knockanuare notes- April 8th 2018

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS, Lixnaw on APRIL 17th (3rd Tuesday). The witness will be given by Fr. Kevin McNamara.

ACTIVE Retirement Day on Monday 9th April. Music by Stevie Donegan. If attending please phone 068/49799. New members especially welcome.

LAUNCH OF THE EIRGRID PROGRAMME: will take place on Tuesday 10th April at 2pm in Knockanure Community Centre. Everyone welcome.

BOOK Launch by Gabriel and Brenda Fitzmaurice at the Red Door NCW on Friday 13th at 6pm. Title of book, Milking the Sun / Ag Cru na Greine, it is part of Eigse Michael Hartnett festival.

MOYVANE YOUTH CLUB: will be holding a clothes collection of Friday 13th April to raise funds for the Club. This is our only fundraiser this year and your support is greatly appreciated. Collecting from 8pm to 10pm. No blankets, duvets or pillows. Thank you.

DEATH occurred on March 26, 2018, of Michael O’Keeffe of Glenameade, Pallaskenry, born at Lixnaw, (retired Supt). Survived by his wife Maureen, daughter Suzanné, son Michael Paul, daughter-in-law Carmel, grandchildren Isabelle, Michael, Molly and Jack; missed by his brothers and sisters Chris, Con, Sean, Joe, Nancy, Noreen, Patsy, Mary, Helen, Kitty, Betty and Eamon, nephews, and nieces. Requiem mass for Michael O’Keeffe was celebrated on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church, Pallaskenry. Burial afterwards in Adare Cemetery. His father was a native of Kilmorna and he has many relatives in the locality.

SYMPATHY to the family of Mary Sweeney (née Fitzmaurice), of Coilagurteen who died in London recently. Mary will be reposing at the home of Bernie Reidy of Athea Village on Tuesday 10thApril from 6 to 8pm with funeral Mass on Wednesday in St. Bartholomew’s Church at 12noon. Burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery.

DEATH Mary Bridget Crean, (nee Thornton), Pearl River , 83, previously of Pearl River, NY, died Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Tappan, NY. Mary was born on October 24th, 1934 in Moyvane, to Myles Thornton and Bridget O’Connor Thornton. Mary emigrated to the United States in 1951 and resided in Brooklyn, NY. She married Thomas J. Crean on June 22nd, 1957 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brooklyn, NY. They moved to Pearl River in 1959. Mary worked for the New York Telephone Company, the Town of Orangetown Receiver of Taxes, and was a loving child care provider in her home for many years. She is predeceased by her loving husband Tom, her parents and step-father Cornelius Buckley. She is survived by her children Joanmarie Burfeind (Eric) of Longmont, CO., Michael Crean of Parrish, FL., Kathleen Albin (Glenn) of Tappan, NY., Eileen O’Connell (Bob) of Palm Bay, FL., Mary Catherine Crean (Judy Trujillo) of Nanuet, NY. She was a loving grandmother to Peter (Kristin), Kathryn (Matt), Bethann (Leif), AnnMarie , Justine (Garth), Danny, MaryKatelyn, and Erin. Her precious great-grandchildren Lucille Grace, Thomas John, and Blaire Reagan. She is also survived by her sister Kathleen Buckley Ryan and her brother Cornelius Buckley of Co. Clare Ireland, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and cherished friends in Ireland and the United States. Funeral Mass Tuesday, April 3rd, 11 am, at St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, Pearl River, NY. Burial will follow at the Frederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery in New Hempstead, NY. Mary Crean has many relations in the parish, including, Thornton’s, Connors, Fitzgerald’s and Sheahan’s.

ANNIVERSARIES: Hannah Stack, Dick Collins, Michael Lyons, Josie Stack, Mary Quinn, Sr. Virgilius Flavin, Mary O’Shea, Paddy O’Connor, Bridie Liston, Lily O’Connor, Imelda Collins, Ita Danaher, David Parrish, John Joe Brosnan, Fr. Paddy Sheehan, Mass in Moyvane; Mon 9th at 7.30pm for Mike Joe Madigan, Shanagolden (Rec Dec); Wed 11th at 7.30pm for The Halpin & O’Connell Families, Clounmacon; Thurs 12th at 7.30pm for May Quinn, Leitrim West; Fri 13th at 7.30pm for Jer & Catherine Mulvihill, Glenalappa East & deceased family members; Sat 14th at 7.30pmfor James & Bridget Beaton, Ahalahana , and Sun 15th Mass at 11.00am for John Shanahan, Kilbaha. Knockanure Mass Sun 15th at 10.00am for Seán, Aggie, Nell & Anthony Aherne, Moher Cross.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Knockanure, Tuesday 10am to 6pm; Moyvane: Wednesday 10am to 7pm.

