By Jer Kennelly

EASTER: Assumption Radio 99.9fm from Moyvane Church. Mass cards for all occasions (including Easter) available in the Parish Office and Holly’s. Please note that the Parish Office will be CLOSED on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday.  Re-opening on Tuesday 6th April.

GOOD Friday 2nd of April, day of fast and abstinence.

LEGION OF MARY CONSECREATION TO OUR LADY: The Legion of Mary will hold its Annual Consecration to Our Lady on this Sunday 28th March at 3.p.m. via the Killarney Cathedral Webcam.

FUNDRAISER in memory of the late John McGrath from Moyvane, who had oesophageal cancer,he passed away in January has raised over €90,000 for the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry. Prior to his death, John raised €50,000. Last week’s charity sale of over 300 calves donated at Listowel Mart organised by John’s fiancé Erin Stack and the McGrath Family and their many supporters, both in Kerry and beyond was a wonderful success. A GoFundMe page, which is still open for donations, has raised over €16,000. Thanks to Listowel Mart manager Barney O’Connell, retired mart manager Richard Hartnett and everyone who made the calf sale possible.

AWARE: Helpline on 1890 303 302Website at

SYMPATHY: At a recent Board of Management at Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure the following votes of sympathy was passed – To the Barry Family Knockanure on the death of John Joe; To the Goulding Family Knockanure on the death of Hugh; To the O’ Carroll Family Knockanure on the death of Mary

To the Flavin Family Trien on the death of Nell; To the Goulding & Clancy families on the death of Mary Clancy Abbeyfeale; To the Kennelly Family Gortromagowna on the death of Anne O’ Mahony;

To the Dineen Family Leamore on the death of Brenda; To the McGrath Family & The Stack Family on the death of John; To the Nolan Family Carrueragh on the death of Anne & Robert; To the Fitzmaurice Family Leitrim , Moyvane on the death of Jerry; To  Brenda & Seamus Clancy  Knockanure on the death of Larry Cussen Patrickswell, and to the Keane Family Bunaghara Listowel on the death of Donie Thornton Drogheda.

SYMPATHY to William and all in the Barry family, Tanavalla, Listowel on the death of his uncle Tom Barry whose funeral Mass was on Monday 22nd in St. Mary’s, Listowel.

ANNIVERSARIES: John Fitzmaurice, Eileen Relihan, Peg Moloney, Sr. Eileen Kiely, Brendan Galvin, Jimmy Kirby, Sr. Nora Francis, Eileen Culhane, Tim O’Brien, Maurice O’Connell, Eilish Walsh, Anthony Curtin, Patrick F Power, Betty Lynch, Maurice Walsh, Marie O’Connor. Mass Moyvane; Sat 27th at 7.30pm for Michael & Maureen O’Connor, Ballybunion (Anni) & their son Kevin & their grandson Frank Wallace; Sun 28th at 11.00am PALM SUNDAY – Nora & Danny Walsh, Moher (Anni); Mon 29th  at  7.30pm for Frank Dineen & deceased of the Dineen & Keane families, Ballintemple, Cork; Tues 30th at  7.30pm          Chrism Mass – livestreamed from the Cathedral, Killarney; Wed 31st at 7.30pm Special Intention

HOLY WEEK TRIDIUM (From the Doorway of Hope); Thurs 1st at 7.30pm HOLY THURSDAY; Fri 2nd  at  3.00pm GOOD FRIDAY; Sat 3rd at  8.30pm HOLY SATURDAY Nora & Bill Buckley, Church Road & deceased of the Buckley family, and Mass on Sun 4th at 11.00am EASTER SUNDAY – Jimmy Kirby, Glenalappa (1st Anni). Mass Knockanure; Sun 28th at 9.30am PALM SUNDAY – James & Mary Keane, Kilmorna (Anni), and Mass on Sun 4th at 9.30am  EASTER SUNDAY  – Hugh Goulding, Knockanure Village (Months Mind).

