Knockanure Notes – 15th February, 2009

ST PIO Prayer Meeting begins at 7.15pm on Thursday Feb. 19th at Listowel Church, all are welcome.

TOM Moore exhibition continues at Tralee Library, many pictures of Tom are on display and a DVD presentation is available.

RADIO: Aerial for the parish radio has been repaired, so that people can hear Mass in their homes. Great to hear Dan Keane back on Radio Kerry, well again after his spell in hospital.

WRITING: The Seanchai Literary Centre, Listowel will commence a Creative Writing Course for children on Saturday 21st February from 10.30am. The course is suitable for ages 7 to 11 and will run for 8 weeks, For further information and booking telephone 068 22212.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Draw for 13 Feb.09, Numbers Drawn 3-7-17 and 27, Jackpot was E2,400 No Winner. Lucky Dips went to Tim O Brien, Duagh; Emma O Brien, c/o M Lynch; Jerry Hannon, c/o Kevin’s; Dublin Joe, c/o Kevin’s; Dolly Stack ,Listowel; Liam Sexton, Knockanure; Bar Prize Paddy Wallace; Next Weeks Jackpot E2,500.

ST JOHN’S: 50th Anniversary production of Sive continues till Sat. Feb. 21st, local man John Looney is among the cast; Tuesday 24th Film Club- Still Life is about the Chinese Tree Gorges Dam; Wednesday 25th Classical Recital, details from 068 22566.

SIAMSA: From 25th to 28th Musical Sweeney Todd, presented by the Kerry School of Music, details from 066 7123055.

DAWN Chorus is gradually building up on fine mornings, during the day the rock thrush is singing from the tree top.

SOUVENIR Programme of Massabielle, The Story of Lourdes is available at Tralee Church. Our own Fr Ahern was the producer and director of the event.

EVENTS: Going Strong will have their session at the Top of the Town Athea on Feb. 18th at 3pm; Clounmacon ICA Annual Irish Night will be held on Feb 27th ; Play, A Doll’s House will be staged at Abbeydorney on Wednesday night Feb. 18th at 8pm, proceeds in aid of M.S. Ireland; Fitness classes for adults continue in the hall Athea on Thursday nights from 8-9pm with Deirdre O’Donnell; Guitar lessons in the Colbert Hall on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. more information from 087 9395273; Toastmasters will meet at the Desmond Complex on Wed. night 18th of Feb.; The Gathering Festival runs at the INEC from 18th to 22nd of Feb.; MEP Kathy Sinnott will attend disability conference and information stands at the Riocht AC clubhouse on Feb. 22nd, more information from 021 2429 788; North Kerry Finals of the Senior Scor will be held at Asdee on Saturday night Feb. 21st; Rambling House continues at Finuge on Friday Feb. 20th at 9pm; Cancer Support Group will meet at the Arms Hotel on Wednesday 18th of Feb. at 8.30pm; Coursing Irish Cup at Limerick Racecourse from 20th to 22nd; Shrove Tuesday Feb. 24th and Feb. 15th is Ash Wednesday and National No Smoking Day, Pancake Party in aid of the National Children’s Hospital runs from 20th to 24th of Feb, details from 01 414 2375; Lecture on practitioners of cures and medicines will be given at Listowel Library on Thursday 26th of Feb. by John O Flaherty at 8pm; Irelands Eurovision contestant will be chosen on the Late Late Show on Friday Feb. 20th; Brendan Grace will be in the INEC on 27th and 28th of Feb.; lecture on peat landslides will be given at Solas Building IT Tralee on March 3rd at 6.30pm, more information from 066 712 3030; Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 23rd of Feb. to March 8th; Feb. 28th Ireland v England in the Six Nations at Croke park; 6 Nations U20 Ireland v England Feb. 27th; Daffodil Day takes place on Friday, March 20th ; Rehab Charity walks in Scotland and Italy, details from 0872436 971;

AGM of the local Wheelchair Association will be held at IWA Centre at Ballygologue Road on March 4th , They are also having a meeting at the Centre on 25th of Feb. at 8pm.

TROCAIRE Fast will be held from March 6th t 7th, more information from 1850 408 408, last year over E1 million was raised nationwide. This years theme for Trocaire Lent appeal is “Were you ever forced to leave your home? I was…”

Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin, application forms are on line from Feb. 26th, closing date April 21st.

