knockanuare notes December 30th 2018

HRISTMAS Ceremonies were well attended in the parish, as usual the crowd gathered in plenty of time and lingered on later to renew acquaintances. The choir and singers aged to the occasion and we thank Fr. Kevin and Fr. Brendan for their dedication to duty. Many helpers and volunteers work in the background helping and arranging that everything was in place for the occasion. The weather was very mild and dry and it was a pleasure to be out and about during the Christmas Season. During this time we remember all who were not able to join us in the celebration. Wrenboys were very scarce this year.

RAMBLING House on the 3rd January 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.

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre, takes place on Monday 14th January. Music by Stevie Donegan, All Welcome, If attending it is important to please ring office on 068/49799. New members especially welcome.

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. Lixnaw prayer meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019. (3rd Tuesday). The witness will be given by Retired Garda Sergeant, Tom Murphy from Waterville.

PANTOMINE at Listowel Boys School from 2nd to 6th Jan.

WOMEN’S Christmas at Seanchai at 7pm on Jan. 6th.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The Fifth annual Connie Harnett Memorial Swim at Ballybunion on New Year’s Day at 1pm.

RETIREMENT: Garda Gerry Griffin is retiring from the force in the New Year. He is having a retirement function in the Listowel Arms Hotel on January 4th.

JOURNAL: Athea parish journal is now available locally, the pictures and articles are of interest to all locals. Abbeyfeale Church booklet is also available and contains details of events, old and new.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: This will be a fundraiser for Fr. Martin McCormack’s African Project and takes place on Sunday, January 13 at Fr. Casey’s with dancing to Donie Walsh and Jer Enright.

DEATH has occurred of Cathy Scannell (née Flaherty) of Skehenerin, Listowel, And formerly of Bunagarha, and Tubbertureen, Moyvane. Cathy aged 96 years, died 28th December 2018. wife of the late Jack, survived by her family Rita (Carndonagh, Co. Donegal), Loreto (Kilmorna, Listowel), Denis, Mick, Catherine (Adare,) and Eamon (Moyvane), sons-in-law Patsy Doherty, Jeremiah McCarthy and Tom Mulvihill, daughters-in-law Margaret, Mary and Eithne, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Requiem Mass at 11.30am for Cathy Scannell on Monday morning 31st December at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel. Burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Gale Bridge, Moyvane. Her sister Nora Moore died on 22nd of July, 2018, in her 98th year.

DEATH occurred of Michael Moore of Cahirdown, Listowel, on 27/12/2018. Survived by his wife Breda, sons Noel, Martin and Conor, daughter Catherine, grandchildren, sister Mary, son in law, daughters in law, sisters in law, nephews, and nieces. Requiem Mass for Martin was celebrated on Saturday at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel. Burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.

DEATH has taken place of Helen O’Connor (nee Hanrahan) of Tarmons, Tarbert, and formerly of Lower Aughrim, Moyvane. Helen died at home on the 24th December 2018, wife of John and mother of Mary, Martina, Christine, Padraig, Elaine and Carmel, also survived by her sister Mary, brothers Den, Billy, Tom and Brendan, brother-in-law Tommie, sisters-in-law Tessie and Ann, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews. Predeceased by her brother Con.

Requiem Mass for Helen O’Connor at St. Mary’s Church, Tarbert on Friday (December 28th), followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

SYMPATHY To Eileen Collins, Murhur on the death of her grandnephew Kieran Hayes, Tramore, and to his cousins Carmel O’Connor and Amanda Coulson & families. To Anne & Joe O’Keeffe, Trien on the death of Anne’s brother Michael Foley, Templeglantine.

