Knockanure Notes – 30th November, 2008

LOCAL Senior Citizens Party will be held in the Marian Hall on Sunday Dec. 7th at 1pm, details from 068 49365 or 068 49 134.
BUS will travel to Knock on Sunday December 7th, leaves Tralee at 4pm, more information from 066 7124519. Another bus leaves Listowel on Sunday Dec. 7th at 5pm, details from 068 47221.
ICA Annual trip to Cork is on Wednesday Dec. 3rd, bus leaves Moyvane at 7am.
IFA in Moyvane are holding their AGM in the Marian Hall on Friday Dec. 5th at 8.30pm.
THOMAS Moore Evening organised by Jimmy Deenihan was held at Knockanure Community Centre on Saturday night last Nov. 29th `08, it was a wonderful night of Moore’s music, many past pupils remember being thought Moore’s songs but they regret they had little interest in them at the time. Jack Leahy would be in his element if he could hear Michael Lang sing Bendemeers Stream, Mr Lang was singing Moore’s songs when he was a five year old. Maebh McMullen and Emer Barry both Sopranos’ brought to life songs like O Breathe not his name, the Last Rose of Summer, at the Hour of Midnight and many more. Catherine Eaton of the U.S. narrated and Clive Armstrong the noted organist played the piano. Girls from the Comprehensive in Tarbert also sang some Moore melodies. Michael Lang sings in all the top opera houses while Thomas Moore influenced music and songs in the best drawing rooms in the English speaking world, poets and musicians have taken a headline from him over the past 200 years.
ST JOHN’S for Dec.: Tuesday Dec.2nd The Edge of Heaven, a film; Wednesday 3rd Jim Mc Kee artist and songwriter, Thursday 4th The Irish Sopranos, Friday 5th The Best of Traditional and on Tuesday 9th a film called You Kill Me, Exhibition in oils and canvas by Mike O Donnell, details from 068 22566. The Chastitute by John B Keane brought a week of laughter to St John’s, thanks to the cast, Denis Hobson, Jimmy Griffin, Conor Foley, Rebecca Stapleton, Katie O Neill, Batt O Keeffe, Maria Dillon, Tommy Denihan, Sharon Farrelly O Rourke, Deirdre Walsh, Fiona Keane Stack, Oliver McGrath, Chris Fitzgerald, Bernie Dalton, Margaret Murphy, Audrey Galvin, Lal Browne and Francis Kennedy who at short notice put life into her character, The Man himself Joe Murphy Directed and Produced. Joe single handed could run a department.
SEANCHAI have an exhibition on anti-violence till Friday Dec. 5th, people are being asked to sign anti- violence book. Verbal attacks and provocative actions are a way of life for some without the realising it. Christmas Fair will be held at Seanchai on Sunday Dec. 14th starting at 11am.
BEREAVEMENT Support Group will meet at Ballyloughran Leisure Centre on Tuesday 2nd Dec. from 8pm to 9pm, more information from 068 23429.
PILGRIMAGE to Fatima from May 9th – 14th, Spiritual Director Fr Noel Spring. Details from Premier Travel, Cork (021) 4277700.
MARRIAGE Bureau at Knock can be contacted at 094 -9375960.
SPECIAL Days in Dec.; 6th Muslims make their pilgrimage to Mecca; 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception also on the 8th Muslims Festival of Sacrifice and mark end of four day holiday; 10 is International Human Rights Day, it was established in 1948; 18th International Day of Solidarity with Migrants; 21st is the Winter Solstice; 22nd to 29th Jews mark restoration of the Temple in 164 BC; 25th Christmas Day; 29th Muslims mark the Islamic New Year.
CLOTHES Collection will be made at the Bridge Road Listowel on Tuesday Dec. 2nd.
FAS are in the news every day but the Mo Li attitude is endemic in the public sector. In a time where money is scarce the politically correct thing to do is spend money on refurbishing a house for bats and provide a state of the art toilet at a waterfall, at least they provided some employment.
EVERYONE who is fit should volunteer to do some job every week and anyone who is unable to work could provide a job for a volunteer, we would all gain from the experience.
TOURIST Board is to spend extra millions encouraging tourists to Ireland, media reports that staff has fat salaries and generous travel allowance. Spending money in giving tourists a bus and train pass would work wonders for the tourist trade.
