Knockanuare Notes-December 1st 2019

RAMBLING House is taking place on Thursday 5th December 2019 at 8 pm in Knockanure Community Centre.  Everyone is welcome.  Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance.  Admission free.  Refreshment will be served.  Contact Ann Flavin at 086/ 3090948.

SOCIAL day for the Active Retirement takes place on Monday 9th December 2019.  On that day Mass will take place at 12pm for Christmas and followed by a Meal. Music by Stevie Donegan.  It is important that we know numbers attending in advance. If attending please ring office on 068/ 49799.  New members especially welcome.

CHIROPODIST:  In Marian Hall on Tuesday December 10th at 10am.  To book phone Noreen on 49238.

B-ALERT GROUP:  Anyone wishing to join the Knockanure B-Alert group contact Danny on 087/6863726.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel, The first Friday of every month.  The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm,

SYMPATHY:  To Tom Foley & family, Gurtdromosillihy on the death of his brother Patrick in Sydney, Australia

ANNIVERSARIES: Ellen Vaughan, Pat Hayes, Jim Brosnan, Julia Leahy, Rita Fitzmaurice, Sr. Marie Costelloe, Bridie McCarthy, Betty Coughlin, Ollie Leahy, Tommy Foley, Margaret Dillane, Kay Holloway, Peggy Sheehan, Jackie Healy Rae, Bridie Cambell, Breda Thomas, Fr. Liam Hayes, Sheila Nash, Peggy Moriarty, Tom O’Connell. Mass Moyvane;  Tues 3rd at 7.30pm for Nora O’Donoghue, Perth, Australia  (Months Mind); Wed 4th  at 7.30pm for Maureen Foley, Gurtdromosillihy & Patrick Foley, Sydney & l/o Gurtdromosillihy (Rec Dec), and  deceased of the Foley family; Fri 6th at 7.30pm  for Tom Hanrahan, Aughrim & New York (Rec Dec) parents Thomas & Mary Ellen & his brother & sister Con & Helen; Sat 7th  at 7.30pm for Maurice & Joe O’Connell, Dooncaha, Tarbert & deceased

of the O’Connell family and Mass on Sun 8th at 11.00am for Paudie O’Connor, Upper Direen, Athea (1st Anni). Mass Knockanure on Thurs 5th at  7.30pm for Mary Hickey (née Fitzgerald), New York & l/o Beenanasbig, and Mass on Sun  8th at 10.00am for  Sheila Nash, Gortdromagouna (Anni) & deceased of the Nash family.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS in Lixnaw on Tuesday 19th November AT 7.30PM.

ATHEA: The Going Strong Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday, December 4th. Mass will be celebrated in the Top of the Town at 12 noon sharp followed by Dinner & Music by Blue Rhythm.

FAIR in Glin. The much anticipated traditional Glin Old Fair Day takes place this year on Saturday, December 7.  If you are interested in securing a table please contact Michael Donnellan on 087 9953577.

ROADWORKS UPDATE:  Full road closure on the Trien road Mon 2nd to Fri 6th of Dec with no through traffic from 8am to 6pm and a diversion route in place. Local access for residents but no through traffic during closure times.   Traffic light system in place on the Moyvane-Knockanure road during the week.  Info Padraig 086/6072159.  Also works on the Moyvane / Tarbert road between the Newline Road and the Coop in Moyvane Village from 7am to 7pm Mon to Fri. Works between Newline Rd and the Bally Rd(Roches cross) junction under a full road closure with a diversion route, local access for residents affected by the closure but no through traffic will be allowed during closure times. Works between the Bally Rd(Roches cross) and the Coop with be under a single lane closure with stop and go traffic management.          Info Shane 087/9829576.

KNOCK All-night Vigil takes place on December 7th/8th. With Fitzpatrick’s of Listowel. Vigil programme 10pm confessions in the Chapel of Reconciliation 12am vigil in Basilica 4am concelebrated mass. Coach will leave Listowel @ 4.30pm. Phone (068) 21707 or (087) 3966399.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST.  MARY’S CHURCH, LISTOWEL: Kerry Choral Union are presenting An

Evening of Christmas Music & Carols In St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Sunday evening 8th December at 7.30pm.

PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, Carol Service will take place on Thurs. 5th Dec. at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel.  Everyone welcome.

KERRY OLDER PERSONS MAINTENANCE SERVICE is now taking requests for winter.  For more information please call 068 23429.

STARS IN THEIR OWN EYES in Moyvane Community Centre on November 30, was a great night out for all the parish, a wonderful showcase for emerging entertainers.

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS DURING ADVENT Adoration in preparation for Christmas, in Listowel, will begin on Sunday, Dec. 1st and every Sunday throughout Advent from 3 to 6pm.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: The club meet on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enrights, The Ramble Inn, Church Street, Abbeyfeale from 9pm.

