Knockanure Notes – 1st February, 2009

COMMUNITY Centre Knockanure; Parent & Toddler Group meet every Thursday from 10am to 12 noon. New members welcome 068 49799.Community Centre Knockanure, Sewing Classes with Dress Designer Karen Moriarty was due to start on Thursday January 29th, Alterations and tuition on the Use of Sewing Machines, enquires to (068) 49799.Computer Course for beginners, may be held at the Centre shortly. Anyone interested, please contact the Centre on (068) 49799 or 086 8392787. The class can only be held if we have sufficient numbers.

KNITTERS: Moyvane ICA knitting evening at the Marian Hall at 8pm on Tuesday 3rd Feb. All Knitters are invited to attend.

MEETING: Moyvane Knockanure Community games. meeting in the Marion Hall on Tuesday Feb. 3rd at 8.30pm. All members are asked to turn up.

THOMAS Moore Exhibition is now open at the Library in Tralee.

CONGRATULATIONS to the local badminton team on achieving Gold in the County Finals and to Timmy Flaherty on his Bronze medal in the Solo Instrument. Also well done to the U13 Indoor soccer team who participated in the county finals.

ST BRIDGET’S Crosses made by Margaret Carmody were available for Parishioners at Knockanure Church on Sunday last.

ENROLMENT in National Schools is now taking place.

Knockanure NS Any parent who intends to send their child to Scoil Chorp Chriost, Knockanure is asked to ring the school now as we are trying to establish our numbers for next year. Enrolment takes place later. Please ring the school between 1-3pm, any day 068 49130.

JOBS: Is it time that the minimum wage was abandoned, any job is better than sitting at home watching TV, planning is still delaying jobs the civil servants are quick to talk about cuts for others, it is high time to cut the paperwork and red tape which cause unnecessary unemployment ; As part of its Volunteering Options Programme, Comhl=E1mh is holding an information evening for people who are thinking about volunteering overseas in developing countries. The evening will take place in Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, O’Connell Street, from 6 to 7.30 pm on 5 February.

NOW is the ideal time for people on social welfare to contribute their bit to society by collecting and saving folklore.

GOING Abroad, contact the Irish centres which are active in many of the principal cities, London Kerry Association can be contacted at 44 (0) 7939 017022.

RADIO Training Course organised by Radio Kerry is about to begin, details from 066 719 1217.

HEARING help event will run for 8 weeks starting on Friday 6th Feb from 11am to 1pm at Deaf hear .ie 1st floor 4 Henry Street Limerick Topics include Hearing Aids, Coping Strategies, Assistive Technology, Learning the skill of lip reading, Assertiveness Training, details from Geraldine 069 467494.

EU are reintroducing export refunds in an effort to stabilise milk prices.

AGM of Knockanure GAA was held recently; Presidents, Jackie McMahon, Fr Tom McMahon, Fr Brendan O Callaghan, and Fr John Lucid. Chairman Gerard Greaney, , Vice Chairman Patsy Lane, Secretary Joe Enright, Assistant Secretary Fergus O Keeffe, Treasurer Ann Woods, Scor Officer Kathy Finucane, Public Relations Officer Denis Meehan, Development Officer Tom McMahon, County Board Delegate Patsy Lane, North Kerry Board Delegates Patsy Lane, Michael Woods and Gerard Greaney.

