Knockanure Notes — 19th May, 2021

MOYVANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: Pick Up After Your Dog: Please ensure that you clean up after your dogs while out walking. KWD County Wide Clean Up: Clean-up is planned for May 22-30 & the event this year must be held in compliance with current government Public Health advice. Therefore no groups are allowed. Clean ups must be limited to family groups/pods only. As in previous years for clean ups we would encourage volunteers to target their own areas/roads over the coming months, not just the dates above. Most important to note, hand washing and sanitizing should take place before and after clean ups & volunteers should use their own gloves and litter pickers. MDA has registered with KWD for additional litter pickers, bags etc. These items will be available from Ursula or any of the committee.

SCHOOL Play area; Please follow the link below and help us get our Astro Turf Play Area in Knockanure. This would be a fantastic outdoor facility for the children and we would really appreciate your support.…/knockanure-national-school

PADRE Pio May Devotions at Castleisland on Tuesday 18th May at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by stroke victim Tom Harrington from Crotta. Tom has had to re-jig a massively busy life/work schedule and manage a new pathway.

ROSARY: Fr. Kevin will pray the Rosary this Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm on the Radio 99.9fm. The Church will be open if anyone would like to come and pray. Fr. Kevin and a small group said the Rosary at Gortaglanna, memorial, on Wednesday last.

GORTAGLANNA: we remember Jerry Lyons, Patrick Dalton and Paddy Walsh who were killed by members of the RIC and Tan forces at Gortaglanna on the 12th May 1921, and also Con Dee who was wounded but escaped. Our 5th and 6th class students have been very busy researching the atrocity and have put together a short production for you to watch. They are accompanied by 3rd and 4th class for the famous ballad ‘The Valley of Knockanure’. See Facebook for more.

Kerry Writers’ Museum- On May 12th 1921, a troop of Black and Tans were travelling out from Listowel towards Athea when they arrested four young unarmed men in Gortaglanna. They were brought to a nearby field to be executed, but one, Con Dee escaped. See site for more.

DEATH: Syracuse, N.Y. – Dr. Ronald J. Dougherty, who treated thousands of Central New Yorkers addicted to drugs and alcohol, died 10 May 2021 at age 88. Dougherty was known for giving every patient in recovery an Irish penny, a symbol of good luck. He had many relations in Listowel area.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jerry McCarthy, Tim Kennelly, Joseph Kiely, Patrick Shanahan, Noranne McCarthy, Mary Stack, John P McGrath, Canon Pat Horgan, Fr. Billy O’Carroll, Mossie Fitzgerald, Ava Maria Hegarty, Fr. Vincent Kavanagh, Pat Enright, Sr. Lelia Sheahan, Eileen McCarthy, Sr. Laboure Sheehy, Michael Kennelly, Alf Neville, Mass Moyvane; Sat 15th at 7.30pm for David Foley, Kilbaha (Anni) & deceased of the Foley & O’Connor families; Sun 16th at 11.00am for Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh (1st Anni); Mon 17th at 7.30pm for Mike Dore, Woodgrove (Anni); Tues 18th at 7.30pm for Maura O’Connor, Aughrim (Anni); Wed 19th at 7.30pm for Irene Dempsey, Dublin (1st Anni); Thurs 20th at 7.30pm for Paddy Moriarty, Ardfert (RIP); Fri 21st at 7.30pm for Sr. Bridget Windle, l/o Upper Aughrim (Rec Dec); Sat 22nd at 7.30pm for Angela Kearney, The Village (Months Mind), and Mass on Sun 23rd at 11.00am for Bridie Cambell, Aughrim & UK (Anni).

Mass in Knockanure on Sun 16th at 9.30am for Noreen & Pat Sweeney, Knockanure (Anni), and mass on Sun 23rd at 9.30am for Mary O’Carroll, Knockanure at the request of Knockanure Community Centre & Tidy Towns.

HUT used for mass in Knockanure, during lockdown was dismantled Friday. Thanks for all the work put into its erection and dismantling, goes to a local man with more than 50 years’ experience of woodwork.

REMEMBERING Fr. Dan Ahern, who celebrated his Diamond Jubilee last year, he served in Fiji, Philippines and Ireland.

BEST Wishes to Danny Flavin who celebrated his 50th birthday recently.

ARD CURAM Virtual Ring of Kerry Cycle, details from

VOLUNTEERS; Be on Call for Ireland health recruitment campaign, 2,211 responded, only two chosen.

VISIT Kerry Writers@ Museum site for full story; 1. Our Museum reopened on Saturday May 15th with a book signing by Gabriel Fitzmaurice. 2. Bealtaine Festival storytelling workshop with our storyteller in residence. 3. Rhyming History: The Irish War of Independence and the ballads of atrocity in The Valley of Knockanure – register for the 5th lecture in our North Kerry War of Independence centenary commemoration lecture series. 4. Watch ‘When Freedom’s Sword was Drawn: The Gortaglanna Tragedy, 12 May 1921’. To register for the workshop email: kerrywritersmuseum.

BOOK: The War of Independence and the Ballads of Atrocity in The Valley of Knockanure

In this new publication to mark the centenary of the War of Independence in North Kerry, Gabriel Fitzmaurice has drawn together the threads of traditional lore and balladry with the steel-wire of factual evidence to explain the origins of the ballad ‘The Valley of Knockanure’ by the internationally acclaimed writer, Bryan MacMahon, who had been commissioned to do so in 1946 by Pádraig Ó Ceallacháin, a noteworthy activist in the cause for Irish Independence. Other variants of the song are also provided with insightful commentary. The book is accompanied by a CD and is signed by the author.