WRITERS’ Week closing date for Literary Competitions is Friday 27th of Feb., details from . People who want to provide accommodation for Writers Week can contact 068 23294.

THREE Holidays abroad per year is the privilege of a few, but most of us can tour the world from home at

TOUR of England: Comhaltas Tour of Britain starts with St Michael’s Irish Centre Liverpool on Friday February 20th; Airdrie Town Hall on Sat. 21st ; Tyneside Irish Centre Sunday 22nd ; Albert Hall, Bolton Monday 23rd; on Tuesday 24th they will perform at Mumford Theatre Cambridge; Wed. 25th the Irish Club Birmingham, they are attending many other venues including Camden Irish Centre on Friday 27th of Feb.

EMERGENCY Number when abroad in an EU Country is 112.

PRESENTATION was recently made at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in Tralee to Peggy Barrett and Joe Carey the mark the winning by Tip and Tin the Comerford Cakes in Shelbourne Park.

BEST Wishes to Sr. Josephine Leahy who celebrated her 100th birthday recently, Sister is a Mercy nun and a native of Ballagh, Abbeyfeale, and her father was called the Minor Leahy. Also celebrating her 100 birthday is Masie Lyons nee Crowley of Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale, her husband Michael died 25 years ago.

Happy 60th birthday to Amina Parke of Athea and 30th birthday to Gerard O Connell of Purt and Catherine Hanlon of Moyvane.

JOBS; Information on Insulation Grants is available from 1850 927 000. They will waste some of the money giving a free test of the effectiveness of the Job when completed and will you have to pay for a test before the job starts. Check your carbon footprint at 1890 242 643. Jobs Crisis meeting held in a posh hotel recently appeared to be a gathering of seasoned pen pushers who may know the way, but are too cosy to put their shoulder to the wheel.

Pallaskenry Agricultural College which has 185 students is about to be closed by Teagasc. The College is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

Garda average pay is said to be E62,000, Australian Policeman pay is E34,000 according to media reports.

Rural Development advice will be available at the Desmond Complex on Tuesday March 3rd , details from 069 62 222.

NRA say building more roads is paramount to our recovery following the present recession, they know how to hold their jobs as they are spending E750,000 on paperwork preparing plans for bypasses in Adare, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale.

Will we have cars for the new roads following the greening of the Country? The U.S. lost about 598,000 jobs in January their unemployment rate is now 7.6%, in a year they lost 3.6 million jobs.

MILK price from Kerry Group has fallen by 14 cents per litre since January 2008, farmer selling milk at 25 cents per litre and production costs from 23c/l , the future of milk production is poor.

VOLUNTEERS: Viatores Christi are recruiting lay missionaries in Tralee on Wednesday Feb. 18th at 7.30pm in the St John’s Pastoral Centre at 7.30pm, details from 01 68 9986.

ELECTORS List can be updated till 18th of May, details from 1800 245 380. Draft Development Plan for the County can be viewed in the Library in Listowel. Every plan will be out of date before the ink is dry at present, jobs should be our sacred cow for the foreseeable future.

ACTORS Workshop will be held at the Brandon Hotel on the 14th and 15th of March, from noon till 8pm, details from 074 9126 994.

ST Michaels College in Listowel are celebrating their 130th anniversary in 2009. St. Michael’s.1st year assessment will take place on Saturday 28th February 2009. All are welcome to attend St. Michael’s College from 7.20pm – 9.00pm.

KDYS: What’s available at the Centre: Internet Access, Bebo, Pool, Driving Theory Test Practice, Playstation, Board Games and lots more. (Open to all teenagers). Also various courses are running at the moment, for more information ring 068 23744.

HEARING: Deaf Hear. ie A 10 week Hearing Help and Lip reading programme will start in Listowel at the Family Resource Centre, Upper Church St. on Thursday 19th Feb from 11am to 1pm, all are welcome, phone Marion on 064 6620052.

HEALTH: New Zealand report tells of hundreds of thousands being given substandard health care.

DVD of Project: Chernobyl Knitting Project Moyvane are hosting a meeting on Sunday 1st March at 2.30pm at the Marian Hall, Moyvane. Fiona Corcoran of the Greatness Chernobyl Cause will be in attendance. A DVD of the Project will be shown to highlight the cause. This is an open meeting and all are welcome.

