Knockanuare Notes -17th November 2019

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS in Lixnaw on Tuesday 19th November AT 7.30PM.

VINTAGE: Knockanure Vintage Club, would like to say a very special thank you to all who took part in this year’s Vintage Run and especially our sponsors. The proceeds of the day went to “The Support Cancer Bus”.

PARISH has contributed €420 to Irish Church Commission & Agencies.

SHOW 30th NOVEMBER;  “Stars In Their Own Eyes” concert will commence at 7.30pm in the Community Centre Moyvane.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION MEETINGS: Fr Kevin would like to thank all who attended meetings last Tuesday evening and for the generosity shown by parents/guardians to help the children prepare for First Confession and First Holy Communion and also preparing the older children for the beautiful sacrament of Confirmation. Sincere thanks to the teachers in both schools for the preparation with these sacraments.

GAA KNOCKANURE:  There was no winner of the €7000 jackpot on Friday the 15th November. Numbers drawn were 2, 9, 15, 23. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were;1. David O’Carroll, Moyvane South;2. Ella & Eoin, c/o All Star Bar; 3. Helen O’Brien, Scraban, Duagh; 4. Florrie Mullin, Hollys Shop, and 5. Julieane Moloney, Bridge Road, Listowel. Next jackpot up to €7100 with draw on Friday 23rd November.

The Knockanure GAA Football Club would like to express their deepest sympathies to Pat and Mary Leahy, Clounbrane on the recent passing of their beloved daughter Nora and their granddaughter Leah. Nora was survived and is dearly missed by her husband Tod (Tony), her father Pat, mother Mary, sisters Johanna Curtin, Mary B Curtin, Trish Sheehan, brother-in-laws Gerard Curtin, Joseph Curtin, Paudie Sheehan, Uncles, Aunts, many cousins, Irish and Australian friends and dedicated neighbours. Our sympathies to both the Leahy and O’Donoghue families at this very sad time. May she Rest in Peace.

SYMPATHY: At a recent Board of Management at Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure the following votes of sympathy were passed – To The Kissane Family in Clontubrid, Listowel on the recent death of Richard Kissane. To The Leahy Family Moyvane and The O’ Donoghue Family Listowel on their recent sad bereavements.

SYMPATHY: To Danny & Noreen Hughes & family, Aughrim on the recent death of Danny’s brother Matt Hughes, Castleisland.

DEATH has occurred of Patrick M. (Patsy) Flynn of Rea, Kilmorna, on the 11th of November, 2019, at his residence. Pre-deceased by his parents Michael and Nora. Sadly missed by his brothers Michael and Brendan, sisters Sr. Margaret, Mary, Sr. Nora and Sheila, brother-in-law Michael, sister-in-law Sybil, nephew Michael, nieces Sybil, Catherine and Michelle, grandnephews, grandniece. Requiem Mass for Patsy was celebrated at St. Brigid’s Church, Duagh, on Thursday afternoon,  with burial afterwards in Springmount Cemetery, Duagh.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jeremiah Behan, Tess Fitzgerald, Liam Flaherty, David Hegarty, Sr. Gerard Sheehy, Maureen Scollard, Pat Martin, Noreen McElligott, Margaret Halpin, Noreen Broderick, Richie Martin, Maureen Fitzmaurice, Michael Joe Flaherty, Liam Collins, Brendan Ferriter, Evelyn Scannell, Fr. John Horan, Joan Mullane, John Timothy Soules, Bridie Robinson, Jim Hudsan, James McCarthy, Mass in Moyvane;  Mon 18th at  7.30pm  for Holy Souls (All on November list); Tues  19th at 7.30pm for  Richard Sheehan Jnr, Moyvane Village; Wed 20th at 7.30pm for Patrick Scanlon, Moher; Fri  22nd at 7.30pm for Johnny Quinn, Leitrim Middle; Sat  23rd  at 7.30pm for  Margaret & Johnny Meade, Aughrim, mass on Sun 24th at 11.00am for Mike Joe O’Flaherty, The Village. Mass Knockanure;

Thurs  21st at 7.30pm for Holy Souls (All on November list), and Mass on Sun  24th at 10.00am for Parishioners.

PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS: A pack of 7 cards for €5 or two packs €7.  Cards have lovely pictures of our two delightful Churches.  By buying them you are supporting the upkeep of both Churches.  Available in the Parish Office, along with lots of Christmas stock including Cribs.

AWARDS: Athea Utd Soccer Awards Night for The schoolboys and girls, will take place on Friday night,  22nd November, in the Top of the Town at 9:30pm. Music entertainment on the night will be provided by DJ Pat O’Donnell.

KOLKATA: Dermot Pierse (student) is making a trip to Kolkata at Easter volunteering. He has to raise over €2,000. The trip is part of the Hope Foundation programme.

ARDAGH: Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, November 24 from 1-30 to 4-30pm, in Ardagh Community Centre, and to date 17 stands, will display their products

VIGIL MASS ON SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER; Please note that on Saturday 30th our Vigil Mass will be at 6.00pm to accommodate “Stars In Their Own Eyes” concert which will commence at 7.30pm the same-evening in the Community Centre.

MOYVANE ICA:  Family Fun Day will take place at the Marian Hall on Sunday 24th November 2:00pm – 4:30pm. There will be a Jumble sale, book sale, cake sale plus lots of entertainment including Tommy the magician. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and have a photograph taken.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel Stokes, who was first woman home in the recent 10k race in Listowel, she was followed by Doreen Moore and Emma Larkin 3rd.

FREE FARMERS HEALTH SCREENING – will be held at the Listowel mart on Thursday the 21st of November from 11am to 2pm. The test will be a blood and glucose test, a weight check and a B.M.I test.

ROADWORKS UPDATE:  There will be a full road closure on the Trien road from Monday the 18th to Friday the 22nd of November from 8am to 6pm. Diversion route will be in place. Info Pádraig on 086/6072159. Also works will continue next week from on the Moyvane / Tarbert road between the Newline road and Moyvane Village under a Road closure from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday. Access will be maintained for residents affected by closure but no through traffic. Info Shane on 087/9829576.

VIDEO RACE NIGHT – in memory of the late John Paul will be held in Carmody’s Bar, Tarbert,  on Sat 23rd Nov. at 9pm. Monster raffle on the night (over 25 prizes ) as well as an Auction Race and special items for auction.

ST JOHN’S; Thursday 21st to Mon. 25th – Johnnie, a comic drama presented by local actors, details from 068 22566.

COMHALTAS celebrated their 60th anniversary in Kerry last week. CCE was founded in 1951.

TREE OF REMEMBRANCE –place a card on the tree. They will be remembered in a special way throughout the month of November.

PARKINSON’S INFORMATION NIGHT in Ard Chúram Listowel on Friday 22nd Nov at 7pm.

NOVEMBER 17TH – WORLD DAY OF THE POOR; At the end of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis proposed this annual Sunday as a day when we would focus on the poor locally and globally.  He sees it as setting the right tone for how we understand Christ the Universal King, which we celebrate the following Sunday.  In everyday life are we as merciful in life as Jesus was?  This day is a good opportunity to be aware of our own St. Vincent de Paul and indeed all the St. Vincent de Paul groups nationally who will help the poor in our country especially this Christmas time.   During the Sunday’s of Advent we will have baskets in both Churches collecting non-perishable food items and gifts for children for both boys and girls up to 12 years of age (marked clearly on the label).

HOSPICE: The Light to Remember Kerry Hospice Foundation virtual tree is now on -line.  You can buy a light for a loved one by clicking on the link. and add a tribute in the live book.  There is also a light up celebration on Sun 8th Dec. at 5 p.m. in the grounds of University Hospital Kerry.

KNOCK SHRINE 2019 NIGHT VIGIL Sat December 7th 2019. With Fitzpatrick’s of Listowel. Vigil programme 10pm confessions in the Chapel of Reconciliation, 12am vigil in Basilica, 4am concelebrated mass. Fare €30. Coach will leave Listowel @ 4.30pm. Phone (068) 21707 or (087) 3966399.

