Knockanure Notes — 1st February, 2015

RAMBLING House Knockanure on Thursday 5th February in Knockanure Community Centre at 9pm. Come and enjoy a great evening of music, song, dance and storytelling. Everyone welcome. Admission is free. Refreshments served on the night. Contact Ann Flavin 086 3090948.

SCOR Sinsear Competition  in Moyvane on Feb. 7th at 7pm.

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre.
takes place on Monday 09th February 2015.Music by Stevie Donegan. All Welcome. If attending it’s important to please ring office on 068 49799. New members especially welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS to Knockanure School children on their achievements at the Credit Union Quiz on Friday 30th Jan. 2015. Under 13s came first and under 11s came 3rd, more details later.
 The Quiz is held in over 300 venues over 25,000 school children take part around the country, consists of two ‘knock out’ stages which culminates in a national final in the RDS, 100 teams will compete in the national final.

DANCE: Fr, Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, February 8th from 3-6pm with music by Mike Condon. Money raised will go to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

WRITERS Group at Seanchai 3rd Feb, 2015.

PLAY: The Real McCoy’ by Tommy Marren. Set in rural Ireland in the 1960s at Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea on February 5th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 14th & 15th with doors open at 7.30pm.

DIABETES information night at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee on 4th Feb. at 8pm, speaker Mr Tim Horgan.

SCHOOL: Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure: Last Wednesday, January 28th was Grandparents Day in Scoil Chorp Chríost.  A huge crowd of over 70 Grandparents travelled some from as far away as Tipperary and Cahirciveen to attend. Fr. John Lucid celebrated a lovely mass.  The pupils in the school sang, played and did readings and prayers.  Afterwards the Parents Association gave everybody a lovely cup of tea with a great spread of home baking etc, sent into the school by the parents and grandparents. Many thanks to all those who prepared the food, who helped out on the day, especially the Parents’ Association who work tirelessly for our school. Míle buíochas do gach éinne.

WRITERS’ Week, closing date for Novel of the Year Award, is Feb. 3rd and closing date for other competition entries is March 2nd 2015.

POETRY Festival in Cork Feb. 11th to 14th.

LECTURE on Kerry Volunteers in their own words at Tralee Library 10th Feb. at 7.30pm.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jer Woods, Nell Kiely, Eileen Ahern, Brendan Keane, Ann Kelly, Denis Noonan, Noreen Hilliard, Eileen O Connell, Sr. Thomas O Connor, Jack McGuire, John Keane, John Dore, Joan Philips, Sr. Irene Stack, Nora Walsh, Ned O Keeffe, Nora Kissane, Maureen Kennelly, Catherine Halpin, Michael Reidy, Humprey Doody, Kieran O Sullivan, Ceila Mahony, Eileen O Connor, Nellie Hannon, Padraig Liston, Noreen Mullane, Michael Scanlon, Con Hanrahan, Mass on Fri.  6th  at    7.30pm  for John Joe Hanrahan, Months Mind. Mass on Sat. 7th  at  7.30pm for Tom & Una O’ Sullivan. Mass on Sun. 8th at 10.00am For the People of the Parish and  11.00am Mass is for       Eileen Galvin.

READERS: Readers:  Vigil, John Corbett, 11am Amanda Coulson & Aine O’Connor;
Knockanure 10am, Gerard Leahy & Brenda Clancy.

COLLECTORS for month of February: Vigil, Jimmy Collins & Brid Flavin,11am, Richard Stack & Seamus Roche; Knockanure 10am  Cathy Kennelly.
The Annual Diocesan Collection to support the voluntary Lourdes Helpers on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on 7th & 8th February.

BLESSING Tues. 3rd at 7.30pm  Blessing of Throats after Mass & also the Blessing of Candles.

FIRST FRIDAY ,Usual Communion Rounds, Knockanure in the morning and Moyvane in the afternoon. Mass on Thurs. 5th at Knockanure 7.30pm  and Moyvane on Friday.  
Confessions every Saturday before the Vigil Mass at 7.10pm and on request.

LIXNAW COMHALTAS. 25TH Annual Feile Feabhra takes place in Ceolann Lixanw on Sat. 7th & Sun. 8th Feb. (1) Sat 11.30 to 1pm Ceili band – drums workshop   2.  1.45 to 3.30pm Sean nos dancing workshop 3) Sat 8pm Concert with teachers and pupils of Lixnaw Comhaltas.  4) Sunday starting at 2pm with music, singing and comhra Gaeilge.

STORY and a Song series on West Limerick 102FM is now in its 5th year. Anyone who would like to take part, please contact Pat O’Donovan on 087 9977340.

 ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE on Wednesday night, February 4th at 8pm. If interested contact Jackie on 0872683417, John, 0861617528, Mary 0874138271. More at Ardfert Retreat Centre:
Martina Lehane Sheehan director of Ennismore Retreat Centre and accredited psychotherapist, will be facilitating a day to help us prepare for the Lenten Journey on Sunday 15th February from 10am to 4.30pm in the Ardfert Retreat Centre, further information phone 066 7134276.

SUPPORT: St. John’s Centre, Castle Street, Tralee, Crisis Pregnancy Support Services is there for all needing support around unplanned pregnancy, post natal support.  Talk to us.  We listen, all services free, confidential.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE SICK: Mass, with a special blessing for the sick and their carers will be celebrated in St. John’s Church, Tralee on Wednesday February 11th at 2.30pm. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Centre after Mass. All welcome.

