Knockanure Notes — 20th September, 2023

CAR BOOT: Knockanure Community Centre Car Boot Sale & Vintage Rally 1st Oct.

PADRE Pio Devotions will return to the Church of Saints Stephen and John in Castleisland on Tuesday, September 19th at 7.30pm. The devotions will then continue to be held on the third Tuesday of each month until the summer break. Padre Pio’s Feast Day: Saturday 23 September 2023.

THANKS: The parents association of Scoil Chorp Chriost we would like to thank Knockanure GAA for the use of their field for our family fun day on Sunday last 10th of September. We also like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers and our four local stars who took part on our day and made our fun day possible. We like to thank everyone that supported us on the day from within and the surrounding parish. We hope everyone had a great day. Hope to see all again in 2024 at Knockanure family fun day.

PARISH: Eucharistic Adoration: every Tues. after 10.00am Mass to 11.30am. Baptisms: Saturday afternoons only from 12 noon to 4pm. From the Parish Pastoral Council meeting of Sept. 5th, the following items emerged: On the departure of Grace Leahy, as Sacristan, from Knockanure, a temporary arrangement has been agreed and will be subject to on-going review. We are grateful for Grace’s services over the years and wish her every blessing. Currently, new members of the Parish Pastoral Council are being selected: if you have anybody in mind (not yourself) who you think might be right, please let Fr. Brendan know. On instruction from the diocese, after inquiry, church buildings should be used for religious services and for specifically religious events only. Anything else needs diocesan approval. Confirmation this year should, it was agreed, include celebration of the Eucharist. Taking a pledge will be a separate issue. The Knockanure Pathway Committee plans to develop a walkway from the village to the GAA grounds. As it will pass through the church parking lot, its feasibility is a matter for the diocese.

DEATH Sr. Gemma (Mary) Foran of Perth, Western Australia and late of Inch, Listowel. A member of the Presentation Sisters Western Australia died at Margaret Hubery House, Perth, on 7 September 2023. Predeceased by her parents, Margaret (Peggy) and Edmond (Ned) Foran, her sister and brother-in-law, Annie and Johnny Bambury, her brothers, Tony, Patsy and Eamon, and her nephew Derek. Gemma is survived by her nieces and nephews, Anne, Marian, Carmel, Patricia, John and Eamon, Sister Petrus and her many Gleeson, Barron and Bennett cousins, grand nieces and nephews and other family members. Sadly missed by her family, and the Presentation Community and friends. The Funeral Mass for Sister Gemma celebrated at Star of the Sea Church, Cottesloe, Perth on Tuesday, 19 September, at 1:30 pm Western Australia time (6:30 am Irish time). Burial will take place afterwards at Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth. A link to the Mass on the Bowra and O’Dea Funeral Directors website. Leaba i measc na naomh agus na n-aingeal di, agus solas na bhflaitheas dá hanam dílis.

DEATH of Sr. Mary Angela Dowd, Convent of Mercy, Wanstead, London and late of Coolbeha, Listowel, on August 30th, 2023, surrounded by her sister Nora and her loving Community. Predeceased by her parents Tom and Mary, her infant siblings Thomas, John Joseph and John Francis. Sr. Mary Angela will be sadly missed by her sister Nora, brother Tommy, cousins, neighbours, friends and her Community. Requiem Mass for Sr. Mary Angela will be celebrated in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 51 Cambridge Park, Wanstead, London on Friday, September 15th, at 11.00 a.m, live-streamed on, Sr. Mary was laid to rest in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Leytonstone, London.

DEATH of – Sr. Sheila Collins, Ballygoughlan, Glin, and Los Angeles, on Thursday September 7th. 2023. Predeceased by her parents William and Nora, brother Sean, sister Anna and grandnephew Stephen. Sr. Sheila will be missed by her sisters Mai (Carr), Josephine (Walsh) and Frances (Walsh), brother-in-law Maurice, nephews, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews, extended family, neighbours, friends and Sheila’s sisters in The Daughters of Mary and Joseph religious order internationally.

DEATH of Bridget Buckley (née Shields) Dromard, Rathkeale, / Moyvane on 6th September, 2023.

