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  1. KEN DUCKETT in Guestbook

    Hi Johanna Long, My mum’s family were Hanlons and Stacks from Asdee. My cousin is still there. Have you got your gt grandparents names and were they from Asdee too?

  2. Jim Gill in Guestbook

    Are there any photos available showing the old Moyvane Catholic Church which was torn down in the 1950s’ ? My great grandma Margarita (Frawley) Relihan was married at the Church Nov. 1860 ?

    • Anna Maria Kennelly

      If you check in the Photos section you will find a Confirmation picture taken in 1955. It was taken by an American visitor. The girls all wore navy blazers and white berets. Mrs. O’Connell was school principal.

  3. Emma in Guestbook


    I hope this finds you well.

    Maybe you can help me,

    I am doing some research as a media student in Dublin. I am working on behalf of a New York base documentary film production company who may film a segment of their show in Ballylongford and or Moyvane Co. Kerry. Later this year.

    To start with, as the researcher, I would like to get a copy or list of all baptisms from December 1st 1948 to February 31st 1948, so I can fill in some family back story for the star of the documentary, who has been searching for their far flung family.

    Discretion is requested, as this is a documentary film similar to the popular British series ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and the producers need to keep its existence under wraps until the release date.

    Further research maybe required, and I am happy to discuss compensation in due course.

    Kind regards,


    • Nicholas

      Hello, for baptisms from those years I recommend you contact the church in the parish on this number. Presbytery/Office: 068 49308. (You will probably have to change the number around to work if you are in New York). My grandma’s brother Con O’Carroll was born on December 7th 1948 so might have been baptised during that time.
      Hope this helps,

  4. Jim Gill in Guestbook

    Genealogy Help: Great grandma was married at Moyvane Catholic Church- Nov. 1860.
    Margarita (Frawley) Rulihan – Gortaglanna to Thomas Rulihan ( spelled Thomas Rulethan in the 1875 USA Census), -Kilbaha. Are there any descendants of these two families ? Also, I assume the 1860 Church is no longer standing ? .
    Thank you. Jim

    • Nicholas Warrington

      That church was knocked down in the 50s, my grandma being the in last year that had their first communion there. I don’t know about those surnames I’m afraid. Could Rulihan also be Relihan because I think that’s a local name.

  5. Tom Grogan in Guestbook

    Hello, I’ve been researching my family. I’m wondering if anyone knows Mary Mai and Dan-Joe Riordan. They lived in Moyvane and in Listowel. Mary died in 2019. She was my father, Tom Grogan’s first cousin. Thank You!!!

    • Nicholas Warrington

      What was Mary’s maiden name and did they live in Moyvane all their lives? Also, what town land were they from?

    • Anna Maria Kennelly

      Hi Tom, Dan Joe is alive and well and shops in Holly’s Supermarket every week. Nice man. Didn’t really know his wife but her brother drove the post van for many, many years and he was very liked. Think his name was Sean. His brother had a pub in Lower William Street, Listowel at the time.

    • Sheryl

      Hi Tom.. I have some information about Mary Grogan who emigrated to NZ in 1860 and married George Jennings.. Her Nephew was Thomas Grogan, b 1900 husband of Bridie. I think Mary (Mai) Grogan was their daughter.

  6. Nicholas Warrington in Guestbook

    I would just like to say how sorry I am to hear of Fr Kevin’s death. I know he did a lot for the community and how a lot of people were very sad when he left the parish in August.
    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

  7. James Devereaux in Guestbook

    I’m looking for any fresh info even small about the Devereaux family in ballinruddery listowel.
    I’m living in co Louth , my grandfather was Edward Devereaux from Cavan. His grandfather was Jim (James) Devereaux from listowel. He had 6 brothers they all served in the British army around 1919. I have a photo of all 7 brothers with their father who was John Devereaux and his wife was Ellen.
    I kno some soldiers stayed in England and some returned to Ireland.
    I really would be so grateful for any sort of info or even who I could get in touch with locally in listowel.
    Kind regards

    • Martin Moore


      I have seen that photo. I have some small piece on Michael Devereaux
      who I think served with the Royal Engineers.

      Martin Moore 086 8239414

    • Esther Hickey

      Hi James,
      I’m from Ballinruddery, my mother was one of the Purcell family. The Purcell and Devereaux families are two of the oldest in the area. My family has a huge interest in local history and though I’m in Dublin I still have close family in Ballinruddery. If you get in touch by email or pm me on Facebook I’d be delighted to try to assist in finding out about your family.

