Knockanure Notes — 8th January, 2017

ACTIVE Retirement Day in Knockanure on Mon 9th Jan.  Music by Stevie Donegan. Book with  068 49799.  All welcome.

FITNESS: Morning fitness class for everyone in the Community commences on Thursday 12th January at 9.30am in Knockanure Community Centre. Fun fitness for all levels of Fitness, All welcome

Evening classes at 7.30pm every Thursday – step in tone. All welcome. Call Maggie Large on 087/9866533.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: will resume on Tues 10th Jan in Knockanure and Wed 11th Jan in Moyvane.

SVP BASKETS:  Baskets will be left at both Cribs for any unwanted Christmas gift vouchers, or food such as Christmas Cakes etc.  If you place them in the baskets we will pass them on to the SVP for anxious and stressed families in our Parish.

SAMARITANS COLLECTION: Raised €2,076.25.  Mary Sheehan from the organisation wishes to thank all who contributed so generously.

GAA: The Knockanure GAA Football Club would like to express our sincere thanks for the generous contribution made during the recent church gate collection. The Knockanure GAA Football Lotto Draw for 2017 resumes on Friday 13th January with a jackpot of €16,800. We would like to wish our supporters and community a very Happy New Year!

DECEMBER weather was very pleasant, despite the fine weather very few could be found walking about in the countryside. Even visitors who came home were driving here and there, in years passed they, always strolled around to meet old friends and update themselves on local events. Now it is all facebook. Despite having said above, it was evident that many visited the graveyards.

DIED in England, John Hanrahan, formerly of Lower Dirreen, sympathy is extended to his sister Helen and twin brother Dan.

DIED: William Christopher, 84, who played Father Francis John Patrick Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, died at his Pasadena home on New Year’s Eve.

Sr. Noella (Philomena Angela) Cowley OP, Our Lady of Fatima Convent, Oakpark and formerly of Haddington Road, Dublin.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bishop Michael McAuliffe, Ned Gould, Jim Kennelly, Josie McNamara, Kitty Barry, Michelle Foley, Paddy Mannix, Tim Leahy, John Gregg, Sheila Broderick, Sheila Walsh, Jennifer Musa, Nellie O’Sullivan, Owen Liston, Sean O’Halloran, Mary Obrien, Pats Lane, Nancy Fitzgerald, Mairead Mullane, Timmy Nolan, Eddie Cunningham, Dan Mulvihill, Margaret Brick, Martin Sheehy, Michael Fitzgerald, Mary Theresa Collins, Mickey Liston, Liam O’Connor, Peggy Mulcahy, Martin Stack, Mass in Moyvane; Mon  9th at 7.30pm for Ned Moore, Fri 13th at 7.30pm for                Michael Moloney, Sat 14th at 7.30pm for Bridie Cahill (Rec Dec), Sun 15th at 11.00am for Quinn, Leahy, Brandon & Mulvihill Families, Moyvane. Knockanure Mass: Tues 10th at  7.30pm for         Neelie Buckley, Knockanure & London (Rec Dec), Sun 15th at 10.00am  Michelle Foley, & her grandfather Michael Keane.

OUR PARISH IN 2016: We welcomed 25 babies into our Christian Family through Baptism, 19 received their First Holy Communion, 29 young adults were confirmed.  We had 7 marriages and we handed back 12 Parishioners to the Lord through Funeral celebrations. Blessings on all families in the above celebrations.

RAMBLING House held in Knockanure last week was a great success, some remarked that it was the largest crowd ever to attend.

GLÓRACH NOTES: staging of the John B Keane play The Highest House on the Mountain.  This play will be opening at the Glórach Theatre on Thursday, January 12 with further shows on the 14, 15, 17, 20, 21 and 22.

TALK: Bishop Billy Crean to give the public talk at the clergy assembly on Tuesday Jan 10th 2017. The venue is the Gleneagle Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney, beginning at 8pm and concluding by 9.30pm.

BENNY THADE’S RAMBLING HOUSE:  Takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on the third Thursday of each month, the first one of the New Year will be held on Thursday, January 19.

ITA’S NIGHT: The annual celebration in honour of St. Ita culminates with dinner and dancing to Eddie Lee in Raheenagh Hall on Sunday, January 15.  Meal served 8pm. Tickets must be booked in advance from Mary Anglam 086 1649099.

BEST wishes to Nora Wallace, Glenbawn, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

KNOCKNAGOSHEL Then and Now is in its thirty third edition and contains 82 pages. It covers hundreds of events from death of people of great age to recent GAA matches. Photographs from mid 1900s to the present day. There is also some snippets from newspapers and travels abroad.

ATHEA Journal, has all the usual writers, including Tom Aherne, Thady Hunt, Peg Prendeville, Domhnall de Barra, Tom Fitzgerald, Margaret waters, Daithi O Riordain, Anne Denihan,  Teresa Mullane, George Langan, Timmy Woulfe, Jacqueline O’Connor, Jamie Kelly and many more too numerous to mention. Many photographs are also included.

COURSING: Abbeyfeale Coursing Dance at the Grove on 9th Jan. at 9.30pm.

GAA fundraiser for Athea on February 4th at The Devon Inn Hotel.

