Knockanure Notes — 20th March, 2016

BEST WISHES to all our readers and safe travelling to all who come amongst us for Easter.

GAA: Deadline for membership is the 1st April. Members only go into draw for tickets for Munster Championship & All Ireland.

IRISH BLOOD DONOR CLINIC in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd March from 5pm. to 8pm.

REMINDER:  Those who have ordered Parish Link Radios can collect them from the Parish Office.  Nice selection of cards available also.

A. A. Open meeting at Knockanure Community Centre on Tuesday 29th March at 8.30pm, all welcome.

GLIN Day Care; Thursday 24th March and the group attending will be Glin, Athea, Moyvane, Ballylongford and Shanagolden.  For further information please contact the office on 068 26033.

REMEMBERING ZOE BACK 2 SCHOOL THEME PARTY:  Easter Sunday March 27 at the Railway Bar with doors open at 9pm.  Music by No Direction followed by a late nite D.J.

SINGING:  West Limerick singing club are  hosting a night of songs in remembrance of 1916 on Friday April 1 in the Ramble Inn, Abbeyfeale at their monthly singing session which takes place on the 1st Friday of every month.

YEAR OF MERCY, A Course on Faith by Fr. Sean Sheehy, next session on March 30th, at 7pm.

DEATH took place of Margaret Flynn, nee McMahon on 13th March 2016
Wife of the late Michael. Survived by daughter Ann, son in law Jerry, grandchildren Joachim, Marguerite, Diarmuid, Michéal, Donnchadh and Pauline, their wives Sabrina, Ciara and Niamh, great-grandchildren Oisín and Tara, nieces Marian and Breda, nephew Willie, nieces and nephews in law.
Requiem Mass was celebrated for Margaret Flynn at Knockanure Church on 15th March. Burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery. Margaret was the oldest woman in Knockanure and was daughter of Michael McMahon of Athea and Brid O Connor of Knockanure. Mass was celebrated by Fr McNamara PP assisted by Fr McMahon and Fr. O’Callaghan. Stephen Donegan sang the hymns and family members brought gifts symbolising Margaret’s love of cooking, gardening and faith. Margaret Flynn was predeceased by all of her siblings Including, Nora Buckley of Moyvane, Sr. Bridget of Limerick, Masie, Mrs Scanlon, Michael and Jim.

DEATH took place on March 10th. 2016 of former Garda Commissioner, Larry Wren. He joined the gardai in 1943 . He was born in Abbeyfeale, in 1922, and attended St Ita’s College . as a Garda was involved in some high profile cases in 1975 the kidnapping of Dutch industrialist Tiede Herrema by Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle. Ben Dunne, was kidnapped by the IRA and Don Tidey kidnapping. Larry Wren is survived by wife, Maureen Lee, daughters Mary McConville and Anne Moran, his grandchildren, sons-in-law Joe and Paddy.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary White, Joe Collins, Willie Shine, Elizabeth Buckley, Anna Flaherty, Michael Holly, Peg O Mahony, Michael O’Connor, Kitty Shine, Hannah Moloney, Mairead O’Connor, Willie Moore, Liam Keane Stack, John M Hanrahan, Ellen Fitzgerald, Nora Walsh, Sean Somers, Mike and Denis Hanrahan, Richard Stack.
Weekday Masses: Monday March 21st to Sunday March 27th Moyvane:
Wed 23rd at 7.30pm, Mass for the Holy Souls. Thurs   24th at 8.00pm, Liturgy of the Last Supper.
Fri  25th at  3.00pm,The Passion of the Lord. EASTER VIGIL Sat 26th at 9.00pm. EASTER Sun  27th 11.00am for Nora & Danny Walsh.
Knockanure Mass: Mon 21st at  7.30pm for Joan Furlong, Coilagurteen (Months Mind)
Thurs  24th at 7.00pm, Liturgy of the Last Supper. Fri 25th at 7.00pm,The Passion of the Lord

EASTER Sun 27th at 10.00am for Tim & Hannah Leahy.

