Knockanure Notes — 26th January, 2014

EXERCISE:  Walking program in the Moyvane sportsfield at 8pm every Tuesday night. This program will be tailored to anyone who has an interest in walking and increased levels of physical fitness. Any DRAMA CLASS: Animation Drama Group starts on Tuesday 21st January at 4pm in Knockanure Community Centre, open to children 6 to 12 years of age. Runs for 14 weeks, places are limited, contact Ann McGrath on 087 9673 269.
questions to 087 3966658.

DANCE; Clounmacon GAA dance will be held at the Arms Hotel on 31st Jan. 2014.

NANO NAGLE SOCIAL which had to be cancelled before Christmas will now take place in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Friday, 31st January . Music by Heart and Soul. Lots of spot prizes on the night. Tickets are available from the School. Phone 068 21942. All welcome.

CRAFTS:  Craftshop na Méar  next class will be on January 25th and we will learn about wet felting. We will bring a jam jar and come away with “a work of art” The taster class including a light snack in Scribes  and it starts at 2.00 p.m.

FEAST: Feb 2nd: World Day of the Sick. Feb 2nd: Presentation of the Lord. Feb 3rd: Feast of St Blaise

DRAMA in Athea on the 30th January and Feb. 1st and 2nd, with Stop it Nurse, presented by Athea Drama Group.

AGM of Parish Liturgy Group and Parish Pastoral Council will be held on the coming Tuesday 28th January, 2014 in The Marian Hall, Moyvane at 8.00p.m. All parishioners all welcome to the meeting to become part of both groups. It is an essential part of our Parish and Churches that we have strong committees to help in the running and maintenance of our parish.

RENEWAL: Eucharistic Adoration: A parish renewal of Eucharistic Adoration will take place on the week-end of 15th /16th February in both Churches. A presenter from the Diocesan Committee will attend all Masses to speak on Eucharistic Adoration outlining to parishioners to become adorers and pledging one hour per week in order to ensure we have Eucharistic Adoration ongoing in both Churches.

THANKS: Moyvane Playground Management Company
wish to thank all local businesses who have contributed so far. An acknowledgement sign of every contributor’s name will be temporarily erected on site.  Any businesses who wish to help out with this worthy project, please contact our treasurer Martin Mulvihill 087 6761353. Closing date for getting acknowledgement on this sign is the 7th  February 2014.

THANKS: The Listowel Branch of “The Irish Wheelchair Association
would like to thank you for your consistent support and your very generous contribution to our Annual Church Gate Collection last weekend which totalled €684.00.

WRITERS’ WEEK closing date for entries in Novel competition 1st Feb. 2014.

LOCAL MAN: Sat 8th Feb 10am – 4.30pm Exploring John Moriarty’s Vision and Wisdom with Michael Joyce & Josephine Fitzgibbon.
Tues. 11th Feb. Celebration of Married Love 8.00pm – House Team and married couple. Bookings 066-7134276. E.mail: [email protected]

INTERNET SKILLS for farmers, details from 068 21023.  

BEREAVEMENT Group meeting at Listowel FRC on 29 Jan. at 7pm.

REQUIEM Mass for Maighread Scanlon nee O Callaghan was celebrated in Knockanure Church on 20th January 2014, Fr. Brendan O Callaghan was celebrant assisted by Fathers Tom McMahon,  Declan O Connor ,John lucid, Joe Nolan, Paul Dillon, Martin Hagerty, Dan Ahern, Liam Keane, Denis Dwyer, John O Connor. Sean Ahern and Clare Keane sang the hymns. Maighread O Callaghan went to Knockanure School and later taught there for about 14 years. She went to Listowel Convent for her secondary school and went to Careysfort College for her teacher training, her first job was in Arklow. After teaching in Knockanure she lived in Olden with her husband Tony Scanlon for some years, they then moved to Galway and continued to live there for the rest of their lives. The local school children provided a guard of honour for their former teacher. Maighread Scanlon was laid to rest beside her husband Tony and parents at Ahavoher Graveyard Knockanure. Family and friends gathered at the community Centre afterwards, a familiar setting as both her father Paddy O Callaghan and herself taught there.

DEATH took place on 20th January 2014 of Eileen Collins of Moyvane and late of Annascaul. Eileen is survived by her husband Jimmy, son Shane, daughters Carmel and Catherine, and her mother Kathleen, her son-in-law James, daughter-in-law Rimma, and grandson Liam, brothers John, Mike, and Tom, sister-in-law Annette and brother-in-law James. Requiem Mass for Eileen Collins was celebrated on Thursday the 23rd of January 2014 in Moyvane Church. followed by burial in Ahavoher Cemetery Knockanure.

