knockanuare Notes- February 18th 2018

FOOTBALL: Moyvane LGFA, Ladies football registration for all ages from under 8 up to under 16 will be held on Sunday February 25th after 11am mass in the Marian Hall, Moyvane. New Members welcome.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS in Lixnaw on 20th Feb. commencing at 7.30pm. The witness will be given by Mike O’Mahony of Ardfert.

PARISH RETREAT: An evening of prayer and reconciliation for the Parish will take place in Ardfert Retreat Centre on Tuesday March 6th at 7.30pm. Free bus will be available from Moyvane Church car park, leaving at 6.45pm. Parishioners are free to make their own way there if they so wish. To book contact Julia on 49401 or Nodie on 49352 or Bridie on 49103 regardless of how you will be travelling.

CONFIRMATION: We wish the 38 candidates, their families and their teachers who have helped with their preparation every blessing for their big day this Friday with Bishop Ray. Mass starts at 11am.

MISSION Duagh/Lyre Saturday 24th February – Friday 2nd March 2018. This mission will be conducted by the Redemptorist Mission Team.

KERRY BRANCH OF SAMARITANS: would like thank you for the continued support of their Christmas Collections which is greatly appreciated. Moyvane €1,139.05 and Knockanure €472.54. Recruitment night 21st Feb at 7.30pm in Moyderwell Office.

WRITERS’ WEEK closing date for competitions 1st March 2018.

ART Competition, the 64th Texaco Children’s Art Awards, closing date 28 Feb. 2018.

GAS information at Arms Hotel on 22 Feb. from 2 to 8pm.

DEFIBRILLATOR meeting in Moyvane 20th Feb. at 8pm in Marian Hall.

LENT; we have the Lenten Mass in Moyvane on Wednesday at 7.30am and there will be a guided Holy Hour on Thursday from 7pm-8pm in Moyvane. All welcome.

DRAW: There was no winner of the €6800 jackpot on Friday 16th February. Numbers drawn were 15, 24, 25, and 30. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Louis Donovan, Glin Rd, Moyvane; 2. Aeneas Ford, Templeglantine; 3. Eileen & Jeremiah Kennelly, Gortromagowna; 4. Annemarie Scanlon, Upper Athea, and 5. Mickey & Maggie, O’Brien’s Bar, Duagh. Next jackpot to be €6900 with draw to be held on Friday 23rd February.

DEATH; Sr. Eileen Brosnan, died in Australia late of The Cot, Kilmorna.

DEATH has occurred of Ned O’Keeffe of Gortnagross, Athea, on 11th February 2018. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, children Anne & Joseph and beloved extended family. His brother Joe lives at Kilmorna.

Death took place on February 10th 2018 of Jim Forrest of Knopogue Brosna. Predeceased by his wife Teresa, sadly missed by his sons Neilus and Tim, daughters in law Donna and Elizabeth. Grandchildren Nadine, Holly, Jamie and Michael. Brother Neily, sisters Julia and Bridie.

The death has occurred of Stephen Casey of Lower Direen, Athea, on 14th February 2018. Predeceased by his brother Tom, sisters Nora (Hassett) and Mary (Molly) White. Survived by his brother Bill, sister Joan (Boylan), sister-in-law Peggy, nephews, nieces, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

ANNIVERSARIES: Elizabeth Sweeney, Maureen Lyons, Tom Relihan, Emmet Leahy, Joan Furlong, Ella Ahern, Mary Scully, Carmel Hynes, Kathleen Flavin, Bridget Softley, Maggie Moore, Catherine O Sullivan, Bridie Stackpoole, Mary Stack, Mary Ellen Buckley, Tim Quaide, Richard Brosnan, Breda Clifford, Bernadette O’Sullivan, Mary O’Connell, John Morgan, Michael K O’Connor, Tom Barton.

