Knockanure Notes — 10th April, 2016

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre was on Monday 11th April 2016. Music by Stevie Donegan . New members especially welcome, please ring office on 068 49799.

GAA Goalkeeping Workshop. Activities to Develop the Gaelic Football Goalkeeper
This workshop will be delivered by inter county goalkeeping coach Joby Costello. The practical workshop will take place on Tuesday April 12th in Moyvane G.A.A. Grounds at 7pm.

CYCLONE: St. John’s Parish Centre, Tralee. Talk by local man Fr. Dan Ahern on Wednesday 13th April 7.30pm. Cyclone Winston, took over 40 lives and has left tens of thousands of people homeless. The Columban missionaries, have been working in Fiji since 1951. Fr. Dan worked in Fiji for forty years.

GREAT response to roadside cleaning in the district, now that the road margins are clear of rubbish, please be thoughtful and keep that bottle or carton in the car.

ARD CURAM was official opened on Friday last, many from the parish, go to the facility several days a week, they may need help with transport shortly.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto results Friday 8th April.No winner this week. The numbers drawn were 1 – 2 – 20 – 30. Lucky dip winners: Tom O’Connell, Woodford, Listowel; Timmy Horgan, Trien;
Pat Sheehy & Mary O’Brien, c/o O’Brien’s Bar, Duagh; Annmarie Scanlon, Upper Athea,; Mary Holly, 9 St. Brendan’s Terrace, Listowel. Next draw on Friday 15th with a jackpot of 13200 euro.

ANNIVERSARIES: Dick Collins, Fr. Tom Moore, Michael Lyons, Josie Stack, Mary Quinn, Kate Flaherty, Mary O’Shea, Sr. M Paul Bunce, Jerry O Driscoll, Peter Carmody, Brendan Carr, Paddy O’Connor, Bridie Liston, Lily O’Connor, Imelda Collins, Ita Danaher, Michael Cunningham, Margaret Sheehy, Dawn Murphy, Hannah Sheridan, Rena McAuliffe, Tom Walsh, Joan O’Connor, Chris O Connor, Davie Dillon. Mass in Moyvane; Mon 11th at 7.30pm for Nora King (nee Mulvihill), Leitrim Middle & Chicago,(Rec Dec) Funeral took place in Chicago. Wed 13th at 7.30pm for Mai Quinn, Leitrim West
Sat 16th at 7.30pm for Richard Stack. Clounbrane. Sun 17th at 11.00am for John Shanahan, Kilbaha
& Dec Members of the Egan & Shanahan Families. Knockanure Mass Sun 17th at     10.00am for Parishioners

GOOD RESPONSE: Many thanks to those who came forward in Knockanure willing to get involved in various Ministries.  If there is anyone else willing to do so please contact Fr Kevin 087/6099930 or the Parish Office 068/49308 before Thursday 14th April.  I do really appreciate your encouragement and support.

20TH ANNIVERSARY of Moyvane Development Association, Nature Trail through the local Wood, was marked recently by planting more trees.

SICK; We remember the sick who did their best when they were able, we have not forgotten you.

SYNOD: Limerick Diocesan Synod held Friday/Saturday/Sunday April  8 -10 in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Up to 400 delegates will attend. This is first Synod in Ireland in fifty years.

PARKINSON’S Awareness Week runs from 10th to 16th April 2016 .There are approximately 650 people in the Mid-West who suffer with Parkinson’s disease.

COFFEE MORNING: on the 15th April in Christy’s Bar, Listowel from 10am – 1pm in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE:  The Fleadh takes place this year from Thursday, April 28 – Monday, May 2 next.  The celebrity concert on Sunday night is sponsored by Kostal Gmbh Mountmahon and is headlined by Mary Black.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY Tarbert –Professor Dr John Coolahan will give a talk on “The Role of Pádraig Pearse as teacher and educator” in the Bridewell on Saturday 16th April at 8pm.  Everybody welcome.

PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL: are holding a Bingo Fundraiser on Sunday, 24th April 2016 in the School Hall at 3.00p.m. The Jackpot is €1,000. All welcome!

VOCATION SUNDAY was celebrated on Sunday last.

ICA COLLECTION:  raised €1,860 from their Daffodil selling & serving tea at Bingo in the Marian Hall.  They wish to thank all who contributed so generously and all who helped.

HOUSE OF MERCY:  Pope Francis has proposed that a hospital, a home for the
elderly, for abandoned children, a home for recovery of addicts or some similar structure be established in every Diocese as a living memory of the Year of Mercy.

