Knockanure Notes – 14th February, 2010

SAINT PIO Prayer Group meeting takes place in Listowel Church on Thursday 18th February. It will begin with the Rosary at 7.15pm, followed by exposition of Blessed Sacrament & Benediction.

WALK; A sponsored walk for the upkeep of the Knockanure Centre will start at the Centre on Sunday Feb. 21st at 2pm. Sponsorship cards and details available from the centre at 068 49799/ 068 49250 or any member of the committee. A donation will also be made to the Irish Guide Dogs Society.

CLASSES: Computer Classes are about to begin in Knockanure; Aerobic Classes; Dancing Classes with Tara Finucane; Drama Classes with Cathy Finucane are being held also at Knockanure Community Centre, details from 068 49799.

CONCERN Creative Writing Competition 2010 latest date for entries 21st March `10, details from

ST JOHN’S: Thursday 18th Film Club, The Girl Cut in Two; Friday 19th The Best of Traditional with the Mulcahy Family; Lartigue Players present Lovers Meeting from Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th, more information from 068 22566.

PLAY: Athea Drama Group present Unforgiving, opening in Athea on Feb. 18th.

SIAMSA: Pat Shortt will be at Siamsa on 20th and 21st Feb.; Tinkers Curse is on Feb. 25th, details from 066 712 3055.

GREAT to hear residents of Arus Mhuire with Knockanure connections talking history on Radio Kerry recently, they were John Murphy, Maurice Stack and Mary Ellen Buckley nee Barrett. Watch out on Sunday week to hear more from Arus Mhuire. John Murphy who was born 1916 sang the Valley of Knockanure for me impromptu on Saturday last without music or notes.

CANCER Support Group meeting, Wednesday 17th February 2010 in Listowel Arms Hotel at 8.30pm.

HAITI: Bring and Buy day At X-istance Youth Caf=E9 to raise funds for Haiti. Bring unwanted Christmas gifts, books cds, video games etc to sell on Sunday 28th Feb. from 1pm. to 4pm. For more information please contact the KDYS on 068-23744.

COUNSELLING for West Limerick and North Kerry, details from 085 134 5934.

EVENTS: Women’s group first meeting will be held at the Seanchai Centre on Feb. 24th at 8.30pm, more information from Hilary at 068 23429;Womens Course in Causeway details from 068 23429; Samaritans selection evening for volunteers at Moyderwell office on Tuesday Feb. 23rd at 7.30pm, details from 066 7122 566; Tarbert Comprehensive School Parents Association Fashion Show will be held at the Lanterns on Feb. 24th at 8pm; Toastasters are due to hold their meeting at the Desmond Complex on Wednesday 17th Feb at 830pm;Kerry Homes and Business Expo will be held at Killarney from Feb. 19th to 21st; Teagasc Bio Energy Conference will be held at Tipperary Institute in Thurles on Feb. 18th ,details from Teagasc site; Carboot sale in Newcastlewest on Sunday Feb. 21st; Clounmacon ICA are holding an Irish Night on Friday Feb. 26th , tea served, music by Steve Donegan; Dance Classes in Duagh School Hall every Wednesday night at 8.30pm, beginners welcome; One day conference on Autism will be held at the old Fels Point Hotel on Saturday Feb. 27th , details from 087 742 8019; Also at Fels Point Better Business Show on Tue Feb. 23rd at 6pm; Irish Association of Health Stores Heath Week runs from 15th to 20th of Feb; IT Tralee are having a special evening meal on Feb. 18th at 6pm, details from 066 7191 665; Feb. 20th is the date of Duagh GAA Social at the Arms Hotel; North Kerry Harriers Hunt Ball will be held at the Devon Hotel on Feb. 26th, details from 087 29000 50; Great to hear that the Cork Swansea ferry will be back on March 1st; Ben Brosnan is playing with the Wexford senior football team;

