Knockanuare notes 15th December 2019

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS in Lixnaw on Tuesday 17th December AT 7.30PM.

ATHEA JOURNAL will be at the usual outlets, Collins’ Shop, Athea, Moloney’s, Carrigkerry, Knockdown Shop, Holly’s, Moyvane & Ann Lyons’ Shop, Abbeyfeale.

CONGRATULATIONS to Elvina McDermott of Listowel and Edward Flynn of Tipperary who were married at Duagh Church recently, officiating at the ceremony was Fr. Kevin McNamara, assisted by Fr. Brendan O’Callaghan. Reception was held at the Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney. Elvina is a teacher at Scoil Chorp Chriost in Knockanure.

GAA LOTTO Knockanure; There was no winner of the €7400 jackpot on Friday 13th December. Numbers drawn were 1, 3, 14, and 29.  Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Aiden McEnery, Moyvane; 2. James & Maureen Connolly, Trien; 3. Margaret Clancy, Knockanure; 4. Eileen Lynch, Asdee, and 5. Rita Hannon, 9, Willowbrook, Listowel.

This was our last draw for 2019! We mentioned in our last week’s notes our sincere thank you to our followers and supporters. On what was a very productive year we look forward to an even better 2020. Again, we wish our supporters a very healthy & safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Our next draw will take place on January 10th 2020 with our jackpot up to €7500.

CAROL SERVICE – MURHUR  N.S:  The pupils of Murhur National School will be performing a Christmas Carol Service on Friday 20th December at 10:30am in Moyvane Church. There will be a special collection on the day for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (who were so generous and supportive of the O’Donoghue & Leahy families recently). The school extends an invitation to parents, grandparents, family, and friends.  All welcome.

DEATH has taken place of Thomas Snr. (Tom) Culhane, Leitrim East, Moyvane, on the 9th of December, 2019. Predeceased by his brothers Mossie and Joe, nephew James. Survived by his wife Ina, daughter Doreen, son Thomas, grandchildren Catherine and Danny, brothers Patrick and Mick, sister Kathleen, son-in-law Donnacha, brothers-in-law Fr. William and Pat, sisters-in-law Mary, Penny and Edna, nephews Brian, Danny, Tony and Michael, nieces Elizabeth, Caroline, Joan, Elizabeth and Pauline, grandnephews, and  grandnieces. Requiem Mass  for Tom Culhane was celebrated in Moyvane Church on Friday, with burial afterwards in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATH took place on 10th December 2019 of Mary Ellen Daly (née Diggin), 32 Bridge Road, Listowel and late of Ballinclogher, Lixnaw. Predeceased by her husband John, son Tom, daughter-in-law Geraldine, brothers Pat Joe, James, Thomas P and William. Survived by her sons Brendan and Leo, daughters Marie (Hilliard) and Teresa (Browne), grandchildren Laura, Avril, Karen, Joey, Aidan, Alan, Jason, James, Amy, Colin and Shane, great-grandchildren Eliana, Saoirse, Dylan, Isla and Ethan, brother Dessie, sister Teresa, daughter-in-law Bernie, sons-in-law John and Jack, sisters-in-law Cecelia, Eileen, Joan and Noreen, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

Requiem Mass for Mary Ellen Daly was celebrated in Listowel Church on Friday, with burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.

DEATH has occurred of Con Healy, Moyvane North, Leitrim East & London, on the 11th December 2019. Survived by his wife, Noreen, daughter Ciara and her partner Denis, sister Noreen Dowling (Tarbert), brother Richard (Birmingham), brother in law John, sisters in law, nephews, and nieces. Requiem Mass for Con Healy was celebrated at Moyvane Church  on Saturday, and Burial afterwards in Murhur Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Walsh, Crissie Nolan, Mathew Thompson, Paudie O’Connor, Phyl O’Kelly, Eddie Carmody, Tom Moran, Sr. Dympna Mulvihill, Sheila Harnett, John Dillon, Bridie Cox, Sr. Loreto Relihan, Lila Carroll, Fr. Placid Nolan, John Mulvihill, Sr. Anna Patricia O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Peg Meade, Neelie Buckley, Michael Carr, Sr. Basil McAuliffe, Margaret Carmody, Eileen Moriarty, Sheila Kerins, Nora Crane, Mary McKenna, Michael Foley, Kieran Hayes, Liam Foley. Mass Moyvane; Tues 17th at 7.30pm for Mickey Buckley, Glin Road (Months Mind); Wed 18th at  7.30pm for Ned & Sheila Buckley, The Village; Sat 21st at  7.30pm for James Hartnett, Leitrim West & his parents Maurice & Mary, and Mass on Sun 22nd  at 11.00am for Ned & Maureen Sheehy, Leitrim Middle.

