Knockanure Notes – 15th August 2021


As the former parish secretary, Jackie, has moved away, we have a vacuum.  This needs to be filled by somebody who can take care of the day to day running of the parish office (noting bookings for Mass, Baptisms, Marriages, other), recording of accounts of various types; dealing with bills and related issues; banking, registrations and some house-keeping—approximately 10 hours a week to be arranged. If interested, please send a note to me with some background on or before Sunday August 29th. For further details, please drop by or phone. Fr Brendan 068 49308 or email: [email protected]

VINTAGE: Knockanure Vintage Tractor Run on Sunday August 15th in aid of Kerry Hospice—Listowel Branch. Vintage tractors leave at 1 o’clock; Childrens’ Tractor Run: Church Car Park at 3 p.m.

RECOVERY HAVEN: Join us on Facebook for our virtual Celebration of Light 2021 on Thursday, 19th August – 8.00pm.  You can purchase candles to light with us in your homes during the ceremony at No. 5 Haig Terrace, Tralee.

ADORATION in Listowel on Sunday 15th August in honour of the Feast of the Assumption straight after 11.30 mass and ends at 1.00 p.m. In August 1879 an apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist and the Lamb of God was seen by fifteen people on the gable of Knock parish church in county Mayo.

DEATH has taken place of Tom (The Punter) Scanlon, Woodgrove, Moyvane and late of Leitrim Middle, Moyvane, on August 7th, 2021, in his 79th year. Sadly missed by his cousins, neighbours and friends. Requiem Mass for Tom was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Friday 13th August, with burial afterwards in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane. So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Condolences to his cousins, neighbours and friends. I have good memories of Tom playing football in our schooldays. He was our stalwart full back. He was a joy to meet in later years. Rest in Peace Tom.

Matt McMahon Washington DC and Knockanure.

ANNIVERSARIES: Josie Loftus, Bridget Hayes, Brid Flavin, Sean Neligan, Sr. Kathleen O’Connell, Patricia Danaher, John Hudson, Sr. Patrick Tarrant, Brenda Daly, Tom Lyons, Mary Stack, Donie Cahill, Mary O’Carroll, Robert Moloney, Anne Browne, Mass Moyvane; Sat Aug 14: Private intention; Sun Aug 15: Private intention; Mon Aug 16: Sr. Carmelita Murphy; Tues Aug 17: Mary Lynch; Wed Aug 18: Private int.;Thurs Aug 19: Private int.;Fri Aug 20: Private int.

Mass Knockanure on Sun 15: Private int.

CLOCK: Joe O’Keeffe from Kilmorna, passed away months of lockdown, and made a ‘grandmother clock’ that was handmade in his workshop from a disused seat out of Moyvane Church, donated by Fr. Kevin.

UPDATE Heart Start Moyvane/Knockanure, We have relocated the AED from Knockanure community centre to Gael Bridge, on the corner of Ahavoher Graveyard, next to Finucane’s Funeral Home (Eircode V31 PE02). This completes our phase2 plan for the Knockanure/Kilmorna area, with x3 public AEDs now located in Kilmorna, Knockanure & Gael Bridge. Our thanks to everyone involved in this project, to both the hall & graveyard committees, to our manufacturing & installation team & to the Finucane family for supplying power to the unit itself.


GLÓRACH Drive-in Bingo continues each Sunday at 2 pm at Fr. Casey GAA grounds Abbeyfeale.

FESTIVAL: Tralee Municipal District of Kerry County Council and Tralee Chamber Alliance will be running the 2021 Park Festival at Pearse Park in Tralee between 19th and 29th August, details of which are now available on

AUDITION at Siamsa Tíre in Tralee over weekends of Friday and Saturday the 20th and 21st of August.

LEADER Transition Programme is now open for applications for eligible community and enterprise projects.  Grant aid for capital works is currently available to all at a rate of 75% to a maximum €200,000 however funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

ANAM Cara West Cork online meeting for parents will take place on Tuesday 18th August 2020 at 7pm. These online support meetings will continue until we can resume our face to face meetings. This online meeting will be facilitated by Alva Bevan. If you have not already availed of this support and are now interested in joining us online, you can drop an email to [email protected]. We can then send on more information to you.

OLYMPICS: Paralympian from Killarney, Jordan Lee will compete in Tokyo 2021 on Aug 29th at 11am Irish Time.

HERITAGE Week 2021 continues to Sunday, 22nd August 2021.

Local historian Tom Dillon delivers a lecture on Heritage Trees of County Kerry hosted by Kerry Writers’ Museum for National Heritage Week 2020.