STORY: Kerry Writers’ Museum is delighted to host a Bealtaine Hero event entitled ‘Collecting Local Wisdoms through Story’ during the month of May. In this storytelling project, participants will be taken on a trip down memory lane led by our Storyteller in Residence Maria Gillen. A professional storyteller, Maria is an expert in elder care (FETAC Trainer in Eldercare, experience in reminiscence therapy). Participants will recount stories of yesteryear. Following each session Maria will weave and deliver an original story based on the harvested collective wisdoms of participants. On completion of the 3-week programme, we will host a feedback session to ascertain if we met the needs of our audience.

FEAST of St Brendan is 16th May, also the Assentation of the Lord and World Communication Day.

May 13th was Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Saint Brendan The Navigator is believed to have been born in Fenit Island in 486. He was baptized at Wether’s Well in this Parish of Ardfert by the local bishop Saint Erc. He was educated in his youth by Saint Ita in Killeedy in County Limerick. He received further education from Saint Jarlath of Tuam and Saint Finnian of Clonard. He is associated with many places in Kerry such as Fenit and Ardfert and the area around Cloghane and Mount Brandon. He is famous for his seafaring. He visited Scotland and reached the Hebrides and possibly areas beyond. His most famous voyage lasted seven years. Many people believe that he was the first European to set foot on American soil, nearly 1,000 years before Christopher Columbus! Towards the end of his life he went to Clonfert in County Galway, where he founded a monastery in 568. That is where he died and was buried in 578.

TOASTMASTERS in Listowel will meet again on the fourth Thursday of the month, more on Facebook.

PRESIDENT: Team of civil servants and personal appointees of the president cost E4.5 million annually.

ACCORD is open for face-to-face counselling for couples and individuals to explore, reflect upon and work to resolve difficulties that arise in their marriage and relationships. Phone 066 7122280.

MEDIA: This month was World Password Day–a great reminder to secure your account.

STUDENTS from the Kerry College of Further Education in Tralee and Listowel have produced an online photographic exhibition will have original and cover music.

LEARNING events; A full list of events for each day is available on

CREATIVE Circle Kerry held their online on Friday last, details from

FOOD Video was created by Wexford County Council and Waterford City and County Councils and aired in local cinemas in 2018.

JOB, CE Scheme are currently recruiting the following positions; GAA groundskeeper, Tarbert; Tidy towns assistant, Tarbert; Heritage and coffee shop assistant, Tarbert Bridewell; GAA groundskeeper, Asdee; Tidy towns assistant,, Asdee; Tidy towns assistant, Ballylongford. These are CE scheme roles and CE rates and eligibility apply. To check your eligibility or to find out more contact Jackie Kissane 0863266991 or email jackiekissane No experience necessary. Full training will be provided.

UN has proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

Whitethorn is now in full bloom, beautiful scent from flowers, growth in plants of all types, is retarded due to cool weather. Many farmers are getting scarce in grass supply. Flowering cherry is past its flowers, but apple trees are still flowering.

LIBRARIES: In accordance with recent Government announcements, public libraries nationally will reopened for business on Monday, May 10th 2021. Public computers, daily newspapers, study spaces and research facilities will not be available.

DIAS – DIAS 2020 – Marking 80 years of Discovery,

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) conducts advanced research exploring big questions of the 21st century and beyond. Its research gains insights into Celtic society and its legacy; progresses our understanding of our island, our planet and the universe; and deciphers the underpinning mathematical principles of nature.

VACCINE: If the vaccine was effective why people who are fully vaccinated are, forced to quarantine in hotels on arrival from abroad. For months, the U.S. blocked exports of crucial raw materials India needed to manufacture vaccines, and stockpiled 20 million Astra-Zeneca shots even though the FDA had not authorized their use.

UK VISIT; Taoiseach trip to UK so soon after end of lockdown is a poor example of his sincerity about minimising spread of covid 19. There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. Travel restrictions are in place to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Details of these measures are available on the travel section of the website.

CANCER: About 1,400 cases of cancer are diagnosed in Limerick annually.

NPA executive has announced the “difficult decision” it has made to cancel the 2021 trade exhibition this year. The World Ploughing Contest due to be held in Ireland to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the championships has also been cancelled.

ICA: Grianan is said to open on 5th of July.

DEGREE: Pre-Degree course for adults, closing date May 31, details from University of Limerick.

ACTIVE RETIRED; We are inviting expressions of interest from all Active Retired Groups to host an event/ activity for older members of your community during the month of May. All event organisers must ensure that their event is on-line, or alternatively events must be adhering to the public health guidelines that may be in place at the time.

CROSSFIT is a multi-discipline sport based on functional fixed fitness using instruments you would find in a gym. Strength & Conditioning, Weight, Dead and Olympic Lifting, Squats, Gymnastic movements like handstand pull-ups, handstand walks, pull-ups as well as the use of treadmills, rowing machines and bikes make up the various elements to Crossfit.

NIARON LTD: Work finished at the joint bay 1km North of Moyvane on Wednesday May 12th. Works at the joint bay south of Moyvane River will continue until May 21st.

HOMES: The Cabinet recently approved the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill 2021 for family farms and businesses.

EASTER celebrations in Duagh, Dawn 8th April 2012

HARD TIMES: Ciaran Carey offered an insight into the difficulties people are facing during the covid-19 pandemic and he hopes his service will provide light to those who are in most need during these hard times.

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