knockanuare notes 2nd December 2018

RAMBLING House on the 6th December at 9 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 086-3090948.

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre takes place on Monday 10th December. Christmas Mass will take place at 12pm in the centre. Music by Stevie Donegan. All Welcome.

If attending it is important to please ring office on 068/49799. New members especially welcome.

CHIROPODIST: at the Marian Hall on December 7th at 10am. To book contact Eileen Quinn on 49472.

LOTTO: There was no winner of the €2300 jackpot on Friday 30th November. Numbers drawn were 1, 16, 20, and 25. Lucky dip winners of €25 were; 1. Dublin Joe c/o Kevin’s; 2. Nick & Mary Kennelly Knockanure; 3. Noel O’Shea Newcastlewest; 4. Mary T & Bridget c/o Kevin’s, and 5. Teresa Collins Lisaniska. Next draw up to €2400.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Annual Church Gate Collection on 8th/9th December.

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.

DEATH has occurred of Nora McAuliffe (née Tierney) of Lower Athea, Athea, on 30th November 2018, wife of the late Larry. Deeply regretted by her sons Bill, John & Mike, daughter Joan (Horgan Listowel), daughters-in-law Rose, Denise & Catherine, grandchildren Denis (Horgan Listowel), Lisa, Ashling, Shauna, Lorcan, Liam, Tony & Mark, great-grandson Seán Óg, sister-in-law Margaret (O’Connor), Piotr, nephews, and nieces.

DIED 28 November 2018 Eileen O’Brien, nee McCarthy Brackhill, Castlemaine & formerly of Pilgrim Hill, Kilmorna, Duagh. Sadly missed by her sons & daughters; Thomas, John, Margaret, Mary, Patrick, Noreen, Eileen, Josephine, James & Darina, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

ANNIVERSARIES: Ellen Vaughan, Pat Hayes, Jim Brosnan, Julia Leahy, Rita Fitzmaurice, Sr. Marie Costelloe, Betty Coughlin, Ollie Leahy, Tommie Foley, Margaret Dillane, Kay Holloway, Peggy Sheehan, Jackie Healy Rae, Bridie Cambell, Breda Thomas, Fr. Liam Hayes, Sheila Nash,Peggy Moriarty, Tom O’Connell, Peggy O’Connor, Thomas J O’Donoghue, John Broderick, Mass Moyvane; Wed 5th at 7.30pm for Alice Clifford Hanrahan, Lower Aughrim & her sister Kathleen Clifford, Glin;

Fri 7th at 7.30pm VIGIL: Feast of the Immaculate Conception –Holy Day for Maureen Foley, Gurtdromosillihy (Anni); Sat 8th at 11.00am for Parishioners, and 7.30pm for Johnny Quinn, Leitrim Middle (Anni), and Sun 9th Mass at 11.00am for Maurice & Joe O’Connell, Dooncaha, Tarbert (Anni) & deceased of the O’Connell Family

Mass Knockanure; Sat 8th at 10.00am – Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day for P.J. Nolan, Kilmeaney (Anni) & his father Denis, and Sun 9th Mass at 10.00am for Sheila Nash, Gortdromagouna (1st Anni) & deceased of the Nash family.

ENABLE IRELAND: Would like to thank all who contributed to their Church Gate Collection.

Total raised was €384.67 which is used to provide service for children with disabilities in Kerry.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Advent Retreat: Fr. Gerard McCarthy SVD, Fri. 14th – Sun 16th Dec. CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: will be held in St. Mary’s Church Listowel on Thursday 6th December at 7pm.

PARTY in Athea: Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 5th. Please contact Peggy Casey on 087-9416223 or Maireád Langan on 087-6407026.

CHRISTMAS PENITENTIAL SERVICE / CONFESSIONS: will take place on Monday, Dec. 17th at 8.00 p.m. at St. Marys Church, Listowel.

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE: wish to acknowledge receipt of a grant from Kerry County Council under the ‘Community Enhancement Programme’.

ICA: would like to thank all the families who attended the Family Fun Day on Sunday last. Prize winners on the day were as follows: The Giant Hamper sponsored by Newtownsandes Co-op was won by Katelyn Casey, Ashgrove, Moyvane. The Turkey sponsored by Corridan’s Garage was won by Usnah and Naoise Roche. The Ham sponsored by butcher Noel Stack was won by Catriona Sheehan, Broadford. The Christmas Cake was won by Jill McCarthy, Kilbaha. Sweets Hamper sponsored by the ‘One Stop Sweet Shop’ Listowel was won by Brian Kiely, Moyvane. Guess the number of sweets was won by Noreen McEvoy and Guess the name of the Teddies was won by Ileasha Corcoran C/o Olive Keane. A big thank you to all our sponsors including Harnett’s Pharmacy, The Square, Listowel, Holly’s Gala and Confectioner Nikita Palmier. Last but not least to Magician Tommy Moloney & Co. who entertained the crowd for the afternoon.

