knockanuare notes 30th September 2018

RAMBLING House on the 4th October 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 8th October. Music by Stevie Donegan. All Welcome. If attending it is important to please ring office on 068/49799. New members especially welcome.

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.

CARE OF THE AGED: Committee meeting in the Marian Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 3rd October. All members are requested to attend. New members welcome.

FIRST FRIDAY CALLS: Please note that my October First Friday calls here in the Parish will be on Thursday 18th in Knockanure and Friday 19th in Moyvane.

GAA: Knockanure GAA Lotto Results.There was no winner of the €10,000 jackpot on Friday 28th September. Numbers drawn were 9, 21, 22, and 24. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were ;1. Hanna Pianse, 24, Woodgrove Moyvane; 2. Mattie Dillon, c/o Listowel Agri; 3. John Looney, Knockanure; 4. John Dillane, Cork Line, Brosna, and 5. Michael O’Connor, 439973 Holly’s. Next jackpot will be €10,100 with draw on the 5th October.

KNOCKANURE CHURCH: Work has commenced in Knockanure Church which will remain closed until further notice. In the meantime Sunday Mass at 10am will be in Knockanure Community Centre.

SYMPATHY: To Ger O’Connell & family, Moyvane South on the death of his brother Billy,

Mountcollins, and Carlow.

DEATH has occurred of Bill Cahill of 5 Hill View Drive, Abbeyfeale, And late of Knocknasna. Bill died on the 24th of September, 2018. Survived by his wife Cass, sons, daughters, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, and in-laws. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday, the 27th of September, at the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale, followed by burial in Reilig Ide Naofa,

DEATH has occurred of Thomas Michael (T.M.) Holly, Surrey, UK and late of Ahanagran. Died at his home in Surrey on Monday, Sept. 10th 2018. Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Mary, survived by his wife Karen, his brothers Patrick, Denis and John, his sisters Marian, Sinéad, Helen and Lucy, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and grandnieces. Requiem Mass was celebrated T M on Sept. 29th at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Ballylongford, with burial afterwards in Lislaughtin Abbey, Ballylongford.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bridie Pelican, Tom Flavin, Patsy Fogarty, Eddie Langford, Jerry O’Regan, Gerard F Horgan, Sheila Carmody, Fr. Sean Danaher, Pat Furlong, Mary E Carpenter, Denis Flaherty, Mai Mullane, Jim McCarthy, Pat Stanley, Sr. Mary Aquin O’Carroll, Nell Byrnes, Sr. Ann Doyle, Patsy Healy, Bridie Lynch, Sean Dowling, Sr. Catherine Colbert, Joan Mulvihill, Ellen Flaherty, Paudie Shanahan, Joe O’Connor, Tommy Stack, Mass Moyvane Wed. 3rd Oct. at 7.30pm for Willie Stack, The Hill; Sat 6th at 7.30pm mass for Mary Ellen Flaherty and Sunday 7th mass for Joe O’Connor. Mass Knockanure Sunday 7th Oct. at 10 am in Community Centre.

WEDDING took place on Saturday 22nd of September 2018 in Athea Church of Miriam Langan, daughter of Eddie and Teresa of Glenagragra, to Patrick Brouder of Glenbawn. The bridesmaids were Edel Langan and Noelle McCarthy, the maid of honour was Anne Langan and the bestman was Liam Brouder with the groomsmen James Normoyle and Patrick Cregan, The ceremony was performed by Fr. Brendan Duggan. The reception was held at The Devon Inn Hotel.

JOURNAL: Athea Parish Journal, please, please send in material as soon as possible. This will be the 30th issue and might very well be the last to hit the shelves, so let’s make it a good one!

ROSARY: October is the month of the Holy Rosary, reminding all of us to pray for one another.

Rosary on the Coast on 7th October 2018; Kerry Banna Strand, Meenogahane Pier, Causeway, Kilmore Beach, Ballyduff, and Glin Pier. Phone at 087 27865532.

Rosary on the Coast for Life & Faith: A rosary for life and faith will be recited at the Pier Car Park, Glin on Sunday 7th October at 5.00 p.m. October 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and the intention is to beg Our Lady’s intercession to save the souls of all Nations especially our own nation.

GOING Strong Club: will be held on the 1st October in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall at 2.00 p.m.