PRESENTATION MASS:  Presentation Day takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 21st – To mark the occasion, Presentation Secondary students & Staff are hosting the 11.30 a.m. on Sunday morning  (Nov.  24th.) They are participating in the Mass and will be singing with the Parish Choir.

PARKINSON’S INFORMATION NIGHT in Ard Chúram Listowel on Friday 22nd Nov at 7pm. Speakers: Dr Helena Moore (Bons), Nicola Kavanagh (Parkinson’s Ireland) and Ciara Breen (OT Kerry Memory Technology Room). All Welcome- please ring Ard Chúram on 068 22986 to register your place.”

SAGE SUPPORT & ADVOCACY FOR OLDER PEOPLE Information and Advice For Older People to be held at 2 p.m. Monday 25th Nov. 2019 At Listowel Family Resource Centre.  Learn how to plan for your future Learn about Enduring Power of Attorney Maintaining control of your income, benefits or property Advocacy for adequate Home Care Packages Supporting family members in organising care for people with advancing dementia. All welcome.

BEREAVEMENT MASS:. Abbeyfeale Parish  Bereavement Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 22 at 7pm. Olive Foley will speak on loss and bereavement. Names of those who have died over the year  and names of people from outside the parish that you would like remembered should be submitted to  the  Sacristy during the coming fortnight.  Tel 068/51915 during Mass times.

FEALESBRIDGE SOCIAL:  It’s the 50th anniversary of the Fealesbridge Social and it is taking place in the Devon Inn on Friday, November 22.  Neily O’Connor from Killarney will provide the music following the meal.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH:  Join Abbeyfeale Community Alert in celebrating the Christmas Season in style with lunch and dancing and afternoon tea at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, November 24 from 1-6pm.

IRISH RED CROSS CHRISTMAS CONCERT will take place on Friday November 22nd at 7.30pm in St John Church Ashe St Tralee, Featuring Killorglins Mens Social Club Choir, Danny O’Mahony, Matt Keane, Seamus O’Flarthra, Lloyd Fitzgibbons and Aireanach. Tickets €10, for bookings call 087 708 8395 or 087 927 6504.

TARBERT THEATRE PLAYERS – stage the production of “Arsenic & Old Lace” exclusively in Tarbert Community Centre on Sat. 30th Nov. and Sun. 1st Dec. at 8pm. Save the date.

GLÓRACH NEWS:  The supremely talented O’Leary sisters, Ruth and Joyce, who go under the name of Sephira, will be bringing their impressive live show to the Glórach Theatre on Friday, November 29.  Tickets are at present sold out.   Wednesday, November 20, there will be an open meeting of the AA. Friday, December 5 an opportunity to see the Active Retired Ladies new choir and African Drumming.   All welcome, there will be light refreshments served.  For any enquiries about these events, please don’t hesitate to call us at 0871383940.

LATIN: The Traditional Latin Mass will be offered at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, Tralee on Sun. 24th Nov at 12.00 noon. More info from [email protected]

MEDJUGORJE DATES for 2020. May 19th. June 23rd. July 28th. Sept 22nd. All flights ex Cork with Aer Lingus and Joe Walsh Tours. Cost 625 euro which includes early booking  offer of 100 euro off if paid by Dec 15th.  7 nights all inclusive. Accompanied by Spiritual Directors. Contact Tom Dennehy on 0876468658.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS:  Develop your speaking skills and your self confidence at West Limerick Toastmasters.  First and third Wednesday of the month.

MICHEAL ENGLISH COMES TO CHURCH: Sales have picked up a pace over the last week with enquiries from as far away as England. Tickets at €25 are available by ringing the dedicated ticket line on 089 4356981 or from Moss the Farmers, The Coffee Pot, Ann Lyons. O’Donoghues Spar and Kathleen’s Foodstore.  Doors open at 7pm.

GLIN: Well done: Well done to gymnast Miriam O’Connor who competed at the 2019 National Series FIG Team Championship over the weekend in Dublin.  Miriam and her friends at Aerial Gymnastics Club brought home 7 National medals, 2 Gold and 5 Silver medals.