DEATH has taken place of Sr. Mercedes Meade of the Sisters of Mercy, Monasterevin on  Jan. 19th, 2014, at the Catherine McAuley’s Nursing Home, Limerick; Survived by her nieces Mary and Joan, her nephews Brendan, John and Tom, her Mercy Community and her many friends. Requiem Mass for Sr. Mercedes was celebrated at St Peter and Paul’s Church, Monasterevin on 21st January 2014, followed by Interment in St Evins Cemetery.
Sr. Mercedes was daughter of Jack Meade of Kilmorna and Catherine Fitzmaurice of Moyvane. She was predeceased by all of her siblings, Bridie Meade who died in November 2013,  her brother Joe and sister Hannah Moloney who died in March 2010.

DEATH took place on 24th January 2014 of Eileen Galvin nee Relihan of Leitrim East and formerly of Knockreagh. She was predeceased by her husband Brendan, sons Gerry and Pat, and sister Josephine and survived by her sons John, Tom, Eddie, and Mike, daughters-in-law Chris, Kathleen, Deirdre, and Patricia, brother Eamon, sisters Phil and Lulu, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Requiem Mass for Eileen Galvin was celebrated in Moyvane Church on Sunday 26th January 2014, she was laid to rest in Ahavoher Cemetery afterwards.

DEATH took place recently in England of Sister Aquinas Liston of Dirreen, Athea.

ANNIVERSARIES: Maureen Moran, Cathal Kennelly, Nora Hunt, Fr Jer Downey, Bridie McElligott, Helen Roche, Michael O Regan, Mai Trant, Michael Bambury, Eileen Holly, Davie McMahon,William Hudson, Mary Enright, Sean O Histon, Sr. Peter Hudson, Anthony Kennelly, Sheila O Connor, Bridget Neville, Pat Barrett, Patie Enright, Mike Brosnan, Bridie Stack, Jer Woods, Bill Buckley, Nell Kiely, Eileen Ahern, Mary Fitzgibbons, Brendan Keane. Mass on  Tues. 28th at 7.30pm for John Dore, Months Mind. Mass on Wed. 29th at 7.30pm for Jerry & Jenny O’Carroll. Mass on Thurs. 30th at 7.30pm for Margaret Bearsley, Months Mind. Mass on Fri. 31st at 7.30pm for Deceased members of the Sheehy Family, Aughrim & Bill O’Connell. Mass on Sat. 1st Feast of St Bridget,7.30pm for Martin & Mary Mulvihill. Mass on Sun. 2nd at 10.00am for James & Catherine Flaherty.

FEAST: Mon. 3rd Feast of St. Blaise Mass with the blessing of throats at 7.30pm.

CHURCH NEWS: Confessions every Saturday before the Vigil Mass at 7.10pm and on request.
AGM of the Parish Pastoral Council with be held in the Marian Hall on Tuesday 28th January at 8pm.
Adoration; Moyvane Sun. 4.00pm to 5.00pm, Wed. 10.00am to 7.00pm. Knockanure Tues. 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Readers: Vigil, John Corbett, 11.00am Amanda Coulson & Aine O’Connor. Knockanure: 10.00am Gerard Leahy & Brenda Clancy.

GRANDPARENTS Day. Catholic Schools Week 2014 will be celebrated from Jan26th to Feb 2nd.

DANCING: The West Limerick Set Dancing club’s workshop weekend will run from Friday 7th February to Sunday 9th February at the Devon Inn Templeglantine.

SINGING Club in Abbeyfeale will hold  their night on Feb. 6th at 9.30pm.

COURSE: Occupational First Aid Course : Names are being taken for an occupational first aid course (Fetac level 5) to commence shortly at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to provide first aid within the workplace. For further detials contact Molly on 068 23584.

KDYS LISTOWEL : It has come to our attention that sponsorship cards have been used illegitimately in Listowel and Duagh over the past week.  All official blue sponsorship cards have been recalled.  If you are approached to buy a line or sponsor a KDYS, Listowel Youth Club event, please be aware that this may be a forgery.  An Garda Siochana are also aware of this.

TALK: Tommy O’Connor will give a talk on the history of Ardfert hurling in Ardfert Retreat Centre at 8pm on Jan. 30th.