POST Office will be busy from now on as Christmas cards are starting to arrive, long may the friendly service of the local post office continue.
WELL Known volunteers Michael O Sullivan, Kay Landy and Michael Dillane were recently honored by the HSE for their decades of dedication. I notice that Kearney’s window in Moyvane has another grand display.
BEST Wishes to Fr Martin Hegarty who celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination last week, we grumble about our work, but Fr Martin looks after the spiritual welfare of 700 families in his own Parish and also keeps in contact with countless contacts he has made over the years.
COMPREHENSIVE Teachers in Tarbert who retired this year held a party recently; they are Grace McKenna, Ann Carey and Beatrice Madden.
BAZAAR at the Boys School in Listowel was well attended, many items were very reasonable; the first edition An Damh-Mhac by Michael Hartnett was a real gem for one collector.
THOUGHT: We never know how much real faith we have until it is put to the test in some fierce storm; and that is the reason why the Saviour is on board. If you are ever to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might, your strength will be born in some storm, Anonymous; People seem to think that the masses are outside the Christian church because our evangelistic methods are not what they ought to be. That is not the answer. People are outside the church because looking at us they say, “What is the point of being Christians? – look at them!” They are judging Christ by you and me. And you cannot stop them and you cannot blame them, Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
JOURNALS: Official launch of Ballydonoghue Journal takes place at the Thatch on Dec. 5th at 8pm: Lyre will also be launched on Dec. 5th at Roche’s Bar and the Knocknagoshel Homestead is also in the shops now.
Ballydonoghue Journal articles include; account of James Kissane born 1838, his wife Joan Grogan and he was son of Ml. Kissane and Mgt Connell, James is buried at Hart Island with 800,000 others, David Kissane researched the article; Veronica Long has story of Folk Cures; The activities and death of the smith James Nolan is given by Maurice O Mahony; Robert Bunyan recalls events in 1808; The Galtimore which was opened in 1952 is described by Daniel O Gorman Kennedy; Margaret Gilbert chronicles 2008 in her diary; Sea Rescue activities are also recalled; Sean Keane tells us that a Beer and Ale Licence cost £1 and a wine licence cost £2 in his article on Customs and Excise in Kerry 1733; Teresa Flavin gives an account of her Charity Walk in Calcutta; North Kerry Railway line 1880 to 1977 is described by Thomas Dillon, Royal visitors used the line; Danny O Mahony tells the story of The Dirty Jennett and Mary Dee gives 1936 prices; Article on the Irish Welfare Centre in Birmingham which employs 30 people; Raid for arms at Rattoo in 1862 is recalled by Noel O Connor; Stations, Thrasher and visitors like Sr. Brendan Fitzgerald who spent 60 years in India, Burma and Ceylon are brought to lifeby Tony O Shea; J. J. Bynyan reports on his visit to Hanoi, a car there cost $35,000; Gerald Fitzgerald pays tribute to Film maker supreme John Lynch; Gerard Moran a Knockanure man gives rainfall statistics, the driest month since 2002 was Aug. 2003; other article Writers Week History Tour, Wall Street, Changeable Weather, and a tribute to all the interesting people who died over the past year.
MOOREPARK are giving out to farmers Milk Quality Handbook which contains 104 pages on glossy paper with pictures of cows and fancy units, diagrams and calculations suitable for pen pushers. If they thought the books were saleable they could easily charge E5 to E8 per copy. The freezing point for milk is -0.525 degrees and when milk has 1% water added the freezing point is -0.512 degrees centigrade.
EVENTS: Family Day will be held at North Kerry Together Centre on Monday Dec. 8th; Women’s Group meet at the Family Centre in Listowel every Tuesday at 8pm; Presentation Sisters in Tralee are celebrating their bicentenary; Abbeyfeale Parish Christmas Party Farewell night for Fr Leo McDonnell will be on 6th December in Fr Casey’s GAA Club House; Advent Weekend Retreat at Ardfert from 5th to 7th Dec. with Fr John Newman, details from 066 7134 276; Card Game is held at the Clubhouse in Mountcoal every Monday at 9pm;Child Well-Being Conference will be held at Hotel Europe on Friday Dec. 5th details from 066 9761 615; Farmers Market in Abbeyfeale and Listowel every Friday and Farmers Market and Craft Fair will be held at the Bridewell on Saturday Dec. 6th starting at 11am ; Christmas Market in Tralee continues till Dec. 7th; Ice Rink is now in operation at the Manor Centre; Manchester United Supporters Club will hold a meeting at the Gables on Thursday Dec. 4th at 9.30pm; Ballylongford ICA have a Sale of Work on Sunday Dec. 7th; Clounmacon Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on Dec. 12th starting with Mass at 7.30pm; Revision Court for Electoral Register will be held at Listowel Courthouse on Thursday 18th Dec. at 11am; All schools close on Tuesday Dec. 23rd and reopen on January 7th `09;
ENERGY Minister Eamon Ryan is giving E9 million to SEI for sustainable housing, micro-generation of renewable electricity and other green works. The Government also plan to have 250,000 electric cars on Irish roads in 12 years time. SEI has a new boss in Professor Lewis.