YOUTH: Moyvane Youth Club: is holding their AGM on Tuesday 2nd October in the Marian Hall at 8pm. Commitment and involvement from Parents is urgently needed. If the required numbers of leaders are not available then either the youth club will not be able to go ahead or places will be limited. This would be a huge loss to our youth. So parents your support and help is urgently needed. Thank you.

PALLIATIVE CARE: In St. John’s on Monday evening at 7.00p.m. Dillon Boyer is planning an information evening about Palliative Care and the work of the Palliative Care Unit in KUH, details from 068 22566.

NORTH KERRY INTERMEDIATE CUP: Congratulations to Moyvane B who overcame Ballydonoghue B on a final score of 2-11 to 2-7.

HEALTH and Wellbeing Week in Kerry runs from Oct. 6th to 14th, details from local library.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE (0667134276); Ardfert Historical Society: Dónal Stack, Holy Wells of North Kerry, Thurs. 4th Oct, 8.00pm. What does God want me to do with my life? Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesday. October 3rd, 7.00pm-8.30pm.

BOOK Launch: a book on the betrothal (marriage) of Mary and Joseph by Paraic Maher,

will be launched at St Michael’s College Listowel on Thursday, Oct 4th, 7:30pm. The book is a presentation of the betrothal, featuring artwork from churches all around Ireland including the parish church in Cahersiveen. The book will be presented, by the musician, composer and founder of Siamsa Tíre, Fr. Pat Ahern and the renowned stained glass artist from Brosna, Mr James Scanlon.

DANCERS: Attention all Lady Step Dancers We are hoping to form a set of Senior Ladies for competition. If you are aged between 18-35 come along to St. Patrick’s Hall, Listowel on Tues. 2nd Oct. at 8pm Tel. 087-6873075 for further information.

HOLLY’S GALA: Congratulations and well done to Terry Dunne and Holly’s Gala on winning the B.E.S.T. Award for excellence in retail at the 2018 Gala Annual Conference which was held in Killashee Hotel in Naas recently.

CHALLENGE: The 5th Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 20, starting at Dromtrasna National School, Abbeyfeale. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the ‘Miriam Joy Cancer Treatment Fund.

SCRIPTURES: Exploration of the Christian Story with Dr. Eugene Duffy Dr. Eugene Duffy, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick will present a public talk entitled ‘Exploration of the Christian Story – Deepening your understanding of the scriptures.’ The presentation will take place over two evenings, Wed. Oct. 17th and Wed. Oct. 24th in St. Patrick’s Hall, Listowel. The presentation will begin at 8pm. All are welcome. There is no charge for this event.

FREE Internet Classes Morning and evening classes available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Venues: Ballybunion Community Centre / Listowel Community Centre / Tarbert Bridewell. Booking essential. Contact Mary O’Gorman (087) 7826432.

FOOD: 2018 Dingle Food Festival starts on 5th October. Festival goers purchase a book of taste trail tickets and can then visit over 70 venues around the town offering tastings of the best food and drink of the Peninsula.

TIDY TOWNS Results; Listowel (339 marks); Knockanure (271) Moyvane (293); Duagh (266) Athea (285); and Glin (308).

CHOIR: Saint Benedict Parish Choir will perform at Listowel Church on Friday Oct. 12th at 10.30am.

WALK: A gentle spiritual ecumenical walk from Ardfert Cathedral to Wethers’ Well; on Saturday October 6th 10.30am: reflecting on St. Brendan and his influence on our own spiritual journey; bring packed lunch walking shoes and high-vis jacket; finishing about 3pm. Led by Archdeacon

Simon Lumby Church of Ireland, Killarney .Tel 086 870 3997.

MEDITATIVE WALK Season of Creation: to close the Season of Creation (1st September

-4th October) at 11.45am on Wednesday 3rd October.

UNCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS: 8 SESSIONS STARTING October 2nd 7.30pm in Listowel Parish Meeting Room. Course is free. All welcome.

CHANGE OF DATE FOR CHOIR WORKSHOP: Original date October 2nd changed to October 16th in John Paul 11 Pastoral Centre, Killarney at 7.00.

ST JOHN’S: Exhibition of photographs by Dillon Boyer 1st to 6th October; Tuesday 2nd , The Best of traditional with Kevin Burke; Thursday 4th Kris Kristofferson Songbook; Fri. 5th Cracks, play exploring mental illness; Sat 6th to 31st, Exploring Kerry place names; Tuesday 9th, Summer 1993- Film Club, details from 068 22566.

