knockanuare notes – January 14th 2018

ST. PIO’S DEVOTIONS in St. Michael’s Church, Lixnaw on Tuesday 16th January will be dedicated to the memory of the late Fr. Pat Moore. Devotions commence at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome.

CONFIRMATION Enrolment Ceremony in Moyvane on Wed 17th at 7.00pm.

PREPARATION FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION of 2018, was held in both Churches on Sunday last.

OLDER: North Kerry Older Persons Maintenance Service provides a low cost maintenance and minor repair for more information please call 068 23429 or 0873776724.

NEWKD (The Old Post Office in Listowel) is managing the Senior Alert Scheme. Users no longer have to be living alone to qualify. First year is free. Service can also work with mobile phone. Contact Siobhan or Dympna at 087 3579515/068 23429.

PLAY: The Boro Players will stage John Frahers comic play "Barndance" for one night only on Saturday the 10th of February 2018.

WRITERS Week first closing date for some entries is the 2nd of February.

JOURNALS, Athea and Lyre Journals are still available.

BLOOD Donors wanted at the Arms Hotel on 30th and 31st January from 5pm to 8pm.

ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Brick, Martin Sheehy, Michael Fitzgerald, Mary Theresa Collins, Micky Liston, Liam O’Connor, Peggy Mulcahy, Martin Stack, Connie Shine, Michael Moloney, Mike Joe Stack, Mairead Scanlon, Kit Scanlon, Catherine Hudson, Con Anthony O’Connor, Jack Lynch, Mai McCarthy, Eileen Kennelly, Sean Culhane, Sr. Mercedes Meade, Sr. Aquinas Liston, Fr. Michael Buckley, Catherine Carmody, Johnny O’Hanlon, Eileen Collins, Fr. James Noonan, Bridie Foley, Mary Leahy, Fiona O’Connor, Joseph V Buckley, Mary Nolan, Mass Moyvane; Mon 15th at 7.30pm for Eileen Collins, Glin Road; Tues 16th at 7.30pm for Catherine Scanlon, Leitrim West & her husband

John & their son Tom; Fri 19th at 7.30pm for Mary Nolan, Glenalappa; Sat 20th at 7.30pm for Bill Horan, Aughrim & Dec of the Horan Family, and on Sun 21st mass at 11.00am for Dick Stack, Moyvane South. Mass Knockanure; Thurs 18th at 7.30pm for Pats Lane, Beenanaspug, and Sun 21st at 10.00am mass for Kathleen O’Connor, Knockanure.

ST ITA died 15 January 570.

SYMPATHY: To Nora Winter & Family, Kilmeaney on the death of her aunt Mary Keane,


DEATH has occurred of Hannah Mai O’Connor (née Long), 16 Lartigue Village, Listowel. Late of Guhard, Lisselton. Hannah Mai died on the 8th of January, 2018, survived by her husband Bernie, sisters Margaret and Teresa and her late sister Mary B, brothers Mike, Jer, John and Pat Joe, brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces. Requiem Mass for Hannah Mai was celebrated on Friday, the 12th of January at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel, followed by burial afterwards in John Paul II Cemetery.

DEATH of Fr. Brendan Dalton on the 31st of December 2017 in Florida. Late of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Hollywood, Florida and formerly of Bridge Road, Listowel. Survived by his brother Fr. Bryan, sisters Rosemary and Mona, brother-in-law John, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

DEATH has taken place of Thomas (Tom) Wright, Ballymoirisheen Ardagh late of an Garda Siochana and Listowel Co. Kerry. Died on December 26 2017 and he was predeceased by brothers John and Ted. He was 79 years old, he was 20 years in Listowel.

OFFERTORY PROCESSIONS: The usual expectation is that the family involved with the Mass intention at the weekends usually bring up the gifts.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: KNOCKANURE: Tues 10am to 6pm. MOYVANE: Wed 10am to 7pm.

CEILI in aid of Fr Chris O’Donnell SCA (Templeglantine) St Patrick’s Parish Mission Work Argentina, will be held at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday January 19 at 9.30pm. Music by Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band.

TRIP: he Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association trip to the National Museum and Dáil Eireann, Dublin on Tuesday January 23,Contact Secretary Mary on 087-9282462.

ATHEA Drama Group present Pretend Sick on Feb. 15th, 17th and 18th.

NORTH KERRY COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION: enrolment for night classes Wednesday 17th and 24th January 7-9 p.m. Contact Maria Fitzgerald 0860289958/06821023.

STOP SMOKING COURSE: Tuesday 23rd January to Tuesday 27th February Family Resource Centre Listowel 7 -8 p.m. Bookings: Mary 066 7195617.

COMMUNITY WALKERS & STROLLERS – are back on track after the Christmas break, meeting every Monday at 7.15pm, at The Bridewell. Walk at your pace in the company of friends and neighbours to Tarbert Island and back. Bring comfortable walking shoes, wrap up well and make sure you have a high visual jacket. Tea, coffee and chat afterwards in The Bridewell.

