Knockanure Notes – 26th September, 2007

IRELAND’S new Ambassador to the Vatican Noel Fahy was received by the Pope on Saturday September 15th `07.

VENICE: Throwing rice at newly-weds will soon be banned in Venice as it attracts pigeons that soil buildings and streets.

FLOODS: have recently occurred in Ghana and Togo, Sudan, Uganda, Somalia and Kenya, 200 people have died and hundreds of thousands had to flee the rising waters.

SPAIN: Spain’s divorce law in two years has lead to an increase of 50% in the number of children of family break ups.

PRISONS: The federal Bureau of Prisons is being asked to reverse its decision to remove from prison chapel libraries all religious books and materials that are not on the bureau’s lists of approved books.

HISTORY: Registry of Deeds was set up by the Irish Parliament in 1707, to mark the event a conference called Registering the World will be held at Dublin Castle from 26th to 28th of September 2007; Lincoln Proclaimed the freedom of slaves on Sept 22nd 1862; French declared a republic on 22nd of Sept 1792; British Troops retook Delhi from the mutineers on 21st of Sept 1857; The Soldiers Song was written by Peadar Kearney in 1907, it was published in 1912 and the Irish version was first published in 1923; founded by Robert Baden Powell in 1907 about 500 million have joined the scouts since then; The Irish Times from 1859 to 2007 is expected to be available on the internet shortly, it will be free to schools and libraries; The Assembly of the League of Nations was opened by Dev in Geneva on Sept 26th 1932; Michael Corkery was the first Irishman in the European Commission in Sept 1972; Jim Kemmy laid to rest on Sept 29th 1997; St Theresa of Lisieux died Sept 30th 1897. Kerryman of September 6th 1947 reports joyous scenes at Cobh on Monday as the first of the Kerry football contingent left for New York, the remainder of the Kerry players and officers will leave from Rineanna on Monday, the following weeks Kerryman tells us that the GAA had a dinner at Rinanna for 70 guests, the meeting of the Kerry and Cavan players was cordial one of the officials mentioned the 1925 objection when both Kerry and Cavan were disqualified, while the teams were at the Airport, several famous people arrived including four Irishmen who were on their way to Rome to be crowned princes of the church. Welcome for the teams in New York is also is also covered. The object of the trip was to promote Gaelic Football. This was Kerry’s fifth trip to America, Fr Fitzgerald took a Kerry Team in 1927 to America to try and adapt Gaelic Football to suit American temperament, as the Americans favoured a more robust game of football. At home on Sept 14th 1947 Kerry played Meath at Croke Park in the Juniors , Michael O Ruairc was Joint Secretary of the County Board of the GAA at the time. While in NY the reporter picked up on the story of Mrs Rose Altshuler aged 67 years a Russian immigrant living in NY who had just completed her elementary education and was going to continue and enter University. Home news in the paper included survey of 3,000 miles of roads which are to be reconstructed, out of the 49,000 miles; Complaints against Medical Officer; Death of only son Martin O Donnell of Ballymacelligott, he was nephew of Tim Reidy of Ballylongford, Christy and Joan O Sullivan of Tarbert sent message of sympathy; Coal ration for Non Turf areas; At Tralee fair two year old cattle made £20 and mutton made 2 shillings per lb, 65 pigs were on offer at Listowel fair.

MARRIED at Glin Church recently were Elaine Hanrahan of Ballyguiltenane and Conor Enright of The Cashen Ballyduff, Fr Thomas Crawford performed the ceremony. Best man was Cormac Enright, groomsmen Mark Houlihan, Kevin Sheehan and Brendan Sheehan. Bridesmaids were Annette, Deirdre, Kathleen and Noreen Hanrahan. Flower girls were Aoife Carr and Laura Purcell. Pageboys were Darragh and Aodhain Enright. The bride is daughter of Ann and Denis Hanrahan and the Groom is son of Kathleen and Tom Enright.

HAPPY Retirement to Ita Barry, Marie O Brien, Peggy Griffin, Jane Lewis, and Elaine O Sullivan who recently retired from nursing at Kerry General Hospital.

VOLUNTEERS: Kerry Volunteer Centre will have a special day on Sept 26th, as it is national day of volunteering, details from 066 7117 966

FARMING contributes E 400 million to the Kerry economy, 7,500 families work the land area of Kerry 278.000 ha. About 450 million litres of milk is produced by 2,000 Kerry producers. In this Country half a million weanlings are moved to finishing units at home and abroad from the months of August to December.

CONGRATULATIONS to Moyvane who scored 241 points in the Tidy Town Competition. Goulding Family in Knockanure Village has the best display of flowers to be seen in any Village, such dedication should receive official recognition.

WRENBOYS: Congratulations to Carrigkerry who won the Wrenboy competition of Friday night last, all the competitors gave great entertainment; it was noticeable that the crowd stayed for the night’s performance very few left the Square while the competition was in progress. Moyvane won the Wrenboy competition in Listowel in 1966 and `67, the competition was inaugurated in 1959. All were disappointed that this years Harvest Festival decorations, lights and entertainment was scaled down, , everyone who complained know in their heart that they just sat back and expected others to do the volunteering. Next year is the 150th anniversary of the races in Listowel. Sam was in Listowel at the races and later toured the town on Thursday night, several commented on the absence of players whom they would love to meet in person, life for All Ireland Champions is not easy with all the commitments, to training, family, celebrating and work. The lifestyles of players are a potent headline for their peers and the rising generation.

THOUGHT: Life can be obstacles and unfinished business, anon; Many spend their life waiting for the dawn; “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry, Everything to God in prayer” Sam Gordon; ” I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty, I have learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry whether living in plenty or in want” St Paul.

LAWYER: A diocesan lawyer in America gets paid for forked tongue advice to the church on legal matters, while at the same time funding pro abortion politicians.