Listowel – A Printer’s Legacy

The story of printing in North Kerry 1870 to 1970
This is a beautiful book, a companion to local historian, Vincent Carmody’s, Listowel, Snapshots of an Irish Market town. This is another chapter in the story of the Literary Capital of Ireland.

In the days before local radio or the Internet, if you wanted to advertise, you went to the printer. Listowel had a colourful printer, Bob Cuthbertson. Over two generations, Cuthbertson Printers printed bills for auctions, fairs, dances, dramas, political rallies and public notices, as well as tickets for raffles, dances and socials . Cuthbertsons also had a close relationship with Bryan MacMahon and they printed his ballads in off cuts of paper from the larger posters.

Posters, tickets and playbills etc. were usually displayed for a while and then discarded. But Listowel is lucky to have a collector who saw the value of these documents as an important piece of social history. In this book, Vincent shares with us his huge collection of printed memorabilia along with his knowledge of the stories behind the posters. Vincent is a painstaking researcher and he has gathered an unrivalled collection of printed items relating to life in North Kerry in the century between 1870 and 1970. He now shares this collection with us in this beautifully produced book… a collector’s item.

Listowel – Snapshots of an Irish Market Town, 1850-1950

This book by Listowel native, Vincent Carmody, is an account of life in a prosperous market town from the years 1850 to 1950. The town in question is Listowel, Co. Kerry, but it could be any town at that time. This is a valuable social history, full of information, gossip and anecdotes, amply illustrated with old billheads and photographs. You will see here handwritten receipts, gentle requests for payment to recalcitrant debtors and rare posters, flyers and other assorted memorabilia from that slower age.

Vincent Carmody’s lovely book paints a picture of a gentler age, an age of craftsmen and industry. This was the era of the horse and donkey and the handwritten letter. It was an era of fairs and markets.

Vincent takes you back in time in this comprehensive account of life back then.The book is a one off, a collectors item, a treasure for anyone who values historical artifacts and stories.

To contact Vincent, email info@listoweloriginals.com or call +353 (0) 87 966 7112.

Paddy Carmody and his wife Margaret showed great enterprise when starting a bakery known as the ''Wonder Bakery' in their premises in Charles Street in the early 1950s.
Cattle fair in Listowel Square, 1904. It's clear from this photograph that the Square was the commercial hub of the town in those days.
Photograph of a Charles Street / Colbert Street group in the 1950s.
The barracks of the Royal Irish Constabulary was in Church Street on the site of the old Bridewell.