knockanuare Notes- 25th july 2021


All of a sudden it’s time to say goodbye.  Have you noticed in life that it’s always like that?  There is all the time in the world – until there is no time!  “Tomorrow” has finally come!!  Was it yesterday or the day before, when I stood at the Altars in Moyvane and Knockanure and saw a field of strange faces – a blur of people all different?  This weekend I look from the Altars and I see Chris, Eileen, Paddy, Noreen.  No blur now, but every face a person, every person different, every person, thank God, a friend unique and loved by me.  A Priest’s life is just that – journey.  We are on the move always.  That doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes to say goodbye.  You have, each and every one of you, given me so much – your trust, your friendship, entry into your hearts and a place before your hearths.  I am immensely grateful.  I will never forget you, I beg you, never forget me in your prayers. You will always be in mine. We have each

given each other something precious -a memory.  For me at any rate this memory of good, caring, loving people both within the Parish and outside the Parish will never, never fade.  In all my future journeys wherever the good Lord sends me, you will be part of my story.  All in the Listowel Community Hospital, each and everyone of them, have been kind and very supportive to me in my ministry there. It’s hard to say goodbye to them too.  Many thanks to them for many things during my time there.  As for my First Friday calls, they were simply so, so special and all whom I visited always richly blessed me.

Finally, I struggle to find words, on your behalf and on my own behalf, to express huge thanks and gratitude to Jacqueline in the office.  She did everything to perfection, and I could not have managed without her.  This Newsletter was always done beautifully by her each and every week, even during first lockdown.  She was the voice of welcome on the phone and her work in all areas of parish administration was simply exceptional.  She was so helpful and supportive in so many ways – we all owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her fantastic work on the Offertory and Dues envelopes.  Her up to the minute work in recording your contributions in the Parish has resulted in quick and prompt CHY3 returns which have been an enormous benefit to the Parish.  ‘Her office has always been a beautiful place of welcome’.  She has been extremely generous to our Parish but especially to me with her time, advice, excellent work and her beautiful bond of confidentiality.  She is now moving to pastures new and I have accepted her resignation and wish her well in her new beginnings.

The Parish Office closes on Friday 30th July.

A word of welcome and blessing to your new P.P. Fr. Brendan Carmody S.J. I wish him well and I know you will love and support him as you have done for me during the short six years with you.  The Parish Pastoral Council and the Finance Committee will remain on to help Fr. Brendan get established in the Parish.   Among the items to be decided upon will be running of the Parish Office and also the formation of new committees.

                I AM BLESSED

All negative thoughts I’ve decided must go, I’ll try to say ‘Yes’ when I want to say ‘No’.  I won’t say, ‘I can’t’ but ‘I can only try’.  And accept things that happen – not keep asking why.  I’ll make time for hobbies and brighten the day, and not let my problems affect what I say.  There are many folk homeless, sad, hungry, in pain.  I am blessed with so much I’ll not grumble again.  Today will be good for I’m filled now with hope with God’s love inside me, I know I can cope.  No moaning or groaning, no sighing, no dread.  My positive thoughts are all there instead.

                                      SOME RECORD

Our concerts were great, and very enjoyable. Each different, with a lovely atmosphere in the beautiful venue of our Assumption Church.  No damage was ever done to the seat or the carpet tiles during these concerts.  Also, it was just great to be able to put up the ‘Thought provoking’ posters in many parts of both our Churches over the years.  I think it speaks volumes about our Churches and all who visit them that never once were any of the posters disfigured, taken or interfered with in any way.  Now isn’t that a wonderful record! The same can be said for our Cribs, Easter Gardens and our Shrines.  Again, many thanks for such respect and kindness.

                                        SCORING IN THE GAME OF LIFE

For when the one Great Scorer comes – To write against your name – He marks – not that you won or lost –  But how you played the game.

