By Jer Kennelly

TRIBUTE to the late John McGrath, the fund in his memory has succeeded in raising 106,355 euro for palliative care.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sister Rosarii O’Sullivan of Dirreen who recently celebrated her 101st birthday, she received a medal from the President to mark the occasion.

EMPLOYMENT vacancies under Community Employment, several positions between Moyvane, Knockanure and Listowel.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Fr. Martin leads Divine Mercy Devotions virtually Sunday 11th April from St. Mary’s Church, Listowel as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at 3.00 p.m.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYERS TO ST. JOSEPH- Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted His only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; With you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.

Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.

PADRE Pio  Devotions Castleisland Church on-line Tuesday 20th April at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by Mike O’Mahony. A journey from Alcohol 24/7 to a pathway of recovery and living for one day at a time.

MASS, everyone can now have daily mass live, great for people with internet connection, but many elderly miss their daily outing and chat with friends before and after church attendance. Loneliness and isolation may be causing more deaths than the C19, it will be proven when it is too late for many.

DEATH of Nora Fitzgerald (née Aherne), Lenamore, Ballylongford and late of Moher Cross, Moyvane, on April 6th, 2021. Predeceased by her husband Thomas, brother Sean and sister-in-law Aggie. Sadly missed by her daughters Maria and Eileen, sons Richard and Pat, grandchildren Zara, Eoghan, Daniel, Thomas, Karen, Ciara, John, David, Rachel and Jack, great-granddaughter Aoibhí, daughter-in-law Mary, son-in-law John, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH of Michael J Buckley, New York and formerly of Banaraha, Kilmorna, Listowel on March 31st, 2021. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen, sisters Bridie and Nora. Survived by his son John, daughters Caitriona, Margaret, Anne, Patricia and Nora, daughter-in-law Noirin, sons-in-law Roberto, David and Mat, Margaret’s partner Christian, Patricia’s partner Lynn, grandchildren Patrick, Peter, Laura, Jack, Catherine, Conor, Fergus, Molly and Simon, sister Maureen O’Connor, and brother-in-law Dennis.

DEATH of Josephine Cronin (née Lyons), Irrabeg, Lixnaw and late of Lower Derry, Listowel on April 6th, 2021. Predeceased by her husband Peter, brother Mike, sisters Kathleen, Mary and Anne. Sadly missed by her nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

DEATH of Sr. de Sales Horgan, Presentation Sisters, Castle Street, Tralee. Sr. de Sales, formerly of Ballyhorgan, Lixnaw, and Presentation Convent Dingle. Sr. de Sales passed away on 4th April 2021. Predeceased by her sister, Sr. Patrick, Presentation Convent Castleisland and brothers Tim and John. Survived by the Presentation Sisters, her sisters in law, Mary (Ballyhorgan) and Rita (Abbeyfeale), her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

DEATH of Liam Dillon, 62 Church Street, Listowel, on April 2nd, 2021, at the Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital, Kerry. Predeceased by his wife Anne and sister Madeleine. Survived by his son Éamon, daughters Colette and Áine, grandchildren Tomás, Liam, Dara, Art, Anna and Evie, brother Noel, daughter-in-law Hazel, sons-in-law David O’Connor and Stephen O’Sullivan, brothers-in-law Willie and Brendan, sisters-in-law Sr. Stella and Mary.

DEATH of Tom McCarthy, Kilbaha, Moyvane and late of Knocknacaragh, Kilmorna, on April 3rd, 2021. Predeceased by his wife Bridie, brothers Jack and Jimmy, sisters Peg, Hannah and Noreen. Survived by  his sons Michael-Joe, Denis and John, grandchildren Christopher, Edward, Bridget and Eileen, great-grandchildren Clodagh, Caoimhe, Croi and Maria, brother Denis, sister Mary, daughters-in-law Joan, Majella and Jill, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

DEATH of Con Joseph Colbert. D.O.B: 26 February 1937. Died: 31st March 2021. Cornelius (Con) Colbert (Foxfield Road, Raheny) formerly of Athea, and Kill, Co. Kildare on 31st March 2021. Survived by his wife Anne, sisters Teresa, Breda and Nora, daughters Clare, Kathy and Anne-Marie, sons Paul, Andy, John, Mark, Connie, and his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, daughters-in-law, and sons-in-law.

