Knockanure Notes — 17th July, 2019

GRAVEYARD COMMITTEE MEETING: Mon 15th at 8.30pm in the Marian Hall. All members to attend.

ROADWORKS UPDATE: Trenching and ducting works will continue from Gortaglanna (Bambury’s) Cross to Knockanure Village. The road will be closed from 8:00am to 6:00pm from Monday to Friday for the coming weeks. The road will be fully reopened at the weekends. More from Pádraig 086/6072159.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE: Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday July 20th from 2-4pm -23574.

PIONEER PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A bus will pick up at the bus stop opposite the church, Abbeyfeale at 8.45am on Sunday, July 21.

DUAGH ANNUAL GRAVEYARD MASS: will be held at Duagh Cemetery on Thursday 25th July at 8p.m.

DEATH has taken place of John Kirby, Boyne Hall, Slane Road, Drogheda and formerly of Moyvane, on 5th July 2019. John, husband of Maureen and dad to Paul, John and Jim, granddad to Colm and Cormac, brother of Jimmy, sister of Bridie. Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Mell, and Burial afterwards in Newtown Cross Lawns Cemetery, Termonfeckin Road.

DEATH has occurred of Richard (Rich) Kissane, Clountubrid, Listowel.(Suddenly) at his residence on the 5th July 2019.Predeceased by his parents Michael and Molly. Survived by his wife Mary, sons Mike and P.J, daughters Majella and Joanne, grandchildren Isabella, Darragh, Seanie, Dáithí, Richie, Michael & Thomas, brother Francis, sisters Sr. Noreen and Miriam, daughters-in-law Mari and Fiona, sons-in-law Alan and David, brothers-in-law Oliver and Matt, sister-in-law Betty, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces. Removal on Tuesday from his residence to St. Mary’s Church, Listowel for requiem Mass at 11.30 a.m, with burial afterwards in St. John Paul II Cemetery, Ballybunion Road, Listowel.

DEATH has occurred in England recently of Dan Broderick of Gortdromagowna, Knockanure, born 21st December 1940. Son of Nora Mai Broderick (nee Fitzgerald who died in her 93rd year in Dec. 2000) and John Broderick. Dan is survived by his wife Christina, children Maria, John and Thomas and brothers and sisters and grandchildren.

DEATH of John Patsy O’Sullivan of Tooreendonnell, Athea, he passed away on July 8th 2019, surrounded by his family. Predeceased by his wife Josie (O’Connell of Knockanure). Sadly missed by his sons Dan & Liam, daughters Joan, Mary, Martina and Ann Marie, brothers and sisters

DEATH of Billy Byrne (Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin) – July 10th 2019, husband of Nora (Pearl). Father of David, Brian, Colm and Kieran, daughters-in-law Michele, Mandy, Karen and Karen, grandchildren Josh, Liam, Sam, Danniella, Richard, Shauna, Molly, Emily, Kyle, Ronan and Amber, brother-in-law John, sister-in-law Agnes, nieces, and nephews.

DEATH of Canon Denis O Mahony, Farranfore, Curate in Listowel from 1979 to 1988.

FUNERAL of Brendan Grace’s in his native Dublin on Monday 15th July 2019.

ANNIVERSARIES: Ted McElligott, Martin McGrath, Mgr. Padraig O’Fiannachta, Jackie Keane, Mary Dee, Johnny McEnery, John Murphy, Sr. Declan Murphy, Bridie Mai Sheehy, Fr. William Buckley, Tom Sullivan, Margaret Horgan, Bridget Collins, Fr. Timothy Gunn, Mary Scanlon, Hannah and Bridget Ferguson, Mass Moyvane: Tues 16th at 7.30pm for Ciss Dore, Woodgrove; Wed 17th 7.30pm for Joe & Mary O’Connell, Listowel Road; Sat 20th at 7.30pm for Thomas Molyneaux, Listowel (Rec Dec) Sun 21st at 11.00am Mass for Anne Dillon (née Stack), Listowel & Carrueragh (Rec Dec) Sister to Willie Stack.

Mass Knockanure on Sun 21st at 10.00am for Seán Fitzgerald, Park, Upper Athea & Wolverhampton (Rec Dec) Brother to Tom Fitzgerald, Kilmorna.

