Knockanure Notes — 27th December, 2015

CHURCH was full for the Christmas Eve Celebrations, young and old were in attendance, great to hear the choir, solo singers and musicians. The church was decorated for the occasion, great credit is due to all who help to make the celebrations meaningful and pleasant. Thanks to the sacristan our Parish Priest and the many helpers. Welcome to all who came to visit us and a safe return home.

PATRICK CURTIN; A wonderful Mass was celebrated in Moyvane Church for Patrick Curtin of Aughrim for his recovery and God’s Blessing on his family. Moyvane choir sang appropriate hymns and Fr. Kevin led the prayers of intercession.

CONGRATULATIONS to Gabriel Fitzmaurice on his translation of Micheal de Mordha’s book on the Great Blasket. The book runs to 700 pages and is called An island Community; The ebb and Flow of the Great Blasket, there is over 80 books on the Blaskets.

CORN NA FEILE:  Abbeyfeale coursing club will hold the 44th Corn Na Feile Coursing Meeting on Monday and Tuesday, December 28 and 29. Coursing on both days will start at 11.30am.   Then on Saturday, January 9 from 9.30pm the annual coursing dance with dancing to  Joe O’Keeffe band.

CONGRATULATIONS on the engagement  of Dan Leahy, son of Mary Ita and Stevie, Upper Athea, to Michelle Kearney N.T. daughter of Angela and Joe Moyvane.

ST. ITA’S WRENBOYS:  Paddy Finucane and the Wrenboys were out again this year, collecting for Frs. Tim Galvin and John Moloney.

CEILI IN AID OF MS IRELAND LISTOWEL BRANCH: with Donie Nolan Sunday 27th December 2015 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Marian Hall Moyvane.

CENSUS will be held on Sunday 24th April. A total of 4,660 people will need to be hired for the job and paid about €2,400 each. applications open on Tuesday 5th January, see CSO census website.

DEATH took place on December 24th 2015 of Sister Maura Carmody LCM, 40 Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin and formally of Listowel.
Predeceased by parents Josephine and John, brothers Paschal and Maurice and Sister Nora LCM, survived by her brother Vincent. Buried at Milford Convent Cemetery.

DEATH took place on 23 December 2015 of Mary White (née Larkin)
Coole East, Athea.Wife of the late Batt and mother of the late Patrick. Survived by daughters Mary Browne (Kilkee), Catherine Murphy (Kilmorna) Betty Shanahan (Duagh), Margaret Nelligan (Knocknagoshel) and Anne Daly (Abbeyfeale), grandchildren, sisters Bridget & Margaret, brothers Patrick and James, sons-in-law, nephews, nieces. Requiem Mass for Mary White was celebrated at St. Bartholomew’s church, Athea on Sunday 27th. Burial afterwards to Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea.

DEATH took place on 26th December 2015 of Sr. Rita Donegan, Presentation Convent, Castleisland, and late of Farran, Causeway. Predeceased by her brothers Pat Joe, Willie, and Stephen, sisters Eileen and Mary Ellen. Survived by Presentation Sisters, Nephews, Nieces and extended family. Requiem Mass for Sr. Rita Donegan at the Parish Church in Castleisland on Monday, with burial afterwards in the Convent.

SYMPATHY:  To Gabriel and Brenda Fitzmaurice, Aughrim and the Coolahan Family, Tarbert on the death of Vincent Coolahan, Tarbert.

DEATH of Tom  Moran, Clash Road, Athea, on the 17th December 2015, at Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home, Listowel. Survived by his sisters Bridie (U.S.A.), Noreen (U.K.) and Teresa (U.K.), brother Seán (Limerick), sister-in-law Bridie, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces. Requiem Mass on for Tom Moran was celebrated in St. Bartholomew’s Church Athea. Burial after in Knockanure Cemetery on Dec 19th 2015.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Gregory Dillon, Catherine Kennedy, Michael Kissane, Pat Dalton, Fr. Daniel Dee, Peg Dillon, Sr. Patricia O’Connor, Peggy Mahony. John Joe Hanrahan, Sr. Magdalene Harnett, Ned Buckley, Maureen McSkane, Kit O Rourke, Maurice Kennelly, Joan Kennelly, Denis Histon, Sr. Declan Buckley, Mary Ann O Carroll, Hannah Wetherall, Francis Dowling, David Kennelly, Brendan Mulvihill, Peg O’Shea, Sr. Felicitous Joy, Timothy Donoghue, John Fealy, Margaret Beardsley, Jimmy Lyons, Fr. Michael Francis Kennelly, Pat Mullane, Peg Joy, Mass Moyvane Church:Mon    28th Public Holiday 11am, Healing for our Sick. Wed 30th at 7.30pm for John & Mike Dore (Anni).Fri 1st at 7.30pm for Brendan Mulvihill (Anni) Sat 2nd at 7.30pm for Martin & Mary Mulvihill, Leitrim East (Anni). Sun    3th at 11.00am for Bridie Cambell (nee Stackpoole) Aughrim, & UK.Knockanure Church masses; Sun 3rd at 10.00am for Teresa & Michael Bambury.

FIRST FIRDAY calls of 2016 are as follows:  Knockanure on Thursday 7th and Moyvane on Friday 8th.

