Knockanuare notes 13th January 2021

2021 January 13 Knockanure



ST PIO devotions in Castleisland, Devotions on Tuesday 12th January (2nd Tuesday) at 7.30pm.

FROST: Recent frost and slippery yards caused much worry and inconvenience to farmers and others who had to go outdoors. It was distressing to see elderly farmers, trying to do jobs and the younger generation on their social media or watching films.

BEST WISHES to Jennifer Keane, daughter of Olive and Teddy, Ashgrove and Denis Nash of Tralee Road, Killarney Parish, who got married on Saturday January 2nd 2021.

OUR PARISH – KEEPING THE FAITH ALIVE IN 2020 statement from Fr. Kevin.

In spite of C19 and the lockdowns our Parish in the last year had the following celebrations –  We welcomed seventeen children into our Christian family through Baptism.

On February 29th we had twenty-nine children confirmed by Bishop Ray. The afternoon in question had the four seasons weather-wise. Sunshine, high winds, hailstone and rain. It was a grace filled day. April 10th – Good Friday a world exclusive for our Parish.  Drive through stations of the Cross in the car park.  Families stayed in their cars and drove from station to station – to pray and reflect.

First Holy Communions were not celebrated in the customary month of May but in August and September.  At the end of August eleven from Murhur N.S.,  and in September fourteen from Scoil Chorp Chríost.  Very well done to their teachers and families. We had one Marriage, Dan & Marie. Small numbers but what a beautiful celebration. We handed back twenty-one Parishioners and we had three very special Angels returned to God’s Kingdom.  May they enjoy Heaven.  Our prayerful support to their loved ones. Churches closed on 14th March, up until 9th April, I celebrated 24 Masses alone.  YouTube Masses began on 29th March until June 28th a total of 19 celebrations including Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday which included celebrations in Knockanure Church. From April 6th to July 4th Masses celebrated at the Doorway of Hope, each evening Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday’s at 11am, a total of 90 Masses. On 5th July, Churches re-opened and Masses resumed with congregations until St. Stephen’s Day. Now back to celebrating Masses at the ‘Doorway of Hope’ in Moyvane and from the Shelter in Knockanure. Very many thanks to all who have helped with these celebrations during the past year.  We thank God that He has brought us safe, thus far, and in this new lockdown may our faith be our inspiration and consolation.


SYMPATHY: To Jimmy & Eileen Jones & family, Aughrim on the death of Jimmy’s brother-in-law

Gerald O’Shea, Muckross whose funeral took place recently. To the Dineen family, Lenamore, Ballylongford on the death of their daughter Brenda who is a niece of Noreen Roche, Ahalahana.

DEATH of Nora Gould (née McCarthy), Pilgrim Hill, Kilmorna, on January 8th, 2021. Predeceased by her husband Ned, brothers Jack and Jimmy, sisters Peg and Hannah, daughter-in-law Nuala and grand-daughter Shannon. Survived by her sons John, Denis, Jim, Ned and Tony, daughters Mary, Margaret, Carmel, Helen, Rose, Liz and Angela, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers Tom and Denis, sister Mary, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, brother-in-law Jimmy, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, and extended family.

DEATH of Patsy O’Sullivan, Oakdene, Cahirdown, Listowel, on January 8th, 2021. Predeceased by the late Bernadette and Carmel, his parents William and Nance, brother Toddy, sisters Peggy and Bridie. Sadly missed by his children Liam, Tom, Pádraig, Kevin, Máire, Brendan and Éamon, sister Mary, his 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH on January 6th 2021 has occurred of John (Dada) Walshe of 4 Bruach na Gaile, Moyvane, / Ballybunion, formerly of Gortnaskehy Ballybunion. Predeceased by his mother Nellie and brother Denis Paul. Survived by his partner Elizabeth O’Connor (Knocknagoshel) and children, Harry and Isabelle, father Denis, brother Larry and his partner Francis, niece Clodagh, extended members of the Walshe and McNamara families and Elizabeth’s family.

