Knockanure Notes – 28th December, 2008

HAPPY New Year to all our readers, surprises of various kinds will happen to us in 2009, each of us can do our bit to make live easier for others in our own unique way.

MASS on Christmas Eve in Knockanure was attended by a big crowd with many standing at the back of the Church, the evening was unusually mild and people were in no hurry greeting each other and wishing all the best, most lingered talking in the vicinity of the Church reluctant to part from the joyous occasion. The choir solo singers, musicians, organist, and local school children played an active part in the ceremonies. Mass was celebrated by Fr O Callaghan assisted by Fr Lucid P.P. who thanked all who helped with the Church. The Crib was a great attraction for both young and old.

SAFE Journey home to all who have been travelling over the days of Christmas, Many extra people were in Church for the Christmas Ceremonies. Designated Driver Christmas Campaign ends on Dec. 31st `08.

FIRST Communion Class had their enrolment ceremony at Knockanure Church on Sunday Dec. 21st; it was a lovely to see the children, their parents, teachers and relations all preparing for their big day. Memories of the day will come back to the participants to ponder over not only today but in years to come. The choir sang several appropriate hymns. First Communion class this year include Cian, Conor, Evan, Adam, Lauren, Brian, Tadhg, Darragh, Amanda and Leona.

CREAMERY Office and Store reopening Monday 29th at 9am closed Thursday Jan. 1st and closed Jan. 6th. Milk intake 9 to 10am each day on Tuesday 30th Dec., Friday 2nd Jan, Monday 5th Jan. and Friday 9th of Jan.

REMEMBER at Christmas the housebound, sick, people in hospital and separated from their family, everyone who keeps the country going while the vast majority are relaxing and wondering how the fill their idle time.

DISPLAYS of Christmas lights and ornaments are a novelty for travellers as several householders vie with each other to have the best show. Kearney’s Window have their window in seasonal style again this year.

WRENBOYS were out again on St. Stephens Day, they bring great enjoyment in both town and countryside, pity so few are involved, as older people seldom venture out to a live concert or are living alone, they eagerly await batches of Wrenboys.

GOOD News is that the Shannon to Heathrow service will be back on the 29th of March. James O Connor of Tralee cycled to work at Tralee Hospital for over 40 years and never missed a day sick in 21 years.

TRIP: Listowel Downpatrick friendship group will celebrate their 25th anniversary next year, the Listowel group will spend 14th, 15th and 16th of March in Downpatrick, details from 068 21400

2,000 Irish Volunteers built 253 houses in Capetown this year for low income families, the Niall Mellon Township Trust have up to now built 10,000 houses with the help of 5,000 volunteers.

FOOD Crisis is predicted in the Horn of Africa, the Red Cross needs E73 million to feed an estimated 20 million people, our government is destroying good food for cosmetic reasons while our brothers starve, leave Irish people buy the pork and send the proceeds to the needy. Safefood crowd were playing turkey in the run up to Christmas, over indulgence is the biggest danger not the cooking of the turkey.

AWARE helpline 1890 303 302, Aware course called ‘Beyond the Blues’ begins in Jan. details from 068/32244.

LIVING Links contact number 087 900 6 300.

SAMARITANS held their collection at all Churches on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, their contact number is 066 7122 566.

Good Samaritans get a hard time, people who should know better pride themselves in throwing cold water on good deeds.

HSE advises people to use the right door when looking for help, the general ides is to use the Emergency Department for seriously sick patients. Reports of lack of hygiene in hospitals gives credence to statement, you are sure to leave the hospital with an extra illness.

SUPER Toilet in Listowel is to cost the Council E40.000 again next year, the officials who bought it in the first place and locked the charges till 2021 should be held responsible. How many more like contracts are hidden from the public? Outcry over delay in new Castleisland Garda Station, while there is accommodation for a battalion in the Castleisland Library building. They are charging E25 for the Listowel Town Development Plan 2009-2015, the cost is so high something must be under the cover. The practice of public bodies and government departments giving out free literature would reduce waste.

PHONE and broadband charges in the New Year will open the eyes of many; the small print often contains costly charges, if you bought in haste be sure to check with the salespeople as soon as possible.

ACQUIRED Brain Injury affect about 10,000 Irish people every year, cycle helmets would help to protect many young people.

LOCAL Artists now living at Arus Mhuire had their picture in the Kerryman of Dec.23 `08, among the locals are John Murphy, Bridie O Sullivan, James Gould, Kitty Barry, Mary Ellen Buckley, Sean Collins, Mary King, Eileen Moriarty and Eileen Fitzgibbon.

