Knockanure Notes – 19th May, 2013

ST PIO Prayer Meeting in Listowel Church on Thursday May 23rd, beginning at 7pm.

CPR: Defibrillator: A public meeting will take place at the Community Centre Knockanure on Tuesday evening  28th May 2013 at 7.00 p.m.  All are welcome.  The committee are hoping to get more people to train into the CPR/CFR in order to put this very important facility operational and available to our community in the event if it being required at any time.

I.C.A. recently sent a consignment of knitted items such as blankets, scarves, bootees, etc to Chernobyl.  These were knitted by I.C.A. members and volunteers from neighbouring parishes.  We wish to thank all who supported this worthy cause.

LOCAL girl Breda Lane was in the Kerry Ladies team that beat Galway recently in the NFL Div 2 final at Parnell Park, it was the first league title for them since 1991.

RAS, sponsored by An Post is expected to reach Listowel on May 21 at 2.30pm. Three Day Leisure Cycle around Kerry is on 1st, 2nd and 3 of June, details from

GAA: Lotto Results 17th May 2013,  Jackpot E8,500 Numbers Drawn 4-15-27-31, No Winner. Lucky Dips, went to; Maurice Sheehan, Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale; Mike Keane, Coilagurteen; Dan Collins, Knocknagoshel; Tracy Moore, Tralee; Dan Broderick, Abbeyfeale; James & Maureen Connolly, Trien, Kilmorna;
Bar Prize Kathy Finucane; Next Weeks Jackpot E8,600.

CRAFT Producers stall in Ballybunion for the summer, details from 087 9860 480.

BEST Wishes to Mary Kearney of Moyvane South who recently celebrated her birthday with family and friends.

RAMBLING HOUSE will take place in the Seanchaí Literary Centre, Listowel on Thursday May 23rd from 9 pm.

FIRST AID; An information evening on will take place at Listowel Family Resource Centre, Listowel on Tuesday May 21 from 7-9pm.

MARATHON; Calling all walkers and runners to participate in this year’s Dublin City Marathon. Kerry Crusaders are holding an open and motivational evening on Wednesday 22nd May at 8.30pm at the Listowel Community Centre – all are welcome. Kerry Crusaders fundraises for children with special needs.

WRITERS Week begins on May 29th.

EUCHARISTIC Procession Listowel on  Sunday 26th May 2013, after the 11am. Mass.

ST PIO Prayer meeting will be held in Lixnaw, on Tuesday night, May 21st.  The first class relic will be available for blessing.  Witness will be given by Stella Enright.

MASS celebrated in Ardfert for St Brendan’s Day was live on the internet, Local born Fr Pat Ahern arranged and conducted the music for the mass.

SET DANCING: West Limerick Set Dancing Club will hold a Céilí at the Courtney Lodge, Newcastle West on May 31st Music by Johnny Reidy. Ita McQuinn is hosting an end of season ceili on Thursday, May 23rd in Monagae Hall with music by Micheal Sexton. Dancing will start at 9pm and everyone is welcome.

DEATH took place of Larry (Lar) Buckley on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Survived by his wife Marie and son Pat. Requiem Mass for Lar Buckley was celebrated in  St. Bartholomews Church, Athea on Tuesday 14th May  2013. Lar was laid to rest afterwards to Knockanure old cemetery in the family grave beside generations of his ancestors. Lar was a native of Gortdromagowna and lived at Lower Athea since his marriage to Marie Grady. Inscriptions on the headstone, Lar died 20 Nov. 1921; Bridget nee Broderick died, 27 May 1964; John L died 18 Aug. 1975; Nora Babe died 20 March 1986; Lar died 30 July 1991; Ned died 30 Dec. 2000, also Sean Og Buckleys.

DEATH has taken place of Jerry McCarthy of Gurtdrumasillihy, Moyvane on May 17 2013. Survived by his wife Bridie Dowling, sons Jeremiah, David and Kieran, daughters Leesha, Noelette and Breda, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law. Jerry was aged 77 years and came from Ennismore to Moyvane when he was aged 15 years.  Requiem Mass for Jerry McCarthy was celebrated by Fr Lucid PP in Moyvane Church on Sunday May 18th, the Parish Choir sang at the mass. Jerry was laid to rest afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Knockanure.

