Knockanure Notes – 25th May, 2008

COMMUNITY CENTRE: The next Active Retirement Day in Knockanure will take place on Monday the 9th June 2008. If attending please ring the office on 068 49799 between the hours of 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m, Monday to Friday
Anybody wishing to book the Centre for Any Occasion (Christenings Birthdays Funerals etc) Please contact the office at 068 49799 or Mobile No 086 8392787.
ST PIO: A special Mass will be celebrated at Listowel Church on Monday May 26th at 7.30pm by Fr Donal O Connor and Fr Ermelindo (who lived with Padre Pio), a mitten of St Pio will be in the Church. St Pio born 1887, died 1968.
GRAVEYARD: All the local graveyard committees are disappointed with the level of voluntary support they receive in grass cutting. Listowel St Michael’s Churchyard Mass will be on June 18th and John Paul 11 graveyard mass is on July 3rd, the new chairman and volunteers are flexing their muscles weekly, keeping things in control and preparing for the masses. The old chairman and helpers have built a solid reputation for themselves and we thank them for their Trojan efforts.
KNOCK Rosary Rally is on June 7th, details from 066 712 4519. Legion of Mary trip to Knock, details from 068 31232.
Bus leaves for Lough Derg on May 31st, details from 068 31232; Bus to the House of Prayer in Achill, details from 066 7147 494.
GOSPEL: Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship will hold an open meeting at Killarney Heights Hotel on May 30th, speaker Joe Dalton, details from 064 35629.
CORPUS Christi procession took place on Saturday evening last in Abbeyfeale from the church to the grotto, all the First Communion children placed a flower in front of Our Lady, and the ceremony was completed with singing hymns, Benediction and Blessing.
Listowel Eucharistic Process was held on a lovely breezy day on Sunday last May 25th, a great crowd took part and marcher, sang and prayer their way to the Hospital from the Church, windows and tables along the route were decorated with flowers and religious pictures and statues, a tribute to the spiritual ethos which still prevails despite the picture given otherwise by the press. The Listowel Choir were a pleasure to hear again and son of local man Fr. Joe Nolan recited the rosary. After the procession it was great to meet so many nice people who had the Christian spirit which they shared with the many hospital clients which they visited. Aras Mhuire senior citizens were entertained in the afternoon by Stephen Donegan. While in the grounds of the hospital we should remember all the people who died in both the hospital and workhouse and next door the Presentation Sisters for over 150 years brought education and opportunities to thousands.
BLESSED Well at Killeenagh is dedicated to St Ita and is also known as Mary’s Well, the well is visited on the last Saturday in April and continues on the Saturdays of May. St Ita was born 470 in Waterford, St Brendan was reared at her school in Killeedy, Annual Mass at Killeenagh takes place on Thursday May29th at 8.30pm.
HOSPICE: Kerry Hospice Sunflower Day will take place on Friday & Saturday, June 13 & 14th. This is a very important fundraising event for the Hospice, Sunflower Day raised E44,538 in Kerry last year.
FREE Health Awareness night will be held at Con Colbert Hall Athea on May 28th from 7 to 9pm, various tests will be available.
WALK in aid of Nano Nagle Summer Camp will be held from the Marian Hall Moyvane on Sunday June 29th starting at 6.30pm, sponsorship cards are available from Moyvane ICA.
Gabriel Fitzmaurice’s new book will be launched at Writers Week by Weeshie Fogarty at the Plaza on Friday May 30th at 12.30pm; the book is called The Essential Gabriel Fitzmaurice. Gabriel Fitzmaurice will lead a field outing of The Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society members around Moyvane and Knockanure on Saturday June 21st at 7.30pm, beginning at Moyvane Church.
PRES Listowel Yearbook contains 159 pages of information on the activities of the Listowel Presentation Secondary School, articles include; local woman Mary O Flaherty gives an interview, farewell to Sr. de Pazzi and Mrs Brid Nolan; Mrs Kathleen Fitzgerald nee Brandon of Kilmorna and now living at Glin recalls he school days Kathleen is the oldest living pupil of the Pres, she was friendly with Sr. Dympna as her mother went to school with her in Tralee; Poetry Section, school sports, and student pictures and charity events held by the students and much more.
A SPORTS Complex is being planned for Duagh. it is estimated to cost over E600,000.
GOLF: Now that the excitement of the Irish Open has subsided, it is a sobering thought to hear that all the top golfers have a psychologist travelling with them all the time.