MEDJUGORJE MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING  in the Listowel Parish Meeting  Room on  Monday 11th  at 7.30pm.

LISTOWEL AREA PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING: incorporating the parishes of Listowel, Lixnaw, Duagh & Moyvane taking place at the Presbytery, Listowel on Thursday night next, 14th April at 8.00 p.m.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET:  The monthly car boot sale and indoor market held to raise funds to keep WL102fm on air will take place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday, April 17 with gates opening 7.30am.

NEW:  Caroline Stack (nee Browne, daughter of Helen and Pat) now a qualified driving instructor “Learn with Caroline”, anyone wishing to contact Caroline phone 087-8382255.

WALKING /strolling/jogging group meets at the hall Athea each Monday and Wednesday night at 7.30pm. Both men and women are very welcome – all you need are ‘high-vis’ jackets.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE Saturday, 30th April from 9.45am to 4.00pm. Self Care Day:  Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness. Contact: Betty Garnett at 0872498061 or ref: Attached is a copy of Brochure and Workshop Agenda for your information. Year of Mercy: A Course on Faith by Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesday, 13th April at 7.00pm. Enneagram: Friday, April 22nd – Sunday, April 24th. Contact 066 7134276. Capacitar: Saturday, 30th April, 9.45am-4.00pm. Self Care Day: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness. Contact: Betty Garnett 0872498061. Ref:

FITNESS: Dingle Running & Fitness Festival will take place from April 22nd to April 24th 2016!
5km , 10km , 10 mile races! Kids fun runs & events. Guest speakers. Cooking Demos and
Fun events for the whole family.

TELEPHONE SUPPORT:  TeenLine is open 8pm-11pm every night. If you’ve had a bad day or need to talk to someone who will listen FreePhone 1800833634 or text Teen to 50015.  Samaritans can be reached 24 hours a day, every day on 1850 609090.

FUNDRAISER FOR NEW BOXING CLUB: “Be inspired to take the next step in achieving your dreams and desires in the world of sport, personal health and wellness.”   Power Lifting World Champion Patricia O’Halloran and her mentor and coach Strongman Champion Kevin Murray will give a presentation on ‘A holistic approach to fitness’ at the Adult Education Centre (Old Tech) Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale on Saturday, April 16 from 7 – 9.30pm” call Dennis 087 6843070.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY COMMITTEE:  An invitation to new members has been issued by the committee.  If you would like to get involved please contact Toddy 087 2029395.

WHAT IS SOCIAL FARMING:  Are you interested in learning more about Social Farming? There is an information workshop for anyone who might be interested including farmers, service providers, and service users & their parents, on Thursday, April 28 from 10am – 1pm in West Limerick Resources offices. Call 06966293 for further information.

ART CLASSES  on oil painting, starting on the 14th April at 7.30pm in the Shakti wellness center in St Ita’s Road in Abbeyfeale, please contact me at 087 1538884.

VOLUNTEER WITH SAGE SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY SERVICE FOR OLDER PEOPLE. Sage needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings. Sage will provide QQI accredited training and ongoing support. For more information call 086 183 1428, email [email protected] or see

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE: The Parents Plus Teenage Programme will commence shortly at the Centre.  This programme is aimed at parents getting to know and connecting with their teenager, managing conflict, negotiating rules and boundaries etc. The Parents Plus Programmes for parents of 1-6 yr. olds and 6-11 yr. olds will also commence shortly places still available on all programmes. Microsoft Excel. Names are currently being being taken for a short course in Mircosoft Excel to include spreadsheets etc, will commence shortly at the Centre. The monthly meeting of the Alzheimer Carers Support Group will be held at the Centre on Tuesday. April 12 at 12.30pm. New members welcome. A coffee morning to discuss the upcoming Parent Plus Programmes for parents of children 0-6, 6-11, and teenagers will take place at Listowel Family Resource Centre on on Wednesday 13th April at 10 am. All parents interested in attending a Parents Plus Programme are invited to attend.  Further details from Bridie/Jean.   068-23584.
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STRICTLY COME DANCING HITS ABBEYFEALE:  – it’s all happening in the Devon Inn on Sunday, May 8 with doors opening 6.30pm.  The dancers are in training and it’s going to be a great night with all funds collected going to Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights and the Town Park.

ART CLASSES  on oil painting, starting on the 14th April at 7.30pm in the Shakti wellness center in St Ita’s Road in Abbeyfeale, please contact me at 087 1538884.