Rambling House

More at

POETRY: Allingham Poetry and Flash Fiction Competitions. Deadline: 17 Sep 2021

The 2021 Allingham Poetry and Flash Fiction Competitions are open for entries. First-place winners in Flash Fiction and in Poetry will each receive a prize of €300. Deadline for entries is 17 September 2021, with a fee of €5 per entry. More details (


RACING:  There will be racing on the beach at Ballybunion on Saturday, September 11.

LEGION OF MARY: To celebrate the 100 years of the Legion of Mary on September 7th.

JOBS: Home Instead delivers home care to almost 7,000 clients across every county in Ireland and are recruiting 20 more at present in Kerry.

ARTS FESTIVAL:  Ballybunion Arts Festival September 9 – 12  will host a diverse programme of Theatre, Poetry, Performance Art, Music, Visual Art & workshops for artists and audiences.  Kerry Writer in Residence Máire Holmes will host an Irish language poetry workshop on September11in Ballybunion Community Centre. More details (

CULTURE Night an opportunity to showcase, dance, art, comedy and much more, 30 free events in the county. Under covid guidelines, many events will have to be pre-booked. For further details see

HEAT: Valentia reported its highest July temperature since 1976 with 28.3°C on Thursday, July 22.

IPCC reports that the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation are key drivers of increasing global CO2 emissions. Global food production must be focused in areas where farmers are efficient and sustainable. Irish family farms are positioned to meet the growing global demand for food while also reducing emissions. According to Copa-Cogeca, is that more than half of the expected GHG reductions in all scenarios are substituted by equivalent GHG emissions increases in third countries.

CAP: Three of the nine pillars contained within the new CAP measures overtly refer to the mitigation of climate change pressures, and the need to improve the environmental standards achieved across agriculture as a whole.


CONSULTATION process by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on the next Common Agricultural Policy has been described as “a farce” that “provides no opportunity for genuine consultation”, according to IFA.

COST of the meat inspection service in 2020 was about €34.6 million, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s Annual Report 2020.


TRALEE Music Re:vival; Tickets will be sold in pods of a maximum 6 people. Tickets available through Eventbrite on

WASTE:  3.5 tonnes of pollution was removed from Irish rivers, canals, lakes and beaches on bank holiday weekend thanks to Flossie and The Beach Cleaners’ ‘Big Weigh In’

ESB: Many of us were left in Limbo when the electricity supply went out, what will happen when all solid fuel and chimneys are banned. A terrorist attack or even threat from a group of protesters could hold a country to ransom.

HOME AGAIN: Carolyn Hayes is home after taking part in the women’s triathlon in the Olympic Games. Carolyn was at the Barnagh Tunnel on the Limerick Greenway recently for the launch of a charity cycle which will take place next month, all funds going to the Little Blue Heroes Foundation.

DIPLOMA in Theological Studies from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth.  This one-year, on-line  blended  learning  Level  8, 65  ECTS credits programme  gives  a  foundation  in  Theological Studies to students who hold a primary degree in another discipline. It meets all the Teaching Council of Ireland’s requirements for the teaching of Religious Studies at post-primary level. Further details  visit  or  email: [email protected]  Tel: 01 7083964.


Covid-19: parish finances, Communions, Confirmations and Church congregations.

The diocese has carried out a small survey of the returns for parish collections in the 6 months January to June 2021. In the first 6 months of this year, at all Masses it has been either a case of no congregations or congregations limited to small numbers. On average collections have reached 50% of what they were pre Covid-19. This is a good achievement. Some parishes are under greater financial pressure than others. Over the whole of 2021 I encourage everyone to seek to contribute the same amount as in a full year pre Covid.

A sincere thank you to every parish for the level of payments to the offertory collections during the pandemic. It is a great comfort to everyone that so many have been so loyal to parish collections.

It is sad that so many people have been deprived of the opportunity to gather for weekend Mass over the past 18 months. Not everyone has found it a positive experience praying on their own and joining in Mass via the internet. Hopefully, it will not be long until the restrictions are lifted, and all are free to gather to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in thanksgiving. Together we will pray again the words, “Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, through your goodness we have this bread to offer, it will become for us the Bread of Life.”

Hopefully before long it will be possible to safely celebrate First Communions and Confirmations. The postponement has been very frustrating. It is important that in the weeks ahead, the families and children involved are faithful to prayer in the home and regular participation in Mass in the parish, to be spiritually prepared for these sacraments.

Thank you to one and all for your contribution to the life of your parish over the past 18 months. May the pandemic have led to many of us appreciating our local parish community even more. Continue to look out for and support one another in the community and let us pray for one another. Our Lady health of the sick, pray for us.                                                                      + Ray Browne

10 August 2021

23 YEARS: Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon which, will take place virtually over the last weekend of September.

