes of Christmas Tapas Party Nights.”

Currabinny Cookbook Wins 2018 Listowel Food Fair Book Of The Year Award

The Currabinny Cookbook by James Kavanagh and William Murray and published by Penguin Ireland is the recipient of the “2018 Listowel Food Fair Book of the Year” Award – In Association with Hodges Figgis. James Kavanagh and William Murray were presented with a specially designed vase by Tipperary Crystal at Hodges Figgis by former Minister for Food and Chairman of Listowel Food Fair Jimmy Deenihan to mark their achievement.
The 2018 Listowel Food Fair judging panel voted on The Currabinny Cook Book because of its creative and accessible recipes, its design and photography and its emphasis on traditional ingredients with a modern application.
Speaking about the award Festival Chairman Jimmy Deenihan said:
“On behalf of Listowel Food Fair we are delighted to announce the 2018 Listowel Food Fair Book of the Year to be “The Currabinny Cookbook” by James Kavanagh and William Murray. The Listowel Food Fair decided to introduce “The Food Book of the Year Award” in 2008, in recognition of Listowel’s long literary tradition and Listowel’s home to Ireland’s premier literary festival, the Listowel Writers Week. The first inaugural winner of the Listowel Food Fair Book of the Year Award was “Cornucopia at Home” by Eleanor Heffernan. The Currabinny Cookbook is a wonderful publication and I would like to congratulate James and William on their great achievement.”
Information on the 2018 Listowel Food Fair festival is available at www.listowelfoodfair.ie.
Twitter – #LFF2018 #listowelfood2018
Facebook – @ListowelFoodFair
The Listowel Food Fair Committee would like to thank the various sponsors and festival partners for whom without their support, this event would not be possible each year – An Bord Bía, BIM -Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Ornua –The Home of Irish Dairy, Teagasc, Kerry Group, Kerry Local Enterprise Office, Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership, Garvey’s Supervalu, Dairy Master, Tipperary Crystal, Jameson Irish Whiskey, O’Brien’s Wines and JJ Galvin Wines.

LET’S LIGHT UP LISTOWEL THIS WEEKEND!

Féile an tSolais – Festival of Light
Listowel International Arts Festival

Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November 2018 – Listowel, Co. Kerry

The inaugural Féile an tSolais is a FAMILY orientated Arts Festival that will transform the heritage town of Listowel into a spectacular lightscape, creating narrative trails, exploring new forms of art that merges with technology and science.
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS / FREE EXHIBITIONS / FAMILY EVENTS
The  highlight of this year’s festival will be the Forest of Light an immersive lightscape installation made from sustainable and recycled materials that takes you through the Garden of Europe in Listowel Town Park. 

EXHIBITIONS
THE BLUE MARBLE by Tighe O’Donoghue-Ross  – St. John’s, The Square 1 Nov To 24 Nov
SERAPH by Daithi Magner – Kerry Writers Museum 28 Oct To 9 Nov
THERMOLYSIS by Girts Balodis – Kerry Writers Museum 28 Oct To 9 Nov
RECENT WORK By Olive Stack – Olive Stack Gallery 2 Nov To 3 Nov

EVENTS – FRIDAY 2nd NOVEMBER
CAMERA OBSCURA Optical Phenomenon – The Dandy Lodge, Town Park 11am–6pm FREE EVENT
AN SCEACH GHÉAL DE SHEACHT MIANTA By Rupert Mac Carthy-Morrogh Interactive installation –
St. John’s, The Square 11am–6pm FREE EVENT
ORIGAMI FOR KIDS AGES 7 TO 12 With Rebecca Lyons – Olive Stack Gallery, 4 Main St. 1–2:30pm €5.00
ORIGAMI FOR ADULTS With Rebecca Lyons – Olive Stack Gallery, 4 Main St. 3–4:30pm €15.00
A MAKER APPROACH TO ART & INTERACTIVITY FOR ARTIST, MAKERS, EDUCATORS.
With Make Create Innovate 2 Day Workshop  – KDYS, 108 Upper Church St. 10am–5pm €120.00, UNWAGED/ STUDENTS €80.00

FOREST OF LIGHT ★ FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT ★
A magical audio visual experience for all the family.
Garden of Europe, Town Park 5:30–9:30pm €3 PER PERSON / €10 PER FAMILY / UNDER 5’S FREE

UPON QUIET PROJECTION By Ronan Coyle – St. Mary’s Church, The Square 6–10pm FREE EVENT
POETICA ILLUMINA By Paul Gerard O’Connor An audio-visual poetry installation that pushes the boundaries between art and technology. –  The Dandy Lodge, Town Park 8–9pm FREE EVENT

