Knockanure Notes — 4th September, 2016

SOCIAL Day for the Active Retired in Knockanure on Monday 12th Sept.  Music by Stevie Donegan.  If attending ring 49799.  New members welcome.

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE:  would like to thank everyone who supported them on them recent cake sale at the Vintage Rally plus all who baked.

NORTH KERRY EAGLES:   Following the poker run on the 10th September, a charity fundraising disco with D.J. Punk will be held at Mairead’s Bar in aid of the North Kerry Eagles Special Olympic Club.   All are welcome.

MOYVANE ICA: in conjunction with the Development Association are planning to bury a Time Capsule in an area adjoining the 1916 Commemoration Stone Plot.  All parish organisations are invited to contribute something for inclusion in this Time Capsule. Items for inclusion must be received by 30th September. For more info contact Anne at 086/3456808 or any ICA member.  Please note ICA meeting in the Marian Hall on Tuesday evening 6th at 8pm.

LISTOWEL ACTIVE RETIRED Resumed on 6th September 2016 in St. Patrick’s Hall at 2.30pm. New members always welcome.

PATTERN Day Ballyheigue September 8th. Bishop Ray Browne will celebrate Mass on Thursday, 8th September 2016 at 11.00a.m. at Our Lady’s Well.

PILGRIMAGE: Several from the parish went on recent pilgrimages to Lourdes and Medjugorje.

PILGRIMAGE WALK TO BALLYHEIGUE: Gather at Holy Cross Dominican Church at 6am, Thursday 8th September to walk to Our Lady’s Well, Ballyheigue for 11am Pattern Mass.

SMALLTOWN:  For the next two Thursday’s at 10pm on TV3.  Well done to Gerard Barrett, for producing such thought provoking television.

CONGRATULATIONS to Timmy Flaherty of CCÉ, Ballylongford/Tarbert who came 1st in the Banjo and Mandolin aged 15-18 section in the recent All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis. In the Uilleann Pipes (15- 18) he came 3rd. In the Melodeon (Faoi 12) 1st Kieran Mackessy, CCÉ, Ballydonoghue/Lisselton.

BEST wishes to Tom O’Connor of Moyvane on his 60th birthday and also to Ann and Stephen Carmody of Skehenerin on their 40th wedding anniversary.

BEST  wishes to Eibhlín McGrath (daughter of Mary and Oliver, Lower Athea) who was recently married to Conor McKenna. The bridesmaids were Michelle Mulvihill, Maireád Doherty and Anna McKenna and the bestmen were Michael McKenna, Brandon O’Shea and Derek Campbell.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto results for Friday 2nd Sept. No winner of the €15,200 jackpot. Numbers drawn were 9, 15, 20, 26. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Kathleen Carmody, Lacca East; 2. Donnacha Woods, Knockanure; 3. Mary Wallace, Glin; 4. C. O’Sullivan, Knockanure; 5. Michael Moore, Kilmorna. Next draw on Friday 9th of September with a jackpot of €15,300.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bob Murphy, Tom Ned Fitzgerald, Dan Foley, Paul Collins, Nell Tydings, Ned Stack, Catherine Lynch, Tony OCallaghan, Sheila Barry, Ciss and Jimmy McCarthy, John Pat Ryan, Ando Brosnan, Hugh Goulding, Fr. Michael Maher, Mass  Moyvane:                                                          Mon  5th at 7.30pm for Paddy Lagan, Mahara, Co. Derry (Rec Dec).  Wed 7th  at 7.30pm for            Ned & Mary Ellen Stack, Moyvane & Deceased Members of The Stack Family & Ned Scanlon.  Sat            10th at  7.30pm for  Patrick Brosnan, Moyvane South.  Sun  11th  at  11.00am for  John & Peggy Collins & their son John, Glin Rd.

MASS Knockanure:   Tues 6th  at  7.30pm   Special Intention (Sick).  Sun 11th at 10.00am for              Anne Higgins & Patricia McCarthy Healing Blessings

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  KNOCKANURE Tuesday 10am to 6pm and MOYVANE Wednesday 10am to 7pm.

COFFEE MORNING in aid of Listowel Hospice on Wed 14th from 10.30am. – 2pm. at the home of Nora Mulvihill, 31 Church St..

LISTOWEL RACE WEEK ACCOMODATION OFFICE: now open located at Seanchai Centre Listowel.  They are looking for single or twin rooms as near to the town as possible.

