Knockanure Notes — 25th September, 2016

PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS:  Available in the Parish Office. Also pictures, rosary beads, magnets etc., honouring St. Teresa of Calcutta available.

GOD’S MERCY AND MOTHER TERESA:  An evening of prayer, music and recollection in St Mary’s Cathedral Killarney with guest speaker Susan Conroy from USA –  Fri 30th Sept at 7.30pm. Refreshments afterwards.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC in Ballybunion on Thu. Sept. 29th from 5 to 8pm.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA lotto results for Friday 24th September 2016. No winner of €15,500 jackpot. Numbers drawn were 6, 7, 9 and 14. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were 1.Bill Moloney, Listowel; 2. Betty Heaphy, Listowel; 3. Patrick Mahoney, Athea; 4. Marie Woods, Killoughteen, Glin, and 5. Mike Lynch, Taxi 49541 Moyvane. Next draw on Friday 30th September.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: a night for all the Eucharistic Ministers of our Pastoral Area will take place  at St. Patrick’s Hall on Wednesday, October 5th at 8.00 p.m.

COURSE; Fr. Sean is providing a catechesis course on the next chapter of the New Catechism – This time the focus will be on PRAYER: 6 sessions 7.00 – 8.30. Monday 26th September at the Parish Meeting Room. All are welcome.

COURSE for all our Readers / Ministers of the Word is taking place in St. Patrick’s Hall, Upper William Street on Wednesday night next, 28th September beginning at 8.00 p.m.

PADRE PIO EVENING MASS will take place in Listowel on the First Friday of every month from October onwards – beginning with the Rosary at 6.45 p.m. Mass at 7.00 p.m. followed by the St. Pio prayers and Benediction.

SYMPATHY: To Mick and Kathleen O’Brien, Moyvane, on the death of Kathleen’s sister Molly Chrisfield.  Molly’s funeral took place on Thurs Sept 22nd in London.

DEATH; Sr. Maria Stack (Mercy Sister), Balloonagh Convent, Tralee and formerly of Duagh, Co. Kerry, died on 20th September 2016, sister of Leo and the late Bernard, Gerard, Sr. Agatha C.P. & Sr. Imelda Gabriel C.P. Sadly missed by her  family, The Congregation of The Sisters of Mercy, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.

Requiem Mass for Sr. Maria was celebrated at Our Lady & St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee on Friday interment afterwards in New Rath Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Kiely, Tom Dillon, Con McMahon, Jim Hudson, Brendan O’Carroll, Catherine Mulvihill, Paddy Leahy, Tom Fitzgerald, Mike Lynch, Mossie Culhane, Bridget Stack, Mikey Joe Enright, Patsy Byrne, Gerard Relihan, Nuala Flaherty, Rosaleen Galvin, Jackie Hassett, Fr. Tim Buckley, Bridie pelican, Jay Kennelly, Joan McEnery, Patsy Fogarty, Eddie Langford, Jerry O’Regan, Gerard F Horgan,  Mass Moyvane; Wed 28th at  7.30pm for Michael Lynch, Fri 30th at 7.30pm for Mikey Joe Enright, & Deceased Members of the Enright & Horan Families; Sat 1st  at 7.30pm for Charlie Brosnan, & Deceased Members of the Brosnan Family; Sun 2nd at 11.00am for James Harnett, & his parents Maurice & Mary;

Mass in Church Knockanure: Tues  27th at  7.30pm  Sick Special Intention.

Mass Moyvane, Mon  26th at 9.30am Mass of Thanksgiving.

LOOKING forward to the day when “Smalltown” may become a weekly series. Gerard Barrett has dealt sensitivity death and emigration with class and now has foundation laid to continue a series.

HISTORY LECTURE:  A lecture on ‘The Asgard and the Howth Gun Running’ by Pat Murphy will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Tuesday September 27th at 8 pm.

SEANCHAÍ Rambling House:  Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday September 29 from 9.15 pm

Classes for children’s in Creative Writing and Arts & Crafts start on Saturday October 1 in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel from 9.30 am.  Classes are suitable from children age 7 to 11 years.  For further details and to book tel. (068) 22212.

