Knockanuare notes- December 20th 2020

S to the countless people who volunteer to keep a parish running, to Fr. Kevin who has found every avenue available to help people participate in the mass, all who contribute to the notes, without their help, many items of news would be missed. Wishing all our readers, will have a Christmas that will protect both themselves and their neighbour, and still find it fulfilling.

Our thoughts are with all who have suffered in any way during the year, as they have to carry the burthen alone and often unknown to us.

PARISH OFFICE will be closed from 22nd Dec. and re-opening 5th Jan. 2021. There will be

Sixteen Masses to choose from this Christmas Week.  Pick one Mass to attend and make it your Christmas Mass.  Your cooperation is deeply appreciated in these very vulnerable times.  Please note that nobody will be turned away from our Churches, but if the Churches are full, we have plan B which is tuning into Masses from Moyvane on 99.9fm and on the tannoy system in Knockanure car park. Those in the car parks will receive Holy Communion if they wish – instructions will be issued at each Mass. MASS Moyvane; Sat 19th at 7.30pm for Con Healy, Moyvane North (1st Anni); Sun 20th  at 11.00am for Connie Shine, The Village (Anni) & deceased of Shine family; Mon 21st at 10.00am   Special Intention – New Home & family blessing at 7.30pm mass  for Pádraig McMahon, Lisaniskea – Birthday Remembrance; Tues 22nd at 7.30pm for Fíachra Harrington, Co. Waterford (Rec Dec); on

Wed 23rd at 7.30pm a Shared Christmas Mass (for living on Christmas list); Thurs 24th at  5.00pm      CHRISTMAS EVE MASS – Special Intention, and  9.00pm a  Special Intention; Fri 25th  at 11.00am       CHRISTMAS DAY MASS – Special Intention; Sat 26th at 7.30pm  ST. STEPHEN’S DAY – Patrick Curtin, Aughrim (Anni), and mass on Sun 27th at 11.00am  for Ned & Maureen Sheehy, Leitrim Middle (Anni). Mass Knockanure; Sun 20th at 9.30am for Willie O’Connor, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna (Anni); on

Tues 22nd  at 9.30am  a Special Intention – New Home & family blessing; Thurs 24th at 7.00pm   CHRISTMAS EVE MASS – Special Intention; Fri 25th at  9.30am – CHRISTMAS DAY MASS – Special Intention, and mass on Sun 27th  at 9.30am  for Hannah & Ned Quinn, Beenanaspig, Kilmorna (Anni).

GAA LOTTO Moyvane; The current Jackpot is €9,000 and the draw on Sunday, December 20 at 8.00pm at Con Brosnan Park.

CHURCH in Moyvane was recently painted outside and lit up for Christmas, the outside crib is also illuminated.

MOYVANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION:  Wish everyone a Happy and safe Christmas. We hope that the New Year will bring an end to Covid 19 and lead to a healthier and stress-free environment. We take this opportunity to thank all who helped us in anyway throughout the past year. A special thanks to all who have made generous financial contributions.  Further donations would be gratefully appreciated.

WELL DONE to Margaret Foley who raised €5090.09 to date for Sliabh Mish Ward in UHK from her walk from Moyvane Church to the Hospital.

COVID-19 victims, it would be nice to tell their stories, rather than leave them as statistics.

Many in the building trade, shops, health care people and farmers, have worked nonstop since the arrival of C19. Others on salaries have taken off significant leave from work. They should show some appreciation by donating to a thank you fund for their working colleagues. Young people are very disadvantaged in their social life, even though, they are in the least danger, we should be more thankful for the sacrifices they are making. Many families were so busy with work and social live till this year, that they do not have a bond with their family, daily rosary bonded our ancestors.

SYMPATHY To Tony & Timmy Horgan, Trien on the death of their sister Kathleen  Mankin, who died in London recently.

DEATH on 16th December 2020 of  Tommy Kelly of Coole West, Athea, predeceased by his parents Jack & Mary and brother Denis. Survived by sons Jonathan, Maurice & Thomas, brothers Pat (England), Jimmy & John, sisters Joan (England), Maureen & Nora, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH took place on 13th December 2020 of Sr. Scholasticia Scanlon of Presentation Convent, Killarney. Formerly of Dromroe, Ballagh, West Limerick. Daughter of the late Ned and Mai and sister of the late Maura, and sadly missed by her sisters Gretta (Ryan) and Ita, brothers Eamonn and Patrick, sisters-in-law Mary and Ann, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, relatives, and her Presentation Community.

