Knockanure Notes – 26th September 2021

LOTTO: Knockanure GAA Club Lotto Draw is back!! After roughly 18 months we are delighted to say we will be back out again. Our new draw on Tuesday 28th September in our Clubhouse. Jackpot €8500. We would like to thank our Committee, our dedicated supporters, followers on social media and the people of Knockanure for sticking with us during these recent challenging times

COURSES: Listowel Family Resource Centre are offering a range of courses: “Parents Plus for

Teenagers” starts on Thursday 7th October at 10.30am for 7 weeks.  Also “Incredible

Years” for parents of children 2 – 12 years is scheduled to start on 11th October at

10. 00 Am. For further details on both courses contact Bridie Mulvihill on 086 8556 431 or Toni Clare on 087-7523 705. Alternatively contact the Centre on (068) 23584.

PARISH Opening Hours of Parish Office; Tuesday 10.00am – 1.00pm; Thursday 10.00am – 12.00 midday and Friday 10.00am – 1.00 pm. Contact Fr. Brendan Carmody 068-49308.

THANKS: Knockanure Vintage Club. Many thanks to everyone who supported our recent Vintage Tractor run. Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who helped out on the day. A cheque for E1, 500 was presented to Listowel Branch of Kerry Hospice.

GLÓRACH BINGO at the GAA Grounds on the Duagh Road, Abbeyfeale, every Sunday at 2pm.

ST PIO Prayers on 1st Friday evening mass at 6.45pm.

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

DEATH of Joanne Lynch, late of Aughrim, Moyvane, on September 7th, 2021. Predeceased by her parents Tim and Mai, brother Liam, sister Maura and her partner Philip. Survived by her son Mel, brothers Sean and Pat, sister Norma, brother-in-law Denis, sisters-in-law Anne and Eileen, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, and extended family. Requiem Mass for Joanne, was Celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Tuesday 21st September, followed by interment of ashes in Lislaughtin Abbey Cemetery, Ballylongford.

DEATH of Sr. Catherine (Kay) Joy of Convent of Emilie, Cheshire, UK and late of Greenville, Listowel.

Daughter of the late Maurice and Margaret Joy and sister of Garry, John, Annette, Pearl and Liam. Sadly missed by her family, brother-in-law John McGinn, sisters-in-law Mary, Maureen and Frances, nieces, nephews, relatives, her Convent Community, Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition and her many dear friends. Predeceased by her brother-in-law Patrick Fitzgerald. Requiem Mass and funeral will take place in the UK on 27th September 2021.

DEATH took place of Kit Liston of Knockfinisk, Athea, on 18th September 2021. Predeceased by her parents the late Jack & Josephine Liston (nee White). Sadly missed by her many cousins, the families of the Listons (Athea), Allens, Hitchens & Listons (Ballybunion), Carey’s (Limerick), Trinder’s (UK), Carroll’s (Wexford), Sheehy’s, Whites & Hassetts (Athea, Newcastle West, UK and Tralee).

ANNIVERSARIES: Tom Dillon, Con McMahon, Mike Lynch, Bridget Stack, Mike Parkes, Jerry Enright, Kathleen Stack, Patsy Byrne, Gerard Relihan, Nuala Flaherty, Tom Flavin, Matty Quinn, Eddie Langford, Gerard F Horgan, Sheila Carmody, Mai Mullane. Mass on Saturday 25th September, Moyvane for Gerard and Joan McEnery RIP Tubbertoureen (Anniversary) at 7.30pm; Sunday 26th September, Knockanure for Private Intention at 9.30am and Moyvane for Anne Nolan RIP Carraueragh at 11.00am; Monday 27th September no mass; Tuesday 28th September,  Moyvane for Kathleen and Willie Stack RIP (1st and 21st Anniversary) at 7.30pm; Wednesday 29th September, Knockanure for Private Intentions at 7.30pm; Thursday 30th September, Moyvane a Private Intention at 7.30pm and mass on Friday 1st October, Knockanure a Private Intention at 7.30pm.

NOTE: When there are no evening masses in Moyvane, church closes at 6.00pm.

CANCER; Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer on Thursday, September 30. The online event will mark Childhood Cancer September Awareness Month.

DOG SHOW AT THE PARK Abbeyfeale:  Sunday, October 3 at 2pm in the Town Park.  12 classes – 12 winners all competing for Best in Show.  Raffle, coffee and goodies from Busy Bean.  Enquiries to 087 27463999.  This is a fundraiser for the Town Park.

