Knockanure Notes — 31st January, 2024

FEET: Care of the Aged Moyvane/Knockanure – a chiropodist will attend the Marian Hall, Mon. Feb. 5th at 11 a.m. For an appointment contact Noreen 068-49238.

SCHOOL: Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure is currently accepting enrolment for the coming academic year 2024-2025. Please contact Anne at school office telephone at 068-49130 or 087-7939134 or email scoilchorpchriost

Murhur N.S. Moyvane, Enrolment Application Forms for September 2024 are available by email at info or by contacting the school at 068 49522 9:30am-12:30pm.

THANKS: Kerry branch of the Samaritans would like to thank Parishioners for their support of their recent Christmas collection, which is much appreciated. €1,440 was collected.

SCHOOL: Well done to the boys and girls who took part in the Credit Union Quiz in Listowel recently. Ist and 2nd are learning to make Saint Brigid’s Crosses. Congratulations to John Sweeney, who won the inaugural, Split the Bucket, in aid of Scoil Chorp Chriost. A big thank you to the Knockanure Parents Association for the help and support and to everyone who purchased tickets.

GAA: St Michael’s College are through to U19 B Munster Final after defeating High School Clonmel by 1 point after extra time. Moyvane Connections, Kiegan Moloney, Darragh O Keeffe, and Manager Johnny Mulvihill. Kerry were defeated in the National Football League Division 1, by Derry on Saturday last.

HELP: Facilitator Needed. The diocese wants a Facilitator from this parish to organize a meeting so as to explore the future of this parish. The purpose of this meeting is to develop ways to respond to the challenge of the diminishing numbers of priests. Each parish is being asked to do this. The meeting is scheduled for late February and on February 7th there will be a zoom training session for all those selected to be facilitators. If you are ready to volunteer or if you suggest a person, let Fr. Brendan know so that the name is sent to the diocese who will choose the person for this role. Time is short, before January 28th.

PPC Meeting will take place on Thurs. 8th Feb. at 7.30pm in the Sacristy (not Weds. 7th because of a possible conflict of interest with Zoom training on 7th!).

BISHOP: A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Ray Browne will be available at all Masses in due course. The letter is titled “Moving Forward in Hope – shaping together the future of pastoral areas, parishes and local church communities in our diocese.”

VOLUNTEER: ‘As we begin a new year, why not consider becoming a Trócaire Parish Volunteer and help make a difference in some of our world’s most vulnerable communities. If you care about social and global justice, this could be for you. Activities include supporting the annual Lenten Campaign as well as taking part in a wide range of events to help Trócaire spread the word about the vital work they do. For more information, call Fr Joe Begley on 086-2498967 or Janet Twomey on 021-4275622 or email volunteering.’

ST PIO devotions in Castleisland Church on February 13th 2024 – (Second Tuesday). Listowel St. Padre Pio & 1st Friday 2nd of Feb.evening mass at 6.45.

ANNIVERSARIES: John Moloney, Mike Leahy, Tim Lynch, Kathy Scollard, Mai Kelliher, Kitty Curtin, Eileen O Loughlin, Sr. Sacred Heart Meade, Denny Mulvihill, Frank O Dowd, John Corridan, Mary O Carroll, Jerry Codogan, Bridget Rowley.

MASS INTENTIONS: Sat.27th Jan.’24- Moyvane for Bill Horan (Aniv.) & deceased of the Horan family at 7.30pm; Sun.28th Jan.’24- Knockanure for James & Kathleen O’Connor (Aniv.)The Hill, Knockanure at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Ellie Mai, Mike Joe, Seamus & Tom O’Flaherty (Aniv.’s) The Village at 11.00am; Tues.30th Jan.’24-Moyvane for Patrick O’Connor (1st Aniv.) Clounprohus at 10.00am; Weds.31st Jan.’24- Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Thurs.1st Feb.’24-Moyvane for Eileen Collins (Aniv.) at 10.00am; Fri.2nd Feb.’24-Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Sat.3rd Feb.’24- Moyvane for Michael “Mick” O’Flaherty Jr. Recently Deceased at 7.30pm; Sun.4th Feb.’24 Knockanure for Jerry & Mary Enright (Aniv.) The Village, Knockanure at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Brendan “Ben” Mulvhill & Denis Mulvihill (Aniv.’s) Leitrim West at 11.00am.

