knockanuare notes 8th July 2018


KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE: Active Retirement Day on Monday 9th. Music by Stevie Donegan. If attending please ring the office on 49799. New members especially welcome.

“THOUGHT FOR THE DAY”: Congratulations to Murhur Students for “Thought For The Day” recently on Radio Kerry.

PARISH Party on July 22nd, beginning with mass at noon.

PET Care event at Listowel Library on 11th July at 2 pm.

FRUIT: Blackcurrants are ripe and the blackbirds are having a feast, the fine weather continues and trees planted this year by council are dying and others are showing signs of shock.

TIDY TOWNS, wonderful to see all the voluntary care and work by public spirited people.

FREE Seminar on listowel’s Architectural Legacy on Tuesday July 10th, starting at 10am, details from 068 22212. J B Keane Three day event in Listowel 19th to 21st July, more from 068 22212.

BUS to see the pope, contact your local parish office.

LOTTO Results for Knockanure GAA; There was no winner of the €8800 jackpot on Friday 6th July. Numbers drawn were 7, 18, 27, and 30. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Dapper & Patsy Walsh, c/o Flynn’s Bar; 2. Briana Keane, Greenville Listowel; 3. John & Rose, c/o O’Briens Bar; 4. Mike Collins, Lisaniska; 5. Declan O’Connor, Kilmeaney. Next jackpot will be up to €8900 with draw due to be held on Friday 13th July. The Club would like to congratulate Fr. Sean Jones, Moyvane on his ordination on Sunday 1st July 2018. A wonderful and joyful occasion celebrated by many parishioners he became the first priest to be ordained in the Diocese of Kerry since 2007. Fr. Sean Jones’s ordination was held in the Church of the Assumption Moyvane in a ceremony presided over by Bishop Ray Browne. We would like to wish Fr. Jones the very best in his future ministry.

A COMMUNITY THAT CREATES … I am reminded of the opening hymn of the Ordination last Sunday … “This Day was made by Lord, we rejoice and are glad”. Sunday was truly a day to rejoice and to celebrate the faith that each one of us has in our hearts. All of us on that day, I am sure, felt a sense of how alive our faith is in our Church and how we are stronger when we gather together. During the ceremony, thoughts of life growing up in Moyvane ran through my mind, the people who journeyed with me, be it my neighbours in Aughrim, my teachers in Murhur, the friends I sat with in the classroom, the farmers on their way to the creamery, the faces from around the village, the gathering for Mass on the weekends … it was community, it was a sense of being part of something other than just ourselves. It is where we learn to become the people the Lord wants us to be, people of love and compassion. Vocations are a result of community, a community that shares faith, encourages prayer and supports participation in the life of the Church. Over the years that faith was shared with me, I was encouraged by everyone’s prayers and I was supported and encouraged to make it a lived reality in my life. May the vulnerabilities of our lives not prevent us from knowing the Lord who loves us unconditionally. Let these days be one of new beginnings where we can re-enkindle the fire of faith within us, that our hearts, minds and souls are gazing upon the love, mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ. Let us support each other on that journey. Fr. Seán Jones. (From Parish newsletter)

DIED in England recently, Denis O Sullivan of Bunagara.

DEATH: Mary Kirby (nee Dalton) Parkanna, Athea, died on the 5th July 2018. Survived by her husband James, son Patrick, daughters Bernie and Maria, sister Peg Hurley, daughter-in-law Rachel, and grandson Conor, Requiem Mass on Saturday was celebrated for Mary Kirby at Athea Parish Church, and burial afterwards at Temple Athea Cemetery. ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Rosario Weir, Brendan Finucane, Maureen Leech, Bridie Reilly, Peg Vaughan, Dan Flynn, Peg Brouder, , Sr. M Joseph Sheehy, Jeremah Cronin, Aidan Holly, Mary McCarthy, Anna Danaher, Ted McElligott, Martin McGrath, Mgr. Padraig O’Fiannachta, Mass on Thurs 12th at 7.30pm for Peg Brouder, Kilbaha; Fri 13th at 7.30pm for Dan & Tessie O’Connor, Moyvane South; Sun 15th 11.00am mass for Ellen Sheehan, Kilbaha (Anni) & her husband Thomas.

Mass Moyvane Sat 14th at 7.30pm for Private Intention. Mass Knockanure Sun 15th at 10.00am for Private Intention.