MEMORIAL; often, abortion is dealt with in purely conceptual, philosophical, or theological terms; but it’s about real bloodshed, read victims: The over 61 million American children who have lost their lives to abortion since 1973. Most of them never get a proper burial. But some of them do, after pro-life people retrieve their bodies from dumpsters. Visiting the burial places of these children cuts through any rhetoric surrounding abortion and removes this conversation from the abstract into concrete reality.

At you can find where these gravesites and memorial sites are located and details about any memorial services planned on September 18.


GOV. CUOMO: A day after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced all city workers have to either get the shot or get tested weekly, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued his own mandate. “In New York and upstate hospitals, all patient-facing healthcare workers must get vaccinated,” Gov. Cuomo said. “There will be no testing option.”

Kathleen Courtney Hochul – whose grandparents met in Chicago in 1919, both were of West Kerry.

Ms Hochul has been an advocate for women facing domestic and sexual violence throughout her career. She led Mr Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign to fight sexual assault on college campuses. She has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor,” she said in a statement.

KERRY Kennedy – Wikipedia

[Search domain en.wikipedia.org

Mary Kerry Kennedy is an American human rights activist and writer. She is the seventh child and third daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel. During her 15-year marriage to current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, from 1990 to 2005, she was known as Kerry Kennedy-Cuomo. She is the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a non-profit human rights advocacy organization.


LAST WORD: Do something good today rather than plan something perfect for a month from now!!


The United States had Consulate offices, which are the official representative of the US Government, in several cities in Ireland.  Many individuals living in Ireland and the United States would write letters to the US Consul requesting help with topics such as citizenship, estates, birth & death records, immigration and pensions.   These letters are now found in the records stored at the US National Archives in College Park, MD.  The paper records are arranged in books by year and subdivided by topic.

The extracts come from the records created in the years 1869 to 1934 and many refer to births prior to 1864.  The date of the document is given at the end of each extract item.  The term emigration refers to emigration to the United States.  The military information refers to the United States military orgainzations.

Many letters discuss the probate of estates for people who died in the US and their surviving family members reside in Ireland and identify parents and grandparents.

Use the links on the left side bar to browse the sections–-part-2

SAMPLE of names;

John CROWLEY died 1918-10-10 from wounds, Private, Co H, 328th Infantry, 82nd Division, parents Timothy [deceased] & Catherine CROWLEY, Glounacoppal, Co Kerry, 2 brothers Patrick & Timothy & sister Norah CROWLEY, E 115th St, NYC & sister Hannah MAHONEY, Grand Concourse, NYC; brother Stephen J. CROWLEY, Brooklyn, NY date 1933-02-01

Rev. Cornelius CURTIN born 1891-01-06 Bunagara, Listowel, Co Kerry, clergyman visa to reside at Great Falls, MT date 1917-10-30

Miss Mary CURTIN born 1901-09-29 Co Kerry ? Emigrated 1922, maid for H. J. MILLER, Pittsburgh, PA date 1925-06-15


James DOWER died 1921-07-26 at Coblenz, Germany, Private, Co G, 8th Infantry, uncle Daniel O’CONNOR, Duagh, Co Kerry; sister Mrs Josephine O’CONNOR, E 85th St, NYC date 1922-05-01

Patrick FENNELL deceased of Chicago, IL ?; next-of-kin Mrs Margaret GILBERT, Ballingara, David FENNELL, Lenamore, Co Kerry, Eugene, Michael, Hannie, Maggie SULLIVAN, children of Mary, deceased wife of Michael SULLIVAN, Bumgara, Listowel, Co Kerry, Sister Hannah FENNEL, Convent of Mercy, Warrenbrook, Victoria, Australia date 1906-01-30


John FORAN resided on 58 acres, Coolaclarig, Listowel, Co Kerry died 1888-07-29 from gunshot, his daug Mrs Nora SCANLON resided Ridge Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, her son served in US Army & died in WWI; son William FORAN resided at Coolaclarig until 1892 date 1923-10-02


Patrick J. McDONNELL born 1894-04-07 Ballylongford, Co Kerry, emigrated 1913, served in 61st Infantry, 5th Division, AEF, resided West Hoboken, NJ & Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, NY date 1920-12-04

Michael MORIARTY alias John GORMAN born Listowel, Co Kerry, resides Kenmare Union, then Belfast, US Navy pension 36252, Spanish War date 1907-10-25



William MURPHY of Listowel, Cleveragh, Co Kerry, served Co G, 23rd KY Infantry, US pension cert # 1015966 date 1906-04-19



Thomas O’CONNOR born 1886 ? Listowel, Co Kerry emigrated 1896 now resides Syracuse, NY date 1935-07-18

Speak Your Mind