BEST WISHES TO SEÁN MURPHY, Kerry seminarian who is currently doing his placement in Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Parish, who will be ordained deacon in Glenbeigh Church on Sunday January 28th at 3pm. The ceremony is open to anyone who would like to attend. We pray God’s blessing on Seán at this special time.

RAMBLING House Knockanure, First Thursday of the month and Clounmacon session is on Friday 9th of Feb. Video link, Filename, Listowel Rambling House 25 January 2024.

ST BRIGID’S Day (Lá Fhéile Bríde) is celebrated on February 1st. The Bank Holiday will take place on the first Monday in February each year, except where St Brigid’s day happens to fall on a Friday, in which case that Friday February 1st will be a public holiday.

St. Brigid’s Day

To mark St. Brigid’s Day 2024, two events are currently being planned to take place at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea. A workshop will be held at the Church on January 31st ( St Brigid’s Eve) at 7.30pm, where everyone is welcome to come along and make a St Brigid’s Cross. Materials will be provided, and there will be some experts at hand to guide you. Tea and Coffee will also be served. During Sunday morning Mass on February 4th a short re-enactment of the life of St Brigid will be acted out by some local children. We would like to extend a cead míle fáilte to everyone to join us for both events, to commemorate & remember this special saint.

FEAST of the Presentation of the Lord 2nd of February, Candlemas Day. Saint Blaise feast on Saturday 3 February, he was Bishop of Sebastea in Armenia and was martyred in 315 AD. He is patron saint of people with sore throats and sick cattle.

ADORATION takes place each Friday in the Sacristy in Duagh Church from 3.00 pm in the afternoon. Public Rosary starts at 7.00 pm Mass starts on Friday evening at the time of 7:30 pm.

TRIBUTE TO THE LATE FR. TIM GALVIN: On Saturday, February 10 following the 6.30pm Mass in Abbeyfeale which will be offered to mark his 1st anniversary. Fran Leahy originally from New St. and who volunteered with Fr. Tim in 2015 and 2016 will present a slide show showing some of the work

that was enabled by the donations he received from home. It will take place at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre and tea and biscuits will be served. Everyone is welcome.

FREE COMPUTER SKILLS COURSE: Every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm in The Bulter Centre, Listowel. This course is for adults. Please call Vivienne 086 0749758.

CONCERT: A fundraising concert in aid of Tournafulla Community Hall on Saturday, February 10 will star Denis Curtin, Donie Nolan and friends, The Wright Sisters, Willie and John Larkin, Tournafulla Church Choir and the local Wrenboy Group. Doors open at 8pm.

ST JOHNS; Thursday 1st Feb. Theatre- Nettle Horse; Sat 3rd to Thursday 8th Theatre- The Roses of Tralee and on Sat. 10th Comedy – A Celebration of Fr. Ted with Joe Rooney, details from 068 22566.

DRAMA: Abbeyfeale Drama Group present “The Banshee of Crokey Hill” by Tommy Marren at the Glórach on Tuesday, February 13, Thursday 15, Saturday 17, Sunday 18 and the following week.

DANCING CLASSES: Waltzing, jiving etc have started in the Plaza Hall, Listowel for Beginners: 7.00-8.00 pm, Advanced: 8.00-9.00 pm. For bookings, please contact 087 7541631.

TEA DANCE: at Plaza Listowel on Monday, February 5, dancing from 3pm to 5.30pm.

DANCE: It’s on in Asdee Community Centre on Sunday, February 4 from 2.30 – 5.30pm. – Fundraiser in aid of Cenacolo Community, Knock.

