Knockanuare notes-April 28th 2019

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE: AGM is taking place on Fri 3rd May at 8pm in Knockanure Community Centre. All are welcome.

KNOCKANURE CLEAN-UP: Very many thanks to all who came out to help with the clean up on Saturday 13th. Very many thanks to you all from Mary O’Carroll.

RAMBLING HOUSE on Thurs 2nd May at 8pm. All welcome. Come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Adm free. Refreshments served. Details from Ann at 086/3090948.

ACTIVE Retirement Day Knockanure on Mon 13th May. Music by Stevie Donegan, If attending, ring 068/49799.

CHIROPODIST: In Marian Hall on Fri May 3rd at 10am. To book contact Noreen on 068/49238.

ST. PADRE PIO EVENING Listowel: Friday (3rd). Beginning with the Rosary at 6.45 p.m. Evening Mass at 7pm. followed by the Padre Pio prayers & Benediction.

GRAVEYARD COMMITTEE: Meeting in Marian Hall on Mon 29th at 8.30pm. All members are asked to attend.

AONGHUS MCANALLY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DENICE DOYLE & IVAN MCKENNA, will perform at forthcoming Church Concert in Moyvane on May 22nd. It will have stories, laughs, very special music and songs we all know.

LOTTO; Knockanure GAA Lotto results- There was no winner of the €4000 jackpot on Friday 19th April. Numbers drawn were 2, 10, 16,and 32. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were;1. Kathleen O’Keeffe, Kilmorna; 2. Donie Lynch, c/o Kevin’s; 3. Henry Finucane, Lisaniska; 4. Marie Moloney, Knockmeal, Abbey, and 5. Con Lynch Gortromagouna. Next draw on Friday 26th with jackpot up to €4100. There was no draw held on night due to storm warning. Draw to be held Monday night.

Knockanure took on Duagh Thursday 25th in Moyvane. Although a great effort was displayed by our team, Duagh were the better side on the night with a finishing score line of Duagh 4-14 Knockanure 2-12. Knockanure are up against Tarbert B Thursday 2nd May in Tarbert.

WIN: Knockanure GAA Football Club got off to a good start of their campaign defeating Listowel Emmets. A great effort by all involved on the evening of Thursday 11th April in Moyvane. A big thank you to the supporters who drove us on.

INFORMATION MEETING On ESB works in our Parish on Wed 1st May at 8pm in the Marian Hall. Representatives from ESB, Eirgrid & KN Circet will be in attendance. It is important that all affected parties attend this meeting. All welcome.

BEST WISHES on their marriage to Alan Kennelly and Amy McElligott who were married on 19th April 2019, both are from the Village of Knockanure, and live locally.

DEFIBRILLATOR OUTSIDE MARIAN HALL: On behalf of the local community, we would like to thank the Marian Hall Committee who funded the replacement of the defibrillator pads and batteries recently for the defibrillator outside the Marian Hall. This life saving piece of equipment is available for use by the community in the event of a medical emergency. It can be accessed by pressing 0000 on the keypad.

A RAPID RESPONSE VEHICLE: will be launched at Garvey’s Super-Valu, Listowel on Tuesday 30th April starting at 10.30am. It is hoped that all organisations, groups and individuals will attend and support.

DEATH took place on 18th April 2019 at Detroit, Michigan of John Dunne of Dromurhur, Moyvane, born 79 years ago to Jack Dunne and Kitty Wren. John was predeceased by siblings, Brendan, Kit (Keane), Liam and Danny and is survived by siblings Mary (Curtin),Tony, Pat and Tom. John was a highly respected footballer. See Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, June 22, 1957; Page: 11. THE Kerry minor footballers will line out against Tipperary, at Mallow, on Sunday, inspired by the knowledge that a great deal of the county’s prestige depends on their performance, since they are the last surviving hope of an All-Ireland title for this year. John Dunne and Bernard O’Callaghan were on the team and Liam Hanrahan was a sub all from Moyvane. (See Kerryman for report.) Mass for the happy repose of John’s soul will be celebrated in Moyvane Church on Friday 17th May at 7.30pm.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sheila O’Riordan, Eddie Moloney, Jack Walsh, Sr. Mary Andrew O’Flaherty, Patrick Bunce, Dick Galvin, Benny O’Connell, John Joe O’Connor, Fr. Pat Moore, Paddy Feury, John O’Connor, Hannah Sheehy, John Horgan, Con Synan, Jeremiah C O’Carroll, Liza Mulvihill, David O’Brien, Dan Allen, Sr. Conception O’Connor, Delia Langan, Mattie Kennelly, Ciss Cox, Mass Moyvane on 29th at 7.30pm for Denis O’Connor, Glin; Fri 3rd at 7.30pm for Mag & Pats Windle, Billy & Jack Flaherty, Lr. Aughrim; Sat 4th at 7.30pm for John O’Connor, Moyvane South, and Mass on Sun 5th at 11.00am for Tom O’Flaherty, The Village. Mass Knockanure: Thurs 2nd at 7.30pm for Jerry & Ellen Enright, Lisaniskea (Anni) and Mass on Sun 5th at 10.00am for Pádraig McMahon, Lisaniskea, Kilmorna.

