Knockanure Notes – 16th October, 2011

THANKS: Knockanure Community Centre. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our most recent Church Gate Collection. Total collected E524. This is greatly appreciated and will be used for the upkeep of the Community Centre. Thank You;  The Mid-West Cancer Foundation Limerick would like to thank Knockanure Vintage Committee for the recent donation of E1000. This was collected on Vintage Day. Thanks to all who contributed.

COMMUNITY Centre: Fitness Classes at Knockanure Community Centre. Tums, bums and thigh aerobic classes continue every Wednesday Night at 8pm. Please note no class on 26th October.  All levels Welcome. Contact Maggie for further details 087 9866533.
Our Annual Halloween Party will be held on Monday 31st October at 7pm. A great night lined up with Silvano the Magician followed by disco with DJ Jeremiah Roche. A night not to be missed.

RECYCLE Mobile Phones and Computer Games by sending them to Scoil Chorp Chriost, Knockanure National School, thy will generate funds to buy valuable equipment for the school, Mile Buiochas.

FIRST Holy Communion enrolment ceremonies were held at Knockanure Church on Sunday last, Fr Lucid thanked all involved in the preparation and participants.

VOLUNTEERS can be nominated for awards, details from  

EVENTS: Going Strong will meet on Wed. October 19th, at Top of the Town Athea at 3pm; Genealogy meeting at Listowel Family Centre on Tuesday night Oct. 18th; Con Colbert Hall  Fundraising Concert   starts at 8:15pm on Saturday 22nd and  Sunday 23rd October; Trade and Craft Fair in Moyvane, 30th Oct. details from 068 49298; Another edition of ‘Vanishing Ireland’ will be launched in the Hunt Museum, Limerick on October 20th at 8pm. It includes mini biographies of several West Limerick people, launch by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh; Kerry Hospice Foundation have launched their Christmas card Collection; The Rambling House at Sheehans Thatch House in Finuge, resumed on Friday night last 14th Oct. ; Sean Lyons is the new chairman of Writers Week;Enroll in the up-coming Youth Ministry Training Course. Details from your parish priest or Bernie McCaffrey 087 6484367; Hearing Aids on Friday, October 21st at Tralee Library from 11am to 1pm,  Support on how to deal with your hearing loss ;Recycling event will take place on Thursday, 20th  Oct., from 4pm to 7pm, in Market Place, Market Street, Listowel, also at Tralee Mart, Mounthawk on Saturday, October 22nd from 10am – 4pm.  Any used household electrical item with a plug or a battery can be recycled; Kerry Choral Union Concert will take place in St. John’s Church, Ashe Street on Sunday, October 23rd at 7pm; The North Kerry Day Care Centre for Older people and the HSE will hold an Open Day on Sunday Oct. 23rd, from 3.00pm-5.00pm in the Centre in Baile O Dubhda, John B Keane Rd, Listowel.  Information on health and community services will be available on the day from the Centre Nurse Co-ordinator, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Public Health Nurse and Community Dietician.  All welcome.  This is a vital service for the entire North Kerry area.  Please contact 087 9080124 or 086 7872107 ;
Fundraising at The Mermaids on Wed., 19th Oct., at 10.30am, to raise funds for volunteer, Miriam O’Connor, who is doing the “Great Ethiopian Run” for Orbis Ireland Sightsaving organisation;
Michael Collins will host his new show at St Patrick’s Church, Tournafulla on Thursday 20th Oct, guest Theresa O Gorman, details from 069 81193; Mission Sunday Oct. 23rd; American Tea Party will be held at Rockchapel Community Centre on Fri. Oct. 21st at 9pm, details from 087 6818113; Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland 2011 will visit Tintean, Ballybunion on Oct. 26th, details from 087 900 3683; Craft and Food Fair will be held at the Carlton Hotel, Tralee on Sunday Oct. 23rd from 11am to 5pm; Racing in Galway on 22nd and 23rd of Oct; Opening Dairy Sale at Listowel Mart on 26th Oct.; Women and Agriculture Conference will be held at Kilkenny  on Tuesday 25th Oct., details from 068 23429; Clan Mulvihill were due to have a reunion at Bonython Park, Adelaide, S. Australia on Oct. 16th at noon; Garry McMahon Weekend in Abbeyfeale from  Nov. 4th to 6th; The Irish Rambling House British 2011Tour dates, Thursday 20th October- Birmingham Irish Centre, Friday 21st October- Haringey Irish Centre; Kerry London Association Annual Dinner will be held at the Crown Moran Hotel , Cricklewood on Oct. 28th; ICMSA are holding a meeting on farming matters in the Arms Hotel on Thursday 20th Oct. at 8pm;  Newtownsandes Dinner Dance November 25th;  Assisi gathering for world peace will be held on Oct.27th;

FESTIVAL will be held again in Moyvane over the October Bank Holiday weekend, all the usual events are taking place.