RETIREMENT; To mark the recent retirement of post mistress Mairead Doyle, Asdee Community Development are holding a dance, with light refreshments on Wed 24th July in Asdee Community Centre. There will be a presentation to Mairead on the night.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bríd Carroll, who teaches in Tarbert Comprehensive, was awarded “fundraising teacher of the year” having raised €220,000 over the years for Concern.

ANNUAL NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE TO CROAGH PATRICK ‘REEK SUNDAY’: takes place Sunday 28th July. Mass celebrated on summit at 8 a.m. Last Mass 2 p.m.

ATHEA Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Thursday, August 1st. Please give names to Agatha Barrett and Peggy Casey.

CENTENARY: library in Athea will be featured on a postage stamp to be released in August. It marks the centenary of the death of Andrew Carnegie who provided the grant to build the library.

LOUGH DERG Pilgrimage was attended by a bus load from Kerry and Limerick, last week.

MISSION APPEAL last weekend: Sr. Mary Gallagher of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary. The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary (The Killeshandra Nuns) was founded in 1924 by Bishop Joseph Shanahan CSSp to bring the Gospel message to the women of Southern Nigeria. Sisters are presently on mission in Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, the U.S.A. and Zambia.

RACING at Killarney from 15th to 19th July.

SEISIUN is held at the Devon Inn on every Thursday night, begins at 8.30pm.

GLIN KNIGHTS Cycling Club, event on July 21st, starts 9.30am.

THE COLLEEN BAWN – Tarbert Historical Society / Open Air Players will stage an enactment of the Colleen Bawn Story at the Bridewell Green next Thursday and Friday 18th and 19th of July at 8pm. There will be no admission charge but there will be a raffle to defray expenses. Radio Kerry will feature the enactment at 2pm on Radio Monday.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – This year’s tour takes place on Sunday 4th August and takes in the Rock of Cashel, Hore Abbey, the Swiss Cottage and Cahir Castle. The tour will be guided by Dr. Declan Downey with booking at the Bridewell 068-36500 on or before Friday 19th July.

WEIGHT Management Programme – The next FREE weight management programme run by HSE Community Dietitians to help those who are overweight or obese, to lose weight successfully, will be running in Listowel in September 2019. This group-based course is run over 6 weekly sessions, each session runs for 1½ hours. There are follow-up sessions every 3 months after the initial 6 week programme. If you would like to attend, please contact your GP for referral to the PHEW programme.

BOOK: A 56-page booklet on the history of Ballyloughane school was published recently to mark the 50th anniversary of its closure.

COLLEEN BAWN 200th ANNIVERSARY & TARBERT BRIDEWELL TOUR – will be held on Sat.27th July at 10am – €15 per person – Booking essential. Outing will include; A return trip on Car Ferry as foot passenger, a visit to the Coleen Bawn Grave and a talk on the Colleen Bawn by local Historian Patrick Lynch. Tea/Coffee & Scone at the Tarbert Bridewell on return. Tour of Tarbert Bridewell Exhibition with new Sound System and Audio Visual. Booking at Tarbert Bridewell – Tel 068 36500. email tarbertbridewell

BRUACH NA CARRAIGE SUMMER CAMP:. The annual summer camp is on from July 15 – 26 from 10 am – 2pm for children between 6 and 15 years where they will be introduced to playing music, singing, ceili dancing, games and fun. Each day from 2.30 to 6pm there will be solo traditional step dancing classes with Sarah and Maurice O Keeffe. Further information from 087 2205566.

SESSION: The Bruach Na Carraige summer Seisiun is now on, and will run each Tuesday night during July and August at 9pm.

DIABETES – A FREE self-management course for diabetes will be on offer in Listowel in September. The course is facilitated by a Registered Dietitian. It is a 4 week course. The course helps you understand diabetes and what you need to do to manage your diabetes. Each session is 2½ hours long. Topics such as understanding diabetes, weight management, controlling your blood glucose and limiting possible complications of diabetes are covered in this course. To apply for the course you can apply online at or contact Monica O Sullivan at 064 6670763. Places are limited.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre Weekly Prayer Meetings: Led by Ben Perkins, Mon. 8pm-9.30pm. Foyer Of Charity Silent Retreat: Preached by Fr. Kilian Byrne, Mon. 5th to Sun.11th Aug. Enquiries contact: Helen 086 1678027 or hellywilliams Bookings: Phone 0667134276.

