Knockanure notes – 1st August 2021

 FINAL TEN SECOND SERMON from Fr. Kevin McNamara.

Just one Ten Second Sermon, in the week that’s in it.  I take my leave of you on Wednesday for Glenflesk, Barraduff and Clonkeen.  The Sermon is as follows: “Think – Thank”.  If we stopped to think more, we would stop to thank more. When I reflect on my time in your Parish, I am full of thanks for so many things – your help, love, support, prayers, the ways we stayed and prayed together from the word go when C19 arrived.  But above all your hospitality, kindness and the many smiles we shared together.  In prayer let us continue to support each other. God Bless each and everyone of you. Love & prayers, Fr. Kevin.



Many mixed emotions throughout the parish of Moyvane/Knockanure since the news broke that our Fr Kevin is leaving. It has been difficult to digest but as you know all good journeys must come to an end. This one has been fantastic. Fr. Kevin has been a breath of fresh air since arriving here in July 2015. He has overcome and achieved many milestones in this short time.

The work done in both Churches and Presbytery is evident as one drives by. Diligent weekly mass schedules and house calls were maintained. During COVID restrictions and the global pandemic Fr. Kevin adapted his routine to support those in most need. Daily mass was celebrated via the “Doorway of Hope” where all could attend and still feel safe.  I was talking to someone this week and they sighted that “he was in my kitchen everyday” via the radio link service. Remarking on Fr Kevin’s philosophy “you grow where you are planted” the blossom of his seed is well and truly visible throughout Moyvane, Knockanure and beyond. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for all that you have done. An old Irish proverb comes to mind when I think of what he has created in our community “Ní neart go cur le chéile”, which loosely translated “There can be no strength without unity”.   We will be making a presentation to Fr. Kevin on Sunday Aug 1st at the Doorway of Hope (weather permitting). His final Mass and presentation will be live streamed on YouTube. Please come and join us virtually or in person (with social distancing in mind) to bid farewell to Fr. Kevin.

Jacqueline thank you for the continued service over the past number of years. Your professionalism and kindness have always been remarkable and we will be forever grateful for all that you have done. Mike Buckley the grounds speak for themselves. You have done a wonderful job. Thank you.

On behalf of the parish of Moyvane/ Knockanure we wish you well in your new journey. You will be forever in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

We would also like to extend our welcome and blessings to Fr. Brendan Carmody S.J., P.P. We look forward to starting this new chapter with you. Michelle Mulvihill.


“I grew up in the Parish of Listowel and I have spent thirty years as a Jesuit Missionary in Zambia.  Much of this time I spent in classrooms of various levels as well as working in Parish Ministry.  After this, I worked in a London University as Chaplain and Administrator in the London Parishes of Dollis Hill, Whitton and Crayford.  In Ireland, I have served in St. Francis Xavier’s in Dublin as well as in Johnstown, Killiney.  A major concern for me is how people’s faith develops and changes as does their connection with the Church.  I am looking forward to being back in home territory and being helpful to the people perhaps whose ancestors nourished my childhood faith.  Among my interests are reading, writing, walking and swimming.  I hope Moyvane has a swimming pool or at least plans to build one!  Even without one, I am looking forward to happy days in Moyvane and Knockanure. I will be present at all Masses this weekend to concelebrate with Fr. Kevin.

FEAST of St. John Vianney is celebrated on Wed. 4th August.  He is the patron saint of

priests.  Appointed Parish Priest of Ars in France in 1817,

FIRST Friday and Transfiguration of the Lord on the 6th. St. Padre Pio & 1st Friday evening mass     6.45pm in Listowel Church. Feast of the Transfiguration is celebrated on Fri. 6th August.  Jesus brought Peter, James and John up Mount Tabor where they saw him in glory, a sign of his future

Resurrection from the dead.

LIBRARY Support for marginalised is being funded by extra E650,000. Also E800,000 is being provided for Social Enterprise Start up Fund, details on rethinkireland.