MASS in Moyvane Hall; Tues 30th at 7.30pm, Mass in Marian Hall for Mary Collins, in appreciation for her dedicated service over the past 10 years in our Post Office.

ROAD CLOSURES FROM THIS MONDAY: R551 (Tarbert to Ballylongford) traffic light system in place. Please note the L1013 (Bog Road, Bog Line) from Tarmons Cross to The Cross of the Woods – this is a 24 hour closure from 8am on Mondays to 7pm on Fridays. The road is fully open at weekends. Vince Sugrue, Project Liaison Officer is available on 087/9980226 for further information.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE; Overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesdays 7.00pm-8.30pm starts on 1st May (for 5 weeks).

BOOK: A Farewell to Poetry is title of Gabriel Fitzmaurice’s latest book, Gabriel has produced about 60 books over the years of his writing.

BEALTAINE Festival held during May, details from any library, it is an Age & Opportunity arts initiative.


I am asking for your help and support for our forthcoming Church Concert on May 22nd. It’s a different style of Concert to what we all have been used to. It will have stories, laughs, very special music and songs we all know. You will enjoy it, be assured of that. You can help by taking some tickets to sell to family, workmates etc. You can support by buying a ticket and committing yourself to be present. You could also take a poster to put on display at work or your local shop etc. Tickets on sale at all Masses this weekend.

GROTTO ROSARY Killocrim, Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th May at 8pm.

EVENTS: Writing Workshop at Listowel Library on May 2nd. Tralee Food Festival and Riverfest Limerick runs from May 3rd to 6th. Rally of the Lakes , Killarney, and Cuckoo Walking Festival in Tarbert, is on from 3rd to 5th May. May 18th at Ballylongford nature walk begins at noon at Carrigafoyle. Irish Astronomical Society have an exhibition at Tralee Library at present.

CUCKOO and Swallow have arrived and the whitethorn and apple tree is starting to bloom.

SINGING CLUB Abbeyfeale: Deidre Scanlon will be the special guest at the May session of West Limerick Singing Club which takes place during Fleadh by the Feale in the Ramble Inn. Singers, storytellers and listeners welcome from 9pm.

REMEMBERING ZOE:. The Cycle Challenge will take place on Sunday, May 12 commencing in Fr. Casey’s GAA Grounds, Abbeyfeale at 9am and cycling through scenic parts of West Limerick, North Kerry and North Cork. There will be 3 cycle routes: 50km, 85km and120km. There will also be a 5K Fun Run/Walk and a new 10K Run.

DOG SHOW: The annual fundraiser for the Town Park takes place on Sunday, May 19 in the Town Park. Everyone welcome.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: There will be an afternoon tea dance in Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, May 19 with dancing to Mike Condon. All funds will go to Laura O’Donoghue’s volunteering trip to Zambia with Suas.

CONGRATULATIONS: Scoil Rince Ínse Bhán were recently crowned Under 30’s World Champions. Vincent and Noreen Sheehy’s son Ian is one of the group members.

ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY: Madeline O’Connor in association with the Wednesday club is holding a tea day on behalf of above society on Wednesday May 1st at St.Ita’s hall Main St. Abeyfeale. from 10. 30 -1. 30pm.

STARS IN THEIR EYES ASDEE GAA CLUB will be hosting our final Stars in Their Eyes in the Asdee Community Centre on Sunday, May 5th, with acts from around North Kerry taking part. Doors open at 6:45pm, with the show kicking off at 7:45pm.

RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY will have a living Life Programme starting Wednesday 1st May for 8 weeks at 10.30am-1pm.This Programme is for supporting people with secondary cancer. Booking is essential. Please contact Siobhan 0667192122 if you are interested!