More from Fr Kevin McNamara; Mass cards signed by me will no longer be available in Holly’s from Sunday 31st July.  I would like to thank Terry and his excellent staff for allowing this service to be part of this excellent store.  On a personal note, Terry and all the staff have been excellent to me especially during C19.  The staff are always cheerful, courteous, and very helpful.  I will miss you Holly’s.  Many thanks for your help.

Next week’s Newsletters will be at Holly’s and Noel’s from Thursday.  This will be my last Newsletter in the Parish.  Special thanks to Mike, Angela and Brenda who ensured that the housebound were kept in touch with events in the Parish.

AHAVOHER CEMETERY: It is imperative that the gates are kept closed at all times.

HEATWAVE: Daytime maximum temperatures generally 27 to 30 degrees Celsius with overnight values not falling below 17 to 20 degrees. Farmers who were trying to cope with the mild and misty weather, were able to rapidly save their hay and silage areas that were soft got an unexpected new lease of life. To help prevent heat stress occurring in cattle, pay attention to water, feed, shade and management.  For many staying indoors was preferred, except early morning and evenings were great.

DEATH of Margaret (Peggy) Horan (Nee Leahy) Leonia, New Jersey and late of Trien, Kilmorna, Listowel. Peggy died at her home in New Jersey on Sunday 18th July, 2021. Predeceased by her parents Hannah and Tim Leahy, her niece Nora O’Donoghue and grandnieces baby Róisín Curtin and baby Leah O’Donoghue. Beloved wife of 56 years to Brendan Horan, devoted mother of Siobhain DeMagistris and her husband Jeff. Cherished nana of Erin and Megan. She will be sadly missed by her sister Maureen (Trien) and her brothers Willie Joe (Trien), Pat (Moyvane), Teddy (Listowel), Mike (New York) and Jerry (Kilrush). Her sisters in law Eileen, Mary, Margaret, Rose and Mary, her brother in law, Jim, her auntie Phil Counihan (Ballyduff) and her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. A funeral will take place for Margaret (Peggy) on Friday from 4 – 8pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home. Her funeral mass is on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. John R.C. Church.

A requiem mass will be celebrated for Peggy in Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure on Monday 2nd August, 2021 at 11. a.m.

DEATH of Timothy (Timmy) Noonan, 40 Woodgrove, Moyvane, on July 18th, 2021, at University Hospital, Limerick. Timmy is survived by his parents Tricia and Con, sister Siobhan, brother James, partner Nicola, grandmother Kathleen, nephews Conor and Killian, nieces Caoimhe and Eabha, brother-in-law Joe, sister-in-law Niamh, uncles David, Pat, John and Richard, aunts Marie, Helena, Catherine, Geraldine, Margaret and Ann, extended family, neighbours and his many friends.

Requiem Mass for Timmy celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Saturday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane. Large crowds came out to show their sympathy. It is believed that Timmy Noonan’s death is being ascribed to ‘Sudden Adult Death Syndrome’ a day after he had played for Moyvane against Tarbert. Timmy aged 26-year-old, worked for Kerry Ingredients and was found in an unresponsive state. Fr Kevin McNamara P.P. said; “POPULAR TIMMY GONE – BUT HIS MEMORY WILL LIVE ON. It is difficult and impossible to take it in that Timmy Noonan has left us all so quickly and suddenly.  Another hard and painful blow to our Parish.  Timmy best described as a character who left his imprint in so many hearts, not least of all when he worked in Holly’s.  So many have spoken lovingly on how cheerful and helpful he was in serving.  Also a larger than life character with the GAA Club.  Timmy left a big imprint on the Club and was always to the fore in selling the Club Lotto tickets.  We all ask ‘Why?’ – I find these words encouraging.  ‘My life is but the weaving between God and me.  I only choose the colours He weaveth steadily. Sometimes He weaveth sorrow and I feel a foolish pride.  I forget He sees the upper and the underside. We are always in the hands of God, and He is the only one that sees the full picture’ Timmy and John McGrath were great pals.  Now together again.  Come on now lads, send us down a few smiles and blessing upon all of us in the Boro, from your presence with Jesus”.

