Knockanuare Notes-January 2nd-2022

HAPPY New Year and thanks to all our readers and helpers, many people in the background, help to keep the wheels rolling, unknown to vast majority of observers. Some of us at times are inclined to put on the brakes, hindering others, hoping our light outshines them, a vain hope. World Day of Prayer for Peace Sat 1st.


PARISH Presbytery/Office: 068 49308, Please note the Parish Office reopened Tuesday 4th Jan.’22.

DEATH of Father Kevin so sudden and unexpected, brought a great outpouring of expressions of shock at his death and reflection on all the strenuous and caring deeds of a priest who did his very best both as a Christian and human, who brought solace and easing of the pain, which is part of this world. Many of us are reflecting on our own failures in Christian charity and now will make a real effort to come out of our comfort zone, as a tribute to Fr. Kevin.


DEATH James Browne, Mountcoal, Listowel and late of Cloghane, Knocknagoshel, on December 30th, 2021. Predeceased by his wife Anne, sister Kathleen and brother Diarmuid. Survived by his sons Jim, Fr. Jerry, Jack and Donal, daughter Joan, his 11 grandchildren, sisters Siobhan and Eileen, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, partners, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

DEATH has taken place of Nora Costello (née Cox), Tullamore, Ballybunion and late of Asdee East. on December 24th, 2021. Predeceased by her sister Bridie Long and grandson Martin Joseph Keane. Survived by her husband Martin, son Martin, daughters Marie, Breda, Elizabeth, Nora and Josephine, her 12 grandchildren, sisters Mary (Moyvane) and Kathy, daughter-in-law Miriam, sons-in-law Buddy, Jimmy, Damian, Eamon and Mickey, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, and nieces.


ANNIVERSARIES: Pat Mullane, Peg Joy, Dan Keane, John Francie Ahern, Bill O’Connell, Fr. Denis Quirke, Dolly Hennessy, Catherine Ann  Fitzpatrick, Peg Werkman, Sr. Theresa Murphy, Donie Mulvihill, Brown Joe O’Connor, Pat Brosnan, Hannah Mai O’Connor, Tom McMahon, Patsy O’Sullivan, Nora Gould, Brenda Dineen, Josie McNamara, Kitty Barry, Kathleen O’Connor, Mary Bourke, Noreen O’Sullivan,

MASS: Sat.1st Jan.’22 at Moyvane for Martin & Mary Mulvihill (Anniv.) Leitrim East at 7.30pm; Sun.2nd Jan.’22 at Knockanure for Teresa & Micheal Bambury (Anniv.) Gortagleanna at 9.30am and mass Moyvane for  Margaret O’Connor, Month’s Mind, Formerly Aughrim, Late of Coolaught at 11.00am; Mon.3rd Jan.’22 NO MASS in Church; Tues.4th Jan.’22 at Moyvane for               Bridget & John Holly, and Emma and Jack O’Brien, The Village, (Anniv.)                10.00am; Weds.5th Jan.’22 at Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am, and mass in Moyvane a Vigil Mass                at 7.30pm; Thurs.6th Jan.’22 at Knockanure for  The Epiphany of the Lord, Holy Day at 9.30am, and mass Moyvane a Private Intention at 11.00am; Fri.7th Jan.’22 at Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Sat.8th Jan.’22

Moyvane for Kitty McInery, (1st Anniv.) Tubertoureen at 7.30pm; Sun.9th Jan.’22 at Knockanure for Michelle Foley (Anniv.) and her Grandfather Michael Keane at 9.30am, and mass Moyvane for Dick Cunningham (1st Anniv.), Brother Donal Cunningham, Kilbaha, Sister Breda & husband Andy Thomas at 11.00am.

Covid Update, remember a face mask or covering must be worn by all those aged 9 or over. Given the spread of the Omicron variant there should be no exception to this guidance. People who may not be able to wear a face mask or covering for whatever reason should be advised that they can participate in the Mass online and full details of Parishes providing services online can be found on the Diocesan website, No face mask or covering, no admission.

ALONE manage a COVID-19 Support Line for Older People, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you or someone you know needs support this Christmas, please call our National Support and Referral Line on 0818 222 024 from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week. ALONE operates 365 days a year so we will be there to take your call when you need us most

Samaritan’s can be contacted 7 days a wk, 24 hrs a day. Free Call 116123.

SUPPORT: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 11th January at 7:20pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. Subject to change in accordance with government advise. For more information, see or call our Information Line on 01 4045378.

Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in Carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in Carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom on 087 991 6791 or 087 744 0729. Our website is

MISSION Jan 16-19th 2022;  Speakers include- Oisín McConville, GAA pundit and counsellor; Kate Liffey, chaplain, catechist and mother; Fr Sean McDonagh, climate justice activist and Columban priest, and Miriam Kerins Hussey, pharmacist, holistic health and wellness coach. For details see Diocese of Kerry Site.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE: on June 15th to 22nd 2022, flying Cork to Dubrovnik (morning flight) with Aer Lingus staying in Hotel Leone. Spiritual Director Fr. Ted Sheehan. COVID insurance cover included in cost. Contact Sean at 0862959380

MERCY MOUNTHAWK CAROL SERVICE: took place on-line on Wednesday December 15th. It was recorded in Balloonagh Convent Chapel. A recording of the Carol Service is available on the parish website at It was also a fundraiser for St Vincent de Paul. You can contribute on line by using the link on the parish website.



