Knockanure notes-3rd of May 2020

MASS in Moyvane on youtube on Sundays at 10am.

CANDLE is lit every evening by Fr Kevin to give Hope.

MONTH OF MAY:  During the month of May Fr. Kevin will be praying the Rosary at 7.15pm on the Parish Radio Link.

VINTAGE: Knockdown Vintage had to cancel their run this year but, instead, is inviting you to do a short “virtual” vintage run on May 3rd at 12 noon. Staying within the 2km rule take your car, bike, wheelbar, tractor, anything that moves on wheels for a quick run and post your videos or photos on their FB page.

COVID 19; As most deaths from the virus are in nursing homes, would the government save more lives, by getting people in the community to adopt residents of homes and thus relieve pressure on congregated establishments. Daily testing of staff in contact with people, would help reduce another mode of infection. Leaving people enjoy the outdoors in the countryside, may in long term be the better plan. Burning of all suspected infected material that cannot be washed would also help. It is said that C19 can persist on Cardboard for 8 hours and plastic for three days, as most clothes are plastic based, sneezing into armpit would be a great means of spreading the virus.

DEATH of Marie Fealey (née McMullan), Courthouse Lawn, Listowel, and late of Tralee, on the 28th April, 2020. Predeceased by her son Mark, sister Shelia and brother Billy. Survived by her sons Ken and Jeremy, daughters Antoinette and Ruth O’Keeffe, her 11 grandchildren, brothers Sean and Jerry, sister Kathleen, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, and niece Sarah.

DEATH has taken place of Reverend Fr. Paul Dillon, Pipershill, Trieneragh, Duagh, on the 25th April, 2020. Survived by his brothers Pat and Kevin, sister Celia, sisters-in-law Mai, Nell and Marie, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, Bishop Ray and fellow clergy in the Diocese of Kerry and Salford U.K.

ANNIVERSARIES: Dan Ahern, Sr. Conception O’Connor, Bridie Cox, John Neenan, Heidi Deegan, Sr. Bridie O’Sullivan, Mary R Kennelly, Kay O’Brien Hattley, Jeremiah McCarthy, Paul Dalton, Ml Andrew Beasley O’Flaherty, Mike Brendan Sheehy, Agnes Mulvihill, Statia Hanrahan, Tom Liston, Josie Goulding, Michael Dowling, Darragh Langan, Nora Walsh, Bridget Beaton, Mass on Sunday 3rd at 10am for Tom O’Flaherty and at 11am for Padraig McMahon; Monday mass at 7.30pm for Conor Walpole and his Family; Mass Tuesday at 7.30pm for Thanksgiving Charlie and Patricia Duignan and Family; Wed at 7.30pm mass for Special intention; Thursday Mass at 7.30pm for Maureen Moloney, London and Barragougeen; Mass on Friday at 7.30pm for Jerry and Jenny O’Carroll and their son Christopher; Mass on Sat. 9th at 7.30pm for James and Bridie Beaton and Sunday  10th Mass at 10am for Jerry and Bridie McCarthy and son Jeremiah and the 11am mass is for Parishioners.

PIETA Support; Darkness into Light has been postponed but Pieta needs support more than ever before. 80% of Pieta funds come from the general public and these funds have been greatly impacted due to social distancing restrictions. Just €20 can fund two life-saving calls to those who are in crisis.  Please donate now and allow Pieta to support those in suicidal distress and stand in collective solidarity with all those impacted by suicide at sun rise on May 9th.

