Knockanure Notes — 24th January, 2016

PADRE PIO  EVENING MASS will take place on Thursday  at 7pm, in Listowel Church. incorporating the Rosary, Mass and Benediction.

FARMERS Seminar will be held at River Island Hotel on Jan. 27th at 7.30pm, they have many high profile speakers on the night.

RAMBLING HOUSE. Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, The Square on Thursday January 28th from 9.15 pm

REGISTRATION FOR MOYVANE/KNOCKANURE/ TARBERT LADIES FOOTBALL U8,U10,U12,U14,U16 will be held Sunday February 7th after 11 o Clock mass Moyvane in the Marion Hall, Moyvane.

THE KERRY BRANCH OF ARTHRITIS IRELAND: Free Public Information Talk on ‘Living with Gout’ in The Manor West Hotel, Tralee on Wednesday night January 27th at 7pm. Guest speaker Dr. Peter Browne, Consultant Rheumatologist, Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee.

THE IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE: will hold a Blood Donor Clinic in The Brandon Hotel, Monday January 25th from 5pm -8.30pm, Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th from 3pm – 5pm & 7pm – 9pm. Full details can be found on or by telephoning 021 4807400 or 1850 731 137.


RETREAT FOR MEN & WOMEN at Ardfert Retreat Centre on Wednesday February 3rd at 8pm. If interested contact Matt, 21420, Michael, 21596, Mossie, 21725, Michael, 21168, Bernard, 22942, John, 0861617528 & Mary 0874138371.

FLOWERS: A meeting to explain how we can create diverse flower-rich habitats in our communities and help save our bees will be hosted by Kerry Co. Co. in the Meadowlands Hotel Tralee on Tue. Feb 2nd at 7.30pm.  More details, diocese of Kerry.

LISTOWEL BRANCH OF THE IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION:  would like to thank you for your very generous contributions to our Church gate collection last weekend which totalled €740.00.

PASTORAL AREA MEETING:  Rearranging Masses in the Pastoral Area-  Canon Declan our V.F. has suggested the following changes in Mass times:  LISTOWEL VIGIL moves from 7.30pm to 6.15pm.  MOYVANE SUNDAY 11am Mass moves to 12noon.  May be in place for the changing of the clocks at the end of March.

PARISH RADIO LINK.  New radios can be purchased for €30.  Names to Jacqueline in the Parish Office if you need a radio.

DEATH occurred of Dan Mulvihill of Coolaclarig, Listowel, on the 15th of January, 2016 , predeceased by siblings John, Timmy, Madge, and Joan, survived by nephews and nieces.Requiem Mass for Dan Mulvihill was celebrated at Listowel Church on the 18th of January, followed by burial in St. John Paul II Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Mulvihill, Teresa Margaret Hanrahan, Margaret Flaherty, Mary Dalton, Tim Guiney, Maureen Moran, Cathal Kennelly, Nora Ita Hunt, Margaret Murphy, Bridie McElligott, Helen Roche, Michael O Regan, Jo Heffernan, F Eddie Morrissey, Mai Trant, Michael Bambury, Eileen Holly, Davie McMahon, Dick Stack, Sean Histon, Sr. Peter Hudson, Anthony Kennelly, Sheila O Connor, Bridget Neville, Pat Barrett, Patie Enright. Mass in Moyvane Church Wed 27th at 7.30pm for Michael Moloney. Fri 29th at 7.30pm for    John Joe Hanrahan at 8.30pm. Anne Cunningham, (Months Mind) Sat 30th at 7.30pm. Ned Moore Sun 31st at 11.00am. Margaret & Connie Shine. Church Knockanure: Sun 31st at 10.00am for Irene O’Keeffe.

FEEL SECURE? A new Text Alert Network is up and running in Moyvane.  Forms are available from the Creamery, Stacks Butchers, Gala and also after all Masses in Moyvane this weekend.   Sign up by giving your mobile number and €10.  This text alert will provide information to and from the Gardaί and will alert our Parish when an incident has occurred to deter criminal activity.