LISTOWEL FOOD FAIR: Are holding a meeting on Wednesday 29th January at 8pm. in the Listowel Arms Hotel. Anyone wishing to make a contribution are welcome to attend.

ADULT LITERACY & BASIC EDUCATION, LISTOWEL Take the first step and join our classes which are confidential, free and lots of fun. You could also learn one to one. Classes commencing shortly are Personal Development, Job Seeking and Interview skills, Maths, Literacy.  Call Mary on 068 23866 / 086 7969627. The pupils of Mrs Keanes class are involved in the Junior Entrepreneurs Project. This year they have chosen to produce a fridge magnet of St Brigid’s Cross

THOUGHT: “No ray of light can shine if severed from it’s source; without my inner light – I lost my course” (Angelus Silesius). Is God calling you to be a Priest? Contact Vocation Director. Fr. Liam Lovell. Mobile 087 1640967 [email protected]

USEFUL numbers: (1) Suicide Helpline 1800 742 745. (2) Farm & Rural Stress Helpline 1800 742 645. (3) Yana (You are not alone) 068 21188. (4) Living Links Kerry ( Loved one who have experienced death by suicide) 087 9006300. (5) Psychiatric unit TGH 066 7126222.

MEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP are having their meeting in Recovery Haven (Cancer Support House) Tralee, on Wednesday 29th at 7.30pm. All men with any type of Cancer, at any stage of their journey are welcome to join this new group. We are having a talk on “Diet for Optimum Health” by Erina MacSweeney (Nutritionist). Any queries please contact Siobhán on 066-7192122.

CARE BRIGHT HAVE INVITED  Alice Taylor to speak next Wednesday night 29th January at 7pm. at the Listowel Arms Hotel. We are a not for profit homecare provider and we will be providing employment in the Listowel area soon but first of all we need to tell people that our services are available. Ideally, we would like if people could call/text their name and number of seats they require to  0858173413 we know not everyone would have access to a phone, so they are welcome to show up on the night.

PANTO: A bus will travel to Puss in Boots performed by  Killorglin players in the I.N.E.C. Killarney on Sunday, February 16, pick up at the bus stop outside the Church in Abbeyfeale at 4.45pm. performance commences at 6pm. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

PILGRIMAGE: Kerry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima, May 8th to15th 2014. Flight from Kerry Airport to Faro Return. 5 nights / 2 nights Algarve(seaside). Spiritual Director: Fr. Noel Spring, Ballybunion.  More from Tel.  066 7131328.

NEW LIFE WITH MATTHEW’S GOSPEL Fr. Seamus O’Connell, Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and a priest of the Diocese of Kerry will explore over two nights – Jan 31st and Feb 7th, A Gospel for a New People: Discovering New Life with Matthew’s Gospel in St. Brendan’s Pastoral Centre, Rock Street. Each evening will begin at 7.30pm and will conclude at 9.15pm,  prior registration.  Please bring a Bible or the Gospel of Matthew.
To book a place email [email protected] or tel. 064-6632644

USEFUL WEBSITE: provides local contacts and useful resources for those looking for a particular course or information on further education and training opportunities in Ireland.

MAURA NOLAN; Will release her latest production with two public launches. The first will be in St, Ita’s Community Hospital, Newcastle West on Thursday, 30th January at 2 pm followed by a second launch at the Top of the Town, Athea on Friday, 14th February at 9pm

ST JOHN’S: Thurs 30th Jan. Donal Clancy, Acclaimed guitarist, singer and performer whose father Liam and uncles The Clancy Brothers brought Irish folk song to a worldwide audience
Fri 31st Jan. Dark, A play by S.D. Clifford.  Terry is an eccentric and reclusive man facing death, and in going about his daily life, serves as a mirror for society shining a humorous light onto normal parts of life. Tuesday 4th Feb. Film Club,  The Broken Circle Breakdown. Thurs. 6th The Nation and Blackwell Bluegrass Band, details from 068 22566.

MUSIC: Ceol Luimnigh Concert
A party was held for residents of Killeline Nursing Home, Newcastle West on Sunday, January 12th 2014. The following Ceol Luimnigh members provided the entertainment which was enjoyed by all the residents and staff. Tom O’Donoghue, John Mullins, Ide Hession, Martin Keyes, Donie Lyons, Terence O’Mahony, Ned McGee, Con Warren, Mary O’Keeffe, Pat Daly, Pat Curtin, Sean O’Gorman, Martin Enright, Pierce Rowsome, John O’Riordan, Con Herbert, Tom O’Riordan, Irene Reidy, Mary Lynch, Daithí O’Riordan. Red Cross members, Josie O’Keeffe, Norah Dooley and Pat Dalton MC.

