Knockanure Notes — 8th May, 2016

ROSARY: will be prayed at 9.45am just before Mass each Sunday in May in Knockanure and at the Grotto opposite the Church in Moyvane every Tuesday evening at 8pm.

MAY ALTAR decorated with wild flowers was a tradition in many homes in times past.

FLEADH: County Fleadh in Tralee 21st and 22nd of May.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Knockanure First Communion Class, who received on Saturday last. A special day also for family, relations and friends. Many have been working in the background for several months to make the day special. Hope the good memories last a lifetime.

MOYVANE on Sat 14th at 11.00am, First Holy Communion Mass.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS, MAY 17th. In Lixnaw,  with Rosary, Mass and Benediction.  The witness will be given by Joan Hussey, Tralee on the subject of Coping with the loss of a child through a road accident.

BUS: Many complain about public transport, but locals can access three return busses a week, details from 1890 528 528.

DEATH has taken place of Sr. Bridie O’Sullivan, Presentation Sisters, Tralee and late of Derry, Listowel. Reposing in The Presentation Convent Chapel on Sunday from  3.30pm to 6pm followed by removal to St. John’s Church. Funeral Mass on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in the Convent Cemetery.

DEATH took place of John O’ Connor, Ahanagran, on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May 2016. Husband of Elma and father of Brian and Patricia, regretted by his  brothers, sister and grandchild. Requiem Mass for John was celebrated on Thursday, 5th May, at St Michael of the Archangel Church, Ballylongford, followed by burial afterwards in Lislaughlin Abbey.

ANNIVERSARIES: Patsy Broderick, Agnes Mulvihill, Noreen McCarthy, Michael Relihan, Sr. Patricia Langan, Statia Hanrahan, Michael Dowling, Darragh Langan, Nora Walsh, Tom Higgins, John Flavin, Mary Dunfort, Mary Hudson, William Flaherty, Lar Buckley, Patsy Horan, David Dillon, David Foley, Noreen Sweeney, Michael Anthony Ahern, Eileen Keogh, Catriona Houlihan, Sr. Ignatius O’Grady, John Guiney, Martha O’Sullivan, Paddy Meehan, Tim Shanahan, Mary Finnegan, Eileen Behan, Eamonn Cotter, John Flaherty.  Mass in Moyvane: Mon  9th  at 7.30pm for Deceased Members of the Halpin & O’Connell. Wed 11th at  7.30pm for Jimmy Kennelly. Fri 13th at 7.30pm for Jack O’Connor at 7.30pm for Nora Walsh (1st Anni) & her husband Jack. Sun  15th at 11.00am for David Foley, & Dec Members of the Foley & O’Connor Families. Knockanure: Tues 10th at 7.30pm for Bishop Ray Browne’s intentions. Sun 15th at 10.00am for Noreen Sweeney.

DANCING: Competitors in the Moyvane Dancing competition; Owen Stack, Siobhan Fitzgerald, Shane Stack, Regina Galvin, Diarmuid Fitzmaurice, Sean Walsh, Diarmuid Leahy, Shauna Foley, Brendan Galvin, Kevin Kennelly, Fiona Buckley, Aine Scannell, Tara Mulvihill, Marie Stack, Norella Molyneaux, Karina Stack, Brenda Kennelly, James Fogarty, Liam Corridan and John Mulvihill.

HURLING: Leinster Hurling Championship qualifier group, Kerry beat Carlow by 2-19 to 0-17 at Austin Stack Park on Sunday May 1st. Team member, Jack Goulding of Ballyduff, both his parents are from Knockanure/ Moyvane.

RUN: Great Limerick Run took place on Sunday the 1st of May 2016, congratulations to local girl, Rachel  Stokes (Female 4) 3:14:37. Kerry Crusaders, Based in Listowel, County Kerry, welcome people all ages and all abilities. Some run marathons, others enjoy the chance to get out of the house for an hour, stroll around the town and get some fresh air.

RAMBLING HOUSE FINUGE:  Friday, May 13th at the Thatched House commencing 9pm.  All will be most welcome.  Light refreshments served.

LOUGH DERG bus details from 087 3966 399.