DEATH of Maura O’Connor (née McElligott), Gunsboro, Listowel and Áras Mhuire Nursing Home, on July 16th, 2021, Predeceased by her husband Denis (Bud) of Dowling’s newsagent Listowel, sister Kathleen Hayes and brothers Ted and John. Survived by her nieces Norma and Brid, nephews Timmy, Donal, Dick, John and Gerry, grandnieces, grandnephews.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Holly, Sr. Mary O’Carroll, Benny Collins, Paddy Kennelly, Sr. Dympna O’Driscoll, Michael O’Connor, Canon James Neville, Nellie Ahern, Ellen McManus, Tom Geohegan, Peggy McElligott, Mass Moyvane; Sat 24th at 7.30pm for  Peggy O’Brien, Co. Wicklow (Rec Dec)  (sister to Mary Quinn, Leitrim Middle); Sun 25th at 11.00am for        Rita Daly (née Finucane), l/o South Africa & Moyvane (Anni); Mon 26th at 7.30pm for Jackie Lyons, Derry, Listowel (Anni); Tues 27th at  7.30pm for Kate Flaherty, Woodgrove (Anni); Wed 28th at 7.30pm for Denis Corridan, Murhur (Anni); Thurs 29th at 7.30pm for Jeremiah Mulvihill, Aughrim (Anni) & deceased of the Mulvihill & Connolly families; Fri 30th at 7.30pm for Jerry Clancy, Knockanure (Anni); Sat 31st at 7.30pm for  Mary & Ned O’Flaherty, Tubbertoureen (Anni), and mass on Sun 1st Aug at 11.00am for         Maurice Harnett, Leitrim West (Anni).

Mass Knockanure on Sun 25th at 9.30am for Assumpta Mahony, Coolaclarig (Rec Dec); Mon 26th  11.00am Funeral (Burial of Ashes) of Tommy Fitzmaurice, North Finchley, UK & l/o Bunaghara.  Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel. Sun 1st at 9.30am, Mass for The staff & residents of Aras Mhuire Nursing Home (living) and the deceased of the aforementioned, requested by James Gould.

A requiem mass will be celebrated for Peggy Horan (Nee Leahy of Trien)  in Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure on Monday 2nd August, 2021 at 11. a.m.

TRIBUTE: Margaret Horan (Nee Leahy) fondly known as Peggy passed away peacefully Sunday 18th July 2021 surrounded by her loving family in Leonia, New Jersey, USA.Peggy was predeceased by her father and mother Tim and Hannah Leahy (nee O’sullivan), niece Nora O’Donoghue (nee Leahy), Grand-nieces Roisin Curtin and Leah O’Donoghue.

Peggy was the beloved wife of 56 years to Brendan Horan, devoted mother to Siobhain DeMagistris and her husband Jeff. Cherished Nana to Erin and Megan. She was a dear sister to Maureen Connolly & husband Jim (Trien Road), Willie Joe Leahy & wife Eileen (Trien Road), Pat Leahy & wife Mary (Moyvane), Teddy Leahy & wife Margaret (Listowel), Mike Leahy & wife Rose (New York), Jerry Leahy & wife Mary (Co. Clare). Devoted niece to Phil Counihan & husband Gerald (Ballyduff). Adored by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended families and wide circle of friends.

Born in 1946 in Knockanure, Peggy immigrated to the US in 1962 where she held the role of Supervisor for Bell Atlantic. A resident of 40 years in Leonia, New Jersey this was to be her forever home. Upon retirement Peggy took up the role of Home Health Caregiver. A former member of the Bergen Irish Association Peggy was a talented and experienced Irish Set Dancer. Both Peggy and her husband Brendan travelled near and far for the love Irish dancing.

