Knockanure Notes – 2nd August, 2009

CHILDREN: Knockanure Fun Club Horse Riding Trip to Abbeyfeale cost E15 per person (ages 5 and over), price includes transport and lunch. Bus leaves Knockanure Community Centre at 1pm on Friday August 7th, contact Marguerite Greaney on 087 9927045 for more information. Book early as places are limited. Promises to be a great day so don’t miss out.

ACTIVE Retirement Day in Knockanure will take place on Monday 10th of August. If attending, please phone the office on 068 49799 between the hours of 9.30 am to 1.30pm. Monday to Friday. Anybody wishing to book the Centre for Any Occasion (Christenings, Birthdays, Funerals etc). Please contact the office at 068 49799 or Mobile No. 086 8392787.

Person who took a ladder at 1.40pm on July 23rd please return it.

CEMETERY Mass: Wednesday 5th August at Murhur at 8pm. Mass at Lislaughtin Churchyard on August 5th at 8pm; Springmount Cemetery Duagh Mass on Thursday August 6th at 7.30pm ; St Mary’s Cemetery Tarbert Friday August 7th and Kilnaughtin Churchyard August 14th both begin at 7.30pm.

CONGRATULATIONS to local singer and musician Kieran Flavin who has qualified to compete in several competitions at the All Ireland Fleadh which will be held at Tullamore.

BOTTLED water is said to be very wasteful in energy use and plastic, what is the Council doing talking about minimising waste when they fail to provide drinking water fountains in towns and villages.

BUS to Lough Derg on Friday August 7th and Knock on August 20th, details from 068 31232. The first live televised Mass from Lough Derg was on RTE on Sunday last.

BUS to Ballybunion from Listowel every Thursday pick up at Bus Stop near Listowel Arm’s Hotel at 11am. to Ballybunion and returning at 4pm.

ST JOHN’S for August; Wednesday 5th Choke Comedy Troupe; Fri 7th An Evening with Great Irish Writers, play based on humorous writings; Monday 10th Les Baladins Du Tournugeois and on Tuesday 11th Mrs Whippy, exhibition of photographs from Kerry and beyond on view till 12th, details from 068 22566.

TINTEAN: The Furey Brothers and Davie Arthur on stage August 7th, at 8.00 p.m., details from 068 28003.

SIAMSA: Oilean continues till August 8th, Clann Lir runs from 10th to 22nd excluding Sunday 16th, more information from 066 712 3055.

YOUTH 2000 Summer Festival in Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly from August 13th to 16th , details from 01-6753690 or visit

UNIFORMS St Vincent DePaul Shop in Listowel would welcome donations of your unwanted school uniforms for the Listowel Schools.

RETURN to Work: Pitman Training has launched a new, affordable women-returning-to-work programme.

phone Helena or Michelle, on (066) 7185775, or e-mail [email protected]. Closing date for applications is Fri., 14th Aug.

VOLUNTEERS Wanted by Kerry Education Service; Volunteer tutors to help adults with literacy difficulties. Initial tutor-training course is provided. Please ring Mary on (068) 23866.

GREAT to see the fine display of shrubs and flowers on display at Goulding’s Corner, it takes some planning and effort to have flowers in all seasons.

SAFEFOOD done some research and found that over 80% of people were indulging in unhygienic practices, apparently doing no noticeable harm to anybody; it appears that they want to raise their profile and spend more money.

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EVENTS for August: Farmers Market in Listowel every Friday from 9am to 2pm; Water Safety Week continues till 8th, details of events from 086 2615 222; Ballylongford Oyster festival is on from 7th to the 9th ,details from 087 9176 982; Farewell Night for Fr Padraig Walsh will be held at the Brandon on Thursday night the 6th; have information on charity cycle in aid of Down Syndrome which starts in Abbeyfeale on Sat. 8th at noon; Local riders are competing at the RDS in the afternoon on Sunday 9th; Stammer Support group meet at the Malton Hotel at 8pm on the 6th; International Day of Indigenous Peoples is on the 9th; Sr. Breege McKenna will be in Knock on Monday 10th, details from 066 7180 123; Crossroads dancing at Finuge every Friday night; Leaving Cert results available from August 12th; Republic of Ireland friendly against Australia in Thomond Park on Aug. 12th; The International Rules series between which was due to take place this autumn has been postponed till next year, AFL could not afford the trip according to news reports; Kerry London Association meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Kingdom Bar on the Kilburn High Road; Dance in aid of Rathfredagh Home at the Top of the Town Athea on the 15th; Scor in Kerry will celebrate their 40th year with a concert at the Malton Hotel on 15th at 8.30pm; Pub theatre is conducted at J B Keane’s on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; Community Games Final at Athlone from 14th to 16th; Knockanure Vintage Day Sunday August 16th; Cancer Society ride4life cycle in Killarney on August 22nd; Blennerville Train is back working again;

