2020 December 30 Knockanure






NEW YEARS Day is World Day of Prayer for Peace and also the First Friday. Wishing peace and all the best to everyone in the New Year.


OUTDOORS, fresh air as much as possible and keep away from people, seems to be the best protection  against C19, till the vaccine arrives, like most things  promised, it may be next Christmas before the general public receive vaccine and then a new variant may emerge, because the virus will still want to spread.


PARISH OFFICE will reopen on 5th January 2021. As a result of the latest restrictions, NO CONGREGATION allowed into Mass. The Moyvane Masses can be heard on Assumption Radio on 99.9fm.  Masses from Knockanure are received on the tannoy system in the car park.


CHRISTMAS EVE, in Knockanure you could hear the musical bells in Moyvane and later hear mass in Knockanure on the loud speaker. Night being frosty, sound travelled well and could be clearly heard. Christmas for the first time, with numbers restricted and people fearful of contagion, it was not the making of a Merry Christmas. Churches with tickets only, found that people booked tickets and later failed to attend, depriving others.


CONGRATULATIONS to Chloe More on winning a poster competition at the Convent School. Congratulations also to Laura Lavery of Tarbert Patrick Scanlon of Glin on their marriage recently.


Congratulations to Padraig Horan of Moyvane and Deirdre Ryan of Rathkeale who were married earlier in the month.


VOYAGE In 1976, Tim Severin left Brandon Creek with a crew of five on a voyage to prove that it was possible for St Brendan, to discovered America. He died recently aged 80.


DEATH of Patrick (Pat) Moloney, Keylod, Moyvane, on December 22nd, 2020. Predeceased by his parents Michael and Bridget, sister Johanna and brother Michael. Survived by his brothers William and Tom, brother-in-law Brian, sister-in-law Christina, and nephews.


DEATH on 22nd December 2020 of ‘Mossie’ Brosnan, Ballybunion, he was a former bakery owner, hackney operator and member of Ballybunion Fire Service. Mossie is predeceased by his wife, Joan and daughter, Eileen. Survived by son, Billy, daughters, Mary C and Siobhán, daughter-in-law, Breda O’Donovan, sons-in-law, John Dillon and Patrick Shanahan, grandchildren: Jennifer and Kieran Brosnan, Diarmuid and Hannah Dillon, brother Stevie and sister Kathleen, sisters-in-law, Greta, Kathleen and Mary Stephen in London, nieces, and nephews.




ANNIVERSARIES: Pat Dalton, Der O’Connor, Cathy Scannell, Jackie McNamara, Peggy Mahony, John Joe Hanrahan, Sr. Magdalen Harnett, Paddy Curtin, Tom Enright, Denis Histon, Maureen Egan, Hannah Wetherall, Irene O’Keeffe, Brendan Mulvihill, Peg O’Shea, Sr. Felicitous Joy, Sr. Noella Crowley, Fr. James Hannon, Margaret Beardsley, Fr. Michael Francis Kennelly, Pat Mullane, Peg Joy, Mass Moyvane Sat 26th at  7.30pm for– Patrick Curtin, Aughrim; Sun 27th at 11.00am for Ned & Maureen Sheehy, Leitrim Middle; Fri 1st at 12 noon for Ben Mulvihill, his parents Tessie & Denis  & his nephew Denis Jones; Sat 2nd at 7.30pm for Marie Walsh, Barragougeen (Months Mind) & Ellen Walsh and Mass on Sun 3rd at 11.00am for Dan O’Callaghan, Aughrim,  Johnny & Margaret Diggins, Murhur, Patrick & Hannah Enright, Glin (Anniversaries).


Mass Knockanure; Sun 27th at 9.30am for  Hannah & Ned Quinn, Beenanaspig, Kilmorna, and Mass on Sun 3rd at  9.30am for Teresa & Michael Bambury, Gortagleanna. 


BAPTISMS:  Have been postponed until the current restrictions are reviewed on January 12th. 


MOYVANE GAA CLUB LOTTO: Tickets are available Online by following the link on Moyvane GAA Facebook Page along with Kennelly’s Homevalue Hardware, Holly’s Gala, Stack’s Butchers, Corridan’s Garage, Newtownsandes Co-op, A New U and Curl Up & Dye.  You can also contact any Committee Member. Current Jackpot is €9,100 and the draw on Sunday, December 27th outdoors at Con Brosnan Park.


FEXCO Award;  Kerry Heroes 2020 included; Caoilinn Harte from Kilmorna, is being honoured for sending cards to people to spread cheer; she also donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust and has raised money for Kerry Parents and Friends. Kitty McElligott from Tarbert, is being honoured for raising funds for a bereaved family.


POETRY Award; The annual Pigott Poetry Prize, presented at Listowel Writers’ Week, is in its 8th year and is awarded for the best collection of poetry by an Irish poet published between 1st February 2020 and 1st February 2021, closing date for entry 1st Feb. 2021.


VACCINE; Local born Eileen Murphy Jordan (80), who lives near Watford, in Bushey, Hertfordshire, recently received the new Pfizer vaccine. Covid-19 vaccine 9,700 doses promised to arrive in Ireland on St Stephen’s Day.


ALONE; it is estimated that 400,000 live on their own. Ring older people, call meet them outside with smartphones, and video a message for their absent friends.  Aware is on freephone: 1800 80 48 48. The Samaritans is also open freephone, 24 hours a day on: 116 123. Contact Alone on 0818 222 024 from 8am to 8pm


RESTRICTIONS lately imposed on account of rising positive C19 cases, many of these cases would not be noticed, except, a great number are testing to prepare for their visit home to family or they are testing, several times to find out when they will safe for holiday parties. Since early Dec. 30,000 have come here from Britain, nobody knows how many use The North as a route home.


DOCTORS: Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have contributed to a 60% drop in the number of calls to SouthDoc relating to young children.


DEATHS from cancer last year amounted to 9,000, another 44.000 were diagnosed with cancer this year.


EDUCATION: Minister Simon Harris has promised over €8m to the Munster Technological University (MTU) in Tralee and Cork.


WATER Bottle filling stations are being provided in Limerick, they include Abbeyfeale and Athea.


POTATO, it is being reported that perfectly good spuds are being fed to animals, due to regulations from retailers.


DONATE to the Annual Samaritan Christmas Collection by doing so online by accessing www.idonate.ie/kerrysamaritans or www.samaritans.ie/kerry


PRAYER: You can also light a candle online, and this may appeal to children. Grow in Love is the primary school faith programme. During this pandemic, the website has been opened up for families. if you would like to say a prayer and light a candle, check out growinlove. The login email, use trial@growinlove.ie and the password is growinlove.


MONEY; Government are said to have voted E12 million to retired politicians and top civil servants.


CIARAN MAC Mathuna died December eleven years ago, he joined RTE in 1955, in 1950’s Radio Eireann started collecting Irish music.     


MISSION: The diocese of Kerry is on Mission 24th Jan.  Be Christ’s Joy is the theme.


Virtual Youth Choir at Kerry diocese site on Christmas Day.


Kilimanjaro Mama


Beautiful documentary, you are an inspiration, Tralee teacher Louise Quill for what you did.




SVP: Radio Kerry’s annual county wide Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser for St Vincent de Paul has raised €22,621, raised €15,000 in 2020. Running its seventh year, raised to date to over €117,000.


LEARNING Limerick has started to work with Learning Ambassadors over the last two years to promote learning in Limerick. At a Learning Limerick Networking Meeting in November 2018, participants discussed during the break-out sessions the possibility of Learning Ambassadors working with Learning Limerick and the Lifelong Learning Festival to help promote and celebrate learning opportunities in Limerick.








CONGRATULATIONS to Emma  O  Donnell, Maria  Savage  and Steve Lloyd who are receiving  Gold  and Silver Pope John Paul II Awards for their involvement through last year with the St. John’s Parish Youth Group. Contact paddy.daly@stjohns.ie    


ABBEYFEALE had A special Christmas Newsletter on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.




Irish Examiner 1841-1989, Saturday, 13 August, 1938; Page: 11


NEWLY ORDAINED. Kerry Priest Leaves for American. Mission.


Rev. Myles Kearney, ordained in June last for the American Mission, left his native Newtownsandes, North Kerry, yesterday, en route for Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he will take up his sacred duties.










New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 - 0354.pdf


The death of Mrs. Margaret Kearney, Newtownsandes, took place in St. John's Hospital, Limerick, on Wednesday. The deceased lady, who was relict of the late Myles Kearney, merchant, Newtownsandes, was of a highly respected West Limerick family.




Hon.    Jeffery    O'Connor,    Commissioner of Public   Service of the   City  of Chicago,  returned  recently  from  a  tour    of    Ireland. Mr. O'Connor's parents are natives of Co.  Kerry. His father was  born  near Castleisland  and  his mother  near  Listowel.




The passing of Corn. O'Sullivan of lower Athea.—More than 90 summers have passed and his long span of life has ended and his ashes commingle with those of his father.






Recently appointed a Papal Domestic Prelate. Very Rev. Dean Toomey, Rector of Cedar Rapids. Dubuque. U. S. A., has returned to his labours after a visit to his native parish of Croom, following his attendance at the Eucharistic Congress. On a former visit three years ago he presented an altar  to Canon Curtin, P.P.,Croom, and also gave a very generous subscription towards the cost of the rebuilding of St. Mary's parish church.




CONCERT ; https://youtu.be/3g6xkRZ7TOo


Fleadh By the Feale 2019 Concert Locals.mp4










Over A Thousand People Came Together To Break a Record And Bring This Moving Christmas Hymn To Life.






Kerry Writers' Museum


While many of the women who were in leadership positions in Cumann na mBan or the Citizen army during the Irish revolutionary period are already well known, there were hundreds if not thousands of other women – working class women, rural women, ordinary members of Cumann na mBan, whose contribution to the War of Independence, 1919-1921, was vital but often hidden. They were the intelligence gatherers, they were the spies and message carriers, they ran safe houses and took care of arms dumps, they transported arms and bomb making equipment to ambushes, they collected and buried the war dead, they were the essential backbone of the military operations. They were also the ones most in danger from the Crown Forces as they could not, usually, go on the run.


One of those women was a North Kerry woman, Amelia Wilmot (nee Canty), daughter of a blacksmith, born in 1874, in Lyracrompane, near Listowel, who is the subject of this lecture by Dr. Mary McAuliffe, assistant professor/lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD. Mary explores Amelia’s activism in the Irish War of Independence and her afterlife in the Irish Free State.








Images of a Victorian Christmas at The National Archives


Katherine Howells showcases some of the most beautiful and intriguing visual records held at The National Archives, which shows the development of Victorian customs and imagery surrounding Christmas.






Message from Pope Christmas 2020










President Trump and First Lady share Christmas message










Christmas Choir at Knockanure, Moyvane, Listowel County Kerry, Ireland


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2020 December 23 Knockanure




THANKS to the countless people who volunteer to keep a parish running, to Fr. Kevin who has found every avenue available to help people participate in the mass, all who contribute to the notes, without their help, many items of news would be missed. Wishing all our readers, will have a Christmas that will protect both themselves and their neighbour, and still find it fulfilling.


Our thoughts are with all who have suffered in any way during the year, as they have to carry the burthen alone and often unknown to us.


PARISH OFFICE will be closed from 22nd Dec. and re-opening 5th Jan. 2021. There will be


 Sixteen Masses to choose from this Christmas Week.  Pick one Mass to attend and make it your Christmas Mass.  Your cooperation is deeply appreciated in these very vulnerable times.  Please note that nobody will be turned away from our Churches, but if the Churches are full, we have plan B which is tuning into Masses from Moyvane on 99.9fm and on the tannoy system in Knockanure car park. Those in the car parks will receive Holy Communion if they wish – instructions will be issued at each Mass. MASS Moyvane; Sat 19th at 7.30pm for Con Healy, Moyvane North (1st Anni); Sun 20th  at 11.00am for Connie Shine, The Village (Anni) & deceased of Shine family; Mon 21st at 10.00am   Special Intention – New Home & family blessing at 7.30pm mass  for Pádraig McMahon, Lisaniskea – Birthday Remembrance; Tues 22nd at 7.30pm for Fíachra Harrington, Co. Waterford (Rec Dec); on


Wed 23rd at 7.30pm a Shared Christmas Mass (for living on Christmas list); Thurs 24th at  5.00pm      CHRISTMAS EVE MASS – Special Intention, and  9.00pm a  Special Intention; Fri 25th  at 11.00am       CHRISTMAS DAY MASS – Special Intention; Sat 26th at 7.30pm  ST. STEPHEN’S DAY – Patrick Curtin, Aughrim (Anni), and mass on Sun 27th at 11.00am  for Ned & Maureen Sheehy, Leitrim Middle (Anni). Mass Knockanure; Sun 20th at 9.30am for Willie O’Connor, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna (Anni); on


Tues 22nd  at 9.30am  a Special Intention - New Home & family blessing; Thurs 24th at 7.00pm   CHRISTMAS EVE MASS – Special Intention; Fri 25th at  9.30am - CHRISTMAS DAY MASS – Special Intention, and mass on Sun 27th  at 9.30am  for Hannah & Ned Quinn, Beenanaspig, Kilmorna (Anni).


GAA LOTTO Moyvane; The current Jackpot is €9,000 and the draw on Sunday, December 20 at 8.00pm at Con Brosnan Park. 


CHURCH in Moyvane was recently painted outside and lit up for Christmas, the outside crib is also illuminated.


MOYVANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION:  Wish everyone a Happy and safe Christmas. We hope that the New Year will bring an end to Covid 19 and lead to a healthier and stress-free environment. We take this opportunity to thank all who helped us in anyway throughout the past year. A special thanks to all who have made generous financial contributions.  Further donations would be gratefully appreciated.


WELL DONE to Margaret Foley who raised €5090.09 to date for Sliabh Mish Ward in UHK from her walk from Moyvane Church to the Hospital. 


COVID-19 victims, it would be nice to tell their stories, rather than leave them as statistics.


Many in the building trade, shops, health care people and farmers, have worked nonstop since the arrival of C19. Others on salaries have taken off significant leave from work. They should show some appreciation by donating to a thank you fund for their working colleagues. Young people are very disadvantaged in their social life, even though, they are in the least danger, we should be more thankful for the sacrifices they are making. Many families were so busy with work and social live till this year, that they do not have a bond with their family, daily rosary bonded our ancestors.


SYMPATHY To Tony & Timmy Horgan, Trien on the death of their sister Kathleen  Mankin, who died in London recently.


DEATH on 16th December 2020 of  Tommy Kelly of Coole West, Athea, predeceased by his parents Jack & Mary and brother Denis. Survived by sons Jonathan, Maurice & Thomas, brothers Pat (England), Jimmy & John, sisters Joan (England), Maureen & Nora, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.


DEATH took place on 13th December 2020 of Sr. Scholasticia Scanlon of Presentation Convent, Killarney. Formerly of Dromroe, Ballagh, West Limerick. Daughter of the late Ned and Mai and sister of the late Maura, and sadly missed by her sisters Gretta (Ryan) and Ita, brothers Eamonn and Patrick, sisters-in-law Mary and Ann, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, relatives, and her Presentation Community.


DEATH has occurred of Patrick Flaherty, Firies Village, and formerly of Knockanure, Moyvane,  at his daughters residence on the 12th December 2020 in the loving care of his family. Predeceased by his parents Tim and Hannah, brothers Tim, John, Michael, Tom, Willie and sisters Mary and Hannah. Survived by his wife Doreen, daughter Joan, son John, son-in-law Neilly, daughter-in-law Ilona, grandchildren, Danny, Marie, Jevon, Oran, Brogan, Bryn and seven great grandchildren, sister Nora, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was a great accordion & flute player, and will be missed by his card playing friends, And as a Parish volunteer.


ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Basil McAuliffe, Margaret Carmody, Eileen Moriarty, Sheila Kerins, Nora Crane, Mary McKenna, Michael Foley, Kieran Hayes, Liam Foley, Desmond Groarke, Noreen Buckley, Jim Sheehy, Sr. Marguerite Shine, Sr. Maura Carmody, Mary White, Hazel Culhane, Eileen Mansfield, Michael Brosnan, Sr. Carmel Beasley, Jack O’Brien, Michael Dalton, Tom Walsh, Mary Moriarty, Margaret Lynch, John Behan, Dan Shine, Willie O’Connor, Mary Stack, John Joe Kennelly, Nancy Brosnan, Mauren Sheehy, Denny McEnery, Sr. Rita Donegan, Tom Wright, John Michael O’Sullivan, Elizabeth Lynch, Michael Flanagan, Bea Galvin, Michael Moore, Julia McCarthy,


CHRUCH ART CALENDAR 2021:  I am delighted that this week with your Newsletter, you will receive a beautiful religious calendar for your home. 


GIFT IDEAS:  The Lyreacrompane and District Journal, Number 13, is available. Pat McLoughlin’s new book, all proceeds to St. Ita’s Hospital.   Le Chéile is a new musical treat for Christmas CD in aid of Friends of Saint Ita’s Newcastle West, and the Butterfly Club Rathkeale. Ballydonoghue Journal with over 300 pages is also in the shops. Book called Forgiving Moon by Mike Mac Domhnall, Parish Magazine for Mountcollins contains 200 pages.


KNOCK Christmas Hymns on line on Sunday 20th at 8pm.


BEST WISHES to Linda Kennelly, Keylod, Moyvane and David McNamara, Askeaton who were married recently in Ardfert church. Best Wishes to Sonia Gallagher of County Donegal who married Kieran Kiely of Moyvane on August 8th at St John the Baptist Church, Carrigart, Co. Donegal.


EDUCATION & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale (The Old Tech): Free classes begin in January. For information or to register tel. Mary on 06831198 or log on to www.learningandskills.ie, click on‘ our courses, and select the location as‘ Abbeyfeale’.


CHOIR: Watch Diocese of Kerry Youth Choir online at Diocese of Kerry site.






KERRY CHORAL UNION: invite you to re-visit Christmas of last year and some highlights of our concert in St. John's, with the wonderful Miriam Murphy who we sadly lost earlier this year, at 7.30pm on this Sunday, December 20thon www.stjohns.ie or www.churchservices.tv/tralee (go to the tab marked “Other”) and on St. John’s Facebook page. It will also be available on YouTube from 7.30 on https://youtu.be/XKupbDSQRVE


TRALEE CHURCH: Mass online and to receive Holy Communion. Eucharistic Ministers will be available in St John’s Church from 10.30am to 1.00pm and at Curraheen Church from 2.00pm to 3.00pm on Christmas Eve.


IRISH  MASS  ON  RADIO  NA GAELTACHTA  Sunday December 27th will be broadcast  at  11am from Tralee Church.


ALONE Support line for older people is open 7 days a week.  8am to 8pm. Tel no:  0818 222 024.


DONATE to the Annual Samaritan Christmas Collection by doing so online by accessing www.idonate.ie/kerrysamaritans or www.samaritans.ie/kerry




YOUTH 2000 CHRISTMAS E-RETREAT: was held from the 18th - 20th of Dec. Free reg on www.youth2000.ie  


CERVICAL CHECK sent out 110,000 invitations this year, only 10% responded.




GLORACH BINGO:  Outdoors at the GAA Carpark on the Duagh Road 2pm Sunday, December 20th  €3,100 minimum in prizes.


SHORTEST day over us we are looking to a cocks step in length after Christmas.


Full Moon on the 30th.


SWEDEN - On a per capita basis, November was only the deadliest in a decade, with 77.9 people dying per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 79.2 in November, 2010.


CLAIMED that every day, America loses 6,000 acres of forests, farms, meadows, and woods to incompatible development — that’s almost 2.2 million acres of lost land every year.


STORIES: To entertain and stimulate in these difficult times, since last March www.storiedkerry.com has published Kerry stories every Tuesday and Thursday.   In rotation these came from the eight districts Kerry divides into.   In turn they were stories on legend, landscape, plants, animals, archaeology, history, folklore and our contemporary story.


VACCINE is now in the North for C19, soon we will have people going up there for a jab.


Carers and vulnerable people living at home, should be the first to receive vaccine, as they have done more than anybody else in keeping safe and free from Covid 19.


An analysis by The Global Justice Now showed that more than 80 per cent of the current doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been purchased by the world’s wealthiest governments, including the United Kingdom and several European Union countries.


NDRC Established in 2006, is a Government initiative to invest in very young digital enterprises and start-ups. Following a competitive process, Dogpatch Labs, supported by its partner hubs in Cork, Kerry and Galway has been awarded the €17m contract to manage the service for the next five years. https://www.thinkbusiness.ie/articles/ndrc-irish-tech-hub-dogpatch-ludgate-rdihub-ormeaubaths-portershed-ireland/




THOUGHT:    When you welcome someone you’re saying “Yes” to the person’s entry into your life. You can’t let someone enter your life without being open to change. Think about the people to whom you’ve said “Yes” thus far in your life. What difference did they make in your outlook? Did your “Yes” make you richer or poorer? Christmas is the time when God calls us to say “yes” to His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, born of a virgin in a stable in Bethlehem. If you’ve already say “Yes” to Jesus’ entry into your life, this is the time to renew your welcome. Christmas is about the greatest present of all, namely the gift of Jesus Christ as our Saviour. From (Frsos)


POPE: No peace without a culture of care – Pope Francis stresses in his World Day of Peace Message for 2021




CHRISTMAS in papers;


Colonist, Volume LI, Issue 12425, 29 December 1908




Received Dec. 28, 11.13 p.m. London, Dec. 28. A severe cold snap is being experienced, and snow is general.




Taranaki Herald, Volume LV, Issue 14094, 28 December 1909




 LONDON, Dec. 27. The weather for Christmas and yesterday was fine and mild. Fifty thousand were regaled in the workinghouses and 53,000 in the hospitals. The Salvationists fed 60,000. The Daily Graphic Christmas fund totalled £23,000.




The St George Call (Kogarah, NSW : 1904 - 1957) Sat 28 Dec 1912 Page 3






Christmas of nineteen hundred and twelve is passing, it will be on the shelf where, laid aside, rest so many human happenings, so many human thoughts, joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, sorrow for what has past, promise of hope for what has to come, marks of times flight and presage of old age for some, the joy of what life may hold in the future for others. To me, past the general limit which the Bible and common consent give to man's sojourn on earth, there is something in looking back on many a Christmas of the past, more especially as for twenty-one years of my life Christmas was the season which common custom in the Old Country has endowed with uniformity of observance.


That a family should assemble beneath one roof at Christmas and there bold revel for both great and small in order rigidly prescribed, was in my time the fitting way to celebrate Christmas in Ireland.


See full article at;








Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXV, Issue 0, 27 December 1913


CHRISTMAS WEATHER LONDON, Dec. 26. 1913 Christmas was the finest but coldest one for years.




Despite the bitter coldness of the weather, vast crowds thronged the leading thoroughfares of Dublin during the Christmas season, and a busy trade was done by most of the shops in the


centre of the city. For days it was impossible without much inconvenience to approach the counters of business houses in such centres as South Great George's Street and Henry Street—the shopping districts for the very affluent classes in the city; and in Grafton Street, the fashionable shopping centre, the volume of business transacted was surprising in the extreme—considering the supposed poverty of the traditional supporters of its very expensive shops. Indeed a lady whose sympathies were wholly with the old regime tolls me that she seldom saw Grafton Street more frequented or its


shops more patronised than this year—a striking admission from one who not long ago regarded the approach of Irish freedom as the approach of utter ruin. Only in one important branch has the slump in Dublin's retail trade persisted through the Christmas season. The uncertainty of postal communication and the low agricultural prices prevailing at the moment have combined to restrict provincial purchases which are usually made in Dublin on a very extensive scale through out December.




A cable message states that the


Whitechapel by-election caused by the decease of Mr. C. J. Mathew, K.C., resulted:—Harry Gosling (Labor), 8398; Kiley (Liberal), 6198; Holden (Prohibitionist), 130. Mr. Mathew, who was returned  at the last election as a Labor member, was the second son of the late Chief Justice Mathew and a great nephew of Fr. Mathew, the Irish apostle of temperance.




Northern Advocate, 24 December 1925


CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA; A CHEERLESS OUTLOOK. PEOPLE POOR AND WEATHER COLD. (Received 2.6 p.m.) VIENNA, December 23. With nearly 90,000 unemployed, empty shops, people without money and, increasing business failures, Vienna is faced with a cheerless Christmas. "The weather is intensely cold. Shopkeepers are despairing. Windows are attractively stocked, but only cheaper articles of necessities are selling. There is no sale for poultry, game, wines, liqueurs, and other Christmas fare. The only traders doing well are those selling on the instalment plan.—Reuter.






CHINA: Joshua Wong is a young Chinese human rights activist, recently sentenced to 13 and a half months in prison on the Orwellian charge of “incitement to knowingly take part in an unauthorized assembly” – meaning, in Chinese Newspeak, urging others to protest peacefully the tyranny now throttling Hong Kong. In his first letter from prison, the uncowed Mr. Wong wrote, “Cages cannot lock up souls.” Indeed, they cannot. But the failure to defend the caged by standing in solidarity with them can do the gravest damage to evangelization.






Moyvane from the Air










2020 December 16 Knockanure






MASS on Radio; Assumption Radio 99.9fm from Moyvane Church. Numbers attending are still restricted – Moyvane Church 50 people and Knockanure Church 40 people.  Baptisms can go ahead. Please contact Jacqueline in the Parish Office for information regarding the strict guidelines.  Please note the Parish Office will be closed on Tuesday 22nd December and reopening on Monday 4th January 2021. It is important that if you need anything from the Parish Office that you attend to it no later than Monday 21st December.    


KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE:  Meals on Wheels are available on an ongoing basis.  Meals €6 each or 7days €40. Phone Nora 087 7476717 or Mary 087 6328104.  Would you like your Christmas Meal cooked for you?  Meals will be available from Knockanure Community Centre.  Last day for order and payment is 1pm on 18th December.  2 to 3 people €45 or 4 to 6 people €80.  Contact Paul 087 9378663 or Nora 087 7476717. Thanks for all the meals produced and distributed to households since the emergence of covid 19. It is a pleasure to walk past the community centre in Knockanure at mid-day, the lovely aroma is very tempting.


MURHUR NS COOKBOOK: The Children of Murhur NS have created a wonderful Cookbook, as a fundraiser, they are available for sale in Holly’s Gala.


MOYVANE GAA LOTTO: Tickets are available online and from Kennelly’s Homevalue Hardware, Holly’s Gala, Stack’s Butchers, Corridan’s Garage and Newtownsandes Co-op,  the draw to be held on Sunday, December 13 at 8.00pm at Con Brosnan Park.


HEROES: Radio Kerry welcomes nominations for Kerry Heroes of all ages.  Please let us know, in no more than 500 words, who you wish to nominate, along with a photograph if possible by email kerrytoday@radiokerry.ie or by post to Kerry Heroes, Kerry Today, Radio Kerry, Maine Street, Tralee.  Closing date for receipt of nominations is midday on Wednesday, December 16th 2020.




SCOIL CHORP CHRÍOST: Our School enrolment process for 2021 school year has commenced.  Please go to www.knockanurens.ie or contact the school on 068-49130 (between 9.30 & 12.30 each day) for further details.


CHOIR Dec. 16; The virtual youth choir project for Christmas is well underway with more than 25 young people already involved.  These young people come from parishes throughout the diocese.  We would welcome more young people if you’re interested.  Contact Tomás Kenny at tomaskenny@dioceseofkerry.ie or call 086 3683778.


DEATH of Peg Hayes, Bedford, Listowel, on December 9th, 2020. Survived by her nieces and nephews. Peg was laid to rest at St Michael’s Churchyard, following requiem mass in Listowel church.


DEATH of Catherine (Kitty) McEnery (née Cox), Tubbertureen, Moyvane and late of Kilcox Lower, Lisselton on December 5th, 2020.  Predeceased by her husband Denny and sister Maureen. Survived by her sons Denis, John, Liam, Tom, Leonard and Aidan, daughter Margaret Doherty (Templeglantine), her 23 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, brother Tom, sisters Ann and Nodie, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Kitty was born in 1934 and married Denny in 1962. Kitty was laid to rest at Knockanure Churchyard, after requiem mass in Moyvane Church on 8th December 2020.


