Knockanure Notes — 18th June, 2017

BLOOD: Irish Blood Transfusion Service: 3000 units of blood are required every week. A blood donor clinic in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June from 5pm to 8pm each evening.

PARISH ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Spiritual Director Fr. Tom McMahon. Bus leaving from Knockanure 7.30am, Moyvane 7.40am Tarbert 8.00am on Wednesday 05th July. For information, cost, timetable etc. contact Margaret on 087/2976304 or Nuala in Tarbert on 068/36166.

PADRE PIO meeting in Lixnaw 3rd Tuesday of every month from September to June inclusive commencing at 7.30pm. The June meeting will take place on Tuesday, the 20th. The witness will be given by Alec Quinn.

TALK: Tarbert Education Centre: Lecture with John Lonergan in Listowel Arms Hotel at 7pm on Monday, 26th June. Lecture sponsored by Tarbert Education Support Centre. To book a place, text or ring 087 9310233. All are welcome!

GAA Lotto; On Friday 16th June there was no winner of the €3600 jackpot. Numbers drawn were 2, 15, 21, 22. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Marrie Dillon, Listowel Arms; 2. J. Sheehy, Knocknagorna, Athea; 3. James Fogarty, Church Road, Moyvane; 4. B. O’Connor, Templeglantine and Michael Moore, Kilmorna. Next draw to be held on Friday 23rd June with jackpot up to €3700.

GRAVEYARD Mass, Lisselton – 8pm Monday 19th June; Gale – 8pm Thursday 22nd June. Tuesday, July 4th at 8.00 p.m. St. Michael’s Cemetery Listowel.

SYMPATHY: To Maureen O’Connor on the death of her aunt Lil Shrimpton (neé O’Connor), Birmingham and late of Upper Aughrim. To the Finucane Family, Cuss on the death of Andy Cremins, Rathcoole, Millstreet. Death has taken place of Fr. Jack Finucane aged 80 years, he was co-founder of Concern in 1968.

ANNIVERSARIES: Pat McElligott, Maureen Keane, Liam Barry, Sr. Aquilina Relihan, Joe Lynch, Patrick O’Keeffe, Donal Mulvihill, Tony Buckley, Tom Keane, Sr. Elaine McElligott, John Culhane, Jim Groarke, Michael O’Sullivan, Joan McLoughlin, Brendan Shanahan, Jim Cogan, Con Greaney, Mary Dunne, Mary Nolan, Margaret Kennelly, Tom Manaher, Denis Lane, Mass; Moyvane, Mon 19th at 7.30pm for Anne & Eileen Higgins, Dublin (Rec Dec); Tues 20th at 10.00am, Special Intention.

Fri 23rd at 7.30pm for Feast of the Sacred Heart – Tom Manaher (Anni) his parents Michael & Anna & loving brother Michael; Sat 24th at 7.30pm for Tom & Maggie Kennelly, Knockanure (Anni);

Sun 25th at 11.00am for Jim Groarke, The Village (Anni) & the Deceased of the McKenna & Groarke Families. Mass Knockanure –Thurs 22nd at 7.30pm for Mary Brosnan, Coilagurteen (Anni); Sun 25th 10.00am for Hannah & Timothy Flaherty & the Deceased of the Flaherty family, Gortdromagouna

MASS Thurs 22nd at 1.00pm Mass in Murhur N.S. for the graduation of 6th Class

(Mass will be in the school & parents, grandparents & family members are most welcome)

CONCERT; A great crowd attended the Phil Coulter Concert in Moyvane 0n 13th June 2017, thanks to Phil, Roy Buckley of Cork, Owen Hand the organising committee and our Parish Priest Fr. Kevin, everything went off smoothly and was most enjoyable, as many sang along with the many popular songs which were well known favourites. I noticed a few at the concert, who were at the opening of the church in Father Danny’s time, still hale and hearty. 751 tickets were sold and the Parish raffle is on BBQ Sunday the 16th July 2017.

BEST WISHES TO FR. PAT AHERN who was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at University College Cork, see picture on diocese web site.

CONGRATULATIONS to Nuala Thornton Keane of Knockanure who won an award at the Connect Kerry Women in Business 2017 event held at Ballyroe Heights Hotel, recently, Nuala owns the Blossom Boutique in Market Street, Listowel.

SAVE THE 8TH Rally for Life at 2pm on Saturday July 1st, Parnell Square Dublin. Bus leaving Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church, Upper Rock St.Tralee at 7am. To book please phone: 087 6590551.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ON MAIN STREET MOYVANE: ESB Networks – due to site investigation works on behalf of the ESB a traffic management plan will be in operation from this Monday 19th for two weeks.