ANNIVERSARIES: David Dillon, Catherine Barry, Sr. Loretto O Connor, John P McGrath, Matt Danaher, Mossie Fitzgerald, Ava Maria Hagerty, Nora Moloney, Dermot O Brien, Padraig Kennelly, Sr. Lelia Sheahan, Nancy Ellis, Nancy O Flaherty, Bridie Doody, Michael Murphy, Dolores Connolly, Catherine Stack; Mass onTues.     21st at 7.30pm      for Michael Dore; Mass on Sat. 25that  7.30pm for  Elizabeth Meehan; Mass on Sun. 26th at 10.00am for Anna Nancy Flaherty and the 11.00am Mass is for Tom Flaherty.

CHURCH NEWS: Readers; Vigil ,John Corbett & Jimmy Collins,11.00am Amanda Coulson & Aine O’Connor; Knockanure: Patricia & Andrew Rogan.

Collectors for June: Vigil, Philip Kiely & Tommy Moloney,11am Andrew Kellighan & Ester Foley;        Knockanure 10am  Margaret Carmody.

MAY: Annual Queen of the May Procession was held on Sunday 19th May at Corpus Christi Church Knockanure from 3.00p.m. to 4.00p.m.  Theme this year “Faith” this being the year of Faith.  Fr. Bowan P.P. Athea Guest Priest this year, students doing exams had a very special part in the prayer ceremony. Prayers were said seeking improvement in the weather. First Holy Communion children walked through the village from Our Lady’s Grotto to the Church with our Lady’s float. Also taking part was Fr Lucid, Fr McMahon and Fr O Callaghan. Stephen Donegan and the choir sang the hymns with the people joining in. Thanks to all the organisers and helpers.

VIGIL for Life; In Merrion Square Dublin on Saturday 8th June 3pm—4pm. A large attendance is essential to send a clear positive message about safeguarding the lives of mothers and babies in pregnancy. To organise or get bus details 087 2668702.

FAMILY Tree Healing Mass; Monday May 20th at 7pm at the Queen of Divine Will Oratory, Camp. Celebrant: Fr. John Walsh. Rosary, Mass, Benediction. Refreshments afterwards. All are most welcome.

COACH to Holy Cross Abbey; Sunday May 26th. Departing Tralee 8am. Contact 087 6361023. Bus to Holy Cross, May 26th Contact Tony Daughton at (087) 9969393,

FIRST Holy Communion takes place in Duagh on Sat.25th of May 2013. The Parents Committee of the Duagh N.S. are asking patrons of the parish to provide home baking toward the  party in the school hall after Mass.

RACING in Listowel June 2nd and 3rd 2013.

ST JOHN’S: Wed. 22nd, Stage and Screen to mark Kerry’s Festival of Pride; Thursday 23rd, Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble;Sat. 25th Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, more from 068 22566.

COMMUNITY Games; The County Final of U10 Mixed Gaelic Football will be held in Tralee on June 3rd,, also the Finals of the U13 Boys and Girls Futsal will be held on June 2nd. This year a new event has been added, the Game of Skittles for Boys and Girls U12 and U14, boys and girls will be introduced to the rules of the game. The committee are hoping to enter a team in the County Finals, if interested, please contact Carmel at 087 9267871.

FULL Moon on 25th May, the wet, cold and unseasonable weather continues.

ARDFERT;  Saturday 8th June 2 – 6 pm,  Afternoon with Eddie Stones, Emmanuel House, Clonfert. Tel. 066-7134276. E.mail: [email protected]

ART: Venice Biennale international art festival, the Vatican is presenting an exhibit inspired by the first book of the Torah, rather than a New Testament theme.

PARKINSON’S ASSOCIATION are holding a information meeting for people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers on Thursday 30th May in Manor West Hotel Tralee from 10.30am to 2.15pm. for more information contact 1800359359.

