Knockanure Notes – 25th December, 2011

WELCOME to all who visited us during the Christmas Season, hope you will many happy memories. Wishing all safe travelling.

CHRISTMAS Services were well attended the Knockanure Church was thronged; Children sang a hymn while others played instruments. The adult choir, solo singer and musicians were in great form again this year and got applause at end of Mass. Fr Brendan celebrated the Christmas Eve Mass assisted by Fr John and Fr Anthony. Fr Lucid thanked all who contributed to the celebrations and thanked the sacristan for her work. The Pope was involved in seven ceremonies on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, he greeted the world in 65 languages.

CHOIR of young people who were practicing before Christmas, put on a great performance on Christmas Day, and it is hoped that the choir will sing in 2012 on Sunday next.

FUNDRAISING for Father Anthony on this coming Thursday 28th December at Knockanure Community Centre at 8.30pm. Fr. Anthony is an Indian Priest who visits the parish at Christmas and at present is studying in the Netherlands for his PhD., so he needs support for his studies. Fr. Anthony will cook an Indian meal. Please come along on the night, all are welcome and you can give whatever Donation you wish to support him. Thank you.

SHORTEST Day is gone and we can look forward to a stretch in the evenings. The mild weather this year was a blessing. There is some fine display of Christmas lights and house decorations in the locality, a few have a charity box, to show your appreciation and help a worthy cause.

EVENTS: No Bingo or Blotto in Moyvane on Dec. 29th;  Annual Coiste na nÓg fundraising table quiz will take place on Wednesday 28th of December in the Top of the Town, Athea at 9pm;  Racing at Ballyheigue, Dec. 27th; Comhaltas Christmas session at the Devon Hotel on 28th Dec at 9pm; Queensbury High School Choir will sing at St John’s Church, Ashe Street, Tralee on Wed. Dec. 28th at 8pm, all are welcome; Ballydonoghue GAA celebrations at the Thatch on Dec. 30th at 9.30pm; Space Station is passing over Ireland each night until January 3rd;  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Panto, at the Boys School Listowel runs from Jan. 4th to 8th; Listowel Mart opening sale Jan. 12th; North Kerry Harriers Point to Point meeting in Tralee on Jan. 22nd;

CERT: The Certificate of Irish Heritage is available; it recognises people of Irish decent around the world.

CONGRESS: Business2012, an initiative aimed to cover the cost of travel for pilgrims from low-income countries to attend the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 2012. During the week of the Congress, an indoor exhibition space will have over 100 exhibition stands.

THOUGHT: “Let your condition be ever so extreme; human friendship disappointing you, earthly supplies failing you, human sympathy refused you, and dark despair enthroned grimly and coldly upon your heart; there yet is hope in God!” Octavius Winslow. “Christmas is when people celebrate love.”

KOREA: Pesident Kim thought he was a wine connoisseur, had a taste for cognac and according to news reports, he also liked ass meat.

WINE: A bottle of wine auctioned for Christchurch charity was sold for $52,000 a bottle. As the bottle of JK’s PM’s Pinot was being taken away it was dropped in a car park and broke.

HANUKKAH the holiday that celebrates Judean independence, focused now on its religious aspect.  This is the 2,179th anniversary of war of national Judean liberation.

DEPRESSION:   Relatives meet at The Meadowlands Hotel on the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm (next meeting January 4th).  Call Kate on 087-2993142.

AWARD: St. Mary’s Graveyard committee, Abbeyfeale were the Overall winners in the Ancient Category at the recent Awards ceremony sponsored by Limerick County Council.

POLAND: May 4, 2012 for 5  nights ,Visit Pope John Paul ll Birthplace, Black Madonna Shrine,  Auschwitz etc with Mass by Fr. Padraig Kennelly.  Medjugorje 30th May 7 nights, Spiritual Director Fr. Francis Nolan.  For further details contact:  Mary at 066 7185940.

Newcastle West now has an outdoor gym situated in the Demesne, Newcastle West.

THANKS: The Board of Management, Teachers, Staff and Parents’ Council of Murhur N.S. Moyvane wish to thank everyone who supported the Children’s Christmas Concert that was held on Friday 16th December. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

FIRST edition of Cuisle a new FF magazine was launched recently, the party has a deficit of E2.2m, State funding now amounts to E 2.8m, down from E5.2m in 2010.