DYSLEXIA & Dyspraxia  Information evening will take place at the Carlton Hotel on Thursday, October 20th  2011at 7.30pm.  Speakers from The Dyslexia Assoc of Ireland &  The Dyspraxia Assoc of Ireland will attend.

BLOOD Transfusion Service donation clinic in Brandon Hotel on Monday, October 17th  from 5 to 8.30pm and on Tuesday to Thursday, October 18th to 20th from 3-5pm and 7-9pm.

GROW meetings are held every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the CDP Centre, Rock Street.  . Phone 0214277520 or

IRISH; Colaiste Ide Dingle (an all Irish post primary boarding school for girls) Open days for new students  who wish to enrol for 2012 and subsequent years, will be held on Saturday & Sunday, October 22nd & 23rd from 12 noon – 5pm on both days.   Further information from the Principal at 066 9151211.

KNOCKANURELOCAL on youtube has been updated on recent happenings. Knockanure.photobucket has clips of Fr Leahys funeral.

ST JOHN’S: Wed 19th at 6.30pm, Ceolchoirm Na Gaelscoile
I gcomhair le Ceolschol Ciarraí; Thur 20th, Blueflint
The Best of American  Folk, Country and Bluegrass from a Scottish based group; Fri 21st, The Gleannaphuca Ramblers
An evening of music, song and story with Frances Kennedy & Friends; Sat 22nd, The Magic of Take That, A non stop greatest hits parade from the best Take That theatre show in Britain; Tues 25th, Film Club – Biutiful , A Spanish film from director Alejandro Gonzalez Imarritu.  Set in the picturesque suburbs of Barcelona,  In association with Access Cinema; Wed 26th,
Delusions Of Time, A Halloween magic show for all of the family; Thur 27th,Redemption Song,  John Mc Kenna’s new play.  Presented by Mend and Makedo Theatre Co., Kildare and performed by John Mc Kenna; Fri 28th, The Holytree – The Best Of Traditional , A concert to launch the first album by Listowel accordion player Maurice Egan.  He will be accompanied by John Blake, guitar and piano plus special guests. details from 068 22566.

TURF: North Kerry Branch of the Turf cutters and Contractors Association which was formed recently in Listowel. It aims to fight the government’s and Europe s take- over of our traditional right to cut turf in Moanaveanlaigh Bog. The chairman is Denis Scannell, Bunagharha.

JOURNALS are now being compiled for the Christmas Season, photos and articles always on demand.

BILLON Euro satellite will be named after an Irish child, art entries for the competition must be in by 15th Nov. 2011, details from schools. Thursday night last a beautiful full moon and Jupiter by its side was a lovely sight at 8pm. Miracle of the sun was observed at Fatima on Oct. 13th 94 years ago.

CUTS: Every vested interest are shouting and resisting cuts, nobody is urging all who receive state payments to give a few hours per week national service free.

