Knockanure Notes — 7th April, 2021

REFLECTION: Fr. Kevin reflects this week in local paper on the many sorrows and blessings revealed the Covid-19 pandemic. Which has transformed our lives in the past year.

TOUCHED BY EASTER- A beautiful legend tells how a Priest found the Crown of Thorns that Jesus wore and placed it on the Altar in his Church on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday, the Priest went to the Church to remove the relic, which he now felt was out of keeping with the joy of Easter.

However, when he opened the door, the whole place was filled with a wonderful perfume. The early morning sunlight, streaming through an Eastern window fell on the Altar where lay, not the Crown of Thorns, but a Crown of Blooms. The thorns had blossomed overnight into flowers, rare, sweet and lovely. Remember, you and I can be touched by Easter too. I wish all readers, parishioners and friends a happy and grace filled Easter. You are in my Masses & prayers. Fr. Kevin.

FEAST of Divine Mercy is on April 11th, it was always a popular day for attending ceremonies, in many local churches. Divine Mercy Novena. This Novena began on Good Friday and continues until Divine Mercy Sunday, 11th April 2021.

FAITH: Leap of Faith in Times of Transition, an Online Workshop for Young Adults 18 to 30 yrs on 8th April 7.30 – 9pm, planned by Diocese of Kerry “YouthDoK” Young Adult Group. Further info available and registration on

PADRE PIO EVENING MASS Listowel has been moved to Friday 9th April for the month of April.

Padre Pio Devotions in Castleisland; Tuesday 20th April at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by Mike O’Mahony. A journey from Alcohol 24/7 to a pathway of recovery and living for one day at a time.

DEATH of Michael Murphy, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna, on March 29th, 2021. Predeceased by his wife Dawn Unit, survived by his son Eddie, daughters Sharon, Maggie and Siobhan, grandchildren Fionn, Ciaran, Oisin, Noel, Kai, Erin and Noah, sisters Eileen, Teresa and Chrissy, Aunty Joan, sons-in-law Brian and Liam, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.

DEATH of Vincent Donegan, Vancouver, Canada and late of Knockane, Listowel, on March 30th, 2021. Survived by his wife Anna, son Stephen, daughters Jessica and Melissa, brothers John, Dan, Mike and Declan, brother-in-law Thomas, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Ruby McMahon, Eileen Meehan, John Joe Wynne, Annie McMahon, Joan Guerin, Sr. Eileen Kiely, Tom Carey, Sr. Elena Goulding, Tom Sheehan, Peg Mulvihill, Peggy Barett, Aidan Cummins, Margaret Devine, Sr. Philomena Griffin, Hannah Stack, Mary Sweeney, Dick Collins, Bridget Kennelly, Nora Enright, Mass Moyvane; Sat 3rd at 8.30pm HOLY SATURDAY for Nora & Bill Buckley, Church Road & deceased of the Buckley family; Sun 4th at 11.00am EASTER SUNDAY -for Jimmy Kirby, Glenalappa (1st Anni); Tues 6th at 7.30pm for Con & Margaret Flaherty, Dooncaha & l/o Aughrim & brothers Liam & Denis Flaherty l/o Aughrim & Glin Road; Wed 7th at 7.30pm for Joanie & Tommy O’Connor, Glin Road & l/o Castleisland & Mossie O’Connor, Glin Road (Anni); Thurs 6th at 7.30pm for Paddy, Tess & Margaret Stack, Glin (Anni); Fri 9th at 7.30pm for Martin Haugh, Co. Clare (Get well); Sat 10th at 7.30pm for Maureen & P.J. Moloney, U.K. (Anni) and Mass on Sun 11th at 11.00am for John & Noreen Scanlon, Inchamore & deceased of Scanlon & Flavin families.

Mass Knockanure – Sun 4th at 9.30am EASTER SUNDAY –for Hugh Goulding, Knockanure Village (Months Mind) and Mass on Sun 11th at 9.30am for Jason Plested, UK (Anni) & his grandad Ollie Leahy of Gortaglanna.