ARD CHÚRAM DAY: operating its 3 day week service (Wed, Thurs, Fri) from its new purpose built Centre in the grounds of Listowel Hospital.  Anybody aged 65 or over wishing to attend may contact the Nurse Co-ordinator, Margaret Payne at (068)22986, (087)1953631 or any public health nurse.

CONFIRMATION:  We have 29 young Parishioners for Confirmation.  The Sacrament will be celebrated on April 29th.  For the month of February we hope to have the following celebrations for our 29 candidates.
Monday Feb 1st – Enrolment Ceremony – Moyvane Church @ 7.30pm.
Monday Feb 8th – You Shall Be My Witness  – Moyvane Church @ 7pm.
Monday Feb 15th – You Shall Be My Witness  – Knockanure Church @ 7pm.
Monday Feb 22nd – You Shall Be My Witness – Movie & Party @ 7pm – Venue to be confirmed.
Saturday March 12th – Retreat in Ardfert Retreat Centre – 10am to 1pm.

ST JOHN’S: Tuesday 26th, Liam O Maonlai, Kevin Burke and Tim Edey. Wed. 27th, The far Flung trio and on the 28th, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, details from 068 22566.

TARBERT THEATRE PLAYERS – The cast are almost ready to bring ‘Diarmy’ to the stage in the Community Centre Tarbert, on January 29th, 30th & 31st.  To Book your seat, please ring 087 4484924.  Pre- Booking essential.

EVENTS: Rathfredagh Cheshire Home walk will be held on Sunday 31st January. It will commence at 10am and the walkers will travel from Barna to the Cheshire Home. People can also join the walk at The Courtney Lodge Hotel at 11am. Transport will be provided from Rathfredagh to Barna and registration takes place from 9.30am in Barna. Details, and sponsorship cards from 069-83100 or 069-83279.
The Munster finals of Ceol an Gheimhridh 2015/16 will be held in Hazelwood College Dromcollogher on Sunday 14th February.
Variety Concert in Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday 6th February at 8pm , proceeds in aid of the Joanne McMahon Thanksgiving Fund for the Burns Unit in Saint James Hospital in Dublin.
Athea Drama Group, upcoming production of ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ which will be staged in Athea in late February. Directed by Oliver McGrath.
Reunion; Presentation Convent & St Michael’s College, Listowel are having a thirty year reunion for the class of ’86 on July 24, 2016 at Christy’s, The Square, Listowel.

BLOOD Transfusion Service had a blood donor clinic in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale, on Monday 18th & Tuesday19th Jan.

CHOIRS: The Limerick Choral Festival aims to promote the development of choral music with special emphasis on the realm of church/sacred music in the city, choirs will perform in Limerick over the last weekend in February 2016.

LAUNCH; On Thursday, January 28th, launch Mass of St Ita in St John’s Cathedral, Limerick at 7:30pm. Places must be booked for the workshop at 8, to ensure sheet music is available. Please call 061 400133 .

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016: The Diocese of Kerry is leading a Pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland from July 25th to August 1st 2016. Further details from Fr. Declan or Tomas Kenny email: [email protected] or Mobile  086-3683778

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGES 2016  celebrating the Year of Mercy by going on Pilgrimage to Medjugorje. June 22nd 2016 .  Please contact Group leader Tom Dennehy  087/6468658.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: 11th to 18th May 2016. Flights: Cork Airport.
Spiritual Director: Fr. Noel Spring.  Contact: Maureen Harty.  066 7131328.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND: led by Bishop Ray Browne 30th October 2016/8 nights.  Direct flight from Shannon, coach transfers from Kerry. Enquiries: Janice O’Sullivan 064 7758219.