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  This coming week there will be Stations of the Cross Monday and Wednesday on 99.9fm.  This means we will have had 16 celebrations of the Stations during this Lent, each and every one of them were different.  On this Good Friday through television or other media outlets or by visiting Moyvane or Knockanure Church or staying in your cars and partaking in the outdoor Stations in Moyvane car park.

SALE of Mugs €190 (bringing total to date €12,100). Very many thanks.

GABRIEL Fitzmaurice was on West Limerick Radio, paying tribute to Con Greaney on St Patrick’s Day, Con died 20 years ago, in the 1990’s he released two cassettes containing 26 of his songs.

CHALLENGE: Everyone is welcome to take part, families or individuals of all levels, walkers, joggers or runners. There are lots of participation prizes to be won, simply share your photos with Lee Strand on social media. Follow Lee Strand and An Riocht on Facebook.

VACCINE; Great that many of the most vulnerable have had their injections against C19. One danger is people having to travel long distances to receive their shot. Heard of cancer patient having to find a person to drive them to County capital to get vaccine, meeting so many in one day and also having to find toilets. Putting people at unnecessary risk, and they telling the rest of us stay at home, which results in isolation and loneliness. Which causes severe emotional problems in both short and long term.

NIARON LTD:  ESB Jointing works will continue between Knockanure village and Moyvane graveyard. The works outside the Co-op in Moyvane will cease Wednesday evening.

COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMME:  We gratefully acknowledge Kerry County Council’s grant towards Knockanure Church.  Deeply appreciated.  Many thanks.


As you can see from the list of Masses above, the Chrism Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral this coming Tuesday at 7.30pm with no congregation.  Bishop Ray and the Priests who work in Killarney Parish will be present to represent all of us.  It is a day when we Priests are asked to renew our promises to be faithful in Priesthood and to serve God faithfully.  I ask all of you to pray for all of us as we continue to work in Vineyard of the Lord as His Priests.

MUSIC: Covid Care concerts made a return to care homes recently, they were badly needed, after all the stress both carers and residents, had to endure over past year.

WRITERS’ Week Listowel is due to take place from June 2 until June 6, with judging is progress in many of its competitions. No news yet how  lockdown will effect gatherings.

Kerry Writers’ Museum, with storyteller Paddy O’Brien, have an eight-week online course, and runs from 8pm to 9pm each week. For free Zoom link, email [email protected]

NORTH: Let us raise our prayers for the North of Ireland in Thanksgiving that their churches are finally reopening for public worship on Friday, 26th. March. They will have the privilege of attending the Easter Ceremonies in person.

MILK: fear dairy products using milk from both North and South will be unable to be sold through EU trade deals to countries outside of the EU. Lakeland Dairies has lost a few customers as a result, but said most of those affected will continue receiving its products.

HOSPICE walk can be made anytime till 2nd of April. Details on facebook.

BARDIC Festival Ballydonoghue, closing date for entries 31st May, details from 087 625 7705.

TALK at St Pio mass last week in Castleisland was given by Elma Walsh the mother of the late Donal Walsh of Tralee the young man was honoured by Mons. Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian of the Year Award 2013. The inscription was “When facing his own impending death at the tender age of 16 years, Donal selflessly and bravely displayed deep humanity and concern for his fellow humans when he publicly pleaded with us to cherish every moment of our lives and step away from any thoughts or actions that would result in self-harm or death.”

COLLECTION: Diarmuid Kearney of Lisselton has over 100 jerseys, which include GAA, soccer, and more.

TRÓCAIRE BOXES: To be returned at weekend Masses on Easter Sunday 4th April.

FULL Moon was on 28th of March, did you see the ring around the moon on night of 23rd last, the smoke stream from an aircraft passed right through the ring.

CHANGED Times; in June 2018 Kerry teams had to face five Munster Football Finals in seven days.

WAITING: 3,411 children in Cork and Kerry waiting for speech and language therapy.

