Knockanuare Notes-6th February 2022

SCHOOL: Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure: Our School Enrolment process for 2022-2023 school year

has commenced. Please go to or contact the school on 068-49130 (between 9.30am & 1.30pm each day) for further details. We welcome all children to our school. Míle Buíochas.

CLASSES: Circuit Classes starting Knockanure Community Centre in Feb. (Thurs. evenings). All levels/ages. Classes’ hour long. Contact Nora 087 7476717.

SCOR: Anyone interested in taking part in “Scor na nOg”, please contact the Cultural Officer, Tara Mulvihill on 087-6103393.

GAA LOTTO Knockanure. Results for Tuesday February 1st– Jackpot €2,500. Numbers Drawn: 6, 17, 22, and 25. No winner. Lucky Dips of €25 went to:1. Dan Enright, Trien; 2. John Shanahan, c/o Kevin’s Bar; 3. Saoirse Houlihan, c/o Jim Greaney; 4. Dónal Enright, c/o Enrights Bar, and 5. Saoirse and Fiadh, c/o John Barry. Next draw is on February 8th in the clubhouse. All are welcome. The Jackpot will be €2,600.

FEAST of Our Lady of Lourdes on the 11th, also World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Feast of St Bakhita Patron of Human- trafficking Survivors, born in Sudan 1869, she was kidnapped by slave traders when she was aged 7. Died 1947. St. Gobnait is celebrated on Friday. From Baile Mhuirne, she was the patron of beekeepers. St. Agatha is patron Saint for all who suffer with breast cancer and whose Feast Day was on 5th February.

CANCER: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, cancer survivors there don’t have to disclose their previous diagnosis 10 years after the end of their treatment.

HAPPINESS – it is not about what you have – it is about how much you appreciate what you have.

PADRE Pio, February Devotions in Castleisland on Tuesday 15th February 7.30pm. Witness by: Liam Gowan of Waterford and Tralee, Theme: “Forgiveness in the face of personal disaster”.

DEATH on February 1st 2022 of Catherine (Kitty) Curtin (nee Leahy), Corcamore, Clarina, (late of Clounmacon, Listowel) in her 96th year. Wife of the late John and predeceased by her sister Peggy Finucane (Moyvane) and brother Tim Leahy (Kilrush). mother to her daughters Margaret (Allen, Clarina), Mary (Kiely, Monard), Carmel (McNamara, Clarina), Pauline (Twomey) Clarina, Liz (Hopkins, Clonlara), Martina (Ryan, Quin) and son Brendan (Clarina). Survived also by her brother Monty (Leahy, Clounmacon) and his wife Bridie, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

DEATH has occurred of Michael (Mike) Leahy, New York and late of Trien, Kilmorna, Listowel.  Michael (Mike) passed away peacefully at his home in New York on Monday 31st January 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his parents Tim and Hannah Leahy, his sister Peggy Horan, his niece Nora O’Donoghue, and his grandnieces Róisín Curtin and Leah O’Donoghue.

Survived by his wife Rose, son Seán, daughters Máiréad and Katrina, grandchilren Trent, Nora, John and Caitlín.  He will be deeply missed by his sister Maureen (Trien), his brothers Willie Joe (Trien), Pat (Moyvane), Teddy (Listowel) and Jerry (Kilrush).  His sisters-in-law Eileen, Mary, Margaret and Mary.  His brother-in-laws Jim and Brendan, his aunt Phil Counihan (Ballyduff), and his many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. A funeral will take place for Michael (Mike) on Thursday, 3rd February from 4-8pm at the Hodder Farenga Funeral Home, Yonkers.  His funeral mass will be on Friday, 4th February in St. Barnabas Church, Bronx at 10:45am.  Interment afterwards to Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx. A mass will be celebrated for Michael (Mike) in Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure on Friday, 11th February 2022 at 7:30pm.

DEATH occurred on 2 February 2022  of Sr. Sacred Heart Meade, of St. Vincent’s Convent, Galway City, Galway and Tarbert. Predeceased by her parents James and Sarah Meade, her sisters Sr. Raphael, Moira Prendiville and Sadie O’Connor. Fondly remembered by the Sisters of Mercy in St. Vincent’s and Western Province, her nieces, nephews, nieces-in-law, nephews-in-law, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces, and great grandnephews.