ANNIVERSARIES: Hannah Weather, Irene O’Keeffe, Fr. Brendan Dalton, Francis Dowling, Brendan Mulvihill, Peg O’Shea, Sr. Felicitous Joy, Sr. Noella Crowley, John Hanrahan, John Fealy, Mary Keane, Margaret Beardsley, Fr. Michael F Kennelly, Pat Mullane, Peg Joy, James Curtin, Jerry Lyons, Dan Keane, John Francie Ahern, Tom Roche, Dermot Keane, Bill O’Connell, Fr. Denis Quirke, Dolly Hennessy, Catherine Ann Fitzpatrick, Kit Leach, Tom Francis, Eddie Holly, Peg Werkman, Mass Moyvane: Tues 1st at 12noon, New Years Day – Feast of Mary Mother of God -Ben Mulvihill (Anni);

Sat 5th at 7.30pm , Feast of the Epiphany – Vigil – Seán O’Connor, Inchamore (Months Mind);

Sun 6th Mass at 11.00am for Bridie McCarthy, Gurtdromosillihy (Months Mind).

Mass Knockanure: Fri 4th at 7.30pm for David Stack, Keylod (Months Mind) and mass on Sun 6th at 10.00am, Feast of the Epiphany for Theresa & Michael Bambury, Gurtagleanna.

WORLD DAY of Prayer for Peace January 1st.

OPENING: The Credit Union Athea will re-opening on Thursday, January 3rd at 6.30pm.

The AGM of Athea & District Credit Union took place in the office recently. Fr. Duggan opened the meeting with a prayer, Katie O’Sullivan, chairperson, gave a detailed account of the Credit Union. Timmy Woulfe thanked the young and vibrant board of helpers. Eibhlís Geoghegan read last year’s minutes and Mary Ann Stack said they now have 2,200 members and thankfully, to date, Athea have refrained from amalgamation with the larger offices. Founding member Jim Fitzgerald (Moyvane) R.I.P. was remembered and also Jerry Carey R.I.P., founding member.

LIVE CRIB & MEMORY ROOM Duagh, both at the back of the church. People are coming from far and wide to visit and pray there from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. daily. Asdee Live crib will be opening again this year on Christmas Eve until the 7th Jan. The crib will be open daily from 10am to 10pm and all are welcome.

LONELY – Senior Help Line 1850 440444 for the price of a local call – open 10 am – 10 pm 365 days a year.

COURSE: 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 to book a place.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre (0667134276) Christian Spiritual Deveopment Course-The Beatitudes: Fr. Sean Sheehy – Wednesdays – Starts Jan. 16th – 7.30pm to 9pm; Be Still and Know: Fr. Louis Hughes O.P. Sat. 9th Feb. – 10am – 4pm; Life in the Spirit: Moss & Janice Carrig – Tuesdays – starts Feb. 19th 7.30pm to 9pm.

TALK: Bishop Brendan Leahy, Diocese of Limerick, will give a public talk at the clergy assembly on Wednesday Jan 9th 2018. The venue is the Gleneagle Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney, beginning at 8pm and concluding by 9.30pm. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

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

GLÓRACH: Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm. Abbeyside Players are currently rehearsing John B. Keane’s The Chastitute and will be on stage on Thursday, January 31, Friday, February 1, Saturday, February 2, Thursday, February 7, Friday, February 8, Saturday, February 9, Sunday, February 10. Details from 087 1383940.

ANAM CARA: Bereaved Parents Evening Tuesday 8th January at 7.20 p.m. in Recovery Haven, Tralee. Event is free and open to all bereaved parents.

CONRADH NA GAEILGE/GAELIC LEAGUE; a branch has been re-established in Abbeyfeale. Members welcome. Further information Éamonn 086 3903244.

POST BOX; There is a second post box in town – at the side of O’Donoghue’s Flower shop, Abbeyfeale, on Convent St with a collection Monday to Friday at 4.45pm each day.

NEW CD: A new CD was launched by Jim Lyons in recent weeks. The collection is available in Snow’s, Ballingarry; Dillane’s, Kilconlea; O’Connor’s, Duagh and from Ann Lyons, Abbeyfeale. You can also contact Jim on 087-9096085.