ICA: will attend Aqua Aerobics classes in Ballybunion Leisure Centre for 6 weeks starting in early Oct.  Contact Anne at 086/3456808 not later than Tues 27th September.  Also meeting next Tues evening 27th at  8pm.

  1. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE: Open Night will be held on Thurs 29th Sept from 7.30pm to 9pm.

PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL:  Open Night on Wed 5th Oct in the School 5 – 8p.m.

NEW RAMBLING HOUSE OPENS IN ABBEYFEALE:  Benny Thade McCarthy, presenter with WL102fm will be opening a Rambling House in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, October 3 following Mass at 8pm that evening.

FEAST OF ST. MICHAEL Lixnaw on Thursday 29th Sept. 2 masses at 12 midday and 7.30pm in the evening.  Bishop Ray Browne will celebrate the 7.30pm mass

OCTOBER THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY:  We often hear it said that as a Church we are poor at getting the young people involved.  For the month of Oct for the five Vigil Masses in Moyvane and the Sunday Masses in Moyvane and Knockanure, I would like if any of our students from the Secondary Schools would give out the Rosary a quarter of an hour before the Masses.   If anyone would like to help us with this please contact Jacqueline in the Parish Office  068 49308.

TRALEE DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP:  in the Rose Hotel on Thurs Sept 29th at 7:30pm.

CORK AND KERRY CHARISMATIC RENEWAL CONFERENCE:  will take place in the Cork International Airport Hotel on Sat & Sun, Oct. 15th/16th. Theme “Lord, remember me”. Main Speakers Fr. Damien Ryan, & Patricia Mitchell.

GAA: we have another All Ireland football final to look forward to on October 1st.

MATCH: Billy Martin memorial game Glin v North Kerry selection October 1st at 4pm in Culhane  park, a blessing and unveiling of a memorial plaque on the dressing rooms will happen before throw in.

HEALTHY FAMILY LIFE:  A free seminar on supporting healthy family life will take place in the Listowel Family Resource Centre will take place on Thurs 6th Oct commencing at 10am and concluding at 1pm.  Babies are welcome to attend with family members.  Speakers are Mary Collins, Catherine Condon, Brid Brosnan and Dr. Ann Horgan.  Light refreshments will be served on the day.  To book or for further information from 068 23584.

BRIDGE FOR BEGINNERS:  Listowel Bridge Club, starting lessons for beginners shortly.  Anyone interested in taking up Bridge, please contact Maria O’Connor  087/7554996.

MENS SHED: north east and west Kerry Development present a training schedule for sheds at

An Tochar, Tralee Men’s Shed, Ballyduff FRC and Listowel Men’s Shed on 27-29th  of Sep. and 4-6th and 20th and 27th October .  Anyone wishing to take part contact 0876566507.

BLUE CHIP at Tesco in Abbeyfeale, please remember Knockanure Community Centre, has been selected as one of the charities.

COLBERT: The Athea Community honoured Con Colbert with a Commemoration Weekend on Saturday & Sunday, September 24th and 25th. Saturday at 2pm at Pairc na nGael a football blitz ‘Athea vs Castlemahon’ and an over 35s football match. At 8pm a free concert at the Con Colbert Hall with ‘Black Bank Folk’ –John Colbert, who is a member of this band, is a great grand nephew to Con Colbert. On Sunday at 12.30 a talk on the life of Con Colbert at Athea National School by Jamie Kelly and after this Athea Community Council had a bronze bust sculpture on the grounds of Con Colbert Hall unveiled and suitable speeches were made by relatives and organisers of the Colbert Memorial group. This was followed by refreshments and music at the Top of the Town Bar.

RAMBLING HOUSE: at Knockalougha on 3rd Tuesday of each month, next meeting 18th Oct.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Tralee/West Kerry MS Society are holding an Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday, October 9 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Dancing 3 -6pm.Music by Pa Quade. Teas served. Raffle on the day for selection of gifts.