ARDFERT Faith Course; Exploring Faith –  What is Faith? What are the different kinds? Where does it come from? Who has it? Why is it necessary to be fully human? Why can’t we function without it? What does it do for us? How does it help us cope with suffering and death? How do we sustain it? What happens if we don’t have it? 12 one-and-a-half hour sessions started on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00pm by Fr. Sean Sheehy. Resources: The Holy Bible and the Catechism. All Welcome. Contact 066 7134276.

CASEMENT: Ardfert Local History Lecture Series: Ardfert witnesses at the Casement trial,  By Helen O’Carroll 8.00pm on Jan. 28th.

FULL MOON was on 24th January. Days are getting longer and signs of spring are everywhere.

CONCERT: West Limerick singing club annual fundraising concert take place on Saturday 12th of March in Father Casey’s GAA club in Abbeyfeale, with a variety of traditional Music, Singing, Dancing and Storytelling

NEW IRISH CATECHISM CLASSES Follow up Classes from the New Irish Catechism given by Fr. Sean O Sheehy at Listowel Parish Meeting Room starting on Monday, February 1st  2016. 10 sessions on Ethics and Morality – the bases for
human dignity and living the Christian life. Each sessions begins at 7.30 and ends at 9.00 P.M. on Monday evening beginning January 25th, and continuing on February 1, 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14, April 4, 11, 18. Everyone is welcome.

THOUGHT: To put the world in order we must first put the nation in order.
To put the nation in order we must first put the family in order
To put the family in order we must first activate our personal life
To cultivate our personal life we must set our hearts right – Confucius.

RUBBER: Kerala, India , “Rubber plantations in Kerala. With prices lingering around eight year lows farmers are struggling to afford even the cost of the tapping.
A new sponge-like material, discovered by Monash researchers, could have diverse and valuable real-life applications. The new elastomer could be used to create soft, tactile robots to help care for elderly people, perform remote surgical procedures or build highly sensitive prosthetic hands

UNITY: 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. From January 18 to 25, we observe the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In 1908, Father Paul Wattson, an Episcopal priest, initiated what was then called the Church Unity Octave—eight days of prayer ending on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Later, Father Wattson entered the Catholic Church and was ordained a priest.
Irish Examiner 1841-current, Friday, 08 October, 1915; Page: 7