RACING: Horse Racing Ireland published the fixture list for 2022 which will see the overall number of fixtures increasing to 390 next year. The list contains 387 meetings at this stage, as three ‘floating fixtures’, up from one last year, will be kept in reserve to be programmed at short notice by the HRI Fixtures Committee at a time when demand for opportunities to run is very high.

THE four-day Mr Binman Limerick Christmas Racing Festival at Limerick Racecourse from St Stephens Day to December 29, was restricted to 5,000 due to government guidelines. Every year it was a great occasion for racing fans.

SWIM on Christmas Day has a long tradition and continued this year, with weather a bit warmer it encouraged a few more to take part.

WEATHER: Valentia Observatory last year average was 11 degrees Celsius, and the long-term average was 10.8 degrees Celsius. This year we had an average temperature of 11.2 degrees Celsius.

FLOWERS: Christmas 682 years ago on outskirts of Bra, Italy, which is on the road to Turin, every year, the blackthorns at this same location flower between Dec. 25 and Jan. 15. Exceptionally rare exceptions were 1914 and 1939, the years both World Wars began.

Locally this year we have some roses and many furze bushes in bloom, the odd daisy also appears, here and there.

FUNDRAISER for St Vincent de Paul organised by Radio Kerry and supported by Garvey’s SuperValu has raised €21,281 this year.

NEW MOON on Jan. 2nd. World Day of Prayer for Peace was on Jan. 1st.

RAPID Response Irish Community Air Ambulance were on 102 missions to Kerry in 2021; compared to 99 call-outs during all of 2020.

AMBULANCE; on St Stephen’s Night, according to Mr Michael Healy Rae, the ambulance services of Dingle, Listowel, Cahersiveen, Killarney, Tralee and Kenmare were all on callouts outside the county.

Media reports; a 12% drop in the past year in the number of people on waiting lists for appointments at University Hospital Kerry.

COWS: Robert Bryson from Loughbrickland is a member of one of CAFRE’s dairy business development groups and has carried out a carbon footprint for the dairy enterprise in 2018 as part of the Dairy-4-Future project.

The farm consists of 210 Holsteins Friesian cows with an annual milk yield of 9,600L from 2.5t of concentrate per cow.

Brian said: ”Robert’s dairy enterprise carbon footprint was calculated at 0.99kg of CO2 equivalent per kg milk corrected to 4% fat and 3.5% protein.

”This is well below the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) farm business survey average of 1.24kg of CO2 equivalent per kg milk.”

Suckler cow numbers dropped by 43,000 in 2021, Dept. of Agric. Survey show that 40% of dairy farmers inspected do not have enough slurry storage.

ESRI report says, Irish goods exported to Britain was almost 11% in 2015, but that fell to 6.3% in 2021. In 2015, Irish food exports to Britain was 27%; and in 2021, it had declined to 18.6%.

TRAVEL: The French government have said that UK nationals travelling from the UK who are not resident in France will not be permitted to transit France to return to their country of residence unless they are travelling by air.

SOLAR Farm; 350 acre solar farm in East Limerick planned, a 10-year permission and 35 year operation for a solar farm is being sought.

CARBON: The head of the business group Ibec has warned the Taoiseach that planned changes to Ireland’s carbon budgets would hit the economy for almost €8billion a year and cost tens of thousands jobs. In a letter to Micheál Martin on October 6 last, Ibec chief Danny McCoy said the move to include emissions from land usage in the budgets would ‘totally undermine the viability’ of the agri-food industry. Tim Cullinan, president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), also wrote to the Taoiseach, warning that the sector could be ‘destroyed by changing the goalposts on carbon accounting’.

SPORTS complex expansion in NCW: expansion plan has been released see WLSC website (, and the complex is urging the community to get behind them.


ART: Foreign Affairs dept. has spent €83,705 since the beginning of 2020 on artworks for its embassies, consulates and offices.


CYCLEWAY Galway to Athlone; The scheme being developed by Galway City Council and Galway, Roscommon and Westmeath County Councils aims to complete the 330km car-free corridor from Galway to Dublin for both cyclists and walkers.


RICE agriculture is one of the most significant human-created sources of methane gas. In a world affected by climate change, growing rice is becoming less and less environmentally friendly. Higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause the rice plants in paddies to grow at a more rapid rate. This in turn feeds the microscopic organisms that live under the paddies faster, causing more methane to enter the atmosphere. Furthermore, rising temperatures lower the rice yield, meaning that more methane is created per each pound of rice produced.