HANRAHAN: Michael Hanrahan born 1822, Willian Hanrahan born 1823, Mary Hanrahan, Moyvane born 1825, Margaret Hanrahan born 1830, to Charles Hanrahan and Catherine Flaherty; Nora Hanrahan born 1821 to Stephen Hanrahan and Joan Enright; Tim Hanrahan born 1829 Leitrim, Nora Hanrahan Murhur born 1834;  to John Hanrahan and Margaret Lawlor; Joan Hanrahan, born Ahalahanna 1830, Pat Hanrahan born 1831, to William Hanrahan and Mary Sinan; Nora Hanrahan born 1830, Mary Hanrahan born Gortdromasillihy 1833, to Michael Hanrahan and Joan Keane; Nora Hanrahan Aughrin born 1830 to Pat Hanrahan and Nora Windle; Mary Hanrahan, Castle quarter born 1830 to Pat Hanrahan and Mgt Mulvihill; Pat Hanrahan Glenalappa born 1831 to Michael Hanrahan and Joan Mulvihill; James Hanrahan Leitrim born 1831 to John Hanrahan and Jane Kennelly; John Hanrahan Ahalahanna born 1831 to Denis Hanrahan and Nora Doherty; Joan Hanrahan born Newtown 1832 to Pat Hanrahan and Catherine Sullivan; Denis Hanrahan Kilbaha born 1833 to John Hanrahan and Nessa Kennelly; Tim Hanrahan Ahalahanna born 1834 to Ml Hanrahan and Brid Kennelly; Dan Shine Newtown born 1849 to John Shine and Ellen Hanrahan; Marriage 1834 Kilbaha Ellen Hanrahan and John Shine; Nora Shine born 1842 to John Shine and Ellen Hanrahan; Marriage, Tom Julian and Mary Hanrahan in 1834; Joan Julian Clounbrane 1835 to Tom Julian and Mary Hanrahan; Marriage of James Kennelly and Mary Hanrahan of Newtown in 1833;   Ellen Moran Kilbaha born 1831 to John Moran and Mary Hanrahan;  Tom Moloney Leitrim born 1830, Catherine Leitrim born 1834, to John Moloney and Catherine Hanrahan;  Catherine Moore, Moyvane born 1824, Margaret Moore born Newtown 1831, to William Moore and Catherine Hanrahan in 1824; William Flavin born Moyvane 1822to John Flavin and Sarah Creagh, sponsors Charles Hanrahan and Elizabeth Quinn; Margaret Sheahan Kilbaha born 1831 to Tom Sheahan and Catherine Hanrahan; Dan Keys Ahalahanna born 1835 to Dan Keys and Deb. Hanrahan; Pat Kennelly Leitrim born 1835 to Tom Kennelly and Mary Hanrahan;   Marriage 1836 of Ml Hanrahan and Joan Connell of Aughrim;

BURNS: “He bade me act a manly part, though I had ne’er a farthing, For without an honest manly heart no man was worth regarding.”

BELL: Eucharistic Congress Bell  will travel around Kerry from Thursday November 17, 2011 to Wednesday November 30, 2011 . The Bell was in Meath last week, the Congress is only about 34 weeks away, details for Kerry contact, Fr Bernard Healy – Email: [email protected] – Phone: 066 9151208.

ADORATION:  Moyvane Sun. 4.00pm to 5.00pm, Wed. 10.00am to 7.00pm and Knockanure Tues. 10.00am to 6.00pm; Listowel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after 10.30am Mass till 7pm. Adoration in Athea, continue each Thursday from 10am to 11pm.

DEATH of Mary Corrine Fitzell Soder  aged 60, of Roseburg, Oregon, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina. Corrine was born on December 29, 1950, to Peter Fitzell of Ballylongford  and Harriette Fitzell in Kansas City. Surviving her are husband, Eric, and five children, Brandon and Molly of Roseburg, Oregon; Brent (wife, Lauren and daughter, Addison) of Charleston, South Carolina; Colin (wife, Rupal) of Columbia, South Carolina, and Peter of Prague, Czech Republic. Also surviving are her mother, Harriette Fitzell of Yucaipa, California, and her sister, Julie Jorgensen (husband, Paul) of Leawood, Kansas. Corrine was preceded by her father, Peter Fitzell.

DEATH took place on Oct. 4, 2011 of  Jim McCarthy, M.R.C.V.S. Balmurry, Limerick Road, Charleville. Jim is survived by his wife Maureen, daughters, Barbara, Miriam, Úna, Anrece, Gemma, Sons, Charles, Donagh, Liam and Gerard and brother Denis. Requiem Mass for Jim McCarthy was celebrated on Friday last in Holy Cross Church, Charleville, he was laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery. Charleville, Co Cork.
His daughter Barbara taught at Knockanure National School.