ESB: Local houses were in darkness on Thursday evening Feb. 12th, no doubt many houses were in tourmoil. The weather was mild and the moon was bright, view of Venus is now at its best for 3 years, it will be 30 years before Saturn is as bright as at present.

GAA: Division 2 Minor Football 2008 final was played at Stack Park recently Moyvane lost to Asdee/ Bally score 0-6 to 1-9.

Exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of the GAA continues at Newcastle West Library till Feb. 21st, it then moves to Abbeyfeale Library, the exhibition includes a photo of an old Abbeyfeale football team.

HISTORY: Palatines came to West Limerick in 1709, 105 families arrived each receiving 8 acres, 5,000 of them originally left South West Germany because of persecution; In 1889 Horace Plunkett established the first co-operative society in Doneraile, as the movement grew the IAOS was established to provide a platform for the growing Co-operative movement. Plunkett was appointed head of the new Department of Agriculture was set up in 1899. In 1850 about 10,000 people owned the land of Ireland and about 600,000 tenants farmed the land. The ICA will celebrate their centenary next year, in their first year they had 17 branches, they got funding from a few charities amounting to £800. Organisers were given two pence per mile for their bicycle and travel 3rd class during the summer and 2nd class during the winter months. Ann Marie Dennison of Abbeyfeale is contesting the 2009 ICA Presidential election, Ann Marie is at present the ICA National Secretary.

Kerryman of 27th Feb. 1909 carries an advertisement from the Listowel Rural Council seeking 21 acres of land in the neighbourhood of Newtownsandes, for the purpose of supplying plots to labourers living in the Village of Newtownsandes, proposals will be considered from one acre to 21 acres, M O Connell was the clerk at D. C. Offices in Listowel. Kman of Feb. 29th 1944 reports that 214 bags of turf was sold in Listowel, price per ton was 40 shillings.

EMIGRATION: Between 1850 and 1890 about 300,000 Irish went to Australia and New Zealand. Irish born living in Australia in 1891 amounted to 229.000, by 1947 there was only 45,000 Irish born in Australia.

CARNATIONS: Anyone who wore a carnation on St Valentines Day could spare a thought for the growers; Palestinians grow thousands of these flowers.

THOUGHT: One good man, one man who does not put on his religion once a week with his Sunday coat, but wears it for his working dress, and lets the thought of God grow into him, and through and through him, till everything he says and does becomes religious, that man is worth a thousand sermons, Charles Kingsley; A hearse is a poor vehicle to start attending church in, anonymous.

AWARE Contact number , 066 7128010.

ALCOHOLICS Anonymous ring 066 7127820 or 087 0522911 for information or advice.

DEATH took place on February 8th `09 of Noreen Mullane of Lower Athea. Noreen is survived by her sons Dan, Denis, Leo, William and John, daughters Kitty, Mary Ita and Norann, brother Denis in Moyvane and sister Hannah Barnes in England. She was predeceased by her husband William, siblings, William McEnery, Birdie White, Madeline Mulvihill, Ita Collins and Catherine Keane who died in America. Noreen Mullane was daughter of Margaret Hudson and Denis McEnery of Tubbertureen, Moyvane. Following Requiem Mass in Athea Church celebrated by Fr O Leary and Canon Kelly Noreen Mullane was laid to rest beside her husband William on Tuesday February 10th `09.Maura Nolan sang the hymns in the church. DEATH took place on Saturday Feb.7th `09 of Eileen O Connor of Clounbrane, Moyvane, Eileen was daughter of Jack O Connor and Nell Fitzmaurice, she was predeceased by her sister Mary who died in the first week of January `09. Following Requiem Mass in Moyvane Church celebrated by Fr Lucid and Fr O Callaghan Eileen O Connor was laid to rest beside her parents at Murhur Churchyard. Stephen Donegan sang in the church and a dear friend of the family Healy Rae of Kilgarvin sang at the graveside.

Death took place on February 14th `09 of Sr. Hannah Carmody L.S.U. of the Hill Moyvane, sister is survived by her siblings Kit, Lil, Mai, Nora, Eddie, John and Con, she was predeceased by Eileen and Michael. Sr. Hannah was daughter of Con Carmody of Cush and Nora O Connor of Gortdromosillihy. Sister Carmody died at Mount Vista, Retreat Road Athlone and was laid to rest following Requiem Mass at Our Lady’s Bower Cemetery.

