Knockanure Notes – 13th December, 2009

ST PIO Prayer Group will meet in Listowel Church on Thursday 17th December. Starting with the Rosary at 7.15pm, followed by Mass, Exposition and Benediction.

CHIROPODIST will attend the Marian Hall Monday December 14th at 11am. Please ring Eileen Quinn on 49472 for appointment.

LIGHTS Displays for Christmas are popular, some travel the countryside admiring the lights and ornaments, we should show our appreciation and give a donation in the charity box provided. The local National School is well decorated for Christmas.

CONCERT by local children parents and friends was held on Saturday night last at the Community Centre, it was great for parents to see budding actors and performers on the stage, thanks to all the organisers and the background people for a very enjoyable night.

NANO Nagle Fundraiser for School Tour will be held in Mair=E9ad’s Bar on Friday 18th December at 9.30pm. Music & entertainment will be provided by Gabriel Fitzmaurice & The Bog Hole Boys. Draws for hampers & spot prizes. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS Meal was due to be held on Knockanure Community Centre on Monday 14th December. Mass at 12.30pm , more information from (068) 49799/(068) 49250.

CRONIN: Any relation of John Cronin and his wife Helen Kelleher, who were living at Knockanure 1923, please contact me.

HOSPICE Christmas cards are available locally.

TINTEAN: Dec 18th and 20th, Riley, a comedy by Gerard Barrett, details from 068 28003.

GARDA Carol singing group will perform on the street in Tralee on Dec. 22nd from noon onwards.

SIAMSA: Kerry Choral Union present their Christmas Concert on Wed. Dec. 16th.

ST JOHN’S for Dec.; Wed. 16th Ultimate Abba; Thursday 17th Cock Robin Hood, presented by St John’s Youth Theatre; Saturday 19th at 8pm The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Priscilla O Donovan, several local children involved; Friday 18th The Best of Traditional; This months art exhibition is by Lillie Morris of Columbia, details from 068 22566.

FREE Parking in Listowel from Dec. 21st to Christmas Day, without a two hour time limit free parking will not be available in practice. Opening the Fire station gates on to the John B Keane road would help shoppers while Church Street is being repaired.

THANKS: The Senior Citizens Committee wish to thank all who made last Sundays Christmas party such an enjoyable day. Thanks to all our sponsors Newtownsandes Co-op, I.C.A. Development Association, Marian Hall Committee for the use of the Hall and all local business people who gave spot prizes, to everyone who came and made the day a huge success. Thank you.

THANKS: Moyvane Development Association.

We had a very successful re-scheduled Village Festival and the committee members wish to sincerely ‘Thank’ all those involved, Our sponsors and those who attended the various events; Inter-pub competition; The Boro Buffet with chef Noreen Kennelly, I.C.A. ladies, junior committee, F=E1s and R.S.S. members; Vintage Rally – those who did the catering and all who performed at the Rambling House; The street lights by Eddie Sheehy and music by Ger Keane. There is one more exciting event to take place – “The Boro Queen” Selection on Saturday 16th January, an important date for the New Year Calendar.

FAMILY Resource Centre in Listowel Cervical Cancer and health screening at Listowel Family centre on Thursday 17th December. Contact Bridie on 086 8556431.

BLOOD Transfusion clinic continues at the Brandon Hotel till Dec. 17th , times 3 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm.

HEART screening takes place at 58 the Square, Listowel on Friday Dec. 18th from 10am to 4pm, details from 08727 40788.

BEST Wishes to Margaret Kennelly on her 91st birthday.

BUDGET: We are a small country, we have well paid actors in the Dail, but wise leaders and politicians are badly needed. Kerry County Council have received E46,800 to promote integration. Speaking at the budget announcement for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Minister Ryan’s department’s strategy for 2010 is the insulation of 100,000 houses a year, no media mention of this in the flurry of excitement. Agreement was reached also in Brussels to examine an offshore wind Supergrid which would operate in the Northern Countries of Europe.