Mass Moyvane; Mon 19th at 7.30pm for Eamon Sweeney, Woodgrove, his son Pat & Pat’s wife Anna Mai; Tues 20th at 7.30pm for Tom O’Connor, Glin Road & dec family members; Wed 21st at 7.30am Lenten Mass (Parishioners) 7.30pm for Dan O’Connor, Keylod; Thurs 22nd at 7.00pm a Holy Hour guided by Fr. Kevin; Fri 23rd at 11.00am Confirmation, Mass at 7.30pm for Bernadette O’Sullivan, Aughrim, her parents Paddy & Bridget & brother John Joe Hanrahan; Sat 24th at 7.30pm for Richie Brosnan, Coilagurteen; Sun 25th at 11.00am mass for Bridie Stackpoole, Aughrim, her husband Henry & deceased family members. Mass Knockanure: Sunday 25th February at 10.00am for Patrick & Mary Kennelly, Gortdromagouna.

KNOCKANURE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: wish to thank the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee Community Initiatives Fund for their grant of €601.50.

JOHNNY BARRETT TRIBUTE SHOW: on Fri Feb 23rd at 8pm in St. John’s Theatre, Listowel. A two-hour show playing his best music from the 80’s with footage of the dance halls of Kerry, Clare and Limerick. This is a fundraising concert to erect a monument in Johnny’s honour in his hometown of Charleville.

SENIOR ALERT SCHEME: This is a scheme to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind by providing them with a free personalised monitored alarm. Older people can get a free personal alarm or pendant. More information and forms available from the Parish Office.

LEGION OF MARY meet every Wednesday in Listowel at 8pm. New members always welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Short presentation will take place after the 10.30am on Friday morning in Listowel, Feb. 23rd.

SCOR Sinsear County Final on Sat. Feb. 24th in Castleisland, starting with Quiz, at 4pm.

FROM the Boro Players: The Boro Players took to the stage Saturday evening, with their production of John Frahers play "Barndance", directed by Katie Galvin. The exhilarating audience laughed the whole way through as the cast members threaded the boards, on what was to be a very successful production. We, the drama group would like to sincerely thank the community for your continued support with our productions.

STAMPS: Newcastle West Post Office will host an event to commemorate the launch of the ninth definitive series-A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, A Selection Phase 2 Stamps on Monday February 26 at 7.30pm. Included in the eight stamp series, launched on Thursday January 25 will be the Ardagh Chalice, which is timely with the 150 anniversary taking place next September. All are welcome on the night, and some of the first day covers will be available to purchase.


Dublin is hosting the 9th World Meeting of Families that will take place from the 21 – 26 August 2018.

TARBERT COM. FUNDRAISING ENVENT BINGO Sun. 25th Feb. at 3pm. in the School.

LET’S TALK FAMILY – LET’S BE FAMILY, Ardfert Retreat Centre Wednesday Feb 21st from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. The Reality of Family Life Today.

SILVER SURFER AWARDS: nominations must be in by 21st February. These awards celebrate and showcase older people’s use of internet technology.

ROSE Escorts wanted, apply before 20th march 2018.

ABORTION information at Rose Hotel, Tralee on 25th Feb. at 6pm, among the speakers are Professor Patricia Casey and Dr. John Monaghan.

TROCAIRE Lenten Campaign to support two million people in 2018.

Featured on this year’s Trócaire box is seven-year-old Kumba, from Sierra Leone. This week marks the six month anniversary of the devastating mudslide that destroyed her home and killed over 1,000 people in the area of Freetown where she lives.

THE UNDERSTANDING SELF-HARM programme runs at the Listowel Family Resource Centre on Wednesday 28th Feb. from 10-4pm. contact Toni on 23584. Places limited as programme is restricted to 20 people.

PAEDATRIC FIRST AID two-day course 10.30-12.30pm on March 5 and 12 at Listowel Family Centre. Further details from 068 23584. Book now as spaces limited.

LENTEN PROGRAMME 2018: Tralee Pastoral area will host open talk with Bishop Kevin Doran on the Christian Vision of Family on 19th February at 7.30 p.m. in St. John’s Parish Church.

On 22nd February Br. Padraig McIntyre will speak on Finding ourselves in the Lenten Jesus in Heights Hotel Killarney at 8 p.m. All welcome.

“LIVING WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES? Let us help. Book a place on our free X-PERT course (6 weeks, 2 ½ hours). The course is run by HSE Community Dieticians. Visit or call 087 673 4035 to book a place on an upcoming course in Listowel.”