SHARING: Paddy Creedon enjoys sharing his life’s experiences, poetry readings and developing connection with his audiences.

KNIGHTS Walk Glin; new signage is presently being erected at the entrance and along the route.

VOLUNTEERS looking for a way to help in your local community? Kerry Mental Health Association branches welcome all volunteers.

MUSHROOM growing doesn’t have to be a complex process; anyone can do it if they choose the right methods.

ORGANIC Trust is organising two webinars for farmers to boost interest and engagement with the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS). The scheme is open for applications until April 30.

BIODIVERSITY Data Centre is an Initiative of the Heritage Council 2021 Climate Action Plan

Funding of €400,000 is available this year for social farming projects under the 2021 Rural Innovation and Development Fund, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025 was launched on March 26 by Green Party Ministers Malcolm Noonan and Pippa Hackett. What about all the weed killers used by council and on lawns.

LOCAL: Siamsa Tire, National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Tralee  –

St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel –

The Seanchaí, Kerry Literary and Cultural Centre, Listowel –


CONGRESS 2024; Ecuador to host International Eucharistic Congress in 2024

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis had designated the Archdiocese of Quito in Ecuador the host of the 2024 International Eucharistic Congress.

CLIMATE: The preparation of the 2021 Climate Action Plan will involve a public consultation. The government is inviting everyone to join the ‘climate conversation’. The consultation will remain open until 5:00pm on May 18, 2021.

TOWN Park in Abbeyfeale is being upgraded and they are seeking donations.

GAA: Between January 13th and March 3rd, 28,000 GAA members walked a combined total of 6 million kms as part of the ‘Every Step Counts’ challenge hosted on Irish Life’s MyLife App. To put that into perspective, it is the equivalent of walking the circumference of the earth 15 times; a combined step count of 7.5 billion. The aim of the challenge was to offer GAA members a fun incentive to stay active within their 5km radius. On average, each participant walked just over 200km.


CYCLE: Rás Mumhan Easter weekend cycle race, which began in 2001, another casualty of Covid 19.

RADIO Report; Over quarter of a million euro was spent maintaining four Kerry County Council diggers over a five-year period.

NEW YORK: Homeless were eligible for COVID-19 vaccines for several weeks, they administered more than 7,500 vaccines to Social and Homeless Services clients. New York is using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as the one shot is suitable. 53,000 people sleep in New York City’s shelters every day. Nearly 90 percent of them are black and Hispanic.


FITZMAURICE: Lixnaw Heritage & Historical CLG host a symposium / discussion on 500 years of The Fitzmaurice’s, Lords of Kerry and Lixnaw. Event takes place on Sun. April 28th., 10.30 am to 3 pm at Ceolann, Lixnaw.

BIBLE: Ecumenical Bible Week is led by the Archdiocese of Dublin and the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough in collaboration with many other Christian traditions ranging from the Evangelical Alliance to Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and with support from the National Bible Society and Scripture Union. This year’s EBW will have an opening and closing prayer event organised by Holy Trinity Rathmines on Monday 24 May and St Finian’s Lutheran Church on Sunday 30 May respectively. See Dioceses of Kerry for more.


PRIEST with local connections. ‘Notebook’ on the back page of the Irish Catholic newspaper.  One of the contributors up to last year was Kerry priest, Fr. Bernard Healy, who had been a curate in St. John’s Parish in Tralee, until he went to Rome to do post-graduate theology studies.

WORKSHOP; Leap of Faith in Times of Transition, an Online Workshop for Young Adults aged 18 to 30 yrs.  On 8th Apr. from 7.30 to 9.00pm. The workshop will be led by Gerry and Miriam Hussey.  Join us for this event planned by Diocese of Kerry “YouthDoK” Young Adult Group for Young Adults.  Further information available and registration on

OLD PAPERS: New York NY Irish American Advocate 1928-1929 – 0087.pdf

…Ridgeley’s 69th Regiment Band will supply the music. NORTH KERRY BENEFIT DANCE MARCH 4 A benefit dance in aid of a North Kerry family in” distress on account of sickness will be held …


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1922-1924 – 1057.pdf

5 April 1924

Rev. Wm. Fenton, P. P., Ashford, has been appointed P P., Athea.

