Knockanure Notes – 17th August, 2008

VINTAGE Day in Knockanure on Sunday last was a great occasion to meet the neighbours, some came from all over the district even a few from abroad were present. The beautifully restored cars, tractors and implements, was a credit to all who spent time and money bringing back to life what was abandoned by others. The weather was great in the afternoon with some in their shirt sleeves, thanks is due to Leo Finucane who provided the site which was ideal considering the wet weather we had over the past weeks. The committee and volunteers who organised the event deserve our praise and thanks. Knockanure Community Centre had a stand and a band player all afternoon.

ST PIO Prayer meeting will be held in Listowel Church on Thursday August 21st , starting at 7.15pm, all are welcome.

SEANCHAI are looking for items on Listowel Races to display during Heritage Week, details from 068 22212. Seanchai Writing Poetry course runs from 6th to 7th of September, it is directed by Micheal Fanning. Novel and Short Story courses are to follow at end of September and mid October.

HERITAGE Week runs from August 24th to 31st, a host of activities are taking place all over the country, Irish Walled Towns Day Sunday August 24th , details from 1850 200 878 or visit

SIAMSA August programme; Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Oilean Show and on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Clann Lir will be performed. Exhibition of photography for August is called Kerry- A Way of Life.

ST JOHN’S: Wednesday 20th The Jeff & Vida Bluegrass Band; Thursday 21st Best of Traditional with Jackie Daly and John Faulkner, Friday 22nd Summer Students present Snatch, Saturday 23rd Jack L in Concert, Wednesday 27th Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes, Thursday 28th Don Baker in Concert, details from 068 22566.

TINTEAN: Friday 29th of August at 8pm The Fury Brothers and Davie Arthur. Tintean recent show a Tribute to Joe Dolan was a great night it was the same as if Joe was there himself, before the show Johnny Carroll delighted the audience with his inimitable style and blasting his golden trumpet. The last performance of Troubled Bachelors was held on August 15th , it was fun, people who have not seen the comedy have missed a lot.

SEISIUN will be held at Rockchapel on Tuesday night, the Arms Hotel on Wednesday night , at the Devon Hotel on Thursday night, all at 9pm.

DEAF: The National Association for Deaf People have changed their name to DeafHear , their outreach centre will be held in Listowel at Seanchai on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

PLANNING: Draft Development Plan for the county `09 to `15 may be viewed at libraries and council offices send in submissions and observations before 28th of August `08. Whatever plan is adopted a clause should be inserted to accommodate and speed the delivery of any extra jobs.

We have seen the vision of the planners over the past few years; they thought they were so powerful that they control the tide.

ORGANIC: The Minister for Food and Horticulture Trevor Sargent sent a letter to farmers last week encouraging them to look favourably at organic farming, the letter arrived the day after the Macroom Open Day, but another Open Day will be held at Batt and Ger Sheehan’s farm near Mallow on Thursday August 28th to view an organic tillage and dairy farm, details from 1890 200 509, or visit the Dept of Agriculture website.

STROKE: About 10,000 people get a stroke in this country every year, we hear a lot about health and safety from multiple state sponsored bodies, if they put some of their energies into reducing the incidences of strokes what benefits it would bring.

BEST Wishes to all who received their Leaving Cert results last week, now they have to figure out their further education, or get a job, with a bit of ambition who knows what they may contribute to society either at home or abroad.

IT Tralee have a new life long learning course, details from 066 7191 701.

CHARITY Dance tickets for the Damien O Carroll fundraising dance are being sold locally at present.

PRICES of houses will drop much further outside the big cities because some financial institutions will only give funding of 50% in these areas, the big cities can still avail of 70% funding.

EVENTS: ; Escort Owners Club are holding their 40th event in Killarney from August 23rd to 24th ; Clounmacon Pilgrimage to Knock is on Wednesday August 20th , details from 068 21773; Rose of Tralee Festival runs from Friday 22nd to Tuesday 26th; Festival of Kerry Historical Exhibition at Tralee Library continues; Heritage Week begins on August 24th; Padraig O Keeffe of Sliabh Luachra will be recalled on RTE Radio One on Wednesdays at 9pm; All Ireland Fleadh will be held at Tullamore from 22nd to 24th of August; Heart Saver first response training will be held at the Gables Athea on August 25th from 6.30pm to 10pm; Kingdom harvest Fair will be held at Kingdom Co-Op Mart on Sunday August 31st ; Limerick Show is on August 23rd and 24th; Beal na mBlath Michael Collins commemoration is on Sunday August 24th; Tour of Ireland Cycle Race runs from August 27th to 31st , it will pass locally; Bus to see Margo at the INEC will leave Athea on September 5th, details from 087 2965 970;

SWANS: Tadhg Kennelly says the side’s form has suffered because they have been worrying too much about staying in the top four.

