Knockanure Notes — 21st May, 2017

COMMUNITY Games GAA u10, boys and girls on Monday 5 June in Na Gael/ Stacks, register before 23rd May.

FATHER JOHN: Mass on Sat 27th 7.30pm Fr. John Lucid our former Parish Priest.

PHIL COULTER IN CONCERT Moyvane Church Tuesday 13th June 8pm. Tickets in Moyvane Parish Office and other outlets.

LISTOWEL HOSPICE GROUP are hosting an open meeting in The Castle Room, Listowel Arms Hotel on Wednesday next, May 24th at 8pm. Mr Tom McCormack, Consultant Surgeon at University Hospital Kerry and Mr Ted Moynihan, Kerry Person of the Year, will give a talk on palliative care/hospice services in the county. All welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS to Catherine Keane who recently won the Lee Strand E1,000 Holiday Competition.

EXAM Mass; Mon 22nd 7.30pm Exam Mass with guest speaker Paul Montgomery.

WRITERS Week runs from 31st May to 4th of June 2017.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto Results for Friday 19th May 2017. No winner of the €3200 jackpot. Numbers drawn were 2, 9, 11, 30. Lucky dip winners of €25 euro each were: 1. Kathleen Shanahan, Kilbaha, Moyvane; 2. Brendan Moloney, Derry, Listowel, c/o Speedys; 3. Steven Shields, Carrigkerry, Athea, Co. Limerick; 4. Callum Buckley, Temple Athea; 5. Johnny Dillane, Cork Line, Brosna.

Next draw with jackpot up to €3300 will be held on Friday 26th May.


PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND 2018 INFORMATION EVENING on Thursday 25th May at 8pm in the Listowel Parish Meeting room. All interested people are invited to attend.

DEATH has taken Place in her 100th year, of Mary Stack of Glenalappa West, Moyvane. Mary is survived by sisters, Hannah and Teresa and brother Tim, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews and nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, great-grand-nephews, great-grand-nieces, Requiem mass for Mary was celebrated by Fr. McNamara and Fr. Finan on Friday 19th May 2017 at The Church of the Assumption, Moyvane. Burial afterwards in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane. Mary was daughter of Pat Stack and Margaret Flaherty. Mary was of a family of 11. Her siblings include Bridie, Tim, Teresa, Mike, Pat, Jim, Nora, Richard, Hannah and John.

DEATH has occurred of Francis Brosnan of Lacca East, Kilmorna, at Aras Mhuire Nursing Home, Listowel. Deeply regretted by his wife Nancy, family and friends. Requiem Mass for Francis took place on Friday 19th May 2017 at Listowel Church. Burial afterwards in St. John Paul II Cemetery, Listowel. Francis died on 16th of May.

DEATH took place on 9th May 2017 of Josie Golding (née Woulfe of Lower Athea) Churchtown Road, Newcastle West. Wife of the late Pat. Survived by her sons Joe, Patrick, Tommy, Gerard and Brian, daughters Mary and Karen, brothers, sisters, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

DEATH has occurred of Molly White of Highview House, Gortnagross, Athea, and formerly of New York. Molly passed away on 11th May 2017 in her 100th year. Predeceased by her brother Tom (Casey) and sister Nora (Hassett). Survived by her brothers Stephen (Casey) and Bill (Casey), sister Joan (Boylan), sister-in-law Peggy (Casey), nephews, nieces, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

DEATH has taken place of Ellen (Helen) Stack (née Fitzgerald), Gurteen, Templeglantine, on 12th May 2017. Survived by her husband Tom Paul, sons John, Pat, Declan, Thomas, Michael and Kieran, daughters Mary and Helen, grandchildren, great-grandchild, sisters Daisy, Julia, Margie and Phil, brothers Mikey and Pa, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces. Funeral arriving at the Most Holy Trinity Church, Templeglantine for Requiem Mass on Monday (15th) at 11am. Burial after in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea.

