knockanuare notes-29th November 2020

REMEMBRANCE MASS:  Our remembrance Mass for the dead was deeply appreciated by so many but especially by those living outside the Parish who were able to connect with us in prayer last Monday evening week.  Sincere thanks to all who helped in making the celebration special. You can still see the mass on YouTube. MASS of Remembrance on 23 November 2020 Moyvane.


MASS: Regardless of the National announcement on the lifting of restrictions, Masses will remain the same in the car park/radio in Moyvane until Sat 5th.

PADRE PIO Devotions in Castleisland Parish Church on line on the First Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Witness by: Rachel O’Brien, her story is laced with positivity, hope, courage and a love of Saint Pio.

MEALS: Knockanure Community Centre are providing meals for locals during the restrictions of Covid 19. Glin Homes & Daycare Centre has been providing up to 90 meals on Wheels. Meals are delivered to the elderly of Glin and surrounding parishes of Loghill, Ballyhahill, Athea, Moyvane and Tarbert. They have been operating for past five years.

MASS: Horizons runs 9 to 10 am on Sunday mornings on Radio Kerry. It is followed directly by Mass from Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee.

DEATH of Ita Bradley (née Liston) Athea Village, Athea, / Tralee, Late of Meadowlands, on 20th November 2020. Predeceased by her parents Ned & Mary Anne, husbands Denis McNulty (Donegal) & Sean Bradley (Donegal), and her brother Tom Liston (Athea). Sadly missed by her children, daughter Geraldine, sons Kieran & Colm, son in law Vito Missorici, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters Mary Pallas (Limerick), Theresa Mullane (Athea), Anne Carroll (Caherconlish) & Phil Foley (Listowel), brother-in-law Johnny Mullane, and nephew Tony Pallas.

DEATH has taken place of Philomena Vaughan – Nee Goulding (Lahinch, and Knockanure,) on

November 21st in her 95th year. Relict of Micheal R.I.P. Pre deceased by her brothers Jackie and Donal. Mother to Brid, Maree, Aileen (O’Sullivan) and twins John and Michael. Missed by her son in law, daughter in law , grand children, nieces, and  nephews.

DEATH of Margaret Neenan (nee Pierce) of Laccamore, Abbeydorney and formerly Doon, Tralee, at home in her 101st year on 26th November 2020, wife of the late John, mother of Gerard, Marie & Patricia and sister of the late Hannah (Carroll). Also survived by her her grandchildren Máiréad, Ciara, Greta, Eimear & John, great grandchildren Ruby & Bróna, nieces Sr. Breda O.P. (Drogheda), Josephine & Teresa, nephews Michael (and the late Johnny), daughter-in-law Ann, and son-in-law Ned.

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. John Joe Walsh, Sr. Carmel Danaher, Tim Healy, Nora Leahy, Birdie Joan Ahern, Nora McAuliffe, Ellen Quinn, John McMahon, Ann Kissane, John O’Connor, Pat Hayes, Jim Brosnan, Julia Leahy, Rita Fitzmaurice, Sr. Marie Costelloe, Bridie McCarthy, Tommy Foley, Peggy Sheehan, Jackie Healy Rae, Bridie Campbell, Mass Moyvane; Sat 28th at  7.30pm for Margaret & Johnny Meade, Aughrim; Sun 29th at 11.00am for Peggy & Mick Sheehan, Leitrim Middle; Mon 30th at          7.30pm for Alan Collins, London (seriously ill) & his sister Roberta, his loving carer.  Their deceased parents Pan & Kevin Collins; Tues 1st at 7.30pm for John O’Connor, Inchamore & his son Seán; Wed 2nd at 7.30pm Mass for              Deceased members of the ICA & deceased relatives of ICA members; Thurs 3rd at 7.30pm for Tom Hanrahan, New York, his brother Con, sister Helen O’Connor, Tarmons & their parents Thomas & Mary Ellen, Lr. Aughrim; Fri 4th at 7.30pm for Michael Dore, New Houses (Anni) & Breda Dore (Months Mind); Sat 5th at 7.30pm for Maurice & Joe O’Connell, Tarbert & Deceased of the O’Connell family and Mass on  Sun 6th  at 11.00am for                Paudie O’Connor, Upper Direen, Athea. Mass Knockanure; Sun 29th at 9.30am  for Holy Souls (all on the November List), and Mass on  Sun 6th at 9.30am for Sheila Nash, Gortdromagouna (Anni) & Deceased of the Nash family.

