knockanuare notes January 20th 2019

CANDLEMAS DAY – Saturday February 2nd, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and Candlemas Day. It is customary for homes to have blessed candles. Blessed candles are available currently from the Parish Office. The blessing of throats will take place at the Vigil on February 2nd and at both Masses on Sunday 3rd. Feb. 3rd Novena to our Lady of Lourdes begins.

COMMUNION: Tues 22nd at 7.30pm First Holy Communion preparation talk -Aileen Murphy (For parents/guardians of children in Moyvane & Knockanure making their First Holy Communion in May – Please note children are not to attend)

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE: wish to acknowledge receipt of funding from The Bon Secours Hospital under the ‘Bon Secours Hospital Tralee Community Initiatives Fund’.

GAA Lotto Knockanure Results; There was no winner of the €2700 jackpot on Friday 18th January. Numbers drawn were 2, 20, 22, and 24. Lucky dip winners of €25 were; 1. Mike Hussey, c/o Mike Lynch; 2. Helena O’Connor c/o Kevin’s; 3. Michelle Dore c/o Speedys; 4. Peg Moloney Tullahinell, Bally, and 5. Mossie Kearney, Moyvane South. Next draw on Friday 25th with jackpot up to €2800.

SYMPATHY: The Knockanure GAA Football Club would like to express their deepest sympathies to the family of the late Tom McMahon Duagh. Tom was an avid sports supporter and he always had a great love of the game. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family & wife circle of friends at this time.

DEATH: Carol Channing, the original star of ‘Hello Dolly, dies at 97.

SYMPATHY To Mary Lynch & family, Leitrim Middle on the death of her brother-in-law John Carolan, Co. Meath.

DEATH took place on 13th January 2019 of Sr. Josephine Lynch, Sisters of Mercy, Mount St. Vincent, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick and Late of Glasha, Athea. Survived by her sister-in-law Nora, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, relatives, friends and her Mercy Community. Requiem Mass was celebrated for Sr. Josephine on 15th Jan, burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Convent Cemetery.

DEATH occurred on 16th January 2019 of Mary Collins (née Long) `Beaupre House`, Athea & late of Collin`s Shop, Athea. Predeceased by her husband J.P. Survived by son Pius, grandsons Paul, Jamie, Tom & Philip, great-grandchildren, and brothers. Requiem Mass for Mary Collins was celebrated on Friday at in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea, and burial afterwards in Holy Cross Cemetery.

DEATH has taken place of Hugh Brady, UK., who died in Ipswich. Sympathy to his mother Noreen Brady Kennelly. A memorial mass will be celebrated in Rathea at a later date.

ANNIVERSARIES: Fiona O’Connor, Joseph V Buckley, Mary Nolan, Mary Linnane, Marie Lyons, Sr. Enda Beasley, Fr. Pat Ahern (Ballyline),Peggy Fitzgerald, Emma Holly, Eileen Galvin, Mary Morrissey, Teresa Margaret Hanrahan, Lily O’Keeffe, Pat Cunningham, Patrick Walsh, Moss Joe Gilbert, Nora Hunt, Margaret Murphy, Mass Moyvane: Mon 21st at 7.30pm for John Gregg, Aughrim & deceased of the Gregg & Hanrahan families; Wed 23rd at 7.30pm for Mary Nolan, Glenalappa; Thurs 24th at 7.30pm for Eileen Dalton, Glin (Rec Dec); Fri 25th at 7.30pm for Larry McCaffery,(Rec Dec); Sat 26th at 7.30pm for Bill Horan, Aughrim & dec. of the Horan family, and Mass on Sun 27th at 11.00am in Moyvane for Eily Mai O’Flaherty, The Village. Mass Knockanure on Sun 27th at 10.00am for Ollie Leahy, & his grandson Jason Plested.

BLOOD DONATION CLINICS will take place in Abbeyfeale at Coláiste Ide agus Iosef on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd January from 6p.m. to 9p.m. Ballybunion Clinic will be held at their Community Centre on 24th Jan, from 5pm to 8pm. 1,000 people in Ireland receive blood transfusions every week.

Catholic Schools Week 27th January- 3rd February. Celebrating the Work of Our Catholic School.