CONGRATULATIONS to Edel Joy, a Beauty Therapy Traineeship student from Listowel, was recently awarded a ‘Best in Ireland’ award from CIDESCO International at the recent CIDESCO Congress 2021.

BUS on Wednesday Call 066 714 7002 for details.

CLOTHES: Athea Ladies Club Clothes Collection on the weekend of 9th/ 10th/ 11th October 2021.

The Shannonside Women’s Group will hold a clothes collection on Thursday 14th Oct. in the Tarbert Church car park from 8am to 10.30am in aid of St. Brendan’s and St. Mary’s Churches.

GUITAR lessons with Margaret Carroll will return at the Library Athea, Enquiries to 087-9395273.

FLOWERS: Billy Alexander of Kells Bay House and Garden has won a gold medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London.

BIKES Wanted: Tarbert Comprehensive are looking for adult bikes in good condition so that their TY students can enjoy the Limerick Greenway during PE classes. If you have a bike you no longer use and like to donate it. Contact the school office 068 36105.

BROADBAND:  target was to connect 115,000 premises to high-speed broadband by the end of this year, only 60,000 expected to be connected.

EDUCATION:  For course details visit or for more information, call the Kerry College Admissions Office at 066 71 49696 or email [email protected].

HEALTH: Kerry Mental Health Fest runs from 9th to 16th October, visit for details.

Samaritans / Hospice Charity Cycle takes place on Oct. 9th.

BUS TO Colleges; contact Paudie Kenneally at 086 8630 511.

ICA: Some Kerry ladies were at An Grianan and they entertained other ICA federation members with guitar and songs.

AGE ACTION: In response to the announcement of a 10 to 12 percentage increase in household energy prices by Bord Gáis today, Age Action is reiterating its call on the Government to expand the eligibility criteria for the Fuel Allowance and to increase the number of weeks of the year it covers from 28 to 32 to protect people from potential fuel poverty.

FARMING: Seven Dexter cattle arrived at Áras an Uachtaráin on September 20. What about giving Dublin people a chance to milk a Dexter cow.

IFA said that, after its protest back in July, it received a commitment that a “short-term solution was imminent” to avoid the importation of peat from Eastern Europe and the Baltics. September 18, a load that filled 200 trucks was imported from Latvia, it is reported that the peat contains 80% water.

SPEED: The maximum speed limit for a vehicle towing a trailer is 80kph – and this also applies on roads where the posted road sign speed limit is higher.

GAMES: Kerry Community Games Fixtures – county swimming final will take place at the Tralee Sports Complex on 10th October; national teams final in U.L. on the 9th and 10th October and the national pitch and putt finals in Longford on 16th October. The county cross country and mixed distance relay finals in Beaufort on 17th October.

HAIL  HOLY  QUEEN  CONFERENCE:  Saturday  9th  October  on  Radio  Maria  Ireland  at  2pm.    Guest speakers include Bishop John Keenan, Dr. Patrick Kenny, Fr. Gerry McCloskey & Dr. Blythe Kaufman.

COSTAL ROSARY:  Sunday 10th October at 2.30pm. Join people from around Ireland to pray the

Rosary for Life and Faith at  our  Grottos,  Churches at the  coasts and other  suitable  places. Sign up a Rosary location at or text your location to 087 2786552.

COVID-19, guidance is that information on the vaccination status of patients in acute hospitals is determined and recorded, either prior to admission or as soon as possible thereafter.

HEALTH: Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest from October 9th to 16th.  Events Free – Registration is essential and can be done by contacting the organiser of that event directly or use the registration links provided in the brochure. To see the full event schedule with a click on the link here:

For general enquiries about the Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest, you’re invited to email: [email protected].

TREATMENT; If you went to the doctor about treating your depression or anxiety, you might expect to be written a prescription for Zoloft or Xanax. But if you went in to see Dr. Jasper Smits, he might write you a different kind of prescription, one that instructed you to take a jog around the block.

BOOK: The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World Hardcover – July 13, 2021, by Joe Keohane .

EIGSE Michael Hartnett Poetry Award this year 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 Thursday, September 30 2021, the opening night of the annual Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts Festival. In 1974 Michael decided to leave Dublin to return to his rural roots and his relationship with the Irish language. He went to live in Templeglantine, and worked for a time as a lecturer in creative writing at Thomond College of Education, Limerick. In his 1975 book A Farewell to English he declared his intention to write only in Irish in the future. A number of volumes in Irish followed: Adharca Broic (1978), An Phurgóid (1983) and Do Nuala: Foighne Chrainn (1984).”

