Knockanure Notes – 19th December, 2010

HAPPY Christmas to all, especially our readers, welcome home to the many that will join us for Christmas, hope your stay will be memorable and accident free. This year some householders have again put on great displays of lights and ornaments, donation box for charity are at some displays.

CHOIR have been practicing recently, lovely to hear them again around Christmas.

ACTIVE Retired Day at the Community Centre Knockanure which was held on Monday 13th Dec.`10 was a great success, a big crowd attended. Great credit is due to all the voluntary helpers who make the event possible.

SWIM on Christmas Day in Ballybunion in aid of Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue at 12.30pm.

ROAD Safety Campaign was recently launched by the President .This year’s campaign focuses on all who have suffered the consequences of road collisions. 22,882 people have lost their lives on Irish roads since records began in 1959 and that 66,773 people have suffered serious life changing injuries in crashes since serious injures were first recorded in 1979.

WALK:  Christmas Walk along the latest extension of the Rail-Trail linking Newcastle West and Rathkeale on Monday Dec.27th. at Noon. Assembly is at the Old Station, Bishop Court, Newcastle West, the 8 mile journey will take about three hours, complimentary return transport to N.C.W. please wear strong, comfortable walking shoes. Contact 0876471956 for any enquiries

SINGERS: Teen Spirit Recruiting Singers for New Show. “Teen Spirit 111” in the INEC on Friday 1st April. For how to join see or

DVD about the river Feale from source to sea is now available , local Fr Pat Ahern is a contributor.

COURSING; entries in the Jimmy O’Rourke Memorial Parish Stake and the Fr. Casey Memorial Working Members Stake closed on Saturday, December 18.

RACING  at Limerick Racecourse from 26th  to 29th December.

WREN BOYS: Hope the weather is suitable for Wrenboys on St Stephens Day. St. Ita’s Wrenboys are hoping that they will be joined by local musicians and singers, more from Paddy Finucane at 068 32053.

VOLUNTEERS: Some system should be put in place at both supermarkets and hospitals where volunteers could assist patrons and make life a little more pleasant for people whose mobility and strength is impaired.

WORKERS: Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland, an alliance of organisations in 15 European countries dedicated to improving working conditions of workers in the global garment and sports wear industries.

ENDEAVOUR Programme are looking for new candidates, details from

FACEBOOK’S  Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is Time Magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year, for connecting more than half a billion people.

CONCERT: Christmas Concert in Duagh on Wed. 22nd at 7.30pm.

PANTO in the Listowel Boys School Hall from the 4th to 8th of January `11

BEST Wishes to Maggie Kennelly on her 90+ Birthday and best wishes also to her granddaughter Mairead who is also celebrating her birthday around this time.

THANKS to the postal staff who have to travel and deliver extra letters and parcels in this severe weather. All who keep the country going at this time deserve our respect as they have extra inconvenience to put up with. It would be great to see some of the half a million who are supported by the state, be seen to make a special effort to contribute to society.

THANKS: The pupils of Scoil Chorp Chriost have been very generous to those in needs during the past few months. They raised E265 for the Shane Healy Fund by having a no uniform day. They also sent over 40 shoeboxes to needy children in Eastern Europe for Christmas. Well done to the children and their parents for their generosity in these difficult times.  

CREAMERY: Office and store closing Friday Dec. 24th at 1pm and reopening Monday 27th at 9am, closed Tue. 28th and Wed. 29th. Milk intake 9-10am, Thurs. 23rd, Monday 27th Thursday 30th, Monday 3rd Jan. Wed. 5th Jan.

WASTE: Many in the media are talking about waste, which of them mentions that the Government pays RTE E60 million out of their budget. The nursing homes and hospital inspection authority are preventing available beds being used, some believe to show their authority and maintain their jobs. The obligations they place on heath care workers to maintain books and records which in practice may be easily fabricated, is a distraction and a waste of time. No proof that patient care is improved over recent times, in fact care is denied to many outside the institutions as a direct result of all the regulations.