DEATH has occurred of Patrick Flaherty, Firies Village, and formerly of Knockanure, Moyvane,  at his daughters residence on the 12th December 2020 in the loving care of his family. Predeceased by his parents Tim and Hannah, brothers Tim, John, Michael, Tom, Willie and sisters Mary and Hannah. Survived by his wife Doreen, daughter Joan, son John, son-in-law Neilly, daughter-in-law Ilona, grandchildren, Danny, Marie, Jevon, Oran, Brogan, Bryn and seven great grandchildren, sister Nora, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was a great accordion & flute player, and will be missed by his card playing friends, And as a Parish volunteer.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Basil McAuliffe, Margaret Carmody, Eileen Moriarty, Sheila Kerins, Nora Crane, Mary McKenna, Michael Foley, Kieran Hayes, Liam Foley, Desmond Groarke, Noreen Buckley, Jim Sheehy, Sr. Marguerite Shine, Sr. Maura Carmody, Mary White, Hazel Culhane, Eileen Mansfield, Michael Brosnan, Sr. Carmel Beasley, Jack O’Brien, Michael Dalton, Tom Walsh, Mary Moriarty, Margaret Lynch, John Behan, Dan Shine, Willie O’Connor, Mary Stack, John Joe Kennelly, Nancy Brosnan, Mauren Sheehy, Denny McEnery, Sr. Rita Donegan, Tom Wright, John Michael O’Sullivan, Elizabeth Lynch, Michael Flanagan, Bea Galvin, Michael Moore, Julia McCarthy,

CHRUCH ART CALENDAR 2021:  I am delighted that this week with your Newsletter, you will receive a beautiful religious calendar for your home.

GIFT IDEAS:  The Lyreacrompane and District Journal, Number 13, is available. Pat McLoughlin’s new book, all proceeds to St. Ita’s Hospital.   Le Chéile is a new musical treat for Christmas CD in aid of Friends of Saint Ita’s Newcastle West, and the Butterfly Club Rathkeale. Ballydonoghue Journal with over 300 pages is also in the shops. Book called Forgiving Moon by Mike Mac Domhnall, Parish Magazine for Mountcollins contains 200 pages.

KNOCK Christmas Hymns on line on Sunday 20th at 8pm.

BEST WISHES to Linda Kennelly, Keylod, Moyvane and David McNamara, Askeaton who were married recently in Ardfert church. Best Wishes to Sonia Gallagher of County Donegal who married Kieran Kiely of Moyvane on August 8th at St John the Baptist Church, Carrigart, Co. Donegal.

EDUCATION & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale (The Old Tech): Free classes begin in January. For information or to register tel. Mary on 06831198 or log on to, click on‘ our courses, and select the location as‘ Abbeyfeale’.

CHOIR: Watch Diocese of Kerry Youth Choir online at Diocese of Kerry site.


KERRY CHORAL UNION: invite you to re-visit Christmas of last year and some highlights of our concert in St. John’s, with the wonderful Miriam Murphy who we sadly lost earlier this year, at 7.30pm on this Sunday, December 20thon or (go to the tab marked “Other”) and on St. John’s Facebook page. It will also be available on YouTube from 7.30 on

TRALEE CHURCH: Mass online and to receive Holy Communion. Eucharistic Ministers will be available in St John’s Church from 10.30am to 1.00pm and at Curraheen Church from 2.00pm to 3.00pm on Christmas Eve.

IRISH  MASS  ON  RADIO  NA GAELTACHTA  Sunday December 27th will be broadcast  at  11am from Tralee Church.

ALONE Support line for older people is open 7 days a week.  8am to 8pm. Tel no:  0818 222 024.

DONATE to the Annual Samaritan Christmas Collection by doing so online by accessing or


YOUTH 2000 CHRISTMAS E-RETREAT: was held from the 18th – 20th of Dec. Free reg on

CERVICAL CHECK sent out 110,000 invitations this year, only 10% responded.


GLORACH BINGO:  Outdoors at the GAA Carpark on the Duagh Road 2pm Sunday, December 20th  €3,100 minimum in prizes.

SHORTEST day over us we are looking to a cocks step in length after Christmas.

Full Moon on the 30th.

SWEDEN – On a per capita basis, November was only the deadliest in a decade, with 77.9 people dying per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 79.2 in November, 2010.

CLAIMED that every day, America loses 6,000 acres of forests, farms, meadows, and woods to incompatible development — that’s almost 2.2 million acres of lost land every year.

STORIES: To entertain and stimulate in these difficult times, since last March has published Kerry stories every Tuesday and Thursday.   In rotation these came from the eight districts Kerry divides into.   In turn they were stories on legend, landscape, plants, animals, archaeology, history, folklore and our contemporary story.

VACCINE is now in the North for C19, soon we will have people going up there for a jab.

Carers and vulnerable people living at home, should be the first to receive vaccine, as they have done more than anybody else in keeping safe and free from Covid 19.

An analysis by The Global Justice Now showed that more than 80 per cent of the current doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been purchased by the world’s wealthiest governments, including the United Kingdom and several European Union countries.

