By Jer Kennelly

2021 March 3 Knockanure


SCHOOL; after two months of home schooling, junior and senior infants, first and second classes in the primary schools, as well as Leaving Cert students, are back at school.


Drop off and collection times are the most likely times when the virus has a chance to spread amongst adults.  Parents must inform Bus Éireann if your child is not using School Transport.

MUGS Sale; This week we have banked €6,075 bringing the total to date €10,150.  Thanks to all who contributed and very many thanks for your most encouraging words.  The work of support and generosity is alive and well in the Parish, and thankfully prayer is helping us all.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  Will continue Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 4pm on 99.9fm.

A CELTIC LENTEN JOURNEY:  Liturgical musicians from Dublin parishes have put together a Lenten series from the Avila Carmelite Centre in Dublin.  It is a reflective way, combining Scripture and Music, to enter into the Lenten period. Available on

TALK: Online Pre-Sacramental Preparation talk:  Confirmation – Journeying with your child is on Tuesday 2 March at 7pm. Visit

MASS 03 Mar in Ireland today,  pray for and remember all who have died as a result of the Corona virus. Sadly, over 770,000 have died in Europe.

DEATH of  Hannah Frances Daly (née Fitzgerald) Station House, Pallasgreen / Quilty, Clare, and Duagh, on 25th February 2021 in her 97th year. Predeceased by her husband Michael John, & sons Michael Jnr and Maurice. Deeply regretted by her sons PJ, Kieran, Noel, Vincent, Albert, Thomas & Declan, daughters Nora Mary, Patricia, grandchildren, brother in law, son in law, daughters in law, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH of Eileen Kennelly (née Harman), Upper Church Street, Listowel, on February 21st, 2021, at her home.  Wife of the late Maurice and sister of the late John, David and Mary. Sadly missed by her sons Brendan and Kevin, daughters Ann, Deirdre, Karon and Trisha, grandchildren David, Shane, Orla, Sean, Gráinne, Liam, Michael, Aisling, Emma, Rian and Lia, brother Jimmy, sisters Frank, Sr. Úna, Anne and Ber, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and  grandnieces.

DEATH of Brenda Woulfe (nee Ahern), Church Street, Abbeyfeale, on Monday, February 22nd 2021.

predeceased by her husband Dan and daughter Mary, survived by her son D.P., daughter-in-law Maureen, grandson Michael and his partner Samantha, great-grandchildren Alaura and Tadhg, son-in-law Denis, sister-in-law Nora Stack and the Stack family.

ANNIVERSARIES: Noirin O’Hanlon, Louis O’Carroll, Patsy Kennelly, Mike Dore, Elizabeth Flaherty, Bridie Flaherty, Bobby Buckley, Siobhan Stack, Billy Casey. Mass Moyvane;  Sat 27th at  7.30pm for Jerry Brosnan, Church Road, The Village (Anni); Sun 28th at 11.00am for         Mary Stack, Upper Aughrim (Months Mind); Mon 1st at 7.30pm for Nora & Joseph O’Connor, Ballybunion & their infants Sheila, Mary & Anne & their son-in-law Pascal O’Rourke (Anni); Tues 2nd at 7.30pm for   Maura Barrett, Western Road, Cork (Rec Dec); Wed 3rd at 7.30pm for Eamon Sweeney, Woodgrove (Anni), his son Pat & Pat’s wife Anna Mai; Thurs 4th at 7.30pm for Mary Culhane, Leitrim Middle, Birthday Celebration Mass; Fri 5th at 7.30pm for         Siobhán Stack, Beenanasbig & Australia (Anni); Sat 6th at   7.30pm for Peggy Wallace, Aughrim (Anni), and Mass on Sun 7th at 11.00am for              Catherine O’Connor, Glin (Anni).

Mass Knockanure; Sun 28th at  9.30am for Hannah Keane, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna (1st Anni), and Mass on Sun 7th at 9.30am for Bridie Flavin, Trien (Anni).

MASS readings Leaflet;

WISE WORDS ; It is not what we eat, but what we digest, that makes us strong;

Not what we gain, but what we save, that makes us rich;

Not what we read, but what we remember, that makes us learned; And not what we profess, but what we practise, that gives us integrity.

TRIBUTE: The President has led tributes following the death of traditional musician Joe Burke, who has died aged 81 on  20th February 2021.  Michael D Higgins said news of the death of the “distinguished and influential accordion player” will have saddened countless music lovers and fans of traditional Irish music at home and abroad. “His legacy, not only the great archive of his music but also the love for music that he kindled among countless young musicians, will continue to inspire,” said President Higgins. “Sabina and I send our condolences to Ann Conroy Burke, to his family and friends, and to all those whose hearts he touched.” Mr Burke bought his first button accordion in the 1950s.He was a founding member of the Leitrim Ceilí Band in 1956 and he toured the US with the band in the early 1960s.He could play the fiddle, tin whistle, flute, and uilleann pipes, the button accordion made him famous. Joe Burke was a regular visitor to events in Listowel and Lixnaw.