BALLYGUILTENANE Journal is now in its 32 year, three of the founding members of the journal are still active, and they are now joined by over forty other contributors. Next week I hope to give a flavour of the magazine, it must be noted that Pat Brosnan a stalwart contributor began as a writer of the Lyreacrompane Notes for the Kerryman in 1949. His pen pushing for the Kerryman and various publications not counting his music and social activities over the past 60 years is enormous.

KNOCKNAGOSHEL Shamrock Then and Now is available locally. The 82 page booklet is ideal for forwarding to relatives for Christmas.

Among the articles in this years edition is the story of Seon Burns and his great strength; Duagh pitch and the match played in the Munster Final played in Feb. 1892 at the Barley Inch between Ballyduff and Treaty Stone. Luke Keane selects Kerry Team of Knocknagoshel players, also included are many football pictures. Deaths are recorded, including historic events in the lives of Catherine Doody who died aged 96 in 2008 and oldest man aged 96 Liam Herlihy of Knocknagoshel. US veterans are also remembered. Knocknagoshel men who took part in the International Clay shoot in Scotland and the Abbeyfeale Vet who went to a rugby match and had to play for Castleisland in 1958 because they were short of a man. Of local interest in 1949 Maynooth collection amounted in Moyvane to £230, Listowel £713 and Duagh £110.

Boar premiums in 1935 were paid to Tom Connell Ballygolouge, Ed. Carmody Knockanure and Michael Collins Moyvane. Older members will be delighted to see a picture of Jerome Murphy, his stall and onlookers.

EVENTS: Athea National School will hold its pre Christmas show in Athea hall on Thursday December 17th, starting at 7.30pm. On Monday, December 21st, there will be a coffee morning in the school. All proceeds go to the Robbie Woulfe Fund; Medjugorje Prayer Group was due to meet in St. Patrick’s Hall on Monday 14th December at 8.10pm; Charismatic Prayer Group Mass will take place on Tuesday 15th Dec. at 8pm. in the New Sacristy Listowel, everybody welcome; Carol Concert at Bon Secours Hospital Chapel, Tralee on Wednesday, December 16th at 7.30pm, all are welcome; Christmas Campaign was launched recently to help people cope with the celebrations; Aladdin is the panto this Christmas at the LIT Millennium Theatre. It will run from Sunday, Dec. 27 until Sunday, January 10th, contact 087 9066437; Preparing for Sacraments, weddings, first holy communions and funerals. 6 week public lecture series and a 12 week one hour public lecture, followed by a one hour group tutorial to discuss and deepen understanding on the theme. Will be held on Wednesdays at 7.00 at Mary Immaculate College from Jan. 13th to April 14th. Details from Alan Hilliard at 061 204379; Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat for young people aged 16-35 takes place at Newbridge College, Co. Kildare from Friday December 18th to Sunday, December 20th, details from ; Comhaltas County Board meeting will be held at Ballyheigue on Dec. 21st to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Kerry Comhaltas meeting; Afternoon of Prayer will be held at Scartaglen Church on Sunday Dec. 20th from 2.45pm; GAA Supporters Social will be held at Ballygarry House Hotel on Sat. 23rd Jan 2010.

DVD: of Taigeen’s Farewell; Eoin Hand / After the Ball CD and Valley of Knockanure DVD are available locally .

MUSIC Classes in Piano, Drumming, Harp and Uilleann Pipes are being organised in the New Year, details from 08607 38268.

STUDENTS from the Comprehensive School Tarbert are involved in a new web site called

