knockanuare notes December 16th 2018

HAPPY CHRISTMAS to our readers, and hope that the New Year, will be satisfying and fulfilling.

We remember all who are alone and families grieving, we will make a better effort to walk beside you in the coming year.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC at the Arms Hotel, Listowel on Monday and Tuesday 17th and 18th December from 5 to 8pm.

COOK BOOK compiled by Knockanure School parents, is now available at the school.

BISHOP Ray Celebrated Mass at 10am in Knockanure on Sunday last. After the Mass in Knockanure Community Centre all were invited for refreshments and a chance to meet Bishop Ray.

PADRE PIO meeting, Lixnaw will be on Tuesday, Dec. 18th (3rd Tuesday) The witness will be given by Fr. Kevin McNamara. We look forward to welcoming Amanda Devine now resident in San Giovanni.

RECONCILIATION evening in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Monday 17th December at 8pm.

DEATH has taken place of Paudie Mulvihill of Glasha, Athea, on December 12th, 2018. Survived by daughter Nora, grandson Patrick, sisters Noreen and Joan. Requiem Mass for Paudie Mulvihill was celebrated in Athea Church on 15th December.

ANNIVERSARIES: Phyl O’Kelly, Eddie Carmody, Tom Moran, Sr. Dympna Mulvihill, Patrick Flavin, John Dillon, Sr. Loreto Relihan, John Mulvihill, Fr. Placid Nolan, Lila Carroll, Nancy Daly, Sr. Anna Patricia O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Peg Meade, Neelie Buckley, Micheal Carr, Sr. Basil McAuliffe, Margaret Carmody, Eileen Moriarty, Sheila Kerins, Nora Crane, Mary McKenna, Liam Foley, Kitty Bowden, Noreen Buckley, Jim Sheehy, Sr. Maguerite Shine, Sr. Maura Carmody, Mary White. Mass Moyvane on Fri 21st at 7.30pm Remembrance Mass (Special Intention); Sat 22nd at 7.30pm for Denis McEnery, Tubbertoureen, and Sun 23rd at 11.00am Mass for Ned & Maureen Sheehy, Leitrim Middle. Mass Knockanure:Thurs 20that 7.30pm for Hannie & Ned Quinn, Beenanaspig and Mass on

Sun 23rd at 10.00am for Willie O’Connor, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna.

CONGRATULATIONS to Elaine Sweeney of Tarmons, Moyvane and Michael O’Connor of Sallowglin, Tarbert who were married by Fr. Kennelly in Tarbert Church recently.

FUNDRAISER: In aid of the Stack Family Fund will take place in Mairead’s Bar on Saturday 22nd December at 9.30pm. Music by Gabriel Fitzmaurice & The Bog Hole Boys. Monster Raffle. Spot prizes welcome.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto results; There was no winner of the €2500 jackpot on Friday 14th 2018 – our last of the year. Numbers drawn were 13, 15, 19, and 27. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Mick O’Brien, Church Road, Moyvane; 2. Marie Moloney, Knockmeal, Abbeyfeale; 3. William Fitzgerald, c/o Leens Hotel; 4. B. O’Connor, Templeglentine, and 5. Ger O’Connell, Moyvane South.

CÉILÍ: A céilí will take place in Moyvane Hall on Thursday, December 27 from 3 – 6pm with music by Donie Nolan. It is a fundraiser for the Stack Family, Moyvane. Further information from Marie 087 9542102.

RAMBLING House will be held at Fr Casey’s club house, Abbeyfeale on Thursday, December 20 in aid of the Chemotherapy Day Ward at Kerry General Hospital.

BOLLD Donation Clinic in Ceol Corbraí Community Hall, Glin on Thursday 20th December from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 1 in 4 need blood BUT only 3% give blood.

BOOKS: Vincent Carmody launched his latest book, called A Printers Legacy’, which recalls printing in Listowel between 1870 and 1970. Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Padraig O Conchubhair launched their latest compilation Kerry Songs of Revolution 1916 to 1924 at Seanchai on Saturday night last.

