Knockanure Notes – 8th August 2021

FR. Kevin McNamara was presented with a number of tokens by members of the Pastoral Council on behalf of a grateful community, to show their appreciation for his Trojan work in the parish for the past six years. A cheque and some wooden ornaments were presented, due to present restrictions, the parish is unable to celebrate Fr. Kevin’s work at a special festive evening, which is usually held for priest leaving parish. See Moyvane facebook page for pictures.

VINTAGE: Knockanure Vintage Club are holding their Annual Tractor run on Sunday August 15th. Registration time 12 noon. Proceeds in aid of Kerry Hospice Foundation, Listowel Branch.

ADORATION will take place in Listowel Church on Sunday 15th Aug the Feast of the Assumption straight after 11.30 mass for one hour.

REMEMBER that when you leave this earth, you can take with you, nothing that you have received – only what you have given.” – St. Francis of Assisi.

DEATH took place of Kieran Curtin, Mona Reulta, Abbeyfeale, on July 31st 2021. Predeceased by his brother Denis and sister Maureen. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary (Máire), his sons Shane, Darragh, Lorcan and Peter, his daughters Éadaoin and Ríona, his grandchildren Amy, Sam, Tóla, Oilleóg, Laoise, Cormac and Ólan, his brother Con, his sisters Sr. Delia, Celia, Kathleen and Siobhán, son-in-law Michael, daughters-in-law Shirley and Niamh, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces. Kieran will be missed by his many lifelong friends from Macra na Feirme, I.F.A., and the numerous community organisations he was proud to serve during his long, active life.

Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síoraí dá anam cróga uasal.


DEATH of Mary Cronin, Leitrim West, Moyvane, on August 4th, 2021 Sadly missed by her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, brother-in-law, and cousins. Requiem Mass for Mary Cronin was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Saturday, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATHS: The loss of 73 lives on roads so far in 2021 is devastating for the families and loved ones of the deceased.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Brendan Sheehy, Jerry Mulvihill, Eileen Ahern, Michael O’Donnell, Mick Moore, Pats Carmody, Paddy Keane, Sr. Ita Rochford, Bridie O’Carroll, Mary T Hegarty, Jim Harnett, Billy Buckley, Georgie O’Connell, Brendan Daly, Tom Moloney, Sr. Rose Flynn, Bridie Leahy, Mary Keane, Kay Horgan, on 15th August 1893, 17 drowned when boat sank near Tarbert, many in the parish were related to the victims.

CELEBRATE 100 years of the Legion of Mary, there will be an online worldwide consecration to Jesus through Mary began on August 5th. Tune in nightly at 8 p.m. on zoom.

FEAST of the Assumption 15th August, always a great day for sports in Knockanure. Feast of Our Lady of Knock on 17th August. of St. Teresa Benedicta (better known as Edith Stein) patron of Europe is

celebrated on Monday 9th August.  Born into Jewish Faith, she became a Catholic and a

Carmelite Sister.  Captured by the Nazis, she died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1942.

Feast of St. Leila patron saint of Limerick city is celebrated on Thurs. 12th Aug.  Born in

Kilcolgan, Co. Galway, she is said to have been baptised by St. Patrick.  On coming to Limerick she built her church at Kileely near Thomond Bridge.

POPE Francis – Tweet: The Gospel is the Good News and the force that changes our lives and hearts for the better. For this I ask you to read the Gospel every day and meditate on a short passage to be nourished from this inexhaustible source of salvation.

MEMORIAL: Due to Covid 19 restrictions the Annual Remembrance in Tarbert for the seventeen local people lost in the ‘Shannon Drowning’ on the 15th August 1893 is cancelled this year.

BINGO AT FR. CASEY’S:  Outdoor Bingo continues at Fr. Casey’s on the Duagh Road every Sunday at 2pm.

AUDITIONS at Siamsa Tíre in Tralee on Friday and Saturday the 13th and 14th, and the 20th and 21st of August.

Seisiún” is on in Bruach Na Carraige, Rockchapel every Tuesday during August.

Due to restrictions, it is essential to book in advance by phoning 087 9921 119.

LISTEN to; Loretto Lynch Long Lockdown in Valentia on Horizons Radio Kerry on 15 Aug. at 9am. Loreto from Cahersiveen now lives and farms on Valentia Island with Jim. She is a mother of four: three daughters and one son. Two of her daughters, now in their 30s have Autism. Loreto tells her story.

BEAUFORT SPECIAL NEEDS PROJECT: The Board of Management of Beaufort Special needs Project Ltd by guarantee T/A Home from Home would like to invite interested volunteer members to join their committee. Please apply by  email  at  :  or

call 087 9104 546.

CAP: Sample measures in the CAP Strategic Plan. Example measures under consideration include:  Farmers committing to devoting more of their land to non-productive areas and features than is required under GAEC 9; High nature value actions such as extensive livestock production, where farmers maintain a low stocking; Hedgerow management and reduced input of chemical nitrogen.

HEALTH: €9,710,000 for Kerry Healthcare capital works, this year ensuring enhancements and upgrades in the county. Included is €5 million for refurbishment works for Listowel, Killarney and Cahersiveen Hospitals. Met a man at the library and he had to go North for eye treatment, which was organised by a TD.