KERRYMAN December 44th 1909, Snippets; Mr M. J. Flavin M.P. was busy in Parliament asking questions like, when will Bealkilla near Listowel be vested in the tenants, was the Hussey Estate near Duagh offered for sale to the Estate Commissioners, were the agreements signed by the tenants to purchase the Foster Fitzgerald estate in Newtowndillon lodged with the Estates Commissioners, there was a question about flooding and a fund set aside to maintain banks, what was the agent Mr Crosbie position. Mr Flavin was told that eighteen evicted tenants on the Miss Fitzmaurice property near Duagh were reinstated. I was reported that Neville Stack a London Financier was going the contest Mr Flavins seat in the January elections, (note Mr Stack was a Knockanure man). Register of voters in Kerry contained 27,258 names in 1910 which was 16 more than 1909. Killarney Urban Council were attempting to regulate boating traffic on the lakes. Fr Alphonsus O.F.M. Killarney celebrated his golden jubilee. Mr M Griffin Secretary of the GAA County Board chaired a meeting of Listowel GAA Club, J. J. Hayes was appointed delegate to the County Board, other business at the meeting including forming a Harrier Club and physical culture class. Fare to the All Ireland by train was 6s 6d. The marriage has been arranged between James Sherrard the grandson of S. M. Hussey Edenburn and Priscilla youngest daughter of the late Eager Harding of Boston USA. Dr Florence Ann Gallagher and Dr. Mary Theresa Gallagher were medical officers. Mr. Edward Spring an old staunched Nationalist died. It was proposed to give Edward O Connor who came from America with his wife and family £10 to help him emigrate to New Zealand, he was in the sanatorium and a long time in hospital. A meeting was going to be held at Tarbert Parochial Hall to appoint collectors for the Parnell Monument.

TRAIL: Appalachian Trail run from Maine to Georgia is 2,200 miles long, a new trail opened recently is the Lebanon Mountain Trail which is 272 miles long and takes 26 days to traverse it. Any hope of a similar trail to attract the physically active tourist to this country.

NEW Moon on Dec. 16th, the Winter Solstice is on 21st, remember partial Eclipse of the Moon on Thursday Dec. 31st starting at 6.52pm.

SCHOOL close for the holiday on Dec. 22nd and remain closed till Jan. 7th ’10.

THOUGHT: He that lives in hope danceth without music, George Herbert.

ANNIVERSARIES: Liam Scanlon, Patrick O Connor, Denis McEnery, Jack Flavin, Bridget Moran, Sr. Anthony Joseph Mulvihill, Elizabeth Mary Murphy, Sheila Buckley, P. J. Nolan, Eileen Tierney, Bridie O Donnell, Fr Dan Mulvihill, Willie Mulvihill, Patrick Flavin, Kevin Barrett, Nancy Daly, Mass on Tuesday 15th at 7.30pm for William Collins and deceased members of the Collins Family; Mass on Fri. 18th in Knockanure at 7.30pm for Michael, Joseph & Margaret Collins; Mass on Sat. 19th at 7.30pm for Teresa & Pa Joe Mullane;

Mass on Sun. 20th at 10.00am in Knockanure for P.J. Nolan, Kilmeaney.

DEATH took place on December 9th ’09 of Peggy O Connor, of Leitrim Middle, she was predeceased by her husband Michael and is survived by her children Br=EDd, Liam and Ann, siblings Patsy, Sr. Bridie and Mary, Following Requiem Mass in Moyvane church on Saturday December 12th ’09 Peggy O Connor was laid to rest beside her husband Tarbert Churchyard. Peggy O Connor nee O Sullivan of Derry, Listowel was daughter of William and Babe Ann O Sullivan, her brother Toddy predeceased her.

DEATH has taken place of 68-year-old Fr. Jeremiah Roche of Athea a member of the Kiltegan Fathers; he was killed on Friday 11th December ’09 in St Patrick’s Parish in Kericho in the northwest of Kenya. Fr Jerry Roche ordained in 1968 and spent most of his ministry in Kenya.

DEATH took place in Croydon, Surrey of Ollie Leahy, late of Gortaglanna, Knockanure. Funeral arrangements later.

DEATH took place in London of Vincent Sheehy son of former Moyvane Garda Sergeant Sheehy.

Confessions before and after the Vigil Mass in Moyvane and before Mass in Knockanure.

READERS: Vigil, =DAna Fitzmaurice & Elaine Hudson;
11am Paul & Anthony Kiely; Knockanure, Anne Stack & Brenda Clancy.

St. Vincent De Paul Confidential Phone Number is 087 6805792.

Mass will be held for deceased members of Kerry Ingredients Listowel at St. Michael’s Church, Lixnaw on Wednesday 16th December at 8.00pm.

Church Bells rang for Climate Justice’ on Sunday, December 13th last at 2pm.

CHOIR is at present practicing for Christmas.

COLLECTION: Envelopes for the Sacristans collection are available at the church; the collection is on Christmas Eve.