Knockanuare Notes-2nd February 2020

CHIROPODIST:  in the Marian Hall on Friday 7th February at 10am.  Contact Noreen O’Connell 49230.

ST PADRE Pio Prayer Night 7th Feb. in Listowel begins with Rosary at 6.45 p.m. & Mass, Benediction is at 7.00 p.m.

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE:  Rambling House on Thursday 6th February 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 Knockanure on Monday 10th February.  Music by Stevie Donegan. All welcome.   If attending it is important to ring the office on 49799.  New members welcome.

MOYVANE LADIES FOOTBALL:  Registration evening Sunday 16th February 6pm to 7pm in Moyvane Club House.  All age groups welcome.

GAA Knockanure Lotto Results; No winner of the €7800 jackpot on Friday 31st January.

Numbers drawn were 4, 6, 9,and 17. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Andrew Doherty, Kilcolman, Tarbert; 2. Neil Brosnan, c/o Kevin’s; 3. Gerard O’Keeffe, Lisaniskea; 4. Donie McGrath, Glin, and 5. Aishling Griffin, c/o Finucane’s. Next week’s draw on Friday 7th with jackpot up to €7900.

ALZHEIMERS/DEMENTIA TALK:  An informative talk on Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia at the Marian Hall on Tuesday night 4th February at 7:30pm. Free admission.  (A donation to the Alzheimer’s Society would be greatly appreciated). All welcome.


DEATH took place on 28 January 2020 of Mary Savage (née Cussen), Graigues, Charleville, / Broadford, Limerick. At Brenda and Seamus Clancy’s residence, Knockanure, Moyvane.Wife of the late Denis and mother of Pat, Brenda, Anne, Vincent and the late Larry, sister of the late James and John (Mount Plummer, Broadford, Mark (Gurrane, Charleville) and Sr Margaret D.M J. Survived by  sons, daughters, brother Larry (Patrickswell), sisters-in-law Helen and Eithne, son-in-law Seamus, daughter-in-law Eileen, Lyla and Caroline, grandchildren Denis, Niamh, Jessica, Laura and Mallaedh, nephews, and nieces. Reception into Holy Cross Church, Charleville, on Friday for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to Holy Cross Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bridger Brosnan, Nora Mary Stack, Sr. Joan Curtin, Denny Mulvihill, Sr. Thomas O’Connor, Bridget Leonard, John Dore, Joan Philips, Sr. Irene Stack, Nora Walsh, Ned O’Keeffe, Michael Daly, Mikey Joe Walsh, Eileen O’Connor, Nellie Hannon, Padraic Liston, Marina Lynch, Michael Scanlon, Con Hanrahan, Neily McCarthy, Margaret O’Brien, Bridie MacNeil, Joanie McKenna, Mass Moyvane; Mon 3rd at 7.30pm  Mass for the Sick – Feast of St. Blaise (who was a medical

Doctor before becoming a Bishop); Wed 5th at  7.30pm for  Jimmy Dalton, Athea (Rec Dec) (brother of Mary Hudson, Kilbaha); Thurs  6th at 7.30pm for Donie Mulvihill, Glin (Rec Dec); Fri 7th  at 7.30pm  for Pat Foran, Bedford; Sat 8th at 7.30pm  for Jack & Mary Guiney, their sons William, Jim & John & dec of the Guiney & Enright families,  Ballyhahill/Glin, and Mass on Sun 9th at 11.00am for Denis Mulvihill, Leitrim West). Mass Knockanure on Sun  9th at 10.00am for Catherine Culhane, Ballyguiltenane, Glin, and deceased of Sheahan & Culhane families.

DAY of Prayer for the sick on 11th Feb, feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

BLESSED CANDLES:  This week there will be blessed candles available after all Masses.   If anyone has bought their own candles, feel free to place them in the big basket in front of the Altar for blessing.  Please put your name on the candles and collect them after Mass.