ANNIVERSARIES: Con Shine, Mary Boland, Jim Walsh, Seamus Flaherty, Anne Cunningham, Breda Meehan, Paidi O’Shea Hannah Dillon, John Dalton, Eileen Dalton, Mary Walsh, Crissie Nolan, Mathew Thompson, Paudie O’Connor, Phyl O’Kelly, Eddie Carmody, Tom Moran, Sr. Dympna Mulvihill, Sheila Harnett, John Dillon, Bridie Cox, John Mulvihill, Fr. Placid Nolan, Lila Carroll, Sr. Loreto Relihan, Sr. Anna Patricia O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Peg Meade, Neelie Buckley, Micheal Carr. Mass Moyvane; Sat 12th  at 7.30pm  Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list);


 Sun 13th at 11.00am for Mike Joe, Eily Mai & Seamus O’Flaherty, The Village (Anni); Mon 14th at   10.00am Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list); Tues 15th at 7.30pm for John & Timmy Buckley, New Houses (Anni) their parents Elizabeth & Jeremiah & dec. of Buckley & Kiely families; Fri 18th  7.30pm for Ned, Catherine & Nora Keane, Lenamore; Sat 19th  at 7.30pm for             Con Healy, Moyvane North, and mass on  Sun 20th  at 11.00am for Connie Shine, The Village & dec of Shine family. Mass Knockanure on Sun 13th at 9.30am for John Joe Barry, Knockanure Village (Months Mind); Wed 16th  at 7.30pm Shared Christmas Mass (for living on Christmas list);Thurs 17th  at 7.30pm  for John & Peggy McElligott, Lissaniskea, Kilmorna & their daughter Betty McElligott Neumann, and mass on  Sun 20th  9.30am for Willie O’Connor, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna.




MURHUR NS: Split the Bucket on December 18 at 9:30pm.


CLOTHING COLLECTION:  The Marian Hall, Moyvane has kindly allowed us to both store clothing prior to collection and act as the new drop-off point on day of our Collection. Monday, December 14 (8:00pm to 9:00pm), Wednesday, December 16 (9:15am to 10:15am) or Thursday, December 17 (9:00am to 10:00am). Covid safety protocols and procedures will be in place.


GREEN; We are supposed to have Greens in government, have they any advice on minimising waste.


SUNDAY OBLIGATION:  While we are delighted to have our Churches open, I remind you that the Sunday obligation is still lifted.  In reality this means that any Mass you attend any day during the week will fulfil your Sunday obligation.  I ask you in particular to be aware of Masses beginning Christmas week 21st December.  As it will not be possible to have large crowds on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I am encouraging you to choose a Mass any day during that week which will suffice for your Christmas obligation.  When the numbers are at the permitted capacity in the Church, people have a choice to listen to the Mass on the radio 99.9fm in their cars or on the tannoy system in Knockanure.  Those in the car parks will have an opportunity to receive Holy Communion.  Guidelines for this will be explained at each Mass.  No bookings required but seats are allotted on a first come first served basis.  


CD: Le Chéile is a new musical treat for Christmas CD in aid of Friends of Saint Ita’s Newcastle West, and the Butterfly Club Rathkeale. It is on sale at present costing  €10. The CD includes the following artists, Coolcappa choir members, Michael Nash, Ann Phelan, Jean O’Brien, Charlie Reynolds, Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright, Michael Enright, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Enda Walsh, Michael Doyle, Siobhan Doody and the Newcastle West Choir.


ANNUAL; On sale in the local shops are the 80 page Limerick Annual published by the Limerick Leader costing €3.95, and the 164 page Cork Holly Bough published by the Echo costing €5.


LYREACROMPANE JOURNAL:  The Lyreacrompane and District Journal is on the shelves once again – thirty years after it first appeared. This Lyre Journal is the largest yet – 108 pages packed with local history accounts and photos old and new.


Ballydonoghue Journal is also available locally.


BOOK; The Dead of the Irish Revolution , lists the 2,253 deaths of the War of Independence, another book should be written, on the effects of the deaths on their family members.


SHOCKED: Many are shocked at the way officials closed down a local nursing home, some compare it to landlord’s time. The stress, anxiety, isolation, change of situation, and personnel, is too much to bear for people of advanced years. We should also remember staff and family members, the effect on them will continue for many a year.


WATCHING YOU: Department of Agriculture officials say the Copernicus Sentinel satellites will be able to view farmer activities on the ground, even on cloudy day.


FARMERS: One in three farms are run by a person over 60; One in four cattle farmers are living alone. FAO say that 820 million people still going hungry in the world.


CASTLEISLAND Church reflection with Deacon Thady, every Wednesday at 7pm.


PASTORAL SUPPORT TO PARISHIONERS IN NURSING HOMES:  Due to the necessary Covid -19 restrictions it is not possible for Fr. Tony of Abbeyfeale to visit parishioners in Nursing Homes this Christmas. Fr. Tony is asking family members to let him know which nursing homes their relatives are resident in so that he can write to them for Christmas. All contact details will remain confidential to Fr. Tony. You can email the contact details to mullinstrev@gmail.com or text 087-2600414.


FUNDRAISING for various charities continues, including money raised for bus at St John of God Kerry Services, which was secured with a grand and local fundraising. Margaret Foley and friends did the 23 mile walk from Moyvane to Tralee in aid of the mental health ward at UHK.


DRAW win in Athea GAA; 2nd Prize €300 – Ava & Brian Mulvihill, Moyvane and 6th Prize €100 – Molly Nolan, Moyvane.


VACCINE for C19 is welcome, the tendering for the roll out should be transparent.


CHRISTMAS MASSES IN ABBEYFEALE:  Masses on Christmas Eve will be celebrated at 5.00pm and 8.00pm. and on Christmas Day at 8.00am, 10.00am and 12noon. Due to the Covid -19 restrictions, the number of people allowed to attend Mass this Christmas is reduced considerably.  Entry to all Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be by ticket only. These tickets will be allocated by lottery draw. If parishioners wish to attend Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day they must apply for a ticket. Parishioners must fill out a request for ticket card. On the card parishioners can indicate whether they wish to attend Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. All parishioners are welcome to request a ticket. The draw for the tickets will take place on Thursday 17th of December and the draw will be live streamed on the church webcam at 7.00pm. Request for ticket cards will be available at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on this Sunday,  December 13 from 1.00 - 3.00p.m and on Monday, December 14 from 12noon - 2.00pm. One request for ticket card per household.




During Christmas, all Masses will be livestreamed on the Church Services webcam. The 10.00a.m Mass on Christmas day will also be broadcast live on West Limerick 102FM. In addition, a parish radio system will be installed to enable those who wish to attend Mass in the car park to tune into the Mass while remaining in their cars.  Holy Communion will be distributed at the Grotto. Unfortunately, it is not possible to accommodate all who would wish to attend Mass this Christmas, but we invite you to join us on the church webcam system and on local radio. 


CHRISTMAS 2020; Why not place your crib close to where you will sit to ‘attend’ Mass online; Light a candle just before Mass begins…. Stand to hear the Gospel proclaimed, Join in the responses;  Stand to pray the Our Father with all those gathered in our churches and all of us gathering in homes all over the world. Visit the crib in the church during the Christmas days – bring all your intentions for loved ones in your heart. https://www.dioceseofkerry.ie/2020/12/celebrating-christmas-2020/


DIRECTORY: Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association have published a local trade directory which is available free of charge in the following outlets, Greaney’s Shop, Ardagh, Ailish Hairdressers, Ardagh, Hanley’s Shop, Creeves and Moloney’s Shop, Carrigkerry.


POPE Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph Tuesday in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the universal Church.


The year begins Dec. 8, 2020, and concludes on Dec. 8, 2021, according to a decree authorized by the pope. The decree said that Pope Francis had established a Year of St. Joseph so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfilment of God’s will.” The Apostolic Penitentiary issues a Decree granting plenary indulgences for the year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis on Tuesday.




NOTES under Knockdown News -24/09/14- By Peg Prendeville


The Listowel races are over, the Sam Maguire is back to Kerry, the Ploughing is underway in Ratheniska, Co. Laois and the sun is still shining. What more can we ask for? We are surely getting a lovely autumn.  (Break)


All the worries of the world, IS, Ukraine, Syria, Ebola outbreak etc,  were put aside for one day and it was time to have fun. It was just a lovely sight. We walked down into O’Connell St just to savour the atmosphere and everywhere was a mass of colour and smiling faces. But after five o’clock and the full time whistle had blown the faces changed. Now the Kerry jersey wearers were in top form while the Donegal’s walked as fast as they could to their cars and buses with heavy hearts and sad faces.




EU Parliament have voted to refrain from charging VAT on the vaccine and testing kits. The government who intended charging VAT in the first place should be ashamed of themselves.


MEDIA: The Future of Media Commission invites you to tell us what you think the future of the media should be. We want to hear your views on public service media in Ireland, wherever you live in Ireland or around the world. https://futureofmediacommission.ie/public-consultation/


Closing date for submissions is Friday 8th January 2021.


AWARD for J B Keane and his son Billy; https://ibamchicago.com/index.php/72-headliners/626-2020-literature-award-john-b-and-billy-keane




LOCAL WRITERS: https://www.kerrywritersmuseum.com/


TINTEAN in Ballybunion has been taken over by a local company


SINGER: Mary Culloty O’ Sullivan ( Soprano) presented “ Merry Christmas “ an Afternoon of Christmas Carols. Poetry read by Dolores Carroll on December 10th on Youtube and Facebook Page of St Johns Theatre and Arts Centre, Listowel.


WALKING: €50 million investment in walking and cycling projects in town and villages across the country, has been announced.


                           THE CHALLENGE OF CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS 2020.




Everyone agrees regarding when is the ‘number one time’ that people come to church to unite in celebrating The Eucharist, - Christmas. Parents bring young children; the singing of the Christmas carols is special; the statue of the baby Jesus is carried through the church and placed in the straw in the crib; meeting other around the crib after Mass. There is happiness that this Christmas we will at least have small congregations, there is sadness that it will not cater for all that would like to come. Churches that can seat over 1000, find themselves confined to 100 or 150; churches that can take 400 with some standing are reduced to fifty. Parishes will judge by the number of Masses being planned the total number that can be facilitated. 


Christmas even with extra Masses will fall far short of accommodating 50%. Parishes are considering putting on Christmas Masses on the weekday evenings before Christmas, (or on St Stephen’s Day) but all will want to be there on the eve or the morning. Can those who are present offer Mass on behalf of the rest of their family and the whole parish family? Can people genuinely unite with the Mass from home if the Mass is streamed via the internet? Recent weeks have brought home to us all just how contagious the corona virus is. Once the church reaches its capacity, no one else can be let in. How difficult and sad to turn people away on Christmas night! Parishes are unsure what to do. Parishes may opt for a booking system or a ticket system. Remember too, some priests have pre-existing conditions or are of an age where they must not put themselves at risk.


People are asked to be understanding. Thank God with the good news of the vaccines it is just for one Christmas. If we cannot unite around the altar, let us be united in spirit. Remember the first Christmas did not turn out ideal for Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. Yet in the Stable at Bethlehem there was warmth, peace, and joy.  


Many families and many people advanced in years might content themselves with coming to Mass in the days before Christmas or during the Christmas season, an opportunity to receive Holy Communion for Christmas. Many families will put their focus on gong to the parish church at a quiet time and saying their own prayers before the crib. Families joining in the Mass from home (via streaming, or daily 10.30 Mass on RTE News Now or, 10am Sunday Mass on Radio Kerry), have found it made them conscious that home is a place for prayer.


Where better than in the home to pause and be aware of God’s presence, and, giving thanks, to renew trust in him, At Mass, many priests will pray a special prayer of blessing on the cribs in the homes of the parish. I invite you to daily pause before the crib and ponder the mystery of Emmanuel, ‘God is with us’. Parishes are doing their best. This Christmas is unique. We cannot allow people into the church beyond the maximum number. Thanks to ushers and cleaners the church will be safe for those who enter. Please be understanding. Find out the details concerning your own parish.  Rising above our difficulties let us unite in prayer joyfully honouring the birthday of Jesus Christ the Son of God and, giving thanks for all that was good in how our communities responded to the challenge of the corona virus. Let us count our blessings, there is so much to be grateful for. United in the Holy Spirit, let us pray for one another and for all in our communities. Be assured you are in my prayers in all the Masses I celebrate over the Christmas.                   


 + Ray Browne  


LEEDS:  Leeds Irish Centre was due to host a number of celebrations and commemorations in June 2020 to mark its fiftieth year at the heart of the city's Irish community. The Leeds Irish Centre site






IRISH in England; https://www.irishpost.com/life-style/popular-irish-priest-livestreams-mass-each-and-every-day-throughout-lockdown-186047


Father Denis McGillycuddy, parish priest at St Edward’s Church in Selly Park, has been saying Mass behind closed doors every day since restrictions imposed across Britain saw places of worship closed to the public in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.


AMAZING Service; Irish Chaplaincy has been unable to make the usual regular visits to the hundreds of Irish and Irish traveller prisoners in England & Wales, they do amazing service to people in difficult situations. https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/40630


SUDAN: Fr. Tim Galvin has just launched a local campaign in Kerry to raise funds to build the secondary school and I’d like you to help. There’s nothing in it for you…you will probably never take the 3-day journey to visit the school, if a building is named in your honour you will probably never see it. It’s unlikely you will ever meet any of the children who benefit.


Here’s a video from Tim describing Riwoto and the work that he does




GO FUND ME FUNDRAISER  for Fr. Tim: www.gofundmeasparkfortim.com  Log on to donate and to see the video.


TEXTILES: From 1790-1830, Ireland employed, proportionally, more workers in textiles than any other country—producing flax, wool, silk, cotton, and the coarser fibers for sack and rope


NOVEMBER 21st, the shortest day, we will then be able to look forward to a stretch in the day.




USA: Nearly 250 years ago, America declared its independence from the British Empire.




Being Happy Sayings and Quotes


Being happy is one of life’s lofty, and often elusive goals. We search high and low, looking for happiness in our partners, careers, and even bank accounts. Everyone’s path to contentment will look different. Let the below collection of wise, inspirational, and humorous being happy quotes brighten your day.




“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.    


Groucho Marx




“My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself. I don't use special creams or treatments - I'll use a little bit of everything. It's a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself. I believe that a lot of how you look is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life. Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.


Tina Turner




“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.


Henry Ward Beecher




“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.


Andrew Carnegie




“Happiness is not defined by any circumstance, condition, or person. You need not tie your happiness to anything. The choice to be happy is always yours to make. Make that choice and cultivate a happy spirit.    


Dr Anil Kr Sinha






IRA Christmas Raid - 23.December.1939


On this day in 1939 a daring raid was carried out by the IRA at Ireland’s national arsenal at the Phoenix Park Magazine Fort. Known as the ‘Christmas Raid’, the IRA then involved in a sabotage and bombing campaign in Britain were determined to add to the military capabilities before the Irish government passed an Emergency Powers Act in Ireland which would greatly curtail their abilities. In what was a daring and well-executed rain, a total of 1.084,000 rounds of ammunition were taken away in thirteen lorries, without any casualties. However, despite their initial success in evading capture as they left the Phoenix Park., following intensive follow up searches most of the ammunition was recovered within two weeks. During searches the Gardai, aided by the army, discovered two and a half tons in Dundalk, County Louth; Eight tons in Swords, County Dublin, and one hundred crates containing 120,000 rounds in Straffan, County Kildare. In addition, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) discovered more ammunition in  county Armagh. As a result it proved to be a disaster for IRA propaganda and many of its members were arrested. The raid, coming as did two days before Christmas had caught everybody off-guard but the government reacted sternly. The day after the raid the Irish Minister for Justice, Gerald Boland, at an emergency session of the Dail introduced the Emergency Powers bill to reinstate internment, Military Tribunal, and executions for IRA members. It was rushed through and given its third reading the next day creating the Emergency Powers Act. The passing of the Emergency Powers Act was also enacted to help preserve Ireland’s neutrality during the Second World War and covered areas including censorship which were paramount to prevent the country being used by either side in the conflict. 


More at






HERITAGE; Today, with so many records accessible online, anyone with Irish heritage can begin researching an ancestor from any location. Ireland has become a world leader in the provision of online genealogical records and thanks to government policy, a large majority of the most important Irish record transcripts are FREE to access.






USA: As more than 90,000 of the nation’s long-term care residents have died in the coronavirus pandemic, advocates for the elderly say a tandem wave of fatalities is quietly claiming tens of thousands more who are succumbing not to the virus but to neglect by overwhelmed staffs and slow declines from isolation.






An estimated one in six hospital beds in the U.S. is in a Catholic hospital, according to the ACLU. Catholics provide adoption and foster care services around the country, and help resettle refugee families. They operate shelters for human trafficking survivors. Catholic doctors, nurses, and foster mothers may work anywhere in the healthcare system, not just at Catholic institutions.










2020 December 9 Knockanure








ENROLMENT Scoil Chorp Chríost – Our School enrolment process for 2021 school year has commenced. Please go to www.knockanurens.ie or contact the school on 068-49130


(between 9.30 & 12.30 each day) for further details. Beidh fáilte romhat.


CRIB and tree have been erected in local churches, it will be a changed Christmas celebration this year with numbers reduced, many churches are using ticket only for entry. Great to see how parishes are coping with the regulations. But the lack of personal contact may have long term consequence, which may have a long lasting effect on us.


EUCHARIST ADORATION RESUMES Wednesday’s 11am. to 2pm. in the Church in the main altar Listowel.


LISTOWEL PARISH CONFIRMATION 2020 Will take place next Friday 11th Dec. Scoil Réalta Na Maidine 2.00pm. / Presentation Primary School 4.00pm. / Killocrim National School 6.30pm. Please note:  Admission to the church will be Strictly members of the candidates household only and all must wear their masks. The parish office will be closing at 12noon on the day.


DEATH of Marie Walsh (née Walsh), Barragougeen, Moyvane and late of Tullamore, Listowel, on November 30th, 2020. Predeceased by her husband John P. Sadly missed by her sons Pat, Jerry, John-Joe, James and Mike, daughters Helen, Ann, Theresa and Margaret, grandchildren Leah, Sean, Ella, Darragh, Marc, Luke, Dylan and Shane, brother Diarmuid, son-in-law Aidan, daughters-in-law Anne and Fiona, sisters-in-law Mary (London) and Margaret (Tralee), nephews, and nieces.


DEATH of Gerald Stack, of Dooncaha, Tarbert on December 3rd, 2020. Predeceased by his parents Gerald and Nora, sisters Mary, Kitty, Peggy, Noreen and Breda. Sadly missed by his sister Hannah O'Sullivan (Finuge), nephews, and nieces.


DEATH of Angela Carmody (née Kelly), Knockerin, Skehenerin, Listowel and late of Knockadireen, Duagh on December 3rd, 2020. Predeceased by her husband Mossie, brother Bill and sister Betty. Survived by her sons Patrick and Maurice, grandchildren Danny, Patrice, Ellie and Ben, brother Pat (Listowel), sisters Peggy (Youghal) and Ann (London), daughters-in-law Joanne and Pauline, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.




ANNIVERSARIES: Breda Thomas, Fr. Liam Hayes, Sheila Nash, Tom O’Connell, Thomas J O’Donoghue, John Broderick, Tom Culhane, Betty Neumann, Nora Kennelly, Mary Ellen Daly, John Fitzgerald, Con Healy, Sr. Mary Kevin Enright, Margaret Moloney, Jack Conroy, Breda Leahy, Paudie Mulvihill, Eugene Brandon, Timothy O’Sullivan, Tom Mulvihill, Tom Flaherty, Fr. Brian Dalton, Fr. Bob Barry, Mass Moyvane; Sat  5th at  7.30pm for Maurice & Joe O’Connell, Tarbert  & Deceased of the O’Connell family; Sunday 6th  at 11.00am for Paudie O’Connor, Upper Direen, Athea; Monday 7th at 10.00am a Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list) and 7.30pm for Mark Flaherty, Glin (Anni & 30th Birthday Remembrance); Tuesday 8th FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – HOLY DAY Mass at 11.00am for Dermot Blythe, Westport (Rec Dec) & his loving wife Brenda who predeceased him some years ago, and Mass at 7.30pm for David & Tina Thompson, Leitrim West (Rec Dec); Wed. 9th at 7.30pm for Tom Culhane, Leitrim East (1st Anni); Thurs 10th  at 7.30pm for Alice Hanrahan (née Clifford), Aughrim & her sister Kate; Fri. 11th at 7.30pm for Nora & Mick Roche, Glin Road; Sat. 12th at 7.30pm a Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list); Sunday 13th at 11.00am mass for Mike Joe, Ellie Mai & Seamus O’Flaherty, The Village.


 Knockanure Mass –Sunday 6th at 9.30am for Sheila Nash, Gortdromagouna (Anni) & Deceased of the Nash family; Tuesday 8th FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION -HOLY DAY  9.30am Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list), and mass on Sunday 13th at 9.30am for John Joe Barry, Knockanure Village (Months Mind).


 PRIEST ON DUTY THIS SUNDAY: Canon Declan O’Connor, P.P. Listowel 087/0908949. Emergencies only.


SHARED CHRISTMAS MASS:  Please note these Masses are for the living on the Christmas list.  Details from Jacqueline in the Parish Office.   The first two of these Masses will be celebrated this week.  


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL:  Due to ongoing restrictions with Covid 19, we cannot accept any clothing, toys, household items or food from the public this year.   If you would like to donate you can do so by placing your donation in the boxes which are available in local shops.  Any donations will be very much appreciated. 


DONATIONS:  Some families have made generous donations towards the painting/lights/footpath works in Moyvane Church.  I wish to acknowledge a generous donation from Moneypoint Power Station, which was acquired by an employee from the Parish.   These donations have helped so much – very many thanks.  


STAINED GLASS WINDOWS:  Four new small stained glass windows will arrive soon in Moyvane Church for the outside windows of the confession boxes.  These will enhance our already beautiful Church.


AFTERNOON OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS: Mary Culloty O’ Sullivan (Soprano) presents “Merry Christmas “an afternoon of Christmas Carols. Poetry read by Dolores Carroll. Thursday December 10th 4pm on Youtube and Facebook Page of St Johns Theatre and Arts Centre, Listowel. 


WISHING Kerry Senior Hurling Team and Management the very best of luck in the Joe McDonagh Cup Final in Croke Park to be held on Sunday 13 December 2020.


A MESSAGE FROM MARY FAGAN RE: DIOCESAN WEBSITE:  There is a new button on the Diocesan website called ‘CHECK THIS OUT’ - Once there, you can sign up to receive a 3 minute retreat each day direct to your inbox and inviting us to pause in the presence of God in our day. You may also like to sign up for a weekly email.  It also offers Sunday Connection, a weekly email offering some reflections on the Sunday Gospel and our lives.


GAA; The Moyvane AGM Day date will be Friday, December 11th.


TEACHER: From Bertie O'Connor, Dec. 1st;  177 years The Ardoughter Hedge School closed. Established in the Spring of 1714 during the Penal Laws by Thomas Laidir Ua hAnnrachain (Strong Thomas Hanrahan) from Murhur in Moyvane. Over the entrance he wrote ‘ mol an oige agus tiocfaidh siad’. He taught reading, writing, mathematics, astronomy and Latin for which he charged a fee. The Principles of Freedom ‘Preserve the Glory of thy Race Die or Live Free’ he taught gratis. Today 10 generations later many of his descendants continue in his profession.


MASS at Athea; following link https://www.churchservices.tv/athea


WALKING track at the GAA pitch in Athea is lit at night. Spring bulbs are coming to life and wild garlic is thriving. Recent cold wind is a test of the stamina of many of us. Older people always feared the wind from the east, which was no good for both man or beast.


BILL KIRBY MEMORIAL WALK which is usually held on St. Stephen’s Day will not take place this year due to Covid restrictions. Michael Fox O’Connor looks forward to seeing you all on St. Stephen’s Day 2021.


NEW MOON on 14th December.


CHARITIES are suffering a great amount this past year. Great to see many finding inventive ways to help them. Including local woman Maggie Large who did a  marathon around Listowel for Kerry Parents and Friends. Ballybunion Golf Club Captains Day also contributed a significant sun to several local charities. Giving Tuesday was last week, a global day set aside to support organizations that are making a difference in the world.


KNOCK Advent Programme-- A series of online reflections for Advent with Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus SJ. Join them every Tuesday and Thursday as they travel though Advent.


LIGHTS: The annual Milford Hospice Light up a Memory Christmas Tree event will be held online this year on Sunday, December 6. Lights illuminated on the tree until, January 3, 2021. They can be purchased online at www.milfordcarecentre.ir or by calling the Fundraising Department at Milford Care Centre at 061 485859.


ALONE. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.


VOLUNTEER; International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for, the contribution they make to their communities.


SPEECH writing; Action Talks is the newly launched Action Aid National Speech Writing Competition.


The competition is open to all students aged 14 to 17. The first prize is a €500 One4All voucher for the winning student and a €500 One4All voucher for their teacher.


To enter, write a five-minute or 600-word speech. Entries are to be sent by email from the student’s teacher to comms.ireland@actionaid.org by Friday 15th January 2021.


HUMAN Rights day is on 10th Dec.


TOILETS: The powers that be are giving us advice every hour and where are the toilets, for people who venture from their homes, it is generally believed that the council are failing in their duty in not providing, some basic accommodation.


ARTS: The Kerry County Council Arts Grants application process is now open for projects and activities taking place in 2021. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Thursday, December 17th 2020.


ANNUAL KERRY DIOCESAN YOUTH SERVICE COLLECTION in Listowel:  will take place at all masses weekend (12th & 13th) offering can be place in an envelope and place in the offering box at the back of the church.


RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies –all commercial free –Listen via TV on Saorview -Channel 210; streaming on www.radiomaria.ie or via PHONE –get live radio feed by telephoning +353 (0) 1 437 3277 (no extra charges apply)


BISHOPS Site; https://www.catholicbishops.ie/


SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL LISTOWEL ANNUAL APPEAL We appeal to you this Christmas to support your local St Vincent De Paul Listowel as best you can. It has been a very difficult year for the charity sector, with most of our income stream wiped out overnight. Our Bingo was cancelled in February and annual collections in Aldi and Garveys will not take place this year. Our shop in Patrick Street is closed. If you are in a position to donate, a blue envelope has been distributed to households (or you can use your own envelope) and return it by freepost to The Plaza Upper Church St Listowel V31W924 or drop it into our secure letterbox in the Plaza or into the special box placed in Garveys or online to IBAN IE68AIBK93543342155030.  Church collection taking place Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December. Any donation will be very much appreciated and will be distributed locally to help those battling to make ends meet, with food, heat and household bills etc. We thank you for taking the time to read this note and thank you for your continued support and wish you a Happy Christmas and a bright and better New Year. Hannah Mulvihill


METEOR; The best meteor shower of the year starts Friday. The Geminids begin Friday and will be active through Dec. 17.  Here are the best ways to watch.






PLANNING: Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has welcomed confirmation that the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage are examining a move to eplanning systems and that a circular letter could soon be issued to all Planning Authorities on this matter.  


COWS: USA census 2017 records that 189 farmers have 5,000 or more milking cows. Also notes was one in five who milked cows in 2017 were out of them in 2019.




SAINT Nicholas (c 270-343) – Feast Day 6 December


Saint Nicholas was the original Santa Claus!  He was noted for his holiness, kindness and generosity and lived in modern Turkey where he was born c270 into a wealthy family at Patara.  He became bishop of Myra in the south of the country early in the 4th century and was bishop of that area for about 30 years.  After his death in the year 343, Saint Nicholas was buried in Myra.  Over 700 years later in 1087 when Muslims invaded the area, some Christians brought his relics to Bari in the south of Italy to keep them safe.  Some relics are also believed to have been brought by some Normans the following century to Ireland to Jerpoint Abbey near Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.  As well as being patron saint of children, Saint Nicholas is also patron saint of sailors and fishermen. 








North Kerry Football




MOYVANE (NEWTOWN) PANEL- T. O'Callaghan (capt); T. Mahony; W. O'Sullivan; Jas. O'Sullivan; Paud O'Sullivan; P. McKenna; J. Finucane; W.J. Walsh; M. Daly; J. McCabe; W. Finucane; C. Brosnan; J. McGough; T. Mahony; D. Kearney; J. Sullivan; T. McElligott; D. McCabe.




FAHA PANEL- R. Stack (capt); J. Collins; J. Walsh; P. Finucane; M. Kissane; P. Byrnes; D. Leahy; T. Pierse; R. Kissane; P. Farrow; B. Boyle; Pat Pierse; S. Coughlin; Jim Keane; P. Kelly; M. Carville; M. Byrnes, P. Carroll, T. Walsh.




Moyvane 2.05 Faha 1.02 played in Listowel December 6th










LISTOWEL PANEL- J.J. Buckley; A. Hanlon, S. Kerins, E. Scanlon, T. Chute, R. Ahern Capt, S. Kerins; E. Scanlon; T. Chute; R. Ahern Capt; J.J. Kenny; A. Stack; J. Brown; B. Roche; W. Griffin; J. Harmon; J. Wilmot; F. Sheehy; B. Slemon, T. O'Sullivan, T. Walsh, D. Brouder, M. Mahony, J. Harte, M. McGrath, A. Chute, D. Walsh, J. Kenny, J. Murphy, M.Holly.