DEATH took place on 27th December 2020 of Noreen Hanley, nee Barry of Knockanure and Galway, predeceased by her parents,   Stephen Barry and Bridget Mahony, sister Maura, brothers Mickie, Jer, Liam and Jim. Survived by her husband John, brother Steve, brothers in law, sisters in-law, nephews and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Tim Leahy, Jimmy Dalton, Geraldine Daly, Nellie O’Sullivan, Owen Liston, San O’Halloran, Noreen O’Connor, Sr. Josephine Lynch, Hugh Brady, Jerry Moore, Canon Jerry Breen, Dan Mulvihill, Rebecca Roche, Catherine Moloney, James Kennelly, Peggy Mulcahy, Martin Stack, Mairead McDermott, Michael Moloney, Mike Joe Stack, Maighread Scanlon, Kit Scanlon, Catherine Hudson, Hannah Stack, Mary Collins, Jackie Walsh, Teddy Dore, Mass Moyvane; Sat 9th at  7.30pm for Maureen Foley, Gortdromosillihy; Sun 10th  at 11.00am for Ned & Bridie Moore, Glenalappa; Mon 11th at 7.30pm for  Johnny Gregg, Aughrim & dec of the Gregg & Hanrahan families; Tues 12th   at 7.30pm for Martin & Mary Mulvihill, Leitrim East; Wed 13th at 7.30pm for Mary O’Sullivan, Kilbaha & dec of O’Sullivan family; Fri 15th at 7.30pm for Joan Mulvihill, Moher; Sat 16th at 7.30pm for Jack Walsh, Moyvane North (1st Anni), and Mass on Sun 17th at 11.00am for John & Catherine Scanlon, Leitrim West & son Tom. Mass Knockanure; Sun 10th at   9.30am for Larry McCaffrey, Fermanagh & Knockanure (Anni), and Masson Sun 17th at 9.30am for Michelle Foley, Kilmorna &  grandad Michael Keane.

HSE advises people en route for Covid-19  tests to try and avoid other people as much as possible, use your own means to get to the test centre, “for example by car, bicycle or on foot”, also avoid public transport. Recently appointed Department of Health secretary general, Robert Watt to earn €292,000 a year.

BOOK: Martin Moore his latest book entitled ‘Deeds Not Words’- a story of the Fitzmaurice Family of Lixnaw, he previously published ‘Call to Arms’ which examined the military career of Thomas McEllistrim.

RAILWAY LINE: The following is the schedule of works, From  Ardagh Station House to Newcastle West will be closed until February 10,2021, Newcastle West to Barnagh, will be closed until March 5, Barnagh to Barnagh Tunnel will be closed until March 19, Barnagh Tunnel Section will be closed until March 19, and from Barnagh to Templeglantine will be closed until April 13.

BROADBAND: Fast and reliable internet is an essential resource for parents and caregivers helping their kids stay entertained and educated during lockdown. And help is at hand-

HOME SCHOOL: Maybe you’re on the fence, or maybe you’ve had to jump in, and now you’re trying to make sense of it all. Maybe you’re ready to dig deeper and really get started homeschooling.

COUNCIL: Motor tax services are being provided on and by post only.

Contact details for all Kerry County Council services is available at

The Council can be contacted on 066 718 3500; The Housing Section can be contacted on 066 718 3862; The Planning Section can be contacted on 066 718 3582; The Motor Tax Section can be contacted on 066 712 2300. Libraries are Maintaining On-Line Services.

SCHOOL: There are 1,836 special classes in 964 schools, catering mainly for children with Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD), 124 special schools as well as other units.

MISSION; The Diocesan Mission daily, beginning on Sunday Jan 24th and concluding on Friday Jan 30th! See diocese website.

Webcam: To install a webcam in a church costs about €3,500.

CAO form must be completed ahead of the February 1 deadline, Applicants have the option of applying for up to 20 courses, according to news reports.

ARTS: , Kerry County Council. Kerry is a county with a wealth of culture, and a diverse arts sector. The Arts Office is responsible for the development and implementation of services which provide support for the arts in Kerry.


VOLUNTEERS: Every day we hear of health service being afraid of being overwhelmed, are they recruiting volunteers in case the worst happens.

BTYSTE; Greg Tarr, a Leaving Cert student at Bandon Grammar School in Co Cork, is the overall winner of the 2021 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition held last week

YOUNG Scientist Exhibition; Missed any of the live shows

PRIZE: Thursday, 28 January 2021, at 7pm — The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature which is awarded annually for an outstanding body of work by an emerging Irish writer under 40 years of age.


LISTEN to Reflective Thoughts broadcast weekdays 7.30am and 12pm on Radio Kerry

MASS ON RTE NEWS NOW CHANNEL: will be from St. John’s Church on January 12th at 10.30am.


