Knockanuare Notes May 31st 2020

MASS on Sunday morning on at 10am on You Tube.

For YouTube connection search Church of the Assumption Moyvane & click on the stained glass window.  Very many thanks to Conor Hogan for his continual generosity and dedication in getting the YouTube Masses out to so many weekly.  Much appreciated Conor.

CHURCHES in the Diocese of Kerry have reopened since Wed. 20th May, for private prayer.

In Moyvane you can sit in your car and listen to mass, being said at the church doorway.

BEST WISHES to Fr. Brendan O’Callaghan who celebrates 60 years of Priesthood on June 5th 2020.  Born at Knockanure on 16th September, 1936, all his siblings have predeceased him.

MASS ON TELEVISON  – Parishioners if they wish can watch Mass daily on television, it is on the channel R.T.E. News Now at 10.30am each morning. You can if you wish also stream Mass live from various Churches in the Diocese of Kerry.

WEATHER is wonderful since the restrictions were imposed, pity, people are being prevented in partaking in many outdoor activities, the rules were designed by university professors who have little concept of the feelings of the ordinary Joe Soap. The Southern Trail is now open. Plants need watering daily and farmers will soon experience drought conditions.

COVID 19 SUPPORT SERVICE FOR KERRY –  Supporting Communities, Families and Individuals in this time of need. KERRY FREEPHONE SERVICE –1800 807 009.

ALONE have a national support line for older persons.  It is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Call 0818222024.  Despite the number out of work, it is the rare individual who would volunteer to foot turf and do other small jobs for people who would appreciate help.

DEATH has taken place of Patrick Enright of Ashgrove Meadows, Ballina, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Tubbertureen, Moyvane. Patrick passed away on Thursday, May 21st, 2020. Husband of Anne and Dad to Ciaran and Cora, granddad to Cian, Caoimhe and Cillian. Also survived by grandchildren, daughter-in-law Yvonne, brothers Denis and Joe sisters Margaret and Mary, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews.

DEATH of Mike Joe Cronin, Mail Road Cross, Moyvane, on the 26th May, 2020, at University Hospital, Kerry. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Eileen, daughter Aine and her partner Joe, sister Noreen in UK, nephew Tim, grandnephew, and grandniece.

DEATH of Bibi  Dillon (nee Enright) of Leitrim East, Moyvane, and formerly of Ballyhahill, on May 25th 2020. Wife of Patrick (Dromerin) and devoted mother of Adam, Patrick and Ava. Sadly missed by her loving family, relatives, neighbours and dear friends.

DEATH has occurred recently of Kathleen Culhane (wife of Paud Culhane) Leitrim Middle & Birmingham.

DEATH aged 81 of Brendan Boyer at Las Vegas on May 28, 2020. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Stella, his three children, Brendan Jr., Aisling, Clodagh, and his two grandchildren, Liam & Nora Stella. Hundreds recall his visits to Ballybunion and other local venues.

It is reported that during the show band era there were about 700 bands involved.

ANNIVERSARIES: James Duggan, Eileen Healy, Eileen Goulding, Chris Moriarty, Ita Sweeney, Daniel F Kennelly, Anne Dillon, Sr. Cornelius Holly, Dennis Collins, Tommy O’Hanlon, Willie Flaherty, Joan McCarthy, Fr. William Scanlon, Mass; on  Sat 30th at 7.30pm for            James Duggan, Murhur; Sun 31st  at 10.00am  for Rubi McMahon, Washington DC & Nancy, Jack & Josie McMahon, Lisaniskea and the 11.00am Mass id for Parishioners. Mass on Mon  1st at 7.30pm for James O’Brien, Glenagragra, Glin; Tues 2nd  at7.30pm for  Mary Morrissey, Cooraclare (Rec Dec); Wed 3rd at  7.30pm for Kathleen Dore, New Houses; Thurs 4th at  7.30pm for Timothy & Julia O’Flaherty, Moher; Fri  5th at 7.30pm  Special Intention for Fr. Brendan O’Callaghan, Knockanure Celebrating 60 years of Priesthood; Sat  6th at  7.30pm for John Kearney, The Village & his parents Dan & Bridie, and Mass on Sun  7th at  10.00am for Hughie Fitzmaurice, Leitrim Middle, and the 11.00am mass is for Fr. Michael Fleming, former P.P. of Moyvane & and recently P.P of  Killorglin (Rec Dec)