 MOYVANE PANEL- C. Brosnan, T. Mahony, W. O'Sullivan, P. O'Sullivan, Jim O'Sullivan, M. Walsh, Corporal James Dowling, W. Finucane, J. Finucane, Garda James McGrogh, J. Bailey, Sgt P McKenna, T O'Callaghan, J. Moriarty, D. Lyons, T. McElligott, W. Foran, A, O'Callaghan




Listowel 2.05 Moyvane 0.03 Referee J. Woulfe






MOYVANE PANEL- Con Brosnan (capt); Bill O'Sullivan; John McCabe; Joseph McCabe; James Brassil; Paud O'Sullivan; James Moriarty; James O'Sullivan; Jack Finucane; Tom O'Callaghan; James Stack; Stephen Stack; William Finucane; John O'Sullivan; John Flavin; Dan Mulvihill; D. Kearney; W. Hanlon; P. Finucane; D. Finucane; P. Windele.




LISTOWEL PANEL - J.J. Buckley (capt); A. Hanlon; S. Kerins; Roger Ahern; T. Walsh; R. Walsh; Robert Walsh; W. Griffin; B. Roche; J. Greaney; J. Stack; Jas Wilmot; M. McGrath; M. Healy; W. Guerin; R. Slemon; W. Landers; J. Browne; J. Henderson; E. Scanlon; N. Murphy; M. Danagher; W. McMahon; J. Harman; T. Lynch.




Moyvane 1.08 Listowel 1.01 Referee Tice O Sullivan






Irish Miscellany -By Dermot McEvoy


A treasury of fascinating information about the Emerald Isle! This colourful guide provides an entertaining overview of Ireland’s folklore, history, language, and culture, from ancient times to the present day.




Grandmama of Europe- By Theo Aronson


Keenly aware of the importance of marriage in upholding power and influence, Queen Victoria stepped in as a matchmaker to her dozens of grandchildren. This comprehensive history chronicles the various marriages of the queen’s descendants — and the machinations behind the international unions.




Lincoln and the Irish- By Niall O’Dowd


This concise book reveals a little-known piece of American history. Learn how the outcome of the American Civil War — and the trajectory of the United States — was altered by Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with the Irish immigrant community.










SNOW in 1947; https://northkerry.wordpress.com/





2020 December 2 Knockanure




REMEMBRANCE MASS:  Our remembrance Mass for the dead was deeply appreciated by so many but especially by those living outside the Parish who were able to connect with us in prayer last Monday evening week.  Sincere thanks to all who helped in making the celebration special. You can still see the mass on YouTube. MASS of Remembrance on 23 November 2020 Moyvane.






MASS: Regardless of the National announcement on the lifting of restrictions, Masses will remain the same in the car park/radio in Moyvane until Sat 5th. 


PADRE PIO Devotions in Castleisland Parish Church on line on the First Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Witness by: Rachel O’Brien, her story is laced with positivity, hope, courage and a love of Saint Pio.


MEALS: Knockanure Community Centre are providing meals for locals during the restrictions of Covid 19. Glin Homes & Daycare Centre has been providing up to 90 meals on Wheels. Meals are delivered to the elderly of Glin and surrounding parishes of Loghill, Ballyhahill, Athea, Moyvane and Tarbert. They have been operating for past five years.


MASS: Horizons runs 9 to 10 am on Sunday mornings on Radio Kerry. It is followed directly by Mass from Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee.


DEATH of Ita Bradley (née Liston) Athea Village, Athea, / Tralee, Late of Meadowlands, on 20th November 2020. Predeceased by her parents Ned & Mary Anne, husbands Denis McNulty (Donegal) & Sean Bradley (Donegal), and her brother Tom Liston (Athea). Sadly missed by her children, daughter Geraldine, sons Kieran & Colm, son in law Vito Missorici, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters Mary Pallas (Limerick), Theresa Mullane (Athea), Anne Carroll (Caherconlish) & Phil Foley (Listowel), brother-in-law Johnny Mullane, and nephew Tony Pallas.


DEATH has taken place of Philomena Vaughan – Nee Goulding (Lahinch, and Knockanure,) on


November 21st in her 95th year. Relict of Micheal R.I.P. Pre deceased by her brothers Jackie and Donal. Mother to Brid, Maree, Aileen (O’Sullivan) and twins John and Michael. Missed by her son in law, daughter in law , grand children, nieces, and  nephews.


DEATH of Margaret Neenan (nee Pierce) of Laccamore, Abbeydorney and formerly Doon, Tralee, at home in her 101st year on 26th November 2020, wife of the late John, mother of Gerard, Marie & Patricia and sister of the late Hannah (Carroll). Also survived by her her grandchildren Máiréad, Ciara, Greta, Eimear & John, great grandchildren Ruby & Bróna, nieces Sr. Breda O.P. (Drogheda), Josephine & Teresa, nephews Michael (and the late Johnny), daughter-in-law Ann, and son-in-law Ned.


ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. John Joe Walsh, Sr. Carmel Danaher, Tim Healy, Nora Leahy, Birdie Joan Ahern, Nora McAuliffe, Ellen Quinn, John McMahon, Ann Kissane, John O’Connor, Pat Hayes, Jim Brosnan, Julia Leahy, Rita Fitzmaurice, Sr. Marie Costelloe, Bridie McCarthy, Tommy Foley, Peggy Sheehan, Jackie Healy Rae, Bridie Campbell, Mass Moyvane; Sat 28th at  7.30pm for Margaret & Johnny Meade, Aughrim; Sun 29th at 11.00am for Peggy & Mick Sheehan, Leitrim Middle; Mon 30th at          7.30pm for Alan Collins, London (seriously ill) & his sister Roberta, his loving carer.  Their deceased parents Pan & Kevin Collins; Tues 1st at 7.30pm for John O’Connor, Inchamore & his son Seán; Wed 2nd at 7.30pm Mass for              Deceased members of the ICA & deceased relatives of ICA members; Thurs 3rd at 7.30pm for Tom Hanrahan, New York, his brother Con, sister Helen O’Connor, Tarmons & their parents Thomas & Mary Ellen, Lr. Aughrim; Fri 4th at 7.30pm for Michael Dore, New Houses (Anni) & Breda Dore (Months Mind); Sat 5th at 7.30pm for Maurice & Joe O’Connell, Tarbert & Deceased of the O’Connell family and Mass on  Sun 6th  at 11.00am for                Paudie O’Connor, Upper Direen, Athea. Mass Knockanure; Sun 29th at 9.30am  for Holy Souls (all on the November List), and Mass on  Sun 6th at 9.30am for Sheila Nash, Gortdromagouna (Anni) & Deceased of the Nash family.


FEAST of the Immaculate Conception is on Dec. 8th


ADVENT PREPARATIONS!  If you have ever wondered about the Old Testament readings at Mass, now is your chance to explore them and their relevance for our lives today. Without leaving your own home, you can tune into Dr Jessie Rogers, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, who will explore the Sunday OT readings on Wednesday evenings Dec 2nd, 9th and 16th from 7– 8pm. To register, check out www.dioceseofkerry.ie




For all of us in the Christian Family, never have we needed prayers, healing and blessings as much in these difficult and strange times.  We have decided this year to have shared Christmas Masses which will operate as follows:   You can get special Christmas shared Mass cards with a tag.  You can send the Christmas card to the family you are including in the Masses, fill in the names on the tag, leave them in the Parish Office and they will be hung on the Christmas trees in each Church which are arriving this week.  Cards cost €1 and place your own private Mass offering in the box in the Parish Office. Please note:  Shared Mass Cards are not available at Holly’s – Parish Office only. There will be six Masses celebrated for all those whose names are on the Christmas tree tags which will take place as follows:  


MOYVANE: Mon 7th @ 7.30pm, Sat 12th @ 7.30pm, Mon 14th @ 7.30pm, Wed 23rd @ 7.30pm.


KNOCKANURE:  Tuesday 8th @ 9.30am, Wednesday 16th @ 7.30pm.


However those who request Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards these are available in the Parish Office and at Holly’s – these Masses will be said individually by me and four Priest friends who have no access to Mass intentions and will be said over the Christmas period.  €10 Mass offering and €1 card. 


DIOCESAN YOUTH CHOIR: Are you between 16 – 30 years? Can you sing? To celebrate Christmas 2020 the diocese invites all young people


to join our virtual choir. If you are interested contact tomaskerry@dioceseofkerry.ie or call 0863683778.


HURLING: Martin Stackpoole the Lixnaw man with many local relations is set to miss the Joe McDonagh Cup final, after injuring his wrist against Carlow, the game will be played in Croke Park on Sunday, December 13.


ORDAINED in Rome on 20th Dec. 1941 Fr. Placid Murray of Glenstal is now 102 years old, because of the German   advance, he moved to Spain and was able to fly to Foynes in 1942.


NURSES who served in the war are forgotten, let us remember Nurse Mary Danaher, born Athea 1887, she served in Egypt and died at Gaza age 31, of dysentery on October 12th 1918.


CHRISTMAS Eve 1961 was a joyous day for Cpl Tadhg Quinn of port Abbeyfeale, when he came home to Abbeyfeale from army duty on  the Congo. Older people in the community recall the Siege of Jodotville, where he was stationed at the age of 18.


NURSING Homes, free post friends, as they miss the contact and news from home. 


Support to Parishioners of Abbeyfeale in Nursing Homes .Due to the necessary Covid -19 restrictions it is not possible for Fr. Tony to visit parishioners in Nursing Homes this Christmas. Fr. Tony is asking family members to let him know which nursing homes their relatives are resident in so that he can write to them for Christmas. All contact details will remain confidential to Fr. Tony. You can email the contact details mullinstrev@gmail.com or text 087-2600414.


AGE Action has published easy to use guidelines on how to use zoom on your smartphone or computer. Please email bereavementsupport@hospicefoundation.ie with any questions or call 01 679 3188.


JOURNAL; Lyreacrompane and District Journal is on the shelves again – thirty years after it first appeared. This Lyre Journal contains 108 pages.


SUPER SPREADERS of infection, many now believe that hospital and doctor’s waiting rooms were super spreaders of infection, there was no social distancing and other precautions followed. One sign of health improvement is the huge reduction in antibiotics, being used since the restrictions were enforced this past year. There is much misinformation going about nursing homes, many who have died in nursing homes, were alive, because of the care they were receiving from staff and helpers. When C 19 infected them, they, had the burden of the virus, along with unfamiliar restrictions and often had also to miss those who were familiar with caring for them. Then their removal from effectively their home, and treatments which stressed their already fragile condition.


DEATH from Broken Heart; https://www.sciencealert.com/can-you-really-die-from-a-broken-heart


FULL Moon was on 30th November.


WORLD Aids Day December 1st.


BOOK: John Cleary his fifth book of pictures, features hundreds of photographs.


CD- 'Ballads from Bannaside'. Traditional music from Ballyheigue area, now available.


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People, 0818 222 024.


CHECK THIS OUT: Sign up for a weekly email Sunday Connection – a weekly email offering reflections on the Sunday Gospels and our lives. www.loyolapress.com.


FEAST of St. Nicholas is celebrated next Sunday 6th December.  He is the patron saint of sailors, children, patron saint of Galway.


CHURCH information- website of the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference. https://www.catholicbishops.ie/


BOOK by Kay Caball-   Final copies remain of the first print, but a re-print is scheduled for delivery by the second week in December.  The Fall of the Fitzmaurice’s is a potent story of power, wealth, land, money, and sex among the Irish aristocracy in the 18th century.


TOY SHOW was very popular and enjoyed by many again this year. How many rules which the rest of us have to keep, did they break in putting show together, and people who were making sacrifices all along, feel that the important people have ability to circumvent everything.


FORESTRY, Teagasc are having a phone in clinic on forestry on 2nd Dec. details from 066 719 4017.  


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 - 0817.pdf






Ball Saturday, Dec. 1—To Be Held at Gannon's Hall, Sixty-fifth Street and Third Avenue.


While strolling round old Gotham town


On the sixteenth night, you know,


Don't forget there is one famed spot


 Where frolic reigns galore.


With the charming boys from Newtown Side,


Where flows the Anamoy,


"And sweet Gale bridge, Kilmorna fair,


Will grace the ball that night.




 Ah, me, Gurtdromosilihy, with blue-eyed maidens rare,


And old Glin road of long ago,


Will send its colleens there,


And Listowel maids will greet you there,


With brothers one and all,


To lend one other charm


To that great Newtownsandes ball.




And captivating Rosaleen,


Who hails from loved Duagh,


Is wondering why those Kerry boys


So soon got up a ball.


We all might guess the reason,


For leap year it is nigh,


 And Rosaleen, just coaxed to life.


Some Kerry boys who died.


Well, the boys from Ballylongford


and from that to Tarbert Town,


 All around to Glenalappa,


 And Dereen of such renown,


in true Kerry style will greet you.


 Cupid is the guest for all,


And one night of mirth and gladness


 At the Newtown Social ball.












Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Monday, 12 December, 1864; Page: 3


THE MAGISTRACY. COUNTY CLARE.—W. F. Vesey FitzGerald, Esq., of Moyvane, Newtownsandes, county Kerry, has been appointed to the Commission of the Peace for the county Clare, on the recommendation of the Right Hon. Lord Inchiquin, Lord Lieutenant of the county Clare. 




Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Saturday, 17 April, 1897; Page: 7


Glin Industrial School


Moyvane House, Newtownsandes,


Co. Kerry, April 15th, 1897.


DEAR SIR,—In the leading article in your paper of yesterday—Wednesday—on the proposed " Irish Poor Relief Bill," the following occurs—"The Glin Industrial School has not been, from causes which we may expect to disappear, a very pronounced success up to the present." How you arrive at this conclusion I fail to see.  I am, and have been, a member of this School Board since its formation, and lent my humble assistance to its establishment, and I venture to say that a more successful institution is not in the United Kingdom.


In support of this assertion, I can with confidence appeal to the highly respected Bishop of Limerick, Dr O'Dwyer; to Lady Monteagle, who takes a particular interest in it; to Lady Emly, to Miss Balfour, to Miss Greaves, and a host of other distinguished and disinterested personages who have visited the institution.


One or two persons, through pique or jealousy at not being put on the school Board, have done their utmost to throw ridicule on the school and its management, but their efforts are utterly futile.


I defy the most prejudiced or sceptical to visit it without at once admitting the manifest improvement morally, physically and intellectually of the children since its formation two years ago.


The boys are now able to turn out a suit of clothes fit for the most fastidious, and a pair of boots fit for a ballroom. The carpentry work of the house for some time past has been done by the boys, and the bread baked there would suit the most delicate palate. So you see the Christian Brothers and the officials have left nothing undone on their part.


The good, kind Sisters are not forgetful of those under their charge. I saw dishes turned out solely by the girls that would do credit to a Parisian cook, and that would tempt, the appetite of the greatest epicure, and the needlework and knitting, etc, which is done by them, would bear comparison with establishments of a quarter of a century's standing.


This very useful institution was most unreasonably criticised—when only half a year established—by persons from whom encouragement and support should have been expected, and who, I believe, would never have given utterance to these remarks had they visited the school before they made use of them.


It is a decided loss, and a great pity that a leading paper, such as yours, should become the channel, unwittingly I have no doubt, of casting any aspirations, no matter in how small a way, on the management of this school, for to my own personal knowledge everything is done to make it a success.


There would be no dearer wish of my heart than to see two or three such institutions in each county in Ireland, and there would be no surer means of doing away with workhouses, as the children who are obliged to avail of their shelter would, if placed in such schools, become honourable, upright, and self-supporting members of society.


There is nothing causes me greater pain than the marked difference between the few children left in Listowel Workhouse for want of room at Glin school—outwardly, timid and squattest—and the manly, upright demeanour of their former comrades, who have been at Glin for some time.


My reason for referring to your editorial is, I fear, it may be the means of deterring other unions of establishing similar schools, and I would beg of you before you again refer in any away disparagingly to it to send one of your staff to visit it, and from the very satisfactory report which he must send you, you will I know with pleasure, quite agree with the statements contained in this letter. I remain, dear sir, yours very faithfully,. M J NOLAN , Chairman, Listowel Board of Guardians, and Member of the Glin School Board.




December we will mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ disembarking in Plymouth, Massachusetts.- ----------------------------------------------------------


The 51 survivors easily could have looked at the previous 11 months as the worst year of their lives. They had buried almost as many bodies in the ground as they had taken baskets of food from it. Yet they were able to thank God so heartily in spite of the suffering they had undergone because they believed those hardships and blessings were both part of God’s direct or permissive will. Their personal and communal suffering could not shake their trust in the God they knew loved them and was looking over them.


They convened full of gratitude because they realized they were on a pilgrimage not only to Plymouth but to Paradise.








5 Ways to Cope with Loneliness Over the Holidays


Navigate Life Health & Wellness


By Julia Hogan, LCPC










Three storytellers from Ireland, Scotland and Wales combine their local traditions, song and stories to weave a mesmerising journey inspired by Samhain and Calan Gaeaf.  Featuring Shona Cowie from Scotland, Kama Roberts from Wales and Maria Gillen from Ireland.  Supported by Kerry Writers' Museum and CARAD Arts Centre & Museum, Wales.






"CASE H.—Gresham Hotel, Sackville Street. Two murders." "Party 15 to 20 men entered open door hotel, held up boots and head porter with revolvers. They went to rooms occupied by ex-Captain Patrick McCormack, Army Veterinary Corps, and Lieutenant L. E. Wilde. Party, one of whom carried huge hammer, knocked first Room 14, occupied by Wilde. He opened and asked: 'What do you want?' For answer, three shots were fired into his chest simultaneously. Party then moved to Room 24, entered room, and found McCormack sitting in bed reading paper. Without word, five shots were fired into his body and head as he sat there. Bed saturated, body and especially head horribly disfigured. Possibly hammer was used as well as shots to finish off this gallant officer."








Mr. DEVLIN- May I ask the Prime Minister why it is, when a question is put to himself and the Chief Secretary to recite all the horrible occurrences that have taken place last Sunday in Dublin, that we have heard nothing about the appearance of the military forces at a football match. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh, oh!"] At which ten people were killed. [HON. MEMBERS: "Sit down!"] I will not sit down. I want to know from the Prime Minister why the House of Commons has not been made acquainted, in the recital of these other things that have occurred, with the onrush of the military into a football field, with fifteen thousand people, indiscriminate shooting, and ten men killed. Why was the House not told that when the other story was being told? May I ask for an answer?








Supreme Court strikes down New York’s COVID restrictions on synagogues


By Shira Hanau November 26, 2020 9:39 am










2020 November 25 Knockanure










Tom Culhane Snr, Leitrim East; Con Healy, Moyvane North ; Hazel Culhane, Leitrim East; Baby Max, Upper Direen; Baby Luan, Tralee; Pauline Murphy, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna; Jack Walsh, Moyvane North, 


Jack Shine, Glin Road; Hannah Keane, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna; Patrick Hayes, Clounbrane; James Kirby, Glenalappa; Con Carmody, Moyvane Village; Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh; Mike-Joe Cronin, Mail Road Cross; Pat Joe McEnery, Tubbertoureen; Willie Pearse, Woodgrove; Willie Buckley, Church Road; Patrick Shanahan, Kilbaha; Anne Nolan, Carrueragh; Kathleen Stack, Church Road; Baby Keelin, Ballincollig; Breda Dore, Woodgrove; John Joe Barry, Knockanure Village; Kathleen O’Brien, Church Road.   This Mass will go out on YouTube on Monday 23rd at 7pm.   You will also be able to hear it on Assumption Radio 99.9fm which will broadcast at the same time. I ask your continual prayers for those who are grieving their loved ones.  May our loved ones especially those who have died this year enjoy new life in God’s Kingdom.  May they rest in peace.  As always thanks to Conor Hogan for filming and to our music ministry by our gifted trio Lisa, Laura and P.J. 


DEATH took place on 13th November 2020 of John Joe Barry of Knockanure Village, Moyvane and formerly of Birmingham, England, peacefully in University Hospital Kerry surrounded by his loving wife and family. Predeceased by his parents Mick and Mai Barry, Knockanure. John Joe, beloved husband of Mary and loving father to Theresa (Athea) Angela (Moyvane) Anthony (Mayo) Mary, Bernadette, Michael and Brenda (Birmingham) 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, neighbours and his many friends.


He went to England in 1956 and married Mary and raised his family in England, retiring and came home to build a house on his father’s site in Knockanure, he was an only child.


His Requiem Mass was celebrated in Knockanure church on 16th November 2020.


DEATH of William Liam Bunce, 55 years old. Formerly of Lenamore, Ballylongford. Husband of Ann (nee Sheehy) Bunce.  Father of Sean, Brian, Aidan, & Maura.  Son of Margaret Ryan & John Bunce.  Brother of Kathleen Fitzmaurice, Breda Gaggioli, Marie McEnery, Evelyn Mullins, & John Bunce.


Funeral Thursday 9:15 am from Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W 95th St. Oak Lawn to St. Gerald Church for Mass at 10am (4pm Irish time). Date published 17th November 2020.


DEATH of Kathleen O'Brien (née Hynes), Church Road, Moyvane, and late of Renvyle, Connemara, on November 16th, 2020. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband Mick, daughter Pamela, sons Mike and Kieran, grandchildren, brother Peter, sister Barbara, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.


DEATH of Margaret (Peg) Moloney (née Stack), Tullahinell, Ballylongford, on November 11th, 2020, wife of the recently deceased Patrick. Survived by children, Dolly, Peter, Ned, Patrick and Tony, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers Brendan, Phil and Jim, daughters-in-law Irene, Julie and Marian, son-in-law John, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.


DEATH of Bridget Guerin (née Moran), Dooncaha, Tarbert, on November 15th, 2020. Survived by her husband Sean, sister Sr. Catherine, brother-in-law Francis, and extended family.


DEATH of Marie Buckley (nee Moore) of Main Street, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary on November 13th 2020, Marie wife of the late John, mother of Anne (O’Meara), Patricia, Nóirín, Maura and Sinéad, adored Nana of Aoife, Doireann and Eimhin and much loved sister of the late John J Moore and recently deceased Kathleen Dunleavy. Her husband John Buckley was a native of Moyvane, died about 25 years ago.


ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. John Horan, Joan Mullane, John Timothy Soules, Bridie Robinson, Jim Hudson, James McCarthy, Pat Foley, John Buckley, Maura Gallahue, Nell O’Carroll, Mattie Walsh, Con Bunce, Phil Scanlon, Bridie Quille, Eileen O’Brien, Sr. Goretti Francis Stack, Mass Moyvane;  Sat 21st  at 7.30pm for Deceased of the Sheehan family, Kilbaha, Dick, Peggy, Tom, John, Mary Vaughan, Myles & baby Richard Sheehan;  Sun 22nd at 11.00am for Holy Souls (all on the November List); Mon 23rd  at  7.00pm Memorial Mass for all whose funerals were celebrated, see list on top; Tues 24th  at       7.30pm for Willie & Mary Keane, Lenamore;  Wed 25th at 7.30pm for Johnny Quinn, Leitrim Middle; Thurs 26th at 7.30pm for Patrick Scanlon, Moher; Sat 28th at 7.30pm for Margaret & Johnny Meade, Aughrim, and mass on  Sun 29th at 11.00am for              Peggy & Mick Sheehan, Leitrim Middle.


  Mass Knockanure on feast Christ our loving King Sun 22nd  at 9.30am for Holy Souls (all on November List); Fri 27th at 7.30pm for Paddy Flavin, Kilmeaney, his wife Bridie & his brother Jack, and Mass on Sun 29th at 9.30am  for Holy Souls (all on the November List).


RADIO: Assumption Radio 99.9fm All Masses from Moyvane Church can be heard on this wavelength.  Please note tannoy switched off in Moyvane Car Park. Knockanure Masses remain on tannoy system only.


FEAST of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which the Church observes on Nov. 21.


When she was 3 years old, Mary’s parents took her to the Temple in Jerusalem, where she would live and learn to serve in the Temple worship. Mary remained in the Temple until she reached puberty, when she was betrothed to Joseph.


MOYVANE ICA Family Fun Day will have to be cancelled this year due to Covid 19. Santa and Mrs.


Claus would like to reassure all the boys and girls that they will be at the Marian Hall again in 2021. MOYVANE GAA AGM 2020: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and following public health guidelines, we are unable to hold our 2020 AGM in the normal fashion.  Croke Park has given Clubs the option of holding an ‘AGM Day’ which we have accepted.  The format is as follows: The Moyvane AGM Day date will be Friday December 11th.  All AGM documents, including Minutes of the 2019 AGM, Secretary’s Report, Financial Report and Chairman’s Address, will be available to Club Members before AGM day.  To request a copy of these documents, please send your email address to secretary.moyvane.kerry@gaa.ie and you will be furnished with same. All motions, nominations for officer roles, questions relating to the AGM documents and items for other business must be emailed to  secretary.moyvane.kerry@gaa.ie or posted to Aine Cronin, Mail Road Cross by Friday, November 27th.  Correspondence received after this date cannot be considered. On the AGM Day the current Executive Committee will elect the officers for 2021 along with Management for Minor, U20, Junior and Senior teams. All questions on the AGM documents will be answered by email within 7 days after AGM day. Results of motions and items of other business will be dealt with by the Executive Committee and emailed within 14 days of the AGM date. Please contact Áine on 087/0906892 if you have any queries. 


ROAD Closed from Gale Bridge to Athea for several days, and much diverted traffic, speeding to make time, due to having to travel in a circle. Locals were complaining for several years about the condition of road.


BOOKS: Michael Guerin is a native of Listowel and was a member of the FCA - new Book " SOLDIERS  WE WILL BE"   is now available. Military History Book -  Buy Now  at a Limited Pre Christmas Launch Price of €12.99 (€20 later) 192 pages . Including many years of Military History Research.


   Available Now in Woulfe’s Bookshop –Listowel 06821021 and O’Mahony’s Bookshops & 0nline- Tralee 0667122266 - Limerick 061 418155. And other shops.


Another book called Lights on the Horizon will be available soon, it contains poems from Peg Prendeville among many others.


North Kerry Literary Trust recently launched history of the Earls of Kerry. The Book on the Fitzmaurice Family was compiled  by Kay Caball.


WALK starting on Tuesday, December 1, Joe Dowling of Carrigkerry,  will start his charity walk in the Demesne in Newcastle West, and aims to complete the walk by mid-December. Joe is asking anyone that can afford a   donation , to contact Councillor Francis Foley in Tadgh O’Connor’s in Newcastle West, Dooley’s Pharmacy in The Square, Newcastle West,  Pat Geaney, Knockaderry or Moloney’s Shop in Carrigkerry where you can put your name on a Sponsorship card. 100% of the funding will go to the NCBI . Joe is a brother of Michael J Dowling CEO  of Northwell Health New York, who was recently announced as  a winner of a Presidential  Distinguished  Service Award which will be presented in December.


GREEN Procurement webinar run by Limerick County Council, due to be held on 17th Nov. details from the Limerick EGLA2020 on YouTube. Farmers who spent generations draining their land, are now being agitated by a proposed Re-Wetting Scheme.


Green-Schools and Irish Water had their 2020 awards ceremony online with a presentation shown on screens in 24 schools around the country.


NEW day care centre in Listowel for people living with Alzheimer’s is being furnished and to open in January. Estimated that 170 in vicinity of Listowel have Alzheimer’s.




This is a unique Safeguarding Sunday, unique in the respect that there are no children present in the body of the Church and no altar servers to assist at Masses. Face to face ministry with children has been suspended across the diocese since March. The importance of getting children back into parish life once it is safe to do so has been highlighted by the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee.  When restrictions are lifted the National Board for Safeguarding Children will audit the Diocese. In the interest of best practice and transparency the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee welcomes this audit.  Anyone who would like to report a current or past safeguarding concern is advised to contact the Designated Liaison Person for the Diocese on 087/6362780. Our grateful thanks to our two safeguarding reps here in our Parish, Mary Kennelly, Moyvane and Mary O’Flaherty, Knockanure.


FULL MOON on 30th November.


FARMERS are seven times more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases than people working in other professions, according to press reports.


AWARD: Kieran Spaight Tarbert student, the overall winner of the competition during Ireland’s first lockdown, for his two-minute presentation and prototype of a safety device for cyclists, under the theme of ‘Go Green, Be Sustainable’. Special Merit Award: EZ Tie Close, Desmond College, Newcastlewest.  https://www.studententerprise.ie/national-finalist-winners-2020/


HISTORY Museum - Changing Faces, Changing Places – A History of Limerick Retailing 1940-2018 Do you remember shopping in Limerick city as a child? Where did your mother/gran/aunt do the shopping? Or did your family’s menfolk ever shop? Where were the shops? What shop stands out in your memory?


