Knockanuare notes-22nd September 2019

DEVOTIONS TO ST. PIO will commence on Monday, September 23rd at 7.30pm in St. Michael’s church, Lixnaw. This date is the anniversary of Padre Pio’s death.

SENIOR BADMINTON CLUB:  AGM in Community Centre on Wed 25th Sept at 8.45pm.  All welcome.

CHIROPODIST:  in Marian Hall on Friday 27th September at 10am.  To book phone Eileen Fitzmaurice 49135.

YOUTH CLUB needs helpers, they had a meeting in the Marian Hall on Tuesday night Sept. 24th.

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE LISTOWEL: Open night will be held on Thursday 26th September from 7pm to 9pm. All are welcome.

POSITIVE AGEING WEEEK takes place from September 30th to October 6th. This is the 17th year of Positive Ageing Week.

AGM of the Graveyard Committee will be held at the Marian Hall on Monday 30th September at 8.30pm, all members asked to attend, new members welcome.

GAA KNOCKANURE Lotto Results; There was no winner of the €6200 jackpot on Friday 20th September. Numbers drawn were 7, 12, 13, and 16. Lucky dip winners of €25 were; 1. Eileen Enright, Lisselton; 2. Pauline Kelleghan, c/o Dicks; 3. Mary G Buckley, Knockanure; 4. James & Maureen Connolly, Trien, and 5. Sean & Nathan, c/o John Barry. Next draw on Friday 27th September with jackpot up to €6300.

SIGNPOST FOR OUR TIMES:  A workshop to nourish the spirit using stories, themes and images from the life of John Moriarty  – in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee on October 5th from 10am to 4pm.

DEATH of Padraic Kelly of Bridge Road and formerly Coolnaleen, Listowel, unexpectedly, on 12th September 2019, husband of Anne and father of Denis, Tom, Padraig and Lizanne;  grandchildren Denis, Amy, Lisa, Alan and Tommy, daughters-in-law Martha and Ann, partners Gina and Fergus, sisters-in-law Mary, Eileen and Marie-Claude.

DEATH of Margaret O’Connor (née Long), Loughanes and late of Guhard, Lisselton, on the 16th of September, 2019. Predeceased by her husband Richard, sisters Mary B and Hannah Mai, brother Pat Joe. Survived by her sons Patrick and Michael, brothers Mike, Jer and John, sister Theresa, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Dan Joy, Bridget O’Connor, Maighread McCarthy, David Harman, Bill Cahill, Tom Dillon, Con McMahon, Tom Fitzgerald, Mike Lynch, Mossie Culhane, Bridget Dillane, Mike Parkes, Jerry Enright, Mass Moyvane; Wed 25th at 7.30pm for Paul Daly, Cooraclare Village (Rec Dec); Thurs  26th at  7.30pm for Peggy Harvey, Brisla, Cooraclare (Rec Dec); Fri 27th at  7.30pm for Peggy Enright, Church Road (Months Mind); Sat 28th at  7.30pm for Gerard & Joan McEnery, Tubbertoureen, and

Sun 29th at  11.00am for Brendan O’Carroll, Moyvane South. Knockanure Mass; Mon 23rd  at 7.30pm for Bridie Leahy, Beenanaspug (Months Mind), and Mass on Sun 29th at 10.00am for Tom Flavin, Trien.

BEST WISHES to Liam Hanrahan of Moyvane, who is one of 13 shortlisted for The National Dairy Council’s quality award.

CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas and Eileen Broderick of Kilmorna, who recently celebrated a double birthday. Also their son Thomas was involved in organising a 10k Run at Abu Dhabi in aid of Pieta House, the event raised E3,300.

CAR PARK LINING: The line markings in the car park of Moyvane Church have been redone.

PLAQUE was recently erected at Templeglantine in memory of Michael McAuliffe who died 100 years ago, he spent 30 years in Indian Civil Service.

NORTH KERRY POSITIVE AGEING DAY: Sunday 6th Oct from 1.30pm in Listowel Community Centre- talks, food and a tea dance with The Singing Jarvey. Tickets €10. Contact Mairead on 086/8696341.

ROADWORKS UPDATE:  Trenching and ducting will continue from Knockanure village to Ahavoher graveyard from Monday the 23rd September .  Road reinstatement works will be completed on Wednesday the 25th of September on a STOP and GO traffic management system. Access will be maintained for light vehicles (cars and vans). HGVs will have to follow diversion route. Trenching and ducting will continue on the Trien Road on Tuesday the 24th of September under a full road closure from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday . Road will be fully re opened in the evenings and at weekends. Info Pádraig 086/6072159.