EVENTS: Farmers Market is held in Listowel and Abbeyfeale every Friday morning; The 50th anniversary of the staging of Sive in Listowel was due to be remembered at John B’s Pub on Monday Feb. 2nd with excepts from the play; St Senan’s Drama Group present Kevin’s Bed at their Clubhouse on Feb. the 4th, details from 068 48238; Rambling House is open in Finuge on Friday 6th of Feb. at 9pm; Feile Feabhra will begin in Lixnaw on Friday night Feb. 6th , Music and singing competitions begin on Sunday 8th at 2pm; Singing Classes are being held in Ballylongford by Mary Mulvihill starting on Feb. 4th at 4.45pm, details from 087 6228 766; Coursing in Clonmel continues to 4th of Feb.; Toastmasters will meet at the Desmond Complex on Wednesday night Feb. 4th ; WL 102 Radio Irish Music Awards night will be held at the Devon Hotel on Monday Feb. 9th; Ireland v France at Croke Park in Rugby on Feb. 7th; At the INEC, Tommy Fleming Feb. 7th and the All Ireland Dance Championship at INEC runs from 7th to 15th of Feb.; The 33rd Annual Clounmacon Social will be held on Feb.14th ;Active Retirement Group in Listowel has resumed their meetings in St. Patrick’s Hall every Tuesday between 2.30 and 4.30pm. New members welcome; Lifesaving Classes in Athea, the CFR Committee wish to invite willing volunteers to attend the Irish Heart Foundation basic life support training; Phase 1: Basic Life Support Skills, at the Gables, Monday, February 9th, 7-9.30pm, more information from on 066 7184137; John Lonergan will give a talk at Killarney Community College on Monday 9th of Feb. starting at 8pm, all are welcome; Information for employers and the law will be given at Fels Point Hotel in Tralee on Friday Feb. 6th starting at 9am, details from 061 410 411; Racing on Tuesday night will resume at Tralee Greyhound track on Feb. 10th, they have a new tote system in operation now; Samaritans will have an information evening at their Moyderwell Office in Tralee on Wednesday Feb. 11th at 8pm; On the 2nd Wednesday of each month The Miscarriage Association will meet at Duagh Family Resource Centre at 7.30pm; Phil Coulter will present his show at Abbeyfeale Church on Feb. 13th; Teagasc have will hold a tillage seminar at Ballyroe Hotel on Tuesday Feb. 10th at 8pm; Teagasc National Bioenergy Conference will be held at Thurles at the Horse and Jockey on Feb. 5th starting at 9.30am; Feb. 11th FIFA World Cup Qualifier Ireland v Georgia; In Hurling Kerry meet Wexford on Feb. 8th; Soccer, U21 Republic of Ireland v Germany on Feb. 10th; The Bernard O Callaghan memorial cup was raised to great acclaim by Listowel Emmets on Sunday Jan. 25th in Moyvane Sports field, the cheering and exuberance could be heard three miles away in Knockanure; Community Games Moyvane Knockanure under 15 badminton team had a great win in the County Final recently;

Tarbert Community IT Access Centre will be commencing Computer Courses shortly, Courses include Basic, Intermediate, Advanced Computers, Internet and E mail, One to One Tuition, ECDL and Digital Photography. For Info call 068 36938. THANKS: The Irish Wheelchair Association wish to thank all who supported their recent church Gate Collection . It came to ?709.

YOUTHREACH: Listowel Youthreach are now recruiting for students out of school aged 15-20. Phone 06823744.

HEARING: Deaf Hear. ie A 10 week Hearing Help and Lip reading programme will start in Listowel at the Family Resource Centre, Upper Church St. on Thursday 19th Feb from 11am to 1pm, all are welcome, phone Marion on 064 6620052.

QUIZ: Credit Union Quiz for National Schools was held in the Presentation Convent Hall on Friday last Jan. 30th `09, Knockanure children competing were Daren Doody, Carol Clancy, Padraig Dowling and David McElligott. This is the first time for Knockanure School competing in the Quiz, they received no prize, but it is a great learning experience for the children taking part, pity a teacher training course in Killarney clashed with the event.

ST JOHN’S for Feb.; Tuesday 3rd Oliver Twist, presented by the Love and Madness Theatre, London; Charity Concert in aid of the Niall Melon Fund will be held on Thursday Feb. 5th; Friday 6th Jim Page singer songwriter; Monday 9th a film called The Pope’s Toilet; Tuesday 10th Humble Boy a comedy by Charlotte Jones; Wednesday 11th Muriel Anderson who plays everything from folk to bluegrass; Elayne O Connor of Knocknagoshel will exhibit her paintings during February. Sive will open on Feb. 16th.

