Knockanure Notes — 3rd March, 2019

RAMBLING House on the 7th March at 8 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 11th March. Music by Stevie Donegan. All Welcome, If attending it is important to please ring office on 068/49799. New members especially welcome.

SMOKE ALARMS: available from Knockanure Community Centre free of charge.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION SCOIL CHORP CHRÍOST: Information evening for parents/carers. Tuesday 5th of March at 8pm in Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure. Organised by the Parents Association.

CONCERT; Lip Along to the Song in Aid of Aras Mhuire Nursing Home. MC Brendan Fuller from Radio Kerry, Local & national celebrities, at Listowel Community Centre, March 9th, doors open at 7pm.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE: A speech and language talk aimed at parents of children aged 18 months and above will take place on Monday March 11 at 10.30am. Contact Toni Clarke, call 23584.

DEATH has taken place of Joe Mackessy, Finchley, North London, and Tarmons, Tarbert, on February 16th 2019. Joe is predeceased by his wife Mary and is survived by his sons Joe and Daniel, daughters Caroline, Janet and Helen, brothers Con, Jim and Tom, sisters Elizabeth (Lila), Mamie, Helen, Noreen (USA) and Kitty (Birmingham). Requiem Mass for Joe at St. Mary’s Church, Tarbert on March 4th at 11am followed by interment in the adjoining churchyard.

ANNIVERSARIES: Willie Brosnan, Mave Marvin, Nora Carmody, Nora Roche, Mary O’Hanlon, Bridie Flaherty, Anna O’Reilly, Bobby Buckley, Dan Enright, Bill Casey, Michael Kissane, Sr. Pius O’Farrell, Bridie Flavin, Tom Brendan O’Connell, Margaret Wallace, Alice Barrett, Tommy Buckley, Jimmy Windle, Nora Daly, Kitty Normoy, Betty Goulding, Peg Hodsoll, Margaret Mulvihill, Tom Flaherty, Anna Flaherty, Fr. Stephen Kennelly, Mass Moyvane: Mon 4th at 7.30pm for Catherine O’Connor, Glin; Thurs 7th at 7.30pm for Peggy Wallace, Aughrim & deceased of the Wallace & Staunton families; Fri 8th at 7.30pm for Ann Flahavan, Moyvane North; Sat 9th at 7.30pm for Jerry Brosnan, The Village (1st Anni), and Mass on Sun 10th at 11.00am for Con & Bridie O’Flaherty, Tubbertoureen. Mass Knockanure: Tues 5th at 7.30pm for Deceased of the Cronin family, Knockanure Village, and Mass Sun 10th at 10.00am for Margaret Flynn, Knockanure.

MASS Moyvane; Tues 5th at 10.00am, Special Intention; Wed 6th at 7.30am for ASH WEDNESDAY – Day of fast & abstinence mass at 7.30pm Parishioners. Knockanure Mass on Wed 6th at 10.00am ASH WEDNESDAY – Day of fast & abstinence.

GAA KNOCKANURE: There was no winner of the €3300 Lotto Jackpot on Friday 2nd March. Numbers drawn were 8, 10, 12, and 19. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Gerry Harrison, Aughrim, Moyvane; 2. Billy White c/o John Barry; 3. Leonie Hannafin, c/o Kevin’s; 4. Lily Moore, Tralee, and 5. Cornelius Moloney, Knockmeale, Abbey. Next draw on Friday 8th March with jackpot €3400

Knockanure GAA held their AGM recently. At this AGM the Chairman in his address to the group expressed how eagerly awaited works on the field has started where Finances were now available for draw down for this new project. With a significant amount of work to be done it remains the hope of the club to have football played on the pitch in either August or September. The GAA Lotto has been going very well and steady. With that on the agenda the Club wished the winners of the recent €10,500 jackpot, Eileen & Paudie Hanrahan, the best of luck with their winnings. He went on to mention how Alex the club treasurer produced a very detailed and comprehensive financial report which outlined that the club were in a comfortable position before the commencement of works on field along with planned walkway around field all yet to be paid for. He went on to highlight how with this huge amount of work planned in the coming weeks and months it will involve everyone putting their “shoulder to the wheel” in order to successfully complete this project. Alex the club treasurer wished to thank all those who helped raise those funds and most of all to those who contributed to them.