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EIRGRID FUND: Given the current government restrictions EirGrid has taken the decision to extend the deadline for applications to the Kilpaddoge-Moyvane-Knockanure Community Sponsorship Fund until the 3rd July 2020. Should you have any queries in relation to the fund or the application process, please contact: Catherine Scully at SECAD Partnership CLG either by phone (021 4613432) or email [email protected]

COVID-19 HELPLINE: A special helpline which is free and confidential, is available in Kerry to help people accessing non-emergency and non-medical services. The COVID-19 Kerry Community Response Forum includes over a dozen agencies and organisations including Kerry County Council, Gardaí, and GAA. This freephone number 1800 807 009 will be available 8am to 8pm seven days a week. A text line is also available, people can text SUPPORT followed by their NAME to 50555. Requests can also be e-mailed to [email protected]  . The helpline, which is manned by trained volunteers, is focussed primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of essential items like groceries, medicine and fuel

RADIO: West Limerick 102fm community radio received some good news last week from the Broadcasting Authority with regards to their Licences Renewal Contract. The Authority, (BAI) at its meeting of April 7, last, agreed to the extension of the current contract to May 14, 2022 in order to facilitate the continuance of the current radio service for the community.


FARMERS: Teagasc has set up a telephone helpline to assist farmers with questions concerning the current Covid -19 virus. It will offer advice on a range of issues that the farming community face, as they continue to do their essential work in maintaining the food supply around the farmyard. The number is 076 111 3533, it is open from 9-30am to 12-30pm, and from 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

TROCAIRE: Paul Healy Trócaire’s Somalia Country Director. If you have a Trócaire box, please hold onto it until such time as it is safe and possible to return it .But this crisis needs a response today. We know not everyone can donate at this time. But if you can, they really need your help today. Please consider making a donation online or phoning 1850 408 408 .

SHORT STORY: Seán O’Faoláin

International Short Story Competition Word limit: 3,000 words. Closing date: 31st July (midnight)- Entry fee: €18 per story. The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer.

FULL MOON on May 7th.

RELIGIOUS Communities in the Diocese of Kerry.


VOCATION SUNDAY: “The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out. When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice.” On this Good Shepherd Sunday we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for an increase in vocations to  the  priesthood,  diaconate,  and consecrated life, especially for our diocese, that God will raise up good shepherds in our midst. Do you hear the voice of the Lord, the Good Shepherd calling you to a particular way of life? If you think God is calling you to serve the Church as a priest or in the consecrated life, contact Fr. Joe Begley, The  Presbytery,  Glengarriff,  Bantry,  Co.  Cork.  Email [email protected] Phone: 027-63045 or  the National Vocations Office, email: [email protected].


103-year-old nun is Ireland’s oldest COVID-19 survivor

COVID 19; In Germany, lung specialist Voshaar was also concerned. A mechanical ventilator itself can damage the lungs, he says. This means patients stay in intensive care longer, blocking specialist beds and creating a vicious circle in which ever more ventilators are needed.

Of the 36 acute COVID-19 patients on his ward in mid-April, Voshaar said, one had been intubated – a man with a serious neuro-muscular disorder – and he was the only patient to die. Another 31 had recovered.

LEWIS: Did you know that every county in Ireland was described in exquisite detail by Lewis in 1837? Whether your ancestors emigrated or lived in the same place for generations, nothing beats a look back to what life was like there just before the Great Famine.

MASS: Radio Kerry on Sunday morning during the Horizons religious programme at 9am (Mass will be at 9.30am). RTE Mass is now being broadcast on the ‘News Now’ channel 21 on Saorview -that’s on weekdays at 10.30am. On Sunday mornings tv RTE 1 11am they have either Mass or Christian worship prayer. EWTN  Catholic  religious  station  for  broadcast  Masses  and prayers. Radio Maria Ireland Saorview channel 210.

MAYDAY has long been the day for superstitions and forecasts for fertility and harvesting. The name Bealtaine is said to derive from Old Irish, meaning “bright fire” (Belenus was the Celtic sun and ‘healer god’). Old traditions involved lighting bonfires at sunset on Oíche Bealtaine (or May Eve – April 30) on prominent local landmarks.


CONCERT: Safe Home Ireland are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Facebook Live Concert on Saturday 2nd May, involving a fantastic line up of singers and performers from right around the world and all performing for FREE. You do not need to have a Facebook account to enjoy the concert. However, if you do already have an account, we would be delighted if you could like and share our page with your friends, family, colleagues and other networks!

NEW YORK, it is reported that they paid Yaron Oren-Pines $47,656 per ventilator for 1,450 ventilators, three times the normal asking price.