SIAMSA: To mark their four year honors degree at IT Tralee in Folk Studies students will present a show at Siamsa on Wednesday Feb. 4th at 11am and 8pm; Thursday Feb. 5th Siamsa will have a film at 2pm for retired people and Nancy Griffith in Concert on Feb. 10th, details from 066 7123055.

LECTURE on Rock Art will be given at the Library in Tralee by Dr. Muiris O Sullivan on Tuesday Feb. 10th at 8pm.

INFORMATION Sought on the Knockanure Band which was organised in Fr Keanes time, members of the band included; William, Jack and Tim, Flaherty, Jack Dunne,? Flavin, Hugh Goulding, Tom Kelliher, Paddy Keane Crey a drummer, Assistant drummer Tom Murphy, Michael Kelliher Kettle Drum, Mick Madigan Kettle Drum, Woulfe was a great flute player.

BEREAVEMENT support programme for adults will start at St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Thursday 5th Feb. at 7.30pm and continue on the following Thursday nights, all are welcome for information please contact Sr. Elizabeth 068 51984, Sr. Delia 068 31203.

THOUGHT: It is hard enough, even with the best will in the world, to be just. It is hard, under the pressure of haste, uneasiness, ill-temper, self-complacency, and conceit, to continue intending justice. Power corrupts; the “insolence of office” will creep in. We see it so clearly in our superiors; is it unlikely that our inferiors see it in us? How many of those who have been over us did not sometimes (perhaps often) need our forgiveness? Be sure that we likewise need the forgiveness of those that are under us, Clive Staples Lewis.

WE Complain about visiting restrictions in local hospitals spare a thought for the people Zimbabwe who have the worst cholera epidemic in Africa, with 50,000 infected by the disease. China has reported the fourth death in recent weeks from bird flu.

RECOVERY: The American government have included funds for family planning services to the value $825 million in their economic recovery package. Media reports that 33 pro-abortion groups have sent over 50 pages of demands to the new American President.

FULL Moon is on Feb. 9th ; International Space Station can be seen till Feb. 14th;

ENERGY: Michelin are to install 147,000 square metre of solar panels in their factory at Piedmont in Italy, it will be the biggest array of solar panels in the EU. Wind power was providing a third of our electricity on the morning of Jan. 10th `09. Wind energy is expected to provide 325,000 jobs in the EU by 2020.Energy summit in Abu Dhabi recently attracted 15,000 delegates. Energy Minister Eamon Ryan has agreed to join the International Renewable Energy Agency.

HOUSE: One day theoretical workshop in Dublin with Andy Wilson will look at simple house design and construction, with the emphasis on very low cost construction using natural and recycled materials. The starting point is the premise that a home should be affordable, pleasant to live in, and should have the lowest possible environmental impact. Bookings at 01 674 5773.

MOOREPARK: had an open day in early January they were trying new systems of heifer rearing, principle aim was to achieve high bodyweight with the least effort. They are experimenting also with out-wintering on kale and rape.

SCHOOLS: The National Parents Association of Vocational Schools and Community Colleges Congress `09 will be held at the Meadowlands Hotel from 27th to 28th of Feb. All the local schools have been invited to get involved. This is also election year for the members of the Association. Kerry Education Service have about 1.000 employees and it takes four people to process their pay.

Amazon are expected to tell us about Kendle 2 on Feb. 9th `09.

CONGRATULATIONS to Michael and Niamh Ambrose of Lower Dirreen who won E14,000 in the Athea Lucky Numbers draw.

HAPPY 80th birthday to Monty Leahy of Clounmacon.

