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2022 December 7 Knockanure






PARISH: Annual Christmas Confessions St. Mary’s Church, Listowel Mon. 19th Dec. 8.00pm.  There will be several Priests available to hear Confessions. Christmas Mass Schedule: Sat. 24th Dec.’22 Christmas Eve- Moyvane at 6.00pm, Knockanure 8.00pm, and Moyvane 10.00pm.

Sun. 25th Dec.’22 Christmas Day- Knockanure at 9.30am and Moyvane at 11.00am.

2nd Collection at Masses weekend, 3rd and 4th Dec. for Irish Church Commission/Agencies.

Parish Office will be closed Thurs. 8th Dec., a Church holiday of Obligation. Some notes from the Parish Pastoral Council Meeting on 23rd November 2022. Selection of various officers within the Parish Pastoral Council: Grace Leahy was elected as chair of the Parish Pastoral Council,  Anne Fitzmaurice volunteered to be the secretary, Shane Hanrahan volunteered to be the Area Pastoral Council representative for Moyvane while Brenda Clancy volunteered for Knockanure.

Tara Mulvihill and Shane Hanrahan agreed to co-ordinate liturgy (including choir, readers, altar servers and general order of service). On discussion of the reduction of the number of Masses, good reasons were given for holding on to all three Masses. The reasons varied and it was not possible to prioritise. It will be the task of the Area Pastoral co-ordinator(s) to choose in accord with area (as against parish) needs. The hope is that the best schedule is found which will mean balancing the number of Masses available with the availability of priests in this area of North Kerry.

It was moreover noted that in future we may have to think about having prayer services (with Holy Communion) instead of Mass, not solely on weekdays but on Sundays.

Confessions: Moyvane Saturday 6.45pm to 7.15pm. Eucharistic Adoration every Tues. after 10.00am Mass to 11.30am.

St. Vincent De Paul will be holding their Annual Church Gate collection at all Masses weekend, 10th & 11th Dec. Care of the aged Moyvane/Knockanure, chiropodist will attend Marian Hall Fri. 9th of Dec. at 10am, for appointment contact Anne 087-6146590.



DEATH took place recently of Paddy McElligott, Chicago & Coolaclarig.

ANNIVERSARIES: Kitty McEnery, Sheila Nash, John Broderick, Tom Culhane, Peg Hayes, Sr. Mary Galvin, Nora Kennelly, Mary Ellen Daly, Con Healy, Fr Hugh O’Donoghue,

MASS INTENTIONS: Sat.3rd Dec.’22- Moyvane for Maurice & Joe O’Connell (Aniv.), their sister Margaret RIP & Deceased members of O’Connell family at 7.30pm; Sun.4th Dec.’22 Knockanure for Sheila Nash (5th Aniv.) Gortdromagouna & deceased of Nash Family at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Sean & John O’Connor (Aniv.’s) Inchamore & Deceased members of O’Connor family at 11.00am;

Mon.5th Dec.’22- No Mass in Church

Tues.6th Dec.’22  Moyvane a Private Intention at 10.00am; Weds.7th Dec.’22 Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am, and Mass Moyvane for Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Vigil Mass at 7.30pm; Thurs.8th Dec.’22- Knockanure for Immaculate Conception at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Patrick Scanlon (Aniv.), Moher at 11.00am; Fri.9th Dec.’22- Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Sat.10th Dec.’22- Moyvane for Denny & Kitty McEnery (Aniv.) Tubbertoreen at 7.30pm; Sun.11th Dec.’22 Knockanure for John & Peggy McElligott (Aniv.) Lissaniskea, & daughter Betty Neumann, USA (Aniv.) at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Thomas Culhane (Aniv.) at 11.00am.

ELIZABETH NUNS FROM BELARUS will be visiting St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on weekend Masses 10th & 11th December. They will have a small display of handmade Icons, ceramics, decorations & other artefacts produced in the workshop in their convent for sale after mass.

CAROL CONCERT Hosted by Coláiste na Ríochta, Secondary School, in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Wednesday 14th December @ 7.30pm. Featuring Kerry Choral Union.

RAMBLING HOUSE at the Thatched house Finuge on Sunday 4th December from 4 to 6pm. All singers and Musicians welcome.

SVP: Annual Radio Kerry Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser for St Vincent de Paul, in association with Garvey’s Super Valu takes place on Friday, December 16.

FOR AFRICA:  Our annual Christmas cake sale will take place in St. Ita’s Hall on Sunday, December 11 from 10am – 1pm.  Donations can be left in Batt’s the day before or dropped to the hall Sunday morning.

COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER GROUP for the Listowel area is starting up. Full training would be provided. If you are interested or have any questions, please come along to the meeting on, Monday 5th Dec at 7.30pm. in St. Michael’s College.

ST JOHNS: Dec. 5th and 6th  Panto- Old Mother Hubbard’s Crazy Christmas Show; 7th, 8th and 13th Children’s- Aladdin; Friday 9th Concert with Pa Sheehy, and on Sunday 11th free concert, Carol Service for All, details from 068 22566.

OLD film is not just about Abbeyfeale; it looks at the Sabbath, takes a look at the marginalised and dispossessed in Irish society, re-visits the Easter Rising, provides an insight into the experiences of the emigrant and takes a look into how our National Anthem came into being. Abbeyfeale on Film dates 10th and 11th of December.  Tickets €10 can be booked at or by calling 0871383940.

BROADFORD YOUTH CHOIR at Glórach Theatre on Friday, December 9th.

KNOCK Shrine Night Vigil. The Feast of Immaculate Conception Wednesday, 7th December, Coaches Departs: Listowel. 5:00pm (The Bridge); Abbeyfeale 5:15pm (The Church), contact: O’Shea’s. 066 71 80123.

FEAST of St. Nicholas is celebrated on Tues. 6th December. The patron saint of sailors, of Russia and of children.

KERRY College of Further Education and Training held its graduation in the Brandon Hotel recently, the first in person graduation since Kerry College was established by Kerry Education and Training Board in 2019. More than 500 graduates from Kerry College’s Clash, Denny Street, Listowel, Killorglin, and Monavalley campuses celebrated their graduation.

DUAGH TIDY TOWNS; The Memory room along with the Live Crib will open on Sunday 18th December after Mass. We would appreciate any old photographs to display In the Memory Room. They can be handed to Therese Cronin, the Village. Photos will be scanned, and originals returned to you. Thank you for your support.

CRAFT & FOOD FARE Duagh Sports Complex Sunday, 4th Dec. 12 noon to 4.00 pm.

CELTIC BROTHERS: formerly known as the Willoughby Brothers will give a Christmas Concert in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, December 11.  The concert will begin at 7.30pm.

GRANTS: €200,000 allocated for the Shannon Way in North Kerry, €199,800 for an upgrade of Castlegregory Beach Amenity Area and €500,000 for the provision of changing facilities on North Kerry Greenway.

NATURE: Ranger Sam Bayley is to monitor the wildlife within the Killarney National Park. “Bird Ringing helps us to study particular individuals within the population, so we can learn about their movements, habitats and how long they live for. A series of measurements such as wing length, weight, ageing and sexing are key factors for us to record.”  For more see

RETREAT: The Youth 2000 Christmas retreat will be taking place in Newbridge College, Newbridge between 9th-11th December. This retreat is for anyone aged 16-35. Excellent Speakers, Inspiring Talks & Workshops, Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!! Donation only. Free buses leaving from all over Ireland. Register now on

CHRISTMAS REMEMBERANCE SERVICE For Loved Ones Lost To Suicide at which you are invited to place a little ornament on the tree in memory of your loved ones, Sunday December 11th

at 3pm at the Town Hall, Princes Quay, Tralee.

ARTS and artists groups Grants, apply now for projects and activities taking place in 2023. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on January 26, 2023, apply to Kerry County Council.

FREE Parking Tralee in Council-owned car parks from Monday, November 28 to Monday, January 2 from 9.30am to 2pm every day.

BOOK, ‘Forever In Our Hearts’, a book produced by the Churchill Heritage Group. Features mortuary cards of people who came from the Ardfert, Spa, Fenit, Barrow and Churchill area over the past 135 years. “The earliest mortuary card was from 1885.

MEN’S sheds are in Killarney, Barradubh, Dingle, Kenmare, Sneem, Ballyheigue, Listowel, (Ballybunion, 087 2342 593/ 086 8802 092), Caherciveen, Ballyduff Men’s Shed, KC Men’s Shed, Tralee, Waterville and Sliabh Luachra. Listowel Men’s Shed, Location 56 Feale Drive, (Listowel, 087 7165 302)

HEART: over 800,000 have heart attacks in the U.S. every year.

HELPLINE: Senior Line Friendly Listening Service 1800 804591.

Home Visitation Service for older people in North Kerry, contact 068 23429.

SUPPORT: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 13th December at 7:15pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. More [email protected]  call our Information Line on 01 4045378.