COURSE: St Angela’s College, Sligo is inviting applications for upcoming course Part-Time Certificate in Religious Education (Primary) with Online Delivery. Closing date for Applications is Mon 5th Aug. Details: Mary Kearns at Education Department, St. Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo T. 353-71-9195551 E. mkearns Website:

POETRY: Margaret Naughton, Healthcare Chaplain and writer launches her poetry book: “Letting Go” in The Suaimhneas Centre, Palliative Care Day Unit @UHK on Friday July 26th at 7.30pm. Michael Healy-Rae will launch the book with MC Deirdre Walsh, Radio Kerry. Music and refreshments. All are welcome!


The best of American country and bluegrass with this six piece group from Louisiana featuring musician and vocalist Alecia, guitar banjo, bass, dobro andfiddle.

Fri 19th- MY AUNT BEE

A new play by Seamus O’Rourke. “I’ve had some lovely aunts, that’s until I met my aunt Bee for the first time. She’s a hundred! A bossy Americanized vodka drinking maniac of a woman with far too much luggage. Why is she here?” The cast features Seamus O’Rourke and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and is directed by Laura Dowdall, details from 068 22566.

FIRST FRIDAY REFLECTIONS WITH FR. SHOJI: On the First Friday of each month, Fr Shoji will lead an hour of Praise and Worship in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Abbeyfeale, beginning at 9.00am. He will lead parishioners in reflecting on the Word of God and will conclude with the Rosary. All parishioners are welcome, especially parents and children.

SALE OF PRODUCE: Sale of produce from the parish garden, Abbeyfeale will take place after both Masses on Sunday, July 21 with all funds raised going to Fr. Tim Galvin’s South Sudan Mission. Vegetables, Jams and preserves will be on sale.

BOOK: A second collection of short stories entitled ‘From Head to Tale ‘has been published by Newcastle West man, Pat Mc Loughlin. The book is available at Anne Lyons’s shop, Abbeyfeale and the proceeds will go to Friends of St Ita’s.

CLEAN UP: Reilig Ide Graveyard every Tuesday from 7-8pm. The annual Mass in Reilig Ide will take place in August.

‘MY STORY WITH GOD’ A talk will take place in Killarney Plaza hotel on Saturday July 20th at 8pm titled ‘My story with God’. Three young people will give their testimony, detailing how the Catholic faith helped them overcome various difficulties, allowing them to ‘live life in all its fullness’. All are welcome to attend.

Brosna G.A.A. book will be launched by Eoin Liston and Sean Walsh in the local hall on Friday 26th July at 8pm. All are welcome to attend. To order copies of the book, contact Kay Walsh on 087 2307948.

THE ANNUAL FAMILY FUN DAY takes place at Listowel Family Resource Centre on Saturday July 20 from 2-4pm. All welcome.

KERRY WRITERS MUSEUM are hosting Guided Walks for the town for just €5.00 every Saturday for the month of July & August at 11am. Departs from Writers Museum 068-22212.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: The club meet on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enrights The Ramble Inn, Church Street from 9pm.

SCHOLARSHIP: The Danaher Trust is making number of scholarships available to students of the parishes in this area for studies at third level. The students must be of limited means. The Danaher McGrath Trust is seeking applications for a scholarship. In order to apply for the scholarship students must meet certain criteria. For information email closing date for applications is August 31.

FR. AIDAN CONROY SDB: Welcome home to Ballybunion Fr. Aidan Conroy a Salesian Priest in Macau. He was ordained in Ballybunion 1972. He is Ministering in Macau for past 43 years.

HERITAGE week takes place from Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 25

HELPLINE FOR MEN SUFFERING DOMESTIC ABUSE: A new helpline has been set up and will operate 36 hours a week on 1800816588.

ARDFERT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Weekly Guided Village Walks on Thursday evenings at 8 pm. Next walk on Thursday 18 July. We usually meet up at Ardfert Church Car Park, depending on the particular route of the walk each week. The walks are free and all are welcome.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Don’t post holiday pictures on FB until you come back, turn off your location on your smart phone so no one can check if you are out. If something sounds too good to be true then more than likely it is so be careful out there. Take care on the roads and make sure that you are visible to other road users so if walking wear a high viz jacket and after dusk carry a torch and if driving turn on your lights if the wipers are on. Lock the doors of your car when you are inside, do not leave a handbag visible on the seat. When you are at home keep the two doors locked so that if someone calls a second person cannot enter the house through the back door while you are occupied at the front door. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65.