Afternoon of prayer will be held at Scartaglin Church on Sunday Feb. 21st at 2.45pm; Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held at Ballyduff on Tue. night Feb. 23rd; Kerry Counseling & Training Institute, a local charity and professional training provider, are holding a workshop which is relevant to those in the medical, educational, pastoral and other person centered professions. Facilitator: Anne Kelliher Ph.D. This will take place on February 27th/28th at Kerry Counseling. For further information, contact Kerry Counseling on 066 7122931; Feis will be held at Causeway Comprehensive School on Sunday, 21st February commencing at 10.30am, Competitions from U-6 to over 14 years with the “Blackbird Dance” for the Willie Goggin Memorial Trophy; Special Olympics meeting for volunteers on Saturday, February 20th from 10.30am. to 1pm. in the Jean Monnet Theatre UL. Contact 1 850 555 222;

8th Gathering Traditional Festival runs at the INEC from 24th to 28th of Feb.; The INEC, Killarney presents the ‘Help for Haiti Concert on February 24th , featuring Mary Black, Bagatelle, Seamus Begley & Friends, Mary Coughlin, Dublin City Ramblers to name a few; West Limerick WL102FM Third Annual Awards night will be held at the Devon Hotel on Monday March 1st ,starting at 8.30pm; Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday during lent after evening Mass in Listowel Church; Abbeyfeale Anglers can pay their fees for this year at Ryan’s or to any of the executive members of the club. The deadline for payment is the 28th February. State licenses are available at Thomas O Connell’s in New Street or at David Morrissey’s discount store on the Killarney Road; Winter Olympics at Vancouver runs till Feb. 28th.

DYSLEXIA: 4 week Seminar on Dyslexia during the month of March (3rd, 10th, 15th, 23rd). This seminar is directed at Parents of children with Dyslexia at Primary, Post-Primary and Third Level. Siobh=E1n MacGarry will be at the Education Centre, Dromtacker , Tralee, details from 066 7195000.

CONGRATULATIONS to Julienne Donegan Principal of Knockanure Scoil Chorp Chriost, who recently graduated from Waterford IT with a Masters of Arts in Management in Education degree.

BEST Wishes to Moyvane GAA Score members who are competing in the county final in Keel on Sunday Feb. 21st at 6pm, Eileen Cronin and the Ballad group represents Moyvane.

BEST Wished to Margaret Foley of Moyvane and Timmy Kennelly of Knockanure who were married at Moyvane Church on Friday 12th of February 2010 by Fr Lucid PP and Fr David Gunn. Best man was Michael Flavin, groomsmen were Ronan O Riordan, Diarmuid Keane and Paul Foley. Matron of Honour Annette Slemon, Bridesmaids Esther Rogers, Elaine Scarlet and Teresa Kennelly. Flower Girls Chloe Kennelly and Shauna Foley. Page Boys Michael Slemon, Conor Scarlet and Fionn Keane. Readers; Marie O Riordan and Vincent Finnegan. Prayers of the Faithful; Mary O Connor, Sarah Hennessy, Aisling O Riordan, Lee Foley, Christina Kennelly and Noreen McEvoy. Gift Bearers; Esther Foley and Joan Kennelly. Vocalists; Elaine Scarlet, Esther and Sarah Rogers. Musicians; Aine Murray , India and Caera D’Arcy. Parents of the Bride, Esther and Sean Foley and parents of the Groom, Joan and Michael Kennelly.

HANDWRITING: EBS and the INTO have launched their 18th National Handwriting Competition. Last year over 100,000 children from all over Ireland entered. The closing date for entries is 26th of February, visit

DRAMA: Abbeyfeale Drama Group presents ‘The Year of the Hiker’ at the Fr Casey GAA Club House continues on February 18, 20 and 21, doors open at 7.30pm.

TALKS on six Fridays will be held at Castleisland Church beginning on Feb. 19th at 7.30pm, more from 066 714 1241.