CHRISM MASS: Tuesday 22nd March 7.30 p.m. in Cathedral Killarney

HOLY WEEK EXTRA: Moyvane Mon. 21st at 7.30pm, Reconciliation Service. Tuesday 22nd at 10am Stations of the Cross. Wed. 23rd 7.30am Lenten Mass. Knockanure, Tuesday 22nd at 7.30pm Reconciliation Service. Wed. 23rd at 10am Stations of the Cross.

THANK YOU:  The organizers of the Parish Retreat to Ardfert wish to express their thanks to
Fr. Kevin for joining them on their Retreat and for sponsoring the bus.  Thanks to all who joined us for a very spiritual evening. Fr. Kevin distributed Shamrock to all on St Patrick’s Day, as the shamrock had roots, it would be easy to grow our own next year.

DANCE Teacher Johnny Cronin went to Lviv, Ukraine Feis on the weekend 4th March  2016. He adjudicated Irish dancing competitions while out there

THE GOOD FRIDAY SOUP KITCHEN: will take place as usual this year in the Community Centre, Tarbert from 11am to 2.30pm and from 4pm-5pm March 25th. It has been a great success and a wonderful social occasion now for over 10 years. Proceeds of this year’s event will go to the Ella Ahern Fund, Athea, granddaughter of John and Teresa Ryan, Dooncaha and the Stack Brothers, Moyvane to help them purchase wheelchairs suitable for their sports activities.

ENERGY SHOW at RDS, Wednesday 6th of April (10am – 7pm). Thursday 7th of April (9am – 5pm)

CONGRATULATIONS: Festival Success for Blithe Spirit and Listowel Drama Group. Kerry Drama Festival. 2nd overall in the Kerry Drama Festival
Imelda Dowling Garvey Best Actress of the Festival. Clare Drama Festival. Best Young Actress Anna Sheehan

EASTER LITURGIES ON RTE TELEVISION: Easter Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection will be celebrated from St. Mary’s of the Angels, Dublin on RTE 1 Television at 11pm.  Then on Easter Sunday, Eurovision Mass is from the same Church on RTE 2 Television @ 10am in the morning.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: “Cé a chónaig I mo theach sa – houses and streets where we lived” – talk given  by Patrick Lynch at 7.30pm on Saturday March 19th in the Bridewell.


BACK TO SCHOOL FANCY DRESS PARTY:  The Railway Bar will be the venue for the first ever Back to School Theme night on Easter Sunday night in aid of the 2016 Remembering Zoë nominated charities.

LARTIGUE MONORAIL SPECIAL EASTER WEEKEND OPERATION The Lartigue Monorail and Museum will operate on Easter Saturday and Sunday (March 26th and 27th) from 2pm to 4pm. (From May 1st throughout the Summer the Lartigue will operate every afternoon from 1pm to 4.30pm.)

LISTOWEL TIDY TOWNS GROUP With the very important subject of our Biodiversity in mind, Listowel Tidy Towns Group are spearheading a series of three sessions on ‘Planting for Pollination’ This initiative is funded by The Kerry Education & Training Board Community Education Programme and will be delivered by Niamh Ni Dhull of Natural Kitchen Gardens & Gurtbrack Organic Gardens initiatives. The first session will take place on Thursday March 24th at 7pm in St Patricks Hall All welcome to attend.

ST JOHN’S: Wed 23rd Locust Honey, American Folk and Country. 31st March to 4th April , The Countryboy, presented by the Lartigue Theatre, details from 068 22566.

GLIN: Easter Monday, the 28th March 11.30am, Glin Town Park!!  The footbridge in the town park will be officially named The Centenary Bridge.  Commemorative plaques as well as an interpretive board will be unveiled. These are to honour the memory of Constable James O’Brien from Kilfergus Glin and Mr Eamon Dore of Main Street.
Limerick City and County Council is establishing a panel for the position of Temporary Lifeguard – Glin & Kilteery Piers – Summer 2016. Candidates will demonstrate through their application and at interview that he/she: holds a current Irish Water Safety Beach Lifeguard Award or an equivalent qualification as recognised by the International Lifesaving Federation.