ST BRIDGID’S CROSSES On sale in the Parish Office, Listowel, made by local ladies.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC in Listowel Arms Hotel on Monday & Tuesday 3rd & 4th Feb from 5 to 8pm.  Blood Donor Clinic in Ceol Corbraí Hall in Glin on Thursday, February 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

DRAMA: Athea Drama Group proudly presents  ‘Looking for Love’, the comic drama written by Westmeath playwright Jimmy Keary on February 6th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 15th & 16th at Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea at 8pm.

DUES:  As we are currently preparing the accounts for the Fraternity Fund, could the remaining Dues for 2019 please by handed in by Sunday 16th February.  Many thanks.

LOURDES HELPERS – DIOCESAN COLLECTION:  Second collection 8th /9th February.  This collection is the only way of collecting funding for the 2020 Pilgrimage.  This year marks the Golden Jubilee of the Pilgrimage which was led by the late Archdeacon Michael Murphy, whose funeral took place in Killarney some weeks ago.  The donations given to this collection helps fund helpers who assist pilgrims and will help with some pilgrims who may need assistance in paying the full fare.  Your generous support as ever would be deeply appreciated.

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE:  3rd – 10th June, Cork Airport.  Spiritual Director Fr. Brendan Walsh, Causeway and hospital                chaplain Fr. Teddy Lenihan.  Full details from Bridie McCarthy 087/6654296.

WRITERS; Kerry Writers Museum are having creative writing lectures, details from  068 22212.

AGE WELL seminar on February 10th in Tralee. Free community event will be delivered by leading Irish expert on ageing, Professor Rose Anne Kenny at The Rose Hotel from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

WALKING track at the GAA pitch in Athea being used since the start of ‘Operation Transformation’ and “Athea Lights Up” walking initiative in association with Athea GAA. The big night is Thursday night from 7pm to 8pm.

FULL Moon on Feb. 9th. Land is very wet for several months. January was generally mild.

LECTURE on Alfred O’Rahilly, by Brendan Goggin on Thursday 6th Feb, at 8pm at Writers Museum, Listowel.

GOD’S CALL; On February 2nd each year we celebrate the vision, the hope and the love of the women and men who have responded to God’s Call with the gift of their lives in the service of the common good.

STUDY THEOLOGY ONLINE: Priory Institute: Register at 01 4048124                       

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS:  The annual hunting festival takes place from Sunday, February 9 to Friday, February 14.  Further information from Paddy O’Grady 087 6258933. Hunt, 2nd Feb – Athea.

CRAFTY CORNER:  If you would like to pass away a couple of hours in the company of friends, why not join us on Tuesday’ nights in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. We are a group of ladies who meet there each week for knitting and crochet practice. We return after the Christmas break on , February 11  from 7 – 9pm . Why not drop in any Tuesday night to meet us or call Madeline 087 9707989.

LOVE KNOTS AT FR. CASEY’S:  The latest offering from the Abbeyfeale Drama Group is a comedy by Jimmy Keary.  It will be staged on Tuesday, February 4, Thursday 6, Saturday 8, Sunday 9, Tuesday 11, Thursday 13, Saturday 15 and Sunday February 16 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse.  Doors open 7.15pm, Show 8pm sharp.


COMMUNITY SUBSTANCE MISUSE TEAM:  A free and confidential service for under 18’s and their families impacted by substance misuse is provided on the first Wednesday of the month in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale from 2.30pm – 5pm.  Contact Kristeen Laing 086 4141854.

FILM: Man Union Television Station from Japan filmed a programme about Ireland in Rockchapel in 1998. When shown in Japan, it got 22 million viewers. It will be shown in Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel on Friday 7thFebruary at 8pm. All welcome.

MURHUR NATIONAL SCHOOL:  is now enrolling for September 2020. Please call to the school for an enrolment form. If you have any questions or would like to meet with staff please contact (068) 49522 or [email protected].

REACH ACTIVE WORKS:  Road works will take place on the Trien road on Monday 3rd February under stop and go; road works for the remainder of the week (from Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th) will be under a road closure from 8am to 6pm with over night closure in place on Tuesday night.  Minor works will take place on the Knockanure -Moyvane Road next week between Knockanure village and Ahavoher Graveyard.   Further info Padraig Kearney – 086/6072159.