Late of Keylod, Moyvane, and London. Predeceased by husband Mickey, parents Michael & Mary Shields and brother Paddy. Survived by her son Eddie, daughters Sylvia, Michelle (London) and Helen (Rathkeale), grandchildren Connor, Mikey and Megan, brother Mike, sisters Mary, Kathleen, Helen and Anne, sons in law, daughter in law, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, and relatives. Requiem Mass for Bridget Buckley was celebrated at Knockanure Church on Thursday and she was laid to rest afterwards with her loving husband Mickey in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

ANNIVERSARIES: Willie Martin, Bridie Behan, Madeline Barrett, Sr. Maria Stack, Molly Chrisfield, Timothy Horgan, Maighread McCarthy, David Harman, Bill Cahill, David Thompson, Connie McMahon,

MASS INTENTIONS: Sat. 16th Sept.’23- Moyvane for Jackie & Kitty Murphy (Aniv.) at 7.30pm; Sun.17th Sept.’23- Knockanure for People of the Parish at 9.30am, and mass Moyvane for Mikey Joe & Peggy Enright, & Kathleen & Willie Stack (Aniv.’s) at 11.00am; Tues.19th Sept.’23- Moyvane a Private Intention at 10.00am; Wed.20th Sept.’23- Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Thur.21st Sept.’23- Moyvane for Nelly & Tom O’Connor RIP, Glin Road at 10.00am; Fri.22nd Sept.’23-Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Sat.23rd Sept.’23-Moyvane for Mai & Dan Quinn, Nora, Jack & deceased members of the Quinn family at 7.30pm; Sun.24th Sept.’23; Knockanure a Private Intention at 9.30am, and mass Moyvane for John Collins (Aniv.) & his parents Peggy & John Collins at 11.00am.

BR PHILIP MCMAHON, making his Solemn Profession of Vows in the Franciscan Friary Church, Killarney at the 11.30am Mass on Sunday September 17th. Philip started as a Postulant in Killarney Friary in 2016.

WALK FOR JIM: A walk in remembrance of the late community activist and environmentalist Jim O’Connor, Kilmorna will take place along the Kingdom of Kerry Greenway from Abbeyfeale to Listowel on Sunday, September 24 at 11am. All proceeds are in aid of the Cork Kerry Bus operated by Kerry Cancer Support Group. Donations can be made online via for Jim or on the day.

ST JOHNS: Culture Night, Friday 22nd at 6pm, free; Tuesday 26th – Concert with Rod Picott at 8pm; Friday 29th – Theatre- A Bolt from the Blue, a one-man show with David Gilna. Details from 068 22566.

WREN Boys Competition on Friday 22nd, with four groups competing, begins at 8pm.

DANCING Classes with Timmy Woulfe began in the Marian Hall Moyvane on September 4th. Beginners in particular will be catered for during the month of September.

GAA; North Kerry Championship Draws- Intermediate Round 1; Moyvane B v Emmets B

Novice Championship; Emmets C v Knockanure; Minor Championship, Emmets v Duagh;

Senior Championship- Emmets v Asdee.

TEA DANCE; A fundraising Tea Dance is planned for Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, September 24 from 3-6pm with dancing to Stevie Donegan. Refreshments and Raffle on the day.

COFFEE Morning in aid of Milford Hospice will be held in the Community Hall, Athea, on Thursday, 21st., September at 9am.

RACING: Harvest racing festival at Listowel from September 17th – 23th 2023. Listowel races accommodation office is open in the square above Christy’s Well bar 11am until 4pm. We are looking for anyone that is letting accommodation for race week or is looking for accommodation. Please call into the office or call Maria on 087-6652211 thank you.

10K Road Race in Tralee on 23rd of September.

VILLAGE Festival: John Moriarty: Grounded in Story, The opening night of the 30th Moyvane Village Festival promises to be a very special evening of stories about the great John Moriarty, late of Ahalanna, by international storyteller and author, Martin Shaw. ‘John Moriarty: Grounded in Story’ is a night not to be missed. Martin Shaw will be joined on the night by Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Mary McGillicuddy, and Amanda Carmody. Followed by refreshments and time to chat. ‘John Moriarty: Grounded in Story’ takes place on Friday, Oct. 27th. Doors open 7pm. Event starts 7.30pm. Tickets available at local outlets, including Kennelly’s Hardware & BD Agriparts. Price €15. Please book early as places are limited.

FIRST AID: Moyvane ICA will hold a basic First Aid Class at the Marian Hall on Tues. 17th Oct 7pm-9pm. Cost €10. There are still a few places left so contact Eileen Roche/Jill McCarthy by Tues. 19th Sept. if you are interested in attending.

PRAYER: Scartaglen day of Prayer will resume on Sunday Sep 17th at 2.30 pm, in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Reflection and teachings will be given by Pat and Nora Buckley along with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. It will also include a music ministry of praise and worship and healing hymns.