SEISIUN: Bruach Na Carraige ,Rockchapel will hold a special Christmas Seisiun on Friday, January 4 at 8pm. Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra`s latest DVD "Music from the Manuscripts will be available on the night This DVD contains some of Irelands oldest music from our most famous collectors, including local manuscripts from Dave Dan Curtin from Rockchapel, from his father Dan Curtin whose manuscripts go back to before 1850. It contains an interestingly older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that had vanished from the tradition and it also contains music from the manuscripts of Dave Leahy from Mountcollins who died in 1907.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER: Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

MARY Immaculate College will hold its January Open Day on Sat. 12th Jan. 2019 (10am-1pm). The MIC Open Days showcase the wide range of programmes that the College has to offer. For more visit

Kerry PND Jan Meeting: If you are a mom and needing some extra support after having your baby, please come along to our meeting. Wed 2nd Jan 8pm Library Room, Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. 086 7872107 for further information. This is a HSE/Listowel FRC partnership project.

SNOOKER EXTRAVAGANSA; Ken Doherty v Steve Davis at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW, in aid of WL102 and Friends of St Ita’s. Thursday, January 10, doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Calling all Harnetts based West Limerick, North Cork and North Kerry. We are well into planning for our big weekend next July and we’d love you to get involved and be there to meet up with people from all over the world who share your DNA. We have a dedicated email address which you can use to get in touch; HarnettReunion2019 You can follow developments on our FB page too.

REFLECTION: “It’s not about how much you do but how much Love you put into what you do that counts” Mother Teresa

INTERESTED IN PLAYING THE CHURCH ORGAN? The Diocese of Kerry will run an 18 week course in organ tuition for candidates interested in accompanying church choirs between late January and May 2019. Course Facilitator: Mr Patrick Killeen. Candidates must be over 18 and have attained Grade 4-5 piano. Cost of Tuition: €850 per candidate. For more information or for an application form contact: Tomás Kenny, John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Rock Road, Killarney.

Telephone 086 368 3778 or email: tomaskenny

CHINA: Jacobus de Hibernia an Irish Franciscan Friar, travelled to China with Blessed Odoric of Pordenone and other Franciscans, they went by the Black Sea to Trebizond then on to Bagdad and Ormuz to Malabar. They boarded a ship for Zaitum and reached Peking in 1318.

Presentation Convent Cork.

Christmas Choir Knockanure 2018

Connaught Telegraph 1830-current, Wednesday, October 17, 1855; Page: 3

THE MUTINY OF THE KERRY MILITIA. The mutiny of a whole regiment, and its continued and steady refusal to obey the orders of its commanding officers, is an event that cannot be considered other than serious, no matter from what cause the insubordination may arise.. When, however, such acts of insubordination arise from causes with which a whole population must sympathise, and when the universal voice of public opinion applaud? the feelings which prompted disobedience as earnestly as it condemns the act of mutiny, the matter assumes a new and more important aspect; and all who regard the well-ordered discipline of the troops, the well-being of the army and the stability of the military character of the empire, become interested in the removal of causes which lead, to such disastrous consequences. A few weeks only have elapsed since a serious disturbance in the Curragh Camp arose from the insolent order that the Catholic band of a Catholic regiment should play the Protestant soldiers to church, while the same military honours were denied to the Catholic soldiers of the same regiment. The matter was hushed up—semi-official denials of the facts were issued, but, nevertheless, the facts were as we state—the discontent was there, the cause was the insult to Catholic soldiers conveyed by the " order," and, though-no actual mutiny resulted, the worst feelings were excited, and a nervousness spread through the camp which resulted in the dispersion of regiments suspected to be tainted. The Kerry Militia have become not only discontented but mutinous from the same sufficient cause of irritation We have copied from one of the Limerick, papers a detailed statement of the facts, which may be stated in a few sentences. . The Kilkenny band was in the habit of playing the Catholic soldiers to mass in Limerick, and while the Kerry Militia was stationed in Tralee, and under the command of Colonel Herbert, the Kerry band played the Catholic members of the corps to mass every Sunday. Accustomed to these military honours while under the direct command of their colonel, the Kerry Militia were surprised and indignant at the usage of the regiment being altered on their arrival at Limerick under the command of another and junior officer, and refused all obedience to his orders. It appears from the accounts in the local papers that the major of the regiment issued an order on Saturday that the Catholics should march to mass on the following day, without military music, and that, thenceforth; the band should not be permitted to accompany them to mass. Sunday came, and the men were paraded as usual. The command to march Was given but the men moved not. Entreaties were used to induce them to return to their wonted subordination, but in vain—they felt that an insult had been unworthily offered, and with the instinct of men, but unmindful of the discipline of the soldier which teaches men to move as pawns upon a chess board at the will of their officers, they refused to comply with an order that was personally offensive, and seemed designed to degrade their faith in the eyes of the public. Passive resistance was the only course resorted to—there was no violence, no insulting language, no breach of decorum. The commanding officer, finding entreaties unavailing, tried threat, but they, too, failed—the Kerries stood on the parade ground as immoveable as statues. The men intimated the cause of their disobedience, but the officer in command having passed the line of prudence could not retreat from the false position he had assumed. The Adjutant-General was sent for by express— the Mutiny. Act was read—the men were "told" that they were under arrest, but still no sign of-a return to discipline was manifested, and the authorities, unable to compel obedience, had to content themselves with the formal punishment of closing the barrack gates against the egress of the mutinous Kerries.

