Knockanuare Notes-12th June 2022

UNVEILING Ceremony in Knockanure Village. A plaque acknowledging the pivotal role Maureen Sweeney (nee Flavin),(now aged 99) played in the “D Day Landing” World War 2,event on Saturday June 18th at 2pm. All are welcome to attend the occasion. (Maureen Sweeney, forecast an impending storm from Blacksod station in 1944 which changed the timing of the D-Day landings and ultimately secured victory for the Allies.)

BY: Aidan Lonergan- June 06, 2019

MAUREEN SWEENEY may look like your ordinary pensioner, but this retired Irish postmistress played an extraordinary role in the timing of the D-Day landings 75 years ago – saving the lives of thousands of Allied troops in the process.


GAA Knockanure Lotto Results; Jackpot €4,300. Numbers Drawn: 7, 9, 12, and 18. No winner.

Lucky Dips of €25 went to: 1. Callum Buckley, Templeathea; 2. Brendan Horan, USA; 3. Tim Leahy, Tralee; 4. Moss Dowling, O Briens Bar, and 5. John Dore, New Kingdom Bar. Next draw is on June 14th in the clubhouse. All are welcome.

The Jackpot will be €4,400

PADRE PIO Prayer Meeting Tuesday, June 21 at 7.30pm, at Castleisland Church on line, will include the Final witness given by the late Fr. Pat Moore. He literally told us how to manage a terminal illness in the final stages of life.

NOVENA: After two years preaching behind closed doors, we are delighted to be able to welcome people back to the novena again,” Fr Enright said. Limerick’s Novena @ the Redemptorists runs from June 17th to June 25th.Novena Celebrations each morning at 7.30am, 10am, 11.30am and each evening at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm.


PARISH Notice; Pray Together To enable a better group response, we have laminated versions of the Gloria and Creed, at the back of the Church. Please use them. Say a Prayer and best of luck to all the exam students doing the Leaving cert and Junior Cert.  A 2nd collection at Mass’s Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th for Family Services & Accord. Confessions: Moyvane Saturday 6.45pm to 7.15pm. Eucharistic Adoration every Tues. after 10.00am Mass to 11.30am.

MIGRANTS: Are you living in Ireland undocumented? Do you know someone who may be an undocumented migrant? If so, please mention this to them. Undocumented people can apply for a legal status now. Applications for the new government undocumented scheme are open until 31 July. Don’t miss this life changing opportunity. To check your eligibility and get support to apply visit the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland website or email [email protected] or contact 083-0755387.

RECOVERY Haven Kerry (Cancer Support House) have an upcoming Gala concert at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on June 19th at 7pm featuring a host of local talent. Tickets are available from Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House, Ballyroe Heights Hotel and on Eventbrite. For more information, please contact reception on 066 7192122

BEREAVED: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 14th June at 7:15pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. We also offer an online support group.

CORPUS CHRISTI Listowel on Saturday, 18th June at 7.00 p.m. immediately after the Vigil Mass of the Feast of Corpus Christi. Procession will start from the church and go down the Square

DEATH of Betty O’Connor (nee Scanlan), Shronebeirne, Kilmorna, Listowel, on Monday, June 6th 2022. Betty is predeceased by her husband Jimmy, baby daughter Carmel, sisters Mai, Sr. Eileen and Sr. Josie, brothers Fr. John and Patrick. Betty, is dearly missed by her, sons Thomas, John and Jim, daughters Mary Jo (Healy), Eileen (Kearney), Leisha (Ryan), and Trina (Traas), sons-in-law Nelius, Eddie, Charles and Con, daughter-in-law Noreen, Jim’s partner Ruth, sister-in-law Nora Scanlan, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, and her special friend Rose,