TINTEAN Ballybunion on Sat. 30th Bru Boru.

AA Open Public Meeting on Wed,4th October at Listowel Family resource Centre, all are welcome.

Are you suffering from the effects of growing up of children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families ACoA is a 12 Step program of men and women who need to share their experience of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home. ACoA meeting every Tuesday evening at 8pm in the Shanakill Family Resource Centre , Shanakill Tralee County. Contact 087-2304905 for more information.

GROW MENTAL HEALTH GROUP meets in Seanchaí centre every Wednesday evening at 08:00 pm. No referrals necessary. Just come along or telephone Jerry at 086-0271990.

JACK AND JILL CÉILÍ will be held on Sunday September 24th at 3pm at Lyre Community Centre. Music by Donie Nolan. All Welcome.

LIBRARY in Listowel open on Tuesday and Thursday until 8pm.

SWANKY CATHY FUNDRAISER – will be held at the Swanky Bar in Tarbert, Saturday 30th September at 9pm. Auction of a Greyhound Pup on the night is kindly sponsored by the Saleen Kennels. A Monster Raffle will also take place on the night with 1st Prize of a Flat Screen T.V. and numerous other prizes. Tickets €10 or 6 for €50 are available from all local businesses and committee members.

THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS will be offered on Sunday 24th September at 12.00 noon at the

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, by Fr. Bernard Healy. More information from


ST JOHN’S CHURCH, ASHE STREET, Tralee Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service takes place in on Sunday 24th September at 10.45am. In addition to the service, the church will remain open to the public during the following times:- Sunday 24th – 12pm to 4pm; Saturday – 30th 12pm to 2pm and Sunday Oct. 1st -12pm to 2pm. Everyone is welcome to the service or to visit during these times.

CULTURE NIGHT IN THE CATHEDRAL; Friday 22nd September 8:30pm- 9:30pm Free Entry, Singer Sharon Lyons presents an hour of story and song with members of the Kerry Concert Choir and guests. Guided Tours will be available beforehand between 7:30pm-8:30pm. Sponsored by The Arts Council and Kerry County Council.

DINGLE 2023 Food Festival will take place from Friday, September 29th to Sunday, October 1st with a special focus this year on zero waste. Advised to Bring Your Own Bowl or plate and cutlery. Rinse stations will be conveniently located around the festival. Check out

PLOUGHING: National Ploughing Championships, take place in Raheniska, Co Laois on September 19th, 20th & 21st. 300,000 visitors expected. For more information see or ring 059 8625125.

LESSONS on Tin Whistle at Knockanure, contact Kerryann 087 153 2216.

DANCE Academy at St Patrick’s Hall, Listowel details from 066 71 256 90.

COMHALTAS: Music Classes resume on Fri. 29th Sept. with Ballylongford/ Tarbert group.

Glin Comhaltas: at Ceol Corbraí Hall. Thursday with Sean Nós dancing lessons for children and adults with Rangog Townsend. U8s 6.30-7pm, Over 8s and teens 7-7.30pm and adults 8-9pm. Fridays music lessons with Eoin Burke from 7pm and signing lessons with Ailbhe Healy. For full information contact Carol Ann Healy 083 0457 474.

DANCING: Clounmacon Community Centre will be offering social dancing from Monday the 2nd of October with Norella Molyneaux. Social dancing was always a great hit at the community centre years ago and we are looking forward to bringing it back.

FOOD Fair Listowel, November 9th to 13th November 2023.

RDS World Skills Ireland event from Wednesday, September 20 to Friday, September 22, will see 30,000 visitors, where the Gold Medal winners in each category will go forward to represent their country at World Skills 2024.

Kerry College’s Broadcast Production are running a live TV Studio during the event.

DRAMA: The A.G.M. of Athea Drama Group will take place on Wednesday, 27th., September in Con Colbert Community Hall at 8pm. New members are always welcome.

WINNER of Glin Rovers FC Club Jackpot: Congratulations to Eoghan O’Keeffe, Aughrim, Moyvane who won Glin Rovers FC Lotto, with an online ticket. The €20,000 winning numbers were 2, 7, 11, 14.

QUEST Killarney -7th October 2023 adventure involves racers running and cycling through the Gap of Dunloe, Molls Gap, Black Valley, Ring of Kerry, Torc Waterfall, Devil’s Punchbowl, Mangerton Mountain and Muckross House as well as kayaking across the Muckross Lake in Killarney National Park. Choose from 5 routes: 32km Challenge – 62km Sport – 70km Dual – 78km Pro – 85km Expert.

