knockanure notes-december 31st 2017

RAMBLING House on Thursday 4th January 2018 at 9 pm in Knockanure Community Centre. Everyone is welcome. Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Admission free. Refreshment will be served. Contact Ann Flavin at 086-3090948.

SOCIAL day for the Active Retirement takes place on Monday 8th January 2018. Music by Stevie Donegan. All Welcome. If attending it is important to please ring office on 068/49799. New members especially welcome.

ST PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel; The first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

CHRISTMAS: Great crowds attended all the masses in the parish, during the Christmas season, we are grateful to all who had an input in the preparation and celebration which will be memorable to all of us, as many worry about the changes that are to come.

DEATH took place at Christmas 2017 of Mary Stack, nee Kennelly born over 90 years ago, daughter of Jerry Kennelly and Mary Moloney of Knockanure. Mary went to England and married her neighbour Pat Stack of Moyvane, who predeceased her, her son Austin also predeceased her. Mary is survived son Jerry and daughters Theresa, Margaret, and Hellen and grandchildren.

DEATH took place on Christmas Day 2017 of Willie O’Connor of Kilmeaney, Kilmorna. Husband of Kate and father of Mary, Seamus, Declan and Triona, also survived by his grandchildren James, Alice, Gavin, Jamie, Molly, Maeve, Julia, and Ellie Mae, sons-in-law Gerald and John, daughters-in-law Noreen and Dana, brother-in-laws, and sister-in-laws. Requiem Mass on Thursday, the 28th of December, at Knockanure Church, celebrated by Fr. McNamara, P.P. assisted by Frs. McMahon, O’Callaghan and Sheehy, Noel Nash sang at the mass. Willie O’Connor was laid to rest afterwards on a very wet day in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel. A vintage tractor led the hearse from Knockanure Church. Willie was son of Jimmy O’Connor and Mary Ellen Hayes.

ANNIVERSARIES: Francis Dowling, David Kennelly, Brendan Mulvihill, Peg O’Shea, Sr. Felicitous Joy, Sr. Noella Crowley, John Hanrahan, Timothy Donoghue, John Fealy, Mary Keane, Margaret Beardsley, Jimmy Lyons, Fr. Michael F Kennelly, Pat Mullane, Peg joy, Francis Thornton, James Curtin, Jerry Lyons, Dan Keane, John Francie Ahern, Christopher O’Connor, James Culhane, Pat Galvin, Tom Roche, Dermot Keane, Bill O’Connell, Fr. Denis Quirke, Dolly Hennessy, Catherine Ann Fitzpatrick, Michael Buckley, Kit Leach, Tom Francis, Eddie Holly, Peg Werkman, Michael McMahon, Nora Flynn, Mary Angela Harnett, Mick Barrett. Moyvane Mass; Friday 5th at 7.30pm for Bridget O’Brien and the 11 am mass on Sat. 6th is for Parishioners; Sat 6th feast of Baptism of our Lord mass at 7.30 for Bridget Holly, Emma and her husband Jack also for Johnny Holly and all deceased of the Holly Family of the Village; Sunday 7th at 11am Mass for Donal Cunningham, his sister Breda and her husband, Andy Thomas. Knockanure Mass; Sat. 6th, at10am, special intention and Sunday 7th at 10am for Theresa and Michael Bambury.

NEW YEARS DAY special mass in Moyvane at noon for all families, Feast of Mary Mother of God.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6th The Epiphany of the Lord is a Holyday of Obligation.

LIVE CRIB IN DUAGH: Located behind St Brigid’s church, the crib will remain open to the public until Sunday January 7, 2018. Open daily 10.00am to 9.00pm.

ADORATION: Knockanure, Tuesday 2nd Jan from 10am to 6pm. Moyvane, resuming on Wednesday 10th Jan from 10am to 7pm.

THUNDER: Many have been describing the rude awakening they received early in the morning last week, when the sound of thunder shook their house.

CREDIT Union Athea will re-open on Thursday, January 4th.

THE HOPE FOUNDATION WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: in aid of the Street Children Of Calcutta in the Meadowlands Hotel on Saturday January 6th from 10am to 12 noon.

BILL KIRBY MEMORIAL 4 MILE WALK Due to the adverse weather conditions on St. Stephen’s Day it has been decided to give people a second opportunity to walk on New Year’s Day, departing from The Brogue Inn at 11.30am. Everyone is welcome and donations and sponsorship cards accepted on the day. More information from Michael Fox O’Connor 087 9833075.

TALK: Dr. Patricia Kieran will present the Annual Public Talk, Tuesday the 9th January at 8pm in the Gleneagle Killarney.

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. MARTIN MCCORMACK: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland.

NEW MASS TIMES FOR 2018: Mass times in Abbeyfeale will change from January 1, 2018. Saturday evening Mass will now be at 6.30pm and Sunday morning Mass will be at 9.15am.

GLÓRACH NOTES: On Wednesday, January 3 screening the 2015 film, Brooklyn. Based on the Colm Tóibín novel.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea.

FR. SEAN: Ardfert Retreat Centre: – 0667134276 The Pillars of an Active Spiritual Life: 2018 Course by Fr. Sean Sheehy, starts Jan. 17th continues Jan thru March, Every Wed. 7pm-9pm.

WRENBOYS are fast disappearing from the locality, we will miss them.

WALK: Over 200 people of all ages had a most enjoyable 10km walk or cycle along the old railway from Barnagh(N21) to Newcastle West on Wednesday 27 December 2017. The event was organised by Great Southern Trail Ltd.,

CHOIR: The Kingdom Gospel Choir: The Kingdom Gospel Choir is starting up on Friday, Jan. 12th 2018 at 8pm in the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Rock Road, Killarney. No auditions required to join. Male and female adults of all ages and all musical standards are welcome. For more information contact Caoimhe on 0870669858.