SENIOR BADMINTON:  resumed on Mon at 8pm.  New players welcome to try the game for two nights before joining club.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE. Names are being taken for the Parents Plus course for 0-6. 6-11 and teens respectively to commence shortly at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further details from (068) 23584.

GRANDPARENTS DAY:  coaches running to Knock Shine on Sunday 11th September to celebrate Grandparent’s day.  Coaches depart, Listowel 7.50am and Abbeyfeale 8am.   Details from on 066/7180123 or Donal Kelliher on 087/6361023.

AGM: Athea Drama Group AGM will take place at the Con Colbert Hall, Athea on Monday September 5th at 8.30pm.  This year they celebrate 25 years. New members most welcome.

CARMELITE MONASTERY:  Vocation Exploration Day.  Saturday 17th September 10.30 to 4pm.  This is a day to pray with the sister and to explore the possibilities of a Carmelite Vocation.  Bring packed lunch.  For details phone 085/8601794.

CHRISTMAS PANTO: Musicians ,e.g guitarists, drummer, keyboard players needed for this years Panto in Listowel. Young people needed to take part in this year’s production. Anyone interested, please contact Michelle Whelan 087-2071371.

ANAM CARA, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Tuesday 13th of September from 19:30 to 21:00 in Recovery Haven, 5 Haigs Terrace, Killerisk, Tralee. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

TRIATHLON in Glin on Sat. September 10th.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS:  The new season of Toastmasters begins at the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, September 7 from 8-10pm.

LISDOONVARNA TRIP: A bus will leave NCW on Wednesday, September 14 at 10am and bus will depart Lisdoonvarna at 11pm. If interested contact Maureen 087 9845102.

CULTURE NIGHT September 16 2016.


Fr. Michael Kennedy, will give a presentation on Thursday 15th September at 7.30 p.m. in the parish centre, Church of the Resurrection, Killarney on the subject of Devotion to Our Blessed Lady.  A welcome is extended to all. (organised by the Legion of Mary).

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Please note the following dates when in-service / best practice training for the following ministries of the four parishes of Listowel / Duagh / Moyvane & Lixnaw taking place at St. Patrick’s Hall, Upper William Street, Listowel. It will be provided by Ms. Frances Rowland of Diocesan Pastoral Team; Readers / Ministers of the Word:  Wednesday, 28th September at 8.00 p.m.

Eucharistic Ministers: Wednesday, 5th October at 8.00 p.m.

GOING TO UCC THIS YEAR?  Pop into the chaplaincy on College Road for a cuppa.  You’ll find a home away from home.

The chaplaincy is a vibrant and warm community, where you can meet new friends, unwind in between classes, and just be yourself. In the chaplaincy you will also have many opportunities for reflection, growth, prayer, and to learn more about your catholic faith. Our full-time chaplains are always available to listen, and to provide you with whatever guidance and help you need on your university journey. At the Honan Chapel we welcome you to daily and Sunday Mass, prayer services, or for some quiet time on your own.”

NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK TRALEE are currently recruiting participants for their QQI Level 5 Sport, Recreation and Exercise course. The course is free to individuals who are out of work due to illness, injury, those who have experienced a personal setback or early school leavers. Training and accommodation allowance provided. For further information, please contact NLN at 066 7122533 / 086 0404270 or [email protected]

OUTING: Knockfierna Heritage Society Outing to Clonmacnoise (Pattern Day) and Birr Castle on Sunday 11th September. Details from Pat O’Donovan 0879977340 or Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816 and all are welcome.

CYCLE  passing through Athea on September 18th. It’s the mid-west cycle in aid of Parkinsons – Alzheimers. All details are on facebook under eventsA@Pwestlimerick challenge. Details also from Mike on 085-1681144.

COUNTRY MUSIC BREAK from Monday October 17 –Thursday 20 based in the Great Northern 4 Star Hotel, Bundoran, contact Maureen 087 9845102.

WEST LIMERICK SET DANCING CLUB…Set Dance Ceili in Devon Inn Templeglantine on Sunday, September 11 at 4pm. Music by Donie Nolan/Taylors Cross. All welcome. Teas etc served. Any queries …Con Egan…087 6259340.

AWARE: Depression Support Group meets:
Killarney – Mondays, KDYS at 7pm
Tralee – Tuesdays, meeting room at rear of St. John’s Church at 8pm.
Aware Support Groups are free to attend, no referral necessary.