KN WORKS: Cable installation works on the Piermount Road and Bog Road from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th Feb. No road closures will be required for these works on the Piermount and Bog Roads.  Minor work will take place on the Moyvane Tarmons Road from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th under traffic lights.  Info Shane 087/9829576.

BETTER BALANCE BETTER BONES: Physical Activity Programme that will improve strength and balance in association with the HSE. Starting Wednesday February 5th @3pm and 4pm (8 Week programme) at Listowel Community Centre. For Further information contact Sinead 085 2537742.Booking is essential.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE:  066/7134276 . Charismatic Prayer Meeting: Every Mon 7.30pm-9.00pm. Self-Care Day: “Tools to manage life’s every day stressors”, Offering wellness skills that can be readily incorporated into ones life to nourish our physical and emotional well-being. Facilitated by Anna O’ Donoghue & Batty Garnett, Sat 8th Feb. 9.45am-4.00pm. Contact Betty 087/2498061

Ministry in the Church: Bishop (Emeritus) Bill Murphy, Gathering for all Parish Readers, Eucharistic Ministers in the Kerry Diocese, Tues. 18th  Feb. 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Love Yourself, Heal Your Life: Facilitated by Juliana Murphy. Fri 28th Feb. to Sun 1st March. A powerful workshop based on the philosophy of Louise Hay. Learn to love yourself and create the life you deserve in a supportive/safe environment. Contact: Juliana 087/2915343.

NEW COURSES STARTING IN JANUARY 2020 IN THE OLD TECH, Abbeyfeale: Creative writing (Different forms of Creative Writing styles such as short stories, poetry, drama, short sketches and plays);Growing your own Vegetables class – Learn when and how to grow your own produce in our Poly Tunnel ; Cookery class – Learn various dinners and cakes in our demonstration cookery class. If you wish to register for any of the above free classes, please call Mary in the office: 06831198 or register online:

WORK: North Kerry Older Persons Maintenance Service provides a low cost maintenance and minor repair service specifically for senior members of the North Kerry area.  Our service aims to help people stay in their homes in a healthy, safe and comfortable environment. We provide small interior and exterior painting jobs, cleaning gutters, hedge cutting, grass cutting and strimming, weeding, and minor repairs (e.g. fitting locks, hanging curtains, rails etc.). For more info please call 068 23429.

RING OF KERRY CHARITY CYCLE 2020 Cycle for New Alzheimer’s day care unit, Listowel / North Kerry area. To register online for Ard Chúram, Listowel. Tel: 0879521324 email: [email protected]

SNOOKER EXTRAVAGANZA:  West Limerick 102 fm presents two snooker legends Denis Taylor and Steve Davis at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastlewest on Tuesday, February 18 next.    This is your chance to see two of snookers biggest ever stars with a recreation of the famous 1985 world championship “black ball” final.  The display will also feature amazing trick-shots and a question and answer session.   Tickets are just €25 for general admission and €50 for VIP tickets and are available  from the Longcourt House Hotel, West Limerick 102 Studios. Sheehans Road, Pat O’ Donovan and Associates,  Key House, NCW or on  Doors open at 6pm for VIPs and and 7. 30pm for general admission.

SLOW BIKE RACE IN MEMORY OF THE LATE PAT MARTIN:  Samantha Martin, daughter of Pat Martin is organising a Slow Bike Race in memory of her dad to raise money for the Blood Bikers Charity on Sunday, April 12 at Lanterns Hotel, Tarbert. Registration at 12.30pm, races commence: 13.30pm. Music and MC by DJ Shicco, photography by Amanda O’Neill and Entry Fee: €10.  There will be an Over 500cc, Under 500cc and Scramblers classes. Raffle for spot prizes and tickets sold will be in aid of the Blood Bikers Charity. There will also be a trophy presentation for our top 3 in each class and we’ll have some race bikes from Mondello on display on the day as well!  Amanda O’Neill Photography has kindly offered to put any proceeds from photos sold from the event towards the Blood Bikers Charity also! Hope to see you all there for a great day!