ROSE: Representing the state of Georgia in this years 50th Rose of Tralee Festival is Sinead Lynch, daughter of Danny Lynch whose parents were Sheila and the late Mick Lynch publicans of Athea and Marian O’Flaherty who is a native of Moyvane.

VOLUNTEERS wanted for the 50th celebration of the Rose of Tralee support group that run all the free street entertainment training from 10am to 3.30pm on Saturday, August 8th , details from Rose Office at Ashe Memorial Hall or phone 066 7121322 or

OCD Support Group which meets on the 1st Thursday of each month in a room at the Meadowlands Hotel from 8pm to 9.30pm

RETIRED People can view a film called The Searchers (1956) at Siamsa Tire on Thursday, August 6th at 2pm.

FUN Day will be held in Knockdown Athea Kileaney AFC pitch on Sunday August 23rd at 12.30pm in aid of The Friends of St Ita’s and Great Ethiopian Run to eliminate blinding due to trachoma. The organisers are at present looking for old books, toys, bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts or home baking all to be sold on the day. For further information call 068 34527 or 087 2303918.

ANGLERS on the Feale are still waiting for salmon, only the odd fish caught yet

BEST Wishes to Paddy Reidy of the the Bicycle Shop, Abbeyfeale who has retired from the Abbeyfeale Fire brigade after 38 years service, Paddy’s charitable work includes supporting St. Ita’s Wrenboys’ under the leadership of founder members Paddy Finucane of Knockanure and Mike Lynch, the group over the past 15 years have raised E40,000 to support two local priests in their Missions in Africa and Mexico. Entertainment at the retirement party for Paddy at the Fr Casey Clubhouse was provided by several musicians including the Finucane Family of Knockanure.

HAPPY Birthday to Breda Brosnan of Moyvane who celebrated at the Horseshoe Bar recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to new Gardai, Keith Hughes, Jason Holly, Merlyn O Connor and Liam Kieran Curtin to name a few of the 14 new Kerry Gardai, in total 271 got their certificates at Templemore recently.

BEST Wishes to Gerard and his crew who are filming in the locality at present.

PRE School helpline 1890 3033039 gives information on new scheme to offer free pre-school places to all children aged between 3 years,3 months and 4 years,6 months on September 1, 2009, pre schools due to open in January 2010.

CAR Boot Sale and Indoor Market to be held at the Community Centre, Newcastlewest on Sunday, August 9.

RING of Kerry tour on Thursday, August 27 , details from 068 31232.

FULL Moon on August 6th; our weather is again going from poor to worse. Mars was at its closest point to us on Tuesday 4th of August. A piece of the planet Mars in the National Museum of Ireland for its new meteorite display is valued at E25,000. Recent picture of supergiant star Betelgeuse, show a vast plume of gas as big as our Solar System with a huge bubble boiling on its surface.

GREEN: Belarus Government and the Irish Company Greenfield are investigating the possibility of growing bio-fuel material near the Chernobyl Nuclear plant.

The Irish government are spending E20 million promoting Zero Carbon Homes.

Wind turbines are sprouting up daily in the Athea direction, they will help to reduce our over dependence on oil.

SWINE Flu hype by the media has nervous people in a state of high alert; no doubt the drug companies and the medical profession will gain while innocent pig, chicken and beef farmers see the prices for their produce fall.

SPY: 1.7 billion Radio Frequency Identification Device chips were sold in 2007.

ISPCC would like to thank all who contributed to their recent Church Gate collection, the amount was E645.03.

History; Mary Spring Rice had an article in the July 23rd 1919 edition of the farmers Gazette on training the young on how to start gardening at National Schools; John Flanagan aged 41 years made a record throw of the hammer on July 24th 1909 the distance was 184 feet 4 inches; Queen Victoria arrived at Cork on August 1st 1849 for an official visit; James Fitzmaurice Fitzgerald arrived at Kerry coast in July 1579 with expedition from Pope Gregory X111 and Spain, Most of the troops were massacred in November 1580, supervised by Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Edward Denny. English army was under command of Lord Grey de Wilton. The Edmund Spencer and Hugh O’Neill were present at the massacre. Pope Clement appointed Oliver Plunkett Primate of Ireland in 1669; they were only two bishops in Ireland at the time. 1,000 people attended the first Annual Remembrance Day for Oliver Plunkett in Chicago on July 12th 1959, when St Oliver was canonised on the 12th of October 1975 he became Irelands first canonised saint in 700 years.