WRITERS Week closing date for competition entries 1st March 2019. Please remember Dan Keane Primary Schools’ Poetry Competition, more from 068 21074.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: Wish to acknowledge the grant received from Kerry County Council for works at Knockanure Church.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE: Certified Paediatric First Aid Course on Tuesday 19th & 26th February 10.30am to 12.30pm. €15. Limited spaces  23584. Song chant: Develop confidence in your singing and speaking voice and learn ways of singing to relieve stress and anxiety by connecting voice, body and mind. Starting 28th January for six weeks 10.30am to 12.30pm. Singing Tutor Audrey O’Carroll. €30. 068 23584.

A FEAST OF DRAMA: The Abbeyside Players take to the Glórach stage with their production of the famed John B Keane play, The Chastitute on Thursday, January 31. As soon as The Abbeyside Players finish their run the Abbeyfeale Drama Group take the stage with ‘Marriage of Connivance’ from February 12.

LISTOWEL LIBRARY: will host a talk on Nutrition for Kids in the Twenty First Century, facilitated by Niamh O Connor, accredited Dietician and Nutrition Consultant. Target audience –parents/guardians of children and young people on Thursday, 24 January Listowel Library, 11.00 am, Free event.

MILD Weather, grass is plentiful, alder is sprouting and plum trees are covered in white blossoms, many flowers are ahead of their time.

ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE (OLD TECH Abbeyfeale): Many classes on offer in Mountmahon.

CONRADH NA GAEILGE FESTIVAL: Tionól (Irish language and Music w/e) Chontae Luimnigh present the first, hopefully of many gatherings of Folklore, Music, Poetry and History of Abbeyfeale through the Irish Language in Fr. Casey’s Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 with daily admission just €5 per day. The official opening takes place on Friday from 7pm followed by a lecture from Séamus Ó Coileáin from Athea and ending with a traditional music concert with the Murphy family, Riona Ní Churtáin, Denis Curtin and the Flannery Sisters. Saturday’s programme includes lectures, a bilingual walking tour of Abbeyfeale and a traditional music session. All are welcome.

WOODTURNERS WORKSHOP: Limerick and District Woodturners – one of whose founder members was the late Liam Flynn, Convent St. – will hold their first workshop of 2019 at the Crescent College, Dooradoyle on Thursday, January 24 from 7.30 – 9.30pm. Membership is open to anyone and include turners of all levels from beginner to professional. Further information John Ryan 087 1260525.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: KNOCKANURE: Tuesday 10am – 5pm; MOYVANE: Wednesday 10am – 7pm.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE – Christian Spiritual Deveopment Course-The Beatitudes: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesdays 7pm to 8.30pm. Be Still and Know: Fr. Louis Hughes O.P. Sat. 9th Feb.10am to 4pm. Life in the Spirit: Moss & Janice Carrig, Tuesdays – starts Feb. 19th. 7.30pm to 9pm. Bookings: Call 066-7134276.

NORTH KERRY OLDER PERSONS MAINTENANCE SERVICE – are now taking requests for 2019. We provide a low cost maintenance and minor repair service specifically for senior members of the community of North Kerry. Freshen up the rooms of your home for the New Year with a new coat of paint. Prepare your home for the cold weather (i.e. powerwashing of footpaths and driveways). We also offer home cleaning and domestic support. For more information please call 068 -23429 or 087-3776724.

THE BIODIVERSITY STUDY OF TARBERT (2018) – will be launched in the Community Centre immediately after the 11.30am Mass on this Sunday, 20th Jan. This study was undertaken by Biodiversity Consultant, Geoff Hunt at the request of Tarbert Development Association – Tidy Towns. Geoff will be present to discuss his findings and all are welcome to attend.

A Weekend of Praise Worship and Healing in the Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co. Cork on Sat & Sun Feb. 2nd/3rd 2019. Holy Mass and Confessions both days. Speakers include Sr. Josephine Walsh UK, Fr. John Keane Macroom, Fr. Tony Emeka Nigeria, Canon Michael Fitzgerald Mitchelstown, Msgr. Finbarr O Leary Ecuador and more. Admission is free but do book your place on 087 2405568.