POETRY: New Writers’ Press was an Irish small press that specialised in poetry publishing. The press was founded in 1967 by the poets Michael Smith and Trevor Joyce and Smith’s wife Irene in response to what they felt to be the stagnant state of Irish poetry at the time. The first volume published by the Press was Joyce’s debut collection, “Sole Glum Trek”, which included an editorial by Smith that communicated the purpose of the Press

JOURNALISM: Applications are also being sought for a yearlong course in Digital Journalism and Radio Broadcasting. No fees apply, contact [email protected].

ALZHEIMER: September was World Alzheimer Month. HSE have a memory Technology Resource Room.

WOMEN: Local Enterprise Office is asking budding and established women entrepreneurs from the county to register for the free online event, called “Build The Future”, takes place online on October 7, this is its 15th year.

RSA and An Garda Síochána are supported the Disability Federation of Ireland’s ‘Make Way Day’, with an illegal parking on footpaths and cycle lanes campaign.

CORK AUTISM ONLINE CONFERENCE: Sunday 17th October.  Supports people on the autism spectrum.  Suitable for Parents, Caregivers, Educators, Employers. Contact: www.autis


A SUSPECTED bike thief was caught red-handed by gardai trying to take a bicycle which was locked to a bike rack in Limerick recently.

FOOD Awards; Blas na hEireann- Celebrating and rewarding the very best tasting Irish food and drink products. Results will be announced online on Saturday 2nd Oct.

BOOKS: 240 boxes of educational books have been shipped to Malawi, the cost of shipment was covered by Limerick County Council and J P McManus Foundation.

Sister Clare Crockett, Documentary about the real-life story of this Sister who gave her ALL to God, keeping NOTHING back.

MUSIC: Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival Fri 22nd-Mon 25th October.


AIR AMBULANCE has recently teamed up with Embrace FARM to raise funds to support farming families during and after serious incidents. All funds raised as part of the farm family draw will be split evenly between the two charities. Membership of the farm family draw is €10 per month and can be paid for on a monthly, bi-annual or annual subscription.

ST PIO Night at Castleisland Church last Tuesday, heard an inspiring thought from John Greene, formerly of Radio Kerry. He speak on the theme: ‘Tackling depression and how God works in mysterious ways.’

The National Centre for Padre Pio. The website Visit

A PUBLIC consultation has been launched on proposals which would bring up to 2,800 homes to Limerick.

Two Japanese sisters have been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living identical twins at over 107 years and 300 days.

Umeno and Koume, both described as sociable people, were born on 5 November 1913 on Shodoshima island. The announcement was made on Monday to coincide with Respect for the Aged Day – a national holiday in Japan.


SIAMSA: Tralee TEDx Siamsa Tíre October 15th. Join Tralee’s TEDx which takes place over 12 hours to experience 18 exceptional main stage speakers, short films and foyer activations which will inspire and share big ideas. 18 main stage speakers, short films and foyer activations at Siamsa Tíre. Key influencers such as Alan Carrigan, Breandán Ó Beaghlaoich, Caroline Reidy and more will be on hand to inspire and share big ideas. Tickets cost €80 for full-day access

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ANIMATION Dingle Festival will celebrate its 10th birthday in 2022. Be part of this milestone and let those budding animators you know all about our Young Animator of the Year Award (YAOTY).

Secondary School Students from all across the island of Ireland are invited to submit. Our theme this year is PLANET. PLAY. PAUSE. Entry is FREE

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TREATY 1921: Records from the Archives, at Dublin Castle from this December.

(JTA) — Mervyn Taylor, who was reportedly the first Jewish person to serve as a cabinet minister in Ireland, has died at the age of 89. Taylor, who died of cancer in London Thursday, served for about four years as equality and law reform minister between 1993 and 1997, under Ireland’s Labour party. In total, he served as a Labour lawmaker for 16 years until his retirement in 1997.


NUMBER 613 holds special significance in the Jewish tradition. 613 are the number of mitzvot, or commandments, in the Torah.


UK Environment Secretary George Eustice suggested Mr Biden’s concerns about Northern Ireland were based on “just reading the headlines” and listening to accounts from the European Union.

OUR LADY: “When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England.”

This was the prophecy made by Pope Leo XIII in 1893 when speaking to the English bishops about the consecration of England to Mary, the Mother of God. The Pope was recalling England’s ancient title, “Our Lady’s Dowry,” and the medieval Marian shrine linked to it at Walsingham.


