Knockanure Notes – 7th December, 2008

COMMUNITY Centre Knockanure: Christmas flower arranging with Kathleen Barrett will be held in the centre on Monday 15th December at 8pm. Admission is free. A raffle will be held.

PARTY for children will be held on Sunday 14th December at 4pm. Santa will arrive at 4.15pm. Each child will get a photo with Santa and a gift bag, following by a disco. There will be also be a cake sale on the day.

CHIROPODIST will attend the Marian Hall on Thursday 11th Dec. at 11 o’clock, for appointment contact Eileen Quinn on 49472.

CONCERT: Murhur School are holding the School Christmas Concert on Friday 19th December at 8pm in the Marian Hall.

SCOR Na nOG County finals were held at the Gleneagle on Sunday night last Dec. 7th, a great night of entertainment was provided by the young people from all over the County Knockanure represented the North Kerry Football Board in the Novelty Act, they were beaten by Ballymacelligott. Knockanure actors were Kerry Ann, Tara and Tady Finucane, Donnchadh Woods and Diarmuid Kennelly; they put on a delightful sketch on census taking in the locality. Great credit is due to Cathy Finucane who was the driving force behind the local group. Great to see the long tradition in drama continued in this generation, many of us recall plays that were staged in the old memorial hall with participation of ancestors of the present generation of actors.

LAUNCH of North Kerry Songs, Scenes DVD at St. John’s, Listowel on Thursday 11th December at 8pm. It includes Gabriel Fitzmaurice singing “The Newtown Team”.

CONGRATULATIONS to the local tidy town committee who received their Endeavour Award from John O Donoghue at the Kenmare Bay Hotel on November 28th `08.

DINNER: Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship Outreach Christmas Dinner was held in the Grand Hotel, Tralee on Monday 8th December Guest Speaker John Gates, details contact 068 23511

ENROLMENT Evening for September 2009 was held in Presentation Secondary School, Listowel on Tuesday 9th December 2008 from 5pm – 8pm. For more information, please contact the School Secretary at 068 21452.

AA: Alcoholics Anonymous. Contact your local AA meeting or telephone the following numbers 066 – 7127820 or 087 – 0522911.

HAEMOCHROMATOSIS Support group are holding a meeting in the community rooms next to Raheen Church in Limerick on Thursday 11th Dec at 8pm all are welcome to attend , more information from Denise Mc Auliffe on 0878298461 or 061 228306.

SAFEFOOD sent me their update on Monday last December 8th , they went on about everything from Dan Crowley, cold food hygiene, food poverty, horses, who works at safe food, Christmas hampers up for grabs and much more, what I really needed was a reliable report on the recent bacon scare, not a word from them on the subject. They are being paid to do a job and where are they. Most of our ailments and early deaths are from over eating foods which are processed with plenty of additives. Hard sell on various media ensures silence, no doubt money talks.

JOBS scare is being pumped up by the media daily, many part time staff were employed to make work light for permanent staff during the boom times, now that the people who were really working are being let go, we can expect plenty excuses and poor service. DuPont are reducing workforce by 2,500, Dow Chemicals are shedding 4,500 jobs.

GENEALOGICAL Projects are thriving take the Mormons who have two billion names, 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and 278,000 books. Michelle Obama can trace he family back to a slave plantation in Carolina where 200 slaves lived in shacks in early 1800s.

WINDOW Display at Kearney’s Bar in Moyvane is taking on a Christmas atmosphere.

NOTES are often cut due to shortage of space, the full version of Knockanure Notes are available on the Newtownsandes Site. Print size in the notes place severe strain on the eyes of people whose sight is diminishing.

SAFE Driving programme will be given at Tarbert Community Centre on Saturday Dec. 13th, between 1pm and 6pm, it is organised by the No Name Club.

Best Wishes to Lenamore N.S. who won the North Kerry Cuman na mBunscoil Two Teacher School competition.

FROSTY Roads recently caused havoc with people’s timetables; our climate is so mild we are not familiar with ice, in Alaska despite their severe frost four year olds are in school every day.

ST JOHN’S: Wednesday Dec. 10th The Midnight Court presented by Sean Tyrell and Johnny Mullins; Friday 12th An Evening of Popular Classics; Monday and Tuesday 15th and 16th Little Red Riding Hood’s Christmas Adventure for children daily 10am and 11.30am; Tuesday Night End of Term Performance by St John’s Children’s theatre, directed by Steve Sparks; Wednesday 17th The Drifters, details from 068 22566.

PENSION: English Pension: If you are in receipt of a British Pension or have not claimed a British Pension and you are a woman born between April 6th 1938 – October 24th 1944 or a man born between April 6th 1933 -October 24th 1939, you may be entitled to a British Pension or an increased British Pension and arrears backdated to pension age. The deadline for the above is 6th April 2010. Telephone 0044 191 2182550 and mention you are interested in applying for these years.

EVENTS: Santa will be in Athea and Abbeyfeale from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday Dec. 13th;Rambling House will be held in Finuge on Friday 12th of Dec. at 9pm, musicians and singers welcome; Christmas Fair will be held at Seanchai on Sunday Dec. 14th starting at 11am; Clounmacon Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on Dec. 12th starting with Mass at 7.30pm; Listowel ICA Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday Dec. 10th at 8.15pm, details from 068 22007; West limerick Set Dancing Club Social will be held on Saturday 13th of Dec. at the Fr Casey GAA Clubhouse, details from 069 76327; Revision Court for Electoral Register will be held at Listowel Courthouse on Thursday 18th Dec. at 11am; Tintean will have a Children’s Christmas Concert on Friday Dec. 19th; North Kerry Harriers will have a Novice Day in Ballybunion on Dec. 26th and they will be in Ballylongford on 28th ; Christmas Concert by Kerry Choral Union at St. John’s Church, Castle Street on Sunday, December 14th at 8pm, Musical Director is Sharon Reidy. The Choral Union meet at Collis Sandes House every Wednesday at 8pm, details from 066 7143 804; St Vincent de Paul collection will be held at most Churches this weekend.

