Knockanuare Notes -December 22nd 2019

CHRISTMAS Eve Mass; Moyvane at 6pm and 8.30pm; Listowel 5.30pm and 8pm. Christmas Day mass –Knockanure 10am and Moyvane at 11 am. Listowel 9an and 11.30am.

GAA: Novice Cup Final Sat 28th Dec at 2pm.  Venue Ballylongford.  Ballydonoghue C.  V. Knockanure.

NANO NAGLE FUNDRAISER:  in Mairead’s Bar on Saturday 28th December at 9.30pm.   Any unwanted Christmas gifts can be donated to Jimmy for his raffle and can be dropped into Holly’s shop.

THANKS to all the volunteers who do the extra bit at this time of year to make life a little more pleasant.

MOYVANE BADMINTON TABLE QUIZ:  In Speedy’s on Saturday 28th at 9pm

SIVE will be performed at Listowel Boys School Hall on 18th of Jan. in aid of Sean Stakelum Fund.

BEAUTY and the Beast will be performed at Listowel Boys School and begins on 27th Dec.

BEST Wishes to Nora Sheahan of Listowel who celebrated her 80th birthday and also good wishes to Martina Kelly of Kilmorna who celebrated her 40th birthday recently.

RAMBLING House at Seanchai on Dec 29th from 3 to 6pm.

RACING at Ballyheigue on the 29th Dec.

ADORATION ON CHRISTMAS DAY:  On Christmas Day we celebrate the birth of our Saviour and so we will have one hour of adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Abbeyfeale from 5-6pm.

ANNIVERSARIES: Kitty Boden, Noreen Buckley, Jim Sheehy, Sr. Marguerite Shine, Sr. Maura Carmody, Mary White, Michael Brosnan, Sr. Carmel Beasley, Jack O’Brien, Michael Dalton, Hannie Quinn, Tom Walsh, Mary Moriarty, Margaret Lynch, John Behan, Dan Shine, Willie O’Connor, Mary Stack, Timmy Dillane, Maureen Sheehy, Denny McEvoy, Sr. Rita Donegan, Tom Wright, Elizabeth Lynch, Michael Flanagan, Bea Galvin, Michael Moore, Pat Dalton, Der O’Connor, , Cathy Scannell, Peggy Mahony, John Joe Hanrahan, Sr. Magdalene Harnett, Paddy Curtin, Tom Enright. Mass Moyvane; Sat         28th  at 7.30pm  for Patrick Curtin, Aughrim; Sun 29th at 11.00am  mass for Connie Shine, The Village (Anni) & his parents Dan & Nora. Mass Knockanure Mon  23rd  at 7.30pm for Hannah & Ned Quinn, Beenanaspig, and Mass on Sun  29th at 10.00am  for Irene O’Keeffe, Kilmeaney.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  Please note that Eucharistic Adoration will not take place Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  It will resume again on Tuesday 7th January in Knockanure and Wednesday 8th January in Moyvane.

BOOK; Gabriel Fitzmaurice, recent book Katie now available locally.

ATHEA JOURNAL is on sale at the usual outlets, Collins’ Shop, Athea, Moloney’s, Carrigkerry, Knockdown Shop, Holly’s, Moyvane & Ann Lyons’ Shop,  Abbeyfeale.

WRITERS Week Novel Prize Fund is now E15,000.

LISTOWEL MASS; (Please note the times) Christmas Eve –Tuesday, Dec. 24th 5.30 p.m. Children’s Mass with the Parish Folk Group & it will be broadcast live on Radio Kerry. 8.00 p.m. Mass of the Nativity with Parish Choir. Christmas Day Mass: Wednesday, Dec. 25th 9.00 a.m. Christmas Morning Mass. & 11.30 a.m. with the Parish Choir.

VIGIL: 6 p.m. Tarbert: Fr. Sean;  7 p.m. Ballylongford: Fr. Sean;  7 p.m. Ballybunion: Fr. Michael; 7.30 p.m.: Ballydonoghue: Fr. John. SUNDAY: 9.30 a.m. Asdee: Fr. Michael; 10.30 a.m. Ballylongford Fr. Sean;  11 a.m. Ballydonoghue: Fr. John;  11.30 a.m. Tarbert Fr. Sean; Ballybunion11.30 a.m.

KEYS: Set of keys found on the Glin Road, owner can have same by calling to the Parish Office.

LIVE CRIB & MEMORY ROOM which is organised by our local Duagh Tidy Town’s Committee is back again this Christmas. Located behind St Brigid’s Church, the crib will be officially opened and blessed on this Saturday night (Dec.21st) immediately after the Vigil Mass. It is opened daily from10.00a.m. to 9.00 p.m. from now to January 6th.Do not forget to visit the Memory Room in the separate building opposite the entrance to the Crib. There are some lovely photos of our past and many memories of great people from Duagh in the room. Your kind donations will be used in the work of Duagh Tidy Towns and a donation will be given to the Parish.