ICON OF THE HOLY FAMILY: St. Marys Church Listowel Monday 9th April to Wednesday 11th April.

ATHEA & DISTRICT CREDIT UNION: is celebrating 50 years in Business this April. To mark this HUGE achievement, we will be hosting an open day on Saturday 14th April from 10.30am – 3pm. Face Painting and Treats for the Children- Light Refreshments for the Adults-Blessing by Fr. Duggan at 1.30pm-Any new accounts opened on the day will receive €10.00 to start their savings off- History of the Credit Union will be available for viewing – The first of 12 monthly draws for our Members to take place at 2pm – Prize of €100 Voucher for Hannah-Mai’s Flowers/Collins Nursery. All are welcome.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE: The Listowel Community Action on Alcohol group will host an evening seminar entitled ‘Attitudes to Alcohol Consumption’ on Wednesday April 11th from 7-9pm. The keynote speakers will include; Minister for State Catherine Byrne and Olympic boxing sliver medallist in 2008, Kenny Egan. Contact 068/23584. Well Being for Women – How to look after your Emotions First Meeting on Thursday 12th April 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm. Meetings will take place fortnightly.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: 9th to 12th April. The Brandon Hotel, Tralee. 5pm – 8.30pm on Monday. 3pm –5pm & 7pm –9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Blood Donation is essential to ensure Hospital Patients get the treatment they need. One Donation can save up to 3 Lives. Full details of all clinics and on Giving Blood contact 021 4807400 or 1850 731 137.

LISTOWEL ST, VINCENT DE PAUL are looking for volunteers for 1 day a week for the meals & wheels delivery, Monday to Friday, delivery time: 12 noon to 1pm, contact 0877817542 or 0877818053.

TOASTMASTERS in Tralee celebrate their Silver Jubilee at Kerins O’Rahilly’s GAA Club on 14th April at 7.30pm, details from 087978 5901.

GRAND VARIETY CONCERT: West Limerick 102fm are hosting a fundraising concert at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Wednesday, April 18 beginning at 8pm. It will feature Peter Burke, P.J. Murrihy, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Emily Clarke, Willie Relihan, Cllr. Micheal Collins and the wonderful Donal Ring Ceili Band. Tickets available from WL102fm on 069 – 66200 and Ann Lyons, The Square, Abbeyfeale. It promises to be a great night of music and song and your support is earnestly requested.

NATIONAL PIONEER BALL Treacy’s Hotel, Carrickmacross May 5. For details 087 2392993.

CONCERT: Michael English and his band will be at Moyvane Church on Tuesday 5th June at 8pm. Tickets available shortly from the Parish Office.

FOR LIFE Concert: The Friary, Killarney, Sunday April 15th at 7.30pm featuring talented musicians and soprano Laura O’Keeffe.

CHURCH JUBILEE: In June 2018, the Abbeyfeale parish will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the opening of their parish church, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. As a community of faith we have much to celebrate. A special Mass and parish celebration will be take place on Saturday, June 16 marking the official opening of the church fifty years ago in June 1968. A publication on the building of the church and life in the parish over the past fifty years will be launched.

RALLY: Stand up for Life Cork Rally – Saturday 7th April 2018, 2pm.

LECTURE at Seanchai Centre Listowel Tuesday 17th April At 7.30pm, subject “From Laois to Kerry- how the Crosbies Planted Tarbert”, by Michael Christopher Keane.

POETRY: Eigse Michael Hartnett will be held at NCW from 12th to 14th April.

MEASLES, 26 cases recently reported in Mid-West Region, half the cases hospitalised, free MMR vaccination available.

NEW Director of Services at KCC, is Christy O’Connor a native of Kilmeady.

