knockanuare notes 6th January 2019

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre, takes place on Monday 14th January. 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 Lixnaw prayer meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019. (3rd Tuesday). The witness will be given by Retired Garda Sergeant, Tom Murphy from Waterville.

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.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mick Barrett, James Joy, Kathleen O’Brien, Joe O’Connor, Pat Brosnan, Hannah Mai O’Connor, Ned Gould, Jim Kennelly, Josie McNamara, Kitty Barry, Kathleen O’Connor, Mary Bourke, Tim Leahy, Nellie O’Sullivan, Owen Liston, Sean O’Halloran, Noreen O’Connor,

STACK FAMILY FUND: With the final figure nearly reached could anyone that still wishes to make a contribution to the fund contact Pat Fitzgerald, Anne Marie Kennelly or drop it into the Parish Office Moyvane.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: will commence again on Tuesday 15th January 2019 in Knockanure and on Wednesday 16th January 2019 in Moyvane.

THE ARD CHURAM CHOIR: will resume practice on Monday January 14th at the Hospital Chapel, Listowel, 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

COURSE: Health & Nutrition Course run by the HSE starting Tuesday 8th January for 6 weeks at the Marian Hall 7 – 9pm. This course is free. Please contact Eileen Roche on 087 6679943 to book a place.

MARRIAGE took place recently of Mary Barry of Listowel and Richard Horgan of Kilmorna. Clare McDonnell of Listowel and Damien O’ Flynn of Moyvane, got married on Christmas Eve.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre (0667134276) Christian Spiritual Development Course-The Beatitudes: Fr. Sean Sheehy – Wednesdays – Starts Jan. 16th – 7.30pm to 9pm; Be Still and Know: Fr. Louis Hughes O.P. Sat. 9th Feb. – 10am – 4pm; Life in the Spirit: Moss & Janice Carrig – Tuesdays – starts Feb. 19th 7.30pm to 9pm.

TALK: Bishop Brendan Leahy, Diocese of Limerick, will give a public talk at the clergy assembly on Wednesday Jan 9th 2018. The venue is the Gleneagle Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney, beginning at 8pm and concluding by 9.30pm. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: 10th – 17th May. Led by Fr. Noel Spring, details from Maureen Harty 066 7131328.

SNOOKER EXTRAVAGANSA; Ken Doherty v Steve Davis at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW, in aid of WL102 and Friends of St Ita’s. Thursday, January 10, doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

WEEKEND OF PRAYER PRAISE WORSHIP AND HEALING on Saturday February 2nd and Sunday February 3rd 2019, at Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville Co. Cork

Keynote Speaker: Ros Powell (Catholic Christian Evangelist U.K.)

Talks: Fr. John Keane CC (Cloyne Diocese); Fr. Tony Emeka MHM (Cameroon), and Msgr. Finbarr O Leary (Ecuador Missions). Admission to the event is Free but pre-booking is necessary. To book please contact: Celia 087 2405568 Mary 087 2898518 Nuala 086 1544075 Tom 087 6468658 Pat 087 2505528.

FEET: Chiropodist will be in the Parish Hall, Ballylongford on Tues. 8th Jan. (early morning). Please call (087)7672172 if you wish to make an appointment.

PRAYER: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on 18th Jan.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER: Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel 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.

CONRADH NA GAEILGE/GAELIC LEAGUE; a branch has been re-established in Abbeyfeale. Members welcome. Further information Éamonn 086 3903244.

ROAD: Road No. L-1022 between Athea & Knockanure Graveyard at the Knockanure Graveyard Cross: From 7.30 a.m. on Tuesday 5th February until 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

The purpose of the road closure is to facilitate the installation of 220KV Joint Bays and Ducting for the ESB Networks.

ABBEYFEALE SPORTS COMPLEX BOOKINGS; The newly refurbished hall is available for bookings Monday – Sunday. Ring the office on 068 31799 Monday to Friday 9 -4,

GLÓRACH: Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm. Abbeyside Players are currently rehearsing John B. Keane’s The Chastitute and will be on stage on Thursday, January 31, Friday, February 1, Saturday, February 2, Thursday, February 7, Friday, February 8, Saturday, February 9, Sunday, February 10. To reserve your seat phone 087 1383940.

HOLY LAND: Early booking offer – Pay in full before January 28th and get €150 off, Enquiries Jacqueline at Parish Office 068/49308.

PROPOSED PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND FALL 2020: Following the success of the lovely pilgrimage to Poland last July our Parish Pastoral Council are looking at organising a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the Fall of 2020. Please express your interest by giving your name to Denise ( Listowel Parish Secretary)

TOASTMASTERS: Listowel Toastmasters returns for its first meeting of 2019 on Thursday January 10 at 8pm in the Listowel Arms Hotel. All welcome.

ST JOHN’S: 2nd-31st- STRACFHEACHAINT SIAR. Photography exhibition looking back at events in 2018.

Tues 8th -TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT. A film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Featuring Marion Cotillard. Sandra has only one weekend to visit her colleagues, and with the help of her husband, convince them to sacrifice their bonuses, so she can keep her job. In association with the First Fortnight Festival. Fri 11th – BRIGID CLEARY- A play by Eve O’ Mahoney, which tells the story of the last witch burning, which occurred in Tipperary in 1895, and examines the circumstances which led to the death of Michael Cleary’s wife.