GLÓRACH SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: The Glórach Theatre is a registered charity, and is staffed totally by volunteers. For those who may be interested in getting involved, feel free to call us at 0871383940, to message us on facebook or to call to the building on an occasion we are holding an event.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP HEALTH-LINK TRANSPORT are delighted to be this years nominated charity for the Kingdom Co Fair on the 12th of May. They need volunteers to help on the day and would be very grateful for your help. Contact Breda or Trish on 066-7195560 for details.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Historian, Pádraig Ó Concubhair talk on “The 1848 Rising in North Kerry and West Limerick” on Saturday 27th April at 7.30pm in the Bridewell. Everybody is welcome.

PALLIATIVE CARE UNIT KERRY HOSPICE: Charity Fundraising dance in the Torc Hotel, Killarney on Friday 10th May at 8.30pm (Doors open at 8pm), in Aid of the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice. Tickets can be bought on the door or by calling -0876276146.

“THE MYSTERIES OF MARY” A presentation given by Listowel author, Paraic Maher on Sunday, May 5th, at an Díseart Chapel, Dingle, at 5pm. The presentation will consist of a talk on the mysteries of Mary’s life, focusing on her betrothal to Joseph, followed by a slide show of Irish stained glass windows depicting the moment of their marriage, featuring the work of some of Ireland’s finest artists and craftsmen. Free event

WALK: Darkness Into Light Walk on Saturday 11th May at 4.15am. Funds raised are going to Pieta House. To register go to

ROSARY FOR FAITH AND LIFE: Each day in May 2019, thousands of people from all around Ireland will gather at their local Grottos to recite the Rosary for Faith and Life in Ireland. To see the locations visit

ACCORD: We are now recruiting for volunteers as a Pre-Marriage Course Facilitator or a Marriage and Relationship Counsellor. If you have a positive attitude to the Catholic Church and have the enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team please contact our Tralee office 066 7122280,

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 is 140 cyclists coming to Listowel. CAS is coming to Listowel on the 30th of April and we are looking for people within a 20 miles radius. Please contact Liz at lizhorganhomestays@cycleagainstsuicide. comorSadhbh on 0877649182

ROSARY PROCESSION: Sunday 5th May at 2.30pm from Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee to Holy Cross Dominican Church for Novena. All welcome.

HARNETT REUNION: They’re coming from the four corners for the second reunion of the Harnett clan July 11-14. Orange Day is even cancelled as there will be so many Harnetts travelling from the north. Carina Prendeville is currently working on our magazine and is looking for family pictures, stories, histories. You can contact her onharnettreunion2019

We have a full programme organised for our visitors but it is also open to anyone to join us. We will have booking details shortly. There will be genealogy, bus tours, a concert, a gala banquet and a memorial Mass, all at different venues around West Limerick/North Kerry. Please spread the word far and wide. The event is open to everybody, whether Harnett, Hartnett or other and we are looking forward to a great weekend July 11-14.

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: Group Leader Maura O’Keeffe Harksen accompanied by Fr. Francis Nolan. September 10th 2019. 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”. 29th August 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: joskdp

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.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES: Friday 31stMay to Sunday 2nd June, Tuesday 9th July to Thursday 11th July or Friday 9th August to Sunday 11th August. Fare €140 including coach, boat and island. To book you seat contact Fitzpatrick’s of Listowel on 087 3966399 (9am to 6pm).

MEDJUGORJE CONFERENCE AND DAY OF PRAYER with Sr. Briege McKenna Saturday 31st August 2019 at Neptune Stadium, Cork. Tickets €20.00 available on . Enter discount code EARLYBIRD for discount price of €15.00 available until 31st May 2019. All tickets purchased included in entry for free pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Cork or Dublin. Booking fees apply. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380

Kerry News 1894-1941, Wednesday, April 27, 1932; Page: 3


The following sketch of the life of Mr Austin Stack, written after his death, will bear reproduction on this third anniversary of the demise of the great patriot;

Austin Stack, who was born in Tralee fifty three years ago, was from his very cradle imbued with an undying love of country. His father, William Moore Stack, who was a prominent member of the Fenian Brotherhood, and a close personal friend of Charles Kickham and O’Donovan Rossa, suffered ten years in penal servitude, and was only released, in shattered health. His mother, too, incurred the displeasure of the British Government, and suffered a term in Tralee goal for her activities in connection with the Ladies Branch of the Land League, of which she was a prominent member from the, moment of its inception in Kerry. Thus was Austin Stack’s childhood fostered in an atmosphere of tested patriotism, and the glowing examples set him of parental suffering in the cause or Ireland were not lost upon the son. He too, became a patriot, a sufferer, and an example to others to persist in the battle for freedom no matter what the cost. The last chapter of his unselfish life has closed ; and who shall say that he has not proved a worthy son of a Fenian father and a rebel, mother or that, in any moment of his eventful life, lived in the most eventful trammelled period of Irish history, he had been absent from the vanguard of his country’s soldiers’!