Peggy was always a true supporter of the green and gold of Kerry. Proudly supporting Kerry down through the years both in the US and Ireland – famously known for her ‘Up The Kingdom’ cheer during each game. Family was her proudest love of all. She always made time for her family – her husband, daughter, granddaughters, sister, brothers, nieces and nephews, cousins. Peggy leaves behind a heartbroken family and life-long legacy of warmth and fond memories to be cherished always by her family and friends in New Jersey, New York, the Trien Road, in Listowel and Moyvane, Co. Kerry. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

FEAST of St. Ignatius of Layola is celebrated on Sat. 31st July.  He was the founder of the

Society of Jesus.

WELCOME BACK Fr. Bernard Healy has completed his Doctoral Studies in Rome and will return to ministry in St. John’s Parish on August 4th.

SOUTHDOC LISTOWEL: is at the Primary Care Centre, Greenville phone 1850 33 59 99.

BEST wishes to Philomena Molyneaux and Maurice Molyneaux of Knockanure on their 45th wedding anniversary.

CONGRATULATIONS to Athea on winning the West Intermediate League Final against Monagea.

LIFEGUARDS: The lifeguards at Glin Pier are on full time shifts until the end of the summer.

Great weather for Ballybunion as it is scorching weather, a little exposure and often is being practised. Fun Fair back in Ballybunion at Sandhill Road till August 8.

CANCER support webinar is open to all professionals supporting children who are impacted by cancer, from healthcare workers to teachers to sports coaches, explaining cancer in a child-friendly, and  easy for them to understand. The webinar will take place via Zoom on Friday, July 30th at 11am and anyone interested contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 71 92122 to register.

 LOCAL LINK- To Book your seat: [email protected] |or  Call  066 714 7002.

NEWKD/RSS Home Visitation Service adheres to and implements strict policies and procedures in regards to safety and welfare of the elderly. All volunteers and staff are carefully screened and also Garda vetted. Please contact: NEWKD, 20 William Street Upper, Listowel, at 068/23429

or visit

FOOD: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will host a Food Systems Summit in New York this September. It will be a key part of the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). Changing the way we produce, process, distribute, and consume food can help to address many of the challenges we face today; and to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future for all people, and our shared planet. Ireland has been actively engaged in the preparations for the Summit, and as part of those preparations we are hosting four free virtual events.

EU Mercosur deal increase in beef entering the EU would be 53,000t carcass weight equivalent. It is reported that the value of Ireland’s beef output would be cut by at least €44.

IFA president Tim Cullinan, said that the government must reject the proposed European Commission trade deal with the Mercosur countries.

ENERGY: Public Consultation on the Draft Guidance for Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings

From Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Submissions closed 10 September 2021.

ALERTS: County Council is inviting the public to sign up for a free alerts service which enables you to receive important messages, updates and alerts, look at for more  information.

DOWNSIZING: The closing date for applications for homes in the Mungret Gate scheme Limerick is August 5. See for more details about the Private Downsizing Scheme.

SCHOOL: Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) has carried out a survey by i-Reach Insights in May 2021, when 895 parents of school going children were surveyed.

 Funding back to school, 65% of Munster parents said they use their monthly income, with 38% relying on their savings. The number of Munster parents taking out a credit union loan is up from 8% to 10%, parents who turn to moneylenders, up 1% since last year.

ARTS 2021 Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary week-long programme recently ended was led by Young Adult writer Sarah Maria Griffin and was designed to develop the skills of fifteen promising young writers. Creative workshops and one-to-one feedback sessions were complemented by special guest lectures from agents, publishers, academics, arts administrators, and podcasters, giving participants a glimpse into different careers in the arts.

KERRY Suckler bred calves was 42,029  in 2020,– beef calves represented 29.5%.

FARMERS: According to the preliminary results, the national average income has increased from €23,600 in 2019 to €25,663 in 2020, an increase of 9%. Cattle rearing farms little change in average income, tillage average incomes fell by 1%.