(From our Correspondent).  Mr. Thomas O’Donnell , M.P., and Mr . MI  Conway, U.l.L. Organiser, delivered important addresses to the Nationalists of Castlegregory, West Kerry, at a public meeting held to  organise the United Irish League in the district. Mr. Michael O’Donnell, J.P., presided.
The Irish Party had emancipated the Irish farmer and the Irish labourer, restored the- evicted tenant. , the wounded soldiers of the- land war, and by the establishment of Die National University, with its county scholarships, they had enfranchised the intellect of young Ireland and given, at least, to the Catholic Nationalist majority freedom and equality in the matter of University education. ” I am proud myself,” said Mr. O’Donnell amid cheers, “to be the means of emancipating many of the tenant farmers of West, Kerry, and I shall always find comfort, and, if I may say so, a pardonable pride, in the reflection that I took some part in reversing the confiscations of old and undoing the wrongs and ravages of the past, and of placing my fellow-countrymen securely and firmly upon the soil of their native land.” Referring to land purchase, he said the Irish Party had won for the Irish farmers advantages which no English party ever proposed for the farmers of England, who were still rent-paying-slaves, mere tenants-at-will, for whom land reform was an untenable dream, and who had no more chance of getting land purchase than of getting a piece of the moon, The achievement of the Irish Party in emancipating the Irish tenant farmer was unique in the history of the world. It was almost the only case in which the confiscators were compelled to restore the lands they had confiscated and stolen, and to make some measure of restitution and justice to those whom they had wronged (cheers). The Norman conqueror still owned the lands of England, and the descendants of similar invaders in other countries still held a grip of the confiscated soil which nothing could shake, but in Ireland the confiscations of Cromwell and Elizabeth and Henry VIII. had been reversed and undone and the native race had possession of their own again (cheers). He would ask those who styled themselves Sinn Feiners particularly to remember that great fact when they spoke so flatteringly of German rule. It had come to his knowledge that people were going around saying that if the Germans conquered Ireland the farmers could tear up their purchase agreements. That statement was correct in so far as the purchase agreements would undoubtedly be torn up, not bv the farmers but by the agents of the  Kaiser to whose exchequer they would be compelled to pay a crushing land tax, if they were not, as seemed certain, disinherited and evicted as the Polish landowners were being to-day by the Germans. In 1886—by a strange coincidence the year which saw Parnell at the height of his glory in Ireland—Bismarck passed a law which provided that the land; of Poland should be purchased by Germany from the Polish landlords and transferred to German planters. Since then the wholesale eviction of the Polish tenant farmers  had systematically proceeded. They were actually torn out of the soil and uprooted from their homes to make room for the foreigners and strangers (shame). That was not a matter of ancient history like Cromwell in Ireland. It did not conclude with Bismarck, because the most cruel and drastic of all appropriation laws was passed through the Reichstag by the present German Chancellor, Dr. Von Bethman, in 1904 a year after the Wyndham Act had been passed which had brought relief and comfort to thousands of tenant farmers in Ireland (cheers). These were facts, and he challenged anyone to dispute them. In the conquered provinces the German Empire had left no effort untried to burn out the national language and traditions of the people. The Polish language was banned in Poland, and in Alsace-Lorraine the people were penalised for speaking their native language, French. The leaders of French patriotism in Alsace, like the Abbe Wetterlec, had been compelled to fly to France for their lives, and even children and young girls were chastised and imprisoned for dropping a chance French expression at play, or in casual conversation. “Do we want,” added Mr. O’Donnell amidst cheers, “such a tyrannical and autocratic Government as that to confiscate our land, to penalise our language and root out our national traditions with fire and sword If it was “done In the past in Ireland it is not at least taking place today, it can never take place again, and every human effort is being made to make restitution for the past (cheers). After all the cruelties and the wrongs inflicted on us by England belong to the tragic misunderstandings and misapprehensions of the past. They were practised in the days of bigotry and ignorance, and no Englishman can now be found who would defend them, whereas the wrongs of Germany are being inflicted to-day in the full noontide of modern civilisation, and are being inflicted with unparalleled ferocity by a people who claim to be the most civilised and cultured in the world. All these infamies are being defended by their professors, advocated by their statesmen, condoned by their Press and endorsed with rapture and enthusiasm by the whole German people (cries of “too true”). If ” continued Mr. O’Donnell , I am to be called a recruiting sergeant I say that I am proud of it and glad to have assisted in Ireland’s contribution to the defence of civilisation and to saving our own land in particular from acts of inhumanity and barbarism that have shocked all mankind and have left Germany without an ally except the deluded Austrian and the unspeakable Turk (cheers). He went on to say that the Irishmen who shouldered a rifle in this war were fighting against the only nation that slaughtered non-combatants and threw bombs on the civil population , against those who bombarded cathedrals and universities in defiance of all decent military usage, and in this connection he reminded them that in the recent Balkan war the Servians and the Greeks, who are now called out-throats , spared the temples of the Mohomedans and the Turkish mosques (hear , hear). But apart from the general struggle which it was the world’s duty to wage against German militarism, the part that Irishmen had played in this war showed the British people that the fullest, measure of Home Rule might be conceded to Ireland without being a menace or a danger to the Empire. If Ireland took her place in a moment of peril like this, surely no one could deny that she could be relied upon to take it again with even greater enthusiasm and unanimity when she was admitted to the family of free self-governing peoples which composed the British Empire (loud cheers). The bottom had been knocked out of the Unionist argument that Home Rule would lead to the dismemberment of the Empire. The lesson of South Africa and Ireland had shown that Home Rule was the true foundation of Imperial unity and that the distrust and ill-feeling that must arise from Unionism and Carsonism was the real danger of imperial security and union (cheers). Many of the young men who called themselves Sinn Feiners and talked cheap treason and mouthed pro-German sentiments would perhaps go a little slower if they remembered that such silly talk could do England no harm and Germany no good, but would be used by Sir Edward Carson and the Unionists when the war was over to paint Ireland in the darkest colours of disloyalty and rebellion, and misrepresent Home Rule as a folly and a danger. Indeed  before waiting for the war to be over at all, a Unionist newspaper in Ulster had seized on the Sinn Fein stupidity to misrepresent the true attitude of Ireland in this war. He quoted an extract from the “Northern Whig,” commenting on the account of “Irish Pro-German intrigues in the United States,” refers to “energetic gentlemen like Dr. Dernburg and his willing tool, Mr. Matthew J. Cummings, of Boston,” observing that their activities “were not confined to America.” “It would not be permissible,” says the “Whig,” “nor would it be desirable, to publish  what we know about German and Irish American plots in Ireland during the past twelve months. The public have been gradually coming to the conclusion that the money so lavishly spent on the seditious and anti-recruiting  propaganda could not have been obtained without some outside help, and that this help must have been coming from Germany. The conclusion was correct. The journey of a good many communications has been ‘ Berlin to Ireland, via New York,’ and the return journey is by the same route. The whole business has failed in America, and we scarcely think it will do much real harm in Ireland, seeing that the Home Rule Act is not in operation and that the Government knows all about it. But it is impossible to avoid wondering how serious the trouble might have become under an Irish Parliament. The idea is not a pleasant one, and the inevitable thought arises what a fortunate escape we have had.” ‘ In conclusion Mr. O’Donnell appealed to all to join the League and elect representatives to attend the great County Convention at Tralee on the 31st October, and declare the unalterable loyalty of Kerry to the policy and programme of the Irish Leader (cheers).

