Moyvane Notes – 29th April, 2000


MOYVANE/KNOCKANURE Community Games U/13 Boys indoor soccer team took part in the county indoor final on Monday April 24 in the Community Centre, Listowel. The team: Damien Carmody, Patrick Curtin, Brendan Curtin, Cal Flynn, Patrick Moloney, Kieran Fitzmaurice, Ivan Holly. A special word of thanks to the coach Colm Carmody. On Monday next May 1 the boys U/10 football will be held in Ballyduff at 11am. The area athletic finals will be held during the month of May, date of event in next week’s notes.

Under-14: Moyvane U/14 are playing Ardfert in Ardfert on Monday night at 7pm in the county league. All players should be at Brosnan’s corner at 6.15pm sharp. Moyvane lost their game against Emmets 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.

Seniors: Moyvane had a good win over Finuge in the North Kerry league last weekend. Next week they are playing John Mitchels in the County league in Tralee on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Minors: Moyvane minors had a good win over St. Senan’s in the County league last weekend. This Friday night they take on Churchill in Churchill at 7.30pm. Players should be at Brosnans corner at 6.30pm sharp.

Juniors: Moyvane are playing St. Senan’s in the North Kerry league at 7.30pm. Players are asked to be in good time for this game.

Under-12: Moyvane start their County league with a game against Ballydonoghue in Moyvane on Sunday night at 7pm. All players are asked to be in the dressing rooms at 6.45pm sharp.

The A.G.M. of the Moyvane Fianna Fail Cumann will take place on Friday night at 9pm in the Marian Hall. All members are asked to attend and new members would be very welcome. Public representatives will attend.

The launch of the Parish Jubilee 2000 will take place on Monday night next May 1 at 8pm in the Marian Hall. The book will be launched by Bishop Bill Murphy, Bishop of Kerry.

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 1966 to the Provost and Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin.

At the close of the 18th century “hedge schools” 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 Green and Latin. According to local people, John Moore, father to the famous Irish poet and balladeer, Thomas Moore, was born not far from Owenmoy bridge which is less that 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 1979. 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.