Re: A true story…

One St. Stephen’s day we were at a party given by the Wren Boys in Listowel. The session included Frankie Gavin, Joe Burke, Seamus Creagh, Jackie Daley, Paddy Glackin and several others including myself. In the middle of a set, somebody asked Joe. “Could you play the Hucklebuck?” To which he replied, “It’s time to get the Hucklef**k out of here…..

Posted by Ian Stevenson 15 years ago.

WEDDING;  50th Anniversary in March 2002 of Kitty O’Carroll and Jack Frick, California. Kitty daughter of Tim O’Carroll and Nellie Wilmot of Knockanure.

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.

CAP Payments; 800 farmers receive E60,000 each and 100 farmers receive over 100,000 each.

COMPLAINT: Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, criticised processing delays within the Department of Agriculture in Dáil Éireann, highlighting a range of issues affecting beef farmers, forestry and aquaculture in Kerry.

NIARON LTD: will continue jointing works outside the Creamery in Moyvane village. Works at this location will continue for approximately 4 weeks. A traffic light traffic management system will be in place for the duration of the works. The works are deemed essential by ESB . All works will be carried out in accordance HSE COVID 19 Guidelines.


WRITERS Week; Click for details on all competitions.

Contact us on: [email protected] or phone 00353 (0)68 21074.

GARDEN: over 1,600 primary schools nationwide are preparing to plant their own spring garden and learning all about fresh, Irish produce. Agri Aware’s programme is a free, healthy eating and growing project that has been running in Irish primary schools for 13 years. Over 43,000 primary school children nationwide are taking part in this year’s project.

SIAMSA Tíre launches its first online exhibition in response to the present COVID restrictions.  This exhibition represents a feast of creativity with a collection of fine art, photography, ceramics, contemporary installation, wool craft, felting and weaving, all created over the last number of years by ‘INHOUSE’ a group of Kerry artists.


REPORTS say that Elon Musk is to provide satellite internet in the Black Valley is for a pilot connection to one household to obtain data and feedback  – not to provide broadband to a whole community.

AID: businesses will be able to avail of the new €60 million COVID Business Aid Scheme (CBAS).

Kerry County Council will be responsible for administering the scheme and applications will soon open online.

TROCAIRE: 09 Mar- The Lent Lecture  with Cardinal Tagle is on Tuesday 9th March at 6.30pm. Registration is essential and the link to register is

VACCINE for C19, generally prevents people dying from the virus, why not prevent deaths by giving vaccine to more vulnerable people and delay the second injection for a few more weeks. The present system is causing enmity and division.

TG4; Irish horseracing will feature on TG4 for seven consecutive weekends as the channel announced a significant increase in its racing coverage for 2021. Beginning at Leopardstown on Sunday, March 7, TG4 will cover racing each weekend through to the middle of April, taking in fixtures from eight different racecourses in that time, including the first action of the 2021 Flat season from the Curragh on Sunday, March 21.

24/03 @ 21:30; Environmental educator Darach Ó Murchú visits some of Ireland’s most celebrated destinations and tourist sites, as well as community spaces and local areas of beauty to explore how these breath taking locations got on during a near total absence of visitors and how wildlife has behaved in their absence.

JOB: Tarbert National School, Chapel St., Tarbert, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Roll No. 18705o, invites applications for the post of Part-time School Secretary. The post is for 21 hrs per week.

Please email Letter of Application and C.V. with the name, role and contact details for a minimum of 2 referees to [email protected].com for the attention of the Chairperson, by 9th March 2021, subject ‘Secretary Application’

KNOCK SHRINE ONLINE LENTEN LECTURES: Knock Shrine will host a series of online discussions to help engage Christians during Lent, under the title ‘Living Christian Faith –Lenten Conversations’. Chaired by Father Eamonn Conway DD, a priest of Tuam diocese and Professor of Theology at Mary Immaculate College, there will be guest speakers and different themes every week. The discussions will be streamed online via the Knock Shrine website ( and Facebook page, The talks will be streamed at 8.30pm every Thursday during Lent.