JOURNALS: Athea have a nice comprehensive Parish Journal, with varied articles; Dr Kieran Murphy gives an account of the health services, going back over the years. Limerick Regional Hospital in 1985 had three surgeons in each of following dept. Physicians, Paediatric and Gynaecology. Now they have 100 consultants in the renamed hospital. If a child had pneumonia in 1910 one in five died from it. Raymond Fennelly writes about bring home the Christmas. Kathleen, Peg Prendeville, George Langan and Peg Mulvihill have a fine selection of photographs, both  old and new. Tommy Quille has 20 Questions and other interesting material. Athea Organisations are well represented, ICA are celebrating their centenary, the Limerick Federation formed in 1944. Carrigkerry Guild had a busy year in 1986, they had their Social at Moran’s and the meal cost £5, later in the year they entertained 300 members of the world country women from 69 countries who were in Ireland for a conference in Killarney. Dancing in Dublin in the 1970 is recalled by Peg Prendiville. Lynch Family Tree is illustrated by George Langan, among the names mentioned are, Lynch, OShea, Culhane, Hunt, Connolly, Wright, Langan, Casey, Costelloe, Dalton, Woulfe, Ahern Scanlon Feury, Barrett, Higgins, Windle, McMahon, Sullivan and more. Padraig Fitzgerald gives a run down on the Goold and Dunraven Families. Notes from Dunraven Papers, Roche from Athea was landlords agent in 1848, Woulfe also from Athea was land bailiff, Wm. Roche was a mountain farmer and became land bailiff at Knocknasna, Dr. McEnery was a local physician, tenants included, McCarthy, Brouder, Fitzgerald, Harnett, Barrett and Collins. Tom Ahern gives snippets from the Leader which includes return home on visit in 1954 of Edward Dalton brother of Paddy who was shot a Gortaglanna. Timmy Woulfe discusses dancing through the ages. Timmy Woulfe This is Your Life 1979 is recalled. Writer P J Ahern of Glensharold is remembered by Tom Ahearn. Pat Brosnan recalls his wife and times. Athea ladies who won 10 consecutive County Titles are honoured. Comhaltas, Athea Community Council, GAA, Soccer, Golf and retirement parties are also covered in the Journal.

XMAS Eve 1889 Captain Wm O Shea MP filed for divorce of his wife Kitty. Christmas Eve 1954, ESB first switched on at Knocknagoshel Church. Christmas Eve 1974 Cyclone hits Darwin, in a few days 35,000 had left the city, It was Mayor Stack who was in charge of the clean up. Commons sat on Christmas Day 1652.

FROZEN: Christmas, 684 sea froze between Ireland and Scotland; 1740 Belfast Lough frozen; 1784 sea froze for a mile in the Dundalk area.

MOON: A Full Moon on December 21st, there is a good possibility of visible Moon Halos over this week.

 Gamma-ray bursts are among the most energetic events in the Universe, but some appearing faint, Their faintness is explained by presence of dust between the Earth and the explosion.

PETROL 50 pence per gal in Dec. 1973 and was heading for 60p. Agricultural wages Dec. 1980 £1.70 per hour with 19 days paid leave.

GARDA James Groarke born Mayo 23 Dec. 1907 retired from Guards 1967, died 1989, served with the Guards for over 43 years.

DEATH of Archbishop E J Kenealy OFM Cap reported in the Times on 20th Dec. 1943, he was Archbishop of Simla from 1910 to 1936. He was born in Wales to a Kerry father and a Cork mother.

DIED 21st Dec. 1900 Vere Foster, he was first President of the  National Teachers Organisation. In 1864 he spent £50,000 on a million headline copies to be distributed to schools.


DEATH took place recently in Philadelphia of Mary O Connor nee O Connor of Glin Road Moyvane; she was daughter of Con O Connor and Nora Bambury. Mary  was predeceased by her siblings, Martin, Jack, Tom, Mossie, Peg Normile, Nora O Connor and Joan O Connor. Mary was married to O Connor of Park, Athea and is survived by her family.

