Moyvane Notes – 22nd April, 2000

MOYVANE and the surrounding district was once ruled by the great chieftains of the Barony of Iraghticonnor, the O’Connor Kerry family. Two castles in the area were attributed to these chieftains; one was situated about three miles east of the village and was called Glanalappa castle, after the townland in which it was situated; the other Ahalanna castle, stood by the banks of the river Leitrim beside the present bridge on the Listowel – Tarbert road. Today, sadly, there is no trace to be found of either castle.

After the Cromwellian Wars this whole area was confiscated and was later regranted in 1666 to the Provost and Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin.

At the close of the 18th Century a “hedge school” could be still found in the Moyvane district. These schools were unlawful centres of learning for the Catholic Irish; the students often became fluent in Greek and Latin. According to local people, John Moore, father to the Irish balladeer, Thomas Moore, was born not far from Owenmoy bridge which is less than a half mile from Moyvane. Here at the local hedge school he received part of his education. Some time later John Moore settled in Dublin where Thomas was born in 1779. Thomas became one of the best known of our bards/poets as well as a musician. His major poetic works include his 130 Irish Moore’s Melodies. All were set to the music of Sir John Stevenson and performed for London’s aristocracy; one such melody is ‘The last Rose of Summer’. Moore’s Melodies evoked a romantic view of Ireland which found widespread support among the nationalist community.

Moore’s Melodies were also popular inspiration for Irish art in the 19th century. Daniel Maclise, one of Ireland’s most renowned painters of the Victorian era, an exile and friend of Thomas Moore’s was interested in Irish antiquities and drew themes from Moore’s Melodies for his paintings, such as ‘The Origin of the Harp’. Maclise illustrated the Longman edition of the Irish Melodies in 1845. Thomas Moore died in 1852 and there is a statue of him beside Trinity College, Dublin.

The Badminton season has come to an end on Wednesday night was the Club Fun Tournament. Winnes were Division four and five Ladies: Jacqueline Normile and Caroline Warrilow. Division three Ladies: Jeanelle Griffin and Marion Hanrahan. Division three, four and five Men: Ollie Conyard and James Sheehan.

On Saturday night, April 26 members attended the Kerry Badminton Prize giving Dinner Dance and the following received the trophies which they won during the year: Nora Conyard, Betty Lane, Brid Ahern, Olive Keane, Aideen Bambury, Kay Higgins, Kayrera Hanrahan, Jacqueline Normile, James Sheehan, Eamon Fitzmaurice, Chris Normile, Donnacha Moloney, John M. Mulvihill and John Mulvihill.

Moyvane/Knockanure Community Games, well done to Paul Lennihan in taking part in Boys U-13 1200 M Cross Country in Farranfore. the next event in the Community Games calendar is Boys U-13 indoor soccer which will be held in Listowel Community Centre, Listowel on Monday April 24, at 10 a.m. On Monday May 1, the boys U-10 or mixed (boys and girls) Gaelic football will be held in Ballyduff at 11 a.m. Boys and girls interested in taking part in Gaelic football should contact Paddy Leahy to sign forms. The team consists of a panel of twenty age U-10 and over seven years on July 31.

Marian Hall Blotto Results: There was no winner of the £5,200 Jackpot in last Thursday night’s draw. The winning numbers were: 3, 5, 6, 11. There were thirteen Match Threes and they won £20 each: Dano Lyons, Derry; Oliver Carmody, Cuss; Tomasina Lyons, Ballymacelligott; Mary Lynch, Glin Road; Elizabeth Moody, Glenalappa; Suzanne Keane, Murhur; Eileen Nolan, Murhur; Mary Ferris, Killorglin; Mossie Walsh, c/o Brosnan’s Bar; Patrick O’Connor, Clounprohus; Pat Joe McEnery, Tubbertoureen; Paul Buckley, Faha, Ballybunion and Billy Heffernan, c/o M.J. Enright’s Bar. Lucky Dips: £10 each: Sonny Doyle, Tarmons West; John Barry, Knockanure, Annie Dunford, Church Road; Ciara Cournane, Tarbert and Eddie Stack, Lower Aughrim. Free tickets: Kaye O’Loughlin, Feale Drive, Listowel; Tommy Kearney, Moyvane South; Anne McGrath, Ballygoughlin, Glin; Mary Courtney, c/o Eddie Stack, Lower Aughrim and Pat Joe McEnery, Tubbertoureen. This Thursday night’s draw will be held in Joe Kearney’s Bar at 10 p.m. approximately. Congratulations to Bridie Moloney, Leitrim Middle who won £520 in the Golden Line last Thursday night. There will be no Bingo in the Marian Hall this week.

Moyvane GAA: Moyvane U-14 play Ardfert in Ardfert on Monday night at 7 p.m. in the county league. All players should be Brosnans Corner at 6.15 p.m. sharp. Moyvane lost their game against Emmet’s last week on a score of 2 – 6 to 1 – 6.

This was a much improved performance from the week before so keep it going lads and we will get the results.

Under 16 play Finuge in Finuge on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the North Kerry league. All players should be at Brosnan’s corner at 6.30 p.m. sharp.

Moyvane seniors had a good win over Valentia in the Millennium Cup last weekend with a final score of Moyvane 1 – 17, to Valentia 0 – 10. Our forwards were in particularly good form with some well taken points, and well worked goal from Maurice Kearney. this Thursday Moyvane are playing Finuge in Moyvane at 7 p.m. and on Monday night they take on Ballylongford in Ballylongford at 2 p.m. sharp. Both games are in the North Kerry league.

Moyvane minors did not have a game on Friday night last week their game with Cromane is refixed for Monday at 7 p.m. Players are asked to check posters about fixture. On Wednesday night they are playing Currow in Moyvane at 7 p.m. and on Friday they are playing St. Senan’s also in Moyvane at 7 p.m.

National Pilgrimage Day will be taking place in Ireland on Sunday, May 21. However, the parish of Moyvane and Knockanure will be holding it on the following Sunday May 28. The pilgrimage will begin from Knockanure Old Church via Murhur Churchyard. Concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane. Along the route, pauses for prayer will take place at Knockanure Church, Ahavoher Cemetery and Murhur Churchyard.

Easter Ceremonies Moyvane: Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 8 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at 3 p.m. Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday at 9 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection on Knockanure Hill at 6 a.m.; Moyvane 11 a.m.

Presentation Family Centre, Listowel: Enrolment for courses during May and June, will take place on Tuesday, April 25, Wednesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 27 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Courses include ‘Caring for our Children’, ‘The importance of Encouragement’ and ‘Children’s Health Issues’. On Tuesday May 2, at 8 p.m. a fund-raising event for People in Need will take place at the Presentation family centre, Listowel, everyone welcome.

The death took place of Catherine O’Flaherty, Gortdromagowna. Her remains were removed to Knockanure Church, she was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery following Requiem Mass.

The death took place of Paddy Fitzmaurice, Warrington, England and late of Glenalappa.

The death took place recently of Jimmy Walsh, New York.