If you are interested in participating – and we hope you are – please contact Dr Helene Bradley Davies or Dr Maura Cronin by email to (Barbara.mccarthy@mic.ul.ie) or phone (061-204996) Office hours.


KNOCK Advent Programme- 24 Nov- A series of online reflections for Advent with Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus SJ. Join them every Tuesday and Thursday as they travel though Advent; a time or preparation and waiting for the birth of the Christ child. They invite you to go on a scriptural and Ignatian journey through the themes of Advent, relating them to everyday experience.


For more information, check out https://www.knockshrine.ie/events/2020-11-24/?v=d2cb7bbc0d23


TALKS: Dr Jessie Rogers, lectures in Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, having previously taught at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and at the Dominican Biblical Institute, Limerick. She is a Godly Play trainer, and a spiritual guide. For further information, please contact francesrowland@dioceseofkerry.ie


ARTS: The Kerry County Council Arts Grants application process is now open for projects and activities taking place in 2021. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Thursday, December 17th 2020.


CHOIR: Diocesan Youth Choir: Are you between 16-30 years of age? Do you sing? To celebrate Christmas 2020, the diocese invites all young people to join our virtual choir. If you are interested in this exciting new venture, please contact Tomás Kenny attomaskenny@dioceseofkerry.ie  or call 086 3683778.


KEEP WELL: As part of the Government’s Resilience Campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kerry County Council is inviting people in the county to participate in a programme of events and initiatives which are being rolled out across Kerry under the national ‘Keep Well’ campaign.


KILLARNEY DRAMA CIRCLE PRESENT ‘THE Secret Garden of Baa-lorglin’ taking place on 25th & 26th November, 7.30pm via Zoom. Contact rayla.tadjimatova19@outlook.com for the link.


CAO APPLICATION Online Application Facility Opened 5th Nov 2020.


 FEAST of Christ the King is a good time to ask our self, “Am I bound for Heaven or hell?” While we can’t earn the right to enter Heaven, we’ve a responsibility to do what Jesus tells us in order for Him to judge us as worthy of His promises. To that extent we hold our eternal destiny in our own hands. Our biggest concern must be, not just repenting the sins we’ve committed but also the sins of omission. At every Holy Mass we ask for forgiveness for “what we have done and what we have failed to do.” For most of us what we’ve failed to do constitutes our sinfulness more than what we’ve done. Why? Because we’re conscious of what we’ve done but remain unconscious of what we should be doing but aren’t. Let’s examine Jesus’ criteria for judgment so we can see “what we have failed to do” that we should be doing. Then, like the Nike ad, “Just do it!” with a generous spirit, of course. (frsos)


SHOT: On the 25th of March 1923 Private Hayes of Óglaigh na hÉireann/National Forces was accidently shot dead when challenged by a sentry at Newtownsandes County Kerry. Hayes was a native of Killarney.


NEW JC and subjects studied outside of School. Parents should be aware that students must study a minimum of 8 subjects and maximum of 10 for the new JC. Where a student wishes to undertake a subject outside of the recognised school setting, then Parents need to be aware that:  Students who choose to study a subject outside of their school cannot complete the requirements for the Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) and Assessment Task; Subjects undertaken outside of a school setting count as part of the maximum of 10 subjects for certification. In other words it is now virtually impossible for students to take on an extra subject outside of their own school under the New JC.


GAISCE / The President’s Award, 300,000 young people have participated in the awards over the past 28 years.


BOOK: Fr. Tony Gaughan has just published a new book entitled ‘No Complaints’.  A memoir of life in rural Ireland and Irish public service of Maurice O’Connell.  Maurice, God was born in the Glin Road, Moyvane and his early days are recalled. Maurice died on April 1st 2019 and is survived by his wife Marjorie who lives in Templeogue, Dublin 6 & family Tom, Catherine, Martin & Marjorie Jnr. Book available locally.


NEW Volume on Kerry History and Society with 650 pages, and 28 chapters, more details from geographypublications.com or ring 01 456 6085.




Mass for Fr. D Leahy of Knockanure 14 Oct 1909




The subject' of my discourse, the late beloved pastor of the district, was born in March, 1867, ordained priest 1890, died August 21st, 1909. He was born in the parish of Knockanure, Kerry, Ireland,  of truly Catholic and wealthy parents, and at an early age he was sent to the well-known classical school at Listowel, and from there to the great Missionary College at Carlow, where he read a distinguished course and was ordained priest in June, 1890. Soon after he left for Australia, and was appointed by the late Dr. Lanigan, then Bishop of the Diocese of Goulburn, to assist the Very Rev. Father Butler at Cootamundra,




28 Nov 1940 The Catholic Press (NSW : 1895 - 1942)


Thursday 28 November 1940.




The death has occurred in Ireland of the Very Rev. Canon P. J. Fitzgerald, P.P., V.F., Listowel, Ireland, who had been for a number of years attached to the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He was for a time at St. Mary's, Geelong, and will be remembered by many in Australia. Canon Fitzgerald, who had been ill for some months, was born at Kilmoyley, Ardfert, County Kerry, 69 years ago, was educated at St. Brendan's Seminary, Killarney, and at Maynooth, where he was ordained. Having served as curate in some Kerry parishes, he was appointed Administrator at Killarney, and later P.P. of Castletownbere. He became P.P. of Listowel in June, 1935. He was brother to Dr Maurice Fitzgerald, Dublin, and of Mrs. Lawlor, ex National Teacher.— R.I.P.




Old Stack pictures;


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Sweden and Covid 19








Genetic testing for families of BRCA carriers


Another pioneering Israeli breast cancer researcher, Sivia Barnoy of Tel Aviv University, is working on ways to identify carriers with mutations of the breast cancer BRCA gene through “cascade screening” — the process of identifying blood relatives of people diagnosed with hereditary conditions and who are at high risk of cancer




Barnoy’s project involves 350 Israeli women of all ages, and is being done in collaboration with similar studies now underway in Switzerland and South Korea.






William Morris


William Morris was born in Oxford and left school at the age of 12. He initially repaired bicycles for a living, but as a result of his exceptional engineering skills he was soon constructing his own new models, followed by motor bikes and, finally, the Morris motor car. He was very successful in business and was awarded the title Lord Nuffield.


Having learned a great deal from visiting Detroit to study how Henry Ford ran his company, he recognized the benefits of travelling to see best technical and business practice in other parts of the world. He gave substantial sums during his lifetime to various charitable bodies. One of the beneficiaries, in 1943, was the newly created Nuffield Foundation.






Mike Yeadon


In this film, former Pfizer Vice President Mike Yeadon discusses his thoughts as to why the lockdown was a mistake, and why the government strategies to manage the pandemic are only making things worse.









2020 November 18 Knockanure








ASSUMPTION RADIO – 99.9fm: all Masses from Moyvane Church can be heard on your local radio or car radios on the frequency 99.9fm.  Searching for the frequency it is after Lyric fm and just before Today fm.  It can be heard throughout the Parish and in Knockanure as well.  The old parish radios are no longer in use.  While Masses will continue at the doorway in Moyvane Church the tannoy system will not be used but people can come if they wish and hear the Mass on their car radio and be present. 


MOYVANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION:  wish to acknowledge receipt of a grant allocation of €1000 from the Community Support Fund (Kerry County Council) which was used to fund the purchase of two Flower planters for the village.         


TIDY TOWNS: SuperValu Tidy Towns competition will proceed in 2021. The SuperValu Tidy Towns competition has been in existence since 1958.


FUNDRAISER: The Kerry Hospice Foundation has launched its Light to Remember Christmas Tree fundraiser. The idea is to allow people to help light up the tree in memory of someone special.


DEATH of Christina (Tina) Thompson (née Perry), Leitrim West, Moyvane, and late of Bourne, Lincolnshire, U.K. on November 9th, 2020, wife of the recently deceased David. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her son Mark and daughter-in-law Nicola, grandsons Ben, Séan and James, brothers-in-law Michael and Philip, and sister-in-law Sandra.


DEATH of Catherine Ita O'Connor (née Harnett), Rathoran, Kilmorna, Listowel, and late of Purt, Abbeyfeale, (last of 14 of the Harnett family, Purt), on November 7th, 2020, in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her husband Davy, son David and grandson David. Survived by her sons John, Jim and Morgan, daughters Carina, Geraldine, Mary and Cora, her 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sister in-law Bridie (Ennis), nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.


ANNIVERSARIES: Tom Scanlon, Mossie O’Halloran, Mary Moloney, Rita Kelly, Tom Barrett, Mickie Buckley, Noreen Moore, Tess Fitzgerald, David Hegarty, Sr. Gerard Sheehy, Maureen Scollard, Pat Martin, Noreen McElligott, Margaret Halpin, Noreen Broderick, Richie Martin, Maureen Fitzmaurice, Philomena Curtin, Liam Collins, Brendan Ferriter, Evelyn Scannell, Mass in Moyvane; Sat 14th at 7.30pm for Holy Souls (all on November list); Sun 15th at 11.00am for Noreen O’Driscoll, Farranree, Cork (Anni); Mon 16th at 7.30pm for Mairéad Lehane, Cappagh, Askeaton (Months Mind); Tue 17th at  7.30pm for Aniela Nawrot, Kepno, Poland (who is unwell at this time); Wed 18th at 7.30pm for Mickey Buckley, Glin Road (1st Anni); Sat 21st at 7.30pm for Deceased of the Sheehan family, Kilbaha, Dick, Peggy, Tom, John, Mary Vaughan, Myles & baby Richard Sheehan, and Mass on Sun 22nd at 11.00am for Holy Souls (all on the November List).


 Mass Knockanure on Sun 15th at 9.30am for Holy Souls (all on November List); Fri 20th at 7.30pm for Michael Culhane, Ballyguiltenane, Glin (Anni), and Sun 22nd at 9.30am Mass for Holy Souls (all on November List). 


FREEPOST is available for letters going to Nursing Homes, at present.


COURSES: Kerry College Courses in formation at 066 714 9696, or on line. Colaiste na Riochta deadline for applications 23 Nov 2020, call 068 210 23, or visit their site.


MEMORIAL Plaque is to be erected in Tarbert to commemorate St. Ita’s College which operated from 1940 to 1973.


NEWKD of 20 William Street Upper Listowel are operating a home visitation service, details from 068 23429.


LETTERS from Lenamore is a project undertaken by the school to communicate with the older community.


BOOK: The Limerick Writers’ Centre launch novel of Pat McLoughlin entitled The Canary in the Mine. The novel charts the ups and downs of a diverse collection of Irish emigrants who come together in 1950s London. The proceeds will go to Friends of St Ita’s. It is available at the following: Ann Lyons’s shop, Abbeyfeale; or www.limerickwriterscentre.com.


HEALTH: CEO of Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast to say that the HSE is advising patients that they will not be able to use the Cross Border Directive in Northern Ireland as of January 1st 2021.


WRITERS: The Together Project at Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel will commence a programme of virtual workshops in storytelling, creative writing and traditional music in the coming weeks and is inviting people from throughout County Kerry to participate.


YOUNG Adult Book Fest 2020, runs from 24th 26th Nov. More from yabookfest.ie




HSE, Kerry County Council and An Garda Síochána are encouraging households to make preparations for adverse weather, particularly during the current pandemic.


FUNDING: Airtricity Community Fund applications. Priority this year will be given to Covid-19 response and recovery applications that will help to build up communities in the future. To find out more contact Anne Reynolds on Telephone 00353 (086) 878 3104 or Email anne.reynolds@sse.com


WALKS: A virtual tour of Limerick's Knockfierna - a site steeped in both folklore and history, presented by Pat O'Donovan, and created for Heritage Week 2020. Pat shows viewers the sites around the pinnacle of Knockfierna and explains their significance.




The Great Southern Trail (GST) is a unique 85km stretch of countryside in West Limerick/North Kerry. It is the route taken by the Limerick - Tralee railway line, which opened in 1867/1880 and closed in 1975/1977. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDnCBpslEY


NEW MOON was on 15th Nov.




“O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee”.  Amen


 FEAST of Christ the King on Nov 22. Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin is celebrated on Sat. 21st Nov.  It reminds us that when Mary was a young girl she was taken to the Temple to be consecrated to the Lord.  It has been celebrated for 1500 years.  The Presentation Order of teaching sisters was founded in Cork by Nano Nagle in 1775.


MASS Athea; on the Church Service TV network via https://www.churchservices.tv/athea


BIRTHDAY: People from 49 countries delivered filmed greetings to Jozef Walaszczyk a Polish rescuer of Jews on his 101st birthday. He rescued his Jewish girlfriend and 50 others during the Holocaust.


BOOK: Martina Lehane Sheehan Book Launch 17Nov - Trellis For the Soul; A Vision of Hope in Challenging Time. This book does in 21st Century what St Benedict did in the 6th Century. It  provides a useful guide towards freedom for those living in frustration with conventional structures and yet seeking a satisfying spiritual life. The book combines wisdom from every possible source.  A  very impressive and timely presentation.  ( Dom Mark  Hederman OSB).


On Nov 17, at 7pm, there is going to be a webinar entitled ‘ Hope in Challenging Times’,  interweaving music, poetry and reflective sharing from well- known  guests such  as  Mary Kennedy, Sr. Stan,  Deirdre Ni Chinneide,  Mark Hederman OSB and  others. For you, or anyone wishing to attend, the registration link  is at events@veritas.ie


AWARD: Sister Pat Murray IBVM, a Loreto Sister from the Irish Province, has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award 2020. -------------------------------------------


She has spent most of her life working to build peace in Ireland. She was the founding executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan, fostering the collaboration of more than a hundred religious orders working to rebuild the educational, medical, agricultural and pastoral infrastructure of the newly independent South Sudan.




PRISONS: The Irish Chaplaincy in the UK has been recognised in a recent report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons for their invaluable work on behalf of prisoners and minorities.




CONGO: The Irish company, 157 men under Commandant Quinlan, were surrounded by Katangese gendarmes and mercenaries and were left utterly exposed by the outbreak of fighting between the UN and Katanga. A stiff four day fight ensued in which the Irish took no fatal casualties but may have killed about 300 Katangese troops. An Irish, Indian and Swedish UN force tried but failed to relieve them and the Jadotville garrison, under Quinlan, after running almost of out of ammunition and after prolonged negotiations, agreed to a ceasefire.








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PAPERS: Freeman’s Journal 17 April 1924


A zealous and devoted pioneer, priest in the archdiocese of Melbourne, the Rev. Father D. B. Nelan, P.P., died on Tues Say night of last week at St. Monica's Presbytery, Essendon. For some time he had been seriously indisposed, and his death therefore was not unexpected. By his parishioners he was held in the greatest affection, and his demise is keenly regretted throughout his extensive parish. Deceased was one of a family of six to enter the religious life — four priests and two nuns. His brother priests, who predeceased the pastor of Essendon, were the Very Rev. Dean Nelan (Colac), Rev. Father John Nelan, and Rev. Father Daniel Nelan. Sister Mary Brendan (Convent of Mercy, Gee long) and Mother Austin (Presentation Convent, Elsternwick) are his sisters. The Sisters of Charity were in constant attendance on the deceased, and Sister Brendan was at her brother's bedside before he died. The Rev. Father R. Collins, P.P., of South Melbourne, a lifelong friend, was with Father Nelan for the greater part of Tuesday. Father Nelan, who was close on 72 years of age, had given forty-five years of his life to the sacred ministry. Born in Ballybunion, North Kerry, Ireland, deceased studied in a classical school at Listowel, and completed his ecclesiastical studies in All Hallows College, where he was ordained in 1879. He was a classmate of his Grace the Most Rev. Dr. P. Delany, Archbishop of Hobart, and the Very Rev. Father T. Lynch, P.P., of St. Kilda. Arriving in Victoria soon after his ordination, Father Nelan's first appointment was to North Melbourne, then known as Hotham. Father Nelan's curacy ended at Kyneton, and he was afterwards appointed by Archbishop Goold as parish priest of Keilor.




26 Feb 1931 Freeman’s Journal


Formerly parish priest at Warracknabeal, Rev. Timothy P, Lynch passed to his eternal reward, aged 62 years, at East Malvern (Vic.) on Thursday night, 12th Feb. 1931. Father Lynch, who, because of failing health, retired twelve months - ago, was a native of Kilgarvan, County Kerry, Ireland. He was educated at, St. Michael's College, Listowel, and pursued his studies at All Hallows, where he was ordained. Coming to Australia in 1892, Father Lynch became attached to the Ballarat diocese. He was stationed at Casterton first, and was subsequently Administrator at Koroit. He was, later, appointed parish priest at Portland, and in 1905 was given charge of the Warracknabeal parish. Rev. P. Lynch, Bungaree, is a nephew, and Mr. P. B. Lynch, Parkville, Mr. John Lynch, Ireland, and Mr. Jeremiah Lynch, San Francisco, are brothers. Rev. Sister Philomena, of the Presentation Convent, Killarney, - Mrs. O'Carroll and ''Mrs.,  Walsh, Ireland, are sisters.




Catholic Press 2 June 1938


Rev. Father L J. Barry, one of the Mill Hill Fathers who came specially to assist at the Newcastle Missionary and Eucharistic Congress, is returning to his missionary outpost at Sarawak, Borneo, being anxious to continue his activities among the Dyaks in that little known island territory. For 50 years the Church did not make much progress among the tribes of the Dyaks, but to-day there are 12 missions with 24 priests, carrying on the divine work of saving souls, while the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, founded by Cardinal Vaughan in England, are doing heroic work in the schools attached to each missionary centre. To-day there are about 6500 Catholics in Sarawak under the wise leadership of the Very Rev. Father A. 'W. Hopfgar, Prefect Apostolic. Father Barry left Sydney by the Dutch liner Nieuw Zeeland on Monday, 23rd ult. 23 May 1938.




Very Rev. Father Maurice Byrne, parish priest of Wangaratta (Vic), will celebrate the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood on June 24. Born in County Kerry, Ireland, he was educated at St. Michael 'b College, Listowel, and All Hallows College, Dublin, where lie was ordained on Juno 24, 1888. To mark this great occasion a Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at Wangaratta on June 21. The celebrant will be Rev. Father J. Egan, with Rev. Father Armstrong as deacon, and Rev. Father Bowman as sub-deacon. Rev. Father Lehane will act as master of ceremonies, and the occasional sermon will be preached by Rev. Dr. Flynn.




SHOPPING:  Supermarkets are very good at making us behave in ways that work to their benefit without us even realising it. One of the key tricks is price anchoring. This sees a retailer place three similar products side by side on a shelf with three very different price points of, for example, €2, €5 and €9. Most shoppers will avoid the cheapest and the dearest option and go for the middle option. It may be that that is the best value for money. But equally we could be being manipulated into spending more than we need to and thinking we are getting value by not spending as much as we could.












They threw babies that were alive into the ovens. And when you've seen that... how could I sleep?"


Auschwitz survivor Alberto Israel says he sees parallels between today's society and the rise of Nazism in 1933


Read more stories from Holocaust survivors https://trib.al/OFobFhm






2020 November 11 Knockanure








REMEMBERING our dead; Harnett's Funeral Home has displayed on its window a selection of memoriam cards collected by the late Moss Harnett from the 1950s to the 1990s. Hundreds of more memorial cards can be found on https://northkerry.wordpress.com/  and at


https://northkerry.wordpress.com/?s=memorial+cards  and at https://newtownsandes.jimdofree.com/


GRANTS: EIRGRID recently announced that they are giving E205,000 to 15 successful applicants in the Tarbert, Knockanure and Moyvane area. Full list are on their website.


FROST on last Wednesday morning was severe for the time of year, it did not last long.


HELP: St. Vincent de Paul: Helpline.  Please call (086)  012 8389 for any assistance.


Support Line for Older People is opens seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818222024.


WORLD Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday 15th November


SYMPATHY to Tom & Pat Moore, Glenalappa & Nenagh and to the Dalton family, Beale on the death of their uncle Mick Culhane whose funeral took place recently in Glin.


DEATH of Norah Fitzgerald Keale, Athea, who died in New York on 31st October 2020. Predeceased by her parents Jack & Nellie. Survived by brothers and sisters, Kathleen (USA), Mary Ita (Clare), Michael (Dublin), Eileen (England), Sean (Athea) & Pat (Templeglantine), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces. She worked at the United Nations in the 80s.


ANNIVERSARIES: Mai Lane, John Eymard O’Connor, SR. M Ita O’Connor, Betty Histon, Paddy Flavin, Christina Scanlon, Elizabeth O’Connor, Patsy Flynn, Sr. Eithne Finucane, Margaret Forde, Helmuit Kostal, Ann Barry, Bridie Meade, Johnny Collins, Gus Cremin, Harold Sheahan, Michael White, Robert Corridan, Mass Moyvane; Sat 7th at 7.30pm for          Neilie Flynn, Abbeyfeale & l/o Kilmorna (Rec Dec)


(brother-in-law to Denis Flavin, Kilmorna);  Sun 8th  at 11.00am for Holy Souls (all on November List);


  Mon 9th at 7.30pm for Tim O’Connor, Inchamore & Sligo (Anni) -Parish Radio; Wed 11th  at 7.30pm for Bibi Dillon,Barragougeen, 40th Birthday Remembrance; Sat 14th at 7.30pm for Holy Souls (all on November list), and Mass on  Sun 15th at 11.00am for Noreen O’Driscoll, Farranree, Cork (Anni). Mass Knockanure on  Sun 8th  at 9.30am for  the Holy Souls (all on November List);  Fri 13th mass  at 7.30pm for Robert Connor, Kilbaha (Anni), and  Sun 15th, mass at 9.30am  Holy Souls (all on November List).


WEED: Japanese Knotweed, the best way to deal with it, spray at the fall of the year when the flowers are dying back, according to reports.


BADGER: Farmers are being asked by the Department of Agriculture to inform them of badger activity


METHANE emissions from Irish cattle is greatly exaggerated, according to Professor Myles Allen from Oxford University.


ADVISERS: 800 agricultural advisers are to be trained to help farmers with their wellbeing and health.


BOOK: Fr. Tony Gaughan has just published a new book entitled ‘No Complaints’.  A memoir of life in rural Ireland and Irish public service of Maurice O’Connell.  Maurice, God was born in the Glin Road, Moyvane and his early days are recalled. Maurice died on April 1st 2019 and is survived by his wife Marjorie who lives in Templeogue, Dublin 6 & family Tom, Catherine, Martin & Marjorie Jnr. Book available locally.  


NEW Volume on Kerry History and Society with 650 pages, and 28 chapters, more details from geographypublications.com or ring 01 456 6085.


MURHUR NATIONAL SCHOOL:  is now accepting enrolment application forms for Junior Infants of September 2021. Application forms can be found on the school website at www.murhurns.com or you may contact principal@murhurns.com for further information. Alternatively parents can contact the school office on (068) 49522.


ART Competition closing date 2 Dec 2020. Details https://someonelikemecompetition.ie/contact-us/


KNOCK SHRINE; Weekly Vigils for November: Online every Friday Evening at 7pm.


FREEPOST is available for letters going to Nursing Homes, at present.


WALKING in the locality, was very popular during the first lockdown, now that the novelty has passed, very few newcomers have persisted. Generally only the devoted walker is still practicing.


Many living alone would welcome help, if it is offered.


MISSING this year Tralee Circus Festival, Set Dancing in Killarney, and Listowel Food Fair.


TARBERT Comprehensive 1st year applications closing date 12th Nov.,    more on their website.


COURSES: Kerry College Courses in formation at 066 714 9696, or on line. Colaiste na Riochta deadline for applications 23 Nov 2020, call 068 210 23, or visit their site.




COVID-19 - 25 Creative Church Ministry Ideas.




Dr. BEGG: Drawing attention to the shocking unemployment figures recently published by the CSO, Dr Begg said, “Unemployment volumes and rates for the end of June were 531,412 persons and 23.1% respectively. By the end of July this had improved somewhat to 386,935 and an unemployment rate of 16.7%. Before the pandemic the unemployment rate was down to 5.2%.” He emphasised,




VOTE: 112 years ago - 4 November 1908 - the Irish Women's Franchise League began in the home of Hanna and Francis Sheehy-Skeffington.


SHANNON recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of their first Transatlantic Flight, Shannon Airport Group supports about 46,000 jobs.


CONCERTS are being held for people in care homes, it consists of a one hour concert in the open air, with doors and windows open to enable residents, both see and hear the entertainers.


HISTORY LECTURES: Kerry Writers’ Museum in conjunction with Listowel and District Historical Society, presents a series of history lectures throughout the year.  Each lecture focuses on a particular aspect of local history or commemorates significant anniversaries in Irish and international history. https://www.kerrywritersmuseum.com/listowel-history-lectures/


AWARD: The Heritage Council’s Heritage Hero Award celebrates someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of heritage in Ireland.


This year’s winner is historian and author Sharon Slater from Limerick.  Sharon has worked tirelessly over the years in local history research in Limerick.  As well as writing books on Limerick’s history, she established www.limerickslife.com


INDULGENCE: This year, the Vatican decreed that a plenary indulgence can be obtained on any day in November. The second plenary indulgence is connected to the Feast of All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2, and can be received by those who piously visit a church or oratory on that day and recite the Our Father and the Creed. The Vatican said that this plenary indulgence has also been extended and is available to Catholics throughout the month of November to reduce crowds. Both indulgences must include the three ordinary conditions and full detachment from sin.




BOOK: The Knights of Glin: Seven Centuries of Change, Edited by Tom Donovan, Glin Historical Society, 463pp, €50. First Knight’s wife was, a Culhane. The Costello’s of Killeany fostered all the Knights from 1500 onwards, The sister of Edmund, Knight of Glin, and her husband, commissioned in 1521 the Lislaughtin Crucifix, now in the National Museum.


POETRY: The Stinging Fly is now open for poetry submissions for our 2021 issues.


Poetry submissions are now being taken, and will be considered until midnight, November 30th, 2020.


Fiction submissions will be considered from December 14th, 2020 until midnight, January 8th, 2021.




REFLECTION: The Diocese of Kerry will host a webinar, November – A Time for Reflection with Fr Jim Cogley, priest, woodturner and psychotherapist on Monday 9 Nov 8pm – 8.30pm. He will focus on remembering our departed and explore how unresolved loss can affect every area of our lives.  To register, check out www.dioceseofkerry.ie or the diocesan Facebook page.


Elizabeth Garry Brosnan


Living with our Grief and Loss - Monday, November 16th @ 8.00 pm


Elizabeth encourages supports and challenges people to live life, their one precious life, to the full, through her coaching, supervision and facilitation. Elizabeth is the founder of EGB Soulpreneurs, a Professional Supervisor, Life and Business Coach and NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer. See Kerry diocese site for details.


CORK International Film Festival news and programme developments. https://corkfilmfest.org/news/


RABIN: 25 years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated because he was building a world where the Jewish State and her neighbours could live side-by-side in peace.


ALFRED EMANUEL SMITH, Sr. and Catherine T. Mulvihill


Posted on January 19, 2012         by jacadigan


Having followed the Mulvihill family as far we can and/or down to those living, whom I will not name for privacy resons, I am returning to the direct descendants.  Alfred Emanuel Smith, born in 1839, veteran of the first months and the first battle of the Civil War, former volunteer fireman, widower with a 5 year old daughter being raised by his in-laws in Brooklyn, is living in 1870 in the home of William and Catherine Wall at number 9 Hamilton Street between Catherine and Market Streets, 7th ward, occupation, cartman.  We know from research done by Christopher Finan, that Smith kept his horses in a stable at the rear of the Dover Street home of the Mulvihill’s, a family he would know through his association with Peter H. Mulvihill of the same Liberty Hose Company Alfred had served with prior to the creation of the paid FDNY in 1865.  Catherine Mulvihill was employed as a “hoop skirt maker” in 1870 and was 20 years old, ten year Alfred’s junior.




SAINT  Martin of Tours (316 - 397) – Feast Day 11 November.  St Martin was born in 316 at Sabaria, now called Szombathely in the country now called Hungary (Pannonia at that time).  His father was a pagan soldier and moved the family to Pavia in Italy when Martin was still quite young.  Martin bacame a Roman soldier there at the age of 15.  A few years later around 337 he was stationed in Amiens in France.  At that stage he was a catechumen and learning about Jesus Christ with a view to becoming a Christian.  One cold evening while riding his horse he approached the city gates of Amiens and came upon an old man who was scantily clad and begging for alms while freezing in the cold.  Martin took off his large Roman military cloak and cut it in two in order to give half of it to the old man.  That night he had a vision or dream in which he saw Jesus wearing the half-cloak which he had given to that old man.  He was baptised as a Christian shortly afterwards and left the Roman army.  He became a friend of St Hilary (300 – 368), the Bishop of Poitiers in France.  Martin lived in a monastery until he was elected Bishop of Tours in France in 371.  He continued to live a simple life and helped the poor in every way he could.  He died on 8 November 397 at Candes in France.  He is one of the Patron Saints of France.


