Asdee is a small village in the parish of Ballylongford, don’t drive through too fast, don’t even walk too fast or you might miss where Jesse James’s father was born, in the village of Asdee.
Asdee is a neat little village between Ballylongford and Ballybunion. Jesse James’s father emigrated to Missouri where young Jesse James was born on September 5th 1847.
In the American Civil war the James family joined the Southern cause, which brought nothing but poverty and ruin to the homestead. Finally their home was burnt to the ground, causing the death of Jesse from Asdee.
In revenge young Jesse joined a guerrilla force of renegade rebels where he soon made a name for himself.
One desperate deed led to another and soon he was leading his own gang and the cause for the South made way for the robbing of trains and banks.
The names of Jesse and his brother Frank James were soon on every wanted poster in Missouri. Eventually the attraction of the reward tempted traitors in Jesse’s own gang.
The Ford brothers, trusted friends of Jesse, shot him dead and claimed $10,000 reward.
There was a public house in Asdee called Jesse James Tavern, which, due to the economic climate has closed down.
outside of Jesse James Tavern hasn’t changed much to this day. The
tavern was situated midways in the village, next to the church. The
inside didn’t look as if it has changed much either, but had a
Western and Mexican décor.
There was a pool table on a raised part of the bar room, in need of a little refurb the last time I played on it. Infact I think Jesse Jame`s father played on it the night before he set off for America. There is a definite knack to playing on the table, (aim to the right of the ball you want to hit).
There was a fine TV screen on the far wall from the entrance door, very handy for sporting events.
Talking about sporting events, it has been known that you can get excellent tips here during Listowels Harvest racing Festival in September, a few of the jockeys stop off in the Village, at JJ`s Bar, a more modern watering just as you enter Asdee. They Jockeys relax and chat here for a drink after the days racing and you never know what you might hear.
If you don’t get any tips you will have a good enjoyable night anyway, but make sure you don’t have any games of pool with the locals especially if money is mentioned.
Every year round about the first week-end in October Asdee has its own Race Meeting, on the beach, down from the Village.
As mentioned earlier, Asdee is a very small neat little village, apart from the church, Jesse James Tavern and a petrol station on the road to Ballybunion the only other place of interest is Kennedy’s Bar on the brow of the hill as you enter Asdee from Ballylongford.
J J’s is a modern Bar, very clean and friendly. There is plenty car parking space in front and a good place to sit down, have a rest and a quiet chat.
No point in giving you Bed and Breakfast/Guesthouse locations here as Ballybunion is just down the road.
So lets head for Ballybunion.
Was your great, great, grandfather a friend of Jesse James?
Oh!! By the way, the wife of a friend of mine, I have a few pints of the black stuff with him in Jesse`s when I am passing through about 2001, told me about her experience with him two nights ago.
She woke up during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed. She put on her robe and went downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in front of him.
He appeared deep in thought, just staring at the wall. She watched him as he wiped a tear from his eye and took a sip of coffee. "What's the matter, dear?" she whispered as she stepped into the room, "Why are you down here at this time of night?"
My mate looked at her and said ”Do you remember when I met you and you were only 16?" he asks solemnly. She told me she was touched to tears thinking that he was so caring and sensitive. "Yes, I do" she replied. He paused. The words were not coming easily. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car, making love?" "Yes, I remember" she said, lowering herself into a chair beside him. My mate continues... "Do you remember when he shoved a shotgun in my face and said, "Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years?'" "I remember that too" she replied softly. He wiped another tear from his cheek and said..."I would have gotten out today."
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