Knockanure Notes — 12th July, 2015

SOCIAL day for the Active Retirement was on Monday 13th  July, 2015 at Knockanure.  If attending it’s important to please ring office on 068 49799.  New members especially welcome.

CAMP: Listowel Family Resource Centre is hosting their annual summer camp. For further details, contact Pat Lyons on (068) 23584.

STEP and tone with Maggie Large every Thursday from 7.30-8.30 pm at Knockanure Community Centre. All levels welcome. Booking is essential. Spaces limited. Call Maggie at 0879866533

WALK around the village of Moyvane on Friday, July 17 at 7.00pm. The walk led by Gabriel Fitzmaurice will start at the site of Horan’s forge on the Tarbert Road.

MUSIC: Comhaltas  Ceoltóirí  Éireann sponsored traditional entertainment programme for the Summer season at more than forty 40 centres throughout the country. The Devon Inn Templeglantine night is every Thursday at 8.45pm.

DEATH took place on June 24th 2015 of Denis Lane, Kilmorna, Listowel And late of London. Born 84 years ago to Denny Lane of Kilmeaney and Ellen Ahern who was a native of Athea. Survived by brothers Bill (London), Eanus (Dublin), Joe (USA), sisters Nora (London), Bridie (Carlow), Mary (Mayo), and Eileen (Kilmorna), sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. Requiem Mass  for Denis Lane was celebrated at Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure on Thursday, the 9th of July followed by burial with his parents in old Knockanure Cemetery. Celebrants at Mass were Fr Lucid, and old school friends of Denis, Fr McMahon and Fr O Callaghan assisted. His sister Nora, brothers Jack, Pat and Mick predeceased him. When Denis was going to school in Knockanure there was seven Lane and seven Broderick boys at school. Family and friends met after funeral at the Old School.

ANNIVERSARIES: Pat Joe Stack, Jim Sullivan, Sean Sheehan, Julia Walsh, Nan Flavin, Aidan Holly, Sr. Consuela Moloney, Ted McElligott, Martin McGrath, Pat Sweeney, Patrick O Flaherty, Paudie Scanlon, Mary Dee, Johnny McEnery, Margaret Flaherty, Sean O Connor, John Murphy, Sr. Declan Murphy, Bridie Mai Moore. Mass Wed. 15th at 7.30pm for Maurice Ahern. Mass on Thurs.16th at     7.30pm for Jeremiah Mulvihill & the deceased members of  the Mulvihill Family, Glenalappa. Mass on Fri. 17th  at  Knockanure at   7.30pm for Matt & Bridget Costelloe. Mass on Sat. 18th at 7.30pm  for John Stack. Mass on Sun. 19th, 10.00am  For the People of the Parish and 11.00am for Bridie Mai Moore. Mass on Tues. 21st  at    7.30pm for Kate Flaherty.

READERS: Readers: Vigil, Eileen Collins, 11am Karina Stack & Kevin Hudson; Knockanure        10am    Margaret Carmody & Mary Fitzgerald.

ALL IRELAND:  Michelle and Noelle Curtin and Clare Carmody represented Athea on the Limerick U14 team who won the All Ireland U14C Championship on 4th July 2015, they beat Derry in Ballymahon in Longford.

GRAVEYARD: Ahavoher Graveyard at 8pm on 3rd August
Knockanure Graveyard at 8pm on 4th August
Murhur Graveyard at 8pm on 5th August.

CREAMERIES: Information wanted on Creameries at Gale Bridge, Kilmorna and Turraree, ring Michael at 068 21596.

EVENTS: The Festival in Abbeyfeale  will take place from Thursday, July 16 to Sunday, July 20.

TRIP: Athea Day trip to Kilkenny takes place on Tuesday July14th. For full details contact Marie Wrenn, on 087-7674832 or Joan Fitzgibbon, on 087-9865005.

CLIMB Mount Brandon in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and celebrating the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avilla. 8am July 16th.

TRIP by Tarbert History Society to  Dublin takes place on Saturday 18th July – Details at the Bridewell, Tarbert.

SEANCHAI, Living Literature Tours, begin at noon every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

ST. MICHAEL’S GRAVEYARD New members are urgently needed and if you would like to become involved come to next meeting on Wednesday. 15th July at 7.30 in St. Patrick’s Hall.

MOMENTS an afternoon of music, drama readings from Tommy Frank O’Connor ‘s collection, Thoughts as broadcast on Radio Kerry in Meadowlands Hotel Tralee Sunday 19th July from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., all welcome.

MEAL FOR VISITING CLERGY ON HOLIDAYS: on Tuesday, August 4th at 6.30pm at the Parish Centre, the Church of the Resurrection, Park Road, Killarney. So if there are any priests from our parish interested   please contact the Parish Office at 068-21188 or Diocesan Office at 064-6631168

DUAGH GRAVEYARD ANNUAL MASS:  will take place on Thursday 23rd July at 8p.m. in  Springmount  to remember all those who have been buried there. St Marys Church graveyard Tarbert,  Mass will be held on Friday 31st July at 7.30pm.