LECTURE was given on Feb. 4th 1918 at the Carnegie Library in Listowel by James O Neill librarian at the National University of Ireland. The title of the lecture was Distinguished Irishmen. Among the people mentioned on the night was St Brendan born 484, who took the place of the official bard at the inauguration of the first Christian king of Cashel in 570; St Carthach who became Bishop of Kilmore was of a Kerry family, he established a school where 800 students got instruction. In the Muster Rolls of Irish Officers in France Mr. O Neill found Thomas Fitzmaurice born at Listowel in 1735; Mathew Count Conway born Kerry 1771; Michael McElligott of Listowel; John O Connor of Killarney; Andrew Fagan and Jeremiah O Falvey, Oliver Harty, Maurice O Kennedy all of Kerry, and Sir John O Sullivan was with Prince Charles Edward in the Jacobite attempt in Scotland in 1747; Count Daniel O Connell 1745-1833 was a cousin of Daniel O Connell. At one time there were over 30 Irish Generals in the Austrian Army; names included Fitzgerald, O Donnell, Taaffes, Nugents, O Donnell and Connell. Moritz O Connell was Chamberlain to the Imperial Court in Austria for 59 years. Sir Michael Trant was made governor of Oporto , he died at Essex in 1839. Other well known people with Kerry connections include Tom Moore, Daniel O Connell, J. J. McCarthy an architect, James Franklin Fuller artist and writer, Eoghan O Rahilly born 1700, Pierce Ferriter died 1653, Owen Roe O Sullivan, Geoffrey O Donoghue, Fr Dinneen, Hugh Kelly dramatist died 1777, Richard Cantillon died c 1734, Bartholomew Dowling born in Listowel c 1823 was editor and writer, Mrs Mary Downing, Richard Leyne born 1820, Henry O Brien born 1808, Dominic Daly died 1662, William Maunsell Hennessy died 1889, Mrs Ellen Fitzsimons, O Donoghue of the Glens in politics 1858-1868 and Douglas Hyde has Kerry blood. Harman Blennerhassett a Kerryman had a lifetime of misfortune, he went to America in 1726 with his wife to be Margaret Agnew, and he eventually died in the Channel Islands leaving his wife and two children in poverty.

RETREAT: The Annual Parish Retreat will take place at the Ardfert Retreat Centre on Sunday February 15th. For further details and booking, please contact Nodie Brosnan (49352), Julia Stack (49401), or Bridie Shine (49103). Fr Pat Ahern will have a workshop with Ministers of the Word at Ardfert Retreat Centre on 7th of Feb, details from 066 7134 276.

ADORATION: Moyvane Sunday 4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 10am to 7pm and Knockanure Tuesday 10am to 6pm.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary to pray for priests takes place every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Bon Secours Chapel.

SUPPORT for these who are bereaved is available at Ballyloughran Leisure Centre from 8pm to 9pm on Tuesday Feb. 3rd, more information from 068 23429.

DEATH: Jimmy Loughnane former Postman of Ballygolouge Park, Listowel, died on January 26th `09, he was predeceased by his wife Teresa and is survived by his daughters, sons, brothers and sisters. Jimmy Loughnane was laid to rest at St Michaels Churchyard Listowel on Thursday 29th of January `09 following Requiem Mass in Listowel Church.

DEATH: John “Jack” Fitzmaurice, 79, of Danbury,CT died Sept. 16, 2008, at New Milford Hospital. He was married for 43 years to the late Ellen (Kelly) Fitzmaurice. Jack was born May 11, 1929, in Brosna, he was son of the late William and Ellen (Daly) Fitzmaurice. He Joined the army here and went to America in 1954 and was among to last to enter through Ellis Island. Jack was a great supporter of Danbury, CT. John A Gildea Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; by the way the Division is holding their 50th St Patrick’s Day Ball on March 14th `09.

