knockanuare notes -25th August 2019

RAMBLING House on Thursday 5th September 2019 at 8 pm in Knockanure Community Centre.  Everyone is welcome.  Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance.  Admission free.  Refreshment will be served.  Contact Ann Flavin at 0863090948

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre takes place on Monday 9th September 2019.  Music by Stevie Donegan.  All Welcome, if attending it is important to please ring office on 068/ 49799.  New members especially welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS to Gillian Liston, daughter of Haulie and the late Catherine of Lower Dirreen, Athea, on her marriage recently to Dara Treacy of Roscommon.

GAA Knockanure Lotto Results; There was no winner of the €5800 jackpot on Friday 23rd August.

Lucky dip winners of €25 were; 1. Neillie Quirke, Mountcollins; 2. Shane Hanrahan, The Hill Moyvane; 3. The Gunner, M/W, Mike the Pies; 4. Kathleen Shanahan, Kilbaha, Moyvane, and 5. Anna Fogarty, Church Rd, Moyvane. Next draw on Friday 30th August with jackpot up to €5900.

DEATH of Mary Stack, Park, Upper Athea and late of Thorpe’s Nursing Home, Clarina on August 19th 2019. Survived by her brothers John, Philip and David and sister Kitty (Wilson),  sister-in-law Hannah, nephews, and  nieces. Requiem Mass for Mary was celebrated at Athea Church, with Burial after in Holy Cross Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mick Barrett, Shane Courtney, Bridie Moore, Sr. Evangelist Cantillon, Mary McLoughlin, Tom Begley, Geraldine Hegarty, Pat Mulvihill, Phil Kerins, Denis McGrath, Henry Brosnan, Liam Nolan, Michael Joe Daly, Margaret Kennelly, Mossy Meade, Jim Barry, John Carroll. Mass Moyvane; Mon 26th at  6.30pm, Mass of the Angels for baby Leah Erin O’Donoghue (please note time),  7.30pm for Ned & Bridie Moore, Glenalappa; Thurs  29th at 7.30pm  for Liam Lynch, Leitrim Middle & deceased of the Lynch & Byrne families; Sat 31st at 7.30pm for Mary & Ned O’Flaherty, Tubbertoureen, and Mass on Sun 1st at 11.00am for Parishioners. Mass Knockanure; Fri 30th at 7.30pm for Deceased of the Lynch family, Gortdromagouna, and Sun 1st Mass at 10.00am for Holy Souls.

DIOCESAN COLLECTION:  At all Masses on weekend 31st Aug/1st Sept in aid of Diocesan Needs.

CONGRATULATIONS to Timmy Flaherty who came second in the (018) Mandolin, at the recent All Ireland Fleadh held at Drogheda.

SET DANCE CLASSES for beginners will commence on Monday, September 2 in the Marian Hall, Moyvane at 8pm.  Individual attention will be given where required.

ROADWORKS will commence on the Moyvane road from the N69 to Sheehan’s Cross on Monday 26th August.  This will be done under a Road closure and diversion routes will be in place.  Works will continue on the R551 next week under a traffic light system.  For info, contact Vince Sugrue on 087/9980226

THE ARD CHURAM COMMUNITY CHOIR:  will resume practice this coming Monday August 26th, at the Hospital Chapel, Listowel, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. New members welcome. Contact Mairead 086/8696341.

DRAMA Group in Athea, AGM will take place on Monday night, September 2nd at 8.30pm at the Hall. New members especially welcome.

SHOWBANDS: “Bringing Back the Showbands with a Touch Country” presented by Shaun O’Dowd. A line up consisting of Ronan Collins, Sandy Kelly, Declan Nerny, Gina, The Conquerors. Duagh on Thursday 5th September. Doors open 7.00pm and Concert starts at 8.00pm.

LISTOWEL RACES ACCOMMODATION Appeal for anyone in greater Listowel and including Ballybunion and anywhere between the surrounding areas may have a room or a well presented house for let for Race Week. Contact Margaret at the Race Week Office on 0874355363.

