Knockanure Notes – 10th August, 2008

VINTAGE Day in Knockanure is on Sunday August 17th, as usual a full programme of events will be held on the day. A cake sale will be held also, proceeds in aid of the Community Centre. Active retirement day was on Monday August 11th, details from 06 49799.

KNITTING Evening in Moyvane on Tuesday August 12th at 8.30pm.

SEANCHAI Friday afternoon entertainment continues. Seanchai are looking for items on Listowel Races to display during Heritage Week, details from 068 22212.

SIAMSA August programme; Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Oilean Show and on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Clann Lir will be performed. Exhibition of photography for August is called Kerry- A Way of Life.

ST JOHN’S: Thursday 14th An evening with Frankie Lane; Friday 15th , drama In High Germany/ Rum and Vodka, presented by Bewleys Caf=E9 Theatre; Wednesday 20th The Jeff & Vida Bluegrass Band; Thursday 21st Best of Traditional with Jackie Daly and John Faulkner, details from 068 22566.

MASS Rock ‘Poll An Aifrinn’, Keelacloghane Wood, Milltown, on Friday August 15th at 3.30pm, the Rosary will be offered up for the beatification of Fr. Tadhg Moriarty, O.P. and his fellow martyrs, Fr. Conor McCarthy, P.P. and Fr Dermot Francis O’Sullivan, O.F.M. All are welcome.

SEISIUN will be held at the Arms Hotel on Wednesday night Moyvane ICA are attending. Seisiun is on at the Devon Hotel on Thursday night at 9pm.

MOON: Watch for meteor showers as the peak around now; August 16th the full moon will be nearly eclipsed as it rises, the second new moon this month will be on the 30th. Flooding recently caused much upset to farmers along rivers, most animals were eventually found safe.

MASS held last week at the local graveyards was well attended, the evenings were fine for Mass in Knockanure and Ahavoher but it was pouring on the evening of Murhur mass, which was transferred to the Church. Fr McMahon and Fr Lucid celebrated the Masses. Moyvane and Knockanure choir participated and thanks are due to all the people who were involved in the masses and preparing for them. All who keep the graveyards tidy and cut the grass are to be congratulated for their work, long may their community spirit continue.

CONGRATULATIONS to Athea school children who performed so well on WL102 on Friday evening last, they are an example to follow.

BEST Wishes to Sr. Josephine Lynch of Glasha, Athea who recently celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.

SAD to hear that Munster Whole Foods are going into receivership, the prices of all their brands were well below the international brand names.

MARRIAGE too place recently of Maria Molyneaux of Clounmacon and Christopher Cowan of Galway at Listowel Church, Canon Linnane officiated. Best Man was Declan Murry, Groomsman John Cowan. Bridesmaids were Martina Molyneaux and Sinead Buckley. The reception was held at Dromhall Hotel Killarney.

WEDDING took place recently in Abbeyfeale Church of Aine Murphy of Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale and Michael Reidy of Upper Athea, the ceremony was performed by Fr Madden P.P. Athea. Bridesmaids were Sadie Reidy, Tracy Mulvihill, Helena Fitzgerald and Niamh O Connor. Best man was Diarmuid O Connor and groomsmen were Mark, Padraig and Timmy Reidy. The bride is daughter of Liam and Joan Murphy and the groom is son of Paudie Reidy and Margaret Woulfe. The reception was held at the Arms Hotel.

MOYVANE born woman Celine Kennelly recently received an award for her dedicated service for undocumented people in the U.S. Celine is daughter of Anna Maria and Timmy Kennelly.

FESTIVALS: Small local festivals could not compete with the extravagance of super events, but for the local community they are a treasure, which cannot be replicated anywhere else. It is sad to see a report in the papers from a manager in Failte Ireland saying its no good advertising to people already in |Kerry, who told the manager so. We all know that great numbers of our friends and relations call to see us and time their holidays at local festival time.

EVENTS: Medjugorje Prayer meeting was held at St Patrick’s Hall on Monday August 11th at 8.10pm; Afternoon of Prayer will be held at Scartaglen Church on Sunday 17th of August starting at 2.45pm; Enable Ireland collection in Tralee on August 15th; Escort Owners Club are holding their 40th event in Killarney from August 23rd to 24th; Blessing with St Padre Pio’s mitt takes place in the Church of the Resurrection, Killarney on August 18th after 7.30pm mass; Clounmacon Pilgrimage to Knock is on Wednesday August 20th , details from 068 21773; Feile Lios Tuathail Irish Night will be held at the Racecourse Bar on August 14th at 9.30pm; Munster Cycle in aid of Enable Ireland takes place from 14th to 17th of August, details from 021 429 4434; Rose of Tralee Festival runs from Friday 22nd to Tuesday 26th; Festival of Kerry Historical Exhibition at Tralee Library begins August 16th; Heritage Week begins on August 24th; Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society are having a trip to Skellig Michel on Sunday August 17th , departing at 9.30am, details from 066 7121200; Padraig O Keeffe of Sliabh Luachra will be recalled on RTE Radio One on Wednesdays at 9pm;

Youth 2000 Festival will take place near the ancient ruins of the Clonmacnois monastic site in Co Offaly for young people aged 16 – 35 from Thursday to Sunday, August 14th to 17th, buses available from around the country. Contact 01 675 3690 or check website ; Tramore races begin on August 14th, local man Pat Joe Stack went to Tramore races every year for 26 years and stayed at the same lodgings;

All Ireland Fleadh will be held at Tullamore from 22nd to 24th of August; Heart Saver first response training will be held at the Gables Athea on August 25th from 6.30pm to 10pm; Kingdom harvest Fair will be held at Kingdom Co-Op Mart on Sunday August 31st ; Amnesty International with Gael Force West and ACARA are involved in Ireland’s Largest Adventure Races on 23 and 24 August in Westport, Co. Mayo. Amnesty supporters are wanted to join in this year. Open Day at Ardfert Retreat Centre on September 8th.

