Knockanure Notes — 30th November, 2014

RAMBLING House on Thursday 4th  December 2014 at 9 pm in Knockanure Community Centre. Everyone is welcome. Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Admission free. Refreshment will be served. Contact Ann Flavin at  086 3090948.

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre takes place on Monday 08th December 2014. Mass at 12.30 pm followed by meal at 1.00 pm. Music by Stevie Donegan. All Welcome.
If attending it’s important to please ring office on 068 49799. New members especially welcome

INFORMATION officer(Philomena) at Knockanure Community Centre every monday(except second Monday of every month) from 1.30 -3.30. Farm assist, social welfare, medical cards and much more. Free and confidential service.

PLAY: Animation Drama Group presents  “Hansel & Gretel” in The Creepy Woods in Knockanure Community Centre, on Sunday 7th December, 2014 at 7.30pm.  

PRESENTATON: Martin O Flaherty of Moyvane Bikers Club recently presented at cheque to Michael Windle for the North Kerry Eagles Club, it was proceeds from a poker run which amounted to E3,321.

FARMING Seminar at the Arms Hotel on Dec. 8th at 8pm. Minister Simon Coveney will be guest of honour.

ATHEA Christmas party will take place on Wednesday, December 10th at the Top of the Town.

KNOCK SHRINE 2014  December 7th, Vigil Programme 8pm. Confessions in the Chapel of Reconciliation 9pm. Rosary & Holy Hour Mass 11pm. – Midnight. Coach will leave Listowel at 2.30pm. contact 068-31232 or 0873966399.

LATE LATE  Toy Show on  Friday 28th November  featured  Draoicht , who started their music at Desmond College Newcastle West under  music teacher Jude Keane.

LIGHTS: On Saturday night December 6th at 8.15pm after Mass Santa Claus and some of his helpers will be in the village Moyvane to turn on the Christmas Tree Lights.  There will be Carol Singing etc.

DEATH has taken place of John Buckley of 8 Woodgrove, Moyvane  on the 25th of November 2014, son of the late Jeremiah and Lizzy  Buckley.  John is survived by his  brother Mike, sisters Mary Teresa, Peggy, and Noreen, nephews and nieces. Requiem Mass for John Buckley was celebrated  on Friday, the 28th of November in Moyvane Church, followed by burial in Murhur Cemetery.

DEATH has occurred of Maura Gallahue (née Leahy) Ballyfaskin, Ballylanders and formerly of Millstream, Abbeyfeale, wife of the late Patrick , and mother of the late William. Survived by her children Breda (Noonan), Donie, Mary (Rogers), Patricia (Reidy), Eileen (Fitzgerald), Ita (Moriarty), Paddy, Joan ( Magill),  Anne Marie (Corbett) and Eamonn, and her sister Sr. Mary (Ita) Nazareth Sisters San Francisco. Maura Gallahue was predeceased by  her  siblings  Eileen and Breda (Flanagan),  Fr Tim (Salesian, Pallaskenry), Jim (Charleville), Emmet of  Knockanure and Ned (Abbeyfeale). Following Requiem Mass at Anglesboro Church on 27th November 2013 Maura Gallahue was laid to rest in the church grounds.

ANNIVERSARIES: Finbar Carmody, Mary Manning, Ellen Vaughan, Pat Hayes, Jim Brosnan, Margaret Kennelly, Michael Fitzmaurice, Betty Coughlin, Ollie Leahy, Tommy Foley, Bridie Stack, Mikie Holly, Margaret Dillane, Kay Holloway, Tim Kennelly, James O Connor, Nora Foran, Breda Thomas, Mass on Thurs. 4th at Knockanure 7.30pm for John & Catherine Moloney. Mass on Fri. 5th at 7.30pm    for Deceased members of the Flavin & Mulvihill Families, Aughrim. Mass on Sat. 6th at 7.30pm for Kathleen O’Connor, Keylod. Mass on Sun. 7th at 10.00am for Jack & Mary Carmody and 11.00am    Mass for Maureen Foley & the deceased members of the Foley Family. Mass on Mon. 8th December, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Holyday of Obligation,    Knockanure 10.00am for Tom Relihan.

CHURCH NEWS:  Friday is the First Friday of the Month.  Usual Communion Rounds, Knockanure in the morning and Moyvane in the afternoon. Diocesan Collection for the Diocesan Youth Service on 6th & 7th December.Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday December 4th at 8pm in the Presbytery.
Adoration Sun. from 4.00pm to 5.00pm, Wed. 10.00am to 7.00pm and Knockanure    Tues.    10.00am to 6.00pm.
Readers, Vigil John Corbett, 11am Amanda Coulson & Áine O’Connor;
Knockanure 10am Gerard Leahy & Brenda Clancy.

 EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: in preparation for Christmas is taking place each Sunday of Advent in the Adoration Chapel Listowel from 3pm to 6pm. We also have our usual adoration every Tuesday & Wednesday.