SYMPATHY  To the Sheehan & O’Connor families in the parish on the death of Peg Sheehan (née O’Connor) l/o Upper Aughrim who died in New York on Sunday 24th .  Peg was wife of the late Tom Sheehan, Kilbaha.  Funeral and burial will take place in Westchester New York.

DAY OF PRAYER LIVE FROM CATHEDRAL: The Proposed Day of Prayer for the Parish Eucharistic Adoration Groups has been postponed. In its place there will be a Holy Hour streamed from the Cathedral on Thursday evening 04th June at 8.00p.m. streaming from Cathedral.  Access the streaming via the Cathedral website.

CONFIRMED 2020:  It was a great blessing that our confirmation children this year received the sacrament on Tuesday 25th February.  A beautiful celebration it was from both schools and all families involved.  This Pentecost day please pray for those young hearts that received the Holy Spirit, long life and happiness to them.  They are as follows:  Murhur N.S Katelyn Casey, Cian Fitzgerald, David Hunt, Darragh Scanlon, Caoimhe O’Connor, Meave Ahern, David Brassil, Muiris Kearney, James Kissane, Seán Scanlon, Abbie O’Sullivan, Joshua Nestor, Donnacha O’Connor, Aoife Scanlon, Rebecca Roche, Mikala Mulvihill, Eamonn Bowler, Kiegan Moloney, Conor Mulvihill.  Scoil Chorp Chríost:  Blathnaid Keane, Grace Barrett, Hazel Barrett, Jack Buckley, Brona O’Connor, Chloe Moore, Chloe Kennelly, Chloe Walsh, Tommy Clancy, Rachel O’Connor.

TAIZE Prayer around the Cross at St John’s Tralee church on Sundays at 7pm on line.

FR. BRENDAN O’CALLAGHAN (Taken from Moyvane Knockanure parish Newsletter)

This coming Friday, June 5th, Knockanure native Fr. Brendan celebrates 60 years of Priesthood.  Born on 16th September, 1936, Fr. Brendan, is a man of great passion, humanity and vitality.  His many activities over the years aptly demonstrate this in what has been a beautiful Priesthood.  However, if one examines these, one cannot help but notice that they are all still driven by one underlying passion – the tremendous desire to spread the Good News in building up the Kingdom of God.  Limited as we are in these times with all special celebrations I will celebrate the porch Mass from Moyvane Church on Anniversary day June 5th at 7.30pm.  Fr. Brendan will be in his ‘famous blue car’ and his great pal also Knockanure native Fr. Tom McMahon, will be present in his own car too.   Family were and still are so important to Fr. Brendan.  He is the last of his family, all others have gone before him marked with the sign of faith.  In his own words he gives us a glimpse of his parents and family, how his vocation started    Fr. Brendan as a Priest’s  and where it took him to.   Fr. Brendan shares the following: “I owe everything to a loving family who had a great sense of parish and community. My father Pádraig RIP (from Dingle) came to Knockanure as head teacher and married local girl Bessie Cronin RIP.  My brothers Austin (RIP, January 1982) died while serving as a curate in the Parish of Lixnaw, Tony (RIP, September 2006) taught in Moyvane before being moved to Listowel. My sister Mairead (RIP, January 2014) taught in Knockanure before she moved to Clarinbridge, Galway.  I was ordained on 5th June, 1960 and retired in 2003.  I remember vividly Fr. James Leahy (RIP), first of many priests from Knockanure school challenged me (at half time of a football match in Listowel sports field) “Brendan we need priests in Nottingham”.  There began the journey we are celebrating, joining with neighbour and fellow parishioner Fr. Tom McMahon serving in the Nottingham Diocese.  By the 29th June that year, I was at St. Peter’s, Leicester, hence my loyalty to ‘The Blues’ Leicester City Football Club and Leicester Tigers Rugby Club”.  We all wish Fr. Brendan continued good health and blessings, ad multos annos.