ST JOHN’S on Tuesday 30th Dec. A Thomas Lyndon Memorial Foundation event, details from 068 22566.

SIAMSA have a Christmas Panto continues 29th and 30th of Dec. and also on Jan. 2nd, 3rd and 4th, details from 066 7123055.

LIBRARY closed on Tuesday Dec. 23 and will reopen again for one day on Wednesday Dec. 31st , normal opening begins again on Friday January 2nd.

EVENTS: Annual North Kerry PTAA Social will be held at the Lanterns on Friday January 23rd; World Religion Day Jan. 18th ; Causeway Comprehensive School will celebrate its Golden Jubilee on Jan. 17th `09, details from 066 311 97;Tralee on Ice continues till Jan. 11th `09 ; Arts and Crafts classes for adults begin in January, details from 087 6860 530;

Traditional Music and Set Dancing Weekend will be held at Ballyroe Heights Hotel from Jan. 23rd to 25th, details from 066 712 6810; Garda Youth Achievement Awards will be presented at the Brandon Hotel on Friday Jan. 23rd `09; Public information evening community sustainability will be held on January 28th `08, details from 066 7180 190; Phil Coulter accompanied by his wife, soloist Geraldine Brannigan and a backing quartet will present a show at the Church of the Assumption Abbeyfeale on Friday, February 13, 2009.

REGULAR Exercise can stop the brain from deteriorating according to Kramer and Erikson in the British Medical Journal.

CONGRATULATIONS to Peggy Barrett of Carrueragh and trainer Joe Carey of Athea when their dog Tip and Tin won E20,000 in the five runner field in 28.86 at Shelbourne Park on Saturday Dec. 20th `08, The Comerford Cakes National Puppy trophy was presented to Johnny Barrett after the race. Tip and Tin won by two and a half lengths.

KNOCKNAGOSHEL Homestead now in its 25th year is again full of interesting recollections including the weekly wages paid to creamery staff in 1948, female workers got £1.10s per week for the fist year, after four years the wage was £2.15s; Male workers £2.10s for 18 and under 19 years, over 20 received £3.20; mechanics and fitters wage was £5 and buttermaker got £4 per week. Many deaths are recalled including Johnny O Connor TD who died in Dec. 1955, a subscription list was taken up to put a cross over him and fund a scholarship in his honour. Local collectors were Cormac O Leary N.T., Hugh Goulding, Knockanure, Tom Flain Trien and Padraig Keane N.T. Duagh.

Death of Dean Carmody a native of Ballymacelligott in 1907 is remembered is sister was married to Simon Luke Keane of Knocknagoshel. Brosna farmer died in blizzard in Feb 20th 1892; Michael Brosnan died in New York in 1928; Bob Browne was killed in 1924 and a ballad in his memory is printed; Death of Tom Griffin while working with a stone crusher; Knocknagoshel deaths and burials for 2008 and1958 are listed. 1886 Directory of trades states that the Village had 200 inhabitants. Sporting occasions are covered like the Munster v Rest of Ireland which was held in Abbeyfeale in the 1950’s; Opening of Castleisland Sports field; 1960’s preparing for the John W Curtin Races; List of competitors at Knocknagoshel Sports in 1935, the secretary was Paddy Meade, among the competitors who came from Cork, Thurles and Limerick were locals Der O Brien and Mike Leane of Duagh, from Abbeyfeale was John McEnery, Pat O Connell, D. Collins, John Murphy, John Mulcahy. Runaway bog in Dromada is well covered is well covered, some of the bog ravelled 15 miles. Last but not least a poem by Dan Keane about home of Sean Dan Brosnan called Sean Domhnalls Neat Abode, it was written in 1945. Luke himself has a song called The Game at Cowtime.

KERRY Magazine was launched recently and contains stories about Aghadoe and its 850th Anniversary, Queen Victoria, and much more.

FREE Archaeology Magazine from the National Roads Authority is a fine publication, this is their 3rd issue, they have a web site details from [email protected] or ring 01 665 8860.

BEER Mats warning against use of dangerous substances are being distributed in local pubs. Doctor prescriptions should be more closely monitored also.

ARTHRITIS Ireland are campaigning for better services, a course called Living Well with Arthritis will begin in Killarney soon, details from 01 6618 188.

THOUGHT: Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain, A. W. Tozer.