ANAM CARA ,The group will hold their monthly meeting on Tue. Feb 10 from 7.30pm to 9pm at the Recovery Haven 5 Haigs Terrace Tralee. This facility is available free of charge to all bereaved parents.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: The Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph begin on Sunday 1st. Feb. The devotion honours the Seven Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph. The first sorrow and joy of St. Joseph: his sorrow when he decided to leave the Blessed Virgin; his joy when the angel told him the mystery of the Incarnation, that Mary’s child is the son of God and is the awaited Messiah. “ Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.”Mt.1:20;21.
The society will meet in the Parish Centre, Tralee on Wed 4th. Feb at 8pm, New members welcome.

FATIMA 2015:  Kerry Diocesan Pilgrimage 11th – 18th May 2015. Direct flight from Dublin  Airport.  Coach from Kerry to Dublin return.  7 nights Fatima or 4 nights Fatima / 3 nights Cascais (Lisbon coast) Spiritual Director: Fr. Noel Spring, Ballybunion Enquiries to Maureen Harty : Tel. 066-7131328.

MARRIAGE: Copies of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Statement entitled “ The Meaning of Marriage” are available in churches.
Preparation for Marriage, Residential Courses in Emmans, Swords, Co. Dublin,  13th – 15th March, 2015 and 16th – 18th October, 2015, phone 01 8700050.

DIVINE MERCY GROUP: Ballyduff Chapel Sundays at 3 p.m.

GAA : Glin Victory Social will take place on Friday, February 6th at 8pm in the Listowel Arms Hotel.

PRESIDENT will be at the North Campus in Tralee on Feb.24th.

BIRTHDAY: Kerry Stack of Moyvane celebrated her 30th birthday recently.

CAR BOOT sale in Listowel on Feb. 8th, details from 068 22244.

ENGINEERS WEEK runs from 8th to 14th Feb.

BOOK;  Mind the View, a collection of poems and paintings by Paddy Creedon and Olive Stack, launch by Francis Black on Feb. 6th at 6pm in Olive Stack Gallery.

GST: Friends of Great Southern Trail Greenway will meet at Newcastle West Desmond Complex on Tue. 10th February at 8pm.

GARDA Shot was from Tipperary and serving in NCW. Garda Hanrahan and his father had been on a 10-day road trip travelling along the famous Route 66 across the United States, the trip had been a surprise organised by his father.

AFRICA: Sunday, February 1 is the 26th Annual National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family. This year’s theme is proclaimed by  Saint Josephine Bakhita: “Courage, I am praying for you.”

THOUGHT: A good sermon helps people to two ways: Some rise from it greatly strengthened; others wake from it greatly refreshed. E. C. McKenzie.

SICK: The 23rd World Day of the Sick will be celebrated on Wednesday 11 February, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The World Day of the Sick is an initiative which was started by Pope John Paul II in 1992.

AUSCHWITZ:  300 Holocaust survivors in their 80s and 90s were Poland last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where 1.1 million people were sent to their deaths.

TEAMPALL Ban, Aspects of the Famine in North Kerry 1845/52, by John Pierse gives us a great insight into the famine period.
The book contains 282 pages with details and pictures of Listowel and district. John began the book by first researching the history of Teampall Ban, and then he looked at the workhouse, then the convent and finally attempted to understand what happened locally in the years around the famine. John has spent years researching material which will help us all to know more and understand better the years 1845 to 1852. The book has a fine index, sections cover potatoes failure in North Kerry, Death burial, emigration and evictions, folklore relating to the famine, Famine Relief Committees, Union Ledgers, Conditions in workhouse fever hospitals and relief works. Also covered Parliament Reports, Relief Collections list, Quakers, numerous letters and newspaper reports from the period.

The book also contains a host of illustrations, including workhouse, Pierce Mahony, Soup Boiler, Cross at Teampall Ban and a picture of Mother Mary Augustine Stack 1801-1888. Also among the many items is the letter of Fr John Long PP Murhur, Newtownsandes of 23 April 1847 and a list of subscribers from Knockanure and Newtown.

DEE: Northern Argus 24 May 1935, Australia death.
THE LATE MR. JOHN DEE. On April 2 1935,  passed away one of the later colonists from the Old Country. Mr. John Dee arrived in South Australia from County Kerry in the year 1881. He was born in Listowel in 1859, spending his early youth there and married Miss Ellen Larkin, second daughter of John Larkin, of Listowel. Mr. Dee, with his wife, came to South Australia in the sailing vessel Ashmore, and settled in the lower North districts, taking up land at Port Clinton, and later at Balaklava and in the Hill River district, where he engaged in mixed farming for several years. Members of his family are settled in these districts. Mr. Dee retired from active farming twelve years ago, living on his property at Sheoak Log, near, Gawler. Having always enjoyed excellent health, it was not until the close of his life approached that he experienced any illness. He died at the age of 70 years and is survived by his wife and nine children, four sons and five daughters, also two grand-children.

ARMY: Register Adelade 6 Oct. 1916
The Old Home in Ireland. Pte. J. E. Dee, in a letter to his father at Mundoora, says: — “I have arrived safely in England after an anxious trip. Just after we left Port Said I saw two steamers sunk by German submarines. We had a good escort, which kept the submarines away from us. We were landed at Marseilles and entrained through France. It was lovely to see the country green from one end to the other. I have just returned from a week’s leave. I went to London, then across to Ireland, and down to Ballybunion, County Kerry, and met friends in Listowel. I had an Australian pal with me, and they offered to take us to Killarney, but we had not time. I saw where you used to live at Lahardane, and met several here who used to be boys with you. We were the first Australian soldiers to go to that part of Ireland, and every one stared at us. They were taken with our hats, and were all anxious to shake hands. I also saw the ruins of Dublin. The Sinn Feiners made a terrible mess of things. We are camped about 60 miles from London— two hours train ride. I have met a lot of boys from our way since I arrived. The first night I saw Maurice Garman and Syd Sando, of Mundoora. They both look really well, and are in the same camp as self.”

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