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 C’mon kids.. it’s off to town shopping for the christmas
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Johnny and Nora Kelly take their family from Ardaneanig to Killarney town for the christmas in 1970
 Photo: Kevin Coleman
First Published 2017
  WHERE ARE THEY NOW ?
In our photograph left Johnny and Nora get 17 of their 19
 kids (two had not been born) ready to head to town for the christmas. Johnny would make at least two trips to ferry the kids in and out. They would have their christmas list prepared, fill the two trunks and head back home where it was all hands on deck in organised chaos.
This is where the children are now: In the car from left, Brian - Rathmore Seamus- Miltown Sheila, Carlow Lawrence, Ardaneanig Back row from left:
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  Proud mother Nora Kelly (82) from Ardaneanig, Killarney well remembers christmas in the good ol’ days as she raised her 19 children in the house that her husband Johnny built. “We had a pick-up truck and also hired a taxi (Johnny Cronin) to takes us all to Mass in the Cathedral. T’was a great sight, all the kids spic ‘n’span as we headed into town. After Mass we would open the presents bought in Cal McCarthy’s of course and then we would sit around the table to feast on the turkey” smiled Nora as she reminiseses rearing such a large family.
Nora was pregnant every year from 1950 to 1971 and all bar two were born in Ms.
Seymour’s Nursing Home in new Street, Killarney. Born herself to a family of 14 children (seven boys and seven girls) large families came naturally. Along with her husband she purchased 16 acres of land for the princely sum of 400 pounds and Johnny built the home all by himself. With only three bedrooms space was tight. At one stage Nora had 4 children in nappies, no running water, no heating, an open fire with a crane and a black kettle for hot water. But she remembers vividly how happy she was going to the well two fields away to get water, lighting the turf fire for heating and hanging the nappies on wires overhead to dry them. In the early days the children went barefoot to Lissivigeen National School, like all other
kids at that time. Her mother Nora Buckley from Gortdromakerrie made most of the clothes for the children as they were growing up. “They were the best dressed children in Killarney” says Nora proudly. The Kellys lived on a hill just off the Mallow road overlooking the Killarney Valley without a neighbour in sight. Like many other families they grew their own vegetables, milked their cows and were generally self sufficient. Any provisions for the household were bought in Ms Courtney’s in College Street. Johnny was a well known excellent builder and was involved in the construction of The Three Lakes Hotel, The Derrynane Hotel and The St. Brendans Seminary Extension to mention a few. Johnny passed away six years ago and now Nora is at home with Lawrence. In great health the octogenarian never takes a tablet, loves walking and is partial to a glass of wine on Sunday or a rare brandy on special occasions. She has 58 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Earlier this year Nora recalled her day on the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTE 1.
The Eucharist Congress Fitzgerald Stadium 1932 Picture by Daniel MacMonagle -macmonagle.com
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   Nora and Lawrence at home in Ardaneanig, Killarney.
Her favourite memory of Christmas is when she raised and fattened 30 turkeys and sold them live at the market in Killarney. The few bob earned fattening the turkeys went a long way towards the christmas.
“I envy the country farmers nowadays who have their own turkeys...they taste just gorgeous!” said Nora.
Chicken packers in the 1950’s -macmonagle.com
Gerry Cronin ploughing at Aghadoe Killarney 1954. Picture by Harry MacMonagle -macmonagle.com
  



























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