MEALS: Glin Homes for the Elderly Ltd are proposing to start a “Meals on Wheels” service in the locality.  If you are aware of any elderly person in your locality who would like to avail of this service please contact Una, Glin Daycare Centre, Cloverfield, Glin, 068-26033.

SPORTS AND FITNESS COURSE: National Learning Tralee are currently recruiting for our QQI Level 5 Sporting Chance programme. Training allowance provided. For further information, please contact Kevin Smith at 066 7122533/ 086 0404270

CELEBRATING: Johnny Cronin School of Dancing recently celebrated their success at the World, European, All Ireland and Irish Open Dancing competitions.

ST JOHN’S: Tuesday 14th The Best of American Country and Bluegrass. Wed. 15th Flann’s Yer only Man, by Val O Donnell. Sat.18th Recent work of Listowel born artist Micheal Kelliher. Tuesday 21st Finghin Collins and Elizabeth Cooney, more details from 068 22566.

DAY TRIP TO VALENTIA:  All Day Trip on Sunday, July 26, to Valentia Island, More from  Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102.

WALK: St Columban Pilgrim Walk in Killarney

To celebrate the 1,400th anniversary of the death of St Columban, the Columbans are organising a Pilgrim Walk in Killarney from Aghadoe via Botharín na Marbh to St Columbanus’s Home on July 18th. The walk will take approx 4 hours. It will be led by Columban missionary Fr Michael Howe. Assemble at Aghadoe at 9.30am on Saturday 18th July.

KILLARNEY Racing Festival runs from 13th to 16th July.

U.S. CIVIL War, lecture at Benner’s Hotel Dingle on 16th July at 8pm.

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL 13-16 Aug 2015.  Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary/Donation only/ Free Buses, Catholic youth event ages 16-35. Book online at or phone 01 675 3690.

Garland Friday – July 24th 2015 (Local pilgrimage)
Mass on the summit at 10:00am.  Mass in Croagh Patrick car park at 7:30pm.

REEK SUNDAY – 26 July 2015
Confessions on the summit from 7:30am – 2:00pm
Mass on the summit every half hour from 8:00am – 2:00pm.

Last day of the Three Day Pilgrimage is Thursday 13th August. Pilgrims can begin their pilgrimage any day up until then. No need to book. Information available at or phone 071 9861518.

MEDJUGORJE PRAYER MEETING: The monthly Medjugorje Prayer Meeting due on Monday, July 13th at 7.30pm in the Parish Meeting Room, Listowel. All welcome.

OUTINGS: Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society activities. Half day outing Sunday July 12th. Bruree/Athlacca. Organiser: Charlotte Murphy Tel. 086 8690094 Evening outing Wednesday July 22nd. “In the footsteps of Old Limerick Cinemas” with Joe Coleman.  Organiser: Mary Kenehan Tel. 061 312592 Half day outing Sunday July 26th. Abington /Glenstal. Organiser: Cian O’Carroll Tel. 061 326022 Half day outing Sunday August 16th. Tulla, Co. Clare Organiser: Tom O’Farrell Tel. 087 9054841 Full day outing Sunday August 30th. Galway. Organiser: Elsie O’Connell Tel. 087 6115212 Mid-week excursion September 14th. – 17th.  To Northern Ireland.  Organiser Pat O’Donovan Tel. 087 9977340

LATIN MASS: will be offered in Holy Cross Dominican Church Tralee on Sunday 26th July at 1.30 p.m.

UK: Government officials raised the idea of resettling the entire five and a half million residents of Hong Kong in Northern Ireland in 1983.

THOUGHT: There are no unknown Christians, no insignificant sons of God. Each one signifies, each is a “sign” drawing the attention of the Triune God day and night upon him. The faceless man has a face, the nameless man a name, when Jesus picks him out of the multitude and calls him to Himself. A W Tozer.