FEAST of the Immaculate Conception is on Dec. 8th

ADVENT PREPARATIONS!  If you have ever wondered about the Old Testament readings at Mass, now is your chance to explore them and their relevance for our lives today. Without leaving your own home, you can tune into Dr Jessie Rogers, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, who will explore the Sunday OT readings on Wednesday evenings Dec 2nd, 9th and 16th from 7– 8pm. To register, check out


For all of us in the Christian Family, never have we needed prayers, healing and blessings as much in these difficult and strange times.  We have decided this year to have shared Christmas Masses which will operate as follows:   You can get special Christmas shared Mass cards with a tag.  You can send the Christmas card to the family you are including in the Masses, fill in the names on the tag, leave them in the Parish Office and they will be hung on the Christmas trees in each Church which are arriving this week.  Cards cost €1 and place your own private Mass offering in the box in the Parish Office. Please note:  Shared Mass Cards are not available at Holly’s – Parish Office only. There will be six Masses celebrated for all those whose names are on the Christmas tree tags which will take place as follows:

MOYVANE: Mon 7th @ 7.30pm, Sat 12th @ 7.30pm, Mon 14th @ 7.30pm, Wed 23rd @ 7.30pm.

KNOCKANURE:  Tuesday 8th @ 9.30am, Wednesday 16th @ 7.30pm.

However those who request Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards these are available in the Parish Office and at Holly’s – these Masses will be said individually by me and four Priest friends who have no access to Mass intentions and will be said over the Christmas period.  €10 Mass offering and €1 card.

DIOCESAN YOUTH CHOIR: Are you between 16 – 30 years? Can you sing? To celebrate Christmas 2020 the diocese invites all young people

to join our virtual choir. If you are interested contact [email protected] or call 0863683778.

HURLING: Martin Stackpoole the Lixnaw man with many local relations is set to miss the Joe McDonagh Cup final, after injuring his wrist against Carlow, the game will be played in Croke Park on Sunday, December 13.

ORDAINED in Rome on 20th Dec. 1941 Fr. Placid Murray of Glenstal is now 102 years old, because of the German   advance, he moved to Spain and was able to fly to Foynes in 1942.

NURSES who served in the war are forgotten, let us remember Nurse Mary Danaher, born Athea 1887, she served in Egypt and died at Gaza age 31, of dysentery on October 12th 1918.

CHRISTMAS Eve 1961 was a joyous day for Cpl Tadhg Quinn of port Abbeyfeale, when he came home to Abbeyfeale from army duty on  the Congo. Older people in the community recall the Siege of Jodotville, where he was stationed at the age of 18.

NURSING Homes, free post friends, as they miss the contact and news from home.

Support to Parishioners of Abbeyfeale in Nursing Homes .Due to the necessary Covid -19 restrictions it is not possible for Fr. Tony to visit parishioners in Nursing Homes this Christmas. Fr. Tony is asking family members to let him know which nursing homes their relatives are resident in so that he can write to them for Christmas. All contact details will remain confidential to Fr. Tony. You can email the contact details [email protected] or text 087-2600414.

AGE Action has published easy to use guidelines on how to use zoom on your smartphone or computer. Please email with any questions or call 01 679 3188.

SUPER SPREADERS of infection, many now believe that hospital and doctor’s waiting rooms were super spreaders of infection, there was no social distancing and other precautions followed. One sign of health improvement is the huge reduction in antibiotics, being used since the restrictions were enforced this past year. There is much misinformation going about nursing homes, many who have died in nursing homes, were alive, because of the care they were receiving from staff and helpers. When C 19 infected them, they, had the burden of the virus, along with unfamiliar restrictions and often had also to miss those who were familiar with caring for them. Then their removal from effectively their home, and treatments which stressed their already fragile condition.

DEATH from Broken Heart;

FULL Moon was on 30th November.

WORLD Aids Day December 1st.

BOOK: John Cleary his fifth book of pictures, features hundreds of photographs.

CD- ‘Ballads from Bannaside’. Traditional music from Ballyheigue area, now available.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People, 0818 222 024.

CHECK THIS OUT: Sign up for a weekly email Sunday Connection – a weekly email offering reflections on the Sunday Gospels and our lives.

FEAST of St. Nicholas is celebrated next Sunday 6th December.  He is the patron saint of sailors, children, patron saint of Galway.

CHURCH information- website of the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference.

BOOK by Kay Caball-   Final copies remain of the first print, but a re-print is scheduled for delivery by the second week in December.  The Fall of the Fitzmaurice’s is a potent story of power, wealth, land, money, and sex among the Irish aristocracy in the 18th century.

TOY SHOW was very popular and enjoyed by many again this year. How many rules which the rest of us have to keep, did they break in putting show together, and people who were making sacrifices all along, feel that the important people have ability to circumvent everything.

FORESTRY, Teagasc are having a phone in clinic on forestry on 2nd Dec. details from 066 719 4017.

New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0817.pdf



Ball Saturday, Dec. 1—To Be Held at Gannon’s Hall, Sixty-fifth Street and Third Avenue.

While strolling round old Gotham town

On the sixteenth night, you know,

Don’t forget there is one famed spot

Where frolic reigns galore.

With the charming boys from Newtown Side,

Where flows the Anamoy,

“And sweet Gale bridge, Kilmorna fair,

Will grace the ball that night.


Ah, me, Gurtdromosilihy, with blue-eyed maidens rare,

And old Glin road of long ago,

Will send its colleens there,

And Listowel maids will greet you there,

With brothers one and all,

To lend one other charm

To that great Newtownsandes ball.