Glin Old Fair Day takes place this year on Saturday, December 7.  Like previous years, the craft fair will take place in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall with 20/22 table spots available to purchase for €20 ahead.  If you are interested in securing a table please contact Michael Donnellan on 087 9953577.

Glin ICA: will host the Senior Citizens Party at Cloverfield Daycare Centre on Sunday 24th November at 1.00 p.m.  Please hand I your names to Sheila at Wallaces, Mary at Hogans or Frances at McNamaras before the 20th November as places are limited.

THOUGHT: I could barely keep control of my feelings, and they forced me to paste on that pained fake smile, the one you have to wear when good people try to help you. But don’t, because they can’t. The chatty ones offered what they thought were Deep Words of Comfort, when no words beyond “I’m sorry” or “I’m praying” or “I’ve been there” helped.        

PAPERS:  Irish Press 1931-1995, Friday, July 03, 1987; Page: 4

Long cherished homecoming, By BRIAN McLAUGHLIN

FROM ALL OVER the U.S. they came, as they made a sentimental pilgrimage to the land of their forefathers. Long family members with their proud Kerry roots, worshipped in the village church at Ballylongford where their ancestors were married, and made a touching visit to the cemetery where they were burled. The trip to Ireland was inspired by a very successful family member, businessman Denis Long, vice-president and group executive of Anhauser-Busch Companies Inc., with Its Budweiser Beer’ connections.

Some 63 Longs, from as far apart as Texas, California, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Minnesota and Arizona, to mention only a few states, are spending this week viewing the sights of Kerry from their Killarney base, and reminiscing with Kerry cousins.

It is their first time in Ireland for a lot of the people who met distant cousins living around the Ballybunion area — the Longs, Carrs and Healys — and shared their homecoming with them.

The man who brought the Long name from Kerry to the U.S. was Bartholomew from Ballybunion, who made the long trek to St. Louis. He was a son of Timothy and Johanna Long, who were farmers.

Bartholomew became a superintendent of schools and the family grew and spread. “When we were organising to come here, we knew where the different groups were, and they were contacted by letter,” said Bob Long, uncle of Denis.

On Monday the group made the nostalgic trip to Ballylongford church, where Timothy and his wife, Johanna Broderick, were married on June 29, 1835.

There was a moment of special reverence when Fr. Declan O’Connor showed them the parish records and the marriage certificate of Timothy and Johanna.

The group, accompanied by their Irish cousins, continued to nearby Lisselton cemetery, where they prayed at the grave of Timothy and Johanna. The day came to a happy conclusion in Ballybunion, where Irish-American Longs and Irish Longs, Carrs and Healys shared family memories and had an evening of Irish entertainment.

Last night there was a reunion banquet in Killarney and the Longs return to their U.S. homes this weekend.

Kerry Evening Star 1902-1914, Monday, January 09, 1905; Page: 2


It is with feelings of regret we have to chronicle the death of Mrs. Timothy Michael Foley, Lyre, which occurred on Christmas Day, between the Masses, fortified by the rites of our Holy Mother Church, at the advanced age of 85 years. Deceased was a member of one of the most respected families in North Kerry.

The funeral on Tuesday, 27th, was large and representative.

The chief mourners were—Ml. Foley, John Foley, Timothy Foley, Listowel (sons), Mrs.


B. Galvin (daughter), Margaret, Bridget, Mary, Annie, Kate and Tim Foley (grandchildren),  Amongst those who attended were-Thos. Gibson, senr., and Thos. Gibson, junr., Listowel; Ml. McDonnell, victualler, Listowel; John Collins, Michael O’Connor and Patrick O’Connor, Listowel (cousins), John Moran, Thomas Moran, Patrick Moran (cousins), Jn. Walsh, R.D.C. ; John Boland, R.D. C. ; Mce Gunn, R.D.C. ; Ml. Nolan, R.D.C; Thos. Keane, R.D.C ; Patk. Nolan, stationmaster ; John Gunn, David Gunn, Dl. Boland, Ml. Foley, Thos. Kissane, John Kissane, John Kissane, junr.; Thomas McNamara, John McNamara, Mce. Coughlan, Dl. Coughlan, Jn Kissane, Glouria; J. McMahon, N.T.; Ml. Dillon, N.T. ; Patk. Long, John Long, Patk. Long, junr.; James Leonard, Ml. Leonard, John Leonard, Tim Lyons .  Letters of condolence were received from various friends and relatives, including Sisters Elizabeth and Joseph Collins (cousins), and Sister Vincent, presentation Convent, Killarney.


