Knockanure Notes — 6th November, 2016

SOCIAL day for the Active Retired takes place on Monday 14th November 2016.  On that day Mass will take place at 12pm for the deceased members of the Community and followed by a meal.  Music by Stevie Donegan.  It is important that we know numbers attending in advance. If attending please ring office on 068/ 49799.  New members especially welcome.

KNOCKANURE N.S: This term marks 50 years since Scoil Chorp Chríost, Knockanure opened its doors .We intend to celebrate this milestone on November 18th. The school will have an open evening from 5-7pm; Bishop Ray Browne will concelebrate Mass in Corpus Christi Church followed by refreshments in the Community Centre.  We would like to create a photographic exhibition and would ask anybody who has photos from the past 50 years to drop them in to the school, on loan, with your name and phone number on the back. Míle Buíochas.

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Lotto Results for Friday 28th. No winner of €16,000. Numbers drawn were 6, 13, 17, 31. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Jim Gould Kilmorna; 2. Teresa Whyte, Behins, Listowel. ; 3. Teresa Holly 24 O’Connell’s Ave, Listowel; 4. Sinead Allen, Ballybunion; 5. Ann Flynn Woodbrook, Listowel. Next jackpot €16,000,  draw to be held Friday 4th November.

Knockanure GAA Lotto Results for Friday 4th November. No winner of 16,100 euro. Numbers drawn 1, 2, 24, 30. Lucky dip winners of 25 euro each went to;1. John & Erika, Athea; 2. Brid Enright, Moyvane South; 3. John Looney, Clounmacon; 4. Conor Sheehan, Ballyhahill; 5. Donal Enright, Enright’s Bar, Moyvane. Next draw to be held on Friday 11th November with jackpot E16,200.

SYMPATHY: The Knockanure GAA Football club would like to offer their deepest sympathies to the family of Maurice Collins, LATE of a Tralee and formerly of Lisaniska, Kilmorna. At Maurice’s untimely passing we would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Maurice’s wife Delia, his children Mairead, Michael and Brid, his brothers Frank, Jim, Patsy and Michael, his sisters Eileen, Kate and Margie, his grandchildren Aoife, Cian and Muiris and finally to his extended family.

Father of current Austin Stack GAA footballer Michael, and former club footballers Mairead and Brid, Maurice spent a great career as Club team Mentor to many teams ranging from underage to where he finished in Club management and mentoring with the senior Austin Stacks GAA team in 2006.

We extend our sympathies to his family and friends. RIP.

SYMPATHY:  The death has occurred of Eamon ‘Bomber’ O’Connor,  Mike The Pies Bar, Listowel, sympathy to his Family, especially to brothers Tom & Denis and their wives Eileen & Maureen who join us for Eucharistic Celebrations both in Knockanure & Moyvane.  To Fr. Kevin on the death of his first cousin Michael McNamara, Derbyshire, U.K.  To John O’Sullivan, Glenalappa & all the O’Sullivan Family on the death of his Grandfather Micheál.

DEATH has taken place of Micheál (Patrick) O’Sullivan on the 1st of November, 2016 in his 96th year. He was living Clieveragh Downes, Listowel.  Predeceased by his wife Catherine and son Michael. Survived by his children Olivia, Eleanor, Mary, John, William, Bernadette, and Anne, brother Liam (Ballylongford) and sister Lilly (Australia), grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Michael Barrett (London), in-laws, nephews and nieces. Requiem Mass for Micheál O’Sullivan Micheál (Patrick) O’Sullivan was celebrated at  St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Friday, the 4th of November followed by burial in Lislaughtin Abbey Cemetery, Ballylongford.  August 2013 a special

Presentation was made to Michael O Sullivan of Listowel and Ballylongford for his years of dedication to Listowel Churchyard and other worthwhile projects in Listowel area.

