Knockanure Notes – 12th September, 2021.

E TIMES:-Tuesday 10 – 12.00; Thursday 10-12.00 and Friday 10-2.00. Note

Where there are no evening masses in Moyvane, church closes at 6.30pm.

SACRISTAN:-We are currently looking for a Sacristan.   Somebody who would oversee and take care of the basic requirements of the Church and prepare for Liturgies and Sacraments.   Approximately ten hours per week with a highly flexible arrangement.   If interested, please let Father Brendan know by note in box, email or personal visit.

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN BUDAPEST. Please pray in concord with it this week especially for a better understanding of the Eucharist and for overcoming Covid.

PADRE Pio September Devotions Castleisland (3rd Tuesday) Tuesday 21st September at 7.30pm.

Witness – by John Greene (formerly of Radio Kerry and Kerry today). Thursday 23rd Sept 2021 is the Feast of Saint Padre Pio (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina).

FESTIVAL: Listowel International Storytelling Festival September 17th to 19th. 3rd annual Listowel International Storytelling Festival and the full programme of events can now be downloaded from Kerry Writers Museum website.  A line up of visiting and local storytellers, poets, musicians and singers including Maria Gillen, Colum Sands, Colin Urwin, Órla McGovern, Mickey MacConnell, Frances Kennedy, Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Sonny Egan. As part of Listowel Poetry Town programme of events, some of the highlights being:  Really Rotten Rhymes – poetry for children with Gabriel Fitzmaurice & Godfrey Coppinger;  Cúirt na Féile – Irish language poetry event;  Creative Writing Workshops with Dairena Ní Chinnéide; Poetry in the Park;  Poetry’s Places with John McAuliffe;

Poetry Book Market; Haiku Workshop & Ginko with Mike Gallagher.

DEATH had taken place of Kathleen Sheahan (née Shanahan) of Knocknagorna, Athea, and Formerly of Kilbaha, Moyvane on the 6th September 2021. Predeceased by her husband Seán, survived by her son Mike, daughter Mary, daughter-in-law Mary, grandchildren Eoin & Aoife, sister Peggy Kinlough, brothers Richie & Jerry, sisters-in-law Mary & Marian, brother-in-law Jim, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. Requiem Mass for Kathleen was celebrated in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on 8th Sept, burial after in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea.

DEATH has occurred of Maura Bourke (née Broderick) Rathina, Newcastle West. Formerly of Knockanure, Moyvane, on 6th September 2021. Pre-deceased by her husband Michael and brothers Sean and Danny. Survived by her sons Pat, John and Mike, daughters Bridget (Lunn), Leonora (Murphy), brothers Patsy and Larry, sister Eileen (Shanahan), daughters-in-law Mary, Fiona and Julianne, sons-in-law Mathew and Declan, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. Mass for Maura was celebrated in the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, on Friday, 10th September. Burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery.


ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Broderick, Margaret Mullins, Brendan Daly, Br. William Kelly OMI, Joan O’Keeffe, Emmett Kennelly, Vivienne Rogan, Margaret Daly, Margaret O’Connor, Moira Griffin, Paddy O’Halloran, Willie Martin, Bridie Behan, Madeline Barrett. Mass Moyvane; Saturday 11th September, Private Intention at 7.30pm;Sunday 12th September, Private Intention at 11.00am;

Monday, 13th September, NO MASS; Tuesday, 14th September, (Moyvane) Private Intention at 7.30pm; Wednesday, 15th September, (Knockanure) Private Intention at 7.30pm; Thursday, 16th September, (Moyvane) Private Intention at 7.30pm; Friday, 17th September, Private Intention at 7.30pm (Knockanure). Mass Knockanure on Sunday, 12th September, for Kitty and Jackie Murphy, R.I.P. (Kilmeaney) at 9.30 am.

MASS: Following another update on the easing of Gov / HSE restrictions around Covid-19, the Church of the Assumption Abbeyfeale can now accept up to 50% capacity of the Church building.

RACING in Listowel; Kerry Group Sunday 19th on first day, racing continues to 25th. Racing started at the current site in 1858.

SAMARITANS: Loneliness and isolation were the main reasons Irish people contacted the Samaritans in 2020, according to the charity’s recent annual report, published 8th September.  Highlights from 2020: 1. 2,300 volunteers (RoI & NI) answered a call for help every 56 seconds; 2. Over 560,000 calls and emails were answered; 3. Listened for over 100,000 hours; 4. Remained open 24/7 despite 40% of volunteers cocooning at one stage; 5. Extended its helpline into Irish diaspora living in Australia and Canada.