RED HURLEY IS COMING TO ABBEYFEALE: A concert featuring the gospel songs of Red Hurley will take place in the Church of the Assumption on Friday, October 15 at 8pm with tickets available from Sean Broderick, Moss the Farmer, David Wards, Pat Buckley’s, Heavenly Gifts and O’Donoghue’s Convent St.

LISTOWEL LIBRARY Will hold Writing Workshops every Tuesday Morning for the month of  October and November from 11 am – 12 noon. The Workshops are facilitated by Kerry County Councils Writer in Residence Máire Holmes, starting on October 4th. Please contact the Library to secure your place on 068-23044.

GALA CONCERT in aid of Pieta House will take place Ardagh Church on Sunday, October 16.

Tickets available from 086 8123855.

DAYS OF PRAYER, GIFT OF MERCY: This weekend begins our Diocesan Days of Prayer, Gift of Mercy from Sept 24th to Oct 3rd. Join us in prayer and action as we reflect on being people of mercy in our homes and in our communities, responding to Pope Francis’ call to us. Pick up a prayer leaflet available in Churches or join us on  A celebration of Mercy & Healing will take place in the Cathedral, Killarney on Mon Oct 3rd at 7.30pm.  Homilist Fr. Donal O’Connor, Chaplin IT Tralee & former C.C. Listowel Parish.

BOOK: Joe Coleman, Author, extends an invitation to the launch of his new book “Falling Gradient” at 6pm on Friday September 30th in the Granary Library, Michael St., Limerick.

The book features all the railways which served Limerick City and gives considerable attention to the North Kerry Line which ran from Limerick via Newcastle West and Listowel to Tralee and is now the Great Southern Trail Greenway route.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET:  The monthly market in aid of WL102f your community radio station takes place on Sunday, October 2 at the Community Centre, Newcastlewest.  Gates open 7.30am.

YOUTH 2000: invites all young adults between ages of 16-35 to a Catholic weekend retreat taking place from the 7th-9th Oct in De La Salle College, Newtown, Waterford.

SINGING: West Limerick singing club monthly singing session take place on the first Friday of every month in the Ramble Inn Bar, Abbeyfeale. The next session will take place on Friday, October 7 at 9.30pm. The West Limerick Singing Club 8th Garry McMahon Traditional Singing Festival in Abbeyfeale, from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October. The club are honouring storyteller Daisy Kearney this year.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE: On Saturday, October 22 next Dromtrasna will come alive with runners and walkers, young and old, to show their support for, Milford Hospice Services.

KERRY AND LISTOWEL ALZHEIMER’S DAYCARE RESPITE Are you a caring person with time to spare? If so, the North Kerry and Listowel Alzheimer’s Daycare Respite facility at Listowel Family Resource Centre is seeking volunteers on Tuesday/Thursday mornings. Further details available from Bridie on (068 23584). Centre on (068) 23584 as early booking advised.

LISTOWEL BRANCH KERRY HOSPICE  Are hosting their annual Coffee morning in Christy’s, The Square, Listowel on Friday 30th  September 2016 from 10am. to 1pm. Your support would be much appreciated. All are welcome.

HSE STOP SMOKING COURSE Like to quite smoking? A HSE 6-week ‘Stop Smoking’ support group will start in: Family Resource Centre, John B Keane Rd, Tuesday 4th Oct. to 8th Nov.  From 6.30 to 7.30pm. The course is free of Charge and delivered by a Smoking Cessation Officer. To confirm booking as places are limited ring Mary on 066-7195617.

NORA MULVIHILL COFFEE MORNING in aid of Listowel Hospice that took place the week of the races raised €413.00. Many thanks to all who contributed.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE Faith and Spirituality for Parents: Paul Montgomery, B.A.Theol., M.A.Chap., Grad Holocaust Ed. Mondays – 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th October, 2016 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Evenings of Reflection, Meditation, Mindfulness to promote Positive Mental Health and Stress Management. Celebrating Catholic Faith Beliefs: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesdays 28th Sept. to 16th Nov. 7.00pm – 8.30pm. We celebrate our faith in the Sacraments. Capacitar: Saturday 1st Oct from 9.45 to 4.00pm. Self Care Day: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness. Contact Anna O’Donoghue 0879447105. Ref.

