Knockanure Notes – 4th January, 2009

MEAL for the Active retired group will take place on Monday January 12th in the Knockanure Community Centre , details from 068 49799.They are also organizing Night Classes.

AWARE helpline 1890 303 302, Aware course called ‘Beyond the Blues’ begins in Jan. details from 068/32244. Aware group offer support for those who are sufferers of depression. They also support families and friends. Aware meet every Tuesday at 8pm in the Sacristy rooms at the rear of St. John’s Church in Tralee more information from 066 7128010.

LIVING Links contact number 087 900 6 300. AA contact number is 066 7127820 or 087 0522911 for information or advice.

BUS: There is plenty of talk about using public transport, I recently witnessed people both young and old being almost frozen waiting for a bus, no effort was made to provide shelter against a biting east wind. The new bus station in Tralee gives a poor first impression, a bit of paint and a mop would improve things.

ARTHRITIS Ireland are campaigning for better services, a course called Living Well with Arthritis will begin in Killarney soon, details from 01 6618 188.

CAO deadline is fast approaching; many have no idea which course to follow, when you submit your choice now you will have the opportunity to change your mind over the coming months. Special on line CAO cheaper rate before January 20th `09.

CENSUS for 1911 is now available at,

Take care to check out the districts list as Keylod, Kealid, is Kealic in the returns.

FULL Moon is on Jan. 11th, some real drying over the Christmas season was welcomed by most. Astronomy Ireland are holding an eight week course at It Tralee starting Wed. Jan. 28th , details from 01 8470 777;

PRESCRIPTIONS: Many nurses complain privately of inappropriate prescriptions being handed out by doctors, it’s high time that the male dominated sector is vigorously challenged and made more accountable.

ST JOHN’S January `09: Wednesday 7th snippets of videos taken in the 1960s; Tuesday 13th a film in association with Access Cinema called Caramel, it is set in Beirut and on Friday the West Limerick Knockaderry Drama Group presents The Factory Girls. Photographic exhibition of last year runs for the month of January.

SIAMSA had an exhibition by John Lynch till Jan 6th `09.

GAA; Knockanure team lost to Listowel Emmets by one point in the Novice Championship Final recently, the Knockanure Team were Paddy Greaney, Paudie Shanahan, Kieran Lane, John Greaney Mark Mulvihill, Aidan O Connor, Niall Behan, Kevin Stack, Connor Leahy, Kieran Sheehan, Paddy Curtin, Paul Mulvihill, Mark Hanrahan, Myles Sheehy and James Flavin. The Bernard O Callaghan Memorial Championship will be played at Moyvane on January 25th. Duagh play Listowel Emmets.

THANKS: The Teachers and Members of the Parent’s Council of Murhur N.S. would like to thank everyone who helped with the School Concert. Also those who gave such generous raffle prizes. A DVD of the show is available and can be ordered through the school.

MONEY Management helpline 1890 283438.

THOUGHT: Friendship not only takes time, it takes a willingness to drop false expectations, of ourselves, of each other. Friends – or lovers – are not always available to each other. Inner turmoil’s can cause us to be unhearing when someone needs us, to need to receive understanding when we should be giving understanding, Madeleine L’Engle.

WOMEN; Coping with grief loss and change in life course, details from 066 7120 622; International Women’s day is on March 8th and a women’s conference will be held at Croke Park on Thursday March 5th `09, it is being organised to mark 30 years of CEDAW;

BAPTISM Preparation courses are about to begin in some Limerick Parishes.

FBD and TSB are reducing their staff and offices in small towns, with the internet surely it is the staff not the location that matters.

SURPRISED to find a bundle of a West Limerick Church, Newsletters at the Franciscan Church in Killarney last week.

