knockanuare notes -24th January 2021

MASS behind closed doors for the present, but available on Radio in Moyvane, and loudspeaker in Knockanure

MASS from Glin Church on Tuesday 26th of January 2021 at 10am will be broadcast on Radio Maria. This is only for Tuesday 26th only, tune in on TV channel 210.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK will be celebrated from Sunday 24th January to next Sunday 31st January.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY concluded on Monday, January 25th.

ST PIO: Padre Pio February 2021 Devotions Castleisland on Tuesday 2nd February (1st Tuesday) at 7.30pm. The Witness will be given by Johnny Sheehan of Portmagee. He will share his personal story of battling with anxiety and depression and nowadays managing to cope.

CONGRATULATIONS to Matt and Mary Kennelly on their 40th wedding anniversary, which they celebrated recently.

SYMPATHY To Mary Fitzmaurice & family, Bunagara on the death of her son Tommy who died in England recently, Sympathy also to the Redemptorist Fathers on the death of Fr. John Casey, who died suddenly. That’s the fifth bereavement they’ve had in the past few months.

RECENT DEATHS:  Maurice Dowling, Woodford / Patrick Guiney, Coolaclarig / Jerry Kiernan, Dublin & Ballygologue Road.

DEATH of Ellen (Nellie) Buckley (née Kelly), Trieneragh, Duagh on January 13th, 2021. Predeceased by her husband Liam and sisters Ita and Peggy. Sadly missed by her son Michael, daughter Mary, grandchildren Thomas, Brian, Thomas, Billy and Michelle, great-grandchildren Danny, Darragh, Ava, Emma, Ella and her special little friend Kyle, sister Noreen, daughter-in-law Marie, son-in-law Mike, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

DEATH of Jim Normoyle (Kanturk, & late of Glenagargra, Glin, On January 12th, 2021. Jim, son of the late James and Mary Bridget. Sadly missed by his partner Mary O’Sullivan, his family, relatives.

ANNIVERSARIES: Teresa Margaret Hanrahan, Lily O’Keeffe, Pat Cunningham, Sr. Kathleen Hegarty, Patrick Walsh, Moss Joe Gilbert, James Harnett, Maude Enright, Margaret Murphy, Martina Noonan, Mary Savage, Michael O’Regan, Jo Heffernan, Eily Mai O’Flaherty, Tess Geoghegan, Sr. Hubert Foley, Fr. Eddie Morrissey, Eileen Holly, Davie McMahon, Dick Stack, Pat Barrett, Patie Enright, Mass Moyvane; Sat 23rd at 7.30pm for Bill Horan, Aughrim (Anni) & dec of the Horan family; Sun 24th   at 11.00am for Jerry Fitzmaurice, Lower Aughrim (Months Mind) & his parents Kit & Edward; Mon 25th   at 7.30pm for Eileen Collins, Glin Road (Anni); Tues 26th at 7.30pm for Michael Moloney, Leitrim Middle (Anni), Eileen McNamara & Mary & Peggy Moriarty; Wed 27th  at 7.30pm for Florrie Smyth, Terenure, Dublin (Rec Dec); Thurs 28th at  7.30pm for Agustin Salguero Garcia, Seville, Spain (Rec Dec); Fri 29th at  7.30pm For the sick in the Parish; Sat 30th at 7.30pm for Gerald O’Shea, Muckross, Killarney (Rec Dec), and Mass on Sun 31st at 11.00am for Eily Mai O’Flaherty, The Village (Anni).

Mass Knockanure; Sun 24th at 9.30am for  Noreen Hanley (née Barry), Knockanure & UK (Rec Dec), and Mass on Sun 31st at  9.30am for Irene O’Keeffe, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna (Anni)

FEAST of St Brigid Feb. 1st, Candlemas Day on the 2nd and Feast of St Blaise, also Feast of St. Angela Merici.  She was the founder of the Ursuline teaching order of sisters.  It is also the anniversary of the ordination in 2013 of Fr. Billy Crean, former curate in Ballylongford, as Bishop of Cloyne.

DIOCESAN MISSION – Sunday 24th to Friday 30th January Each day, you are invited to join in

Morning Reflection – online -Daily Prayer – Mission booklet can be picked from both Churches & Hollys – 10.30 a.m Mass – live-streamed from different parts of the diocese – Children’s Pray and Play – online – Evening Reflection – online

Let’s talk about faith – Mission talk each evening @8.00 p.m. Sunday’s speaker – John Connell, author, journalist, farmer. Monday’s speaker – Martina Lehane Sheehan, spiritual guide, psychotherapist, author. Tuesday’s speaker – Fr Peter McVerry, social activist, advocate for the homeless. Wednesday’s speaker – Jane Mellett, environmental activist, Laudato Si officer with Trócaire. Thursday’s speaker – Br Richard Hendricks, spiritual teacher. Friday’s speaker – Olive Foley, widow of Axel Foley and ambassador for Children’s Bereavement Services, Limerick.