ANNIVERSARIES: Nora Moloney, Dermot O’Brien, Padraig Kennelly, Sr. Lelia Sheahan, Eileen McCarthy, Michael Kennelly, Alf Neville, Nancy Ellis, Nancy O’Flaherty, Fr. Ned Corridan, Sr. Aloysius McElligott, Michael Murphy, Dolores Connolly, Catherine Stack, Seamus Flaherty, P J Bambury, Sr. Clare Grommell, Fiona Moore, Mary Cullen, Mary Dalton, Netta O’Flaherty, , Sr. Mary Buckley, Sr. Mary Buckley, Dick Fitzgerald, Mass in Moyvane; Wed 24th 7.30pm Eamon Gallagher, Notting Hill, London (Anni); Fri 26th 7.30pm James & Annie O’Callaghan (Anni); Sat 27th 7.30pm Fr. John Lucid our former Parish Priest (Rec Dec) and on Sun 28th 11.00am John Carmody, Ahalahana (Anni).

Mass in Knockanure–Sun 28th 10.00am David Dillon, his parents Margaret & Vincent & his aunt Kathleen Stack, Kilmorna (Anni).

LISTOWEL AREA PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING: in Lixnaw Presbytery on Tuesday night (23rd May ) at 8.00 p.m.

LEGION OF MARY meet every Wednesday at 8pm. in the Parish Meeting Room, Listowel. New members always welcome.


Friday night May 12 2017, was a night to remember, a night that will go down in Moyvane Badminton Club history. Sincere thanks to Scott Evans & Nhat Nguyen for travelling to be part of this very special night. In 1975 the first club, a juvenile club, was set up in the old Marian Hall with one badminton court. When the Community Centre opened in 1984 the club had three full size badminton courts. William Flaherty, Chairman and Ann Marie Corridan, secretary formed the Senior Club with a membership of 46. Credit must go to Madge Groarke for the many years she dedicated to the Juveniles. A presentation was made to Madge on the night.

LIMERICK Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

This pilgrimage takes place every year from June 21st to June 26th, with direct flights from Shannon airport. The Lourdes Office can be contacted at the Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick. Tel. 061-314111.

WALKS: Joe Aherne, Athea, Walking for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Combining 3 walks

First walk on May 20th, a 50mile challenge in Sneem. Second walk on June 10th, a 50 mile challenge in Moylagh, Co. Meath. Third walk, a 23 mile walk from Ardagh to Listowel on August 5th to include a 3 mile loop in Athea. Joe can be contacted on 086-8155614. Donations gratefully accepted for this worthy cause as Joe’s grandson is being treated there at the moment.

HOLIDAY: The St. Vincent de Paul society are organising a one week stay in Ballybunion from June 15th to 23rd this year. For more details on this please contact 087-6216255

CONGRATULATIONS to the 500 cyclists on the cycle run ‘Remembering Zoe.

RYAN’S DAUGHTER AT THE GLORACH: The newly formed film club at the Glórach presents Ryan’s Daughter on Wednesday, June 7 at 7.30pm. Admission €7 inc. complimentary tea/coffee in the foyer. Bookings on 087 1383940.

RAMBLING HOUSE AT FR. CASEY’S: Benny Thade McCarthy’s final Rambling House of the season will take place on Monday night June 5 at 8.30pm.

90TH BIRTHDAY: Congratulations to Canon Neville who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

DIABETES: Tralee Diabetes Support Group will be held next Thursday May 25th in the Rose Hotel, Tralee at 7:30pm.

OPEN DAY: North Kerry College, Listowel Open Day takes place on Friday 26th May 10am-2pm. For further details contact Patrick Joy on 087-6260854.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR: The sixth night of the seminar will be held Church of The Immaculate Conception, Rathass this week on Wednesday May 24th at 7.30pm on the theme of ’Growth’ which will be presented by John Delaney.

TRALEE DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: will be held next Thursday May 25th in the Rose Hotel at 7:30pm

The LATIN MASS (1962 Missal) will be offered in Holy Cross Dominican Church, Tralee on Sunday 4th June, at 1.30pm.

SOLEMN NOVENA IN HONOUR OF ST. ANTHONY: 4th-13th June in the Franciscan Friary, Killarney.

FREE DAYTIME EDUCATION FOR ADULTS: at Tralee VTOS. We are hosting an Open Information Morning on Wednesday May 24th from 10 – 1 p.m. Courses on Offer include QQI3 and QQI4 programmes as well as a 2 year Leaving Cert. If you are over 21 and on a social welfare payment for at least 6 months, please call or contact us at 066 7121041/0860278978.

KERRY ETB EDUCATION & TRAINING FAIR: in the Devon Inn, Templeglantine Mon 29th May 11am to 6pm.