LISTOWEL A PRINTER’S LEGACY: book launch by Vincent Carmody. The story of printing in North Kerry 1870-1970. In the Listowel Arms Hotel, The Square, Listowel on Sunday 9th Dec. 2018 at 7pm. Speakers, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Kay Caball, Sean Kelly M.E.P., Mr. Justice Bryan McMahon.

CANTATA: Scoil Mhathair De students will perform their annual Christmas Cantata on Thursday, December 13 at 7pm in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: The annual carol service takes place in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, December 9 from 7pm. The senior and junior choirs along with the local schools will perform much loved Christmas carols and hymns. Everyone welcome.

NEWTOMNSOUNDS Lipskit held in Moyvane on Saturday night last was a great success, all local artists taking part, including, Mike and the Blow Ins, The Spice Bags, The Tricky Dickies, Acme, Solo King, The Boro Bellas, Saorcha Fitzgerald, Breaking the Habit, and This Is Us,

NEWS FROM THE GLÓRACH: Seán Keane concert that takes place at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, December 15 at 8 pm, More from 0871383940.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: West Limerick Set Dancing Club are holding a Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s on Saturday, December 15 with music by Donie Nolan and Maura. Hot Food.

KERRY PARENTS & FRIENDS Presents a Gala Christmas concert in association with Kerry Choral Union on Sunday 16th Dec. in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Hannah, Tony and Siobhan have the countryside blazing on top of the hill as you travel the old butter road to NCW.

COACH TO KNOCK FOR ALL-NIGHT VIGIL. December 7 . Bookings at Deros before December 6. Phone – 064 6631251.

Knock Shrine Night Vigil for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. O’Shea’s of Kerry will operate a coach service on Friday 7th Dec. Coaches depart Tralee at 4.30pm; Listowel at 5pm and Abbeyfeale at 5.15pm. Contact 066-7180123.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER: Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOC. SHOP, Listowel Will hold its annual Christmas Sale on Thursday 6th Dec. commencing at 10.30am.

CLOUNMACON COMMUINTY CENTRE CHIRSTMAS GATHERING will take place on Friday 7th Dec. at 7.30pm.

LISTOWEL ACTIVE RETIRED CHRISTMAS LUNCH In the Arm’s Hotel on Tuesday 11th December at 2.30pm.

ST JOHN’S: Christmas Art Fair runs to 21st Dec.; 4th to 9th Dec. Goddess of lust a play about visit of Jayne Mansfield to Kerry, with local actors; Wed 12th at 11.30am and 7pm performance by local Colaiste Na Riochta, Listowel, more from 068 22566.

ANAM CARA KERRY: the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Tuesday 11th of December at 7:20pm in Recovery Haven, 5 Haig’s Terrace, Killierisk, Tralee.

PARISH OFFICE Moyvane: Christmas storybooks, colouring books, cribs, ornaments & Christmas Mass Bouquets available in the Parish Office.

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS DURING ADVENT Adoration in Listowel, will continue every Sunday throughout Advent from 3 to 6pm.

AN ECUMENICAL CAROL SERVICE – will be held in St. Brendan’s Church, Steeple Rd. Tarbert on Thur. 13th Dec. at 7pm. Refreshments will be served immediately afterwards in the Community Centre. All are very welcome.

MAGAZINE 2018; Ballydonoghue Parish magazine is now available and contains over 270 pages.

CHOIR NCW Church perform on Thursday 6th Dec at 7.45pm.

TDs; First Kerry TDs exhibition opens at Tralee Library on Dec 8th at 10.30am.

FAITH CONFERENCE: in the Town Hall Mitchelstown on Our Lady’s Great Feast, Sat Dec 8th, from 9.30am to 3.30pm. The theme is: how Our Lady has preserved and helped the faith to flourish in Ireland in challenging times, and how she can do this once again. Speakers Fr Eamonn McCarthy, Canon Michael Fitzgerald, Dr Gill Doherty, Fr John Mockler, Fr John Walsh OP. Mass and confessions. Donation only.

FR. TIM RETURNS TO SOUTH SUDAN: Fr Tim Galvin wishes to thank you for your support to his appeal toward Sudan. Fr Tim has returned to Sudan.

BALLYBUNION SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY: takes place on Thursday 13th Dec. at the Cliff House Hotel, mass at 7pm. Mike Rowan 085 1132290.

RAMBLING House; A Christmas rambling house will be held at Fr. Casey’s club house, Abbeyfeale on Thursday, December 20 in aid of the Chemotherapy Day Ward at Kerry General Hospital. Your support would be greatly appreciated and all singers, dancers, storytellers and musicians all welcome to attend. Doors open at 8.30 and show begins at 9pm.

