Knockanure Notes – 20th March, 2011

PARADES on St Patrick’s Day were well attended, the day was dry, but in exposed areas it was rather cool. The parade in Listowel was great with both locals and foreign groups participating. The Polish band was a delight to hear and observe their marching ,several schools from the district put on various forms of entertainment, big numbers of pupils were involved and were a credit to their leaders. Sad to see so many of the long standing members and supporters of the Listowel St Patrick’s Day parade, missing this year. We appreciate their entire endeavour over the years. See youtube , knockanurelocal.

ST Patrick’s Day mass in Knockanure was again well attended, local children had appropriate festive posters on display and the choir sang with many joining in with them, Miss Moore was on the organ. Thanks to the sacristan who had the church decorated and Fr Lucid who said the Mass in Irish. Members of Riverdance and about 100 dancers performed in Central Station Sydney for St Patrick’s Day; Mark Kennelly  son of Colm Kennelly of Ballylongford was at the Whitehouse for St Patrick’s Day. Knockanure School and Kearney’s Window in Moyvane is again dressed to reflect St Patrick’s Day.

SALE at the Community Centre on Sunday last had again a great variety, one man a former miner from Wales had a multitude of jam varieties on his stand.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto results for 18th March 2011, no winner of E7,500 Jackpot. Numbers drawn were 10-20-22 and 23 .Lucky Dips went to the following, Kathleen Carmody, Kilmorna; Gerry Fealey, Bedford, Listowel; Ben Shields, c/o John Barry; Ronan Kerin, Ballygrenan; Teresa Collins, Lisaniskea; Thomas Moran, Lyre; Bar Prize Joe Enright;
Next Weeks Jackpot E7,600.

SUPPORT: Kerry Adolescent Counselling Service is starting a bereavement support group for young people aged 15 -25 years. The first session will take place on Friday, March 25th at their office in Balloonagh.  Contact KACS on 066 7181333

ST JOHN’S: Weds 23rd, Kerry School of Music, Featuring students from The Listowel Centre. Directed by Aidan O’ Carroll; Thurs 24th,Niall Teague & The Fast Company, Multi instrumentalist Niall is joined by Pádraic Joyce, Kelvin Busher, Javi Mula, Una Mc Loughlainn and Maidgh O hEanaigh;  Sat. 26th,  From River To Sea, C.D. launch of favourite songs with Louis O Carroll & friends – In support of Listowel Hospice; Mon 28th -Fri 1st April, The Shakespeare  Sessions, Cyclone Repertory presents Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice & Romeo and Juliet. Two performances daily: 10.30am & 1.30pm; Tues 29th, Film Club – Leaving, Directed by Catherine Cousins; Thurs 31st An Evening with Frances Black, details from 068 22566.

COWS are out now and again over recent weeks, ground is cold and growth is slow. One man tells me that he is bringing grass to his cows indoors for past month. If a cow has twins an official will come out to see them, anything to keep a job.

BIGGEST Full Moon in 18 years was there on Sat. last, it affected high and low tides. There is a fine display of daffodils again this year the frost earlier did not do any damage to them. Curler appears plentiful but the rock thrush who sang every spring from the tallest tree has vanished.

EVENTS: Scor na bPaisti County Finals at Tintean Theatre on Sunday March 27th at 2.30pm; A 35 week Fetac accredited full time course in radio production is planned to commence in Abbeyfeale shortly.  For further details contact 068 32444; Garden  class in Abbeyfeale will run from Wednesday, March 23rd and each Wednesday book with 087 6866450; Start your own business course is to begin in Castleisland shortly, details from 066 7183 522; CPR Training at Athea on March 26th, details from 087 2589 872; Youth Club in Listowel Is having a Bring & Buy Sale on Friday 25th March from 12 to 5pm. Upper William St, opposite the Post Office, contact Louise on 087 6411271; Listowel Family Resource Centre Women’s Group are hosting a Cake Sale, on 5th April at 7.30pm. All proceeds going to North Kerry Alzheimer’s Day Care;  Bazaar group in Listowel are holding a meeting on Friday 25th March at 7.30pm.
in the New Sacristy Listowel, All committee members are asked to attend; Lecture on Medieval Nunneries by Tracey Collins at Tralee Library 7.30pm; Kerry Autism Action Group will meet at the Abbeygate Hotel on 30th March at 8.15pm; Kerry Cork health link bus, details from 066 7195 560; Community Bus to Listowel every Tuesday, book with 1890 528 528; Bus promoting holidays in Kerry will be touring England till April 15th; Cistercian College, Roscrea, introductory morning Sat. 26th March, details from 0505 22066; Daffodils were on sale last weekend after the 10am Mass in Knockanure;

 Energy Show in the RDS on 30-31 March, details from SEAI; Mercury can be seen next to Jupiter after sunset for a few days, then it will not be out of sight again until autumn; Albert Einstein’s documents will go online shortly; 3,000 Volunteers needed for the Dublin Eucharistic Congress, details from ; The 2011 Census of Population Enumerators for the Moyvane area are Anna Marie Kennelly, Marie Behan and Marguerite Lynch, details from 086 4106478.

CELEBRATION: The Vocational School in Abbeyfeale is holding a celebration weekend to mark its contribution to education, Thursday, March 31st, Plaque unveiling at 6:45pm at the Vocational School with a Lecture at 7:45 p.m. followed by Publication launch. Friday, April 1 Mass at 3:00 p.m. for Staff & Students past and present at Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale; On Friday evening the School is open
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. an exhibition of old photographs, memorabilia and the old roll books. Contact the school on 068 31198.

