knockanuare Notes -Sunday May 6th 2018

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS for the children of Scoil Chorp Chríost on Saturday 12th at 11am in Knockanure Church. First Holy Communion for the children of Murhur N.S. will be on May 26th at 11am.

TRIBUTE at Siamsa for Fr. Ahern on May 11th from 9.30am.

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre takes place on Monday 14th May 2018. Music by Stevie Donegan. All Welcome. If attending it is important to please ring office on 068/49799. New members especially welcome.


THE WITNESS WILL BE GIVEN BY JOHN MICHAEL PEARSE. John is recovering well after a long illness. He spent 4 months as a patient at K.U.H. suffering from a serious viral infection. This infection affected his mobility, sense of balance and he was literally out for the count for 5 weeks. Eventually the cause of this infection was sourced and after intensive treatment the North Kerry man is on the road to recovery. His message is one of hope, perseverance in the face of unbelievable suffering and trauma.

MICHAEL ENGLISH CONCERT Tickets are available after all weekend Masses and outside of office hours from 085/8110770 and other local sellers. Concert on Tuesday 5th June, doors open at 7pm and concert at 8pm sharp.

WALK: Pieta House – Darkness into Light Walk is taking place in Listowel on May 12th 2018 at 4.15am.

TOASTMASTERS meet at The Arms Hotel on May 10th at 8pm.

DEATH occurred on the 2nd of May, 2018 in her 99th year of Hannah Sheehy (née McCarthy) of Pilgrim Hill, Kilmorna, wife of the late Jim. Survived by sons Tom and Tony, sisters Noreen and Mary, brothers Tom and Denis, daughters-in-law Eileen and Michelle, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.

Requiem Mass for Hannah was celebrated on Saturday, the 5th of May, in Bridget’s Church, Duagh followed by burial in Springmount Cemetery, Duagh.

DEATH on May 3rd 2018 of David O Brien late of Tanavalla, Listowel, in his 100th year. Sadly missed by his wife Crissie, daughters Joan (O’ Sullivan, Castleisland), Lily (McHugh, Skerries, Co. Dublin), Marie (Corridan, Ennismore, Listowel ) and son Cyril O Brien (Ardee, Co. Louth), sons-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces,and nephews.

DEATH of Paddy Feury , Glenagragra, Glin, on May 1 2018, Predeceased by his brother Michael, and parents John and Mary. Survived by brothers Tom, John and Richard, sisters Mary and Joan; sisters-in-law Margaret and Noreen, brothers-in-law Billy and Pat, nieces, and nephews.

Requiem Mass for Paddy was celebrated in Glin Church on Friday, followed by burial in Kilfergus Cemetery.

DEATH took place on May 2nd 2018 of John Sean Horgan, Upper Athea, Athea. Survived by his wife Nora, sons John, Kevin, Pat and Denis, grandchildren and extended families.

Requiem mass was celebrated for John on Friday. Burial afterwards to Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea.

SYMPATHY To Gerry Woods & family, Knockanure and Connie Nolan & family, Glenalappa on the death of their first cousin Bill Woods, Bronx, USA.

MASS for Marie Kennelly on Monday 7th May at 11am in St. Teresa’s Church, Ballydonoghue.

ANNIVERSARIES: James Relihan, Mary R Kennelly, Tom Scannell, Kay O’Brien Hattley, Jeremiah McCarthy, Paul Dalton, Michael Andrew Beasley O’Flaherty, Mike B Sheehy, Joe Murphy, Agnes Mulvihill, Statia Hanrahan, Sr. Bridie O’Sullivan, Tom Liston, Danny Liston, Josie Golding, Michael Dowling, Darragh Langan, Nora Walsh, Bridger Beaton, Jer Murphy, Joe Faley, Paud Culhane, Tom Sullivan, Molly White, Lar Buckley, Ellen Stack, Tom Paul Stack, Noreen Sweeney, Michael Anthony Ahern, Eileen Keogh, Mass Moyvane: Thurs 10th at 7.30pm for Jerry Brosnan, at the request of the local Cumann Fine Gael; Mass Sat 12th at 7.30pm for Tom O’Flaherty, The Village and Sun 11th at 11.00am mass for David Foley, Kilbaha & deceased members of the Foley & O’Connor families. Mass Sat 12th at 11.00am for First Holy Communion – Scoil Chorp Chríost, and Sun 13th mass at 10.00am for Martha O’Sullivan, Carrueragh.

