By Jer Kennelly

ST PATRICKS DAY from Fr. Kevin. Lockdown or no lockdown the Feast of St. Patrick is a special day for Irish people everywhere.  It revives their sense of identity and their connection with home; that small island on the edge of Europe where young Patrick met God in the hardship and loneliness of exile and slavery.  With celebrations curtailed enormously this year we must make and extra effort to focus on Patrick’s faith and unshakable trust in God.  This might seem a very inadequate message in these Covid days.  Yet, it may be the only solid ground that is left to us when everything else has turned to quicksand.  On Wednesday, may our prayer be the one that Patrick prayed often, “I leave myself in the hands of the almighty God who rules everywhere”.  Happy Feast Day.  As ever, we will have blessed Shamrock for Tuesday’s Vigil and Wednesdays Masses.  May his prayers be special to all of us and to all our emigrants.  Lá Fhéile Pádraig.

FEAST of St. Joseph Friday 19th March.

NIARON LTD:  ESB Jointing works will continue at the same locations in Knockanure and outside the Co-op in Moyvane.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  On Monday & Friday at 4pm on 99.9fm. (note: no Stations on St. Patrick’s Day.

ADORATION of the Blessed Sacrament daily from 7.30am–7.00pm. Masses can be viewed live on Killarney Franciscans Facebook page daily at 10.00am.

SUPPORT line open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 081 822 2024.

PADRE Pio March Devotions in Castleisland on Tuesday 23rd March (4th Tuesday) at 7.30pm

Witness will be given by Catriona Foley and her 12-year-old boy – Jayden – a miracle child and is with us because of our unbelievable faith in the Padre Pio Glove. Live Streaming at Castleisland Church.

SYMPATHY to the Kennedy, Long and Hanlon families on the death of Tracy Kennedy whose funeral took place in Ballybunion.

DEATH has taken place of Hugh Goulding, Knockanure Village, on March 9th, 2021, in his 92nd year. Predeceased by his wife Eileen. Sadly missed by his daughters Mary, Noirín and Eleanor, grandchildren Nicola, Dan, Chloe and Cian, sons-in-law Enda and Paudie, brothers, sister, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Requiem Mass for Hugh was celebrated in Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure, on Friday, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery. His father Hugh died on 4 Mar 1982, his mother Mary Behan died in 1994, his parents were married on 21 Feb 1928 in Moyvane. Predeceased by siblings, Tony Goulding on 14 Mar 1972 and Sr. Teresa Brendan Goulding died on 28 Aug 1994. Survived by siblings Denis, Sean and Maureen.

The death has occurred of William (Liam) O’Sullivan Lislaughtin, Ballylongford, on Monday March 8th 2021 in his 99th year.

ANNIVERSARIES: Paddy Moore, Bernie O’Connor, Nora Scanlon, Michael Keane, Ned Leahy, Noel Mulvihill, Pat Joe Barry, Mary B O’Connell, Margaret Mulvihill, Dan Liston, Billy Looney, Tom Moore, Nellie Carbury. Mass Moyvane; Sat 13th at 7.30pm for Eileen O’Connor & Mary Keane, Clounbrane ;Sun 14th at 11.00am for Patrick Hayes, Clounbrane (1st Anni); Tues 16th at  7.30pm, VIGIL:  ST. PATRICK’S DAY for Fr. Joe Finan, Sligo & Dublin (Months Mind); Wed 17th at 11.00am for ST. PATRICK’S DAY Emmet Leahy, Carrueragh; Thurs 18th at 7.30pm for Marie O’Callaghan, Glin Road (Anni) & dec of the O’Callaghan family; Fri 19th at 7.30pm, Special Intention – Bereavement; Sat 20th at 7.30pm for Tim & Hannah Leahy, Trien; Sun 21st at 11.00am for Sr. Deborah O’Flaherty, Queensland, Australia (Rec Dec); Mass Knockanure; Sun 14th at 9.30am for Margaret & Michael Flynn, Knockanure & deceased of the McMahon & Flynn families; Mon 15th at 7.00pm Mary O’Carroll, Knockanure (Months Mind, in Church, no congregation); Wed 17th at 9.30am ST PATRICK’S DAY – Parishioners, and Mass on Sun 21st at 9.30am for Jack & Betty Goulding, Keylod.

