knockanuare notes-April 14th 2019

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS at Lixnaw on Tuesday (April 16th )  at 7.30pm. The witness will be given by David Saunders of Rathmore.

MOYVANE CHURCH Concert with Aonghus McAnally & special guests, Denice Doyle on Violin & musical director Ivan McKenna on Keyboards. Tuesday May 21st Tickets at Parish Office.

HOLY WEEK CONFESSION FOR OUR PASTORAL AREA: will take place on Monday week 15th April at 8.00 p.m. in Listowel. All the priests of the Pastoral Area hope to be present and we invite you to do your Easter duty on the night.

DEATH took place on St Patrick’s Day 2019, in Birmingham of Billy Looney. He was born on 2nd of April 1938, at Carrueragh, Kilmorna, he attended Knockanure N.S. and went to Birmingham at age 16 and worked in construction, with many more from the locality. He set up a successful construction Company in the mid 1970s. Billy is survived by his wife Chriss, children, William, Geraldine, Michael, Carmel, John, James and Christopher, sisters Sr. Concepta (Mai), Eileen, Noreen and Anne and brothers Michael, Pat and John. He always loved to come home on holidays, which he did every year in recent times, more often. Billy had a great passion for Kerry football and all Irish sports. He was deeply involved with the Irish community in Birmingham. Mass was celebrated for Billy Looney in Knockanure Church on Friday 12th April, by Fr. Brendan O’Callaghan.

DEATH of Maurice Walsh, Golf View, Gurtinard, Listowel, took place on 4th of April 2019, survived by his wife Alice and children, Alison, Patrick and Geraldine, his mother Kathleen, granddaughter Aoife, brothers Jack and Paddy, sisters Miriam and Patricia, his uncle Gerard, Aunts Peggy and Margo.

DEATH of Annie McMahon (née McEnery) Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, on the 5th April 2019. Wife of the late Patrick. Survived by her sons John, Michael and Thomas, daughters Julie, Margaret, Bridget and Kathleen, grand-children.

DEATH took place recently of Sr. Eileen Kiely of Magheramore, Wicklow and formally of Tarbert.

Death of Joan Guerin (nee Buckley) Convent St., Listowel and Coolkeragh. Joan, in her 99th year on 7th April 2019.

SYMPATHY: The following parishioners have had bereavements; Julie Fitzmaurice & family, Mail Road Cross, Garden Centre on the death of her mother, Annie McMahon, Carrigkerry & Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home.  Eileen Flaherty & Family, The Village on the death of her  mother Joan Guerin, Listowel & Aras Mhuire Nursing Home.  Bernie & Jack Walsh, Moyvane South on the death of Bernie’s brother-in-law Robert Higgins, Dublin.

ANNIVERSARIES: Ita Danaher, David Parrish, John Joe Brosnan, Fr. Paddy Sheehan, Hannah Sheridan, Rena McAuliffe, Fr. John Lucid, Tade Collins, Joan O’Connor, Chris O’Connor, Davie Dillon, Teresa Kennelly, Kit Culhane, Josie O’Sullivan, Patsy Flynn, Emer Ward, Richard Stack, Kathleen Reidy, Mike Greaney, John Kennelly, Nora Cronin, Mary Murphy, Nell Heffernan, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Paddy Barrett, Mass Moyvane on Tues  16th at 7.30pm for Tom & Ellen Sheehan, Kilbaha; Wed 17th  at 7.30am, Early morning Lenten Mass (Spy Wednesday) 7.30pm May Quinn, Leitrim West;

EASTER TRIDUUM; Thurs  18th at  8.00pm HOLY THURSDAY – Liturgy of the Last Supper. We celebrate the institution of Eucharist & Priesthood Fri 19th at  12noon GOOD FRIDAY Open air Stations of the Cross with the Children (weather permitting otherwise in Church) Assemble at Church steps at 11.50am. 3.00pm PASSION OF THE LORD – in three stages 1.Reading of the Passion from Luke’s Gospel 2. Veneration of the Cross, 3. Holy Communion, Sat  20th at  9.00pm HOLY SATURDAY VIGIL, Easter fire and Resurrection. Baptism of newest parishioner Sadhbh Mulvihill Keane. Sun 21st  11.00am EASTER SUNDAY – Parishioners

Knockanure Church; Wed 17th at 10.00am for Joe Rodgers, Dublin (Rec Dec)

EASTER TRIDUUM- Thurs  18th at  7.00pm HOLY THURSDAY – Liturgy of the Last Supper

Fri           19th   7.00pm     PASSION OF THE LORD – in three stages- 1.Reading of the Passion from Luke’s Gospel – 2. Veneration of the Cross -3. Holy Communion -Sun 21st  at 10.00am, EASTER SUNDAY – Parishioners

MASS Moyvane Mon 15th at 10.00am, for Special Intention – sick

GROW meet at Seanchai, Listowel on Wednesdays at 8pm, contact 086 0271 990.

MOYVANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION is organising a clean up of the Village Approach Roads in conjunction with the KWD Countywide clean up. If anyone available on one or all of the following evenings we would be grateful for your help. Meet at Noel Stack’s at 7.30pm on Monday, April 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th.

ATHEA: Athea Tidy Towns Fundraising Fashion Show, hosts their annual fundraising fashion show to aid of vital improvement works in the village. A highlight of the social calendar in Athea in previous years, this year’s show has been set for Wednesday, April 17th at 8pm, with the Con Colbert Hall

Athea Branch Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

The County Fleadh takes place in Athea over the June Bank Holiday weekend.  There will be a meeting at the Top of the Town on Monday night, April 22nd at 9pm to continue making arrangements.

Congratulations: to Athea under 12’s basketball team who came first in division 3.  They beat Ballybunion recently on 34-23.

FUNDRAISING VARIETY CONCERT: to raise money towards getting a Bus for St. John of God Kerry Services. Friday 26th April at the Tinteán Theatre, Ballybunion at 7.30pm. Special prize of €100 on the door ticket €10. Tickets can be purchased in Listowel Parish Office.

KERRY PEER SUPPORT NETWORK mission statement: the network offers peer support in recovery from mental distress to wellness, sharing with people similar life experiences and relationships based on equality and respect, in their journey to achieving hope and maintaining wellness. Listowel Peer Support Group – “The Bridge” meet every Friday @ 11am. Listowel Family Resource Centre all welcome. Further info: contact 0876800529.

GOOD FRIDAY SOUP KITCHEN – will take place on Good Friday 19th April in the Community Centre, Tarbert at 10.30am. All proceeds will go to the Kerry Hospice and Palliative Care Unit in Tralee. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Alternative: Good Friday: Meditation on the Passion of Our Lord: The Knights Walk at 4pm. Stations of the Cross led by Fr. Crawford.

KERRY HOSPICE WALK – will take place on Good Friday 19th April at 10.30am from Tarbert Comprehensive School  to Tarbert Island. Your continued support is much needed and greatly appreciated. All Funds raised go directly to the Kerry Hospice Foundation to provide funding for much needed Hospice Care in Kerry. Sponsorship cards are available at Tarbert Bridewell. Telephone  068 -36500.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: KNOCKANURE:  Tuesday 10am – 5pm; MOYVANE:  Wednesday 10am – 7pm.

LISTOWEL HOSPICE –WALK/RUN 10k, 5k. or 3k. in aid of Kerry Hospice on Good Friday April 19t. walk commencing from St. Patrick’s Hall, Listowel. Registration & start Time 10am. Sponsor cards available from J.K. Sports, Mary 0872770766 or any committee member. You can also donate on the day when registering. Thank you.

THE CHRISM MASS – will take place on Tuesday evening April 16th at 7pm in the Cathedral. There will be refreshments served after the Mass in St. Brendan’s College Refectory. Everyone  welcome.


PARISH RADIO LINK:  A new booster and aerial have been installed this week in the Moyvane Church Radio Link.  Those of you who have radios please use this weekend to experience better reception. Unfortunately, when Knockanure’s radio link was examined the transmission reception was virtually nil.  The transformer has to be taken to Dublin for further assessment.  We will keep you informed. Sadly this means for the next number of weeks we won’t have radio link from Knockanure Church.  However, the new strong signal from Moyvane Church should comfortably reach Knockanure Village but not beyond.

LOLLIPOP DAY: Mary Teresa Buckley wishes to thank everyone who donated to the Cancer Fund at Garvey’s Super Valu, Listowel on Lollipop Day.  Total collected €445.80.

MURHUR N.S SPLIT THE BUCKET: Winner of €176.50 Margaret Clancy, Knockanure.