KERRY STROKE SUPPORT GROUP Health & Well Being Day on May 26th from 10.30am to 3pm in Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre Tralee for people who have had a Stroke. Inputs from various Medical and Wellbeing Therapists including Dr. Richard Liston, Consultant Geriatrician at University Hospital Kerry. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Cost €10.00. Limited Availability . For further info contact Denise on 066 7123373.

TIDY Towns celebrating National Biodiversity week – May 19th – 28th. A reminder that judges from the tidy towns will be visiting the villages in the coming weeks.

TOASTMASTERS: The last meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters for this season is on Wednesday, May 31 in the Desmond Complex NCW.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE AND UNUSUAL FURNITURE. Back2New Upcycling is holding their quarterly furniture sale commencing May 29 until June 2. Feel free to pop into the Red Door Incubation Centre, The Square, Newcastle West between 10am and 5pm.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre (Bookings & info call 066 713 4276)

Diocesan Adoration Day: Led by Fr. Bernard Healy, C.C., on Thurs. 1st June

Our Lady of Fatima 1st Sat Monthly Devotion: Sat. 3rd June 4.00pm-6.00pm.

A Doorway into Stillness: A day of Spiritual Nourishment for mind and body led by Antoinette Dilsworth RSJ, Sat. 10th June 10.30am-4.30pm.

A Day with Mary: Celebrate the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima preached by Msgr. Dan O’Riordan P.P. Castleisland, Sat. 17th June 10.30 am-4.30 p.m..

SEARCH ON FOR STORYTELLERS: The organisers of the Sean McCarthy Memorial Festival, held every August Bank Holiday weekend in Finuge in North Kerry are hoping to reach out to Storytellers and invite them to take part in the Mick McCarthy storytelling competition which is part of the weekend.

CHARISMATIC: June 24: Charismatic Renewal Jubilee!. Come and celebrate 50 years of Charismatic Renewal in the Concert Hall, RDS, Dublin on Saturday, 24th June 2017 10 a.m., concluding with Mass at 6.30 p.m.

TRIP: Pilgrimage Trip to Poland to include Krakow, Czestochowa and Warsaw 22nd–30th August, 2017. Spiritual Director: Fr. Piotr Delimat. For further information contact: PREMIER TRAVEL on 021-4277700 or e mail: [email protected].

COURSE: Tralee Course in Pastoral Ministry Enrolment for the diocesan Course in Pastoral Ministry is now taking place. The course will be held over 20 Wednesday evenings, 8-10pm in St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Tralee during 2017/18. This course is for those involved in their parish who would like to deepen their experience and understanding of their faith and ministry. If you are interested, contact Frances Rowland 064 66302538 or [email protected] or to chat with their parish priest. Application forms are available on

NOVENA: Franciscan Friary, Killarney – Novena Masses: Sunday June 4th – Tuesday June 13th – Daily 10.00am & 7.00pm – Saturday 10.00am & 7.00pm –
Sunday 11.30am; Student Mass: Monday June 5th 7.00pm; Reconciliation Services: Monday 5th June after 10.00 & 7.00pm Masses; Blessing of Expectant Mothers: Sunday 11th June (after 11.30am mass); Healing Service: Sunday 11th June: 6.00pm; Feast of St Anthony: 13th June Masses with Blessing of the Lillies: 10.00am & 7.00pm & also Blessing of the Children: 5.00pm


This year’s Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations begin on Wednesday June 7th 2017.

A Living History Comprehensive School Tarbert, County Kerry.

Tarbert Comprehensive School is situated on the coast road a quarter of a mile west of the village of Tarbert in North Kerry. The 12 acre elevated site overlooks the catchment area to the West, East and South and has its back to the Shannon Estuary. The school was established in 1973 as a merger of the three existing schools in the area, St. Ita’s in Tarbert, Mr. Dore’s in Glin and Glin Vocational School. It was to cater for the children of the parishes of Loughill/Ballyhahill, Moyvane, Glin, Athea, Lenamore/Ballylongford and Tarbert itself.

When it opened its doors in September 1973 the school had an intake of 280 students with 18 teaching staff, 2 caretakers and one secretary. Since then numbers have continued to grow with a constant student enrollment of over 600.


O’CONNELL’S AVE. GROTTO: every Sunday at 6.00 p.m..

FINUGE GROTTO ROSARY: every Wednesday at 8pm

KILLOCRIM GROTTO ROSARY: every Friday at 8pm.