SALE of Parish Mugs- €880 (bringing total to date €11,710).  Very many thanks.

MASS Athea; via the following link

GRANT: Heritage Council has allocated €1,000,000 to its Community Grant Scheme for 2021.

Submit your application via The Heritage Council’s Online Grants System by Monday, March 29th. 2021 at 5pm. Details

VOCATIONS: ‘Virtual Discernment Evening’ on Tuesday, 23rd March for those interested in the Diocesan Priesthood.  Those interested must register by emailing [email protected]  Fr. Joe Begley, Vocation Director.

“We have never noticed religious intolerance”: Catholic Nuns in Muslim-Dominated Morocco.

HOSPICE: Kerry Hospice’s will contribute €400,000 a year over five years to HSE. Also €100,000 supplementary funding is needed within Kerry Hospice. Kerry Hospice Good Friday Walk will be a virtual event this year.

DONATE A CALF FOR CANCER:  John McGrath was diagnosed with terminal Oesophageal Cancer in January 2020. John battled his illness with a courage, compassion, and humour. To celebrate John’s life and help others his family and friends are organising ‘Donate A Calf For Cancer’ in conjunction with The Listowel Mart. We are asking farmers to bring their calf or calves to the Listowel Mart on March 24th and donate the proceeds to Palliative Care.  For more information, please get in touch by email at [email protected] or by phone at 087 1755324.

VACCINE: Hungary is the only country in the EU administering both the Chinese and Russian C19 vaccines in addition to Western ones. Hungary will be able to vaccinate everyone by July.

CRECHES are looking for 200 million funding of they may have to close. Covid-19 crisis and restrictions and remote working reduced demand for places and income.

DEATHS:  There were 50,627 deaths in 1916 in Ireland which gave a death rate of 16.1 per 1,000 of the population (when the population in 1911 was 3.1 million).  About one in eight deaths in 1916 was due to bronchitis and pneumonia which killed 6,708 people with another one in eight deaths caused by tuberculosis (or TB) which killed 6,471 people.  Listening to the Hospice spokesperson recently they gave the deaths in Ireland last year were 35,000 of which Covid 19 was blamed for over 4,000. Ireland has had more than 4000 deaths due to Covid-19. In Australia, with a population more than five times greater, the corresponding number is less than 1000.

CANCER Society fundraising Daffodil Day takes place on Friday, March 26. For more information go to

HOSPICE: The Kerry Hospice Foundation series of Good Friday Walks have been a part of many Kerry communities for 20 years. This year, join us by doing your Good Friday walk in the safety of your 5km radius, and by adhering to all the government guidelines.

EVENTS: Despite the pandemic, the show goes on, online on St Patrick’s Festival TV (SPF TV) at from March 12 to 17, offering more than 100 events.

LAWNS are being cut at present time, despite all the talk about weed killers, many are still using them mixed with fertiliser. From observation state bodies must be the greatest purchasers of chemicals. Recycle plastic containers, by growing plants in them, plants you do not need can easily be shared. Littering along all the local roads, is increasing and is visible, due to fact that there is no clean-up since Covid 19 restrictions.

WALK: Spring has sprung on the Knights Walk. The cows are out after a long winter enjoying the sunshine. Please bear in mind that this a working farm and follow the following principles of outdoor ethics: Respect social distancing; Respect farm animals and wildlife; Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash; Clean up after your dog; Do not wander off trail; Leave no trace – leave what you find; Signage will be erected in coming weeks outlining the outdoor ethics of the Heritage Trail Walks.

LOCAL Link Kerry are operating and are available by contacting them at 066 7147002.