DEATH of Mai Kelliher (née Hannon) of Greenville and formerly Lofty’s shop, Convent St., Listowel, on 1st February 2022, wife of the late Jerry and dearest mother of Maurice, Jerry, Kathleen, John, Eileen and Michael and sister of the late Tom and Din-Joe. Also survived by grandchildren Paul, Jerry, Andrew, Barry, Denis, Tracy, Sean, Shane, Aaron and Leah, sister Julie, brothers Ned and Jerry, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

DEATH has taken place of Margaret O’Hanlon nee Walsh of Upper Tonevane, Blennerville, Tralee and formerly Moyvane, on 27th January 2022, wife of the late Pa-Joe and mother of Sarah, Helen, John, Myra, Carmel, Fiona and the late Pat. Also survived by her grandchildren- especially Louise, great grandchildren, sister Mary (O’Malley- London), sons-in-law Mike, Joe, Ray & Cathal, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Nellie Hannon, Padraic Liston, Marina Lynch, Jack Shine, Con Hanrahan, Neily McCarthy, Margaret O’Brien, Bridie McNeill, Irene Nolan, Joanie McKenna, James G O’Callaghan, Mary Clancy, Cecelia Doyle, Johnny Enright, Sr. Austin Brosnan, Bridie Mulvihill, Peggy Higgins, Ned O’Keeffe, Sr Eileen Brosnan, Nan Hurley, Sr. Mary O’Connor, Jerry Sheehy, Fr. Jim Finan, Sr. Patricia O’Brien, Hannah Murphy, Mary Cronin, Pat J Dowling, Sr. Aquin Enright,

MASS INTENTIONS: Sat.5th Feb.’22- Moyvane for John Moloney (1st Anniv.), Clarr, Parents Mick and Mary Moloney7.30pm; Sun.6th Feb.’22 at Knockanure for People of the Parish at 9.30am, and mass at Moyvane for   Jack Shine, (2nd Anniv.) Glin Rd., at 11.00am; Mon. 7th Feb.’22- No Mass in Church in Moyvane; Tues.8th Feb.’22 at Moyvane for Private Intention at 10.00am; Weds.9th Feb.’22 at Knockanure for                Private Intention at 10.00am; Thurs.10th Feb.’22 at Moyvane for Private Intention at 10.00am; Fri.11th Feb.’22 at Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am, and in evening for Micheal (Mike) Leahy R.I.P. at 7.30pm, also mass Moyvane for Michael (Mick) Flaherty, Woodgrove, Month’s Mind at 7.30pm; Sat.12th Feb.’22 at Moyvane for Catherine Culhane, (Anniv.) Ballyguiltenane at 7.30pm, and Mass on Sun.13th Feb.’22 Knockanure for Mary O’Carroll, (1st Anniv.) Knockanure Village at 9.30am, and mass Moyvane for John Stack, Month’s Mind at 11.00am.

MASS: Michael (Mike) Leahy R.I.P. of Trien, Kilmorna died in New Jersey on 1st Feb.’22.  Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Tom at Corpus Christi Church Knockanure Friday 11th Feb.’22 at 7.30pm.

PARISH Notice; From Saturday. 5th Feb.’22, on each Saturday there will be Confessions in Moyvane from 6pm to 7pm.  At other times, by arrangement. On Invitation, Fr. Brendan will be pleased to make Home Visits (for Confessions/Communion/Anointing of Sick/other).  Please contact Fr. Brendan on 068-49308 during the Parish Office Opening Hours. Thursday 3rd Feb. was the Feast Day of St. Blaise, for anyone who wishes, we can have a blessing after 9.30 & 11.00 am Masses Sunday.  Also, Blessing of candles during these Masses, in addition to 2nd Feb. (Feast of Presentation).

Beeswax Altar candles available at the Parish Office, €2.00 each


BE INFORMED: go to Website www.formed,org/signup.  – Truth to Inspire – St. Bernadette of Lourdes.

ADORATION takes place every Wednesday straight after 10.30am mass in Listowel, until 1.00 p.m.  Should a funeral take place on the day it will be cancelled.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE Names are currently being taken for a new art group, scheduled to commence on Monday. November 8. Further details available from Bridie Mulvihill on 086 8556431.