Mass Knockanure on Mon  16th at 7.30pm for Kathleen Buckley, Bawnaraha, and Mass on Sun  22nd  at 10.00am for Willie O’Connor, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna.

RESCHEDULED CONCERT – the Kerry Coral Union concert in Listowel Church, had to be rescheduled to Wed. 18th Dec. at 7.30pm due to recent storm.

YOUTH GROUP LISTOWEL invites you to our twist on The Nativity. Friday 20th December at 7pm sharp assisted by the Parish Folk Group. Open to everyone to come and enjoy.

PARISH COLLECTIONS ON THE RISE from Fr Kevin: I wish to really acknowledge those generous Parishioners who have come forward in recent weeks with donations of €250 plus to the Moyvane Parish Fund.  As an eligible charity, we are able to claim tax relief on donations of €250 or more in the tax year.   These great contributions together with donations from the Offertory Box Scheme help our parish greatly.  Very many thanks to those who have come forwards in recent weeks.

PASTORAL AREA CONFESSIONS:  in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Monday 16th December at 8pm.

CAROL SERVICE – MURHUR  N.S:  The pupils of Murhur National School will be performing a Christmas Carol Service on Friday 20th December at 10:30am in Moyvane Church. There will be a special collection on the day for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (who were so generous and supportive of the O’Donoghue & Leahy families recently). The school extends an invitation to parents, grandparents, family, and friends.  All welcome.

ROADWORKS UPDATE:  There may be a traffic light system in place on the Moyvane –Knockanure road next week. Info Pádraig 086/6072159.  Also, minor trenching and ducting works will take place next week on the Moyvane/Tarbert road under a stop and go traffic management system.  Info Shane 087/9829576.

THANK YOU FROM THE SENIOR CITIZENS:  The aforementioned committee wish to thank all who attended their annual Christmas Party, which was held on the 17th November.  Thanks to Fr. Kevin for celebrating Mass with us.  This Christmas Party would not be the success it is without the generous support of businesses in the Parish who continue, year in – year out, to give so many generous spot prizes.  A special thank you to main sponsors Irish Wire, North Cork Creameries, ICA Guild and to the Marian Hall Committee for the free use of the hall.  We wish each and everyone a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

WRENBOYS NEEDED:  Paddy Finucane of Abbeyfeale, has put out a call for Wrenboys for the annual trip around the Hill on St. Stephen’s Day.                          

DVD of  Cailín Bán is on sale in local Glin shops. Video which includes aerial views of Glin Castle and the Shannon. The cost is €15. All proceeds from sale will go towards the new Interpretive Centre proposed for the back of the library in Glin.

WALL of Honour; Retired Garda Sergeant Tom Barrett of Lower Dirreen is one of 17 Gardaí from the Limerick Division who will feature on a wall of honour, recently unveiled at Henry St. Garda Station. All 17 Gardaí received Scott Medals for exceptional bravery. Tom received his medal in 1995 while stationed at Roxboro Station. He disarmed a man who was carrying a loaded firearm. Ex-Sgt. Barrett was on his own at the time.

GATE CLOSED:  The church gates Abbeyfeale will be locked each evening at 8pm for the winter months.

ST JOHN’S: Tuesday and Wed 17th and 18th Lord of the Flies; Thursday 19th, Film Club- Women at War, details from 068 22566.

WINNER: Out of more than 520 entries, Siobhan Healy’s story was selected as the winner in Irish Times travel writers competition. She will receive a holiday for two people in Tenerife next April, courtesy of Travel Department. Siobhan is a native of Newcastle West, but now resides in Glensharrold. Her story can be read on the Irish Times website.