WATERLOO: Irish Examiner 1841-1969, Saturday, March 12, 1892; Page: 5

Sherbrooke, Quo., Canada. February 9.1892,  The funeral of the last survivor of the battle of Waterloo, Sunday, was unique in point of pomp, and also in the immense concourse of people that attended. The citizens of Sherbrook of all classes united to pay the last tribute of honor  and respect to the good and brave old man who had done his duty to his sovereign and his country, who had lived through the vicissitudes of a century and seen dynasties of king and many generations of nun pans into eternal rest. At 2 p.m. the open funeral car draped with the Union Jack and drawn by four prancing grey steeds hold by 113 many postillions in military uniform, drove up to the veteran’s Into residence, immediately followed by the 53rd Battalion and their band under the direction of Prof. F Cline. The rich casket, covered with magnificent floral  tributes, was carried from the residence between the files of the military and deposited on the car in the presence of a silent multitude Among the many floral tributes sent by friends and relatives was to be remarked a beautiful wreath presented by Col. Morehouse and the officers of the 53rd Battalion, and another from the Veteran’s grandchildren with the inscription ‘ Grandpa,’ The funeral cortege, consisting of thousands, was under the direction of Captain A L Grindrod and proceeded to the Roman Catholic Cathedral, marching to the military dirge rendered by the 53rd Battallion’s band, in imposing requiem was chanted by a very large choir with Prof T K Doherty at the organ. Rev Father Charles E C Fissett, of St Patrick’s Church, assisted by Fathers Tanguay and Lemioux, were the celebrants Thousands of men, women and children lined the sidewalks and galleries the whole length of Market and Wellington streets as the cortege passed to the cemetery. At the cemetery a filing party of 20 rifles of volunteers , under the command of Captain Addie, fired three volleys over the remains as they were laid in their last resting place. A number of friends and military men had come from _Quebec, Montreal, Richmond and other places to pay the last tribute to the gallant veteran and to sympathize  with the bereaved relatives. very many letters of condolence were received from afar.

Deceased was born in the County of Cork, Ireland, on the 1st of August, 1791, and in 1812 joined the Kerry Militia, thence entering into the 73rd Regiment of Foot in the following year. From the depot he went on to Holland, where his battalion was at that time serving thence he saw a good deal of service with the army under Genaral Lyndoh and was there when the whole world was startled with the news that Napoleon had escaped from Elba, and all the British troops were ordered into Belgium.

The battle of Waterloo soon followed and the 73rd took an active part in that terrible day of pounding, losing heavily, but young Shea came through untouched, though men were killed all round him. On the day after the battle the army marched on to Paris, and, on their arrival there, encamped outside the walls, and Mr Shea mentioned in a recent interview that he frequently saw King Louis XVIII and his party pass by the camp on the way to St Cloud.

In December the Regiment was ordered home, and landed on English soil at Ramsgate, and marching to Canterbury where they were received with unbounded enthusiasm the mayor and corporation, having no fear of temperance newspapers before their eyes, threw open the public houses to the men at the civic expense. The 73rd were not long permitted to enjoy the comforts of home life. After recruiting in Canterbury, they were sent off to India, where they remained for four years, during which Mr Shea saw a great deal of active service in field  operations against the native tribes. After four years of this duty the corps were ordered home by way of St Helena, When that famous Island was reached they heard of the death of its  occupant, and twelve men of the regulars were allowed to go ashore to see his tomb, and of this party Mr Shea was lucky to form one. The battalion proceeded to England and arrived safely. Shortly afterwards Mr Shea, then holding the rank of corporal, was honorably discharged from the service, and celebrated the event by taking to himself a wife.

After leaving the army he entered on civil pursuits until 1835, when the formation of a British legion to the aid of the Queen of Spain in her struggle against Don Carlos, revived his military ardor and he joined as quartermaster  sergeant of the 10th regiment. The legion sailed for Spain, and on arrival there were pushed out to the front and soon became actively engaged with the enemy. Shea took part in no fewer than twenty-six engagements during the progress of the campaign and relates many stirring incidents that came under his knowledge. Don Carlists were men of bravery and resolution but their valour was marred by gross acts of butchery, their leaders acting on the barbarous rule of giving no quarter to prisoners. he held two valuable mementos of his service in the Legion, one of which is the Order of Isabella II., with the following certificate

Conferred on Lieut. Maurice 0 Shea, for meritorious conduct before the enemy and particularly for gallantry at the attack on the enemy lines in front of San Sebastian on the 5th May, 1836. [Signed], DeLacy Evans. Commander-in-chief of the British auxiliary legion of Spain, at his headquarters, Sansebastian, 11th June, 1836 ¬

After the war lieut. Shea returned to Ireland and remained there until 1847, when he came to Canada. It was the trying time of with ship fever epidemic and contagion raged terribly in the vessel which carried him and his family. He lost four children and was himself very near to death. He served for some time in Captain Forfara troop of Constabulary raised in Montreal and on its disbandment obtained a position in the Montreal goal which he retained until recent date. A few years ago he removed to the city of Sherbrook where he has since resided in the upper portion of a little brick building on Market street, owned by him, the other portion being rented. Since then he has not been following any particular vocation but has been lending a quiet retired life receiving and visiting good old friends of whom he has a great number. Lieutenant Shea was twice wounded in action the first time in the campaign in Belgium and again in India, where he received a ball through the leg. Of all ths.t ho owned he probably valued highest the Waterloo medal with its rod and blue ribbon, having on one side  Wellington and Waterloo, June 18, 1815  and on the reverse George Regent.’ On the edge is inscribed  Maurice Shea, 73rd Regiment. Montreal Star, February 9th.


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