DEATH of Gerald (Ger) Kennelly, Ahalahana, Moyvane and late of Lacca, Lisselton on June 9th, 2022. Predeceased by his parents Joe and Mary B and his sister Marie. Sadly missed by children Paul and Fiona and their mother Mary, his brothers Francis, Sean, Tim, Tom and Mike, his sisters Bernadette and Nora, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, uncle Gerald, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Reposing at Lyons Funeral Home, Derry, Listowel, on Sunday from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Requiem Mass for Gerald being celebrated at 12.30 p.m at the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Monday at 12.15 p.m.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Joan Kirby, Gerald Tierney, Jack Mulvihill, David Riordan, Joan Keane, Nancy Enright, Fr Bill Prendiville, Tommy O’Connor, John Joe Kearney, Bridget Buckley, Fr. William Stack, Jean Kennedy Smith, Sr. Aquilina Relihan, Laurene Kennelly, Mary Barry,

MASS INTENTIONS: Sat.11th June’22- Moyvane for John Kearney The Village, & parents Dan & Bridie (Aniv.) at 7.30pm; Sun.12th June’22- Knockanure for Kathleen O’Dwyer (Aniv.) Late of Shroane, Listowel at 9.30amand mass Moyvane for The Most Holy Trinity at 11.00am; Mon.13th June’22- Requiem Mass for Gerald Kennelly is being celebrated at 12.30 p.m at the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Monday at 12.15 p.m.; Tues.14th June’22 – Moyvane a Private Intention at 10.00am;

Weds.15th June’22-Knockanure               a Private Intention at 10.00am; Thurs.16th June’22- Moyvane a Private Intention at 10.00am; Fri.17th June’22 at Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am and funeral Mass in Moyvane Church for Maurice Kearney RIP, Kilbaha, at 12.30pm; Sat.18th June’22- Moyvane a Biker’s Mass, Fr. Sean Jones at 2pm, and Mass for Jack Mulvihill (Aniv.) Woodgrove at 7.30pm; Sun.19th June’22 – Knockanure for Denis & Nancy Flaherty (Aniv.) at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Corpus Christi at 11.00am.

MEMORIAL MASS in thanksgiving for Fr. Kevin’s life will take place on Wednesday 29th June at 7.30pm in St. Agatha’s Church, Glenflesk. There will be refreshments afterwards in Glenflesk GAA Hall. All are welcome.

POPE Francis’ July Trip to Africa Postponed for Health Reasons

BLOOD Transfusion Service will be in Ballybunion Community Centre on Thursday 16th of June from 5pm to 8pm. Please phone 061 306 980 to make an appointment.

FATHERS Day 19th June, Full Moon on the 14th. Sunday, 19th June 2022, is the Solemnity or Feast of Corpus Christi. It was first celebrated in 1264. It celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Eucharistic Processions have been taking place for centuries on this feast all over the world.

INTERNATIONAL Day of the African Child on June 16th.

BLOOD Transfusion Service will be in Ballybunion Community Centre on Thursday 16th of June from 5pm to 8pm. Please phone 061 306 980 to make an appointment.

TEA Dance Ballybunion June 26th in aid of Eddie Carey who will be travelling to Kenya to build Reach Houses for young girls used in the sex Trafficking.


FLEADH Cheoil Chiarraí returnd to Tralee. All dancing competitions held on the June 11/12 at MTU and Dúchas Comhaltas Centre, Tralee. All other competitions will be held on June 18/19 at the same venues.

CONGRATULATIONS to Aoife Kennelly who won the North Kerry Scór na bPaistí Solo Singing title in Ballybunion last week evening.

BEST WISHES to New Kerry Rose, freelance journalist Édaein O’Connell, from Glenderry, near Listowel, singer, she won two All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles, has many relations in the locality.

BOOK: I’m of Kerry, reminiscences of Johnnie Roche was launched recently.

GRAVEYARD Mass will take place at Lisselton cemetery Monday 20th June at 8pm, Gale Cemetery Thursday 23rd June at 8pm. Tuesday – June 21st – St. Michael’s Cemetery at 8.00 p.m.; Wednesday, June 22nd – St. John Paul at 8.00 p.m. and Thursday, June 23rd – Finuge Cemetery at 8.00 p.m.

