Knockanure Notes — 20th November, 2016

HOLY SOULS MASSES. Church of the Assumption Moyvane:  Mon 21st 7.30pm; Thurs 24th 10am; Fri 25th 7.30pm. Church of Corpus Christi Knockanure:  Tues 22nd 7.30pm; Thurs 24th 7.30pm; Fri 25th 10am.  Vigil and Sunday Masses: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November

MASS for all who died during year; In Moyvane Church on Friday 25th at 7.30pm and in Knockanure Church on Tuesday 29th at 7.30pm.

GABRIEL FITZMAURICE is editor of Best Loved Poems, favourite poems from the South of Ireland, book contains many pictures from John Reidy and our President also contributes, Launch was in Listowel on Saturday last.

KIERAN DONAGHY, had a huge following at the signing of his book at Listowel also on Saturday, immediately after signing, he had to rush away to play a match.

PAT drew a huge crowd to his book signing at the Arms on Friday last, glad to see how well he is progressing.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Callaghan Family, who are celebrating twenty years in business at the Arms Hotel.

CELEBRATIONS were held at Knockanure on Friday last to mark 50 years of the New School, Scoil Chorp Chriost, preparations were in progress for many weeks. Bishop Ray celebrated the Mass, assisted by Frs. Kevin, Tom and Brendan. The children’s Choir and local singers excelled themselves in singing and playing the hymns. The Principal, teachers and secretary of the school were actively involved and our sacristan, readers and many others were on duty behind the scenes. Without whose work the night would not what it was, a celebration of 50 years, for all the goodness achieved. There was regret too, for those who have passed away and for people for various reasons who could not attend.

ANNIVERSARIES: Noreen McElligott, Margaret Halpin, Noreen Broderick, Padraig Tydings, Ned Bunce, Michael Joe Flaherty, Liam Collins, Con Riordan, Fr. John Horan, Mary Harnett, Mary O’Hanlon, Joan Mullane, Bridie Robinson, John Timothy Soules, Joan Gaire, Donal Foley, Fr. Michael O Leary, Mairead Carmody, Maura Gallahue, John Buckley, Tom Woulfe, Sr. Baptist Kennelly, James Leahy, Ned Walsh, Pat Hanrahan, Michael Windle, Mattie Walsh, Con Bunce.

Mass  Moyvane:  Wed   23rd  at 7.30pm for Bridie Robinson (nee Walsh), Aughrim & Dublin (1st Anni).  Sat  26th  at 7.30pm for Kit & Edward Fitzmaurice, Leitrim Middle. Sun  27th at 11.00am          Jer & Lizzy, brother Timmy & Deceased members of Buckley & Kiely Families.

Mass Knockanure:  Sun 27th at 10.00am for John Moloney, New York & Woodford.

SANTA & MRS. CLAUS: on Sun 27th Nov 2pm – 4pm.  Guest appearance by ‘Tommy the Magician’.  Browse the Bric-a-Brac, book stall, bake sale (all homemade), children can play games etc.

SET DANCING CLUB:  West Limerick Set Dancing Club monthly Ceili In Devon Inn Templeglantine on Sunday, November 23 at 4pm.   Music by Star of Munster Ceili Band. Everybody welcome, teas etc served.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto Results for Friday 18th November 2016. No winner of €16,300. Numbers drawn 2, 21, 26, 32. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Sinead Sheehy, Iartubber, Duagh; 2. Jay & Millie Stack, c/o Breda Stack, Holly’s ;3. Peg Moloney, Tullahinal, Ballylongford; 4. Jamie & Aaron Moloney, Tarmons, Tarbert; 5. Diarmuid Lawlor, Doon Road, Ballybunnion. Next  draw to be held on Friday 25th November with jackpot up to €16,400.

The Knockanure GAA Football club would like to thank all those who have supported the club to date.

PRAYER MEETING:  Moss and Janice Carrig will hold a Prayer Meeting in St. Mary’s Church, Knocknagoshel on Sunday, November 27 at 3pm.