BINGO AT THE GLÓRACH: Bingo every Monday night at the Glórach from 8.30pm.

RISH DANCING CLASSES: Every Thursday evening with Jimmy Hickey in the Community Centre, New Street, Abbeyfeale.

SOCIAL DANCING: Learn to waltz, jive, slosh etc. with Josephine at The Railway every Tuesday from 8pm.

ADULT SET DANCING: The beginner’s class with Timmy Woulfe every Monday at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane is morphing into an advanced class from next Monday. Everyone welcome.

PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carrig will hold a prayer meeting at 3pm in St. Mary’s Church, Knocknagoshel on Sunday, October 7 next. Prayers, hymns and healing session.

CRAFT CO-OP: Abbeyfeale Craft Co-op has resumed in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursdays from 11- 2pm. New Member’s Welcome. Any information required contact Mary 087 2237363.

ICA: Abbeyfeale ICA guild resumed activities on Tuesday night last at the Further Education and Training Centre, Mountmahon from 7.30 – 9.30pm. The guild usually meet first and third Tuesday of the month. New members welcome. Tel. Anne Maria 06831145 for details.

MAINTENANCE: North Kerry Older Persons Maintenance Service is now taking requests for Winter work. We provide a low-cost maintenance and minor repair service specifically for senior members of the community of North Kerry. Prepare your home for the cold weather (i.e. powerwashing footpaths and driveways). Christmas is quickly approaching and now is the time to tackle indoor improvements and repairs. We also offer home cleaning and domestic support. For more information please call 068 23429 or 0873776724.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOUCE CENTRE: A free workshop on supporting healthy family life on Wednesday 3rd October from 9.30am – 1pm. Babies/Toddlers are welcome to attend with family members. Book in now and enjoy a FREE ‘mini’ massage before the event begins! Speakers: Dr. Ann Horgan Consultant Psychiatrist HSE “Well Being for Mom and Family”. Edel Lawlor, Play Therapist “Mothering with Love”. Claire Adams, Music Therapist, “Supporting Babies & Children through Music”. Goodie bags for all moms kindly sponsored by Hartnett’s Pharmacy, Dolans Pharmacy & Horans Health Food. Contact the Centre on 068/23584.

HARNETT REUNION INTERNATIONAL: It’s official, the 2nd Harnett Reunion is going international and taking place on the weekend of July 11-14, 2019. It will be based in the Devon Inn and a full programme of events are currently being planned. The next meeting of the organising committee will take place on Thursday, October 10.

FUNDRAISER: “NewtownSounds LipSkit Battle”. Have 40 participants, both from the parish and outside the parish who have begun rehearsals for what is guaranteed to be a night of laughter and great entertainment! This event takes place on Saturday December 1st at 8pm in the Community Centre Moyvane.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: A group of friends of the late Joan O’Keeffe, Ballymacjordan have come together to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General which was a great support to Joan during her illness. They plan on holding an afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, October 28 with dancing to Mike Condon from 3-6pm and ask for your kind support.

FOOTBALL: Glin Rovers F.C. 50th Anniversary: To mark our clubs 50th year having been founded in 1968 we are organising a Celebration Social on Friday, 9th November at the Listowel Arms. John Delaney, Chief Executive Officer of the FAI will be our special guest for the night. We are currently organising a commemorative club booklet full of our History, Roll of Honours and photos from the past and present. If you are interested in sponsoring an advert in the booklet please contact a club officer. All sponsorship/support is greatly appreciated for this unique event in our club.

RESEARCH: On 26 September, John Halligan T.D., Irish Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development and Xavier Barcons, Director General of ESO signed the Accession Agreement that will lead to Ireland joining the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

REUNION; Mary Immaculate College Reunion on 6th October from 2.30pm to 5pm.

GIFT OF CHURCH ORGAN TO DUAGH CHURCH, Donated by Rod & Maggie Murray, in memory of John & Agnes Finucane, Trieneragh.