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP RAY: We continue to bring your attention to the Catholic Communications Office double-sided newsletter Choose Life 2018 which is being published weekly between now and next May. Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject. Please check out … .. There are also leaflets at the back of the church

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE Ministry in the Church by Bishop (Emeritus) Bill Murphy, Gathering for All Parish Readers, Eucharistic Ministers & Parish personnel in the Kerry Diocese, Thursdaynext – 22nd Feb. 7.00pm-9.30pm.

PROGRAMME ON FAMILY: As we prepare to celebrate the World Meeting on Families 2018 which will take place in Dublin next August, a programme involving video presentation and discussion on Pope Francis’ teaching on the ‘Joy of Love’ Amoris and the importance of family as the school of love/caring – beginning on Tuesday Feb. 20th from 7.30 to 9.00 pm in the PARISH Meeting Room, Listowel, It will run for six weeks throughout Lent. Facilitated by Fr. Sean O. Sheehy. Free all are welcome.

TALKS AT THE LIBRARY: Healthy Ireland at Abbeyfeale Library supported by W LR presents a series of Talks on Health and Well Being. 1. General Nutrition with a focus on Food Intolerance & Healthy Meal Planning for busy people/cooking for one will take place on Wednesday, February 28 in Abbeyfeale Library from 7- 8pm. Presented by Sid Sheehan Chef and Nutritional Therapist. Sid has been a chef for many years working in many fine restaurants in Kerry. He then qualified in Nutritional Therapy and wholeheartedly understands the effect both negative and positive on our bodies by the food we eat. 2. Our Anxiety and Connecting with Teenagers will take place on Thursday, March 15 from 7 – 8 pm. Presented by Anthony O Shaughnessy ACI/APCP. Anthony has been working as a counsellor and therapist for over twenty years. He is a graduate of the National Counselling Institute of Ireland and of Trinity College Dublin. Over these years, he has worked with people of all ages, supporting their emotional needs in times of crisis. This is a Healthy Ireland Initiative, supported by your local library and West Limerick Resources. Upcoming events Healthy, happy baby bonanza in April. All these events are FREE and all welcome, booking essential on (068) 32488 to accommodate numbers.

TRANSITION YEAR MUSICAL: The Transition Year in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef are proud to present this year’s musical "Back in the Habit" a comedy based on the hit musical Sister Act. This not to be missed musical will take place in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef on Thursday March 1 & Friday March 2. Doors open at 7pm and the curtains will be drawn at 7.30 pm sharp. Tickets are only €10 and can be booked at reception during school hours or by calling (068) 30631.

KNOCKNASNA N.S.: Due to popular demand, further copies of “Caoga Blian ag Fás” have been printed and the final ten copies are available to purchase from Anne Lyons sweet shop Abbeyfeale or Scoil Naomh Pádraig – Knocknasna 0879601506. The book contains nearly a hundred photos taken over the last fifty years at Scoil Naomh Pádraig – Knocknasna.

RALLY TO SAVE THE 8TH 2pm, Saturday, March 10th, Parnell Square, Dublin. For information on buses phone 01 8730465.

CHOOSE LIFE 2018: promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject. To access news, videos, testimonies and frequently asked questions visit

KERRY RIGHT TO LIFE: Medical Information Evening: “Abortion is it healthcare?” 6pm Sunday February 25th at the Rose Hotel. Guest speakers Professor Patricia Casey, psychiatrist and Dr. John Monaghan, obstetrician gynaecologist. Chaired by Dr. Andrew O’Regan, GP, university lecturer.

A BOX OF BACK NUMBERS OF THE “CATHOLIC HEARALD” and other Catholic Periodicals available for free from 066 7128010.

HORSE AND PONY AGM: After 12 successful years, the Abbeyfeale Horse and Pony race committee are looking forward to this year’s races at Relihans inch on Sunday July 1.The committee invite new members to attend our AGM Tuesday, February 27 at 9pm at Leens Hotel. Everyone welcome.