MUSIC AT GLÓRACH Abbeyfeale at 8 pm on Saturday, February 19th. Buttevant musician Alan Finn of Shandrum Céilí band fame, and who has played for former US President Barack Obama, will be joined on the night by a group of musicians that includes Keelan McGrath, Seán Kelliher and singer Annmarie O’Riordan.

CHOIR: The Kingdom Gospel Choir are re-commencing rehearsals (fortnightly) starting on Friday 11th February from 8-9pm in the Friary Church Killarney. New members always welcome. No singing experience necessary. For more information contact Caoimhe on 0870669858.

PLAY; Come along to Con Colbert Hall, Athea & be entranced by the spell that is Dancing at Lughnasa. The play dates  are  Sunday Feb 13th at 3pm Matinee  & then Thurs 17th,  Sat 19th,  Sun 20th,  Wed 23rd, Thurs 24th &  Sat 26th at 7:30pm. Doors Open at 7pm. Tickets can be booked by texting or Whats App on 087 6926746 €10 per ticket.

THANKS Dr. Kieran Murphy and his wife Val; It has been an honour and a privilege  to serve the people of Athea and surrounding areas over the past 37 years. It was emotional to receive expressions of gratitude from so many people. Thank you all for your kindness, thoughtfulness and most of all your friendship.

CLASS: Listowel FRC is proud to announce the recommencement of their Toddler Programme – Tiny Tots. Contact Toni Clarke on 087-7523705 or 068-23584. Start time is 10.30am on Feb. 11th.

SUPPORT: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tues. 8th Feb. at 7:20pm in Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. Event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. *Subject to Government advise* See or call Info. Line on 01 4045378.

SING WITH THE PARISH CHOIR in Listowel, join as we are all beginning again. Contact Sr. Consolata @ 0872420935, or come along with a Choir Member you know.

LISTOWEL ACTIVE RETIRED are looking for new members. We are meeting in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Tuesday 15th of February from 2.30pm. to 4.30pm. If attending please phone Sr. Eileen @ 068-21156.

WRITERS: Kerry Writers’ Museum are now taking bookings from primary schools for their free creative writing workshops delivered by Fighting Words Kerry. Pupils will create an original story & get it published with illustrations by one of their volunteer tutors.  Suitable for pupils from 3rd-6th class. Would you like to volunteer with Fighting Words Kerry at Kerry Writers’ Museum to deliver creative writing workshops to school children throughout the County? Email [email protected]

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Listowel Writers Week- Competitions 2022. A prize fund of up to €30,000 that is awarded across 8 categories. More details (

FESTIVAL: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival 2022, will take place this year from – March 24th to 27th. Closing date for entries to the writing competitions is February 28

MATCH Tickets; for all Allianz League games tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or at selected Centra and SuperValu stores.

STUDENTS of the Agricultural engineering four year degree course at Munster Technological University’s Kerry campus in Tralee are offered jobs with design and engineering firms in Europe.

EXAMS: Students will sit their exams in June but there will be “radical changes,” says Minister Foley .

“There will now be considerable choice on the paper and less content required to be studied.”

For example, she explained students would normally have to answer 10 questions on their maths paper but now they will only answer six. On the Higher Level English paper two exam there are normally three questions that students need to answer but they now will only be required to answer two. See papers for mush more details.( I remember adults attending night school for two hours per night and they passed a full leaving cert, in six months of study).

FORGOT to mention  an unusual date and time 22.22hrs on 22.2.2022.

TRANSPORT: Applications for school transport for the new school year 2022/23 open, Applications to be made by Friday 29 April 2022.  This applies only for new applicants seeking primary and/or post-primary school transport for 2022/23.

ART; National Gallery of Ireland has announced that a Tralee school is a winner in their Jack B. Yeats Schools Competition.

SCHOOL: New York spends $30,772 per student each year. Also extra cash of $13 billion in federal COVID-19 pandemic relief and another $3 billion for last school year.

DAIL: A total of €63,540.07 was spent in bars, from March 15, 2020 to November 26, 2021.