FUNDS: Dental Outreach, Paul Hanlon is had a coffee morning in Barrett’s on Sunday the 20th March. Paul is raising funds for a trip to Nepal with Dental Outreach.

Cordially invites you to join us for an Artists-in-Residence Reception celebrating the artwork of
Nard Claar and Sheary Clough Suiter along with new work by Olive Stack on Thursday March 24th 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Meet, greet, and say slán abhaile to these two artists from Colorado USA.

TRADITIONAL: Old Mill Community and Friends are holding a traditional night of music, song and story in aid of the Joanne McMahon Thanksgiving Fundraiser in the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West on Saturday 2nd April. The doors will open at 7.30pm.

CELTIC SPIRITUALITY ‘INDOOR & OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES – Part Of Our Irish Tradition.’  Facilitated by Fr. Michael Rodgers, Glendalough, Fri. April 8th to Sunday April 10th. Please contact Ardfert retreat Centre 066 7134276

PEACE CONCERT IN KNOCK BASILICA Mayo International Choral Festival is hosting a Peace Concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at Knock Basilica on Saturday, May 14th. For information and tickets, visit

FULL MOON on the 23rd. Some cattle were out grazing last week. Grass which was green all winter, looks burned due to recent cold wind and slight frost at night.

ALTAR and inside of Knockanure Church is beautiful in the early morning sunlight.

OLDEST: 112-year-old Yisrael Kristal, an Israeli citizen, is the oldest man alive.

THOUGHT: Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. C. S. Lewis
Kerry Independent 1880-1884, Thursday, 13 July, 1882; Page: 2. (Edited)

HOLY CROSS ABBEY. From a member of the community.
Chapter V
The Rev. Father Bartholomew Shine OP. is the last Dominican in Kerry concerning whom we have any record. He was born 1757 at Glenniennane ?, near freemount, Co Cork. His family had extensive tract of land, well stocked with sheep and cattle. He went to school at Dromcolloher, Cantillon the teacher was highly regarded and he had pupils from all parts of Ireland. His father died while he was at school and was buried at Tullalease and three hundred pupils from the school wearing linen hatbands walked in the funeral procession. Next we hear of Fr Bartholomew at his ordination in Louvain in 1787. He was appointed chaplain to a Nobleman near Louvain and was about to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, when the French army invaded Flanders. His patron joined the army and advanced to meet the invaders. Fr Shine retreated with the Belgian army and  spent a night in a dozen towns in succession. He became acquainted with the horrors of war, he was driven towards the sea and through the kindness of a British officer he was able to return home again. The Community was then at Knockanure. Due to the shortage of priests, the bishop appointed the Dominicans to parishes. Fr Shine went to Brosna and also served Knocknagoshel, where he served for 20 years. He caught fever in discharge of his duties. His body after a year was laid in a tomb and was found to be preserved, with a sweet sent like apples. Inscription Here lies the body of The Rev. Bartholomew Shine, who died Jan 7th AD 1837 aged 70 years. Note his grandnephew the Parish priest of Fossa was baptised by him and he learned from him his first prayers.

” He was a man of a fine form and person, with handsome and  prepossessing features. He was considered a good scholar and theologian. He was very kind and charitable to all classes of persons. A saintly missionary priest, he had the reputation amongst his people of the gift of miracles and prophesy.

The Most Reverend Dr. Moriarty Lord Bishop of Kerry Amongst the benefactors of Holy Cross the first place must be given to him who is best entitled to it, and certainly no one has a greater claim than the late bishop of the diocese, the Most Rev Dr. Moriarty who was himself a Tertiary of our holy order and the second founder of Holy Cross.

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