ENROLMENT Ceremony for children who will receive their First Communion next year was held in Knockanure Church on 27th Nov. 2014. Great to see the talent of all who read and sang the hymns. Parents and teachers deserve our thanks, as this training will be remembered by all for many years to come.

THANKS: The Senior Citizens Committee thank all who attended their Annual Christmas Party.  The day was made possible by our main sponsors: Newtownsands Co-Op, Dunne’s Gala Moyvane, Irish Wire, I.C.A., Development Association, Marian Hall Bingo.

We are also extremely thankful to our Local Business People who gave us spot prizes and the Marian Hall Committee for the use of the Hall.  A big Thank You to everyone.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy & Peaceful Christmas.

WALK: Moyvane Village walk of 2.5 miles is a great local amenity, the development association planned the beginning of the walk in 1996, they won the Open Gate Trophy on three occasions.

DANCING: West Limerick Set Dancing Club will hold their annual Christmas party at Fr. Casey’s GAA Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Saturday 13 December at 9pm with music by Taylors Cross Céilí Band.

SUPPORT: Tarbert Bereavement Support Group: monthly meeting takes place on Wednesday December 3rd at 8.oopm in the Presbytery.

LISTOWEL IRISH WHEELCHAIR SHOP Everything for Christmas at the Irish Wheelchair Shop, William St. on Tuesday, 2nd Dec. gifts, decorations & lots more.

ANNUAL SPINATHON FUNDRAISER FOR LISTOWEL COMMUNITY CENTRE takes place on Friday 5th December in the Square, Listowel. It promises to be a fun day with entertainment from local school kids, zumba dancers and a mega spin off between the Garda, Fire fighters, Publicans, Traders, Instructors & Teachers.

KNOCK SHRINE NIGHT VIGIL December 7th 2014. Coach will leave Listowel at 2.30pm. contact 068-31232 or 0873966399.  

LISTOWEL BAZAAR  On Friday next 5th & Saturday 6th December at the Boy’s School Hall at 8pm.

CAROLS: Ecumenical Carol Service in conjunction with St Brendan’s Church Tarbert will be held in St Mary’s Church Tarbert on Sunday 14th December at 7pm. All are Welcome.  

KERRY CHORAL UNION CHRISTMAS CONCERT: One of the most popular Christmas musical events will be held on Sunday, December 14th at 7.30pm in St. John’s Church, Tralee. ‘O Holy Night’ promises to be a memorable one, featuring Tralee’s own Soprano, Miriam Murphy who is joined by accompanist Ian Sexton, and Musical Director Sharon Reidy.

AUSTRALIA: Minister Deenihan  led an Enterprise Ireland trade mission and officially opened the new Honorary Consulate for Western Australia, in Perth recently. Mr Marty Kavanagh is the new Honorary Consul. GAA President, Liam O’Neill and Minister Deenihan  launched the ‘Striving and Surviving in Australia Guide’ which highlights key issues to be aware of if travelling through or moving to Australia.

SISTERS OF ST. ELIZABETH from Belarus will speak at the Masses on the weekend of December 13th/14th in St John’s Tralee. A display of their crafts will be in the Parish Centre and they will be asking for our support in their orphanage ministry.

 OUR LADY AND ST. BRENDANS CHURCH TRALEE: Annual Ecumenical Ceremony of Remembrance on Sunday 7th December at 3 p.m.  

DINNER: The Community Centre Committee Tarbert is considering the possibility of providing a Christmas dinner for our senior citizens on December 14th at 12.30pm. To justify the occasion, sufficient numbers would have to attend.  If you are interested please phone

Breda Lavery 087-1909880 or Dan O Connor 087-0550762 before 5th December.

MEETING: Defibrillator meeting 2nd December at 8pm in Tarbert Community Centre.  Everybody welcome to attend.

FUNDS: Childline. Nationally the charity needs 1.2millian in funding to keep the 24-hour service operational, the nighttime service has been available for 15 of childline’s 26 years of operation

MARRIAGE; Meaning of Marriage and The Rights of Children”.   Speaker David Quinn of the Iona Institute on Thursday December 11th at the Brandon Hotel at 7.30pm.  Organized by Kerry Life and Family.

CHOIRS: St. Mary’s Cathedral Killarney will host a major choral event on Sunday, December 7th at 8pm focussing on church choirs in the diocese. Entitled Joy to the World, the concert will include the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir and Children’s Choir, both directed by Aidan O’ Carroll together with church choirs from Listowel, Castleisland, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle as well as the Kerry School of Music Senior and Junior Orchestras.

FAIR in Glin on Dec.6th from 10am to 2pm. Craft Fair in Duagh on 14th Dec.

JOURNAL launch at the Thatch Lisselton on Dec. 5th.

TALK on history by Kay Moloney Caball at 7.30pm on Dec. 2nd at Seanchai.