LISTOWEL ACTIVE RETIRED Resumes on this Tuesday 10th January at 2.30pm. in St. Patrick’s Hall. New members always welcome.

GLIN library is starting off the year with a mini exhibition of Book Art by Lillian Fealy of Listowel.


Saturday Jan 14th   at 2.30 PM Ages 1-6 Children must be accompanied by an adult.

NEW TOASTMASTER CLUB IN LISTOWEL: The next meeting will be held in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday,  January 19 from 8 -10pm. Further information from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.

LOOKING FOR A CAREER IN THE CARE SECTOR?  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

FATIMA: Pilgrimage to Fatima Kerry Diocesan Pilgrimage, led by Bishop Ray Browne Centenary of the Fatima Apparitions. Pope Francis to visit in May 10th– 17th, Tel.: (021)  427 77 00

TALK: Jan 14 Gospel and Gospels. Jordan O’Brien op. The workshops take place in the Terence Albert O’Brien hall on Dominic Street, Limerick, close to the Tait Clock on Baker Place on Saturday morning from 10 to 12.30. All are welcome.

Enquiries: Jordan O’Brien op; Mobile: 086 4096207.

TARBERT’S 1916 / WAR OF INDEPENDENCE – booklet is now available in local retail outlets.

WREN GROUPS: Glensharrold group celebrated their 60th anniversary, and Carrigkerry their 34th, This year 2016.

TIDY TOWNS OPERATIVES – for Asdee, Ballylongford and Tarbert. No experience is needed for any of these positions, details at 068 43824.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE – The Faith Prayed: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wed. 18th & 25th Jan. 7pm to 8.30pm. Ardfert Historical Lecture Series: Stone upon stone: buildings in Ardfert district by Donal Stack, Thur. 19th Jan. 8pm to 10pm. Self-Care Day: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness, Sat. 28th Jan. 9.45am to 4pm Contact Anna O’Donoghue 0879447105.

THANKS: Abbeyfeale for Africa wishes to thank all those who supported our cake sale. As a result of the voluntary baking and all other support we lodged €1460 to Fr. Tim Galvin’s account which is open in the credit union.

B T YOUNG Scientists, over 4,500 students from all over the country are taking part at the RDS.

DANCING: West Limerick Set dancing Club workshop takes place from 17th to 19th Feb. 2017, at the Devon Hotel.

WORLD Meeting of Families, Dublin, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next

World Meeting of Families in August 2018. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years.

TIRE: Dublin, Ireland – The tire market in Brazil is forecast to cross US$ 6.5 billion by 2021 according to the latest report from

CHICAGO, NY times— One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended on Sunday with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The bulk of the fatal and nonfatal shootings, which jumped to 3,550 last year from 2,426 in 2015, occurred in only five neighbourhoods on the city’s South and West Sides,

WORDS – “Let go of yesterday. Let tomorrow be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be.” – Joel Osteen.

NCW and Rathkeale rail line was opened in January 150 years ago.

WEATHER: The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 – 1947) Fri 14 Mar 1930 Page 23

Hard Winters. Experiences in Ireland

We hear much about old-fashioned winters, and there is a prevailing idea that winters in Ireland have become milder than they were (writes T._-F. Higgins in the “Irish Times ). The study of meteorological records gives no valid support to this theory: in fact, It may be asserted that no noteworthy change in our winter climate has occurred during the past century and a half. It is not difficult to understand how the idea that there has been a change originated. Children give no

heed to a mild winter, but a cold winter, or even a spell of bitter weather, is indelibly impressed on the childish memory. Then, in later life, the middle-aged man, looking back on the days of childhood. recalls what seems like a series of severe winters, because he vividly remembers many occasions when, during what seemed a long time, the snow was very heavy and the ponds were frozen. So the

Idea of change takes root. Our annalists did not neglect meteorological phenomena, and scattered

through the pages of the Annnals of the Four Masters, the Annals of Ulster, the Annals of Lough Co, and tho “Chronicum Scotorum” are to be found dozens of references to wet summers, great frosts and mild winters. If the recording scribe did not exaggerate, the year A.D. 684 must have been exceedingly cold, “There was a great frost this year, and the rivers and lakes of Ireland were frozen,

and the sea between Ireland and Scotland, so that there was communication between the two countries on the Ice.  In January, 821, there was “unusual frost; and the seas, lakes and rivers

were frozen, so that droves of cattle and burdens could be conveyed over them,” The Annnals of Ulster record, under January, 917: “Groat snow and cold and unprecedented frost In this

year, so that the chief lakes and rivers of Ireland were passable, which brought great havoc upon cattle, birds and fishes.” The year 1047 was called “the year of the great snow.” The winter of 1114-15 brought “very hard weather of frost and snow from December 18 to February 15 or a little longer: so that It caused destruction of birds and cattle and people, whereof grew great death throughout

all Ireland and in Leinster especially,”


In 1339 there was a great   plague of snow and of frost which prevailed that year from the beginning of a fortnight of winter, until a part of spring came.

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The January of 1814 witnessed an unprecedented fall of snow,- followed by a bitter frost. On the 11th of the month, the snow lay six feet deep in the streets of Dublin, Shops were shut for several days and business was brought almost to a stand-still. Traffic between Dublin and the different parts of Ireland was suspended for weeks, and on January 19th no fewer than 1,500 country mails were


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