ABBEYFEALE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2018: A meeting of the Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will be held in St Ita’s Hall on Monday, February 19 at 7pm. Anyone interested in helping out with the parade is invited to attend. Also the annual church gate collection takes place on the weekend of February 24/25.

GATHERING Traditional Festival Gleneagle from 21st to 25th Feb. 2018.

WORKSHOP FOR THE PARISH CANTOR There will be a workshop for the parish cantor on Thursday, March 1st 2018 in St. John’s Parish Centre, Tralee. The workshop will begin at 7:30pm. The workshop will be facilitated by Ailish Walsh O’ Connor (Director of Music, Castleisland Parish and St. Joseph’s Presentation, Castleisland) and Tomás Kenny (Diocesan Pastoral Team). Please contact Tomás Kenny on tomaskenny if you would like to book a place. Please book by Friday, February 23rd 2018 as places are limited.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club will hold their annual traditional concert with special guest Anna Marie O’Riordan in Fr Caseys Gaa Hall, Abbeyfeale on Saturday March 10 at 8pm.


Dublin has the great joy of hosting the 9th World Meeting of Families that will take place in just under seven months’ time from the 21 – 26 August 2018. The sense of excitement, expectation and anticipation is building by the day as we prepare to welcome families from across Ireland and across the world to our family gathering. The World Meeting of Families was established in 1994 when Pope Saint John Paul II asked the Pontifical Council for the Family to establish an international gathering of prayer, catechesis and celebration that would draw participants from around the world and that would help to strengthen the bonds between families and bear witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family to all of society.

And, so the World Meeting of Families was established and to date it has been hosted in Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Milan, Valencia, Mexico City and Philadelphia. Now it’s our turn here in Ireland because Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host city for the next World Meeting of Families and he has invited us to reflect on the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. The main events of WMOF2018 will take place in Dublin but it is also anticipated that related events, including the hosting of international groups, will take place all over the island of Ireland.

The following key moments make up the 9th World Meeting of Families:

A National Opening on Tuesday 21 August which will take place simultaneously in each of the dioceses of Ireland;

A three day congress from 22-24 August in the RDS, Dublin;

A Festival of Families on Saturday 25 August, comprising a reflective concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents;

A Closing Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 26 August with thousands of people from Ireland and across the world.

FLOWERS: The Jewish state shipped 50 million fresh-cut flowers to the U.S. and Europe for the holiday.

DR. PATRICIA KIERAN will be speaking in Asdee Community Centre on Tuesday 20th March at 7.30 p.m.. The topic is exploring family life. All welcome to attend.

ST PATRICK’S day Mass from Listowel on TV at 11 am, this year.

DIOCESAN YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO TAIZÉ: The Diocese will host a Diocesan youth pilgrimage to TAIZE in France. 15 places available. Sunday, July 1st to Sunday, July 8th. Info Tomás Kenny on tomaskenny Also see Diocesan website for additional information.

NORTH KERRY COLLEGE, Listowel, Open day Feb. 28th for enrolling for Sept. 2018.

ENGINEERS Week begins on 24th Feb.

THOUGHT: The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people. –Richard J Foster.


Commemorating 130 years 1888 – 2018

There were 3 stations- Listowel, Lisselton and Ballybunion.

There was also a stop at Francis Road.

Tickets to America could also be brought at all of the above stations.

There were 3 main incentives for building the line;

1. To generate tourist traffic as well as local traffic

2. To bring pupils (male) to the recently opened St. Michael’s College in Listowel (1879)

3. To bring sand to Listowel for the farmers there, and further on the on the main line.

The line carried 74,000 passenger since 1913, this number had halved by 1922. Up to 14,000 passengers a day were carried in summer when the line was at its peak usage. An advertising booklet issued c. 1900 described Ballybunion as “cool and bracing in Summer, mild in Winter and had perfect sanitary arrangements. Ballybunion is recognised by the medical faculty as one of the best health resorts in Ireland – ideal for the overworked brain or this seeking recuperation after illness.” (Taken from Listowel Connection).