FLOWERS are thriving along the back roads where minimal cutting is done. Woodbine, roses and meadowsweet are among a host of flowers. This year blackbirds appear scarce. Past years they cleared blackcurrants in a few days, this year, it is a rare bird in the district.

DOGS Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity have received 515 requests in the last three months from people seeking to surrender their dog.

CAMPA MHUIRE:  Free online Catholic Faith Camp for Children aged 5-12.  The four day Summer Camp running from July 27th -30th, Tuesday to Friday, will include Music & Action Songs, Arts & Crafts, into the Deep Bible Stories, Games, Drama, Live streamed daily Mass and more! No need to register, check out

FLEADH FEST online music festival from 1st to 9th August.

ULTRA CYCLISTS; are a group of like-minded adventure cyclists who take on an ultra cycling challenge every year for charity. Since 2016, they have completed 6,723km over five different cycles in 18 days, in five different countries, raising €172,456 for various charities both local and national.

FUNDING Digital Hubs in Kerry to benefit are; HQ CoWorking Space €65,517.30; RDI Hub €66,626.11; Sneem Digital Hub €71,250.00; The Box CoWork €66,482.00; Kenmare CoWorking Hub €71,000.00; Mol Teic (Dingle Hub) €68,000.00; Office Light €40,473.00; Killarney Technology Innovation Ltd €67,122.00; gteic@Corca Dhuibhne – Údarás €14,967.00; Island Point €74,976.00; Kerry Innovation Centre €71,872.65; South Kerry Development Partnership CLG  €67,805.00.

Connected Hubs Scheme €8.8 million of funding, that will benefit 117 remote working projects nationwide.

BISHOP RAY Browne; Well done and thank you

Indeed, how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age.  Ps.99

It has been a difficult and challenging year for every aspect of parish life, with limited or no congregations in church, the restrictions on funerals and weddings, and so much more. Many homes and individuals have been seriously affected. Together, ever there for one another, we have come through. Sincere thanks to all clergy and the whole community, for their dedicated service. A special word of thanks to parish secretaries. More at

DES O’MALLEY- taken from Irish Examiner Tue, 15 Apr, 2003.

Des O’Malley is to become an alternate director of the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Mr O’Malley, 64, retired last year from the Dáil, where he had represented a Limerick constituency for more than 30 years. He served in the Justice, and a number of Trade, Industry and Commerce-linked ministries, establishing the Progressive Democrats in 1985 after a series of clashes with Charles Haughey. Mr O’Malley has represented Ireland on the board of the Reconstruction and Development Bank for the past six years.

SWEDEN: Public events and gatherings are limited to a maximum of 3,000 people if audiences are seated outdoors; 300 people for indoor seated events (including funerals and weddings, if seated services); 600 people for outdoor non-seated events; and 50 people for indoor non-seated events (including private parties). For races or outdoor sports competitions, up to 900 people are allowed and for outdoor demonstrations, up to 1,800 people are allowed.

LOUGH DERG: The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the Lough shore is now open daily. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option. A guided walk experience will be offered on Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st July, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. Further dates for these guided walks will follow for late August and early September. For information email [email protected] or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518.

COMFORT FOR CHEMO, KERRY RE: 54321 – SPINATHON FUNDRAISER – LISTOWEL, 31st July 2021. The 54321 Challenge, now in its 9th year, have graciously chosen Comfort for Chemo Kerry, as their nominated charity this year. They are seeking volunteers in North Kerry district to take part on the day, by shaking a bucket, raising awareness, and hopefully having great fun into the bargain.. If you can help us in this fundraiser, please contact us at 086 364 8083 [email protected] or on Facebook

  1. MARY’S CHURCH PARISH YOUTH GROUP LISTOWEL. In light of Covid 19, we are raising funds for all the staff of University Hospital Kerry as a thank you for their selfless and heroic work during the pandemic. As a group, we are walking/cycling 25km from St. Mary’s Church Listowel to University Hospital Kerry on Friday 30th July. Any and all donations are GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

WALK on Sunday, September 19 during World Alzheimer’s Month 2021. Alzheimer’s Memory Walk is a family-friendly suitable for all ages and abilities to unite together with their families and communities to raise awareness and funds for dementia supports.