November’s full moon was dubbed the “Supermoon” because its revolution brought it so near to the earth that it appeared 14 per cent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

RAMBLING HOUSE will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday, November 24th  from 9.15pm.

CEILI DANCE will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Sunday, November 27th from 3pm to 6 pm.

ROSARY Holy Cross, Athea Sunday, November 27th at 12.15pm.

PRAYER MEETING:  Moss and Janice Carrig will hold a Prayer Meeting in St. Mary’s Church, Knocknagoshel on Sunday, November 27 at 3pm.

PARTY: The Going Strong Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday, December 7th. Please give your names to Rose at Brouder’s Shop or Peggy Casey.

G S TRAIL; The AGM elected the following officers: Cathaoirleach, Liam O’Mahony; Vice Chairman, Denis McAuliffe; Secretary, Jim Barrett; Treasurer, Pádraig Ó Condúin; North Kerry Convenor, Michael Guerin; Walks Organiser, Eileen Woulfe.

LIGHTS, official opening of Noonan’s Christmas Lights in Templeglantine was on Friday November 18th.


Duagh native and UCD historian Dr Mary McAuliffe will give a talk at 8pm on Thursday, November 24th in Duagh national school hall on Robert Dillon, from Lyreacrompane, who has now become known as the ‘Fifth Kerryman’ killed during the Easter Rising.

BEST WISHES to Jim O’Brien and family, Ballyhahill on receiving the top award for his aged cheddar cheese, at Listowel Food Fair.

GLÓRACH NEWS:  Due to popular demand the film based on the Siege of Jadonville in which local man Tadgh Quinn participated will be shown again on Sunday, November 27 at 7.30pm.  There will be no charge but donations for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission will be gratefully received.  Seats can be booked on 087 1383940.   .

MUSIC: On the Highway to Nowhere is the title of the new 20 track album from singer/songwriter George Langan, from Glenagragra. The album includes tributes to Johnny Donegan, Mick Enright, Gene Stuart, Brendan Shine and Philomena Begley.

CONCERT: West Limerick 102FM Community Radio will present their Harvest Concert at Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday November 23 at 8pm.

DAY for parish secretaries will be held on Tuesday Nov 29th 2016 in John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Killarney.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: 066 7134276 .An Hour of Prayer Using Scripture (Lectio Divina): Tues 22nd Nov 7.00pm-8.00pm. Christian Morality: The Faith Lived by Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wed 23rd Nov. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bereavement Support Day “Be Gentle As You Walk With Grief”: Sat 26th Nov. 10am-4pm.

RETREAT: Facilitated by Noirin Ni Rian of Glenstal Abbey. At  St. John’s, Listowel, Saturday last about twenty attended. Noirin, had music, talks and discussions on November 19th from 10am-4pm.Dinner and tea included. Much of the talks and interactions, were of an Eastern flavour, with a bit of Latin, Irish and a smattering of shaker music.

ENTERPRISE TOWN:  Bank of Ireland are hosting an Enterprise Town Event at Listowel Community Centre on Friday 25th Nov from 6pm – 9pm and on Sat 26th of Nov from 11am – 2pm.

MEN:  Sports Partnership are delivering a men only physical activity programme at Teach Feile, New Street, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm.  Further information 087 7558459.

SOCIAL FARMING:  This is the practice of offering family farms as a form of social services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health difficulties.  The farm remains a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farm’s chores and activities.  For further information call Stefanie or Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 62222.

TABLE QUIZ:  A table quiz in aid of Fr. Tim Galvin’s Sudan Mission will be held in Thomas T.J’s, New St. Abbeyfeale on Friday, November 25.  Raffle.  Quiz Master Lorcan Curtin.

GLÓRACH NEWS:  Preparations are well underway for our production of the John B Keane play, The Highest House on the Mountain.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA:  Calling all bakers and jam makers, the annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 11 at St. Ita’s Hall from 10am -1pm.  Cakes, breads, jams etc., can be handed into Batt Harnett, The Square or Mairead Daly (086 8594983) on Saturday, December 10.