DANCING: every Friday night in the Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex 8:30pm to 10:30pm. Complimentary teas and coffees. Door prize on the night. Everyone welcome.

Adult Social Dance Classes: in Tarbert Community Centre Starting Thursday 25th January 7pm till 9pm. All levels of Dancers, no partner needed, Refreshments included. If interested text 087 1829702

RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY (Cancer Support House) will have a Designer Fashion Showcase event taking place in the Gleneagle INEC Arena on February 1st, 2024, at 7pm. The event will be MC’ d by legendary RTE broadcaster, Mary Kennedy. Tickets are only €30 and are for sale at Recovery Haven Kerry 5 Haigs Terrace Tralee or at the Gleneagle INEC box office, they can also be purchased online.

For further information please ring 066 7192122

BARDIC FESTIVAL Committee Ballydonoghue, present Brendan Begley and Steve Cooney in Tomaisin’s Saturday 3rd February at 8 p.m.

GLÓRACH: “Our first film screening of the New Year takes place on Sunday, January 28th with our screening of the French film, ‘Driving Madeline’ by Christian Carion. A heart-warming film that charts the journey across Paris of taxi driver Charles and the elderly Madeline, who is set to enter a nursing home but has one last glorious look back at her life in the course of the drive across the city. The film kicks off at 7.30 pm and tickets can be booked at or at the door on the night.”

COMMUNITY GAMES Listowel : following events and dates: Basketball U13 Boys: text Claire by Friday 2nd Feb on 087 9595211. Swimming: If any child would be interested in competing in any of the following Swimming events, please text Karena on 087 2035865 by Friday 2nd of Feb. Boys & Girls U/10 Over 8 1 length 25m Freestyle or Backstroke. Boys & Girls U/12 Over 10 2 lengths, 50m Freestyle or 50m Breaststroke. Boys & Girls U/12 Over 10 2 lengths, 50m Backstroke or 50m Freestyle. Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths, 50m Backstroke or 50m Breaststroke. Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths, 50m Butterfly or Boys & Girls U/16 Over 14 2 lengths, 50m Freestyle or, 50m Backstroke. Boys & Girls U/16 Over 14 2 lengths, 50m Butterfly or 50m Breaststroke. Talent: If anyone is interested in participating in the following individual or team events, please text Karena on 087 2035865 by Friday 2nd of February. Solo Recitation (Individual Boys or Girls) – U12 & U16. Solo Music (Individual Boys or Girls) – U12 & U 16. Solo Singing (Individual Boys or Girls) – U12 & U16. Group Music Team, All boys, All girls, Mixed, Maximum 6 – Minimum of 2 – U12 & U16. Group Singing Team, All boys, All girls, Mixed, Maximum 6 – Minimum of 2 – U12 & U16.

CHARITY Dancing; ‘Sickly Come Dancing — The Relapse’ which will take place at Ballygarry Estate on Friday, February 2. 11 couples, all hospital staff, some with local connections are competing.

FILM: TY students in the locality have a chance to take part in a short-film competition on the Shannon Estuary Information Packs and Entry Forms for the competition from eadams; telephone 069 73102. Entry forms returned by February 14th.

2024 Entrepreneur Of The Year programme, nominations in before February 29 and 24 finalists will be selected.

OPEN Week at Kerry College from February 19-23,

CAR BOOT SALE: A Car boot sale will be held at Newcastle West Community Centre on Sunday February 4, from 8am to 1pm. Pre booking of stalls is essential on 069-69584.

THE HEALY RAE’S: A dance will be held at The Gleneagle Killarney celebrating 50 years in Politics by the Healy Rae’s on Friday, February 9 at 8.30pm.

BADMINTON: Moyvane Badminton, Timmy Noonan and John McGrath Invitational Tournament took place recently. It was a men’s and ladies doubles competition with a mixed doubles final. The division 5 competition had to be cut short due to a power cut in the hall.