Knockanure GAA Club Officers Elected were as follows: President: Jackie McMahon

Vice Presidents: Fr. Kevin McNamara, Fr. Brendan O’Callaghan, Fr. Tom McMahon.

Chairman: Kevin Stack; Vice Chairman John Looney; Secretary Willie Joe Leahy;

Assistant Secretary Kathy Finucane; Treasurer Alex McMahon; PRO, Willie Joe Leahy;

Youth Officer Billy Lynch; Delegate to County Board, Paudie Flavin; Delegates to North Kerry Board, Fr. Tom McMahon, Paudie Flavin. Team Manager: Dan Stack – who will announce his Selectors and Team Captain at a later time. Wishing all this new team a very prosperous year ahead.

MOYVANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOC: AGM in the Marian Hall on Mon night March 11th at 9pm. All welcome.

OPEN DAY: North College of Further Education in Listowel open day March 6th 1pm to 7pm.

FESTIVAL: Killarney Mountain Festival March 8th to 10th. Bardic festival in Lisselton runs from 21st to 24th of March.

SONGS and Poems lecture by Anne Kearney will be held at Ardfert on March 7th.

NORTH KERRY OLDER PERSONS MAINTENANCE SERVICE We provide a low cost maintenance and minor repair service specifically for senior members of the community of North Kerry. Info at 23429.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: KNOCKANURE: Tuesday 10am – 5pm; MOYVANE: Wednesday 10am – 7pm.

PADRE PIO FILM – “We’ll rise at dawn” (FREE EVENT).This is a beautiful story of two boys who decide to write a book about Padre Pio – one of the great saints of our time. The simplicity of the story, filled with emotion, make this a truly beautiful film. Tralee Omniplex, DATE: Monday, 4th March. TIME: 8.00 PM.

LENT: Listowel Pastoral Area Gathering at St. John’s The Square, Listowel –Finding God in a time of trouble –with Olive Foley & Fr. Donal O’Connor –Monday, March 25that 8.00 p.m

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB CONCERT: Saturday, March 9 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse at 8pm. Ella Marie O’Dywer, Nora Butler, Philip Enright, Daisy Kearney, Frances Kennedy, Kileedy Comhaltas, Templeglantine Junior Plearacha Group and many more.

CONGRATULATIONS to Adam O’Sullivan a pupil of Colaiste Ide, Abbeyfeale who won top award in the Book of Kells Creative Art Competition organised by Trinity College.

LEGION OF MARY meet every Wednesday at 7.45pm. for an hour in the Parish Meeting Room, Listowel. New members welcome.

POKER CLASSIC – in Carmody’s Bar Tarbert on Sat. 9th March at 8.30pm. This is a fundraiser for the Church. Monster raffle on the night.

CONTAINER GARDENING CLASS: This 6 week is perfect to learn how to grow your own flowers, vegetables and Herbs in containers. Get tips on the right soil, colour combinations and plants for sun and shade. Starting: Monday, March 11 from 1pm – 3pm in the Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale. Call 06831198 for more information.

EVENINGS OF REFLECTION: This year during Lent the Unit of Parishes (Abbeyfeale, Athea, Tournafulla/Mountcollins, Templeglantine) have organised two evenings of reflection to be held in Templeglantine on Thursday, March 7 and Thursday, March 14. We are privileged to have a woman who has made a remarkable journey in terms of Geography and Faith. She started life in South Africa as a Reformed Presbyterian “with a Baptist mother” and lead by the providence of God, human curiosity and a deep desire to be faithful, she came to work and live in Ireland, and then, followed three of her family into the Catholic Church. Dr Jessie Rogers lectures in Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

LENTEN Talk “Resting the Mind and Renewing the Heart” (Martina Lehane Sheehan) will take place in The River Island Hotel, Castleisland on Thurs. March 14th from7.30 –9pm.