BILL KIRBY MEMORIAL WALK in aid of Kerry Hospice. Gathering at the Brogue Inn on St. Stephen’s Day at 11am and walk commencing at 11.30am. Sponsorship Cards available from Michael Fox O’Connor 087 9833075. Donations accepted on the day.

DANCING: Beale GAA- Strictly Come Dancing in aid of the club on Friday 30th December in the Tintean Theatre. Doors open at 7pm.

Christmas Afternoon tea dance will take place on Sunday December 11th from 3pm-5pm in Ballybunion Community Centre. Admission on the day will be free.

HOSPITAL: 355 patients waiting on trolleys in University Hospital Kerry, the highest number for the month of Nov. since 2019.

SUCKLER: Where farmers are exiting suckler cows, €1,080 to be used for income foregone.

FODDER: The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has begun scheme payments to over 71,000 eligible farmers.

TB- 74 reactors were found at Salesian Agricultural College which has a 550ac farm and offers training to about 700 students.

CONGRATULATIONS to Oisin Kennelly and Micheal Kissane who played on the winning Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry team in the recent All Ireland Colleges Final.

Best wishes also to Paul Mansfield on winning the Sarsfield Cup. Paul was on the West Limerick team who beat East Limerick & City in the final, recently.

IFA has described the European Union proposal on carbon farming as “very disappointing and more likely to be a white elephant than a future cash cow”.

AID: €100 million, is Ireland’s humanitarian and development funding for the Horn of Africa in 2022.

Drought centred on southern Ethiopia, northern Kenya and Somalia, by Feb. 2023, between 23 and 26 million may be in need of help.

BLACK SOILS: World Soil Day 2022, will launch its first global report on black soils at a hybrid event in Rome on Monday, December 5-2022.  FAO Director-General QU Dongyu will deliver opening remarks, followed by speeches from officials and experts, including Janusz Wojciechowski, EU Commissioner for Agriculture; Lee Seong-ho, permanent representative of the Republic of Korea to FAO; and Victor Vasiliev, representative of the Russian Federation.

LOW CARBON; With Christmas visitors and cooking a big meal, it is likely that your home will be a lot warmer than usual, so you could turn the heating down for the day. If you get a bit chilly, you can put on a festive Christmas jumper and close the curtains when it gets dark, rather than turning the heating up- it is estimated that turning the thermostat down by one degree will save 350kg CO2e.

MOBILE CRIB VISITS Tralee, If your local area/housing estate would like to host an evening with the Crib with prayers and Carols during Advent please contact Karen, Parish Pastoral Worker in the

Office to discuss arrangements including the need for the area to provide transportation of the crib.

OPEN AA MEETING – Saturday 10th December – The Tarbert Group of Alcoholics Anonymous opened its doors to the suffering alcoholic back in 2002. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary with an Open Meeting in the Tarbert Community Centre on Saturday 10th December at 8pm. Everybody Welcome.

TRACTORS Run by Estuary Rollers begins in Listowel on Dec. 4th at 4pm.: Estuary Rollers will be seen rolling into Glin with lights flashing! on Sunday 4th (day after Old Fair Day in Glin) Last year’s event saw over 150 tractors decorated to the hilts. Supporting Kerry Hospice and Neonatal Care Unit, Maternity Hospital Limerick. To make a donation visit

TROCAIRE; As Christmas approaches Trocaire is once again running its Christmas gifts appeal, Global Gift. In keeping with the spirit of Christmas. Trócaire offers a range of ethical Christmas gifts that people can buy to change the lives of vulnerable families and communities in the developing

world. Since this appeal began eight years ago, over 535,000 Christmas gifts have been purchased around Ireland to help the world’s poorest people. These Christmas gifts have helped parents feed their children, families to build a safe home and communities to work their way out of poverty. Log onto Call save Trócaire at 1850 408 408.

JOBS: Objections have been withdrawn. Lilly will open a biologics facility in the Raheen business park, Limerick with up to 1,000 workers involved in construction. They are expected to spend €400m.  Aughinish Alumina Company employs 482 people, and an estimated 385 downstream jobs.

Aughinish incurred a net loss of €363.18m last year before the rise of the gas price.

BISHOP Collins: The Foundation Letters of the Brazil Mission – letters from the Archives, Part 12

by Margie Buttitta SSL, USA/Brazil Community Archivist. In Part 12 of the series, we share the second part of the second letter that Bishop Jaime Collins wrote to Catherine Foley SSL, which gives a wonderful social and physical analysis of the Prelazia of Miracema do Norte at the time.

