Knockanure Notes — 23rd June, 2021

BADMINTON Summer Camp in Moyvane from 26th to 29th of July.

BEST WISHES to Canon John O’Shea who is celebrating 50 years in the priesthood. He was in Abbeyfeale for the 14 years, great man for the singing.

Best Wishes also to Mary Nolan of Lyre on her retirement on, June 18th. Mary has given 37 dedicated years of service as a teacher to Duagh National School.

GLÓRACH BINGO on Sunday in the GAA Car Park, Abbeyfeale at 2PM. Drive-In Bingo is one of the few outdoor events that can take place, without crowd limits.

PADRE PIO: June Devotions Castleisland on Tuesday, June 29 at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by Amanda Devine who is the senior Padre Pio Tour Guide, based in San Giovanni Rotondo. Amanda walks in the footprints of Padre Pio every day.

DEATH of Catherine (Kit) Breen (nee O’Connell) of Kilmorna, on May 28th 2021 in London. Predeceased by her husband Eugene, Kit is survived by her four children Lea, Eilis, Susie and Eoghan.

Funeral mass for Catherine celebrated at the Church of Saint Peter in Chains, Stroud Green, 12 Womersley Road, London on, 16th June 2021, followed by interment at in New Southgate Cemetery, Brunswick Park Road, New Southgate, London. Share memories of Kit, Please visit to leave your message/tribute.

DEATH took place recently of Catherine Forde (nee Hayes), native of Glenagragra, Glin & Dirreen Athea – niece of the late Buddy Furey and daughter to the late John & Josephine Hayes of Dirreen, Athea.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jim Groarke, Joan McLoughlin, Jim Cogan, Martin Whelan, Gerard O’Connor, Mary Dunne, Mary Nolan, Maggie Kennelly, Tom Manaher, Denis Lane, Nora Buckley, Tom Sheahan, John Joe McElligott, Martin Kennelly, Kathleen Dillon. Mass Moyvane; Sat 19th at 7.30pm for Parishioners; Sun 20th at 11.00am for Patrick McEnery (Anni) & Mai & Sonny Buckley, Listowel;

Tues 22nd at 7.30pm for Mary Brosnan, Coilagurteen (Anni); Wed 23rd at 7.30pm a Special Intention; Thurs 24th at 7.30pm for Timothy & Julia O’Flaherty, Moher (Anni); Fri 25th at 7.30pm for Kathleen Gallagher, Askeaton (1st Anni); Sat 26th at 7.30pm for Jack Mulvihill, Woodgrove (Anni), and mass on Sun 27th at 11.00am for Jim Groarke, The Village (Anni), baby Anthony & deceased of the Groarke & McKenna families.

Mass Knockanure on Sun 20th at 9.30am for Rubi McMahon, Washington D.C. & Nancy, Jack, Josie & Pádraig McMahon, Lisaniskea (Anni) & Jackie McMahon, Lisaniskea (Rec Dec), and mass on Sun 27th 9.30am for Pat Lynch, Carrueragh (Anni) & deceased family members.

SAINT: 2021 is the 1500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Colmcille celebrations are taking place this year, in Co. Donegal and Derry and Iona. For more information go to

ADORATION in Listowel Church on Wednesdays 11am to 1pm. in front of main altar. If a funeral takes place on a Wednesday there will be no Adoration.

BOOK: Crimson and Gold, by Mark Patrick Hederman.

CAO change of mind deadline 1st July.

PRAISE: “The work that our voluntary and community groups do around the county is amazing,” said KCC Director of Community Development Michael Scannell.

SPORTS: 100 spectators are now allowed to attend matches.

FESTIVALS in past years at this time, included, County Fleadh, Brosna and Kilflynn Festivals and the historical society had outings to various historic places.

FEAST Day of the Irish Martyrs is 20th June. On 27 September 1992 Pope Saint John Paul II beatified seventeen people who were a mixture of religious and lay people who represented the many Irish people who died for the Catholic faith in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzagais celebrated on Monday 21st June. He is the patron of the sick and those who care for them. His image is on the stained-glass window in the chapel of prayer, Ballylongford. It was presented to the church by Father Con McCarthy who served in the parish for ten years (1864-1874).

OUR LEADERS are telling us to be safe and avoid human contact, while we observe world leaders meeting with each other and having hundreds of staff and security and not a word about two weeks quarantine. We may have another wave of C19 this winter as most buildings are being draft proofed and lack of fresh air will encourage spreading of air borne virus.

VACCINE: O’Riordan’s Pharmacy, Athea will be vaccinating people against the Covid 19 virus, they are only allowed vaccinate ANYONE OVER 50 WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED ANOTHER COVID VACCINE at present. They have the Johnson & Johnson one shot vaccine which does not require a booster. Please phone to book an appointment 068 42418. You will need your PPS number, Eircode and date of birth.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE SUMMER CAMP for primary school going age. The programme runs throughout July (Monday July 5th Thursday July 29th from 10.30am-1pm daily). Details 068/23584.