Death took place recently of Denis Noonan of Ashford.

Death has also taken place of Noreen Hilliard nee Quinlan of Billeragh and Eileen O Connell nee Moore of Ballygologue and Peggy Stack nee Danaher of Ballyhahill and Charleville.

ANNIVERSARIES: Francis O Carroll, Nell O Mahony, Sr. Lelia Carey, Ned Stack, John Foley, Michael Quinn, Nora Sullivan, Billy Fitzgerald, Catherine Mulvihill, Billy Murphy, Teresa Sheehan, Fr Dan Griffin, Bridget Kelliher, Bran McMahon, Fr. F X Martin, Mary B Healy, Stephen Donegan, Benedict Kiely, Catherine Kennelly, Richard Sheahan, Jack Quaid, Pat Mulvihill, Mick Reidy, Billy O Sullivan, Nell & Jer Kiely; Johnny Culhane ,Ellen, Patrick & Pascal Walsh; ,Dick Sheehan ,Dan O’Connor ,Jack & Mary Guiney , Mary Ann Kennelly, Jackie Sexton, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Pat Hudson, Maighread Moore, Dan Connor, Peg Leahy, Bob Behan, Michael Scanlon, Maurice Walsh, Pierce Mahony, Molly Kissane, Sean Bradley, Mary Scully, Michael O Connor, Mary Carroll, Mass on Tues. 17h at 7.30pm for Patrick & Mary Hanrahan & the deceased members of the Mulvihill Family, Aughrim; Mass on Wed. 18th at 7.30pm ,Months Mind for Eddie Cunningham; Mass on Thurs. 19th at 7.30pm for Tom & Jack O’Connor, late of Glin Road; Mass on Fri. 20th at 7.30pm for Eileen King; Mass on Sat. 21st at 7.30pm for Fr. Michael O’Leary at the request of Hugh Goulding; Mass on Sun. 22nd in Knockanure at 10.00am for Patrick Flavin and the 11.00am Mass in Moyvane is for Cormac O’Leary.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre: Lenten Journey opportunity over 3 Thursday evenings to explore how the Lenten Journey mirrors life – February 19th & 26th & March 5th from 8pm to 10pm, contact 066 7134276. Reflection for Ministers of the Eucharist is on Tuesday 24th Feb. from 8 to 10pm.

MEDJUGORJE Pilgrimage leaving Kerry Airport on May 1st contact Breda King at 066 7122267.

SCHOOLS: An Post writer’s competition for primary schools called the ‘What’s the Story?’ challenge, contact before March 6th, 01 7058400 or

GRANNY : In 2009 Special Olympics Ireland will run a national fundraising campaign. One of the major elements of the 2009 Support an Athlete campaign will be the All-Ireland Granny of the Year contest, details from [email protected] or ring 01 8691688.

SPECIAL Olympics Ireland are looking for volunteers and supervisors at collection points in your area. If you are free for 2 hours any time between 8.30am and 7.30pm on Friday 24th, we would be very grateful if you would contact us at the Special Olympics Office, 068 57710 or 087 983 8153/085 1620140 (your call is important and so please leave a message and someone will get back to you) .Or you may want to run a coffee morning or event for this cause.

READERS: Vigil Seline Mulvihill & Bridget McCarthy; 11.00am Ciara Healy & Amanda Coulson and Knockanure 10.00am Aileen Stack.

WALKING pilgrimage for 20 to 35 year olds to Santiago de Compostela from May 9th to 16th 2009. This ‘journey in faith’ will consist of 115 km walk over 7 days leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. For further information, please contact Helena on 064 30532.

THANKS: The Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver wish to thank most sincerely the parishioners for their wonderful support. The proceeds from the appeal came to €1,307.62. We assure you of our grateful prayers.

ADORATION: Moyvane Sunday 4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 10am to 7pm and Knockanure Tuesday 10am to 6pm.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary to pray for priests takes place every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Bon Secours Chapel.

DIVINE Mercy Conference will be held at Ballsbridge on 21st and 22nd of Feb. Divine Mercy prayers are held at Ballyduff Church every Sunday at 3pm.

St Pio meeting will be held on Tuesday night 17th of Feb. in Lixnaw Church at 7.30pm.

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