Archive for September, 2020

Knockanure Notes-22/09/2020

Jer Kennelly

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.

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).

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

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 €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.

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.

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By Carrig Side-22/09/2020

By Tom Aherne

Ardagh ICA are holding  a virtual Coffee Morning, due to Covid restrictions, on Thursday, September 24 from 10.30am to 12 noon. The members will be accepting donations outside Ardagh Community Hall during this time. They also have collection boxes available at Ailish’s Hairdressing, Greaney’s Butchers and Dairygold Co-op. Donations will be greatly accepted and appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s GAA, and ADRSC will hold a scrap metal collection on Saturdaym September 26 from 9am to 5pm. Items of scrap can be dropped off at the Devon Wood yard in Main Street, Ardagh. All support for both local clubs will be greatly appreciated. The household items include steel oil tanks, biscuit tins, drink cans, empty food cans, steel coal bunkers, coal buckets, steel window frames, saucepans, kettles (not plastic) boilers , electric cookers, gas cookers, dishwashers, steel gutters, washing machines, golf irons, sink tops, ironing boards, clothes irons, radiators, solid fuel cookers, copper, food mixers, brass, electric knives, aluminium, fireplaces, (steel), lead, bicycles, electric cable,  go karts, sheep wire,  trampolines,  fencing wire,  swing frames,  goal posts.

Farm and other machinery include old cars, engines and parts, gates, railway lines, corrugated iron, wheelbarrows, trailers, cement mixers, tractors, diggers, transport boxes, water pumps, combine harvesters,  electric motors, hay balers, binders, silage balers, batteries, hay turners, milk tanks, mowing machines, milk cans/buckets, milking machines, ploughs, toppers, milk coolers,  agitators,  ring feeders,  barrels, and slurry tanks.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.

Mary Kury, Secretary of the Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association, is compiling a local directory covering the catchment area of Ardagh, Carrigkerry, Coolcappa, Kilcolman and surrounding townlands.  It will cater for businesses, voluntary groups, organisations, and will give people an idea of what is available around the locality. It will be free and entries limited to three lines per entry, and advertisements can be also included at €100 for a full page and €50 for a half page. The directory will be available in late October from the usual outlets, and later will be available online. Mary can be contacted by text 087-9282486, or email [email protected]

We extend sympathy to Seanie and Joan Hayes and family, Carnagh, on the death of Seanie’s sister Ita Shine Upper Dirreen, Athea, peacefully at her residence on Monday, September 7. The Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Wednesday, September 9 followed by burial  in Holy Cross Cemetery. Sympathy to all other family members. May she rest in Peace.

Creeves Celtic held the second split the pot fundraiser draw at Hanley’s Shop, Creeves on Monday, September 14. Congratulations to Maria Donovan who won €118. Entry fee €2, with €1 to the club and the other €1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two Euro in plus details, are available at the Thatch Bar, and Hanley’s Foodstore, Creeves. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month. The forms are available from committee members, and the  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s  drew with Castletown/Ballyagran 0-15 each in Round 5 of the County Junior A Hurling Championship at Ballingarry on Saturday, September 12. Saint Kieran’s trailed by 0-10 to 0-6 at half time. The result leaves Saint Kieran’s with three points from their five matches, and safe from relegation.

The next Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on  Limerick Live 95 fm during their Sports Show  from 10am to 11am, on Saturday, September 26. Contact Saint Kieran’s club members to join. The star prize for September is afternoon tea in the Minstrels Gallery at Adare Manor, and Gourmet  dinner for five people in the Carriage  House Restaurant at Adare Manor.

Congratulations to Ed and Toss  Broadford who won €102 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, September 18. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.  New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising, creating new talk shows, documentaries and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

The Desmond Castle Askeaton is now open to the public until Friday, October 30. Admission is free, and numbers are limited to 6-8 people due to the special Covid restrictions. A guided service is available daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

People around the Limerick area are being asked to host a socially distanced or virtual coffee morning  and raise funds for Milford Hospice  on Thursday, September 24. This is the 28th year of the fundraising initiative and it is sponsored by Bewley’s. The money raised is crucial in ensuring that they continue to meet each individual  patients needs and to support their families throughout the  mid west region. Call the fundraising department at 061- 485859, or visit www.

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Knockdown News-22/09/2020

Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to Johnny Sheehy (caretaker in Killeaney AFC grounds) and his wife Helen on the recent birth of a grand-daughter, Catherine Sheehy; sister to Mortimer and Louellyn. Johnny and Helen have two grandchildren in Australia also, called Emilia and Georgia Engeman.

We should all be ploughing and racing this week but, alas, we are living in different times, so instead we are watching the Covid numbers increasing every night. It is hard to comprehend, and seems very unreal, that this unseen virus is controlling all our actions. The thing that concerns me the most is the number of hospital cases rising which does not bode well for winter. We hope that not too many of us have need for doctors or hospitals in these coming months.

On Monday all the pubs opened up after 190 days of closure. Let’s hope that people will co-operate with the publicans now and reduce the risk of rising the numbers further. It is good that the publicans can once again resume their work and livelihood as it must have been a frightening experience for them to be closed for so long.

One thing which lifted my spirits this month was the Tour de France cycling race. It is usually held in July. I love watching it for the scenery around France! But it was also very exciting to see Irishman Sam Bennett win the Green jersey. There was a lovely clip on the news of his grandfather watching him on TV and cheering him on as he crosses the finishing line in the Champs-Élysées. His family must be so proud, but also sad that they could not be there in person due, once again, to Covid 19. 

Glin Library will be opening to the public on Tuesday next September 29. It is being made Covid friendly this week with screens and sanitizers. However there will be no computer access for the time being and no more than two patrons can be in the library at any one time. But, it is good to be opening up once again.

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