TICKETS are now available from any member of the Committee for the Knockanure Community Centre Draw.
SORRY to hear that Tadhg Kennelly has injured his knee again while playing with the Swans against the Bombers.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the Tarbert Comprehensive Students who won awards recently, local students who received awards included Shauna Foley, Kieran Flavin, Una Fitzmaurice, Kevin Kennelly and Erin Stack.
EXAMS:Leaving and Junior Cert students are busy preparing for their examinations, no matter what happens put the head down and keep going. Exam Mass will be celebrated on Saturday May 31st at 8pm in Moyvane Church, lease put your name in box at the back of the Church, more information if you want to participate, details from 068 49202, an Exam Mass will be held in Listowel on Tuesday June 3rd at 10.0am.
BEST of luck to the local Ladies GAA under 12 team who are in the semi-final of the North Kerry League.
BEST Wishes to William Stack son of Stevie and Phil Stack of Moyvane who married recently Maria O Keeffe daughter of Ned O Keefe and Mary Scanlon of Knockbrack, Abbeyfeale. They were married by Fr John O Shea P.P. Abbeyfeale assisted by Fr Lucid and Fr Dillon a cousin of the Stack family at Abbeyfeale Church on Saturday May 17th `08 .Bridesmaids were Helena O Keeffe and Marisa O Keefe. Best man was Tom Callaghan and Groomsman was Pat Broderick. Flower girl was Sive O Keeffe, the reception was held at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel.
DAIRY Farmers who got a big increase in milk prices last year are now witnessing a gradual decline in milk prices and a steep rise in input costs.
COUNCIL paid E4.45 million to consultants last year, there must be big gaps in the qualifications of their in house staff, they even paid for translation work and had to pay for advice about a library theatre.
TOUR: Five students and five staff from Nano Nagle School in Listowel went on a week’s trip to Spain last week.
ST JOHN’S: Thursday 29th at 11am Sunday Miscellany, at 1pm Melody, 3.30pm Hugo Hamilton, 5.30pm Diarmaid Ferriter and at 8.30pm Married to the Sea; Friday 30th at noon Art Exhibition by Gemma Billington, at 1pm The Humours of the Troubles, at 3pm Readings Julian Gough and Tessa Hadley and at 8pm Faith Healer; Saturday 31st at 1pm a play called Whacker Murphy, at 5.30pm a lecture by Brett Paesel and at 8.30pm a comic farce called Dry Rot.
TINTEAN: Brendan Shine will be at Tintean on Friday June 6th and the Tintean Players present the Troubled Bachelors on Friday June 13th.
SIAMSA begin their National Folk Theatre performances in June.
LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto results for 23rd May, numbers drawn were 5-15-17-24, No Winner Jackpot of E7,600.
Lucky Dips went to the following; Michael Carmody, Duagh
Willie Bambury, Gortaglanna; Anne Moloney, Duagh; Joan Brennan, Tarbert; Frank King, c/o New Kingdom; Maureen Connolly, Trien Kilmorna; Bar Prize John Joe Barry; Next Weeks Jackpot is E7,700.
EVENTS: Racing in Listowel on June 1st and 2nd; Writers Week runs from May 28th to June 1st; Arts and Crafts Fair will be held at Seanchai on Sunday June 1st from 11am; AGM of Newtownsandes Co-op takes place in the Marian Hall on Wednesday May 28th at 8pm; John F Leslie walk in Tarbert is held each Wednesday evening at 8pm. Asdee Races fundraising dance will be held at the Golf Hotel on Friday night May 30th; Cork City Marathon is on June 2nd Bank Holiday Monday; KDYS disco will be held at Klub Market Street on Friday May 30th from 8.30 to 11pm, Summer Camps also more information is available at 068 23744; Open day for adult learners will be held at Listowel Community College on Wednesday May 28th from 10am to 1pm, details from 068 21023; Charity walk in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital leaves the Square Abbeyfeale on Sunday June 8th, details from 087 617 7777; Listowel and Ballylongford Castle now open to the public; Children’s Camp will be held at Listowel Community Centre from 7th to 11th of July, details from 068 22203;
Bodhran Championship Festival will be held at Milltown from May 30th to June 2nd, details fro 085 7739 553; Limerick Fleadh will be held at Cappamore on the June Bank Holiday weekend; ICA Centenary Committee Meeting will be held at St John’s Parish Centre in Tralee on May 28th at 7.30pm; Denis McKenzie will hold a psychic supper at Kilcooley’s Restaurant, Ballybunion on June 7th; Market at Con Colbert Hall is on Sunday June 8th, details from 068 42665;
NEW Moon is on Tuesday June 3rd, the whitethorn is now blooming in all its glory, while the furze bush though still in flower, its appearance looks shaggy and spent, grass and weed growth is exceptionally rapid except in places which were poached earlier in the year.