Mr. Michael Conway, U.l.L. Organiser, who was received with cheers, said he was glad to find himself for the first time amongst the sturdy Nationalists of West Kerry and to stand, on that platform by the side of his friend Mr Thomas O’Donnell (cheers for O’Donnell), who was one of the most brilliant and untiring of the Irish representatives in Parliament (renewed cheers). For fifteen years he had represented that constituency with great honour to himself and with great advantage to the people who sent him to Parliament. It was fifteen years since he first saw Mr. 0’Donnell and heard him speaking from a platform at the Rutunda in Dublin, in the early days of the United Irish League, when it was being established in Dublin by a distinguished Kerryman who was as true and brave an Irish Nationalist as ever loved or worked for his country—the late Mr. Timothy Harrington (cheers). On that occasion Mr. O’Donnell was looked forward to with particular interest, because- he was perhaps the youngest member of the Irish Party and the newest recruit in the National vaults, and had carried to victory in a hotly contested election the banner of that unity which happily succeeded the Parnell split, and to which all the subsequent political progress of Ireland was due. In the years that elapsed since then the Irish Party had worked earnestly for the benefit of Ireland, and while their opponents had done nothing but obstruct or misrepresent the Party, Mr . Redmond and his colleagues had won substantial concessions for every section of the Irish people (cheers). He went on to refer to the blessings of land purchase, which freed the tenants from the slavery of landlordism and established peasant proprietorship. They had also curbed Orange ascendancy by the establishment of Local Government ; they had enfranchised the intellect of Ireland by the establishment of a National University; and brought hope and comfort to the weak and oppressed by the many measures of reform, from labourers cottages to old age pensions (cheers). He concluded a telling address by calling upon all Nationalists to rally to the standard of the United Irish League. He expressed pride at the glorious part Ireland had taken in the present war, and said he felt sure that the sun of freedom would sink again on a renovated Belgium, a resurrected Serbia, an emancipated Poland, and a self-governing Ireland (loud cheers).
A committee was then appointed to make the local branch of the National Organisation a success.

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