Knockanure Notes – 19th September 2021

PARISH; Opening Hours of Parish Office -Tuesday 10.00am – 1.00 – Thursday 10.00am – 12.00 midday and  Friday  10.00am – 1.00 pm. Parish Secretary – A warm welcome to Maria Ruddle, from Glin who has taken the role of Parish Secretary. Sacristan still required in Moyvane. Presbytery/Office: 068 49308. Please email [email protected] with any notices for the weekly newsletter.

NOTE: When there are no evening masses in Moyvane, church closes at 6.00pm.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Club Lotto Draw is back!! After roughly 18 months we are delighted to say we will be back out again. Our next new draw will be held on Tuesday 28th September in our Clubhouse. Jackpot will be €8500. We would like to thank our Committee, our dedicated supporters, followers on social media and the people of Knockanure for sticking with us during these recent challenging times. We hope everyone remains safe and well during in the coming months ahead.

From Knockanure GAA Committee.

PADRE PIO:   September Devotions Castleisland (3rd Tuesday) Tuesday 21st September at 7.30pm.   Witness by John Greene (formerly of Radio Kerry and Kerry today) Theme –  ” Tackling depression and how God works in mysterious ways”.  Watch live on

Feast of St. Padre Pio is celebrated on Thurs. 23rd Sept.

MUSIC: Ballylongford Tarbert CCE are resuming singing and music classes in a wide range of instruments shortly. Instrument rental is available. Places are limited. Can you email your

Interest to before Monday September 20th.

BUS on Wednesday:  This Service will be Door to Door (where possible) in the following townlands: Blake’s Cross, Drummurher, Leitrim Middle, Moyvane, Knockanure, Athea, Kilmorna, Listowel. To Book your seat: [email protected] | Call us: 066 714 7002. Pre-Booking of seats is a requirement where there are deviations to the Route. Due to the door-to-door nature of the above service this may result in slight change to Pick up times. The above bus is timed to meet the Bus Eireann Route 272 11.00 am bus to Tralee and will also meet the 14.00 bus from Tralee to Listowel Tralee 066 7164700.

PLOUGHING: National Ploughing Association have cancelled the trade exhibition for a second year in a row, the ploughing competition began at Ratheniska, Co. Laois on September 15, without visitors.

BLACKSMITHING Fair will be held at Ballylongford on the 25th and 26th of September, it will be a family friendly weekend. There will be blacksmithing displays in the Creamery and grounds from Forged in Ireland and guest Blacksmiths, vintage tractors, hand forged and old wares for sale, food and refreshments and roving musicians.

SERVICE: Special multi- faith Remembrance Service for those that have been lost during the pandemic – not necessarily just from COVID-19 but in any circumstances. This service also remembers and give thanks for the roles doctors, nurses, retail staff, Gardaí and other frontline workers have played in our county over the last year. Live on Radio Kerry at 9am and streamed from our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church Tralee on 26th September.

DEATH of  Jackie McGillicuddy, William Street and Cahirdown, Listowel, on September 13th, 2021. Father of the late Owen. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family, Mary, Sean and Sarah, granddaughter Emeline, sisters Kay Devine (Dublin) and Mary Kelliher (Castleisland), Sean’s fiancée Pia Janning, nephews, and nieces. Requiem Mass for Jackie, celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel, on Wednesday, with burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Maria Stack, Molly Chrisfield, Timothy Horgan, Dan Joy, Bridget O’Connor, Maighread McCarthy, David Harman, Bill Cahill, David Thompson, Noreen Lynch, Anne Nolan, Sr. Columba O’Carroll. Mass Moyvane; Saturday 18th September for Tadhg Carr RIP (Month’s Mind)

At 7.30pm; Sunday 19th for Brigid, Pat and Dick Stack RIP Drummuhur (Anniversary) at 11.00am;

Tuesday 21st September for Eileen Cronin RIP (Month’s Mind) at 7.30pm; Thursday 23rd September a Private Intention at 7.30pm

Mass Knockanure; Sunday 19th September a Private Intention at 9.30am;  Wednesday 22nd September for Timmy Junior Horgan RIP at  7.30pm; Friday 24th September a Private Intention at 7.30pm. NO MASS Monday 20th September.