ST JOHN’S; Wed. 11th Listowel Premiers, the work of local filmmakers. Friday 13th, Corner Boys a play by John McKenna, details from 068 22566.

SESSION was held in Abbeyfeale Friday night May 6th for the West Limerick Singing Club monthly rambling house in the Ramble Inn bar.

ASHES of Martin McGrath whose mother was from Moyvane and father from Athea, were brought back home again last month. He was a musician and related to Kennelly’s of Gortdromasillihy, Shines from Athea and many other locals. Members of Martins family visited local locations which had an interest to him.

SHANNONSIDE WOMEN’S GROUP will hold a used clothes collection on Thursday 12th May from 8am to 10am in the Church Car park, Tarbert.  All used ladies, gents, children’s clothes, curtains, towels, shoes and bags will be accepted.

RETREAT ON CHRISTIAN HEALING: with Fr Thaddeus Doyle, editor of the Curate’s Diary. Friday May 13th from 7—9pm and Saturday May 14th from 10am—5pm. (Please bring a packed lunch). Queen of Divine Will Oratory, Camp. All welcome.

PEACE CONCERT IN KNOCK BASILICA: Mayo International Choral Festival are hosting a Peace Concert with RTE Concert Orchestra in Knock Basilica on Saturday 14th May.

CONFERENCE ON MARRIAGE, THE FAMILY AND IRISH SOCIETY IN 2016 28th May in Rose Hotel Tralee.  Registration 9.30 a.m.  Cost €15.  Reservations: 0873459455

WALK: St Brendan Walk Cycle Climb FROM FRIDAY MAY 13 to MONDAY MAY 16 Feast-day of St Brendan.

LIMERICK  Fleadh at Glin From Monday 30th May and over the Bank Holiday weekend to Monday 6th June.

TIDY: Glin Tidy Towns  ‘Coastal Clean’: Glin’s ‘Coastal Clean’ is an initiative scheduled for Saturday 14th May. This is an annual event to clear our coastline of debris and litter. This year it is sponsored by Coca Cola.  This will take in the Glin shore line from Long Rock  to the end of the path on the Tarbert Road. All Tidy Town volunteers who are available, please come to the meeting point in the Town Park at 11 am.

OUTING: Glin Day Care Centre Future Open Days: The dates for Glin, Athea, Moyvane and Ballylongford Groups are: 19th May and 16th June at 12.30 p.m. For further information please contact the office on 068 26033.

WEEKEND: ‘Introduction to Focusing Weekend’

by Fr. Adrian Farrelly O.P. Friday 13th, May to Sunday, 15th May

Ardfert Retreat Centre. This weekend is an introduction to Focusing.

Focusing is about being able to be present to ourselves by paying attention to how the body is

and how it reacts to situations in our lives. It helps us to ‘befriend’ that which is painful in

our lives. Focusing helps us to know and understand ourselves and to accept who we are.

Also we will see the connection between Focusing and Spirituality and how we can be aware

of the God’s presence, how we can experience the peace in the Lord. Contact: 066 7134276.

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA: continues until Friday, May 13th, in the Dominican, Holy Cross Church, Tralee, 11am and 7.30pm each day except Sunday. Sunday Session at 3.00pm with special Anointing of the Sick. Confessions after each session except on Sunday. Preacher: Fr. Joe Dineen OP.

PRAYER: Janice and Moss Carrig had a prayer meeting on Sunday May 8 at the Desmond Complex Newcastlewest Co. Limerick at 3pm. All welcome.

PARENTS: National Parents Council Primary Conference 2016: will be held in the National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, Dublin, on Saturday 28th May from 10.30 to 4pm.  Conference is open to all parents, telephone 01 8874034.

