knockanuare notes 21st October 2018

ST PIO LIXNAW: Our next Padre Pio devotions will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 7.30pm (This later date is because of the pilgrimage to San Giovanni). The witness will be given by Ian O’Connell of Killarney. St. Padre Pio Evening Mass & 1st Friday Evening Mass the first Friday of every month in Listowel at 7.00pm

MOYVANE VILLAGE FESTIVAL will be held over the Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, October 26th to Monday, October 29th. Friday 26th – Rambling House in Marian Hall 9pm – all welcome.

THE 120th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF RATHEA CHURCH: will be celebrated on Friday night, Oct. 26th at 8pm.

RESTORATION FUND: On 27th/28th there will be a once off collection for the Restoration Fund towards the recent works undertaken in both Churches. Your generous support would be deeply appreciated.

BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE: will hold a Blood Donor Clinic in The Brandon Hotel, 22nd to 25thOctober, Monday 5pm –8.30pm, TUE, WEDS & THURS 3pm –5pm & 7pm –9pm.

DEATH has taken place of Peter McGuire of Church Street, Listowel, and Ballybunion. Peter died suddenly on the 11th of October, 2018. Husband of Bridget (nee Purtill), father of Shane and Joe. Son of Edith and the late Jack, and brother of Tony, John, and Mike. Requiem Mass for Peter was celebrated on the 15th of October at St. John’s Church, Ballybunion.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jerry Galvin, Ann Higgins, Paddy O’Sullivan, Bridget Dillane, Bridget Dalton, Ellen Orman, Fr Sean Dillon, Eddie and Mary Costelloe, Darragh Hennessy, Brendan Harnett, Denis Leen, Jimmy Mulvihill, Elizabeth O’Dowd, Tim Cantillon, Maurice Collins, Mary Carroll, Fr. Sean Ryle, Denis Foley, Node Guiney, Patrick Healy, Kathleen Scully, James Moody. Moyvane Mass: Tues 23rd at 7.30pm for Julia, Paddy & Billy Hanrahan, Aughrim & deceased of the Hanrahan family; Sat 27th at 7.30pm for Gerry Galvin, Leitrim E, his parents Brendan & Eileen & his brother Pat and Mass on Sun 28th at 11.00am for James Moody, Woodgrove. Mass Knockanure on Mon 22nd at 7.30pm for Timmy Horgan, Jnr, Trien, Kilmorna (Months Mind) (Mass in the Community Centre), and Mass on Sun 28th at 10.00am for Seán McMahon, Carrueragh (1st Anni).

CINGRATULATIONS to Peggy and Bill Kennelly on their 60th wedding anniversary.

GAA Lotto Results for Knockanure; There was no winner of the €10,300 jackpot on a Friday 19th October. Numbers drawn were 19, 23, 28, and 31. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Marguerite Quaid, Direen; 2. John Ma, c/o speedys; 3. Nathan Barry, c/o John Barry; 4. D&M Collins Lisaniska, and 5. Peg Moloney, Tullahinell, Ballylongford. Next jackpot up to €10,400. Draw to be held on Friday 26th October.

RAMBLING House Listowel takes place in the Seanchaí Centre on the last Thursday of every month.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: A group of friends of the late Joan O’Keeffe, Ballymacjordan have come together to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General which was a great support to Joan during her illness. There will be a Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, October 28 with dancing to Mike Condon from 3-6pm.

The A.G.M. of Athea Branch of Comhaltas at the Top of the Town on Monday night, October 22nd at 8pm. The Branch is currently putting together an application to host the Limerick County Fleadh which takes place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend in 2019.

WIN: Athea Wins Going For Gold and receives €10,500 in total from this competition.

DEACON: Francis White, Ordination to The Permanent Diaconate On Saturday 27th October at 11.00 a.m. Mass in St. Bernard’s Church, Abbeydorney. Refreshments afterwards in Abbeydorney Community Hall. Everyone welcome.

CHIROPODIST will be in the Parish Hall, Ballylongford on Mon. 22nd Oct. beginning at 9.30am. If you wish to make an appointment please call 087-7672172.

LATIN SUNDAY MASS will be held in Immaculate Conception Church, Rathass, Tralee at 12.00 noon on Sunday 28th October.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: As Fr. Tim Galvin is in the area at the moment, Abbeyfeale for Africa are having a few fundraising events to help with his Mission in South Sudan. On Friday, October 26 there will be a pub quiz in J.D’s pub in Church St. On the weekend of November 17/18 Fr. Tim will speak on his work at the 12 noon Mass, there will be a church door collection and following the Mass there will be a gathering for light refreshments at St. Ita’s Daycare Centre.

CRAFT FAIR: Saturday, October 27 from 12-4pm at The Western Inn, Kilmanahan. Contact Angela to book a table 085 7324262. Hot food available.

SCRIPTURES: Exploration of the Christian Story with Dr. Eugene Duffy Dr. Eugene Duffy, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick will present a public talk entitled ‘Exploration of the Christian Story – Deepening your understanding of the scriptures on Wed. Oct. 24th in St. Patrick’s Hall, Listowel. The presentation will begin at 8pm. All are welcome. There is no charge for this event.