FEAST of St. Laurence O Toole is celebrated on Saturday.  He is the Patron of the city of Dublin.  He was the first Irish born Archbishop of Dublin.  He died in Normandy in France aged 57.


ST PIO Prayer meeting Listowel last Friday; https://www.churchmedia.tv/recordings/1547


MESSAGE from Karen; I have been presenting episodes of an Irish radio show here in Melbourne – it is on Community radio and they needed help during lockdown. The studio is shut so they needed people who could produce it themselves from home. I am working on one now for next Saturday, 14 November at 11am. You can listen to it live or it is available to listen to for 4 weeks after.  https://www.3zzz.com.au/


PAPERS: New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 - 0202.pdf


June 11 1910




Sports; Dan Ahern's leap of 48 feet 11.5 Inches was a fine feat on such ground, while Wilkinson showed that he has a foot to spare to beat, the next best. The Corporation of New Orleans has allotted $3,000 to aid in defraying the expenses of Northern athletes who are selected to compete at the A. A. U. championships which will be held in the Crescent City In October.




Paddy Leahy, holder of the British high jump record, 6 feet 4.75 inches, is out in Chicago, where he has been the Inspiration of the Irish Athletic Associations .Many of the chief Gaelic foot-ball and hurling clubs will be in line with the new organization which has applied for membership to the Cen-tral Body of the A. A. U. Leahy is not so tall as his well-known , brother. Con., who won the Olympic championship at Athens and the American national championship in 1907: He is of an athletic family, which has won, honours for Ireland in many lands. Pat. Leahy was a consistent adherent of the Gaelic Association and for years acted as handicapper for that body.




Con. Walsh and Matt. McGrath, the two Irish weight-throwing giants of the New York A. C. will toss off for that prize for the "56" for height since March 15' at their Club games in Madison Square Garden,




Tom Goulding, who broke the mile walk record at Toronto last Saturday, is a son of Goulding, the fertilizer manufacturer, of Cork. His time was 6 minutes 24 2.5 seconds.




Irish exiles including a great many from Kerry, and, as there are no Irish County Societies in The Hub to attract the various players, all the "Barretts" from all the counties in Ireland are attracted to the greatest football teams there, which is the "Erin's Hope," and for that reason we think we are justified in saying that a game between all the Irish stars that have landed and made their home in Boston, and all the Kerry stars that have landed and made their home in New York, will be the greatest game ever played in Celtic Park,




prizes have been donated by prominent Kerrymen doing business in this city. Among them are Mr. John Morris, whose place of business at 133d street and Amsterdam avenue is largely patronized by the best class of Irishmen in that district; Mr. P. Parker, the millionaire wholesale and retail grocer, who has by simple honesty pushed himself to the very front In his line of business, and Mr. Denis Buckley, the well-known and popular undertaker, and all-round sport, of 547 Tenth avenue.






                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1913-1915 - 0135.pdf


May 3 1913


Kerry Wedding; The marriage of Miss Margaret Stack of Newtownsandes. Co. Kerry, to Mr. Joseph Tabott of Oconomoc, Wisconsin, took place at St. Ambrose Church on Easter Sunday, the Rev. Father Sullivan officiating. The bride looked very charming in a gown of cream satin, trimmed with all-over lace. She wore a large white picture hat, and carried a handsome bouquet of bridal roses. Her niece, Miss Many McAvoy, was bridesmaid, and looked very pretty in pale blue silk and carried a large bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley. Mr. Tom Stack, brother, acted as best man. After the ceremony the bridal party returned home where supper awaited them. Among the guests present were Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Carr, Miss Anna Carr, Mr. and Mrs. McAvoy, Misses Mary, Helen and Marguerite McAvoy, Mrs. Scanlan, Master J. Scanlan, Miss Mary Scanlan, Mr. and Mrs. James Stack, Mr. Jack Stack, H. Goulding, S. Casey, J, B. Casey, Jerh. Casey. M. Casey, J., Ferris, Miss M. Ferris, Mr. and Mrs. Ferris, Mr. and Mrs. Denehy, Mrs. Enright; Mr. and Mrs. Carr, Mr. and Mrs. Hogan, Misses Mary C. Nellie, Nora and Kittie Casey, J. Fitzmaurice, Mrs. Bagby, etc., etc. Mr. Goulding sang in fine style "There is only one Ireland, Alanna," "Sweet are the flowers that bloom in dear Kerry," and several others. He is an excellent singer. Maurice Casey accompanied him on the mandolin.








New York NY Irish American Advocate 1913-1915 - 0679.pdf


25 July 1914


Passengers to Ireland; Daniel and Thomas Ferris, to Listowel. County Kerry; Miss Margaret Finnegan, to Tarbert, County Kerry; Miss Mary Quinn, to Drumlish, Co Longford; Captain Murray, on his annual visit to see his sister in New York, returning to his native home in Killarney;




The coming feast of Kerry dancing on August 8 at Sulzer's Harlem River Casino and Park is already being looked forward to with anxiety. It will be the occasion of the annual autumnal picnic of the Kerry Men's Patriotic and Benevolent Association.




Under the leadership of John E Redmond the centuries' old struggle of the people of Ireland for national self-government is on the eve of victory. The battle has been won by constitutional means, and within the limits even of English law.




We crave gossip because we crave human connection.


It can be confusing to tell just exactly what gossip is. A lot of that is because we crave connection, and gossiping is a way to feel like we’re sharing intimacy.










 “Echoes of Abbeyfeale” was produced and released as part of the Culture Project 2015 and is a comprehensive look at Abbeyfeale’s History, Folklore and Heritage. To view this magnificent booklet online, just click on the following link.








North Kerry and West Limerick Memorial Cards.










2020 November 4 Knockanure












AWARDS: Quality Milk Awards 2020 one of the Munster finalists are William and Maria Stack who farm in Moyvane.  A fourth-generation farmer, William took over the farm from his parents, Philomena and Steve, in 2005. He likes all aspects of farming and is involved in his local community. He feels the farming community have unique camaraderie that can’t be found in other industries. Stack. They supply North Cork Creameries, through the Newtownsandes creamery.


MOYVANE GAA LOTTO: In adherence with Level 5 guidelines, the Moyvane GAA Club Lotto Draw is continuing each Sunday at 8pm, outdoors at Con Brosnan Park. Each week the draw will be made by a representative from our sponsors and local businesses.  Tickets are for sale at Kennelly's Homevalue Hardware, Holly's Gala, Stacks Butchers and Mike Corridan's Garage.  You can also purchase tickets online by following the link in Moyvane GAA Social Media or by contacting any committee member.  The current Jackpot is €8,300.  Thank you for your continued support.


MASS FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE DIED IN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL KERRY on Monday 2nd November at 7.00pm.  You are welcome to join online at www.churchservices.tv/tralee or www.stjohns.ie


DEATH has occurred of Breda Dore of No. 1 Woodgrove, Moyvane on the 29th October, 2020, at her residence. Daughter of the late Ciss and Michael and sister of the late John, Mike and Kathleen and sister in law of the late Willie Pearse.  Survived by her brother Jeremiah, sisters, Hannah, Mag, Noreen, Mary and Teresa, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, brothers-in-law, sisters in law, all the Lynch, Triolio and Quinn families in New York and Singapore and the Dore, Pearse and O'Reilly families in London, relatives, neighbours and many friends.


ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Eucharia Leahy, Michael Culhane, Eileen Murphy, Ita O’Gorman, Bridie Mason, Liam Lynch, Austin Stack, Jerry O’Carroll, Peg Stack, Mass Moyvane; Sat 31st at 7.30pm for  Bridie Hunt & her sister Louise O’Connell;   Sun 1st at  11.00am for  Holy Souls (all on November List);  Mon 2nd at  7.30pm for Gay Byrne, Dalkey, Dublin (1st Anni) -Radio Link Only; Tues 3rd at 7.30pm for Holy Souls (November List) – Radio Link Only; Wed 4th at  7.30pm for Kathleen Stack, Church Road (Months Mind); Thurs 5th at 7.30pm for               Holy Souls (November List) – Radio Link Only;  Fri 6th at   7.30pm for Connie McSweeney, Ballyguiltenane, Glin, (brother-in-law to Marian Quinn, Woodgrove);  


  Sat 7th at 7.30pm for Neilie Flynn, Abbeyfeale & l/o Kilmorna (Rec Dec) (brother-in-law to Denis Flavin, Kilmorna), and mass on Sun 8th at 11.00am for Holy Souls (all on November List).


Mass Knockanure on Sun 1st  at  9.30am for Holy Souls (all on November List), and Mass on   Sun 8th at  9.30am for  Holy Souls (all on November List).




NOVEMBER SACRED SPACES Moyvane and Knockanure Churches are open daily for visitation and prayer. You will have an opportunity to pray and reflect at these Sacred Spaces.  On your visit bring a colourful fallen leaf and place it in the big wooden dish – with a happy few words of blessing for those you are remembering. All our faithful departed are in the hands and care of our loving Jesus.  There will be prayers and reflections which you can read and reflect on at these ‘Spaces’.


THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS: Anyone wishing to look at The Lady Of All Nations prayer day with Fr. Paul Maria Sigl can do so by visiting www.gebetstag.info 




FREE POST: An Post has announced a free delivery service for residents of Nursing and Care homes in Ireland to run up to January 31, 2021. FREEPOST must be written where the stamp is normally placed.


FOUND: Matt and Nellie Kennelly, contacted Billy Keane recently having discovered his father's long-forgotten copy book of poems, the outline for a play and handwritten notes.


TREE of remembrance will be in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Abbeyfeale, for the month of the Holy Souls.


FEAST of All Saint of Ireland on First Friday.


LOVELY red berries cover the Holly bush at present. Heavy and constant rain, has made land saturated.


COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.     


ONLINE  WORKSHOP  FOR THE PARISH CANTOR: The diocese will host a second online workshop for parish  cantors  on  Wednesday, November 4that 7:30pm.which will provide  music  resources  for remembrance  and  the  month  of November. We will also look at  practical suggestions on how the cantor can lead liturgical song in the current situation. Please contact Tomás Kenny at tomaskenny@dioceseofkerry.ie The zoom link for this workshop will be forwarded  to participants before the workshop.


SHOEBOXES: Christmas shoeboxes due to covid-19 restrictions. Shoeboxes will not be sent from Ireland this year. They are asking you instead to please donate a gift-filled shoebox online for €20 on www.teamhope.ie anytime until December 23rd.


DINGLE TG4 on 19/11 @ 20:00;  ‘Dúiseacht’ features publicans, builders, musicians, hairdressers and educators through the gradual re-opening of society in May to the re-opening of schools and the more recent changes in early October.


DE GAULLE on TG4 on 11/11 @ 21:30; For six weeks in 1969, Ireland played host to Charles de Gaulle, the greatest Frenchman since Napoleon. Broadcast to commemorate the 50th anniversary of de Gaulle's death,


TRALEE CHURCH: Monday Nov. 09th to Friday Nov. 13th we will have a Novena of Remembrance nightly at 7.30pm. This Novena will include a Liturgy of the Word with a Guest Speaker who will address some aspects of Grief & Loss followed by a litany & prayers for all our faithful departed at our Remembrance Tree.  This will be followed by a solemn Expression of Grief through the medium of the creative arts – music, song, poetry & art etc.  We will conclude with a Solemn Blessing.  We are inviting people who have experienced loss/grief in their life to journey with us over these 5 evenings. Our Guest Speakers for these evenings include; Teddy Linehan – Chaplain Kerry Regional Hospital;  Elizabeth Doherty – Rainbows Kerry;  Margaret Naughton – Chaplain Bons Secours Hospital Tralee;  Amber Kavanagh – Pieta House Tralee, and   Brigid Quilligan – Kerry Travellers Health & C NOVEMBER –A TIME TO REMEMBER: Online for three Monday nights, Nov 2nd, 9th and 16th, 8.00 p.m. –8.30 p.m., Martina Lehane Sheehan, Fr Jim Cogley and Elizabeth Garry Brosnan will invite us to find hope as we journey through the month of November. Each night will invite us into a time of reflection, prayer and music, offering us a chance to rest and pray as we remember our loved ones who are with God, as we pray with our sorrows and find ways of living with grief and loss. To register, check out www.dioceseofkerry.ie




LECTIO DIVINA ON ZOOM DATES:  29th October Thursday 5th , 12th , 19th November   (6 weeks) Time: 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. We will begin each week by watching a short video which corresponds with the upcoming Sunday’s gospel, which is from the gospel of Matthew this liturgical year.  If you are not familiar with Lectio Divina you could watch the following 6-minute YouTube video which explain it very well –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKSp_s04sVg To participate, please email:   alphakerry2020@gmail.com


LIBRARY services available online with  library cards, including Borrowbox, Pressreader and Free magazines. Details at https://www.limerick.ie/council/services/community-and-leisure/libraries/library-e-services


ALONE: Further information: email hello@alone.ie or call ALONE on 01-679 1032.


Many are feeling the effects of the lockdown, out of sight of the general public. There is plenty vocal groups all making as much noise as they can, beating their own drum, but who remembers those who suffer in silence.


COMPETITION: The Mental Health Ireland Art & Photography Competition open for entries to all Secondary School, Special Education and Youthreach students!   The deadline for entries is 5pm on November 12.2020.




BOOK by Kay Caball, called The Fall of the Fitzmaurice’s is in the shops. An intriguing tale of three generations squandering the family wealth.  In shops in Listowel, Lixnaw, Ballyduff, Causeway and O'Mahonys & Polymath Tralee.


ART: Submissions for the Catholic Arts Institute’s Sacred Art Prize 2020 will be accepted until through Dec. 2, 2020, with Prize Awards being announced Dec. 15




BOOK: Black Abolitionists in Ireland – Book Launch – Wednesday, 28 October, 6pm. Celebrating the launch of Professor Christine Kinealy's new book Black Abolitionists in Ireland, celebrating the 175th anniversary of Douglass's historic Irish visit.


More at https://exhibitions.moli.ie/en/frederick-douglass?utm_source=MoLI&utm_campaign=2d6ec283f8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_20_09_24_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_38bde0038a-2d6ec283f8-319825452&mc_cid=2d6ec283f8&mc_eid=8ae1f56f42




WORKHOUSE: Bridget (Biddy) Ryan who gave her address on arrival in Sydney as ‘Bruff’ is one of the intriguing stories of the Earl Grey Orphans and one we have not solved entirely.


When Bridget was originally ‘selected’ by Lieutenant Henry in Listowel Workhouse, her address on the Minutes of the Board of Guardians, on 11 September 1849 was ‘Listowel’.   However, when she arrived in Sydney on the Thomas Arbuthnot on 3 February, she declared her native place as Bruff, Limerick, age as 16, her parents as Anthony and Johanna, and that her father (a Soldier) was living in Sydney.  She was able to read and write. It was noted ‘State of Health, strength and probable usefulness: Poor’. https://mykerryancestors.com/the-kerry-girls-earl-grey-famine-scheme/


GRAVEYARD: Visiting a Graveyard; May perpetual light shine upon the faces of all who rest here. May the lives they lived unfold further in spirit. May all their past travail find ease in the kindness of clay. May the remembering earth mind every memory they brought. May the rains from the heavens fall gently upon them. May the wildflowers and grasses whisper their wishes into light. May we reverence the village of presence in the stillness of this silent field. John O'Donohue.






New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 - 0981.pdf


Feb 3 1934


The death has occurred of Edward Fennell. late assistant in Ballyguiltenan Boys' Schools. He was a native of Glin. He retired some years ago owing to falling health.




Friday the shades of death closed over one of God's most faithful servants on earth, Mrs. Mary O'Connor of Lyreacrompane, Listowel. She was the wife of Patrick O'Connor, and mother of Rev. Maurice O'Connor, Minnesota; Rev. Patrick O'Connor, Brooklyn; Michael O'Connor, N. T., Lyreacrompane; Gerald O'Connor, University College, Cork, and Thomas, Daniel, William and Margaret, who are at home.




Miss Bridie Crawford, Ballylanders, was professed at The Convent, Houston, Texas. Her name in religion is Sister Mary Vera. She is the youngest daughter of William and the late Ellie Crawford, Knocklong road, Ballylanders.


The Rev. Father Cremin, who has been spending holidays with his sister, Mrs. J. O'S. Listen, Ballinoe, sails for his Australian mission next week. The people of Knockaderry and Clouncagh wish him bon voyage.


The death occurred In St. Mary's Convent, Limerick, of Sister Mary Lorenzo Hallinan, sister to the late Most Rev. Dr. Hallinan, Bishop of Limerick. The deceased was aged about 78 years, and was a native of Coolcappa, County Limerick.




                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 - 0822.pdf


30 Sept 1933


Co. Kerry—While cycling from Ballybunion to Listowel, Patk. Reidy, Charles street, Listowel, was struck by a motor car and thrown against a ditch. He sustained leg Injuries.




The religious profession took place at the Presentation Novitiate, Oakpark, Tralee, of Sister M. Philomena McElligott, Rathea, Lixnaw; Sister M. Philomena O'Neill, Castleisland; Sister M. Therese Scanlon, Chute-hall; Sister M. Frances Therese Ashe, Dingle; Sister M. Angela O'Donnell, Dingle; Sister M. Gertrude Kelliher, Kanturk, Co. Cork. At the Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus, Drishane, of Madame St. James (Cissle), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Conheady, Newmarket-on-Fergus. At the Convent of the Poor Clares, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan, Sister M. Bernardine (Miss Clarke), a native of Dublin.




Rev. W. Behan, PP., Ballyheigue, celebrated Mass at Our Lady's Holy Well, near the village, on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Blessed Lady, in presence of a large gathering of parishioners and visitors from Tralee and various parts of North Kerry. There is a tradition that a beautiful church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin once stood on the grounds where the Holy Well is, and that In the old times many




62 TEARS' GOOD WORK. There was a remarkable demonstration of public regret and sympathy at the obsequies of Mother M. Teresa Shanahan, Presentation Convent, Lixnaw, one of the founders of the convent. Mother Teresa was a daughter of the late David Shanahan, Whitestown House, Co. Waterford. She entered the Order at Castleisland in 1811, and in 1877 she was sent by Most Rev. Dr. Moriarty, Bishop of Kerry, to found the convent In his native parish, Lixnaw. By her efforts the new convent and schools were completed In 1881, and an Infant school was added later. Mother Teresa took an active Interest in every pupil all down the years, and helped and followed their careers through life. Her sister is the present Rev. Mother at Lixnaw, and another sister was the late Sister Rosalie, Brentford, London. Her brother Is Very Rev. D. Shanahan, IL.D., Pittsburgh, U..S. A., who is at home on a holiday. Two cousins, Sisters Dominic and Benignus, are In the community.




Lourdes; James McCrea, of Walker's Place, Berry, on returning from the Lourdes pilgrimage, astonished his friends by walking down the railway platform carrying his crutches. An ex-soldier, he served all through the Great War, was twice wounded and, after a year in Salonika, was invalided home with malaria. For the last eleven years he has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, believed to have been contracted in the war. He was bedridden in 1922 until 1926 and ever since has used crutches.


Cured at Lourdes Miss Anne Powell, Nenagh, a very serious spinal case, has discarded her spinal jacket after her third bath In the Lourdes water, and Is now walking. Miss Anne Powell, daughter of the late John Powell, Curraleigh, Dolia, Nenagh,




About 70 past pupils of the Convent of Marie Reparatrice, Laurel Hill avenue, Limerick, were entertained by the Reverend Mother and the members of the community on the Union Day.




Saturday evening Rev. Fathers Nugent (San Francisco), O'Donoghue (Fargo), Lynch (Seattle), and Keogan (Concordia), who are at present on visit to their respective homes, were "at home" at Virginia to a large party of clerical and University students.








New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 - 0774.pdf


19 Aug 1933




There was a huge and representative gathering of parishioners from Knockavilla, Innishannon, as well as of deceased's friends from Bandon and Cork City, at the obsequies of Rev. Bro. Kane, O. C, St. Patrick's, Upton. The Requiem Mass was said by Very Rev. T. Hickey, O. C, Prov., and the Interment took place in the school cemetery. Brother Kane had been 24 years at Upton.




James Enright, merchant, Church street, Listowel, who has died, was father of Rev. M. Enright and Rev. J. Jr Enright of the American Mission; Dr. J. Enright, Dalkey; Dr. F. Enright, Brighton; W. Enright, dentist, Listowel, and of Dr. T. Enright, who was killed in Gallipoli.


Rev. Mother Margaret M O'Leary, who died at the Convent of Mercy, Skibbereen, aged 78, after 55 years in the Order, was a sister of Very Rev. James Canon O'Leary, P. P., Dunmanway, and the late Rev, C. O'Leary, P. P., Inchangella. She




? der the late General Liam Lynch. The deceased's three other brothers, Denis, William, now in the U. S. A., and Eugene, in the U. S. A., were also prominent I. R. A. officers.




The announcement of the death of Sister M. Benignus O'SuIlivan at the Convent of Mercy, Clonakilty, during last week came as a great shock to her large circle of relatives and friends in Freemount and surrounding parishes. Aged 86 years, she had been in religion, for 64 years, having joined the Clonakilty Convent in 1869, the first of four sisters to enter there.




Although Father McGivney died two days after his 38th birthday in 1890, he’s considered a saint for our times.


“Father McGivney had a great love for the needs of the family. The unity of the family was very important to him,” Father James Sullivan, rector of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Connecticut, Father McGivney’s hometown, told the Register.








Video link




Liam O’Connor and Family Show






Current ICUs pose immediate danger to Covid-19 patients, medicos: Scientists The deficiencies of ICU design became first glaring during the SARS-CoV-1 outbreak in the early 2000




Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/science-and-environment/current-icus-pose-immediate-danger-to-covid-19-patients-medicos-scientists-904537.html






Maureen Kennelly, a native of Ballylongford become Director of the Arts Council on the eve of Covid 19  which brought that  sector to a standstill.


Read the full story in The Kerryman: https://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerryman/




Buckley is the recipient of this year’s Maureen O’Hara award from the Kerry International Film Festival










Irish Times interview with Mr. Scanlon to give you a flavour of what the Brosna native is up to now:  https://www.irishtimes.com/business/agribusiness-and-food/could-kerry-be-ready-to-leave-behind-its-cheese-and-ham-roots-1.4076774










2020 October 28 Knockanure






KNOCKANURE VALLEY BE ALERT GROUP: would like to thank Kerry County Council for the community support grant we received. This has enabled us to purchase 9 community alert signs to improve the safety of the local people. Due to COVID-19 no AGM will be held, all committee members are all staying on for another year. If you would like to join the committee or the group please contact Danny Winter 087 686 3726.


 MOYVANE/KNOCKANURE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: wish to acknowledge with thanks the grant from Kerry County Council Community Support Fund.


CONGRATULATIONS to Kennelly’s Homevalue Hardware, Moyvane. They mark 42 years in business, opened their door - October 1978.


CHANGES: At this time of year we would be celebrating Halloween Festivals, looking forward to Castleisland Horse fair, Tralee Circus and Listowel Food Fair. Also looking out for the Kerry Magazine and Parish Journals.


ALL SAINTS and all Souls mass will be celebrated behind closed doors this year.              


DEATH has taken place of Betty O’Carroll (nee Nolan) (of Killelton, Ballylongford) & (Late of Moyvane) on Monday October 19th 2020. Predeceased by her husband Mossie, Betty is deeply regretted by her daughters Joan Browne, (Ballybunion) and Liz (Tralee), son-in law Liam, grandchildren Katie, Eoin, Brendan and great-granddaughter Siábhra and sister-in-law Maureen Nolan. Requiem Mass for Betty was celebrated at St. Michael’s the Archangel Church, Ballylongford, followed by burial afterwards in Lislaughtin Abbey.


ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. Sean Ryle, Denis Foley, Node Guiney, Patrick Healy, David Stack, James Moody, Joan Keane, Sr. Jarlath Kerrisk, Joe McKenna, Marie Buckley, Sean McMahon, Jamie McCoy, Jack Kennelly, Kathy Moran, Billy Mockler, Sr. Nuala O’Leary, Michael McNamara, Eileen Hannon, Moira Donohue, Micheal O’Sullivan, Eamon O’Connor, Mary McElligott. Mass on  Sat 24th at  7.30pm for      Tommy & David Stack, Keylod; Sun 25th at 11.00am for Anne Nolan, Carrueragh (Months Mind);


 Wed 28th at 7.30pm  for Liam Sexton, Knockanure & deceased of the  Sexton family; Fri 30th at  7.30pm for James Moody, Woodgrove; Sat 31st at  7.30pm for  Bridie Hunt & her sister Louise O’Connell and Mass on  Sun 1st at 11.00am  for Holy Souls (all on November List)


Knockanure Mass on Sun 25th at  9.30am for Seán McMahon, Carrueragh, and Mass on Sun 1st at                9.30am for Holy Souls (all on November List)


NOVEMBER MASSES; Your November list for the dead should be handed in no later than 31st October.  Our Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls begins on November 1st and will continue on the following dates:  These nine Masses can be heard over the tannoy in the car parks or on Parish Radio Link.  


 Sunday 1st November at 9.30am  in Knockanure, and 11.00am  in Moyvane;  Sunday 8th  at  9.30am Knockanure, and 11.00am Moyvane; Saturday 14th at  7.30pm  Moyvane; Sunday 15th at  9.30am  Knockanure; Sunday 22nd  at  9.30am  Knockanure, and 11.00am Moyvane and on Sunday 29th Mass at 9.30am at Knockanure.                                                                                                 


Fr.  Kevin will Privately celebrate six more Masses, so in total there will be 15 Masses for all those named on your November Lists.  Those in the Parish Offertory envelope system may use the envelope in their box or the envelope attached to the Newsletter this weekend.  If you use this one please put your box number on it. 


Envelopes can be dropped into the Parish Office, the post box at the Presbytery door or at weekend Masses. 


NOVEMBER CANDLES: November candles for your home with a nice prayer are available from the Parish Office €3.  It may be nice to set up a sacred space for November in your home. 


ARD CHÚRAM: To mark Positive Ageing in North Kerry, Ard Chúram is asking you to submit a poem or a Limerick entitled “The Corona…”  Please send your entry to: Mairéad Hanlon, Ard Chúram, Greenville, Listowel no later than Nov 4th.


BLAS na hEireann award of a gold medal was won by Kearney’s Home Baking, Ballyhahill at the 13th Annual awards held in Dingle. Kearney employ 22 people.


ATHEA to receive funding for a Public Water Bottle Refilling station from Limerick City & County Council.


BEST WISHES to Kennelly's Hardware is a family-run business established on the 23rd October 1978 by Mike Kennelly. After working in Dublin for 2 years, Mike returned to his local village of Moyvane where he opened a hardware business and began as a sole trader in a rented premises. In 1981, Mike purchased a new shop in the centre of the village. Nearly a decade later, the business expanded when he bought a site on the Glin Road and built a timber and materials yard. This gave further employment to the local community. In September 1994, the business became a limited company.


In 2002, the business moved to a larger premises where is it is still trading today. This is adjacent to the original shop of 1978 and over 40 years later, the family-run business continues to serve its customers from all over North Kerry and West Limerick.


WEST LIMERICK COMMUNITY RADIO - WL102fm , Mass broadcast every Sunday morning at 10am


LOAN for a E500 computer from Credit Union, pay back E10 per week.                          


ALL SAINTS Day  on Sunday 1st November and the following day is All Souls.


MASSES are streamed live from St. Mary’s Church, Tarbert on www.stmarystarbert.com:


Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 11.30am.


ST JOHN OF GOD have been providing services to disadvantaged people for a century, and their services help about 8,000 people, with a staff of 3,000. They are planning to hand their services over to the HSE before this time next year.


ALONE on 01-679 1032. information  email hello@alone.ie


FULL MOON on 31st October.


POPE: In the new biopic documentary film Francesco, Pope Francis said “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”


Pope Francis said he is happy and grateful to God for the liberation of Father Pierluigi Maccalli, the Italian missionary priest who was kidnapped in Niger on 17 September 2018. Father Maccalli was  released in Mali on 8 October 2020, after two years of imprisonment in the hands of jihadist militants together with three other hostages.


REUSE: October is Ireland’s National Reuse Month, reuse is about valuing our stuff, by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new stuff, and avoids waste thereby cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. When it comes to waste, many believe the government are the most blatant culprits.




SHOEBOXES: Christmas shoeboxes due to covid-19 restrictions. Shoeboxes will not be sent from Ireland this year. They are asking you instead to please donate a gift-filled shoebox online for €20 on www.teamhope.ie anytime until December 23rd.