The remains were borne on the shoulders of her friends and well-wishers to the local cemetery, Lisselton, and deposited in one of the family vaults, where many a silent tear was shed.

The demise of this good Christian lady has very forcibly recalled to mind the dark days of ’46 and ’47, and has severed the last link in the chequered history of an old and respected North Kerry family the Messrs Collins, formerly of Farranstack.

By their charitable actions in those gloomy times they saved hundreds of people living on the slopes of Knockanore from starvation and death. There was no night during the severity of those famine times, but preparations had to be made by direction of the old man, for the many calls of the morning by men, women and children seeking the necessaries of life, and it would appear that none had ever to leave without having their hunger appeased. Nor had this system been confined to the people of the locality; the pool and the Stranger were always welcome, and everything in the household, from milk curdled in large metal boilers to the sheep and the heifer killed, was turned into food for the starving ones. What a noble history of a noble people. But the saving of the lives of the people was too much for the landlords to bear; what though millions of Irishmen may die of famine rather than that landlord usurers should forego  one farthing of their claims; and in grateful acknowledgement of their kindness in saving the lives of many, the landlord made a swoop on their cattle for one year’s rent ; but the people rose en masse, and rescued them from the sheriff, and subsequently distributed them for protection among their friends. The estate bailiffs were then busy, found out the different places where the cattle were kept,: and had them seized again; but, to their dismay, were rescued again. Not being satisfied with destroying the chattels on  the farm, the landlord resorted to the extreme measure of eviction ; and though the scenes enacted at the seizures were extremely harsh and severe, they paled entirely before those at the eviction, when cries and murmurs went forth from the surrounding hills, breathing anathema on the head of that Government that gave powers of extirpation and destruction to such a relentless class.


It was nothing new in those evil days to find cart-loads of corn wending their way to the market towns—for the purpose of making impossible rents, and meeting on their way the bottomless coffins being taken to the churchyard on some primitive mode of conveyance, to fill up those coffin less graves that were then so numerous, as the result of starvation, while there was plenty in the land to tide over the crop failure if properly utilised. And though the mills of heaven grind slowly, yet they always grind finely. We have seen recently, in examination before the Trinity College Commission sitting at Listowel, where it was admitted by Mr. Blacker-Douglas that he owed 2.5 years arrears of rent in good times to the head landlord-the College ; his father evicted this generous, charitable and noble-minded family in the famine years for only one year’s rent, as if in revenge for having become sensible to the miseries of the poor, and banished them from their homes, to see in the Western world a new existence—that land of freedom where the statue of liberty with flambeau in hand gives light to the world.  The old lady, the subject of this report, was a large-hearted and generous person to the Iast, and though not possessing the extensive means of her father in early life, she always held to the traditions of the family in here extreme kindness to the poor. She died full of years and honour, attended weekly by her spiritual director, Rev. F. O’Connor, Ballybunion, and with all the comforts necessary to soul and body, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. May her soul rest in peace, is the heartfelt prayer of everyone that knew her. American and Melbourne papers, please copy.


The Australian columnist Gerard Henderson says a lack of fire reduction burn offs “clearly seems to be an issue in New South Wales,” as fires continue to ravage the state.


ORPHAN GIRLS: Six Ships. 4,000 Irish Orphan Girls.

It is a little-known fact that during the Irish Famine, over 4,000 young Irish women were sent from workhouses in Ireland to work in Australia.  Today their descendants number in the tens of thousands. Many are eager to find out the circumstances surrounding their ancestors’ epic journey and to reconnect with their Irish place of origin and the community living there today.


The Great Famine and Irish Orphans’ Commemoration Day is held annually since 1998. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, November 17th at Famine Rock in Burgoyne Reserve, Williamstown, Victoria.




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