Knockanure Notes – November 26th 2017.

THREE TENORS IN CONCERT: Moyvane Church, Tuesday 28th November at 8 p.m.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: Community Centre, Ballybunion on Thursday 29th November from 5 to 8 p.m.

FIRST FRIDAY CALLS: On Thursday 30th November, Fr. Kevin will do First Friday calls in both Duagh and Knockanure. On Friday 1st December, calls will be done in Moyvane and Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home.

CHIROPODIST: in the Marian Hall on December 1st at 10am. To book phone Eileen Quinn on 49472.

BIBLE STUDY: On Mondays of Advent at 8pm in the Presbytery Duagh, Fr. Jack will be conducting a basic introduction to the Bible study.

SEANCHAÍ CENTRE: A talk on ‘Songs of People & Places of North Kerry’ by Peter Kelly will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday November 30 at 8 pm. This will be followed by Listowel Rambling House from 9.15 pm.

BEST WISHES to Emma Simpson and Padraig O’Connor who were married at Knockanure Church on Friday 24th November 2017.

GLÓRACH NEWS: The two loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary plays, with further shows, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP The first Friday of every month in Listowel. 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.

LATIN Mass (1962 Missal) will be offered in Holy Cross Dominican Church, Tralee at 1.30pm on Sun. 3rd Dec. and Sun. 17th Dec..

COACH TO KNOCK SHRINE: for the Night Vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Departs Tralee on Thursday 7th December at 4.30pm. Contact O’Shea’s on 066 7180123 or Donal Kelliher on 087 6361023.

SATURDAY SUPPLEMENT: Fr. Kevin was on with Frank Lewis on Sat morning 25th after the 9am News on Radio Kerry.

DEATH has occurred of Maureen Fitzmaurice (née Flynn) Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane. Maureen died at Oaklands Nursing Home, on the 21st of November, 2017. Predeceased by her loving husband Paddy and baby son Gerard. (Loving mother of Bridie O’Sullivan (Beaufort), sons Sean and Gene, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister Nell, grandchildren and great-granddaughter, nieces and nephews. Requiem Mass for Maureen was celebrated by Fr. Kevin assisted by Fr. Brendan on Friday, the 24th of November, at Knockanure Church, followed by burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane. Hymns were sung by Maureen’s granddaughter Catriona Fitzmaurice and music was by Aidan O’Carroll. Maureen was daughter of Mr and Mrs Eugene Flynn of Kilbaha, she was born in 1923 and started work at 14 in the bakery in Moyvane, she next moved to Sgt Sheehy and family, later to O’Callaghan’s, then to Harahan’s and O’Connell’s. Maureen married Paddy Fitzmaurice a well-known musician in 1949.

DEATH took place of Pat Martin (Tieraclea, Tarbert, and formerly of Marian Place, Glin, on November 20th 2017 (tragically following an accident). Son of Anne and the late Billy, Survived by his wife Caroline, mother Anne, sons James and Nathan, daughter Samantha, brothers Billy, Gerard and Joe, sisters Jackie, Claire and Georgina, father-in-law Gabriel, mother-in-law Patricia, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grand-uncle, grand-aunt, cousins, relatives, extended family, neighbours and friends.

DEATH: Eileen Vines (née Collins), Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Her funeral was in Blessington recently. Eileen was Sister-in-law of Mary Collins at Moyvane Post Office.

ANNIVERSARIES: James Leahy, Ned Walsh, Michael Windle, Mattie Walsh, Con Bunce, Phil Scanlon, Mary Carmody, Bridie Quille, Una Dore, Ann Maria de Bilde, Mickey Fitzgerald, Sr. Goretti Francis Stack, Josie Lyons, Mark Flaherty, Fr. John Joe Walsh, Sr. Carmel Danaher, Tim Healy, Nora Leahy, Finbar Carmody, Ellen Collins, John McMahon, Ann Kissane, Mary Manning, Ellen Vaughan, Pat Hayes, Jim Brosnan, Julia Leahy, Sr. Maria Costelloe, Mass Moyvane – Mon 27th at 10.00am for Mary McElligott, Lixnaw (Rec Dec) (mother of Hannah Hanrahan, Aughrim); Wed 29th at 7.30pm for Kathleen O’Connor, Keylod; Fri 1st at 7.30pm for Michael Dore, Woodgrove, his sons John & Mike & his daughter Kathleen; Sat 2nd at 7.30pm for Peggy & Michael Sheehan, Leitrim Middle and Sun 3rd at 11.00am for Eamon Farrelly, Moynalty, Co. Meath (Rec Dec). Mass Knockanure – Tuesday 28th at 10.00am for Holy Souls (November List); Thurs 30th at 7.30pm for Seán Nolan, (Months Mind); Dec. 3rd mass at 10.00am for Paddy, Bridie & Jack Flavin, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna.

