Knockanure Notes – 26th February, 2017

RAMBLING House on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 9 pm in Knockanure Community Centre.  Everyone is welcome.  Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance.  Admission free.  Refreshment will be served.  Contact Ann Flavin at 086 3090948.

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre, takes place on Monday 13th March 2017.  Music by Stevie Donegan, All Welcome. If attending it is important to please ring office on 068/49799.  New members especially welcome.

PADRE PIO NIGHT: Friday March 3rd. Mass beginning with the Rosary at 6.45 p.m.  Mass at 7pm. followed by the Padre Pio prayers & Benediction.

BALLYLONGFORD GROUP ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS Open Public Meeting on Ash Wednesday, March 1st in the Parish Hall, Ballylongford, 8.30pm. All welcome (Al-Anon participation).

LISTOWEL PASTORAL AREA Meeting will take place on Thursday March 2nd in St. Patrick’s Hall, Listowel at 8 pm.

LENT 2017 commences on Ash Wednesday, March 1st and concludes with the Easter Vigil on 15th April.

POETRY: Daniel O’Connor, recently launched his book, which contains 150 poems and four hundred quotes from a wide range of people. His other book written many years ago was called “Legion of the Brave”, it was based on the life of his aunt Joan Keane.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto Results. No winner of the €2000 where the numbers drawn were 1, 2, 9, 21. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were;1. Margaret Geraghty, 35 Feale Drive, Listowel;2. Joanne Maloney, Bridge Road, Listowel; 3. Anne Scanlon, Upper Athea; 4. Michael Lynch, St Ita’s Terrace, Abbeyfeale; 5. John Looney, Clounmacon. Next draw to be held on Friday 3rd of March where the jackpot will be €2100.

LISTOWEL LIBRARY will host a story time afternoon on Saturday March 4th at 2.30 PM. This is a free event suitable for ages 1-6. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

DEATH has occurred of Richard Brosnan of Coilagurteen, Moyvane and Derry Listowel. Husband of the late Mary. Survived by his son John, daughter Mary, daughter in law, Liz, Morgan, grandson Patrick, sisters in law, and brothers in law, nieces and nephews. Requiem Mass for Richard on Monday at 12 noon in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane. Burial afterwards to St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.

DEATH occurred on 23rd February 2017 of Bridie Stackpoole  (née Meade) 27 Woodgrove and Aughrim, Moyvane. Bridie, wife of the late Henry Stackpoole. Survived by her sons John and Noel, daughters Mary, Leisha, and Helen, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, and sisters-in-law. Requiem Mass for Bridie on Sunday morning, the 26th of February, at the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane at 11am. Burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATH has taken place of Ella Ahern (Garrygloss House, Cratloe, Athea.) on February 20th. 2017, Ella, aged nine years; survived by her heartbroken parents Therese and Michael, sisters Molly and Hazel, grandparents Nellie and Mossie Ahern, Theresa and John Ryan, aunts, uncles, grandaunts and  granduncles.

RECENT DEATHS : Michael Lynch, O’Connell’s Ave. Anne Keane nee Brennan, Gortacrissane & London. Eoin Kenny, Ballinruddery. Maire Gibbons nee McLoughlin, late of Listowel died Ballina, Mayo

ANNIVERSARIES: Peg Connor, Con Shanahan, John Behan, Nora Mary king, Brian Enright, Ted Keane, Moira Broderick, Teresa Foley, Noirin O’Hanlon, Sr. Francis Galvin, Nora Fleming, Louis O’Carroll, Mike Dore, Tom Lyons, Sidney Snow, Willie Brosnan, Mave Marvin, Nora Carmody, Nora Roche, Garry McMahon, Mossie Pierse, Mary O’Hanlon, Bridie Flaherty, Mass in Moyvane; Monday 27th at 7.30pm for Marie O’Callaghan and members of the O’Callaghan Family. Wed. 1st at 7.30am Ash Wednesday, Special intention and Mass at 7.30pm for Ella Ahern, her parents and Family. Friday 3rd at 7.30pm Months Mind for Mary Nolan. Sat 4th at 7.30pm for James Beaton and on Sunday 5th at 11 am Mass for John Holly, his wife Bridget, their daughter Emma and her husband Jack. Mass Knockanure; Tue. 28th at 7.30pm for Fr. Mil Whelan, M.S.C. (Rec Dec). Wed 1st at 10.00am for Special Intention (sick). Sun 5th at 10.00am for Bridie Flavin.