WRITING GROUP: Abbeyfeale writing group meet twice monthly, every other Friday, next meeting will be on Friday, October 26.

TOASTMASTERS: Plenty of conversation, gain confidence and meet new people at the next meeting of Listowel Toastmasters this Thursday, October 25th, at 8pm in the Listowel Arms Hotel.

FOOD FAIR Listowel from 8th to 12th November 2018.

FREE TRAINING FOR FARMERS – Internet & IT Skills, Animal Identification & Movement, Farm Safety Statements and Risk Management course at Adult Literacy Centre, 58 Church Street, Listowel. Phone Mary for further information on 068 23866 or 086 7969627.

CALLING TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS. If you are considering doing the Presidents Gaisce Award we are pleased to announce our parish is providing a 13 week community segment starting Week commencing 5th November for those interested TY Students. Please leave your name and contact number in Listowel parish office 068-21188, limited places available.

DRAMA TIME AGAIN ! – This year Tarbert Theatre Players present Bryan MacMahon’s epic tale of a young tinker couple as they journey with family through Ireland, from the north to the south on their spring carts. It is a story of love and hate, of birth and death. The play will be on at Tarbert Community Centre on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of November at 8 pm. Call to Eithne in the pharmacy or ring 068/36238 to buy your tickets. Seats will sell fast. The show goes to St John’s Listowel for performances on November 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th. Please ring Joe there on 068-22566 to secure tickets.

ST JOHN’S: Tues 23rd-THE SILVER BRANCH, An IFTA nominated Best Irish Documentary Film directed by Katrina Costello. A bittersweet evocation of the end of an era as an Irish farmer/poet entwined with ancestral traditions and the natural world, must stand up for all that is sacred to him when the government threatens his way of life.

Thu 25th- BAT THE FATHER RABBIT THE SON. The 20th anniversary tour of this powerful and unforgettable play written and performed by Donal O’Kelly. The struggle between father and son, past and present, spans Dublin of the 1980’s.

Fri 26th- ALL FOR ME GROG. The songs and stories of The Dubliners performed by The Liberties. The only Dubliners sound-alike and look-alike show. St. Johns Theatre, Listowel. 068 22566.

Tues 30th


Featuring Peter Staunton – accordion and Breanainn Ó Beaglaoich – guitar, who play polkas, slides and reels set in The Kingdom with a mixture of old and new.

HISTORY AT KERRY WRITERS MUSEUM Wednesday 31st Oct. 7.30pm. Hostage to the Devil, a screening of the acclaimed documentary film on Ballylongford born Fr. Malachy Martin lecture Adm. €5.00 Sunday 11th Nov. 7.30pm. Armistice 100: County Kerry & the Great War, by Tom Dillon Lecture Adm. €5.00. contact 068-22212 email:info

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE 066/7134276: Celebrate your faith with videos: St Teresa Avila Elizabeth Gilmartin, Monday 22nd October 7.30-9pm Jesus & the Gospels (Denis McBride) Programme: Elizabeth Gilmartin, Tuesdays 2.30-4pm. AA Open Public Meeting: Wednesday 31st October 8.30pm.

Self Care Day: Practical skills to promote self-care and well-being: Anna O’Donoghue  087/9447105.

3 Day Healing Retreat: Fr. James McManus C.Ss.R., Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th November.

JUBLIEE YEAR NEWSLETTER: It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organizations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested. Please submit to the parish office via email; fealechurch.

GOD CALLING YOU TO BE A PRIEST? COME & SEE–Exploring Priesthood Retreat 23rd/ 24th November 2018 Mount St. Anne’s organised by the National Vocations Office. More info at

TRÓCAIRE PARISH VOLUNTEERS: Trócaire supports some of the world’s most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland. We are a group of committed individuals who meet three times a year in Killarney to organise initiatives in our communities for Trócaire. Are you interested in becoming involved? If so, email volunteering or phone Fr. Michael Moynihan on 087-6551902 for more information.

REMEMBRANCE Ceremony will be held in Listowel on November 11th 2018 at 11.30 am, to mark the anniversary of the end of WW1.

TOUR: The annual Rambling House tour of Britain is fast approaching and the Tour 2018 – Dates and Venues have been announced as follows: November 1 – Manchester Irish World Heritage Centre. Tickets – 0161 205 4007, November 2 – Birmingham Irish Centre Tickets – 0121 622 3763, November 3 – London Irish Centre Camden Tickets – 020 7916 2222, November 4 – Milton Keynes Irish Centre Tickets – 07999 352512.Our exiles always look forward to the visit of the Irish Rambling House tour and readers might pass on the details to their relatives living near the tour venues. Tour details can also be had from 00353 (0)87 285 3570 or email irishramblinghouse

CEILI HOUSE BROADCASTS FROM THE ROCK: The RTE radio one programme ‘Ceilí House’ will come from Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel, Saturday night October 27 after the 9pm News. It will feature the Rockchapel Ceoltas based group, Ceoltoirí Sliabh Luachra, performing some of Sliabh Luachra’s oldest music. Much of this music comes from the manuscripts of Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount, Rockchapel and the manuscripts of his father, Dan Curtin that go back to before 1850, and contain an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that predates the polkas and slides that characterise the area now, and also from the manuscripts of Dave Leahy of Mountcollins who died in 1907.

