Knockanure Notes — 19th February, 2017

LOTTO: Our draw jackpot has been won!! The lucky numbers chosen were 5, 9, 19, 23 where the lucky recipients of the €17,300 jackpot goes to…J & M Harley c/o John Barry — Congratulations!!

The Knockanure GAA Football Club would like to express our congratulations and best wishes to J&M Harley c/o of John Barry. We wish you and your family every good wish with your new fortune! We thank you for your continued support. We continue our draw as usual next Friday the 24th of February albeit with a lesser amount to be won yet a substantial jackpot all the same!!

The success of this Lotto draw would not be what it is today without the dedicated support & effort of our committee members and you the local community – Thank You – from the Knockanure GAA Football Club.

SOCIAL DANCING:  continues every Friday night at the Marian Hall. 7pm start for beginners or those needing a little extra coaching.  All dances at 7:30pm.

MOYVANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: AGM next Tues Feb 21st at 9pm in the Marian Hall.  All welcome.

PADRE Pio Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The witness for February will be given by Anne Meehan from Ballybunion.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE  ( 066 713 4276.  Evening for All Eucharist Ministers of the Diocese: Bishop Bill Murphy, Tues. 21st Feb. 7.00pm.  The Faith Prayed: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wed. 22nd Feb. 7.00pm to 8.30pm.  Ardfert Historical Local Lecture Series: Thurs. 23rd Feb. 8.00pm.

DEATH occurred on 11th February 2017 of Margaret Peggy Higgins (née Fitzgerald) Trien, Kilmorna. Peggy, late of Trieneragh, Duagh. Survived by her son Martin, sisters Marie and Joan, brothers Danny and Martin, grandchildren, Michael, Martina and Christopher, nieces and nephews,

Requiem mass for Peggy Higgins was celebrated at Knockanure Church on Tuesday by Fr. Kevin assisted by Fr. Tom. Margaret Carroll sang the hymns and played the guitar. Family and friends gave moving tributes and remembrances.  Burial of Peggy Higgins afterwards at Ahavoher Cemetery, Knockanure.

DEATH has taken place of Bridget Softley, she was daughter of Tim Sugrue of Tralee and Margaret Kennelly of Knockanure, the funeral in St Elizabeth’s Church, The Vineyard Richmond Tues 21st at 11am.February 2017. Her mother died in 1926, aged 40. Her father Tim J Sugrue, won a county football championship medal with Mitchell’s in 1902, they lived at 54 Church Street.

DIED; Rebecca Roche passed away on the 15th of January, 2017 (New York and formerly of Carrigcannon, Lyreacrompane). Deeply regretted by her loving brothers Jimmy (Lyreacrompane) and Joe (New Jersey), sisters Mary (New York) and Sr. Elizabeth (England), brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, grand nephews and grandnieces. Buried Lyre 15th 2 2017.

ANNIVERSARIES: Molly Kissane, Sean Bradley, Emmet Leahy, Joan Furlong, Mary Scully, Michael O’Connor, Carmel Hynes, Kathleen Flavin, Mary Carroll, Maggie Moore, Catherine Sullivan, Ned White, Mary Stack, Mary Ellen Buckley, Tim Quaid, Neilus Lynch, Bernadette O’Sullivan, Mary O’Connell, John Morgan, Michael K O’Connor, Tom Barton, Eamon Sweeney, Joan Buckley, Marie O’Callaghan, Jim O’Connor, Michael O’Donnell, Joan Scanlon, Nora Hurley, Mass Moyvane;

Mon 20th at 7.30pm for Eamon Sweeney, his son Pat & Pat’s wife Anna Mai;  Tues 21st at  10.00am for Declan Kelly, Scotland & Cooraclare (Rec Dec);  Wed  22nd  at 7.30pm for Dan O’Connor, Keylod; Fri 24th at 7.30pm  for Bernadette O’Sullivan, Aughrim  & Paddy, Bridget & John Joe Hanrahan; Sat  25th at  7.30pm for Jack & Mary Guiney, & their sons William, Jim & John;

Sun  26th  at 11.00am for Emmett Leahy. Mass Knockanure; Thurs 23rd at 7.30pm for Finbarr Jones & his Dad John, Glenbohane and Sun 26th at 10.00am for Mary Carmody.

ST BRIGID’S CROSSES:  Mary Danaher Kennelly and her daughter Marie, along with Eileen Kennelly, and Margaret Carmody, neighbours and friends got together to celebrate the feast of St Brigid’s day by making her crosses.  The proceeds from sale of crosses of €1000, was presented to Listowel Hospice.   Those who made the crosses would like to thank the following:  Mary Collins Moyvane P.O., The Staff of Holly’s Gala Moyvane, Denise Foran Parish Office Listowel and Fr. Kevin who facilitated us at our Parish Masses.  Well done to one and all involved.