RETREAT: Ardfert Retreat Centre : Self Care Day: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness, Sat. 8th July 9.45am-4.00pm. Contact: Anna O’Donoghue 0879447105.

BOOK: Great Famine in Tralee and North Kerry is the title of a new book by Bryan Mac Mahon of Ballyheigue. It is published by Mercier Press and will be launched in O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Castle St, Tralee on Thursday 22 June at 5.30 pm. The guest speaker at the launch is Jimmy Deenihan. All are welcome.

NOVENA in honour of our Mother of Perpetual Help takes place from Friday June 16 to Saturday June 24 at the Redemptorist Church Limerick. It is the biggest religious event in the Mid West, and up to ten thousand people a day are expected to attend. A total of ten sessions per day from 7am to 10.30pm.

MOYVANE DEVELOPMENT/TIDY TOWNS: Village Clean Up on Wednesday 21st at 7.30pm.

GALA AND MURHUR N.S. together with Holly’s Gala aim to put in place a defibrillator for school use. Please keep all receipts (regardless of value) from Holly’s Gala. We would appreciate if receipts could be given to school children or dropped into the school office/letter box.

COMMUNITY Games in Castleisland on the 24th June.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY RACES: The annual Abbeyfeale races take place this year by kind permission on the lands of John and Anthony Relihan on Sunday, July 2.

CHORAL: Sat June 17: Concert @ St John’s Cathedral. A programme of choral works from both sides of the Atlantic, at 12 noon on Sat June 17th in the Cathedral. Free Entrance with a voluntary retiring collection in support of Active Retirement in Limerick.

CHOIRS: The 5th annual Limerick Sings International Choral Festival takes place from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th June with over two hundred American choristers joining local and national choirs for a wonderful weekend of singing.

TRIP to Clonmacnoise Co Offaly on 29th July 2017, details from 069 61816.

DAWN Mass at St. Brigid’s Well, Shanagarry, NCW on July 2nd at 6am.

CAMP: Designer Minds will be running a Primary Science, Design and Technology Summer Camp in Listowel. A week of fun, hands-on creative challenges and projects, for girls and boys who love to design, build and experiment. Visit or call 087 631 0411.

GHANA; Áine Scanlon, Starting in October she will be joining Projects Abroad to teach English to children in Ghana.

SAVE THE ‘EIGHT’ RALLY: On July 1st. The Rally for Life. Find out more on social media #RallyforLife and #Savethe8th. SAVE THE 8TH Rally for Life at 2pm on Saturday July 1st, Parnell Square Dublin. Bus leaving Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church, Upper Rock St. at 7am. To book please phone: 087 6590551.

JOB: on Community Employment for Housekeeper, Lyreacrompane Resource Centre, Housekeeper Scartaglen Heritage Centre and Caretaker Community Centre, Castleisland.If you re in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment you may be eligible for Community Employment. Please contact Bridie on 087/2747626.

ST JOHN’S: Tues 20th, Thu 22nd Sleeping Beauty. End of term production by students from Theatrix Stage School directed by Jo Jordan. Wed 21st Evening At The Asylum, Three short plays, Yellow Wallpaper, Telltale Heart and a Pair of Lunatics presented by the Asylum Clients Theatre, U.K.

Fri 23rd Donal Lunny & Paddy Glackin; The best of traditional with the musicians who have been at the forefront of Irish music since the 1970’s.; Tues 27th & Wed 28th Aladdin Theatrix stage school.; Thurs 29th The Railway Children Theatrix stage school senior class.

FATHERS: Kipling’s lines:

‘He scarce had need to doff his pride,

Or slough the dress of earth,

E’en as he trod that day to God

So walked he from his birth,

In simpleness and gentleness and honor

And clean mirth.’

JOHN MORIARTY: The Genius of John Moriarty – June 8th, 2017 Talk at Seanchai.

It’s been ten years since the death of John Moriarty, the Moyvane-born philosopher and writer. Professor Michael W Higgins is giving a lecture at the Seanchaí Centre in Listowel.