PAPERS: New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVII, Issue 7, 16 February 1899, Page 9

Death of a Kerry Man.— The death occurred recently at Lynn, Massachusets, of Mr. Thomas O’Connor, in the 73th year of his age. Mr. O’Connor, who was born at Ardfert, County Kerry, Ireland, was the brother of Very Rev. Dr. O’Connor, Missionary Apostolic, and of the late Dr. Morgan O’Connor, Knight of St. Sylvester, Wagga Wagga, Australia. A brother and sister survive him Mr. James F. O’Connor, Lynn, and Mrs. M. Gertrude O’Connor, Presentation Convent, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland.

New Zealand Tablet , Issue 43, 26 October 1899, Page 9

KERRY.— Death of a Venerable Nun.— The death of Sister Mary Gertrude O’Connor (known for upwards of a generation as Mother Gertrude), of the Presentation Convent, Listowel, is an event deserving of more than local or ordinary notice (says the Daily Nation.) For nearly 51 years this truly excellent lady occupied a prominent and honoured place in the religious life of her native county. Entering the Listowel Convent on the 15th of August, 1849, her religious life may be said to have synchronised with the life of that distinguished branch of the great Presentation Community, and the remarkable growth of that Convent, both in usefulness as a educational institution and in size, is in no small measure due to her influence and labours. Mother Gertrude was born in Tralee about 76 years ago. Her father held a commission in the British Army, served with distinction under Moore and Wellington, and the hero of Corunna is said to have died in his arms. The Very Rev. John O’Connor. D.D., who, for many years occupied a prominent place in the clerical life of his native diocese, and was one of the organisers of that brave band of Irishmen who went to the assistance of Pope Pius the Ninth in the early stage of his struggle with the infidel makers of modern Italy, and who, led by his fiery missionary zeal went abroad while yet a young curate, where he died some years ago, was a brother of Mother Gertrude. Another distinguished brother was Dr. Morgan O’Connor who died universally respected and regretted a few years ago in Wagga, New South Wales.

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVII, Issue 49, 7 December 1899, Page 18



An old and respected resident of Kumara passed away on Saturday week, in the person of Mr. John Mulvihill. The deceased (reports the local Times) was a native of Listowel, Country Kerry. Ireland, and was 67 years of age He arrived in Victoria in 1854, and worked as a miner on the Woolshed, Ovens district, Victoria, and was one of the first pioneers of the Otago goldfield. He arrived in Hokitika early in 1864. The deceased was amongst those who established the Hibernian Society in Kumara. Mr. Mulvihill took an active part in local affairs, and was for a number of years member of the Borough Council and the Hospital Board. The deceased leaves a wife and grown up family, a son and daughter, to mourn their loss.

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIX, Issue 11, 4 April 1901, Page 10

A correspondent of Mr. T. P. O’Connor’s weekly writes as follows regarding the present Commander-in-Chief of the forces in South Africa. Let me set you right about Lord Kitchener’s natal spot, regarding which I happen to know a good deal, having myself been born within a couple of miles of it. He was born at Gunsborough Cottage, which was lent to his father, Lieutenant-Colonel Kitchener, by the father of the well-known ci-devant Irish M. P., Mr. Peirce Mahony, of Kilmorna. Gunsborough is within three miles of Listowel, the capital of North Kerry. He was baptised at the little Protestant Church hard by now in ruins, I believe by the late Rev. Robert Sandes, a representative of the family of which the late Mr. George Sandes, of Grenville, Listowel, was a well known member. The Kitcheners subsequently went to live at Crotto House, which Colonel Kitchener afterwards sold to Mr. Thomas Beale Brown, a near relative of Sir Michael Hicks-Beach. The true history of the whole vexed question of the connection of the Kitchener family with Kerry was told during the late Soudan campaign in the columns of the Irish Times by Major Kiggell, of Cahnra, Glin, County Limerick, whose son, Major Lancelot Kiggell, is now on Lord Kitchener’s staff.

AUTISM: 10/08/2018 – A new population based study reveals that celiac disease is associated with a wide range of medical conditions, including liver disease, glossitis, pancreatitis, Down syndrome, and autism, according to a database study of more than 35 million people.

Moreover, people with autism have celiac disease at rates almost 20 times higher than in those without autism, reported lead investigator Daniel Karb, MD, a second-year resident at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

THE IRISH PILGRIMAGE TRUST are now accepting applications for their Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Young people aged 11-30 yrs with a variety of special needs including physical and medical conditions, learning difficulties or a young person who may have experienced some challenge in their life are all eligible to apply. This pilgrimage provides respite care for parents and guardians and a free trip for the young person. The closing date for applications is October 31. Further information can be found on the website or 086 1030740 or 087 2809833.

‘Lord Of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson has seen footage of a mine explosion that his own grandfather was only a hundred yards away from on the Western Front at the time.

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