CUNNINGHAM; Phil Cunningham

Murher (Kerry) Clonmel St Peter Paul (Tipperary)


Phil Cunningham is often regarded as the forgotten leader of the Vinegar Hill uprising in New South Wales, Australia. Born in an area now known as Moylahiffe, Co. Kerry, Cunningham relocated to Clonmel, Tipperary sometime in the 1790’s. He worked there as both as stonemason and a publican. After the 1798 Irish rebellion, Cunningham became involved in arms raids and helping prisoners to escape. This activity landed him under arrest in 1799, and he was sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay for life.


Cunningham’s journey to New South Wales was made aboard the Anne. Conditions aboard this ship were notoriously poor, with the captain exerting extremely harsh punishments upon the prisoners. This led to a failed attempt at mutiny. Cunningham was punished for his role in the mutiny by being sent to the infamous Norfolk Island, but his skills in stonemasonry were desperately required in New South Wales, and so he was sent back.


The rebellious spirit did not die easily in Cunningham as he tried and failed to escape in 1802. In 1804, he became the principal leader of the Irish rebels in the convict rebellion. Cunningham and his 233 followers escaped from their prison with the intention of capturing ships to sail them home to Ireland. This resulted in the first ever declaration of martial law in Australia’s history. The Irish rebels were defeated on Vinegar Hill, just one day after their escape. Cunningham was arrested under truce. Nine of the rebel leaders were executed, but it is uncertain what became of Cunningham, though it is commonly believed that he was hanged in Windsor, where his place of death is now marked as a point of historical interest.



Nicholas Leonard, Abbeyfeale.

P.S. The following extract from The Kerryman Newspaper of 7th October 2004 will outline the Moyvane aspect:


…But not many people would know that Philip Cunningham, one of the leaders of the uprising by the Transported United Irishmen in Australia, was a native of Moyvane.


Philip Cunningham has been described as the Michael Collins of his time – he was head of the United Irishmen for Munster. He was eventually arrested in 1799, tried for ‘treason felony’ against the Crown – notably for planning the capture of Clonmel – and deported to Australia in 1800.


The Moyvane man, however, continued his revolutionary activities in Australia, leading a short rebellion against the British authorities – for which he was subsequently hanged.


In March this year Cunningham and his men were honoured in several ceremonies in Australia. The weekend of ceremonies in Kerry began on Friday night in Moyvane with a lecture from well-known historian Dr Ruan O’Donnell.


Dr O’Donnell spoke about the history of the era and the known history of Cunningham both in Ireland and Australia.


Hi, Ireland Reaching Out team,

Moyvane was in 1837 part of Murhur/Murher/Murhir Civil Parish. It was probably the same when Phil Cunningham was born, and when he  died in Australia in 1804 .

Glenlea  – in Irish Gleann Liath (The Grey Glen)- is in Moyvane Parish in North Kerry; Phil Cunningham is still revered there as a local hero of the 1798 Rebellion, and later of the Castle Hill insurrection in Australia. He was transported after 1798 to Botany Bay, and led the Castle Hill Rebellion in March 1804. Whilst a truce was being held to parley with the military authorities, a Captain Laycock treacherously shot Cunningham in the back, and killed him.


Molahiffe Civil Parish is near Farranfore and Firies, Co. Kerry, a long way to the south from Moyvane, about 32 miles by road.

The only connection between the two places that I can see is that Molahiffe and Moyvane, in Irish, have the same first word: Molahiffe has Maigh Fhlaithimh and  Moyvane has Maigh Mheáin. In addition, Murhur is Maigh Oirthir in Irish.

It would be incorrect to use Molahiffe as the Civil Parish for Moyvane. As well as being an impracticable arrangement, there is no evidence that Moyvane had any known connection,  administrative or ecclesiastical, with Molahiffe. There were persons from North Kerry who held extensive lands in the Molahiffe area, though, but this did not change the Civil Parish.


The only correct option would be to use Murhur as the Civil Parish- or its older form, Murher, as this latter form of the name dates to 1596. The oldest recorded different version goes back to 1426.

