Knockanuare notes-29th December 2019

HOPE that our readers had a fulfilling Christmas. Many visitors came to celebrate with us, hope they will travel safely, a have a pleasant New Year.

THANKS to our priests who were very busy with ceremonies, and also had the stress of being away from their families and we thank them also for consoling many who found themselves in a lonely place. Thanks to the people who work in the background, unknown to most of us, but their work is essential for the smooth running of all our lives.

MURHUR N.S:  The total raised from the Christmas Carol Service was €1093.85 for the Kevin Bell

Repatriation Trust.  A huge thank you to everyone who attended and for all the generous donations received.

THANK YOU:  The Leahy family have enrolled all parishioners in daily Masses at Knock Shrine in thanksgiving for the support they received over the last number of months.

WORLD DAY of Prayer for Peace Jan. 1st

PANTO in Listowel Boys School Hall continues till Jan. 1st, at 7.30pm.

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE: Rambling House on Thursday 2nd January at 8pm.  All welcome. Come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance.  Adm free. Refreshments served.  Ann 086/3090948.

ACTIVE Retirement Day on Monday 13th January.  Music by Stevie Donegan. Contact 068 49799 if attending.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP The first Friday of every month in Listowel.  The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

SACREDSPACE broadcast each Sunday at 10am and 11pm on West Limerick 102fm.

FEAST of the Epiphany – The Wise Men come to visit Jesus – is celebrated on Mon. 6th Jan and is a Holy Day of Obligation.

DEATH has taken place of Hazel Culhane (née Butcher), Rose Cottage, Leitrim East, Moyvane, on the 23rd December, 2019. Predeceased by her husband Jimmy. Sadly missed by her daughters Joanna and Bernadette, grandchildren Joshua, Leanne, Jim, Jordan and Lewis, sons-in-law Nick and Josh, brother-in-law Jerry, sister-in-law Rita, nephews, and nieces.

Requiem Mass for Hazel Culhane, celebrated at Moyvane Church on Monday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATH occurred on 23rd December 2019 of Eileen Mansfield (SRN) nee Bunce (Chute Hall, Tralee and formerly of Barrigugeen, Moyvane) mother of Mike, Kathleen, Margaret and Lily. Survived also by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Eileen, sons-in-law Eamonn, James and Johnny, sister-in-law Betty, brother-in-law Charlie, nephews, nieces, extended family, Requiem Mass for Eileen Mansfield was celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymacelligott followed by burial in Old Rath Cemetery, Tralee on Friday.

DEATH of John Joe Kennelly, The Cross, Ardagh, on December 25th 2019, Predeceased by his son Gerard. Survived by his wife Nora, son Michael, daughters Moira and Noreen, brother Bernard, sisters Jo, Theresa, grandchildren Olivia, Jamie, Evan, Ellie Mai, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, and sister-in-law.

SYMPATHY To Madge Groarke & family on the death of her brother-in-law Desmond Groarke, Finglas, Dublin & l/o Caherciveen whose funeral took place in Dublin.

ANNIVERSARIES: Denis Histon, Maureen Egan, Hannah Weatherall, Irene O’Keeffe, Margaret Beardsley, Fr. Michael F Kennelly, Pat Mullane, Peg Joy, Fr. Brendan Dalton, Francis Dowling, David Kennelly, Brendan Mulvihill, Peg O’Shea, Sr. Felicitous Joy, Sr. Noella Crowley, James Curtin, Jerry Lyons, Dan Keane, John Francie Ahern, Tom Roche, Dermot Keane, Bill O’Connell, Fr. Denis Quirke, Dolly Hennessy, Catherine Ann Fitzpatrick, Mass Moyvane; Mon                  30th at 7.30pm  for Denis McEnery, Tubbertoureen; Wed  1st at 12noon  for Brendan (Ben) Mulvihill, Moyvane; Sat 4th  at 7.30pm for  Con Healy, Moyvane North (Months Mind), and Mass on Sun  5th at 11.00am for John Joe Behan, Aughrim (Anni) & his parents Bridie & Thomas. Mass Knockanure on  Sun  5th for Michael & Theresa Bambury, Gurtagleanna.

CONCERN: Many thanks to those who contributed so generously to the Concern Church Gate Collection on 14th / 15th December.  Amount raised €720.  Thanks also to those who help with the collections.

CEILI at Seanchai on 5th Jan from 3 to 6pm.

CONNIE HARNETT SWIM:  The 6th annual swim takes place on New Year’s Day in Ballybunion.  Donations will be made to the Hope Foundation, Comfort Chemo in KUH and Ward 2D in CUH.  To date in excess of €39,000 has been raised for local charities.

