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The People of Listowel- met at Writers’ Week

June 28, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010

This is a personal list I kept. I have one of those memories which is best outsourced to a notebook – so I always carry a Moleskine Notebook with me.

For Listowel Writers’ Week 2010, I brought the slimmest Moleskine – one I could slip out of my pocket and use during conversations. Such noting is one of my quirky habits.

I trust these people won’t mind me mentioning them… (if anyone minds, I’ll take their name off the list).

Malcolm & Margaret Payne – I stayed with them.

- the photographer of the Festival

- the commercial poet who sold his work on the street

Joe & Joan McBreen (poet)

- the man leaning over the balcony of Listowel Arms Hotel

- the group of five women re-united in Listowel

Ronan Tynan – poet, film-maker, now singer-songwriter

Deirdre Stack - from Co Clare

Patrick Stack – my collaborator, web maestro & friend

Michael Lynch – chairman of Writers’ Week Festival Committee

Ann Luttrell

Kay Donnelly – from Youghal

Natalie Ryan

Micheline Egan

Gráine O’Connor – from Limerick, who knew the house where I grew up

Joe Redington – from Adare

Enda Murray – poet, author of “Doom & Glooom Me Arse” – from Sligo

Tim Lane


Pauline Fayne – poet & Facebook Friend, writer for this blog

Mary Noonan – poet, winner of Best Collection at Writers’ Week 2010

Kate Adie – journalist star

Paddy Regan – stand-up comic, great Egg, from Cork

Mike Gallagher – poet, winner of Michael Hartnett Award 2010 – from Listowel

Evie Bellis – from Waterford, one of my Facebook Friends – at meal in Allo’s

Susan Clooney – @queenofpots on Twitter- at meal in Allo’s

Trish McElligott – from Listowel – at meal in Allo’s

Bob Townes – from Brooklyn, NYC, USA – at meal in Allo’s

Mary Laverty Craig – from Tarbert – at mean in Allo’s

Jocelyn Brown – from Edmonton, Canada – writing her third novel

Terry Prone – PR & Communications consultant & Writers Week star

Mrs Stack – Patrick’s mother

Bert Griffin – from Listowel

Billy Keane – man of John B Keane’s pub

Mary Keane – the one and only, widow of John B.


Joseph O’Connor - author and Writers’ Week star

John McGrath – poet, MC at poetry events during Festival 2010

Linda Whittenberg – from Santa Fé, New Mexico, USA – friend of James McGrath (poet there)

Bob Wilber – also from Santa Fé & friend of James McGrath

Bridget McAuliffe

Siobhán Keating – lives in Lisbon, Portugal now

Oona Keating, her sister

Joy Fanning – from Glenealy, Wicklow

Bridget Maguire – she sketched George Rowley & Pat Speight for me – travelled to Dublin with me afterwards

Gerry Rose - author of “Feeding Strawberries to Pigs” (short stories)

Eileen Sheehan – poet

John W Sexton – poet, big internet person – lives Kenmare

George Rowley – from Dublin, launched “Irish Epic Poem in 33 Cantos” in Lynch’s Bakery

Matthew Sweeney – poet from Donegal, living in Cork, read at my booklaunch

Pat Speight – storyteller, lives in Cork

Christopher Reid – poet, author of “A Scattering”

Peggy Kelleher – from Tralee

There were others I met, whose names I didn’t write down. If you are one of those, and would like to remind me, please leave a comment.

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