Did you know that we spend E4.2 billion on cigarettes and mobile phone charges?
DEATH took place on November 24th `08 of Very Rev. Michael O Leary retired PP, Moyvane , he is survived by his sister Betty, brother Sean, Requiem Mass in Moyvane Church for Fr O Leary was celebrated by Bishop Murphy assisted by over 30 priests on Thursday November 24th `08. Moyvane Choir sang the hymns with strength and feeling. Fr Michael was born on June 6th 1919 at Killiney, Castlegregory and was son of Michael O Leary of Snipefield, Kilmoyley who went to live in Castlegregory, his mother was Nora Kelliher of Castlemaine. (The Leary’s at the Island, Carroll’s, Healy’s and Connors of Derry Farm were cousins) Fr O Leary was a Priest for 64 years and was praised for his People friendly manner, he served in Castletownbere, Glenbeigh, Eyeries, Firies, Dingle, Killorglin, Dromod, Moyvane Knockanure 1980 to 1998, when Fr Michael retired he continued to minister in various capacities up to a short while ago, on his own admission his public speaking abilities were less than satisfactory at face value, but to hear him at the Annual Newtownsandes Social he appeared to be a master of after dinner speeches. Fr Michael O Leary was laid to rest in the Moyvane Church grounds on a fine afternoon with sunshine; no sooner was he in his grave, when all of a sudden a heavy shower of hailstones fell, one grandmother in the shelter of the church porch was distressed at the sight of her Daddy being bombarded on his bare head with hailstones.
DEATH: Mairead Carmody, nee Mullane of Derry House, Listowel, died on November 25th 2008 she was predeceased by her husband Gerard and is survived by her son John, daughters Paula, Marie, Helena, Rosemarie, Anita and Geraldine and sister Bridget. Following Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church Listowel on Thursday November 27th `08, Mairead Carmody was laid to rest at St Michaels Churchyard, Listowel.
Deaths; Dan Donegan, Kit Rowan nee Moriarty, Mai Power and Neily Mulvihill of Derry.
ANNIVERSARIES: Finbar Carmody, Mary Manning, Denis Sweeney, Bridget McCarthy, Nora Stack, Margaret Kennelly, Michael Fitzmaurice, Bridie Stack, Mikey Holly, Bishop Moynihan, Nora Flaherty, John Moore, Tim Kennelly, James O Connor, Maureen Foley, Nora Foran, Patrick Joseph Horgan, Mass on Tuesday 2nd for John and Catherine Moloney at 7.30pm; Mass on Thursday Dec. 4th at Knockanure Church for Deceased Members of the Cronin Family at 7.30pm; Mass on First Friday 5th at 7.30pm for Julia, Paddy and Billy Hanrahan; Mass on Saturday 6th at 7.30pm for Jack Goulding; Months Mind Mass for Denis McEvoy in Moyvane at 11am on Sunday 7th.
ADORATION: Moyvane, Sunday 4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 10am to 7pm and Knockanure Tuesday 10am to 6pm.Listowel Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the Adoration Chapel every Tuesday & Wednesday between 11am. & 9pm. and every Sunday during Advent between 3pm and 6pm; Athea on the Sundays of Advent from 2pm to 5pm; Abbeyfeale 6pm to Mon to Fri, and First Fridays from 10am to 7pm. who was buried during the week and for Patrick Joseph Hogan anniversary at this time
FIRST Friday Communion Rounds will be made in Knockanure in the morning and Moyvane in the afternoon.
COLLECTION for Youth Service is on 6th and 7th of December.
READERS: John Corbett, Jerry Duggan, Margaret Flaherty.