Knockanure Notes — 27th April, 2014

GOLDEN JUBILEE celebration of Knockanure Church was held on Friday 25th April 2014. Preparations for the event were being made over the past weeks. Many helpers were involved, the sacristan Margaret Carmody was chief organiser. Bishop Browne concelebrated the mass assisted by Fr Lucid , Fr McMahon, Fr O Callaghan, Canon Fleming, Fr Tarrant, also  attending on the night was Fr Moore, Canon O Connor and seminarian Sean Jones. The choir and school children put on a fine performance in singing hymns. A yew tree was planted and plaque erected to mark the occasion. The evening was wet and blustery curtailing some activities, most retired to the Community Centre for refreshments and were entertained by Gerard and Christy.
It was remarked that all who worked on the construction of the church are decease bar one.

Old Church in Knockanure was a ruin according to Charles Smith in 1756.

O Donovan letters 1841 describes the old Knockanure church on the hill situated about three miles east of Listowel as a well preserved ruin. Knockanure was part of Listowel Parish from 1803 to 1829.

 The Dominicans had a Friary  in Barrett’s land where there is a well called friars well. They Dominicans came to Knockanure after they were banished from Tralee c1652, they left Knockanure c 1804 to take up parish duties, among names mentioned were Fr Edmond Stack died 1781. Fr Bartholomew Shine came to Knockanure 1791 and made PP of Brosna and died in 1827.  

Lewis tells us that there was a thatched Chapel in Knockanure in 1837 it was replaced in 1865 by a stone and slate church. It was a plain church with a single chamber and three rows of seats and a small gallery at the back to accommodate about 12 families.

The church was entered by a small side porch. Windows in stained glass at the back of the altar were erected by the young ladies of the parish c1908, the church was sold and demolished in 1968.

The building of the present flat roofed church with glass ends in Knockanure started in 1963, it was to cost £12,000 but soon ran to over £20,000.Michael Scott and Partners were the architects, who promised a maintenance free building, it has a litany of defects since it was built costing thousands. The Church was dedicated on the 21st of April 1964.

The woodcarving of the Last Supper coat £700 in 1964 and was executed by Oisin Kelly. The Stations of the Cross in Tapestry were designed and executed by Leslie McWeeney

Pictures Knockanure Church opening

MUSIC in Mairead’s Bar, Moyvane on Saturday 3rd May in aid of the Playground Project. Spot prizes on the night.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.

BEREAVEMENT Group meet at Listowel FRC on last Wednesday of the month.

40 HOURS ADORATION  will take place in the Parish again this year in Listowel Church commencing with Mass at 8pm. Friday 9th May until the closing Mass at 11am. Sunday 11th May.

TRÓCAIRE  OFFERINGS  These should be returned as soon as possible  Please do not leave them lying around in the Church.

ALZHEIMERS IRELAND TEA MORNING at Christy’s, The Square, on Friday May 2nd at 10.30am. Raffle spot prizes. LISTOWEL MILITARY AGRICULTURAL & VINTAGE FESTIVAL WEEKEND  this weekend activities including street theatre, will be taking place throughout the weekend.

GRANDPARENTS Tea Party at Listowel FRC on May 7th at 3pm.

RALLY of the Lakes runs from May 2nd to 4th.

HOSPICE Fundraiser at St John’s on May 1st at 8pm,Colm O Brien, Kathy Nugent, Padraig Kelly and others will perform.

DEATH took place on 23rd April 2014 of  Sr. Eileen Scanlon (late of Moher, Moyvane and Little sisters of the Assumption)  at Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home, Dalkey.  Deeply regretted by her Religious family, sister, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews. Requiem Mass for Sr. Eileen Scanlon was celebrated at the Church the Holy Family, Kill-o’-the-Grange on 26th April 2014, Funeral immediately after 10am Requiem Mass to Deans Grange Cemetery.

DEATH has occurred of Nora Fennell, RIP, late of Clounbrane, Moyvane, Requiem Mass for Nora Fennell Celebrated at Moyvane Church on Sunday 27th April 2014.  Burial in St. Michael’s
Cemetery, Listowel.