TRAD FUNDRAISER:  Laura O’Donoghue will be volunteering in Zambia, Africa with the Suas volunteer program this summer. Laura from Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale says “I will spend 2 months volunteering as a teaching assistant in some the most disadvantaged schools in the world. The majority of the children attending these schools are living in extreme poverty and education is really their only escape from the poverty cycle that profoundly exists in their community. I will be holding a Trad Music fundraiser in Halla Inse Bán in Templeglantine on Saturday, April 27 at 8pm. Tickets €10 will be available at the door.  I really appreciate any support and I’d love if you could make it on the night”

OPEN DAY: An invitation has been issued by the Board of St Ita’s Sheltered Housing to their Open Day on Saturday April 27. There will be a cup of tea in the Day Care Centre following the unveiling of a plaque in honour of the late Canon Neville whose brainchild the Sheltered Housing was.  The evening will conclude with music by Lost Souls at The Winners’ Circle.

 ADORATION FOR LENT in Abbeyfeale:  Monday to Friday 8am – 9pm.

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES Abbeyfeale:  Confessions after all ceremonies during Holy Week and on Holy Saturday from 11-12 noon.  Mass of the Last Supper Thursday, April 18 at 8pm.  There will be no morning Mass.  Good Friday Ceremonies at 3pm and Stations of the Cross at 8pm. Blessing of Baskets 12 noon Holy Saturday.  Vigil Mass 9pm Holy Saturday 9pm.  Easter Sunday Masses 9.15am and 12 noon.  Trocaire Boxes can be handed in to the Sacristy over the next two weeks; please do not leave them unattended.


Owing to the withdrawal of funding by the DEASP, the Board of Management have regretfully decided to close the Day Care Centre temporarily. The Board are conducting a comprehensive review and restructuring of the organisation.

COIN HUNT – Throughout Lent Tarbert NS Children hold a Coin Hunt in aid of Bóthar. Last year a total of €1,030 was raised. The children chose to spend the money raised on the following gifts: two water buffalo, one camel, a flock of laying hens, one trio of rabbits, two guinea fowl and two water filters. If any parishioner has coins that they are willing to donate, for this worthy cause, the school will gladly accept them during school hours. We will publish the total collected at the end of Lent and will inform you as to how the children choose to spend the funds this year.

CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE – Can you donate a bed for one night?  CAS needs your help to accommodate this year’s cyclists and crew. Can you offer a bed for 1 night along with shower/bath facilities and a meal. We would greatly appreciate it, as there are 140 cyclists coming to Listowel on the 30th of April and we are looking for people within a 20 miles radius.  Please contact Liz at or Sadhbh on 087-7649182.

PILGRIMAGE TO ST. PADRE PIO Fully escorted group pilgrimage, 7 nights from Dublin, 27th Oct. & 2nd Nov.  €895pps. Accompanied by spiritual director. Details contact Bernadette Hanrahan 0876019474.

BOOK:  A book is being produced called Fluid Forms; Liam Flynn and will be published in November. will launch a campaign on April 29 to help with its production and there will be four pieces of Liam’s work for sale on the website.  This will give people an opportunity to pre order a copy of the book and should they wish, to acquire a piece of his work.

MORAN from Athea; Father-of-seven Tom Moran will abseil from the new nine-storey extension to his hotel to raise money for St James’ hospital on Sunday, June 2, almost three years to the day since he was placed in an induced coma following his fall in Malaga.

BEDS WANTED: Cycle against Suicide, visits Listowel on 29th April and beds wanted, contact

HIGHLIGHTS OF 25th FLEADH BY THE FEALE 2019: The Celebrity concert this year is headlined by The Kilfenora Ceili Band who are celebrating 120 years on the road.  The Fleadh takes place May 2-6, concert Sunday, May 5.  Highlights include Oiche Gaelige in Thomas TJ’s Thursday night, May 2 as well as the Art Competition prize giving in the Library.  The Street Busking and the Ceili with Donie Nolan in Fr. Casey’s on Friday as well as the Wrenboys on the Gig Rig will get proceeding off to a rollicking start.  There will also be the monthly Singing Session in The Ramble Inn from 9.30pm on Friday night.  Then on Saturday, May 4 there is a full day of Workshops, a youth trad session in Donal and Anns, a Sliabh Luachra session in Leen’s Hotel, more entertainment on the gig rig with the Templeglantine Comhaltas Group and Scully’s Music School, Newmarket and of course, need I say, spontaneous sessions could spring up anywhere so a pub trail is in order.  Sunday, May 5 is another full on day between social dancing/ceili dancing in the Square from 2pm (indoor venue on standby if it rains), Storytelling at St. Ita’s Hall at 3pm, Tournafull Comhaltas on the gig rig, a tribute to the late Dan Murphy whose brainchild the Fleadh by the Feale was and then the highlight of the weekend the Kilfenora Ceili Band in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef.  Monday and I’m worn out just writing it; another Ceili in the Square (indoor venue on standby if it rains) , a workshop on Bone playing, more entertainment on the gig rig and then the All Ireland Bone Playing competitions.