Snow has been failing intermittently in Limerick and North Kerry since Saturday. Around Glin it is several feet deep in parts.

Anniversary Masses were celebrated In Abbeyfeale for the souls of Lieut. A. Glynn, and Capt. Clery, killed at Listowel on March 13, 1923. The anniversary of Lt. T. O’Shea, National Army, killed at Gullane in March 1923, was marked by Requiem Mass in the O’Connell Memorial Church, Cahirciveen and subsequently the Rosary was recited and orations delivered at the grave.


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1978 – 0135.pdf

Feb 25 1978- THE  IRISH  BORN Nurses   will   again  march  as  a  group  In the St. Patrick’s  Day parade  on Fri.  Mar  17th. FRI.  EVENING  MARCH 3dr. JERRY MULVIHlLL  SCHOOL  OF  IRISH DANCING-  Fund  Raiser  To help expenses-of  competitors-  World Dancing Champ, in Dublin at Gaelic  Pk.  Casino Adm. $5.  Call 516- 724-  7959.


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1940-1942 – 1017.pdf

11 April 1942

Mrs Nellie Mahoney nee Dee late of Coolard, Listowel, Co. Kerry, died at St. Francis Hospital. Bronx. Monday March 23.  The burial took place following a Requiem Mass at St Pius Church on Thursday.

She is survived by Patrick, her husband, and two children, Emmet and Beatrice. Mrs. Joseph Egan. sister and William Dee, brother. Men of North Kerry I.R.A. and- more especially the men of the 6th. Battn. of which her husband was Commandt, will long remember her gracious hospitality and pleasing personality. His comrades in arms, his fellow internees in Limerick Gaol and Tintown No. 1 Camp the Curragh Where he was Commandant, extend to “Paddy” their heartfelt sympathy in his great loss.


Eire Government- Prohibit The Export of Goats An order prohibiting exportation of live goats to Britain or Northern Ireland except under permit has been issued by the Eire Ministry of Agriculture. Contravention of the order carries a penalty of £25 per goat. Goat meat, being rationed, is much in demand in many parts of the country.


VATICAN CITY , 22 March, 2021 / 4:55 PM (ACI Africa).-

The Vatican marked World Water Day on Monday with a message urging an end to water waste and contamination.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin recorded a video message on behalf of Pope Francis which was sent to United Nations organizations on March 22.

In the video, the Vatican Secretary of State said that “food security and water quality are inextricably linked” and urged collaboration between countries to make clean drinking water available in all parts of the world.

“To guarantee fair access to water, it is vitally urgent to act without delay, to end once and for all its waste, commercialization and contamination. Collaboration between States, the public and private sectors, as well as the multiplication of initiatives by intergovernmental organizations, is more necessary than ever,” Parolin said.


This essay originally appeared in the New York Jewish Week.

Friday night. We are standing in a paved plaza beside Riverside Drive; the air is crisp, the fresh snow is sparkling like diamond dust in the setting sun. We are 6 feet apart and masked (I can’t wait for this combined phrase to become obsolete). We join the hazzan, chanting the Friday evening prayer, welcoming the Sabbath as the sun disappears over the Hudson River. “Come my beloved towards your bride to welcome the Sabbath.”

Suddenly I’m choked up, no longer able to sing. My eyes fill with tears and emotions. I have sung these words almost every week of my life — that’s about 2,500 times — but tonight these very familiar words feel new and deeply moving.

Perhaps it is the beauty of praying outside.


“At the Last Supper, on the night when He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the Sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries until He should come again, and so to entrust to His beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His Death and Resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is eaten, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.”