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GARDA Commissioner Drew Harris addressed a gathering in Listowel on Wednesday last 30th Nov. Marking the Centenary of the gardaí in the county. More at


FULL Moon on Dec. 8th. Grass is still growing, but land is wet. The birds have stripped many of the berries from bushes. Rosehips are still too hard for birds to eat.

RADIO MARIA Saorview 210 on your TV. Also listen live on the Web – google

RADIO MARIA. Tune in next Monday Dec 5th from 6.10 pm to 7.00 pm – Deacon Thady O’Connor will be presenting a programme on the healing power of Sacred Music and how it helped with his recovery from Covid-19.

BALLYBUNION: Cliff Path Walk- the history of Scolt Na Dhrida

Druids layer is located on the Cliff Path Walk north of the town, overlooking a sheer drop to the rocks below. This area is steeped in folklore and legend, with magnificent views of the Wild Atlantic…

The Shipwreck on Beale Beach

One fateful night on Sunday the 30th of November 1834 as a stormy moon lit the Shannon estuary, a two-masted sailing ship called the Thetis made for shelter within the relative safety of the estuary…

The Serpent and The Monk

Kilconly church and cell of St Chonnla The remains of Kilconly church nestle in a small field just off the scenic Wild Atlantic Way route (S) as you head towards Ballybunion. A walk around this c…

Piper whose Life Spanned Three Centuries

Tom McCarthy, the famous Uillean piper, was born in Doon, Ballybunion in 1799. It is said that he would wander the cliffs of Doon listening to the sounds of the wildlife around him, and…



TRANSITION Kerry: Like the rest of Ireland. Kerry, Tralee it’s other town’s villages and communities are dependent on sources outside of the country for most of our food, fuel, energy, a lot of our jobs, and most of our “stuff”. Transition Kerry believes we need to become a more self-reliant and sustainable community. The toughest challenges facing Kerry, our communities and humanity itself are  Climate Change, Peak Oil, Food Security and Economic decline. Economic Decline and Climate Change is well documented. However Peak Oil, Food Security, Environmental & Social decline remains under the radar for most people.



FOOD: The Kerry food story

The aim of this book is to remind us of the wealth of home-grown and home-produced produce that Kerry has to offer, and to give you the information of a direct way of sourcing it. The Directory included in the Kerry Food Story book has details of over 150 producers in the areas of confectionery/baking, gluten-free baking, vegetables, honey, seafood and fish, meat products, dairy produce, organic produce, retail, drinks and vegetarian. We want to give a strong and vibrant message that Kerry is open for business in relation to food and drink, and that we have some of the best chefs and food producers not just in Ireland, but in the world.

BOOK: Memories of Mountcollins book is now back in print

The 2022 edition of the Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine is now on sale in all the usual outlets.

The Launch, by Jason Foley, of the annual publication, was on December 2nd at Tomáisín’s, Lisselton.



POST: 7 December is the last day for posting parcels to countries, including USA, outside Ireland to guarantee delivery for Christmas.


CalledToMore – Dream Big, Don’t Settle for Second Best

Welcome to Called To More! We believe that every person is Called To More and that God wants us all to Dream Big and not to Settle for Second Best. Our vision is to encourage all people to dream again, to reignite their passion for their faith, to simplify what it means to be a believer, to reset peoples thinking to get back to the basics and to help people achieve their God given potential.


ALCOHOL- HSE is calling for a new education campaign about drinking during pregnancy – after stark figures show one in ten babies are born with foetal alcohol disorders in Ireland every year.

According to new figures from the HSE, there are around 6,000 babies born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in Ireland every year.

As well as that, around 600 babies are born with the more severe Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

These figures seem even more grim when you realise that the Word Health Organisation estimates that Ireland has the third-highest rate of FASD in the world, at 47.5 per 1,000.




Cost of Living

They also lived a “greener life” where single use or disposable products did not exist. My grandmother or great grandmother would flip over in her grave if she saw me using a paper towel to wipe up a spill on the floor and then throw it out. Or if she saw me pay $5 for a 24 pack of bottled water. Most of what we buy now-a-days are single use products that our grandmothers wouldn’t even dream of using because they seem wasteful.

Growing up I remember my grandmother talking to me over and over again about not being wasteful; that went for money as well as household products.

To honor our mothers, grandmothers and all past generations of mothers, here is a list to remind us of how we all used to live.  They’re ideas on how to get back to living the frugal lifestyle of generations past. Not only will you smile at the memories of Grandma that will surely pop up, but also at the less expensive ways to live.



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Rambling House Knockanure December 1 2022



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Rambling House December 2022 Knockanure




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