WALK: New Year’s Day  Coiste na nÓg Athea  will be holding a “Winter Wellie Walk” starting at the hall Athea, at 12 noon. Another New Year’s Day walk from the Rambling House Knockfierna, at 2.30pm and all are welcome to attend. People are asked to meet at Ballingarry Hall at 2.15 and after the walk a rambling house session will be held. This event will mark the 30th anniversary of the first session held there in 1986.

OVER 65: Ard Chúram is now in a position, due to increased capacity, to expand and enhance its  services.  Anybody aged 65 or over wishing to attend may contact the Nurse Co-ordinator, Margaret Payne at (068)22986, (087)1953631 or any public health nurse. The Committee of Ard Chúram is very grateful to the people of Listowel and North Kerry for their continuing support.

WRITERS WEEK; are now inviting entries for The Pigott Poetry Prize 2016. The Prize is for the best book of poetry by an Irish Poet (both North and South), published between 1st February 2015 and 1st February 2016.
The Poet of the winning collection will be awarded the top prize of €5,000 at the Opening Ceremony of Listowel Writers’ Week on the 1st June 2016. The Closing date for receipt of entries is Wednesday 3rd February 2016.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: 11th to 18th May 2016. Flights: Cork Airport.  Spiritual Director: Fr. Noel Spring.  Contact 021 4277700.

RECENT COLLECTIONS:  The organizers wish thank all for their generosity:  SVP Collection. The Bucket Collection at the Vintage Day raised €521.00 for the Alzheimer’s Society and The Samaritans.

THE NANO NAGLE; A great night was had by one and all at Maireάd’s on Sat night the 19th Dec. for the annual Nano Nagle fundraiser, organized by Jimmy Collins.  The entertainment provided by local and visiting artists was superb and the whole evening raised €1,500.00.  Jimmy wishes to acknowledge and give thanks to all who helped.

TALK: The Diocese of Kerry will host a public talk given by Martina Lehane Sheehan, author and psychotherapist on Tuesday Jan 12th at 8pm in The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.

ST JOHN’S; month of January photographic exhibition looking back on 2015. Sat. 2nd Jan; Ardu Vocal Ensemble, featuring six singers from Ireland and the UK; Tuesday 5th The Great Wall, a Tadhg O’Sullivan film. Friday 8th, Human Rights Film, more from 068 22566.

OPENING recently: Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan performed the opening ceremony of Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, the school has  660 students and she also unveiled an Issac Newton inspired piece of art in the school. The artists were Carol Anne Connolly and Augustine O’Donoghue ,the artists visited the birthplace of Isaac Newton at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire and were presented with seeds from the 400 year old apple tree under which Newton was reputed to have had his famous “Eureka” moment in 1762 and discovered the theory of gravity.

AWARDS: Limerick CC Awards to St Mary’s Cemetery Committee, Abbeyfeale who won first prize  in their category in the LCC awards held recently and the committee of the Old graveyard in the square who came second in their category.

THOUGHT: “That best portion of a good man’s life
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love” from William Wordsworth 1770 -1850
From lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey.

BELL MOYVANE: Freemans Journal 1763-1924, 20.03.1856, page 3
The novel and interesting pontifical ceremony of blessing of a Church bell was performed in all its solemn forms on Palm Sunday, at the chapel of Newtownsandes, in the North East of County Kerry, by the Right Rev. Dr Moriarty. The bell, which was manufactured by Mr John Murphy, of Dublin, is a very beautiful one. It was placed on a platform before the altar in the Sanctuary. The local clergy and a large multitude of people, who seemed to take the deepest interest in the proceedings, were in attendance on the occasion. The Bishop addressed the congregation a touching and suitable discourse, which was listened to with almost breathless attention. It was the first ceremony of the kind performed in Kerry since the reformation and the bell is the first Church bell tooled in the parish of Murhur since the same period.
Dublin’s “freedom bell”, the first Catholic Church bell to ring in Dublin in breach of the Penal Laws 200 years ago,
Fr Michael Blake defied penal laws by tolling the bell in 1811, 18 years before Catholic emancipation. He faced charges, but was successfully defended by O’Connell, then a young lawyer.
Legend has it that O’Connell rang the bell to celebrate emancipation in 1829, creating the crack which remains visible today.

BELL: Philadelphian John Sartain claimed the U.S. Liberty  Bell cracked while celebrating passage by the British Parliament of the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1828.

FR. MATHEW came to Newtownsandes on Sunday 10 of Oct 1841. The Kerry Examiner gave a list of people who donated Money to Moyvane(Newtownsandes) New Church on the day of Fr Mathew visit: Rev T Mathew gave £25.25. P Cheevers Listowel £4. Knight of Glin £1. R.Q Sleemon Glin £1. Rev TL McDonnell Listowel £2. A Murry Listowel £1. James O Halloran Colnaleen Listowel 50p. Rev Lyddy PP Abbyfeale £1. Rev D Leahy Glin 50p. Rev. B. M. Maher P.P. Glin £1. William o Leary Glin £1. Miss Sergent.
Kerry Evening Post 28-12-1861 page 2
Funeral of the Prince Concert in Tralee.
The bell of Tralee Church was tolled from ten o’clock to one on Monday last. In respect to the funeral of the lamented Prince Consort, which was taking place at Windsor.

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