Knockanure Notes – 22nd July, 2012

LOCAL man Gerard Barrett Knockanure writer/director behind the award winning  Kerry made feature film ‘Pilgrim Hill’ has been honoured with the prestigious Bingham Ray Award for Best New Irish Talent at the 24th International Galway Film Fleadh recently.

GREAT to see dedicated people keeping the local villages looking well. It is no easy job to have flowers blooming all summer despite the lack of sunshine. It is noticeable the neglected condition of the closed Garda Station.

SAINT  PIO  Evening Mass will take place on Thursday 26th July  at 7pm. incorporating the Rosary Mass and Benediction.

CHOIR Practice Wednesday evening 25th July at 7.30pm in Knockanure Church in preparation for the Graveyard Mass.  New members welcome.

I.C.A. Annual Outing – visiting Cobh Heritage Centre and the Titanic Museum is on Friday 24th August.   Names to Eileen Roche at 087 6679943.  

ICA exhibition of Art, Crafts and Photography in the County Museum, Ashe Memorial Hall from Monday, continues to Friday, August 3rd.

BAD Weather is greatly affecting confidence in agriculture, the governments target for expansion in farm produce will now be impossible to achieve.

SOCIAL day for the active retired is on Monday 13th August at Knockanure Community Centre. Come along and enjoy a great day with a hot meal followed by music and dance.  New members especially welcome. For more details please ring 068 49799.

KERRYWIDE: The recording of the Active Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre will be broadcast on Kerry Radio on Sunday 29th July at 9pm.

SENIOR Citizens Summer Outing on Friday 27th July.  Bus leaving village at 12 noon.  Visiting Foynes Museum with light lunch Boyces Gardens and the Bridewell, tea & scones served. Book with Maureen 49365, Ita 49134.

THANKS: The Kerry Branch of the National Council for the Blind wish to thank the collectors and very generous subscribers of Moyvane and Knockanure to its recent Church Gate Collection.  The amount collected was €732.85.

SEISIUN every Wednesday night at 9pm at the Arms Hotel and Thursday night at Templeglantine.

GARDEN Festival in Listowel August 3rd to 6th. Antiques & Craft Fair, Listowel Garden Festival Queen, Listowel’s Top Talent Show and more.

CEMETERY Masses; Duagh on July 26th at 7.30pm;  Lislaughtin on Wed. August 1st at 8pm;  Ahavoher on 6th August at 7.30pm; Old Knockanure on 7th August at 7.30pm Murhur on 8th August at 7.30pm. Weather permitting.

REEK Sunday 29th July.

LOUGH Derg  pilgrimage  on July 27th-29th next. Contact Peg on 068-31232.

BEREAVEMENT; The “Méala” Bereavement Awareness Group (formally the Bereavement Support Group) hold their monthly meeting at Listowel Family Resource Centre on Wednesday July 25th at 8pm.

MEDJUGORJE Pilgrimage, 1st Sept. Departing from Cork, with Marian Pilgrimages. Spiritual Director: Fr. Danny Broderick. Contact Bridie McCarthy on 066-9477674 / 087-6654296.

MASS Rock;  Annual Mass at Poll on Aifrinn Mass Rock, Ballybeggan will be celebrated on Thursday, August 9th at 7.30pm.   

DEATH took place of Johnny Murphy, Carrueragh, Knockanure and Aras Mhuire Nursing Home, Listowel on July 18, 2012. Johnny was predeceased by his sisters Sr. Declan Murphy who died July 19th 2010, Kitty O Connor and Julia Nolan, brothers Michael and Billy. Mass for Johnny was celebrated by Fr Lucid, Fr McMahon and Fr O Callaghan, The Mulvihill Family sang hymns at the Mass. Johnny was laid to rest at Old Knockanure Churchyard with his father Michael who died in 1959, his mother Maria Galvin died 1968, brothers Michael and Billy, aunt Julia Mc Mahon and uncles John, Mick, Tom, and Edward Murphy. Johnny was in his 96th year, loved football, a great historian, singer, artist and a devout Catholic. He used his talents to help his own family and countless others.

ANNIVERSARIES: Joe O Connell, Kathleen King, Peg McCarthy, John Griffin, James Godley, Jackie Lyons, Willie O Dowd, Tom Lynch, Ellie Scanlon, Bridget Dewsaap, Eileen Nolan, Paddy Scanlon, Kit Dee, Eileen Hagerty, Catriona O Connor, Fr Edward Fitzpatrick, Jer Mulvihill, Anna matia Houlihan, Jim Kennelly, Bridie Stackpool, Hannah Dore Flynn; Mass on Wed. 25th at 7.30pm     for Jeremiah Mulvihill; Mass on Fri.    27th at 7.30pm for Deceased members of the Moore & Healy Families; Mass on Sat.    28th      7.30pm for Denis Corridan; Mass on Sun.    29th     10.00am for Edward Carmody
And the 11.00am Mass in Moyvane is For the People of the Parish.

READERS: Vigil, Elaine Hudson; 11.00am,    Jerry Duggan;
Knockanure Sunday 29th July, Mary O’Flaherty & Siobhan Fitzgerald.

