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  1. Fiona Brennan in Guestbook

    Can anyone help with my research on the history of amateur drama in Kerry? Interested in talking about Fr. Hickey and who might have photos, like those on your website, and about those people who were involved and amateur drama in North Kerry. Thank you!

  2. Martin Moore in Guestbook

    Thanks for mention of my new book, ‘A Kerry Odyssey’. Some local men who served with the Australians and New Zealanders in World war 1 are included.

    Martin Stack of Kilbaha enlised in the Australian Imperial Forces in July 1915, but by 1919 had deserted and returned to Ireland. He was apprehended at Listowel in March 1919 and returned to England. Edmond Cronin of Knockanure served with the New Zealanders at Gallipoli and was killed in France in May 1917.

  3. Richard Harty in Guestbook

    From: Richard HARTY Message Body: I remember my mother Ida Keating reminiscing about growing up in Moyvane and Maudie and all the Cunninghams, the McElligots, Mamie Quinn and how to …
    … the tune was played in Moyvane the tune was called, “Down Though Bally.” Does anyone know the real name? — This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Moyvane – The Middle Plain ( )

  4. Becky Clark in Guestbook

    I am researching my great-grandfather, Michael J. Downs (1859-1936) and his half-brother Daniel W. Hartnett (1852-1904) who were both born in Newtown and moved to America as adults between 1870 and 1887.

    Their mother was Ellen Walsh of Leitrim. Ellen married Daniel Hartnett Senior in Ahalahana in 1840 and later married Patrick Downes of Newtown in 1858. (Hence the half-brothers noted above.)

    Sometime after 1858 Ellen Walsh and her second husband Patrick Downs moved to Athea, Limerick where Ellen died in 1901. Her father was Michael Walsh of Leitrim. Her mother was possibly Mary Scanlon.

    I am looking for Walshes who may be related. Also looking for Hartnetts, Enrights, Culhanes and McCarthys who were cousins to my great-uncle Dan Hartnett. All moved to the same neighborhood in South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania between 1850 and 1880. Wondering if they followed one another from the Moyvane/Leitrim area during those years to work in South Bethlehem, PA.

    From the guestbook I see many Walshes, Culhanes, Enrights and Scanlons and am looking for possible connections as I am planning a visit to Moyvane and would love to learn more.

  5. Lora Kraus in Guestbook

    My great grandmother was Nora O’Connor, from NewtownSandes. She followed her older sister Johanna and brother Maurice to St Paul, Minnesota, USA around 1896 when she was 18. Her younger brother Michael, immigrated to Minnesota a few years later. Their mother was Johanna O’Connor. I have not been able to find out who my great great grandfather was. I believe there were 3 or 4 more children born after Michael, the youngest being Dan who stayed in Moyvane. Nora married my great grandfather, John O’Sullivan and they raised a family in St Paul, Mn, which included my grandfather, Maurice O’Sullivan.

    My family has visited Ireland a number of times and years ago, had the pleasure of meeting family in Moyvane, Mary Catherine and Dick Fitzmaurice and Katy and Mick Walsh. My mom, Patricia O’Sullivan is no longer with us but my uncle, John O’Sullivan has been helping me to try and fill in the gaps. He suggested contacting Gabriel Fitzmaurice, whom he had exchanged some correspondence with. While going through my mother’s things, I found a few notes from Gabriel Fitzmaurice as well as many cards and letters from Mary Catherine and Katy.

    I am hoping someone might point me in the right direction to continue my research or have information they are able to share. Any help would be so greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for your consideration.