ARD CURAM Virtual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle continues till July 3rd, visit their site for details,

HEALTH: THE closing date of June 25, to register an interest in hosting an activity or event during the 2021 Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest. This year’s #KerryMHWFest will run from October 9-16. World Mental Health Day on October 10.

The Irish Life Health Family Mile Challenge encourages families to be active together, by running as a family on June 26/27. It’s free to enter and when you sign up you get a Free Kids Activity Pack to download and chance to win one of 20 kids Fitbits.

FISH: Bord Bia will receive an extra €2m this year to encourage us to eat more fish.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: The support line is open every day, 8am-8pm, by calling 081 822 2024. Hospice Bereavement Line 1800 807 077 Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm. Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). It will provide advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults.

SALE by Kerry Group of the meats and meals business to Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation for €819 million , subject to routine closing adjustments. There are 4,500 employees with the business, across Ireland and the UK. CEO of Kerry Group Edmond Scanlon, has thanked the 4,500 employees of the business for their contribution over the years.

WASTE: Wool is classified as category 3 waste, the same as carcases.

PIGS: Many people want to know who were actually responsible for the recent killing of the Wild boar, sow and Bonham’s. The taxpayer pays these people and will pay for the disposal of the carcases. Can they be trusted to have the best interests of animals in their charge?

The wild boar is making a comeback in the UK there are estimated 2,600 now living wild.

OUTDOOR: National Outdoors Recreation Strategy for Ireland, make submissions before 23rd June.

SOLSTICE is the time when the sun is in its highest point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day is said to be celebrated in Ireland for at least 5,000 years.

AWARDS: ‘Waters and Communities Awards’ Closing date: Wednesday, July 23rd. 2021.

See: for details of the main competition and other Special Awards.

MUSIC: FleadhFest Luimnigh 2021 was premiered over the June Bank Holiday in three separate episodes, each about 50 minutes long.

On Friday the first episode was broadcast on the special Comhaltas channel on YouTube. Episode one featured a welcome address from the current Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Michael Collins and material submitted by CCÉ Áth an tSléibhe (Athea), CCÉ Baile Dhá Thuile (Ballyhahill), CCÉ Ballyhoura (Kilfinane) and CCÉ Garraí Eoin (Garryowen).

For those that missed these programmes at the weekend, they will continue to be available on the Comhaltas YouTube channel at

PICNIC: The organisers of Electric Picnic decided to put back the festival for three weeks to the end of September.

GRANTS: applications for funding under the Festivals and Events Grant Scheme for festivals and events to take place in Limerick between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022. The closing date for applications is 4pm, Wednesday June 23, 2021. Email: artsoffice@ Phone: 061-556370/087-4377644.

MORE: Abbeys, burial places, castles and monuments around the country are to share in a €4 million conservation and maintenance project fund. 139 project grants are in 31 local authorities. (From previous experience, professionals will swallow up most of the money). A full list of the projects being funded can be found on the department’s website

NANO NAGLE BIRTH PLACE: essay/story/poetry/song competition. Entries are free. Categories: 10-14, 15-18 and over 18 years. Closing date 30th June. Based on 3 themes on which Nano Nagle Birthplace is based. Entries to : secretary

Lough Derg 2021: Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional 3 Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to“Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” on 3rd-5th July. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office (0353) 719861518 or

ACCORD Couple & Relationships Counselling. Tel: 0646633612 or email: accordkillarney

BISHOPS: At their Summer General Meeting this week, bishops expressed their thanks for the over 550 submissions received from the public as part of the initial phase of the Synodal Pathway.

The first two years of Synodal Pathway in Ireland will complement the Catholic Church’s worldwide journey towards the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops in Rome entitled, For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission. This 9 and 10 October Pope Francis will officially launch the Universal Synod and has asked that the whole Church prepare for this Synod which is scheduled to take place in Rome in October 2023.

CONGRATULATIONS: To Fr Paddy O’Donoghue, Killarney who celebrated his Diamond Jubilee, ordained in 1961.To Bishop Bill Murphy also celebrated his Diamond Jubilee, To Golden Jubilarians of the Diocese Fr Tom Crean P.P., Kenmare. Fr Jim Kennelly P.P.,Boherbue, Fr Tom Leane P.P.,Dromtariffe.

PROPERTY tax period of consultation will run to 2nd July 2021, during which the public can make written submissions to the Head of Finance or email to lptcon.

More here;

TOUR of Tralee: The Tour dates/times are: Wednesday 23rd June St. John’s Ashe Street tour (Meeting at St. John’s Parish Centre, Castle Street)10am & 11.30am Thursday 24th St. John’s Castle Street Tour: 11am, 11.45am & 12.30pm.

BOAR: As a nocturnal mammal, the Wild boar is active during the night, when it leaves its shelter to find food. This animal spends as much as 12 hours per day sleeping in a nest, constructed out of leaves. Females of this species exhibit a social behavior, forming so-called “sounders” – loosely organized groups of 6 – 30 individuals. Each of these units is composed of breeding females and their offspring. Two or more groups may occasionally share the same area without mixing each other. Male Wild boars tend to lead solitary life during the most of the year.

AUSTRALIA: Jane Taylor- She was the wife of George O’Reilly and she was my great grandmother.