PRIESTS annual dinner who are home from abroad which will  be held in the Parish Centre, Church of the Resurrection, Park Road, Killarney on Tuesday, August 7th at 6.30pm.

THOUGHT: “People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care” Joe Aldrich.
“The habit of being prompt once formed extends to everything — meeting friends, paying debts, going to church, reaching and leaving place of business, keeping promises, retiring at night and rising in the morning, going to the lecture and town-meeting, and, indeed, to every relation and act, however trivial it may seem to observers.” –William Makepeace Thayer, Tact and Grit, 1882;
Benjamin Franklin once said to an employee who was always late, but always ready with an excuse:  “I have generally found that the man who is good at an excuse is good for nothing else.”

STARS: An international team of astronomers has observed the heart of a distant quasar with unprecedented sharpness, two million times finer than human vision.

WEEKEND: Journey into Awareness, an inspirational weekend, In Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick from Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July 2012.

LOCAL man Gerard Barrett Knockanure writer/director behind the award winning and now critically acclaimed Kerry made feature film ‘Pilgrim Hill’ has been honoured with the prestigious Bingham Ray Award for Best New Irish Talent at the 24th International Galway Film Fleadh recently. The Awards ceremony attended by five hundred people at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway City was presented by Kate O’ Toole the daughter of the award winning actor Peter O’ Toole.
Pilgrim Hill premiered to a sell out audience on the Friday night to critical and audience acclaim and was officially opened by Minister Jimmy Deenihan. National Film Critic Donald Clarke called the film “moving and touching” while Miriam Allen the founder of the Film Fleadh called it “beautiful and my favourite pick of the entire festival”.
Pilgrim Hill was shot on location in Ballylongford, Brosna and Abbeyfeale in the summer of 2012 over 7 days and Barrett is incredibly proud of it’s success so far “It’s amazing to be honest to be here and for the film to pick up one of the top awards just crowns it. I’m just so pleased for everyone involved in the film and everyone who helped out down in Kerry. It’s not just a win for the film but it’s a win for Kerry”.
Barrett 24, who works for the Oscar Winning Brown Bag Films Animation and Disney Animation in Dublin has now a development deal with Magnolia Pictures owned by the billionaire Mark Cuban after winning the award.
After the award winning debut of Pilgrim Hill at  the Galway Film Fleadh, it has been invited to the Prestigious Busan International Film Festival in South Korea where the Film will compete for the grand jury prize. The top ten rated film festival in the World, Busan welcomes the worlds new top young filmmakers and the festival is attended by more than 500,000 Asians each year. Pilgrim Hill has also been invited to compete in the Rome International Film Festival in December.

A 250km walk from Limerick to Dublin to raise funds for Pieta House (a non-profit organisation providing a specialised treatment programme to prevent suicide and self harm), has been organised from 11th to 21st September 2012.
I am taking part in this walk and would greatly appreciate any donations to this worthy cause. For sponsorship cards or further details call 087-7751386. Many thanks,  Michael Hayes (July 2012)

A chance meeting in 2008 led Johnny Quaid to represent Ireland in the World Pool Championships that year and every year since, Johnny aged 23 secures 8th or 9th place in the World Championships each year.
“I injured my back in 2006 when I was 17 years old. I left school early after the Junior Cert and had been working as an apprentice in roofing in Abbeyfeale. One day I finished work but as I was walking away I realised I had left my jacket on the roof. I went back onto the roof and a few moments later fell off it. I have no memory of the accident. The first thing I remember is waking up in the Mater Hospital without any knowledge of what had taken place.”

SAINT Molua is the patron Saint of Ardagh and his feast day is 4th August and the Holy Well near Ardagh Cemetery is dedicated to his memory. Saint Molua was born in Limerick and he was educated at Bangor under Saint Comgall and became known as a monk, builder and hermit. He founded over 100 monasteries in Ireland and was a man of great tenderness to man and beast despite his strict observance of the monastic discipline. In olden times people used to wash their clothes at the well and as a result it dried up for a number of years. The parish priest was credited with getting the water to return and it was described as cool clear and fresh water.  It was claimed that a local woman had her sight restored at the blessed well. It was also stated that Saint Patrick put a curse on the well (who ever drank from the well would die) because the people stoned his donkey. Saint Molua reversed the death threat and the people continue to visit the well on his feast day on 4th August, which was observed as a parish holiday in olden times. He died on 4th August 622.

VOLUNTEER: If you are over 18 and would like to find out more about a Volunteer Programme or if you would like to give an hour or more of your time and volunteer in one of our centres, please contact:  Grainne Keane, Volunteer Coordinator, Daughters of Charity Services, Limerick.
Tel: 087 2855976 E-Mail: [email protected]

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL: will take place in Clonmacnois, Co Offaly from Thursday – Sunday, August 9 –12. It’s for young people aged 16 – 35. Phone 01 6753690 or book online at

KERRY CAMINO: You are invited to walk in the footsteps of St. Brendan, The navigator, it’s a 57km trail on The Dingle Way with stops in scenic areas to stamp your “Log Book” and you will receive a certificate on completion.