                              TOGETHER WE CAN……… (From Parish Newsletter)

Since mid-March, I have, to the best of my ability, tried to maintain spiritual and pastoral support for all in the Parish and beyond.  As we head to July 20th, the Parish Pastoral Council and myself will need a support team of parishioners (ideally with suitable expertise …….medical, health & safety, project management, crowd control etc) who would help us implement Diocesan guidelines. We need generous parishioners who have personal skills to serve as stewards and who are willing to supervise the sanitizing of seating areas etc to the required standard.  A whole parish effort could have the benefit of making it successful and easy to adapt to the new norm.  While we enter a new era, it might be more effective in terms of facilitating numbers and maintaining hygiene to celebrate Mass initially in Moyvane Church.  Depending on how we progress there then we can judge how safe it would be to take it to Knockanure.   Outdoor Liturgical celebrations may be contemplated subject to adjustment in Government restrictions.  Delightful news that Holy Communion will be distributed and I am delighted that the perspex frames that I had made last week complies with the distribution of Holy Communion – with an opening at hand level.  I would urge any parishioners who can help out to contact me by phone on 49308 or email [email protected] or engage with your nearest Pastoral Council member who are as follows:  Michelle Mulvihill, Mary O’Flaherty, Elizabeth Brosnan, Mary Fitzgerald, Margaret Horgan, P.J. Mulvihill, Joanne O’Connor, Kay O’Hanlon and Eileen Roche.  Depending on the plans we put in place will determine how we move forward.  So let’s engage and prepare for the 20th.  We can do it – and if we do the Parish will continue to be a delight and inspiration to its parishioners who deserve the best.  May God bless, protect and motivate all of us in helping and looking out for each other.  Stay safe, strong and well.

GERMS: According to the Robert Koch Institute, 400,000 to 600,000 infections with hospital germs occur in Germany every year – about 10,000 to 20,000 people die from them.

FULL Moon on June 5th.

FARMERS: Teagasc has set up a telephone helpline to assist farmers with questions concerning the current Covid -19 virus. It will offer advice on a range of issues that the farming community face, as they continue to do their essential work in maintaining the food supply around the farmyard. The number is 076 111 3533, it is open from 9-30am to 12-30pm, and from 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


CULTURE Night has grown from a relatively small-scale cultural event, staged only in Dublin in 2006, to the significant national cultural event it is now, with some 400,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. Was due to be held on Friday 18th September 2020. More at

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GLIN Pier: Welcome the summer season.  There are lifeguards on duty for all the weekends in June, and on duty from 1st July for the duration of the summer.

Glin Triathlon 2020, the final triathlon of the season.  Saturday 12th September 2020.  Register now on

ENGLISH PUB last week; There were gentle conversations taking place outside a pub which was open last night – customers buy their beer in plastic cups and take them a little way away into their small groups and smile at each other in the sunshine.

EIRGRID – Given the current government restrictions EirGrid has taken the decision to extend the deadline for applications to the Kilpadogue-Moyvane-Knockanure Community Sponsorship Fund until the 3rd July 2020. Should you have any queries in relation to the fund or the application process, please contact: Catherine Scully at SECAD Partnership CLG either by phone (021 4613432) or email [email protected]

INFORMATION: Phone Kerry 0761 07 7860 or  email  [email protected].  10  am  to  4pm Monday to Friday.

EVENTS: Sad that the 2020 Limerick Fleadh in Athea was concealed, it would have been  Athea’s tenth occasion hosting the Limerick Fleadh Cheoil, having hosted the event in 1975, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002 and 2019.