BALLYDONOGHUE  Parish Magazine 2011 is their 27th edition, it contains 296 pages. The central theme this year is a spotlight on emigration. A survey in Lisselton found that 86% had a near relative living abroad. Relations in UK amounted to 53%, USA 34% and Australia 8%; 89% of houses in Lisselton had cars and 99% of houses were owner occupied. Margaret Gilbert recalls events from her diary in 2011; James A Kelly asks where are they now on page 19; Emigrants abroad are interviewed about their experiences; Fergal O Connor recalls his escape from Tripoli in 2011; Young people have contributed stories and poetry; St Michael’s All Ireland Champions; A Guide to walking Cnoc an Fhomhair; J J Bunion tells us about writing a novel; Mary Dee writes about Journeys end; Tadhg Carr gives an account of the flight of the Celtic tiger; History of the Dillon Family of Dromerin who went to Australia, recalled; Mick Finucane gives his life and times on page 87; Frank Snaps in Ballybunion who took thousands of pictures at the resort; Fr Tim Dowling recalls the roads of Ballydonoghue; Collected, Irish words used in locality and field names; Rivers Streams and Bridges of Ballydonoghue; Batty Lynch recalls the past; Moss Enrights Rambling House 1907-’73;History Section; Diamond Jubilee of Johnny and Annie Bambury, their life and times; Ballydonoghue 1940’s and 50’s and 1981; Highway to the Hill, by David Kissane; Children tell of their hopes in ten years time; Tribute to the fine people who died in 2010 and ’11. This is only a sketch of the many articles and not forgetting the hundreds of photos both old and new.

IRAQ: Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk in northern Iraq says that “Midnight Christmas Mass has been cancelled in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk as a consequence of the never-ending assassinations of Christians, only daylight services will be held.

DEATH took place on December 8th 2011 of Tom O Connell of 15 Brandon Way, Dunmore Road, Waterford and formerly of Kilbaha, Moyvane. Tom was predeceased by his wife Bridie Barry a native of Abbeyfeale and is survived by daughters Eileen and Bunty, sons Mike Joe and Con, grandchildren, great-grand- children, nephews, nieces. Requiem Mass for Tom was celebrated on Wednesday 20th December in Abbeyfeale Church. Burial afterwards in Reilig Ida Naofa Cemetery. Tom born 91 years ago was son of Con Connell of Kilbaha (who died in 1975 aged 100 years) and Nell White of Knockanure. Tom is survived by siblings, Dora O Connell Ahern and John Connell in America and was predeceased by Sisters, Mary, Joan and Kit and brother Con.

DEATH has taken place of Sr.Loreto Relihan Formerly of Bedford, Listowel. Sr. Loretto was a Presentation Sister at  Cahersiveen. Sr. Loreto is survived by her sisters, Sr. Aquilina, Texas and Josephine Tarrant, brothers Tom and John Joe, she was aunt of Fr Joe Tarrant. Following Requiem Mass at Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, Caherciveen on Wednesday 21st December 2011, Sr. Loreto was laid to rest in Community Grave in the Church grounds.

DEATH has taken place of Jack O Brien of Moyvane Village and Caherdown, Listowel. Jack is survived by his wife Emma Holly and son Ivan. Requiem Mass for Jack will be celebrated in Moyvane Church on Wednesday 28th December.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bridie Hanrahan, Vincent Dillon, Sean Broderick, Timmy Dillane, Fr. Willie O Brien, Jim Kelly, Edward Walsh, Kit Ahern, Myra Downey, Sr. Gregory Dillon, Catherine Kennedy, Michael Kissane, Fr Dan Dee, Peg Dillon, Sr. Patricia O Connor, Ned Buckley, Maureen McSkane, Kit O Rourke, Maurice Kennelly, Joan Kennelly, Fr Pat Daly, Sr. Declan Buckley, Mary Ann O Carroll, Francis Dowling, Brendan Mulvihill; Mass on Tues. 27th at 7.30pm for Con Flaherty; Mass on Wed. 28th  at 9.15am for Deceased members of the Culhane Family; Mass on Thurs. 29th at 7.30pm for Breda Thomas nee Cunningham; mass on Fri. 30th at 7.30pm for Eileen & Teddy King; Mass on Sat. 31st at 7.30pm for Brendan (Ben) Mulvihill and Sun. 1st Jan. Mass in Knockanure at 10.00am For the People of the Parish.

COLLECTORS for January, Vigil Eddie Flaherty & Michael Scanlon; 11.00am, Eddie Stack & John Ahern; Knockanure 10.00am, Mary Horgan.

READERS; Vigil, Seline Mulvihill & Ann Marie Kennelly; 11.00am, Colin & Joe Enright; Knockanure 1st January, Gerard Leahy & Brenda Clancy.

CHOIR: Abbeyfeale senior choir singing Christmas carols and hymns can be heard at  

THEOLOGY: The Dominican Order is offering a distance learning theology programme, Contact The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Tel. 01 4048124 or 4048127

PEACE: Jan. 1st is world Day of Peace.

THANKS: Mrs Margaret Sheehan wishes to thank The People of the Parish for their kindness, generosity and good wishes towards her on her retirement, especially those who helped in the recent Thanksgiving Mass and refreshments in the hall afterwards.

Thanks to all who helped with information for the notes, hope your help and co-operation will continue in 2012. People abroad can hear the Knockanure Choir on youtube and see recent pictures at Knockanure.photobucket