Knockanure Notes – 22nd September 2013

CIRCUIT TRAINING every Thursday evening 8.30-9.30pm. at Knockanure Community Centre. Starting 26th September. All levels(men and women) welcome. Call Maggie  on 087 9866533.

WALK/RUN: Moyvane National School is laying out a football pitch. To help defray the cost of preparing the pitch, a benefit 5K, 10K Walk/Run will be held in Moyvane on Sunday 29th September. Registration will be at 12 noon in Moyvane  Everybody is welcome to participate.

RACING in Listowel attracted great crowds, as the weather was fine it was good for all. See youtube for local video.
Listowel Friday;
Girl from Clare;

PADRE  PIO  EVENING  MASS will be celebrated on Thursday evening 26th at 7.00pm, beginning with the Rosary and followed by Mass and Benediction.

PLOUGHING: The national Ploughing Championship will be held in Stradbally County Laois from Tuesday 24th to Friday 27thSeptember.

HELP: Meala Bereavement Support Group hold their monthly meeting at the Listowel Family Centre on Wednesday September 25th  from 7-8.30pm.

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Michael Kennedy of Tarbert and Moyvane who was recently appointed Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at NUI Galway, Michael is brother of Breda Kiely who teaches at Scoil Chorp Chriost Knockanure.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre; Sept. 26th Night Sky – Celebrating Earth Week with Paddy Stack, 8 pm. Workshop on the Spirituality of Ageing, Saturday 28th September: 10.30am-4.30pm with Brian Grogan SJ. Six-week Mindfulness Course with Norma Buckley. First Session Sat Oct 5th 2 – 4.30pm,  inquiries to 066-7134276.

KNOCK: The Legion of Mary is travelling to Knock on Sunday, September 29th next. Tickets  in advance from Sean Broderick, Bernard Broderick or Peg Murphy.

ST PIO Devotions in Lixnaw on Sept. 24th at 7.30pm, Rosary, Mass & Benediction.  The Padre Pio glove will be available for blessings and the witness will be given by Bishop Raymond Browne.

OLD STYLE DANCING CLASSES will be taking place in St. Patrick’s Hall Listowel from October 2nd.  Beginners 7-8pm and intermediate 8-9pm.  For more information contact Anne-Marie on 086-3818502.

CD: Best wishes to May Nunan Toal on the recent launch of  her Harvest Memories CD.

BUSINESS: Rural Biz Competition, closing date 4th Oct. details from

RACING in Ballylongford on 29th Sept. at 1.30pm and racing in Asdee at Littor Strand on Oct. 6th.

INVITATION  to attend the official unveiling of the an old semaphore signal on the GST on  28th September 2013 at 2pm. Meet at Great Southern Trail entrance opposite Gaelscoil on the R521 Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

ANNIVERSARIES: Joe O Flaherty, Alphonsus O Kane, Pat Joe Stokes, Fr Pat Maher, John Joe Kennelly, Anna Buckley, Maeve Goulding, Michael Kiely, Paddy Moran, Denis Holly, John McElligott, Jim Hudson, Brendan O Carroll, Catherine Mulvihill, Paddy Leahy, Fr Dan O Sullivan, Tom Fitzgerald, Mossie Culhane, Bridget Stack, Mass on Tues. 24th at 7.30pm for  Nellie O’Connor, Mass on Wed. 25th at 7.30pm for  Mikie Joe Enright, Mass on Sat. 28th at 7.30pm for  Dan & Jack Quinn & the deceased members of the Quinn Family, Mass on Sunday at 11.00am for  Joan Mc Enery, Mass on Tues. 1st Oct. 7.30pm Eddie Longford 1st anniversary.

DEATH: Michael J Noonan of Crean, Bruff, died aged 78 years on 17th September 2013, is survived by his wife, Helen, his four daughters Marie, Anne, Catherine and Carmel and by his sons John and Pat, he was national president of Macra na Feirme in the 1960s. Was elected to the Dail on his first attempt in 1969 and served as a TD until 1997. Most remember him as Minister for Defence. On June 21st  2013 he welcomed  Caroline Kennedy to Bruff. Michael was a pioneer and involved in a number of organisations in Bruff

READERS: Vigil, Michelle Corridan,11.00am Paul & Anthony Kiely and Knockanure, 10.00am Margaret Carmody & Mary Fitzgerald.

Dancing Classes with Timmy Woulfe started on Monday 23rd September at the Marian Hall. Beginners at 8pm and all other dances at 8.30pm.

TEAGASC have a course in Killarney on Opportunities to Improve your Income, starting Sept. 30th, details from 064 6632 344.

A DARE : Adare to Survive is a 7.5km military style obstacle course taking place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co Limerick on Sunday, September 29. Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children.Full details, including registration is on the event website

CLIMB DONAL’S MOUNTAIN #LIVELIFE. Sponsored climb of Mount Brandon Sunday September 29th in aid of the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation. Join Donal’s Mom climbing his mountain following the Pilgrims Stations route from An Bothar side. Registrations from 9.30am, Climb commences at 11.00am. For full details and sponsorship cards call 086 0773516.

