Knockanure Notes – 27th December, 2009

WISHING all our readers a Happy and Healthy New Year and a speedy recovery to all who are sick. The recent wintry weather with icy conditions was an eye opener to all that independence is of little use when you are short of something and unable to go for it. Great to see so many who visited the Parish for Christmas, some risked life and limb to be with us.

CONCERT: Rebecca Storm will perform on Friday, January 29th at Abbeyfeale Church ,details from 087 9066437.

ST JOHN’S: Wed. 30th, Classics by Candlelight, an evening of music and entertainment in aid of the Thomas Lyndon Memorial Foundation, the show is produced and directed by Denise Wren. 2nd – 31st Stracfh=E9achaint Siar a phonographic exhibition which looks back at events, artists and audiences at St. John’s in 2009. Sunday 3rd & Monday 4th Blood Brothers. Thursday 7th Local Reel, (old film from the locality). For more information contact St. John’s on 068-22566.

CALENDAR: Scoil Chorp Chriost Knockanure N.S. now has a school calendar with pupil’s picture, copies available from students and staff.

FATIMA: Kerry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima coincide with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI from 10th – 17th May 2010, details from 066 7131328.

FULL Moon on the 31st of Dec, this is the second Full Moon this Dec. On December 31, the Moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow, the eclipse is at its best between 7pm and 8pm, now that we are over the shortest day we can look forward to a bit of a stretch in the evenings. The sun shining on the wall at the back of the altar at Knockanure Church gives the angle of the sun in relation to the earth, we will be all glad to see the angle getting steeper week by week.

BLOOD Donor Clinic in The Listowel Arms Hotel on Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th January from 6 to 9pm. each evening. 3,000 units of blood are required every week. 1,000 people receive blood or a blood product every week. 1 in 4 of our population require blood at some point in their life. 3% only of our populations give blood. 3.84 million People are dependent on 3% of the population’s generosity. 657 donors attended their clinic in Tralee recently.

DEAFHEAR.IE: Will be holding an outreach service in Listowel at the Citizen Information Centre, 35 The Square on Friday 8th January 2010 from 10am. to 12.30pm. There will be information about coping with loss of hearing, difficulties using hearing aids & the latest equipment to assist you in your daily life.

BEST Wishes to Orla O Connor of Kilmorna who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.

ST BRENDAN’S in Killarney will celebrate their 150th anniversary this year beginning in May with a series of events, memorabilia and old photographs are being sought, details from 086 8404900.

WRENBOYS were scarce in many areas on St Stephen’s Day, the slippery side roads were a no go area for them.

Great to see so many dedicated musicians, entertainers visiting retirement homes over the Christmas period, some of the elderly got an opportunity to sing their favourite songs.

WIND TURBINES are sprouting up like mushrooms in the Athea area, they will be an insurance against the oil companies and reduce emissions, although many would favour global warming after the recent frosty spell.

EVENTS: North Kerry Harriers meet in Duagh this Wednesday Dec. 30th; Nano Nagle Poker Run starts at 11am from New Kingdom Bar Listowel on Dec. 30th;Athea Credit Union reopens Jan. 1st ’10 at 6.30pm; Limerick ICA have a photo exhibition at their lunch in the Woodlands Hotel at pm on January 6th ’10; Cian O Connor show jumper will be in Killarney to share his talent on the 9th and 10th of Jan’10, details from 086 2236762; Rebecca Storm will be in concert at Abbeyfeale Church on Friday January 29th ’10;

SOCIAL: North Kerry Pioneer Social will be held at the Lanterns Hotel on Friday Jan. 22nd; Abbeyfeale GAA social will be held at the Fr. Casey Clubhouse on Jan. 30th , meal at 9pm; Kerry Comhaltas Social at Ballygarry House Hotel on March 12th .

THOUGHT: The greatest gift you will ever receive will never be found under a Christmas tree. It is far too valuable to be stored in any other place but in the depths of your heart. Anonymous

UNIVERSITY of the People established by the UN aim is free on line courses, it is reported that President Obama is considering state assisted free on Line University.

BITS and Pieces from Athea Journal 2009; Dr. Kieran Murphy, recalls 25 years living in Athea , over the period 500 have died, he recalls ten pubs in Athea and their owners, the busy creamery and four petrol pumps, . Surgery began with himself and his wife answering the phone and door and now a team of eight deliver the practice to the community.

An unusual story of Fr Brosnan who was buried three times is recounted in another article, he was born at Currow in 1833 and died March 1st 1884; Timmy Woulfe looks back at clothes and how people wore their peak caps; All the local sports clubs report their activities, GAA received a substantial grant from Minister O Donoghue to provide dressing rooms, several GAA pictures are included , Athea Ladies Football Club are to be congratulated for winning Senior Girls Championship nine times in a row ;Athea United have a synthetic training pitch costing E110,000 in ’07; Community Games have a page; Athea Comhaltas remembers the loss of valued members and Scor celebrated 40th anniversary in the Parish; Racing exploits of Ryan Farquhar is recalled; Pat Brosnan remembers the great story teller Mickey Liston; While George Langan researches his family tree; Joe Quill gives lists of notable GAA events and players while Pat T Ahern revives memories of the great Carrigkerry hurling team; Athea and district natives recalled includes Sean McDermott his mother Collins, Garry McMahon and his singing, Pa Fitzgerald recalls his life, Tom Fitzgerald reflects on Cowboys and Indians, Brendan Buckley a Knockanure is remembered in his obituary, Mary T Mulvihill recounts a trip to the Great Wall of China.