For all details, check out

TAIZE PRAYER AROUND THE CROSS:  continues on Sunday, live streamed  on website  at  7pm from St. John’s Church, Tralee.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: Telephone No: 0818222024.

WRITERS’; Listowel Writers’ Week announce details of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2021. This award is for the best novel by an Irish author published between 1st February 2020 and 31st January 2021 with a prize of €15,000 for the winning author. Poetry Collections must be published between 1st February 2020 and 31st January 2021. Closing date for submissions to Listowel Writers’ Week is 1st February 2021.

BALLYDONOGHUE Magazine; submit your articles or photos for the 2021 edition of BPM now. Youth Section. The 2021 creative writing competitions are now open for all second level students. Write a poem, essay or fictional story, maximum length of 2 pages, Please forward by emailing [email protected]

SIAMSA Tralee; Dance, Folk, Workshop 30 — 31 January 10.00 AM. Workshops take place Sat & Sun at 10am, 11.45am, 2pm, 3.45pm, Funk & Folk Dance Weekend. Online Workshops. History available at


CHRISTMAS season doesn’t end until Candlemas Day. So some people leave Christmas decorations up until 2nd February. It is also the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A YEAR DEDICATED TO ST. JOSEPH; Pope Francis has dedicated this year to St. Joseph.  “Let us entrust our cares, fears and anguish to the Holy Family of Nazareth, in particular to St. Joseph, the devoted spouse and father.  The dedication began on December 8th 2020 and will conclude on 8th December 2021. Here is a prayer to St. Joseph, may St. Joseph help us to learn from the example of his Holy life that all of us must do the ordinary things of life in an extraordinary way.

Please join Deacon Thady as he continues Praying with families through music, song and reflection this Wednesday 27th January at 7.00pm. Our theme for the evening on live streaming on Castleisland Church site is “The Gift of Fatherhood through St. Joseph the Foster-father of Jesus”

CREDIT: Seven of Ireland’s largest credit unions, have been approved under the Government’s COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme (CCGS) to provide low-cost loans for SMEs, with credit decisions being made at local level.

MEDIA: Whats’App is asking permission for a number of things which are unacceptable to some. You can   switch to the SIGNAL app that seems to take personal data and privacy most seriously.

COURSE: Sycamore Course on Zoom, starting Thursday 28th January 2021, 7.30 – 8.45 p.m. for 10 weeks. The Sycamore course is an informal course about the Catholic faith and its relevance to our lives today. Watch a 25-minute video, broken into 3 segments, with discussion after each segment. To register, please email:  [email protected]

HOLOCAUST Memorial Day on Jan. 27th. Australia Day on 26th.

THOUGHT: The few people who speak make more noise than a thousand silent.

MASK: New test results from the BBI Laboratory of North Carolina back findings that Sonovia’s SonoMask has been proven to successfully neutralize 99.34% of COVID-19, even after 55 wash cycles.

US New President says he believes in climate change, not much sign of his actions, when they had thousands of flags stuck in the ground, hundreds of troops and steel barriers, causing more unnecessary waste and also putting soldiers in danger of contracting C19.

GARDEN: An Díseart Gardens have been further developed in the last few months. Photos Oct 2020.


WALK: When restrictions are eased try to visit  Glanageenty Walkways Loop Walkways, eight kilometres outside Castleisland.

RAILWAY line between Abbeyfeale and Listowel is now being upgraded by crushed limestone, much more of the line could be developed, if local material was used.

In 1865 the Limerick and Kerry Railway was proposed and in the late 1870’s the 43 mile line from Newcastle to Tralee was built. It was opened on 20th December 1880 with intermediate stations at Barnagh, Devon Road, Abbeyfeale, Kilmorna, Listowel, Lixnaw, Abbeydorney and Ardfert.

NATURE: Primrose and the daffodils are thriving and soon we shall have flowers. Elders and sycamore are beginning to come to life again. Land is very wet and still green, and there is no sign of dry period coming, late frost if it comes will burn the soft grass.

IDA: The ‘Driving Recovery & Sustainable Growth 2021 – 2024’ IDA plan aims to attract 400 new investors, IDA South West region Kerry and Cork have a target of 118.

O’MALLEY: Centenary of the   birth of Donogh O’ Malley was on 18th January, he has received little credit for introducing in 1967 free transport and education, which has benefitted thousands. He died 53 years ago.