MASS in Ballydonoghue Church for Marie Kennelly of Lacca on May 7th at 11am.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Second Class pupils in Duagh will make their First Holy Communion in St. Bridgid’s Church on Saturday May 12th at 11am.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE: meeting of the Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group takes place on Tuesday May 8th at 12.30pm. Also Certified Paediatric First Aid for babies, two day course Monday 14th & 21st May 10.30am – 12.30pm. Limited spaces contact Toni Clarke on 068-23584.

MISSION Tarbert; There will be a Parish Mission in honour of Our Lady from the 21st to 26th May.

There will be Mass and Benediction each evening with a guest speaker providing the homily.

Guest speakers are – Fr. Kevin McNamara, Jill Tynan, Rev. Sean Jones, Rev. Bruce Pierce and Elma Walsh.

ST MICHAEL’S Cemetery AHM on 15th May at 7.30pm at St Patrick’s hall.

THE GORTAGLANNA ANNUAL COMMEMORATION: takes place on Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm. People are asked to assemble at Mc Mahon’s Bridge. Guest speaker Councillor Toiréasa Ferris.

CLOTHING COLLECTION IN AID OF MURHUR N.S: bags can be dropped off at the school between 9.30am & 12.30pm daily until the 9th May.

FOOD Nutrition Course (HSE funded) Six week course starting on Monday 14th May 7.30pm-9.30pm in the Parish Hall, Ballylongford. Attendance is free to all. If interested in attending tel. 087-7672172.

Killarney Diabetes Support Group have the HSE Dietitian Ciara McGowan speaking on Wed.16th May in The Deerhunter Suite at the Dromhall Hotel at 8pm. Questions and answers with tea and coffee afterwards. All welcome.

LIVING IN RECOVERY – Irish Olympian and Silver Medallist Ken Egan, Musician Shane McVicker and singer songwriter Cathy C will be sharing their own personal and inspirational recovery stories, on Thur. 10th May in the Community Centre at 8.30pm. Eileen Foley, a local addiction counsellor will be our MC on the night. Admission is Free – Come and sit awhile with friends – There will be some music in the air also. Teas and Coffees in abundance and bring a friend or two of course.

MAY ALTAR tradition of decorating it with wild flowers continues in the parish, visiting the Holy Well was also a popular activity during May. Rosary will be recited at various local Grotto’s during May.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre: Self Care Day : "Tools to manage life’s every day stressors", Offering wellness skills that can be readily incorporated into one’s life to nourish our physical and emotional well-being. Facilitated by Anna O’ Donoghue & Batty Garnett , Sat 26th May, 9.45am-4pm. Contact Anna 0879447105; Adoration Diocesan Committee Annual Retreat Day: Thurs. 31st May, 9.30am-4pm. Phone 0667134276.

RAMBLING House in Knockanure was on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 9 pm in Knockanure Community Centre, a good crowd attended, details on social media.

DAWN Chorus, is wonderful these fine bright mornings, land is drying up fast with the recent heat, breeze and sunshine.

LEARN FROM ME, an exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, launched 6th of April at 3pm in the Heights Hotel Killarney. Dr. Michael Mullins, former professor of sacred scripture at St. Patrick’s college Maynooth launched it. Some poetry readings in honour of the late Fr. Pat Moore also.

CHOOSE LIFE: Again, we bring your attention to this week’s Issue 13 of weekly newsletter for Choose Life 2018. All issues are also available on our diocesan website at www.dioceseofkerry

(Home Page under Diocesan News). Please inform yourself on this important issue.