Glin Defibrillator Group: will run a CFR training for new and renewal candidates on Saturday February 15th next in Conways Function Room on the 15th February from 10.15 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (Break for Lunch).  The cost of the course is €30.   If your two year certificate has expired, bring mask and book, cost is €25.

Please contact Marie on 0868691821 to book a place.   The four interdependent links in the chain of survival are early access, early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advanced cardiac life support.


On the first day of Spring, St Brigid’s Day, please join us for the formal opening of Mary Lavery Carrig’s Bird & Tree Ogham Haiga Exhibition, supporting and promoting the inventive in the visual arts.  The exhibition will be officially opened by Dr Declan M Downey and will run from Saurday 1st February to Sat 29th February 2020.



Written and directed by Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz, this film tells the story of Zak who has Downs Syndrome and has run away from his residential home to pursue a dream of becoming a pro wrestler. He befriends Tyler, an outlaw who becomes his coach and ally. This modern-day Huckleberry Finn type drama is a pure, feel-good adventure. In association with Access Cinema



Opera Workshop are troubled by Virtue. Or rather, by how to hold on to their virtue! This production features the songs, scenes and arias of Mozart, Bizet and Saint-Saens among others and with contemporary works by Limerick composer Fiona Linnane.  The cast include; Ruth Kelly, Kevin Neville, Sarah-Ellen Murphy, Eve Stafford and Catriona Walsh. It is directed by Shirley Keane and the pianist is Irina Dernova, more from 068 22566.


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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, Friday, 05 February, 1875


Newtownsandes, Listowel Co. Kerry, February 2.

DEAR SIR,—On behalf of the semi-famished, comfortless, already over-rented tenants of the Rev. Richard Fitzgerald, Clerk, a middleman land owner in this parish, from whom a plausible letter was inserted in your journal on Friday last, I pray you to insert some remarks from me in an early issue of the Examiner. The question at issue between the Rev. Mr Fitzgerald and his tenantry is this: Did his reverence explicitly or implicitly pledge his word that, at the expiration of their leases, there would be no increase of rent imposed on his poor people ? Sixty tenants—men of acknowledged veracity loudly and bitterly declare, in private and in public, that he promised them, twenty-one years ago, that there should be no increase of rent put upon them during his lifetime. Again, they state that he repeatedly renewed this promise during the last twenty-one years. “No such promise was ever made by me,” writes the reverend gentleman. However, as industrious, honest, peaceable, and well-disposed tenantry as are to be found in any corner of our island, do positively contradict, their landlord’s assertion. For the information of the public, allow me to state that the public at large in this part of Kerry feel no hesitation in accepting as truth the statement of the Aughrim  tenants. We all know that Mr. Fitzgerald has always been remarkable for a memory weak and irretentive. That he is subject to this affliction is known to every tenant on his estate and to the public in general. As, therefore, his reverence’s memory has often been at fault, we may reasonably and legitimately conclude that on the point in dispute it is found wanting. The assertion of the tenants is that he pledged himself that if they drained the fen—his estate in this parish was at one time a vast quagmire, and that not very long since—purchased lime to fecundate the swamp, brought sand from Ballybunion—distant fifteen miles from their homes —to supply with nutritive matter that hitherto unproductive moor, he would surely allow them to profit by till their improvements in continuing them as his tenants without an increase of rent for the term of his life. When the destitute tenants implored for some little allowance in consideration of the improvement effected, his reverence’s remarkable reply had been- Why make such a demand when you know that everything you do will hereafter benefit and enrich yourself ? Your request is inconsiderate.” There is not a tenant on Mr. Fitzgerald’s Estate to whom this reply has not been given more than once. The tenants, in my presence, have called the God of Heaven to witness the voracity of the solemn declaration with regard to the oft-repented promise of never requiring any increase of the rent. Some twenty one years ago the Rev. Mr Fitzgerald importuned a respectable, honest shopkeeper of Newtownsandes, by name Michael Forhan, to become his tenant for a small farm quite adjacent to the village. The land was so wretchedly poor that Forhan refused more than once to accept the holding. At last upon the explicit promise of fixity of tenure at the rent then imposed, Forhan consented to become tenant to Mr Fitzgerald, in opposition to the entreaties of his relatives and well-wishers, and promised to pay at the rate of one pound eight shillings an acre. This rent was regarded as exorbitant by the public. The land could never pay it. By means of a small shop the industrious Forhan managed to meet the call on the rent-day; furthermore to buy lime and draw sand from Ballybunion to Newtownsandes for the cultivation and improvement of the quagmire lands When the land is now reclaimed, and worth no more than one pound eight shillings an acre, the Rev. Mr Fitzgerald required two guineas an acre from Michael Forhan.