CHRISTMAS PARTY – for Tarbert senior citizens will take place on December 10, in the Community Centre after 11.30am Mass, the usual raffle with some lovely prizes will be part of the event. Music will be supplied by Noel Cronin.

CHORAL NIGHT in aid of St. Joseph’s Secondary School will take place in St. John’s. Church Ballybunion on 3rd December at 7.30 p.m.

RAMBLING HOUSE: The last Rambling House at Fr. Casey’s for this year takes place on Monday, December 4 at 9pm. MC Benny Thade McCarthy has issued an invitation to all singers, dancers, musicians etc to attend.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: KNOCKANURE: Tuesday 10am to 6pm; MOYVANE: Wednesday back in the Sacristy commencing at 2pm to 7pm. The late start is due to the tidy up after the Concert. From here on should a funeral occur on either a Tuesday or Wednesday, Eucharistic Adoration will begin at 2pm as and from now. New Eucharistic Adorers welcome, all one needs do is come at the above times.

LISTOWEL PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND 2018: 1st – 7th July or 23rd – 29th Sept 2018 only 8 places left. If interested please contact Listowel Parish Office on 068-21188.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE UPCOMING EVENTS; Advent Retreat – A Breath of Life: Fr. Louis Hughes, O.P., Fri 1st to Sun 3rd December. Healing in the Spirit: Fr. Jim McManus, C. Ss.R., 2 Day Healing Retreat: Tues 12th & Wed 13th Dec 10-4pm. Book Now on 066/713 4276.

SATURDAY SUPPLEMENT: Yours truly is on with Frank Lewis this Sat morning 25th after the 9am News on Radio Kerry. This broadcast is also available on podcast at

PARISH OFFICE SHOP: You may wish to call into the Parish Office as we have a selection of Christmas Cards, Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards, Christmas gifts and recently published books – ‘Splinters’ by parishioner Brenda Fitzmaurice & Mary Kennelly, Glin and ‘First Hand’ by parishioner Eoin Hand.

FR. LIAM LAWTON IN CONCERT: Newcastle West and District Lions Club present Fr. Liam Lawton in concert (with Desmond College choir) in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, on Thursday, November 30. Doors open at 7.30; concert at 8.00pm.

BALLYDONOGHUE Parish Magazine with nearly 280 pages is now available.

PARKING: Free Parking in Listowel from Friday 1st to 16th Dec from 1pm each day, then Free Parking from Monday 18th until Monday 1st Jan subject to a 2hr parking limit in a parking space.

AN ECUMENICAL CAROL SERVICE – will be held in St. Brendan’s Church, Steeple Road, Tarbert on Friday 8th Dec. at 7pm. Following the Carol Service, we will have the switching on of the Christmas lights in The Square. Refreshments will be served immediately afterwards in the Community Centre. All are very welcome.

PARTY in Athea: The Going Strong Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, December 6th starting with Mass at 12.30pm (sharp) in the Top of the Town.

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January at1pm.

POPE: Fr. Séamus Enright, The Rector of the Redemptorists in Limerick, his parents came from Clounleharde, he had many relations in Moyvane area. Fr Séamus recently had an audience with the Pope in Rome.

JOURNAL: The 37th edition of the Mahoonagh parish annual, is now available. This annual is dedicated to Michael Scanlan, poet laureate of Feninism, who came from Castlemahon. It is believed he also had relations in Kilmorna.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ??? – Your local Chernobyl Group is actively seeking new host families for children from Belarus for 2 or 4 weeks summer of 2018. Info Meeting: Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Mon 27th November at 7.30 pm. Contact: Bridie – 087 9013784. or Theresa – 085 1555029.