KDYS Listowel is looking for volunteers aged 18 years and over to get involved in various projects/programs. We are looking for people who would like to get involved with Summer Camps, Youth Café Re Launch and various projects. If you are interested & would like more info please call or text Michelle on (085) 8011172. Book Launch: Learn From Me Fr Con Buckley 06 May.

KERRY Right to Life: On the weekend of the 12/13th May there will be 24 hours adoration for life and for Ireland’s decision in the referendum in the Church of the Resurrection Killarney commencing after 7.30pm evening vigil Mass until 6pm on Sunday May 13th. On Sun 13th May at 7pm there will be a Referendum Information Evening with speakers including Barrister Ben O’Flionn, Declan Ganley and Dr. Siobhan Crowley in the Killarney Heights Hotel. All are welcome to attend this event which is supported by Kerry Right to Life

TALK on Winifred Barrington at NCW Library on May 9th at 11am.

THOUGHT: Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Character is not made in a crisis – it is only exhibited.- Author Unknown.

CYCLE: Remembering Zoë Charity Cycle in association with Abbeyfeale Cycling Club takes place on Sunday May 13th, starting in Abbeyfeale at 9am from Fr. Casey’s GAA Club.

ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY to be held in St. Itas’s Hall Main St. Abbeyfeale on Wed May 9th from 10.30 to 1.30.approx.Dementia is on the increase in Ireland. All funds raised go to services which support people with dementia in your area. Please call in and have a cuppa.


CHOOSE Life 2018 24 hours of Adoration in Abbeyfeale parish over the next 3 Fridays of Prayer for the Protection of the Unborn.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carrig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

BLESSING and Dedication of Padre Pio Sculpture Limerick has been chosen to have one of four nine-foot Padre Pio sculptures carved by Tim Schmalz. It will be installed at St. Saviour’s Dominican Church, limerick during a special Mass of dedication celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy on May 25th at 1pm.

Reducing the risk; HPV infections are mostly spread through direct skin-to-skin contact, usually during sexual activity including oral sex. The risk of HPV infection is higher for people who have had more sexual partners or who started having sex at an earlier age. HPV can be spread between opposite-sex or same-sex partners.

WALK: Pieta House – Darkness into Light Walk is taking place in Listowel on May 12th 2018 at 4.15am. Registration is online only @

CHOIRS will play a crucial role in the liturgical celebrations at the World Meeting of Families. 1,000 seats are being allocated to the choir seats at each mass of the Pastoral Congress and 5,000 seats in the Phoenix Park for the Papal Mass.

DAY of Reflection at Nano Nagle Birthplace, Ballygriffin, Mallow on Wednesday 30th May from 10am – 4pm. Led by Fr Jim Cogley, a psychotherapist and wood turner with nearly 40 years’ experience of healing; Journey of Transformation, the past that is unacknowledged can still influence the present. Bookings to 022-26411 or e-mail: secretary

SEATS STILL AVAILABLE -PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: 14th to 21st June from Shannon to Split Airport. Please contact group leader, Maura Harksen 066 7127143 as soon as possible if you wish to travel.


Evening Herald 1891-current, Monday, June 26, 1978; Page: 7

The Night of the Raid. By J B Keane.

MY PUBLIC house was raided several times by vigilant gardai. I was fined and those found on were fined and that was the end of it. Over the past few weeks in Listowel several other public houses have been raided but that was the end of it too and now the raids are as stale as yesterday’s headlines. The reason, of course, is that there is no writer of ballads in the locality. How different was the immortal raid on Flynn’s public house in the famous village of Knockanure. The raid took place ten years ago but it is still remembered fondly because it was immortalised in verse by Knockanure poet, Willie Finucane. Willie was in Flynn’s when the raid took place. Flynn was caught. He was defended by Listowel solicitor Shay O’Reilly and brought to trial in Tarbert court before district justice Cyril Maguire. But let Willie take up the tale: Have you ever been to a pub, me lads, or have you felt that way;

‘Tis nice to have a pint or two to pass the time away.

Oh if at night ’tis your delight your thirst you bid to cure.