MENTAL Health & Wellbeing Hub under Kerry Child & Youth Mental Health Working Group of Kerry (CYPSC), details on

ACCORD has two centres, Tralee and Killarney, in the diocese of Kerry. Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or email to [email protected].

OFFICE: The Tarbert Business Centre is located at the “Old Presbytery” Tarbert. Have fully serviced office accommodation available for short and long-term leasing, more at . Contact James Lavery (087-7838198) or Paddy Creedon (087-2532011) for further details.

FUNDING of €1,187,099 is being given for repairs and improvement works on non-public roads in rural communities in Kerry this year.

OLD TIMES: Irish Life and Lore have hit the 10,000 downloads mark for their recent podcasts, the subjects of which range from Irish national, social and local history, the Irish Big House, business, the professions, sport, Irish storytellers and much more besides.  This is the link to the podcasts page on our website:

ARTS: If you want to discuss your creative side, contact Kathleen Hurley, on  085 1052177 or:  [email protected]

LIMERICK-man Peter Lawless aged 52, lives in Annascaul wants to be the first Irishman to sail non-stop, around the world on his own, starting from Kilrush harbour later this month.

GRANT: MIC Applied Linguistics researcher, Dr Anne O’Keeffe, has been awarded funding to investigate whether the shift to virtual communications in the workplace has impacted how we communicate. €270,000 awarded by the Irish Research Council and £390,000 from the British based Arts & Humanities Research Council, work begins this month and will  take two and a half years.

MORE funds: education providers can apply for funding for eligible projects under the €10 million Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund 2021.

DIPLOMA in Theological Studies: Commencing on September 24th 2021. Apply on

MAGAZINE: Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine intend featuring young people in the 2021 edition, who are helping out on the family farm, their ideas and aspirations on new farming methods, etc. The tradition of Hitching a Lift is now a distant memory for people of a certain age. You may have a story to tell about some of those journeys. The Magazine committee want to hear about it. E-mail details to [email protected] or post to BPM, Lisselton Post Office. Photos, of social occasions are required also for the 2021 edition.

CANAL Tralee; What Lies Beneath’ will appear on the Heritage Week website. The display will also be in front of the Marina Apartments, Tralee on Saturday 14th and Sunday 22nd August.

RACING on the beach at Ballybunion on Sept. 11th.

SEA LEVEL:  Michael O’Shea, a chartered engineer with a PhD in sediment transport monitoring and researcher with University College Cork’s Blue Economy. Says the effect of rising sea levels on Kerry towns and coastal areas will not be as extreme as predicted.

TAISCE according to Richard O’Donoghue TD,   has received E30m in taxpayers money since 2011.

WEATHER. Recently we had blight weather, then it suddenly changed to heavy showers and cooler weather. But there are reports that the hot weather is set to hit Portugal and bring temperatures of 35C to 40C by Friday, August 13. And the forecasters say the hot weather will then spread north, reaching the UK by August 20.

FLOWERS; Colourful and easy to grow, calendulas can be sown in August and September, for flowers in late spring. They’re hardy, so sow them where they are to flower.

-You can sow cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) in August and September, for May flowers.

-Forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica) can be sown throughout the summer months and into September.

-California poppies, Eschscholzia californica, are hardy, and will survive a winter outdoors. Sow where you want them to flower.

– Wild carrot or Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota) can be part of a wildlife garden. Choose a sunny, well-drained spot and sow where you’d like it to flower.


-Japanese onions are bred to withstand winter cold, and now is the time to sow them.

– Hardy chicory sowing it in August and you should be able to make a harvest over winter.

– Spring cabbages can be sown now outdoors.

– Sow your last crop of chard now, to provide an autumn harvest. Also makes a colourful addition to borders.

– Japanese onions are bred to withstand winter cold and now is the time to sow them.

PARTY: On July the 21st former Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone had an event at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. Around 50 people attended, (they said), Government regulations at the time allowed for outdoor events of up to 200 people. Where are the names of those attending, the hotel must have them. Ordinary people are prevented from attending important occasions in their lives. We have the situation where ordinary people are prevented from attending funeral of sibling in the U.S. and politicians seem to be able to cross the Atlantic at will and no comment from media.

BOOK LAUNCH by Delia O’Sullivan, her first solo collection ‘It’s Now Or Never’.

Israeli-Made SonoMask Actively Eliminates COVID-19 and Its Variants

MASK: Test results conducted by internationally accredited, Italian based, Vismederi Textyle corroborated Sonovia’s fabrics neutralizes 99.97% of Covid-19 particles.

DEATHS: Minister Eamon Ryan, in response to a parliamentary question from Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick, said that each year, “some 1,300 people die prematurely in Ireland due to air pollution from solid fuel burning”. In 2018, transport had the largest share of energy-related CO2 emissions at 39%, with heat at 34%.

YOUNG PEOPLE: Minister Foley said: “I have been very impressed by the work of the three existing pilot LCYPs since they were established in 2019. The target audience for all LCYP programmes and initiatives is children and young people in local communities (in ‘out of school’ settings with a particular focus on those who are marginalised or experience disadvantage.