EVENTS: Blood Transfusion Service clinic was held at the Listowel Arms Hotel on Monday Jan. 5th `09 from 6pm to 9pm, a thousand people are given blood or blood products every week in this country; All local students are back at school on Jan. 7th; Rambling House in Finuge is open on Friday Jan. 9th at 9pm artists welcome; Feast of St Ita will be celebrated by our Limerick readers on Jan. 15th; Charity Night in aid of Research at Crumlin Children’s Hospital will be held at Whelan’s Bar Newcastlewest on Jan. 15th at 8.30pm; Racing in Thurles on the 8th, Punchestown on the 10th and Leopardstown on the 11th; Young Scientist Exhibition will be held at the RDS from 6th to 10th of Jan. `09; Women’s Super Club in Tralee from 5pm to 9pm on Wednesdays starting Feb. 4th `09, details from 066 7120 622; Annual North Kerry PTAA Social will be held at the Lanterns on Friday January 23rd; World Religion Day Jan. 18th ; Causeway Comprehensive School will celebrate its Golden Jubilee on Jan. 17th `09, details from 066 311 97;Tralee on Ice continues till Jan. 11th `09 ; Arts and Crafts classes for adults begin in January, details from 087 6860 530; The Bernard O Callaghan Memorial Championship will be played at Moyvane on January 25th; Traditional Music and Set Dancing Weekend will be held at Ballyroe Heights Hotel from Jan. 23rd to 25th, details from 066 712 6810; Garda Youth Achievement Awards will be presented at the Brandon Hotel on Friday Jan. 23rd `09; Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society AGM will be held on Tuesday Jan. 27th and on Tuesday Feb. 10th they will have a lecture on Rock Art by Dr O Sullivan at Tralee Library at 8pm; Public information evening community sustainability will be held on January 28th `08, details from 066 7180 190; Chinese New Year , the Year of the Ox begins on Monday 26th of Jan.; Holocaust Memorial Day Tue. Jan 27th; Phil Coulter accompanied by his wife, soloist Geraldine Brannigan and a backing quartet will present a show at the Church of the Assumption Abbeyfeale on Friday, February 13, 2009.

M3 Motorway website can be viewed at

NEW Regulations on fishing can be got from PressMail@dcm ; Donegal Trip Sunday lst to Friday 6th March 2009, more information from 087 9845102.
JOURNAL: Athea Parish Journal 2008 has many articles of interest to people in the district. Dr Kieran Murphy gives us a rundown of diseases of plenty; Survey in 2006 of Cork children aged 4 to 16 years, revealed 23% of boys and 28% of girls were either overweight or obese, 25% of Irish still smoke. Tom Ahern has a number of articles, including the story of the Ardagh Chalice; deceased Wren boys paddy and Jackie remembered; he also recalls Paddy the Jobber Ahern of Dirreen one of 12 children born 1894 son of Julia Ahern and John Ahern, Paddy married Sarah McElligott of Glin in 1925 and had six daughters and one son; Tom also wrote a book on the Ahearne Brothers who were Champion athletes. Short report on the retirement Party for John Looney N.T. is included. Most of the Athea societies have extensive coverage of their activities included are GAA, Soccer, Golf, Fishing Club, Community Council, Community Games,Comhaltas, Road Racing, Coiste na nOg and the successful Ladies Senior Team. Photos are supplied by Peg Mulvihill, Liamy Murphy, Kathleen Mullane, Joan Dunleavy, Betty and Mike O Connor and many more. Pat Brosnan has a selection of songs and an article on Civil Defence and Active Retirement. Jamie Kelly gives us an insight into the Goold Landlords 1817 to 1906, Augusta Jane fed and cared for her tenants in Athea during the famine, Francis drowned in Sligo in 1848 while on a visit to his sister the Gore-Booths. George Langan and Pat Lynan report on a fundraising presentation. Timmy Woulfe presents the fighting Irish. Trip from Texas searching for roots in Athea is recalled as is Eileen Woulfe meeting Los Angeles cousins. Peg Prendeville describes three days in Paris. Frost of 1947 and 63 remembered. Mickey Liston tells tales and Tom Lynch submits some songs. Walking in India for charity is by Eileen Woulfe. John P Liston pays tribute to 90 year old native of Upper Dirreen Sr. Bridget Liston. Kit Ahern 1915-2007 nee Liston is remembered by Carol Liston, Kit was founder member of Abbeyfeale ICA in 1947, she entered he Senate in 1964, was the first woman to win a Dail seat in North Kerry in 1977. Tom O Connor recalls going to the beet in England from September to February, England had 24 Sugar factories then. Athea have a First Responders Group, contact number is 086 310 32 33. Pa Fitzgerald recalls old houses from Horan’s Cross Knocknasna to the Cross of the Lane at Park, names mentioned include; McAuliffe, Dillon, Kelly, Horan, Collins, Cahill, Relihan, Donohue, Hannon, McCarthy, Qurke, Leahy, Shea, Dalton, Casey, Scollard, Healy, Fitzgerald, Moran, Moloney, Scanlon, Brosnahan, Moore, O Connor, Carrig, Dunne, Flaherty, Loughnane, Stack, Barry, Connell, Meara, Stevens, Mulvihill, McKenna, Gina, McCoy.