Michael William Higgins (born October 24, 1948) is a Canadian academic, writer and vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Higgins and his wife Krystyna, a professional piano accompanist, liturgical musician and freelance editor, have four children.[1] (See more at

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STEPHEN STACK – P.R. FOR THE PHIL COULTER CONCERT: Stephen Stack volunteered to do P.R. for the Phil Coulter concert. He did an excellent job. Well done Stephen! He writes: Good people of Moyvane Parish you did yourself proud last night. It shows what a small North Kerry community can do when its joins forces and works together. I, as the PR person would like to thank a number of people. Our Parish Priest Fr. Kevin, Parish Secretary Jackie, PPC Chairperson Amanda and the Pastoral and Finance Council and the huge number of volunteers for their help and support. Thanks to the following journalists Donal Nolan, Michelle Crean, Marisa Reidy, Denis Walsh, Jerry O’Sullivan and Marian O’Flaherty who helped in the pre-concert promotion. A special word of thanks to Phil Coulter’s PA Moira who made it possible for me to set up a pre-concert interview on local radio from Spain. To local photographers John Kelliher, Tom Fitzgerald and Liz Brosnan for their great work on the night.

To Moyvane as a whole it was an excellent night and a job well done, a pleasure to watch a craftsman that is Phil Coulter and Roy Buckley in our home village. — Stephen Stack P.R. Parish

DUAGH PARISH notes; A Special Celebration to reflect the life of Father Pat Moore on what would be his 60th birthday on Saturday 10th June @ 7.30pm in St Bridgid’s Church , followed by refreshments and local entertainment in true Fr Pat Style.

Slán go fóill to our parish priest of 12 years, the Priest who helped so many, many people. Duagh was given the Blessing that was Fr. Pat. The resounding laughter – remember – The Pimple, The wart, The Magic Horses of Cill Stuithín and of course his final book “Weathering the Storm”.

The storyteller, who would always have a relevant Gospel message, but would turn comic to send us home with a good joke and a smile on our face.Fr Pat is the eternal optimist who was accessible to each and every one of us, evidenced by the doors he opened and the gates he didn’t close.

We will remember him with fondness, and continue to remember him in our Prayers

May he rest in peace.

I uploaded a few pictures from another camera, which I had and shared them on Photobucket.

REMEMBERING THOSE LOST TO FARM ACCIDENTS: Remembering those who have died or those who have suffered injury from accidents on Irish farms will be the focus of an Ecumenical Remembrance Service to be held in County Laois in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix. Around 120 families have contacted the directors of ‘Embrace Farm’ a bereavement support group to have their loved ones prayed for at this service on Sunday 25th.

CONGO; The Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, together with Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe TD, have today decided to award a medal to the men of “A” Company, 35th Infantry Battalion and the next of kin of deceased members, to give full and due recognition in honour of their courageous actions at the Battle of Jadotville in September 1961. (Taken from government Letter 13 June 2017).

(Note, The United Nations Operation in Congo, a total of 6,000 Irish soldiers served in the Congo from 1960 until 1964).

AGE ACTION: June edition of Ageing Matters magazine contains; The Minister of State for Older People Helen McEntee TD wishes them a happy 25th birthday on page 3 . We celebrate the fantastic contribution made by our volunteers on pages 6 and 7. There are some great pictures from 25 years of Age Action on pages 10 to 13. We salute the men and women who have served as Age Action’s chairpersons on pages 16 and 17.

And on page 20 we ask you to help make sure our next 25 years are as successful by helping us to empower older people to live full lives.

SHRIVER: The IT Tralee & the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Fitness and Recreation are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Tim Shriver as UNESCO Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair at Institute of Technology Tralee.

NEW: A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. The agreement outlines a plan to foster the development of programmes at the Kerry and US third level institutions in the areas of nursing, business, marine and coastal science, tourism and other areas.

KERRY:, a media tech company based in the Tom Crean Centre in the Kerry Technology Park, has been selected as one of only 15 companies nationally from 250 for the Competitive Start Funding programme operated by Enterprise Ireland. They are the only Kerry company receiving funds from this competition.

PAPERS: The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Saturday, May 08, 1926; Page: 5

DEATH OF NUN, At Presentation Convent, Listowel,

The death of Sister M. St. Anne which occurred at the Presentation Convent, Listowel, at the early age of 35 years, has occasioned deep regret and sympathy throughout the community. Deceased, who was 18 years in religion, was daughter of the late Mr. Patk. Kennelly, Knockanure, Listowel.