ADORATION in Abbeyfeale church every Friday, beginning after the 10.00am Mass – 6.00pm. Please note that when there is a Wedding Mass celebrated on a Friday, adoration will be from 4 to 6.00pm.

In Listowel Adoration takes place every Wednesday straight after 10.30am. Mass for an hour unless a funeral takes place on the day there will be no adoration.

Pope Paul VI: “Eucharistic adoration extends its influence far beyond the individual adorers, touching their homes and families and reaching out to the parish community and beyond”

LATIN Mass will be offered on Sunday 26 September at 1 pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, Tralee by Fr. Martin Hegarty CC.

ARD CHRÚAM & NEW ALZHEIMER’S FUCHSIA CENTRE wishes to thank everyone who donated and helped out on their recent Flag Day. Amount raised was €4,755.00. Many thanks

WATER: Despite millions spent on C19 restrictions, the Council have not provided drinking taps and safe toilet facilities in outdoor places where crowds gather.

Full Moon on 21st.

RACES: Listowel Races continue till 25th of Sept. an outdoor event for the public and the Directors have organised marquees for the safety of race goers, also be live music each day. More at on

Ballybunion race meeting is on Sunday 26th Sept. beginning at 1.30pm.

GREAT Pink Run is on Oct. 16th and 17th.

FITNESS: Week of the 23rd of September 2021, the GAA invites all clubs to open their doors to the wider community and support GAA National Inclusive Fitness Day. The event falls during the European Week of Sport 23rd – 30th September.

Healthy Athea –  Inclusive Fitness Day at Athea GAA Club at 2pm on September 26th 2021.

ST JOHN’S Listowel;

TRAILS MAINTENANCE TRAINING:  West Limerick Resources in conjunction with Sports Ireland is offering a three-day (9.30am-4.30pm approx.) trails maintenance course from Wednesday September 29th to Friday October 1st .  For more information email Suzanne on [email protected].

CLOTHES: St. Fergus National School: are holding a clothing collection on Tuesday 19th October in conjunction with Glin GAA.  The GAA are kindly facilitating the collection and the Club House will be open to facilitate the collection of bags on Wednesday 6th and Wednesday 13th October from 9am to 4pm with a volunteer to take your bags from the car.

NEW BOOK:  A new collection of short stories by Pat McLoughlin has just been released. The title of the book is ‘Just One More Thing’. The book is available at ‘An Siopa Milslean’ Abbeyfeale or online at, all proceeds to local charities.

K-FEST indoor craft fair Saturday and Sunday festival (October 23rd – 24th).

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UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is hosting an open competition for the design of a logo to be used to represent the Kerry UNSECO Biosphere Reserve in all areas of its operations.

The logo selected will be the first step in the process of creating a recognisable brand for the Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The competition is open until September 30th 2021.

The winning entry will receive a €500 cash prize sponsored by the Killarney Hotel Group.

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COURSE: Kerry College are recruiting for an 8 week introduction to Radio Broadcasting course due to commences in Tralee on September 27th.

UL STUDENTS; Cllr Hartigan of Limerick is reported as saying; “There are huge volumes of cars blocking footpaths. Roads, footpaths and cycle lanes are littered with glass. There was a 2,000 person party in College Court and longterm residents and students couldn’t get sleep.”

KERRY’S annual Architecture Kerry Festival held between 24 and 26 September 2021.

The full programme of events available on .

FAMILY History;

BEGINNERS WEB DESIGN FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: West Limerick Resources in conjunction with Limerick Local Enterprise Office is offering a free introductory course to WordPress website design to local businesses.  Course takes place online from 10am-1pm on September 27 and October 4 & 11. To book a place email [email protected] or phone 069 66295

JOBS: SMART Metering project in the Munster region. The role will involve carrying out electrical upgrades to domestic electricity meters. Company van, fuel card, phone, tablet, and all tools will be provided. For more information visit

HIGH gas prices have caused a Europe-wide slowdown for some chemical factories that produce fertiliser, a by-product of which is carbon dioxide which is used in fizzy drinks and beer as well as in the meat industry.