The Farmers Market in Listowel on Fridays bring a great atmosphere to the square on a fine day, many of us remember that prominent people with influence tried to hide or dump the market beside the recycling bins at the back of Charles Street.
WIN: Munster’s great win on Saturday evening gave a great sense of pride to all of us, if we could only translate some of work ethic of the team into our daily activities many of our services would instantly improve. Pity to hear that so many students draw dole after qualifying, plenty of voluntary work is available for those who seek it.
THOUGHT: A rent garment catches every nail, and the rent made wider. Renew therefore thy repentance speedily, whereby this breach may be made up, and worse prevented. William Gurnall ; Pope Benedict said recently “Indeed, harsh fortune helps us to distinguish true friends from false ones, and there can be few greater consolations than that of true friendship.”
HISTORY: Maynooth Mission to China advance party consisting of Fathers Alvin, Blowick and McPolin boarded a ship at Seattle on May 25th 1920 for a two week voyage to Yokohama, they was a great mixture of people on board including a minister returning to India, an American health officer going o Manila, he was the only lay catholic on the ship, two Hungarian officers were on their way to Siberia to bring home the last of the Hungarian prisoners of war, it was estimated 400,000 of them had already died in captivity. When the priests arrived at Yokohama they found six Irish Drishane sisters, also in the city was a bookseller called Kelly and Walsh. When they went to Tokyo they called to the Sacred Heart Convent and found 6 or 7 Co. Cork sisters including the sister of Terence McSweeney. A Jesuit priest in Tokyo told them about the funeral of the Japanese Emperor which he attended in 1912, the coffin was drawn by 8 oxen, on the day the Emperor died, the commander in Chief of the army and his wife killed themselves to show their devotion and to enter heaven with him, the mourning period was one year, the above is taken from The Chinese Batch by Bernard T. Smyth.
DEATH has taken place on May 15th `08 of Martha O Sullivan nee Whyte of Carrueragh, Martha was born 85 years ago at Newtownforbes, Co Longford, there were four boys and four girls in her family sadly only Margaret and Vincent survive. Martha was predeceased by her husband Timothy O Sullivan some years ago, Timothy was a native of Cahirciveen and they married in England in 1957, Martha went to England at the age of 25. Timothy, Martha and their children Tom and Ann came back to Ireland in 1967 and bought a home at Carrueragh where their son Tom, daughter Anne and grandchild Laura still live. Martha was laid to rest at Ahavoher Graveyard beside her husband Tim who died in February 1991 aged 62 years, after Requiem Mass at Knockanure Church on Saturday May 17th `08.
Death has taken place of Fr John O Connor of Kilmorna in Canberra, Australia.
ANNIVERSARIES: Catherine Stack, Seamus Flaherty, John Shanahan, Elizabeth Doyle, Tom O Connor, Sr. Teresa Stack, John B. Keane, Jerry Enright, Mass on Monday 26th of May for Tom Lynch in Knockanure Church at 8pm; Mass on Tuesday 27th in Moyvane for Michael Dore at 8pm; Mass on Wednesday 28th at 9.15pm for Maurice Bunce, Thursday 29th Mass for Michael Mulvihill at 8pm,Feast of the Sacred Heart Friday 30th 8pm Mass for Jerry Enright Knockanure, Sunday June 1st Mass in Moyvane at 11am for Michael Flaherty.
Saturday Evening Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 8pm Mass for Exam students and the Sunday Mass in Knockanure is for the People of the Parish.
ADORATION: In Moyvane on Sundays 4 to 5pm, Wednesdays from 10am to 7pm, Knockanure 10am to 6pm on Tuesdays and Abbeyfeale Monday to Friday 6pm to 8pm.
COLLECTION will be held on the 7th and 8th of June for Education of Priests.
READERS: Una Fitzmaurice, Elaine Hudson, Paul and Anthony Kiely, Brenda Clancy and Anne Stack.
Collectors for June; Tom Quinn, Tom Moloney, Annemarie Sheehan, Ester Foley and Siobhan Fitzgerald.