DRAMA: Abbeyfeale Drama Group will present a production of Michael J Ginnelly Play  Wake in the West, It will be staged at Fr. Casey’s on Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th, Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd, Saturday 25th, and Sunday 26th.


Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday, February 23rd from 9.15pm.

LEGION OF MARY  meet every Wednesday at 8pm. in the Parish Meeting Room. New members always welcome.

MASS & ANNOINTING OF THE SICK:  at Listowel Community Hospital & St. Joseph’s  on Wednesday afternoon next 22nd Feb. at 2.00 p.m.

THE PARISHES OF LISTOWEL PASTORAL AREA Meeting will take place on Thursday March 2nd in St. Patrick’s Hall, Listowel at 8 pm. So if you help out in the celebration of Sunday liturgy or Lent in any of the churches, please come along. Frances Rowland will facilitate the session exploring how to enhance the Sunday experience of Eucharist and also the celebration of

Lent this year. For further information, contact Frances Rowland at 064 6630538.

LENT 2017:  A reminder that Lent commences on Ash Wednesday, March 1st and concludes with the Easter Vigil on 15th April.

KNOCK PILGRIMAGE TO NEW YORK: 8 – 14th May.  Joe Walsh Tours 01 2410800 for Internment of the remains of John Curry, youngest Knock witness.

PERMANENT DIACONATE: interested men and members of their families are invited to come to an

Information Evening at Listowel Parish Meeting Room on Wednesday 22nd February at 8 p.m, If interested Contact Denise 06821188

SAGE SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY SERVICE FOR OLDER PEOPLE:  Siobhán Dunne is currently recruiting for a new volunteer role with Sage which will be a support person role.  The role of a support person is helping people transition to a Nursing Home from a Hospital setting.  Linking people with the services that they need; Befriending, PHN, Social Worker etc. Raise awareness of Sage and the service we provide in local communities.  Helping to build circles of support around the person who may need support, Siobhán can be contacted on 086/1302712.

LISTOWEL LIBRARY will host a story time afternoon on Saturday March 4th at 2.30 PM. This is a free event suitable for ages 1-6. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

THOUGHT: No one ever grew spiritually by focusing on the flaws in someone else.

Francis Frangipane.

MEETING of Tralee Diabetes Support Group will be held on Thursday 23 February in the Rose Hotel Tralee at 7:30pm.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM AGM:  The Annual General Meeting of local community radio WL102fm will be held at the Desmond Complex on Thursday, March 2 at 8pm sharp.  All welcome.

ARE YOU A GRIEVING PARENT? 1 Day retreat Saturday 4th March 10am. to 5pm. in Ardfert Retreat Centre. Contact Caroline Dunne at CarolineEmmausCompassion.

OCCUPATIONAL FIRST AID COURSE is being offered at Listowel Family Resource Centre For further details contact: Bridie 068-23584

‘FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE (Part 1) will run in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale, new starting date Monday, February 27 and will run for 6 weeks, contact Nora at West Limerick Resources on 068 31198.

WELL-BEING FOR MEN Eight Week Course Start Date – TBD Topics to be discussed are:    Listening and communicating, Managing stress, Being assertive, Handling feelings, Handling criticism and praise, Dealing with conflict Building self-confidence, Making good decisions, Setting goals. A weekly €2.00 contribution will be required. Contact Toni Clarke for a place on 068 – 23584

DANCE: West Limerick 102fm are holding a Dance Night  In the Rathkeale House Hotel On Wednesday,  February 22nd at 9pm till late. Music by PJ Murrihy.

EXPO: Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo Abbeyfeale Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 and don’t miss out on a wonderful community event. Marty Morrissey and 100 stands will be there.

DIVINE Mercy: The 26th Divine Mercy Conference will take place in the Main Hall in the RDS, Dublin on 24, 25 and 26 February on the theme ‘Have Mercy on US and on the Whole World’. Speakers for 2017 include: Father Kilian Byrne;  Father Michael Maher S.M.;  Father Bernard McGuckian SJ;  Dr Robert Stackpole STD;   Fr. Brendan Walsh SCA;  Denise Kelly;  Frances Hogan

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK:  A meeting will be held on Wednesday,, March 1 at 7.30pm at the West Limerick Resources office.  All those with an interest in the history and heritage of West Limerick are invited to attend.

WAITING List figures claimed to be as high as 630,000. In a country as small as the 26 Counties, it is unbelievable that so many are on waiting lists. Independent scrutiny is urgently needed.

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: May 31st to 7th of June from Cork. Spiritual director: Fr. Francis Nolan. Group Leader Maura Harksen. For more information or to book a place contact Sol Travel 066 7185940 or email: [email protected].