TALK: Dr. Patricia Kieran to present on “Exploring Family Life”. The Public Talk will take place on Tuesday 9th January at 8pm in The Gleneagle, Killarney. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Patricia is a lecturer in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in the Department of Learning Society and Religious Education. This event is part of the Diocese of Kerry’s preparation towards the World Meeting of Families taking place next summer.

DEATH: Jerry Yellin, who flew the last combat mission of World War II and later helped fellow veterans overcome their trauma, has died 21 Dec 2017, in Florida from lung cancer. He was 93.

He was a lieutenant in the 78th Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Forces, was leading an attack on Japanese airfields on Aug. 15, 1945 when Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender.

PRAYER: Israel’s agriculture minister called for a prayer rally to bring rain to the drought-stricken country.

THOUGHT: It is best to be with those in time that we hope to be with in eternity. -Thomas Fuller.

AWARE Support Groups are free to attend, no referral necessary.

THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILES takes place in Dublin in August 2018. A limited number of copies of the World Meeting of Families Icon are available at the back of the Church. Families are asked to place the icon on the Christmas dinner table or in another prominent place in their home and to pray together the official prayer for families which is printed on the back of the icon. Early registration at will ensure a place at all of the main events.

DRURY snippets from School Folklore Collection 1937 ‘38.

School Collection page 336

Richard was asked to make a poem about it and this was the song he made.

Ladies and gentlemen let ye all look around There is a rogue on the top and four on the ground.

Don’t lay your hands on the coffin, because the soul is on a journey. Old Nick is at law and he wants an attorney

Obtained by Patrick Fennel, Tarmons from Patrick Sweeney Tarmons.

Listowel Collection; Once upon a time Paddy Drury the poet was very drunk and he was coming out of Limerick. He was eating a loaf of bread and he saw a woman with a little dog. The woman called him and asked him to throw the dog a bit and paddy caught the dog by the tail and threw the dog over the ditch. Told by M Ahern O’Connell’s Avenue. Written by T Ahern, O’Connell’s Ave.

Knockanure School collection; Billy Drury aged 70 years Carrueragh, down in Carrueragh in the middle of a wild mountain called Moanveinleac there is a big hole known as Poll Piobaire. It is believed that there was a piper drowned there long ago, and the noise of the water beside the hole ever since resembles the music of the piper’s band. The place beside the hole is a desolate spot in the mountain.

Told by William Drury aged 67 years on 7-2- 1938; Fields, The Horse Field, this is a field where horses are kept by Edmond Stack of Carrueragh, he also has the Sheep field where sheep were kept long ago.

The Kiln Field is in Con Nolan’s land.

William Drury used make baskets and chairs; Patrick Doody still alive aged 69 used make baskets and Patrick Lynch used make chairs, all lived at Carrueragh.

Forty sheep a shepherd and his dog went out a gap, how many feet were there; Ans, The mans two feet; Twenty sick sheep went out a gap one died, how many came back, Ans, 19.

Collected by Dan Sweeney age 14 in 6th class.

Billy Drury told of a man sending for the priest three times and then dying suddenly as the priest was leaving the house. He also mentions that the mountain was 100 feet higher 115 years ago and it is lowering every year, there is a blue hole which drains the bog by a sub terrain.

William tells about Kilmorna house which was in ruins, it was built over 380 years ago, The home of the O’Mahony’s, only two walls standing. There were beautiful terraces and an avenue about half a mile long, there was three lodges, the coach house and stables are still intact

Patrick Drury Coilagurteen aged 77 Labourer 7 12 1937 told the following about Timothy Moloney of Coilagurteen who walked from home to Tralee in 8 hours. Leaving Tralee very drunk at 6pm, when he was about 3 miles from Listowel he slept and the night was freezing and he froze to the road, they had to pull him from the road with ropes when his brothers found him, his hair stayed stuck to the road. Collected by William Broder aged 12 years.

Paddy Drury the poet was going home one day. He met two priests on his way. One of the priests gave him sixpence and Paddy said God bless you father, the other priest gave him a shilling and Paddy said God on high bless you father. The priest that gave Paddy the sixpence asked him what was the difference between God bless you and God on high bless you. Well father said Paddy there is sixpence, Told by W Moore, Charles Street Listowel.

There was the story, that a shopkeeper would always so no. So one of Paddy’s friends went in and asked for a piece of cake and she said no, so Paddy went in later and said Sure you won’t refuse me Miss and she said no.

Another story of Paddy observing a man sticking out his head out the window of the stop storey and remarked that was a fine house. The man said that it was only a stable, Drury said that he thought so two, when he saw the ass sticking his head out.

More from Paddy Drury; A little white horse on a heap of stones, when he eats a bite he always groans. Answer a gun.

A Bridge and a river without a stick, or a stake, or a stone, Ans. Rainbow.

As white as a sheet, as green as a leek, as red as a rose, as black as the crows. Ans. Blackberry.

A Flock of white sheep upon a red hill. Here they go, there they go, and now they stand still. Ans your teeth.

John B Keane wrote often about the Drury family in the Leader.

Drury Family

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WHAT YEAR IS THIS: If you had walked through the streets Bethlehem or Rome asking people on the first Christmas Eve, “What year is this,” the answers you’d hear might vary. The Sun numbers our days, the Moon tracks our months, and the seasons indicate the passage of years, but answering what year it is requires people to make reference to some shared historical event.

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