Results, Division 1 & 2, Winners: Ushas Girijakumari Raju (Tralee) & Helen Browne (Moyvane);

Runners-up: Chris McCarthy (Moyvane) & Jennifer Nash (Killarney)

Division 3, Winners: Kieran Crehan (Killarney) & Jessica O’Loughlin (Tralee); Runners-up: Mikey Sheehy (Tralee) & Marie Kennelly (Moyvane)

Division 4, Winners: Kevin Thanesgran (Tralee) & Mairead O’Connell (Kingdom), Runners-up: Tom Bradley (Kingdom) & Charlotte Quinn (Moyvane).

FILMMAKERS: Discover the remarkable cinematic depiction of the evolving social and cultural scene in North Kerry, spanning from the 1970s onwards, crafted by local filmmakers John Lynch and Michael Mulcahy. Enjoy the digitally remastered film, “The Way I Remember It,” with narration by Eamonn Keane, currently being showcased in Kerry Writers’ Museum in Listowel.

Details at

OPEN MIC: ‘Literary Listowel’ Readings take place on the first Thursday of every month, from 11 am.

ART: Kerry Writers’ Museum is honoured to have the work of Michael O’Connor as part of our collection. If you would like to see the full collection of artwork, Kerry Writers’ Museum is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm

CONGRATULATIONS to 1,900 students – including 77 PhDs – celebrating their graduation from the University of Limerick. Kerry College of Further Education and Training held their graduation day at the Brandon Hotel Conference Centre recently also. The College has campuses at Clash Road, Denny Street, Killorglin, Listowel, and Monavalley.

CONGRATULATIONS to Eileen Griffin, Drumnacurra on celebrating her 100th Birthday.

POPE Francis announced the start of a Year of Prayer on Sunday in preparation for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. In his Angelus address, the pope said that a Year of Prayer starting on Jan. 21 will be “a year dedicated to rediscovering the great value and absolute need for prayer in one’s personal life, in the life of the Church, and in the world.”

GREENWAY: Clare County Council is commencing Public Consultation for the West Clare Railway Greenway for Section 3 – Ennistymon, Lahinch & Miltown Malbay; and Section 4 – Miltown Malbay, Quilty, Doonbeg & Moyasta.

CAMINO: A group from Athea are hoping to do 100km of the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago from June 12-19. Average walk 20km per day, please contact Denise on 086-6095716.

TRIP: Ceoltoirí Na Ríochta musicians North Kerry area are going to New York for St Patrick’s Day.

Band includes On fiddle, Listowel’s Daibhín Laide, Alannah Moroney and Hayley Holly; Abbeydorney’s Lisa Slattery; Ballybunion’s Samantha O’Sullivan; Lixnaw’s Grace Hannon Linnane and, from Fenit, Lily Mari Williamson. Piper Sean Michael Redican from Tralee. On concertina, Rebekah Sheehy, Moyvane; Aoibhinn Buckley, Lisselton; Shauna Carey, Listowel; from Lixnaw, Caitlin Faley; Derrymore’s Oisin Gallagher and Tralee’s Kayleigh Enright. Traditional Irish singer Grace Heffernan from Asdee, and sister Emma, a singer, is playing the Irish flute along with Listowel’s Sarah Murphy, Lisselton’s Eliza O’Donnell and Grace Foley and Asdee’s Ella Pickett. On accordion, Tralee’s Valerie Enright, Molly Linnane and Jack Purcell from Lisselton and Listowel musician and Sean Nós dancer Trina Kennedy. Three on banjo, Georgie O’Donnell from Lisselton; Lixnaw’s Mikey Fealy; and Tralee, Peter Doyle, also Cork-based harpist and whistler, Kellianne French. The group were invited by the Pearl River School of Music, their founder Moyvane Margie Mulvihill her family from Moyvane. More from ceoltoirinariochta.