‘ST0P IT NURSE’: Athea Drama Group presents a production of the comedy ‘Stop it Nurse’ by Sam Cree. Performances will take place in Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea on Sunday 26 and Thursday 30 Jan. continuing Saturday, February 1 and Sunday 2 at 8pm nightly.  The show is set in the men’s surgical ward of a hospital which is run by the stern ward sister (Hannah Finnegan) who is aided by hard working nurse Holmes (Claire O Connor) and the not so bright trainee Freda Ferguson (Karina Buckley) The play tells the story of opposing supporters Sammy Mc Cracken (Damien Ahern) and Felix Devlin (Jack Denihan) who collide on the way into the Cup Final between Athea United and Carrig Celtic. Their hospitalisation ends the peaceful stay of the agreeable Bert Cooper (Donal Woulfe) and Harold Smiley (Roger Ryan) who has a strange sense of humour and likes to see pain inflicted on others. When the eccentric spinster and hospital visitor Miss Cherry (Annette O’ Donnell) distressed Phyllis (Laura Quille) and her tank-like brother Mad McGurk (Tony Halpin) together with cantankerous Martha Cooper (Margaret Reidy) and Bert’s bit on the side Dolores (Margaret Mary Mullane) are added to the equation. The Play is directed by Theresa O’Halloran

SONG: The Boys of Sweet Duagh: by Tade Gowran
Oh sad mournful is the tale that I am forced to tell
From Ballyheigue to Abbeyfeale we’ll mourn their loss as well
Where are the men who raised the flag when freedom’s sword did draw
Who trampled down the English flag, the boys of sweet Duagh.

When Kerrymen from far and near attended the Brosna raid,
They were the first to appear and started the blockade,
With motor car prepare for war; with hatchet, rope and saw
They first came on to lead the van, the boys of sweet Duagh.

Sad was their fate I must relate; no danger did they fear
In youth and bloom they met their doom the solders ambush near.
No friendly voice, no warning sound advised them to withdraw,
The Saxon bayonets did surround our boys of sweet Duagh

Surrounded by the Khakie clan, what could our Fenians do?
I’m proud to say one Kerryman from the soldiers did break through
He warned the company in the rear and told them what he saw
He saved his comrades then and  there; that boy from sweet Duagh.

McMahon brave, Fitzgerald true and Relihan also,
Mulcaire and Stack, brave heroes too were captured by the foe.
And Jimmy Joy that noble boy who broke the English law,
They died to see their country free, those boys of sweet Duagh.

The car drove on; their leaders gone what rescue could they make?
The volunteers then did retreat, their hearts were fit to break.
The boys were trapped, the raid was stopped the forces did withdraw
‘Twas hard to face their native place the boys of sweet Duagh.

In Wormwood Scrubs with labour hard two years they did remain
But England’s power is dead and gone we will have them back again.
God bless our men in jail within, the bravest Ireland saw
So may we see old Ireland free and the boys of sweet Duagh.

POEM by  Dick Carmody .
God’s Acre

God’s Acre bids me enter through the well trodden stile of crafted limestone
Man’s handiwork separating the living from the dead, the busy from the rested
Therein repose the remains of the unmentioned, unlisted and oft forgotten
In distant times of want, denial and inhumanity they came here for final rest
Alone they sometimes sought it out, cold refuge against an even colder neglect
Last faltering steps taken to meet their Maker in the soft embrace of Mother Earth
Or in make-shift carts a final journey shared from workhouse or roadside refuge
Drawn over limestone paths by souls rehearsing their own inevitable last journey.
In our own time of plenty and opportunity we still seek out this relic from the past
Stepping inside from a world speeding by, we each find our own personal recess
Arriving to repose the burdens of our living with the memories of those deceased
The Stations, the Grotto, the Altar and the Cross all give us comfort on our way
Departing we are relieved, comforted and renewed by this sanctuary to our dead
God surely chose his Acre wisely, its great value not being of our choice or making.
©Dick Carmody                                                          January, 2013

Martin Luther King


  1. How do I go about getting the rights to use the words to “The Valley of Knockanure” written by Tim Leahy in a book my wife is writing about growing up in Ireland?

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