TOASTMASTERS Listowel meet at the Arms Hotel on 26th Sept. at 8pm.

TRIBUTE Weekend for Jack Lyons and Jimmy Fitzgerald at Kilcooly’s, Ballybunion from 4th to 6th Oct.

HERITAGE and Historical walk at Lixnaw on 28th Sept. at 2pm.

POSITIVE Ageing Day on  Sunday 6th Oct from 1.30pm in Listowel Community Centre, Contact Mairéad Hanlon on 086 8696341.

CLASSES: Night Classes in Kerry College of Further Eduation; Listowel Campus  Enrolment Tues 24th Sept 7-8.30pm. Classes to start from the first week in October.  Tuesdays – Introduction to Interior Design, Create your own Felt Cocktail Hat, Nutrition for your Energy, Knitting for Beginners, Intermediate Computers, Make-Up and Skincare, Autumn in the Garden.  Wednesdays – Conversational Spanish Classes Beginner and Improver, Create your own Felt Cocktail Hat, QQI Component Modules; Care of the Older Person, Infection Prevention and Control, Special Needs Assisting Level 6 .  If further information is required please contact the Director of Adult Education on 086 0289958 / 068 21023.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE: Cooking on a budget starting Friday 27th September.  Learn how to cook nutritious, healthy food on a limited budget.  Also, the annual ‘Wellbeing for Motherhood’ is on Wednesday, October 9th  from 10.30am.  Speakers including; Dr Louise McEntee will address the issue of infant mental health, Mary Collins will speak on the topic of ensuring balance and support for your child , while a car seat expert will speak about how to properly secure your child in your car and community dietitian Caitriona Mulhearn will focus on the topic of weaning your baby.  Registration for this free event is essential and free goodie bags will be provided on the day.  For further info and to book your place contact 068/23584.

COURSE: Ardfert Retreat Centre (0667134276)  Fall Adult Religious Education Programme: Fr. Sean Sheehy, 10 week Certificate Course: Group Leader training to lead discussions on Faith, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer Catechesis based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Wednesdays 7 – 8.30pm beginning Wed. 25th Sept.

GLÓRACH  CELEBRATES MICHEAL HARTNETT:  Although born in Newcastlewest, the late, great poet Michael Hartnett had an almost spiritual link with the area west of Barnagh and was no stranger to the town of Abbeyfeale.  The Glórach Theatre look forward to celebrating his memory by screening the Pat Collins film Muince Dreoilín at 10.30 am on Monday, September 30.    Renowned author and poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice, who was a close friend of Hartnett, will be present for a question and answer session afterwards.  This event will be held as part of Éigse Micheal Hartnett, admission is free and for any enquiries please ring 0871383940.

EIGSE Michael Hartnett runs from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th October 2019. This year’s Éigse will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Michael’s passing in October 1999.

WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION:  Noelle Crehan Nutritional Therapist with a talk entitled ‘Mind your Mood’   and Colman Noctor a child and adolescent psychotherapist with St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services with a ‘keen interest in the effects of contemporary media on child development and mental health’ are the key speakers at a seminar in the Longcourt Hotel NCW on Tuesday, October 8 sponsored by West Limerick Mental Health Association.  Doors open 7pm.  Light refreshments served.  Admission free.  Everyone welcome.

POKER RUN:  Shannon Gleeson was in touch; I’m holding a poker run on Sunday, September 29 in aid of the Hope Foundation.  I am going to Kolkata in March 2020 and in order to go we have to fundraise roughly €3,000. The Poker run is starting in Jack O’Rourkes Bar Abbeyfeale , Registration is at 10:30am and there is a prize for the best hand.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2019:  Dromtrasna Challenge 2019 in aid of Milford Care Centre and St. Ita’s Day Care Centre Abbeyfeale takes place on Saturday, October 19. The event consists of a 2K Kids Run, 4K Walk, 5K and 10K chip timed runs. Finisher medals for participants in all events.

MEMORIAL CONCERT:  Kathy Casey Byrne Memorial Concert  in aid of Mid Western Cancer Foundation & Irish Youth  Foundation.  The Concert will take place at St. Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Friday, October 4 @ 7.30 p.m.   Concert produced by Fr. Tim Curtin, Sean Moriarty & Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon.  Fr. Tony has some tickets on sale.