MUSIC: Message from President Higgins for Irish Music Month; May I send my best wishes to all of those who are participating in, and supporting Irish Music Month.

This initiative is the biggest ever cooperative action taken by independent radio stations in Ireland and as such, it is genuinely historic. A major statement of support for Irish music from 25 independent Irish radio stations, working with Hot Press, and supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, it is to be welcomed with open arms.


EIGSE Michael Hartnett, begins on 30th Sept. He would have been 80 on 18th Sept. 2021.

TWO CHEFTS from West Limerick opened the Taste Theatre at  food and drink festival, Taste of Dublin, which was held recently.  Chris Starr, head chef at the Dunraven Arms Hotel and chef and food consultant Tom Flavin from Ardagh were amongst a delegation of food and hospitality representatives that were in Dublin. Taste Theatre, were showcasing West Limerick ingredients from producers such as Rigneys’ Farm and Bally Goats’ Cheese, were on the menu, Tom Flavin also took part in a panel discussion.  “Ireland’s Hidden Food Trails” was the topic and he was joined by local tour guide Jorgen Hartogs and Ursula Giltenane who has recently launched a new food hall at D&M Garden Centre in Croagh.  The discussion was chaired by Sharon Noonan who is the West Limerick Food Series 2 Programme Coordinator.

PIGTOWN Food and Cultural Festival takes place around Limerick in Sept and Oct. at various places.

HISTORY: Padraig O’ Conchubhair gives the history of Cnoc an Óir

FOUND: Earlier this year, a family in Cork found a copy of Sive, handwritten, signed and dated 1959 by John B Keane. The manuscript is to be displayed in Listowel.

MURALS in Listowel;

HEALTH: Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest from October 9th to 16th.  Events Free – Registration is essential and can be done by contacting the organiser of that event directly or use the registration links provided in the brochure. To see the full event schedule with a click on the link here:

For general enquiries about the Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest, you’re invited to email: [email protected].

FRANCISCAN FRIARY :  St Padre Pio Triduum on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September, daily masses 10.00am and 7.00pm Devotions, prayers and blessing with the relic at each Mass. Fr. Eamonn O’ Driscoll ofm will be leading the Triduum.

RADIO: Freedom FM, has been granted a temporary licence by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, will be available on 105.5FM.  Established as an online station in August 2020, Freedom FM has been able to use modern technology to allow DJs broadcast from studios in their own homes.

MOVING On is an employment programme for women, Information morning online from 10.00-12.00 Wednesday 22nd Sept. contact: Lisa O Flaherty on 087 764 7446 [email protected]. For more information go to: or Instgram / Twitter @movingonkerry

ANIMAL Health; Almost 8,000 animal-health experts from across Europe have warned MEPs that a proposed motion to impose an excessive ban on antibiotics would threaten the health and welfare of livestock and pets.,on%20by%20the%20European%20Parliament%20on%20September%2016.



Concerning Religious ceremonies within the document “Reframing the challenge continuing our recovery and reconnecting” which outlines the Government plan for the further easing of public health restrictions over the next few weeks. It is great news that we will be able to welcome more people to our churches from September 6th next. The hope is that on October 22nd, 2021 the majority of all public health restrictions will be lifted, but this will be subject to the prevailing public health advice. It is therefore important that all of the current protective measures continue to be observed so as to ensure that our churches remain safe places for people to visit and attend. The incidence rate of Covid-19 within the Diocese remains a cause for concern and for that reason we recommend the following in relation to

Baptisms, First Holy Communions & Confirmations: –

• Baptisms – Continue to keep numbers attending Baptisms limited to immediate family members, (including Godparents and Grandparents).

• First Holy Communion & Confirmation – Limit the numbers attending to immediate family only, namely, parents and siblings of the child.