EVENTS – SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER
CAMERA OBSCURA Optical Phenomenon – The Dandy Lodge, Town Park 11am–6pm FREE EVENT
AN SCEACH GHÉAL DE SHEACHT MIANTA By Rupert Mac Carthy-Morrogh Interactive installation –
St. John’s, The Square 11am–6pm FREE EVENT
BUILD & DESIGN YOUR OWN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AGES 10 – 14
A workshop with Make Create Innovate. Listowel Community Centre 11am–1pm €15.00
BUILD YOUR OWN SPEAKER AGES 12 – 16
A workshop with Make Create Innovate. Listowel Community Centre 2:30–5:30pm €25.00
UPON QUIET PROJECTION By Ronan Coyle – St. Mary’s Church, The Square 6–10pm FREE EVENT
THE BLUE MARBLE EXHIBITION OPENING
An Exhibition by Tighe O’Donoghue Ross
Opening followed by screening of the documentary on Tighe O’Donoghue Ross –
Why is There Anything Instead of Nothing? – St. John’s Theatre, The Square 5pm FREE EVENT

LANTERN PARADE ★ FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT ★
Join in the fun and spectacle that is the Festival of Light Lantern Parade.
Registration for those that have made lanterns from 5:30pm.
Parade starts at 6:30pm Listowel Community Centre
FREE EVENT

FOREST OF LIGHT ★ FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT ★
A magical audio visual experience for all the family. – Garden of Europe, Town Park 5:30–9:30pm €3 PER PERSON / €10 PER FAMILY / UNDER 5’S FREE

PUB THEATRE BY CANDLELIGHT AT JOHN B’S
Call in and play your part! John B Keane’s Pub, William St. From 9pm FREE EVENT

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE AND BEFORE EACH EVENT.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED FOR ALL FREE EVENTS.
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A Taste of Wine & Storytelling at Lizzy’s Little Kitchen, Listowel

Lizzy’s Little Kitchen in Listowel is hosting the much lauded show, “A Wine Goose Chase” starring Susan Boyle, on Friday 9thNovember 2018.

The hour-long one woman theatrical performance includes tasting a number of wines with Irish connections and storytelling which provides an insight into a drink that has been part of Ireland’s history for much longer than we might think.

Speaking about the show, Lizzy Lyons said, “All the major festivals in Ireland, from Ballymaloe Litfest to the Dublin Fringe Festival, have included ‘A Wine Goose Chase’ on their programme and the Sunday Times described it as ‘a near 5 star experience.’  I’m delighted to be bringing it to my home town for 2 performances during this year’s Listowel Food Fair.”

The Flogas Ambassador, who regularly cooks on Virgin Media’s Weekend AM, will do the opening night cookery demonstration at this year’s Listowel Food Fair with actor and Weekend AM presenter Simon Delaney.   The duo can be seen together on our screens this Sunday November 5thwhen Lizzy demonstrates how to make a brisket of beef chilli.  The dish may feature on the LLK menu during December as part of the series of “The 12 Tastes of Christmas Tapas Party Nights.”

This year’s Listowel Food Fair runs from Thursday 8 – Monday 12 November.  There are 2 performances of A Wine Goose Chase on Friday 9 November at 7.00pm and 8.30pm. Tickets cost €20.00 and are available on Eventbrite and in Lizzy’s Little Kitchen, Lower William Street, Listowel.

Listowel Family take on Ireland’s Fittest Family Challenge

 

This year Kerry will be represented on the 2018 series of  Ireland’s  Fittest Family by the Pierse family from Listowel. Oran (20), Ciaran (18), Cliona (15) and Riobard (49) take on the physical challenge of this gruelling competition. The new series promises to be bigger and tougher than ever before with more families and new extreme challenges.

The Pierse family are well known in sporting circles in Kerry. Oran is a former Kerry Senior Road Race Cycling champion . Ciaran captained  the  Listowel Emmets 2017 Minor team to County final success. Cliona, one of the youngest competitors in the show,is an all-round athlete and has represented Kerry five times in the National Community Games finals. They will be joined by their father Riobard  who is a regular participant in Park Run Listowel and a football coach with Listowel Emmets Ladies club.

Tune in to watch Oran, Ciaran, Cliona and Riobard in Episode one of Ireland’s Fittest Family on RTE 1 on Sunday 28thOctober.

New Day Service for Stroke patients to be piloted in Tralee and Listowel in November 2018

A NEW pilot Stroke Day Service, providing nursing and physiotherapy supports to people recovering from a stroke has been launched in Tralee and Listowel, Co Kerry.