NDRC Established in 2006, is a Government initiative to invest in very young digital enterprises and start-ups. Following a competitive process, Dogpatch Labs, supported by its partner hubs in Cork, Kerry and Galway has been awarded the €17m contract to manage the service for the next five years.


THOUGHT:    When you welcome someone you’re saying “Yes” to the person’s entry into your life. You can’t let someone enter your life without being open to change. Think about the people to whom you’ve said “Yes” thus far in your life. What difference did they make in your outlook? Did your “Yes” make you richer or poorer? Christmas is the time when God calls us to say “yes” to His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, born of a virgin in a stable in Bethlehem. If you’ve already say “Yes” to Jesus’ entry into your life, this is the time to renew your welcome. Christmas is about the greatest present of all, namely the gift of Jesus Christ as our Saviour. From (Frsos)

POPE: No peace without a culture of care – Pope Francis stresses in his World Day of Peace Message for 2021

CHRISTMAS in papers;

Colonist, Volume LI, Issue 12425, 29 December 1908


Received Dec. 28, 11.13 p.m. London, Dec. 28. A severe cold snap is being experienced, and snow is general.


Taranaki Herald, Volume LV, Issue 14094, 28 December 1909


LONDON, Dec. 27. The weather for Christmas and yesterday was fine and mild. Fifty thousand were regaled in the workinghouses and 53,000 in the hospitals. The Salvationists fed 60,000. The Daily Graphic Christmas fund totalled £23,000.


The St George Call (Kogarah, NSW : 1904 – 1957) Sat 28 Dec 1912 Page 3



Christmas of nineteen hundred and twelve is passing, it will be on the shelf where, laid aside, rest so many human happenings, so many human thoughts, joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, sorrow for what has past, promise of hope for what has to come, marks of times flight and presage of old age for some, the joy of what life may hold in the future for others. To me, past the general limit which the Bible and common consent give to man’s sojourn on earth, there is something in looking back on many a Christmas of the past, more especially as for twenty-one years of my life Christmas was the season which common custom in the Old Country has endowed with uniformity of observance.

That a family should assemble beneath one roof at Christmas and there bold revel for both great and small in order rigidly prescribed, was in my time the fitting way to celebrate Christmas in Ireland.

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Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXV, Issue 0, 27 December 1913

CHRISTMAS WEATHER LONDON, Dec. 26. 1913 Christmas was the finest but coldest one for years.


Despite the bitter coldness of the weather, vast crowds thronged the leading thoroughfares of Dublin during the Christmas season, and a busy trade was done by most of the shops in the

centre of the city. For days it was impossible without much inconvenience to approach the counters of business houses in such centres as South Great George’s Street and Henry Street—the shopping districts for the very affluent classes in the city; and in Grafton Street, the fashionable shopping centre, the volume of business transacted was surprising in the extreme—considering the supposed poverty of the traditional supporters of its very expensive shops. Indeed a lady whose sympathies were wholly with the old regime tolls me that she seldom saw Grafton Street more frequented or its

shops more patronised than this year—a striking admission from one who not long ago regarded the approach of Irish freedom as the approach of utter ruin. Only in one important branch has the slump in Dublin’s retail trade persisted through the Christmas season. The uncertainty of postal communication and the low agricultural prices prevailing at the moment have combined to restrict provincial purchases which are usually made in Dublin on a very extensive scale through out December.


A cable message states that the

Whitechapel by-election caused by the decease of Mr. C. J. Mathew, K.C., resulted:—Harry Gosling (Labor), 8398; Kiley (Liberal), 6198; Holden (Prohibitionist), 130. Mr. Mathew, who was returned  at the last election as a Labor member, was the second son of the late Chief Justice Mathew and a great nephew of Fr. Mathew, the Irish apostle of temperance.


Northern Advocate, 24 December 1925

CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA; A CHEERLESS OUTLOOK. PEOPLE POOR AND WEATHER COLD. (Received 2.6 p.m.) VIENNA, December 23. With nearly 90,000 unemployed, empty shops, people without money and, increasing business failures, Vienna is faced with a cheerless Christmas. “The weather is intensely cold. Shopkeepers are despairing. Windows are attractively stocked, but only cheaper articles of necessities are selling. There is no sale for poultry, game, wines, liqueurs, and other Christmas fare. The only traders doing well are those selling on the instalment plan.—Reuter.



CHINA: Joshua Wong is a young Chinese human rights activist, recently sentenced to 13 and a half months in prison on the Orwellian charge of “incitement to knowingly take part in an unauthorized assembly” – meaning, in Chinese Newspeak, urging others to protest peacefully the tyranny now throttling Hong Kong. In his first letter from prison, the uncowed Mr. Wong wrote, “Cages cannot lock up souls.” Indeed, they cannot. But the failure to defend the caged by standing in solidarity with them can do the gravest damage to evangelization.


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