ANNIVERSARIES: Kevin Barrett, Nancy Daly, Fr William Murphy, Michael Collins, Jer Horgan, Ted Brosnan, Kitty Bowden, Nora Mai Broderick, Daniel J de Janasz, Paddy Healy, John Joe Sheehy, Bridget Finucane, Bridie Hanrahan, Vincent Dillon, Sean Broderick, Mass on Thurs. 23rd 7.30pm Months Mind for Michael Joe Flaherty; Mass on Sun. 26th St. Stephen’s Day Knockanure 10.00am and the 11am Mass in Moyvane is for Martin & Mary Mulvihill.

 CHRISTMAS Masses;   Fri. 24th Christmas Eve Knockanure 7.30pm and Moyvane 9.00pm; Sat. 25th Christmas Day Knockanure 10.00am and Moyvane 11.00am

Sun. 26th St. Stephen’s Day Knockanure 10.00am

Moyvane 11.00am Martin & Mary Mulvihill

DIVINE Mercy”; A weekend trip from Friday 18th February to Sunday 20th February to the Divine Mercy Conference in the RDS Arena is been organised for the West Limerick/North Kerry Area. “A truly life changing weekend”, contact  087 4147001, local seminarian Sean Jones is involved.

WE are selfish, that’s our problem. And the fact that we often won’t admit our selfishness shows how deep the pride goes, from Floyd McClung.

IRAQ: Concrete walls ten feet high are being built around churches in Iraq in fear that terrorists may try to attack  Christmas Day Services.

SIX million pilgrims from Mexico and other countries in Central America on Sunday week last Dec. 12th `10, celebrated the birthday of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

COLLECTION: Samaritans will hold a Church Gate Collection on 24th / 25th December.

SACRISTAN: Annual Christmas Offerings. Envelopes will be available at the back of the Church for anybody wishing to donate to the Sacristan on the 24th & 25th December.

ISMERIA: Catherine Lawless of  Ul claimed she found the great grandmother of Jesus called Ismeria in a recent article. According to the legend, Ismeria is the daughter of Nabon of the people of Judea, and of the tribe of King David, She married Santo Liseo, their daughter Anne married Joachim. After 12 years, Liseo died.

LIAM Lawton Concert in St John’s Church Tralee, has been
re-scheduled for Sunday, February 13th.  All tickets are valid for the re-scheduled concert.
PILGRIMAGE to Rome and Assisi  led by Bishop Bill Murphy will take place from April 25th – May 2nd Further details from Janice O’Sullivan on 064 7750872 or e-mail [email protected].

CAROL singing and festive songs at the Convent Hall on Tue. 21st at 7pm.

MASS in Listowel for Christmas Eve Fri. 24th ,Vigil Mass at 7pm, Folk Group will attend and it will be broadcast live on Radio Kerry, Mass of the Nativity  on Friday at 10pm; Christmas day Mass at 9am and 11am in Listowel, Carol Singers and Parish Choir at both Masses.

DO This in Memory of me ceremony has been held at Knockanure over the past few weeks, nice to see the children adding their posters to the Jesse Tree and reading a reflection.

COMMUNION Rounds that are usually done on the 1st Friday of the month will be done on Thursday 23rd Dec. No Communion Calls on the 1st Friday in January.

Visiting Priests will be available for Confession on Tuesday 21st December at 7.30pm in Knockanure and 8.00pm in Moyvane.

READERS: Vigil Michelle Corridan; 11.00am Paul & Anthony Kiely; Knockanure 24th Patricia & Andrew Regan

25th Mary O’Flaherty & Siobhan Fitzgerald

26th Margaret Carmody & Mary Fitzgerald.

STUDY; The Dominicans are offering a programme of theology study, leading up to a degree (BTh), in the distance learning format. In November 2010, there were 37 who received their full degree. Contact, The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24.

Tel. 01 4048124 or

This time of year can be sad for some who for various reasons are feeling outside the spirit of the festivities.