ST JOHN’S; Wed 23rd the Petersens Family Bluegrass Band; Thursday 24th The Best of Traditional, and Fri 25th Misses Liffey, more from 068 22566.

DESIGNER MINDS will be running a Primary Science, Design and Technology after-school club in Listowel. 1 hour of fun, hands-on, educational activities each week, for girls and boys who love to design, build and experiment. Starts week of 21st January. Visit or call 087631 0411

OVERSEAS VOLUNTEERING TRAINING COURSE – Open To All! – This enjoyable course, run over 4 weekends from February to May, is for anybody who is interested in overseas or home volunteering at some stage or who just wants to learn more about global injustice issues and how we fit in. Training covers Community Development, Health, Global Awareness, Mission, etc. and begins on 9-10 February 2019 in Dublin. Contact Viatores Christi 01-8689986 or email apply for more info.


7.30pm – 9pm. Kerry Life and Family Centre, Park Lane Mews, Denny Street, Tralee. Introduction by Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin. This is an information Night only with no obligation to join the study group.  0876590551 Email: kerrylifeandfamily.

SHEP – THE SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT: Two new programmes available in West Limerick, ‘Effective Communication for Better Relationships’ in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale, begins on Monday, January 28, from 10.00am to 12.30pm for 8 weeks (to March 25). ‘An Introduction to Personal Development’ in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, begins on Wednesday, January 3, from 10.00am to 12.30pm for 8 weeks (to March 20). Please contact Adrienne at West Limerick Resources on 087-2773294/aoconnell for further details and to register your interest.

WORLD YOUTH DAY PANAMA 2019: Panama was announced by Pope Francis as

the host city of World Youth Day 2019 which will take place this month from Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 January. Pope Francis will arrive at the event a day after it begins and take part from the 23rd to the 27th of January.

PATHWAYS FAIR 2019. Have you a disability, illness or additional support needs. Would you like information about Employment, Education, Training and Support options available to you. Come along to the free Event -Progressive Pathways Fair, Rose Hotel Tralee, Wednesday January 30

th12 -6pm.Free transport to the event available –check out routes, pick-up points and booking information on

TRALEE: LEGION OF MARY: Meetings are held in St. John’s Parish Centre at 2.30pm each Monday. Please join us. All welcome

CHARISMATIC RENEWAL PRAYER GROUP: Each Thursday evening in St. John’s Parish Centre, beginning with the Rosary at 7.45pm. Meeting concludes at 9.15pm.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA; Led by Fr. Noel Spring. May 10th—17th2019. Enquiries to Premier Travel 021 4277700, email norady or Maureen Harty on 066 7131328

PILGRIMAGES TO MEDJUGORJE: May 21st from Cork or September 11th from Shannon. Accompanied by Fr. Brendan Walsh as Spiritual Director in May. For more information contact Bridie McCarthy on 087 655 4296.

KERRY CLUBS FAIR: Killarney Lions Club in association with Killarney Credit Union, are giving adults in Kerry an easy way to find out about club/activities that they can be part of, free of charge. This event takes place at Killarney Racecourse between 2pm and 5pm on this Sunday January 20th and will showcase 50 clubs and societies that you may like to participate with or volunteer with. Take the first step to new beginnings.

ASYLUM: This information is from Report of the Managing Committee of the Widows and Orphans’ Asylum, for the Care and Maintenance of the Destitute Widows and Orphans of the Emigrants of 1847, published in Toronto in 1848.

Rules include: Five o’clock, A.M. Bell to ring for rising. Five to seven, A.M. 1st Inmates to wash and dress, in the evening half-past eight o’clock, P.M. Lights to be extinguished. 627 admitted to the asylum of which 523 were Catholic.

Breakfast Tea and bread on Sunday and portage for the rest of the week; Dinner bread and meat every second day and bread and soup the rest of the days; Supper Bread and tea every day.