GLÓRACH BINGO AT FR. CASEY’S on the Duagh Road every Sunday at 2pm. details at 068 51850.

DEATH on Saturday 24th July 2021 of Lil Stack (née Danaher) Bayview, Tieraclea, Tarbert, Loughill.

Formerly of Knocknaboula, Loughill, Foynes. Lil  wife of the late Mick (former Managing Director, Listowel Livestock Mart), mother of Edward, Marie, Cathriona and Don and granny Lil to Darragh, Philip, Marie Louise, Michael, Will, Mick, Ellen, Anna, Jack, Peter, Robert, Michael, Edward and Rebecca. Survived also by daughters-in-law Claire and Niamh, sons-in-law John O’Callaghan and Pat Clifford, sister-in-law Patricia Danaher, brother-in-law Eddie Stack, nieces and nephews Marie, Evelyn, Karina and Dan. Predeceased by her sisters Sr. Emilian, Sr. Roberta and Sr. Anne (Little Company of Mary) and her brother Jimmy.

DEATH of TD O’Sullivan of Knocknaboula, Foynes, late of O’Sullivans Bar, Ballydonoghue, Lisselton, July 26th 2021. Survived by his brother Eugene, sisters Ann & Maura, step brother John Gerard, sister in law Lucille, brothers in law Rody & Michael, step sister in law Eileen, nieces & nephews.

DEATH has occurred of Mary (Mame) O’Donoghue (nee Mackessy), Woodlawn/Bronx, New York and formerly of Tarmons West, Tarbert and New York on 23rd July 2021. Mary was predeceased by her husband Michael O’Donoghue of Skibbereen, and brothers Paddy, Timmy, Johnny and Joe Mackessy and sister Helen Moriarty. Survived by son Michael A. O’Donoghue and his wife Marianne (New York), daughter Catherine M. O’Donoghue (New York), sisters Lila Kissane (Tarbert), Kitty McGee (Birmingham), Noreen Burke (New York), brothers Con Mackessy (Tarbert), Tom Mackessy (London), Jim Mackessy (New York), sisters-in-law Theresa and Agnes Mackessy, nieces, and nephews.

DEATH of Doreen Beazley (née O’Connor), Doon, Ballybunion and late of Athea on July 25th, 2021. Survived by her son Conor and daughter-in-law Gearoidin, grandchildren Andrew and Fiachra, cousins, friends and neighbours.

DEATH of Anne (Nancy) Langan (née Enright) Glenagragra, Athea, on Tuesday, 20th July, 2021. Predeceased by her baby son Maurice, brothers Tom & Mick Enright and sisters Josie, Kit and Nellie. Survived by husband Mossie, son Maurice (Annacotty), daughter Helen (O’Callaghan, Tournafulla), daughter in law Roisin, son in law, Ollie, grandchildren Kieran, Darragh, Emma, Conor & Eoin, her sisters Mary Barrett (Athea) and Peg Moore, (England) and her brother Paddy (England), brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael O’Keeffe, Margaret Finucane, Leah Erin O’Donoghue, Fr. John Kennelly, John Deenihan, John P Walsh, John Purtill, Mary O’Connor, Betty Griffin, Sr. Benedict Cotter, Sean Redmond, Eliza Walsh, Dora Ahern, Paddy Casey, Pearl Deane, Nell O’Connor, Mary Cullinane, Sr. Rosalie Enright, Mary Flaherty, Eileen McNamara, Lizzie Burns, Joe Kearney, Kitty Barrett, Fr. Noel Moran, Mass Moyvane; Sat 31st at 7.30pm for Mary & Ned O’Flaherty, Tubbertoureen; Sun 1st Aug  at 11.00am for      Maurice Harnett, Leitrim West; Mon 2nd at 7.30pm for          John Moloney, Clarr (Months Mind); Tues 3rd at 7.30pm for        John P. Walsh (Anni) & loving wife Marie & Ellen & Patrick Walsh, & Deceased of the Walsh family Barragougeen. Also Annie & Jeremiah Walsh, Tullamore, Listowel & baby Robin; Wed 4th at 7.30pm for Lil Stack, Tarbert (Rec Dec); Thurs 5th  at 7.30pm for Kathleen Cunningham (Special Intention); Fri 6th  at 7.30pm for    Siobhan Behan (Special Intention);