THOUGHT: While I was in Tibet I saw a Buddhist, a monk, who had lived for five or six years in a cave. When he went into the cave he had good eyesight. But because he stayed so long in the darkness his eyes grew weaker and weaker, and at last he became quite blind. It is just the same with us. If we do not use the blessings which we have received from God for His Glory, we are in danger of losing them for ever, Sadhu Sundar Singh.

DIED August 1st `09 aged 111 Harry Patch, he was wounded in 1917. Harry was Britain’s last survivor of the trenches of World War I.

DEATH has taken place of Bridie Stackpoole in her 74th year; she is survived by her husband Jack, sons John, Tom, Peter and Dan, daughters Hannah and Helen. Mass for Bridie Stackpoole was celebrated in Athea Church on Saturday August 1st `09 by Fr. Patrick Bowen P.P. Athea assister by Canon Kelly, Fr John Lucid, Fr Gerard O Leary and Fr Tim O Leary and Fr Tom McMahon. Following Mass Bridie was laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery Athea beside her sister Mary B. Sheahan who died on June 1st 1993 aged 69 years. Bridie was a daughter of Hannah Hartnett of Abbeyfeale and Jack Sheahan of Lower Athea where Bridie lived all her life. The Flaherty of Knockanure sang the hymns at the Mass. Bridie would be proud to have heard her granddaughter beautifully sing On the Wings of an Angel after Mass.

ANNIVERSARIES: James O Brien, John McGrath, Jerry Clancy, Maureen Beasley, Neilus O Connell, Paddy Rochford, Pat Sheehy, Fr Kieran O Shea, John Carmody, Nan Sullivan, Molly Mahony, Mass on Wed. 5th in Murhur Cemetery at 8pm; Mass on Thurs. 6th 8.00pm in Knockanure for James & Margaret Kennelly & David Kennelly; Mass on Fri. 7th at 8.00pm for Sr. Carmelita Murphy; Mass on Sat. 8that 8.00pm for Nellie Finucane; Mass on Sun. 9th at 10.00am in Knockanure For the People of the Parish and the 11.00am Mass in Moyvane is for Pat & John Collins and His parents Ellie & Willie. Bishop Lacy died August 4th 1759, he was born c1690.

CHOIR: St John’s Gregorian Choir, under the direction of Moyvane born Fr Pat Ahern, presented a choral recital in the O’Connell Memorial Church, Cahirsiveen last Sunday evening.

LOURDES Kerry Pilgrimage 2009: some seats still available. Apply to Janice O’Sullivan – (064) 7758219.

HOLY LAND Pilgrimage, led by Bishop Murphy, 13th to 20th October, 2010, Bookings, by post, to Ms. Janice O’Sullivan, “Droum”, Nohoval Upper, Rathmore, Co. Kerry. (064) 7758219.

VOCATION: Carmelite Monastic Vocation for single women; you are invited to join in our life of prayer, liturgy and work for the weekend 28th – 30th August. Preferred age 25 – 45, for more information visit our website: or write to: Prioress, Carmelite Monastery, Delgany, Co. Wicklow.

READERS: Vigil Seline Mulvihill & Bridget McCarthy; 11am Ciara Healy & Amanda Coulson. Knockanure 10am Mary Flaherty & Siobhan Fitzgerald.

FIRST Friday of the Month. Usual Communion Rounds. Knockanure in the Morning and Moyvane in the Afternoon.Confessions on Saturdays from 12 – 12.30pm and on request.

ST PIO: The Annual Padre Pio ceremonies commemorating his ordination to the priesthood on August 10, 1910 will be celebrated at 2.30pm on Sunday August 9, at the Capuchin Monastery, Rochestown, details of transport from Pat at 069-62306, all are welcome.

THE POPE is releasing an album of prayers with musical accompaniment, through Geffen Records. Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for August is: “That public opinion may be more aware of the problems of millions of displaced persons and refugees, and that concrete solutions may be found for their often tragic situation”.