MEETING: Alcoholics Anonymous Open Public Meeting in the Parish Hall, Ballylongford on Ash Wednesday, 6th March at 8.30pm. All are welcome. (Al-Anon Participation).

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT GLÓRACH: On Friday, March 8 we will be celebrating International Women’s Day at the Glórach Theatre with a concert from the group Cúisle that comprises Susan Browne, Dan Sheahan, Catherine Horgan and Kevin McCarthy. A themed night, entitled ‘Iconic Songs, Iconic Women’, it will be a fantastic acoustic celebration of International Women’s Day with a wide ranging set of all time favourites such as Cyndi Lauper, Mary Black, The Cranberries, Barbra Streisand to name but a few, book at 0871383940.

TRAUMA , ADDICTION RECOVERY AND THE FAMILY – a one hour discussion with Ken Egan and Eileen Foley both Addiction Counsellors, in the Tarbert Community Centre on Saturday March 9th at 7pm. Everybody welcome. Refreshments before and after. This is part of the on-going Thomas Lyndon discussion series on Wellness and Wellbeing.

HEALING Weekend: A Weekend of Praise, Worship and Healing in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Cork on Sat & Sun. Mar 9th & 10th. Holy Mass and Confessions on both days. Speakers include Maria Vadia Florida, Fr. John Keane Macroom, Fr. Tony Emeka Nigeria, Canon Michael Fitzgerald Mitchelstown. Mir Music Ministry. Commencing both days. Admission is free. Enquiries to 087 2405568, 086 1602201.

COLAISTE IDE DINGLE: open day March 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. 066 9151211

LIBRARY: Glucksman Library in UL, with seating in various rooms for 2200 students and equipped with all the technology that students need.

LARGE Road construction work is now taking place between Kilbaha and Gortdromasillihy, in times past great numbers of men would be involved, now a road fit for a main road can be constructed by two diggers, a dumper and several Lorries drawing high quality stone.

IRISH SPEAKING CLASSES: Abbeyfeale branch of Conradh na Gaeilge are starting Adult Irish Speaking classes, commencing on Wednesday, March 6, tosnú 7:30pm at Leens Hotel. The main aim of these classes is to promote and encourage Irish Speaking in the locality from a very basic level to more advanced. We encourage anyone with an interest on brushing up on “na cúpla focal” to attend. The classes will run cost €30 for 6 weeks. Mar a deireann an sean fhocal “Is fearr Gaeilge briste ná Béarla cliste”. For more information or to book your place contact Dónal on 068 31661 or email donalbox

VINTAGE: The Knockdown Vintage Club are preparing for the Vintage Day in Knockdown on March 31st.

WHO WANT S TO BE A THOUSANDAIRE? The Listowel Arms Hotel Saturday 30th March at 8pm. Tickets €20 each or group ticket for €50. Ticket hotline:068-21994 Hosted by Scoil Réalta Na Maidine.

FUNDRAISING VARIETY CONCERT: to raise money towards getting a Bus for St. John of God Kerry Services. Friday 26th April at the Tinteán Theatre, Ballybunion at 7.30pm. Special prize of €100 on the door ticket. Tickets can be purchased in Listowel Parish Office.

JOIN the Central Catholic Library Association. We want to turn the Library into a major hub for Catholics to meet and exchange ideas about spreading the Faith. 2022 marks Centenary of the Central Catholic Library at Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Please share this message. See

TROCAIRE Boxes are in all churches now.

THOUGHT: “In so much as love grows in you, so in you beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul” St Augustine.

LISTOWEL COMMUNITY CENTRE: AGM on the Wednesday 13th March at 7pm at the Listowel Community Centre.

SEEKING GOD THE CISTERCIAN WAY: Cistercian nuns seek God and follow Christ in a life of prayer and work, solitude and simplicity, in a stable, loving community. Next vocations weekend 15th—17thMarch, St. Mary’s Abby, Glencairn. Contact Sr. Sarah at vocations.

ST JOHN’S: Tues 5th- COLD WAR – Film Club- A new film by Pawel Pawlikowski which follows the passionate romance between musician Wiktor and a beautiful young woman Zula who meet in post-war Poland. In association with Access Cinema.