Fr. Pádraig Walsh reflects on Good Friday;

ST PIO: Petitions were e-mailed last week and were brought to the tomb of Saint Pio, by Amanda Devine of the Marian Pilgrimages representative based at San Giovanni.

TRÓCAIRE BOXES: To be returned at Masses.

NIARON LTD: ESB jointing works will continue between Knockanure village and Moyvane graveyard this week.

SPECIAL 25th CONGRATULATIONS: This weekend Moyvane Development Association celebrates 25 years on developing a Nature Trail on the local overgrown woods. Kind permission was granted by the Parish and landowners and work began on Good Friday in 1996 by an enthusiastic group of volunteers (twenty), which resulted in the birth of our beautiful Nature Trail Walk. In 1999, for National Tree Week, native hardwood sparlings, 1,000 in total were planted. A number of these were planted by pupils of Murhur N.S. and by the late and very kind Fr. O’Leary, P.P. God rest him.

It is a beautiful amenity for all of us to enjoy and it has been invaluable to us during Covid days. Very many thanks to one and all in the Development Association for their vision and brilliant work over the last 25 years.

WALKING to running a virtual 5k at your own pace during the May Bank Holiday weekend. To register for the Lee Strand and An Riocht Family Fun Virtual 5K Challenge visit

LITTER picking took place in several areas on Good Friday. Many of the roadsides have two years cans and bottles strewn along them.

RECYCLE: We have Greens in government and no reasonable effort is being made to recycle, many items and containers can be recycled. All they need is a continuing competition with prizes to highlight inventive ways of reusing items, helping to bring popular feeling towards reuse. There was a time when the papers recorded the largest head of cabbage, another achievement was an Athea man who planted one potatoe in container and was able to produce 60 new spuds from it.

LAST YEAR: March 2020 Events in Kerryman; Active Retirement Day Knockanure, Moyvane Knockanure Confirmation pictures, Oskars in Listowel, North Kerry Harriers Ball, Afternoon Tea event for Palliative Care, Ard Curam Choir to Perform at Tarbert Church, Nano Nagle School social, Edward Hyden cooks up a Night at John B, Athea Midnight walk in April, Wandes Wild festival at Killarney, 5,000 people in Killarney to become new citizens, Kerry Drama festival at Castleisland, Expanded Library services open a door to world, Hotel Jobs Recruitment Fair, New Government must be formed, Credit Union Quiz, Confirmations, International Women’s Day March, Internal Rally of the Lakes, Cancelled school trips. National Jobs Week, St John’s Theatre had full monthly programme, Just a sample.

EASTER: this is the second year that people are denied taking part in Church services. The dedication of priests and helpers in using new ways to keep the Faith Community connected through live-streamed Mass, radio and locally by loud speaker, has helped people to keep up with most services.

SAMARITANS: 60 volunteers deliver a 365 days a year service at Kerry Samaritans’ headquarters in Moyderwell. They have dealt with extra calls from people concerning mental-health issues due to lockdown.

DARKNESS Into Light; Join Pieta and Electric Ireland for a special Darkness Into Light sunrise, and give the gift of hope to those impacted by suicide and self-harm. Join in any way you can – walk, swim, bike or simply share your sunrise moment.

SSE Airtricity have donated a total of E2.2 Million to projects in North Kerry and West Limerick, since 2008.

AUTISM: It’s estimated that at least one in sixty-five people in Ireland are autistic yet eighty-five percent of autistic people are unemployed or under employed. On April 1st and AsIAm, Ireland’s will come together to champion autistic talent in the workplace.

COUNTRY people are to be denied build one off houses under planning proposals, I know of one man who died alone when his son was denied build nearby.

GAA REVIEW: Eamonn Fitzmaurice will lead a group to review all aspects of Gaelic football in the North Kerry District Board area.

2021 CLÁR; The 2021 programme is now open for applications. Full details of the scheme from Local Authorities and other relevant organisations.