Born in Williamstown, Jane was the daughter of an English convict named Richard Taylor and an Irish dairymaid named Anna White from Limerick.

FARMING: Any examination of what the Paris Accord actually states, shows that this is very explicitly not the case. In essence, the Paris Accord emphasises achieving a balance in climate action commitments, that goes against An Taisce actions and intent, by very explicitly emphasising that actions in “response to the threat of climate change” do not threaten food production. More at

ORAL histories of Irish seniors in Sydney – Pat Foley is 90 years young and still gracing the dancefloors of Sydney! Pat left Moyvane in County Kerry in the early 50’s and worked on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electrical scheme.

MASS at Redemptorist;

ELDERLY: Bishops have welcomed the introduction by Pope Francis of a new World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly which will be celebrated for the first time this year by the Universal Church on Sunday 25 July.

LATIN Mass will be offered on Sunday 27 June 2021 at 12.30pm at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, Tralee, V92 DX62, by Fr. Martin Hegarty CC.


May 30, 1857- County Kerry

Of Eugene Madden, of Ballyconnery, Parish of Liselton, who was learning the carriage-making trade in Paris, Kentucky, about 3 years ago. Information received by his brother, Edward Madden, Keokuk, Iowa.

12 July 1856

Of JAMES GRANT, who left Listowel [co. Kerry] 6 years ago. – Please address his brother, Michael Grant, Wappelo, Louisa county, Iowa.

21 Feb 1857

Of RICHARD HEARTNETT, and his sons, Michael, James, Thomas and Jeremiah, and daughter Honora, of the county of Kerry; when last heard from were in Burlington, Iowa, one year ago last May. Please address his son-in-law, Michael Moore, Osage City, Cole County, Mo.

Of EUGENE MADDEN, of Ballyconnery, parish of Liselton [co. Kerry], who was learning the carriage-making trade in Paris, Kentucky, about 3 years ago. Information received by his brother, Edward Madden, Keokuk, Iowa.

Of PATRICK DOWNEY, of Ballynahown, parish of Knocknacashill [co. Kerry]; when last heard from was in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, went to Missouri, and is supposed to be now in Iowa. Please address his sister Mary (who has been anxiously enquiring about him for four years) care of Dennis Rahilly, 6 Pearl street, New York.

Of LAWRENCE CUSIC, native of parish Newtownsands [co.
Kerry]; when last heard from was in Sidney, Ohio, and moved to Iowa. Information received by his sister, Hannah Cusic, Crawfordsville, Montgomery county, Indiana.

Of MARY FITZGERALD, a native of Balleyronen, parish Balleyhigue [co. Kerry], who sailed in the ship Lady Russell from Tralee, on the 18th of September, 1857, and landed in New York on the 21st of October. Information received by her husband, John Haragon, Muscatine, Iowa.

1 May 1858

Of PATRICK DOWNEY, of Ballanahown, parish of Knocknacashill [co. Kerry]; when last heard from was in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and is supposed now to be in Iowa with his comrades, the Reidys. Please address his sister Mary, who is very anxious to hear from him, care of Denis Rahilly, No 6 Pearl street, New York.

11 Aug 1860

Of HANORA BEHANE, and her sons John, William, Jeremiah, and Patrick, natives of Tralee [co. Kerry]; when last heard from, two years ago last April, were in Lyons, Iowa. Any information of either of them will be thankfully received by their sister, Johana Locnan, care of Francis Twiss, Three Rivers, Mass.

Of JEREMIAH GALVIN, native of parish Dwa [co. Kerry]; when last heard from he worked on the North Mo. Railroad outside Warrenton county, two years ago. Any person knowing anything of his whereabouts will confer a favor by writing to his father, Murty, Otumaway, Wappelo county, Iowa.

Carr- Ahalahana, Co Kerry- Adams Co- Carol J Culp; polyus <polyus>;

Costello Co Kerry- Jam15108

Cronin poss. Co. Kerry Johnson Co -Grace Schmitt gracesch <gracesch>;

Day Co. Kerry Washington Co Darlene Scott

Dillon Listowel, Co. Kerry Dubuque Co. Karen D Alvarez- kdalvarez <kdalvarez>;

Flaherty Co. Kerry Linn Co Cynthia Cavanaugh Salvador

Flaherty Co. Kerry Linn Co Mary Kay Kuhfittig

Flaherty Co. Kerry Pocahontas Co Michelle Hanson

Flaherty Unknown Pocahontas Co Gerald Flaherty

Foley Co. Kerry Cass Co. Maxine Spry Jinkerson- mspryj <mspryj>;

James Ballylongane near Ballyheige, County Kerry Lucas Co Valerie C James

Mahoney Co. Kerry Howard Co Gay Murphy

Moore Co. Limerick Scott Co. Michael Moore

Moore Co. Kerry Clinton Co Jack Golden

Moore Unknown Dubuque Co. Dwight Moore

Moran Unknown Winneshiek & Cerro Gordo Cos Barbara Bader

O’Leary Listowel, Co. Kerry Dubuque Co. Karen D Alvarez

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