MARRIAGE COURSES AND COUNSELLING SERVICE: Until at least May 2021, Accord pre-


marriage courses will take place live on-line with up to 12 couples:  via Zoom they will be interactive and delivered by two presenters.  Contact Accord on 066/7122280 for further information.


POETRY;  Keith Ó Riain graduated with a first class honours degree in Gaeilge and History from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, he produce the first ever edition of the poetry of the eighteenth-century Cork poet, Éadbhard de Nógla, along with textual analysis of the poems and a study of his life and work. Keith has been announced as the global winner in the history category of the 2020 Global Undergraduate Awards, for his study of the ideas, values and beliefs of the Maigue-side district poets in the period c. 1730-1770.






EU are slapping on a charge of over E32 per ton on Ammonium Nitrate from Russia at present and plan to continue to at least 2025, the tax was introduced in 1995, according to newspaper reports.


WILD Geese Festivals 2020 in Limerick will mark the 330th Anniversary of the Flight of the Wild Geese.


PIETA House have answered 10,000 calls since March this year.


LIBRARIES are to get funding of up to E713,500 to reach out to people who are said to be disadvantaged.


SCIENCE Week runs from 8th to 15th November.


BE WINTER READY from Marian:  Keep warm, eat well and avoid unnecessary travel. You should eat regular hot meals and drink plenty of fluids, this will keep you warm and will give you energy to keep active.  Ensure you have sufficient supplies of food and of any prescription medicine you may need. Keep active indoors.  Have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in your home.  Ask your relatives and neighbours for help if you need it. Keep their phone numbers on a list beside your phone.  In icy weather, wear well-fitted shoes with non-slip soles if you have to go out but try to limit walking outside during the cold weather.  Consider wearing a personal alarm so that family or neighbours are alerted if you fall.  If you have a fall, even a minor one, make sure you visit your doctor for a check up.  Leave a low energy light on at night time, preferably one with a high light output. Use a non-slip shower or bath mat.  Make sure wires or cords from lamps, telephones etc. do not trail where you walk.  Arrange furniture so that you can easily move around all your rooms.  Remove rugs or use non-slip tape or backing so rugs will not slip, Consider installing hand rails on both sides of the stairs. (Also vitamin D for people indoors)


COVID 19; Pro footballers earning more in one week than some people get in 10 years get tested 3,4,5 times a week but a working class person, will have difficulty in getting a test. Time for the church create a group of volunteers, who will be willing to risk themselves in situations where the professionals are dodging the bullet. As more and more will live and die in abandoned situations.


TRALEE CHURCH: Monday Nov. 09th to Friday Nov. 13th we will have a Novena of Remembrance nightly at 7.30pm. This Novena will include a Liturgy of the Word with a Guest Speaker who will address some aspects of Grief & Loss followed by a litany & prayers for all our faithful departed at our Remembrance Tree.  This will be followed by a solemn Expression of Grief through the medium of the creative arts – music, song, poetry & art etc.  We will conclude with a Solemn Blessing.  We are inviting people who have experienced loss/grief in their life to journey with us over these 5 evenings. Our Guest Speakers for these evenings include; Teddy Linehan – Chaplain Kerry Regional Hospital;  Elizabeth Doherty – Rainbows Kerry;  Margaret Naughton – Chaplain Bons Secours Hospital Tralee;  Amber Kavanagh – Pieta House Tralee, and   Brigid Quilligan – Kerry Travellers Health & Community Dev. All on line at St John’s Church Tralee.


TRALEE HOSPITAL; Mass for those who have died in the hospital, those who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who have died within the Palliative Care Services.  We also remember at this Mass deceased employees of UHK both current and retired, celebrated on 2nd NOVEMBER AT 7.00PM, View at - www.churchservices.tv/tralee


Due to Covid 19 restrictions this Mass will be live streamed.


BISHOP RAY’S INVITES YOU TO READ HIS PASTORAL MESSAGE: which is on our Kerry Diocesan Web page at www.dioceseoflerry.ie


LECTIO DIVINA ON ZOOM DATES:  29th October Thursday 5th , 12th , 19th November   (6 weeks) Time: 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. We will begin each week by watching a short video which corresponds with the upcoming Sunday’s gospel, which is from the gospel of Matthew this liturgical year.  If you are not familiar with Lectio Divina you could watch the following 6-minute YouTube video which explain it very well –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKSp_s04sVg To participate, please email:   alphakerry2020@gmail.com




PAPERS EXTRACTS; New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 - 1173.pdf


14 July 1934






The death occurred at the Presentation Convent, Killarney, of Sister Evangelist Kennedy, a native of Dingle. The deceased was 83 years of age, 57 of which she had spent in religion. After Requiem Mass the interment took place In the Convent Cemetery.




The Christian Brothers' Secondary School of Dingle had the distinction of securing second place in Ireland in the competition for proficiency In Irish conducted by the Department of Education. It took first place among the Secondary Schools of Munster.




The ordination took place In Paris on Sunday of Rev. Jerome Casey, son of John Casey, North street. At the Convent of the Franciscan Sisters, Calais, France, the solemn profession took place of Mollie Corcoran (in religion Sister Maria Sdana), daughter of Patrick and Mrs. Corcoran, Dromdeega, Dunmanway.


Amongst the ordinations to the priesthood which took place in the Lateran Basilica, Rome, on Saturday of Irish students was that of the Rev. J. Fitzgerald, son of John Martin Fitzgerald, Main street, Macroom ?




New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 - 1069.pdf


21 April 1934


The many friends of Father D. F. O'Reilly will give him a great time next Friday night at the Roscommon Ballroom, 438 West 125th street, be-fore he sails for a vacation to his native Kenmare, Co. Kerry. There will be cards, consisting of








New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 - 1068.pdf


21 April 1934




The death of D. O'Neill, proprietor of the O'Neill Bakeries, Abbeyfeale, has occurred In his 67th year. Deceased took a prominent part in all that concerned the Interests of, the town. He was subjected to much annoyance and suffering by the Black and Tans, who once ordered him and his family from their home preparatory to setting It on fire. The fire was only averted by a strong appeal made to the captain in charge by a member of the Holy Ghost Order




New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 - 1035.pdf


...G. O'Callaghan, P. P., died at the Presbytery, Causeway, North Kerry, Wednesday. A native of Castleisland parish, he was ordained in ...




                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 - 1015.pdf


3 March 1934


The many friends and pupils of Mother M. Evangelista O'Sullivan  will be grieved to learn of her death at Loretto Abbey College, Toronto, The deceased religious was born in Tralee in 1846 and received her early education at Loretto Convent, Killarney.




Kerry; Bro. M. R. Fitzmaurice made his final profession of the Irish Christian Brothers at St. Edmund's College, Shillong, India, Rev. Bro. Fitzmaurice is a son of Mr and Mrs. Fitzmaurice of Parknasmuthane, Farranfore.




After a visit, which extended over 12 months, Rev. Fr. M. Galvin, Rathea , (North Kerry), has returned Melbourne, Australia.




James Buckley, a native of Ballybunion, has died at San Francisco. He went to San Francisco in 1915.




Francis Neligan, who left Abbeyfeale for New Zealand some 40 years ago, bequeathed a considerable sum to religious and charitable purposes in his adopted country, besides remembering a number of his relatives in Abbeyfeale. His assets amounted to about £30,000.




In the Orphanage Chapel at Duluth (hard by the great Lake Superior) 18 Irish missionary priests assembled to chant a Solemn Requiem for the late Mrs. Mary O'Connor, who died at Lyrecrompane, Listowel, on the Feast of the Epiphany.




James P. Cotter has joined the staff of St. Brigid's Boys' N. S., Tullamore. Mr. Cotter comes from Listowel, Co. Kerry, and is an addition to the ordinary teaching staff.




An impressive tribute was paid at the funeral of Rev. Brother M. J. Mc-Namara at the age of 58 years, whose death occurred at the Monastery, Kilkenny. The late Brother McNamara (a native of Faugheen, Carrick-on-Suir) entered the Congregation at 16. During his 42 years in religious life he taught In Dun Laoghaire, Mullingar, Waterpark College (Waterford), New Ross, and Omagh.




The profession took place at the Convent of St. John of God, Perth, Western Australia, of Miss E. Maher, (In religion Sister Mary Celsus). The above young lady is third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Maher, Kyle.






THOUGHT: “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.”  - Winston Churchill.




John Paul 11 Cemetery, Listowel


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A great night was had by all at Knockalougha Rambling House Duagh, hosts Jim and Margaret Lyons 2016.








Brett and Kate McKay - October 22, 2020


How to Tell Awesome Stories to Your Kids












2020 October 21 Knockanure








FR KEVIN celebrated 65th birthday on 12th October.  On the same day he was on RTÉ Radio 1 in the morning and RTÉ Television that evening. He thanks you for your greetings, gifts and very kind words with regards ‘Confessors’.


All Masses listed will be on the Parish Radio Link and over the tannoy system in the car parks, the church has closed for mass, but open for a few hours daily. There will be a gathering for all parish secretaries online on Monday October 19th at 11.30am.


WORLD MISSION SUNDAY:  If you are in a position to help, put your offering in the envelope and return it next weekend or drop them into the post box at the Presbytery.  There are approximately 1,300 Irish-born  missionaries working  in  more  than  80 countries.


ARD CHÚRAM: To mark Positive Ageing in North Kerry, Ard Chúram is asking you to submit a poem or a Limerick entitled "The Corona..."  Please send your entry to: Mairéad Hanlon, Ard Chúram, Greenville, Listowel no later than Nov 4th.  Mairéad is giving details on Monday’s Talk About with Deirdre Walsh between 1.30 – 3pm. Ard Churam Community Choir with Soloist Mary Culloty O Sullivan will perform Christmas songs in Listowel Small Square on Sunday December 8th at 2pm.


TRÓCAIRE says “Thank you and the people of Moyvane Parish, so much for your most generous donation of €3,000.”


DEATH of Anne O'Mahony (née Conway), Glouria, Lisselton, and late of Owenbeg, Easkey, Co. Sligo, on October 11th, 2020, Survived by her husband Maurice, sons Danny, Oliver, Martin, John, Cathal and their partners Jennifer, Angela, Jennifer and Elaine, daughter-in-law Xiao (Mary), granddaughter Ciara, brother Tony, sisters Kay Lavin, Mollie Kennedy, Elsie O'Reily and Martina Scanlon, brothers-in-law Gerry, Michael-John, Damien and John, sisters-in-law Eileen, Maureen and Carmel, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, extended family, former work colleagues, and neighbours.


ANNIVERSARY: Dan O’Donnell, Joan Hilliard, Tom Hogan, Sean Broderick, Moira Nash, Mick Reidy, Julia Anne Costelloe, Paddy Keane, Ita Vaughan, Anthony Foley, Ann Higgins, Pat Nash, Joan Woulfe, Paddy O’Sullivan, Bridget Dillane, Bridget Dalton, Ellen Orman, Paddy Horan, Nora O’Donoghue, Fr. Sean Dillon, Eddie and Mary Costelloe, Brendan Harnett, Denis Leen, Jimmy Mulvihill, Elizabeth O’Dowd, Tim Cantillon, Maurice Collins. Mass Moyvane; Sat 17th at 7.30pm for Seán Broderick, Coilagurteen; Sunday 18th at 11.00am for  Willie Martin, Glin (Rec Dec., uncle to Marian Quinn, Woodgrove); Wed. 21st at 7.30pm for Gerry Galvin, Leitrim East, his parents, Brendan & Eileen & his brother Pat; Fri. 23rd  at 7.30pm for Nora O’Donoghue & daughter baby Leah, Clounbrane & Perth (1st Anni);  Sat 24th  at 7.30pm for Tommy & David Stack, Keylod (Anni), and Mass on Sun 25th at        11.00am  for Anne Nolan, Carrueragh (Months Mind).


Mass Knockanure; Sun 18th at  9.30am for Parishioners, and Mass on Sun 25th  at 9.30am for Seán McMahon, Carrueragh.


PRE-SCHOOL - Little Ducklings will be starting a Pre-school in Knockanure Community Centre. Please contact Olive Mulvihill for further details at olivetop22@hotmail.com


COVID-19 Update. North Kerry Harriers - Following a committee meeting - we have sadly made the decision to close our 20/21 season to all visitors and we will now be operating on a membership only basis.


GLÓRACH DRIVE IN BINGO in Abbeyfeale is cancelled until further notice.


ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET in Abbeyfeale:  Helga is back with a fine selection of locally grown vegetables which are chemical free. We also have a new stall holder – Máire Griffen from Beale who has set up a new company called OrganiGo making organic noodles from beetroot, butternut squash and courgettes.


LOCAL man Padraig Keane and Cork friend Tom O'Regan are doing charity 100km cycle before climbing the to the 707m summit of Knockboy, which straddles the borders of Cork and Kerry  to the west of Guagán Barra. All in aid of MDI.


To donate to Padraig and Tom's fundraising challenge for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, go to the MDI Facebook page or the 'Tom & Podges Munster Peaks for MDI' GoFundMe page.


For more information on muscular dystrophy and the work of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, visit www.mdi.ie or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/mdiireland and Twitter at @MDI_Ireland. You can also contact their Information Officer by emailing mdiinfo@mdi.ie.




MAGAZINE: The 2020 edition of the Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine is nearing the end of the road. If any tributes, wedding photos or other current items are available, they will be accepted for the next few days.  Email to magazine@ballydonoghue.net or post to BPM, Lisselton PO.


MART; Listowel Mart First dairy Sale for 2020 will be held on 21st October at 1pm.


HORSE FAIR Ballinasloe its history dates back to the 1700s, cancelled. It  attracted up to 80,000 visitors each year.


PLOUGHING:  90th National ploughing Championship and the World Ploughing Championship will be held in County Laois from 15th to 18th September 2021.


CHUCK FEENEY- his foundation gave away$8bn since its foundation, he was conferred with Doctorate of Laws by nine universities in 2012.


CLOCKS go back one hour on Sunday 25th October.


Éigse Michael Hartnett is going ahead with adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.


A great weekend of poetry, prose, and music is planned with live streamed performances and podcasts. https://eigsemichaelhartnett.ie/


SIGN UP FOR DAILY MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS (https://info.missio.org/e2t/sc2/MmZ-8ykJrGpW8qXr857GPNFCW8YyVq991l4mcW4nZThX5mrmvgdBzP8P04 )




“We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.  No one has been baptized a priest or a bishop. We have all been baptized as lay people.  Lay people are protagonists of the Church.  Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church.  And we must emphasize the feminine lay presence because women tend to be left aside.  We must promote the integration of women, especially where important decisions are made.  We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church, without falling into forms of clericalism that diminish the lay charism.”


Pope Francis




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NUNS: We have very few dedicated nuns and their loyal helpers at present, their numbers were depleting over many years. Our present methods of dealing with Covid 19, many are wondering are the blind leading the blind. What would give confidence to people are a core of dedicated Christians, who would care for the sick, expecting nothing, but doing it as a Christian duty.  


SCIENCE Fair Project Ideas


Education.com has assembled a vast collection of science fair project ideas written by science teachers, professional scientists, and educational consultants on popular science fair topics ranging from physics and chemistry to biology and even sociology. We offer free science fair ideas suitable for every grade level, be it preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, or high school.  https://www.education.com/science-fair/


LECTIO Divina on Zoom Thursdays 15th, 22nd, 29th October, it is a six week event. Time: 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. We will begin each week by watching a short video  which corresponds with the upcoming Sunday’s gospel, which is from the gospel of Matthew this liturgical year. If you are not familiar with Lectio Divina you could watch the following 6-minute YouTube video which explain –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKSp_s04sVg


To participate, please email:   alphakerry2020@gmail.com


POETRY: Éigse Michael Hartnett is going ahead with adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.


A great weekend of poetry, prose, and music is planned with live streamed performances and podcasts.   https://eigsemichaelhartnett.ie/


GLIN CASTLE: https://thegloss.ie/castle-keepers-dominic-west-and-catherine-fitzgerald-of-glin-castle/?mc_cid=3b3dfcf83d&mc_eid=5796d97cf6&doing_wp_cron=1602791583.6606290340423583984375




HELP: Senior Help Line is open every day of the year from 10am till 10pm. Our LoCall number is 1850 440 444 and no landline calls costs more than 30 cent irrespective of length.


LIMERICK MARATHON; King John's Castle was the backdrop for the presentation of cheques totalling more than €36,000 to a dozen local charities by the organisers of this year's Cook Medical Limerick Women's Mini Marathon. Because of Covid-19, the virtual event took place over the last weekend of September and attracted more than 2,300 participants.




PROFILES: Peter Moore is a former Adelaide lawyer. Over 40 years he has developed autobiographical profiles of every lawyer admitted in South Australia from 1837 to 1945, and in New South Wales and New Zealand up to 1861. Currently, he is building a Dictionary of Biography of NSW Lawyers to 1861, supported by the Sir Frances Forbes Society for Australian Legal History.


ACCORD PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES AND COUNSELLING SERVICES:  Until at least May 2021, Accord pre-marriage courses will take place live on-line with up to 12 couples; via ZOOM, they will be interactive and delivered by 2 presenters.  Accord has also resumed face to face counselling. Contact Accord by Phone or online to book.


SILVER COIN: The Vatican’s Mint issued on October 13 a ten-euro silver coin depicting “Mother Earth” (Pachamama), designed by Luigi Oldani for World Earth Day. This coin COMMEMORATES the first anniversary of the October 2019


GREEN: Deputy Michael Healy Rae has said that the Government continues to lack the foresight to understand that the push to electric cars remains very much an urban based agenda. Many hard-pressed rural people are facing an extra €50 per year in car tax as well as increases in the price of petrol and diesel.


MOVE Ireland works with men who are worried about their behaviour towards their partners and children; it also supports partners.




CATECHISM  OF  THE  CATHOLIC CHURCH –ADULT STUDIES GROUP: This is a Study programme divides the Catechism of the Catholic Church into 6 different Units, each unit runs over a 12 week period .It is a peer study group which involves reading a section of the Catechism each week and discussing it at the weekly meeting with others  in  your  group  (one  person  acting  as  a facilitator).The entire study programme runs over 3 years. St. John’s parish is seeking expressions from interested people to embark on this journey with  the  Catechism  of  the  Catholic  Church  and someone  who  might  be  willing  to  act  as  a facilitator. If interested in joining the group please e-mail paddy.daly@stjohns.ie




MISSIONS: New York NY Irish American Advocate 1925-1927 - 0320.pdf


Aug 8 1925


BARON HANLEY AT BALLYBUNION, KERRY The "Baron" of New York's Broad-way, John J. Hanley, who recently left New York with Fathers Thos. Dowling, V. Connolly and J. O'Callaghan of the Capuchins of Cork City, returning from a series of missions here, has arrived, according to a letter received at this office, at Ballybunion, a pretty watering place in North Kerry. A group picture of the "Baron" and his guests. Including a delegation of citizens of Cork City and Cobh, who went out on the tender to greet them, appeared in the Cork Weekly Examiner of July 25.




Rev. Michael O'Flanagan of Roscommon, Ireland, will celebrate on August 16, the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Committees have been formed both in Ireland and In the United States to arrange for a testimonial


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Father O'Flanagan was sent by the Gaelic League to lecture in the United States In 1910. In 1914 he was appointed Lenten Preacher in Rome. The only Irish secular priest who has ever gained that honour.  ---------------------------------------------------------


In calling upon to recite the opening prayer at the first meeting of the Dail, Chairman Brugha called Father O'Flanagan "the most faithful priest that ever lived in Ireland." President De Valera told the National Convention of Sinn Fein in 1921 that Father O'Flanagan was more responsible for the strong position Ireland then held than any other living man




New York NY Irish American Advocate 1919-1921 - 1073.pdf


May 21 1921 ?


Sister M Gertrude Foran died at Convent of Mercy, Cahir, aged 68. She was a native of Listowel, and was a sister of the late Rev. J. Foran, O. P., Dublin, and of the late Sister M. Peter, Convent of Mercy, Mallow, and Mr. Foran, chemist, Listowel.




He was brother of Rev. J. Malone, the poet-priest of the Australian Mission, and uncle of B. Malone, leader of a Mountjoy hunger strike.




New York NY Irish American Advocate 1916-1918 - 0291.pdf


July 1916


The magistrate at Tralee Petty Sessions Killarney Guardians, and the Kerry Co. Infirmary passed votes of condolence with Mr. S. Goodwin. Co. Surveyor, on the death in action of his only son, Lt. W. A. D. Goodwin. Killarney Guardians have passed votes of condolence with Mrs. D. F. O'Sullivan on the death of her son. Rev. D. O'Sullivan, killed while ministering to the wounded abroad; and with Rev. C. J. Fitzgerald, Professor of St. Brendan's Seminary, on the death of his mother, the late (Mrs. Fitzgerald, N. T., Sneem.




Mayor of Limerick presided yesterday at a celebration in Sexton St. Schools of that city in connection with the Centenary of the Christian Bros., and addresses were presented by the Corporation, Trades' Council, Labour Society, Pork Butchers' Society, and past and present pupils, Rev. Bro. Stapleton, Superior, returned thanks to the citizens, and said that when all the welter of blood, which degraded civilization and Christianity, had passed there would remain to the Irish race their old mission to keep the eternal vision of the people clear and defined.




                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1922-1924 - 1351.pdf


22 Nov 1924


Rev Cornelius O’Sullivan who died at St. Stephen, N. B., aged 80, was a native of Castleisland, and went to U. S. A. at the age of 17. He was ordained at Portland. O.


Rev. Martin Sears, who died at Sacramento, Cal., was a native Of Dingle. He was ordained in All Hal-lows, Dublin, about 18 years ago.


Sr. St. Denise Healy who died at the Bon Secours Convent Cork was the last of four sisters who were in the Order. She served as a nurse in the Franco-Prussian War. Her internment took place on All Souls' Day in St. Finbarr's Cemetery after Solemn Requiem Mass, -----------------------------------




Death of J. J. Ferris of Jersey City A prominent and prosperous Kerrman passed away recently in the person of J J. Ferris, of Jersey City. Rev. J. J. Leen, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church, Barnard,


In, writing to The Advocate this week, says: "I was anxiously looking for an obituary notice of my dear friend and closest, mate, John J. Ferris, a distinguished Kerryman. "His death occurred recently at Jersey City. He was president of the largest firm of contractors in the State, president of the  school board and State Highway Commissioner. "He was born and raised at Ballyheigue ? left there when about I years old. "Look up his wonderful record and give it to your readers in The Advocate. He had an older brother, James Ferris, a more wonderful man still The latter died about 10 years ago.




Cardinal Logue, Primate of All Ireland, died at his residence, Ara Coeli, Armagh, Wednesday morning.


(see paper for more)






Local singer Francis Kennedy she hosts concerts featuring music, song and comedy.






The Church in New York Will Not Be Shuttered: Catholic Bishops Stand Up to Government Bigotry








Anders Tegnell, the architect of Sweden's lockdownfree approach to dealing with the pandemic, so optimistic. Or to see Stockholm in full swing, with open bars, live music and smiling, unmasked faces. That's because state epidemiologist Mr Tegnell believes that so long as people are sensible, normal life can continue.






MyHeritage offers 153 collections in this category, containing 548,923,579 records in all.




The original All Saints Day — which eventually morphed into Halloween — is celebrated in many traditional Christian societies as a day to honor the memories of one’s ancestors. What better way to honor your ancestors than to learn more details about their lives and discover their stories?




That’s why we’re opening all our death-related historical record collections — death, burial, cemetery, and obituary records — up to the public for free access during Halloween weekend, from October 29 to November 2!








2020 October 14 Knockanure




MASS ON TELEVISION:  is on RTÉ 1 from Monday to Saturday at 10.30am and every second Sunday at 11am.   Mass is on Radio Kerry every Sunday morning and many local Churches have mass online. 


There will be no congregation present at Masses, but they can be heard on Radio and on the loud speaker.


JOB; Community Employment Groundskeeper and General Operative wanted for Knockanure and Moyvane.


DRAW: Murhur N.S., Split The Bucket Draw will be held on Friday 16th October. Envelopes for entry can be found in Hollys Gala, Mike Kennelly’s Hardware, Noel Stack Butcher, The Village Grill and Speedys Bar with further outlets joining soon. Congratulations to our recent winner Carmel Hudson Kilbaha who was the lucky recipient of €200! A huge thank you for your continued support. From Parents Council Murhur NS.


DIAMOND JUBILEE OF PRIESTHOOD:  congratulations to Fr. Dan Ahern (Columban), Leitrim Middle on celebrating 60 years of priesthood. Due to restrictions at present a public celebration is not allowed.


TO MARK POSITIVE AGEING: Ard Chúram is asking you to submit a poem or a Limerick entitled “The Corona.”  Please send entries to Máiréad Hanlon, Ard Chúram, Greenville, Listowel no later than 4th November, 2020.  Please include your name and contact number. 


DEATH of Dan O'Flaherty, Kenny Heights, Listowel, and  Affoulia, Lisselton, on October 6th, 2020.  Brother of the late Anne, survived by his wife Mary, sons Liam, Donal and Dermot, daughter Josephine, grandchildren Arfaa, Shaheer, Hashir, Qaim, Donovan, Briana, Paddy, Libby, Liam, Chloe and Sophie, brothers Timmy and Billy, sisters Nora, Helen and Josephine, daughters-in-law Bridget, Joanne and Briana, son-in-law Farrukh, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Following Requiem Mass at Ballydonoghue Church Dan O’Flaherty, was laid to rest at Ahavoher Graveyard.


DEATH took place on 9th October 2020 of Cornelius (Neilie) Flynn, 20, Belfry Heights, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick and formerly of Kilmorna, Listowel, Neilie, (ex Kerry Group PLC and Flynns Hackney Services, Abbeyfeale) is sadly missed by his wife Kathleen, son Joe, daughters Brenda (Heffernan) and Sheila (Fisher), sister Sheila (Enright) and brother Martin.


Recent deaths; James Enright Main St., Tarbert, Unexpectedly in Abu Dhabi on October 3rd 2020.  Kay Papp nee Horgan, London late of Bunagara, and Sheila Mahony nee Stack, Florida, late of Toor, Duagh.


ANNIVERSARIES: Maurice Leahy, Pauline Quinn, Mary Hickey, Marguerite Clancy, Ned Connell, Sr. Martina Relihan, Elizabeth M. B. Kennelly, Mary O’Connor, Michael Finucane, Martin O’Connell, Bro. Michael McAuliffe, Fr. Hallie Ashe, Paddy Faley, Mass Moyvane; Sat 10th at 7.30pm for Seamus O’ Halloran, Donnybrook & l/o Ranelagh (Rec Dec); Sun 11th at 11.00am for Denny McEvoy, Aughrim, & deceased of the McEvoy & Foley families;  Wed 14th at  7.30pm for Mickey Buckley, Glin Road & deceased family members; Fri 16th at  7.30pm for Paddy & Maureen Fitzmaurice, Gurtdromosillihy;   


 Sat 17th at 7.30pm for Seán Broderick, Coilagurteen, and Sun 18th at 11.00am mass for Willie Martin, Glin (Rec Dec), (uncle to Marian Quinn, Woodgrove).


Mass Knockanure – Sun 11th at 9.30am for Pat Lynch, Lr Carrueragh, & deceased family. Mass  Sun 18th at 9.30am                 for Parishioners.


CHRISTENING of Niamh O’Sullivan, daughter of Karen and Tommy O’Sullivan of Kilmorna, Also recently christened in Knockanure Church, was Dara Neville, son of Yvonne and John Neville.


CONFESSORS: The Confessors a film about Priests and confession to be shown on RTE 1 on October 12th at 9.35 , contains interviews with Frs., Kevin McNamara and Mossie Brick among others.


CONGRATULATIONS to Presentation Leaving Cert Students, Eimear Shine and Fiona Kelly who recently won awards. Congratulations also to Patrick Hanrahan of Kilbaha, who came second in the Spring Junior Herds Competition, run by The Holstein Breeders Club.


GLÓRACH DRIVE IN BINGO on the Sundays in October at Fr. Casey’s GAA Grounds. Gates will be open from 1pm.


PARISH OFFICE:  Now that we have moved to Level 3, please note that the Parish Office will remain open with a  one-in, one-out system. 


STEWARDS:  As our Churches have been put on lockdown again, Fr. Kevin, would like to take this opportunity to thank all the stewards for all their help, time and dedication in ensuring that all our celebrations were fully compliant with HSE guidelines.  A special ‘thank you’ to Stephanie Mulvihill, who co-ordinated the timetable for stewards on WhatsApp. 


CLOTHES BANK:  When dropping off shoes to the clothes bank please tie them together.


SHUT: Libraries doors are shut once again. If people want a book they must ring and order it and they will get a phone as to when to collect it at the door.


ST JOHN’S; we closed our beautiful blue doors again for 3 Weeks in accordance with Government and HSE Guidelines as the entire country has moved to Level 3.


 FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH: Horizons on Radio Kerry every Sunday morning after the 9am News and Just a Thought Monday to Friday at 7.30am and 12noon which will have a special focus on Mental Health Oct 10th to 17th coinciding with Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest: www.healthykerry.ie


MISSION SUNDAY: World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal so the work of missionaries can continue. This year celebrations will take place over the weekend of the 18th October. https://www.wmi.ie/wms


LECTIO Divina on Zoom Thursdays 15th, 22nd, 29th October, it is a six week event. Time: 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. We will begin each week by watching a short video  which corresponds with the upcoming Sunday’s gospel, which is from the gospel of Matthew this liturgical year. If you are not familiar with Lectio Divina you could watch the following 6-minute YouTube video which explain –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKSp_s04sVg


To participate, please email:   alphakerry2020@gmail.com




HAPPY retirement to Kay Fitzgerald of Garvey’s Listowel, who has retired after 32 years.


VIRTUAL School tour of Colaiste na Riochta, Listowel on Tuesday 13th at 7pm.


WOMEN’S Enterprise Day Oct. 14th


WRITERS: Listowel Writers' Week is delighted to bring you a recording with Rónán Hession and Rick O'Shea, as part of our Listowel Writers' Salon 2020 events.




MENTAL HEALTH IRELAND:  The Mental Health Ireland Art & Photography Competition is now open for entries to all Secondary School, Special Education and Youthreach students!   The deadline for entries is 5pm on November 12.2020.


FUNDRAISING for Pieta House,  participants include Megan Farrell (Glin), Molly Cluney (Athea), Laura Walsh (Glenagragra), Enya McIntyre (Glin), Eamonn Stack Mulvihill (Moyvane), Last year, 421 died from suicide a fundraising event is being organised for Pieta House. The skydive is taking place on the 18th of October and they will be fundraising up until then. You can donate on their go fund me page called “Skydive for Pieta House” or you can contact any involved and donate through sponsorship cards. If anyone wishes to donate they can also contact Molly Cluney on 087 9839942


SAD to hear that Athea Vintage Club had to cancel their vintage day for Oct 11th 2020.


MASS Athea; Thursday morning 10.30am, Friday & Saturday evening at 7.30pm and Sunday morning at 10.30am. You can access the mass via the webcam on the following link https://www.churchservices.tv/athea.




KILMORNA: Historian Maurice O’Keefe, recently got access to the Guest Book of Kilmorna House from 1888 to 1899. Many people living in the vicinity of the house got employment there and I am sure noticed, the many distinguish visitors and served them meals.  


Irish Examiner 1841-current, Wednesday, December 01, 1915; Page: 2




(About Four Miles from Listowel, and fifteen minutes walk  from Kilmorna Station, . G.S, and W. Railway|,


Important Dispersal Sale of the Old Established Herd of Kerry Cattle


D. M. RATTRAY HAS been favoured with instructions from D. J. Janasz, Esq.,


to Sell by Auction, at the Home farm, Kilmorna on Tuesday 7th December 1915, the Entire Herd of 65 Pedigree Kerry Cattle comprising: Dairy Cows, Two-year and Yearling Heifers; also this year's Calves, and 10 young Bulls. The Kilmorna Herd was the first Pedigree Kerry Herd established in the county, and has been a constant prize-winning herd during the past 30 ? years.


With permission from D. J. Janasz, Esq., D. M. Rattray will also offer (after the Sale of the Kerries) 15 Pedigree Dexter Cows and Heifers from his noted Gorlnaskchy Herd.


After the sale of the Pedigree Cattle the following lots of Cattle and Sheep will be offered for sale: — 22 Black cross-bred Bullocks, 2 years old: 18 black cross-bred Heifers, 2 years old; 47 black Polled Bullocks, 3 years old; 60 heavy White Wethers, 85 B.F. Mountain Wethers, 9 Rams. The cattle are in very good condition, and the sheep fit for the butcher. Catalogues from the Land Steward, Kilmorna, Listowel, or D. M. Rattray, Gortnaskehy, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, who will also execute commissions. Sale will commence at 10 O’clock. Conditions at sale








PAPERS: Kerry Reporter 1924-1935, Saturday, July 23, 1932; Page: 11




Mr Jack Murphy, of Kilmorna, is back on a short visit to his home at Kilmorna Lodge. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murphy, of the Kilmorna estate, which is supposed to be the most charming  spot in North Kerry.


He gave a grand dance to quiet a large gathering of friends. Over 100 people were entertained. Dancing went on until late into the morning Supper was served in the open, under ideal summer limelight and artistic surroundings. Refreshments were served to the guests from a bar attached.


Miss Murphy, of Templeglantine, and Mr. Madagan, of Trien, gave a grand display of step-dancing. Tom Kelly of Athea, with his charming voice, held the audience in delight with "My Snowy-breasted Pearl" and the “Rose of Tralee”. Music was supplied by Billy Doyle (mandoline). Tim McMahon (violin), and Mick Taylor (flute). The entire crowd showed the grand spirit of real old Irish  merriment, and I am sure Jack will take back to Chicago memories of that jolly night amongst the boys and girls.


Jack Murphy was one of the old Volunteers, who took over the barracks at Listowel when the British evacuated.


Amongst the friends who attended were Mr. T. J. Clarke, solr., Ballybunion: J. Costelloe. Eileen and Kitty Costelloe, Ballybunion; Miss N. Casey, Knockanure and Mrs Finucane and daughter, do., returned exiles.






Irish Independent 1905-current, Saturday, May 14, 1938; Page: 9




John Buckley, Duagh. Kilmoma. Thomas Power, Duagh. Maurice Fitzgerald, Kilmorna, and Patrick O'SuIlivan, Kilmorna, writing on behalf of the anglers of the Kilmorna and Duagh areas, state:—


We have read with surprise a letter in the Limerick Leader" of April 20 and another in the Irish Independent of 7th inst., in which it has been reported that the most destructive form of poaching has been carried on in this river this season.


No doubt some years ago, particularly during the Anglo-Irish trouble and civil strife, the most destructive form of poaching was carried on, including poisoning by spurge and lime and dynamiting, as well as netting in prohibited waters during the open season. At that time during the annual close season there was wholesale destruction of spawning fish in the upper reaches of the river and its tributaries. These destructive forms of poaching are now almost unknown.


Last, year we heard of only one case of dynamiting near Islandanny in the open season, and we did not hear of illegal netting in this area, while spurge, lime, or other poisonous matters were certainly not used, and during the close season it is clear that very little poaching was carried on, as since the angling season opened this year we have seen dozens of slats in the different parts making their descent to the open seas.




There has not been even a single case of dynamiting or poisoning in this river up to date, and we have not heard of any netting either. Since the end of March the river has been at the lowest on record, and some poachers, taking advantage of this, are said to have gaffed or snatched a small amount of salmon from the shallows, but this was natural to expect. All the anglers here are well pleased with their catches this year, and even in the low waters dozens of salmon have been attracted by small flies, the worms, or prawns, and landed, to our delight. This river has attracted more anglers this year than ever before.


This river is truly becoming the " Anglers' Paradise." All the large pools from Listowel to Kilmorna at present hold large numbers of salmon.


Some extraordinary hauls of salmon have been taken this season in draft nets in the tidal portions of this river. 95 salmon being taken in a net in one day, while one crew has taken about 450 ? to date Other crews are not so lucky.




2020 October 7 Knockanure












CONGRATULATIONS to U12 girls who won the County League against Ballyduff.


ROSARY on the Coast for Life and Faith on 11th October 2020 at 2.30pm, Ballybunion Beach, Fr. Mockler will lead the prayers at 2.30pm. Rosary in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin, at 3:00 PM.


FEAST: The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary occurs each year on 7 October.  There is a tradition of blessing roses on this day


 ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.


PADRE Pio Devotions in Castleisland on Tuesday 6th October at 7.30pm. Witness by: Juliette Culloty, Kilcummin.  Theme: “A special story laced with deep faith in St. Pio and unbelievable hope”.


Relic bearing St. Pio’s Heart Bandage will be on the Altar for our Veneration.


broadcast live without a congregation via Streaming at: www.churchservices.tv/castleisland


DEATH of Kathleen Stack (née Enright), Church Road, Moyvane, and late of the Hill, Moyvane, on September 29th, 2020. Predeceased by her husband Willie and brother Mikey Joe Enright. Survived by   her nephew Donal, nieces Ursula, Anna, Kathleen and Margaret, grandnieces, grandnephews, and extended family.  Requiem Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, was celebrated on Thursday, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery.


DEATH of Noreen Lynch (née Horgan), Luachra Road, Clieveragh, Listowel, and late of 97 Church Street, Listowel, on September 26th, 2020, Survived  by her husband John, daughters Mary and Deirdre, grandchildren Aidan and Ciara, sons-in-law Dermot and Cathal, brother-in-law Tim Lynch, sister-in-law Marie Liston, nephews, and nieces.


DEATH of Anne Nolan (née O'Flaherty), Carrueragh, Kilmorna, on September 26th, 2020. Survived by her husband Robert, son Liam (Speedy), daughter Linda, grandchildren Oliver, Paige and Ellie Mai, brothers Dan, Timmy and Billy, sisters Nora, Helen and Josephine, daughter-in-law Eileen, son-in-law Jamie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Following Requiem Mass in Moyvane Church, on 29th September Anne was laid to rest at Ahavoher Cemetery.


DEATH on 26th September 2020 of Sr. Columba (Kathleen) O'Carroll, Mercy Convent, Military Road, Waterford City. Sr. Columba was born in Ballylongford.


ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Ann Doyle, Patsy Healy, Bridie Lynch, Sean Dowling, Sr. Catherine Colbert, Joan Mulvihill, Mary Ellen Flaherty, Paudie Shanahan, Joe O’Connor, Tommy Stack, Michael Moloney, Monsignor Michael Leahy, Murt Downes, Mass Moyvane; Sat 3rd at 7.30pm for Mary Ellen Flaherty, Keylod;   Sun 4th  at 11.00am for Jim Watkins, Killaloe, Ballina & l/o Saggart (Rec Dec) (brother to Kathleen, Phil & Claire); Wed 7th at 7.30pm for Joseph O’Connor, Kilbaha & deceased of the O’Connor & Foley families ; Sat 10th at 7.30pm for Seamus O’ Halloran, Donnybrook & l/o Ranelagh (Rec Dec), and Mass on  Sun 11th at 11.00am for Denny McEvoy, Aughrim & deceased of the McEvoy & Foley families. Mass Knockanure; Sunday 4th for Tom Flavin, Trien; Fri  9th at 7.30pm for                 Paddy & Harriett Pender, Sallynoggin, Dublin (Anni), and mass on Sun 11th  at 9.30am for Pat Lynch, Lr Carrueragh, Kilmorna and deceased family members .




EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Wednesday’s from 11am. to 3pm. at the Main Altar in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel. It will be live streamed.Every Tuesday morning in the Church of the Assumption from 9-10am.


ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET:  Helga has a selection of locally grown vegetables which are chemical free.  Also  a new stall holder – Máire Griffen from Beale who has set up a new company called OrganiGo making organic noodles from beetroot, butternut squash and courgettes.


ANNUAL DAY FOR LIFE – SUNDAY OCTOBER 4TH: is the annual ‘Day for Life’.  The focus this year is on the sad reality of abortion.  We all seek to win over hearts and minds to ‘choose life’.  Please take this year’s card to your homes which are available in both Churches.  If you wish to view Bishop Ray’s message for this ‘Day for Life’ it can be viewed on www.dioceseofkerry.ie 


MISSIONARY INITIATIVE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER:  A Zoom conference that shines the light of the Gospel on modern culture in Ireland.  Expert input for 25 minutes and also a Q & A for 10 minutes.  Each conference begins at 8pm.  Open to all.  To take part email thehookoffaith@gmail.com to receive a link for the Zoom call. It will take place on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s during the month of October. Tuesday 6th is Mission & Science with speaker Seán O’ Leary.  Thursday 8th Mission & Law with speaker Patrick Treacy.  For a full list of all speakers log onto www.thehookoffaith.com  


HORIZONS:  Sunday Moyvane native Seán Jones, C.C., St. John’s is on with Mary Fagan.


HOLY COMMUNION FOR HOUSE BOUND:  Those who wish to take Holy Communion to the housebound family members can call into the Parish Office for a pyx.  Jacqueline will give you the details.


PARISH RADIO LINK:  Plans are currently in place to have Masses from both our Churches Moyvane and Knockanure transmitted on the FM wavelength available on all radios.


DRIVE IN BINGO:  Glórach Theatre launched their On-Tour Bingo at the Fr. Casey’s car park in Abbeyfeale to continue for the Sundays in October, when gates will be open from 1pm and Game Time is 2.30pm.  Glórach are guaranteeing a minimum of €3,050 in prize money each Sunday.


BEREAVED Parents Meeting ; Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents,


is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 13th October at 7:20pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. *Subject to change in accordance with government advise*.


LOTTERY: This week, Athea Community Council Ltd. has resumed the weekly “Lucky Numbers” lottery. Because of the pandemic we are in a very different situation to when we last did the draw. There are now fewer people in pubs and all the bingo halls are closed. We used to sell a lot of tickets in places like Pallas Foods but now most of them are working from home so we are appealing to anyone who could sell few to family and friends to give us a hand. There is also the option of monthly, half-yearly and yearly tickets as outlined via the link below or contact domhnall.barry@gmail.com


DONATIONS in aid of Ronald McDonald House to can be given at Collins shop and O’Riordans Pharmacy for those who are unable to attend the recent cake sale but would like to contribute.


Milford Hospice:  The annual coffee morning is the main fundraiser for Milford Hospice, however this year due to Covid 19 it cannot take place – local ladies Ann O’Keeffe & Peggy Casey usually organise this – so this year instead donations may be given to Ann or Peggy, O’Riordan Pharmacy or Collins Shop.


PRAYING Bookclub; Thurs Oct 15th Bookclub: Joyce Rupp – The Cup of Our Life An opportunity to explore different prayer and reflect together with others 12 noon – 1.00 pm on Thursdays Oct 15, 22 and 29. Nov 5, 12 and 19. Using Zoom, we will gather online to reflect on Sessions-  The cup of my life-  A container of God’s presence-  The vessel of loving Energy-  The boundaries of the cup- The cup as my teacher- Thirsting for filling


For more information or to sign up for the bookclub, email francesrowland@dioceseofkerry.ie


You can also light a candle online. Grow in Love is the primary school faith programme. During this pandemic, the website has been opened up for families, if you would like to say a prayer and light a candle, check out growinlove. The login email, use trial@growinlove.ie and the password is growinlove. You can light a candle virtually, read the prayers of others and submit your own prayer. .


EVENING CLASSES:  New Courses starting in September/October 2020 in the Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale (The Old Tech) Beginners Art, Painting Level 5, Cookery class, Machine sewing, Furniture Upholstery, Furniture Restoration (Level 5), Beginners Art.  If you wish to register for any of the above free classes, please call Mary in the office: 06831198 or log onto www.learningandskills.ie, click on ‘our courses, and select the location as ‘Abbeyfeale’.  You can also enrol for Autumn courses at Kerry College contact 066 714 9696 or sign up on line at www.kerrycollege.ie




ST JOHN’S Listowel; MONTH OF  OCTOBER- ART EXHIBITION: Still Having the Craic & More……


 Dave Morrison to leave his wonderful exhibition, Still Having the Craic in place for October and add a few additional pieces from his previous exhibitions.






MON 5th  FILM CLUB – Dark Waters- A 2019 American legal thriller film inspired by the true story of Robert Bilott is directed by Todd Haynes.  The film tells the story of a tenacious attorney who uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world's largest chemical corporations. While trying to expose the truth, he finds himself risking his future, his family and his own life. This film stars Mark Gruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins_________________________________


MON 12th CLASSICAL NIGHT: Music Network presents Four Masterful Cellists


 With its sonorous tone, swan-like elegance and an expressive range that gives the human voice a run for its money, no other instrument manages to play on our heart strings quite like the cello. Featuring four masterful cellists, William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh, they will play splendid arrangements of works by Bach, Beethoven and Bartók.  Sultry moods in Piazzolla’s Libertango, the soaring beauty of Mozart’s Ave verum corpus, a fiery exchange between two cellos in Barrière’s popular Sonata, as well as Debussy’s uber-romantic Clair de lune and Gershwin’s jazz-infused favourites from Porgy and Bess. More from 068 22566.


CD; The Sea of Tranquillity Vol. 2 cd by Deacon Thady O’Connor: is now available from the Parish Office Shop, Castleisland. Includes much loved favourites as well a poem from, Jimmy Cullinane, from Cordal, the Hillside Scribbler.


BLACK HISTORY; beginning of Black History Month, which highlights the significant but often overlooked contribution of Black people throughout history. This October we will be sharing a number of our records, stories, resources and films that showcase and celebrate Black history within our collection.


Read on to discover the remarkable story of William Cuffey, the important anniversary being marked and our online event and activity highlights.  




FAMILY ROSARY CRUSADE - On Saturday October 10th, the Hail Holy Queen Conference will be Live & Exclusive on Radio Maria Ireland, beginning with the Rosary from 12.30pm.  Guest speakers include Dana, Marino Restrepo, Fr. Damian Polly, Fr. Ruairi O' Domhnaill, Fr. Marius O'Reilly and many more.


VOCATION’S Director, email the National Vocations Office on info@vocations.ie


LADIES FOOTBALL: The TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship kicks off on Friday the 30 October. This is the 20th year that TG4 has been broadcasting and sponsoring the Championship. Last year it was the Dublin ladies who took home the Brendan Martin Cup and are hoping to return to Croke Park in December. Friday 30 October, Armagh v Tyrone @ 19:20 & Saturday 31 October, Dublin v Donegal @ 15:00


AUTISM Online  Conference  2020 -Autism:  Beyond  Behaviours.  Sunday, October  11th.  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.ie


Kerry Mental Health & Wellbeing Fest takes place from Sat. 10th Oct., with over 70 free events. Please see www.healthykerry.ie for a list of events.


CANTOR Online Conversation. The diocese will host a zoom conversation with parish cantor’s on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00pm.This meeting is open to practicing cantors and those who may wish to begin this ministry in your parish, facilitated by Tomás Kenny. Contact Tomás on 086 3683778 or tomaskenny@dioceseofkerry.ie




Kerry Evening Post 1813-1917, Wednesday, April 29, 1885; Page: 3


 THE KILMORNA KERRIES. When proceeding by train from Tralee to Limerick the Prince and Princess of Wales passed through Kilmorna, the resident of Pierce Mahony, Esq. the owner of a large herd of Kerry cattle, well known by its success in the show yard. By arrangements, the train went slowly through Kilmorna, and Mr Mahony had his entire herd numbering about eighty head, arranged in the  field, adjoining the line. Several prize-winners wore red and blue rosettes, which formed a pretty contrast with their shining black skins. His Royal Highness stood looking out of the window until the last of the Kerries was passed and took much interest in having the various animals pointed out to him. A gateway by the side of the line was gaily decorated with Dainish and other flags and a hearty cheer was given by the men in Mr. Mahony’s employment as the Royal Party passed. We are glad that the Prince had an opportunity of seeing a really, good herd of our only native breed. Amongst the other good animals that have come from this herd, may be mentioned the following; Dromore who took first prize at Tralee1879; and second at the Royal Show, Limerick, 1883. Dromore was remarkable for his success as a stock getter, being sire of the following animals; Black Prince, 1st Limerick, 1883; 2nd Cork , 1883; 2nd Dublin, 1884; Kenmare 1st, Cork 1883;; 1st Kilkenny, 1884; 1st Cork, 1884; Sarsfield, 1st Dublin 1884; Trien, 2nd Kilkenny 1884; Saba, 2nd Cork 1884; Sheelah, commended, Kilkenny, 1884;; do Cork 1884; Valentia, 2nd Dublin, 1884; Shan Dhuv, commended, Dublin, 1885.  


Since Dromore was sold in 1883, his son Kenmare has been in use in the herd, His successes in in the show yard are already enumerated. Mr Mahony has recetly parted with him, and the bull now in use is Aherlow, out of a cow belonging to Mr Goode, Aherlow, county Cork, which took 1st, Limited, 1883, and 1st, Dublin Dairy Show, 1883. She was an extraordinary milker, as was also her dam, Magpie. Aherlow’s sire was a black Kerry bull, selected for Mr Goode, by that excellent judge, Mr Henry Doran and took second prize at the Cork show in 1881.


Aherlow has never been exhibited; but he is the sire of the first prize bull Feale, in the yearling class at the Spring Show, Dublin 1885. Feale is a bull that promises very well, having a head of a perfect type and being otherwise exceedingly well shaped. We understand Mr Mahony intends keeping him  for use in his own herd. His dam, Waterville, who is still in the Kilmorna Herd, is also a celebrated prize taker, having been 2nd Limerick; 1883; 1st Cork, 1883; 2nd Dublin,1884, 1st, Cork, 1884 ; 2nd, Dublin, 1885, Mr Mahony believes thoroughly in the Kerry as a suitable dairy cow for the lighter lands throughout the country. He believes that the milking qualities, which are already good, can be considerably improved by selection. To make it a useful herd for the farmers of the country it will have to be improved as regards size, but judging from the advance already made in Kilmorna in this direction, there will not be much difficulty in doing so. The Welsh have already produced a valuable breed,in many respects closely resembling the Kerry. The Scotch, out of no better materials, have now the Ayrshire, the Polled Angus and the Galloway. The little Channel Islands have no less than two breeds celebrated throughout the world for their butter-making qualities. Ireland has but one native breed, which, although it possesses qualities which, if reasonably developed, would suffice to  place it in the first ranks, has hitherto been almost totally neglected. Can our agricultural societies do nothing to improve our only native breed?—Farmer's Gazette.






Kerry Evening Star 1902-1914, Monday, December 06, 1909; Page: 2




For trapping, snaring or ferreting. Apply to PIERCE WALL, Kilmorna,Listowel.




Kerry News 1894-1941, Monday, September 23, 1912; Page: 4


Funeral from  Kilmorna


Our Listowel correspondent writes:


On Friday, the remains of the late Mr G. Gun-Mahony, D.L., Kilmorna, Listowel were removed from Kilmorna House to the railway station and conveyed hence to his burial place, Cheltenham, England, where his late respected mother was laid to-rest. People of  all classes from all parts of North Kerry attended to pay their respects to a gentleman who was loved and liked by everyone, who was able to appreciate worth and benevolence . The bier in which the honoured remains were laid was borne to the railway station by the grief-stricken employees of the deceased; and received by the able and courteous station master, Mr. Con McAuliffe, all  the respect due to a gentleman who was deservedly the object of   universal affection.


It was hoped that Mr. Pierce Gun Mahony, his respected brother, would be present, but this through some reason or another was rendered impossible, as he could not have arrived from Bulgaria in time to attend the removal-of the remains of his respected brother from the old homestead on the banks of the Feale. However, his stepbrothers, Sir Arthur Vickers, Dr. Vickers and Mr. Pierce G. O’Mahony, were present, and amongst those who attended the funeral procession from Kilmorna House to the railway station, though he differed from them in religion, were—The Very Rev. T. J .Canon  O'Riordan, P.P.; V.F., Listowel; Rev. J. Beasley, P.P., Duagh; Rev T. Trant, C.C. ., Newtown; Rev. D. F. O'Sullivan, C.C., S.T.L.; do.; as well as The Rev . Canon Patterson, Protestant Rector, Listowel, who  was officially in attendance.


Wreaths were sent from the following who were present in the mournful cortege; Mr. Pierce O'Mahony (brother), Madam Yanick (sister), Sir Arthur Vickers and Dr. Vickers (step brothers), Mrs. G. McElligott and Mrs. W. McElligott, Mrs. Foran, Mrs. Wall, Mrs. Sweetnam, the Gardner and the servants, Kilmorna House, etc., etc.






The story of the development of the Great Southern Trail; a Greenway from Rathkeale in West Limerick to the North Kerry border.








Unforgettable memories of meeting three Inspiring Prophets of and for our time


by Margie Buttitta SSL


As we sadly accompany the many continual assaults today on peace, justice, climate change, ecology, and a variety of spiritual and social issues, I would like to acknowledge and call attention to three internationally-acclaimed prophets of/for our time and recall some memorable experiences of mine in the late 1980s.








The three, speaking in Russian, are living witnesses to one of the single worst acts of brutality of the Holocaust. In the space of 48 hours, 33,771 Jews were shot to death, their bodies dumped into a ravine where an estimated 100,000 people — not only Jews but also Ukrainians, Roma, mentally ill people and others — eventually would be killed by the Nazi regime.









2020 September 30 Knockanure






EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Wednesday’s from 11am. to 3pm. at the Main Altar in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel. It will be live streamed. Holy Hour -Every Tuesday morning in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale, from 9-10am.


FIRST FRIDAY: Usual Mass in Listowel at 10.30 a.m. and evening Mass which is the St. Pio Mass at 7.00 p.m.


OPEN NIGHT at St Michael’s College on youtube Oct 1st starting at 7.15pm.


RACING in Listowel was a rather exclusive affair, only the few allowed on to the Island, older people will remember, that many could not afford to pay the entrance fee and watched the racing from the Market Yard or from a few vantage points. It was good to see the races on TV, the traditional meeting on the Island, nothing could match it.


DEATH of Willie Martin, 36 Marian Place, Glin, and formerly The Mall, September 18th 2020. Predeceased by his wife Ellen (Lena Mai née Mulvihill RIP August 8th 2017). Survived by  his sons Patrick and Liam, daughters Annmarie and Caroline, his sister Mary, brothers-in-law Pakie and John, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren Cara, Chloe, Will, Jack, Holly and Jason, nieces, and nephews.


DEATH has taken place of David Thompson, Leitrim West, Moyvane, and late of Bourne, Lincolnshire, U.K., on September 24th, 2020, at his son Mark's residence. Survived by his wife Christine, son Mark, grandchildren Ben, Séan and James, brothers Michael and Philip, sister Sandra, daughter-in-law Nicola, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.


ANNIVERSARIES: Tom Fitzgerald, Mike Lynch, Mossy Culhane, Bridget Stack, Mike Parkes, Jerry Enright, Patsy Byrne, Gerard Relihan, Peg Flaherty, Tom Flavin, Mattie Quinn, Eddie Langford, Jerry O’Regan, Gerard F Horgan, Sheila Carmody, Mary E Carpenter, Mai Mullane, Jim McCarthy, Pat Stanley, Sr. Mary Aquin O’Carroll, Nell Byrnes, Mass Moyvane; Sat 26th at 7.30pm for Special Intention – Sick; Sun 27th  at 11.00am for John Shanahan, The Waterfall, Kilflynn (Rec Dec);  


Wed 30th at  7.30pm for  Gerard & Joan McEnery, Tubbertoureen; Fri 2nd  at 7.30pm for  Willie Stack, The Hill; Sat 3rd at 7.30pm for  Mary Ellen Flaherty, Keylod; Sun 4th at 11.00am for Jim Watkins, l/o Saggart, Dublin (Rec Dec) (brother to Kathleen, Phil & Claire). 


Mass Knockanure; Sun 27th at 9.30am for Paul McGonigle, Kenmare (1st Anni), and mass on Sun 4th           9.30am for Tom Flavin, Trien.


PARISH RADIO LINK:  Plans are currently in place to have Masses from both our Churches Moyvane and Knockanure transmitted on the FM wavelength available on all radios, as people could assemble in their cars in the car parks and listen on their car radio and would be able to receive Holy Communion as well.  It is hoped to have the system in place shortly.


 FEWER MASSES:  Over the last few weeks we have had fewer public Masses.  As it is unrealistic to expect stewards to be available every evening and also in keeping with the latest HSE guidelines in reducing our contacts, Masses for the month of October will be on the following days:  Saturday Vigil, Sunday morning in Knockanure and Moyvane and Wednesday and Friday evenings.  The remaining days I celebrate Mass alone.


FIRST FRIDAY CALLS: Regrettably the house visitation restrictions for First Friday calls are still in place.  However, if family members wish to attend any of the Masses, we can give them a pyx to take Holy Communion to their loved ones.   It would help us immensely if families are taking up this offer to let Jacqueline know. 


KNOCK SHRINE – The annual Legion of Mary National Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine planned for Sunday can be viewed at www.knockshrine.ie or on www.facebook.com/knockshrine/  Commencing with Rosary at 2.30 pm followed by Holy Mass at 3.00 pm.


THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS at Church  of  the  Immaculate  Conception,  Rathass, Tralee on Sunday 27th Sept., at 12.00 Noon. More info fromLatinMassTralee@gmail.com


MENTAL Health and Wellbeing Fest 2020 is mostly on line, details from www.healthykerry.ie


ENROLLING for Autumn courses at Kerry College contact 066 714 9696 or sign up on line at www.kerrycollege.ie


JOBS: North Kerry older persons maintenance service, details from 068 23429.