Monday, 25th May, the second anniversary of the lifting of the 8th amendment that allowed abortion in Ireland. Writers Week and Queen of the May event in Knockanure also cancelled.

Every year on the weekend of Pentecost Sunday the Chartres Pilgrimage takes place in France, with pilgrims marching from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to the Cathedral of Chartres, over sixty miles away. Last year fourteen-thousand pilgrims came from all over the world to take part. This year because of the epidemic the pilgrimage had to be cancelled.

(JTA) — Sweden’s only Jewish overnight camp has reversed its decision to close this summer.

Camp in Maine; Modin’s list of measures include holding campwide gatherings in large open areas, where groups of campers can socially distance; serving meals table by table rather than having campers line up at a buffet; using only disposable plates and silverware; and closing communal bathrooms. Staff will be tested before they arrive and will be at camp “well in advance of the campers,” according to the email to parents.

GRAND PARENTS: “Children are practically not infected and do not pass on the virus. And most children are infected by their parents. That is why small children pose no risk to high-risk patients or grandparents. So, it is legitimate that grandparents have physical contact with younger children. If the children get older, for example, from the age of 10, the risk increases, then this contact is no longer desirable,” Dr. Koch, head of the infectious diseases unit at the Federal Department of Public Health (FOPH), said.

KERRY COUNTY BOARD WEBSITE: Runaí – Karen Trench, CCÉ Ballydonoghue/Lisselton, see their facebook page for Irish Music.

FAITH: Alpha Course using Zoom online – Explore life and the Christian Faith. Video followed by relaxed and friendly discussion. Join us on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. starting on June 11th   Over 18’s only.  For registration email [email protected].   Follow us on facebook at  Alpha Kerry,     Visit: for Alpha information.

ACCORD Over  the  phone  counselling  for couples, individuals and Family members. Call 01 5313331 Monday to Friday between 9am and 8pm.

VIRUS Panic Means More Virus Deaths

It isn’t overconfidence that’s killing Americans, as The Atlantic charged in its story about a red state re-opening: “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice.” No, the panic is what’s killing the thousands of elderly Americans trapped in nursing homes, without visitors, clergy, or even Last Rites at their lonely deaths. Because according to the Courier Times, what drove blue state governors to dump virus patients at nursing homes was fear.

Akron, OH – To help alleviate the pressures America’s food banks are facing to supply meals to communities impacted by COVID-19, Roll by Goodyear, a tire buying and installation provider in the greater Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., markets, will donate the cost equivalency of 100 meals to Feeding America for every tire sold.

On Saturday, it appeared Switzerland had recorded its first child victim of the coronavirus, until the victim was found to be 109 rather than 9.

Many areas of Spain will be moving to different stages of the government’s coronavirus deescalation plan. Here is the latest from the Official State Gazette and a summary of the relevant stages


BIRTHDAY: people who have reached their 100th birthday receive a gift from the State of €2,540 and a special message from the President of Ireland. Last year there were 417 100th birthdays of whom 176 were living abroad. The payment was begun in 1940 by President Douglas Hyde.

MARS: As part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, the Mars July 2020 rover, named Perseverance, will explore the Martian surface and seek to answer questions about the potential of ancient life on Mars. The rover will also gather information and test new technology that will help address the challenges of future human missions to Mars.

SPACEX is scheduled in June to launch the 8th mission of the constellation of networked satellites known as Starlink. The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe.


Los Angeles Herald, Volume XLIV, Number 4, 6 November 1918

WATERTOWN, Nov. 6. His heroic work during the Spanish influenza epidemic which is raging here has saved Charles W. Tallman, a Cleveland, Ohio, nurse, from serving a forgery term in the Jefferson county jail. Tallman was arrested and indicted on the charge of forgery by drawing a check here on the Cleveland City Trust Co. of Cleveland. He passed the bogus paper on W. B. Reed, proprietor of the City hotel here, and the paper came back marked “N. G.” Tallm. in pleaded guilty to the charge, declaring he  was intoxicated at the time. Praise for the prisoner from District Attorney Jerome B. Cooper and Sheriff Michael Gleason resulted in a suspended sentence being imposed by Judge George W, Reeve. They told the court that Tallman, a trained nurse, took charge of the Influenza epidemic here when it was impossible to secure physicians and that he worked day and night among the victims, declining to leave his patients until the crisis was over, although he risked his own health and life by so doing.–—1922–en–20–1–txt-txIN-+Spanish+Flu+nurse——-1