Sat 7th at 7.30pm for Mossie & Dora Ahern, Kilbaha and Mass on  Sun 8th  at 11.00am,Thanksgiving for Palliative Care Unit, UHK, Tralee.

Mass Knockanure; Sun 1st at 9.30am for The staff & residents of Aras Mhuire Nursing Home (living) and the deceased of the aforementioned requested by James Gould; Mon 2nd  at 11.00am for Peggy Horan (nee Leahy), New Jersey (Rec Dec), and mass on Sun 8th at 9.30am for Parishioners.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, call 0818 222 024.

A HUGE THANK YOU from Fr. Kevin.

Since the news of my new appointment as Parish Priest of Glenflesk, so many of you have taken the time to offer me thanks, best wishes and much encouragement for work and Ministry in my new Parish.  Very many thanks for your gifts and exceptional kind words.  In turn, in my last Newsletter with you, I wish to acknowledge all who enriched me in both Churches and helped so willingly in so many ways.  Those who were generous, helpful and most co-operative in Parish Committees and especially the Sacristans who were exceptional in having everything ready for all our celebrations.  To all of you who worked with me rather than against me, I will be eternally grateful – you will always be in my prayers.  A very special word of thanks to those who have been so generous with their time as Ministers of the Eucharist, Ministers of the Word, Music Ministry, Church Collectors, Counters and our Altar Servers and those who trained and journeyed with them.  A special thank you to our Church cleaners for always have both our Churches so refreshingly beautiful. I was extremely fortunate to have such wonderful local contractors who did excellent work on the refurbishment and both Churches.  Finally, to all who attended Assumption Church and Church of Corpus Christi over my six years with you for various celebrations, Church, car park, 99.9fm or You Tube, a very special “Thank you and God Bless”.  Your presence, faith and prayers have enriched me.  It’s been simply great!  Time flies, I was appointed your Parish Priest on 16th July, 2015.  My time here in that post was terminated on August 3rd 2021 to be appointed Parish Priest of Glenflesk, Barraduff and Clonkeen.


THANKS from Fr. Kevin McNamara; Have you ever noticed that after a dry spell someone is sure to say, “the gardens need rain!”  Then, after a spell of rain the same people will say, “oh, the gardens need sunshine”.  I was truly blessed to have Mike Buckley (Buck) as grounds man and all round ‘handy man’ in my time here in the Parish.  Brilliant and gifted in so many ways, he kept the grounds around my Moyvane home perfect and also those around the Church of the Assumption.  He also brought such fun and laughter to our Parish Office.  He was brilliant telling us the weather forecast, which he got right now and again!!  I asked Mike his philosophy about the rain and sunshine.  “Oh, Fr. Kevin”, he replied, “I leave it to the man above.  After all God made the flowers and the plants, so He must know what they want and I reckon He gives them just that”.  If only you and I could be as tolerant of the weather, no matter what it offers!  John Barry did an excellent job in keeping the grounds in Knockanure.  Thank you John.  After that Maurice Dowling and Tom Fitzgerald were quick to the fore in cutting the grass, but in particular tidying up the trees and putting in a lovely new fence hedge.  Very well done.   Recently, Timmy Larkin kept the grounds lovely.  I am grateful to all the aforementioned.  Mike Buck was my flag man, my emergency call out man – but above all a great friend and a beautiful Christian.  He is a great ambassador for the Parish and the Boro with all his delightful filming.  I will most definitely miss you Mike.  Keep filming, smiling and telling your funny stories.  I am overjoyed that you are involved in keeping the Community Centre and Marian Hall in excellent condition.  Long may that work continue.  Thanks for everything.