Kerry Reporter 1924-1935, Saturday, October 10, 1925; Section: Front page, Page: 1


On Sunday evening, 27th ult., the Gortagleanna Martyrs’ Memorial Hall was opened in the presence of a very large and enthusiastic gathering. The opening was accompanied by a Bazaar and dance, and after a very successful and highly enjoyable performance, the function came to a close at 10.30 p.m A cead mile failte was extended to all those present.

The speaker first addressed the assembly In the native tongue, and then proceeding In English—On behalf of the Republicans of Knockanure, who are the sole owners and controllers of this hall, I extend to each and every one of you here tonight a hearty welcome, and, before proceeding further, I wish also to thank you, and all others who In any way have given us assistance to build the hall—to be known as the Gortagleanna Martyrs’ Memorial Hall. As you may know already, this Is only a part of the Intended structure, and even at that It Is not, as you see, finished off yet. Lack of funds is the chief obstacle In our way at present . However, "where there’s a will, there’s a way," and with God’s help, and yours, we hope that the day is not far distant when the whole edifice, In Its finished, and final form, will stand here as an adornment to our little village and a fitting memorial to the memories and Ideals of the martyrs who have died for an Ireland free and Gaelic, and especially to the memories and Ideals of the brave young martyrs whose pure and undiluted blood has sanctified the very soil of our beloved parish. Ah! yes, a chairde, those are sacred spots, whereon fell some of our bravest and best. We cherish them, as we shall cherish this hall. And, It may sound strange to you when I tell you that in the very walls of this building is embedded, with all the tender care and respect due to it, some of the very earth which was saturated with, the warm life-blood of your martyrs that blood which was freely shed for Irish freedom. Yes, a chairde, this is a fact, and that fact alone should be sufficient to inspire us to further efforts In completing the memorial. Besides, we Intend to pay attention to the Martyrs’ Plots, and fix them up, and make them epitaphs befitting the sacrifices of our dead heroes, so that the passer-by may observe that "Here lies a Soldier of Irish Freedom," and a fervent prayer from his lips may then soar to Heaven for the repose of those souls, and another for the deliverance of our country from bondage, and for the realisation of the Ideals for which the sacrifices were made. Various rumours have been broadcasted about this hall. It was to be this, that, and the other thing. In fact, it was to be everything, by Dame Rumour, but the right thing. This hall will be utilised to perpetuate the memory of the Gortagleanna Martyrs and that of all our men and women too who have fallen in the fight for complete independence, and to help to realise In so far as it Is humanly possible, the Ideals for which they suffered. It will not be a dance hall. In fact, no all-night dances will be permitted, except, probably, on very rare and special occasions, but then under proper control and supervision. Nor will any foreign songs or dancer be allowed, nor any unbecoming or unseemly words or actions, that may hurt the feelings of anybody, or tend to degrade to the least extent the aims and objects for which the work was founded. It will be an educational establishment, wherein classes and social functions will he held, that will tend towards the social and economic advancement and the moral and intellectual uplifting of the people of the parish, and. if they so desire, of the people of the neighbouring parishes too. And though the Republicans are in sole control and In spite of the various false allegations made against them, from time to time, as to their intentions and actions, still they are not selfish nor narrow minded in this matter . The hall will be open to all those who wish to avail of the opportunities offered for their advantage, provided, of course, that they will, at all times, abide by, and obey, the rules of the constitution or the hall. Hence, you see then our object in embarking on this project. It will, in course of time, we firmly believe, be a great boon to the people of the parish, and especially to the young boys and girls. Finally, you know, I daresay, that all the labour expended on the building was voluntary, and that it is very difficult to raise funds nowadays, so we sincerely hope that when we appeal again to you and your friends, you will respond in the same generous measure that you have dene in the past. Again, I thank you on behalf of the Cumann for your kindness and generosity towards us (applause). The drawing of prizes was then proceeded with, and resulted as follows—1st, D J Flavin, Listowel; 2nd. C Clancy, Knockanure; 3rd, D O’Connor, Derry, Listowel; 4th. J Buckley. Clounmacon, Listowel; 5th, Miss K. Enright, Bedford. Listowel; 6th, Jh. O’Carroll, Knockanure; 7th, Mrs J. Slack, Newtownsandes; 8th, Dl Enright -(See Paper continued at foot of next column)

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