MOON: Now that the shortest day is gone we can look forward to New Year. Wednesday Dec. 31st `08 Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus beside the Moon can be seen in the evening a rare happening. Solar storms the worst in decades are predicted to hit the earth in 2012.

CLIMATE deal arrived at by 27 countries in Poland was welcomed by Minister Gormley, it will bind us to new targets for greenhouse gas emissions post Kyoto. Galway University are spending E5 million on an energy centre for research. Belfast dump will be used to generate electricity. Dublin Bus is to use a hybrid bus to reduce emissions. A big hall in the Vatican is covered by 2,400 solar panels and farmers in Ireland are to get planting grants for miscanthus and willow on 4,500 acres and the strangest of all is that the Royal Society for the protection of birds are planning to erect wind turbines.

CAO deadline is fast approaching and students will be making decisions which will have a lifelong effect on them.

FEAST in January: 1st Mary Mother of God; 2nd Ss Basil and Gregory; 3rd St Munchin; 4th The Epiphany; 5th St Charles of Mt Argus.

MULVIHILL Clan Newsletter reached me before Christmas, among the items covered was a ghost in the home of William J Mulvihill who spent many years as chief dispatcher on the Yukon route; Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner is recalled; Al was son of Catherine Mulvehill and was four times Governor of New York State; Dennis Mulvihill was elected Mayor of Bridgeport in 1901, to save money he abolished the post of fire marshal which he claimed was only a sinecure and he saved $1,000, he also stopped the plan to build a new $500,000 City Hall.

YEAR of Vocations details from directors Fr Liam Lovell, Kilmoyley 066 7133169 or Fr Michael Moynihan, Castleisland 066 7141241.

FATIMA Pilgrimage from May 9th – 14th , Spiritual Director – Fr Noel Spring. details from Maureen Harty 066 7131328. Flight is from Cork Airport .

WORLD Day of Prayer for Peace is on Thursday, January 1st `09.

BETHLEHEM: More than 1.4 million tourists have visited Bethlehem in 2008.

Thousands were in Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas. 500 Palestinian Authority policemen guarded the pilgrims.

DEATH has taken place in New York of Peggy Hanrahan who is a sister in law of Den Hanrahan of Aughrim Moyvane.

DEATH has taken place of Patrick Flavin of Hatfield, London. Pat was son of Paddy Flavin and Margaret Keane of Trien Kilmorna, he was married to Mary Relihan of Pilgrim Hill and their children were Margaret, Pat and Denis. Pat is survived by siblings Tom, Nell and Ciss and was predeceased by his brothers Batt and Michael and sister Nan. Patrick Flavin will be laid to rest in London on January 5th `09.

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. Daniel Dee, Peg Dillon, Ned Buckley, Maureen McSkane, Kit O Rourke, Maurice Kennelly, Joan Kennelly, Fr. Pat Daly, Sr. Declan Buckley, Mary Ann O Carroll, Dr. Maguire, Timothy Donoghue, John Fealy, Jimmy Lyons, Dr. Roger O Connor, Francis Thornton, Fr James H O Connell.

MISSING Friends at this time of year is extra hard, spare a thought for our relations abroad, from October 1831 through October 1921, the Boston Pilot had a “Missing Friends” column the collection amounted to nearly 31,500 items, for more information visit

Some items are not included this week as the notes had to be submitted for Saturday morning.

Anyone with broadband can view thousands of local photos at or visit

For more links to local past events.

MASS for week beginning Monday Dec. 29th at 9.15 am for Mick and Mary Moloney and at 7pm Months Mind for Fr O Leary; Tuesday 30th 9.15am for The People of the Parish; Thursday January 1st in Knockanure at 7.30pm the Feast of Mary Mother of God and World day of Peace; Friday Jan 2nd at 7.30pm First Friday in Moyvane Church; Saturday 3rd at 7.30pm for Denis and Nora Hanrahan and deceased members of the Hanrahan Family; Sunday 4th Jan. At 10am in Knockanure for Teresa Bambury and 11am Mass in Moyvane is for Michael Barrett.

ADORATION: Moyvane Sunday 4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 10am to 7pm and Knockanure Tuesday 10am to 6pm.

READERS: John Corbett, Jerry Duggan, Margaret Flaherty, Kathy Kennelly and Mary Fitzgerald.

COLLECTORS for January are Eddie Flaherty, Michael Scanlon, Eddie Stack, John Ahern and Margaret Carmody.

Collection this weekend for the Needs of the Holy Land.

EPIPHANY, Little Christmas is on Tuesday January 6th is a Holy Day.