PARISH YOUTH GROUP WALK: Congratulations to the Listowel Parish Youth Group on their sponsored walk which took place on Friday, July 30th raising over €3,300.00 for Front Line Workers of Kerry University Hospital. Well done to the young people, their leaders, their family members and all who generously supported them.

VINTAGE: THE Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club annual Ballymac Vintage Car and Honda 50 Run, on Friday, July 27, Down Syndrome Kerry will benefit from the event.

DOGS: Irish National Sheepdog Trials – three day national championship takes place in Fossa, Killarney from Thursday, August 5 to August 7.

FARMERS: Reduced stocking rates and a reduced slurry spreading season are among new measures being considered. There was a time when almost every household kept some animals, and nobody seemed to worry.

FOOD: The ‘Kerry Food Hub’ is a not-for-profit community project located in Firies, Co Kerry. Managed strategically by a board of social entrepreneurs, the Hub’s overall aim is to enhance employment opportunities in the region and make the community it serves a ‘better place to live.’

PEAT: Reports say that horticultural sector facing wipe out without peat, where is the urgency to rectify the sustainable provision of peat. There is enough roof space on farms and businesses in Ireland to accommodate up to 3,000MW of solar powered micro-generation – and deliver the equivalent of €500m per year in renewable electricity.

SOIL: Improving soil fertility was the most significant cost-saving measure identified in the Smart Farming programme in 2020, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association.

JOBS: The army reserve, are currently recruiting in Kerry until August 13.

TURF is now home in most places, the fine weather, was a great relief.

STRAW about €20 for a 4×4 bale, according to papers.

RETIRES: Mairead Fernane, of the Kerry Hospice Foundation has retired from duties after 15 years.

Got involved in the Foundation in 2006 and was treasurer since 2015.

AUGHINISH: From Maine Valley Post    A Saunter Down Memory Lane to Aughinish Island of 1981- Posted on July 22nd, 2021

Below ground level in Aughinish Island: from left: John Reidy, Castleisland, John Harrington, Co. Clare; John Brennan, Chicago via Listowel; Tony Sherman, Mallow and Eamon Hartnett, Listowel during construction work on Aughinish Island in 1981. Photograph taken by Dan Hartnett, Moyvane. July 1981. Dan Hartnett, Moyvane without his helmet and in mortal danger if John Brennan cared to do what he pretended to while on shuttering duties the the alumina plant on Aughinish Island in July 1981. Photograph: John Reidy

John Brennan, Listowel (left) and John Harrington at work on shuttering on the many underground bases for the pylons during construction work on Aughinish Island in 1981

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER RETREATS: This year the summer retreats for Youth2000 are back. For the Munster Area there are three retreats happening this summer all during the same weekend from 13th-15th August and they take place in Limerick, Cork and Waterford. Places need to be booked through the Youth2000 office [email protected] or 00353 (0) 1 6753690.

GRANTS: There is a €30 million fund designed to support visitor attractions, activity operators and tourism accommodation providers during off peak seasons.

ARTS: Drawing from the Well -‘Pioneering Women Flute Players’- Featuring Aoife Granville, the recent July episode explores the musical contribution and impact of the First Ladies of Traditional Flute: Teresa Gardiner, Deirdre Collis, Peig Ryan, Peg McGrath and Anne McAuliffe

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Ballybunion Arts Festival- 9-12 September,  will host a diverse programme of Theatre, Poetry, Performance Art, Music, Visual Art & workshops for artists and audiences.

Kerry Writer in Residence Máire Holmes will host an Irish language poetry workshop on 11th September in Ballybunion Community Centre. More details (


HERITAGE: West Limerick 102 fm will broadcast a series of programmes to mark this year’s Heritage Week from Saturday August 14 to Sunday August 22. People interested in participating this August are asked to get in contact with Shirley at 102fm, on 069-66200.