GOOD FRIDAY NATIONAL  HOLY  FACE  PUBLIC PRAYER VIGIL: will be held on Good Friday, April 19th, in the Square, Tralee at 12 noon. All welcome.

KERRY ADOLESCENT COUNSELLING SERVICE; have moved from Balloonagh, to the rear of St John’s Parish Centre. Please note, during their set-up there may be an issue with their phone lines.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: April 28th. Devotions in St. John’s Church, Tralee at 2.45pm. All Welcome. Novena begins on Good Friday.

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: Group Leader Maura  O’Keeffe  Harksen  accompanied  by  Fr. Francis Nolan. September 10th2019—7 nights in guesthouse close to St. James’ Church. Flights ex Cork  airport.  For  information  contact  066 7127143 or 087 1517696.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: Led by Bishop Ray Browne. 175th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Bernadette. Theme: “Blessed are the Poor”. 29thAugust to 3rd of September. Flights ex Kerry  Airport.  All  bookings,    to  Mrs.  Janice O’Sullivan,  Droum  House,  Nohoval  Upper, Rathmore, Co. Kerry. Telephone 064 7758219 or email: [email protected]

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND led by Fr. Pat Crean-Lynch.  September 24th—2nd October.  For further details contact Fr. Pat Crean-Lynch on 087 220 0114.

FEEDBACK FROM THE PARISH ASSEMBLY held at Knockanure on 8th April 2019.

 The Parish Assembly which was held last Monday night was attended by over 40 parishioners and was facilitated by Bernie McCaffrey from the Kerry Diocesan Pastoral Team. The discussion focused on three key areas and the groups were asked for suggested actions in each area that the PPC could concentrate on, on behalf of the Parish. The three discussion areas and respective actions were as follows;

1.            Development of Parish Ministries and Recruitment to same – Whilst we have a lot of ministries, the group felt more information on the ministries should be available to attract more parishioners to join the ministries, we should offer a trial period and if taken on a time limit of 2-3 years could be set, as well as providing training for same, no one should feel uncomfortable in a ministry or that it’s a job for life. In relation to the Eucharistic Ministry it was suggested that it should be extended to taking Communion from mass to housebound once per month, this would be in addition to in addition to the first Friday calls.

2.            Focus on Young Families and Youth – The discussion here focused on trying to keep the interest of children to try and make mass part of the family routine, especially after First Holy Communion for example getting children involved in acting the gospel, children’s liturgy programme, child friendly area inside the church, social meeting for children after mass and outside church – child friendly parking spaces. The children’s choir is a great success and was complemented on the work they do with the children.

3.            Adult Faith Formation – There were a lot of actions suggested from this group -Prayer group/Scripture

Study (seasonally orientated short programs)/ Anonymous Prayer request boxes in public places, Novena’s/ Themed monthly masses (Family orientated all ages, Anniversary masses for communion and confirmation groups)/ Parish Mission (Planning must focus on after plan) and Home visitation Mission for elderly, housebound and new parishioners.

Fr Kevin and the PPC would now like to ask for feedback from the whole parish on the suggested actions as to which areas parishioners would like the PPC to focus on first, feedback can be given into the Parish Office or directly to Fr Kevin, Amanda Coulson or any of the PPC members. Fr Kevin and the PPC would like to take this opportunity to thank Bernie McCaffrey and everyone who came to the assembly and contributed to what was a very positive night.

Parish Pastoral Council Members:  Fr. Kevin McNamara, P.P., Amanda Coulson (Chairperson), Mary O’Flaherty (Secretary), Elizabeth Brosnan, Mary Fitzgerald, Margaret Horgan, Michelle Mulvihill, P.J. Mulvihill, Joanne O’Connor,  Eamonn Whyte, Kay O’Hanlon, Noreen Roche.

PAPERS: Bishop Casey; Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, July 26, 1969; Page: 11

Best Wishes Bishop Elect.