OLD Moore’s Almanack is 313 years old this year.

DEATH took place on Dec. 27, 2008, Myra Downey (nee Coolahan) of Tarbert, she was predeceased by her husband John and daughter Th=E9rese and is survived by her daughters Brenda and Stella, sons John, Declan, her sisters Elizabeth and Margaret, brothers John and Vincent. Following Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Tarbert on Tuesday December 30th Myra Downey was laid to rest in the nearby Cemetery.

DEATH has taken place of Sr. Patricia O Connor of the Bon Secours Cork on December 29th, Sr. Patricia was 87 years of age, she was born 1921 in Kilbaha to Jack Bill O’Connor and Catherine (Babe) Shanahan. On leaving school, wanting to work for the sick and dying, she decided to join the Bon Secours order. She spent some time in Paris prior to moving to the order’s hospital in Cork where she worked in the Pathology Department. Sr. Patricia spent the rest of her life in Cork, apart from a brief period in Tralee in the 1990s. Sr. Patricia was predeceased by her brothers William and Richard and sister Mary Leahy and is survived by her sisters-in-law Noreen and Sheila, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Following Requiem Mass on Wednesday December 31st at Bon Secours Hospital Chapel Sr. Patricia O Connor was laid to rest at St. Oliver’s Cemetery, Cork.

DEATH has taken place of Mary Keane nee O Connor of Clounbrane. Mary was daughter of Jack O Connor and Nell Fitzmaurice, she was predeceased by her husband Paud Keane and is survived by children Ita, Bridie and Timmy. Following Requiem Mass at noon in Moyvane Church on Monday January 5th `09, Mary Keane will be laid to rest at Ahavoher Graveyard beside her husband Paud who died over a decade ago.

Death has taken place in his mid eighties of Dan Meehan of Kilmorna; he was son of Tom Meehan and Elizabeth O Connell. Dan was predeceased by his wife Bessie Cotter and their children were Denis, Tom, Donie, Phil, Esther, Gretta and Helen. Following Requiem Mass in Duagh Church on Friday 2nd of January `09 Dan Meehan was laid to rest at the New Cemetery in Abbeyfeale.

ANNIVERSARIES: Christopher O Connor, James Culhane, Pat Galvin, Paddy Dore, Michael Buckley, Dan Shine, Con McCarthy, Michael McMahon, Nora Flynn, Sr. Joan Harnett, Maureen Harnett, Fr Dan Daly, Fr Denis J Moloney, Mick Barrett, Nellie Kelly, Ned More, Bishop Michael McAuliffe, Michelle Foley, Paddy Mannix, Fr Tom O Sullivan, Mass on Mon. 5th 7.30pm for Ester & Maurice Kennelly; Mass on Tuesday 6th Holy Day Feast of the Epiphany 10am in Knockanure and 11am Mass in Moyvane is for Pidge Holly; Mass on Thurs. 8th 7.30pm Month’s Mind for Tom Relihan in Knockanure; Mass on Fri. 9th 7.30pm for John Gregg & the deceased members of the Gregg & Hanrahan Families; Mass on Sat. 10th 7.30pm for Bill, Paddy & Mary Horan; Mass in Knockanure on Sun. 11th 10.00am for Michelle Foley & Michael Keane and 11.00am Mass in Moyvane is for Brendan & Patrick Galvin

MONTHS Mind Mass for Fr. O Leary was celebrated in Moyvane Church on Tuesday night Dec. 23rd `08 by Canon Fleming assisted by Fr. Lucid, Fr. Walsh and Fr. Horgan, the Moyvane Choir sang the hymns and many of Fr. Michael O Learys friends were present to show their fond remembrances.

WALK: The Diocese of Kerry is organizing a walking pilgrimage for 20 – 35 year olds on the Camino de Santiago route from May 9th to 16th 2009. This ‘journey in faith’ will consist of 115 km over 7 days leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Anyone who is interested, please attend an information evening on Wednesday 14th January @ 7.30pm, KDYS Hall at Fair Hill, Killarney. For further information, please contact Helena on 064 30532 or email [email protected].

READERS: Vigil, =DAna Fitzmaurice & Elaine Hudson ; 11.00am Paul & Anthony Kiely; Knockanure 10.00am Brenda Clancy & Anne Stack.

ADORATION: Moyvane Sunday 4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 10am to 7pm and Knockanure Tuesday 10am to 6pm.