When they were closing in 1848 the inmates were given to people of various trades; Joseph Smith age 10 years was given to a farmer; Mary Fitzgibbons age 5 given to a lawyer; Mary Gallagher age 10 to a shopkeeper; Mathew Tierney age 14 to a Physician ; Sally Nowland to a pensioner; Three Harte girls were given to a Rector; Mgt. Feron age 13 to a Schoolmaster; Nora Hays age 12 to a boarding house; Pat Nugent age 12 to a butcher; Pat O Connor age 12 bound to a shoemaker; Ann McCabe to be brought up as his own by Tom Donoghue; Pat Nugent age 12 to be bound to a smith; Maria Mooney age 14 to be paid $1 per month; Jane Williamson to a schoolmaster to get food and clothes for 3 years; Hugh Tierney age 10 bound to blacksmith for 4 years; Catherine Gilgooly to be maintained till 18 years by Rev Rice; John Doyle age 12 to be bound to blacksmith to get food and clothes for 5 years; Several were in charge of Fr Sandell PP; Ann Carroll a widow age 24 went to a farmer for $2 per month.

FROM: From Richard M Doherty. I was just looking at the section on Knockanure and Moyvane Sisters and saw the 3 children of Matt Doherty and Ellen Lyston who became nuns. The latter two I found in the Annals of the Presentation Sisters in Tralee (through the auspices of Fr. Jimmy Kissane – R.I.P.). I am sure I wouldn’t have seen these records had he not interceded for me. I will miss my visits with him. He was so interested in the family history. Here is some information from the Presentation Annals:

Kate (or Catherine) Doherty was called in Religion "Sister Mary Austin Joseph of the Sacred Heart" entering the convent on 16 February 1871, took the habit of the congregation on 15 September 1871, and made her profession on 16 September 1873.

Ellen Doherty was called in Religion "Sister Mary David Joseph of the Face of Jesus" entering the convent on 23 February 1869, took the habit of the congregation on 14 September 1869, and made her profession on 15 September 1871.

Obviously, the Loreto Sister would not appear in the Presentation Annals, but I assume that Cyril Jane Doherty was Janette, the youngest child of Matt and Ellen.

STORIES from Schools.

“Long ago people used to fight with blackthorn sticks.”

Long ago people used to fight with blackthorn sticks. About twenty men united and they met twenty others in a certain place, and they fought until the most of the people were killed. That fighting used to be going on in Newtownsandes between people called the Cooleens and the Black Mulvihill’s. They fought after Mass on Sundays, and when they met at fairs and markets they fought also. The parish priest of Newtownsandes often tired to stop the fighting but it was of no use. One Sunday they met in Newtownsandes to fight a terrible battle. They were fighting from about nine o’clock in the morning until about five o’clock in the evening, and at that time one of the Cooleens was dead. That ended the fighting in Newtownsandes. Every other Sunday after that the priest came out in the street after Mass, and ordered all the people to go home, and not to fight any more. The two sides were advised by him, and they never again fought.

Collector- Joe Walsh; Informant- Martin Kennelly, Age 58, Address, Leitrim East, Moyvane Co. Kerry.

Buying and Selling Long Ago

Long ago people used have great trouble and hardship when having to go to fairs and markets as they had not the same means of travelling as they have now. The advent of trains, motors, and lorries, long journeys were done on foot. The bargains at fairs were most amusing as there were many hand-slaps to cut or divide the pound or shilling to complete the sale. Then the buyer and seller with some friends that helped the sale, adjourned to a public house and took a few drinks as a token of friendship. Butter markets were very important, it was made at home and taken to the markets in little casks called firkins. They used get better prices then than now. Other people used carry a bag of potatoes to a shop and bring home their value in goods. Farmers used join in the filling of firkins. They used take it to town and one would get the value the week and the other next week. Drink was very cheap that time, porter was sold for 4D per pint. It was also very hard for the poor farmers going such long journeys to fairs getting up at 2 o’clock and driving their cattle with the aid of lamps, and then having to wait several hours before the buyer would come to them. They used have money made out of leather. There was once a man and he took a load of Oats to Killarney to pay his rent. Once there lived a man and he carried a small black cow with very big horns, when asked by the jobber "how much for the frame", the owner answered "handle bars and all going together". Another man had a very big cow and when asked "how much for the hearse" answered, "all according to how for you have to carry the corpse".

Collector -Kathleen Fitzgerald, Address, Leanamore, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

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