MUSIC: The Diocese will host two music workshops for Lent and Easter 2024. The purpose of the workshop will be to introduce new music for both liturgical seasons. On Wednesday, 7th February, the workshop will take place in the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Killarney at 7:30pm. On Thursday, 8th Feb. the workshop will be repeated in St John’s Parish Centre, Tralee, also at 7:30pm. The two workshops are to facilitate musicians from both north and south of the diocese. All choir directors, choir members, musicians, cantors and all involved in music ministry are welcome to attend. Music will be provided on the night. Please contact Tomás Kenny on 086 3683778 or email Tomás at tomaskenny if you’d like to attend.

MOON Phase: February 02, 2024.On this day the Moon will be in a Last Quarter phase. This phase occurs roughly 3 weeks after the New Moon when the Moon is three quarter of the way through it’s orbit around the earth.

HELP wanted: In Gaza and around the world this Winter, children and families caught in war are suffering and they urgently need your help. Please give if you can.

SOCIAL Connection:

COMPETITION: The Columbans in Ireland and Britain, since 2018, have jointly run a competition for school students aged between the ages of 13-18 on topics such as biodiversity, migrants, peace, racism and the environment. Winning entries are published in the Columbans’ Far East magazine, Vocation for Justice newsletter, Columban websites in Ireland and Britain, Columban social media and in other media. For more information about the competition see:

TILLAGE: The annual Teagasc National Tillage Conference will take place on Wednesday, January 31 at Lyrath Conference Centre, Co. Kilkenny.

FODDER: The National Fodder and Food Security Committee (NFFSC) is to meet this week following a request from Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue.

One third of 2,356 farmers who took part in a snap Agriland survey over a 24-hour period earlier this month have said they are now running short of fodder.

769 farmers said they are running short on fodder, while 1,560 said have sufficient supplies.

Meanwhile, 769 farmers indicated that they would need to buy-in fodder, while 1,587 respondents said they would not.

Also on link above; ESB Networks’ consultation document on the upgrades “gives an excellent summation of the challenges ahead”, and he encouraged all stakeholders to take the time to read it. “It is heartening to learn that over 2,300,000 poles and 175,000 pylons supporting 157,000km of power lines across the country and most of this was built across lands with the support and goodwill of farm families.

FEAST: St Valentine’s Day, is celebrated every year on the 14 February around the world.

FOOD Festival 2024, runs in Tralee from 17th to 19th of May.

RETURN: From February 1, plastic bottles and cans can be returned in exchange for a voucher or cash under the new Deposit Return Scheme.

ROAD Safety advertisements appear to be a failure, nobody warns about the driver who is forced on minor roads to spend much of his time watching and avoiding potholes.

WRITER: Walsh, Maurice (1879–1964), author and civil servant, was born 21 April 1879 at Ballydonoghue, Listowel, Co. Kerry, third child and eldest son among four sons and six daughters of John Walsh, a farmer, and Elizabeth Walsh (née Buckley), of Tullamore, Co. Kerry.

He married (1908) Caroline Isobel Thomson Begg (1886–1941), of Dufftown, Banffshire, Scotland; they had three sons and two daughters. He died 18 February 1964, and was buried in Esker cemetery, Lucan, Co. Dublin. His papers are in the University of Limerick library.


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HISTORY: This is the second in the series of Fr Ferris’s Parish Histories ; the first being Fr. Ferris’s History of the Parishes of Ballymacelligott, Ballyseedy, O’Brennan and Nohoval which was published in 2018. More at

Fr. Ferris (1881-1971) served in Listowel (1914-15), Firies (1915-18), Tralee (1918-22), Army Chaplain (1922-24), Rathmore (1924-28), Ballymacelligott (1929-34), Millstreet (1934-35), Allihies (1935-38), Glenflesk (1938-43) and Ballylongford (1943-69). Died in 1971 aged 90 years and is buried in the church grounds in Ballylongford.

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