DEATH took place on Friday January 23rd `09 in Swaziland of Fr Pat Ahern a native of Ballyline, he was one of the oldest serving member of the Salesian Order. He was laid to rest in his Parish at Manzini. Fr Pat is survived by his sisters Anne, Joan and Maura, brothers John Francis, Dan and Neily.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jer Woods, Bill Buckley, Nell Kiely, Eileen Ahern, Ann Kelly, Charley Bartishell, Jack McGuire, John Keane, Nora Behan, Maureen Kennelly, Catherine Halpin, Michael Reidy, Maurice Enright, Kieran O Sullivan, Celia Mahony, Mary Rathay. Mon. 2nd Feb. The Presentation of The Lord. Blessing of Candles, Mass at 7.30pm for Fr. Michael Hanrahan; Tues. 3rd Feast of St. Blaise Blessing of throats ,Mass at 7.30pm for the deceased members of The Flaherty Family, Mass in Knockanure at 10.00am;Wed. 4th 7.30pm Months Mind Mass for Mary Keane; Thurs. 5th 7.30pm at Knockanure Mass for James Lynch & Jack Lynch; Fri. 6th at 7.30pm First Friday for Mass Patrick & Margaret McEnery & son Denis; Sat. 7th 7.30pm Mass for Tom & Una O’Sullivan; Sun. 8th 10.00am Mass in Knockanure is for Patrick & Mary Teresa Kennelly and the 11.00am Mass in Moyvane is for Helen Roche.

FIRST Friday of the Month, Usual Communion Rounds, Knockanure in the morning and Moyvane in the afternoon. READERS: Vigil =DAna Fitzmaurice & Elaine Hudson; 11.00am Paul & Anthony Kiely.

CANDLEMASS Day. Contributions welcome for Church Candles.

ROSARY will be recited on First Fridays at 7.15pm before mass for vocations. We would appeal to as many people as possible to attend. Diocesan Collection last weekend was for Lourdes Helpers.

LITURGY Group Meeting will be held in the Presbytery on Wednesday 4th Feb. at 8pm.

RETREAT: The Annual Parish Retreat will take place at the Ardfert Retreat Centre on Sunday February 15th. For further details and booking, please contact Nodie Brosnan (49352), Julia Stack (49401), or Bridie Shine (49103). GUITAR & Singing lessons for beginners, more information from Elaine at 087 2884869.

ARDFERT Workshop for Ministers of the Word This will take place on Saturday, February 7th from 10am – 4.30pm, phone 066 7134276. Day will be conducted by Fr Pat Ahern. SICK: International Day of the Sick Mass with a special blessing for the sick and their carers will take place in St. John’s Church on Wednesday, February 11th at 2pm. All welcome.

SPIRIT: Seminars on finding the Spirit will take place for 7 Wednesdays at St Brendan’s Pastoral Centre, Tralee starting on Wednesday, February 4th from 7.30pm – 9pm, all are welcome, telephone 066 7125462.

RESTING Spaces: Meditation – a way of life – will take place at St. Brendan’s Pastoral Centre, Tralee on Saturday, February 14th from 10am – 4pm. For further information & booking, contact Sylvia Thompson at 066 7137484, this is being organised by the Kerry Christian Meditation Groups.

MEDJUGORJE Pilgrimage begins on May 1st via Kerry Airport, details from 066 7122267.

MISSIONS: The Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver will be in this parish on 7/8 February to appeal on behalf of the missions. They will tell us about their work and will be grateful for your support.

YOUNG Priest Society will meet at Listowel New Sacristy on Friday Feb. 6th after 7.30pm Mass.

Best Wishes to Sean Maher of Smearla Bridge who was due to be ordained Deacon at Boston on Saturday January 31st.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto Results for 30th Jan. `09 numbers drawn were 8-16-17-21, No Winner of E2,200 Jackpot. Lucky Dips went to: Richard Horgan, Kilmorna; Cathal Dennehy ,Duagh; Betty Heaphy, Listowel; Noelle Clancy, Knockanure; J.J. Clancy, Knockanure; Darragh Fitzpatrick, c/o Gerard Greaney; Bar Prize John Joe Barry; Next Weeks Jackpot E2,300.