GOAL MILE TARBERT – Now in its 36th year and held at Christmas in villages, towns and cities throughout Ireland, The Goal Mile sees tens of thousands of participants’ run/jog/walk, bring the dog or bring the pram, to raise funds and awareness for Goal projects. Goal provides vital emergency relief and development assistance to people in crisis regions worldwide. This year our own beautiful Tarbert Island Road will be a route for The Goal Mile on Christmas morning at 9am.

IRISH RED CROSS Christmas Party 22nd Dec at 2 p.m. in Grand Hotel. Tickets €5.

JOBS: North Kerry Older Persons Maintenance Service is now taking requests for Winter. For more information please call 068 23429.

GLIN: St. Stephens Day fundraising event being led by Shane Culhane for Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm is being organised for St. Stephens Day.



Saturday 21stDec.                                            Tarbert @ 6pm

                                              Ballylongford @ 7pm

Sunday 22nd Dec.                                               Asdee @ 9.30am

                                              Ballylongford @ 10.30am

                                              Tarbert @ 11.30am

Christmas Eve                                                   Tarbert @ 6pm

                                              Ballylongford @ 7.30pm

                                              Asdee @ 9pm

Christmas Day –                                               Asdee @ 9.30am

                                              Ballylongford @ 10.30am

                                              Tarbert @ 11.30am


CONNIE HARNETT SWIM:  The 6th annual swim takes place on New Year’s Day in Ballybunion.  Donations will be made to the Hope Foundation, Comfort Chemo in KUH and Ward 2D in CUH.  To date in excess of €39,000 has been raised for local charities.

PASSION PLAY: PILGRIMAGE 2020 to Oberammergau, Germany, Monday – Wednesday  May 25 – 27, 2020 for the world famous Passion Play which only takes place every 10 years. Return flights Dublin/Munich/Dublin with coach transfer Kerry/Dublin return. Cost is €905.00 Bed & Breakfast & 1 Evening Meal. Insurance €15 extra per person under 80 years. Accommodation on a share basis. Limited places available. Further details and booking form from Janice O’Sullivan 064 7758219 or email [email protected].  Operated in conjunction with Marian Pilgrimages 01-878 8159 Licensed as a Tour Operator by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in compliance with UK & European regulations (TO142)

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING:  Fr. Casey’s, Sunday, January 12 from 3-6pm in aid of Fr. Martin Mc Cormack’s African Project.  Music by Donie Walsh and Anthony.  Admission €5.  Raffle on the day.

COMMUNITY SUBSTANCE MISUSE TEAM:  A free and confidential service for under 18’s and their families impacted by substance misuse is provided on the first Wednesday of the month in St. Ita’s Hall from 2.30pm – 5pm.  Contact Kristeen Laing 086 4141854.

NEW COURSES STARTING IN JANUARY 2020 IN THE OLD TECH Abbeyfeale:  The following new classes are starting up at the start of January 2020: Beginners Computers for all ages, Demonstration cookery, Machine sewing, Childcare QQI Level 5 & 6, Healthcare QQI Level 5, Upcycling Furniture, Beginners Art, Payroll Manual & Computerised, Arts and Crafts, Beginners Horticulture, Pilates and Creative writing.   If you wish to register for any of the above free classes, please call Mary in the office: 06831198 or log onto

AUDITION FOR THE OSKARS:  Over the course of the next four months 7 short extracts of popular mainstream films will be made in Abbeyfeale as a fundraiser for St. Ita’s Daycare and Sheltered Housing.  Those who are willing to be get involved  in speaking roles can put their names forward by calling to the Day Care centre any day before 2pm and before December 20, reading a short piece which will be videotaped and sent to the events company in Dublin who will chose the films and select the actors to suit.  Any others who would like non speaking parts or to participate in crowd scenes should also give in their names to Jane at the Centre.  Funds will be raised through sponsorship of the films, fundraising of an agreed sum by the actors and participants who can organise events over the next few months ie pool/dart tournaments, coffee mornings, table quizzes, concerts etc – the possibilities are endless and will provide plenty of opportunities to think outside the box.      The sale of tickets to the gala night in the Devon Inn on March 20 next when the films will be judged and awarded Oskars for best film, best actor, actress, best supporting role, best comedy actor/actress etc etc will also provide a revenue stream.  This is the chance of a life time to participate in an event which will be a talking point for years to come, to have documentary evidence of the night you walked on the red carpet and be able to produce the DVD to show your grandchildren in years to come.  We have had nothing but positive reports from groups all over the country who have already participated about the fun and the self esteem and self confidence to be gained.  Training in acting will take place on Tuesday evenings in January from 7-7.30, 7.30 – 8.00, 8.00 -8.30, 8.30 – 9, 9.00 – 9.30 and 9.30 – 10pm and shooting of the films will take place over the following month on the weekends.  Further information from Jane on 068 51850.