HOLY SOULS MASSES for those on the November lists and on the Remembrance Trees:

Church of the Assumption Moyvane:  Mon 7th at 7.30pm;   Tues 8th  at 10.00am;  Wed 9th   7.30pm. Corpus Christi Knockanure: Tues 8th at 7.00pm. Also 8th at 8.00pm,  ICA Mass for all Deceased Members in Marian Hall  ; Thurs 10th at 7.30pm; Fri 11th at  10.00am.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jerry O’Carroll, Mick Lane, Nora Moloney, Margaret Deenihan, Liam O’Connor, Peg Stack, Mary Dillane, James Walsh, Mary Ahern, Mary Langford, Mai Lane, John Eymard O’Connor, Mary Rose Carrig, Mary Kennelly, Mary Ellen Houlihan, Betty Histon, Peg Reidy, Grace Mary Brosnan, Paddy Flavin, Christina Scanlon, Sr. Veronica O’Neill, Billy Barry, Sr. Maria Kissane, Joe Scanlon, Sr. Eithne Finucane, Margaret Forde, Richard Cotter, Nuala O Flaherty, Philomena McAuliffe, Helmuit Kostal, Sr. Mary Tarrant, Billy Heffernan, Maureen White, Bridie Meade, Johnny Collins, Gus Cremin, Harold Sheahan, Mass in Moyvane on  Sat  12th at 7.30pm  for Patrick (Patsy) Healy, Leitrim East & UK (Rec Dec).  Sun 13th at 11.00am for Mike Joe O’Flaherty, The Village.

Knockanure Church; Friday 11th at 7.30pm for Michael Lane, Beenanaspig, also at 8.30pm Mass for    Maurice Collins, Lisaniskea & Tralee (Rec Dec). Sun 13th at 10.00am for Jack Carmody, Knockanure  & Deceased Members of the Carmody Family.

GOOCH & BARRY JOHN IN TOWN: ‘Míle Buíochas’ to all who came to the raising of our first MURHUR N.S. Green Flag was raised on Friday last by special guests Colm Cooper and Barry John Keane.

CARE OF THE AGED’ CELEBRATION: will take place in the Marian Hall on Sun 20th Nov. starting with Mass at 12.30pm followed by dinner and dancing and evening tea.  Contact Ita on 49134 or Maureen on 49365 before 15th Nov.  We would appreciate spot prizes from local Businesses.

AGM of Moyvane IFA will be held in Marian Hall on 11th Nov. 2016 at 8.30pm, Secretary Bridget O Connor.

FR PAT MOORE LAUNCHES HIS NEW BOOK ‘Weathering A Storm’, on Friday 18 Nov. at 7.30 in the Arms hotel. All welcome.

FOOD FAIR in Listowel from 10th to 14th November.

STRIKING A CHORD stories & poems from over 40 North Kerry writers.  All the proceeds will go to Áras Mhuire.  On Thursday Nov 10th at 7pm in St. John’s, Listowel.

ALZHEIMER’S CARERS SUPPORT GROUP Holds its monthly meeting at Listowel Family Resource Centre on Tuesday, November 8 at 12.30pm.

COLLEGE, IT Tralee information evening on 10th Nov. at 7.30pm at North campus.

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM LOVED ONES: All those who will be away from the Parish this Christmas are invited to send Christmas messages to their Families & Loved Ones at home.  These messages will be displayed in our Churches during the Festive Season, text 087/6173000.

REMEMBRANCE DAY FOR WORLD WAR 1 will take place in St. John’s, The Square after 12noon. Mass on next Sunday (Nov. 13th). There will be bag pipers to play music, a wreath laying ceremony with the last post/revallie and the national anthem being played. Followed by a roll call of the names of the 155 men/boys that died from the Listowel and the North Kerry area in WW1. Canon Declan will oblige with a prayer and a blessing on the day. All are welcome to attend.

LISTOWEL COMMUNITY ACTION ON ALCOHOL. You are invited to attend an Information Night on Thursday 10th November 2016 at 8pm in Listowel Family Resource Centre.  For info: contact Ger Lowe, KDYS Youth Centre, 087 9263803.