ANNIVERSARIES: Josie Stack, Mary Quinn, Kathleen McGrath, Mary O’Shea, Christy O’Connell, Bridie Liston, Lily O’Connor, Imelda Collins, Ita Danaher, David Parrish, John Joe Brosnan, Fr. Paddy Sheehan, M.S.C., John Joe Mulvihill, Maureen Moloney, Joe O’Carroll, Babs Palmer, Tom V Breslin, Rena McAuliffe, Fr. John Lucid, Davie Dillon, Teresa Kennelly, Josie O’Sullivan, Patsy Flynn, Emer Ward, John Dunne, Matt Kennelly, Denis Fitzgerald. Mass Moyvane; Sat 10th at 7.30pm for Maureen & P.J. Moloney, U.K. (Anni); Sun 11th at 11.00am for John & Noreen Scanlon, Inchamore & deceased of Scanlon & Flavin families; Mon 12th at  7.30pm for Mai Quinn, Leitrim West (Anni); Tues 13th at 7.30pm for Bridget O’Donoghue, Donoughmore, Cork (1st Anni) (mother of Eileen Sheehan, The Village); Wed 14th at 7.30pm for Chris Kane, Bronx, N.Y. & l/o Ballydonoghue  (Rec Dec); Thurs 15th at  7.30pm for John Joe Mulvihill, Tara, Co. Meath & l/o Gurtdromosillihy (1st Anni); Fri 16th at  7.30pm for Seán, Aggie, Nell & Anthony Aherne, Moher Cross (Anni); Sat 17th at 7.30pm for Mike Greaney, Bunaghara & Leitrim Middle (Anni), Mass on Sun 18th at11.00amfor John Shanahan, Kilbaha (Anni) & his loving dad Patrick & deceased of the Shanahan & Egan families.

Mass Knockanure on Sun 11th at 9.30am for Jason Plested, UK (Anni) & his grandad Ollie Leahy and mass on Sun 18th at 9.30am for Teresa Kennelly, Knockanure & Listowel (Anni) & Maureen Smith.

EASTER HOLY WATER: (From Parish Leaflet) “There was an incredible uptake on Easter Holy Water.  Our 600 specially designed bottles were gone within days.  Those wishing to avail of Easter Holy Water can fill their own bottles at home and I will bless them at the weekend Masses.  Similarly, those attending Mass in the car parks can bring their bottles, leave them in the cars and I will bless them.  May our Easter Water continue to bless, protect and guide us all to new and happy beginnings.

CONFESSIONS:  Pick up a green leaflet designed to focus our attention and reflection on the beautiful Sacrament of Confession.  For the Sunday’s in April, I will be in Moyvane Church car park between 2pm and 5pm hearing Confessions.  I will make you most welcome but most importantly Jesus will bless you with Easter joy and forgiveness.

THANK YOU:  A big thank you to all our volunteers who have been so helpful and generous with their time and support with all Church celebrations, especially with funerals.  I couldn’t manage without you.  Many thanks.”


“Honestly, words fail me as how best to express my heartfelt thanks to you all for your continual generosity to the Parish, especially during this lockdown period.  Week in, week out whether it be the post box at my front door, the Parish Office or the weekend Masses, you have been so positive in keeping up to date with your contributions.   Thank you so very much.  For Holy Week and Easter Sunday your contributions were as follows: Offertory €2,228; Dues €3,655; Shrines Moyvane €305.15; Shines Knockanure €83.58. Trócaire €3,777 (which includes a very generous donation of €1,000 at the beginning of Lent).  Also gone to Trócaire is €550 the proceeds from Thady O’Connor’s CD’s (the song ‘We need God now more than ever’).  Please note the remaining CD’s can be got at Masses this weekend at the cost of €5.  Remaining contributions for Trócaire to be handed in this weekend please.”

POETRY: Trócaire and Poetry Ireland have launched their annual poetry competition which this year will focus on the theme ‘Pathways to Peace’. The closing date for entries is Friday 7 May 2021.

MABS run a Helpline (0761 07 2000, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) and also operates from over 60 locations nationwide. In Kerry, we can be contacted on mobile 087 4101355 or [email protected]

DRAMA: Athea Drama Group have launched their Youtube Channel, containing many of the past productions.