NEWS OF Rev. Eamonn Casey’s appointment as the Bishop of Kerry was received with joy in Limerick where he served so faithfully for so long.

This most likeable priest became almost famous for his great work in England, particularly for his work for homeless emigrants. His dedication to this work led to his appointment as director of the Housing Aid Society and Chairman of Shelter. Aged 42, the Bishop-Elect is a native of Firies, Co Kerry and succeeds Most Rev Dr Moynihan who Is retiring because of age.


Fr. Casey completed his secondary education at St Munchin’s College Limerick, and continued his studies at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, where he obtained his degrees of B A and L Ph. He was ordained In 1951.

From 1951-‘6O, the Bishop-Elect worked as a curate in Limerick In St Patrick’s and St John’s parishes He also taught In vocational schools In Limerick and in 1959 he founded the Emigrants Bureau in Limerick

In 1960 he joined the Emigrants Apostolate in Britain and worked from ’60 to ’64 as a curate In Slough, Bucks, where his job was to help 10,000 Irish migrant workers to become Integrated Into the local church and civic community

The effectiveness of his efforts brought him to the attention of Cardinal Heenan who In 1963 Invited him to place the Catholic Housing Aid Society on a national basis As a National Director of this organisation, Fr. Casey built up a Central London Office which now helps 68 homeless families each week. In addition, he has set up 65 branches of the Society throughout Britain. In 1964 he founded the Family Housing Association which now owns £760,000 worth of property. In addition, the Bishop-Elect Is also Director of the British Council of Churches of Housing Trust, a trustee of the Housing and Homeless Central Fund and a Founder Trustee of “Shelter’ National Campaign for the Homeless. And In January last year he was, appointed Chairman of “Shelter’ which provides funds for housing It was the greatest honour this Inter-denominational body could have paid him.

He Is also a member of the English Catholic Hierarchy’s Commission for Social Welfare and Is a founder member and Managing Director of the Marian Employment Agency.

The news of his elevation to the See of Kerry was also received with delight at the Irish Centre in Camden Square.

Father Casey’s name will always be synonymous with, emigrant aid in London and other parts of Britain

A man of action, as can be readily seen from his achievements, he is a firm believer in doing things first and talking afterwards

Thousands of well-wishers, grateful emigrants and a host of friends will watch his career as a Bishop with affectionate interest and will pray for the success of his intentions.

The Chinese regime is also applying its agreement with the Holy See this way. With the bulldozer that under police escort – see photo – razes to the ground on April 4 the building of a parish in Qianyang, which had on its top floor a room for the Mass and on the ground floor a free clinic for the poor, run by nuns.

ST JOHNS Listowel April 2019

Tues 9th-  Sun 14th


A comic drama by Bryan Michael O’Connor based on the exploits of the owner

and trainer of a promising greyhound. The cast features: Barry Francis, Batt O’Keeffe, Conor Foley, Andrea Thornton, Frances Kennedy, Annette O’ Donnell,

Gearoid O’ Connor, Sonny Egan and Johnny Corkery – presented by St. John’s Theatre.

Tues 16th

JULY 22 – Film Club

A film by Erik Poppe based on true events – the terrorist attack on the summer camp outside Oslo in 2011. In association with Access Cinema.

Wed 24th – Sun 28th


Featuring Five Irish American theatre groups from the USA and Canada as follows:

Wed 24th


The Gaelic Park Players from Chicago present John B. Keane’s classic comedy   based on the all-seeing priest’s housekeeper.

Thurs 25th


A play by Stephen Dietz presented by Milwaukee Irish Arts. Robert returns to

Dublin to reunite with Cait, the woman who captured his heart during a James    Joyce literary tour 35 years ago.

Fri 26th


Written by Deirdre Kinahan and presented by Liffey Players Drama Society,

Calgary, the play is a contemporary tragedy set in small-town Ireland.

Sat 27th   2pm


Written by Conor McPherson and presented by The Irish American Theatre Co.,

Cincinnati. The play is about big dreams and lost opportunities for three generations of Dublin men.

Sat 27th  8pm


Eugene O’ Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning drama is a semi-autobiographical

account of his explosive home life with his morphine addicted mother and his brother Edmund who is ill with tuberculosis. Presented by The Irish Players,

Rochester, New York.

Mon 29th- Tues 30th


An exhibition of artwork by QQI Level 5 Art students studying in North Kerry

College of Further Education. Opening – Tues 30th April at 8pm. All welcome.

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