DEATH of Monsignor Michael Leahy took place on Sunday October 9th 2011 at Fatima Home, Tralee. Monsignor Michael Leahy was born at Lisaniskea, Knockanure,  Retired P.P. of Listowel and V.G. Diocese of Kerry. He was predeceased by all of his siblings, Sr. Kathleen, in Tuam; Nora Agnes O Donovan; Eileen McElligott in Moyvane; Mary Imelda; Fr Jim died in retirement in Kilmorna in 1999; Jack at Lisaniskea, died in 2005; Dr. Tom died in Killarney in 2003;  Sr. Josephine in New Zealand;   and is survived by his sister-in-law Julia Leahy nee McElligott a native Moyvane. Monsignor will be missed by  nephews and nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, Bishop Murphy, the Priests of the Diocese. Requiem Mass for Monsignor Leahy was celebrated in Listowel Church on Wednesday 12th October 2011, by a large number of priests from all over the diocese. Listowel Choir assisted by a number of solo singers put on a great performance, the gallery was almost full of singers.
Monsignor Michael Leahy was laid to rest at St Michael’s Churchyard, Listowel. Monsignor Ordained in 1944, was son of Tom Leahy of Knockanure who died in 1945 and Elizabeth Keane who was a native of Ballygrennan and a niece of Old Fr Keane PP Moyvane, she died 1973. Fr Michael served in Nottingham from 1944 to ’47, when he came back to Kerry the Bishop had him as a roving priest who was on call to any part of the Diocese, a telegram was sent to Moyvane Post Office from the Bishop and delivered to his fathers house. Fr Michael was  appointed Curate in Tralee in 1950, transferred to Killarney in 1957, then Castleisland in 1971, became parish Priest of Allihies in 1975, arrived in Tarbert in 1976 and was transferred to Listowel in 1986, retiring in 1996. Monsignor was a great footballer and athlete in his day, the story is often told of his bravery playing for Knockanure. Johnny Walsh is credited with asking Fr Michael to play with Shannon Rangers and they won the County Championship in 1942. One phrase of  Fr Michael was “kick it straight down the middle”. Knockanure Sports was  dear to his heart, he was always supporting the event. Rita told me that her father and herself went to Knockanure sports on a very wet 15th of August, the sports were cancelled due to the weather, but they met  Michael Leahy and went to Jack Stokes Shop where they were fed and entertained themselves telling stories. Every place that Fr. Michael served he got involved in community activities and was a great leader and unifying force. Fr Linnane reminded us at the Requiem Mass that the glass was always half full or three quarters full in any activity he participated in. John told me that he was with Michael Leahy in St Michael’s and one day Mr O Shea said to him, here are your books and go back to the end of the class, this did not discourage him as shortly after he went to St Brendan’s and excelled. Christy told me at the funeral he remembers well the visit of Fr Michael to his old school in Knockanure, just after his ordination. Anyone who visited Fr Michael at Fatima Home is familiar with his parting words, “Thanks for calling, come again”.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jack Dore, Patrick Wren, Peg Moran, Mary Kennelly, John Somers, Mary Ellen Denihan, Sr. Ambrose Buckley, Ellen Woods, John Connell, Norrie Donegan, Frank Thornton, Jack Dunne, Nora Stack, Michael T Flaherty, Willie Harnett, Jerry Galvin, Michael O Donovan, Sr. Thomas McCafferty, Mass on Sat. 22nd  at 8.00pm for Jerry, Brendan & Pat Galvin & Josephine Walsh; Mass on Sun. 23rd at 10.00am for Michael & Julia O’Sullivan and the 11.00am is for the People of the Parish.

MISSION Sunday Oct. 23rd 2011, there are at present over 1,700 Irish missionaries serving 84 countries. People have embraced the changes to the familiar prayers at mass without any difficulty. Diocesan Collection on the 23rd & 24th October for the Propagation of the Faith.

CHURCH: Check out all Diocesan news and events on
The Rosary will be recited before Mass in Knockanure & Moyvane during the month of October. Please come a little early and take part in the Rosary.
Parishioners are invited to bring any religious items they would like blessed to Mass this Sunday and they will be blessed during Mass. Harvest Thanksgiving in Knockanure on Sunday 23rd October. An Evening of Reflection for teachers on Eucharist & Life with Fr. Ken O’Riordan was due to take place at St. Patrick’s Hall on Tuesday 18th October 3.30 to 5.10pm.

READERS:  Vigil Elaine Hudson;11.00am Jerry Duggan;
Knockanure 23rd October Patricia & Andrew Rogan.