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HEROD was paranoid, perceiving plots against his throne right and left. On Dec. 28, the Church commemorates the slaughter of the holy innocents. These are the baby boys in Bethlehem that Herod the Great had slaughtered in an attempt to kill the Baby Jesus. He killed one of his wives, Mariamne, and three of his sons: Alexander, Aristobulus, and Antipater. When Herod’s end was near he ordered that one person in every family should be slain so that the whole kingdom would be forced to mourn at the occasion of his death. Caesar Augustus reportedly said, “It is better to be Herod’s pig than son”. The slaughter of the innocents is a reflection of Herod’s character. Being a proud man, he liked to show off, one of his building projects was the Temple in Jerusalem.



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In  County  Kerry,  labour  organisations  turned  to  co-operative principles to secure the economic interests of their members. In November 1918, The Irish  Homestead reported  the  establishment  of  a  workers’  co-operative  store  in Tralee.66  The  following  January,  the  ITGWU  established another  co-operative  store in the market town of Listowel ‘for the benefit of the workers’.67 Located in Kerry’s most urbanised areas, these stores reflected the ITGWU’s desire to use co-operative methods to benefit the local consumers, the same group from which the trade union’s members were drawn.

Co-operation in Tralee’, Irish Homestead, 30 November 1918. 67 ‘Listowel Co-operative Store’, Irish Homestead, 25 January 1919

Why the Traders Leave the CWS Alone’, Irish Homestead, 19 January 1907. 85 Kerry Local History Archive (KLHA), Minute Book of Listowel District, Rural District Council, ‘Proposed Co-operative Bacon Curing Plant’, 31 October 1907.




87 spite  of  support  given  by  Horace  Plunkett.86  In  December  1908,  Charles  Riddall arrived  in  Listowel  to  persuade  locals  of  the  benefits  of  organising  their  own creamery along IAOS-oriented lines. The local newspaper recorded Riddall’s speech to the farmers around Listowel, which made a scathing attack upon the CWS: This  English  Co-operative  Society  was…  thoroughly  co-operative  in  England, but  in  Ireland  it  stood  on  the  very  same  level  as  a  proprietary  creamery.  In Knocknagoshel,  one  of  the  principle  points  to  be  got  over  in  regard  to  the people’s  connection  with  the  English  concern  was  the  fact  that  the  farmers… were tied hand and foot in the English institution, and it then became the task of farmers in  that locality  to liberate  themselves  from the  hands  of  those English persons  who  came  over  to  Ireland  some  twenty  years ago  posing…  in  many cases  as  philanthropists,  but  who  had  proved  to  be in  many  cases  the  exact opposite. 87This  verbal  assault  sounded  the  decline  of  the  CWS’s  efforts  to  organise  Irish dairying.   In   January   1909,   the   CWS   ceded   the   co-operative   territory   around creameries to the IAOS, having shared ‘the common experience of those Englishmen who  seek  to  pave  the  bogs  of  Ireland  with  good  intentions.’88By  the  end  of  that decade, the CWS ceased establishing creameries and sold off most of its concerns to local  farmers  or  creamery  proprietors  retaining  only  three  creameries  and  six auxiliaries.89  In  Knocknagoshel,  farmers  assumed  control  of  the  local  creamery premises.  Riddall  argued  that  the  prosperity  of  Irish  farmers  relied  upon  their ‘liberation’  from  an  English  institution,  thereby  linking  the  IAOS  and  co-operative farmers in Kerry to larger processes of social change and intensified nationalism that underpinned  this  period.  The  outcome  of  this  conflict  held  important  consequences for  the  continued  development  of  co-operative  organisation  in  Ireland.  The  IAOS became  increasingly  bound  up  in  notions  of  national  development.  The  idealisation


The Co-operative Movement in North Kerry: The Proposed Bacon Factory’, Kerry Sentinel, 22 February 1908. 87 ‘Proposed Co-operative Creamery for Listowel’, Kerry Sentinel, 2 December 1908.





STATE PAPERS; When president Patrick Hillery was given a gift of a real elephant in 1979 while on a visit to Tanzania, a diplomatic row broke out between Irish and Tanzanian officials over who should pay the costs of shipping the animal back to Ireland.



Trace minerals like copper (Cu) and selenium (Se) play an important role in udder health. In particular, reduced zinc (Zn) levels have been linked to increased SCC.






MUSIC: December 24, 2021, In the final instalment of the 2021 Christmas edition of “Heartbeat Sessions,” Noah Anthony ’21 sings “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”


The “Heartbeat Sessions” is a new music series produced by Ex Corde featuring Benedictine College students and alumni.



By: Livia Gershon

December 23, 2021


Snow drifts covered houses. Horses froze where they stood. Roads were impassable for weeks. This, historian Thomas Wickman writes, was the landscape of much of New England in February and March of 1717, when colonists suffered a weather disaster known as the Great Snow.


Within an 11-day period late that February, Wickman writes, there were four major snowstorms. It was, according to the famed minister Cotton Mather, “as mighty a Snow, as perhaps has been known in the Memory of Man.” And, thanks to frigid weather, the snow took its time melting. Three- to five-foot-deep snow packs lay across much of the New England landscape for the six weeks that followed.



With the year (blessedly) behind us, it’s time again for a treasured POLITICO Magazine tradition: a rundown of some of the worst predictions of 2021.



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