DRIVER: The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Tralee General Hospital, Cork University Hospital & The Mercy University Hospital, Cork. We are looking for volunteers to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home. Driver expenses are paid Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email [email protected]

USA: Thursday, May 5th, 2016 – The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman

TRIP On Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May, over 40 Great Southern Trail Friends from North Kerry and West Limerick enjoyed a pleasant outing to the newly developed Waterford Greenway. Transport from Newcastle West was provided by Coach House Travel with driver Pat Liston taking excellent care of everybody on the outward trip via the Vee and Mount Melleray and homeward via Lismore and Fermoy. Breakfast at the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown and dinner at Crews in Dungarvan were to everyone’s satisfaction.The main event was the walk along 8 miles of the new Déise Greenway guided by local activists Garvan Cummins and Liam Connors. The superb views of the Atlantic Ocean, along with the viaducts and tunnel which were constructed in railway days, were much admired

RUN: Limerick Run

1916 Commemerating at Mary Immaculate College: ‘1916 & the Decade of Commemorations’.

Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Prof. Emeritus in History, NUIG, will give a lecture entitled ‘Commemorating 1916: the what and the why of commemoration’ on Thursday 19th May at 7.00 p.m. in the Foyer

Please pass on this invitation to anyone you think would enjoy the event. Please RSVP by 11th May to [email protected]

Tomás De Bháll was one of two Limerick priests censured by General Maxwell for their involvement with the Irish Volunteers in two letters to Bishop Edward Thomas O’Dwyer in May 1916.

In addition to his political involvement, Fr Thomas Wall was a dedicated Irish language scholar who collected a series of eighteenth and nineteenth-century manuscripts, a number of which are held in the Limerick Diocesan Archive.The collection was exhibited as part of an event organised by the Irish Department, Mary Immaculate College to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

PUB: 200-Year-Old Pub Discovered Underground in Manchester City – Along with Bottles of Brandy 200-year-old underground pub has been discovered in Manchester city centre – along with bottles of brandy. Archaeologists made the discovery recently.

MERCURY: Monday May 9th an extremely rare event will take place that will excite the whole world but which is also extremely dangerous to view. From 12:12pm until 7:42pm Irish Time the smallest planet, Mercury, will pass in front of the blazing disk of the Sun. We haven’t seen one from Ireland for 13 years and Mercury won’t be this big at a Transit for 33 more years

HISTORY: The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 46, Number 21, 11 November 1911

The Right Rev. Richard A. O’Connor, D. D., Bishop of Petersborough, Canada, recently celebrated the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood. Bishop O’Connor was born at Listowel, County Kerry. April 15, 1838. He went to Canada in 1841 with his parents, and settled in Toronto.

Irish Independent 1905-current, Saturday, 09 May, 1942; Page: 2


The five nuns killed when a convent was hit during the raid on York are, states ” The Universe,” Mother Patricia O’Connor, teacher, and Sister Brendan Murphy, of the domestic staff, both from Ireland; Mother Vincent Jordan, head of the Convent’s Elementary School; Mother Gerard McClorry, infirmarian and Mother Agnes Clayton, teacher. Two other Sisters were injured in going to the assistance of the buried nuns. Note (Sr O’Connor was born in Moyvane)

Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1954) Fri 12 May 1944

RAID: Two Irish Nuns were killed in air-raid on Rome, it was stated on the Vatican Radio.

“We regret to state,” the announcer said, “that according to a communication received from the Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Rome, two Irish Sisters lost their lives on February 17 in an air raid on Marina. Nineteen Sisters were killed in the raid. The two Irish victims are: Sister Mary of St. Agnes (Mary O’Keeffe, of Comer, Co. Cork, and Temple Valley, Co. Waterford, and Sister Edward of St. Francis (Ellen Bowler, of Togherough, Lispole, Co. Kerry.


CONFERENCE: McAuley Conference May 5th and 6th 2016. This year, the annual McAuley Conference explored the topic: Ecological Education, Policy and Spirituality – Caring for Our Common Home.

EARTHQUAKE: Ecuador’s Consolation: Mary Statue Stands Untouched by Devastating Earthquake

The amazing preservation of the statue of Our Lady of Light has given comfort to the Latin American nation where hundreds have been killed by one of the worst earthquakes in living memory.

WAR: Fr Doyle on gas attack 100 years ago on the night of April 26 and early morning April 27 1916. Here is an excerpt from a letter home to his father which recounts the experience.



It’s easy to love people who are far away,

But not always easy to love those who are close at hand.

Yet these are the people Christ asks us to love.

That is where our love must begin.

But, of course, it shouldn’t end there.

Lord, open our hearts when they are closed,

And warm them when they are cold,

So that we may produce the fruit of love,

And the world will know that we are your disciples.




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