Knockanure Notes — 28th December, 2014

HOPE all our visitors who were with us for Christmas had a pleasant time and wishing them a safe return home, till we meet again.

FREE: Knockanure Rambling House will take place on Thursday 1st January 2015 in the Knockanure Community Centre at 9pm.  Come and enjoy a great night of music, song, dance and storytelling.  Admission FREE.  Refreshments served on the night.  Contact Ann Flavin 086 3090948.

CHRISTMAS EVE Mass was thronged on Wednesday night last, the children sang and took part in the ceremonies, the choir and local musicians put on a splendid performance and the huge congregation showed their appreciation. The Annual Christmas celebration of the Nativity was held in Knockanure Church on Sunday 21st Dec. children with the help of parents, singers and Sacristan put on an inspiring show. Thanks to Fr Lucid, Fr O Callaghan and the sacristan and the many, many others who contributed to the Christmas events and all through the year.

SAMARITANS collection was held on Christmas eve and on Christmas Day.

WRENBOYS were very scarce this year.

CHURCH NEWS: Adoration Moyvane, Wed. 10.00am to 7.00pm;
Knockanure Tues.10.00am to 6.00pm
Collectors for January Vigil, Eddie Flaherty & Michael Scanlon
  11am  John Ahern & Con Noonan. Knockanure 10am Margaret Carmody.
Readers: Vigil  John Corbett. 11am  Amanda Coulson & Aine O’Connor. Knockanure 10am Gerard Leahy & Brenda Clancy.
Diocesan Collection for the Needs of the Holy Land on the 3rd & 4th January. First Friday Mass Thurs. 1st Jan in Knockanure at 7.30pm.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Patricia O Connor, Peggy Mahony, Peg Dillon, Fr Daniel Dee, Ned Buckley, Maureen McSkane, Kit O Rourke, Maurice Kennelly, Joan Kennelly, Denis Histon, Sr. Declan Buckley, Hannah Wetherall, Francis Dowling, David Kennelly, Brendan Mulvihill, Tim Donoghue, John Fealy, Mary Keane, Margaret Beardsley, Jimmy Lyons, Fr Michael F Kennelly, Francis Thornton, Denny Mulvihill, James Curtin, Jerry Lyons, Dan Keane, John Francis Ahern. Mass on Tues. 30th at 7.30pm for John Dore. Mass on Wed. 31st at 7.30pm for        Margaret Bearsley. Mass on Fri.2nd at 7.30pm for Brendan (Ben) Mulvihill. Mass on Sat. 3rd at 10.00am, Months Mind for Margaret Sheehan & also Michael Sheehan, Mass at 7.30pm Mary, Paddy & Gerald Horgan. Mass on Sun. 4th at 10.00am for Teresa & Michael Bambury and 11.00am Mass is for Donal & Breda Cunningham & their parents Brian & Noreen. Mass on Tues. 6th at 10.00am        Knockanure and 11.00am Bridget (Pidge) Holly.

DEATH took place on 20th December 2014 of Michael O’Connor of Kilbaha, Moyvane. beloved husband of Phyllis and  father of Breda, Ed, Mena and Tony  also survived by his  brother Joe, sister Norah (USA), grandchildren Alexandra, Mario, Michelle, Donnchadna, Aine, Eamon and Conor, daughters in law Eileen and Patricia, sons in law Micheál and Wolfgang. Requiem Mass for Michael was celebrated on 22nd December at Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure by Fr Lucid PP assisted by Fr O Callaghan, Stephen Donegan played the organ and sang the hymns. Michael O Connor was laid to rest afterwards at Ahavoher Cemetery Knockanure, Moyvane. Mike born 1925, son of Jer Connor and Bridget McMahon, was predeceased by siblings Paddy in USA, Mary Carroll Athea and Martin in Athea. His grandfather Paddy McMahon roofed the Kilbaha school. Mike O Connor trained at Kelly’s in Athea, worked in London for a time, he was a gifted carpenter, among local projects he was in the building of Knockanure Church 50 years ago and the water Tower in Moyvane. He showed his talent working on several restoration projects. Mike was active right up to a few months ago, always doing something useful.

DEATH took place in Waterford of John Joe Fitzgerald, who was born at Knockathea 93 years ago to Jack Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Barrett( of Knocknagorna), his siblings were Tom, Mossie and Lisa. John Fitzgerald, of “The Rookery”, Cheekpoint, Co. Waterford, died on Thursday, 11th December, 2014. Requiem Mass in Faithlegg Church on Sunday 14th December. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. He is survived by his wife and four children, in his young days he played football with Knockanure and is pictured with the team at the local community Centre.

DEATH took place in London of Ellen Collins nee Quinn of Leitrim Moyvane, aged 84 years, daughter of Mick Quinn and Mary Hanrahan, she is survived by her sons and sister Mary Shanahan of Lower Athea.