  6. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    Newtown people included in American Paper
    T h e Newtownsandes boys had a packed house at Gannon’s Hall last S a t u r d a y night. I t was t h e first ball a n d social of this popular association of N o r t h Kerrymen a n d t h e y o u n g men and women from t h e old village a n d its s u r r o u n d i n g s t u r n e d o u t
    New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0838.pdf
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  7. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    2023 February 1 Knockanure
    RAMBLING HOUSES: Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure.. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend. Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.
    “Trad Scene” on West Limerick 102FM traditional music and song on Saturday evening 6-8pm, with Mike Barrett.
    NEK Community Responder Group will be holding their AGM in Knockanure Community Centre on 16th February at 8pm.
    BLOOD Transfusion Service, are holding a Clinic for donations in the Community Centre Ballybunion, Thurs. 2nd Feb.’23, from 16:45 – 20:00. To book appointment please phone 1800 222 111.
    PARISH: Confessions: Moyvane Saturday 6.45pm to 7.15pm. Eucharistic Adoration every Tues. after 10.00am Mass to 11.30am. 2nd Collection weekend 28th & 29th Jan. for the Needs of the Holy Land.
    Pastoral Council meets 7th Feb. at 7.30pm. Items to be discussed to the Office by Feb. 4th please.

  8. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    Knockanure Notes for 2023,
    PARISH: Pastoral Council meets 7th Feb. at 8pm. Items to be discussed to the Office by Feb. 4th please. Youth Leadership training for 14-19 year olds in a parish setting open to all young people in all parishes. The Training day will be on the 11th February in Listowel provided by our diocesan youth team. Contact Brian on 0874545409 if interested. Workshop for PPC took place as Fr. Ger Godley provided an overview of how the Pastoral Council should operate in Parishes, stressing that we are moving from where the Parish Priest was the centre of focus to where the Parish needs to assume responsibility for its direction and the PPC should assume the animating vote.

  9. Thomas Hanrahan in Guestbook


    My name is Thomas Francis Hanrahan and my father, who grew up in Moyvane, was Thomas Matthew Hanrahan. I believe the Hanrahan family still runs the farm there that my dad had grown up on before immigrating to NYC in the United States.

    I don’t have much more than that other than there are many Hanrahan’s I have lost touch with over the years. Someday, I hope to visit my fathers place of birth.

    Thank you for listening.


    Thomas F. Hanrahan

  10. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    2023 January 4 Knockanure
    PARISH: Confessions: Moyvane Saturday 6.45pm to 7.15pm; Eucharistic Adoration every Tues. after 10.00am Mass to 11.30am, and Parish Office closed from Thurs. 22nd Dec. to Thurs. 4th Jan.’23.

    RAMBLING HOUSES: Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure.. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

    Rockchapel Comhaltas: a “Seisiún” in Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel on the 6th of January at 8pm.

    CELEBRATE UKRANIAN CHRISTMAS in St. John’s Church Ballybunion Saturday morning 7th January at 9.30 a.m. All welcome to join the celebration.

    DEATH of Jim O’Connor, Rathoran, Kilmorna, on December 25th, 2022. Predeceased by his parents Davy and Ita, brother David and nephew David O’Brien. Jim will be remembered by his children Louise, Jonathan, Bríd and their mother Ann, his wife Anneke and her children Connor and Móirín, brothers John and Morgan, sisters Carina, Geraldine, Mary and Cora, aunt Bridie Harnett (Ennis), daughter-in-law Krissy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces. Requiem Mass at Abbeyfeale Church on Thursday for Jim, followed by burial afterwards in Reilig Íde Naofa Cemetery, Abbeyfeale.

    DEATH of Sr. Emmanuel O’Sullivan, St. Leo’s Convent of Mercy, Carlow and formerly of Listowel, on December 29th 2022 at the Catherine McAuley Nursing Home Beaumont. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Mary and by her siblings Noirin, Maureen, Brigid, Thomas and Elsie. Survived by her sister Pat, her community, cousins, relatives and friends.

  11. Nicholas Warrington in Guestbook

    Wishing all in Moyvane a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
    Soon I will be back in Newtown again, the home of my ancestors for centuries.
    Hope all is well,

  12. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    2022 December 28 Knockanure
    THANKS to all who went beyond the call of duty over Christmas, both in the church and the community. Thank you very much to all who supplied, various details for the notes, without your help, it would be impossible to keep going.

    THANKS to all who participated at Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure Christmas Prayer Service on Tues. 20th Dec. in Corpus Christi Church Knockanure, great variety of music, singing and prayers. Wonderful talent was displayed and was greatly appreciated.

    • Jer Kennelly

      Hope to continue notes in 2023
      See Newownsandes site

  13. Jer in Guestbook

    for Knockanure notes 21 Dec 2022

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