We will review the above recommendations on October 22nd, 2021 should there be a further easing of the public health restrictions. As always, further updates, advice, and information can be found on or HSE.IE

SACRED SPACE:  We have a new Sacred Space in our Cathedral for the next number of weeks in anticipation for the Feast day of St Therese of Lisieux which is on Friday the 1st October 2021. Candles are available to light at the shrine. St. Therese had a simple yet powerful message that still resonates in the hearts of millions today. She died at the age of 24, believing  that  her  life  was  really  just  beginning  for  God,  promising  to spend her heaven doing good on earth. Her promised ‘shower of roses’ began and has become a torrent in the Church ever since. “The Divine Heart’s Goodness  and  Merciful  Love  are  little  known!  It  is  true  that  to enjoy  these  treasures  we  must  humble  ourselves,  must  confess  our nothingness – and here is where many a soul draws back.” “It is true that Love knows no such word as ‘impossible’, for it deems ‘all things possible,

all things allowed.’”

CULTURE Night in Listowel celebrated on Friday 17th September In St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel -with Butts and Cracks is an exhibition of paintings that delves into the gaps in society and exposes the beauty in observing that which has been neglected and overlooked. So much of our world fades into the background, the backdrop to the stage on which we stand. This work shifts the spotlight onto the backdrop and poses a question; does beauty lay in a moment considered?

Billy Dante’s work explores the mirrored effect of art as life and life as art, fascinated by the spectacle and theatricality of every aspect of our existence.


GLIN History; Live 95 interview with John A Culhane and Trevor Anderson speaking about stories from Glin in collaboration with the Shannon Estuary Way.


FARMING: Pat McCormack, the president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association, told TDs and senators that the ceiling of grants under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme would have to be increased to €120,000 to take account of the infrastructural changes that would be needed on-farm.

IRISH News in Australia;


CLEBRATING 100 years; Katherine Reale celebrating her 100th Birthday with Nora Gray, 102 at St Camillius Hospital



Friedrich Nietzsche is one of history’s most misinterpreted philosophers, and it isn’t hard to understand why; his lengthy writings are sometimes obscure and it isn’t always clear what he’s getting at.


WALK: 25th Ballyhoura Walking Festival, from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th October in Kilfinane .Further information available from: Ballyhoura Centre, Kilfinane / 063-91300 / [email protected]



U.S.A.  Bishops’ migration committee chairman Sept. 15 welcomed a move by House members to include language in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill to provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other immigrants.

KING: 16 September marks 320 years since Louis XIV proclaimed James Francis Edward (The Old Pretender) the king of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1701.

YOM KIPPUR is a day of reflection.  Sept 16, the holiest of days in the Jewish calendar, Jews around the world gathered virtually and in person to seek and offer forgiveness and to set intentions for the coming year.