DEATH had taken place of Liam Foley, Deerpark, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Clare, Late of Brookfield Avenue, Clareview and Donaughmore, Drombana. Requiem Mass at The Wells Church, Bunratty, on Monday 22nd December 2014 followed by burial in Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery.

DEATH occurred of Margaret Peg Meade née Stack, Aughrim Moyvane and late of Dooncaha Tarbert. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Johnny and is survived by her family
Requiem Mass for Margaret Meade was celebrated in Moyvane Church by Fr Lucid PP, on 22nd December 2014, following mass Peg was laid to rest at Ahavoher Cemetery Knockanure, Moyvane.

DEATH took place in Australia of Sr. Mary Costelloe of Trien, Kilmorna, daughter of Jack Costelloe and Julia Stack. Sr. Mary was predeceased by her brother Paddy and survived by siblings Ann, Peg, John, and Ned. Sr. Mary Costelloe of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, died on the 3rd December, 2014 in the 61st year of her Religious Profession. Mass was celebrated for Sr. Mary on 11th December, 2014 at St. Vincent’s Chapel, Queens Road, Nudgee, Burial at Nudgee Cemetery.

DEATH took place on Christmas Day 2014 of John Behan retired Garda  of Aughrim, Moyvane and late of Derryard, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. Survived by his wife Marie, son Niall, daughter Louise, brother Tommy, sister Mary, grandchildren and  in-laws. Requiem mass for John Behan was celebrated  on Saturday, the 27th of December in Moyvane Church, followed by burial in Ahavoher Cemetery.

DEATH took place on December 25th 2014 of Margaret Lynch (née Kerrisk) of Annaghmore Headford and Athea . Margaret aged 97 was predeceased by her husband Nelius (Died 2002), survived by  her son John and daughter Lily Stackpoole. Son in law, daughter in law, grandchildren. Requiem Mass for Margaret Lynch was celebrated at the Sacred Heart Church Barraduff on December 27th burial afterwards in Killaha cemetery.

DEATH took place on December 24th 2014 of Michael (Bunny) Dalton 10 Plunkett Road Askeaton Co. Limerick, formerly of Listowel. Survived by wife Noelle, son Mike, daughter Yvonne and partners, grandchildren Amy, Nathan and Callum, brother, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews and nieces. Requiem mass for Michael Dalton was celebrated at Mary’s Church Askeaton  on 29th December, Burial afterwards in Reilig Mhuire

DEATH took place on Christmas Day 2014 of Donal (Dan) Shine Upper Dirreen, Athea. Survived by his wife Ita, sons Donie & John, daughters Joan & Ann Marie, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters in law, brother Pat and sister Helena, brother in law, sisters in law, nieces & nephews, Requiem mass for Dan Shine was celebrated  in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on 28th December. Burial after mass in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea. Donal was an Ex C.I.E. Bus Driver.  

DEATH; Martin Shiel, Drumnalassan, Ballaghaderreen and formally of Rathnagussane, Kilmovee, Mayo, died on December 16th 2014
Survived by his wife Rebecca, brothers Tom (Kilmovee), James (Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway). His sisters Bridie Sheehan (Moyvane, Co. Kerry), Kathleen Lewis (Nottingham), Ann Regan (Robeen, Claremorris) and Bernadette Walsh (Glanworth, Co. Cork). His nephews and nieces. Following Mass of the Resurrection in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kilmovee, Martin Shiel was laid to rest afterwards in Naomh Mobhi Cemetery.

RECENT DEATH John Mulvihill, Coolaclarig and Ann Guerin nee Doyle,  died in New York late of Clounmacon.

BEST WISHES to Patrick McCarthy of Limerick (nephew of Dan Barrett, Glenagragra) who last week became the outright winner of “The Taste of Success” and won €100,000. His beef dish is now on sale at  ‘Lidl’ .

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Day of Reflection with Brendan Comiskey SS.CC – Jan 17th 10.30am – 5.00pm, info tel:  066-7134276.

THOUGHT: We can do nothing; we say sometimes, ‘we can only pray’. That, we feel, is a terribly precarious second-best. So long as we can fuss and work and rush about, so long as we can lend a hand, we have some hope; but if we have to fall back upon God — ah, then things must be critical indeed! A J Gossip.

SINGING: West Limerick singing club session takes place in the Ramble Inn bar Abbeyfeale on New Years day at 8.30pm.

HISTORY / INFORMATION BROCHURE OF ST. MARY’S CHURCH: is available at the Parish Office.  

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLYLAND  23rd – 31st October 2015 (October Bank Holiday) led by Bishop Ray Browne. 4 nights Tiberias, 4 nights Jerusalem. Flights ex Dublin. Coach transfers ex Kerry. For more information please contact Janice 064 7758219.

THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE has been launched by the hierarchy. Copies of the pastoral leaflet are available at the back of the Church.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE June 2015 Spiritual Director: Fr. Joe Begley & Fr. Danny Broderick. Contact 087-6468658.

A PUBLIC TALK by Fr. Mark Patrick Hederman, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, will take place in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on Thursday January 8th at 8pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

CATHEDRAL: The three year restoration of St. Mel’s Cathedral  in Longford in the diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise is recalled on film in a special hour long RTE documentary entitled ‘The Longford Phoenix’ to be broadcast  on RTE 1 television on Tuesday next December 30th at 6.30pm.

DEPRESSION: Weekly meeting for sufferers of depression and bi-polar disorder takes place in the Sacristy rooms at the rear of St. John’s Church every Tuesday at 8.00p.m. Call Kate on 087-2993142 or Aware office on 01-6617211.

HELP: Senior Help Line:  Do you need someone to talk to? Senior Help Line is a confidential
listening service for older people by older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, Local 1850440444.  Senior Help Line is open from 10.00am to 10.00pm, 365 days a year.

MISSING Music Book: A very valuable Veritas Music Book, belonging to Sr. Bernardine, which has always been  left in the Book Press in Clogher Church (for the past 20 years) has been removed.

AA: Alcoholics Anonymous : Contact your local AA meeting or telephone 066-7127820 or 087-0522911 for information.

BROADBAND: The government have spent E30million over the past three years providing broadband to 780 school locations all over the country, 27 schools in Kerry benefited. 137 primary schools in Kerry are to benefit from minor works grants to total value of E1.065 million.

KERRY Diocesan Pilgimage to the Holy Land from 23rd – 31st October, 2015 (October Bank Holiday) led by Bishop Ray Browne.  4 nights Tiberias, 4 nights Jerusalem.  Flights ex Dublin.  Coach transfers ex Kerry.  For more information, please contact Janice 064 7758219.

THOUGHT: To believe actively that our Heavenly Father constantly spreads around us providential circumstances that work for our present good and our everlasting well-being brings to the soul veritable benediction. Most of us go through life praying a little, planning a little, jockeying for position, hoping but never being quite certain of anything and always secretly afraid that we will miss the way. This is a tragic waste of truth and never gives rest to the heart. There is a better way. It is to repudiate our own wisdom and take instead the infinite wisdom of God. Our insistence upon seeing ahead is natural enough, but is a real hindrance to our spiritual progress. God has charged Himself with full responsibility for our eternal happiness and stands ready to take over the management of our lives the moment we turn in faith to Him. A W Tozer.

ATHEA JOURNAL Dec. 2014, Bits and Pieces taken from the magazine. Pork factory in Athea described by Thady Hunt. The first Co-Op opened in Athea in 1895, just six years after Dromcollogher Creamery. In 1940s there were 312 suppliers at Athea creamery. The dairymaid then was earning £2 for a seven day week. The pork factory was able to send its consignment to Smithfield Market arriving there 24 hours after leaving Abbeyfeale. Due to the economic and the second World War, the factory had to close.

Tom Ahern has several articles again this year, including” Around the Fireside, Remembering Song and Storytelling”. “A Changing World” where he recalls how locals entertained themselves, he recalls Mrs Cullen’s Powers, Pipe Smoking, D.D.T. Flower Bags and their use, Butter Box, old methods of farming and reflects on the present where the banks were given77 billon Euro, 20,000 unemployed in Limerick, while the banks use machines to transact business. Tom has another article on Carnival Dances and Marque Romances on page 104.
All the Athea organisations and societies give an account of their activities and illustrated by pictures.
The magazine has a host of pictures from Betty O Connors album, Kathleen Mullanes pictures, Sean Hanrahan collection,  which is on page 64 and 94. Photos from London by Mike Hayes, Sinead Broder pictures are on p86. Lizzie Murphy pictures in p88.
Peg Prendeville also contributed photos and wrote articles including, The joys of reading, Christmas thoughts and Maggies story, she being 97 years on p 106.
Ann Denihan recalls a two hour walk around Glasnevin Cemetery.
History of Guinea- Mc Kenna Family I told.
An Address to Canon Cregan Sept. 27th 1912 is written in full, it was signed by many parishioners from Athea.
Bill Hunt born Athea 1924 is remembered in p 50.
Jim Woulfe who fought in Spain and died from wounds received 5th sept. 1937, is recalled by Lorcan and Shane MacCurtain.
David O Riordan, gives us comical tales in p63 and gives us story of Ellen Hanley and some pictures from the past.
GAA Subscription list and affiliated members from the past are listed.
The Goolds and Galways in Athea, information from late Maighread McGrath.
Tom Fitzgerald recalls a little bit of history, some men from the great war in page 77.
Pat Boone who was 80 in 2014, his story recalled by Patrick Fitzgerald.
Lastly George Langan continues his family Tree, The Langan connection on page 95.

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