ASH WEDNESDAY:  March 1st is the beginning of Lent.  It is a day of fast and abstinence. Ashes will be blessed and distributed at three Masses in Listowel –  10.30am morning Mass & 1.10pm. Lunch time  &  at 7.00pm evening Mass.

MISSIONARIES OF AFRICA (White Fathers). Listowel weekend 4th & 5th March. Fr. John O’Donoghue will speak at each mass.

LEGION OF MARY meet every Wednesday at 8pm. in the Listowel Parish Meeting Room. New members always welcome.

TARBERT COMPREHENSIVE PARENTS ASSOCIATION – will be hosting Bingo on Sun. 5th March at 3pm.

CHIROPODIST – Mary Fennell Chiropodist will be in the Community Centre on Thur. March 9th from 10am to 1pm.  For appointments please phone The Bridewell at 068/36500.

SEAN KEATING LECTURE: presented by Eimear O’Connor Art Historian and Author takes place in Tralee Library Tuesday 28th February at 7.30 p.m.  Admission Free.

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Mary O’Keefe of Duagh, the first graduate from UL to receive the Marie Sklowdowska Curie Global Fellowship, which will enable her to continue her research in Australia. Her grandfather  Tom McMahon is from Knockanure.

LISSELTON BARDIC SCHOOL: locals hope to revive The Lisselton Bardic School in the form of an annual weekend festival of music poetry and song.  A meeting  to gauge level of interest /support will be held in Tomaisin on Wednesday March 1st at 9 p.m.  Musicians poets, singers, etc. are welcome to attend.  Further info: 0868451263/0876257705.

STATIONS Each Monday during Lent at 7pm in Moyvane Church and each Thursday evening  at 7pm in Knockanure Church.

TALK on Fatima by Fr. Maher in Abbeyfeale Church on March 6th, beginning with Mass at 7pm.

PAT: The diocese hosted a workshop on Liturgical Movement with Young People. The workshop took place on Wednesday night, February 22nd at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre in Killarney. The workshop was presented by Fr. Pat Ahern.

GAS Pipe survey continues in the district, now is the time to apply for connection for local industries, present and future.

PLAY: at St John’s, March 2nd to 7th, Bookworms, presented by The Listowel Drama Group. Women’s day celebrations Wed. 8th from 10am to 1pm, details from 068 22566.

FARMERS Meeting on GLAS etc. at Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale 27th Feb. at 8pm, details from 087 6142 761.

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.

RAMBLING HOUSE;  Benny Thade’s Rambling House, March 6  in  Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse at 8pm.

SOCIAL DANCING classes at the Railway Bar on Tuesdays, beginners class at 8,30pm and advanced from 9.30pm to 11pm. New people are always welcome.

INVITED: You are all invited to a Mock wedding at the Railway Bar at 7.30pm on March 10th. Proceeds in aid of Nicole Prendiville Doyle who is travelling to Uganda in June with Nurture Africa.

SHOW: Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale,   A Transition year production of Summer Night based on the musical GREASE Thursday & Friday 9th & 10th March at 7.30pm

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: 10th to 17th May.  Led by Bishop Ray Browne, details from Maureen Harty 066 7131328.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS:   Toastmasters will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK:  A meeting will be held on Wednesday,, March 1 at 7.30pm at the West Limerick Resources office.  All those with an interest in the history and heritage of West Limerick are invited to attend.

ANNUAL TIDY TOWNS SEMINAR. Venue – Woodlands House Hotel. Date – Thursday 2nd March.