PLAY: The Lartigue Theatre Group presented their play ‘Solo Run’ from April 5th – 9th at St. John’s, Listowel. It is directed by Denis O’Mahony with the cast of John Looney, Mgt Murphy, Robert Bunyan, Mike Moriarty, Laura Shine Gumbo, Con Kirby, Emer O’Neill and Lucille O’Sullivan.

PARISH CONFIRMATION DAY in Listowel takes place on Friday, April 13th Bishop Ray will confirm the candidates.

DEACON THADY O’CONNOR Recently ordained a permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Kerry will speak at masses on , April 14th & 15th promoting vocations and will explain the role a permanent Deacon has in our Diocese today.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: An elderly man in Limerick has fallen victim to a €2,000 phone scam and Gardaí are warning people to be vigilant about suspicious phone calls that come out of the blue.

TRAIL: On Friday 13th April 2018 at 8pm the Great Southern Trail Ltd. will host a presentation in the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale. The presenter will be John Grimshaw.

DUAGH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION are looking for photographs or memories of the late Fr Pat Moore (R.I.P.) PP that we can use to commemorate his time ministering in the parish of Duagh/Lyre on our very special memorial evening on Sat 5th May in Duagh to mark his 1st anniversary . If you have any that you would like to share please contact Sandra on 087 6718377 before Fri April 26th.

EVENTS: Ardfert Retreat Centre: Lectio Divina: Fr. Brendan Clifford OP, Thurs.26th April, 7pm-8.30pm. Becoming a Caring Presence in Today’s World: Noticing and Nurturing Important Feelings in Our Body, Presented by John Keane, European Director of the Bio-Spiritual Institute, April 27th – 29th Book now 066-7134276.

Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Tues. 10th April from 7.30pm-9pm in Recovery Haven 5 Haig’s Terrace, Killierisk, Tralee, Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

Youth Pilgrimage to Taizé The Diocese of Kerry will take a group of 15 young pilgrims to Taizé, France on Sun. July 1st. Taizé is a place of pilgrimage with a special welcome for young people. The group will return to Ireland on Sun. July 8th. The group will be accommodated in dormitories in Taizé. Meals will also be provided. Cost is €500.00. For more information please contact Tomás Kenny on 086 3683778 or tomaskenny Application forms are available from your parish office.

Catholic Young Adults Conference 2018 organised by the Legion of Mary. This will be held in the Dominican Retreat Centre in Ennismore, Cork on Saturday 21st April from 9.15am to 5.30pm. It includes talks, testimonies, workshop, lunch and Holy Mass. Cost is 20 euro and includes lunch. Age group is 18-40 year old.

YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO TAIZÉ. The Diocese of Kerry will take a group of 15 young pilgrims to Taizé, France on Sunday, July 1st , returning to Ireland on Sunday, July 8th.

DEACON; For further information please contact your Parish Priest or the Diocesan Director for the Permanent Diaconate, Fr Nicholas Flynn- Tel: 064 6631168 diosec

SHANNONSIDE WOMEN’S GROUP – will hold a clothes collection on Thursday 10th May in aid of Tarbert Active Retirement and West Limerick Children’s Services.

PROLIFE the LoveBoth Project is organising a large rally in Dublin on the 12th May to highlight the tens of thousands of live saved by the 8th Amendment.

LISTOWEL TIDY TOWNS ANNUAL CLEAN UP WEEK an hour of your time will make a huge difference. Monday 9th Listowel Park (Car Pk.) / Tuesday 10th College Cross ( near Charlie’s) / Wednesday 11th convent cross (near the car pk.) / Thursday 12th Upper William St. (car pk. Front of cinema) / Friday 13th Carroll’s Yard (car pk.) all at 7pm. clean up materials provided. 2018 approach rds. Clean up Saturday 14th volunteers meet at St. John’s at 8am. this is a County wide venture facillated by K.W.D.

TEA DANCING: Afternoon Tea Dance with Mike Condon, Fr. Casey’s Abbeyfeale Sunday, April 22. Dancing 3-6

RAILWAY NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 pm. On Friday, April 13 at 8 pm a talk will be held at the Glórach Theatre, looking at the history of the Great Southern Trail, while the results of the survey and feasibility study for the development of the Greenway will be also unveiled on the night. All are most welcome.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

THOUGHT: Perhaps [the critics are right and] the drama is played out now and Jesus is safely dead and buried. Perhaps. It is ironical and entertaining to consider that at least once in the world’s history those words might have been said with complete conviction, and that was on the eve of the Resurrection. –Dorothy L. Sayers.