BOOK: ‘Lights on the Horizon’ has been featured in local press, and has received support from author Louise O’Neill and actor Jeremy Irons. While it was first published through Amazon it has taken on a new lease of life with Niamh Cooper from Cork and her friends turning it into a hardback colour book which is on sale now. Check out .   All proceeds are going to Frontline Workers of NHS and HSE.

MISSION: Join us for our first Diocesan Mission, running daily concluding on Friday Jan 30th!

Mission Programme- Each day, you are invited to join in Morning Reflection – online

Daily Prayer – Mission booklet – it can be picked up in your local parish or downloaded from the website Mass – livestreamed from different parts of the diocese. Evening Reflection – online

Evening Mission Talk – Speakers include John Connell, author; Ellen Coyne, journalist and author; Fr. Peter McVerry, social activist; Olive Foley;  Br Richard Hendricks, ofm cap.

THOUGHT: if few of us really know God, is it any wonder we treat each other so hellishly. JD Flynn.

CENTENARY of NI in 2021 offers opportunity for reconciliation – Primate

Speaking to The Irish Catholic newspaper in the context of the 2021 anniversary of the partition of the island of Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin stated that 2021 is a “hinge year”.

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NEW ZEALAND: Canterbury Assisted Immigrants from Kerry alphabetically

Canterbury Assisted Immigrants from Kerry by arrival date


SPEECH Writing; To enter, write a five-minute or 600-word speech. Entries are to be sent by email from the student’s teacher to [email protected] by Friday, January 15.


VACCINE: India is making 60% of the world’s vaccines, exports to 123 countries, their immunisation programme for 55 million people – mainly newborns and pregnant women – some 390 million receive free doses of vaccines against a dozen diseases yearly. Bharat Biotech says it has a stockpile of 20 million doses of Covaxin, and is aiming to make 700 million doses out of its four facilities in two cities by the end of the 2021. On Jan. 1, Israel announced that it had vaccinated more than 1 million citizens. I am told that at end of day vaccinating, some vaccine may be wasted, as it may not be suitable for use on following day.

FEAST of St Ita 15th Jan. Legend has it that Ita was lead to Killeedy by three heavenly lights. The first was at the top of the Galtee mountains, the second on the Mullaghareirk mountains and the third at Cluain Creadhail. Her sister Fiona also went to Killeedy with her and became a member of the community.

Also known as the Brigid of Munster, biographers often compare St. Ita to St. Brigid, but the differences are more striking than the resemblances between these two foremost women saints of the Catholic church. Brigid’s life was spent in continual movement. When she had made a success of one convent settlement, she moved off to found another. Ita did just the opposite. Instead of entering one of Brigid’s convents, she founded a convent in a district where there was none, at the foot of Sliabh Luachra. The place became known as Killeedy and it was here that she remained until she died.

A strongly individualistic character is glimpsed in the stories that surround her life. When she decided to settle in Killeedy, a chieftain offered her a large grant of land to support the convent. But Ita would accept only four acres, which she cultivated intensively. The convent became known as a training school for little boys, many of whom later became famous churchmen. One of these was St. Brendan, whom Bishop Saint Erc gave to Ita in fosterage when he was a year old. St. Ita kept him until he was six. Taken from St. Ita, foster-mother to the saints of Ireland, by Bridget Haggerty.

MINE: The Mountain That Eats Men

Potosí may be the most important place in the history of the modern world that most people have never heard of. The Spanish discovered silver in Potosí in 1545. The mine was so rich that historians say its wealth single-handedly fueled the Spanish conquest of the Americas. They call it “The Mountain That Eats Men.”

It is estimated that 8 million American Indian and African slaves died in forced labor at the mine. Amid the colonial remnants of what was once a magnificent city sits the massive Spanish royal mint, now a museum that shows just a fraction of the mother lode that made this remote mountainous place the largest city in the world by the year 1650. And the richest.

WAR: At 2:30 p.m. on May 3, 1945 at least 4,500 prisoners were aboard the Cap Arcona as the first attack began. Sixty-four rockets and 15 bombs hit the liner in two separate attacks. As the British strafed the stricken ship from the air, Nazi guards on shore fired on those who made it into the water. Only 350 prisoners survived.

The Thielbeck – which had been flying a white flag – and the poorly marked hospital ship Deutschland were attacked next. Although Thielbeck was just a freighter in need of repairs, it was packed with 2,800 prisoners. The overcrowded freighter sank in just 20 minutes, killing all but 50 of the prisoners.

In less than two hours, more than 7,000 concentration camp refugees were dead from the friendly fire. Two thousand more would have died if the captain of the Athen had not refused to take on additional prisoners in the morning before the attack.