CONNECTING FOR LIFE IN KERRY.  – THE TIME TO TALK IS NOW.  Lets talk about suicide in Kerry.  Have your say at our Kerry Suicide Prevention engagement evening.  We want as many people as possible to have their say about what should be included in the plan.  The following are the venues: (1). Listowel Arms Hotel (Feale Room) Thu. Sept. 29th 7.30pm to 9.30.  (2) Tralee at Meadowlands Hotel on Tue. Sept. 27th 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  This is organised by the H.S.E. in partnership with other organisations.

KERRY CHORAL UNION Tralee- Rehearsals resume Wednesday 7th September at Collis Sandes House, Oakpark. JUNIOR CHOIR 6pm-7pm ADULT CHOIR 7.30pm-8pm. All Welcome!

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a worldwide specially designed Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse by death, separation or divorce. The next weekend is on at Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday 7th October to Sunday 9th October, 2016. Please contact 087 9886480 or email: [email protected]

CAN YOU BE A BEFRIENDER? Refugee families from Syria and Iraq are settling in Tralee and at the Tralee International Resource Centre we want to run a ‘Befriending’ programme to help them integrate and settle into life here. Volunteer Befrienders will receive full training and support. Open Evening on Monday Sep 12th at 6.30pm at TIRC, St Patricks Bungalows, Boherbee, Tralee. For more information Phone: 066 7127918 email: [email protected]

THOUGHT: Just as iron, even without willing it, is drawn by a magnet, so is a slave to bad habits dragged about by them. John Climacus

FROM  Abbeyfeale on line

The West Limerick Heritage Network held a very successful event to mark Heritage Week in the Glórach Theatre last Saturday. The large attendance were treated to a talk by writer Felicity Hayes-McCoy on the role of women in social history, a film of an interview of Gerard Collins the former Justice Minister by Mary Shanahan who talked about his family involvement in the struggle for independence and a film from Limerick city archives. We were also treated to songs from the period sung by Ned Foley, Billy Lane and Jackie Harnett with music from Shauna O’Donoghue and Patie Boy Harnett. Patie Boy and his wife put together a country kitchen complete with Bean a Tí and cat with the help of Mike Shanahan and Sean O’Connell. Refreshments were provided by Rosemary Bennis from the Health Food Store in NCW. Well done to Suzzane Rowley West Limerick Resources, Margaret O’Connor O’Shea and Jenny McDonald who put so much work into the show and gave us a night to remember.

WALK: From Liam OMahony; On Saturday 27th August 2016, the Great Southern Trail (GST) Greenway organised a large group of over forty people to spend a most pleasant day in Waterford City and on the Greenway from Kilmeaden. The visitors from West Limerick & North Kerry were making their second visit to the Déise. In May they had walked the Dungarvan to Durrow section and on Saturday they took the narrow gauge train from Kilmeaden to Mount Congreve and walked from there to Waterford.

GREGORY NTS; Fortunately, Grandpa’s first cousin Leo Gregory decided to sit down and compose a mini-family history after returning home from his sister’s funeral on January 22, 1986.  Whether he felt his own mortal coil slipping away or was responding to another’s prompting, who knows. But whatever motivated him to do it, I’m very glad he did. He titled his essay “Leo’s Meditations.” Here is how he begins: “I was born on October 11, 1902 on a farm about five miles south of Easton, Missouri. My parents were Emmett and Julie (Kate) Catherine Garrahan. My dear wife, Elizabeth passed away last January the thirtieth and I now live alone in our retirement home which we built in the year 1971.” I never met him and I don’t think I’ve ever seen his photo, but every time I read this I picture him coming home from the funeral, sitting down at a table with a pen in his hand and thinking about how to start. Leo passed away on February 4, 1995 and is buried at St. Joseph’s cemetery in Easton, next to Elizabeth. Leo continues:

“My most distant ancestor of whom I have heard was John Gregory of New Tawn Sans, County Kerry, in the District of Tralee of S.W. Ireland. He was born about the year 1826. It is my belief that John, who was my great-grandfather, married Johanna Stack in the year 1848.”

STACK, MOORE, KISSANE: My mother, Kathleen May Beard (nee Stack) was  born in Philadelphia, Pa., at the start of WWI in 1913 to  Richard Stack and Jane Moore Sayers.  Richard  b1881 was born in  the Townland of Newtownsandes, County Kerry, the first of nine children.  In the 1901 census he is shown living with the Kissane family as a farm servant on the same street as his parents.  His father , Richard Stack b:1856 is also a farm servant to the Kissanes.  He probably left the one room house of his father when he came of age to make room for some of his younger siblings as did his brother Daniel Joseph.