MOYVANE/KNOCKANURE GRAVEYARD COMMITTEE: Meeting on 9th July at 9pm in the Marian Hall. Mass on Monday 6th August, Ahavoher Cemetery; Tuesday 7th August, Knockanure; Wednesday 8th August, Mass at Murhur, all cemetery Masses in parish at 8pm.

JOHN SPILLANE AT THE GLÓRACH on Friday, July 27. Contact 087 1383940.

SEISIÚN: The new season of the Comhaltas Summer Seisiún shows is at the Devon Inn on Thursday nights for the months of July and August starting at 8.30pm.

FR. SEAN: The Rev. Sean Jones was ordained to the Priesthood on Sunday July the first in The Church of the Assumption, Moyvane at 3 pm. He celebrated his first Mass the following day in Moyvane at 7.30pm. Sean is from Moyvane and attended Tarbert Comprehensive School where he was very involved in the life of the school. Sean was also an active member of the No Name Club, an alcohol and drug free social interaction space. Following his degree in Theology as a lay student in Maynooth, he joined the Pallottines. Sean moved from the Pallottines to the diocese of Kerry in 2013 and his diaconate formation and ministry was facilitated in the parishes and pastoral areas of Listowel and Killarney. He asks us to keep him in our prayers at this time. Sean was in past 12 months ministering as a deacon in the parish of Killarney. Voluntary work of locals in all aspects of the occasion, is appreciated by all of us, it will inspire and motivate us in the years to come.

Two other people are training for the priesthood from the Diocese of Kerry currently.

KERRY 53-parish diocese, has six parishes without full-time priests and this is the first ordination since 2007. 48 priests below the age of retirement, are involved in parish ministry. Of these, 11 are in their 70s, five are under 50, and one is under 40.

CHURCH: Bishop Ray Browne 6th July 2018, Appointments: Fr. Anthony O Sullivan returns from Sabbatical and during the coming year will supply for priests taking short sabbatical breaks. Fr Bernard Healy curate St Johns Parish Tralee to pursue further studies in the Irish College Rome. Fr Sean Jones newly ordained to be curate St John’s Parish Tralee.

BROSNA: Lisa McHugh & Mike Denver, a night to remember in Brosna Town 13th July from 1900 – 2300 hours. Funds raised will go towards the Renovation Fund and other important projects in Knockaclarig and Brosna churches.

A WALK TO REMEMBER – On Sunday July 15th at 1.30pm, there will be a walk to remember all lost love ones on Ballybunion beach. All proceeds received on the day will be donated to The Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital Kerry.

ANNUAL DUAGH GRAVEYARD MASS will be held at Springmount Cemetery on Thursday 26th July at 8p.m.

SALE OF PRODUCE: The annual sale of the produce from Abbeyfeale Parish Community Garden will take place on Sunday July 22. It will be held in the grounds of the church following the 9.15am and 12 noon Masses. Proceeds will go to Fr. Tim Galvin for his Mission in South Soudan.

OFFERTORY BOXES: The new year of the Offertory Box Scheme commenced last Sunday July 1st. Any remaining boxes can be collected after Mass this weekend or from the Parish Office. I invite you to look at your letter enclosed in the box, which has the details of your contribution for 2017. Those who are in tax system and who contribute over €250 or more to the Offertory and Parish Dues can help the Parish to benefit from the Tax Rebate Scheme available to Charities. For example: A contribution of €250 can obtain a refund of €112.32 from Revenue, €300 a refund of €134.78, €350 a refund of €157.25. If your contribution exceeds €250 and you have not signed a CHY3 cert you may consider doing so as this would benefit the Parish greatly. If you haven’t received an Offertory box and wish to join the scheme have a private word with Jacqueline in the Office who will give you the details of the scheme.

ST JOHN’S: Wed. 11th The Best of Traditional; Thursday 12th Magic in My Eyes, based on courtship of Thomas hardy and Emma Gifford; Wed. 18th The McLain Family Band, details from 068 22566.

CROMWELL’S FORT: The Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society have organised an evening outing to Cromwell’s Fort, Limerick on Wednesday, July 11. Contact John Elliott 086 3117161.

GRAVEYARD: Clean up at Reilig Ide Naofa on every Tuesday evening for one hour.

GLIN: Dates to Remember: 8th July – Water Safety lessons; 21st July – Annual Charity Swim; 22nd July – Glin Knights Charity Cycle; 29th July – Glin Castle Open Day – tour of Castle & Gardens.