KERRY INGREDIENTS a memorial mass will be held for deceased members of Kerry Ingredients Listowel at St. Michael’s Church, Lixnaw on Wednesday 16th Nov. at 8pm.

RAMBLING HOUSE at Knockaloucca, Duagh on Nov. 15th.

LISTOWEL PARISH AT PRAYER DAY RETREAT: Come and spend a day with spiritual singer and theologian Nóirín Ní Riain Arrival and Registration 10.00am, Saturday 19th November, St. John’s Theatre and Arts Centre, The Square, Listowel. For more information and bookings contact: Listowel Parish Office 068 21188.

WORKING WITH MARY.  The Legion of Mary is holding an explanatory meeting on Wednesday 9th November at 8 p.m. in the Parish meeting room.  They would like to extend an invitation to all to attend.

HISTORY TALK: entitled Firies 1916 and Volunteers Actions by Dr. Tim Horgan in Tralee Library Tuesday 8th November at 7.30 p.m.  All Welcome. The forthcoming issue of The Kerry Magazine will be launched on Tuesday November 8, in Tralee library at 7pm by Ms Moira Murrell, Chief Executive Officer, Kerry County Council.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Tintean Theatre on Sunday November 13th 11.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Santa will attend with sweets for kids, Parish Choir will entertain.

RAMBLING House, Benny Thade’s Rambling House in Abbeyfeale on 17th Nov. at 9pm.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Tickets from Ann Lyons, The Square, Abbeyfeale and at the Farmers’ Market for the dance on Sunday, November 13 in aid of WL102fm.

ST JOHN’S: Wed 9th, Donal Clancy. Acclaimed folk singer, guitarist and performer whose father Liam and uncles The Clancy Brothers brought Irish folk songs to a worldwide audience.  The tradition lives on with Donal’s solo performances.

Fri 11th, Have a Heart, A comic drama written by Seamus Moran.  A Man who recently had a heart transplant thinks that his new heart is talking to him!  Is it possible or is he going insane.

Sat 12th, TENEESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND. The Best of American Country and Bluegrass and old time tunes, with this five piece band featuring Clawhammer Banjo, Base Fiddle, Steel Guitar Ukulele and Washboard.

Tues 15th – Sat 19th, POOR JIMMY. A comic drama by P G O DEA presented by St John’s.  The cast features: Gearoid O Connor, Annette O Donnell, Batt O Keeffe, Bernie Daly, Frances Kennedy and Chris Fitzgerald. “Jimmy’s mother is determined to marry him off to the local wealthy widow but poor jimmy only has eyes for the servant girl, Betty.  So how will it all end? Details from 068 22566.

TOASTMASTER CLUB LISTOWEL: The next meeting will be held in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, November 17 from 8 -10pm. More from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.

WEST LIMERICK Toastmasters will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month in NCW.

COMMUNITY ALERT CHRISTMAS PARTY: in conjunction with Abbeyfeale active retired group will hold a Christmas party for Abbeyfeale parish residents aged 65 and over on Sunday, November 27 in the Day Centre, Convent St. from 1-5pm.

SAINTS: Nov 6th: Island of Saints and Scholars

The Feast of All the Saints of Ireland must yield priority to the Sunday liturgy. This feast was instituted in 1921, by Pope Benedict XV, after he beatified Oliver Plunkett in 1920. Here are three points related to today’s feast:

There are only four canonised saints of Ireland – St Malachy (1094-1148), St Lawrence O’Toole (1128-80) and St Oliver Plunkett (1625-81) and St Charles of Mount Argus (1821-93), have been officially canonised. All the other Irish saints, such as Saints Patrick, Brigid, and Colmcille, are saints, as it were, by acclamation of the local Church. All these saints are honoured on Nov 6th.