BOOK is being compiled on local railways, contact Liam O Mahony , Newcastle West at 087 6471 956.

CONCERN international writing competition, details on concern website.

SIAMSA: Colm Murphy on Comedy on March 26th; Poets in the Doghouse 4 on Wed. March 30th and National Dance Company of Wales Fri. April 1st, more from 066 71230 55.

TB: Mortality from pulmonary tuberculosis in 1939 was 2,617; In 1940 deaths from TB, 2,907  and in 1943 deaths amounted to 3398. Non pulmonary tuberculosis deaths in 1939 amounted to 687.Patients examined at St Vincent’s Hospital in 1934, 34% were incurable 50% readily curable and 16% would take 6 months to 2 years to cure. At this years 2011 parade met a former TB patient who was treated in Dublin, he had a list of Kerrymen in his company there, his job being young was to operate the Radio. Kerryman of 27th June 1964 reports that the Blue Card round of TB eradication in Kerry was bringing the County nearer to attestation. Kerry had then 16,000 herds ad 270,000 cattle.

ST Patrick while a slave in Ireland, recalled in his confessions, I heard in my sleep a voice saying to me: ‘It is well that you fast, soon you will go to your own country.’ And again, after a short while, I heard a voice saying to me: ‘See, your ship is ready.’ And it was not near, but at a distance of perhaps two hundred miles, and I had never been there, nor did I know a living soul there; and then I took to flight, and I left the man with whom I had stayed for six years. And I went in the strength of God who directed my way to my good, and I feared nothing until I came to that ship. Many of us today lack faith in God, depriving us reaching our full ability.

USA: When George Washington took office in 1789, there were 30,000 Catholics in America. John Adams said they were “scarce as earthquakes.”  By 1850, Catholics had become the biggest denomination. There were only twenty-three priests in America in 1776.

PILGRIMAGES: Night vigil at Knock on Thursday, March 24th, the eve of the Annunciation of the Lord, details 068 31232; Pilgrimage to Rome for Beatification of Pope John Paul on 29th April, details from 087 2618 412; Eucharistic Adoration Pilgrimage Retreats in Lourdes, Further details from Máire Smye on 023 88 33273 or by writing to: CLM HQ, South Square, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

ADORATION:  Moyvane Sun. 4.00pm to 5.00pm, Wed. 10.00am to 7.00pm and Knockanure Tues. 10.00am to 6.00pm; Listowel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after 10.30am Mass till 7pm. Adoration Abbeyfeale each evening Monday to Friday from 6-8pm, perpetual Adoration and Rosary each evening at 7.30pm. Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent after 10am Mass. Latin Mass was read at the  Holy Cross, Dominican church Tralee on Sunday  last.

OUR faith and our friendships are not shattered by one big act, but by many small neglects, says J. Gustav White.

CONFIRMATION on Thursday 24th March will be given to nearly 80 candidates at a Ceremony at 3.30pm in Listowel Church.

 MINISTERS ; All readers of the Pastoral Area of Listowel, Lixnaw, Duagh and Moyvane are asked to attend a Workshop
on Wednesday night next (23rd March) in St. Patrick’s Hall from 8pm to 9.30pm. It will be given by Frances Roland of the Diocesan Pastoral Team.

 DEATH took place of Kitty Fitzgerald nee Fitzgerald of the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale, on March 15th  2011. Kitty was daughter of  Paddy Fitzgerald and Catherine Quirke of Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale. Kitty is survived by her husband Dick, children Carina, Carmel, Ann, Thomas and Pat. Siblings Pa, Mike, Margie, Phil, Daisy, Julia and Helen. John, Billy, Theresa, Nancy,  Mary Agnes and Nora Ita predeceased Kitty. Following Requiem Mass at the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Saturday March 19th 2011 Kitty Fitzgerald was laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery Abbeyfeale.

Recent deaths;  Joan Stack, Mai Holyoake, John Quinlivan, Mary Halpin, Kitty Harnett, Eleanor Scanlon.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary White, Joe Collins, Willie Shine, Sr. Theresa Mary O Connor, Elizabeth Buckley, Mary Kennelly, Kitty Shine, Hannah Moloney, Willie Moore, Fr James Cunningham, John Michael Hanrahan, Ellen Fitzgerald, Margaret M Horton, Ellen McAuliffe, Sean Somers, Mike and Denis Hanrahan, Months Mind Mass on  Tues 22nd at Knockanure 7.30pm for Emmet Leahy, with the Stations of the Cross after Mass; Mass on Wed 23rd at 9.15am for William J. O’Connor Dore; Mass on Fri. 25th at 7.30pm for  Michael, Ann & Denis Hanrahan; Mass on Sat. 26th at 7.30pm for Michael Moloney, Leitrim Middle at the request of Eddie & Christina Moloney in the U.S.A; Mass in Knockanure on Sun. 27th at 10.00am for  Nancy & Jack McMahon.

 VOCATIONS Day hosted by Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. If you are aged 18-45. We invite you to consider Priesthood, at home and aboard from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 10th April at Sacred Heart Centre, Western Road, Cork. Contact, Fr. John Fitzgerald MSC Vocations Director. Phone 086 8626007

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