ROADS are badly damaged after the severe frost, it is time that some of the office people in Kerry County Council came out to view the roads and plan some preventive works before things get worse, it is a scandal that E100,000 will be spent doing a survey for Listowel bypass when there is no urgency for his work at the present time.

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ADVICE: London Irish Women’s Centre provide advice free of charge, details from .

NEWSPAPERS: Limerick Chronicle of May 1902 reports accident at Rathkeale horse fair where James Barrett of Knockanure Athea had his leg broken by a kick from a horse, Dr Thomas Hayes from the Union Hospital attended him; The June edition of the paper gave meadowing rates £3-15s to £5 and £2.15 to £7-2-6, it was hard to sell meadowing last year, but this year there is sharp demand.

Australian newspapers reported outrages in Ireland. On April 23rd 1882 two hundred men of the Moonlighting Gang attacked a house in Listowel, police succeeded in wounding and capturing 15 of the gang; Sydney Morning Herald 2nd Feb. 1888 reported that a farmer who occupied a farm from which a tenant was evicted was killed in the presence of his daughter; The Mercury Hobart 31st July 1888 reports the Murder of farmer of Listowel near Cork.

ARMY: Thomas Edmond Cronin enlisted in South Australia April 1915, no 4283 born Newtownsandes, his next of kin Mrs Margaret Cronin Knockanure. Thomas E Cronin served in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front, he was killed in action 17th May 1917, aged 24 years. Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. Thomas Cronin senior married Margaret Kissane at Ballybunion in 1880, his father was John and her father was Michael Kissane. Children of Tom and Margaret Cronin included James, John and Michael, who were baptised in Listowel and Edmond and Elizabeth were baptised in Moyvane.

FARMERS were busy over the past week; land was dry so many took advantage to do some work.

SCHEME to make business green, has been expanded this year to include up to forty different technologies. All Irish business can receive tax relief on equipment such as refrigeration and cooling systems, catering and hospitality equipment, electro-mechanical systems, IT software and hardware, lighting, and electric vehicles. Other categories of equipment such as certain wind turbines and solar photovoltaic technology are also eligible. 2010 Green Awards, will be held at the Burlington Hotel on 11th of March.

Low cost house for E20,000, workshop in Dublin on Feb. 28th, details from 01 674 5773; Renewable electricity generation workshop will be held on March 5th, details from 01 674 5773.

RECESSION: The true cause of the crisis is the decline in the birth rate, according to Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, on Vatican Television’s “Octava Dies. Western world’s population growth rate is at 0% and has led to a profound change in the structure of society.

JOBS: Thousands are loosing their jobs and many more will suffer a similar fate, partly because trade union leaders want to show their members that they are worth their grand salaries.

CHINA: Among the nominations for the top 10 people of the year 2009 in China is a farmer aged 71 who spent the past 23 years doing charitable work for the destitute and a 24 year old student who lost his life saving a five year old child, the Top 10 People of 2009 will be presented live on TV on the Chinese New Years Day Feb. 14th 2010.

THOUGHT: Maturity does not automatically come with the passage of years. Some of the people we work with may be spiritually much younger than their chronological age. A prayer I pray often is: “Lord, let me grow up, before I grow old,” John Wimber.

CHILDREN: Sheila O Malley has this to say about children;

Enabling children comes second to nurturing, but is vital for children’s survival. Give your child lots of opportunities to learn new things .Children have a natural drive to learn and parents need to capitalise on it. Children love to learn as long as there’s an absence of criticism. Time for training & guidance is essential for a child to learn something new. Children become responsible, when given responsibility. Parents need to challenge children. Encouragement of children is essential when they are learning.

RETREAT for Knockanure and Moyvane at Ardfert takes place on Feb 21st, details from 068 49103.

Divine Mercy Conference will be held at the RDS from Feb. 20th to the 21st, Sharon Commins will attend, details from 01 8313 119.