Bar food- €36,279.02 total sales. (According to press reports)

EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING: 2 Day ‘Back To Work Basic Skills Training’ for Job Seekers on Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25 in Newcastle West covering Safe Pass, Manual Handling, Chemical Awareness and Safe Use of PPE. Contact Finn Fitzgerald on 087 759 1951 to register.

TALK at ATHEA: The Healthy Athea Club has invited Ciaran Carey, former hurling manager, selector and player and now working as an addiction counsellor to give a talk on, February 25th at Con Colbert Hall.

LEADER OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS:  The  Transition and EURI Programmes are now open for applications for eligible community and enterprise projects.  Grant aid for capital works is currently available to all at a rate of 75% to a maximum €200,000 however funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Funding is also available for eligible training and A&D projects. For more information or to discuss your ideas please contact one of our development officers:  Caitriona Scully (Enterprise, Tourism and Food Projects) – [email protected]  or Aimee Grigg (Community Projects) [email protected]

GREEN Party has appointed Paul Bowler as its chairperson at its Kerry AGM. Mr. Bowler, a native of Lixnaw and a social care worker.

RE-USE project: aims to use urban biological wastes, municipal sludge, dairy processing sludge, and black bin waste, into sustainable bio-based fertilizers and biochemical and more.


SALE: Car boot sale in aid of the Newcastle West Community Centre will be held on Sunday, February 20. They are accepting bric a brac donations, toys, clean clothing. No books, broken toys etc. They have limited stall spaces available and any enquiries to 069- 69584.

ROADS: A “hierarchy of road users” has been established on the principle that those who can do the most harm have the greatest responsibility to avoid it. Those most at risk are at the top of the hierarchy. It goes: Pedestrians; Cyclists, Horse riders, Motorcyclists, Cars/taxis, Vans/minibuses, and Larger vehicles such as HGVs and buses

FARMING on TG4; 24/02 @ 21:30, beginning, From April to September farming enters its busiest six month period. There’s a monumental amount of work to be done on the land and the farmers of Ireland can’t do it alone so they turn to farming contractors and their families. These are their stories. Featuring contracting crews from Galway, Donegal, Meath, Tipperary, Kerry, Clare and Limerick, Contractors promises an amazing insight into the world of the Irish Contractor, farming and rural life in Ireland today.

MUSIC TG4; The Live final of Glór Tíre 2022. Eight contestants started this years competition and now we are down to our three finalists. Tonight voting continues, there will be some special guest performances, performances from each of the remaining contestants and we will be crowning your Glór Tíre 2022 winner. A night on the country music calendar not to be missed! Presented by Aoife Ní Thuairisg & Séamus Ó Scanláin. Starting, 22/02 @ 21:30.

RADIO: Joe Harrington, has an Internet Radio programme, Joe’s Country Kingdom. The programme every Tuesday and Saturday night, 9 to 11pm on



SIAMSA: Series 1 and 2 of our In-Person Dance and Music Classes with Jonathan Kelliher and Tom Hanafin. These in-person classes are for traditional Irish musicians and dancers aged 16yrs + that are interested in learning the key National Folk Theatre skills and repertoire required to be part of the National Folk Theatre. Students choosing dance classes will learn the unique Munnix traditional Irish dance style with Dance Master and Artistic Director Jonathan Kelliher. Students choosing music classes will be taught tunes from the National Folk Theatre repertoire with Musical Director Tom Hanafin. Some experience is required.

VALENTINE’S Day, Feb 14th, It originated as a Christian feast day honouring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. A way to celebrate with kids in a more faith-based way is to sit down with your kids and pick out verses from the Bible about love. Then on sheets of paper or sticky notes, write them down and hang them up all over the house so they can read them throughout the day.

THE EY Entrepreneur Of  The Year  programme in its 25th year in Ireland, seeking nominations. The on online nomination form at

ALDI Ireland has launched its 2022 Community Grants programme. Aldi  will distribute over €80,000.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre: The Diocese of Kerry is currently in the process of selling the Ardfert Retreat Centre to Talbot Grove (now The Grove) which has been operating there for the last nineteen months. Ardfert Retreat Centre opened in 1982.

