By Jer Kennelly

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 or on  Commencing with Rosary at 2.30 pm followed by Holy Mass at 3.00 pm.

MENTAL Health and Wellbeing Fest 2020 is mostly on line, details from

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

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 Itas’s residents also. This year it will go live at 7pm on Oct. 1st. at

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

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.

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.

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.

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.