knockanuare notes-27 dec 2020

NEW YEARS Day is World Day of Prayer for Peace and also the First Friday. Wishing peace and all the best to everyone in the New Year.

OUTDOORS, fresh air as much as possible and keep away from people, seems to be the best protection  against C19, till the vaccine arrives, like most things  promised, it may be next Christmas before the general public receive vaccine and then a new variant may emerge, because the virus will still want to spread.

PARISH OFFICE will reopen on 5th January 2021. As a result of the latest restrictions, NO CONGREGATION allowed into Mass. The Moyvane Masses can be heard on Assumption Radio on 99.9fm.  Masses from Knockanure are received on the tannoy system in the car park.

CHRISTMAS EVE, in Knockanure you could hear the musical bells in Moyvane and later hear mass in Knockanure on the loud speaker. Night being frosty, sound travelled well and could be clearly heard. Christmas for the first time, with numbers restricted and people fearful of contagion, it was not the making of a Merry Christmas. Churches with tickets only, found that people booked tickets and later failed to attend, depriving others.

CONGRATULATIONS to Chloe More on winning a poster competition at the Convent School. Congratulations also to Laura Lavery of Tarbert Patrick Scanlon of Glin on their marriage recently.

Congratulations to Padraig Horan of Moyvane and Deirdre Ryan of Rathkeale who were married earlier in the month.

VOYAGE In 1976, Tim Severin left Brandon Creek with a crew of five on a voyage to prove that it was possible for St Brendan, to discovered America. He died recently aged 80.

DEATH of Patrick (Pat) Moloney, Keylod, Moyvane, on December 22nd, 2020. Predeceased by his parents Michael and Bridget, sister Johanna and brother Michael. Survived by his brothers William and Tom, brother-in-law Brian, sister-in-law Christina, and nephews.

DEATH on 22nd December 2020 of ‘Mossie’ Brosnan, Ballybunion, he was a former bakery owner, hackney operator and member of Ballybunion Fire Service. Mossie is predeceased by his wife, Joan and daughter, Eileen. Survived by son, Billy, daughters, Mary C and Siobhán, daughter-in-law, Breda O’Donovan, sons-in-law, John Dillon and Patrick Shanahan, grandchildren: Jennifer and Kieran Brosnan, Diarmuid and Hannah Dillon, brother Stevie and sister Kathleen, sisters-in-law, Greta, Kathleen and Mary Stephen in London, nieces, and nephews.


ANNIVERSARIES: Pat Dalton, Der O’Connor, Cathy Scannell, Jackie McNamara, Peggy Mahony, John Joe Hanrahan, Sr. Magdalen Harnett, Paddy Curtin, Tom Enright, Denis Histon, Maureen Egan, Hannah Wetherall, Irene O’Keeffe, Brendan Mulvihill, Peg O’Shea, Sr. Felicitous Joy, Sr. Noella Crowley, Fr. James Hannon, Margaret Beardsley, Fr. Michael Francis Kennelly, Pat Mullane, Peg Joy, Mass Moyvane Sat 26th at  7.30pm for– Patrick Curtin, Aughrim; Sun 27th at 11.00am for Ned & Maureen Sheehy, Leitrim Middle; Fri 1st at 12 noon for Ben Mulvihill, his parents Tessie & Denis  & his nephew Denis Jones; Sat 2nd at 7.30pm for Marie Walsh, Barragougeen (Months Mind) & Ellen Walsh and Mass on Sun 3rd at 11.00am for Dan O’Callaghan, Aughrim,  Johnny & Margaret Diggins, Murhur, Patrick & Hannah Enright, Glin (Anniversaries).

Mass Knockanure; Sun 27th at 9.30am for  Hannah & Ned Quinn, Beenanaspig, Kilmorna, and Mass on Sun 3rd at  9.30am for Teresa & Michael Bambury, Gortagleanna.

BAPTISMS:  Have been postponed until the current restrictions are reviewed on January 12th.

MOYVANE GAA CLUB LOTTO: Tickets are available Online by following the link on Moyvane GAA Facebook Page along with Kennelly’s Homevalue Hardware, Holly’s Gala, Stack’s Butchers, Corridan’s Garage, Newtownsandes Co-op, A New U and Curl Up & Dye.  You can also contact any Committee Member. Current Jackpot is €9,100 and the draw on Sunday, December 27th outdoors at Con Brosnan Park.

FEXCO Award;  Kerry Heroes 2020 included; Caoilinn Harte from Kilmorna, is being honoured for sending cards to people to spread cheer; she also donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust and has raised money for Kerry Parents and Friends. Kitty McElligott from Tarbert, is being honoured for raising funds for a bereaved family.

POETRY Award; The annual Pigott Poetry Prize, presented at Listowel Writers’ Week, is in its 8th year and is awarded for the best collection of poetry by an Irish poet published between 1st February 2020 and 1st February 2021, closing date for entry 1st Feb. 2021.

VACCINE; Local born Eileen Murphy Jordan (80), who lives near Watford, in Bushey, Hertfordshire, recently received the new Pfizer vaccine. Covid-19 vaccine 9,700 doses promised to arrive in Ireland on St Stephen’s Day.

ALONE; it is estimated that 400,000 live on their own. Ring older people, call meet them outside with smartphones, and video a message for their absent friends.  Aware is on freephone: 1800 80 48 48. The Samaritans is also open freephone, 24 hours a day on: 116 123. Contact Alone on 0818 222 024 from 8am to 8pm

RESTRICTIONS lately imposed on account of rising positive C19 cases, many of these cases would not be noticed, except, a great number are testing to prepare for their visit home to family or they are testing, several times to find out when they will safe for holiday parties. Since early Dec. 30,000 have come here from Britain, nobody knows how many use The North as a route home.