Bernard chats with Joe about his roots in Kerry, how Jimmy Deenihan was instrumental in introducing his Mam and Dad in Finuge, and responsible for three inter-county footballers.

Includes also recording of many artists.


CO-OPERATIVE: Listowel Search;

In  County  Kerry,  labour  organisations  turned  to  co-operative principles to secure the economic interests of their members. In November 1918, The Irish  Homestead reported  the  establishment  of  a  workers’  co-operative  store  in Tralee.66  The  following  January,  the  ITGWU  established another  co-operative  store in the market town of Listowel ‘for the benefit of the workers’.67 Located in Kerry’s most urbanised areas, these stores reflected the ITGWU’s desire to use co-operative methods to benefit the local consumers, the same group from which the trade union’s members were drawn.

Co-operation in Tralee’, Irish Homestead, 30 November 1918. 67 ‘Listowel Co-operative Store’, Irish Homestead, 25 January 1919

Why the Traders Leave the CWS Alone’, Irish Homestead, 19 January 1907. 85 Kerry Local History Archive (KLHA), Minute Book of Listowel District, Rural District Council, ‘Proposed Co-operative Bacon Curing Plant’, 31 October 1907.




WAR: The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Thursday, December 12, 1918; Section: Front page, Page: 1

A soldier of the Middlesex Regiment one of the 400 prisoners returned from Germany, who arrived at Cannon street station on Tuesday, related an astonishing story. He was taken prisoner in 1916, and finally he succeeded in escaping. For six days he hid in the ditches, but he became so exhausted that he decided to risk capture by asking for food at a small farm house. He entered, half expecting to find soldiers billeted in the house. The only occupant was an old woman, who was wailing at the bedside of her daughter, who had died that morning. Being able to speak a little French, he succeeded in persuading the old woman to let him impersonate the daughter. The mother’s greatest objection was to his suggestion that he should bury the body of the daughter in the garden, but on his pointing out that the body could easily be taken up after the war and buried with proper religious observance, she agreed. He buried the girl that night, and for six months wore her clothes and worked in the fields. A few of the neighbouring cottiers were told, but they kept the secret.


Lord Bledesloe, Chairman of the Sugar Commission, announces manufacturers will get double their voucher allowances as from December 30th, and caterers one-seventh to three-fourteenths of an ounce for each cooked meal, excluding breakfast and teas. The domestic ration will be raised from eight ounces to twelve ounces per head per week from January 27th. The announcement of an early reduction in price of sugar is incorrect.


An official of  the Railway Executive Committee stated that no excursion trains will he run during the Christmas holiday by the railway companies.

(Paper also mentioned compensation for Sergt. Fallon, R.I.C. with the result Martial law for two months, because of shooting, he appealed his award of £30. Also much talk about the roads and transferred officers)


Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, January 15, 1944; Page: 11

AFTER THE WAR- New Radio Era.

THE new ideas, tools and Instruments that are emerging from radio’s role In the war may well give us 1960 radio in 1950.” David Sarnoff, president of the Radio Corporation of America, predicted In a year-end review of the wireless Industry.

(Condensed; US radio production for the armed forces reached £82,500,000 a month in 1943 compared to £7,500,000 in 1943, peacetime radio, TV new services, electric microscope and pocket size radio among the future developments.)

1944 as the year of expected decision In the European war, they will date from It. as radio broadcasting dated from 1919,” he said.


A very interesting illustrated lecture on Salmon and Eels was given by Mr A. E. J. Went. Ph.D.. A.R.C.S, M.R.I.A., to a large and appreciative Audience at the Technical School in Killarney on Monday night, Rev. P O’Sullivan, C.C., presiding.


In times of great need, it should be an instinctive reaction for Christians to turn to God in prayer. During the Covid epidemic most of us have felt a great need—not only for healing and for safety and for a cure, but also for peace of mind, for a restoration of what we have lost, perhaps above all for hope. In the course of 2020 we Americans have frequently been asked to pray for those who are sick or dying. But rarely have Christians demanded the lead role in our society’s response to this health crisis. Shouldn’t we have been telling civic leaders, when they suggested restricting public worship: “Look, you need our prayers; you need our public celebration of the Mass. This is your best chance for relief from the scourge!”



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  1. Martin Moore says

    Martin Moore, Tralee here.

    I follow this site, and sincerely thank you for the mention.

    Happy new Year,


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