IRISH CATHOLIC CATECHISM FOR ADULTS; The 10 week course on the Catechism. Fr. Sean has kindly offered to do it again beginning on Monday, 12th January (7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.). course which is open to anybody from our Pastoral Area of Listowel, Duagh, Moyvane & Lixnaw may be done by contacting Denise a.s.a.p. at the Parish Office. 068-21188

YOUTH 2000 IRELAND: hosting their annual Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare from Fri. 12th to Sun. 14th Dec. 2014. Many young people from across Ireland (aged 16-35) are expected at this donation only event, with all newcomers very welcome.  Free buses available.  Online booking necessary see or phone 01 6753690.

VISITOR: Brian C. Smith ancestral home in Tarbert beside  Kirby’s Lanterns , he is Mayor of the Village of Irvington and Head Trader at Blue Ridge Capital LLC. Visit 2014. He has relations in Moyvane.

VIDEO now available on Bill Mockler who lived to over 100 years, he talks about his background and his early years in Mount Plummer, Co. Limerick. He was born in Broadford and he recalls his schooldays and his first job, driving a pony and trap for the local doctor. He describes his local knowledge about the Moonlighters and the days of the Land League. He joined the local IRA, was arrested by the Black and Tans and he details the subsequent harassment of his parents. He recalls the days of the Fight for Freedom and describes his reluctance to continue with the struggle after 1921. Track 2. He remembers the burning of houses locally by the Black and Tans. The dreadful accidental fire in 1927 at Drumcollogher picture house is also recalled.The introduction of the wireless is remembered, as is Canon Begley, summers staying in a lodging house at Ballybunion and going to the Listowel races. Track 3. Drawing the hay and the harvest night celebrations, butter- making and meal bread are also recalled. Bill explains that he witnessed the partial burning of Springfield Castle, Broadford, owned by Lord Muskerry, in 1921. To conclude, he talks about settling in Tournafulla and of cycling right up into he was in his late 80s.

PHOTO: Man on Bridge exhibition.  Every photo that has been added to the project will be at the  exhibition which will run from the 29th of November to the 8th of January 2015 in the Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar.

BALLINCROSSIG N.S. 50TH JUBILEE BOOK.   Entitled “the heart of three parishes” launched by Bishop Ray Browne on Dec. 7th at 2pm at Ballincrossig school.  All welcome.  

DISTINCTION: Some Kerry students who won distinction and prizes in the National Exams 1895, taken from Irish Examiner 16-9-1895.

John Cronin, Gerard Enright, Pat Carroll, T J O Connor, T Flaherty, W Ferris all of St Brendan’s. T F Rahilly of St Michael’s. M C Joy Killorglin, John Kelliher and Tim Cronin of Tralee. Margaret Daly, Louisa Greany, Mary Anne Brien and Kate O Sullivan of Loretto Killarney. Bridget Cremin Presentation Tralee.

NEWSPAPERS: Taken from Freemans Journal. 13-11-1859, died 1858 aged 70 years, Rev Jeremiah O Connell PP of Lixnaw for 30 years. Died aged 33 years Rev J F Lucas of Limerick at Launcestown,  Van Demons land. F J, of 10-9-1861 page 3 reports that Bishop Moriarty donated £50 towards erection of church in Lixnaw. F J of 16-1-1861 mentions Dr. McDivitt chaplain to Irish Brigade. F J of May 1859 reports that Mary Nolan sister of Fr. Thomas Nolan, joined Mercy Convent in Tralee. Irish Examiner of 7-11-1860 reports huge crowd in Fermoy for Mass for Papal Brigade, the ideals of the brigade explained, there was also Mass in Killarney for the same purpose.


  1. Michael Galvin says

    I look forward to read the Knockanure notes,and the moyvane notes. my relatives were from murhur moyvane, my dad was jeremiah Galvin. Clounmacon. and bedford, listowel. he was well known throughout the area as a farm contractor and travelled all north kerry .with his threshing machine.also a succesful greyhound breeder and owner. dad played football for listowel and Clounmacon in his younger days,, the family emigrated to the usa in 1963. we all made a good living. retired us navy. army. ret contractors. ret jacksonville electric co, NYPD,, RET Health dept,, ret ,movements of oil ships and cargo…

    • Claire O'Mahony says

      My grandmother was Margaret Galvin (m. Cecil McCarthy 2 children Mary and Denis). She was the only child of Mortimer Galvin and Kate Bunce his third wife. Mgt was born on the farm in Clounmacon. Mortimer was on the Board of Guardians, he had sons from his previous marriages, Ned and Jerry. Ned Galvin got the farm, her brother Jerry got money and married a Potter, thereafter they were called the Potter Galvins of the Maid of Erin pub/hotel in the small square in Listowel. Ned had sons NedJoe who got the farm and Jerry who went to US(your father)they had sisters Josephine and Lisa. Jo never married -she had 2 houses overlooking the Nuns beach in Ballybunion living in one and renting the other. Lisa married but my mother can’t remember her name. My sister Grainne lives in Boston ye may be able to meet up.

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