HISTORIC railway tunnel at Barnagh , Co. Limerick is now connected to the Greenway following improvement works carried out by Limerick City and County Council and was officially opened in a ceremony on Friday 13th September 2019.

APOSTOLATE OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  You are invited to a special information meeting in the Heights Hotel, Killarney on Saturday 12th October at 11.30am.  Registration & refreshments from 10.45am. Information meeting 11.30am – 12.30pm sharp.   If you would like to attend please contact Eileen Collins, Moyvane on 087/9313912 or Margaret Carmody, Knockanure on 087/2976304 or the Parish Office.  See posters at the back of both Churches for further details.

NEW SEASON CLASSES:  After the summer break  September sees the return of classes for the coming months. On September 27 the creative writing group begins their new season. We are lucky to be assigned a tutor for a six week course. The first meeting will be held in the old vocational school –  after that we return to the usual venue  in St. Ita’s Hall. We need new members to join us. As well as writing it is a great social occasion with tea and dainty treats on offer. If you are interested just come along on the day or call Madeline 087 9707989.

CAR PARK LINING: The line markings in the car park of Moyvane Church have been redone.  These now include two Parent & Child spaces and two spaces for people with disabilities.  I encourage all of you using the car park to adhere to these spaces and to be considerate of others when parking.  Many thanks.

GRAVEYARD MASSES:  My suggestion to move our annual Graveyard Masses to 7.30pm rather than 8pm on the August Bank Holiday weekend (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday) is proving to be very inconvenient for many of the Graveyard Committee.  Between commitments of work and farming etc., many of the committee could not be there on time to have things ready for Mass if it were at 7.30pm.   So Masses will remain at 8pm.  Also the feeling is suggested if weather is unfavourable that blessings and prayers should be shared at the Graveyard rather than ask people to come to Church.  A final decision on that will be made at a later date.

TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS: Sunday 29th September in Church of the Immaculate  Conception, Rathass Tralee  at 12 noon.

CRAFTY CORNER:  If you would like to practice your knitting and crochet or are a beginner willing to learn the craft  then come along to our classes which resume Tuesday October 1 at St Ita’s hall from 7 –  9pm.   It’s a lovely social occasion as well. The painting group are also back on October 1 from 11am – 1pm. in St.Ita’s Hall, it’s  a very relaxing hobby. All welcome.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY:  Run a free transport programme for patients struggling to get to their chemotherapy appointments. We are doing a national volunteer driver recruitment. Please note that all drivers get their expenses back (0.24cents per km, €8 towards some food and all road tolls are paid) and the service is completely free to the patient. Patients are identified as being in need by the hospital social workers / nurses and referred to the service for transport to and from treatments.

SIGNPOST FOR OUR TIMES:  A workshop to nourish the spirit using stories, themes and images from the life of John Moriarty  – in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee on October 5th from 10am to 4pm.  Cost €35. Booking essential on 085/7791210 or email [email protected] . Support our native son.

CHIROPODIST – Michelle Conway will be in Tarbert Community Centre on Wed. 25th Sept. from 9.45am to 1pm. If you would like an appointment please call 083-4074256.

ST MICHAEL’S WELL – PATTERN DAY, LIXNAW,  MON 30TH SEPT. – 2 MASSES 12 NOON AND 7.30pm.  for feast day of St. Michael the Archangel.

A CELEBRATION of Fr. Maurice Brick’s 13 years in Lixnaw, Irremore and Rathea will be held in the Community Centre in Lixnaw on Friday, September 27th at 8pm.  Everyone is welcome to this special occasion.

FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE: As part  of  this festival,  St.  John’s,  Ashe  Street.  will  host  the following talks and speakers. Saturday 28th Sept at 11 am St Johns Church: Its history and people, by Donal O’Sullivan. Sunday 29th Sept at  1  pm St. John’s Church; Heraldry and Kerry Architecture by Tom Dillon

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – MEALS ON WHEELS could you spare an hour a week 12.30 to 1.30 once a week. St. Vincent De Paul Meals on Wheels urgently needs drivers to deliver meals. Contact 087-7817542.

THE JOY OF LOVE IN MARRIAGE – A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship, private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next (residential) weekend will be held at The Lake Hotel Killarney 15th to 17th Nov. from 8pm on Fri. to 4.30pm on Sunday. For more information and to book, visit  or phone 064-6644319 or 086-6095168.

SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA:  Sephira School of Music and Drama has opened on Main St .  All ages are welcome.  Contact Ruth Joyce on 085 2052384 /[email protected] or look them up on Facebook.