DEATH occurred on 23rd April 2013 of Sheila Furlong (née O’Connor) of Foildarrig, Duagh, Co Kerry, wife of the late Jim and mother of the late Noel. Survived by her son Jim, daughters Rosemary, Anne and Margaret, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews and nieces. Requiem Mass for Sheila Furlong was celebrated on Friday 25th April 2014 at  St. Brigid’s Church, Duagh. Burial afterwards in Springmount Cemetery, Duagh. Sheila was 93 years of age.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael O Connor, Patsy Barry, Paul McEvoy, Sr. Margaret Mary Morrissey, Eddie Moloney, Margaret O Donnell, Madge Fitzmaurice, Dick Galvin, Benny O Connell, Joe Healy, Seamus McCloskey, Moss Galvin, Tim Stack, Sr. Carmel Walsh, Peg Carmody, Con Synan, Dan Allen, Mass on Thurs. 1st May Knockanure at  7.30pm for Denis O’Connor. Mass on Fri. 2nd at  7.30pm for Patrick Bunce. Mass on Sat. 3rd at 7.30pm for Jeremiah Christopher O’Carroll. Mass on Sun. 4th at 10.00am for Padraig Mc Mahon and the 11.00am Mass in Moyvane is for Tom Flaherty.

CRONIN, EDMOND THOMAS. Rank: Private. Regiment or Service: Australian Army Medical Corps. Unit; 1st Australian General Hospital. Age at Death, 24. Date of Death: 07-May-1917. Service No: 4283. Supplementary information; Son of Thomas and Margaret Cronin, of Knockanure, Newtownsandes.

CHURCH NEWS: Adoration, Moyvane, Wed. 10.00 to 7.00pm; Knockanure Tues. 10.00am to 6.00pm
Readers: Vigil Elaine Hudson, 11.00am Philip Kiely. Knockanure, 10.00am Patricia & Andrew Rogan.
Collectors for Month of May: Vigil,  Ita O’Connell & Eddie Flaherty,
11am Julia Stack & Eileen Roche. Knockanure 10am Jeremiah Kennelly.

Parish Pastoral Council/Liturgy Group Meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th April at 8pm in the Presbytery.

Friday is the First Friday of the Month.  Usual Communion Rounds, Knockanure in the morning and Moyvane in the afternoon.

TRIP: West Limerick’s Knockfierna Heritage Society outing to Cobh on Sunday May 11th. For details, contact Pat O’Donovan N.C.W.  087 9977340.TALK: Greenway development in Ireland ‘Lessons we can learn from the Spanish experience. This presentation will take place on Friday the 2nd May 2014 at the North Campus IT Tralee at 11:45am in the Solas building room.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE will celebrate the twentieth year of its traditional  Festival starts on Thursday 1st May and runs until Monday 5th May.

ST JOHN’S: Tuesday 29th, Fr Tony Flannery CSSR.  Wed. 30th Listowel  Community College Band, details from 068 22566.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE:  Pope Francis – Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) – a guide to our pastoral mission in the near future – Sat. 10th May 10am – 5.00pm presented by Fr. Jim Sheehy.  Myers Briggs – “understanding myself and others…”  Friday 16th May 8 – 9.30pm and Saturday 17th May 10 am – 4 pm also presented by Fr. Jim Sheehy.   Booking 066-7134276.

PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGN: National Vigil for Life, Merrion Square, Dublin, on May 3rd from 3-4pm. Buses from Kerry. To book a seat please contact 087 6590551

PONTIFICAL IRISH COLLEGE, ROME – A COURSE FOR PARISHIONERS – THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL FAMILY, CHURCH AND POPE FRANCIS: 5 Day course in Rome, September 8th-12th, including an opportunity to attend a General Audience with Pope Francis. The course costs €750. Travel arrangements to Rome are the responsibility of participants. Rooms are en-suite with meals half board. Enquiries to Irish College on the main office number at 003906772631/email [email protected]

MAJELLA FORD OF CLOGHER WINS EUROPEAN CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD: Majella is a member of the Tralee branch of the Red Cross since 2010 and is a qualified PHECC emergency First Responder.  She is also the Cadet Unit Officer and Community Services Officer.  Her credit reads “Ms Forde is highly motivated with no mountain too high to climb or void to fill. She is a unique individual with the collective enthusiasm to help others without thought for herself. Majella undertook 700 hours of voluntary work last year with the Red Cross. She is currently spearheading the installation of publicly accessed AEDs in Tralee”.    

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY OFFER A FREE TRANSPORT SERVICE: to patients attending Tralee General Hospital or Cork University Hospital for treatment. For more info contact Gail on (01) 2810566.

LIMERICK RUN, see 2,000 children take part in the Kids Fun Run, 1,000 marathon runners, over 2,000 people doing the half-marathon, over 100 relay teams, and over 6,000 people doing the 10km route around the city of Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

DUBLIN: Women’s mini-marathon  Bank Holiday Monday, June 2nd.