Probably with little hope for the future in Ireland he emigrates to New York City USA aboard the Italian ship Umbria out of Queensland in 1907. He arrived with $10 in his pocket and made his way to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to stay with his cousin Dan Mulvihill.  He next went to Berks County Pa where he found work at the State Asylum for the Criminally Insane.  There he met his future wife Jane (Jennie) Sayers, 12 years his senior, from Northern Ireland, County Antrim who also worked  at the asylum.    In 1910 they married and move back to Philadelphia where he obtained a job with the Pennsylvania Rail Road. ( I now possess his railroad pocket watch that he paid for with his garnished wages and  my son wore that watch at his wedding.)    He and Jennie raised four children:  my mother, Kathleen, my aunt Peg, my aunt Vida and his only son Richard, my uncle.  Uncle Richie had no children so this branch of Stacks has ceased.

Jim Beard – How did my Irish ancestors survive the Potato Blight and Famine years (1845-1852) ?


I am nee O’Grady.  American born 51 years ago to a first generation Bronx, New Yorker and a 1/2 first generation Yonkers, New Yorker.  Both of my paternal grandparents emigrated from Kerry, Ireland (Newtownsandes, now known as Moyvane, Kerry, Ireland) back in the early 1900’s.  Their surnames are O’Grady/Mulvihill and Kearney/McElligott, respectively.  My mother’s father was also a Kerryman from the parish of Firies.  His surname was Casey/O’Brien.  My mother’s mother was born in Manhattan and raised by two immigrant parents, Jeremiah Foley and Mary Guiney, also of Kerry and the surrounding area.  That gives you the skeletal background of where my ancestors are from. The greater deal of thoughts and such may come directly from my father’s family since I have had the most exposure to information regarding them, either from firsthand experiences or through the stories told by my grand aunts and aunts.  Out of the 16 children that my Great Grandmother Kearney had (11 who saw their way to adulthood), I was lucky enough to have had more than a  passing relationship with half of them.    My own grandmother, Marianne,  and her sisters, Nora, Peg,  and Kitty were an integral part of my growing up.  Their brother Myles, a priest parished in Louisianna, played a minor part to them all.  Other grand aunts and uncles predeceased my arrival or stayed on in Ireland affording me incredibly limited, if any, exposure to them at all.

On my mother’s side, my exposure to my Casey/Foley roots was most limited.  My grandfather Casey died before I ever knew him, when my own mother was in her late teens.  I do not recall ever having met even one relative from his side of my family.  My grandmother, Helen Foley Casey, raised her kids alone from that point on, even putting her son through medical school.  Unlike the women of her generation, my grandmother was college educated (Barnard) and taught all of her life in the public school system of NYC.  Her own brothers, my grand Uncles Jerome and Dan, were seldom seen or heard from, though they lived relatively close to where we did.

ABOUT THE WELL In BALLYHEIGUE; The Well is located near the village, in the townland of Dirtane, a place which is closely bound up with the social and spiritual life of the parish. The well has long been a place of pilgrimage, and the statue and grotto were installed in the 1940’s by a local group. The initiative was inspired by the gratitude of a Ballyheigue nun in Australia who said she had received her vocation there. Fr. Behan was enthusiastic in support of the improvements and celebrated mass there for the first time, on 8th September 1935. More improvements were carried out by Fr. James Enright in the 1960’s. The site was landscaped, and paths and sunken gardens added, with religious symbolism linked to specific locations. The sunken gardens represented the Garden of Eden, and the raised flower beds represented Mount Sinai and Mount Tabor. Shelters were built and an altar of Valentia slate was provided as a gift from the people of Fr. Enright’s previous parish of Valentia Island. Water from the well is regarded as having special properties and a cup or bowl is left there for people to drink from. The water is also used to bathe the face or hands and rub on injuries. There is no doubt that people have been affected in different ways by visits to this well, and the continuing popularity of the Pattern Day, testifies this. It is a place of meditation, consolation and thanksgiving which has brought hope and strength to people at times of crisis. Many small personal miracles have occurred there-and occasionally one that made the news. In May 2011, an 85-year old Dublin man named Jack Leonard made newspaper headlines when he found that a visit to Our Lady’s well resulted in him recovering from a respiratory illness.

THOUGHT: “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love.”—Mother Teresa.

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