Reg – 5.30pm, starts at 6.30 sharp and finish 8.30.Discussion includes, Listowel Tidy Towns – Mary O Hanlon. Invasive species App – Ann Goggin. Sustainable Waste and resource Management – Sinead MC Donnell. Questions and open discussion with speakers and Tidy Towns Adjudicator, Lorraine Power. If anyone interested in going please contact Marie on 086 8691821,

LAUNCH OF NEW SONG:  William Reidy, son of Big Ivan who along with Big Maggie played music all over West Limerick, has written a song about the late Murt Downes’s protégé Benny Thade, the DJ on West Limerick 102. He plans to launch it in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, March 6 at Benny Thade’s Rambling House.  Everyone welcome.

CRIME victims helpline available on Freephone 116 006.

SOCIAL FARMING: Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming, Julette O’Flynn the new Social Farming Regional Development Worker with WLR can provide more information on 087 3663842.

MARTY MORRISSEY TO OPEN ABBEYFEALE EXPO:  with over 100 stands booked for the Friday night (6-9pm) and at least 90 on the Saturday afternoon (11-1.30pm).  There will be a business panel of Abbeyfeale people on the Friday night on stage along with music, song and dance and of course Marty Morrissey.  Saturday will be for the whole family with a sports panel featuring Sean Kelly MEP, Seamus Dennison and others, demonstrations from local medal winners, tours of the fire engine, prize giving’s and much more.  Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4.

DRAMA: Athea Drama Group will stage the hilarious comedy  ‘Anyone Could Rob a Bank’ for one final night on Sunday March 5th at 8pm at Con Colbert Hall, Athea.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM AGM:  The Annual General Meeting of local community radio WL102fm will be held at the Desmond Complex on Thursday, March 2 at 8pm sharp.  All welcome.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB:  Traditional Concert; Saturday, March 11, 2017. Fr Casey’s GAA club, Abbeyfeale at 8pm; Special guests; Singer’s; Elle Marie O’Dwyer. / Philip Enright.  Story teller; Daisy Kearney.  2016 All Ireland winners; Darragh and Gearoid Curtin, Cailin O’Shea and the Sliabh Mish CCE group.  Templeglantine CCE.  Junior Wren Group, John Carroll and Friends plus a variety of other talented performers.

TAIZE Pilgrimage June 25th to July 2nd 2017, details from 086 3683 778. Over 100,000 visit there per year.

FAITH is a friend in our darkest hours.

In the times of our greatest need.

Faith is the wellspring of human powers.

From the garden of spiritual seed” – Dan O’ Connor from his poem “Faith”

THOUGHT: The atheist may say “I don’t believe in God.” He says it with the breath that God gives him. Having emptied his lungs by saying it once, he must inhale God’s good air to say it again. –Donald Gray Barnhouse.

TALK Ardfert: Lenten Evening Retreat: Moyvane, Knockanure, Knockmoyle & Fossa, Tues. 7th March, 7pm-10pm.The Faith Prayed: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wed. 8th Mar 7 pm to 8.30pm. Naomh Breanainn Pastoral Area Lenten Talk will take place in Ardfert Retreat Centre on Thursday 2nd March 8.00 pm. – 9.30 p.m. The speaker is Martina Lehane Sheehan, psychotherapist and director of Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork.  The theme of the talk is ‘Wholeness in Christ – relaxing the mind, renewing the heart’.  All are welcome to attend, more at 066 /7134276.

NORTH KERRY EAGLES – have their Special Olympics church gate collection on Sat 4th and Sun. 5th of March.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK:  A meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1 at 7.30pm at the West Limerick Resources office.  All those with an interest in the history and heritage of West Limerick are invited to attend.

DAY of PRAYER:  The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has announced that a Day of Prayer in Ireland for the survivors and victims of sexual abuse will take place on the First Friday of Lent which falls on 3 March 2017. This day is a response to Pope Francis’ call for a worldwide day of prayer for the survivors and victims of sexual abuse.

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: May 31st to 7th of June from Cork. Spiritual director: Fr. Francis Nolan. Group Leader Maura Harksen, contact 066  7185940

LESSEN THE LOAD that get in the way of fully living takes place Monday 6th and 13th March 7-9 p.m. in Faha, Ballybunion by Tom Griffin. Contact [email protected]/0834580283.