Last but not least a little bit of history and the location of Athea submitted by Nora Hurley.

SOME Civil War Women Prisoners; Names selected from “No Ordinary Women” by Sinead McCoole;

Nora Brick, Cathy Cantillon, Hannah and Mary Clifford, Mary Fleming, Annie Foley, Dorothy Hanifin, Pauline Hassett, Nora G Hurley, Mary Mac Sweeney, Hanna Moynihan, Bridie and Hannah O Connor, Eileen O Shea, Jo and Margaret Power, Agnes Sheehy, Annie Sinnot and Annette Tyndall, all of Tralee; Nora Brosnan, Katie Daly, Peg Fitzgerald and Elizabeth O Donnell, of Castlegregory; Sheila Nagle, Castlemaine; Teresa O Connell, Cahirdaniel; Kate Breen and Nora Spillane, Killarney; Julia Hassett, Kerry; S. McInerney, Kilkee; Margaret Morrissey, Limerick;

DEATH has taken place of Kitty Bowden of Kilmeaney and Chelsea, London in her 88th year, she was daughter of Margaret Murphy and Jim Bowden of Kilmorna, she lost her mother as a young girl and was reared by her grandparents Billy and Margaret Murphy of Kilmorna. Kitty was predeceased by her siblings Annie who died aged 12 years, Eileen Leahy of Gortaglanna, Michael was in New Zealand and Jackie lived in Canada. Requiem Mass for Kitty Bowden was celebrated in Knockanure Church on Wednesday December 23rd ’09 by Fr Lucid and Fr McMahon. Many will remember the fine interview with Kitty which was broadcast on WL 102 some months ago.

DEATH took place of Marie Galvin nee Horgan on 18th Dec. 2009 of the Central Hotel Listowel and Abbeyfeale, she was predeceased by her husband Monty and is survived by sons Monty in Knockanure and Michael in Chicago, daughter Merce Hobson, grandchildren John and Rachel Hobson, Mortimer and Stacey Galvin. Following Requiem Mass at Listowel Church on Tuesday 22nd of December 209 Marie Galvin who was aged about 90 years was laid to rest at St Michael’s Churchyard, Listowel.

DEATH: Marie Teresa Relihan ,Knockadirreen, Duagh, and Muckenaugh, Lixnaw, daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Relihan ,nee Keane. Marie Teresa is survived by her sister Ann, brothers Todd, Anthony, John and Gerard and aunt Annie, Following Requiem Mass at Irremore Church on December 21st ’09, Marie Theresa Relihan was laid to rest at Springmount Cemetery, Duagh. Marie Theresa died in Melbourne on December 8th 2009.

DEATH took place in England of Ollie Leahy of Gortaglanna aged 67 years, he is survived by his sisters Mary, Christina, Margaret, Annie and Kathleen, his siblings Andrew, Jim, John and Rosie predeceased Oliver. It is expected that Requiem Mass for Oliver Leahy will be held at Knockanure Church on Monday January 4th 2010.Final arrangements will be announced later.

Our thoughts are with the Leahy, Galvin, Bowden and associated families who have been visited with so much sorrow.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Gregory Dillon, Catherine Kennedy, Michael Kissane, Fr Dan Dee, Peg Dllon, Sr. Patricia O Connor, Ned Buckley, Kit O Rourke, Maurice Kennelly, Joan Kennelly, Fr Pat Daly, Sr. Declan Buckley, Mary Anne O Carroll, Timothy O Donoghue, John Fealy, Mary Keane, Jimmy Lyons, Dr Roger O Connor, James Doyle; Mass for the following during the week, Tues. 29th at 7.30pm for Con Flaherty and his grandson Mark who died recently; Wed. 30that 9.15am For the People of the Parish; Thurs. 31st at 7.30pm in Knockanure for Mick and Mary Moloney; First Friday 1st Mass at 7.30pm for Patrick & Mary Mulvihill, Clounbrane; Sat. 2nd at 7.30pm for Mary Keane and Sun. 3rd at 11.00am in Moyvane Mass for Brendan & Patrick Galvin.

ADORATION: Moyvane Sun. 4.00pm to 5.00pm.

Wed 10.00am to 7.00pm; Knockanure Tues. 10.00am to 6.00pm.

EPIPHANY: Wednesday 6th January ’10 is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord and is a Holy day of obligation.

NEW Year’s Day Friday, January 1st is World Day of Prayer for Peace. Mass in Moyvane at 7.30pm.

THANKS to Fr Lucid our Sacristan and church helpers who had everything in place for the Christmas celebrations, the Choir, Organist, teachers and children were also extra busy doing their bit, not forgetting the postmen who had to be out early and late sorting and delivering post in adverse conditions. Snippet of Knockanure Choir can be heard on you tube at knockanurelocal. Photos from Knockanure and district can be viewed on Knockanure.myphotoalbum.

COLLECTION on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd January for the Needs of the Holy Land.

READERS: Vigil, Seline Mulvihill; 11am Ciara Healy & Amanda Coulson; Knockanure Mary O’Flaherty & Siobhan Fitzgerald.

COLLECTORS for Jan. Vigil Eddie Flaherty & Michael Scanlon; 11am Eddie Stack & John Ahern and Knockanure 10am Margaret Carmody.

TALK by Fr. Peter McVerry will be given on Tuesday 12th January 2010 in the Malton Hotel, Killarney at 8pm.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL: Emergency number 087 7848825