LECTURE: Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick Lunchtime Lecture Series which will take place each Tuesday in February 2021. The lectures will be delivered online- Beginning on Tuesday 2nd February at 1.15pm Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Director of The Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum will tell us all about Maureen O’Hara. We would like to thank Limerick City & County Council for their ongoing support.  Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

INSURANCE: Britain’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority,  says , in light of the exceptional circumstances arising from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, they want a reduction in insurance charges.

HEALTH: Michael Healy-Rae T.D. has warmly welcomed news that a new Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme, which will run for 12 months, will operate on the same parameters as the EU Cross Border Directive scheme, which ceased due to Brexit.

GAA is to spend €71m at Croke Park on conference and hospitality facilities and upgrading its museum.

EU: Jack Lynch and Patrick Hillery signed the Treaty of Accession, enabling Ireland to enter the European Economic Community on 22 January 1972.

JIGSAW KERRY: (Young Peoples Health in Mind) Contact 066-7186785  Email: [email protected]

PIETA HOUSE: Contact 01 6010000 or

SAMARITANS: Contact 066 7122566 Lo Call 24hr: 1850609090  Text Support: 0872609090 www.samaritans.

HEARTBEAT TALK On January 25th  at  8pm  HeartBeat  presents  a special night with Neurologist Dr. Helena Moore. Dr Moore will talk about Stroke avoidance -Stroke treatment -Stroke after-care. Dr. Helena will answer your questions and bring clarity to procedures and field worries people may  have in this  area. Access to this meeting can be had by texting   for   the   codes   to   085 1773   910   or   emailing beforehand.

GARDEN of EUROPE; is located in the Childers Park, Listowel and contains more than 2,500 trees and shrubs from all European countries. It also contains Ireland’s only public monument to the memory of the millions who died in the Holocaust. In 1946 Lord Listowel granted Gurtinard Wood and a beautiful walk to the people of Listowel for a nominal sum of £5.00. In the late 1960’s Listowel Urban District Council acquired the nearby ‘Cows Lawn’, a 30 acre field on which a number of townspeople had pasture rights, and developed it into one of Ireland’s finest municipal parks. Today, Childers Park contains and 18 hole Pitch and Putt course, a children’s playground, two tennis courts, football pitches and a well-equipped sports complex. All visitors are welcome.

SAVING CHILDREN. Cork woman Mary Elmes is the first Irish person honoured as “Righteous Among Nations” for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II.

Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust, bestowed the award earlier this week. Elmes passed away in 2002. Among the children Elmes saved was Ronald Friend, who is now a professor emeritus of psychology at Stony Brook, New York. Only two years old at the time, his father did not survive, but he and his five-year-old brother were rescued by Elmes.

The Irish Times reports that Friend said the award was “a long overdue recognition of Mary Elmes courageous and selfless actions in rescuing me and many other children when conveys were regularly departing to the death camps.”


MONSIGNOR FLAHERTY: By Margaret Kelleher

Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty must surely be one of the most inspiring figures of World War II. From his privileged position in the Vatican, Monsignor O’Flaherty gave his services and saved 4,000 allied prisoners and Jews from capture by the German SS.

Hugh O’Flaherty, the eldest of four children, was born in Boherbue, Co. Cork.


A keen sportsman, he enjoyed hurling, basketball and handball, and was mad on golf. When he died in 1963, the largest daily paper – ‘The New York Times’ – highlighted his death on page one – The Pimpernel is Dead.


It was hardly surprising that Monsignor O’Flaherty should be thus honoured. With a ransom of $50,000 dollars on his head, he saved the lives of over 4,000 people while working within the Vatican as a notary of the Holy Office.


DIED 100 years ago; Tobias O’Sullivan- Birthdate: circa 1877- Birthplace: County Galway.

Death: January 20, 1921 (39-48)- Listowel, Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland (Shot by Old IRA)

Place of Burial: Dublin, Dublin City, County Dublin, Immediate Family: Son of Bernard Edward O’Sullivan and Sarah Joyce Husband of Mary O’Sullivan,(Maguire)- Birthdate: circa 1895. Birthplace: Aghagower, Mayo. Death: circa 1921 (17-34) St. James Hospital, Dublin, (Fever). Place of Burial: Glasnevin, Dublin City, Tobias was Father of Bernard O’Sullivan; Sara Flynn and Private. Brother of Elizabeth O’Sullivan; Mary O’Sullivan; Patrick O’Sullivan; Catherine Smith; Bernard O’Sullivan and 3 others. More; Bernard O’Sullivan- Birthdate: April 20, 1915, son of Tobias – Death: September 2001 (86)- County Galway, his wife  Etta Vaughan-  Birthdate: November 1911- Death: 2000 (88-89)


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