SIAMSA TIRE: are delighted to announce that auditions will take place from 16th to 18th June to attract the best of traditional young talent aged 7 to 12years to the Folk Training Academy. These auditions are by appointment only and candidates must have an Irish dance step and a song prepared and/or music (bring your own instrument). Contact 066 7123055 to arrange an appointment.


DRAW: Tickets for the Athea GAA Club Development Draw 2022, with the first draw to take place in late July. Tickets are priced at just €50 which covers entry into all 5 draws over 5 months with a total prize fund of €7,200.

DRIVING Tractor course for 14- to 16-year-olds which will take place in Listowel, Tralee and Castleisland Marts between June 27-29.  . Cost €35. Contact Helen 068-23429.

LISTOWEL LARTIGUE MONORAIL is now open from 1pm. to 4.30pm., daily.

KERRY HOSPICE If anybody would like to paint a Christmas Card Scene, you still have time to submit your ideas before the end of June.   For further information contact Ursula O’Connell on 087/7450126.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA – ROSARY Will take place on Monday 13th June, at 3pm. in the Square, Listowel.

RALLY FOR LIFE 2022 Ireland’s Annual March for Life Takes place in Dublin on July 2nd assembling at 1.30pm in Parnell Sq, Dublin. Bus from Kerry departing Tralee at 8.15am. To book ring 0876590551.

HYGIENIC: Kitchen sponges harbour more bacteria than kitchen brushes, which may be a more hygienic way to clean your dishes, according to researchers in Norway.

TARBERT ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP – meet every Friday in the Tarbert Bridewell between 10.30am and 12 Noon. Different activities every week followed by Tea/Coffee, refreshments and a chat. New members are welcome.

JOB VACANCIES – Tidy Towns Assistant in Tarbert, Heritage Assistant in Tarbert, Tidy Towns Assistant in Ballylongford, Soccer Groundskeeper in Lenamore and a Parish Hall Caretaker in Ballylongford. If you are interested in any of these positions please contact Jackie on 086-3266991. No experience necessary as full training will be provided.

MINISTRY: If you are interested in the above new voluntary ministry of co-ordinating, leading and supporting pastoral activities in the local area please come along to the Information Evening In St. John’s Parish Centre on Tuesday June 21st at 7.30pm. Information leaflets available in the church, or visit


ST JOHN’S: This initiative is supported by the Arts Council, St. John’s Theatre, and Kerry County Council. Fighting Words Kerry is looking for volunteer Creative Writing mentors to work with primary school pupils. There are a number of roles involved including storyteller, illustrator, typist and general helper! They’re currently running in-person workshops in Listowel and there are plans to start an outreach centre in Dingle. More details (


SHOW 25th and 26th of June, Charleville Show. Canon Donal O’Driscoll called a meeting of a small number of interested people in November 1978, and organised first show in 1979, the cost of running the show that year was €22,000 last year the show cost in excess of €250,000.

RESEARCH: S&E Summer Research Scholarship Programme – Apply now The 10th S&E Summer Research Scholarship Programme is designed with the sole purpose of supporting students to work over the summer months on a research project, or idea, that will lead to a strong future IRC PhD grant application ( The nominal duration of the scheme is 10 weeks over the summer months, and so students will earn €250 per week. Shorter durations are possible – typically 8 or 9 weeks, on a pro rata basis. Students need to have a QCA of 3.25 or higher in order to be eligible for the scheme.

GRANTS of €284,817 for 221 successful projects in Kerry under the 2021 Community Activities Fund, announced by Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities.

FESTIVAL: free, family-friendly festival in Milltown from July 28th to August 1st. This Féile na Lughnasadh festival of craic, ceoil and culture will feature a full program of events, which include Sharon Shannon.

IRISH: The Pop-up Gaeltacht  at Knocknagoshel (V92 WV70) on June 11th at the local community hall from 3pm to 5pm.

USA recent news; At least 13 mass shootings were reported in the U.S. last weekend, resulting in 17 deaths.