And captivating Rosaleen,

Who hails from loved Duagh,

Is wondering why those Kerry boys

So soon got up a ball.

We all might guess the reason,

For leap year it is nigh,

And Rosaleen, just coaxed to life.

Some Kerry boys who died.

Well, the boys from Ballylongford

and from that to Tarbert Town,

All around to Glenalappa,

And Dereen of such renown,

in true Kerry style will greet you.

Cupid is the guest for all,

And one night of mirth and gladness

At the Newtown Social ball.





Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Monday, 12 December, 1864; Page: 3

THE MAGISTRACY. COUNTY CLARE.—W. F. Vesey FitzGerald, Esq., of Moyvane, Newtownsandes, county Kerry, has been appointed to the Commission of the Peace for the county Clare, on the recommendation of the Right Hon. Lord Inchiquin, Lord Lieutenant of the county Clare.


Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Saturday, 17 April, 1897; Page: 7

Glin Industrial School

Moyvane House, Newtownsandes,

Co. Kerry, April 15th, 1897.

DEAR SIR,—In the leading article in your paper of yesterday—Wednesday—on the proposed ” Irish Poor Relief Bill,” the following occurs—”The Glin Industrial School has not been, from causes which we may expect to disappear, a very pronounced success up to the present.” How you arrive at this conclusion I fail to see.  I am, and have been, a member of this School Board since its formation, and lent my humble assistance to its establishment, and I venture to say that a more successful institution is not in the United Kingdom.

In support of this assertion, I can with confidence appeal to the highly respected Bishop of Limerick, Dr O’Dwyer; to Lady Monteagle, who takes a particular interest in it; to Lady Emly, to Miss Balfour, to Miss Greaves, and a host of other distinguished and disinterested personages who have visited the institution.

One or two persons, through pique or jealousy at not being put on the school Board, have done their utmost to throw ridicule on the school and its management, but their efforts are utterly futile.

I defy the most prejudiced or sceptical to visit it without at once admitting the manifest improvement morally, physically and intellectually of the children since its formation two years ago.

The boys are now able to turn out a suit of clothes fit for the most fastidious, and a pair of boots fit for a ballroom. The carpentry work of the house for some time past has been done by the boys, and the bread baked there would suit the most delicate palate. So you see the Christian Brothers and the officials have left nothing undone on their part.

The good, kind Sisters are not forgetful of those under their charge. I saw dishes turned out solely by the girls that would do credit to a Parisian cook, and that would tempt, the appetite of the greatest epicure, and the needlework and knitting, etc, which is done by them, would bear comparison with establishments of a quarter of a century’s standing.

This very useful institution was most unreasonably criticised—when only half a year established—by persons from whom encouragement and support should have been expected, and who, I believe, would never have given utterance to these remarks had they visited the school before they made use of them.

It is a decided loss, and a great pity that a leading paper, such as yours, should become the channel, unwittingly I have no doubt, of casting any aspirations, no matter in how small a way, on the management of this school, for to my own personal knowledge everything is done to make it a success.

There would be no dearer wish of my heart than to see two or three such institutions in each county in Ireland, and there would be no surer means of doing away with workhouses, as the children who are obliged to avail of their shelter would, if placed in such schools, become honourable, upright, and self-supporting members of society.

There is nothing causes me greater pain than the marked difference between the few children left in Listowel Workhouse for want of room at Glin school—outwardly, timid and squattest—and the manly, upright demeanour of their former comrades, who have been at Glin for some time.

My reason for referring to your editorial is, I fear, it may be the means of deterring other unions of establishing similar schools, and I would beg of you before you again refer in any away disparagingly to it to send one of your staff to visit it, and from the very satisfactory report which he must send you, you will I know with pleasure, quite agree with the statements contained in this letter. I remain, dear sir, yours very faithfully,. M J NOLAN , Chairman, Listowel Board of Guardians, and Member of the Glin School Board.


December we will mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ disembarking in Plymouth, Massachusetts.- ———————————————————-

The 51 survivors easily could have looked at the previous 11 months as the worst year of their lives. They had buried almost as many bodies in the ground as they had taken baskets of food from it. Yet they were able to thank God so heartily in spite of the suffering they had undergone because they believed those hardships and blessings were both part of God’s direct or permissive will. Their personal and communal suffering could not shake their trust in the God they knew loved them and was looking over them.

They convened full of gratitude because they realized they were on a pilgrimage not only to Plymouth but to Paradise.



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Mr. DEVLIN- May I ask the Prime Minister why it is, when a question is put to himself and the Chief Secretary to recite all the horrible occurrences that have taken place last Sunday in Dublin, that we have heard nothing about the appearance of the military forces at a football match. [HON. MEMBERS: “Oh, oh!”] At which ten people were killed. [HON. MEMBERS: “Sit down!”] I will not sit down. I want to know from the Prime Minister why the House of Commons has not been made acquainted, in the recital of these other things that have occurred, with the onrush of the military into a football field, with fifteen thousand people, indiscriminate shooting, and ten men killed. Why was the House not told that when the other story was being told? May I ask for an answer?



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