CLASSES: The following courses are starting up the middle of September: Beginners Computers for all ages, cookery, sewing, Childcare QQI Level 5 & 6, Healthcare QQI Level 5, Beginners Woodturning, Woodwork, Furniture Making, Upcycling Furniture, Beginners Art, Payroll Manual & Computerised, Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised, Excel for beginners, Beginners Sign Language. If you wish to register for any of the above, please call Mary in the office of the old Tech: 06831198

SEASON OF CREATION: Sunday 1st September sees the beginning of the Season of Creation. This is a time in the calendar of Christian Churches around the world when people unite to pray and take action to protect our common home.

BALLYHEIGUE PATTERN DAY MASS: will be celebrated by Bishop Ray Browne at 11.00am on Sunday 8th September in our Lady’s Well and Grotto. All the Homilies which  Bishop William Murphy delivered at Our Lady’s Well during  his  18  years  as  Bishop  of  Kerry (published  by  Ballyheigue  Heritage  Group) will be launched after the Pattern Day Mass by Bishop Ray Browne

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2019: Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes is from Thursday next  29th August to Tuesday 3rd September.

ST JOHN’S: Fri 23rd


Once the king of Ireland’s pop music scene in the 1970s and early 80s Red is without a doubt one of the best male voices of all time.

 Sat 24th – Sun 25th


Presented by St John’s Youth Theatre with musical direction by Leanne Fitzgerald.

 Thur 29th


A play by Katie Holly featuring Jon Kenny with his amazing ability for character acting and hilarious humour. Dan, a comely bachelor is a crow-hating man who tries to shoo the blighted birds away. He measures out his life by the amount of funerals he has to attend every week. These are social occasions with the added bonus of refreshments. More from 068 22566.


Theatric Theatre School -drama, dancing, singing and prop making classes begin in Abbeyfeale on Monday 16th September next  4-5pm. Performance of Oliver Twist will take place on the week of 2nd December, 2019. Suitable for ages 4-16. Places available. Now enrolling. Call Jo Jordan 087 6104224.

GLÓRACH: We are looking forward to a busy September schedule.  First up on Thursday, September 12th is Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford.  Events start at 8 pm, keep up to date with events on our facebook page and for bookings or enquiries please contact 0871383940

PPN REOPENS:  The Limerick Public Participation Network (PPN) Secretariat is delighted to announce that the PPN’s membership registration/re registration process has re-opened, and they are inviting community and voluntary groups and across Limerick City and County to register or reregister to be part of a local structure that helps citizens take an active formal role in relevant policy development and representing the PPN on various committees of the Local Authority.

NATIONAL CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH;  Glórach will host an event on National Culture Night on Friday, September 20, which we’re calling a SCORAIOCHT and describing it as an occasion for local people to meet up and make merry through Song, Dance, Music & Storytelling/Drama, with a little bit of gossiping thrown in!  Our show will run for 90 minutes in total, reserve your seat by calling the Glórach booking line on 0871383940.

BOOK:  Fr. Sean Sheehy, Listowel has written a book on Faith, Prayer & Worship. They are on sale in Listowel Parish Office.

 BURREN Weekend Retreat 13 – 15 Sept  Would you like to come on a guided journey through the Burren?   Experience the silence and beauty of this unique landscape through walking mindfully on ancient pathways or limestone pavements.  Get to know some of the rare flora and appreciate our rich faith heritage in one of the ancient sacred sites.  Further information Noirin 087 945 9151 or Mary 087 970 1130

YOUNG Adults Conference is being held in Dublin from 31st Aug –1st Sept.  titled “Seek Beauty; Find Truth”.  It is a weekend of speakers, workshops and craic aimed at the 18-40 age group.  The Legion of Mary in Kerry would like to sponsor 2 young adults to attend. Contact Patricia 0879048659.