SHOW in England; The 162nd Great Yorkshire Show took place from (July 13-16th 2021), had 104,000 people attending over four days.

UK FILES:  The new files come from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office, covering the early months of Tony Blair’s government in 1997. The newly released Cabinet Office files (PREM 49) shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad under Blair’s leadership.

These files are available for you to view online and download for free from our online catalogue,


Olympics Jul 19, 2021- By John Dodge

Irish-Born Athletes Competing For Other Nations At Tokyo 2020


1888 – Birth of Dan Ahearn in Athea, Co Limerick. He was an Irish and later American track and field athlete and a member of the Irish American Athletic Club. He competed for the U.S. Olympic team in the 1920 Summer Olympics where he finished sixth in the Olympic triple jump competition. He was later a policeman in Chicago and died there aged 54.

Leahy family Creggane; Thomas Leahy in about 1880 married Catherine McDonagh from Coolrus Bruree and it is from that family came the famous Olympic athletes Con Leahy and Paddy Leahy.

Southern Star 1892-current, Saturday, February 02, 1974; Page: 14

General Eoin O’Duffy was Garda Commissioner and played a very prominent role in athletics. As President of the old N.A.C.A.I,, he recruited funds by a personal appeal to send our best Irish team ever to the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics — Dr. Pat O’Callaghan, Bob Tisdall, both gold medal winners; Eamon Fitzgerald, fourth in the triple jump, and Mick Murphy. BOB Tisdale born in Sri Lanka on May 16th 1907 won gold medal for Ireland in 1932, he died on July 27th 2004 aged 97years, he trained for the Olympics at Ballybunion.

New York NY Irish American Advocate 1935-1936 – 0444.pdf

The New York Gaelic Athletic Association has lodged a protest against the American and International Olympic Committees for not allowing Ireland to compete as a nation at the Berlin Olympics.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, February 06, 1960; Page: 11

A KERRY County Board motion that the N.A.C.A. select a team to represent all Ireland at the Olympics in Rome, sparked off a lively discussion at the annual Congress of the N.A.C.A. in Cork on Sunday. The motion was later withdrawn and it was decided that the General Council would consider a suggestion to send a suitable representative to Rome to explain Ireland’s position to the representative of the various other countries. It would cost £500 to £600 to send a team to the Olympics.

LEANE of Finuge; Sporting Globe (Melbourne, Vic. : 1922 – 1954) Sat 20 Mar 1954 Page 10

Leane gets five wins

Pat Leane Australian Olympic representative, today won five events of the ten event Decathlon contest at Olympic Park. Leane won each event by clear margins.

Progress points after today’s five events (five tomorrow) : — Leane 3944, Liddy 3031. Grant 2964,

Preusker 2834. Fredricksen 2484. Bartlett 2230. Leane appears likely to threaten the Australian

Decathlon record when the tile series are completed at Olympic Park tomorrow afternoon.

Leane’s performances were best in the four events and save him a total of 3221 points.

He was 2/10 sec. better than the next best in the 100 metres run, two feet better in the long jump,

and 6ft. 6in. better in the shot put, and four inches better in the high jump.

Ray Weinberg, last year’s decathlon champion, did not defend his title through lack of preparation.

Leane won in 1952 but did not defend last year.

Olympics 1972; David Dushman, a Jewish soldier who liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, died at 98.

At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, when 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered by Palestinian terrorists, Dushman was sleeping in lodgings across from the Israeli delegation.

He moved to Austria and later to Munich, where he fenced recreationally until four years ago.

DIED 25 July 2017; Margaret Bergmann Lambert, a high jumper who was barred from the 1936 Berlin Olympics because she was Jewish, died in New York age 103.


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