This would clear up ambiguity for persons searching for Moyvane connections.

Best wishes, Nicholas Leonard. Abbeyfeale.

Abbeylubber- Thursday 4th July 2019, 05:45PM




Minnie Cunningham 1878

Tralee (Kerry) Date of Birth -6th Jul 1878 -Date of Death                23rd Mar 1917

Father (First Name/s and Surname) -John Cunningham – Place of Death                Pittsburgh, PA

Townland born County Kerry, Ireland. Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) -Immigrated to the United States with her sister Delia in 1896 – Names of Siblings -Delia C Cunningham Lordan.


When someone remains unconvinced of something, we often think they haven’t yet heard the right argument. Usually, though, they just haven’t yet met the right person.


Nearly 100 agrarian murders occurred in Ireland from the start of the Land War in 1879 through the conclusion of the Parliamentary special commission on “Parnellism and Crime.” This story explores the viciousness of the period by looking at the case of one family. The murder of boycotted farmer John Foran caught the attention of newspapers and Parliament and echoed up to the founding of the Irish Free State.



Conclusions- COVID-19


In this survey, we demonstrated the researches and approaches of about 100 eminent scientists from around the world. In general, they agree that the current statistical data does not reflect the actual state of affairs, and the publicly distributed media estimates of the mortality rate are at least incorrect, and do not correspond to the actual picture.


The actual number of people with SARS-CoV-2 infection or people that already passed through COVID-19 early-stage or without symptoms is several dozen times higher than the public numbers show.


This is primarily due to the approaches and scope of testing. The public numbers have little to do with science. This is, to a greater extent, either media or politically motivated data. You should also consider the factor of a special picture of the course of the disease, which affects medical statistics (RKI Epidemiological bulletins).


Accordingly, the real mortality rate from SARS-CoV-2 is 25-60 times less than the figures presented to us by MSM and a number of governments.


The number of people with SARS-CoV-2 virus, but without the COVID-19 disease or with a mild form of the disease, according to various estimates, ranges from 85% to 95%. This group, as a rule, does not fall into official statistics, as it is not tested, not hospitalized, and does not seek medical help.


The negative consequences for life and health of people from ill-conceived social measures can at times surpass the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2. There has been a significant increase in the mortality from diseases unrelated to SARS-CoV-2 already.


Countries, whose leadership works closely with scientists, consistently and quickly responds to changes in the situation and the emergence of new data, will receive a huge advantage in the post-COVID-19 world.


The current actions of politicians in a number of countries are difficult to explain with anything other than incompetence or deliberate actions to achieve their personal/clan political ambitions or promote interests of external actors.


Saint Joseph the Worker

Saint of the Day for May 1

The Story of Saint Joseph the Worker


To foster deep devotion to Saint Joseph among Catholics, and in response to the “May Day” celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker in 1955. This feast extends the long relationship between Joseph and the cause of workers in both Catholic faith and devotion.



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MAYDAY has long been the day for superstitions and forecasts for fertility and harvesting. The name Bealtaine is said to derive from Old Irish, meaning “bright fire” (Belenus was the Celtic sun and ‘healer god’). Old traditions involved lighting bonfires at sunset on Oíche Bealtaine (or May Eve – April 30) on prominent local landmarks.

CONCERT: Safe Home Ireland are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Facebook Live Concert on Saturday 2nd May, involving a fantastic line up of singers and performers from right around the world and all performing for FREE. You do not need to have a Facebook account to enjoy the concert. However, if you do already have an account, we would be delighted if you could like and share our page with your friends, family, colleagues and other networks!


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  1. john moloney says

    it seems residents how originally in claar and still live there
    is now called murhur.
    There were 2 o connor families in claar.
    Get in touch if you need further information.

  2. KEN DUCKETT says

    Hi I’m trying to locate where the exact location of Claar, Listowel or Claar, Moyvane, Kerry is. An ancestor Mary Connor and her siblings were born there in 1815. I’ve searched for it on the internet for townlands but suspect the name may have been changed without any results. Any ideas to pinpoint this would be welcomed.

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