IRISH ABROAD: The W.A. Record (Perth, WA : 1888 – 1922) Sat 27 Nov 1915 Page 15

An Old Irish Pioneer Dead! Another old resident in the person of Mr. Luke Murphy, senior passed

to his reward – on the 3rd Inst, at the residence of his son;  Dr. Thomas Murphy, Crimea street, St. Kilda, at the age of 82 years. He was one of the oldest and most respected residents

of Gippsland. He arrived in Victoria over 60 years ago. The deceased gentleman belonged to an old and well-known Irish family in the County Carlow, one of his antecedents being Father Murphy, who fell at Vinegar Hill in the insurrection of ’98. A family of eight sons and one daughter

survive him, viz., Dr. Thomas Murphy,. M.A., M.S., MD., F.R.C.S., of Collins street, Melbourne; Mr. Luke Murphy, barrister and solicitor, and formerly Mayor of Bendigo ; Dr.John Murphy, M.D., F.R.C.S;, specialist for diseases of the throat, nose and ear, St. Vincent’s. Hospital, Melbourne, and Military Base Hospital,St. Kilda road, and member of Medical Board, of Victoria; Mr. Lawrence

Murphy, barrister and solicitor, of Bendigo; Mr. Frank’ Murphy,: barrister and solicitor, of Melbourne, and now a member of the Expeditionary Forces; Mr. Joseph Murphy, dentist,

of Sydney; Mr. Edward Murphy, grazier, Mallee; Mr. P. Murphy, merchant, Melbourne; and Miss M. Murphy. Mr. Luke Murphy’s wife died about eight years ago.


Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 – 1954) Wed 24 Sep 1947 Page 24

Irish Priest Pioneer of Boys’ Town Idea on a visit to Ireland is Very Rev. Mgr. John J. Corrigan,

Executive Director of the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin for homeless and destitute

children, the largest child-caring institution in the United States, and the organisation on which

Boys’ Town was patterned. In an interview with an “Irish Press” reporter, Mgr. Corrigan said that with ‘the approval of Cardinal Spellman, President of the Board of Trustees, he was visiting Ireland to pay respect to the founder of the mission, Father John Drumgoole, who was born in Granard, Co. Longford in 1816.

PIONEER; Father Drumgoole, he said, was the pioneer of child-caring institutions, and the father of

vocational trade schools for under-privileged children. With his widowed mother he went to

the United States at the age of eight. His studies for the priesthood were interrupted because

he had to provide for her, and he was 53 before he was ordained. The Mission of the Immaculate

Virgin was founded by Father Drumgoole, in New York in 1871, and its supporting organisation,

St. Joseph’s Union, in 1876. The Mission, known as Mount Loretto, was now the  largest child-caring institution in the U.S., having in its home 1081 boys and girls. Its 42 buildings stood on 640 acres with a big dairy farm. Mgr. Corrigan said that they wanted young women to join the Sisters of St. Francis at the Mission. Those interested should communicate with the Director of the Mission at Staten Island, or at 381 Lafayette-street, New York City.



  1. I live a few miles from the Mission of the Immaculate Conception, known now only as Mount Loretto. Much of the original parcel of land has been divided. Part was given to the New York Archdiocese to be used as a cemetery. The acreage closed to the bay was donated to New York State & the Federal Government to become parkland. Many years ago the church was gutted by fire with only the front facade left standing. It was preserved and a new chapel built using the old facade. The remaining property now houses a CYO facility and a center for the treatment of those afflicted with substance abuse. The open grounds are used during summer months for both religious and civic fairs with proceeds going towards various causes. I know many whose parents/grandparents were raised there but today no orphanage exists on the grounds. Fr. Drumgoole is memorialize not only on the grounds of MT Loretto but with a major road and Knights of Columbus Council named for him. He holds a special place in the hearts of many Staten Islanders.

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