KERRYMAN of August 7th 1948 snippets; Aer Lingus flew 1.000 eggs a day to London for the duration of the Olympics; Record August Bank Holiday crowds at all resorts, caravans of Puck Fair bound itinerants slowed traffic in South Kerry; Proud grandmother aged 91 years attends grandson Fr Donal O Sullivan CSSP Mass, he was ordained recently in Rome, his uncle a professor at St Brendan’s killed in the war; 28 year old James Stack of Coolkeragh son of Patrick and late Mrs Stack drowned in England; John Ahern of Moyvane selected as Fine Gael candidate for the coming council elections; Charles O Connor of Ballylongford appointed Town Clerk; Pallaskenry Agricultural College opened by James Dillon, Taoiseach coming to Killarney; Bomb found at St Peters; Memorial to IRA man Thomas Healy unveiled; Big report on the International gathering of 500 Boy Scouts in Listowel, they were up at 7.30am and had a full days activities till 9.30pm lights out; Advance made by the ESB over past 21 years described as stupendous; Ballylongford GAA receive money from America; Departures arranged by Slattery Travel, J. D. Cain Listowel, Miss Mary Moriarty of Coolard, Edward O Connor of Bridge Road, James Dowd of Coolbeha, Patrick Kissane of Kilcox, John McElligott of Gunsboro, Michael Cronin of Ballybunion, etc,etc; High quality coal was mined at Rathea and Mount Coal; Division of bogs in Colkeragh, Tullamore and Monevenlagh Knockanure to be investigated; Farmer killed when horse bolted near Tralee; A man got jail for receiving parts of bicycle and a fine was imposed for taking a car without permission; Family Vault near Berlin broken into twice.

VOWS: Edmund Rice and his six brothers made triple vows on August 15th 1808.

Clann na Talmhan was established on Aug. 15th 1938.

CENSUS: Library and Archive Canada now have a searchable data base for their 1881 Census at www,

BOOK on the Ahern brothers of Athea is now available locally; 100 years ago they were unbeatable athletes. Tim won an Olympic Gold medal and Dan won eight American Championships over a twelve year period. Over the years of the games Ireland won 8 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze. Early Olympic Medals for Ireland; 1900 High Jump 1.78m Pat Leahy, he also got Bronze in the Long Jump of 6.95m also at the same games John Flanigan got Gold in the Hammer at 51.01m; In 1904 John Daly got Silver, John Flanagan Gold Tom Kiely also got Gold; 1908 Con Leahy got silver, Tim Aherne Gold, Denis Horgan Silver and John Flanagan Gold. Ireland had more successes before we started pouring money into councils.

OLYMPICS: The opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics was a very spectacular affair; it will inspire artists for many years to come. A pity so few athletes participated in the ceremony, they were minding themselves for the games, our competitors seemed to be everywhere except staying at the Athletic Village in Beijing. The Olympic Games were revived in 1896, many of the games are remembered because of the achievements of particular competitors, Dr Pat O Callaghan won the Hammer Throw in 1928 and 1932, Dr O Callaghan could jump 6ft 2in weighing 17stone, also in 1932 Bob Tisdale won the 400 metres; Berlin 1936 Jesse Owens stood out; London 1948 saw Fanny Blankers-Koen of Holland who ran 11 races in 8 days and won four gold medals; for us the Melbourne Games and Ronnie Delaney 1500 meters win was unforgettable.

VOLUNTEERS wanted for work in Kenya, details from 086 8520 271.

WALK: Assemble at Newcastle West Railway Station, Bishop Court, Newcastle West at 3pm on August 24th for a 3 mile walk along old railway line to visit Ardagh Chalice site with option of ‘loop return’ to Newcastle West by road [5 miles] or via rail-trail, details from 069 61121.

THOUGHT: Who is it that has helped you most? Has it not been those who believed in you? Perhaps there may be few such left. The light of expectation may have died out of the most friendly and hopeful eyes; and you yourself may have lost heart. Ah! but there is still One whose faith in you has never wavered, Arthur John Gossip.

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DEATH took place in California on 28th of July `08 of Bill Fuller who was born near Kilflynn in 1917. Requiem Mass for Bill will be celebrated at noon on Monday August 18th in Lixnaw Church.

ANNIVERSARIES: Pat Shine, Mrs Michael Goulding, Con Brosnan, Mick Finucane, Pat Carmody, Sr. Ellen Cunningham, Sr. Hanora Moriarty, Mary Anne Keane, Kate Devane, Denis Sheahan, Nula Gould, Mary Enright, 17 lost their lives on the Shannon 1893, Pope Paul VI died in August 1978; Mass on Thursday 14th at 8pm for James Mahony; Mass on Saturday 16th at 8pm for Maurice O Connor; Sunday Mass at 10am in Knockanure for Dick, Peggy and John Sheehan and the 11am Mass in Moyvane is for Pat Collins.

FEAST of the Assumption Friday 15th Mass in Knockanure at 10am and Moyvane at 11am.

ADORATION: Moyvane on Sunday from 4pm to 5pm , Wednesday 10am to 7pm and Knockanure on Tuesday 10am to 6pm.

READERS: Linda Kennelly, Catriona Collins, Jerry Duggan, Margaret Flaherty, Kathy Kennelly and Mary Fitzgerald.