DUAGH CRIB & MEMORY ROOM which is organised by our local Duagh Tidy Town’s Committee is back again this Christmas. Located behind St Brigid’s Church. It is opened daily from10.00a.m. to 9.00 p.m. from now to January 6th.Do not forget to visit the Memory Room in the separate building opposite the entrance to the Crib. There are some lovely photos of our past and many memories of great people from Duagh in the room. Your kind donations will be used in the work of Duagh Tidy Towns and a donation will be given to the Parish.

LIXNAW Padre Pio meeting Tuesday 21st January at 7.30pm.

SIVE will be performed at Listowel Boys School Hall on 18th of Jan. in aid of Sean Stakelum Fund.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING:  Fr. Casey’s, Sunday, January 12 from 3-6pm in aid of Fr. Martin Mc Cormack’s African Project.  Music by Donie Walsh and Anthony.  Admission €5.  Raffle on the day.

FAITH: The Diocese of Kerry will host a conversation on Faith in the face of life’s challenges in The Gleneagle Ballroom, Muckross Road, Killarney on Wednesday January 8th @ 8pm. Ian O’Connell, Killarney, Elma Walsh, Tralee, Anne Alcock, Killarney and Fr. Donal O’Connor will share how faith has enabled them to face what life has thrown at them and Deirdre Walsh, Radio Kerry, will chair the conversation. Admission is free and all are welcome.

BEREAVED: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Tues 14th Jan at 7:20pm in Recovery Haven, 5 Haig’s Terrace, Killierisk, Tralee.

LAUNCH OF A NIGHT AT THE OSKARS:  The Winners’ Circle Saturday, January 4 at 9pm.  Films and roles will be announced on the night.  Rehearsals will commence on the week beginning Monday, January 13 and continue each week until  the week of Feb 3.

SIVE will be performed at Listowel Boys School Hall on 18th of Jan. in aid of Sean Stakelum Fund.

KERRY LONDON ASSOCIATION AGM:   January 15, Sala Room, Crown Hotel, Cricklewood at 7pm.

SHOW: Machinery Show at Millstreet on 15th and 16th Jan.

TARBERT, THE LATE JOHN PAUL – The organisers of the recent fundraiser in memory of John Paul Collins wish to thank everyone for their support. Without you it would not have been possible. €52,833 has now been handed over to Francine.

COURSE: Religious Education Programme: Fr.  Sean  Sheehy,  Certificate  Course: Group Leader training to lead discussions on  Faith,  Sacraments,  Morality  and Prayer  Catechesis  based  on  the Catechism  of  the  Catholic  Church, Wednesdays  from  7.00  to  8.30pm beginning Wednesday 15th January

HORIZONS at 9am Sunday mornings on Radio Kerry –tune in to your religious and  social  radio  programme.  Email [email protected]

ARDFERT Retreat Centre Vision Board Workshop: Juliana Murphy & Anne O’Donnell, Sun. 12th Jan. 2-5pm. Join this positive, up-lifting and fun hands-on workshop which allows you to create your own Vision Board with images and words that will attract what you want in your life. To be part of this Powerful Workshop Call Anne or Juliana on 087-2915343.  Fall Adult Religious Education Programme: Fr. Sean Sheehy, 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. 15th Jan.

ACCORD TRALEE in St.  John’s Parish Centre are seeking volunteers for a few hours in the evenings, Monday to Friday. For further information please contact Fr.  Francis Nolan in St.  John’s Parish Centre on  066-7122522 or  the  Accord Centre 066-7122280.

COLLECTION FOR THE NEEDS OF THE HOLY LAND will be taken up at all Masses weekend (January 4th/5th).

OPEN DAY: Mary Immaculate College On Sat 11th Jan (10am-1pm), Mary Immaculate College will give thousands of prospective students the opportunity to explore its Limerick campus and discover all that the College has to offer from its range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, extra-curricular activities and exceptional facilities.  The Open Day will be an invaluable opportunity for prospective students to get a real sense of the College and to get the information they need to make their final college choices.  For more information, see

PAPERS: Irish Press 1931-1995, Friday, December 18, 1931; Page: 5


The Epistles of the Sundays and Festivals.

With an Introduction, Notes and Moral Reflections, by Rev. Cornelius J- Ryan, D.D. Dublin: Gill. Two vols.; 42/- net.