POETRY: On Thursday, 12 August, at 7pm, MoLI, in partnership with the Embassy and Consulates General of Ireland in the UK, presents the online launch of A History of Irish Women’s Poetry, a ground-breaking and comprehensive account of Irish women’s poetry from earliest times to the present day.

ACCORD CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE SERVICE is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators. Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to [email protected].  Closing date  is  Friday  27th August.

DISCOVERING GOD THROUGH STORY AND PLAY: Godly Play is  a  Faith  Programme  for  primary age children using  the Montessori approach to education guiding the children  to  make  their  own discoveries.  Please e-mail your name and contact details to: [email protected] and put Godlyplay in the Subject Line.

CARER: new pilot project is being run by Family Carers Ireland in Cork & Kerry.  The Family Carer Support Project’s aim is to enhance the wellbeing of Family Carers of older people in Cork & Kerry.  For info visit:

NEW MOON on 8th August. Evenings are getting darker and cooler. It is noticeable the amount of Ragwort flowers along margins of roads, years ago the guards with their bikes, would have their notebooks out. The St Joseph’s Lily is now coming into flower, while the smell of meadow sweet along roadsides is a natural perfume.

MUSIC- TG4: NUA – Ag tosú Dé Céadaoin 11/08 @ 20:30. National Treasure Sharon Shannon explores Irelands Hidden Heartlands accompanied by her niece, musician Caoilinn Ní Dhonnabháin. Together they will cruise the mighty River Shannon meeting up with friends old and new, having some craic, playing some tunes and discovering all this magical region has to offer.

SPORT: On Sunday the 1st of August one of the 2021 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship Quarter Finals between Meath and Armagh will be broadcast live on TG4. On Bank Holiday Monday we will then see Galway take on Mayo and Dublin’s clash with Donegal in two other Quarter Finals. Fast forward to Saturday 14th August, TG4 will then broadcast the Semi Final matches live. All of which will lead up to the Senior, Intermediate and Junior finals to be played on Sunday 5th September, live also on TG4.

CELEBRATE THE 100 YEARS OF  THE LEGION OF MARY  on September 7th there  will  be  an  online worldwide  consecration  to Jesus through Mary on the 8th September,  preceded  by  33 days of preparation. Nightly at 8 p.m. on Zoom from August 5th to September 7th.  ID: 8114083503.   Password: 876433.

HSE’s annual work-related fatalities in 2019/20 report, 20 farm workers lost their lives in the workplace over the past year – a 63% decrease in the previous year. We are the Farm Safety Foundation – Yellow Wellies as many of you know us – and we are a small UK wide charity dedicated to raising awareness of farm safety and mental wellbeing in farmers but we cannot do this alone.


MOST COVID deaths in England now are in the vaccinated – here’s why that shouldn’t alarm you

July 14, 2021 11.24am BST Updated July 15, 2021 3.30pm BST

More vaccinated people are dying of COVID than unvaccinated people, according to a recent report from Public Health England (PHE). The report shows that 163 of the 257 people (63.4%) who died of the delta variant within 28 days of a positive COVID test between February 1 and June 21, had received at least one dose of the vaccine. At first glance, this may seem alarming, but it is exactly as would be expected.



BOOK: Faith & Fury – Dingle & West Kerry 1825-1845- Bryan MacMahon tells us that ‘the work of Church of Ireland evangelicals in West Kerry between 1825 and 1845 was widely hailed as a model of a successful missionary campaign; however it evoked a passionate reaction from local Catholic priests. The missionaries wished to entice the Irish-speaking people of the Dingle peninsula away from what they saw as superstition and enthralment to Rome, while priests objected to what they saw as inducements offered to Catholics to convert. As new mission schools and churches were built, the war of words between clergymen of both persuasions was fomented by rival newspapers, reaching a climax in a notorious libel case of March 1845’.