GOSPEL  CHOIRS will be starting on Saturday  28th September  at  the  John  Paul  II Pastoral  Centre  in  Killarney  .  Adults choir 12-1pm , Kiddies choir(ages 5-9)  1.30-2.30pm and Youth  choir  (ages  10-16)    2.30-3.30pm.  No auditions necessary -everyone welcome to join. For more information , contact 0870669858.

PADRE PIO PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO & ROME Date -27th Oct. to 2nd Nov.  2019. 7 Nights from Dublin. For more information contact Bernadette Hanrahan 087 6019474

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY:  20th October.  This year’s theme:  ‘Together we are Mission, changing the life of others’.  More details will follow in the weeks ahead.  Further info from 01/4972035 or

COSTAL ROSARY FOR LIFE, FAITH AND LOVE: Join in with thousands of people all around Ireland, as we gather  on  our  coasts,  near  rivers,  in  our churches, at grottos etc. to pray the Rosary for Life, Faith and Love on Sunday October 13that 2.30pm.  To register a  location  visit or call 087 278 6552

JOB: Would you like to work at Desmond Castle? Applications are now open for paid seasonal guide jobs at Desmond Castle for the 2020 tourist season. See here for more details –…/latestnews/articleheading,39756,en.html

SCHOOL Folklore; Local Poets

Collector Thomas Walsh- Informant    Maurice Stack Age  39 buried in Murhur.

There are no stories told about how he got the gift of poetry. His father and Uncle were poets. One day a widow woman asked Rucard Drury and three other men to eat a meadow of hay. They had a piece of a boar for their dinner and he made a piece of poetry about it. “O God on high who rules the sky Look upon us forth and give us meat that we can eat and take away the boar.”

He made a song about the Listowel Races, Foley’s donkey, Knockanure church. In English he composed those songs. He had an Uncle Mike who also had the gift of poetry but was not as good as Rucard. He was a labourer and he spent most of his time in Knockanure. He was a great scholar and the people liked him very much. He was working with a woman and in the evening she got short of tea and sugar. When drinking his tea she asked him if there was sugar in his tea. He said no because if there was he could see it in the bottom.

Travelling Folk- Collector    Michael Lynch- Informant-    Patrick Griffin, Doon Ballybunion, Age  75

Since time immemorial travelling folk are to be met with. Though there are not as many looking for alms now-a-days as there were long ago. The old people are getting pensions and this helps to keep them away from other people’s doors. Some go around singly, tinkers go in families, and Gipsies go in bands. Long ago they used go around walking but now they have vans which they make themselves. Some stay only for one night and others stay for a week. I have heard that the people in olden days were very interesting. When the news spread that there was one of them in a local house the people of the district used gather to that house to hear them tell the stories. I have heard that the Gipsies used go round with a basket on their arm and sell small articles. If they failed they used look for alms and pretend they could read the palms of the hands and tell your fortune. Many of these are to be met with. Tinkers are very fond of attending fairs and they are sure to have a row in the evening. Some of these are very fond of sparing some die in the workhouse but large sums are found after them. There are people called Sheridan’s who visit fairs in this district very often and they are very fond of dealing with horses. It is said that they sometimes dose animals and impose bad ones on people in this way.

Travelling Folk-    Nellie Wallace of Tarmon West, Co. Kerry.

The travelling folk or tinkers as they are sometimes called are to be seen in this district. The families that are to be seen most often are the O’Brien’s, the McCarthy’s and the Falconers. Big Bob and his wife have a large family but still they are happy and cheerful.

They live in caravans and when they wish to go from one place to another the caravans are drawn by horses. They go from one house to another to get food and clothing for themselves and their families. They make saucepans and they sell them.

The Travelling People

The tinkers are a wandering race of people. Many years ago the men used make useful vessels out of tin, but few work at the trade now. They travel from place to place buying and selling donkeys. They generally park their cars at Sallowglen Wood. When they meet a crowd of other tinkers they fight, especially when they are drunk. The most of the women carry a basket with them when they are going into a farm house. They are very annoying as they ask for several things. But the creatures go through terrible hardships in Winter.

The families to be seen most frequently are the McCarthy’s and O’Brien’s. They are the happiest people in the world, because they need not pay rents or rates. They earn their bread by begging for it. The O’Brien’s have very good caravans to live in. Not very many are without them now a days.

Collector-  Anna Houlihan, Address-  Dooncaha, Co. Kerry.

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