DANCE for the Young at Heart Accessed via Zoom, every Monday from September 13, Supported by Kerry County Arts and funded by Creative Ireland, interested in joining the dance classes email [email protected]

FULL MOON on 21st. Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on 15th

KERRY Hospice will host a coffee morning, noon, or night on Thursday, September 23,this is its 29th year.

CONTACT Samaritans at Freephone 116 123.

SIAMSA Tíre has recently announced their Autumn/Winter programme of theatre, dance, music, art, and storytelling events. A special performances will take place on Culture Night, September 17th.

Siamsa Tíre Celtic festival of Samhain on September 23rd. See their site for details.

EASING of restrictions, is mainly due to the British shaming us into relaxing, when we see a government minister going abroad to follow their rules, what can be said.

EPA National Waste Prevention Programme, say that about 13% of total food waste occurs during transport and distribution. It is estimated that food waste generates about 8% to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.  Oxfam Ireland is running its third annual ‘Second Hand September’.

President of the IFA Tim Cullinan claimed the government of using the nitrates review as a means of introducing further restrictions on farmers.

EU has become the third-largest importer of agri-food products after the United States and China.

PLOUGHING: In 2020 National Ploughing Championships had a pre-tax loss of €656,240 after the event’s cancellation due to Covid-19. In 2019, a total of €1.3 million on staff, stalls and marquees at the National Ploughing Championships was spent by government departments and state agencies.

POETRY: this year’s Michael Hartnett Poetry Award goes to Kerry-based poet, Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin, for her collection in Irish, Agallamh Sa Cheo, Cnoc Bhréanainn (Coiscéim, 2019). She will accept the award on, September 30 2021 the opening night of the annual Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts Festival. It continues to 02 Oct in Newcastle West.

KERRY International Film Festival in its 22nd year, the festival will take place from October 14 – 17th.

ST JOHNS recent performances; Holy Show Present The Alphabet of Birds, ward winning author Sara Baume. Readings from her new essay interspersed with four short documentaries from Jamie Goldrick that feature artists Gary Coyle, Laura Fitzgerald, Sara Baume and Natalia Beylis. The essay and films were live scored by musicians Irene Buckley and Elaine Howley. Another show; A Wilde Fan, written and performed by Myles Breen, Directed by Liam O’Brien.  In his new show Myles celebrates the poet, playwright and novelist – recounting the affect Wilde has had on his own work, and on his life.

GRANTS: Fáilte Ireland are giving €9m to 38 projects around the country.

STUDENTS: Reports of anti-social behaviour of some students has resulted in landlords, leaving the market.

AUTISM: Cork Autism Online Conference 2021 – Thriving with Autism. Sunday, October 17th. This online conference offers interventions, skills and strategies to support people on the autism

spectrum. Suitable for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Autistics, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism. Visit: www.autismcork.

MISS IRELAND: A frontline worker and former resident of Direct Provision has been crowned Miss Ireland 2021. She will represent Ireland at the 70th Miss World festival, in Puerto Rico in December.

BLUE STAR: Primary schools interested in taking part in the Blue Star Programme 2021-2022 can register until October 5, 2021. More information at .

DEMENTIA: There is an estimated 940 men living with dementia in Kerry. THE Irish Men’s Sheds Association has launched ‘Your Shed & Dementia’ The manual can be downloaded by clicking on link

FESTIVAL in Ballybunion events; The Barna Way is a creative and community based, sustainability and biodiversity project, by photographer Rena Blake and artist Lisa Fingleton. The Project is based in Barna, an organic, social farm and wildlife sanctuary, one mile from Ballybunion surf beach in the South of Ireland. The house and lands are steeped in history, song and tradition. Both Rena’s mother and grandmother were born here. In 2020 over 10,000 native Irish Trees were planted at Barna with support from Greenbelt, Supervalu and the Native Irish Woodland Scheme.

MUSIC: Jean McGlynn, Aoife Doyle and Liam O’Brien and the Limerick City Big Band at Limerick’s Milk Market on September 19.

BEREAVEMENT: Anam Cara would like to invite you to an online Bereavement Information and Support Evening taking place 16th September at 7pm. If you would like to join please register here or contact [email protected] or 085 288 8888.

PRISON: “I knew I was never getting out, but I could help them for when they did.”

In 2018, the extraordinary happened: After 13 years in prison, Grobman became the state’s first-ever beneficiary of a “Recall of Commitment” from the California Department of Corrections. Citing his exceptional behavior in prison and evidence that he would be a positive asset on the outside, the state recommended that he go free. Today, at 54, he is.