DANCING: Cronin School of Irish Dancing Summer Camp: Beginners & New Start: 9th to 13th July from 10a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Advanced/Competitive: 16th to 20th July, 10a.m. to 2.00 p.m.Contact Johnny (087) 1151461.

CAHIRMEE FAIR Thursday 12th July 2018

In the pre-1914 days, Cahirmee was the venue of what was the greatest horse fair in the British Isles, If not in Europe. Looking back the bridge of nearly four decades, one can now realise why the fair was such an event in the lives of every resident both in Buttevant and Doneraile, especially in the former. Imagine Buttevant and all the roads leading to it thronged with horses for three successive days/and the field of Cahirmee.

LOUGH DERG 2018: The Three Day Pilgrimage is currently open. You may begin on any day until

Monday 13th August. Advance booking is not necessary. The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality, phone Lorraine on 071 9861518 (from NI +353) email: info

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: 066/7134276 or adfertretreat

Growing Old Gracefully: Facilitated by Fr. John Dunne & Mary Glynn. Due to popular demand a New Guided Participative Experience weekend retreat is now scheduled from Fri. 13th to Sun. 15th July.

Foyer deCharite: Fr. Kilian Byrne, 6 Day Silent Retreat. Mon. 13th to Sun. 19th Aug. Information/booking contact: Helen – 0861678027 hellywilliams

CATHOLIC SUMMER YOUTH FESITVAL: will take place from 16th to 19th August in Cistercian College, Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Book online today on www.youth2000.ieor 01/6753690. Ages 16 – 35. Free buses. Donation only.

STUDY THEOLOGY BY DISTANCE LEARNING: In the Priory Institute, Tallaght. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or online from the comfort of your own home. Build modules towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree in

Theology. Applications before 25th September on 01/4048124 or

FAMILIES FACING POVERTY: As we prepare to welcome Pope Francis to Ireland in August, we continue our prayer for families. This week our focus is on praying for families facing poverty. To get the prayer leaflet, click onto

CAINT AGUS CRAIC: Castleisland Library are hosting an hour of caint craic & comhrá as Gaeilge on 8 Thursdays during June July & August from 1 -2pm. All adult are welcome to join in. It is not an Irish class, adults with very basic Irish are as welcome as fluent Irish speakers. Call in this Summer and take part in Bliain na Gaeilge.

VISIT of POPE; Irish Independent 1905-current, Friday, September 28, 1979; Page: 8

Some idea of the vast throng which will congregate in the Phoenix Park for the Pope’s Mass can be got from this picture of the attendance at the Eucharistic Congress ceremonies there in 1932


THERE seems to be nothing that Irish people love better than an anniversary. Minute differences can be sunk for the moment, while all indulge in the harmless art of remembering. The visit of Pope John Paul II will have no direct correspondence to any similar event in the Irish past. There is no comparison, not even in the visit of the Papal Legate to Ireland in 1932 for the Eucharistic Congress. Yet some parallels can be seen between the two visits. Just as the Pope draws huge crowds to the Phoenix Park and other venues, so the ears of Catholic Ireland tuned in to hear the Mass attended by an estimated million. The success of the 1932 visit owed a lot to the personality of the Legate, and his concern for the poor was real. John Paul II is no mean slouch when it comes to personality, and he is also well known for his common touch. However, the backdrop to the two events presents vast differences which illustrate the changed nature of Irish society in the intervening period. The decade before 1979 has left a bloody mark on Ireland’s image, and the Church during that period has faced an unprecedented crisis of faith among a youth armed with their "free education", and bombarded daily with the "liberal" messages of foreign media, espousing principles contrary to traditional thought. Many young people ceased to look for explanations in traditional terms; they started to look for new, "more rational" explanations. Ireland was fast becoming secular in outlook, with the attendant trauma and crises when an established pattern of obedience is punctured by nagging doubts about authority. The Church was, for most of the decade, on the defensive. But to many in the Church this picture of falling attendances at the Sacraments, of people turning away from it in their thousands, depended more on trendy opinion than on hard fact. The decade before the Eucharistic Congress of 1932 was in marked contrast with this picture. The Irish Catholic Church displayed a confidence, which was partly based on pride in the new-found independence of the Irish Free State. The moral fibre of Catholicism shored up the foundations of the new State, giving it a firm allegiance. But pessimism seemed to be setting in among the bishops concerning the morals of their flock. The time-honoured platform for this was the Lenten Pastoral. They criticised a growing craze for pleasure, continuing intemperance, gambling, perjury and crimes of violence. They held their greatest concern for the laxity -they saw creeping into Irish morality. The "occasions of sin" had movement gained international status following the issue of an encyclical by Pope Pius XI in 1931. This advised that the Catholic answer to the class war was in stressing the harmony between different groups.’ Catholic Action emphasised the lay apostalate. Irish Catholicism showed a preoccupation with the dangers of world Communism. Ireland was seen to be in the front line of the "blood reddened" barricades against this new atheism.