THOUGHT: The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth. Once we begin to understand this, and accept it as a spiritual fact of life, adversity becomes easier to bear. -Charles Stanley.


There are around 3,000 Holy Wells in Ireland. Since early Christian times these have been seen as places of prayer and healing. National Holy Wells Day invites you to become aware of how precious water is. Visit a local Holy Well and pray for the protection of water. Plan with others how you can protect the water in your area.

From Kerry Diocese site.

Gathering at St. Brigids Well in Derryra, Ballyduff, Co Kerry on the eve of St Brigid’s Day at 5pm Having met and parked near the nearby Cashen river we now approached the well slowly to the sound of a bodhrán. One of us had placed beautiful lanterns and candles around the well and a St. Brigid’s cross. Twelve of us had gathered, and just before we started to walk we were reminded

of the sacredness of the place we were about to enter…sacred for our ancestors who had also come here to pray and do the rounds. Then encircling the well, we listened to Gamhain Molta Bríde and

some of us joined in at times ,a haunting recording by Noirin Ni Riain.

Then we heard a little about Brigid herself, a woman of liminal time… on the boundaries,

between pagan and Christian, born at sunrise as her mother crossed the threshold, daughter of a slave and chief, a woman who reached out to those on the margins, building a monastery for both women and men, who loved creation and needed solitude and contemplation. Mary who had

written a book**about wells in North Kerry told us a little of this particular well, Tobar a’Leighis

,situated beside the roadside beside an existing rath, giving the townland its name ‘Doire Rá tha Beag’.Then we listened to the legend of Brigid’s cloak or brath, while someone cut strips for each of us to take home (to leave out overnight to take in the dew and then use during the year …said to have healing properties).(See the green hessian cloth on the ground in the photo).

Then it was time for a little sacred movement or dance ‘The Pilgrim Walk’, which was a simple way

to come into the peace and tranquillity of the place on the roadside near the statue of Brigid, to

sense the strength of others as we moved.. to be carried and without any need for perfection or

competition. This included a lovely movement of gathering the water….and then we did just that

.One of us bent down near the well and carefully filled all our jars….something to take home and to

scatter north, south, east and west. Finally ,we thought about the bees….who sadly are in trouble…and recognising that Brigid was possibly a bee keeper, each person received a packet of wildflower seeds collected in Kerry by Niamh Ni Dhúill, and a page about helping the bees in our gardens from the publication ‘Gardens’ part of the ‘All-Ireland Pollinator Plan’ ( It was time for our closing prayer: a Prayer to St

.Brigid and part of a ‘Prayer for our Earth’ from Laudato Si’.

And then a walk, for some, back to our cars in the light of the beautiful crescent moon and Venus.

Sylvia Thompson.

ST Brendan

Clonfert — the Irish version of the name means ‘field of miracles’ — is the site of a 6th century monastery of St. Brendan the Navigator. This is the most famous of the many monasteries founded by that great saint. He is more widely known for his extensive travels to spread the faith and accounts of his life are to be found in all the ancient libraries of Europe. Of the two journals attributed to him the “Navigatio” is perhaps the most widely read. This book recounts his journey from Kerry to the Faroes, to Iceland, Greenland and on to America.

After St. Brendan’s death Clonfert grew to become a city of learning with well over 3,000 students, many from Britain and Europe. Nothing now remains of the original holy city, but of the succeeding ecclesial buildings the 12th century Cathedral with its beautiful 13th century doorway continues to witness the Christian tradition and is in use for Church of Ireland worship. Tradition has it that St. Brendan is buried opposite the Cathedral door.

FLEADH: Concert Tickets on Sale

Top quality concerts are a key element of the Fleadh in addition to competitions and street sessions. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2017 has assembled a terrific line–up for a series of concerts in Ennis from August 13th – 21st. Among the leading names are Sharon Shannon, Martin Hayes, Stockton’s Wing, The Kilfenora Céilí Band, Frankie Gavin, Lúnasa, Ralph McTell, Mairtín O’Connor, Socks in the Frying Pan, Seán Keane and Beoga. There are almost forty concerts in the Fleadh line-up – literally something for everyone. Make sure that you don’t miss your favourite performers. For event details and ticket information go to the Fleadh website

Fleadh Nua

Can’t wait until August for Trad in Ennis? Well, we have good news for you. Fleadh Nua is about to get underway in Ennis. It kicks off on Sunday the 21st of May and runs to Monday the 29th of May.

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