WEATHER we had a few wet and windy days recently, and them on Saturday a bit of thunder and heavy falls of hailstones and sunshine, but nature is coming to life everywhere we look. Even the flowering currents are beginning to flower. Throughout the summer of 1936, the United States experienced one of the most devastating heatwaves in the nation’s history.

LOST: 70-year-old Paddy Moriarty of Abbeyfeale is still lost in Australia, no sign of him for past two years.

DOCUMENTARY on the life and times of singer Con Greaney  will be broadcast on West Limerick 102 radio on Saint Patrick’s Day.

WHAT’S ON: Tinteán Magazine   –

BOOK from Claire who was a regular visitor to the parish. Claire Gilbert is the author of Miles To Go Before I Sleep, her first book under this name.  As Claire Foster-Gilbert she is Director of Westminster Abbey Institute and has published widely in applied ethics, including Justice in Public Life (2021); Letters from Lockdown: sustaining public service values during the Covid-19 pandemic (2020); Truth in Public Life (2020); Integrity in Public Life (2019); The Moral Heart of Public Service (2017).  As Claire Foster she has published Sharing God’s Planet (2004) and The Ethics of Medical Research on Humans (2001).


“I wish everyone a good journey in this Season of Lent. And I recommend you fast, a fast that will not make you hungry: a fast from gossip and slander. It is a special way. In this Lent I will not speak ill of others; I will not gossip… And we can all do this, everyone. This is a good fast. And do not forget that it will also be helpful to read a passage of the Gospel, to carry a small Gospel in your pocket, in your purse, and pick it up when you can, any passage. This will make the heart open to the Lord.”

Pope Francis

The Vatican will mark the fifth anniversary of the publication of Amoris laetitia, Pope Francis’ 2016 exhortation on the family, with a live-streamed event on March 19.

Pope Francis will officially designate Knock Shrine as an international Marian and Eucharistic shrine on the feast of St. Joseph.

FRANCE: Bulldozers have moved in on a 135-year-old church dedicated to St. Joseph in the first of several planned demolitions in France.

CELEBRATING 250 years in Ireland are the Ursulines Sisters. Their work deserves recognition.


HELP: After two major hurricanes, 6,000 earthquakes and a 15-year recession, Puerto Ricans are still desperate for help. The Tablet has provided coverage of the ongoing turmoil.


COVID 19; Doctors are calling him a miracle. They say a priest in England who contracted COVID-19 actually died twice and then came back. That priest is Father Michael Stack, the national chaplain of The Association of Catholic Nurses of England and Wales.

How a Priest in England Escaped Death Twice After Contracting COVID


TEACHER; Eamonn Mulvihill a retired teacher whose parents came from Moyvane and Ballydonoghue, has written an inspirational article in the April edition of Africa, he had an uncle and two granduncles in Kansas, who were cousins of Bishop Cunningham, who also had many cousins in Moyvane and district.

BOOK: The Furrow magazine, has a review of a book in the March issue, Maurice O’Connell, from Moyvane, who wrote it in 2010. The book is ‘No Complaints’ (A Memoir of Life in Rural Ireland and in the Irish Public Service, published by Kingdom Books, It is edited by Fr. Tony Gaughan from Listowel.


WRITING: The Age + Opportunity inaugural Creative Ageing Writing Bursary aims to generate discussion, debate and knowledge about creative ageing in Ireland.

One award of €1000 will be made to the successful applicant.

Deadline: 12 PM, Friday 26th March

More details (


CREATIVE: Kerry has a vibrant creative scene. Creative Circle Kerry want to bring together the creative community in Kerry on a regular basis to share knowledge, resources, to showcase work, tackle big issues, be inspired and forge connections for collaboration.

As well as monthly events, there is an opportunity to create an online directory of creative individuals to help connect with each other and with businesses looking for creative partners. Want to meet with other creatives in Kerry, collaborate with business and get inspired? Then Creative Circle Kerry want to hear from you to share your insights and ideas through the online survey below.

