Knockanure Notes – 14th November, 2007

COOKERY classes are held in the Community Centre, Knockanure on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm.

BEST Wishes to the local Scor na nOg contestants who won the North Kerry Final of the competition in Moyvane recently, they will compete in the County Semi- Final at Abbeydorney Hall on Friday November 16th. Taking part will be members of the Novelty Sketch, Kerryann , Tady and Tara Finucane, Donnchadh Woods, Norella Molyneaux and Diarmuid Kennelly, Tara Finucane will also compete in the Recitation section.

CONGRATULATIONS to Noirin Buckley of Moyvane who was recently appointed to give learning support to the children of both Knockanure and Moyvane National Schools. Noirin is daughter of Sheila Buckley and the late Ned Buckley.


Revenue recently opened their office in Listowel providing 44 jobs, next year another office will open in Newcastle West, providing more work opportunities for locals.

GREEN Energy Growers Association have held several meetings in North Kerry since this years Ploughing Championship, the first Founder Shareholders Meeting of the Kerry/ West Limerick Green Energy Service Company was held at the Arms Hotel on Nov 8th, by 2020 it may be possible to get 30% of our heat energy from biomass crops, such as Miscanthus, Industrial Hemp and Reed Canary Grass, details from [email protected]

ISLANDS: Informative guide and map of over 30 Islands, around the country is available at any tourist office, 15 of them are Gaeltacht Islands, visit

BOOK: Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944, by Brendan O Donoghue was recently launched, it is mostly a biographical directory of county surveyors.

EVENTS: WL 102; Birdwatch Ireland have an outing to Carrigafoyle Castle starting at 2pm on Sunday Nov 18th ,they were established in 1968, have 20 local branches and 10,000 members, details from 087 7656 439; Science Week 11th to 18th of November, 400 events are taking place around the Country, IT Tralee will have events for both Primary and secondary students from Monday 12th to Friday 16th, visit ;

LARTIGUE Monorail, Listowel are seeking items of interest relating to the two railways which ran from Listowel, i.e. the Lartigue 1888 to 1924 and the Limerick -Kerry line 1880 to 1973 for inclusion in the Lartigue Heritage Centre. Items are being sought on a permanent loan basis, further information from 068 22212.

by the County Council, details from 066 7183 814.

IT Tralee is to spend nearly E11 million upgrading facilities over the next two years.

LUTON: Kerry Luton new service operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

GAA: The Bernard O Callaghan Memorial Championship Quarter Finals; Finuge v Brosna at 1.45pm in Moyvane on Saturday Nov 24th followed by Beale v Ballyduff; Finuge is the venue on Sunday Nov 25th for the St Senan’s v Desmonds at 1.30pm to be followed by Tarbert v Duagh match.

Novice Championship: Emmets C v Asdee B on Saturday Nov 17th at 3pm in Ballylongford and Mountcoal is venue for the Galerangers v Knockanure match at 1.30pm on Sunday November 18th , it will be followed by the Knocknagoshel B v Clounmacon B match. There was great rejoicing in the locality when Feale Rangers beat South Kerry in the County SFC Final on Sunday last Nov 11th `07, the man of the match when Feale Rangers last won the last County SFC Final in 1980 was local man Johnny Mulvihill.

FAIR: Athea fair on Saturday last bought crowds from far and near, a great day out with many stands and plenty of ponies and horses, only a few cattle were on display, the festive atmosphere of the day contrasted with the recollections of the older generation who attended the old fair, their long walks, cattle escaping into dykes and fields, exhaustion and at times hunger after the long day herding cattle, the lonely trip home with animals who were not sold, and then the thought of another day, and money scarce till then.

HISTORY: This country experienced bad weather in 1946 and spring of 47, in 1946 civil servants, guards and army helped farmers harvest crops, the wheat acreage 1945-46 was the highest since 1847, the bad winter of `46 and spring of `47 with frost till March prevented planting of crops, the Minister told the Dail in late spring that because of the weather that 2 million acres of ploughing remained to be done to reach the 1946 tillage acreage. A milk shortage in `47 , the government the use of cream except for making butter, the butter ration was reduced, special interest free loans scheme introduced by the government, with payback over 18 months were taken out by 4,000 farmers. The cattle population in July 1948 was the lowest in recorded history. Early Ministers for Agriculture; Patrick Hogan 1922-32; Jim Ryan 1932- 47; Patrick Smith 1947; James Dillon 1948; Tom Walsh 1951; James Dillon 1954-57; Irish Farmers Union was established in 1917 and in three years membership was 60,000. In 1920 farmers were encouraged to plant trees to honour the men of 1916. Foot and mouth in England in 1967; Irish Republic proclaimed on Nov 17th 1948; Stormount Buildings opened in Nov 16th 1932; BBC makes first broadcast on Nov 14th 1922.

RECORDS: Guinness Book of Records reports that a Church Tower in Germany is the most leaning tower in the world, it surpassed Pisa; NZ has the 5th lowest rate of unemployment in the developed world.

THOUGHT: When God is going to do something wonderful, He begins with a difficulty, When He is going to do something miraculous, He begins with impossibility, Charles Inwood; Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment, C. S. Lewis; If I can easily discuss the shortcomings and the sins of any; if I can speak in a casual way even of a child’s misdoings, then I know nothing of Calvary love, Amy Carmichael.

TO MARK the 1600 anniversary of the death of St John Chrysostom who was born in Syria, Pope Benedict said “since the fifth century John Chrysostom has been venerated by the entire Church, Eastern and Western, for his courageous witness in defence of ecclesial faith and for his generous dedication to pastoral Ministry