Knockanure Notes — 19th October, 2014

RUN: THE Limerick women’s mini marathon is back – returning for its 17th year this October 26  2014

VARIETY CONCERT in aid of Listowel and North Kerry Alzheimer’s Daycare on 22nd October in St. John’s Theatre, Listowel. Tickets are available at the Family Resource Centre. Call in or Contact Bridie 068-23584.

ST PIO Prayer meeting at Lixnaw Church on 21st Oct. at 7.30pm, Speaker Sean Marshall.

MARY DEADY a native of Abbeydorney returns to Siamsa on Friday October 24th at 8pm. Bookings through Siamsa 066 7123049. COMHALTAS TOUR of Ireland visits Tintean Ballybunion on Oct 23rd at 8pm and Templeglantine on Oct. 22nd, details from 069 84039.

BLOOD PRESSURE ROADSHOW:  On Thursday October 23 the mobile unit, staffed by an Irish Heart Foundation nurse, will be in Abbeyfeale town square, 10am-1pm.

FIRST AID  paediatric seminar will take place at Listowel Family Resource Centre on Thursday October 23 at 7pm. Among the topics addressed will be what to do in the event that your started choking or stopped breathing. Further details from Denis on (068) 23584

FESTIVAL: Moyvane Village Festival is taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend Friday 24th to Monday 27th .  There is something for everyone… from ‘Royal Flush’ in the Marquee to lots of Kiddies activities.  Special guest ‘Sam Maguire’ is coming to the Village Monday morning from 11am to 1pm.

RAMBLING HOUSE in Finuge on Fri. 24th Oct at 9pm.

COMMUNION:  “Do This in Memory Programme” on Sunday 26th.  Practice meeting of First Communion children and parents on Thursday night 23rd October at Knockanure Church 7.00pm.

DEATH: Ned O’Connell, Grogeen, Listowel, former employee of McKenna’s Hardware Shop. Died on the 13th of October 2014, in his 88th year.  Survived by his brother Bill, sister-in-law Eileen, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews. Requiem Mass was celebrated for Ned O Connell on Wednesday 15th October at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel.  followed by burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel. Ned was son of Maurice O Connell and Mary Stack.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Ambrose Buckley, Ellen Woods, John Connell, Norrie Donegan, Paddy Faley, Sean Broderick, Moira Nash, Mick Reidy, Frank Thornton, Jack Dunne, Nora Stack, Michael T Flaherty, Paddy Keane, Willie Harnett, Jerry Galvin, Michael O Donovan, Sr. Thomas McCafferty, Paddy O Sullivan, Br. Austin Shanahan, Fr. James O Keeffe, Fr Sean Dillon, Br. Dan Hayes, Matt O Connor, Darragh Hennessy, Fr. Michael Stack, Teresa O Sullivan, Mary Carroll, Fr. Sean Ryle, Denis Foley. Mass on Fri. 24th at  7.30pm for Johanna Connolly & the deceased members of the Windle Family. Mass on Sat. 25th at 7.30pm for Jerry, Brendan, Eileen & Pat Galvin. Mass on Sun.        26th 10.00am for Michael & Julia O’Sullivan. Mass at 11.00am for Nora Guiney & the deceased members of the Guiney Family

CHURCH NEWS:  P.P.C. /Liturgy Meeting next Wednesday 22nd October at 8pm in the Presbytery. Confessions every Saturday before the Vigil Mass at 7.10pm and on request.  Adoration, Sunday from 4.00pm to 5.00pm. Wed. 10.00 to 7.00pm in Moyvane. Knockanure  Tues.10.00am to 6.00pm
 Readers: Vigil,  Michelle Corridan & Muireann Kennelly; 11.00am  Paul & Anthony Kiely. Knockanure, 10.00am  Mary O’Flaherty & Cian Rogan.

PRAYER: Afternoon of Prayer at Scartaglen Church on 26th Oct. at 2.30pm.

MISSION SUNDAY: Diocese of Kerry contributed a total of €30,309.00 to this collection last year. Further information from: World Missions Ireland 64 Lower Rathmines Road, D6.Tel 01 4972035.

MISSION : “That they may have life” is our theme for Mission Month and as such our spiritual and financial offerings are crucial for the work of the Church overseas.