BLACKBERRIES are plentiful now, change in weather will spoil the ripe berries. Apples are very scarce and so are wild plums. Leaves are falling from the Ash trees very early this year.

CREATION: The highlight of the Season of Creation Events is the online webinar Caring for God’s Creatures. -thursday-16th-sept.

The Diocesan Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC) host a free webinar focusing on the importance of protecting precious habitats, featuring two Kerry projects The Curlew Conservation Programme and The Pearl Mussel Project. Speakers include Patricia Deane, MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership (EIP), Hubert Servignat, Curlew Conservation Programme and Dr Mary Catherine Gallagher, Pearl Mussel Project.

THANKS: Tarbert Parish recently expressed their gratitude to Sarah & George FitzGerald-Lennon & family of The Steeple Road, Tieraclea and Chicago, for donating the web-cam facility that enables Tarbert people everywhere to participate in Masses and other ceremonies celebrated in the church.

ALONE is a national organisation that strives to enable older people to age at home, safely and securely.   Older people can call ALONE on 0818 222 024 from 8am-8pm, seven days a week.  Alone are actively recruiting visitation support and befriending volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer visit and search for volunteers.

FEAST of Our Lady of Sorrows is celebrated on Wed Sept. 15th.  All through her life Mary experienced the joy and sorrow of being the mother of the Saviour.

ONLINE COURSES from Mount St. Anne’s Retreat & Conference Centre, Portarlington, Co Laois.  For a full programme of events visit

ADORATION takes place every Wednesday straight after 10.30am. Mass in Listowel Church, for an hour unless a funeral takes place on the day there will be no adoration


SISTERS in Haiti; The four sisters – Sr. Marilyn, Sr. Inga Borko, Sr. Mary Izajasza Rojek, and Sr. Mary Julitta Kurek – run a mission complex that includes a mobile medical clinic, a pharmacy, a volunteer house, an activity center, a playground, a computer lab for students, and a kitchen that feeds nearly 100 children.


EXTRA: Going the extra mile is tough because it means stretching further after you’ve already stretched. It means giving more even after you’ve already given. The first part is like, “Oh, this is my Christian duty.” But the second part, the “above and beyond” part, is purely out of the kindness of your heart.


HEALTH CARE: Formerly Temple Street Foundation and CMRF Crumlin, Children’s Health Foundation is the new unified children’s healthcare charity which supports the work of Children’s Health Ireland hospitals and urgent care centres to ensure that every sick child has the very best chance.

RAFFLE: St. Senans GG Raffle 10 years in Croker:  Win 2×10 year Croke Park Premium tickets valued at €27,000 (1 winner of both tickets).  Tickets €25.  Early bird offer:  Buy your tickets before midnight on Sunday, 31st October and you will also be in a draw for All-Ireland Hurling & Football tickets 2022 with overnight accommodation (1 winner of each).  Draw will take place 15th January.  Follow us on facebook 10 Years in Croker for updates.


The Famine Monologues: The Cottier Girl’s Story

Updated / Friday, 3 Sep 2021



PLANE: The 41-year-old Italian stunt pilot on Saturday successfully maneuvered a custom-modified Zivko Edge 540 race plane through the twin Çatalca tunnels along the Northern Marmara Highway in Turkey. In total, Costa set five records with his feat: longest tunnel flown through with an airplane, first airplane flight through a tunnel, longest flight under a solid obstacle, first airplane flight through two tunnels and first airplane take off from a tunnel. Only the first was officially recognized with a certificate from Guinness.



(JTA) — Two nights after the Twin Towers fell on 9/11, we were instructed to evacuate our building. There was talk of a potential attack on the nearby Empire State Building. My roommates and I covered our mouths and noses with towels to protect against the still fetid air and walked east from our midtown Manhattan Stern College apartment to get out of the danger zone. Every telephone pole was plastered with hastily printed “MISSING” signs, each with a different smiling face and a phone number to call.




Father Raymond J. de Souza Commentaries

September 9, 2021

Forty years ago, the massive funeral procession of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński was led by a banner that read, “God gives us such a father and shepherd once in a thousand years.”

He will be beatified on Sept. 12 in Warsaw and known henceforth as “Blessed Stefan Wyszyński.”

But in Poland he will remain always the “Primate of the Millennium,” as that processional banner acknowledged.


Imprisoned for three years (1953-1956) by the communist regime, he emerged a cultural colossus who conducted a nationwide “Great Novena,” nine years of spiritual, cultural and social preparation for the 1,000th anniversary of the baptism of Poland in 966. The Great Novena revealed the true character of the Polish nation, notwithstanding its communist regime.

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