GRANDPARENTS Association Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage  Sept. 8th, Knock Shrine at 2.30pm.  Everybody welcome to honour & thank Grandparents alive & dead for all they have done for us down through the ages.  Chief Celebrant Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin – Combined Choirs of Knock Parish – Dana sings ‘Our Lady of Knock’

POWER STATION open; The Ardnacrusha Power Station tours are free to the public. It was part of the Shannon hydro- electric scheme and Ardnacrusha took four years to build from 1925 to 1929. It cost more than five million to construct and 5,000 workers were involved. The guided tours can accommodate groups of up to 30 people and takes 90 minutes.

MULCHINOCK MUSEUM containing historical records and documents on one of Tralee’s most famous families—all part of the family gathering of the  Mulchinocks  and Pembrokes. Free to the public, open last weekend at  old  Balloonagh Church, Tralee.

Kerryman North Edition, Thursday, July 28, 2005; Section: NEWS

Graveyards returned to former glory


Ahavoher Cemetery committee members who are responsible for the recent upgrading of paths and the general appearance of the Knockanure resting place. From left: Secretary Margaret Carmody with Fr. John Lucid, Dermot Clancy, Maurice O’Connell and Jerry Enright.

Photo by John Reidy

ROUGHLY four years ago a committee was set up in the parish of Knockanure/ Moyvane to address a major problem there: the dilapidation and ruin of that large parish’s three graveyards. For too long they had been left neglected and, despite the best efforts of many individual families, continued to decline.

“There were no footpaths, the grass reached six foot high in places and they were in an awful condition,” Margaret Carmody explained.

Secretary of the graveyard committee, Ms Carmody is now delighted to be welcoming parishioners to the imminent summer Masses in all three burial grounds.

And the transformation is extraordinary — in four years all have been turned around into proud jewels of the community and finally afforded the appropriate respect.

All will be revealed to those who have yet to clasp eyes on the cosmetic improvements at the forthcoming Masses.

Mass in Ahavoher, the largest of the three cemeteries, will be celebrated on Monday, August 1 at 8pm. The summer Mass in Old Knockanure cemetery will be held on Tuesday, August 2, at 8pm and, at the same time on the following day, Mass-goers will be gathered at Murhur cemetery in Moyvane.

All that remains now of the project is the final phase — the €30,000-tarmacadaming job to surface all the footpaths and other parts of the three grounds.

“We wish to express our thanks to Kerry County Council for supplying materials and for financing much of the work to date,” Ms Carmody said. The committee are also asking all parishioners, at home and abroad, to increase their contributions to the plight of the graveyards at the moment.

It is the unstinting work of all the committee members, that is, after all, ensuring a suitable resting place for the dead of the parish.

And the latest appearance of the graves is no greater an indication of what can be expected from them with additional funding. You need only sit in Old Knockanure to reap the benefits. “There’s nowhere finer. If the sun is shining the place is amazingly tranquil,” Ms Carmody said.

It was a mantra shared by the illiterate poet Pa Drury of old. He recited a famous ode to the very same burial ground in which he extolled its amazing beauty and elevation. No doubt he would be more than impressed with its return to former glory — especially now that his grave takes pride of place within its walls.

KNOCK began on the 21 August 1879 when Our Lady, Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. This miraculous, silent, apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. Knock is an internationally recognised Marian Shrine and was visited by Saint Pope John Paul II as part of his 1979 apostolic pilgrimage to Ireland. During his visit, which coincided with the Shrine’s centenary year, the late pope celebrated Mass at the Shrine and addressed the sick, their helpers and pilgrimage directors. On 26 August 2018, the Holy Father Pope Francis prayed the Angelus at the Marian Shrine on the second day of his visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, is the custodian of the shrine and Father Richard Gibbons is parish priest of Knock and rector of the shrine. For further information see:

AUSTRALIA: Robert O’Hara Burke was born in 1821 to a wealthy family in the west of Ireland. He left the family home of St Cleran’s, Co. Galway for a career in the military. Schooled in Belgium and signed up to the Austrian service, O’Hara Burke would only spend a few years in Ireland where he worked in the Irish Constabulary. It was in Australia that he found both his fame and his demise.

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