CLOCKS go back one hour on Sunday 30th October.

CALLING ALL FAMILIES: A free bus will travel to Knock on Saturday, October 1 next from the South Court Hotel, Limerick to attend ‘A Day in honour of Our Lady’.  Guest speaker Fr. Shenan Boquet.  To reserve your seat telephone 09493 75993 or email [email protected]

LONDON PREMIERE FOR “THE MOUNTAINY PUCK”:  On Saturday, October 1, Knocknagoshel based drama group, the Spike Players, will travel to London to perform the hilarious comedy The Mountainy Puck. The special performance will be for one night only in the Bentley Suite of the Clayton Crown hotel, Cricklewood.  The play, written by Chriostóir Barrett, Ballybowler, Lispole who now lives in Knocknagoshel is based in 1970’s rural Ireland and follows the lives of ordinary country folk. It addresses themes such as neighbourhood rivalry, love and unexpected incidents that bring comedic value to the play.  The Spike Players Drama Group, from Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry, was set up in September 2009 and the late Noelie Roche from Church St., Abbeyfeale who lived in Knocknagoshel was a member.  Noelie, known locally as ‘Spike’ died suddenly in November 2009 and it was decided to call the group Spike Players in his memory. Tickets are £10.00 and available on the door or on pre-sale from the Danny Sullivan Group head office in Park Royal London. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, please contact Siobhan on 0208 961 1900 or email [email protected].

WORRY: How can a person deal with anxiety? You might try what one fellow did. He worried so much that he decided to hire someone to do his worrying for him. He found a man who agreed to be his hired worrier for a salary of $200,000 per year. After the man accepted the job, his first question to his boss was, “Where are you going to get $200,000 per year?” To which the man responded, “That’s your worry.  Max Lucado.

Knocknagoshel 100; 24 Sept. 2016

The PARISH Of KNOCKNAGOSHEL celebrates 100 years 1916-2016

1916 Petition by Residents of Knocknagoshel to the Bishop of Kerry to split off Knocknagoshel from the Parish of Brosna:

Your Lordship:

We the undersigned Parishioners of Knocknagoshel, and representing as we do the unanimous wishes of 440 Householders request your Lordship to grant us a resident Parish Priest. This is not the first time this request has been of the Bishop of Kerry but for various reasons was not granted. For instance on one occasion we were too late in mailing our request as the P.P. had been appointed. On another occasion we were told by the Bishop that the debt on the Brosna Presbytery was too heavy, but that is now paid off. Your Lordship will permit us to indicate that the long distances Priests and people have to travel for sick calls and other matters to and from Brosna – from Meenganare, Broughane, and Knights mountain – places because of the distances – 12 to 14 miles, and the hilly roads take 2 1/2 to 3 hours to reach, and the nearest house in the parish is 4 miles from Brosna. The Knocknagoshel Church itself is over an hour’s drive from Brosna. On behalf of the sick, the general convenience of the people, and because we believe that the young and the old will be benefited by the presence and example of a Priest, we beg your Lordship to grant us this blessing. In conclusion we beg to add that we are prepared to do all in our power to meet your Lordship’s requirements in this matter if you kindly accede to our earnest request.

The Petition was signed by four hundred and forty householders.


The Munster News and Limerick and Clare advocate

Wednesday August 24, 1887

Father Shannon and the drought (River Shannon in drought)

”How long has you on this planet my man?”

”Well, I was born in the year 1799, sir.”

Then you are 88 years of age. Now, tell me did you ever see the Shannon so low during all that time?

Well, sir, I know it well ; I was thirty years boss of a canal boat and I ought to know, and I never saw so little water in the river before.”