This feast also includes those who had a reputation for holiness and whose causes for canonisation have not yet been completed, such as Blessed Thaddeus MacCarthy (1455-92), the seventeen Irish martyrs of the 16th and 17th centuries, Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice (1762-1844), Blessed Columba Marmion (1858-1923) and the Servant of God Matt Talbot (1856-1925) and people like Legion of Mary envoys Edel Quinn and Alfie Lamb, whose causes have already been introduced. But it also includes those whose lives of sanctity were known only to their families, friends or members of their parish diocese or religious community.

CHRISTMAS PARTY, Tarbert – The Christmas Senior Citizens Party will take place in The Community Centre on Sunday 11th December. A hot meal, and dancing to Stevie Donegan, plus a free raffle. Cost is €10 per person. All welcome.  Names to be given to Breda Lavery please.

SONGS OF LOVE AND PRAISE: A concert devoted to the sacred choral music of St. Mary’s Cathedral Choral Director Aidan O’ Carroll at the Friary Church, Killarney, on Sunday, Nov 13th at 8pm. Tickets available at the door on the night or from Kerry School of Music. Tel: 066 7125690.

LECTIO DIVINA: Every Tuesday after  Mass in Listowel Parish Meeting Room. All are welcome.

THE YEAR OF MERCY: will come to a close on November 20th, the Feast of Christ the King, when Pope Francis closes the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. The holy doors around the world will be closed on Sunday next , Nov 13th.

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM LOVED ONES: All those who will be away from the Parish this Christmas are invited to send Christmas messages to their Families & Loved Ones at home.  These messages will be displayed in our Churches during the Festive Season.  You can e-mail your message to [email protected] or text 087/6173000 or post your message on Moyvane Village Facebook.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA:  Calling all bakers and jam makers, the annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 11 at St. Ita’s Hall from 10am -1pm.  Cakes, breads, jams etc., can be handed into Batt Harnett, The Square or Mairead Daly (086 8594983) on Saturday, December 10.  Abbeyfeale for Africa would like to offer best wishes to Traoine Tobin, our founder and Chairperson on her retirement and thank her for all the work she has put into fundraising for Fr. Tim over the last 20 years and more.  The account is always open in the Credit Union for any donations.

SOCIAL FARMING:  This is the practice of offering family farms as a form of social services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health difficulties.  The farm remains a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farm’s chores and activities.  It also creates the opportunity to connect farms with local communities through the opening up of their farms as part of the social support system of the community.  For further information call Stefanie or Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 62222.

‘FALLING GRADIENT’ ON SALE IN ABBEYFEALE:  A new book, titled “Falling Gradient”, which tells the story of all the railway routes that served Limerick has just been launched. It has been written and self-published by Joe Coleman, of Meelick, Co. Clare, whose family had many connections with the railway. Joe has filled his 450+ pages with an amount of stories and an excellent selection of photographs. Joe is an active supporter of the Great Southern Trail as his father was an engine driver on the line. The book is an easy read and is available in West Limerick from the NCW Book Shop in Newcastle West and from Ann Lyons in Abbeyfeale.

MEN ON THE MOVE:  Do you want to feel fitter and have more energy.  Sports Partnership are delivering a men only physical activity programme at Teach Feile, New Street, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm.  All welcome to come along and enjoy the benefits of exercising with a mixed age and ability group.  Further information  087 7558459.

PROJECTS have been approved, work can get underway on improving these 172 towns and villages nationwide.” Funding is being allocated to Local Authorities to meet up to 85% of the total cost of each project. Listowel Kerry receive €92,879; Athea Limerick get €22,950; Abbeyfeale Limerick  get €24,700.

LIBRARY: Glin Library has a very interesting Local History corner which contains many copies of the journals from the Comprehensive School Tarbert but would like to fill some gaps. If anybody has copies which they no longer need for the years 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001,2005, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and  2016 they will be received with pleasure in the library.

REFLECTION: Learning to pray for the sick is like learning to ride a bicycle. At first, the parent runs alongside the wobbly child to prevent serious injury. …Soon he will learn to ride smoothly and safely. Learning to pray for the sick is a similar process: the first solo experiences are usually messy, but in time they become quite enjoyable. I am more interested in ministry than neatness, so I provide a place in which people know they are accepted and helped even when they fail.