FULL Moon on Dec. 12th, many fail to heed warnings on the radio about icy conditions, the clock is more important than peoples safety.2009 is International Year of Astronomy. Space Station is visible till this Wednesday Dec. 10th. Three students doing a project in a Netherlands University found an Extra Solar Planet.

THOUGHT: If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost ; that is where they should be, now put the foundations under them, H. D. Thoreau; In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy: But in passing it over, he is superior says Francis Bacon.

KERRYMAN of November 21st 1908 gives an account of the successful performance of St Patrick’s Temperance Society at the Gymnasium in Listowel, these taking part include Miss Madeline O Connor, Mary Buckley, Mollie Kerin, May Cahill, F. Stack, D. McDonnell, Denis O Donnell, J. Reidy, M. McElligott, J. Lunny, M. Nash, B. Buckley, P O Sullivan, Mrs. D. Keane sang, Mrs. M. O Connor played the piano, Convent girls gave exhibition of Eight Hand Reel and Twelve Hand Reel. Listowel Fair showed no improvement on the last one, except Springer’s and milking cows which were scarce, prices ranged from £14 to £18-10s; Calves £3 to £5, Yearlings £6 to £8, Three year olds £9 to £12, beef 45s to 52s per cwt, mutton 6d per lb, pigs 48s per cwt.

FAMINE Year: Kerry Evening Post of November 11th 1848 tells us that the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners are sending 900 emigrants to New South Wales and Australia; A great proportion of landholders have fled , many are in prison waiting for a decision of the Land Insolvency Court and these with their heads above water are filled with despondency. The pauper population are not prepared for the winter, their clothes are in rags, for three years they have been unable t replace them, bad weather left them without firing, their habitations are dilapidated. Sis Irish refugees armed and destitute arrived at Calais. Irish Poor in June 1848; In Ulster less than 4% on relief list; Leinster had 7% costing about 2shillings in the Pound for a full year; Munster had 14% on relief costing 3/6 in the £ for a full year; Connaght had 25% of its population on relief costing 4s and 1d in the £ for a year; Scarriff had 34% on relief in June, Clifden had 55% on relief. Steamer Niagara took 10 days to travel from Boston to Liverpool and a Steamer from Southampton to New York took 15 days. Instructions were issued in France to stop vagabonds and people without means from traveling to Paris.ADORATION: Moyvane, Sunday 4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 10am to 7pm and Knockanure Tuesday 10am to 6pm.Listowel Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the Adoration Chapel every Tuesday & Wednesday between 11am. & 9pm. and every Sunday during Advent between 3pm and 6pm; Athea on the Sundays of Advent from 2pm to 5pm; Abbeyfeale 6pm to 8pm Mon to Fri.

DEATHS: Requiem Mass for Tom Relihan of Carrueragh will be celebrated on Wednesday Dec. 10th at Noon in Knockanure; Joseph O Hanlon Woodford, John Baynham Cahirdown, Tony Stack Charles Street, Kathleen McDevitt Greenville.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jane Desmond, John Broderick, William Finucane, John Collina, Derry Tatten, Agnes Donovan, John P Fitzgerald, Pat Brosnan, Martin Mulvihill, Bridie O Donnell, David O Brien, Danny Dunne, Liam Scanlon, Denis McEnery, Mass on Monday Dec. 8th at 10am for Patrick O Connor; Mass on Tuesday 9th at 7.30pm for Maureen Foley and deceased members of the Foley Family; Mass on Thursday 11th in Knockanure at 7.30pm for Deceased members of the Dunne Family; Months Mind Mass at 7.30pm on Friday 12th for Maimie Kennelly also Mass in Knockanure on Friday at 7.30pm for P. J. Nolan; Mass on Saturday 13th at 7.30pm for Sheila Buckley her First Anniversary; Mass on Sunday 14th in Knockanure at 10am for Patrick and Catherine Greaney and the 11 a Mass in Moyvane is for Mathew and Bridget Quin.

READERS: Vigil =DAna Fitzmaurice & Elaine Hudson; 11.00am Paul & Anthony Kiely and Knockanure10.00am Kathy Kennelly & Mary Fitzgerald.

ADVENT: You are invited to an Advent Day of Recollection and Reflection at Ardfert on Wednesday, December 10th (changed from Tuesday, December 9th) from 10.30am – 5pm. The day will be lead by Fr Pat Winkle, Youghal, for booking contact 066 7134276. WALK: A 4-mile Christmas walk will take place on Friday, December 26th in aid of the Palliative Cancer Unit, Tralee departing from Kirby’s Brogue Inn at 11.30am. Leader: Fr Sean Hanafin, cards available from Michael ‘Fox’ O’Connor – 087 9833075.

STUDY of the Sacred Scripture will be carried out on Mondays of Advent in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale, this week at 7.40pm after the 7pm Mass. All are Welcome.

GIVING Tree is in Abbeyfeale Church, gifts will be given out before Christmas.

Medjugorje Monthly Prayer Meeting was held at St Patrick’s Hall on Monday Dec. 8th.

Christmas stamps can be left in special box in Listowel Church. Due to drought conditions in their area, a rabbi, a priest and an imam prayed together for rain on the shores of the Sea of Galilee recently.