San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram, Number 196, 19 October 1918

WHAT TO DO FOR THE “FLU” State Board of Health Says Epidemic Will Last Another Month; It Came From Persons Afflicted Taken From Train at Railroad Gateways; How to Avoid Contagion, How to Care For Those Who Have It; How to Recognize Disease in Yourself.


Nearly a third of all the cases of Spanish influenza in California are in , San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles, these cities having a combined  population equal to almost one-half of the population of the entire state. The flu first appeared in California in some of the railroad centres close to the railroad gateways at the state border. In almost every case the disease was traced at these points to persons who were sick with influenza and were taken off the trains in these towns where so many cases were later reported.  State Board of Health says the epidemic will continue for at least a month. The closing of the public schools is a measure that the State Board of Health does not favour, provided that the pupils are inspected daily by teacher or nurse, those who show signs of illness being immediately sent home. The State Board of Health has not issued any general order or made any drastic moves in prohibiting public meetings or In closing places of amusement. The board believes that it is much better to supply citizens with full information as to the ways in which the disease may be contracted and in the best method of avoiding the disease. To avoid influenza, the State Board of Health advises workers to walk to work, if possible; avoid the person who coughs or sneezes; wash your hands before eating; make full use of all available sunshine. Do not use a common drinking cup or a common towel, they both spread disease. Should you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief. Keep out of crowded places; walk in the open air rather than go to crowded places of amusement. Keep away from houses where there are cases of influenza. If sick no matter how slightly, see a physician. If you had influenza, stay in bed until your doctor says you can safely get up. Sleep is necessary for wellbeing. Avoid over-exertion. Eat good clean food. To householders- The board advises keeping out of the sick room unless attendance Is necessary. Do not handle articles coming from the sick room until they are boiled. Allow no visitors, and do not go visiting. Call a doctor for all inmates who show signs of beginning sickness. The usual symptoms are: Inflamed and watery eyes, discharging nose, backache, headache, muscular pain, and fever. Keep away from crowded places, such as “movies,” theatres, street cars. See to it that your children are kept warm and dry, both night and day. Have sufficient fire in your home to disperse the dampness. Open your windows at night. If cool weather prevails, add extra bed clothing. If you feel a sudden chill, followed by muscular pain, head-ache, backache, unusual tiredness and fever, go to bed at once. See that there is enough bed clothing to keep you warm. Open all windows in your bedroom and keep them open at all times, except in rainy weather. Take medicine to open the bowels freely. Take some nourishing food such as milk, egg-and-milk or broth every four hours. Stay in bed until a physician tells you that it is safe to get up.—–1922–en–20–1–txt-txIN-+Spanish+Flu+nurse——-1


Riverside Daily Press, Volume XXXIII, Number 301, 19 December 1918

RIVERSIDE’S METHODS OE COMBATING THE FLU APPROVED BY BEST AUTHORITY Dr. H. R. Martin Is Home from Chicago Where Spanish Influenza Was Discussed in American Health Convention—Mask and Quarantine Approved.

When the Riverside board of health introduced the mask, closed its doors against assemblies and established the quarantine in its combat with Spanish influenza, it adopted the most approved methods in the battle against the epidemic. Only in one place did the board fail and that was in nurse supervision of the schools. This however, was no fault of the board of health, which matter being up to the board of education.

Dr. H. R. Martin is home from the American Health convention in Chicago and he is responsible for the statement made above, basing his claims on the papers and discussions of influenza, and the most effective manner in combating it.–—1922–en–20–1–txt-txIN-+Spanish+Flu+nurse——-1


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