FEAST OF ST. MICHAEL will be celebrated Monday, Sept. 30th. In Lixnaw with 2 masses at 12 midday & 7.30pm.  A special blessing for sick and carers will be imparted during both masses.

ST.  MICHAEL’S  COLLEGE  LISTOWEL:  Open Night  on Thursday, 26th September, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.  All welcome.

LISTOWEL  FAMILY  RESOURCE  CENTRE:  Social Dancing Classes resume on Mon, 23rd, at 7.30pm.  An-Anon meetings will re-commence on Wed, 25th, at 8.30pm.  A free Blood-Pressure check will take place in the Centre on Wed, 25th, between 10am and 1pm.

FREE  PART-TIME  COURSES  FOR  WOMEN:  The Equality for Women Measure and NEKD, are offering Courses in Personal Development, Career Options, Computers and much more.  Information Morning on 26th Sept, from 10am to 12.30pm, in the Family Resource Centre.  For further information contact Grace Kelly or Dee Keogh on 068 23429.

SAMARITANS will be recruiting new volunteers shortly.  Venue The Carlton Hotel, Tralee.  Information evening – Mon. Sept. 30th at 8pm.  For more info contact (066) 7122566.

LISTOWEL  SENIOR  BADMINTON  CLUB  re-opens at St. Michael’s Gym on Mon/Tue/Wed next & at the Community Centre on Thur, from 8pm-10pm.  New members welcome.

LISTOWEL  BRANCH  –  KERRY HOSPICE  will host its annual Coffee Morning on Thursday next, 26th September, in Christy’s (The Well).

LISTOWEL  RAMBLING  HOUSE  will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, on Thursday, 26th September, at 9pm.  Further details from 068 22212.

COMMUNITY  COLLEGE  LISTOWEL:  Enrolment/Registration for Night Classes will take place on Monday, 30th September, & Tuesday, 1st October, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.  Further detail available from 068 21023 or

 RAILWAY LINE: Public meeting in Family Resource Centre, John B. Keane Road, Listowel at 6pm on Saturday 19th of October.

VINTAGE THRESHING extravaganza and family fun day out will be held on the farm of Brendan Ferris, Beaufort on Sunday 29th September to raise money for cancer care support. Fun and games for kids and adults, plenty of food, Pig on a Spit, shuttle bus from Killorglin and Celtic Steps performing. Free onsite parking. Gates open at eleven.

OUR YOUTH MATTERS SEMINAR in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Tuesday October 8th at 7.00pm. Speakers include Dr. Jennifer McMahon, Dr Amanda Fitzgerald, Aidan Murphy and Ciara Moriarty. Admission Free.

SAMARITIANS will be recruiting new volunteers shortly.  Venue will be The Carlton Hotel, Tralee.  Information evening – Mon. Sept. 30th at 8pm.  The Samaritans provide confidential, non judgemental, emotional support 24 hours per day.  For more info contact (066) 7122566.

ST JOHN’S: Wed 25th, An Evening With Freddie White.
Thur 26th, The Best Of Traditional With Leonard Barry And Friends. Originally from Kilmoyley, Leonard – uileann pipes, will be joined by Andy Morrow – fiddle, Rick Epping – harmonica and multi instrumentalist Shamie O’Dowd.  Fri 27th, Kerry School Of Music Concert. Sun 29th, The Fureys, details from 068 22566.

SIAMSA TÍRE AUDITIONS for talented young people for a place in Siamsa Tíre’s National Folk Theatre Training Scheme 2013-14 take place on Saturday 5th October from 10am – 2pm Children from the age of seven are trained in drama, dance and song in the unique Siamsa style, with a view to becoming members of the Community Cast at Siamsa Tíre. Classes take place weekly from October to May. Contact Siamsa Tíre on (066) 7123055 to make an appointment for your audition.

MUSICAL SOIREE; As part of the Arts week in Abbeyfeale they are planning a night of Jazz and songs from the musicals with a sprinkling of bluegrass and country.   Local artistes including Helen Hausenfus, Riona Curtin, Rebecca Stryker, The Dr. Mick O’Donnell Group, Mike Guinane and Laoise Morrissey will be joined by a Jazz Quartet from Limerick.  It’s all happening at the Glorach on Friday night, October 17 starting at 7.30pm .

RUN OR WALK: Duagh Tidy Towns is holding a 10k run and walk on Saturday, October 5. Registration takes place in the church car park from 10.30- 11.30am.

CAMOGIE:  Limerick hope of All-Ireland intermediate camogie, was dashed as title went to Galway on a score of 0-12 to 0-10 in Croke Park on Sunday 15th Sept 2013.