FROM FR. KEVIN: Thanks to one and all for your generous and prayerful presence at the celebrations – Thank you. I enjoyed all the little things of Holy Week and so many of you contributed so generously and lovingly to these grace filled moments. Reflect on the following:

Our Holy Water bottles were prepared, washed and cleaned by Murhur N.S. Thanks to the children for saving the bottles and in particular to Anne who made sure we were well supplied for Easter.

Our Altar Servers, their families and their leaders Bernie (Moyvane Church) and Elizabeth (Knockanure Church) for their continual help in all celebrations but especially during Holy Week and Easter. Well done to all involved.

Our Liturgy Groups in both Churches are so generous, kind and so supportive and encouraging to me. They enrich all our celebrations so lovingly. Thank you so very much.

Our Altar Society and those who arrange flowers and help in so many ways in decorating both Churches for our celebrations. They always have both Churches looking so well.

Our Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Committee are terrific and so supportive of me and I really appreciate the generous time and effort they put into ensuring that our Parish runs smoothly.

The generosity, gentleness and fantastic dedication from our Eucharistic Ministers, Ministers of the Word and to those who help in both Churches so generously in preparing for Masses, Baptisms, Sacraments, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Weddings and Funerals a sincere thank you. Your presence and preparation with me at these moments are deeply appreciated.

Our Music Ministry in the Parish is simply fantastic – Senior and Youth Choirs are utterly delightful. We are blessed to experience their giftedness week in week out. Well done to Mary with the Senior Choir and Tara with the Youth Choir.

To our Collectors, Counters, Church Cleaners and Caretakers and finally to each and everyone of you for contributing so generously in numerous ways in keeping the Gospel of Jesus Christ alive and active in our Parish.

My Lent, Holy Week and Easter of 2018 has been so very special thanks to all of you who made it so special. Enjoy these Easter days.

TRAIL: On Friday 13th April 2018 at 8pm the Great Southern Trail Ltd. will host a presentation in the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale. The presenter will be John Grimshaw ( ), a pioneer of Greenway developments for over forty years. John and a few associates are visiting several Irish Greenways and the Great Southern had to be on their itinerary because it was John who walked the entire Ballingrane[Rathkeale] to Tralee route in the late 1980’s during his survey of what was intended to be Ireland’s first Greenway [the comprehensive survey is attached to this email].

He, and his colleagues will cycle from Rathkeale to the Kerry Border and they are delighted to hear of the positive developments which will hopefully see the Greenway extended into North Kerry in the not too distant future.

John will outline his experiences in developing Greenways and the multiple benefits that accrue to communities as a result. For both dedicated Greenway enthusiasts and those who wish to inform themselves this will be a rewarding evening. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne.

Further dates for the diary: [A] Coach trip to walk/cycle Mayo Greenway departing Newcastle West, Market Yard, 7am Bank Holiday Monday 7th May, due back 11pm. €60 includes transport, breakfast and evening dinner but not bike hire. Monies to Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West : Tel. (5-6pm) 06962344

[B] Friday 25 May RTE1 T.V. " Nationwide" will feature the attractions of Newcastle West including the Great Southern Greenway

SALE of former Kerryman site reported in papers, recently. The Newspaper and Goblin site contains over 15 acres at Clash, Tralee.

ICA: Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, May 14, 1960; Page: 5


ICA celebrate their Golden Jubilee, long article, listing achievements and activities, see paper for full report.

Bits and pieces from article; Choral competition held at the Meadowlands Hotel was a feast of song to be remembered. Mrs Cooper drama enthusiast, written many plays. Big interest in Killarney literary and drama. Kenmare made a name for rush work, Miss Helen Moore fine articles. Listowel interest music with Mrs J McKenna, B.Comm. Ballybunion notable for craftwork, has record number of Branna holders. Guild meetings held in schools and Farm kitchens, all have their own character.

Thanks for the rapid progress to Vocational and Agricultural Committees and their staff. First lecture given to the federation by Mr. S McDwyer, his vision was an inspiration to them. Special thanks to organiser Mrs K Gleeson. Two Macrs na Tuaithe clubs for girls have been opened. For Jubilee the Association has taken “Beautiful Ireland” as its theme and members are planting flowers and trees.