SAMARITANS; Annual Church gate collection will take place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

SECOND COLLECTION: At all Masses on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day for Priest’s Dues collection (green envelope). Envelopes are available at the back of both Churches for those who do not have Offertory boxes.

MURHUR N.S: Annual Christmas Concert is on at the Marian Hall on Wednesday 19th December 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES -Moyvane 6pm and 9pm; Knockanure 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES -Knockanure 10.00am. Moyvane 11.00am.

THE LIVE CRIB is Located behind St Brigid’s church, Duagh the crib will be officially open until January 6th 2019.

DINGLE NEW MUSIC CHOIR: PERFORMING IN St. John’s Church of Ireland Tralee 19th December at 8.30 p.m.

NOVAS CHARITY are looking for volunteers for collection for homeless in Listowel on 21st December and Tralee on 22nd December. Contact Martna on 087 7794764.

WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Thursday 27th December. Assembly is at the large carpark behind Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

REUNION: A reunion of the victorious St Michael’s senior football teams of 1978 will take place jointly with the St Michael’s Class of 1978 Reunion.

In 1978 St Michael’s College Listowel won the Kerry College’s Senior Football Championship, securing the coveted O’Sullivan Cup for only the second time in the school’s history. The team also won Munster College’s Senior Football Championship Corn an Rúnaí for smaller schools.

We have arranged the reunion night on Thursday 27th Dec 2018 commencing at 7 pm in St Michaels College, Listowel.

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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Please note that after normal adoration this week – KNOCKANURE: Tuesday 10am – 5pm; MOYVANE: Wednesday 10am – 7pm, there will be a Christmas break. God willing adoration will commence again on Tuesday 15th January 2019 in Knockanure and on Wednesday 16th January 2019 in Moyvane.

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

BILL KIRBY MEMORIAL 4 MILE WALK in aid of Palliative Care. Gathering at the Brogue Inn on St. Stephen’s Day at 11am and walk commencing at 11.30am. Sponsorship Cards available from Michael Fox O’Connor 087 9833075.

ST JOHN’S: Thu 20th, THE KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. A youth theatre interpretation of the widely read novel presented by Theatrix Stage School, details from 068 22566.

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Calling all Hartnett’s based West Limerick, North Cork and North Kerry, planning for our big weekend next July, HarnettReunion2019

MISSION: Extraordinary Missionary Month to take place in October 2019

During the Angelus on 22 October 2017, Pope Francis announced that October 2019 will be “Extraordinary Missionary Month”. The theme of the Extraordinary Missionary Month is “Baptised and Sent: the Church of Christ on Mission in the World”.

The official website for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 was launched last Friday, 30 November marking the 100th anniversary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter, Maximum Illud, by Pope Benedict XV, which gave new energy to the missionary responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel in the World.

KNOCKANURE: For the entirety of my visit the church was empty and I was continually struck by the disbelief of such a small place housing such a masterful execution of minimalist architecture. The mystery and intrigue that initially surrounded the church is still with me to this day but once the building is introduced into your life stories relating to it reveal itself.

World War One at Home

Listowel, Co. Kerry – Kitchener, The Early Years

OLD STORIES: Taken from School Folklore Collection, see link at end.

“In my grandmother’s land in Gurtaglanna there is a fort.”

In my grandmother’s land in Gurtaglanna there is a fort – a nice enclosure surrounded with trees, outside which there is a deep trench. Outside this again is a circle of bushes.

When my uncle Danny was a young lad going to school he went outside the fort one day, and called on the fairies to come out if they were inside. Nobody came out. A short time afterwards he went into the fort picking nuts. He climbed the tree to get at the nuts on the top branches. He got entangled in the branches, and only for a passer-by luckily coming on the scene, he would have been hanged from the branches, as he was unable to release himself. This was the fairies’ revenge for what he had said.