MURAL at Tralee Wetlands expected to be completed in October, is the work of James Hayes, it is a 30-metre depiction of the natural environment of the Wetlands. The project is funded by Creative Ireland Kerry. Emma Carmody, is the recently appointed Creative Communities Engagement Officer in the Arts Office of Kerry County Council.

STORYTELLING: Listowel International Storytelling Festival, some events during last week; Ballylongford’s Paddy McElligott presented his hilarious interpretation of Brendan Kennelly’s collection of comic poems, with a central character, Moloney, who tells of his experiences of, for the most part, sex and death. Paddy was joined by poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice and the Echos Choral Group from Ballybunion; In a panel discussion curator Ciarán Walsh chats to filmmakers John Lynch & Michael Mulcahy who created an extraordinary cinematic record of the changing social and cultural landscape of North Kerry from the 1970s onwards. Their pioneering work will be the subject of a soon to be opened exhibition at Kerry Writers’ Museum. Late session with Causeway native Bryan Murphy who left his job milking cows to pursue music two year’s ago. Since then, he has made quite an impression on the Kerry’s music scene and beyond. Bryan was six years old when he first took to the stage storytelling for a competition run by Listowel Writers’ Week. To see the enjoyment in people’s faces while captured in the story is what he loves about it. A multi-instrumentalist, Bryan plays the tin whistle, accordion and guitar. See Kerry Writers’ Museum site

BOOK: In Praise of Football, by Gabriel Fitzmaurice. Here’s a collection of poems about points, pints, goals, blockdowns, yellow cards, fans, saves, cheers, fouls, boots, trains, crowds, captains, and managers. You’ll also see referees that can’t count, magic sponges, useless goalies, lucky half forwards, obsessive parents, supportive families, dream teams, wet Saturdays in February, sunny Sundays in September, rabbits chasing foxes, and a game of two halves in a sport that has been described as “”martial arts for Irish farmers.”” The book also features some of the most memorable quotes in sporting history. 128 pages, First published January 1, 2009.

GALA CONCERT—RED HURLEY with St. John’s Gregorian Choir, Kerry School of Music Orchestra and Kerry Chamber Choir. “How Great Thou Art” Sunday September 24th in St. John’s Church at 7.30pm. Tickets €20 available in St. John’s Parish Centre or from Michael Fox O’Connor on 087 9833075.

Proceeds in aid of Kerry Hospice.

EIGSE MICHAEL HARTNETT: Thursday October 5 – Sunday, October 8. Official Opening, Thursday, October 5, details at The memorial Lecture will be delivered by Duagh native Dr. Mary McAuliffe.

SINGING SESSION: Garry McMahon Traditional Singing W/E begins on Friday, October 13, as usual in Philip Enrights Ramble Inn, Church St. there will be no session the first Friday in October before the Singing W/e.

FILM: Kerry International Film Festival, will be hosting live shows during the festival, which will take place in Killarney, from October 19–22. More on

HEALTH: Kerry Mental Health & Wellbeing Fest 2023, Held between Saturday, 7th – 14th October 2023 the Fest aims to raise awareness of the available supports and services in the county as well as empower people to engage with the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ through offering a dynamic and interactive programme of events.

TG4 telling the story of Ballylongford-born Michael Joseph O’Rahilly and the relationship between his wife and himself will be aired Wednesday at 8.30pm.

GOLF CLASSIC in aid of St. John’s Restoration Fund and Ballybunion Tidy Towns will be played at Ballybunion Cashen Course on Friday October 13th. Teams of four 200 Euro and the time sheet will run from 8a.m.- 4 p.m. Enquiries to the Parish Office 068 267102 or Fr. Sean Hanafin 087 8341083. For tee times please contact Rena at 086 1618869.

O CONNOR Family: We can trace our O’Connor family back to two brothers (although it is a possibility they were first cousins rather than brothers), one of whom had at least one son, Patrick (my great-great-grandfather) and possibly another son named Jeremiah. The other brother had at least one son, Maurice. My ancestor Patrick (born around 1800) farmed in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick, and his probable brother Jeremiah (born around 1793) in Seconglass, Mountcollins, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Their probable cousin Maurice (born around 1825) lived in Caherlevoy, Mountcollins, Co. Limerick.

LAND Rover first model made in 1948; 75 years of production history was celebrated at the annual Clonoulty Vintage Rally in Co. Tipperary recently, with 220 Land Rovers turning up from all over Ireland and the UK for the tribute event.

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