Richard Moore will speak in St. John’s Parish Centre, on Monday 13th March at 7.30pm

“I consider him not only my friend, but also my hero. Why? Because while I talk about forgiveness, Richard Moore lives it.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

As a ten year old child, Richard Moore was blinded by a rubber bullet during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Just as his life emerged as a triumph out of tragedy through his experiences of compassion in the face of challenges, Richard’s founding of the charity Children in Crossfire draws on his vision to work towards building a better world for those caught in the crossfire of global poverty, injustice and inequality. Entrance is free. Everyone welcome.

OLD NEWSPAPERS: Belfast Newsletter 1738-1890, Tuesday, August 30, 1825; Page: 4


A barbarous outrage was committed on Sunday last, on the person of an elderly man, of the name of Neligan, near Listowel, at one of those gaol matches which usually disgrace the Sabbath. He was a spectator on this occasion, when some of the contending party struck him with hurlies on the head; he fell and was trampled, on while repeated blows put an end to his existence. The only pretence that can be assigned for this murder is, that he was connected with a party against whom his assailants cherished a hostile feeling from some old recontre.—Limerick Chronicle.


Freemans Journal 1763-1924, Wednesday, November 02, 1825; Page: 4


Carlow,  Oct, 31 Everything at the fair of Tullow, on Saturday, was enormously dear. There were but few good horses. Cows in calf were sold for from 13 to 15 guineas. Dry cows about 10l/. — Milch very high. .. Fat cows 15l/. to 16l/. Store and fat pgs 55s.,and 3l/ respectively. Mutton 6d. per lb. of good beef but little in the market, and that at about 7d. per lb.

At the fair of Portrenard ‘ , on Thursday last, there was a great demand for every kind of stock, at advanced prices, with the exception of pigs, which were rather on the look down.  In consequence of an intended riot at the fair, John Raymond, Esq., with Captain Lambert and the horse police, from Listowel, and a party of twenty soldiers from Abbeyfeale, were on the ground, and in the course, of the day Alfred Furlong Esq., with Mr. Percy and the police, from Newcastle, arrived. By the timely and judicious attendance of those gentlemen an affray between two factions was prevented, and Mr. Raymond, with a party of horse police, dispersed them. Limerick. Chronicle.


Belfast Newsletter 1738-1890, Tuesday, October 14, 1834; Page: 4

The Lord Bishop ok Limerick—The amiable  prelate has returned to this city, after a toilsome confirmation tour through the principal part of his remote dioceses in Kerry, on which duty his Lordship was accompanied by his  domestic chaplain, the Rev. R. Knox, Chancellor of Ardfert, on whom devolved the preaching of the confirmation sermons. The numbers confirmed by his Lordship were I as follow:—Killarney, 150; Tralee, 360; Tarbert, 150; Listowel, 86; Dingle, 75; Caherciveen, barony of Iveragh (O’Connell’s town). 81; Milltown, 242—Total, 1,142. His Lordship has, from unavoidable circumstances, been obliged to relinquish his intention for the present of holding confirmations at Castleisland, Kenmare, and Millstreet ; but he will visit each of those places early next year. The Bishop has resolved on making an annual missionary  tour through his dioceses for the purpose of preaching in the different churches, and in order to facilitate this intention, he is now in treaty for a residence in Killarney.—Limerick Times.


Freemans Journal 1763-1924, Tuesday, November 20, 1838; Section: Front page, Page: 1

One of the most respectable and numerous meetings assembled in Cork for many years took place, on Thursday, to establish a Provincial College for Munster in that city. Lord Listowel presided, and Mr. Wyse, M.P., made a splendid speech in illustration of the Grand National object for which the meeting was convened. Eventually an address to the Queen and a petition to parliament were agreed on.


Kerry Evening Post 1813-1917, Wednesday, November 13, 1839; Page: 3


Listowel. 9th November, 1839. Dear Mr. Editor.—A series of political dinners hare been given, during the past and present week, in our town and neighbourhood; But the grand coalition festival of that, exotic and eccentric Maurice Mac O’Connor to Morgan O Connell, M.P.; Pierce Mahony, ex-M.P.; John Cronin of park; Rev Mr Harrington, C.C.; Rev Mr Simple, C.C.; Mr Marshall, Auctioneer and many others. The letter goes on to explain the expensive and lavish preparations, items from Limerick and Ornaments, wreaths and greens from Ballinruddery , used in decorations. Their motto was “Cead Mille Failte”, being market day many came to admire the show. Pierce Mahony spoke in very dull and prosy language. Morgan O’C admitted that Tories had political interests to support and rights to contend for, as well as the Radicals. Third Toast was The National Board of Education and Fr Mahony who had recently erected a school, but later on in the letter, it noted that the school was, not finished yet and badly needed to educate the children who, had bad habits wandering around the Market place.  Mr Marshall speaking under the influence of spirits, it was alleged, Mentioned Mr Mc O’Connor being good at feeding pigs and jack asses. Ned Cain gave an explanation the following day about the exaggerated speeches. (See Paper for letter which was a skit on all at the party).


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