PRESIDENT: TG4 honours President Michael D. Higgins, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, with a one-hour special, Dé Domhnaigh 18/04 @ 21:30.

TG4; The passion of Andrew Kelly, an archivist and collector from Kilmacthomas, who has amassed a huge collection of photographs and film over his life-time, is the focus of this documentary. He has gathered over 20,000 photographs and 15,000 feet of film since he started to collect over 50 years ago. Dé Céadaoin 07/04 @ 20:30

RURAL Plan; Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Employment Affairs and Retail Businesses, Damien English outlines ‘Our Rural Plan’ and what it involves. We all know what happened to last decentralised plan. Most people who go to university, will never come back to their roots, except a few to a government pensionable job.

GOVERNMENT stated concerns about vulnerable aged people rings hollow, when for example, they enforce EU agricultural regulations on elderly farmers, who have to interact with people outside their home to comply. Another danger and worry to old people, is the NCT test which they are forced to do every year, even though the car is rarely on the road. At least a year’s reprieve would be a help, as the elderly are voiceless, few know their plight.

TOASTMASTERS in Listowel next meeting 8th April at 8pm, see facebook for more.

BEST WISHES to Billy Nolan of Tralee who is in business there for 55 years. Remember well the fine bookshop he had upstairs.

FLOWERS: Blackthorn now in bloom, the plum tree is also coming into flower, Daisy and dandelions, usually called “Pissy Beds”, Primroses in shady spots are in their element also. See more at

GO FISHING: A programme of virtual events running from the 25th April-3rd May For the first time ever Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) launches a virtual Go Fishing Week 2021, a national celebration of fishing with a programme of online events taking place.

DEATH of Jack O’Callaghan at the age of 93. The late Mr. O’Callaghan enjoyed a certain celebrity status in his Castleisland Day Care Centre circle after the February 2012 visit by his RTÉ Radio and TV presenter niece, Miriam O’Callaghan.

FEAST of St. John Baptist de la Salle is 7th April. He is the patron saint of teachers.

ALONE support for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

TALKING Charity; work is driven by commitment to promote mental health as an essential part of overall wellness.

UK: Saturday 3 April 2021 marks 300 years since the first UK Prime Minister was installed.

National Archives planning to re-open our reading rooms on Tuesday 27 April.

GLOBE Trotting IDA spent E855,702 on flights and had hotel bills for E300,783 in 2019, what did they spend during lockdown year.

RARE Diseases, there is an estimated 7,000 of them.

NOVENA to Matt Talbot for Alcoholics: Day 1. Posted by paulcoholic on 30 May 2008, 1:18 pm. Today we pray Day One of our Novena to Matt Talbot for Alcoholics. … “Lord, in your servant, Matt Talbot you have given us a wonderful example of triumph over addiction, of devotion to duty, and of lifelong reverence of the Holy Sacrament.

TENORS: Two young German tenors recorded a series of songs inspired by Christ’s passion and his resurrection in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica, with new songs being released every day from Wednesday until Easter Sunday.–hBLcj2ZlzjAq21-ywi55skktj7OzH6YOLIERzotCRb5nGLcTJ_dOv1PeaSoWP8ZgaQeIx-JUBY421D0WGJeUe6DNZGA&utm_content=119122644&utm_source=hs_email

CORK SHOWS: “These agricultural records catch information like: farm names and addresses, products being grown, hand crafts, home skills and their value to daily living.

How I wish I could slip into the crowd, see the prize-winning turnips and brown soda bread, maybe pick up a heritage knit pair of socks if there were any for sale. History is fed by the little details- these agricultural show booklets capture home, farm, and community life for 170 years.–uaJxh2ber8/edit

LETTER: This letter appears in the Annals of Beara Vol 2 (Chapter 7). I would like to thank Joanne Boyd, great-granddaughter of Daniel Harrington. Joanne and her mother transcribed the letter and made it available to all of us who have difficulty in getting sight of these three valuable volumes of genealogical histories of the people of Beara and surrounding parishes by the late Riobárd O’Dwyer N.T.,

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