Knockanure Notes — 14th September, 2014

RACING in Listowel from 14th to 20th Sept and the All Ireland Wrenboys Final is on Friday night 19th Sept. Hope all our visitors have a safe and enjoyable time with us.

COFFEE MORNING in aid of Listowel Hospice on Wed 17th Sept. from 10 – 2pm. at the home of Nora Mulvihill, 31 Church St.

SAMARITANS information evening on Wednesday 24th September at 8pm. at the Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Should anyone require further information you can contact them on 086 8114967.

DIOCESE OF KERRY EARTH WEEK. September 21st—28th 2014.

BUS to Ploughing Championship, Wed 24th Sept. leaves Listowel 6.45am. Contact Marie 0861032436.

CONGRATULATIONS to Listowel Tidy Towns who were recently presented with their  7th Gold Medal.

THE IRISH HEART FOUNDATION,  blood pressure clinic will visit the Listowel Family Resource Centre on Tuesday. September 15 from 10am-1pm.

ANNIVERSARIES: Pat Kennelly, Catherine Courtney, Kitty Denihan, Nora Galvin, Eamonn Riordan, Mary Vaughan, Teresa Joan Stack, Knight of Glin, Bridie Moloney, Sr. Annunciata Curtin, Fr. Theo O Sullivan, Bridget Brosnan, Geraldine Daly, Ned Moran, Elizabeth Kelliher, Michael J Nunan, Tim Flaherty, Joe Moloney, Mai McMahon, Sr. Joan Leahy, Sr. M Regis Kennelly, Fr. Denis O Sullivan, James Dower, Sr. Agatha Stack, Mai Costelloe, Mai Broderick, Michael O Connor, Pat Scanlon, Tom Kennelly, Bill O Donnell, Kevin O Donovan, Bridget O Connor, Mary Soder. Mass on Thurs.18th at 7.30pm for Nellie O’Connor. Mass on Sat. 20th at 7.30pm  for Paddy Fitzmaurice                                                       
Sun.   21st Mass at 11.00am in Moyvane for Hanora Galvin & the Deceased members of the Galvin Family.

READERS: Readers, Vigil, Elaine Hudson, 11.00am   Philip Kiely & Maureen Walsh; Knockanure, 10.00am Patricia & Andrew Rogan

COLLECTORS for October:-  Vigil  Noreen O’Flaherty & Margaret Mulvihill. 11.00am  Tom Walsh & James Moloney; Knockanure  Liam Nolan.

DUES: Autumn Dues  The Autumn Dues for the support of the Priest are now due. Many thanks to those of you who have already contributed. Thanking you for your support and generosity.

BOOK on St Brendan’s Church in Tarbert, available at Flavin’s Bookshop, Seanchai,  Woulfe’s Bookshop in Listowel and at Tarbert Bridewell.

  COURSE: West Limerick Resources is offering a four night web design course this September to community groups based in the West Limerick area.  The course will take place on Wednesdays Sept 17, Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15 7.30-9.30pm in Newcastle West and is free of charge.

HOSPICE:  September 18th, the annual “Coffee Morning” in aid of Milford Hospice will take place in the Memorial Hall Athea from about 9.00am onwards.

KEEP FIT with Maggie – a wide range of fitness classes available in Abbeyfeale and Knockanure. For all class details ring Maggie on 087-9866533.

BINGO: St. Vincent de Paul Bingo, Listowel will operate from St. Michael’s College, from Sunday 21st September.

COURSE in Youth Ministry  is accredited by the Diocese of Kerry  and aimed at adults interested in working and journeying with young people in a parish, school, youth service or other setting. Apply to Bernie McCaffrey, Diocesan Pastoral Team at 087 6484367  at John Paul II Pastoral Centre email:[email protected]

 CERT: Certificate in Spirituality  See or phone 066 7134276 for details, Contact Marie 086 1032436

KDYS Listowel : winter activity programmes starting in October. Groups include,guitar lessons, digital photogtaphy using mobile phones, Zumba, tennis club, pool academy, come dine with me, and sea fishing club.  Open to all teenagers.

FAIR: Key to your Future  Kerry ETB Adult Education and Training Fair  on Thurs 18th Sept 12-8pm in the Brandon Hotel Tralee. Info on courses and grants. Free entry. Workshops and Skills demonstrations. SUSI are coming to Kerry to explain Student Grant applications.

WRITER IN RESIDENCE – Clinics at Listowel Library Award-winning writer Noel O’Regan will hold a series of fortnightly clinics from 11am-12.30pm beginning next Tuesday September 16th at Listowel Library,  please email  [email protected]

KERRY LIFE AND FAMILY CENTRE (behind the Imperial Hotel) open on Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. Many Catholic books on sale.