ACCORD: Offers an affordable professional counselling service with qualified counsellors in a confidential, caring and safe environment. The Centre offers one-to-one counselling, couple counselling, separation support, psychosexual counselling, fertility awareness and natural family planning service. ‘If you can’t talk to each other, try talking to us’. Contact ACCORD Tralee at 066-7122280

PAPERS: Kerry Sentinel 1878-1916, Tuesday, April 12, 1887; Page: 2


Early on Thursday morning Barry and Son, bailiffs, accompanied by some constables from a local police, hut visited the house of John Horgan, labourer, in the village of Knockanure, to enforce a magistrate’s order at the suit of his landlord, Mr. M. Fitzgerald, of Athea. Horgan’s house was barricaded the previous day, the door being blocked in the inside with a solid wall of masonry and a doorway cut in the partition wall of the adjoining house through which Horgan obtains admission. The bailiffs having dealt the door a few blows and seeing that it did not yield retired a few paces, whereupon Mr. Fitzgerald’s son, whose visage plainly indicated his resolve to accomplish the inhuman work advanced to the door, but in consequence of the reception he received he had also to retire. The evicting party immediately retired amidst the cheers of the crowd which had now assembled. Great indignation is fell at the action of Fitzgerald which is certainly actuated by some petty spleen.

Kerry Weekly Reporter 1883-1920 | Saturday, June 18, 1887 | Page: 6

The County Kerry Amateur Athletic and Cricket Club Sports. (Just a snippet of event)

Sports were held under the rules of GAA and I.C.A.

Grand Stand filled by fair sex. Weather best.

Trustees of club were; Donovan, Latchford, and committee were; Denny, Downing, Dobson, Fitzgerald, Harrington, Hodgings, Harrington, Healy, Hanrahan, Hayes, Horgan, Huggard, Gallivan, Deahy ?. Mangan, Murphy, Neligan, Hill, O’Regan, Slattery, Tralee Brass Band and Industrial School Band performed. Winners Five Mile Race R.T. Dobson. Sling Shot, John Foran. 100 yds W Hayes. Long Jump, D Power. 100 yds flat, W N Tisdale. High Jump, Ml M’Quinn. 120 yds hurdles Patrick Horgan. Hop Step and jump, P J O’Sullivan.

(See paper for long list of events and winners.)

Paper has details of The Bodyke evictions and hope of success without violence.

Action against Captain Taylor of Glentoo, Kilgarvan for assaulting Daniel Downing on 9th Feb, last at Ardtully. Taylor Claimed shot nearly hit him.

Kerry Weekly Reporter 1883-1920, Saturday, June 27, 1896; Page: 6


The sports were witnessed by a very large attendance, who appeared to take a great interest in the different items , and also to be highly pleased with the band of the Royal Irish Constabulary, which, under the baton of Van. Maanen, played the following selection of music very finely:—

Soldiers Life, Deux a Deux, Popular American Songs, Jolly Boys, Come Back to Erin, The Shop Girl, Sparks Polkas, Moore’s Melodies, (see paper for long report on sport competition)

For over 1500 years pilgrims are coming to Lough Derg.

The Island continues to hold its appeal for young and old alike. 1100 – Lough Derg in possession of two islands with religious associations, a larger called Oileán na Naomh (Saints Island), and a smaller known as Station Island. Station Island had the great attraction of a cave, said to have been where Saint Patrick spent time in prayer.

1135 – Augustinian Canons in charge of Lough Derg

1153 – Knight Owein’s Pilgrimage

1186 – Henry of Saltry in Huntingdonshire writes of Knight Owein’s Pilgrimage and Purgatory – 150 copies of this text still survive in libraries across Europe

Caxton- Mirror of the World (1480)

In reference to the extraordinary tales from the pilgrimage

‘an high Canon of Waterford, which told me, hath been therin 5 or 6 times. And he saw nor suffered no such things. He saith that with procession, the religious men that be there bring him into the Hole and shut the door after him….And there he was all night in contemplation and prayer and also slept there; and on the morn he came out again…And other thing he saw not’

Patrick Kavanagh

Lough Derg, St. Patrick’s Purgatory in Donegal,

Christendom’s purge. Heretical

Around the edges: the centre’s hard

As the commonplace of a flamboyant bard.

The twentieth century blows across it now

But deeply it has kept an ancient vow.

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