WORKSHOP: A presentation by John Lonergan (Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison) on ’ How to be Happy and Content’ will take place at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Wednesday, October 17 at 7.30pm. It has been organised by West limerick Mental Health Association. Admission is free.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: This free course aims to support individuals, families, community workers and local community volunteers to be better equipped to understand drug and alcohol issues in their local area. To find out more about this course, an Open Evening will be held on Wednesday, October 3, at 7pm in West Limerick Resources office, St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The Course itself starts on October 10 & will run weekly for 13 weeks in Newcastle West. This course is organised in conjunction with the Mid West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and West Limerick Resources CLG. Registration is essential. For more information please contact Eddie O’Shaughnessy, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 653 5156 or email: eoshaughnessy

FILM: The Kerry Film Festival takes place 18-21 October 2018

REMEMBRANCE Ceremony will be held in Listowel on November 11th 2018 at 11.30 am, to mark the anniversary of the end of WW1

ROSARY: The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other…


Scéal i dtaobh Joan Grogan

– Joan Grogan.

In the townland of upper Athea near the boundary between Limerick & Kerry, Joan Grogan was born in a small house. As a girl she did not seem to be in any way different to others. She was gay and lively.

When a young woman she with other girls and boys were on their way to a wake. It was after night fall and the party came to a stream which they should cross.

Some crossed over and hurried on and then the others crossed. No one noticed that Joan was not among them. Those in front thought she was with those behind and the second party thought she was with the first. When they all met again (at the wake) they missed Joan, but concluded that for some reason or other she had gone home or had gone to some other place.

The following morning they heard a queer story and the reason why Joan was absent from the wake. She had no recollection of anything from the time the whole party were about to cross the stream on the way to the wake until she awoke out of a sleep and found that she was sitting on top of her own house, near the little chimney. The thing was treated as a strange joke.

Then she began to get epileptic fits and during these fits she had ‘second-sight’, thus she knew things that normally she should not nor could not know. She then began to be dreaded and became like a witch doctor and was able to prescribe cures for various diseases. Her fame spread and people came from afar to get her help. She cured several people when doctors had "given them up". The Priests of the Parish were annoyed at the things she did. Everyone believed that she invoked the powers of darkness to aid her and she did things contrary to the laws of Church and Religion.

She was excommunicated by Fr. John Ryan, who was P.P. in Athea from yr. 1828 to 1870 and is buried in Athea chapel.

Many stories of her cures are handed down. This one is one of the most striking.

A man who lived south of Newcastle West had a nephew who lived with him. This boy fell sick and the uncle as a last resource went to Joan. About evening he called to Joan’s house. Joan who heard the strangers voice said loudly "what does the man from the place of skulls want".

The visitor lived beside a Churchyard where the bones unearthed by the grave-diggers were piled on the monastery ruins.

The man told his story and Joan told him his nephew would live if he did exactly what she told him.

He must go on the Friday night following the next full moon after 12 o’c. to the ruined Church and take home with him a skull. He must scrape off the skull a certain amount of bone dust and put these shavings on a small saucepan of water on the fire to boil. While doing this, he must name the person whom he wished to die in the place of his nephew. He must repeat the wish seven times. With the cognisance of his son he named his son’s wife as the person he wished to die.

We are told that the nephew recovered and died 80 years afterwards, an old man.

The uncle died suddenly on the anniversary of his evil wish and the son years afterwards died in the same way.

This was told by an old man – Sheahan, Monagea to –

Wm. Danaher,



About 33 years.

Sheahan knew Joan Grogan, and was over 80 yrs when he told the story.

Details from

The Schools’ Collection

Approximately 740,000 pages (288,000 pages in the pupils’ original exercise books; 451,000 pages in bound volumes) of folklore and local tradition were compiled by pupils from 5,000 primary schools in the Irish Free State between 1937 and 1939.

This collecting scheme was initiated by the Irish Folklore Commission, under the direction of Séamus Ó Duilearga and Séan Ó Súilleabháin,

The archive and research material made available on this website can be used provided that the source is acknowledged. For permission to republish material or to discuss any issues regarding permissions or copyright, please write to eolas.

NOTE: SCHOOL Folklore 1937 to 1939

26 August 2018- Following the re-enactments, renowned folklorist, Niamh Ní Locklainn, gave a very interesting talk on “Bean Feasa” / “Wise Woman” Joan Grogan of Athea in Leen’s Hotel.

by Dr Taylor Marshall

Ember Days or the Quatuor Temporas are a traditional time of harvest fasting “four times” per year asking God to give us holy priests for the harvest of souls. Dr Taylor Marshall explains the history and Catholic theology of Ember Days and then challenges Catholics to voluntarily take up the Ember Days asking Christ for holy clergy.

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