PRAYER: World Day of Prayer March 3rd, is a worldwide ecumenical movement led by Christian women of many traditions, who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year. This year the service has been prepared by the Christian Women of the Philippines with the theme, “Am I Being Unfair to You?”

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: 22-26 August 2018.  The Gospel of the Family: Joy to the World.  Sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed.

FAITHFEST: Young people in the Archdiocese of Dublin are being invited to take part in the 10th Faithfest event in Dublin Diocese on Friday 10 March. Faithfest will be hosted in Clonliffe College with the support of the diocesan Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism. For more information see

STORY: Looking for creative young storywriters, budding poets & young illustrators, between the ages of 3 – 9 years to create their very own original story using their inspired imaginations. Enter individually, or as a class/group. Competition is open for entries NOW & closes on the 31st March,

details at

DIVINE Mercy: The 26th Divine Mercy Conference will take place in the Main Hall in the RDS, Dublin on 24, 25 and 26 February on the theme ‘Have Mercy on US and on the Whole World’. Speakers for 2017 include: Father Kilian Byrne;  Father Michael Maher S.M.;  Father Bernard McGuckian SJ;  Dr Robert Stackpole STD;   Fr. Brendan Walsh SCA;  Denise Kelly;  Frances Hogan


THE 21ST PIONEER NATIONAL BALL takes place on Sat 8th April 2017, in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, after 6.30pm Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone, contact Brenda Lynch 087-6189411 or Dermot Fagan 085-7201646.

NOTICE FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS AND ADULTS CONSIDERING UPSKILLING OR CHANGING CAREER: Kerry College of Further Education (under Kerry ETB) based in Clash, Tralee will hold two events of interest to school leavers and adult learners: Information Evening for Parents of School Leavers Wednesday 1st  March.  Choose from 5.30pm session or the 7pm session.  Learn about how PLC courses can lead to employment and how PLC’s can be used as an alternative access route into Institutes of Technology and Universities. Open Day on Thursday 2nd March from 10am-7pm.  School leavers and potential adult learners welcome.

DEATH Ardagh, report from Tom Ahern: The death has taken place of Kevin Magee, Beechwood House Nursing Home, Newcastle West and formerly of the Glebe, Ardagh on February 14. 2017 Kevin, pre-deceased by his wife Maura (nee Sheehan), sisters Theresa, Maura and Kathleen, and brother Pearse. Kevin was 98 years old and the Life President of Fianna Fáil Cumman Ardagh. He came to Ardagh Railway Station from Castleconnell as a porter and graduated to Station Master. When the Railway era ended he founded the Glebe Printing Press, which was located in the Station building next to his house in Ardagh.   He printed Posters for all political parties, dance tickets, bill heads, invoice books, etc., and he was a real gentleman to deal with. Kevin was very involved in the Church and parish duties, and he collected the offerings in the church and was a member of the counting team afterwards.  He stood at all charity collections as well as the FF Collection, and he was involved in the Bingo in Ardagh which raised a lot of money for the parish renovation fund.

Kevin and his late wife (Maura Sheehan sister of Mossy RIP from the Devon Inn Hotel) kept a beautiful landscaped garden which was much admired until they retired to Templeglantine around ten years ago.

PAPERS 70 Years ago;

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, January 11, 1947; Section: Front page, Page: 1

Week-End Storm. Damage in The South

ONE of the worst storms within living memory swept the entire South of Ireland over the weekend. Flooding occurred in many areas and rivers were abnormally swollen. Several roads were blocked by fallen trees, while in some districts the electric current failed and candles had to be resorted to for lighting.


Irish Press 1931-1995, Monday, January 27, 1947; Page: 9


The National Football League tie between Dublin and Offaly, fixed for Croke Park yesterday, was called off owing to the snow storm. It was decided between representatives of the counties to replay the match on March 23, subject to the sanction of the Central Council and the agreement of Laoighis County  Board. Laoighis and Offaly are due to meet on this date, but it is suggested that this game take place on March 9 at Portlaoighise.


Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, February 01, 1947; Page: 15

Minister Appeals to Farmers

Paper has picture of U.S. Air Giant.

This is the first official picture of the U.S. Army Air Forces’ giant doubledecked transport plane. Powered with six 3,000 horse-power engines, the plane is capable of carrying a cargo of 50 tons, or 235 stretcher patients or 400 troops.

SMITH, Minister for Agriculture, speaking to representatives of the County Committee of Agriculture in Limerick on Wednesday, said that in a sense it was a source of disappointment to him to have to appeal for increased production of food.

The meeting was the first of a series to be held throughout the country in an effort to induce farmers to produce more food. “We all had hoped,” continued the Minister, “that a good deal of the efforts the farmers had been called upon to make during the past six or seven years could be relaxed. I know that was the wish of my predecessor, but, unfortunately, conditions all over the world have decided otherwise. As a result I have to go back to the farmers and ask them to renew their efforts for this year.  The idea of having to experience bread rationing in 1947 was something nobody contemplated. (Break)

ANIMAL FEEDING referring to animal feeding stuffs, the Minister went on to say that next to food for human consumption, it was most important that the farmers should make the maximum effort in this direction. Although the war was over some time now, there was still a shortage of food for animals. That situation was bound to disappear in a year or two. In the meantime the production of milk, had gone down, and there had been a tailing off in the pig and poultry population. As far as milk production was concerned, it should be the aim of everybody to get back to the position which obtained in 1938-39, and the sooner that was attained the better it would be for everybody. It was incumbent on the farmers to produce food for animals, (Continued on Page 4)


Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, February 15, 1947; Page: 16

Plenty of Turf in S. Kerry Fuel Famine Elsewhere, and graves N Kerry.

There is plenty of turf here and a fuel famine elsewhere, and that is a situation for which C.I.E. and Bord na Mona must be held responsible,” states our Caherciveen Correspondent, when writing on the position of the Turf Industry in South Kerry.

He states that in the early weeks of 1946, officials of the Turf Development Board, T D.s. and public representatives addressed meetings in various centres throughout South Kerry and appealed to producers in the area to make an all-out effort during the season to produce more turf than ever before.  “Turf producers took them at their word,” our correspondent says “and despite the unsuitable weather that prevailed all through the year so much turf was cut that large quantities had to be abandoned in the bogs when the weather broke in the early summer.  (Break) It was noted that turf was abandoned last season was stacked in past three weeks of hard dry weather. Another complaint was local lorries were standing idle, due to wagons not being available.)

Kerry Republican

AT a meeting of the North Kerry

Republican Soldiers’ Memorial Committee, Chairman P. O’Callaghan, N.T., congratulated the members and Gaels of North Kerry, at home and abroad, for the magnificent work accomplished since the Committee’s inauguration some months ago.

Memorials have been erected over all the graves of Republican Soldiers who died for freedom. In addition, suitable memorials mark the ” Martyrs’ Plots “those hallowed spots where members of the I.R.A. fell, either in action or by the hands of Ireland’s enemies. There still remains, however, two of those ” plots” to be marked—that at Gortagleanna, Knockanure , where ” three members of the North Kerry Flying Column were murdered by Crown Forces, and the other at Clashmealcon Caves, where ” Aeto'” Lyons and his heroic comrades paid the supreme penalty for Roisin Dubh. He (Chairman) was glad to inform them, however, that the Memorial for the Caves was now in the contractor’s hands, and that its erection and unveiling will, please God, take place during the summer this year. It was decided to make a final “Drive” during the year, to raise additional funds to enable the Committee to bring its Work to completion. When this is done, North Kerry will have good reason to be proud of its work, which will be a monument worthy of the heroic part played by the men and women of Ciarrhaidhe Thuaidh in the fight for Irish Independence.


BREAK the cycle. The Lord has dispatched us onto the field to turn the game around and break this cycle of retribution and hatred. The “play” He wants us to execute is the “it ends with me” play.


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