John Wimber

LEGION of Mary

DEVELOPMENT Association Moyvane: programme this year included, Friday Murhur & Knockanure National School Art Competition. Rambling House in Marian Hall. Art workshop for Children 5 to 8 year olds, Boro Dinner, Dog Show, Vintage and official opening of 1916 garden. Bonnie Baby & Glamorous Granny. Youth Club Walk. One Act Play “Fledged & Flown” and Concert in the Marian Hall and Hunt on Monday. I.C.A. Ceremony for Burying of Time Capsule. Many of the events are on social media, which is a great connection for our many emigrants. The main source of income for the Association comes from the Moyvane Village Festival which it has been organising since 1993 and takes place on the October Bank Holiday weekend. Charity Football Match usually held on the Monday supporting many Charities. Moyvane Development Association was formed in 1985 by a group of local people who were interested in brightening up and enhancing the appearance of Moyvane. In 1996 the Development Association undertook the task of developing a Nature Trail and Village Walk through the village and local woods.

Moyvane Garden opening and Festival 2016


PERMANENT DIACONATE: At the 12 noon Mass in St. John’s Church on Sunday next, November 13th, Thady O’Connor, Kilcummin Pat Coffey, Killorglin and Denis Kelleher, St. John’s will receive the Order of Acolyte, from Bishop Ray Browne. This is the final stage before ordination as a deacon which will take place next year at the completion of their formation. At the same Mass Francis White, Kilflynn will be called to Candidacy for the Diaconate.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Contact: 066 7134276 or [email protected] .

A Positive Approach to Dealing with Stress: Paul Montgomery, Mon 7th Nov. 7.00pm-8.30pm.

An hour of Prayer Using Scripture (Lectio Divina): Sr. Elizabeth Gilmartin, Tuesday 8th Nov. 7.00pm-8.00pm.

Celebrating Catholic Faith Beliefs: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesday 9th Nov. 7.00pm-8.30pm.

Bereavement Support Day -“Be Gentle As You walk with Grief”, Tess Daughton & Maire G. Stewart, Saturday, 26th Nov. 10.00am-4.00pm.

Self-Care Day: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness. Saturday 19th Nov. 9.45am-4.00pm. Contact Betty Garnett 0872498061. Ref.

BROSNAN: Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town

The best example of what can happen from a trade show is in “The Kerry Way”, the story of Kerry Group (essential reading).  In the early days, Denis Brosnan personally manned their stand at trade shows and at one was approached by a Tesco rep looking for a spreadable butter, not on the market at the time.  The product was developed over a weekend and marked the group’s entry into the UK.

FOOD FAIR: Nov 10 to 13, Listowel Food Fair

FAIR in Athea was blessed with beautiful weather, several of the usual patrons were missing due to advancing years.

PAPERS: Kerry Sentinel 1878-1916, Saturday, August 08, 1896; Page: 2


Punch has been making merry at the expense of Mr. M. J. Flavin, M.P, This week’s issue contains the following description of the maiden effort of the member for North Kerry:—

Tuesday—Mr. MICHAEL, JOSEPH FLAVIN’S maiden speech not a success exactly upon lines anticipated in domestic circle. Nevertheless it proved most delightful thing enjoyed this Session by bored House. Report Stage Irish Land Bill under discussion. One amendment talked about for full two hours. Dinner time coming on. Debate apparently played out. Hungry Members getting ready to rush through division lobbies, became conscious of tall figure up standing below Gangway ; left hand gracefully reposed in trouser pocket, leaving on view abundant display of Sunday shirt-cuff ; in other hand sheaf of notes promising speech of hour’s duration.

A moment’s pained pause; then Mr. FLAVIN’S equanimity startled by outburst of angry roar for division. “When it subsided, a voice shod in fine rich brogue heard to say, ” Well. I’m not goin’ to keep you more than ten minutes.”