Thanks also to Kerryman and the other rural organisations. Their dream of having a residential college has been realised and are now hoping that a facility of Home Economics set up in the University.

An Irish Countrywoman’s Jubilee Song

(Air;-The rising of the Moon)


When a little flower was planted, In

the year of Nineteen-Ten,

By a band of Irish women, in a

lonely Irish glen,

Twas a symbol of their courage,

’twas the end of all their fears.

And they tended it and cherished it

through Fifty Golden Years.


The little seed has multiplied, and

spread throughout the land,

And Irish women everywhere,

salute that tiny band.

Who watched It grow with loving

care, and now, for all to see.

The fruit of their devotion, is our

Golden Jubilee.


The years have many memories,

some dimmed perchance with


Of the trials and disappointments,

through those fifty golden years.

Other memories are joyful, weave a

loving tapestry,

For our Irish Countrywomen,

on their Golden Jubilee.

M. M. Cooper, Castleisland Guild.

Fifty Years Agrowing

From Liffey’s tide to Shannon side

From the Corrib to the Nore

The I.C.A, has reached afar

And garnered Erin’s lore

For pride in our dear countryside

Is fostered in each heart

To give our Land an honoured


Each one mast do her part.

For fifty years the star has shone

Which rose o’er Slaney’s Banks

On Sliabh na mBan it glittered on

The true united ranks

Of Banba’s daughters linked with


To guild her name in light

To break the chains of ignorance

Imposed by want and might

Arise ye daughters of the free

Triumphant and enthroned

To-day your work bears golden fruit

Where shackled slave once


For Erin’s flower of womanhood

Can march so proud this day

Ideals held high ‘neath the Irish


In the ranks of the I.CA.

KERRY GROUP RÁS MUMHAN on Easter Saturday March 31 the first major Stage Race of the Irish Cycle Racing season passed through GLIN 3 times. The 1st time will be approx. 11.34am on its way from Tarbert and on to Athea and then again at approx. 1pm coming from Ballyhahill, going to Athea again. Then the 3rd time again approx. 2pm from Ballyhahill before finishing in Athea at 2.15pm. There were about 200 riders representing all the top Club teams in the country and teams from Britain and the Continent, while Limerick and Kerry teams were in the line-up.

By Marcella Maguire

Father Joseph Mallin, S.J., passed away early Easter Sunday at a Jesuit community house in Hong Kong, where he had served as a missionary since 1948, RTE News reports. He was the last surviving child of the leaders of the uprising that led to Irish independence.

The Promise

Divine Mercy Sunday may be the greatest day of the year because of the immeasurable amount of grace Jesus promised to pour forth on this day. In the private revelation accepted publicly by the Church, Jesus made a specific promise to Saint Faustina about Divine Mercy Sunday:

Pro Life Meeting Cork


Thu 5th – Mon 9th

SOLO RUN; A new and extended version of Tony Guerin’s play which premiered at St. John’s in 2002. Full of lively and colourful dialogue and larger than life characters, the play focuses on an event in Listowel in the late 1940’s. Presented by The Lartigue Theatre Company and directed by Denis O’Mahony the cast features: Mike Moriarty, John Looney, Con Kirby, Robert Bunyan, Laura Shine, Margaret Murphy, Lucille O’Sullivan and Emer O’Neill.


A politicians soirée quickly descends into farce. Directed by Sally Potter, the cast features Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Patricia Clarkson in a sharply observed study of love and politics. In association with Access Cinema

Wed 11th

REDMOND O’TOOLE, 8 STRING BRAHMS GUITAR, The programme will feature works by Mertz, Bach, Haydn, Rodrigo, Ponce and Domeniconi.

Feb 13th

EAST OF MONROE, The best of American Country and Bluegrass featuring a six piece band from Virginia and Maryland playing banjo, fiddles, guitar, mandolin and base.

Sat 14th – Sat 28th

AWAKENING, The Blue Umbrella Gallery artists are delighted to come together again in Listowel for their new exhibition. Opening at 8pm on Saturday 14th April. All welcome.

Wed 18th

THE BEST OF TRADITIONAL, With Bríd Harper – Donegal fiddle player, Tony O’Connell – concertina and Cyril O’Donoghue – guitar, bouzouki and vocals.

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