Knockanure Notes – 28th April, 2013

MISSION: Great crowds attended the recent mission in the parish. Thanks to all who helped to make it a success. Especially Fr Lucid and the Pastoral Council, Fr John Hanna and Fr Michael Dempsey both of the CSsR Order. The have connections in the parish as Bishop Collins and Fr Enright belonged to the same order. Singing  and praying began at 7am and the last service began at 8.15pm, with priests and congregation happily joining in all the activities.
Choir can be heard on youtube at knockanurelocal.

Our Sacristan Margaret was going a hectic pace all week, keeping everything ship shaped. Knockanure Choir during Mission April 2013 :

THOUGHT; All men can be criminals, if tempted; all men can be heroes, if inspired, G. K. Chesterton.

VTOS Open Information Morning, Listowel Community College.  On Thursday 9th May 2013, From: 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. For Adults wishing to return to Education. VTOS – Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme is a second chance education programme for adults over 21 in receipt of a social welfare payment.  Details regarding the course and eligibility for the course will be available on the day,  please contact the school on 068-21023.

EVENTS: ; Fleadh by the Feale in Abbeyfeale May 2nd to 6th; Cuckoo Walking Festival in Tarbert runs from 3rd to 6th May; Military Weekend will be held in Listowel on the Bank holiday; Hooley in the Hills kicks off in Lyreacrompane on Friday May 3rd, and continues till Monday 6th;  Rally of the Lakes, May 4th and 5th; Record Breaking number of Monks together is being attempted at Ardfert NS on May11th; Weekend of Prayer and Meditation in Ardfert, inspired by Anthony de Mello with John Callanan SJ – May 10th – 12th  Residential and non-residential places available. Booking 7134276: [email protected]  ; The walk in aid of Pieta House will take place in Muckross Park in Killarney on May 11th, beginning and ending at the Gleneagle Hotel; Afternoon tea dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, May 12 from 3-6pm;

TRAIL: Gearoid Pierse has update on Facebook on rally 12TH May in support of restoring the old rail line for walkers. Walk on 12th May at 3pm and will commence at Listowel’s J.B.Keane Road outside the Old Station (now  the Lartigue Museum).
In Co. Limerick on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May at 3pm an 8 mile loop walk will set out from the Rooskagh Communications Mast (on the hills to the North-West of Newcastle West; close to L1329..see map on This is a very scenic route with panoramic views of the Golden Vale and involves minor public roads as well as the old railway. Please wear visibility vests. Beidh fáilte romhat. Be advised that there are fairly steep roads to be walked!

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael O Connor, Patsy Barry, Paul McEvoy, Eddie Moloney, Sr. Margaret Mary Morrissey, Margaret O Donnell, Madge Stokes Fitzmaurice, Patrick Bunce, Dick Galvin, Benny O Connell, Joe Healy, Seamus McCloskey, Moss Galvin, Tim Stack, Sr. Carmel Walsh, Peg Carmody, Con Synan, Jeremiah C O Carroll, Mary Harnett, Pat Danaher, Paddy Greaney, Delia Langan, Mattie Kennelly; Mass on  Tues. 30th 7.30pm for Patrick Bunce; Mass on Wed. 1st May 7.30pm for Denis O’Connor; Mass Sat. 4th 7.30pm for Jeremiah Christopher O’Carroll; Mass on Sun. 5th at 10.00am for Padraig McMahon and the 11.00am Mass is for  John Carmody.

FIRST Friday: on Thurs. 2nd Knockanure at 7.30pm and on Fri. 3rd 7.30pm. No First Friday Calls this month due to the recent calls by the Missioners.

THANKS: A Very Special word of Thanks to Fr. John Hanna and to Fr. Michael Dempsey for the lovely and spiritually uplifting Mission over the past week.

A Sincere Word of Thanks to the Liturgy Group, the Sacristans, the Parish Pastoral Council and the Drama Group for all Their hard work, their input into the Mission is greatly appreciated.

READERS: Vigil, Elaine Hudson, 11.00am Jerry Duggan;
Knockanure, Mary O’Flaherty.

Diocesan Collection for the Education of Priests on the 4th & 5th May.

INFORMATION officer at Knockanure Community Centre on the 1st , 3rd & 4th, Monday of each month. Medical Card Forms, Farm Assist, Social Welfare Queries, Housing, Property Tax Forms and much more, free & Confidential Service. Call Philomena at 068 49799.

MASS in Friday May 3rd  in Listowel Church for Retired, Deceased, Sick & Serving Members of the An Garda Siochana.

40 HOURS ADORATION  will take place in Listowel Parish again this year – commencing with Mass at 8pm. Friday 10th May until the closing Mass at 11am. Sunday 12th May. We are appealing to people who wish to commit to an hour of Adoration to sign the sheet at the back of the Church.

OFFICIAL OPENING LARTIGUE MONORAIL & MUSEUM by French Ambassador to Ireland, Emmanuelle d’Achon, on Saturday, 4th May at 2pm. All are welcome.

A LECTURE ENTITLED ‘Neutral Shores – Ireland & the Battle of the Atlantic’ by author Mark McShane will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, Listowel on Friday May 3rd at 8 pm.  This event is part of Listowel Military Festival, Tel. (068) 22212.

NOTE On behalf of the Listowel Military Festival Weekend. We would greatly appreciate if parishioners attending Mass on Sunday May 5th would remove their cars from the Church area to the AIB Bank immediately following last Mass as a re-enactment of a battle scene is planned for them. All are welcome to attend.

TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF FAITH “On Being Catholic”  A series of  video talks are taking place in the Parish Meeting Room on this Tues. April 30th: Mystery of the Liturgy & the Eucharist – Word Made Flesh True Bread of Heaven. Wed. May 1st: The Church’s Witnesses – Communion of those on earth and in Heaven both at 7.30pm. sharp. Facilitated by Fr. Sean Sheehy and  Fr. Paul Dillon. Everybody welcome.

MARK’S GOSPEL – A DRAMATISATION produced by Padraig Dennehy on Wed & Thu night at 8pm in the Convent Hall, Lixnaw.

KNOCK: National Prayer Vigil for the right to life of mothers and babies. Saturday 4th May, Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo. Programme: 1.00pm Rosary Procession, 2.00pm Short Presentation, 3pm Holy Mass celebrated by Cardinal Seán Brady.

ST BRENDAN Walk, The Kerry Camino will take place on the route of The Dingle Way on Sat 4th May (Tralee to Camp), Sun 5th (Camp to Annascaul) and Monday 6th (Annascaul to Dingle.)  Registration and slideshow in The Grand Hotel, Denny Street Fri 3rd from 7-9 pm.  Information from or email  [email protected].

DEATH took place 0n 19th April 2013 of Johnny Kennelly of Farnastack, Lisselton, he is survived by his wife Maureen, sons Mike, Eddie, and John, daughters Nora, Anne, and Mary and daughters-in-law and sons-in-law. Also sadly missed by his brothers Mossie and Patsy, grandchildren Simon, Nicholas, John, and Molly, sister-in-law Catherine and husband Noel O’Malley, and other relatives and friends.

Requiem Mass for Johnny Kennelly was celebrated on Monday 22nd of April St. Teresa’s Church, Ballydonoghue, followed by burial at John Paul II Cemetery,  Listowel.

CHOIR: Knockanure Choir during Mission April 2013

Old Pictures Moyvane Church Choir 24 April 2013-04-25

Moyvane Church Choir 24 April 2013

ST JOHN’S: Wed. 1st May, drama, Are there More of You, based on lives of four women; Thursday 2nd, Listowel Community College Concert; Fri 3rd, Dick Gaughan, Scottish Folk Singer; Tuesday 7th , Celebrating Women’s Creativity, details from 068 22566.

RTE  documentary about John Sheahan, retired member of the Dubliners folk group, on Monday 15th April . 2013.  His father came from Glin, and his mother from Ardagh. John Sheahan has  relations in the locality. He is the last surviving member of the original five man band.

ABBEYFEALE GATHERING FUNDRAISER:  Rathkeale man and Abbeyfeale resident Mike Guinane and his trusty clarinet will be the star attraction at the final afternoon tea dance of the season in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, May 12 from 3-6pm.  This is a fundraiser for the Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion July 15-21.  Mike performs for the month of September in Lisdoonvarna and is well known to dancing patrons from all over the country

GATHERING 2013, Volunteer Ireland is looking for Volunteer Ambassadors for Limerick to provide a warm Irish welcome to visitors during this year’s busy tourist season. For further information on the role or to apply to volunteer:
Call:  Volunteer Ireland on 01 636 9446.  

Deadline for application for Term 1 is 9th May 2013.

PARKS 2013;  there is one park for every 14,000 Americans. And with the U.S. is losing 2 million acres to development each year.

CONFERENCE: The 17th International Passive House Conference took place last weekend in Frankfurt, with over a 1,000 attendees from all corners of the world.

IRISH Genealogy Summer School, University College Cork, June 30-July 6, 2013. The full programme can be downloaded at

Taken before us, 1st of April 1654,

The Island Magee Massacre

A man Mitchel, of Island Magee, sworn and examined, saith, that this deponent being at Ballycorry on the sabbath day, about sermon time in the afternoon, on which day the Irish of the island Magee were murdered, when there was a great confluence of Scotch-men, met together at the said village of Ballycorry, from the county of Antrim, from beyond the Bann water and from Ballymena, all strangers to this examt., who, as this examt. heard generally reported there, gave out that they had a warrant from the king to murder all the Irish, and that they would kill any man who would save and protect the Irish. And that this examt. meeting on his way home with one William Graham told him he, this examt., was afraid all their Irish neighbours would be killed that night, for that he heard the same at Ballycorry. And this examinant further saith, that he heard that the said party, at the town of Ballycorry, did threaten that they would kill Doctor Colville, because he would not show unto them the warrant for the execution of the Irish.
And this examt. also saith, that on the next morning after the said massacre, he went into the house of Eiver Magee, who, with his family, was on that Sunday night murdered, and saw John Marshall, now prisoner in the town of Carrickfergus, coming out of the house, with bloody brackens, and clothes hanging on a staff, which he carried on his shoulder, whereupon he, this examt., told him, the said John Marshall, that it had been fitter for him to bury the dead, than to take away any of the murdered person’s clothes, who, making no answer, went unto his own house with the said clothes. And this examt. saith that he believes that the said John Marshall was a man apt to do mischief, for that within a short time after he, the said John Marshall, gave to one Thomas Russell, of Ballymenagh, a bottle of beer, for to kill one Janet McFarlane, a widow, in the island of Magee, because she demanded of the said Marshall some money, which he owed her, as this examt. was credibly informed; and it was generally reported in the country that the said Russell did thereupon murder the said woman according to the said Marshall’s desire. And this examt. saith he knoweth not of any other persons other than these herein specified that were actors or accessories in the said massacres.

The Mark of J MITCHEL

Taken before us, 1st June, 1653,