MARATHON: Local man Tadhg Flaherty will run in the Longford marathon on Sunday 24th of August. Johnny Hayes won the Olympic Marathon in London in 1908, an Italian runner was first across the line, but did not receive the Gold because he was helped in the final yards to finish. Hayes and Pietri often ran together in America bringing great respect to the marathon event.

OLYMPICS: Locals will be watching Nick Symmonds on this Wednesday, as local born man John Shanahan is involved in his training. Three nights and one day of rain brought a bright clear day to Beijing on August 15th, pictures taken show blue sky and the surrounding hills. Michael Phelps won 8 gold, Mark Spitz in 1972 won 7 gold medals at in a single game, Phelps aged 23 has won 14 Olympic Gold medals in total, five more than his nearest rival.

WALK: Assemble at Newcastle West Railway Station, Bishop Court, Newcastle West at 3pm on August 24th for a 3 mile walk along old railway line to visit Ardagh Chalice site with option of ‘loop return’ to Newcastle West by road [5 miles] or via rail-trail, details from 069 61121.

RAIN is causing considerable loss to many sections in our country, householders who were flooded will never rest again with ease in their beds, farmers have lost animals and grass is being trampled into the ground, Cows are being housed, holidaymakers and tourist industry is receiving a body blow, the only reliable tourists are our relations, natural disruption was bad, then think of the officials who stood idly by and watch Castleisland last week turned into a car park without being held to account.

SCARE: Latest scare is that Carrageenan, a seaweed based product which is approved since 1930s in the U.S. and is put into bakery products, ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, condensed milk, pudding, jams and much more, may cause colon cancer. In a local hospital on the notice board is a SARS helpline 1800 454 500, when checked there was no reply.

STAMP to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Queen sending a message to the American President from the Valentia transatlantic cable station is now available, An Post also have International Year of the Planet stamps.

CENTENARY of Listowel Badminton Club is being celebrated this year; they are looking for information on their roots.

BOOK on the Ahern brothers of Athea is now available locally.

BEST Wishes to local man Gerard Barrett, who has a keen interest in filmmaking.

Congratulations to Una Fitzmaurice of Moyvane who got top marks in her seven Honour subjects.

FAMILY Tree: Information is being sought on Mortimer O Connor of Newtownsandes who immigrated to America in 1860; he was married to Elizabeth Reed.

Washington State Archives can be searched at Found for Kennelly; 25 marriages, 513 deaths, 214 land deals, 53 miscellaneous records and 4 oaths of office.

GREAT to hear local missionary Fr Tommy O Hanlon on Radio Kerry last Saturday morning.

HISTORIAN Kevin O Connor visited his cousins in the locality last week, Kevin is continuing to research the Connor and Keane families.

HIGH Jump: The Limerick Guardian of August 21st 1948 contained Article 6 of their athletic series; it says that 5ft 6ins was considered an extraordinary jump a century ago; An American in 1887 was the first to jump 6ft, the first Irish World Record was made in 1880 by Pat Davin with a jump of 6ft two and three-quarter inches; James Ryan in 1895 jumped 6ft four and a half inches, later Mike Sweeney a Kerry born man jumped 6ft 6 in, his record stood for 20 years; Con Leahy jumped 6ft four and a half in 1901, his brothers Joe and Michael were also 6 footers; Tim Carroll reached 6ft 5ins in 1913; Dr Pat O Callaghan weighing 17 stone jumped 6ft 2 in, was three times Irish Champion in the early 30s; American jumper in 1912 reached 6ft 7ins, in 1921 6ft eight and three quarters was cleared, Lester Steers jumped 6ft 11 ins.