COINS: a list of ten of the most valuable Irish coins according to .  from €600 for a 1931 Half Crown to €7,600 for a 1943 Two Schilling piece (Florin): 10. 1931 Half Crown – €600 9. 1961 Half Crown -€600  8. 1934 Florin (Two Schillings) – €750 7. 1937 Florin (Two Schillings) – €750 6. 1937 Half Crown -€1,500 5. 1985 Half Penny – €1,600 4. 1937 One Schilling – €1,600 3. 1943 Half Crown – €3,800 2. 1985 Twenty Pence Coin – €6,500 1. 1943 Florin (Two Schilling) – €7,600

SELLING ONLINE:  Moving Your Business Online: For further information, please contact Aimee Grigg at West Limerick Resources on 069 66295 or email [email protected]

WANTED:   Trainers & Mentors Wanted: Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is looking to form a panel of experts to support the delivery of SICAP activities. For Expression of Interest Form please visit or contact SICAP Co-ordinator, Dearbhla Conlon Ahern on [email protected]

JOBS: Follow for daily posts on job vacancies and training opportunities throughout West Limerick.

GAS Bottle Returns; Please give your local Calor Centre a call to arrange a return.

FUNDS: Listowel Emmets Ladies senior & minor ladies  undertaking a 10k to raise funds for the ICU Department in University Hospital Kerry in recognition of their outstanding work through this pandemic.

TURF CUTTING: have your say with a click on the link here:

You can send an email to the following address: [email protected]

Or by post to: Public Consultation on Solid Fuels Air Quality Division, Dept of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Newtown Road, Wexford, Y35 AP90. Submissions close on 2nd April.

GLOBAL Warming; Miles of print are shouting about Global Warming, but advertising has conditioned the greatest squanderers of the earth resources are people to inmate, while the humble who use least resources are sneered at.

FULL MOON at end of February, brought us many bright nights, it set over Ballybunion early in the mornings. Spring is in the air, many shrubs coming to life and birds singing. A dry spell will see activities on the land and gardens.



By Courtney Mares

ROME NEWSROOM , 25 February, 2021 / 7:00 PM (ACI Africa).-

In a week’s time, Pope Francis is expected to make history by becoming the first pope to travel to Iraq. His March 5-8 trip will take him from excavations of historical biblical sites dating back thousands of years to churches where Catholics suffered horrific terrorist attacks only a few years ago. With meetings planned with Iraqi political leaders and prominent Muslim clerics, the pope is scheduled to travel 900 miles within Iraq in a little over three days.

100 YEARS. Limerick GAA will mark their All Ireland hurling win in 1921 on March 7th at 8pm on Limerick GAA TV, also remembered is the killing of George Clancy, Michael O’Callaghan and Joseph O’Donoghue.

MULCAHY family of Mitchelstown, are looking for any memorabilia of the Orchestra.  The Band played the Central Ballroom in Ballybunion from 1957 until the early 80’s and the last surviving member of the original Maurice Mulcahy Orchestra, Joe Mulcahy, passed away at the age of 84 in Jan 2021.

CHANGE due to intervention by the Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI), whereby, religious communities are being stepped up the list for vaccination, although many are already in the older age-bracket. This action was taken due to the news of the death and burial in the same week, of ten Spiritan Fathers who lived together (some in a Care home and some in community), and also the death of six Holy Family Sisters in one community who were also buried over a similarly short period.


GLENSTAL; Both the steaming and recordings will be posted on the abbey website at



by Moya Cannon

A first sighting,

five low primroses,

and later, near the compost,

a sliver of white among clumped shoots –

a snowdrop splits its green sheath,

and high birdsong in the hazels –

a jolt to realise that here too,

below snow-shawled Alps

with their tunnels and ski-stations,

this is St. Brigid’s Eve.

This is the evening when my father

used to knock three times on the scullery door

and wait for an invitation to enter

with a bundle of cut rushes, saying

Téigí ar bhur nglúine,

fosclaigí bhur súile

agus ligigí isteach Bríd.

Older, he told me his sisters used to vie

to be the one to knock three times

before entering with the first greening.

What ritual were they re-enacting?

Or we, in the warm yellow kitchen, suddenly full

of rushes and scissors and coloured wool-ends,

what ceremony were we weaving there,

folding the silky stalks into crosses

to hang above the door

of each room in the house,

or what do those little island girls celebrate

who still carry the Brideóg, the spring doll

from house to welcoming house

if not the joyful return

of the bride of Hades after three months of deep

wintering, if not a first sighting of Persephone

among the rushes in a wet western field.

And what caution was told in the hesitation,

until that third knock granted admission,

what fear of deception, of late frosts,

of February snow and dead lambs?

Our fears are different now,

of floods and fast-calving glaciers,

of birds and beasts and fish and flowers forever lost

and the earth’s old bones pressed for oil.