Michael Hanrahan has been paying a rent of £30 annually. His land had been let at the highest figure. From him the demand in £50 annually. And the miserable tenant has had but six milch cows on the lands, which could not of themselves maintain that number. The poor man in compelled to purchase meadowing every year from Mr Foster Fitzgerald. Paddy M’Evoy pays £13 yearly ; in future he will pay £30 or be evicted. Widow Moore’s present lent £9 for three cows—cows in name only. For the cows she purchases meadowing from Mr Foster Fitzgerald; the rent fixed on her is £21, and the poor woman is at present on her deathbed. She made her will a few evening ago, and could afford to bequeath the large fortune of forty shillings to each of her four children. I know that her illness has been intensely aggravated by the fear of ejectment from her little holding, as she knows it would be impossible for her to pay the rent required by Mr Fitzgerald. Jerry Mulvihill has paid a rent of £21 yearly. Mr Fitzgerald expects from this happy man nothing less than £52 a year; I cannot refrain from mentioning the case of Pat Neville. Mr Fitzgerald considers that mans cultivated fen worth two guineas an acre. Every disinterested judge of pasterage say his land could afford to pay 17s an acre.

Now, there are cases as bad as those I have mentioned, and in no case can Mr. Fitzgerald justify an increase of rent. The lands as at present let, are in most instances, too dearly paid for. When we consider that the tenants have borne that injustice for twenty-one years, we must more and more commiserate those who are now threatened with eviction, if they refuse the penalty of their industry by not consenting to a monstrous increase of rent. The lands are much improved by Mr. Fitzgerald’s tenantry, therefore they are to be punished by the confiscation of their property. I am pretty well acquainted with the condition of the small farmers of this county and, I regret to any, there are not in any part of Kerry so utterly destitute small farmers as the tenants of the Rev. Mr. Fitzgerald. In the first place I find they cannot afford to send their children to school. The only unenlightened people in this parish, are Mr Fitzgerald’s tenantry. And this is the effect of their poverty. Ere they have learned the catechism they have been taught to handle the spade and make the drain for the enrichment of the landlords. In the second place, all Mr Fitzgerald’s tenants, three excepted, are deeply indebted to meal merchants, money-lenders, and shopkeepers. If this be their condition at present, how sadly embarrassed must they not be should they venture to consent to a further increase of rent.

Since Mr Fitzgerald acquired property in this parish he holds the land at a very low rent from Trinity College He has lost no opportunity of increasing his rent-roll. Twenty one years since all his tenantry in this parish were asked to pay a heavy fine in consideration of leases for twenty one years. The fines were paid. I have mentioned that the rents were excessive. The leases were given to nine tenants only, because they alone could pay the cost of the leases. The others were so poor that they could not  afford to take out the leases. But as there was a promise, of leases his reverence was precluded till now from demanding an increase of rent. Whenever any of his landlord patrons determine to increase his rent roll, he says to the tenantry, ” Mr So and So will value your lands. Should any man’s land be too dear, I will rectify the injustice.” But the result of the valuation has always been an enormous increase of rent on the tenant. What I state occurred in this very parish a short time ago. The medium employed by the landlord was the party chosen by Mr Fitzgerald for a like purpose. M Fitzgerald has written to the tenantry, that if they refuse to accept his terms he will sell his interest to English capitalists. Such a threat requires no comment. IS bespeaks its own condemnation—I am, faithfully yours, QUADRATUS.


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