PARTY: The Going Strong Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday, December 4th. Mass will be celebrated in the Top of the Town, Athea at 12 noon sharp followed by Dinner & Music by Blue Rhythm. To book please contact Maireád Langan on 087-6407026 or Eileen O’Sullivan on 087-9848247.

MICHEAL ENGLISH COMES TO CHURCH: Micheal English will give a Christmas themed concert and will also sing a selection of his own popular songs on Friday, December 6.  All proceeds will go towards the ongoing maintenance of St. Ita’s Hall.

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION BOARD donor clinic in the Community Centre, Ballybunion on Thursday 14th December from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

BALLYLONGFORD ICA  will hold the annual Sale of Work in aid of the Senior Citizens Party on Sat. 7th Dec in the Parish Hall after 7pm mass.  Auctions, raffles, special door price, kids novelties & cake sale. Christmas Party for our Senior Citizens will be held on Sun. 15th Dec. in the Parish Hall, Ballylongford commencing with Holy Mass at 1pm.

LIXNAW 5KM TURKEY TROT: takes place Sun. 8th Dec. in Lixnaw Village.  Sign up now for this fun walk, run, jog or trot and support Comfort for Chemo Kerry and the Irish Red Cross.  Sign up via the Lixnaw Turkey Trot page.



Opening will take place on the 4th December at 8pm and the exhibition will remain on view until Friday 20th December.


Join us for an evening  of story, music and friendships as Mike Hanrahan talks to Radio Kerry’s Joe McGill about his memoir Beautiful Affair.

Mon 9th – Wed 11th & Mon 16th– CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Theatrix Stage School present the iconic musical favourite filled with unforgettable songs, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.


MICHAEL HARTNETT – AN EVENING OF POETRY, MUSIC & MEMORIES- A celebration one of Ireland’s best loved poets Michael Hartnett. Featuring some of his best loved poems in English and Irish, with music accompaniment. Le; Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Cathal Quinn – dánta/poems, Michelle Mulcahy – ceol/music,  Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh – amhráin/songs agus Tristan Rosenstock – Fear an Tí/ MC

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FUNDRAISER: Let’s fight cancer mid-west annual fundraiser for Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation will be at the recently refurbished Ballintemple Inn on Saturday the 14th of December 2019.

NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: Casting night for Abbeyfeale’s Night at the Oskars will be on Tuesday, December 3 from 7 –10pm in St. Ita’s Day Care Centre, Abbeyfeale.

SEENAGER CHOIR:  A Community that sings together, stays together’. A little over 6 weeks ago, a group of Seenagers (senior teenagers) came together in Abbeyfeale to form a ‘singalong choir’. After 6 most enjoyable weeks of rehearsing, both singing and drumming, the group would like to invite you to a group singalong performance on Thursday December 5 at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale at 7pm. Refreshments will also be served. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by contacting Damien Ahern on 087 9042477. This project is funded by the SICAP programme. The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

COMMUNITY SUBSTANCE MISUSE TEAM:  A free and confidential service for under 18’s and their families impacted by substance misuse is provided on the first Wednesday of the month in St. Ita’s Hall from 2.30pm – 5pm.  Contact Kristeen Laing 086 4141854.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE Bookings: Phone 0667134276. Fire Fall-Charismatic Prayer Meeting every Monday 7.30pm. Growing as Followers of Jesus Christ: Dr. Jessie Rogers, Sat. 7th Dec. 10am-2pm. Advent Retreat: Fr. Mossie Kelliher SMA, Fri. 13th to Sun. 15th Dec.

DUAGH TIDY TOWNS PHOTOS APPEAL:A lot of time and effort goes into putting together a Memory Room for Christmas. We appeal again for some local photos that might be of interest to the local community. Old photos of Duagh/Lyre/Kilmorna etc. environs & people we would appreciate you submitting these photos to us. Any suggestions for inclusion in the room are also welcome. Send via email: [email protected] or Facebook: Duagh Tidy Towns or contact Therese/Tracey 087-6718557/087-9951368If we do not have the photos we cannot proceed with this project.

ARIES:   Advancing Recovery in Ireland Education Service serving the Mid-West region. If you have an interest in mental health, well-being and recovery, please make a note of our free workshop in St. Ita’s Community Hall, Convent St., Abbeyfeale, on December 5 from 2pm – 5pm. To book places contact Mike O’Neill on 085-8768517 or at [email protected]. For more information visit

CHRISTMAS TRACTOR RUN: “Estuary Rollers will hold a Christmas Tractor Run on Sunday, December 15.   Registration will begin from 1.30pm at Abbeyfeale Mart with a fee of €20 per tractor. The run will start at Abbeyfeale Mart before heading up through Abbeyfeale Town, it will then continue to Athea, Moyvane, Tarbert, Glin before concluding for refreshments in The Knockdown Arms. There will also be a prize for the most decorated Christmas tractor. All proceeds are in aid of a wonderful local charity – Milford Hospice.”