Other examples of. Catholic Action were the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Muintir na Tire. The Vincent de Paul Society in addition to its social work in the cities, was active in providing increased, the dangers of dancing threatened the destruction of virtue, "bad" books poisoned the Catholic mind. The emphasis placed on these varied from bishop to bishop, but there was a general consent about the potential dangers and temptations facing the Irish people. The picture of the decade was not as bleak as the moral diagnosis of the bishops might indicate, and there were increasing signs of activity by individual laymen and priests to enrich the social role of the Church, a service for sailors in the ports of Ireland which had large import tonnage. In Dublin, this included the running of the Catholic Seamen’s Institute.-There was a nightly recital of the rosary. A prime aim of this type of work was to lure sailors away from the temptations of port life . This service The first, and most resilient, of these new groups was the Legion of Mary. Founded in December, 1921, in a back street in a poor quarter of Dublin, its firsts work was to form a small band of workers to visit the poor in the Dublin Union Hospital. It soon branched out into visiting the homes of poor people; its members distributed Catholic literature to counteract the "evil literature campaign". They promoted sodality membership, "rescue work", and work for the foreign missions. The Legion did not primarily concern itself with "corporal relief" measures, aiming also at the spiritual benefit. By the mid-1930s it had more than ‘ 9,000 members in Dublin alone. The Legion was an early example of what came to be known as ‘Catholic Action.


An early sign of the influence of the 1931 papal encyclical on Irish social life was the foundation in 1931 of Muintir na Tire. It started off as an economic organisation Based on Flemish and French models.

A reforming evangelical spirit marked the policies of Catholic agencies. The definition of "Catholic" was rigid, and one commentator condemned the "native secular press" for opening their columns to reports of Protestant synods, and speeches by Jews and Moderators. They were accused of publishing advertisements which bordered on the obscene. The Catholic press of the period, reached high circulation figures during the twenties and the thirties, mainly because of the success of new publications such as "The Standard" which was founded in 1928. There was also a large number of libraries which made, sure that books were free from "evil". The largest, the Central Catholic Library, had been set up in 1922, and had more than 18,000 volumes by 1932. Sodalities, such as the Sodality of the Immaculate Conception in St. Francis Xavier’s Church in Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin, also had their own libraries.

The highlight for Catholics of this decade before the Eucharistic Congress was the celebrations for the centenary of Catholic Emancipation in 1929. That year marked an important landmark in relations between the Vatican and Ireland.


They had three years to prepare the 1932 Congress and did themselves proud. We have had only two months’ official notice of this papal visit and it looks as if the sentiments of 1932 will be eclipsed by the enthusiasm of 1979. It will be a unique opportunity for a vast, hitherto silent majority to show the world that the Irish are not a race hell bent on denominational suicide.

(See paper for long article on Dr. Alibrandi, by Mary Gaffney, describes his life and times)

Drought reports from old Papers

Horse fair July 2018

On 2 July 2019 one of nature’s most impressive phenomena will be visible from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile — a total solar eclipse. As these are very rare — the next one visible from La Silla will occur in 212 years — ESO is organising a campaign of observing and outreach activities on site, allowing the general public to experience this spectacular event. Tickets to participate will be available from 13:00 CEST/07:00 CLT on Friday 13 July 2018.

The release, images and videos are available on:

COLUNBAN: On Sunday 29 June, the Missionary Society of Saint Columban celebrated the 100th anniversary of their foundation as the ‘Maynooth Mission to China’ in 1918. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, joined with members of the society on the day to celebrate Mass at the home of the Columban Father’s in Dalgan Park in Navan, where he said that the Church owes ‘a great debt of gratitude’ to the Columban tradition.

GERARD MacElligott a man with many local connections is captain of Irish team.

The World Senior Team Championships 2018. Location Radebul, Germany

Start date 2018-07-07, End date 2018-07-15, Sections 50+, 65+

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