Murhur School; Maisie O’ Connell, Informant- Mrs Mc Mahon, Age 79 Address Lissaniska, Co. Kerry

“Down near the fort in Ballylongford there was a boy hunting.”

Down near the fort in Ballylongford there was a boy hunting rabbits by night. A rabbit crossed the road, and he threw a stick at the rabbit but he missed him. The following day he got a pain in his hand and that pain went through his body. He tried all remedies to cure it, but it couldn’t be cured, and at last he died.


Murhur School: Eileen Brosnan- Informant, Babie Stack, Age 65 Address, Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry


Long ago some men were hunting a hare in a fort. They were hunting him for a long time and could not kill him. But at last a certain man who had a very good greyhound said he would chance

o kill him. So one day he went hunting around the fort and the dog went in and killed the hare. So when the man went into the fort he found the hare and dog dead inside. He took the hare home with him and when he opened him, he saw a gold ring around his body. He threw him out to the pigs and doga and none of them would eat him.

Murhur School: Informant Maureen Mc Evoy Address Aughrim, Co. Kerry


Two men were hunting rabbits near a fort one night. They had two greyhounds, a black greyhound and a brown greyhound. The first rabbit they met ran into the fort and the black greyhound ran after him into the fort. He ran back again to the men and he screeching and ran around them nine or ten times. The brown dog started to tremble all over. The men continued hunting. Several rabbits

passed them out after that and the dogs would not follow them any more. The next morning the dog that ran into the fort was dead.

Murhur School; Collector- Maureen Culhane, Address, Leitrim Middle, Co. Kerry

“Long ago there lived a man in this neighbourhood by the name of O’ Sullivan.”

Collector James Windle Informant Mrs Ellie Windle Age 55

Long ago there lived a man in this neighbourhood by the name of O’Sullivan. This man was very fond of hunting, and used to spend all his time out on the mountain with his hounds. One day, when he was out hunting a beautiful hare rose before him. The dogs gave chase and O’Sullivan who was very fleet of foot followed close behind. The chase lasted for several hours and in the evening the hare disappeared. O’Sullivan then turned to come home, but at that moment he heard someone call him. When he turned round he saw a beautiful lady dressed in white standing on a rock . The lady said to him, "Why do you follow my hare?" and O’Sullivan said that he thought the hare was not owned by anyone. These words seemed to please the lady, and taking a mug of milk gave it to him and said, " Take a drink for I know you are thirsty." When O’Sullivan put the mug to his lips, he was changed into a bird and he flew back to his own house. When the woman of the house saw the bird she caught it and killed it. The man then took his own form again and he told her the whole story.

A Story

Long ago Tom Walshe who lived near Newtownsandes was married and he had no children. He was very rich and he had all his money in a hole outside in the stall. One day when Tom was out hunting robbers came to his wife. They asked her where was her money she said that her husband had it hidden outside in a hole in the stall. They went out and found the money. They went into the wood that was near Tom’s house. When Tom came home his wife told the story. He said that they would go into the wood and take the money off them. When they were going Tom told his wife to lock the door, Tom was going away and she did not lock the door of the stall he was crossing the fort he heard beautiful music. He left the horse on the side of the road and went into the fort to listen to the music. The music was so sweet that it set him to sleep. When he woke next morning, he went out in the road to look for his horse, he could not find him. He met a man in the road, he asked him what time was it, the man told him it was nine o’clock. He said that he would be late for the fair. "Airiú", said the man, isn’t the fair over with three days. Then he began thinking that he must have been in the fort for three days. When he came to his own home his wife would not let him into his house. He went to the parish priest, the priest was frightened on seeing him because he was after being at his funeral the day before. He told the priest how he was in the fort. Then the priest said it was the fairies that put the other man on the horse in his stead. When he came home it was by chance his wife left him into his house.


Donncadh Ó Loinghsigh, Tullamore Listowel

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