Tues 15th -THE GUILTY. A film by Gustav Moller. Demoted to a desk job and awaiting a disciplinary hearing, agent Asger is working the night shift in an emergency call room, when he receives a call from a woman who has been abducted, it becomes a race against time to locate her. In association with Access Cinema. Details from 068 22566.

OPEN DAY: Mary Immaculate College will hold its January Open Day on Saturday, January 12 from 10am-1pm. The MIC Open Days showcase the wide range of programmes that the College has to offer. For more visit

JIGSAW KERRY YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH: Jigsaw offers a youth-friendly, free and confidential mental health support service for young people aged 12-25, where qualified mental health professionals work alongside young people, and their families, to address mild to moderate mental health concerns. To contact phone 066 7186785 or email us on Kerry

HISTORY: Ardfert Historical Society Winter Lecture Series continues on Thurs 10 January at 8 pm. ‘Ardfert during the War of Independence’ with Tim Horgan. Donations at door towards upkeep of Ardfert Retreat Centre.

PAPERS: Tralee Mercury 28 January 1832 page 4.

Condensed from paper; Execution of Orangeman. Samuel Waugh convicted of the murder of Alexander Ross on the 12th of July last was brought from Edinburgh, under a strong escort of Ayreshire yeomanry for the purpose of suffering the last punishment of the law. His statement till his dying hour was that his blood and the blood of Alexander Ross law upon the people of Girvan. He said he had no intention of killing Ross, but admitted firing his gun. Another number of the Mercury has details of his trial. An appeal for clemency was sent to London and refused.

Skibbereen Eagle 1882-1922, Saturday, April 02, 1910; Page: 3


The Tralee Correspondent of the " Cork Examiner ". says :—The sacrifice of two innocent lives on the scaffold at Tralee just twenty-seven years ago is recalled by the death, which occurred at Castleisland on Good Friday, of the widow of one of-the victims, Mrs. Poff.

The circumstances connected with that tragedy are still fresh in the public mind. On the 3rd October, 1882, Thomas Browne a respectable farmer residing at Dromultin, between Castleisland and Farranfore, while working in a field within view of his own house was approached by two men, who beckoned Browne towards them, and on his coming near them a short conversation took place, after which five shots were fired into his body and he fell dead. Subsequently, on the information of an old woman named Brosnan, Sylvester Poff and his first cousin, James Barrett, were arrested and charged with the murder. They were brought before the famous Captain Plunkett and remanded, The magisterial investigation, took place on the 13th October and the prisoners were committed for trial to the Winter Assizes in Cork, the principal evidence being that of the old woman Brosnan. They were placed on trial on the 20th December before the late Mr. Justice Barry. The trial concluded on. the 23rd December, when the jury found both prisoners guilty, and they were sentenced to be hanged in Tralee jail on the 23rd January, 1883. Both the condemned men vehemently protested their innocence. While awaiting execution they had the constant ministrations of the Prison Chaplain, Rev. Humphrey O’Riordan, C.C., now the worthy Canon of Cahirciveen, who was convinced of the innocence of both men. A. petition for their reprieve was numerously and influentially signed, but the Foster regime declined the memorial, though, it was an open secret that the authorities themselves were satisfied of the innocence of the accused and actually knew the real murderers after, if not before Poff and Barrett had been sentenced. Amongst the other priests who visited the condemned men in their, cells was; the present Right Rev. Monsignor John O’Leary; then P.P. of Ballymacelligott, who from the pulpit ; proclaimed, the innocence of both men. He referred, to-the extraordinary resignation of both, especially Poff, whose cell, he said, was " like the cell of a dying nun..” Marwood, the executioner, arrived in Tralee on Thursday, 18 January, and proceeded to superintend the erection of the scaffold, which was done by men. brought down from Dublin. This scaffold was erected within earshot of the cells of the condemned men, who were forced to hear every hammer sound on the structure which was being prepared to launch their innocent souls into eternity. The fateful morning at length came when two more brutal murders were added to the long list of English massacre in Ireland. Both men heard Mass and received Holy Communion, after which Marwood proceeded to pinion them. While the process was going on Poff, in firm voice proclaimed anew, his innocence. "I declare before my God," he solemnly said ” that I am innocent of this murder. I never murdered Browne or took, any part in it; but I forgive them that have sworn against me." Barrett made a similar statement. Both men also left written statements reiterating their oral protestations, adding that not only had they no hand in the murder of Browne but that they did not know who did it, and that they never had anything to do with any crime or outrage in their lives. These protestations of innocence were accepted as conclusive not only by the people in general, whose indignation knew no bounds, but even by the police authorities themselves. As a mark of respect for the memory of the victims, the shops in Tralee and Castleisland were closely shuttered on the day of the double execution. Since then death has called away two of Poff’s children. His widow as already stated, died on Good Friday after a lingering illness. Her funeral to Ballymacelligott on Sunday was extremely large and representative of all classes in the community. Mrs. Poff, senior, the mother of Sylvester Poff, and the aunt of James Barrett, though Upwards of ninety years of age is still in good health, and is held in the highest esteem and veneration by all who knew her.

“One confession is worth 100 exorcisms.”

Patti Armstrong

With November’s death of the infamous anti-god theologian Thomas J.J. Altizer, who espoused “God is dead” in the 1960s, there has emerged his testimony indicating that Satan had taken over his body one night. He died at the age of 91 of a stroke Nov. 28, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

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