Ten minutes! Proposal enough to take away remaining breath. Ordinary Member confronted by similar circumstances says he won’t take more than a minute. At most two. MICHAEL JOSEPH, critically eyeing bulk of notes, thinks he may get through in ten. This charmed House. When roar of laughter subsided, MICHAEL commenced. His leading idea was to show that prices of agricultural products are lower than they were sixteen years ago. To that end had spent days and nights sprawling over market tables. His notes crowded with parallel columns of figures. House cheered enthusiastically when he showed how barley was so much in 1880 and so much less in 1896

The Member for North Kerry blushed with conscious pride. House of Commons, after all, a body of fair men. His labour had not been in vain.

” Now oats,” he said.

Tremendous cheering. Flurried by this generous applause, MICHAEL J. got his oats a little mixed. Process of re-assortment not assisted by shouts of laughter from Members opposite.

” Beef,” Mr. FLAVIN roared, as if that were the next course, and there would be a cut all round if Members would only have patience.

At this stage SPEAKER interposed; pointed out that method of inquiry pursued by MICHAEL was a little minute for the stage of the Bill now reached. That was awkward. M. J., ignorant of Parliamentary prejudices, had filled his notes with market prices. If they were tabooed, there was nothing left for him. Looked at his notes with rueful face, at sight of which House went off into another fit of laughter that threatened to create vacancies in boroughs and counties represented by gentlemen of apoplectic habit.

” Very well, Mr. SPEAKER,” said M. JOSEPH, with voice choked by emotion,

I will give only a few more particulars. There’s butter. Now, butter is an indirect product of the land. What was its price sixteen years ago ?”

” Agreed ! agreed !” shouted Members. Far above the tumult Mr. FLAVIN’S voice, its mellifluous tones suggestive of a mouth tilled with melted butter, pealed forth prices per pound in 1880 as compared with these overstocked days. Merry uproar so great it was difficult to follow line of argument. MICHAEL getting a little angry. Next thing heard as he waved his notes defiantly in face of Colonel SAUNDERSON” was the battle-cry ‘ Eggs fippence a dozen.”

will anyone contradict me?” he shouted.

Certainly not. On the contrary, cry of “Agreed! agreed!” burst forth from all sides. That was worse than anything. There would be some comfort in contradiction. If they insisted upon agreeing with him, what was the use of setting forth these carefully collated, and, as far as the landlords of Ireland are concerned, damnatory figures ? Still there they were, and Mr.FLAVIN’S affection for them, his earnest anxiety that the beneficent effects of their companionship should be shared by the House, was pathetic.

” I am not giving these figures to satisfy my own curiosity,” was one of the few complete sentences heard amid the storm of laughter.

Mr. FLAVIN growing really angry. Had only just commenced his notes. From time to time he turned them over, evidently with desire to meet incomprehensible but unmistakable disinclination of House to have matter enlarged upon. But could not find in his heart to omit a line.

” There are pigs,’ he shouted, with sweep of arm indicating the full range of crowded benches opposite.

The gesture was accidental, certainly was not meant to be indicative. But these were last words of FLAVIN. The House roared for what seemed five minutes, at the end of which time the SPEAKER moving ominously in his chair, MICHAEL JOSEPH abruptly sat down.


  1. Martin Moore says

    Ring me and I will get you the details. Martin Moore 00 353 86 8239414.

    Paddy Dalton of Coole, Athea was one of the Volunteers killed on that sad day. He was then working in Listowel town and was Captain of “A” Company, 6th. Battalion. The others killed were Paddy Walsh of Ballydonoghue and Jerry Lyons of Duagh. Con Dee was wounded and Christy Broderick had a fortunate escape also. Full details are in Listowel & its Vicinity which was published in the 1970’s.

  2. Michael Adrian O'Connell says

    Could somebody help me.

    I’m trying to find out and contact anybody who deals with the upkeep of the beautiful monument at Gortaglanna? I now live in North Yorkshire but my Dad was a Volunteer in the West Limerick Brigade at the time of the massacre.

    If someone could help I would be very grateful.

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