July 17, 1794 – Sixteen Carmelite nuns, lay sisters, and externs become the Martyrs of Compiègne, and are executed ten days prior to the end of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror for refusing to obey the Civil Constitution of the Clergy of the Revolutionary government, which mandated the suppression of monasteries and convents.



Our Lady of Limerick

July 26, 2016/in Rosary Letter /by Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP

The statue of Our Lady of Limerick first came to that city in 1640 as a gift from Patrick Sarsfield and his wife Eleanor. Patrick had purchased the statue on the continent and gifted the statue in reparation for the martyrdom of Sir John Burke of Brittas, Captain of Clanwilliam.  It was Patrick’s uncle, Judge Dominic Sarsfield, who had sentence Sir John to death. Sir John was a member of the Rosary Confraternity connected with the Dominicans of Limerick City. He loved the Order and promoted the Rosary in his family and locality. Each year he invited the Dominicans to celebrate Mass in his ancestral home, Brittas Castle and for having the Holy Mass celebrated in secret, he was condemned to death and his estate confiscated in the Act of Settlement in 1653.


Patrick Sarsfield donated the Statue and a silver chalice dated 1640 to the friars of Limerick and he inscribed it with his wife’s name and his own in reparation for the sin of his Uncle, Judge Dominic Sarsfield. They were presented to Fr. Terence Albert of Brian, O.P. who would later become Bishop of Emly and die for the faith in the city of Limerick on October 30th 1651.


During the siege of Limerick in 1651, the statue of the Virgin was removed and according to tradition was buried alongside the remains of the Martyred Bishop O’Brien.


In 1780 when the days of persecution had passed the Dominicans built a small chapel in Fish Lane to replace an earlier church destroyed by anti-Catholic forces. The statue was recovered from its earthly grave and given a place of honour alongside the main altar. When the Dominicans opened St Saviour’s Church in Perry Square in 1816 the statue was brought in procession and enthroned on its own altar surrounded by images of the Dominican saints. In 1954 the Virgin and Child were crowned with a tiara of gold, pearls and diamonds all donated by the women of Limerick.



Kerryman May 04 2012

Ballyduff; Sean Quinlan, Michael Buckley and Bertie O’Connor told RTÉ News about how they went about making the video.

After suffering a heart attack, Sean Quinlan was told by his doctor to find something less stressful to do. In March 1988, he embarked on the local history project aided by Michael and Bertie. A year later, the video is complete and they have started a new project to convert an old barn into a museum they hope to open next year.


The video, documents old songs and memories and was very much a group effort with Dan Shane as cameraman and editor, Sean Quinlan providing the narration, Bertie O’Connor as scriptwriter and Michael Buckley on sound. The production costs came to £13,000 and there are now plans to sell the video to Irish communities in England and America at £75 for the full length video and £45 for the short version.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 June 1989. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.


Kerry Evening Post 1813-1917, Wednesday, August 31, 1898; Page: 3


The lamp, the oldest Roman Catholic paper in England, is this week commencing a series of articles relating to Holy well and the famous shrine, St. Winfride’s Well. The article will be illustrated, and in addition to a short life of the Saint, will contain a full account of the various cures said to have resulted from pilgrimages made to the Well. The sketches will be of a highly interesting as well as instructive character, and the Catholics of the United Kingdom will no doubt peruse them with great satisfaction.



By Jude Atemanke

Abuja, 26 July, 2021 / 9:11 pm (ACI Africa).

Christian youth leaders in Nigeria have called on the Federal government to facilitate the “immediate release” of students abducted from the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State earlier this month.

In a statement issued Sunday, July 25 at the end of their Executive Council meeting, members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Youth Wing (YOWICAN) call upon those behind insecurity in the West African nation “to desist from perpetrating evil and put a stop to the ongoing kidnappings and killings.”




CHRISTMAS in rural Ireland back in the day?



Broken down, the figure translates to 17 Christians being murdered daily in Nigeria, especially in States experiencing extreme militant attacks.


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