THIS book is the natural companion volume to Dr. Ryan’s Gospels of the Sundays and Festivals which has already run to eight editions; and when we say it is a worthy companion we only speak the praise it deserves. It follows the same plan as The Gospels of the Sundays and Festivals. The Greek, Latin and English version of the Epistle read in the Mass is given, followed by very concise and clarifying notes that bring to bear on each verse all the light left us by the Fathers, Doctors and other teachers of the Church. The notes are followed by Moral Reflections in which we learn under the guidance of the Saints and the best preachers to apply the lessons of the Epistles to our every-day lives.

We have had no book published in Ireland on this subject since Dr. McCarthy, of Maynooth, afterwards Bishop of Kerry, published his commentary on the Epistles of the Sundays. It was merely an explanation of the text of the Sunday Epistles. Published in 1866, it is now long out of print.


In Dr. Ryan’s work we have the subject matter introduced by a very valuable essay on the various authors of the Epistles. The priest-student will find in this Introduction a very useful reminder of all he learned of this subject in his college days. Eighteen pages are devoted to the life of St. Paul and a general introduction to his Epistles. Then each Pauline Epistle is dealt with at length singly. In concise form is recalled to us just the information that makes us ready to study any portion of any particular Epistle. And no less an authority than St. Peter himself tells us how necessary it is to have guidance in the study of the writings of St. Paul “in which are certain( See Paper for more)

(We learn that after Dr. Ryan’s death four great priests took a hand in pushing forward the publication of this book.)


MR. JOSEPH HANLY, F.R.C.Sc.,I., whose new book, ” The National Ideal,” is published this week by Messrs. Dollard, Dublin (10/6 net). Mr. Hanly’s book deals thoroughly with the place of the language, games, folklore, etc., in the building of the nation; with the fundamentals of national economics, etc. A full review of Mr. Hanly’s book will appear next week.


A Popular History of East Kerry—By T. M. Donovan. (Dublin: The Talbot Press, Ltd. 3/- net.) .. ,

BOOKS of local history are one of Ireland’s chief cultural needs. In most parts of the country, tradition died, with the language. For the new generation, historic ruins are but landmarks, and the scenes, of great events merely landscapes, which the imagination no longer peoples with the heroic dead. Thus, life has, in a great measure, lost that sense of continuity with the past which is one of its deep joys. The young are disinherited. The Irish language itself, as it is taught in the schools, has been deprived of much of its significance because of our ignorance of that part of history which would have: most appeal to us.

” A Popular History of East Kerry ” by T. M. Donovan goes some way to provide the need for local historical knowledge among the people of the Castleisland district of Ciarraighe Luachra. When the reader has recovered from the annoyance of finding that the title and the claims made for the book in the description on the wrapper are misleading, he will settle down to quiet enjoyment of Mr. Donovan’s gossipy narrative. Historical gossip it is, interspersed with sundry moralising’s on things in general, rather than a connected record of events. To give him his due, once he has left his title-page behind, the writer makes no pretence of having written serious history.



Castleisland parish was one of the centres of the Desmond power. The village sprung up around the Geraldine castle. A few miles away at Glounaneentha, the last Earl of Desmond, a fugitive from the forces of Elizabeth, was murdered. The Maine valley, in which Castleisland’ stands, was given to Sir William Herbert, from whom it passed to Lord Herbert of Cherbury, who farmed it out among six English undertakers. The undertakers, and their successors were the ruling gentry of the district until the Land War.

Nowhere was the Land War more fiercely fought than around Castleisland, where the first group of moonlighters was formed in 1879. Mr. Donovan has many interesting recollections of that period. Then came the climax of the long struggle between the two races, and the victory of the descendants of the old possessors of the soil, many of whom to-day are securely established in the homes of the settlers.

some omissions.

A generation later the district was the scene of some of the most stirring and terrible” episodes of the War of Independence and of the Civil War. With the former struggle, Mr. Donovan deals very inadequately; with the latter not at all; I have not once seen the name of Humphrey  Murphy, the famous Brigadier of the Irish Republican Army, in the book; nor that of Major McKinnon, the Auxiliary leader who struck terror into the civilian population within a 20 mile radius of Tralee. Ballymacelligott is not mentioned, nor the ambush in Castleisland on the morning, of the Truce, in which three I.R.A. men lost their lives.

But such omissions are to be expected in a book of local gossip. In spite of them, Kerrymen will find this book full of interest. It will increase their desire for that complete history of Kerry which is yet to come. KERRYMAN.


The Story of Christmas at Greccio

What better way to prepare for the arrival of the Christ Child than to take a brief journey to Greccio, the spot in central Italy where Saint Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas crib in the year 1223.


If you’re reading this on your phone crying in the bathroom or on the porch at a wretched family get-together that’s gone from bad to worse–it’s not your fault. I hope you can get out of there early. Try faking a migraine; it always works for me.


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