KERRYMAN: Snippets from August 14th 1948 edition of the Kerryman ;Aer Lingus carried 3,336 passengers over the Bank Holiday weekend, the highest ever, passenger numbers for July was 80% above the previous year; Thomas Slattery gives a long list of passengers departing included in the list are Miss M McAuliffe and D. F. O Connor of Knocknagoshel; Thomas Conway of Lixnaw; Thomas F O Leary Castlegregory ; Miss Mary Geaney of Listowel went for holiday to relations in the U.S. J.J. Kenny and J. Kane had dispute over trespass at Castle Inch, Listowel; Extension granted at Ballybunion from 8pm to 12pm; Hector Hughes K C sings the praise of Ballybunion; Kevin Summers of Lixnaw caused change in police dress in England, his photo was in all the papers; Horse Show attracted 1093 entries; Golden Jubilee of Fr J.R. Cantillon of St Philip’s Church San Francisco, he was home on holidays with his brother Fr Barnabus ; Athea Notes reports that weather was very broken, a bus service would be a great boon, death took place of Michael Barrett of Knocknagorna son of Mrs Barrett and the late John Barrett, he had siblings Tom and Alice; U.S. Air force to spend $799,500,000.

ORGAN Donor card, since 1964 over 3,000 kidney transplants have been carried out in this country, more information is available from 1890 543 639

FEAST: 18th St Helen, 22nd Queenship of Mary, 23rd St Rose of Lima, 24th St Bartholomew, 27th St Monica and 28th St Augustine.

SHRINE: Hundreds are at present finishing their 10 day 180 mile pilgrimage to the Icon of the Black Madonna in Poland, it is an annual event for the past 300 years, one of the miracles attributed to the Madonna is in 1655 about 70 monks and 180 supporters held out against 4,000 soldiers.

Last week 70,000 Vietnamese Catholics had a Marian Days jamboree in Missouri, sad to report that 17 pilgrims died and 40 others were injured in a bus crash on their way to the event.

CHOIR: Abbeyfeale Choir will be on WL102 on Tuesday August 26th at 1.15pm.

THOUGHT: God is more anxious to bless us than we are to be blessed, more anxious to give us wisdom, strength and peace than we are to take them. We are the ones who are reluctant not God, Richard C. Halverson; Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace, Anonymous; He who makes himself his own master subjects himself to a fool for a master, Bernard;

ANNIVERSARIES: Jim Flaherty, John Sheahan, Willie Finucane, Pope Pius X, Bridie O Connor, Padraig O Callaghan, Ethne Strong, Bridget McCarthy, Paddy Barry, Mary Olive Relihan, Jim Stack, Mass on Friday 22nd at 8pm for William and Julia Walsh, Mass on Saturday 23rd at 8pm for Michael Kennelly and deceased members of the Kennelly Family, Mass on Sunday 24th in Knockanure at 10am for Patrick Sweeney and the 11am Mass in Moyvane is for Jack Walsh.

DEATH has taken place of Madeline Mulvihill nee McEnery of Lower Athea, Madeline was born at Tubbertureen Moyvane and is survived by her daughters Margaret and Maura, brother Denny McEnery, sisters Hannah and Noreen; her husband Paddy, daughter Ellen, sisters Catherine, Birdie and Ita, and brother Sony predeceased Madeline. Following Requiem Mass on Wednesday August 13th `08 in Athea Church celebrated by Fr Madden, Canon Kelly and Fr Lucid, Madeline Mulvihill was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery Athea. Madeline Mulvihill was daughter of Denis McEnery and Margaret Hudson.

Death has taken place of Rose Fitzmaurice of Charles Street, Listowel.

Death took place last week Conor Graney of Toureendonnell, Athea, following Requiem Mass in Athea Church he was laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea. The Connell’s of Moyvane are related to Conor.

Collection this weekend is for Pastoral and Retreat Centres.

READERS: Vigil Una Fitzmaurice and Elaine Hudson, 11am in Moyvane Paul and Anthony Kiely and Knockanure 10am Brenda Clancy and Anne Stack.

ADORATION: Moyvane on Sunday from 4pm to 5pm , Wednesday 10am to 7pm and Knockanure on Tuesday 10am to 6pm.

CONVERSION of son of Hamas leader to Christianity, leads him to believe that peace will come to Middle East only when Muslims convert to Christianity, details from