The scene of the foregoing conversation was the south bank of the Shannon at Killaloe ; the day, Sunday last, and the speakers a very old country man, and the citizens of Limerick who related the occurrence to us. He was expressing his wonder at the state to which the mighty Shannon was reduced all the way down to limerick, and he could have applied his words to its condition for many miles below the city as well. It is so shallow at Killaloe, and at places near Castleconnell that it is really almost possible to walk across dry shod. At Limerick, about Corbally and below, between the bridges, there are also

extraordinary shallows or complete absence of water ; but still farther down is a more astonishing result of the drought, for at one point of the river about a mile below the quays, the mud has so silted up, that if it had consistency enough to bear, a person might walk from one bank to the other. Of course this is entirely the result of the continued dry weather, the falling away in the quantities water in the upper stretches of the river and complete drying up of some of its tributaries. It is more remarkable at present than before as the Spring tides strip to such a great extent, and when they are now coming in they rush up headed by a (boar) at a rate that sweeps mud and everything else before them at a furious pace. During the first hour of the tide on Saturday and Sunday, the water must have risen nearly nine feet at the quays, but when it had fully ebbed again the beds and banks cleared as before. We read in an old history before us that as far back as 1667 Father Shannon conducted himself in a somewhat similar style and a poetic record in its pages says :-

“A drought excessive came, it was so great.

The Shannon from the city did retreat,

The Mayor and many more upon dry ground,

Outside the walls on foot did walk around”


There would be no difficulty in accomplishing this feat now, for as many years beyond the ambit which was then marked by ramparts, there is no water whatsoever. So little is there to oppose the incoming tide, that within the past week salt or brackish water ran right up to Sarsfield bridge ; and the same old history tells us that this occurred in 1723 when “there was so little rain that year that salt water fish came up to the quay and ling was taken between the two towers” That was as far up as Thomond bridge. Sixty two years later than that the history in 1785 “The summer of this year was so remarkably dry and warm there was scarcely any water in the Shannon between Baal’s Bridge and the new bridge, in which place numbers of eels, flat fish and salmon peale were taken by boys out of the bed of the river” But that was before the day of gas, for when they began to make it at Watergate and let the tar run in to the stream they so poisoned its bed that all fish forsook it. The most serious results though are the accumulation of mud which the uprushes of the tide have left abreast of the quays. There are now some four feet of water on the sill of the Floating Dock, whilst outside the pier-head the mud has formed a bar right across to the north shore. It is hoped that the winter floods will sweep the hundreds of thousands of tons of mud away to the depths from whence it came, but to look at it now this seems scarcely possible. The Harbour Engineer calculates that some couple of millions of tons of mud have shifted up stream since the first of June. No doubt he is right, and it will require large outlays and hard work with the dredgers to get the channel back to its normal condition.

POLICE: Dublin Metropolitan Police: Removal of Superintendent O’Connor

Tell your friends about!

The Commissioners of the Dublin Metropolitan Police have deemed it necessary to visit their displeasure a serious violation of police duty committed by Mr. Superintendent O’Connor, in having caused a suspected thief to be brought, on Saturday evening, the 27th ult., from the office of the G division to South Great George’s Street, and thence to Chancery lane station house, with a label around his hat, on which the words “Thief” and “Swell Mob” were written.

The orders to the police are to protect every person in custody from insult or injury in every possible way. Mr. Superintendent O’Connor is removed from his division and his rank, but with the option of accepting an inspectorship in another division, or retiring from the service. The commissioners we are informed, accompany this order with the remark, that but for Mr. O’Connor’s past services, performed with a zeal, integrity and intelligence, which entitled him to much consideration, as well as certain extenuating circumstances in the case, he would have been removed altogether from the force. Mr. O’Connor has been instrumental in banishing more thieves out of Dublin than all his colleagues collectively. Mr. Augustus Guy, inspector of the B division is appointed superintendent of the division in the room of Mr. O’Connor, the office of the branch of the force to be in College Street.

From, The King’s Co. Chronicle Vol. 1 No. 3 Wednesday, Oct 6th, 1845

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