Thurs 7th- THE DIVINE ORDER- A film by Petra Volpe and a 2018 Oscar contender. Nora wants to work but she needs her husband‘s permission so she decides to fight such an outmoded notion and demand the vote for women which only came about in her native Switzerland in 1971. An International Women’s Day screening in association with Access Cinema.

Wed 13th- THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE- Centre Stage Theatre Co. Belfast present a new play by Merlin Howard (grandson of Wilde) and John O’ Connor based on transcripts of Wilde’s court appearances.

Thurs 14th & 19th – 21st- SEUSSICAL-HORTON HEARS A WHO- Theatrix Stage School end of term performances, directed by Jo Jordan. More from 068 22566.

GLIN CASTLE HOSTS THE RARE AND SPECIAL PLANT FAIR: on Sunday, May 12 from 10am – 5pm. Adults €6 Kids free (U’12) The Rare and Special Plant Fair was established in 2001 with the assistance of Bord Bia, to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare and difficult to source plants, while at the same time visit a garden of note that they may not otherwise visit. Over 40 stalls of rare and unusual plants. Expert advice from the growers. Food and refreshment stalls. Free plant, creche and porter service available. Glin Castle tours available. Free car parking.

ATHEA FIRST RESPONDERS; 10 Years of Athea Community First Responders

By Rodge Byrne

It all started in 2007, when Dr Kieran Murphy, Athea Community GP, and I met up at the annual conference, known as Kieran and I spent some time discussing how a Community First Responder (CFR) system would work in and around the parish of Athea. and attended a meeting in HSE South Ambulance services in Cork to get the process started.

How it developed

I was then a member of staff in the Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training team at Kerry General Hospital. I arranged for a CPR training colleague to kick us off, with the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF), Heart Saver CPR AED programme, in Con Colbert Hall in April 2008.

We cast our net across the community to see who would like to get involved in such an important service and excitingly, there was no shortage of interest. People came forward from the Fishing Club, Gun Club, Credit Union, GAA, Motorcycle Road Races Association, along with local pub staff, nurses, Irish Red Cross personnel and farmers – it was a mix of everyone from the community. In a village where the nearest ambulance is sometimes more than 30-45 minutes away, it was (is) about taking care of our own.

Raising money locally from donations and Church gate collections for training, equipment and resupply, the Athea Community First Responders (CFRs) was launched. Personnel across 2008-2010 had nationally recognised IHF training. We arranged to be contacted by the ambulance personnel if they were coming to our “patch” and hence a CFR would be first on scene, knowing what actions were most appropriate and equipment needed.

By 2010 we had developed key personnel to become instructors, just as the emergence of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (Phecc) for Ireland became active. This organisation is the sole “Legal authority”, for all Pre-Hospital Care practitioners-providers and sets out 6 National Standards of competency. All of Athea CFRs progressed through such training, to increase their capability of dealing with a wider set of emergency care needs. With this new “Cardiac First Responder” qualification (CFR) personnel had expanded their competence and confidence.

Additionally, Athea CFRs had a joint endeavour with Kerry Civil Defence EMS team to train a number of personnel to qualify as Occupational First Aid (OFA) now known as First Aid Responder (FAR). In concert with this training Dr Murphy has provided a range of enhanced training sessions across the years on key topics and practices.

Why they become CFRs

My observation of CFRs, is that they, are motivated people willing to provide a “skilled helper” to others living in a community “where everybody knows everybody” and makes it a more personal service. Consequently, a family do not need to experience “helplessness” at this important time.

The importance of swift and speedy action in emergency care is critically important to ensure the best outcomes for residents, and thereby the parish is split into zones, with a number of responders in each zone.

What the CFR service provides

CFRs provide an on-call service to within the community for emergency care needs from 6pm to 8am Monday to Friday and from 6pm Friday to 8am Monday, 365 days a year (Yep 2017 a call on Christmas day too @14.22). The CFR phone holder acts as coordinator when they receive a call, they forward details to all CFRs of the nature and location of an incident.