FEALEBRIDGE SOCIAL:  Fealebridge & Headley’s Bridge Co-Op will hold their 47th annual social on Friday, December 2 at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine. Music will be provided by Heart & Soul, and there will be plenty of spot prizes to be won on the night.

HARVEST CONCERT:  PJ Murrihy, violinist Ann Phelan, Ella Maria O’Dwyer, Peter Burke, Tommy McAuley and Willie Relihan are the stars of a fundraising concert for WL102fm which is being held at the Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday, November 23. Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.

CHRISTMAS PARTY – The Christmas Senior Citizens Party will take place in The Community Centre Tarbert on Sunday 11th December .

COACH TO KNOCK SHRINE:  Night Vigil The feast of the Immaculate Conception Wed  7th Dec.  Coaches Departs from 3pm and will be in the North Kerry area starting with Lisselton at 4.30pm; Listowel at 5pm; Abbeyfeale at 5.15pm; Contact 066 7180123.

KERRY CHORAL UNION WILL PERFORM A Christmas Celebration in St. John’s Church Ballybunion on Sunday 27th November at 7.30 p.m. This is a fundraising event organised by Parents Association St. Joseph’s Secondary School.

SPECIAL MASS FOR DECEASED OF PAST YEAR in Listowel:  (Nov. 1st 2015 to Oct. 31st 2016 ) & whose requiem took place in Listowel church.  On Friday, Nov. 25th at 7.00 p.m, It is organised by the Parish Liturgy Group -view the List of 45 names (RIP) in the board in front of Our Lady’s Altar. There will be cuppa after the Mass in the Parish Meeting Room. All are welcome.

PRESENTATION MASS Bishop Ray and the Presentation Secondary students and Staff  were at last Sunday 12.00 noon Mass in Listowel in anticipation of Presentation Day which was on Monday, Nov. 21st they joined the Parish Choir at  this  mass.

TEAMPILL BAN FAMINE GRAVEYARD Rosary will be recited at 3pm each Sunday afternoon during November for all the nameless souls interned there. All are welcome.

FINUGE GAA ANNUAL MASS Will takes place on Tuesday next 22nd Nov. at 7.30pm. in their Finuge Club Hse..

THE LEGION OF MARY have started  up and  meet each Wednesday  at 8pm. in the Parish Meeting Room. All welcome.

INVITATION TO MEDJUGORJE FOR 2017. June 21th ex Shannon. Spiritual directors: Fr. Joe Begley and Fr. Danny Broderick August 2nd. Ex Cork Youth Festival. Spiritual director Fr. John Keane Sept 20th.

Contact Tom Dennehy 0876468658 for further information.

PERMANENT DIACONATE. Diocesan pamphlet on the Permanent Diaconate.  Copies are available at the Parish Office or info at

ARTICLES FOR CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER:  Articles, reports, photos and Christmas wishes are needed for the annual newsletter.  Please email to [email protected] before Wednesday, November 23.

SCHOOLS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: 150th Anniversary of Ballymacthomas N.S.

50th Anniversary of Flemby N.S. Day of Celebration will take place on Saturday 26th November 2016.

ALL WELCOME!!: On Monday, November 28 there will be an event from 7-9pm in Fr. Casey’s clubhouse celebrating life in the River Feale and its tributaries. The night is organised by Streamscapes (see together with Feale Biodiversity, Abbeyfeale Anglers and Abbeyfeale Tidy Town.

NEW RAILWAY BOOK:  On Saturday, November 26 at 2p.m. all are welcome to the launch of a new book on the railways of West Limerick and North Kerry in Foynes.  The launch by Lady Geraldine Dunraven will take place in the Foynes Flying Boat Museum in commemoration of the then Earl of Dunraven being the first Chairman of the Limerick & Foynes Railway Company.  The book is primarily a photographic record of the railways which served the Limerick to Tralee route (now partially converted into the Great Southern Trail Greenway) along with the branch lines to Bruree, Croom, Mungret Cement Factory, Askeaton, Foynes, Fenit and Castleisland.  The book has been compiled by railway historians Jonathan Beaumont and Barry Carse who have sourced a very wide and representative selection of photographs to illustrate the publication which is being produced by Colourpoint Books.Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne ar an lá.