The one day a week service will deliver a six-week programme and is now open for referrals.

Led by Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre for Older Persons, Tralee and Ard Chúram Day Care Centre in Listowel, with the support of the HSE, the service will offer clients additional supports to help them through the rehabilitation process after a stroke.

Brian Carmody, himself a former stroke patient and who now runs the only voluntary stroke support service in Kerry, said: “This is the best news I have heard in a long time. I had my stroke 12 years ago and at that time once you were out of the hospital and finished with the treatment, there was no support. Now we have a service that will help stroke sufferers here in Kerry. It’s vital for them and their families to have a place to go and meet fellow stroke sufferers and get expert help for all of us who have suffered a stroke. It’s important to let them know that they are not alone or isolated anymore with this new Stroke Support service in Kerry.”

People availing of the service will receive physiotherapy, nursing care and other allied  professionals inputs, peer support and can avail of physical and mental stimulation programmes, morning tea and a midday meal.

People availing of the service will receive physiotherapy, nursing care and other allied  professionals inputs, peer support and can avail of physical and mental stimulation programmes, morning tea and a midday meal.

Chairpersons Paddy Garvey of Baile Mhuire and Tom Pierse of Ard Chúram said: “We are delighted to be leading this new service in Kerry. Both groups are grateful to the HSE for supporting this service which was identified by the Kerry Stroke Support Group. When a person survives a stroke, it’s not only their life that may be turned upside down, it’s their family and those closest to them who are also affected. There can often be an impact on people’s capacity to access services to promote their rehabilitation. We are confident that the new Stroke Day Service in Tralee and Listowel will be a success and of immense benefit to all stroke survivors. It is our hope we will demonstrate the effectiveness and value for money of this community-based approach and that similar projects will be developed in other areas.”

Both Chairpersons would like to acknowledge the support of staff and management in both HSE Community Services and University Hospital Kerry as well as the National Office for Service Improvement of Older People.

The Stroke Day Service will commence in November and it will operate one day a week in Ard Chúram Day Care Centre, Listowel on Mondays and in Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre for Older Persons, Tralee on Fridays from 10am to 3pm in both locations. For more information about the new Stroke Day Service in Tralee, contact Rose at 066 7123373 or in Listowel, contact Louise at 068 22986.

€35,000 funding for youth projects in Kerry

Two local youth projects in Kerry will receive €35,000 funding from new Government capital grants.

Minister for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin said: “New Government capital grants announced today are going to be of huge benefit to young people here in Kerry.

The two schemes to benefit are Sliabh Luachra KDYS, which will receive €19,331.00, and Listowel/North Kerry KDYS, which will get €15,669.00.

Minister Griffin continued, “Investing in and supporting young people is a key priority for this Government. Thanks to our strengthened economy, the Government is able to improve supports to the communities who need it most. Much of the upgrade works to take place under these grants will be in areas of disadvantage.

“I’d like to thank the Youth Officer in our local ETB for their work in supporting local youth projects and I know that Minister Zappone has thanked them for their assistance to the Department of Children in the design and implementation of this scheme”.

Council Congratulates Listowel on Tidy Towns Win

The Cathaoirleach of the Listowel Municipal District, Cllr Aoife Thornton, has congratulated Listowel on being named Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2018. The news has been greeted with great joy in Listowel and all parts of Kerry today. Listowel also won the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town for 2018.

 

‘This is absolutely wonderful news for Listowel. So much effort has gone into achieving this result and immense credit is due to the dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to keep Listowel looking its best. In particular, I want to warmly congratulate Julie Gleeson and her diligent committee who warmly deserve this wonderful honour.

 

‘Listowel is a special and vibrant town with a proud history and heritage which is known the world over for literature, racing, fashion and friendliness. It is also now rightly recognised as a town with a commitment to cleanliness, tidiness and environmental sustainability.

 

‘This has a been a whole-of-community effort with the support of businesses, retailers, community groups, sports clubs, residents’ association all supporting the endeavour to secure this national honour. I also want to thank the staff of Kerry County Council who have contributed greatly to achieving this result.’

 

Listowel this year celebrates 25 years of Tidy Towns locally so this is a fitting honour on this important milestone. It also comes following success at a national level in the competition in 2015 and 2016 when Listowel was named Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town. The town has also excelled in the Community in Bloom international competition and has won a Green Flag for its environmental initiatives.

 

Echoing the congratulation of Cllr Thornton, the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley, and Chief Executive, Moira Murrell said that Listowel was well-deserving of this national honour and they expressed their good wishes to every member of the local Tidy Towns Committee.