OUTDOOR dining; The head of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell – head of the committee in charge of grant aid for outdoor dining facilities in towns and cities – says the scheme will have long-term benefits for businesses and the public. Up to recently very few places had outdoor facilities available to travellers in towns and parks. It was a case no place to rest your feet or get a drink of water or go to toilet. The council are still making no visible effort. The street furniture they placed in Listowel early last year was dumped in their yard later in year.

DANGER of farm accidents; man, aged in his late 30s, was killed by a bull on a farm in Adare recently.

IN LIFE, Siobhan Brosnan saved so many lives and now, tragically in death, she continues to give patients new life. Ms Brosnan, the organ donation nurse manager for the UL Hospitals Group, died on Easter Sunday following a two vehicle road crash in Adare on Good Friday. (Limerick Leader)

VACCINATIONS: The Tablet; The total number of vaccinations injected in Americans through April 1 stood at 153,631,404, with 3,358,112 doses administered April Fool’s Day — and that’s no joke.

Pope Francis is calling world leaders to make the COVID vaccine reach those who need it the most.

There is much jealousy in relation to who should receive the vaccine, many believe who you know is the fastest way forward. But they do not always have the background to the story. Some suspect that lockdown is used to force people to take the vaccine, take the jab and have your freedom.

STRESS: Many are stressed from constantly listening and being bombarded by the media on what to do, and what others are doing, but the greatest stress come from these nearest you, unknown to themselves, they are blighting the lives of their closest contacts. I am told some needed hospital to diagnose their problem, and open their eyes.

CALVES: reducing the threat of pneumonia by vaccinating the calves – which should be done in consultation with your local vet. Also provide shelter from recent harsh winds.

KERRY GROUP: The board of Kerry Co-op is set to plough ahead with the process of buying the milk processing division of Kerry Group – with a formal bid imminent, Agriland understands.

WIND: in 2020, wind energy met 36.3% of Ireland’s electricity demand – the world’s highest for onshore wind. The Kelwin-2 26MW battery located in Tarbert, is providing backup.

MACRA Agricultural Skillnet serves members involved in farming and other agricultural businesses.

MESSAGE in a Bottle is being promoted in NCW, where all of your important medical data can be stored in case of an emergency.

DARKNESS Into Light this year is on May 8th, you can find details on-line, and do your walk any day that suits you.

ARTS: Lisa Fingleton has been appointed as Kerry County Council’s first Visual Artist in Residence, she begins her residency shortly, artists, groups and schools interested in mentoring and interested in projects contact the Arts Office on [email protected] or at (066) 718 3541.

YOUTH: Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership (Kerry LCYP) at Kerry Education and Training Board has two strands of funding available to community based organisations. The closing date for receipt of applications to the Youth Theatre Grant Scheme is Monday, May 3rd. The closing date for applications to the Creative Youth Grant Scheme is Friday, May 7th.

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

HEALTH: Healthy Kerry Framework launched on World Health Day on Wednesday, April 7th 2021. The framework supports the implementation of the national Healthy Ireland Framework

KERRYMAN in April 2020; Demand to close Caherciveen centre, Covid Baby Boom, Over 21,000 get Covid Payments in Kerry, Greens Target LNG, Lee Strand 100 years, 61st Rose Festival Cancelled, Courtney’s Circus stranded in Tralee, St Vincent de Paul 45 years meals on wheels service, Summer Events fall victim to Coronavirus, Moyvane Parish Priest Fr. Kevin gets a page to report on activities in parish including meals on wheels, Frontline Heroes and virtual Triathlon, Stephen Stack on Legion Lock-down. May 20th 2020, Tralee Hospital started a scheme of Virtual Visiting, six DigiPads were donated to them by a charitable group, we heard no more about the scheme since.

GAA; On April 19, Kerry senior footballers can start preparing for their first match of the year.

RELIGION: Is our government anti-religious, we were the only country in Europe where people were not allowed attend Easter Services. In Limerick people who gathered outside church were reported to Guards, while droves attend supermarket, with apparent no ill effects.

Sunday 11th the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. In Irish tradition it is “An Domhnach Bán” as it was the last day that those who were baptized during the Easter Vigil wore their white baptismal garment.