PARK Run in Listowel every Saturday at 9.30 am.

TOASTMASTERS at the Arms Hotel on 25th January, from 8.10pm

PARENTS Plus courses – Available in three different age groups 0-6. 6-11 and teens respectively, six week course. A variety of computer courses are available for the new academic term at Listowel Family Resource Centre including beginners, intermediate and benefit 4 levels. Further details available from the centre on 068/23584.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Pillars of Active Life with Fr. Sean Sheehy starts 17th January to March, every Wednesday 7 – 9 p.m. Ardfert Historical Lecture Series – The Luftwaffe over Kerry during World War II with Justin Horgan. Thursday 18 January at 8 pm Contact 087 2498061.

LAY FUNERAL MINISTERS, the Diocese is anxious to train lay people to be involved in Funeral Ministry. An information meeting already took place last Autumn and the training will now follow up

for our Pastoral Area directed by Frances Rowland of the Diocesan Pastoral Team continuing on Thursday night, Jan 18th, for Listowel Pastoral Area. The Meeting is, from 8 -10pm and will take place in St. Patrick’s Hall, Listowel.

AMORIS PROGRAMME: training night in the Pastoral Centre, Killarney on Tuesday 30th January from 8pm-9.30pm. Bookings on 064/6630532.

MASSES AT OUR LADY OF FATIMA HOME: Due to the current Flu outbreak Mass will not be celebrated in Our Lady of Fatima Chapel until further notice.

AFTERNOON of Prayer at Scartaglen on 21st Jan. at 2.30pm.

SCIENCE: Designer Minds will be running a Primary Science, Design and Technology after-school club in Listowel. 1 hour of, educational activities each week, for girls and boys who love to design, build and experiment. Starts week of 22nd Jan. Visit or call 087 631 0411

FINBAR WRIGHT: Tenor, songwriter and poet Finbar Wright has only two Irish concert dates in his diary for 2018 and the first one is in Abbeyfeale at the Church of the Assumption on Friday, February 9.


A St. John’s Youth Theatre production directed by Chris Fitzgerald. The play is written by Chiara Quarta, a visiting Spanish student.


Featuring Colin McLean and David Keating with a programme featuring the tango music of Astor Piazzolla to sultry French music and some interesting arrangements of Beetles songs.


A duo of Irish harp and uilleann pipes which will feature music from their latest album, Ar Lorg Na Laochra.

Sat 20th, PLAY ON

A comic drama by Rick Abbott, presented by the E.J. Morean Drama Group, Kenmare. The play tells the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script.


A film by Cedric Klapisch. On learning of the imminent death of his father, Jean returns to his childhood home after an absence of ten years and reconnects with his sister and brother. An engaging family drama about three siblings who inherit their family’s winery. In association with Access Cinema.

THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILES takes place in Dublin in August 2018. Early registration at will ensure a place at all of the main events.

POOR CLARES GALWAY: Cloister Day: Saturday January 27th 10am– 5pm. If you are between the ages of 21 and 40, come talk to us about discerning a vocation to the Poor Clare way of life. To book a place at the next Cloister Day or just to arrange a chat, contact Sr. Faustina at poorclaresgalwayvocations or visit

JIGSAW KERRY YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH: Jigsaw offers a youth-friendly, free and confidential mental health support service for young people aged 12-25, where qualified mental health professionals work alongside young people, and their families, to address mild to moderate mental health concerns. To contact us please phone 066 7186785.

AWARE Support Groups are free to attend, no referral necessary.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: Led by Fr. Noel Spring. 11th—18th May. 7 nights Fatima or option Fatima 5 nights and 2 nights on the Lisbon Coast. Fully escorted pilgrimage. Early booking essential. Enquiries to Maureen Harty on 066 7131328.

GATHERING: Kennelly Gathering 6-8 July 2018, Listowel. A gathering of all North Kerry and West Limerick Kennelly’s. Details from k.fogarty12

HEALTHY ABBEYFEALE: Abbeyfeale Community Council (ACC) are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded funding by Healthy Ireland towards the setting up of a 10 week "Healthy Abbeyfeale – Spring 2018" pilot project. Healthy Ireland is a Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. Fitness Instructor Joe Weir will take up the position of Activity Facilitator with responsibility for the implementation of a number of Activity Programmes for the Community. These Activity Programmes will begin on Monday, January 15 and run for approximately 10 weeks. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone living in the Abbeyfeale area to join one of these free Activity Programmes. It’s so important to be able get out and about, meet new friends and have a chat while keeping fit and healthy. Activities include Teen Tone, Walk and Talk School Drop, Day Care Centre Session for the Elderly, Session for the Active Retirement Group in the Town Park and much more. For more information, contact Fitness Instructor Joe Weir on