POETRY: Michael Hartnett Poetry Award Competition, submission Deadline June 17.

FLAT Racing Limerick Friday 17th June 2022.

CYCLE Race: An RáS Tailteann, to finish Castleisland on Thursday, June 16th at the former Browne’s Mineral Water plant on Limerick Road at approximately 2:30pm. Teams, USA, Scotland, Netherlands, England and the Isle of Man, and 22 county teams, will participate. An Rás Tailteann, began in 1953.

GOLF: Adare two-day tournament on July 4 and 5.To book either the Adare Manor car park, or the free park & ride, please visit

SWARD improvement; 2,600 applications have been approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) for the Multi Species Sward Measure and Red Clover Silage Measure.

SEC: 7,791 Leaving Certificate students are due to sit the written agriculture science exam according to the State Examinations Commission.

PLANNING: Carol Nolan TD recently welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for the €40 million Banagher Chilling meat processing plant.

POETRY:  Delmore Schwartz- 1913 (New York) – 1966

Delmore Schwartz was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jewish Romanian immigrants. Schwartz offered a number of explanations for what John Ashbery once characterized as his “artificially English-sounding name Delmore.” According to Schwartz’s biographer, James Atlas, “sometimes he would insist he had been named after a delicatessen across the street from the house where he was born, sometimes that his mother had been fond of an actor who was named Frank Delmore. In still other versions, the name was taken from a Tammany Hall club, a Pullman railroad car, or a Riverside Drive apartment house.



O divine Jesus who said “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened to you.  I kneel at your feet.  From whom shall I ask if not from you, whose heart is the source of all blessings. O Divine Jesus your Heart was moved by compassion for the men and women who came to you in need.  You healed the sick, you forgave sinners.  You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  O Divine Jesus your heart is still full of compassion for us today in our many needs.  Assured of your love we turn to you and ask …(mention your requests).  I admit I am most unworthy of your favour, Jesus, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged.   You are the God of mercies, and you will not refuse a contrite heart.  Look with pity on me, I beg you so that your compassionate heart will find in my weakness a motive for granting my request.   May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved.  Our Lady of the Sacred Heart pray for us.   Amen.


WAR: The Tablet

On June 8, 1972, Nick Ut was a Vietnamese photographer covering a battle 25 miles northwest of Saigon when he saw an attack bomber drop napalm on the village of Trảng Bàng.

Ut’s photo of a 9-year-old girl with outstretched arms was carried by his employer, The Associated Press. Titled “The Terror of War,” it won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.



Trees like poplars can be used in what Kirkwood and Kennen call a “groundwater migration tree stand,” where the trees “modify the groundwater hydrology and keep contaminants from migrating.” These stands are commonly used for contaminants like trichloroethylene (TCE) and polychloroethlyene (PCE) that accompany military and industrial sites and are common dry-cleaning contaminants; petroleum at gas stations and refineries; and an overabundance of nutrients like nitrogen. They report poplar species including eastern cottonwood (P. deltoides) and trembling aspen (P. tremuloides) as notable remediative plants for their high biomass, fast growth, and—most importantly for capturing contaminants—deep tap roots and high evapotranspiration rates. With their groundwater-seeking roots, the trees can intercept contaminated water or be planted to draw groundwater away from a contaminant plume. High rates of evapotranspiration—the process by which water departs from the plant via the foliage—means the plant will move the water quickly, and hybrid poplars (along with fellow Salicaceae family member willows) are particularly adept at this.

TREES: Climate Action Plan for this country is to plant 8,000 hectare per year. Planting by farmers in 2021 was only 360 hectares.



POTATO: BY: Connell McHugh- May 30, 2022

THE 11th World Potato Congress has today officially begun at the RDS in Dublin, in what is the first time for Ireland to be hosting the event.

The theme of the Congress, ‘The Changing World of the Potato’, is underpinned by a four-day programme of high-profile speakers and topics covering key issues in the industry today including international trade, sustainability, food security, consumer trends, health and nutrition, innovation and development.