CHARITY Car and Tractor Road Run in aid of The Butterfly Club – West Limerick Branch. Being held on Sunday 12th June 2016 in Athea Co Limerick.

SEAI’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.

POETRY: Two of Ireland’s new generation of poets have been named joint winners of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016. The Award will be presented on the opening night of Éigse Michael Hartnett in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, on Thursday (April 14, 2016) to John McAuliffe from Listowel, County Kerry for his collection ‘The Way In’ and to Doireann Ní Ghríofa from Kilnamona, Co Clare, for her collection ‘Clasp’. This year’s line-up includes Colum McCann, Donal Ryan, Rita Ann Higgins, Michael Coady, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Jane Clarke, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Mike MacDomhnaill, Jo Slade, Mary Hartney, Míchéal Rowsome and the Stanzas.

KERRY FILM FESTIVAL.  – SILVER SCREENING AT SIAMSA TIRE THEATRE.  On April 12th at 2pm – “Witness for the Prosecution” –  A thriller set in U.S.A in 1957 with Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich.

CARRY A DONOR CARD.  Organ donation has resulted in over 5500 transplant operations in Ireland – 4150 Kidney – 330 Heart – 850 Liver – 150 Pancreas and 100 Lung.

IRISH Trad band ‘Four men and a Dog’ launched a new Album in St Johns Arts Theatre, Listowel on Thursday, April 7. 2016. This is to celebrate 25 years on the road.

PADRE PIO PRAYER MEETING in Lixnaw is on 19th April, witness will be given by Sean Sheehy.

BANNA: To commemorate Roger Casement, Banna Thursday 21st April arrival by 11.00am, full State Ceremony commences 11.15am – no ticket required , everybody welcome.

EARTH WEEK EVENT: ‘Care for Our Common Home’ Talk by Fr Sean Mc Donagh, SSC entitled The Prophetic Challenge of Laudato Si’ (i.e. Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis ‘On Care for Our Common Home’). Thursday 21st April 2016 at 7.30pm in Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Pastoral Centre, Upper Rock Street. Fr McDonagh will also launch his new book, similarly titled On Care for Our Common Home. Earth Week runs from April 17th to 23rd is an initiative of the Diocese of Kerry Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee.

YOUTH 2000 RETREAT KILLARNEY, CO KERRY: Youth 2000 will be hosting a Catholic youth retreat in St. Brendan’s College, Killarney, Co. Kerry on 15-17th April. A big attendance (aged 16-35yrs) is expected at this donation only event. For more information contact 086-3066892 or check out

FLEADH BY THE FEALE:  The Fleadh takes place this year from Thursday, April 28 – Monday, May 2 next.  The celebrity concert on Sunday night is sponsored by Kostal Gmbh Mountmahon and is headlined by Mary Black.   Tickets are on sale from Slice of Life, Main Street Abbeyfeale 068 32655, Abbey Tiles Main Street on 068 31109, John O’Sullivan on 086 3165848 and Celine McNally on 087 7697672.    Events include:  opening night Thursday, April 28:  7.30pm Presentation of Art Poster prizes with Exhibition and Traditional Entertainment in the Library.  9.30pm The Gathering Session of Music, Song and Dance at D.J. Murphy’s Bar, Main St.  Friday, April 29:  7pm Traditional Street Busking Competition on the Main St.  8.30pm. Open Air Show on the Gig Rig in the Square.  9.30pm Set Ceili in Fr. Casey’s.  Saturday, April 30:  Registration for Master Workshop Classes which begin at 2pm in the Convent National School.  Objectives: Improve technique & skills in Improvers & Advanced categories (Students are advised to bring Tape Recorders).  Master Workshop Classes Terms & Conditions .Entry with fee €10 is permissible on the day, however advanced booking is advised. Send your name and address with fee to: Dearbhla Conlon Ahern, Cnoc na Ré, Ballybehy, Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.  Open to all ages, Junior & Senior, but is unsuitable for beginners. Spectators are not allowed in classes.  Saturday 8.30pm there will be Traditional Entertainment on the Gig Rig in the Square.  Sunday May 1:  3.00pm Face Painting – Irish music and the Rising in the Square.    Storytelling with Daisy Kearney in St. Ita’s Hall.  3.30pm Traditional Entertainment on the Gig Rig in the Square  and Under 18 Junior All Ireland Bone Playing Competitions..    4pm CD Launch in D J Murphy’s Bar.   8pm Celebrity Concert with Mary Black.  Monday, May 2:  8.00pm “All-Ireland Senior Bone Playing Competition” on Gig Rig.  There will be music sessions in most pubs over the weekend.