Better watch the clock or you’ll see the dock like the night in Knockanure.

A nice opening. The occasion was New Year’s Eve of nineteen sixty-seven. Spirits were high in Flynn’s and Auld Lang Syne was in full swing but what a cheek I have. Let Willie Finucane proceed in his own inimitable way:

Now the last few hours of sixty-seven were fleeing mighty fast

As we did join in Auld Lang Syne for to make the year go fast.

Our hearts were light, our spirits high, the fun was fresh and pure,

Oh little we thought -that-we were sought at Flynn’s of Knockanure.

Now the alarm went at ten o’clock, a warning-time you see;

The barman shouted at the door "Ten minutes more of glee."

But as the clock ticked on, me boys, ’twas twenty past for sure

And down the lane came Garda Keane to Flynn’s of Knockanure.

Thus Willie Finucane skilfully sets the scent. The air of merriment indoors while danger threatens from the outside. Suddenly there is an imperious knocking at the door. No one in his right mind would dare knock at Flynn’s in such a manner, nobody, that is, but a Guard. The awful certainty begins to dawn upon the revellers. A communication from the outside confirms that it is indeed a Civic Guard on public house duty. The door is opened and the limb of the law is admitted. Here again I have great pleasure in handing over to Willie Finucane:

"Account for those men. The time is past," his voice came through the door.

While we stood like ghosts beside our host, our feet stuck to the floor.

Then nice and mute Flynn spoke the truth Of that you can be sure.

"But for the song they’d be long gone from the valley of Knockanure."

There follows an account of the name-taking of those found on. Some were old lags, veterans of a hundred raids in Listowel, Ballybunion. Tarbert, Moyvane and elsewhere. Others were never caught after hours before. It was a mixed haul. However, every man in that cornered conglomerate gave his name willingly and correctly and showed no disrespect whatsoever to the Civic Guard. ‘He had his duty to do and no man held that against him. In fact at this stage in the ballad Willie has this to say to the men in the blue tunics:

Oh a happy New Year to all the police from here to Templemore,

To your sergeants and inspectors, all ranks of your peaceful corps.

May you banish all crime to the end of time and keep us well secure

‘Though we’ll never forget being caught in the net in Flynn’s of Knockanure.

No bitterness here. No harbouring of old grudges, no festering of old sores. What a much improved world it would be if its occupants would only behave like those gallant victims who fell foul of the law on the last night of nineteen sixty-seven in Flynn’s of Knockanure. About Garda Keane, Willie had the following to say:

And should he return again to the Cross we’ll meet him face to face,

As man to man we’ll sing this song for it is no disgrace.

With a cead mile failte we’ll welcome him back and hope he don’t act poor

For if he had not come no song would be sung of the capture in Knockanure.

The composer now takes us to the court in Tarbert where the case of Flynn versus the State is brought before District Justice Maguire, an impartial and well-loved figure.

Now in Tarbert Court a nice resort, Maguire threw in the ball;

Keane was first to break away. He kicked it with the fall.

But Flavin Mick he done the trick with a daring save for sure And when Reilly caught he drove it back, so ’twas cheers for Knockanure.

His clearance went to Flynn. me lads, the publican is tall,

He fielded high above their heads and soloed with the ball.

From thirty-five ’twas a mighty drive, it ripped the net for sure,

Oh ’twas pot luck as the cobwebs shook in the valleys of Knockanure.

So ends the court scene with a dismissal, but there is no cocksureness in the closing lines of The Raid of Knockanure. It is a wise man who walks easy when his jug is full and this Willie Finucane was content to do. He concludes with a pleasant verse. What a great shame it is that other events of local interest were not recorded by poets of Willie Finucane’s calibre. What new colours and dimensions would be added to the lore of rural Ireland. I hand over once more to Willie:

Oh to all you young Guards I give my regards. May I coach you with this rhyme,

If you learn to sell the dummy your scores will come in time.

If the going is rough just play it tough and take things slow but sure

And we’ll call it a draw within the law in the Valleys of Knockanure.

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