GLÓRACH NOTES: Bingo continues every Monday night at the Glórach Theatre from 8.30 pm onwards, with a few extra surprise prizes over the coming weeks. On Thursday January 18 we will be staging what promises to be a memorable concert, with appearances from the groups, Under the Radar, The Templeglantine Troupers and The Jimmy Bozeman Band. Doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm. For a wonderful night of traditional, folk and bluegrass music, don’t hesitate to call 0871383940.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: You can currently only book tickets for the 3 day Congress (1 day or 5 day), but when booking a congress ticket you can register for the free weekend tickets. Every person attending each event must be registered to gain access to that event. You can book as an individual (over 18), as a family or group, or as a priest. Where a family wishes to register, a single family leader can register all members together. When part of a family/group, all children under 18 are free but each person must be registered in order to receive their ticket. Costs for adults: 5 day ticket €68, 1 day ticket €38. Book at

ADULT LEARNING CENTRE ( OLD TECH): A Level 5 (Full Award) Course starting in January in Childcare early care and education practice at the Further Education & Training Centre, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. For further inquiries 068 31198.

FLU Advice from Dublin Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre. Given the increase in the numbers of people affected by influenza in recent weeks, it is opportune to remind ourselves of sensible practices. It is good to remember that those with ‘flu symptoms are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Those who are confined to home when ill can honour the Lord’s Day by praying along with the Mass broadcast by Parish Radio and on Parish webcams. It is good practice to supply tissues and hand gels at church liturgies and gatherings, particularly for anyone distributing Holy Communion, with bins for disposal of used tissues. Make sure all hard surfaces that are frequently touched, such as door handles, handrails and taps are cleaned regularly with a household detergent or antiseptic wipes. In times of previous ‘flu alerts the Health Service Executive stated: “Shaking hands while exchanging the ‘Sign of Peace’ involves a low risk of spreading the virus.”

PAPERS: Kerry Weekly Reporter 1883-1920, Saturday, November 02, 1912; Page: 6

FROM T.C.D TO SOFIA; The, O’Mahony of Kerry.

The London correspondent of the "Irish Independent" write?:—Mr. Pierce O’Mahony—or The O’Mahony of Kerry, to give him the title which he has lately assumed—informs me of the sad circumstances under which one of the former inmates of St. Patrick’s Orphanage which he conducts at Sofia is leaving Dublin, where he, has been studying in the Medical School of Trinity College, for the seat of war in the Balkans. This student is named Athanas Blagoff, is aged 18, and is a native of Macedonia. His father about nine years ago was placed upon his trial by the Turkish authorities on a charge of rebelling, and when acquitted he was murdered by Turkish soldiers after leaving the courthouse His son passed with success the entrance examination at T.C.D., and learned English in a year. He wrote this week to Mr O’Mahony enclosing him a newspaper cutting stating that in his native village, Batchevo, the Bulgarians found 150 massacred bodies, this slaughter having been committed by Turks.

The number reported to have been slain represented, half the population of the village, and the young student is apprehensive lest the victims should include his mother and his sister. He wrote to Mr. O’Mahony that owing to the terrible suspense in which he remains concerning their safety he is unable to give his attention to his lectures and studies, and he requested permission to return to the Balkans to discover how they fared amidst the scenes of carnage. Mr. O’Mahony felt unable to refuse his request, and has provided, him with the means of returning to his native land. The young man had finished his gymnasium course before leaving Sofia and it is possible that he may join the Bulgarian Army after he has learned the best or worst news concerning the members of his family.

The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Saturday, May 29, 1915; Page: 6


At a recruiting meeting held in Bray on Monday The O’Mahony of Kerry addressed the meeting, and said there was at the disposal of the Government in Ireland one of the finest recruiting fields in the world—the Royal Irish Constabulary (applause). He said there were thousands of the Royal Irish Constabulary who were anxious to enlist, and who would be proud to enlist, in a second brigade of the Irish Guards, but the authorities were not only not encouraging , but were absolutely blocking the way. That was a crying shame. Here they had the most peaceful country probably in Europe, and yet the Government would not spare a few thousand recruits from this force for the purpose of this war. It was absurd. Talk of Ireland not doing her duty! In this respect, at any rate, it was not Ireland nor the Irish people, but the authorities who were not doing their duty (applause.)

St Idé – St Ita – Patroness

Saint Idé – or St Ita – was known as the foster mother of the saints of Ireland. Her name – idé – meant a thirst for holiness, and her feast day is on January 15th (next Monday).

Idé was born Deirdre, to noble parents in Deise, Waterford. She rejected an arranged marriage, instead professing vows to God. She left her father’s safe home and set out with some companions for the Ua Conaill territory in the West of Munster, the present Co. Limerick, to a place called "Cluain Creadhail" which some interpret to mean "Meadow of Faith" and which is now called Kileedy. Here she founded a convent and remained for the rest of her days.

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