REASEARCH: Publication recently of 4.7 million records from 3 new collections: New Zealand, Birth Index, 1840–1901, Marriage Index, 1840–1901, and Death Index, 1840–2021.

DOGS: Cost of dog attacks on sheep and cattle rose by 50% across the UK in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year.

WOMEN:  Paddy Lane has found that female drivers are hugely dependable, hard-working and – despite what some might think – have no problems handling machinery.

KNITTING: Tom Daley appreciates the “great and welcome distraction” of knitting as he kept his bid to become double Olympic champion alive by qualifying for the semi-finals of the men’s 10 metres individual platform.


Daley has been pictured with his needles and thread while watching team-mates on several occasions during Tokyo 2020, where he has already claimed one gold medal after winning the synchronised event alongside Matty Lee.


HOLY WELL: St Bartholomew’s Well, Coolard, Lisselton

Collector  Nancy Hanrahan-Informant-  Michael Hanrahan, Age   60

The blessed well is situated in a thick wood near Coolard. The well is shallow and a stream of fresh water flows from it. Many people in the district visit the well three times a year, to pay rounds. They go around the well nine times and they say three rosaries. If they have not the rosaries finished when going around, they kneel by the well and finish them. When they are going home they leave money or holy pictures or pieces of cloth on the tree beside the well. Anyone having sores washes them in the water. They also take three sips of the water and also some water with them. The people living near the well use the water for household purposes. It is said that the well was situated farther up on the wood once. A woman washed clothes in it. Then it moved down to where it is at the present time.


Holy Wells

Collector  Eibhlís Ní Chorradáin

Holy Wells

There was a parson living in Bedford about eighty years ago. There was a blessed well in his field about one hundred yards away from his house, near the bank of the river. One day his maid washed clothes in it and it removed across the river over to a filed of Nolans in Drombeg. It was a well for sore eyes and one day a very old man came from Knockanure to wash his eyes in the water, because he was blind. He thought that they would not get better: he only chanced it, but to his surprise his sight was restored next morning. It was called Saint Agnes’s well. This is how it got its name: One day a very holy woman named Agnes came to the well to wash her eyes, because they were very sore. When she was paying her round she heard a voice saying: ‘Behold Agnes Behold!’ and at that moment she slipped and fell into the well. And it is believed that she was a saint. There is a rosary said for every three rounds that are prayed, and nine rounds that are prayed for every visit a person pays. There are special days for paying rounds, the day after Saint Patrick’s day, and the twenty-ninth of December. And when a round is paid the people always say three ‘Hail Marys’ in honour of saint Agnes. Tullamore County Kerry school



Collector-Maureen Lynch- Informant- Muiris Ó Loinsig


The name is still used by the local inhabitants and probably means the Glen of the Quern. It is beside this glen the “brittlen” woman used to be heard.

In the farm of Pat Trant Jnr, Behins, there was a blessed well. This was known to the older people as Tobar Uí Leidhin. There was an old midwife living in Behins named Moll Barry. One May morning she went to the well for a can of water. She had hardly reached the well when she was lifted off the ground and the next place she found herself was below at the monument in Lixnaw, spirited away by the good people.

Beside the well there was a graveyard. A glen beside it is still known as Gleann Dóighte.


Beside our house is a place called Pike, on the main road between Listowel and Castleisland. Old Ned Prendiville use to say that there were two gates here and everybody who passed the way with cattle or cars had to pay a toll of a halfpenny. There was also a pound there. There is a Dispensary at Pike. In this building was the old National school whose first teacher was John O’Connor. O’Connor was not long there when he had to flee the country owing to his connection with the Fenians. Then came my Grandfather old Master Lynch who taught there for six years and who opened the school at Rathea in 1875.

My Grandfather was a native of Knockanure. He used to tell stories about a woman name Joan Grogan of Knockanure. This woman used to be “out” with the good people. One night they were on their way to Castleisland to decide whether a girl there name Brosnan was to be taken away or not. On their way they called in to my grandfather’s aunt the wife of Michéal Ruadh Kirby of Behins and took her snuff box as a joke. Micéal Ruad’s wife met her a few days after at the big fair in Listowel (13th May). Joan asked her did she miss her snuff box on such a morning and she said she did. Micheal Ruadh’s wife told her she heard them laughing in the kitchen that night.

Maureen Lynch

M’athair Muiris Ó Loingsig O.S a d’innis an méid sin dom. Rathea Listowel.


CHARITY: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York hit a major milestone on Thursday, July 29: the organization handed out their 10 millionth meal to the people of New York during the pandemic. While it was a celebration of a big accomplishment, it was also a sad reminder of just how hard the pandemic has hit the city.




CLASS of ’37; Here were thousands of pages by working-class girls and boys of all ages, writing about parents and friends, hopes and fantasies, daily routines. We knew immediately the preciousness of what we were looking at.

Most of the essays – which make up the heart of our new book, Class of ‘37 – were written by children living in Bolton or its surrounding towns, between 1937 and 1940.

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