 HEART FOUNDATION: nominations for the 5th Annual “Life after Stroke” Awards, celebrating the exceptional determination and courage of Stroke Survivors and their Carers, can be made at or call Emma-Jane Morrissey on 01 6685001. Closing date for entries is 19th September

 ADOLESCENT COUNSELLING CENTRE: presents A Free Drug & Alcohol Awareness Workshop in collaboration with the Tralee Community Drugs Initiative at Kerry Adolescent Counselling Centre, Balloonagh on the 16th September from 7pm-9pm. Phone: 0667181333

CANCER: The Irish Cancer Society will hold a free conference for cancer survivors on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium is being held as part of Ireland’s first cancer week which will run for September 15th –21st. The focus of the week is “Living With Cancer”.

PILGRIMAGE: Medjugorje Pilgrimage:  11th  – 18th   October 2014 and 18th – 25th October 2014. Tel 00353 1 4434510/048 82241888 or for further information

CONVENT N.S.:  A retirement function for Marie Gleeson, Nora Gaire and Mary Jo Healy was held in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale  on Saturday, September 13.

MOON: Al Worden, who was one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966 and one of 24 who travelled to the Moon served as a command module pilot for the  Apollo 15 trip in 1971. Al Worden will lecture at Limerick Institute of Technology on Tuesday September 16th  and at a dinner in the Pavilion in the University of Limerick on September 17th 2014.

GUNS: Six Limerick people were among the crews of the Asgard, Kelpie and Chotah which landed rifles for the Irish Volunteers at Howth and Kilcoole in July and August 1914: Conor O Brien, his sister Kitty O’Brien, their second cousin Mary Spring-Rice, Sir Thomas Myles, George Cahill and Tom Fitzsimons.

To commemorate the centenary of this event, the Mount Trenchard Memorial Committee has commissioned a monument by Cliodhna  Cussen to be unveiled at Mount Trenchard Churchyard on September 21st  from 2:00pm – 3:00pm.,  Conor O Brien and Mary Spring-Rice are buried in the Churchyard.  A booklet about the six people commemorated and the events of 1914, edited by Tom Donovan, will be launched at the unveiling.

POPE: A year from now, people from around the world will gather with the Pope in Philadelphia to celebrate God’s gift of the family. Marked by the theme Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, this will be the Eighth World Meeting  of Families. Established by Saint John Paul II, these regular world gatherings began twenty years ago, in 1994.

LITERARY HERITAGE International Conference will be held in Galway from 24th to 26th Sept. 2014.

THOUGHT: “Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning”. Frederick W. Faber; What you get by achieving your goals, is not as important as who you become by achieving those goals. The best way to succeed in this world, Is to act on the advice you give to others.

WOULFE: Jim Woulfe who died at Belchite fighting with the Canadian MacKenzie Papineau battalion of the XV International Brigade during the Republican offensive in 1937, he is commemorated in a memorial in Ottawa in Canada.

SUDDEN DEATH OF AN M P. While attending mass at Listowel parish church Sunday, Mr. Marum, M.P. for North Kilkenny, was suddenly seized with an attack of heart disease. He was removed by friends the police barracks adjacent, where he expired. The body was taken to adjacent hotel awaiting the inquest. Taken from 23 September 1890 – Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – Exeter, Devon, England.

HEWSON; Narrative of Captain Maurice Hewson 1803-1809.
Maurice born 1786, entered Royal Navy 1796, captured by French and taken to Calais, released and returned to navy, captured again and wrote his story.
On 31st October 1808 Hewson and O Brien and others were escaped prisoners in the area of Laubach near Salzburg, while being driven on a one horse car up a cold steep mountain they alighted an walked some of the journey to warm themselves and relieve the horse, O Brien spoke in Irish to a man he met on the road. There was a guard of several soldiers on the road to protect travellers from robbers. O Brien asked did any of them know French or Italian, there was no reply, but when he inquired did any of them know Irish, there was a rush to his side. He had found a bunch of soldiers who were sent out of Ireland after the 1798 rebellion to enter service with the Prussian army. Two battalions were taken out of prison and sent to Prussia. When Prussia had to submit to Napoleon in Oct. 1806, the Irish battalions were sent to Austria. Hewson was sorry for them, they warmly welcomed him and swore to protect him.

Maurice Hewson lived near Loughill in 1830 at the home of his brother Francis David. Maurice Married in July 1830 Anna daughter of John Hunt , barrister at Upper Merrion  Street, Dublin, they had three children, Francis went to New Zealand and retired there in 1907.
Maurice Hewson died 30th Dec. 1869 , he was married for forty years. His wife Anna died 22 Jan. 1872 aged 81 at Lisgarriff House. Napoleon died 1821. Details taken from
Copyright text Myra Thompson 1981, Escape from the French Captain Hewson’s Narrative 1803-1809.

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