COMMUNION: Online Pre-Sacramental Preparation talk for Parents of Children preparing for First Holy Communion. Dr Dan O Connell will present an online talk – ‘First Communion Journeying with your Child’ – on Monday 14 February at 7pm. Register online @ For further information email: [email protected] or phone 064 6632644.

LORETO Sister in Kenya Shares “biggest, absolute joy” Ahead of Institute’s Centennial Fete

“One hundred years after Loreto’s first foundation, six courageous Irish women arrived in (Kenya’s) Kilindini harbour (on October 18th, 1921). They were welcomed warmly by two Spiritan (Holy Ghost) Fathers ———————–

Focusing on the planned Centennial Celebration, Sr. Kelly said the January 29 event that is to begin with Holy Mass is guided by the theme, “Gratitude to God for faithfulness.”

To mark 100 years of service among the people of God in the Eastern Africa Province, she added, Loreto Sisters have identified a “neglected” area in Kenya’s Archdiocese of Mombasa where they plan to empower the girlchild.

“The area we feel still neglected is the area around the Mijikenda people in Kilifi. The Giriama girls are still very deprived of basic education,” Sr. Kelly said.

She explained, “Our memory for the centenary is that we develop a holistic school in Kilifi district. The land is already there, and the vision is that through that school and other ways, we impact on the region and gives the people of the area, particularly the women, a sense of their human dignity, and help them develop more fully as human persons.”

“We do not want to leave out the boychild; we have programs there” for the boychild who, she added, “is being neglected morally.”–bdRWijIR1IUiA_tukoVKPn7rlxT6_RbVFZ0Lbe1-UIv14wPIJeIcw5shKtcx_0c383rGGiMyLGVtZWgrNGKzSbTHjOQ&utm_content=202298405&utm_source=hs_email


BURNING Green waste; concerns have now been raised by farmers as it is understood the exemption under the legislation expired on January 1, 2022.

ENERGY; The EU’s plans to have 40% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Biomass is the main source of renewable energy in the EU. It accounts for about 60% of renewable consumption in the EU. European agricultural and forestry biomass are essential to generate green energy.

TEAGASC,  report that by reducing stocking rates by 10%, it could reduce fertiliser requirements by 15-20%.

GRANTS: Opening of the Organic Processing Investment Grant Scheme, by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The scheme runs until Thursday March 31, 2022.

KERRY Group has launched a €6 million dairy sustainability programme for its 3,000 milk suppliers.

They promise also that 200,000 trees will be planted across its milk supplier catchment area by 2025.

IFA, 67th Annual General Meeting of the Irish Farmers Association in the Round Room in Dublin recently, IFA President Tim Cullinan warned against creating a global food emergency trying to solve the climate emergency. He also called for a food regulator to create fairness for food producers, in their battle with retailers. Note that dairy farmers have invested 2bn on their farms since the end of the quota era.



ROSE of Tralee, from August 19-23, the Meadowlands will be a major sponsor of the Festival.

AWARD: is the winner of the Education Website of the Year award category in the Digital Business Ireland-Permanent TSB National Digital Awards 2021. They are also runner-up in the National Website of the Year award category.

BALLYLONGFORD, a town, in the parish of AGHAVALLIN, barony of IRAGHTICONNOR, county of KERRY, and province of MUNSTER, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Tarbert; containing 1300 inhabitants. This town is situated on the road from Tarbert to Ballybunnian, at the head of an estuary or creek of the river Shannon, and contains about 300 houses. Its position is favourable for the export trade, the creek forming a port for lighters which carry corn and turf to Limerick; the trade in turf is very considerable from the vast supply afforded by the extensive tracts of bog in the vicinity, forming part of the possessions of Trinity College, Dublin. The harbour has 16 feet of water at high tides, and is capable of being made one of the best on the Shannon; but that of Tarbert being considered to possess superior advantages, is more likely to be improved. A fair or market is held every alternate Thursday, chiefly for pigs and cattle. This place has a penny post dependent on Tarbert. Petty sessions are held every Monday, and, once in three weeks, a baronial court for the manor of Carrig-a-foile; and here is a station of the constabulary police. There are several gentlemen’s seats in the vicinity, enumerated in the article on Aghavallin, which see, The parochial church is situated about ¼ of a mile to the north of the town, but having been condemned by the provincial architect as unworthy of repair, it is expected that a new church will be shortly built by the Ecclesiastical Board, at an estimated expense of about £650. The R. C. chapel in the town is a spacious slated building with two galleries, erected in 1806 at an expense of £2000; and near it a large building for a school has been lately erected, at a cost of £350. Here is also a dispensary. In the vicinity of the town, but in Kilnaughten parish, are the extensive and picturesque ruins of Lislaghtin abbey.


Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1840 by Samuel Lewis

CARBON: CarbonPlan’s study comes days after the Washington state legislature moved a cap-and-trade bill with an offset program to the governor’s desk for approval. Oregon has also debated in recent months establishing a carbon market program that would emulate California’s policy. In Washington, DC, the Biden administration has signalled growing interest in harnessing forests and soil to draw down CO2. Businesses, too, increasingly plan to rely heavily on trees to offset their emissions in lieu of the harder task of cutting corporate pollution.



Although the carbon footprint of Australian dairying is one of the lowest internationally, there is still scope to improve efficiency. The Australian dairy industry has made a commitment to minimising its environmental footprint, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 30% by 2030.



(JTA) — It has been 77 years since Nazi collaborators marched György Bánhidi and his family from their spacious home in Budapest into the city’s Jewish ghetto.


But Bánhidi, who is now 84, remembers even the tiniest details from that short trip to a place where he endured months of hunger, and the trauma of watching his mother give up her hope of ever surviving.


Most of all, he remembers the feeling of being taunted and mocked by Hungarian soldiers camped out just outside the ghetto, who cheered as their fellow collaborators herded Jewish families into the urban enclosure.


To this day, Bánhidi revisits the “awful feeling of our own countrymen mocking us, spitting at us, throwing things at us,” whenever he passes near that area of the Hungarian capital, where he still lives today.



Given these serious concerns, the CDC’s inability to demonstrate the benefits of following its advice, or even to honestly discuss the relevant research, is an egregious failure. “When the history books are written, we will not look wise or kind for insisting that kids and toddlers wear masks for hours on end, year after year, without ever testing this policy with controlled trials,” Prasad concludes. “We will look ignorant, cruel, fearful, and cowardly. We might even look worse than our primitive ancestors who, when faced with great plagues, engaged in all sorts of bizarre, superstitious behavior—but which rarely included making kids suffer most.”



Newsletter of the St Louis Family



Celebrates her 101st birthday

After tying the knot with Myles Breen Senior, the newly weds opened Myles Breen’s Bar on Shannon Street in Limerick, which became their life’s work, until it was eventually sold, in 1986.

“She always loved music and theatre,” Myles, who featured in Fair City and Hamlet, told of his mother, adding that she helped inspire his own creativity.

Bridie was also a champion Irish dancer, along with her older brother Jack, stepping out for Halpin’s School of Irish Dancing.



DEATH: “The Covid-19 pandemic has seen many people die the ultimate medicalised death, often alone but for masked staff in hospitals and intensive care units, unable to communicate with their families, except digitally,” says Dr Libby Sallnow, co-Chair of the Commission.


“How people die has changed dramatically over the past 60 years, from a family event with occasional medical support, to a medical event with limited family support. A fundamental rethink is needed in how we care for the dying, our expectations around death, and the changes required in society to rebalance our relationship with death.”



SCIENCE: Award- SciFest Life Sciences Award 2021. Students-Ethan Kirwan, Jack Kelly.

Project- Using Magnets to Help Prevent Heart Attacks. School-Desmond College, Station Road, Newcastle West. Teacher- Donal Enright


Heart disease is the most common cause of death in Ireland. 6,000 people have heart attacks in Ireland each year but many of these can be prevented.

Irish women are 6 times more likely to die from cardiovascular/heart disease than from breast cancer. If a person’s blood becomes too thick it can damage blood vessels and increase the risk of heart attacks. Currently, the only method for thinning blood is through drugs such as aspirin; however, these drugs often produce unwanted side effects.

Because red blood cells contain iron, we believe that is possible to reduce a person’s blood viscosity by 20-30 percent by subjecting it to a magnetic field of 1.3 Telsa. The magnetic field polarizes the red blood cells causing them to link together in short chains, streamlining the movement of the blood.



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