MEETING FOR RETURNED LAY MISSIONARIES & VOLUNTEERS – Have you ever worked overseas as a volunteer or lay missionary in Africa, Asia or South America? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people to discuss issues of mutual concern? Join us for our next meeting which takes place on Thur. Nov. 30th at 7pm in the John Paul 11 Pastoral Centre, Rock Rd, Killarney. For more info email jim.farrell or phone/text 083 8422468 to confirm attendance.

WEBSITE: thanks to Eilish Kearney, Alanna Donegan, Aine Cronin & Katie Galvin for getting it up and running!

DRAMA GROUP; The Boro Players Drama Group will take to the stage in January ’18 with their production of “Barndance” by John Fraher.

ST. JOHN’S PARISH BAZAAR: will take place from Friday – Sunday, December 1st – 3rd at K.D.Y.S. Hall, Denny Street.

PULSES OF A THOUSAND YEARS: A Musical Journey Through The History of Ireland. Ceoltóiri Sliabh Luachra, in Siamsa Tíre on Sunday December 10th at 8pm. All proceeds will go towards St. Carthage Church, Brosna.

PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE: will be held on Sunday, 3rd December in the RDS, Dublin 4 from 1pm-4.30pm will feature a number of excellent speakers from Ireland and overseas including former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson. Attendees will hear from families who credit the 8th Amendment with their children being alive today. Attendance is free but seating will be limited. You can register online at

GREEN: Could turkey poop help stop climate change? Over a quarter million turkeys are produced each year in the United States. Ben-Gurion University, found that fuel produced from poultry excrement yielded 24 percent more energy and less harmful emissions than coal.

THOUGHT: As told to Susan B. Anthony


“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. Every truth we see is ours to give the world, not to keep for ourselves alone, for in so doing we cheat humanity out of their rights and check our own development

AWARDS CANADA; Helena Maureen Barry, Saint John, New Brunswick

Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

Well organized, compassionate and discreet, Maureen Barry has served the Saint John community for more than five decades and has particularly cared about the well-being of children and seniors. The mother of 12 has exemplified generosity and concern for others by donating food and clothing to underprivileged families, by canvassing for several charitable organizations such as the New Brunswick Lung Association, and by serving with the Catholic Women’s League for many years. A cheerful volunteer with the St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rocmaura Nursing Home for more than 20 years, she has brought joy and comfort to the residents during her visits.

Father William Allen Reynolds, St. Albert, Alberta

Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

Father Reynolds was ordained to the priesthood in 1936 and has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to disadvantaged residents of his community. After serving with Scouts Canada for almost two decades, he co-founded the Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs of Edmonton. Over the next 40 years, he dedicated his spare time to the activities and management of the clubs, which would grow to influence and enrich the lives of 5 000 children and youth each year. A compassionate and gentle man, Father Reynolds continued after his retirement to celebrate mass, to administer pastoral care and to visit patients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

TRAVELS in Ireland Author: Johann Georg Kohl (Snippet) Giants Causeway area.

The storm had thrown up an unusual quantity of seaweed at Glenarm, and different other places along the coast. Half the population were next morning, when the wind had somewhat abated, busy gathering it, and taking it away on little cars. All the wet basalt and limestone rocks, which rolled about on the seashore, were covered with men, women, and children, who, as at a joyful harvest-home, gathered the long snake-like slimy weeds, and collected them all carefully into little heaps. The Irish turn these plants to many uses: in the first place, they eat them, and, indeed, in no small quantities. More al link below.

The Miseries and Beauties of Ireland

Author: Jonathan Binns

Jonathan Binns, The Miseries and Beauties of Ireland (London 1837). (Available on

THANKSGIVING: Did you know that when Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1864, he had a definite religious purpose? I think that it’s important to take a look at this quote from Lincoln, especially since focusing on the religious roots of the holiday is something that seems to be disappearing. Lincoln said, “I recommend to my fellow citizens that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications . . . for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”

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