    • Esther Hickey

      Hi James,
      I’m from Ballinruddery. My family has a huge interest in local history. I knew ” Peg” Devereaux who was married to Martin Nash and i believe she may have been distantly related to our family (Purcells). If you get in touch I will certainly try to help you out.

    • Esther HICKEY

      James, i have some interesting bits of information for you. You can find me on Facebook if you want to get in touch.


    Hi, Irish American here! Any Walsh family relatives left in Moyvane? My grandmother Theresa lived in town with her father in the 1930s. Trying to connect directly with any cousins. I found some records at the church during my last visit but trying now to find relatives. Thanks!

  9. Nicholas Warrington in Guestbook

    Hello, I am a teenager in England and as my relatives come from Moyvane and Knockanure and I am interested in history, I was wondering what is happening with the Gortaglanna memorial this year? I know that it is the centenary and that with Covid, I doubt the usual events can take place. Is there a plan to do it online? I know that here in England, my village used Zoom for Remembrance day in November which was very good. If there was something online, although not as good as being there in person, I believe that people from all over the world would be involved. Just a thought,

    • Martin Moore


      A local group had extensive plans, but it does not look like same can now go ahead.

      It is envisaged that a local history book covering the events will be launched for the centenary.

      More details to follow.

      • Nicholas Warrington

        Thank you for the information.

      • Nicholas Warrington

        Hello, are there any online events to remember the events. I. Hear we can light a candle and that Gabriel Fitzmaurice has written a book. My grandma’s uncle I believe was involved in the committee and raised money for the memorial. His name was Danny Mulvihill.

        • Martin Moore


          Thanks for contacting the page. The memorial at Gortaglanna has been done up and two books have been published. Gabriel Fitzmaurice has written on the songs of Gortaglanna/Valley of Knockanure. In a beautiful gesture, Fr. Kevin has provided candles for each house in Moyvane to light on Wednesday night in memory of the Volunteers who died for the freedom of Ireland.

  10. Jer Kennelly in Guestbook

    An Dreoilín agus An Commedia dell’Arte Leis An tAthar Tomás Ó hIceadha
    Jan 7, 2021
    By Fr. Tom Hickey

    Ón Leabhar Órchiste Nollag, Máirín Uí Shé a thiomsaigh agus a chuir in eagar.

    Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne a d’fhoilsigh é i 2020

    In this short piece the author, Fr. Tom Hickey, himself a renowned director of theatre, makes the comparisons between the characters of Commedia dell’Arte in Italy and those found in the Wran Boys of the Irish Tradition. Once widespread throughout the country, the Wran is now continued in few locations, but survives strongly in West Kerry. Commedia Dell’Arte was an early form of theatre originating in Italy in the 16th century. It is characterised by masked ‘types’ and can be either scripted or improvised. Generally, these troupes of players travelled between towns entertaining people. The origins of the Wran tradition is certainly more ancient and may well go back to pre-Christian times as part of a mid-winter festival.

    Characters such as The Captain, The White Horse, The Fool etc seem common to both traditions.

    • Jer Kennelly

      This weeks Knockanure notes can be viewed on the newtownsandes site

  11. Michael in Guestbook

    Hi guys..
    May I start with wishing you all a very merry Christmas(albeit in challenging times)
    So,I started to look for a song that my father(RIP) used to sing,usually after a “soda” or 2.
    Its called “foleys Jackass” and I see that somebody somewhere knows the words to it..
    I would be ever so grateful if somebody could find the time to help me out with it..
    Thanks in advance,

    • Nicholas Warrington

      Hello, the following was written on this website by Gabriel Fitzmaurice by Gabriel Fitzmaurice (1980)
      I remember as a very small boy, Tomeen the boss coming into our kitchen singing “Foley’s Jackass”. I laughed at him; he was a funny man. His songs meant nothing to me then.
      I think you should try to contact him. He still lives in Moyvane and is well known locally so I’m sure you can find his contact details quite easily

  12. Martin Moore in Guestbook

    i would like a copy today.


  13. john cussen in Guestbook

    Just wondering if there are any copies of Valley of Knockanure film available to purchase. Thanks in advance. John

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