PAPERS: Pilot, Volume 36, Number 18, 3 May 1873


Dublin Freeman. Rev. Patrick O’Sullivan. Bridgewater, Mass., April 17, 1873. To the Editor of The Pilot. Dear Sir : —lt is our painful duty to announce the death of a young, amiable and pious clergyman, Rev. Patrick O’Sullivan, of Natick, in this diocese. Father O’Sullivan has been suffering from that fell disease—consumption—ever since his ordination, or, perhaps, from an earlier date. His long sufferings he bore with Christian fortitude and. resignation. No murmur ever escaped his lips; on the contrary, he was ever cheerful and fully resigned to his sad affliction. His sufferings were long and unabated. Father O’Sullivan was born in the townland of Derry, parish of Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, on the 17th of March 1844 and died, therefore, in the 29th year of his age. Father O’Sullivan made his preparatory studies in his native town, and on his arrival in America entered the Seminary of Niagara, where he remained until the destruction of that institution by fire. From Niagara he went to the Seminary of Troy N. Y., and was ordained priest in December, 18G8. In his classes he held a high and honourable position. After his ordination he was appointed to a Mission in Florence’ diocese of Albany, from which his declining health compelled him to retire in a few months. Being no longer able to perform missionary duties, he was compelled to retire from his onerous charge in a few months. He proceeded to the residence of Rev. John Walsh of Natick, Mass., where he remained up to the time of his death. There he was tenderly cared for. Everything was done to alleviate his long and painful sufferings. He was to Father John Welsh and his kind sister a stranger, and yet, during his long suffering, a brother or a mother could not have more tenderly laboured to render him every comfort possible. Father O’Sullivan breathed his last on Easter Sunday. He was buried in the cemetery at Natick, on Tuesday, April 15. A Solemn High Mass, at which the church was crowded was sung for the repose of his soul by his fellow students. Rev. Michael Walsh, of North Brookfield, diocese of Springfield, Rev. Frs. M. Green, Watertown, Lawrence Morris, and Robert Stack were respectively Deacon, Subdeacon, and Master of Ceremonies. Among the other clergymen we noticed in the sanctuary, Frs.  Welsh, the pastor; Cuddihy, of Milford; Flood, of Waltham; Ryan and Cullen, of Hopkinton; Quinlan, of Holliston; Conlon of  Bridgewater; Rogers of Brighton; and Rossi, of Saxonville. Mr John Sullivan of New York, was present at the deathbed of his Rev brother and attended the sad ceremonies of conducting his remains to the grave. The entire congregation sympathise with him in his sad and trying affliction. May his soul rest in peace.

Robert Roe


TREES -Save The Oaks; “It is a small positive action in the midst of a global crisis to save thousands of saplings from destruction and plant them in the UK with love.” This fits exactly with the ethos of Ancient and Sacred Trees love and beauty-as-activism for a Green and Growing CommuniTree.

Last year the media was full of reports about thousands of oak saplings due to be burned because the UK Government had reneged on its’ promise of a national tree planting scheme. It was this that spurred the Save The Oaks Campaign.

Oak trees support over 350 different lifeforms and as they age become ecosystems in their own right.


SEPSIS: September 13, was World Sepsis Day. The HSE is encouraging everyone to be aware of Sepsis and to know the signs and symptoms, and to ask the question ‘Could it be Sepsis?’


The most commonly reported symptoms of Sepsis include

Slurred speech, confusion, excessive drowsiness

Excessive sleepiness or drowsiness, confusion

Pain or discomfort in the muscles or joints, passing very little or no urine

Severe breathlessness, a racing heart, shivering, fever, feeling very cold

“I feel like I’m going to die”

Skin changes pale, cold, discoloured skin or a rash that won’t fade when pressed on


In children the signs to look out for include;

Abnormally cold to touch

Skin looks mottled, bluish or pale

Breathing very fast

Is unusually sleepy and difficult to wake

Has a rash that does not fade when you press it

Having fits or convulsions

Not feeding

Vomiting repeatedly

Has not had a wet nappy in the last 12 hours


DEATH of Beloved granny whose Catholic faith went viral on EWTN dies at 107




St. Patrick’s Battalion Of The Mexican Army was made up primarily of Irish Catholic immigrants (along with some Germans and Poles), who deserted the US Army to the Mexican side in their war against the US from 1846-1848. These men fled the Great Hunger in Ireland and joined the US Army. They deserted because of ill-treatment rooted in anti-Catholic sectarianism. Many also felt the US war with Mexico was unjust. The battalion was commanded by Captain John Riley; who gained experience in the British and US Armies. Riley came from Clifden, Co. Galway.

The US Army considered them traitors and a total of 50 were executed by hanging by the order of General Winfield Scott after their capture on three separate occasions. They are considered National Martyrs and heroes in Mexico. They are honoured every St. Patrick’s Day and September 12, the accepted anniversary of their executions.

The Mexican Government erected a monument to Major John Riley in Clifden, Co. Galway as a gift. The San Patricio monument at San Jacinto Plaza in Mexico City reads in Spanish:

“In memory of the Irish soldiers of the heroic St. Patrick’s Battalion, Martyrs who gave their lives for the cause of Mexico during the unjust North American (US) Invasion Of 1847.”









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