From early youth he took an active interest in the Irish-Ireland movement. For several years prior to the formation of the Irish volunteers the young inheritor of Fenian blood and Fenian spirit was silently and determinedly working for Ireland’s independence. As a boy he espoused the cause, of the Gaelic Athletic Association wholeheartedly and with unabated enthusiasm; and never lost sight of the ideals for which that organisation was founded forty-eight years ago. He was a footballer of outstanding merit, one of the famous Kerry seventeen that thrice contested the 1903 final with Kildare, and captain of the Kerry team that also won All-Ireland honours in 1904. For a number of years he was Chairman of the, County Board and member of the Central, Munster and Athletic Councils, and when his political career transferred his operations to Dublin he became President of the Association in Kerry.

Thus, as far as he was able by word and example, he kept before his colleague and associates the ideal of Irish-Ireland : and he was a leader amongst us here when the first Volunteer company was formed in Tralee in the winter of 1913. With a persistency and astuteness unrivalled, he seized and made more than another could of every opportunity that presented itself to mould into true soldiers of Ireland the fine material that flcked to his side under the flag of Kerry. He preached unceasingly the doctrine he learned from the Fenian’s fireside of Ireland free and unfettered from the centre to the sea and in no uncertain way was it due to the great personality of Austin Stack that the cause found many staunch and loyal adherents throughout the “Kingdom”. The confidante and friend of Padraig Pearse, Connolly, Clarke and Mc-Dermott, he had with characteristic enthusiasm prepared the ground for Kerry’s part in the Easter Rising of 1916. However, on Good Friday evening he was arrested and lodged in the Tralee R.l.C. barracks with Roger Casement and Con Collins of Limerick. Casement was removed to Dublin the following morning and later Austin Stack and Collins were taken by train via Mallow to Spike Island. It may be of interest to recall here that but for the astuteness of the Kerry leader, who accidentally overheard a remark by the officer-in-charge of their escort to the effect that the-prisoners should be allowed, an-opportunity to “escape” at Mallow, station, that foiled the enemy’s plan, they would not have reached their destination alive. From Spike Island they were brought to Dublin, and detained at Richmond Barracks. Austin Stack and Con. Collins, in a miraculous,way, escaped the rope which was the fate of Roger Casement. They were sentenced to penal servitude, for life, and this sentence was later commuted to 20 years. England had placed the honoured cap of felon on the head of Austin Stack, and he was imprisoned in Lewis gaol. He. was released under the general amnesty order on the 18th June, 1917, and those of us who witnessed him home-coming to his native town, accompanied by his friend, comrade, and fellow-countryman, Tom Ashe, shall carry with us for all time, the vivid remembrance of that occasion. The mountain peaks of Kerry, from Brandon to Millstreet, and the countryside from North to South were illuminated by beacons of joy and welcome. A few months later he was arrested near the steps of the Liberal Club. Day Place, Tralee, on a charge of drilling Volunteers, and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

He was the leader of a hunger strike in August of that year in Mountjoy Prison, upon which occasion forcible feeding was resorted to, resulting in the death of that other illustrious and fearless son of Kerry, Thomas Ashe. In November of 1917 Austin Stack was again forced, on account of regulations sought to be imposed on the prisoners, to accept leadership of a further hunger strike in Dundalk gaol, following which they were released under the Cat and Mouse Act. It was under this ingenious Act that he was arrested in April, 1918, and sent to Belfast gaol. As commandant of the prison, he organised his comrades with such strategy and ability that they wrung from the jailers the right to be treated as political prisoners. He was however, to he still more closely identified with the history of Belfast Jail. The rights that had already been conceded were rapidly vanishing day by day, and a revolution broke out behind the walls in December of 1918. Austin Stack, always the leader and ever ready to face the greatest dangers, headed the revolt, and never in the annals of British prisons was such a scene enacted as that which followed. It had been carefully planned; food and water were being conserved for a considerable time, and then the prisoners, numbering about a hundred, demolished tire staircases and barricaded themselves in an inaccessible region close to the roof of one wing of the building. They were besieged by 300 military and police as well as an alien populace. The damage caused was stated to be over £7,000. Under his orders and guidance, the prisoners wrecked the Belfast establishment with such completeness of detail that the name of Austin Stack wrought terror among jailers and warders in every British bastille.