LIGHT UP WEST LIMERICK:  PositiviTEA in Tea & Tales from Monday, April 11 -15. A positive affirmation served with every cuppa to kick start your day. Tuesday, April 12. Tea & Tales from 4-6pm ‘Turning Tea Time into Me Time’ with Liz Corbett.  Tuesday, April 12  Fr. Casey’s  club house 8.30pm -10pm FUNK IT UP with Liz Corbett & Dennis Daly it’s a coming together and connecting  with positivity right through our community from teenagers to older adults. Liz Corbett – ‘Time To Transform’.  Positive thinking creates positive living.  Finding the ability to tap into your inner strength which enables you to manage every day emotions and challenges.
Living in the present moment.  Come along and be motivated into positive energy and creating a life that you want to create.  .Dennis Daly – ‘Everyday magic.’
Everything in the world is energy, we are energy beings .All our thoughts, feelings and emotions are energy vibrating at a particular beat.   We have the ability to tap into this magic and change our vibration to one of fun, happiness and joy … Come along and experience this for yourself…

THOUGHT: I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible. Charles Colson.

ART exhibition of the work of Jack Donovan will be held in Rathkeale Arts Centre commencing on Friday 29th April. The late Jack, who died in 2014, was brought up in Grouse Lodge by his grandparents after the death of his mother. The exhibition will contain portraits of the 1916 leaders, and the War of Independence soldiers and they were completed from 1969 to 1982. The exhibition will last for a month and it is being organised by his brother Tim in Rathkeale.

CLAN, USA: A Bloody Step On The Road To Irish Freedom
March 13, 1988, By June Sawyers.
It was a great place for a murder-an old cottage in an open area in what was then suburban Lake View and now the Uptown neighborhood. There, on the night of May 4, 1889, Dr. Patrick Henry Cronin, a 43-year-old prominent Chicago physician, was bludgeoned to death. His attackers were allegedly members of the Clan-na-Gael, a secret organization working for Irish independence, and for months the murder was the talk of the town.
The clan, according to historian Michael F. Funchion, was founded in New York in 1867 and established a branch in the Bridgeport neighborhood in 1869. Its local head was a lawyer, Alexander Sullivan, and Cronin`s troubles with the clan began when he accused Sullivan and others of misappropriating clan funds and threatened to bring his charges to the press. Sullivan, in turn, accused Cronin of being a British spy.

Martin Hogan, who was born in Limerick in 1833, first became a British soldier, later joining the Fenians. Fennessy said he suspects that he joined the British Army only because he couldn’t find other employment. Hogan served six years with the Royal Dragoons, a mounted infantry, before becoming part of the Fenian movement. But before the Fenians could strike, their plan was uncovered, and in 1866, the men were court-martialed and sentenced to death.
Article Preview Published: March 5, 1866

GREAT FENIAN DEMONSTRATIONS; One Hundred thousand Irishmen at Jones’ Wood–The City Railway Cars Crushed Under the Multitude–Fenian Delegations from Abroad–Speeches by Justice Michael Connolly, John O’Mahony, Capt. John McCafferty, B. Doran Killian, George Francis Train, William E. Robinson, and others. THE SUSPENSION OF HABEAS CORPUS IN IRELAND. The Action of Parliament–Important Debate-Protest of Mr. Bright against the Suspension–Reply of Messrs. Horsman and Roebuck–The Motion Carried by a Majority of 358. The Fenians in Troy–A Large Amount of Arms and Ammunition said to be concealed. The Fenians in Vermont-An Exciting Meeting-A Sisterhood Organized.
Notwithstanding the circular which the Archbishop of New-York sent to the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, and caused to be read in all the churches yesterday, admonishing Catholics, and counselling them to regard the mass meeting at Jones’ Wood as ” an open profanation of the Lord’s day, an act of public scandal to religion, and an outrage to the feelings of all good Catholics, especially in this holy season of Lent,”
Published: March 5, 1866. Copyright © The New York Times

DOMINICANS 800 years

Jubilee of the Order of Preachers

MOYVANE Born Martin McGrath, on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, West Cork in 1989. Featuring Martin McGrath, Gereldine Urwin (Gallagher), Nick Urwin, Anita (?). Shot on Super 8

SHAKESPEARE often write about monastic and religious characters. The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, is on April 23rd,2016 falls during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Monologue on mercy comes from The Merchant of Venice, delivered by the heroine of the play, fair Portia, in a court of law debating Shylock, the moneylender. Portia says:
The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:

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