POETRY: Michael Hartnett Eigse, which is held every year since 1999, will be held on line this year, it was always a great occasion for both young and old with many Kerry participants and of course they shared their talent with St I  ts’s residents also. This year it will go live at 7pm on Oct., 1st at www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie




SPIRITUAL WELLNESS ADVENTURE TOUR:  taking in Killarney through the Dingle Peninsula. The aim is to enter into the prayer life of the early Monks as they wrapped themselves in the beauty of God’s creation, our common home.  Through music, song and story we connect with these early spiritual masters in the Irish cradle of Christianity.  Accompanied by: Deacon Thady O’Connor.  Ring Evelyn on 087/9365383 for info. 


HOMECARE: Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call in confidence Eileen or Tom today on 087/9916791 or  087/7440729. Our website is www.alhomecare.ie


CONGRATULATIONS to Ronan Kearney, The Village on being elected Vice Chairman of North Cork Creameries. 


RETIREMENT: Fr. Crawford will say his final masses as Parish Priest in Glin on the weekend. It is his wish to go quietly and with no fuss. Everyone in the parish wishes him well and we wish him a long and healthy retirement.


CLOTHES BANK-  SVP are delighted with the good quality clothes they are receiving. 


FULL Moon on 1st October.


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, contact 0818 222 024.


DRIVE IN BINGO:  at the Fr. Casey’s car park in Abbeyfeale to continue for the Sundays in October, when gates will be open from 1pm and Game Time is 2.30pm.  Glórach are guaranteeing a minimum of €3,050 in prize money each Sunday.  Wheelchair friendly facilities are available


SELLING ONLINE – MOVING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE: This free three-hour course will provide you with all the information required to create a business plan for moving online with your business.   Course date:  Wednesday, October 7, from 10am to 1pm.  This training will be carried out through Zoom and pre-booking is essential. For further information and to book your place, please contact Aimee Grigg at West Limerick Resources on 069 66295 or email agrigg@wlr.ie


COMPETITION: 2020/21 Art and Photography competition is ‘Reflecting on How I’ve Grown’ – in the face of the uncertainties and challenges of the year.




MASS: The Mass and the Rosary are broadcast live each day. The easy way to listen is via SAORVIEW on your television. From RTE 1 (television), one step forward is RTE 2, one step in the other direction is Radio Maria (Saorview channel 210 or 411). On September 29th, EWTN will begin a Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation. The Novena will take place immediately following the daily televised Mass and at other times during the day.


FAITH: A Zoom Conference that shines the light of the Gospel on modern Irish culture. Expert input for 25 mins. Q and A for 10 mins. Dates and speakers shown below. Each conference begins at 8pm. Open to all. To take part, send an email to thehookoffaith@gmail.com to receive address and password for Zoom call.


BIBLE: Exploring the Old Testament reading on Sunday - Without leaving your own home, you can tune into Dr. Jessie Rogers, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, who will explore the Sunday OT readings with us over 4 Tuesday nights, Sept 29, Oct 6, 13 and 20 and help us to understand their relevance for us today. For more information or to register, email francesrowland@dioceseofkerry.ie


SALE – The presbytery in Knocknagoshel has been on the market since July 2019


MARRIAGE: At least six months’ notice of the marriage should be given to the parish where the bride and groom live. A pre-nuptial enquiry form is completed by both the Bride and Groom. The State obliges you to give at least six months’ notice. For this purpose you may contact: Office of Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Health Service Executive, Kerry Community Services, Rathass, Tralee, tel: 066) 7195632. Couples are requested to attend a Pre Marriage Course as part of the marriage preparation. In Tralee, pre-marriage courses may be arranged through ACCORD, at St. John’s Parish Centre, Tralee tel: (066) 7120194/7122280.


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PLOUGHING: The 2020 National Ploughing Championships have been cancelled over COVID-19. Organisers of the event had hoped that they could operate ‘behind closed gates’, but it was not possible. It was a great event for thousands and will be sadly missed. Especially this year as farmers and their families had to work all along, as many were able to take time off and get paid.


Another great day out at the Dingle Food and Wine Festival  at beginning of October is also gone.


SET TOP BOXES: according to news reports, Gardai have seized 4,000 illegal television set top boxes during large scale searches.


Capturing the Contemporary




WRITERS: A Colloquy of Writers and Scholars on Recent Irish Writing With Anne Enright, Margaret Kelleher, Leontia Flynn, Eric Falci, Rosaleen McDonagh, Michael Pierse, Christian O’Reilly, Emilie Pine In Conversation with Paige Reynolds In partnership with Museum of Literature Ireland and Cambridge University Press Bookings for this event will open on 5th October.






DAIL: SEAMUS O CRUADHLAOICH asked the Minister for Fisheries if he will expedite the purchase and division of the estates of Madame de Janasz, Kilmorna; Dr. Davidage, Tanavilla; and Mr. Eyre Stack, Ballyconrey, all in North Kerry, and if the purchase and division of those estates will be accomplished before the spring of 1928.






Mr. RODDY: Proceedings are pending for the acquisition of the lands of Kilmeany and Trien on the estate of Madame de Janasz; the lands of Island-ganniv South, Kilcreen and Garryantavally, on Surgeon Commander Davidage's estate, and for the lands of Ballyconrey, Mweevoo and Trohana, on [607] the estate of Eyre Massy Stack, all in County Kerry, but the Land Commission are not at present in a position to say when the lands will be divided.




Mr. CROWLEY: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the lands of Mr. Stack are in the hands of the Land Commission for the last ten years for the purpose of purchase and distribution amongst congests? Is he aware also that the lands of Madame de Janasz and Dr. Davidage are in the hands of the Land Commission for the past six years for purchase and distribution amongst the congests in the district, and will he take any action in the matter?




Mr. RODDY: The Land Commission is not responsible for the delay in connection with the acquisition of these lands. The agents acting on behalf of these people are primarily responsible for the delay.


10-3-1937 Q Dail




Professor O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture if he can state the reasons for the delay in the purchasing of the proprietary creamery at Kilmorna, County Kerry, by the Dairy Disposals Board, and, further, if he is aware that the delay causes considerable loss to the farmers of this district.


Dr. Ryan Dr. Ryan


Dr. Ryan: The Dairy Disposal Company have on several occasions entered into negotiations with a view to the acquisition of the creamery premises at Kilmorna, County Kerry. The negotiations have not been successful owing to failure to reach agreement in the matter of price.


8-June 1955 Dail Q


Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Lands when bogs will be provided for the tenants of the Kilmeaney estate, Kilmorna, Listowel.


Mr. Blowick Mr. Blowick


Mr. Blowick: It is not possible to state when turbary will be provided for the tenants referred to but the question of acquiring suitable turbary in this area is being investigated.


(Crowley Kilmorna 2Nov 1925 Q)




Music Ploughing Tullamore Sept 2016 2016






Races 1991 Listowel








More on COVID-19:


Today, as fears of a second wave grow across Europe, it’s fashionable to praise Sweden, with reporters from France, the U.K. and elsewhere traveling to Stockholm to ask about its success.




But a Swedish government commission investigating the handling of the pandemic will, undoubtedly, have hard questions to answer: Did authorities wait too long to limit access to nursing homes, where about half of the deaths occurred? Were they too slow to provide personal protective equipment to staff in those homes when shortcomings in the elderly care sector had long been known? Why did it take so long to set up wide-scale testing?






COST of the apps . Startup NearForm built Ireland’s for 850,000 euros ($1 million) while Finland’s came in under budget at 900,000 euros.


In Ireland, more than 300 people who have tested positive have uploaded their codes, resulting in 900 close contact alerts.


2020 September 23 Knockanure




WEATHER: We have some wonderful weather at the present time, it gave a wonderful opportunity to everyone to make the best use of it. Farmers were very active, trying to make up for lost time during the wet spell. 


SPORT: European Week of Sport runs from 23rd to 30th of September, Jimmy Deenihan is chairman of Kerry Recreation & Sport.


BAZAAR Group in Listowel are holding a draw in aid of local charities and Foreign Missions.


ST PIO, his feast is celebrated Wednesday 23rd Sept. 2020. (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina).


DEATH of Kathleen O’Sullivan nee Kelly, Born on March 13, 1930, Kathleen was number nine of ten children to Matthew and Elizabeth Kelly in County Clare was the beloved wife of the late Michael C. O’Sullivan, a native of Derry, Listowel; loving mother of Maureen Donohue (late Robert), Patrick (Mary), Robert (Bernadette), Dianne Haley (Jack), Sheila O’Sullivan-Feeney (Jeff), Elizabeth O’Sullivan (Greg), Margaret O’Sullivan, Brenda Doychak (Doug), Eileen Thomas (Mark), and Michael (Sara); dear grandmother of 25 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Also survived by her sisters-in-law, Kitty of Dublin, and Philomena of County Clare, her cousin Mary Sullivan and many nieces, nephews, and cousins from Ireland and England. She was predeceased by 9 siblings; Martin, Pat Joe, Bobby, Jim, Johnny, Ita, Anne, Mary, and Susan. Kathleen died 12th September 2020. Funeral Mass on September 19, 2020 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 1325 Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380.


ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Soder, Richard V Cantillon, Tim McElligott, Dan Joy, Bridget O’Connor, Bill Cahill, Tom Dillon, Con McMahon, Mass Moyvane; Sat 19th at 7.30pm for Sr. Paschal Hegarty, Presentation Convent, Killarney (Recently Deceased); Sun 20th at 11.00am for Mary & John Feury, Glin (Anni) & their sons Jackie, Patrick & Michael & their grandsons Richard & Seán; Fri 25th at    7.30pm for Mikey Joe Enright, Church Road;  Sat 26th at 7.30pm  a Special Intention – Sick;  Sun 27th at 11.00am for John Shanahan, The Waterfall, Kilflynn (Rec Dec). Mass Knockanure; Sun 20th at 9.30am for Parishioners, and Mass on  Sun 27th at 9.30am for Paul McGonigle, Kenmare (1st Anni).


LATIN: The Traditional Latin Mass will be offered at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, Tralee on Sun. 27 Sept. at 12.00 Noon.


GRANDPARENTS: September marks the celebration of National Grandparents Day. Grandparents play a special role in our lives.  Some researchers believe that grandmothers may be the key to the survival of the human race.


RADIO MARIA: a Station dedicated to faith, hope and love. Radio Maria is an Irish Catholic station broadcasting for the past five years. A full list of programmes from 8am until close to midnight. The Mass and the Rosary are broadcast live each day.


VOCATIONS:  Fr. Joe Begley and his vocation team are working with the office in Maynooth in promoting vocations.  Prayers of Intercession for vocations can be found on vocations.ie. 


MASS CARDS:  With the continual restrictions please note that signed Mass Cards are available from Hollys and from the Parish Office during office hours.  Thank you.


WELCOME to Fr. Dan Lane, who will be helping out at times in Abbeyfeale and Athea, many of us are familiar with him.


CHARITY CYCLE: Michael O'Callaghan from near Tralee, did the Ring of Kerry recently and raised E 800 for Listowel's  Árus Mhuire.


TB herd history was sent to farmers recently, it is only causing confusion and will devalue some stock, and farmers have had enough stress coping with Covid 19 and other regulations and now pen pushers are justifying their existence.


HOSPICE: Annual Kerry Hospice Foundation Coffee Morning fundraiser event is on-line this year.


BINGO at the Fr. Casey’s car park in Abbeyfeale. They will hold further Drive-In Bingos on Sunday, September 20 and the following Sunday, September 27 at Fr Casey’s, again, when gates will be open from 1pm and Game Time is 2.30pm.


LIBRARY in Listowel open and Abbeyfeale will re-open on Tuesday 29th September.


SCHOOL BOOK: Lee Strand homework journal free to over 10,000 primary school pupils in Kerry and west Limerick. To celebrate Lee Strand's 100th year, the homework journal has a special 100th year theme.


STORIES about Ardnacrusha, are being compiled by the Hunt Museum, contact 061 312 833.


ST JOHN’S Listowel; THU 24TH   DRAMA – QUEEN OF TECHNICOLOUR – THE MAUREEN O’HARA STORY. This one-woman show by Elaine O’Dwyer marks the centenary of legendary Irish actress Maureen O’ Hara who was born in 1920. Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, O’ Hara played roles that often mirrored her true persona as a tough, feisty and courageous woman. Elaine takes you on an intimate journey with Maureen, revealing the person she was behind the limelight.  This Visually stunning show and take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, superbly enhanced by the rare images of the stars. More from 068 22566.


CASTLE in Askeaton, recently reopened to the public, until Friday, October 30. A guided service is available daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday.


RACING Listowel;  G4s schedule is as follows:


*Monday, September 21 - On-Air @ 3:00pm -Five races live including the main race of the day ‘The Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle’ @ 3:40pm.


*Tuesday, September 22 – On-Air @ 3:00pm


Five races live including the main race of the day ‘The Edmund and Josie Whelan Memorial Stakes’ @ 4:30pm


*Wednesday, September 23 – On-Air @ 3:00pm


Five races live including the main race of the day ‘The Guinness Kerry National’ @ 4:30pm


*Thursday, September 24 – On-Air @ 3:00pm


Five races live including the main race of the day ‘The Listowel Printing Works Handicap’ @ 4:30pm


*Friday, September 25 – On-Air @ 3:00pm


Five races live including the main race of the day ‘The Southampton Goodwill Plate Handicap Steeplechase’ @ 4:25pm. Friday 25th of September McElligotts Honda Best Dressed Lady will win €500 cash prize.


*Saturday, September 26 – On-Air @ 3:00pm- Five races live including the main race of the day ‘The M.J. Carroll ARRO Handicap Hurdle’ @ 4:00pm.


CREATION: Diocese of Kerry’s Season of Creation, which runs from September 1st to October 4th, will the Harvest Mass be another casualty of the present restrictions.


From life on the old railways to the War of Independence and the high society of the Big House, few key aspects of the modern history of Kerry have been left out, as ever, from the latest offering of Irish Life and Lore.


REFLECTION: Aristotle on  prudence “the reason must be true and the desire must be correct, if indeed the deliberate choice is to be an excellent one.”


OLD TIMES recalled: Historians Maurice and Jane O'Keeffe are delivering their work on the old railways  the War of Independence and the Big House in a series of podcasts under the Irish Life and Lore brand online.


READINGS: The Old Testament reading on Sunday explained,  you can tune into Dr. Jessie Rogers, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, over 4 Tuesday nights, Sept 29, Oct6, 13 and 20 .For more information or to register, email francesrowland@dioceseofkerry.ie


MUSIC: Comhaltas Live is the daily internet video programme of Irish traditional music produced by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Each week's 20-minute programme is divided into daily segments featuring musicians from around the world, young and old.




NEWKD; North East West Kerry Development have 6 FREE weekly webinars starting 22nd Sept. 1 hour sessions on CV Dos and Don'ts, Interview Prep, Networking Online etc. Please sign up by emailing training@newkd.ie


PINK RUN: Due to Covid19, the Great Pink Run is virtual event this year.


They are asking you to help us run the circumference of the globe for Breast Cancer this October. Run, jog, walk or wheel, the more KM you log, the quicker they can reach the goal of turning the world pink for Breast Cancer. https://www.greatpinkrun.ie/


TREES: The Tree Council of Ireland along with Tetra Pak are giving away up to 1,500 Irish native Scots Pine tree saplings for Tetra Pak Tree Day 2020. (One tree per school while stocks last!).




STEPS EYF is an engineering experience programme that gives Transition Year students a hands-on, fun and practical insight into engineering at third-level and as a career.




Due to COVID-19 our 2020 Dublin City Council Festival of History is mostly digital but, along with our partners, we’ve put together a great programme of history events. As usual, all events are free, but some need to be booked.






CITIZENS INFORMATION: are open for phone and e-mail queries. Phone Kerry 0761 07 7860  or email tralee@citinfo.ie 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.


PRE-MARRIAGE; please send an email to info@accord.ie, to find out the current procedures and how to book your pre-marriage course.






Vatican Site








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CULTURE NIGHT: Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, Siamsa Tíre theatre and arts centre has remained closed since mid March.  For CultureNight from 7pm Friday 18th September to midnight Saturday 19th September, they had a special screening of the lively closing scene from An Ghaoth Aniar.


Sample from Listowel; Culture Night




PAPERS ; Kilmorna


Connaught Journal




April 17-Yesterday morning the dwelling-house of Riversdale, near Listowel, with a most extensive range of out-offices, consisting of three stables, coach-house, cow-house, Barn, potatoe-house, and cider-house, with two farm-houses on the demesne, were discovered to be on fire, when much valuable property was consumed, with two horses and a cow, and several others dreadfully scorched. A large quantity of potatoes, oats and carts, and many other articles of husbandry were also consumed- the dwelling-house was, with great exertion, saved from sharing the fate of the offices.-When such family as the RAYMONDs, respected and remarkable for their hospitality,


benevolence and charity to the distressed, are, in their absence in England, to be selected as the victims of outrage and destruction of property-who can reckon for one night to escape the alarming system now so prevalent, and until now totally unknown in that country, where hospitality and friendly feeling were hitherto congenial to the men of Kerry?




Since writing the above we have received the following from our Newcastle




"On Thursday night, some of those daring ruffians, whose nightly depredations reflect such disgrace upon their country, set fire to the out-offices of Riversdale-house, the property of Mr. RAYMOND, which raged with such rapidity, that, in a short time, the whole beautiful and extensive concern was, with the exception of the dwelling-house, alone, consumed to ashes, and four valuable horses, several cows, a large quantity of oats, potatoes, turf, farming utensils, several hogsheads of cider, and many other valuable articles totally destroyed, together with two farm-houses contiguous thereto. The same night no less than ten fires were perceptible in the above part of the county Kerry.




"On Captain CROTTY, of the 30th regiment, stationed at Abbeyfeale, being apprised of the fire by one of his patrol, he instantly repaired to the spot with a strong guard, who assisted in saving some effects.,"-----Chronicle.




of Dr. Vere Gregory, who lives in Donegal, is still here. He is a cousin of Sir William Gregory, the celebrated husband of the still more celebrated Lady Gregory, who was one of the [729] founders of the Abbey Theatre. His book contains an account of the Gregory family in Ireland, interspersed with the writer's own reminiscences and comments on current affairs. The author was a County Inspector in the Royal Irish Constabulary during the closing years of that force. Hence, he had personal knowledge of the disturbed and difficult period leading to the Treaty of 1921. Naturally, in these personal reminiscences, there are a few stories about murders committed by both sides. Now, these are not picked for their sensationalism, but because they came his way or for some particular reason—for example, the shocking tragedy of Sir Arthur Vicars, of Kilmorna, near Listowel. Another case, of which he had not personal knowledge, he tells—and the fact does him great credit—because he wished to clear the name of Lady Gregory, his kinswoman, of an absurd charge of collusion with certain people that had been made against her. On this question of atrocity and counter-atrocity, I want to make this point—it is the kind of thing that is unavoidable in revolution. Arthur Griffith said at a time when such things were beginning to happen—and these are, I think, very important words:


“The military mind is the same in every country. Our military men are as bad as the British. They think of nothing but their own particular end and cannot be brought to consider the political consequences of their proceedings.”


(Gregory Kilmorna Senate 27 Jan 1944 debate)




How to tell if you’re dealing with a pathological narcissist








Oval Office occupant is relentlessly attacked by his opponents, and sometimes by his own party. Even the great acts of the presidency — the Louisiana Purchase, the Emancipation Proclamation, the New Deal, just to name a few — were reviled by the partisans of the era. It’s a tough job.






The second in our series on the Irish and Australian Law by Peter Moore






2020 September 16 Knockanure






CONGRATULATIONS to all the students who recently received their Leaving Cert results. Now it is planning accommodation and taking precautions, to avoid being infected by C19.


KNOCKANURE School First Holy Communion originally scheduled for 9th May, was held on Saturday, 12th September in Moyvane, fourteen children received their First Holy Communion. Due to restrictions the afters will have to be curtailed.


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Wednesday’s from 11am to 3pm. at the Main Altar in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel. It will be live streamed.


SYMPATHY to the family and relations of Anna Greaney who lost her life in Australia recently.


DEATH has occurred of Ita Shine (née Hayes), Upper Dirreen, Athea, on 7th September 2020 Predeceased by her husband Donal, sister Teresa and brothers-in-law Jack, Alphonsus & Joe, sisters-in-law Helena & Maureen. Survived by sons Donie & John, daughters Joan & Mary Ita, sons-in-law Liam & James, daughters-in-law Nora & Catherine, grandchildren Leanne, Daniel, Stephen, Lorraine, Christopher, Tara, Maeve & Amy, brother Seanie, sisters Ann & Helen, brothers-in-law Pat & Bernard, sisters-in-law Eileen & Joan, nephews, and nieces.


DEATH took place of  Timothy (Tadhg) Horan, on 2nd September 2020, of Main Street, Glin, formerly Trieneragh, Duagh, in his 102nd year.


ANNIVERSARIES: Brother William Kelly, Teresa Joan Stack, Desmond Fitzgerald, Joan O’Keeffe, Emmet Kennelly, Vivienne Rogan, Bridget Brosnan, Margaret Daly, Margaret O’Connor, Moira Griffin, Paddy O’Halloran, Bridie Behan, Madeline Barrett, Bill O’Donnell, Sr. Maria Stack, Molly Chrisfield, Timothy Horgan, Mass Moyvane. Sat 12th at 7.30pm for Denny Murphy, Port Road, Killarney; Sun 13th at 11.00am for Bridget, Pat & Dick Stack, Drommurhur; Wed 16th at 7.30pm for     Fr. Dan O’Connor, M.S.C. Knocknagree & Cork (Rec Dec); Sat 19th at 7.30pm for Sr. Paschal Hegarty, Presentation Convent, Killarney (Recently Deceased), and Mass on Sun 20th at 11.00am for Jackie Feury, Newcastle West & l/o Glin (Rec Dec (brother to Joan Moloney, The Village).


Mass Knockanure; Sun 13th at 9.30am for Kitty & Jackie Murphy, Kilmeaney; Fri 18th at 7.30pm for Timothy Horgan Jnr, Trien, (Anni) and mass on  Sun 20th at 9.30am for Parishioners.


RADIO MARIA: Via Saorview  Channels 210/411 Mass and Rosary broadcast daily.                  


FEAST- Wednesday 23rd Sept 2020 is the Feast of Saint Padre Pio (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina).


FREE EDUCATION: 10 September 1966 - Minister for Education Donogh O'Malley announced that free post-primary education will be available to all families.


BEST Wishes to  Denny Mulvihill on the saddle from Malin to Mizen head on his bike and  this time he is raising  funds for cystic  fibrosis,


NEW Moon on 17th. Land is very wet in this area for some time, some cattle housed for past weeks. Growth is good in preserved areas. Already some trees are shedding their leaves and many wild flowers are going to seed, they were great while the lasted.


RELIGION: Adult Education Course held by Fr. Sean Sheehy, beginning on Tuesday 15th September at 7pm and will be held at Cuil Mhuire Pastoral Centre on the grounds of Ardfert Parish Church.


GLORACH BINGO at Fr. Casey’s Carpark  from 2.30pm on the Sundays of September, 20 and 27.


MART Listowel Special Weanling sale on 23rd September.


BUS; Green Bus is back on road again.


HEART Valve disease awareness week runs from  14th to 20th September.


BEST Wishes to Laura Enright, Dromreask, She works in Television in Vancouver as production assistant but also has a website EnrightEdits.com . Several more locals also work in Vancouver.


GAA Moyvane; U16s County League Result. Moyvane 2-13- Ballymacelligott 2-10.


Minor County League: Moyvane/Tarbert played Ballylongford/Asdee/Ballydonoghue in Rd 3 of the Minor County League on Saturday last, winning on a final score of Moyvane/Tarbert 1-13, Ballylongford/Asdee/Ballydonoghue 1-11. Moyvane have launched their online Lotto service facilitated by Clubforce.


CENTENARY: Sunday September 20th 2020 , the centenary of the assassination of Patrick Harnett


and Jeremiah Healy who were shot by Black & Tan Thomas Huckerby at Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale.


RACING in Listowel: Sunday 20th to Saturday 26th September- Behind Closed Doors.


In July, Listowel Race Committee made the unavoidable decision that the Harvest Festival Meeting in September 2020, would not take place as an event open to the general public this year. Stories abound that many have booked beds in town during race week.


INFORMATION: Citizens Information are open for phone and e-mail queries.  Phone Kerry 0761 07 7860 or e-mail Tralee@citinfo.ie.  10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.


ST JOHN’S Listowel: FRI 18TH CULTURE NIGHT IN LISTOWEL. We are delighted to be collaborating with the Kerry Writers Museum to bring a wonderful evening of music, dance, visual art and all things culture between 6pm and 9pm in association with Kerry County Arts Office.  Full evening programme to be announced nearer the date._________________________________




 This one-woman show by Elaine O’Dwyer marks the centenary of legendary Irish actress Maureen O’ Hara who was born in 1920. Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, O’ Hara played roles that often mirrored her true persona as a tough, feisty and courageous woman. Elaine takes you on an intimate journey with Maureen, revealing the person she was behind the limelight.  This Visually stunning show and take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, superbly enhanced by the rare images of the stars.  Tickets can be purchased over the phone on 068 22566.


CLIMATE: Cultivating Hope. A Faith Response to the Climate Crisis is happening on the 17th Sept at 8pm. This Webinar is brought to you by the Diocese of Kerry JPIC Committee in conjunction with the all-Ireland  Laudato Si’ Working Group of the Irish Bishops  Council of Catechetics. This will feature Lorna Gold, author of ‘Climate Generation’ as its keynote speaker and will be joined by a panel of local activists. To register please email desbailey@dioceseofkerry.ie


SELLING ONLINE –free three-hour course will provide you with all the information required, contact Aimee Grigg at West Limerick Resources on 069 66295 or email agrigg@wlr.ie


FRI 18TH    CULTURE NIGHT IN LISTOWEL. Collaborating with the Kerry Writers Museum to bring a wonderful evening of music, dance, visual art and all things culture between 6pm and 9pm in association with Kerry County Arts Office.


BARDFEST; Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival- Results




GAA MATCHES; https://www.gaa.ie/search/?q=kerry


MUSIC; Search Results for Listowel (TG4 Player)- https://www.tg4.ie/en//?s=listowel


COVID-19  SUPPORT  LINE  FOR  OLDER  PEOPLE: ALONE manage  a  national  support  line  and additional  supports  for  older  people. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am -8pm. Phone: 0818 222 024


LIVE SERVICES – from St. Mary’s Church, Tarbert. All Masses are now being Livestreamed . Just go to the Church website – stmarystarbert.com


LIMERICK Women’s Mini Marathon – 26th and 27th September 2020. A virtual event allowing a person to participate wherever and whenever suits them over the 26th and 27th of September.


All participants will receive a custom quarter zip running top as well as a bespoke medal in the post.


CRIME: For crime prevention advice please see https://www.garda.ie/en/Crime-Prevention/Bogus-Traders-Callers.pdf


INTERESTED  IN  STUDYING  THEOLOGY. The  one  year,  part-time  Higher  Diploma  in Theological  Studies  at  St  Patrick's  College, Maynooth  Closing date for applications is  Friday 18th September. Info from  admissions@spcm.ieor visit  www.maynoothcollege.ie


CAUTION is advised in following a charismatic person with a big ego.


Threshing at Ballybunion 2020






Threshing Vintage Ballybunion September 2020


BLITZ: On 7 September 1940, 80 years ago, the first night of the London Blitz, 350 German bombers advanced up the Thames estuary, targeting the docks. By 04:00 the following morning, over 300 bombers had attacked the city, 400 Londoners had been killed and 1,600 left injured, this would be just the first night of a two month long attack, by which time 1 million homes would be destroyed and 20,000 civilians would be killed.








New York NY Irish American Advocate 1940-1942 - 0081.pdf


17 Feb 1940


KERRY—The  country,  from  Tarbert  to  Ballybunion,  was  under  a  mantle  of  snow   seven   inches   deep  on   Saturday   morning.   The thaw was  sort-lived  and  in   the   afternoon    it   started    freezing    again   and   the   frosty   spell   continues.   Ir.   North   Kerry,   the   River   Feale   at   Listowel is still frozen.




Liam   O’Flaherty,   author    of    "The    Martyr,"  the  "Informer"  and  "Famine"  arrived  here   Saturday   on  his  way   to   Mexico.  Mr.  O'Flaherty is  the  most realistic writer of  the troubled   period   of  the   1916-21  period   in  Ireland.  He is  not   very  vocal  on  present-day    affairs   in   Irelan