HISTORICAL LECTURE BY ABBEYFEALE NATIVE:  In a lecture entitled, “Landlords in Eighteenth-Century Limerick Poetry,” Dr. Úna Nic Éinrí  looked at the lives of the following Limerick poets of the 18th century – Fr. William English of Pallas Green, Seán Ó Tuama of Croom, Aindrias Mac Craith (An Mangaire Súgach) of Fantstown, Séamus Ó Dálaigh of Mungret and Tomás Ó Glíosáin of Adare.  These poets were united in their faith in the Stuart kings, who, according to them, would come to rule Ireland and overcome the British forces. However, they sometimes held opposing views on the mostly English, Protestant landlords in Limerick in their time.  In her talk Úna  explored their particular “take” on these matters. Dr. Nic Éinrí is a native of Abbeyfeale and holds primary and post-primary degrees from the National University of Ireland in Galway.  Her doctoral dissertation on 18th century Irish poetry was rewarded with a PhD by Queens University in Belfast. She works with passion at resurrecting and publishing 18th century Limerick poetry from manuscripts.

Lecture in the Arts Centre in Rathkeale on November 18.


Limerick Leader 1905-current, Wednesday, July 17, 1957; Section: Front page, Page: 1

Boys And Girls

FORTY KNOCKANURE Irish fluently-speaking boys and girls of the Knockanure National School, County Kerry, were welcomed to the city by the Mayor, Mr. C. Keyes, N.T., at the Treaty Stone to-day. The children, who financed the bus tour out of Gael Linn pool funds run in the school, under their Principal, Mr. Cormac O Laoghaire, N.T., broke their journey historic places in the city.

Welcoming the children grouped round the Treaty Stone, the Mayor, speaking in Irish, complimented the teachers on the splendid work they were doing in sponsoring Irish-speaking ‘bus tours, such as the one that day. This idea, he said, was a new approach to saving the national language, and considering the great interest taken in this new idea he had no doubt but that it would succeed. Knockanure school had set the example and they were actually pioneers in this unique idea of Irish-speaking tours and he hoped other schools, in country and city, would emulate this example. It was in the efforts of children like those gathered around the historic Treaty Stone, he said, that would eventually save the language.


The Mayor went on to pay special tribute to the teachers of the children, and he singled out the work of the principal, Mr. Cormac O Laoghaire, who was the guiding light behind the whole idea.

The teachers could be proud of the way they had taught these children, all of whom were fluent Irish speakers. Concluding, the Mayor said that the Irish language would not be fully saved in the class-room and it was only on Irish-speaking tours and such outings where the national language was the only language used that Irish would be kept alive. They must bring it into their historic places, speak it in the streets and not be ashamed to do so; only then would it be truly saved.


Mr. Cormac O Laoghaire told a “Limerick Loader” reporter that he believed the children of the Knockanure national school were the first one to run a Gael Linn pool draw themselves. The discount money of 3d. in the shilling was pooled In a school fund and later utilised to finance games and outings. The children were very enthusiastic about the idea and their parents were very interested In it, too, and Invested in the draw. He hoped the Idea would spread to other schools in the country, for he believed that it was one positive step in the saving of the language. The difficulty of saving the language in the class-room was, he added, all too apparent; a new approach must be made, and where better to begin with than with the children. He felt assured that this experiment would be a success.

SHOWN HISTORIC PLACES; The children, who were visiting Limerick for the first time, were shown historic places in the city by their teachers and nothing but Irish was spoken. The children were especially looking forward to their visit to Shannon Airport. When the Mayor, Mr. Keyes, had concluded his address of welcome, a little boy stepped forward and thanked the Mayor in Irish for receiving them at such short notice and in so cordial a manner.

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