“THROUGH me let there be a warm smile, and a caring heart. Through me let there be a willingness to listen and a readiness to understand. Through me let there be steadfastness, dependability, trust and loyalty. Through me let there be compassion, forgiveness, mercy and love. Through me let there be every quality I find, Oh Lord, in thee”. Roy Lessin.

EXAMS: Steady yourself for the next few weeks. No one can do that for you. Be confident in yourself there is no use walking into an exam fighting a civil war inside yourself.
There is a life after exams
we are in a world that has endless possibilities. To make things happen you need to believe in yourself, appreciate yourself and have a fondness for yourself. (that’s different from being full of yourself

May 12th  2013 was Mothers’ Day in the U.S. Sean Carlson, whose mother hails from Moyvane, wrote this  article in USA Today.
Taken from Listowel Blog.
My grandmother gave birth to 16 children over the course of 24 years. Growing up, my grandmother talked about becoming a teacher. Instead, she gave instruction in a different way: a living example of love and perseverance.

When I was twelve, my mom and I often shared a cup of tea when I arrived home from school, just as if she were still living in Ireland. Listening to her recount memories of her childhood there, I told her that someday I would write her story. “What story?” she said. “If there is a story to share, it belongs to my mother, your grandmother, Nell.”

Her mother, my grandmother, Nell Sheehan, lived her entire life in the rural southwest of Ireland. In a different time and a different place over the course of 24 years, from age 23 until 47 she gave birth to 16 children — eight daughters, eight sons, no twins. My mom was the 15th.

Motherhood may have been her calling but growing up, my grandmother had done well in school and talked about becoming a teacher. That option ended with her marriage, as such jobs were scarce and available either to single women or male heads of households, but not allowed to be hoarded by two workers in the one family. Instead, she gave instruction in a different way: a living example of love and perseverance.

Although unable to pursue the possibility of a career outside the farmhouse where she settled, she insisted that her daughters receive an education or other chances for advancement. The local primary school, a simple building with two classrooms, stood within walking distance at the top of the lane. The boys often stopped attending on account of the farm work. Most of the girls, however, continued their education. Their mother wanted her daughters to have opportunities in their lives.

By encouraging them to spend time away, the irony was that she destined her girls for elsewhere. With bleak economic prospects at the time, little choice remained for them to stay. One after another, they left home — almost all of them for the United Kingdom or the United States. Every night, their mother prayed for their protection.

Despite the distance, the mother-child relationship stayed strong through the letters they wrote: accounts of life in new lands, photographs of grandchildren born abroad. In this way, my mom learned about many of her sisters and brothers. Her mother held the notepaper close to her chest, near to her heart, savoring the words as if the sender were present with her there on the page as well. Then, she read them aloud to her husband and those still at home.

Almost every envelope included a portion of their earnings as well. How difficult it is today to imagine enclosing 20% of a weekly salary. Yet, this is what the children often did for their mother, pleased to think of her being able to buy fresh tomatoes as a treat or perhaps a haircut in town. After the arrival of electricity in the area, her oldest son and daughter-in-law bought her even greater gifts that transformed her life in the home: a washing machine and later a stove.

My mom followed in the footsteps of her siblings. Shortly before turning 17, she went to London with her sister. Whenever she returned home afterwards, traveling by train, car and ferry, her mom greeted her at the front door of the thatched farmhouse, so eager for her arrival. Walking her daughter into her room, she sat on the bed and tapped her hand against the mattress, saying, “tell me all that has happened since you left.” My mom would then recount the latest from her sisters and brothers, as well as her experiences away from home.

As her daughters grew up, my grandmother sometimes confided that she looked forward to the day when they would return to live nearby, hopefully raising families of their own near her, able to visit as she aged. Although they didn’t come back for good, still they remained close. They may have left, but their mother was with them wherever they went.

A few years ago, I found a cassette recording from a distant cousin in Florida who has since passed away. On one of his visits to Ireland decades earlier, he recorded a conversation with both of my grandparents. As my mom listened to her mother’s voice for the first time in more than 30 years, the tears came. Memories flooded back, reminders of the imprint of a mother.

Like every year, they are there on Mother’s Day. They are there every day.

Sean Carlson is completing a book about emigration through the lens of his mother’s experiences, from Ireland to London and the United States.