It will feature more than 60 speakers and is set to be attended by over 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries. (Perfectly good potato is used for animal feed, while more are being imported)




Crossing Atlantic 3,000 miles.

Two men from Ireland are planning to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. They’re starting in NewYork on the Hudson River and heading back home to Galway.

Before they embark on their journey, Damian Browne and Fergus Farrell joined Currents News to talk about their trek and why they’re raising money along the way.



By Susan M. Heathfield

Human Resource Development is the framework for helping employees develop their skills, knowledge, and abilities, which in turn improves an organization’s effectiveness.



COVID-19 ; The Novavax vaccine—already available in Australia, Canada, and elsewhere—is protein-based rather than made with the new gene-based mRNA technology driving other COVID-19 vaccines, so FDA officials hope hesitant Americans will be willing to get a dose.


Boston College – School of Theology and Ministry




Two cups of patience,

One heart full of love,

Two handfuls of generosity

A dash of laughter,

One handful of understanding.

Sprinkle generously with kindness,

Add plenty of faith and mix well.

Spread over a period of time.

Serve to everyone you meet.



Mayo’s D-Day heroine receives special US honour

(Maureen Flavin Sweeney was born at Knockanure and is now 99 years.)

Updated / Sunday, 20 Jun 2021

By Teresa Mannion- Regional Reporter


A 98-year-old woman living in Co Mayo, has been given a special US House of Representatives honour in Belmullet this evening, for the role she played in changing the course of world history with her weather reports.


Maureen Sweeney, who is originally from Co Kerry, forecast an impending storm from Blacksod station in 1944 which changed the timing of the D-Day landings and ultimately secured victory for the Allies.


The remote Blacksod lighthouse and coastguard station played a key role during World War II supplying Britain with weather reports.


Ted and Maureen Sweeney were amongst those taking readings on an hourly basis, which were being secretly phoned into London.


At 1pm on 3 June 1944, 21-year-old Maureen was first to forecast a severe Atlantic storm, which led to a change of plan in one of the world’s biggest military operations.


D-Day was postponed to 6 June and the rest is history.


Maureen’s readings unwittingly gave the Allies two day advance warning of stormy conditions in western Europe, forcing General Dwight D Eisenhower to delay his meticulously planned invasion of Normandy.


Maureen’s son, Vincent, is the lighthouse keeper at Blacksod Point and he recalled how she used rudimentary instruments and equipment to record weather data.


This was one of her duties in the little post office in Blacksod, which he described as “being a world away from the bloodshed and tragedy of the war”.


Vincent said people in the area had no idea of the significance of the weather report and rather the part it was to play in the war.


Maureen Sweeney was honoured at Tí Aire nursing home in Belmullet.


A letter was read out from the World War II museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as a personal note from US Congressman and retired 3-Star Admiral Jack Bergman (Michigan First District), who is the highest ranking veteran to ever serve in Congress.


The special recognition, which has been awarded since 1789, entitles Maureen to receive a proclamation noting her accomplishments, and will be placed in the US Library of Congress for perpetuity.


A special medal in recognition of Maureen’s ‘Laudable Actions’ was placed on her lapel and there was music and poetry performed for Mayo’s D-Day heroine.


Speaking in a recorded interview with her grandson Fergus Sweeney in 2014, Maureen said: “Eisenhower was making up his mind about whether to enter France or not. He was very divided but when he saw the report from Blacksod Point it confirmed he made the right decision.

Fergus Sweeney


“That report was sent from here on the 3rd June and the following morning there was a query at around 11 o’clock. And then was a second query. A lady with a distinct English accent requested me to ‘Please Check. Please Repeat!’ We began to look at the figures again. We checked and rechecked and the figures were the same both times so we were happy enough then”.


Maureen added with pride, “they relied on our weather forecast. It’s something you’ll remember for a lifetime.”


It was well over a decade before Maureen Sweeney and her family learned how that weather report helped turned the tide of World War II.


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