PAPERS: The Limerick Leader is part of the Iconic Media Group, which has 22 regional newspaper titles throughout the country.


Kerryman 1904-current, Thursday, January 01, 2004; Page: 43

No regrets for Kerry Sisters in their haven far from home

By Ted O’Riordan

TWO Franciscan Missionary Sisters who left the parish of Ballymacelligott  as teenagers more than 70 years ago will be jointly, celebrating 140 years of dedicated service to their Order and to the people of the United States in April next.  They are Sr. Virgilius Reidy of Rathanny, Ballymacelligott and Sr. Rita McCarthy of Gortalea. (Break) see paper for full report)


Nomination of Clarence Thomas was announced for the post of  Supreme Court Judge, that nomination was strongly opposed.

The fact that Clarence Thomas was not favoured by the Democratic Party, in power at that time, and that, his skin was black, ensured strong; opposition to his nomination.

At a judicial Senate hearing in, Washington in October, 1991, Clarence Thomas called on, his former maths teacher to be a character” witness on his behalf. Sr Virgilius Reidy travelled to Washington and testified at that Senate hearing, rubbing shoulders with such heavyweight adversaries as Senator Edward Kennedy who opposed the nomination of her former eighth grade pupil. The appointment of Clarence Thomas as Supreme Court Judge was subsequently announced – only the second black American to sit on that bench — to the delight of the Ballymacelligott woman. The Supreme Court, Judge has not forgotten, the part played, by the Franciscan Order in his education in Savannah and has visited the Franciscan Convent in, Tenafly to convey his appreciation, and thanks and, of course, to say hello again to his maths teacher, Sr Virgilius, “with whom he keeps in touch. Gortatlea teenager ‘Rita McCarthy may not have backed a winner the day she took a ‘wrong turn” at Gortatlea, and instead of going to school at Moyderwell, Tralee, cycled to Castleisland races. However, St. Francis was in luck, and she certainly was on a winner. This was what Sr. Rita had, to say when I asked her who or what influenced her to declare for the team of St. Francis of Assisi: “I remember cycling to Castleisland races and as I was about, to leave the town. I met Julann Reidy outside JK, O’Connor’s and she told me she was joining the Franciscans and that was my first introduction to the Order,” said Sr. Rita. The Gortatlea woman also remembers getting, a drive back to Tralee on the same day, compliments of Rhyno Mills, Castleisland: “Just as Julann Reidy and myself were about, to cycle home from Castleisland, Tom O’Connor of Ryhno Mills came along and Julann asked him to put our bikes in the back of the  lorry and the good man obliged,” she said. Sr. Rita recalls-that months later the Franciscan, Director of Vocations, Mother Scholastics, came to Moyderwell School in Tralee and having, in racing parlance, received a  hot tip from, Julann Reidy that Rita McCarthy was a potential recruit, asked to see the young Gortatlea, girl, and, the rest is history Sr. Rita, vividly recalled the day she left Gortatlea Station for Rome many decades ago: ” I left Gortatlea, for Dublin and travelled to London the next day and, arrived at the Franciscan Convent in Rome the day after that to start as a postulant and when, I was professed, I moved to the USA.



Governor, Kathy Hochul,

Four weeks ago, at her swearing-in ceremony following Cuomo’s resignation in disgrace, Hochul paused to thank her “big Irish Catholic” family in forming and supporting her. She is the daughter of a Buffalo steelworker and union organizer, and she received her law degree from The Catholic University of America.  She promised a “fresh, collaborative approach” to state government. “I want people to believe in their government again,” she said. “It’s important to me that people have faith.”


Hochul expressed that faith last week by stepping forth to tell the women of Texas—yes, Texas, some 1,800 miles from Albany—that if their state tells them they can’t have abortions there, well, New Yorkers welcome them with open arms and open doors right into their abortion clinics.




What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is a worldwide sport where the competitor uses a special, detailed map of an area on which a number of controls or checkpoints are marked. The participant decides on a route to reach these specific points or controls, in a specified sequence, as quickly as possible. The controls are marked by orange and white flags and there are markers at each location that allows the course organiser to know you have visited the correct control in the right sequence.


  1. Martin Moore says

    Nice memory of Sr. Virgilius Reidy of Rathanny, Ballymac here today. She lived a long and very full life. Her brother Paddy also emigrated and lived in San Francisco. Another brother, Jack Reidy was a tailor and he was killed about the same time as Arthur Vicars. Jack Reidy’s death was a reprisal for the killing of Major McKinnon at the golf links in Tralee

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