DEATH took place following an accident of Nora Quaid nee Ahern of Dirreen, Athea, she was predeceased by her husband Tim (who died in 1963) and daughters Margaret Ann (who died in 1983) and Mary and is survived by daughters Nora, Eileen and Breda and sons Tim, Billy, Mike, Denis and Tom. Following Requiem Mass in Athea Church on Sunday February 14th 2010, Nora Quaid was laid to rest at Knockanure Old Churchyard, beside her husband and daughter, also buried at Knockanure are Michael J Quaid who died 1959, Denis Quaid died 1975 and Tady Quaid died 1928.

DEATH took place on February 5th 2010 in Birmingham of Joan Philips nee Lynch late of Glenagore, Athea. Joan was predeceased by her husband Roy and is survived by daughter Jackie and siblings Jim, Sean and Sister Eileen in Birmingham.

ANNIVERSARY: Jack Quaid, Pay Mulvihill, Mick Reidy, Billy Sullivan, Catherine Sweeney Fitzmaurice, Mary Ann Kennelly, Jackie Sexton, Pat Hudson, Maighread Moore, Pat J Kennelly, Dan Connor, Peg Leahy, Bob Behan, Michael Scanlon, Maurice Walsh, Pierce Mahony, Molly Kissane, Sean Bradley, Cormac O Leary, Mary Scully, Michael O Connor; Mass on Tues 16th at 7.30pm for Fr. Michael Hanrahan; Mass on Thurs 18th at 7.30pm for John Culhane & the deceased members of the Culhane Family; Mass on Fri. 19th at 7.30pm for Tom O’Connor; Mass on Sat. 20th at 7.30pm for Tom & =DAna O’Sullivan; Mass in Knockanure on Sun. 21st at 10.00am for Mary Teresa & Patrick Kennelly & Nora Kelly and the

11.00am Mass in Moyvane is for Helen Roche.

Mass for the late Johnny O Hanlon of Tarbert and Tullamore was celebrated in Tarbert Church by Fr. Danny Broderick P.P. assisted by Fr. Stephen Kennelly, Fr. O Callaghan and Fr. McMahon of Knockanure were unable to attend, family and friends recalled the involvement of Johnny in so much social and family work, the Youth Choir put on a splendid performance at the Mass.

ASH Wednesday Feb. 17th A day of Fast and Abstinence, Mass at 9.30am in Moyvane for the People of the Parish and

10.30am in Knockanure. Distribution of ashes at both Masses.

STATIONS of the Cross after Mass on Fridays during Lent. The I.C.A. in Moyvane will lead the Stations on Friday 19th February.

READERS: Vigil Michelle Corridan; 11am David Murphy & Noelle Nolan; Knockanure 10am Patricia & Andrew Rogan.

LITURGY Group meeting will be held at the Arms Hotel on Wednesday 17th Feb. at 8pm.

Collection for Lourdes helpers mounted to E971.70.

EMERGENCY: Athea First Responders dedicated mobile phone 087 27 37 077 has been experiencing ‘reception difficulties’ according to recent reports.

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart had a lovely exhibition at the Library on the work of their Irish missionaries since Fr Michael Tierney who was born in 1859, let’s not forget Fr Bill Culhane who was executed in 1942. They work all over the world helping the disadvantaged.

MUSIC: Fr Pat Ahern will lead a music workshop on Wed., 24th Feb. in St. John’s Parish Centre, Tralee at 8.00pm. Music for Lent, Holy Week, & Easter. Parish Choirs welcome.

TRIP:Vienna, Budapest & Salzburg in July, more from Maureen Harty (066)7131328.

ADORATION Moyvane Sun. 4.00pm to 5.00pm; Wed. 10.00am to 7.00pm and Knockanure Tues. 10.00am to 6.00pm.

Abbeyfeale: volunteers are asked to sign up for one hour each week during Lent so that the tradition of Perpetual Adoration in Abbeyfeale Church can continue day and night in the parish during Lent.