A more palpable violation of military law it is impossible to conceive. Yet it is impossible to inflict punishment on the offenders. The authorities will not venture to tie up to five hundred triangles five hundred Catholic soldiers for resenting an insult to themselves as men and an outrage against the faith they revere. The falling of the cat-o’-nine tails on the backs of the Catholic soldiers for such an offence, however mitigated, such a punishment would seem in the eyes of those conversant with military law and the behests of the Mutiny Act would be the signal for a total change in the whole aspect of the war. Recruiting in, Ireland would end, the fall of the first drummer’s lash would sound its death-knell, and discretion tells the authorities that the raw Catholic recruits who now swell the muster rolls of the Irish Militia could not be relied upon to stand by with fixed bayonets, loaded muskets, and cap on nipple, to see the sentence of a Court-martial executed for such an offence on the bare backs of a whole Catholic regiment.

We want the government to look this matter boldly in the face. They know that, according to military law, these men, one and all, incurred the highest penalties. They know, however, that these penalties cannot—dare not, in prudence—and will not, in fact—be exacted. Half the “British" soldiers in the Crimea are Catholics. All the Allied troops are Catholics. The victors of the Malakoff, and the Emperor, whose spirit animated them on the day of triumph, are Catholic. Five sixths of the whole Allied force in the Crimea are Catholic, and we can more easily imagine than describe what the feelings of this great army would be on reading of the sentence and its execution, which a court-martial must inflict it authority ventures to grapple with this Kerry mutiny. Why, we ask, in all good feeling towards the authorities at the Horse Guards-—Why persevere with an order which you cannot enforce? __Why destroy the discipline which is the life and soul of an army with which it is omnipotent for good, without which it is a rabble mob, powerful only for mischief, by issuing orders from which Irish honour and Catholic instinct alike revolt ? If it be an object to make mutiny the rule, this order should be persevered in ; but if it be desirable : that the Catholic citizens should feel that they may wear the military uniform without losing self-respect or abetting a system of insult to the Catholic faith, this order must be rescinded promptly and for ever. —


VOLUNTEERS—We understand that thirty-seven of the Galway Militia have volunteered to join the 88th, and that thirty-three more have given in their names to Captain Yokes, in order to be enrolled in the Land Transport Corps.—Galway Vindicator.

Archaeological Evidence

Many of the archaeological sites we visited on our pilgrimage fix Judaism and Christianity in history. There are the caves at Qumran near the shores of the Dead Sea where nearly a thousand scrolls or fragments of scrolls were discovered beginning in 1947. These are the writings from the Jewish religious sect known as the Essenes, contemporaries of Jesus. The archaeological discovery found copies, in part or in whole, for nearly all the books of the Hebrew Bible, except Esther. More importantly, the 2,000-year-old scrolls show only minor divergences from modern translations of the Old Testament. This proves the many textual critics of the Bible wrong. The text of the Bible has remained intact and substantially unchanged throughout its history.

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