On the establishment of the Irish Republican Government in January, 1919, Austin Stack, by virtue of his ability and outstanding accomplishments for the office, was chosen as Minister for Home Affairs. He again found himself in the hands of his enemies. In May, 1919, he was a prisoner in Strangeways Prison, Manchester, from where, however, he, with a number of other Irish political prisoners, made a very sensational escape in October of that year. This feat, accomplished in broad daylight, in the heart of England’s, industrial capital city, more than most other events that that happened since the Rising of 1916, struck a deep and abiding blow at British prestige. All during the war with the “Black-and-Tans” he carried out the onerous duties attached to his ministerial office with marked- capability, despite the terrible risks and unprecedented handicap he daily incurred. It Was Austin Stack who conceived and put into practice the policy of non-recognition of the British courts; and this policy more than anything else was responsible for breaking the back of the British Constitution in this country. We are giving here but a mere, feeble skeleton of Austin Stack’s gigantic career which for the six years preceding the Truce was crowded with activity, pregnant with episodes alternately sad and triumphant. He remained faithful to his oath to the Irish Republic; and when the Treaty came before the Dail his was the first voice raised against what he termed the subversion of those ideals and tradition’s born and bred in him, and for whose growth and preservation he had given more than one man’s share. The events which were prominently associated with his life since the establishment of the Free State Government are too fresh in the public memory to need recalling. Suffice to say, Austin Stack took an active part in the Civil War, and after many exciting escapades was arrested near Ballinamult, Tipperary, on the 14th April, 1923. He was lodged in Mountjoy Prison, where he again took part, in what proved to be his biggest hunger strike, lasting as it did for forty-one days. After the Christmas of 1923 he was removed with other prominent political leaders to Arbor Hill barracks. He was released on the 16th of July, 1924. In later raids and arrests in Dublin he was among, those lodged in the Bridewell, and was also detained in the frequent “mouse-trap raids” on the headquarters of Sinn Fein.

He was first elected for West Kerry in the General Election Of 1918, and continued to represent this county up to 1927, and when, in the September election of that year, Sinn Fein decided not to participate, he retired. From 1917 he was Hon. Secretary of Sinn Fein up to his death.

His last public appearance was at Caherciveen on Easter Sunday in 1929, when he delivered the oration in commemoration of Easter Week.

During the last few years of his life he devoted his time to the study of law : and, at the time, it was expected that, in a, few months he would have been called to the -Bar.

A noble- and truly patriotic soul, never once was he unfailing in his devotion and allegiance to the Irish Republic ; never once was he false to a friend. He was soldier and statesman in the cause of the Ireland which he loved as only those such as he who have suffered in her cause can love.

Go ndeanaid Dia Trocaire ar a anam.

On Sunday next the new stand at Tralee Sports field, fittingly named the Austin Stack Stand, will be formally opened. There could be no more fitting monument to the honour of Kerry’s illustrious son, for it was in the G.A.A. the late Mr. Austin Stack first attracted public attention. On its fields and in its forums he gave early, evidence of that integrity and high, principle which were his distinguishing features in the hectic life he was to follow.

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Jeannie Lewis contacted Ireland Reaching Out in 2016 looking to find out more about her Great Great Grandfather John O’Connor, from County Limerick in the west of Ireland. In the 18 months that followed, from knowing little or nothing about his life to being able to visit the former family homestead in Kilscannell, three generations of the descendants of John O’Connor reconnected with their place of origin on two separate visits to Ireland.

God Might Do Something Like That

My secular friends thought religious people blind and/or gullible and/or stupid. Religious people believed in fairy tales. The whole Easter story struck them as the biggest fairy tale of all.

But secular as I was, I thought that if there is a God, a point on which I was somewhat agnostic, he might do something just like that. And I could see at least one reason for it. I thought at the time that the Resurrection would be a great advertisement. God would make sure the people He loved would get the point.

According to Robert Stackpole, the director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, “The most special grace promised by our Lord for Mercy Sunday is nothing less than the equivalent of a complete renewal of baptismal grace in the soul: “complete forgiveness (remission) of sins and punishment.” (More explanation here.)

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