Kerry Reporter 1924-1935, Saturday, September 23, 1933; Page: 10


The death of Sister Regis Kennelly, of the Presentation Convent, Listowel, which occurred at a private Nursing Home in Dublin on Monday, in the 51st year of her life, and the 31st of her religious profession, has occasioned genuine regret throughout North Kerry district. Her death has left the Presentation Order bereft of a member who was kind, loving and obliging, for it may be safely said of Sister Regis that she was geniality personified. As a teacher she devoted her noble mind and brilliant talent to the teaching and upbringing of her pupils in the path of morality and learning, and left nothing undone to further their future prospects. During her whole time she endeared herself to parents and scholars alike, many of whom travelled many miles to be present at her funeral.

On Tuesday the remains were met outside the town by a large concourse o£ people, who conveyed them to the Convent Chapel. High Mass was celebrated for the repose of the soul of deceased. Very Rev. Canon White presided, the celebrant being Rev. J. Moynihan, S.T.L., President, St. Michael’s College, Listowel; Rev. E. O’Riordan, C.C., deacon; Rev. J . McGrath, C.C.. sub-deacon; Rev. A. J. Molyneaux, C.C., Tralee, master of ceremonies

Present in the Sanctuary: Rev.

M. Keane, Newtownsandes; Rev. D. Lenihan, do.; Rev. J. Buckley, P.P., Lixnaw; Rev. T. Counihan, C.C., do.; Rev. T. Supple, C.C., do.; Rev. Vincent Marshall, P.P., Salford, Eng.; Rev. Fr. O’Connor, do.; Rev. J. Stack, do.; Rev. Dr. Tuomey. P.P., Sydney; Rev. T. O’Farrell, P.P.. do.; Rev. M. Galvin, Melbourne; Rev. J. Enright. C.C.. Tralee: Rev. D. Moriarty, C.C., do.; Rev. P. O’Regan, do.: Rev. W. McMahon. Des moines, Iowa; Rev. M. McMahon. C.C.. Ballybunion.

Telegrams expressing inability to attend were received from Rev. Fr. Griffin, P.P., Duagh, and Rev. J. O’Connor, Rathmore. The chief mourners were: Mother Gerard, Presentation Novitiate, Oakpark, Tralee; Mrs. Moran, Kealid (sisters); Jerh. Kennelly, Knockanure, M.C.C. (brother); Patk. Kennelly and Patk. Moran (nephews); Eileen Kennelly, Mary Moran (nieces); John .J. Kennelly. J. P. Kennelly, P. D. Kennelly, John D. Kennelly, Patk. Kennelly, Timothy Kennelly, Thos. Lyons. B. Cunningham (cousins).

Amongst the large crowds who assembled at the graveside to pay their last tribute to the re-mains was a section of the Children of Mary, of which Sodality the late Sister Regis was Directress for a considerable length of time.

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXIV, Issue 4, 25 January 1906, Page 9

KERRY— Death of a Religious.

In the cemetery attached to the Presentation Convent, Listowel, on December 2, the remains of Sister Mary John, who had spent forty-six years in religion were laid to rest. Deceased lady was a daughter of the late Mr. John Grant, Listowel, and a grand-daughter of the late Mr. Maurice Dalton, who was one of the first Catholics appointed to the magistracy after the relaxation of the penal laws.

LYNCH: New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXI, Issue 49, 6 April 1894, Page 9

The following recently appeared in the Kerry Post.

A young man named Lynch, a native of Listowel, is reported to have very cleverly effected his escape from Cork gaol a few days ago. Lynch was arrested on a charge of desertion from the Munster Fusiliers, and was temporarily detained in the gaol pending the arrival of a military escort. While the warder was inspecting Lynch’s cell the latter slipped out, and almost got out to the corridor when the warder sprung upon him. Lynch, then getting the better of his gaoler, pushed him back into the cell, and having in the twinkling of an eye shut the door, quickly turned the key, and thus locked the warder securely in the cell. By the means of a pass key, Lynch gained the open air, free. He then made for Listowel, where, however, he was again apprehended and conveyed to Dublin under a military escort from his regiment.

ARDFERT PARISH FUNDRAISER – SALE OF RELIGIOUS PICTURES & OBJECTS from the Old Presbytery, Ardfert (also copies of ‘The Diocese of Kerry formerly Ardfert’ by Fr Kieran O’Shea) – Sunday 25 June after 11 am Mass in Cuil Mhuire Pastoral Centre (or Tues, Thurs or Fri mornings 9.30 – 1.30 from Tues 27 June). After the renovation of both Ardfert and Kilmoyley churches.


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Tuesday, July 4th at 8.00 p.m. St. Michael’s Cemetery

Wednesday, July 5th at 8.00 p.m. St. John Paul’s Cemetery

Thursday, July 6th at 8.00 p.m. Finuge Cemetery

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