CEILI at Seanchai on 5th Jan from 3 to 6pm.

CONNIE HARNETT SWIM:  The 6th annual swim takes place on New Year’s Day in Ballybunion.  Donations will be made to the Hope Foundation, Comfort Chemo in KUH and Ward 2D in CUH.  To date in excess of €39,000 has been raised for local charities.

KERRY LONDON ASSOCIATION AGM:   January 15, Sala Room, Crown Hotel, Cricklewood at 7pm.

LAUNCH OF A NIGHT AT THE OSKARS:  The Winners’ Circle Saturday, January 4 at 9pm.  Films and roles will be announced on the night.  Rehearsals will commence on the week beginning Monday, January 13 and continue each week until  the week of Feb 3.

AGM of Athea Credit Union was held in their office recently. Katie Sullivan gave an insight into the position of the Credit Union, saying it was in a very healthy position. Eibhlís Geoghegan read the minutes of the last AGM. Timmy Woulfe praised the dedicated staff and volunteers, himself and Patie Sullivan being the 2 longest serving members. Athea Credit Union is 51 years in existence. Mary Anne Stack thanked everyone for coming.

WALK: Ballylongford Tidy Towns The annual fundraising walk/run will take place on St. Stephens Day at 1pm with refreshments in the hall afterwards.  Registration in the Parish Hall from 12pm.

Annual Bill Kirby Walk in Tralee on Dec. 26th.

POPE Francis was 83 on Tuesday 17 December 2019.

CHRISTMAS Mass Times 2019- Abbeyfeale Parish: Christmas Eve: 8.30pm Carols, followed by Mass at 9.00pm .Christmas Day: 9.15am. & 12 noon. Athea Parish Christmas Eve: 6.00pm & 8.00pm Christmas Day: 10.30am.

ROADWORKS:  For up to date information during the Christmas Season contact Pádraig (Reach Active)  on 086/6072159 or Shane (KN Works) 087/9829576.

HURLING: The Charity Road Hurling competition will be held on Friday, December 27 from 11am outside  Ardagh Church and follow the usual route by Skehanagh and Cahermoyle and back to the village. All funds raised on the day will be donated to two local charities Milford Hospice Home Care, and the Night Daffodil Nurses (Irish Cancer Society),

WALK: The  annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Friday, December 27. Assembly is at the car park of the Rathkeale House Hotel, Rathkeale, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm . Bus Éireann services  from Kerry and Limerick stop a few metres from the hotel for those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint. Walkers will be transferred by  Coach House Travel courtesy shuttle coach from the hotel car park to Ardagh from where they will have a 5mile [8km] stroll (a shorter option can also be provided) along the old railway back to the Rathkeale House Hotel which is alongside the Greenway.

SWIM: Christmas morning dip; Be at the pier in Glin for 7.50am, photograph at 7.55am, followed by swim at 8am.

GLIN Castle Side-saddle Meet will take place on Sunday, December 29 at Glin Castle. Meeting in O’Shaughnessy’s Bar and Leaving from Glin Village at 12noon.

RACING in Limerick begin on St Stephen’s Day.

WOOD TURNERS: The secretary of the Kerry Chapter of the Irish Woodturner Guild is Bob Cosgrave and  he has issued an invitation to local woodturners to come to their monthly meeting in Tralee on the second Tuesday of each month between 7-10pm.  Contact Bob Cosgrave 087 2833507 for further information.

DARTS TOURNAMENT:  Sunday, December 29 in The Ploughman Bar from 5pm.  Spots, Raffle for hamper.  Proceeds to Fr. Tim Galvin.

WRENBOYS NEEDED:  Paddy Finucane has put out a call for Wrenboys for the annual trip around the Hill on St. Stephen’s Day.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS:  The landscape is lit up with the lights from Noonan’s house and garden.  They have been chosen as one of Energias Christmassy homes – text House 1 to 51155 to vote for Noonan’s Lights.

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, Tralee 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 16that 6.30pm. Fáilte roimh cách.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING:  Fr. Casey’s, Sunday, January 12 from 3-6pm in aid of Fr. Martin Mc Cormack’s African Project.  Music by Donie Walsh and Anthony.  Admission €5.  Raffle on the day.

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.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP The first Friday of every month in Listowel.  The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre  Vision Board Workshop: Juliana Murphy & Anne O’Donnell, Sun. 12th Jan. 2-5pm. Join this positive, up-lifting and fun hands-on workshop which allows you to create your own Vision Board with images and words that will attract what you want in your life. To be part of this Powerful Workshop Call Anne or Juliana on 087-2915343.  Fall Adult Religious Education Programme: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Certificate Course: Group Leader training to lead discussions on Faith, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer Catechesis based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Wednesdays 7 – 8.30pm beginning Wed. 15th Jan.

