Knockanure Notes — 25th December, 2016

WISHING all our readers the best in the New Year. Thanks to all who contributed to the notes over the past years. Looking forward to your continued help.

PROLOGUE:  “A moment of clarity without any action is just a thought that passes in the wind. But a moment of clarity followed by an action is a pivotal moment in our life.” – Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

RAMBLING HOUSE:  Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday December 29 from 9.15 pm.  A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome.

ABBEYFEALE’S SINGING CLUB:  West Limerick singing club monthly singing session take place on the first Friday of every month in the Ramble Inn Bar, Abbeyfeale.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto Results for 16th Dec. No winner of the €16,700 jackpot. Numbers drawn were 14, 27, 28, 32. Lucky dip winners of €25 euro each were; 1. Brid Enright, Moyvane South; 2. Hannah Pierce, Moyvane; 3. Timothy Riordan, Upper Direen; 4. Breda & Margaret c/o Tidytowns; 5. Mikey Lyons, c/o Goulds Shop; 6. Lucky Dip Hamper goes to Liam O’Connor, Ashgrove, NCW.

This was our last draw of 2016! The first draw of 2017 will be held on January 13th with the jackpot to be €16,800. We would like to thank the supporters of the Knockanure GAA Football Club and Lotto for their dedication and support throughout the year. We look forward to another great year to come. To our supporters, sponsors, their families, and the community we wish you a very healthy, happy, safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

DON’T BE LONELY: Senior Help Line, LoCall 1850 440 444, no call costs more than 30 cents. All calls are confidential.

DIED during the week, Micheál Carr, Pipers Cross, Ballyconry, Lisselton and of The Golf Hotel, Promenade Hotel & Tinteán Theatre Ballybunion & Ceol Chiarraí Productions. Micheál ancestors the O Keeffe Family came from Kilmorna.

DEATH of Sr. Dympna Mulvihill (Cork and Moyvane,) On December 17th 2016, of North Presentation Convent, Gerald Griffin Street, Cork, daughter of the late Edmund and Hannah Mulvihill and sister of Sr. Joan and the late Michael, Sr. Ursula and Mary. Survived by sister, Sr. Joan, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, her North Presentation Community, The Presentation Congregation, relatives, friends and all at Darraglynn Nursing Home. Requiem Mass on Monday 19th in The North Cathedral followed by Funeral afterwards to St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully.

SYMPATHY: To Gerard & Tony Buckley, Knockanure on the death of their brother Neelie Buckley, Knockanure & London.  To the Corridan Family, Murhur on the death of their aunt Mary’s husband John Dillon, Duagh & Kanturk.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sean Broderick, Timmy Dillane, Maureen Sheehy, Denny McEnery, Sr. Rita Donegan, Jim Kelly, Kit Ahern, Myra Downey, Elizabeth Lynch, Michael Flanagan, Bea Galvin,Sr. Gregory Dillon, Catherine Kennedy, Michael Kissane, Pat Dalton, Der Connor, Fr. Daniel Dee, Peg Dillane, Sr. Patricia O’Connor, Peggy Mahony, John Joe Hanrahan, Sr. Magdalene Harnett, Paddy Curtin, Maureen McSkane, Kit O’Rourke, Maurice Kennelly, Denis Histon, Sr. Declan Buckley, Mary Ann O’Carroll, Irene O’Keeffe, Hannah Wetherall, Francis Dowling, David Kennelly, Brendan Mulvihill, Peg O Shea, Sr. Felicitous Joy, Mass in Moyvane; Mon 26th  at  7.30pm  for  Ned & Maureen Sheehy.  Tues  27th at  11.00am  for  Des Morgan & Family.  Thurs 29th at 7.30pm for  Patrick Curtin. Fri       30th at   7.30pm for John Dore, and Deceased Members of the Dore Family.  Sat 31st at 7.30pm      for Niall Morgan. Sun 1st  at 11.00am   for Ben Mulvihill.

Knockanure Mass, Sun 1st  at  10.00am  for Irene O’Keeffe.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: will cease in both Churches over the Christmas Season and will resume on Tuesday 10th January in Knockanure and Wednesday 11th January in Moyvane.

BADMINTON at the Hilton Airport Hotel, Dublin, the results of the Badminton Club of the Year was announced. Three clubs were shortlisted, Moyvane, Oranmore, Galway and Fair Play Club, Dublin. Moyvane Won. There are nearly 300 clubs in the country.

MÍLE BUÍOCHAS to all in Moyvane, Knockanure, our Pastoral Area and beyond who attend our celebrations here in the Parish on a regular basis.  I wish to express my heartfelt thanks for your great witness you give to your faith and your tremendous generosity and support.  Very many thanks to all involved in Parish Ministries and to all who help in our Churches in anyway.  May your Christmas be filled with the Peace and Joy of Jesus and His life giving Gospel. Happy Christmas to one and all.- Fr. Kevin.