IRISH MASS ON RADIO NA GAELTACHTA: As part of the 150 Celebrations and at the request  of  Radio  na  Gaeltachta,  the  9.00am  Mass  in  St.  John’s  Church  on  Sunday December 29th will be recorded for broadcasting at 11am that morning. A gathering for all who wish to learn the Irish Mass responses for that Mass are invited to practice sessions in St. John’s Parish Centre on Monday 9thand Monday 16th at 6.30pm. Fáilte roimh cách.

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS DURING ADVENT Adoration in in Listowel in preparation for Christmas, from 3 to 6pm.

SOCIAL & HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT (SHEP) are offering “Seasons for Growth, Living with Grief, Loss & Change”, In Recovery Haven Tralee Starting on Thursday 5thDecember, free of Charge  to  participants.  If  you  are  interested contact Deirdre at 087-7728089.

GREENWAY: In Listowel, on Friday 29 November 2019  Brendan Griffin T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, turned the first sod of the 10.5km section of the Great Southern Trail Greenway (GST) which will connect Listowel to the existing 40km in County Limerick.

Later, at a similar ceremony in Fenit he inaugurated the 10km of works to link Fenit to Tralee.

CARRIGKERRY National School opened in September 1979, and to mark the anniversary a Mass was held in St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Sunday November 17 2019.

Principal Ann Horan in her address remembered all the former teachers, and pupils who have departed this world. She welcomed the past teachers who were present, John Looney, Carmel Magner, Brigid Griffin, Mary Keating, Bridie Murphy, and others associated over the 40 years, and Nora Kennelly for donating the flowers for the church.  The SNA teachers, and secretaries, for their services. Peg Flynn RIP and family caretakers of the school. Pat King and the CE members for all the behind the scenes work. The original parents committee who picketed the School in 1969, to retain the School, instead of being amalgamated with Ardagh.

School  roll books, plus photos were on display, and Bridget Griffin had photographs of the Carrigkerry Carnival committee, from over 50 years ago. Carrigkerry has 62 pupils enrolled at present, with 13 starting last September. Current teachers- Ann Horan, Tom Dillane,  Triona Kearney Lynch and Evelyn Stack, Board of Management members, and all who helped are thanked.

KERRY Landholders 1876

Here are the names and addresses of every landholder in Kerry in 1876 who had at least one acre.  This is a really interesting  list of those who owned rather than those who tenanted Kerry land at the end of the nineteenth century.  The main fact that strikes me  when I read down the names is the number of landowners who are not resident in the county, with the largest landholder  the Marquess of Lansdowne , of Lansdowne House, London with 94,983 acres.    But on the other hand the next two largest landholders, the Earl of Kenmare with 91,080 acres and Henry Herbert of Muckross with  47,238 acres ,both have addresses in Killarney.



HC Deb 08 March 1849 vol 103 cc384-424

Some of Mr H A Herberts speech below.

It appeared, from the report of the Inspector General of Prisons in Ireland, that in 1847 there were 12,883 persons crowded into gaols designed to contain no more than 5,655. He regretted to say that of late years there had been, in that country, an increase of crime as well as of distress. In 1845, the number of convictions in Ireland was 7,105; of committals, 16,696. In 1846, convictions, 8,693; commitments, 18,492. In 1847, convictions, 15,233; committals, 31,209. So that between 1845 and 1847, the commitments and convictions had nearly doubled. But there was still a more awful part of the subject. The deaths in gaols were truly frightful. In 1835, they were only 81; in 1836, they were 132; but in 1847, they reached the alarming amount of 1,315


After some statements Mr Herbert continues

He would also mention the case of Kerry gaol, built to accommodate 86 persons, but which now contained no less than 582 prisoners, being six times the number it was designed to hold. Amongst that number were 15 male and 16 female lunatics.

SIR G. GREY said

Previously to 1846 the average annual number of persons sentenced in Ireland to transportation was about 600. But in 1847 and 1848 the number was nearly bordering upon 2,000.

The number of prisoners sentenced to transportation in Ireland at the last quarter-sessions, amounted to 596, being equal to the whole annual average for several years prior to 1846.



He stated that he saw by the papers laid before Parliament, that the convicts on arriving at the colonies were readily engaged, some as shepherds and some as general servants, some at wages to the amount of 5s. 6d. a day, and also 1l. 16s. a week, and that the general servants received from 15l. to 25l. a year. The same papers also reported favourably of the conduct of those thus engaged, which, except in some few instances, had been remarkably good.

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Sister Mary Paul (Maura Byron) later wrote when asked about her memories of the early days of school, “I remember, as if it were yesterday, that moment in September when I finally faced my fifth-grade class of sixty-five boys and girls. I was so nervous that I have no recollection of what I taught that day but I do recall the great sense of elation I felt when at the end of the day I could report to my Sisters, ‘The class was wonderful! They were full of life and so well-behaved.’”




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