FAITH: The Diocese of Kerry will host a conversation on Faith in the face of life’s challenges in The Gleneagle Ballroom, Muckross Road, Killarney on Wednesday January 8th @ 8pm. Ian O’Connell, Killarney, Elma Walsh, Tralee, Anne Alcock, Killarney and Fr. Donal O’Connor will share how faith has enabled them to face what life has thrown at them and Deirdre Walsh, Radio Kerry, will chair the conversation. Admission is free and all are welcome.

LATIN MASS; The Traditional Latin Mass will be offered at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, Tralee on Sun. 29 December at 12.00 Noon. More info from [email protected]

AGE ACTION  Volunteers helped Age Action deliver digital literacy training to 2,591 older people in 2018 and helped carry out 9,456 jobs in the homes of older people which supports them to age in place.

NEW MOON 26th Dec.

OPEN DAY: Mary Immaculate College  On Sat 11th Jan (10am-1pm), Mary Immaculate College will give thousands of prospective students the opportunity to explore its Limerick campus and discover all that the College has to offer from its range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, extra-curricular activities and exceptional facilities.  The Open Day will be an invaluable opportunity for prospective students to get a real sense of the College and to get the information they need to make their final college choices.  For more information, see

JOBS: Ford to add 3,000 jobs in the Detroit area, invest $1.45 billion

Detroit, MI – Ford Motor Co. is adding 3,000 jobs at two factories in the Detroit area and investing $1.45 billion to build new pickup trucks, SUVs, and electric and autonomous vehicles. The company said Tuesday that about $750 million will go to the Michigan Assembly Plant in the Detroit suburb of Wayne, where 2,700 jobs will be added.

RAILWAYS: San Francisco Call, Volume 84, Number 138, 16 October 1898


ONE of the most recently built of England’s railways may claim the proud position of being the most singular of all. This is the Brighton and Rottingdean Electric Railway, opened in 1896, and demolished by the great storm of December 4 in the same year. Since then the havoc wrought by winds and waves has been repaired and traffic resumed. The rails of this single-track railway are laid in the sea, and the singular-looking structure pictured in the group rises from the water on four steel legs, which run on wheels on the rails. Propelled by the electric current, this car, which represents the company’s whole locomotive and rolling stock, proceeds at a slow and stately glide on its four-mile

Journeys. A no less convenient than curious railway is the electric one which establishes communication between Lynton and Lynmouth on the coast of North Devon. Those two tiny towns are situated, one on the summit of a particularly tall cliff 700 feet high, and the other on the beach below. The railway climbs up this cliff almost perpendicularly. Do you know which is the highest railway In England? The Snowdon Mountain Railway occupies that proud pre-eminence. The first sod of this singular line was cut In December, 1894, and a year later it was opened. It starts from, the foot of that king of Welsh mountains at Llanberis and goes to the summit, a distance of four miles. There are six stations in all and the time taken on the journey is the not very thrilling one of an hour. If, however, the pace is not exciting: the scenery on the way Is; for, half-way up, the little train of an engine and one carriage passes a windy shoulder of the mountain between two sheer precipices. The gauge of this line is 2 feet 7% inches, and some of the gradients are 1 in 6%. From the highest railway in England to the highest in Europe Is a natural transition. This is the Rigi Railway, which carries tourists to the summit of the Rigi Kulm, 4472 feet above the sea. An Indian line, the Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway, Is one of the most remarkable in the world, and Is also the highest, its Darjeeling terminus being situated on a giddy eminence 8000 feet above the level of the plains. At many points it is possible to see the curves above and below from the train, no fewer than seven tracks being visible at one place. The sharpest curves are at a place well named “Agony Point,” where the train on two occasions almost describes a circle in its own length. One of the most striking features of a Journey up the Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway is the sharp transition from the burning heat of the plains to the cold air and the snows of this great height. There is a “single line railway” now working in Ireland. The Listowel and Ballybunion Railway sounds like the invention of some mad humourist; but such a place as Ballybunion really exists. It is a very popular seaside resort in the southwest of Ireland. The distance between this point and the other terminus at Listowel is ten miles, and there is one intermediate station— that of Lisselton. The system on which this railway is worked is called the Lartigue Single Rail Elevated Hallway, and was the invention of a French engineer. This single-rail line, It should be explained at once, is not a single-track railway, but actually has only one rail for trains to run on. This rail is supported on iron trestle work at a height of three feet three Inches from the ground, and the locomotive and carriages are actually balance on it. There is nothing In Europe to compare with the extraordinary trestle bridges which carry American railways over the deep gullies and precipitous creeks found In many parts of the United States. They are of rough timber construction, sometimes rising to a height of 150 feet, and form a most complicated maze of timbers.——-en–20–41–txt-txIN-Listowel——-1


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