CEILI will be held in aid of MS Ireland, Listowel branch on Tuesday, December 27th from 3pm to 6pm at the Marian Hall, Moyvane, music by Donie Nolan.

CHRISTMAS WEEK WALK:  The Great Southern Trail Ltd. Christmas Cycle/Walk along the Greenway. Cyclists will set out from Newcastle West (Gaelscoil on Station Road) at 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27 and walkers will leave from Ardagh Community Hall at the same time. The destination for both groups is Rathkeale.

CORN NA FEILE:  Abbeyfeale Coursing club annual coursing meeting on Wednesday and Thursday December 28th and 29th on the club grounds Abbeyfeale. This is the 45th running of the Corn Na Feile meeting

ITA’S WRENBOYS: King of the Wrenboys Paddy Finucane musicians and singers and his merry band of Wrenboys who were out on St. Stephen’s Day fundraising for Fr. Tim Galvin who has just returned home from South Sudan.

ABBEYFEALE’S SINGING CLUB:  West Limerick singing club monthly singing session take place on the first Friday of every month in the Ramble Inn Bar, Abbeyfeale.

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA FROM LOCAL SCRIBE: “Last One For The Road”  A final collection of short stories and articles has been published by Abbeyfeale scribe, Raymond Fennelly. “Last One For The Road” is available from Ann Lyons, The Square or can be ordered online from Amazon.

DRAW: Athea & District Credit Union The office will re-open  on Tuesday 3rd January at 6.30pm.

Winner of the first draw was John Paul Stack, Park. Winner of the second draw was Mike & Joan Kennelly, Kilmorna.

CHILDREN from Scoil Chorp Chríost and Murhur N.S put on Concerts and entertained us before Christmas.

BEST WISHES to Donal and Lillian on another Athea Journal – an ideal Christmas present for our emigrants. Ballydonoghue and Knocknagoshel, journals are also now available.

  1. PAT: Jan 1 2017; Fr. Pat Moore Weathering a Storm on Horizons at 9am is a special feature with Pat Moore as he introduces us to excerpts from his new book: Weathering a Storm. Included are reflections on his life in Gneeveguilla and journal entries during his cancer treatment. His writings are imbued with hope and gratitude.

Fr. KERIN: Touring Tousist Horizons, 08 Jan. On Horizons at 9am this morning we take a trip with Fr. John Kerin to Tuosist to meet the people of the parish and celebrate 150 years of St Kilian’s Church and 25 years of Fr. John’s priesthood.

WALK: The annual Knockfierna New Year’s Day walk, will depart from the Rambling House at 1.30pm. It will be followed by music song and story at the Rambling House, and all are welcome to bring in the New Year.

UNVEILING of  1916 Memorial in Tarbert on Sunday 18th Dec. 2016 and it went off well. It’s a bronze harp with the portraits of the seven signatories fixed to a stone supplied by Leo Finucane . The bronze was designed by Lavery’s and fabricated in France.

FITNESS: Morning fitness class for everyone in the Community commences on Thursday 12th January at 9.30am in Knockanure Community Centre. Fun fitness for all levels of Fitness, All welcome

Evening classes at 7.30pm every Thursday – step in tone. All welcome. Call Maggie Large on 087/9866533

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP:  Abbeyfeale’s Bereavement Support Group can be reached on 068 31230 or 068 31262.

COUNSELLING SERVICE:  Limerick Diocesan Social Service provides Counselling in Abbeyfeale on Monday’s.  Tel 061/314213 for an appointment.

THIRD ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT SWIM:   The third annual New Year’s Day swim in Ballybunion in honour of local cattle dealer Connie Harnett takes place on Sunday, January 1 with proceeds going to the Dialayis Unit in Crumlin Children’s Hospital and Ava and Daniel who are travelling to Calcutta next Spring.All those taking part will be entered for a draw for a Limousin calf which will take place at the Corner House on Saturday, January 14.

KERRY GIRLS: Radio Kerry broadcast a one hour documentary on The Kerry Girls: Emigration & The Earl Grey Scheme, on Christmas Day at 2pm.   The documentary, produced by J.J. O’Shea features snippets from Kay Caball as well as a range of contributors. Mr O Shea, Over a month in Australia in Spring of 2016, interviewed a number of prominent Irish/Australian historians as well as descendants of these 117 Kerry girls from Dingle, Kenmare, Killarney and Listowel, who arrived in Australia in 1849/1859 under the Earl Grey ‘Orphan’ scheme.

HUNT On Thursday the 29th of December the North Kerry Harriers will hunt Glin Castle. Glin Castle is set within some 380 acres of mature parkland overlooking the Shannon estuary. Leaving from Glin Village at 12 O’clock.