150th ANNIVERSARY: THE CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Rathass was dedicated and first opened in December 1868. To celebrate the 150th anniversary, the 7.00pm Vigil Mass on Saturday 8th December will be celebrated by Bishop Ray Browne. Refreshments afterwards in the Manor West Hotel.

WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Thursday 27th December. Assembly is at the large carpark behind Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

CAROLS: Villiers School annual Christmas Carol Service which is taking place on Friday, 21st December 2018 at 12 noon in the beautiful St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick.

CATHOLIC DOCTORS’ CONFERENCE: The Irish Catholic Doctors’ Learning Network presents a one-day conference: “Ethics & Professionalism: Informed by Faith” with national and international speakers (See Poster on Church noticeboard), at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin, on Saturday 8th December 2018, 9am to 5pm. Cost €100, including lunch. Awarded 6 CPD Points by the ICGP. Of interest to doctors, nurses, midwives, health and social care professionals, priests, religious and all healthcare workers. Further information and on-line registration at, the Irish Catholic Doctors’ Learning Network.

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Calling all Harnetts based West Limerick, North Cork and North Kerry. We are well into planning for our big weekend next July and we’d love you to get involved and be there to meet up with people from all over the world who share your DNA. We have a dedicated email address which you can use to get in touch; HarnettReunion2019 You can follow developments on our FB page too.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: This will be a fundraiser for Fr. Martin McCormack’s African Project and takes place on Sunday, January 13 at Fr. Casey’s with dancing to Donie Walsh and Jer Enright.

Kerryman 17 Sept 1960 Moyvane Notes

COLLINS: Sister Theophane of the Incarnate Word, is on a short visit home and is staying with her brother Mr John Collins, Glin Road Upper, Moyvane. She was nursing for her order and later qualified as a radiologist, which she practised for seven years. She was then sent to the catholic University at Washington D.C., where she took a master degree in psychology and education. She was principal of St Ann’s School, Salt Lake City, before returning to Ireland. She is now stationed at St Michael’s Convent, Newmarket-on Fergus, Co. Clare. Her first mission is to recruit and train girls who wish to enter that order either at home or abroad.


Kerryman 1904-current, Friday, December 08, 1989; Page: 54

Holy Wells

HERE is a great tradition for holy wells in Kerry and many are still visited regularly. The holy well tradition captures the whole ritual of pilgrimage offerings, sacred trees, and stones.

Many of the wells are dedicated to local saints. However many are dedicated to Our Lady or are called Sunday’s Well.

Many of the wells in North Kerry are no longer visited and of some, the tradition is lost. But a number have continued in use and many have recently been reconstructed and are kept in a very good condition.

Probably the best know holy well is Tubber-na-molt in Tubrid, Ardfert, know as Wether’s Well.

This well consists of a small rectangular enclosure. Contained within it is a small, clear pool, a little slate building; an altar with a slab depicting three figures supposedly St. Brendan, St. Ere and St.

Ita; and the possible burial place of St. Ita

Some of the traditions associated with the well say that a landlord from Oakpark in Tralee carried off the stone altar but it was miraculously restored to the well. When St. Erc baptised St. Brendan at the well, he was presented with three wethers, hence the local name. Another well-known well is ‘Lady’s Well’ in Ballyheigue. Tradition here is that a trout lies in the well, a treasure is buried near the well, treasure-hunters are frightened away by animal roars. The holy well in Ballybunion known as ‘Toberreendoney’ (Sunday’s Well) was closed up about 25 years ago by the County Council and now only a trickle of water can be seen. The tradition here is that the well moved from the other side of the road when clothes were washed in it, other wells in Beale, Sliss, Killelton, Cockhill, Rattoo have long since lost the tradition of visiting.

Kerryman 1904-current, Thursday, February 20, 2003; Page: 33

Holy Wells’ exhibition at library

THE beautiful ‘Holy Wells of Kerry’, photographed recently by a group of Killarney students, are currently featuring in an exhibition in the local library

The photographs taken by, students of St Anne’s Travellers Education Centre in Killarney will be on display until Friday, February 28. The exhibition is compiled from the work of eight students who were taught photography by well-known Kerry photographer Eileen O’Leary.

Freemans Journal 1763-1924, Friday, December 23, 1836; Section: Front page, Page: 1

JUST PUBLISHED, Illustrated by Thirteen well executed Engravings, Price Is. 6d.

THE HOLY WELLS OF IRELAND, containing an authentic account of those various places of Pilgrimage and Penance which are still annually visited by thousands of the Roman Catholic Peasantry, with a minute description of the Patterns and Stations periodically held in various Districts of Ireland.

By Philip Dixon Hardy, M.R.I.A.,

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