Survey (


TALK: Join us on Thursday March 18th @ 8.00pm

Dr Anne Francis explores Blessed is she who believed… (Luke 1:45)

Anne is presently Director of Galilee Centre for Spirituality, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Having ministered for over thirty years in the areas of faith formation, theology and support for people in ministry, she served in dioceses in England and Ireland, and latterly at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge, where she is Visiting Lecturer in Pastoral Theology.


HISTORY St John’s Tralee;

Kerryman North Edition, 21.03.2007, page 20

ABBEYFEALE notes; St Patrick’s Day Parade in Abbeyfeale. Centenary of death of Fr. Casey was commemorated with various functions and events during the bank Holiday. Bishop Donal Murray celebrated mass. Abbeyfeale Drama Group performed at several venues also.


Kerryman 1904-current, 25.03.2004, page 81

Knockanure Notes; Fr. Brendan O’Callaghan celebrated St Patrick’s Day mass and he remarked that it was 55 years since he was in Knockanure for St Patrick’s Day.


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1937-1938 – 0600.pdf

16 April 1938

The well is in Nassau Place, at the rear of Nassau St. Even to this day, the Gaelic name of the street is Sraid Thobair Phadraig, meaning The Street of Patrick’s Well. Dr. Oliver St. John Gogarty, visited the well while writing the new book, “In the Footsteps of St Patrick”, and he gives a detailed history of the spring.


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1962 – 0282.pdf

24 March 1962


Many a bunch of shamrocks will perfume the morning air,

Girls will wear them on their caubeens, and hang them from their hair,

The shine and bow on black thorn stick will decorate the scene,

With slick clay pipe, a masterpiece trimmed with Irish green.

Plume and plumage will be a glorious sight to see

And the music from the brass bands will re-echo oer the sea.

Young horses will be dancing and prancing light and gay

And waltzing to the world’s best music on St.  Patrick’s Day.

The walls along Fifth Avenue will tremble with vibration

When drums and pipes and brass will echo through the nation.

Singers   will    make everything vibrate and flutists while they play

Traditional Irish   music- old time marches – St. Patrick’s Day.

Ladies on horseback riding with a firm grip

Led by Miss Pearl O’Connor with mighty horse and whip.

Children wearing lots of green will be a picture of delight,

They’ll celebrate the world’s best parade away into the night.

People from every nation In the world will view the show,

And thousands want to see it no matter how the wind blows.

Sure and we’ll have  a  cup  of  coffee  and  an Irish spot of tay,

And a million cheers for the world’s best parade, on St.  Patrick’s Day.

Patrick McAuliffe


Great Tralee Woman


CLAIRE GILBERT was a regular visitor to Knockanure.

In the depths of pain and weakness I felt great peace

Saturday March 06 2021, The Times

In March 2019 I was diagnosed with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow. I have been in treatment ever since, in an attempt to put the cancer into deep remission.

My way of coping is to enter the experience with everything that I am, feel, believe and desire. I have asked a group of friends to be my “Dear Readers”. Writing to them has not made sense of the cancer, but beauty and joy have emerged, even from pain and darkness.

Everyone who has been visited by illness learns, if only temporarily, that they have to put their body first. My body limits me by its boundaries and its strengths or lack of them. My mind cannot control matter and in surrendering my Cartesian notions of control, I have learnt that mind never was separate from matter. At the heart of the physical experience lies that which I wouldn’t call a physical thing, and yet I feel it.

My treatment included a stem cell transplant. This requires melphalan, a foul chemotherapy based on mustard gas, which kills the bone marrow to make way for the new stem cells. It also kills all the bacteria in the gut. It nearly kills you.


MASS:  Mar. 8, 2021-  Nicholas Wolfram Smith

With parishes across California resuming their liturgical lives, Mass goers should be reassured about the level of risk going to church entails.

“It is extremely safe to attend Mass indoors following common sense precautions as recommended by the CDC,” Dr. Timothy Flanigan said.