THREE people die from alcohol side effects and hundreds are being treated in hospital, but vested interests use their skill and have celebrities, put a joyful face on a sad affair.

PRESIDENT: Carols from Áras an Uachtaráin (RTE Christmas Eve, 6.15pm) President Michael D & Mrs Sabina Higgins welcome into their home a star-studded and eclectic mixture of guests, to celebrate Christmas, including presenter Mary Kennedy, Imelda May, Iarla Ó Lianáird, John Sheahan, Mick Flannery, The Voice UK runner-up Lucy O’Byrne and Dutch special guest star Gert van der Vijver, aka The Sand Magician. They are joined by children from Rutland Street National School, Dublin and Carlow’s Aspiro Choir, plus The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, under the baton of Gavin Maloney.

PAPERS: Irish Independent 1905-current, Thursday, 30 August, 1928; Page: 6


Lady Heath provided thrills for the visitors to Listowel Show yesterday by her aeroplane stunts, says the Irish Independent representative. Lady Heath flew from Ballybunion. She gave an exhibition of flying, including looping the loop and banking. She landed on the racecourse, and motored to the show grounds. There she was met by members of the Committee. Mr. T. J. Walsh, chairman of the Urban Council, presented to her on behalf of that body, an address of welcome. Lady Heath, returning thanks, said that aviation could do a good deal for Ireland. No country could lead if its

Transport lagged behind.

Kerry Weekly Reporter 1883-1920, Saturday, 19 July, 1913; Page: 5

The following engagements are announced to take place in the near future:—Bridget Enright, of Ballylongford, Co. Kerry, to Timothy Driscoll, of Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. John Barry, of Tullahinnell, County Kerry, to Delia Hannan, of Ballyduhig, Co. Kerry; Katherine O’Connor, of Co Antrim to John Sullivan, of Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry; Hannah Cox, of Ballylongford, County Kerry, to P. Stack, of Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry; M. Sullivan, of Tullamore, Co. Kerry, to Miss Kennedy, of Co. Limerick; Thomas Hennessy, of Larha, County Kerry, to Catherine Callahan, of No. 2649 Harrison street.


Among those who have sailed for Ireland are:—Miss Josephine Shea and Miss Ellen Curran. to Cahirciveen; Mr. Maurice Boland, to Dingle; Miss Bridget Browne and Miss  Katherine Leahy, Miss Nora Dowling and Miss Margaret O’Connor, to Listowel; Miss Julia Noonan and Miss Mary Noonan, to Rathmore; Miss Margaret Keane and her sister, Julia to Kilmorna. Co. Kerry; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene O’Connor, and Eugene junr to Tarbert: Miss Catherine O’Shea  to Kenmare; Miss Nellie Walsh. Chicago to-Listowel: Miss Ellen Mangan to Listowel; Miss Catherine Sullivan to Tralee.


Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Monday, 07 October, 1940; Page: 8

IRISH CHILDREN. Refugee Committee Formed In America

The formation of the Irish Children’s Refugee Committee, of which Rev. Edward Lodge Curran, President of the International Catholic Truth Society, is chairman, is nearly completed, says the ” New York Enquirer.” The purpose of the Committee is to bring Irish children to America in the event of an attack on Ireland. Members of the Committee include:— New York Secretary of State, Michael F. Walsh; Former Postmaster-General, James A. Farley; United States Senator David I. Walsh; Former State Supreme Court Justice Cornelius F. Collins; Congressman Thomas H. Cullen; State Justice James T. Hallinan, and State District Attorney William O’Dwyer.


Born in New York, Fr. Kennelly came to Maryknoll in 1916 and was hoping to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, a Jesuit, who served many years in Shanghai. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1926 and left for Kongmoon, China, the same year. He began work in the Loting Orphanage and in 1936 considered it a great honor to bring the body of Maryknoll co-founder Rev. Thomas F. Price back to Maryknoll. He returned to Kongmoon in 1937 as Society Superior of that mission and held the role until 1948. The Loting Mission was often bombed or attacked by bandits. His work ended in 1951 in Kongmoon when he was arrested, interrogated and expelled to Hong Kong. In 1951 he started another 25 year career missioned in Hawaii.

STORY behind song; On Christmas day, 1863, Longfellow—a 57-year-old widowed father of six children, the oldest of which had been nearly paralyzed as his country fought a war against itself—wrote a poem seeking to capture the dynamic and dissonance in his own heart and the world he observes around him. He heard the Christmas bells that December day and the singing of “peace on earth” (Luke 2:14),


Among the boxes of documents they came across a metal chest bearing the name of Capt Edward Michael Conolly of the Royal Artillery, and the address “Castletown”.

Papers in the box appeared to relate to land deals associated with Castletown, in Celbridge, and Leixlip Castle, also in Co Kildare, and other estates, but the men did not immediately investigate the contents fully.

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