DOCTORS: Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have contributed to a 60% drop in the number of calls to SouthDoc relating to young children.

DEATHS from cancer last year amounted to 9,000, another 44.000 were diagnosed with cancer this year.

EDUCATION: Minister Simon Harris has promised over €8m to the Munster Technological University (MTU) in Tralee and Cork.

WATER Bottle filling stations are being provided in Limerick, they include Abbeyfeale and Athea.

POTATO, it is being reported that perfectly good spuds are being fed to animals, due to regulations from retailers.

DONATE to the Annual Samaritan Christmas Collection by doing so online by accessing or

PRAYER: You can also light a candle online, and this may appeal to children. Grow in Love is the primary school faith programme. During this pandemic, the website has been opened up for families. if you would like to say a prayer and light a candle, check out growinlove. The login email, use [email protected] and the password is growinlove.

MONEY; Government are said to have voted E12 million to retired politicians and top civil servants.

CIARAN MAC Mathuna died December eleven years ago, he joined RTE in 1955, in 1950’s Radio Eireann started collecting Irish music.

MISSION: The diocese of Kerry is on Mission 24th Jan.  Be Christ’s Joy is the theme.

Virtual Youth Choir at Kerry diocese site on Christmas Day.

Kilimanjaro Mama

Beautiful documentary, you are an inspiration, Tralee teacher Louise Quill for what you did.

SVP: Radio Kerry’s annual county wide Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser for St Vincent de Paul has raised €22,621, raised €15,000 in 2020. Running its seventh year, raised to date to over €117,000.

LEARNING Limerick has started to work with Learning Ambassadors over the last two years to promote learning in Limerick. At a Learning Limerick Networking Meeting in November 2018, participants discussed during the break-out sessions the possibility of Learning Ambassadors working with Learning Limerick and the Lifelong Learning Festival to help promote and celebrate learning opportunities in Limerick.

CONGRATULATIONS to Emma  O  Donnell, Maria  Savage  and Steve Lloyd who are receiving  Gold  and Silver Pope John Paul II Awards for their involvement through last year with the St. John’s Parish Youth Group. Contact [email protected]

ABBEYFEALE had A special Christmas Newsletter on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Irish Examiner 1841-1989, Saturday, 13 August, 1938; Page: 11

NEWLY ORDAINED. Kerry Priest Leaves for American. Mission.

Rev. Myles Kearney, ordained in June last for the American Mission, left his native Newtownsandes, North Kerry, yesterday, en route for Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he will take up his sacred duties.




New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 – 0354.pdf

The death of Mrs. Margaret Kearney, Newtownsandes, took place in St. John’s Hospital, Limerick, on Wednesday. The deceased lady, who was relict of the late Myles Kearney, merchant, Newtownsandes, was of a highly respected West Limerick family.


Hon.    Jeffery    O’Connor,    Commissioner of Public   Service of the   City  of Chicago,  returned  recently  from  a  tour    of    Ireland. Mr. O’Connor’s parents are natives of Co.  Kerry. His father was  born  near Castleisland  and  his mother  near  Listowel.


The passing of Corn. O’Sullivan of lower Athea.—More than 90 summers have passed and his long span of life has ended and his ashes commingle with those of his father.



Recently appointed a Papal Domestic Prelate. Very Rev. Dean Toomey, Rector of Cedar Rapids. Dubuque. U. S. A., has returned to his labours after a visit to his native parish of Croom, following his attendance at the Eucharistic Congress. On a former visit three years ago he presented an altar  to Canon Curtin, P.P.,Croom, and also gave a very generous subscription towards the cost of the rebuilding of St. Mary’s parish church.



Fleadh By the Feale 2019 Concert Locals.mp4




Over A Thousand People Came Together To Break a Record And Bring This Moving Christmas Hymn To Life.



Kerry Writers’ Museum

While many of the women who were in leadership positions in Cumann na mBan or the Citizen army during the Irish revolutionary period are already well known, there were hundreds if not thousands of other women – working class women, rural women, ordinary members of Cumann na mBan, whose contribution to the War of Independence, 1919-1921, was vital but often hidden. They were the intelligence gatherers, they were the spies and message carriers, they ran safe houses and took care of arms dumps, they transported arms and bomb making equipment to ambushes, they collected and buried the war dead, they were the essential backbone of the military operations. They were also the ones most in danger from the Crown Forces as they could not, usually, go on the run.

One of those women was a North Kerry woman, Amelia Wilmot (nee Canty), daughter of a blacksmith, born in 1874, in Lyracrompane, near Listowel, who is the subject of this lecture by Dr. Mary McAuliffe, assistant professor/lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD. Mary explores Amelia’s activism in the Irish War of Independence and her afterlife in the Irish Free State.



Images of a Victorian Christmas at The National Archives

Katherine Howells showcases some of the most beautiful and intriguing visual records held at The National Archives, which shows the development of Victorian customs and imagery surrounding Christmas.


Message from Pope Christmas 2020




President Trump and First Lady share Christmas message




Christmas Choir at Knockanure, Moyvane, Listowel County Kerry, Ireland

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•Dec 25, 2020

Urging positivity and focusing on the good that has prevailed at the close of a devastating year, The Queen said: “We continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers and draw comfort that – even on the darkest nights – there is hope in the new dawn.”


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2020; President Higgins praised the fact that people all across the country have made difficult sacrifices due to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.




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Preview YouTube video The Best Christmas Song I’ve Ever Heard. It Will Give You Chills.

Preview YouTube video Amelia Wilmot – A Forgotten Listowel Revolutionary Woman

Preview YouTube video Images of a Victorian Christmas at The National Archives

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Preview YouTube video Knockanure Choir Christmas 2018

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