Subsequently a group of responders will go to the scene to assess and carryout appropriate actions. Members of the team will have picked up the defibrillator and oxygen-breathing equipment from its position in the Defibrillator phone box outside Griffin’s Butchers in Main Street, Athea.

On that note Athea Tidy-towns vision for the “Telefon” box was an inspired choice to locate the defibrillator essentials from 2018 onwards and reaffirms our great working partnerships. Additionally 2018 saw the arrival of a second defibrillator awarded to us. We are surrounded by them / Athea GAA + Vales Football Club / and as of Jan 2019 Con Colbert hall (inside).

During 2008-2010 there were seven call-outs and several of those were heart attack-type events. In one instance, an individual received a stent in less than three hours. So these are critical responses and show the significance of incidents CFRs attend.

In 2012 on the last occasion of Road Races, and 6 minutes before the “official road closure order” came into force, CFRs had to travel up the circuit from the bridge to Knockfinisk to a person requiring assistance. In the same year Athea CFRs featured in the Irish Times: If you have access to on-line then search this statement, “Could this be the safest village in Ireland” it will take you to that article, along with a feature on TG4.

In 2014 a very demanding call involving multiple agencies that included CFRs first, followed by Shannon Doc presence, and Ambulance along with Gardaí to prepare for landing of the Irish Army Air corps, Rescue 112, air-medical evacuation helicopter.

In 2016 the whole CFR team underwent mandatory re-certification training that takes place every two years. Additionally we were approached by the NAS – Community Engagement

Officer for Limerick, requesting us to be re-registered as NAS 112-999 CFRs. Across the next 12 months we passed through the appropriate steps and hurdles e.g. evidence of training records = Phecc registrations / car insurance data / uniform requirements / equipment lists, and were incorporated into the 999 dispatch system.

Across the same period 2016-2017 the Athea CFR committee agreed that we should become a registered charity. Under the stewardship of Mary Sheahan Athea CFR Secretary it became a reality in early 2018. As you may know its takes a lot of background work to get registered and sets us apart from other groups that do not have such scrutiny applied to “what we do and how we keep our books”.

Athea CFR team members are trained to the CFR Level 1 for First Responders, some members with OFA – FAR, along with other professional registered practitioners and instructors. Every two years CFR teams are required to undergo recertification training in addition to their attendance in the 1 hour training- testing session carried out every 90 days.

Looking ahead

Across the years the demand for NAS – CFR services has been continuously expanding with regular monitoring to ensure that the Irish system meets International protocols. To that end since 2012 the expectation is that, following receipt of a 112–999 call to NAS, CFRs are required to be at the “scene” within 7 Minutes 59 seconds. I am pleased to advise that Athea has consistently met that target. All responses we’ve had in the village and across the Parish in the 10 years of existence have been between three and five minutes. You’re in good hands!

As 2018 draws to an end and 2019 kicks off, I want to update “our community” on where we are and where we are going. Earlier this year we were re-registered and went live with NAS 112-999 service. Since that time we are providing CFR services to a wider area, therefore increasing the frequency of calls.

If you are concerned about a person in your home showing signs of any of the following:

Heart attack signs – Chest pain and short of breath

Stroke signs – Face weakness – Arm weakness or Slurred Speech

Choking – where the person cannot cough or make a sound – cannot breath

Unconscious or Unresponsive – doesn’t wake or move on their own or when you touch them

Cardiac arrest – Heart stopped – poor colour or changing colour not breathing

Call 112 or 999 and a group of Athea Community Responders will be dispatched to your Eircode – Home address, with all the necessary equipment prior to an Ambulance arriving.

For all other calls Dr Murphy’s surgery or Shannon Doc or 112-999 Dispatcher will advise

Lastly, I would like to invite any member of the community who might like to be involved in the First Responder organisation to get in touch CFR phone 087 2737077 or Rodge 086 3103233. Full, free training is given – equipment, uniform and identity documents issued / following Garda checking protocols and insurance indemnity. Rodge Byrne, Training advisor Athea CFRs

Useful websites to visit for more information for all matters regarding national F.A.S.T Campaign for the national standards for Emergency Care Practitioners levels 1-6

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