As part of the final celebration of the 40th anniversary of UL, its president, professor Don Barry will officially inaugurate the first 16 members of the new UL Sports Hall of Fame at the University Arena on Saturday, September 28 at 2.30pm.

University of Limerick Sports Hall of Fame inductees; Dr Sarahjane Belton – Rugby, Mr Brian Mullins – Gaelic Football, Ms Eimear Cregan – Hockey, Mr Seán O’Grady – Paralympic Athletics, Mr Jimmy Deenihan – Gaelic Football, Mr Eddie O’Sullivan – Rugby, Mr Gerard Hartmann – Triathlon, Ms Ciara Peelo – Sailing, Dr Liam Hennessy – Athletics, Mr Ray Silke – Gaelic Football, Dr Eddie Keher – Hurling, Mr Pat Spillane – Gaelic Football, Mr Seán McMahon – Hurling, Ms Carmel Vekins – Kayak & Canoe Polo, Ms Sinéad Millea – Camogie and  Mr Tony Ward – Rugby.

CHARITY: Trad for Trocaire is a fundraising and music week run by Trocaire and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann from Friday 27thSeptember to Friday 4th October. Branches throughout the country will be holding fundraising events in aid of global poverty.

BOOK: A Year on our Farm was launched recently, The author is Ann Talbot nee Fitzgerald a native of Ardagh, and now living in Ballacolla, County Laois. Ann grew up on a mixed farm in Ardagh, and she studied Natural Science and Geography in Trinity and also worked for a time in Australia. She moved to Coole Farm, Ballacolla, when she married her husband Robin in 2002 and they have two daughters. She is a former livestock editor with the Farming Independent (1997 to 2004) and currently freelances for a variety of agricultural publications. She has also worked as a freelance agricultural journalist in the past for the Irish Farmers Journal and the Irish Field. The book is an account of the busy atmosphere and variety of work that occurs in Coole Farm throughout the year. The book is available  at

BOOK: Earls of Desmond, the Rise and Fall of a Munster Lordship, by Gerald O’Carroll, (ISBN 978-0-9547902-3-3, paperback) (containing maps, pedigrees and unpublished images and extensive bibliography.

DEATH of  World’s oldest man  at 112 years
Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, the world’s oldest man, died on Friday 13th September 2013 at a nursing home in Western New York. Sanchez-Blazquez, 112, became the world’s oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura died on June 12th 2013 at age 116.

FRONT Page picture of Knockanure man Thomas Neville Stack was in the 27th September 1913 edition of The Finance Union Newsletter of London, Dublin and Belfast.

TRALEE LUTS Consultation Exhibition was held 24th Sept. 2000, what happened to their extensive plans .

KENNELLY/ McGRATH; I was browsing the site as I was looking for images of anyone my Dad might have known in the 1950’2/60’s when he was growing up in Moyvane. He is Martin McGrath. He is 67 now, and is not well at the moment. I thought it might be good to show him some images from his homeland. Martin and his sister Eileen were children of Michael McGrath and Mary (May) Kennelly. They left for England in the 50`s, but Martin lived with his grandmother Bridget Shine for some years until he left for England himself in the 60`s. If you know my Dad, and have any images here you think he might be interested in please let me know. Or any images of his parents/grandparents. I`d also love to see them myself. I`ve visited myself several times as a child, and again about six years ago. My great grand mothers old house was being used as a storeroom for fence posts, and had almost fallen down. I expect it`s gone now. Lots of love to all in Moyvane.
Anyone remembers plays/shows that my grand father Michael McGrath used to put on locally in the 40/50`s. I have copy of one play he wrote, but apparently there were more, and I`d be interested to know if anyone remembers them.

THOUGHT: (Vatican Radio) He who speaks ill of his neighbor is a hypocrite who lacks the courage to look to his own shortcomings. Speaking during his homily at morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis focused on the fact that gossip has a “criminal” side to it, because every time we speak ill of our brothers, we imitate Caine’s homicidal gesture.

RESTORATION AND REPAIR OF THE GREAT SANCTUARY WINDOW. Tralee, Co Kerry, From Monday, work will begin on the Great Sanctuary Window behind the altar of St John’s and on the surrounding masonry and stonework.  Entrance of water into the church has been an issue for a number of years and examination of the window shows that conservation work is necessary both for the window itself and the stonework.
To this end, following tenders received from experienced contractors, the project has been placed under the supervision of Southgate Associates, experts in conservation projects.  Aria Stained Glass of Claregalway will be working on the glass, whilst the stonework and masonry will be repaired and restored by Joe Costello of Kilmallock.
The window itself is one of the most notable features of St John’s and was manufactured by Messr. O’Connor in 1861.  Christ, St John the Baptist and the Twelve Apostles can be seen in the lower part of the window, whilst further up is the Annunciation and symbols of the Holy Spirit and God the Father. When the work commences there will be parking and pedestrian restrictions around the sacristy.

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