Fr Tim Leahy born 8th November 1894 at Woodview Athea. Ordained for Davenport, Iowa in June 1919. Irish Independent 1944 had article on Bernadotte the last surviving male descendant of his line killed in plane crash. The first Bernadotte a French general who married Deiree Cleary who came from Limerick as did Michael Cleary his mothers uncle who bought the original Cleary’s for £100. When Gavin Duffy was deported to Australia, Cleary took his place as editor of the Nation. His son Robert and wife died young and their orphans became wards in chancery . Three children died young the last boy died flying in War 1 in 1918.

Cousin Charles Cleary killed in Indian Mutiny. Cousin Dr. Pat Cleary killed in Kilmallock rising in 1867.

Fr Tim’s grandfather was an only son and his father was also an only son. His father had 7 boys and 4 girls. Fr Tim Leahy served in America and then  went to diocese of  Han Yang, Hupeh in Central China in 1930. There was a great amount of disease including leprosy among the people. Meals were at 11 am and 6pm. Christians celebrated 5 great feasts and some added St Patrick’s Day. Great folds in his area where four million died in 1931. After working in China for 10 years he got chance to take a holiday at home, in May 1940 he left Shanghai for USA. When he arrived at Fr. Harnett’s house in San Francisco, he realised he had put on weight, he was just under 9 stone leaving China. He heard of German war successes while in Honolulu . When he reached Davenport he got great welcome and support for his mission. Fr. Waldron was Superior of the Columbans in America at the time. Bishop Fitzmaurice of Wilmington and Glin and well known to all of us, his brother Dr John Fitzmaurice of Castleconnell was married to Josephine Leahy a sister of Fr. Tim. Fr Leahy was anxious to become an army chaplain while waiting to go back to China, so he went to Canada and visited Montreal where his brother now dead once lived. While in Canada met Rudolph youngest grandson of Arch Duke of Austria, he met his older brother Otto in Davenport. He worked at Camp Shilo where temperatures were 30 degrees below freezing. There also were was the Canadian Para troop regiment. They left Halifax for England in May 1943, 19,500 of them and 26 chaplains. Spring of 1945 Buzz Bombs nearly ceased as the Germans were facing defeat, after two years in the army he was making plans to return to China which he did and then was called to join the superiors council and coming back to America helped save his life as he got very sick , he got post as chaplain to Mount Trenchard and his friends encouraged him to write the story of his life, which he did, Called “Beyond Tomorrow” printed 1968.

MEETING; A public meeting has been organised in the Adult Education Centre, Mountmahon (The old Tech), Abbeyfeale on Thursday, October 23rd at 7.30pm to discuss the threatened closure of the centre.

ST JOHN’S: Wed. 22nd a variety concert in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. Fri. 24th, Kerry School of Music Concert. Wed. 29th Karin Leitner and Eoin O Callaghan classical and popular music. Thursday 30th , The Matchmaker by J B Keane, details from 068 22566.

GLORACH THEATRE: acclaimed Kerry poet, Eileen Sheehan, winner of the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Award in 2006, will be giving four creative writings workshops beginning on Friday, October 17 running from 11 am- 1 pm  here in Abbeyfeale, for further enquiries, ring 0871383940.

ATHEA  Village Fair will take place on Saturday, November 8th

SOLIDARITY SONGS: National young songwriter competition. Express how you feel about the world today by writing about local and global justice. Deadline for entries, Nov 1st, 2014. Contact: Kerry One World Centre, Ansaldo Building, Monavalley Industrial Est. Or visit  for more information.

CREDIT UNION Day was on October 16th, there are 57,000 Credit Unions  around the world with 208 million members.

WALKING: The official opening of the Broadford Ashford Walking Trails will take place at the trailhead Broadford Village at 1.30pm Sun.26th October.

Millions call themselves by His name, it is true, and pay some token homage to Him, but a simple test will show how little He is really honored among them. Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who or what is ABOVE, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time. Those other things will be exalted above. However the man may protest, the proof is in the choice he makes day after day throughout his life. A W Tozer

Moynsha House on c.70 acres, at Abbeyfeale, Co. Kerry.
A restored country home within parkland setting overlooking the River Feale, situated on the edge of Abbeyfeale and the Kerry / Limerick border.

HISTORY TALK:  ‘The Centenary of An tOireachtas – Killarney 1914’ by Canon Tom Looney, Past President of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society. Killarney Library, 7.30pm, Tuesday 21st October. All welcome.

POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL: A talk by Fr. Bernard Healy about the Pope and his blueprint for the Church. St. John’s Parish Centre, Tralee on Wednesday October 22nd at 7.30pm. All welcome.


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