But our bones still bid her welcome

when she knocks three times,

when she enters, ever young,


Kneel down,

open your eyes

and allow spring to come in.


100 YEARS ago Ballylongford; Michael Moore, Quay Street, who was an American citizen, and who gave an eye-witness account in a letter which was published in the Manchester Guardian newspaper; ‘The shop of Jeremiah McCabe, a baker, (Bridge Street) was set on fire and the children had to be roused from the bed and flung out a back window. Several people had to rush from their houses in scanty attire.

Several houses not burnt were looted and wrecked. The house of John Kelly was one, the house of John Moran was set on fire and his wife has since died, the result of shock. Several efforts were made to set fire to the shop and public house of Mrs. Kennelly (Quay Street), but this brave woman defied their efforts, quenching the fire each time with brine from the salting tubs.’ The Ballylongford girls school attendance book reported; 23rd February 1921, attendance 0 out of 83.  24th February 1921, attendance 5 out of 83; 25th February 1921, attendance 6 out of 83 – policeman shot – town burned – children afraid to come to school. On the 19th of March, the “Kerry People” reported: ‘The Dublin White Cross Society have forwarded a sum of £50 towards the relief of the poor recently

100 YEARS ON: The Burning of Ballylongford

PAPERS:               New York NY Irish American Advocate 1930-1931 – 0152.pdf

29 March 1930


A most delightful high-class entertainment was given in St. Joseph’s Hall, Glin, on Sunday night by St. Michael’s Dramatic Company, Limerick. The drama, “The Shaughraun,” from start to finish was appreciated and applauded by a most attentive and large audience.


The immense number of people who attended the obsequies of Michael McEllistrum, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry, on Sunday, showed how highly respected he was. Mourners attended from all North Kerry and West Limerick Seldom, if ever, were so many at Lislaughtin burial ground.


The death of has taken place of David O’Sullivan, merchant and auctioneer, Ballylongford The deceased had extensive business connections throughout North Kerry.


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

3 March 1934

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.


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 – 1012.pdf

3 March 1934

The Kerrymen are to honour the feast of St. Patrick by taking an active part in the parade, and invite  all Kerymen and their friends to follow the Kerry colours.————————————————-

Irish and American dance music and entertainment to be served by Prof. Denis McAuliffe, the Kerry minstrel. —————————————–

You know that John Nolan is one of the most respected and best-liked Kerry men in New York. He is well known down Newspaper Row way, especially Frankfort street, and also at the Emerald Ballroom, 303 West 125th street, where he serves the refreshments on every occasion that the hall is holding an affair.——————————- gotten together and formed a committee to promote a big North Kerry testimonial to him.


Albany NY Evening News 1933 – 0423.pdf

25 Jan 1933

IRISH TROOPS CALLED; VOTE COUNT BEGUN – Illegal Balloting Charged by Both De Valera and Cosgrave. ———————————

A mob attacked the civic guard barracks at Ballyduff. County Kerry, smashing windows. Voters in the district were intimidated. Troops drove the crowd away and restored order

Clashes between members of the “Republican army” supporting de Valera and the “white army” backing Cosgrave were reported from Ballyconry and other towns.

In Killarney, members of the Fianna Fail party spoiled plans of the Cosgrove supporters to carry voters to the polls in automobiles. The Republicans dismantled the Cosgrove automobiles in their garages. (See paper for more)


AWARD: Dr. Mike Ryan World Health Organisation Awarded Trócaire’s Romero Award. Irishman Dr. Mike Ryan has led the global response to Covid-19 through his role as Executive Director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme. Recently he received Trócaire’s Romero Award. In his acceptance speech Dr Ryan made significant comments that we all need to know.  Dr Ryan said that, “The most vulnerable populations in the world have now become even more vulnerable. Those we left behind before are now even further behind. Covid has laid bare and exploited fundamental inequities in access to public healthcare and the reality that healthcare can be used to empower or curtail the human, civil and political rights. Healthcare can be a force of good but it can also be a weapon of oppression if you don’t have access to it or if access to that healthcare is dependent on the colour of your skin or your ethnicity or your political affiliations. Access to healthcare during Covid-19 has not been fair. It has been influenced by gender, by age, by social class, by legal status, by ethnicity and by so many other factors. ”Dr Ryan said that “We need a world that is more sustainable, where profit is not put before communities. Where the slavery to economic growth is taken out of the equation. We need sustainable growth in our communities. We need sustainable livelihoods for our people. And we’re taking huge risks –massive risks –with our future if we don’t manage the planet in which we live. And we’re being extremely irresponsible right now.”