CHARITY EVENT: Knockdown Vintage Club & Estuary Macra Are holding a Charity Modern & Vintage Run on May bank holiday Sunday 4th at 12.30pm starting and finishing at The Knockdown Arms. After the run light refreshment and a sing song. Also Vintage tractor bog run. All proceeds in aid of Pieta House

RUN: Newcastle West is one of the 39 venues across the country to host the Darkness into Light fundraising 5k walk/run on Saturday 10th May. It will commence in the darkness at 4.15 am at the Community Centre in the Demesne, and finish as dawn is about to break. All money raised will go to funding Pieta House in Mungret. For more information phone 061.484444. Online registration and further details are also available at

FLEADH by  the Feale, now in its 20th year, is a weekend of traditional music, song & dance. On Friday 2nd May there will be street busking for groups from 9 years up to 18. Friday evening  a céili in the GAA club. Saturday afternoon  workshops in the Convent National School. Saturday evening  open air entertainment in the town square. Sunday afternoon is the junior bone playing competition & other entertainment in the square. At 8pm Sunday  a traditional celebrity concert in Colaiste Ide & Iosef, featuring Ireland’s top female performer, Sharon Shannon & her band. On Monday evening  more outdoor groups on stage & the senior All-Ireland bone playing competition

PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGN: National Vigil for Life, Merrion Square, Dublin, on May 3rd from 3-4pm.

DEPRESSION: Weekly meeting for sufferers of depression and bi-polar disorder. Call Kate on 087-2993142 or main Aware office on 01-6617211.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: led by Bishop Ray Browne. 2nd—7th September. Contact Mrs Janice O’Sullivan 064 7758219 or e-mail: [email protected]. Licence TO048
LOURDES: 2nd – 7th Oct, Spiritual Directors :  Fr. Kieran O’Brien & Fr. Brendan Walsh. Contact Mary, Sol Travel, Tralee 066 7185940
MEDJUGORJE: 7 nights from Sept 24th. Spiritual Director Fr. Francis Nolan. For information contact Maura Harcksen on 7127143. This tour is operated by Joe Walsh Tours. Licence No. T.O. 052.
HOLY LAND: Spiritual Director: Monsignor Dan O’Riordan. September 15th—24t. Contact Premier Travel 021 4277700 or email [email protected]
HOLY LAND: Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director and Bible Scholar,  Fr. John Newman June 6-16th. For more information and booking contact Micheál at +353868337681
POLAND: June 18th—25th. Fully escorted pilgrimage in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II—in celebration of his canonisation year. Direct flights from Shannon, coach from Kerry. 021 7277700 or 066 7131328

CAR: April 2014, The Ford Mustang celebrated Its 50th Birthday, a car built for young Americans when 40 percent of the total U.S. population were under 20 years of age, and the 16 to 24 age group were growing faster than any other segment.

CLOSING: Gortadroma  landfill site at Ballyhahill had closed. It was the principal Limerick landfill since it opened in the 1990s.The council could not sell the dump three years ago, because an estimated €200,000 a year  care cost for the next 30 years.

CLONTARF: The Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf, 1014, was marked in Raheny (Dublin), on Sunday April 20,2014 with a re-enactment of the Battle, defeating the Vikings and their Irish allies.

EMIGRATION  Statistics
A report released by the Central Statistics Office in August 2013 estimates that between April 2012 and April 2013 overall emigration  increased to 89,000 and 57% (50,900) of those who emigrated were Irish nationals. In the United Kingdom, National Insurance numbers were granted to 15,540 Irish citizens in the 12 months to March 2013. The Economic and Social Research Institute has said that the number of people emigrating from Ireland is decreasing.  The ESRI predicts that 78,000 people will have emigrated in the 12 months to April 2014.

WAR: October 1908 Michael Morrison was born in Listowel. He went to school at  C.B.S. Sexton Street. At fourteen he enrolled at the Jesuit secondary school, Mungret College in 1922.  He was  ordained in 1939 and served in the army for several years. The Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp was liberated on the 25th of April 1945. It was the first camp on the Western Front to be liberated. When Fr. Michael Morrison arrived there, he saw “between 10,000 and 15,000 corpses lying about unburied”. In his first letter home Morrison talks about the total desperation of the situation. He wrote, “The C.O. expects 5,000 to die in the next two weeks. After that he expects the death rate to go down”.  Belsen had no gas chambers to kill the prisoners as it was originally used as a prisoner-of-war camp for French and Belgian captives. This was changed in 1943 when Jews with foreign passports were kept there to be exchanged for German nationals imprisoned abroad,  very few exchanges were made.

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