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On being locked out of Arms Hotel last night…

June 05, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, Accommodation

It wouldn’t have happened in 2009. A group of people who were looking for music, storytelling & song were turned away from the inn at 1.15am. The Listowel Arms Hotel was having none of us.

There was no room for non-residents to sit in the front room of the hotel. They were not entitled to entry. Maybe non-residents should have known they had no business looking to extent their evening.

I was one of them.
I thought of climbing up the ivy and tapping on an upstairs bedroom window. I resisted the battering-ram temptation. And it would have been irresponsible to have started a fire evacuation. We could hardly believe our misfortune.

In 2009…
there was one session in the hotel that went on until well after 4am. John Sheehan played, and there were superb singers.

Audrey Dunphy

Audrey Dunphy was there too in 2009.

In 2010…
When we were turned away, I thought first the management style and priorities had changed.

This morning, I think the hotel might have been full to overflow. There may have been a session in full flight, simply no room to fit in late-comers. I may have missed the session of the Festival.

Can anyone enlighten us?

Breakfasting with George Kimball and his mother

May 30, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Accommodation, connections, journalism, participants

It was Patrick Stack I went to meet in the dining room of the Listowel Arm hotel.

Feeling delicate and fortunate to have been lifted into town by Malcolm Payne, my b&b host.

Patrick and I were getting sorted when George Kimball arrived. I was quick to say ‘good morning, George. Would you like to join us?’

He did and, shortly later, Sue Kimball arrived. She’s from Louisville, Kentucky. George was in a Kansas sweatshirt.

Like me, Patrick Stack hasn’t read a word of George’s work. I introduced them, and George was interested to find out how he could get to see the blog. He wanted to know how much of his session yesterday we had captured.

In case I forget it: if you are ever going to blog a festival, have a business card made specially for the occasion. Carry them and give them out to everyone so that they can find the blog after. It’s a mouthful to say “you can find it by googling ‘listowelwritersweekfringe.com’. I wouldn’t be able to remember whether you have to put the Listowel in or not, and, if you don’t get thru quickly you probably give up looking and do something simpler.

Jenny Dorn joined us. She lives in Colorado and visits London, England, to see her mother who is 92. Mine is 83, so she a teenager in comparison.

John Sheehan stopped to have a few words with George.

Across the room I watch the poet from Cavan, which he pronounces like “quavan”. He’s with four others, all conversing.

Better split this experience into short bits, rather than try to present it in one fell swoop.

Remember your readers Paul.

Accommodation in Listowel (3)

May 23, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Accommodation, localinfo, organisers, participants, photographs, poetry, poets

I’m sorted. Got a phone call this morning from Listowel to say I can stay with the couple who put me up in 2007.

I must have done something right. The universe is looking after me, eh.

This is so much better than staying with someone new, and staying out in Abbeyfeale.

I’ll be able to drink freely, and toddle home late at night after those sessions with George Rowley

George Rowley when he was younger

George Rowley when he was younger

in the New Kingdom Bar.

If you still haven’t sorted out your B&B in Listowel, don’t worry: the universe will look after you – pick up the phone to Norella Moriarty now.

Accommodation in Listowel (2)

May 22, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Accommodation, organisers

I’ve just been talking to an absolutely fantastic woman.

Norella Moriarty is “accommodation officer” for the festival. I rang her because I haven’t yet solved my accommodation challenge.

I’ve been so focussed on the blog that I’ve neglected to sort out where I’m staying.

If only I’d rung Norella a fortnight ago… She has people crossing the street to avoid her – she’s been so active finding beds.

Fortunately all is not lost.

I’ve found the phone number of great couple that put me up in 2007. Left a message. Fingers and toes crossed.

There’s always Abbeyfeale, and a registered B&B @ Park Lodge (068 31312). If all else fails, I’ll try Abbeyfeale and admire the river.

Listowel Arms Hotel Photos Before the Storm

May 20, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Accommodation, photographs

Taps

Taps

Urinals

Urinals

Accommodation in Listowel for LWW

May 04, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Accommodation, participants

Business is good. All B&B rooms gone already – according to this website.

But I bet, if you go a few miles out, you’ll find somewhere that’ll love your custom.

I’ll post updates here…


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