SYNOD: Planning before embarking on the Synodal Pathway consultation, bishops are inviting submissions to reflect on what methods/models to adopt in these coming two years of conversations. “Feedback, which should be no more than 300 words and submitted by Pentecost Sunday 23 May  2021. More from

HORSE Fair in Listowel another casualty of restrictions.

CITIZENS  INFORMATION:   Phone Tralee Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm on  0761  07  7860  or  email [email protected] Providing  information  on  Social Welfare, Health, Housing, Employment Rights, Family Matters, Income Support.

AWARD: Applications for MacNamee Awards close 16th April 2021.

GABRIEL Fitzmaurice will give a historic talk on Writers Museum site on May 14th 2021.

GARDEN: in April, as the days lengthen and temperatures rise. There are lots of jobs to do, including sowing, planting and weeding.

EARTH Day is on 22nd of April. “We are all involved in the construction of a better world”  Pope Francis .

EASTER: Amid shutdown of public worship, priest offers Mass on ancient Mass rock in Ireland


BBC visits Donald Trump’s Mother’s home on Isle Of Lewis, Scotland


Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend



WAR of Independence; Kerry Writers Museum- To commemorate the centenary of events in North Kerry during the War of Independence we will host a series of online lectures during April and May, starting on Friday April 9th with ‘Sir Arthur Vicars & the Irish Crown Jewels’ by historian, author and broadcaster Myles Dungan. Email [email protected] for a free ZOOM registration link.

NAZIS: Over the course of two days in September 1941, 34,000 Jews were shot by the Nazis at the Babyn Yar ravine. Tens of thousands of Ukranian Jews, Roma, and others were subsequently killed there, making Babyn Yar the largest mass grave in Europe.

PRINCE Philip: married life brought him endless confusions of its own, not only about titles and names (was he a prince? Was he a consort? Was he a Windsor?) but also about roles and remits, powers and protocol. As husband of the Queen he occupied a permanent constitutional grey area.


ATHEA search;

Tim and Dan Ahearne dominated the world of long jump and hop, step and jump (now known as Triple Jump) at the turn of the last century.

The pair grew up alongside their older brothers William and Mick, all of which contributed to the family farm growing up in Athea, County Limerick.

They attended Saint Michaels College in Listowel which provided an outlet for Sports within the school, as well as various Sports meetings. Both Tim and Dan also played Gaelic Football for local club Athea.

At the age of 18 in 1904, Tim won two competitive jump events in Listowel. Those victories would kickstart Tim Ahearne’s road into competition and would drive him on the bigger things.

As he began to build on his success in the years that followed, 1907 would prove to be an exceptional one when he took home the All-Round Championship of Munster in Fermoy, the GAA Long Jump title and a further 16 first prize wins in one year.

The Athea Brothers who took on the world and won


Spanish Civil War

Commissioned by the Limerick international Brigade Memorial Trust, the sandstone sculpted memorial has been created by local artist Simon Donnelly. It features the names of Gerard Doyle, Joe Ryan, Emmett Ryan, Paddy Brady (all Limerick City), Frank Ryan (Knockainy) and Jim Woulfe (Athea) who joined the International Brigade in its fight with the Republican side against Franco’s Nationalist Army during the 1936-39 conflict.

Jim Woulfe was killed fighting with the Canadian MacKenzie Papineau battalion of the XV International Brigade during the Battle of Belchite in early September 1937. He is commemorated in a memorial in Ottowa in Canada. Emmet Ryan from Catherine Street died during the Battle of the Ebro River in July 1938 as Republican forces attempted to seize the small but strategically important town of Gandesa.

Memorial for Limerick’s Spanish Civil War participants to be unveiled


The Boy Scout organisation was founded in 1909 by leading nationalists, Countess Markievicz and Bulmer Hobson to counter the Baden Powel scouting movement that had been set up in this country the year before.

It is interesting to note that a sister of Bulmer Hobson is still living in Castleconnel..

Three of the young men who joined the scouting movement in 1912 were Limerick’s Sean Heuston, after which Sean Heuston Place, is named, Con Colbert from Athea, whose name was given to Limerick’s railway station and Ned Daly, whose uncle, John, provided the site for the first Fianna Eireann scout hall in the city (located in Barrington Street and which was later burnt down by the Black and Tans).

Commemoration ceremonies will commence in Athea at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Local news briefs – Fianna Eireann, Latin Masses and Pharmacists

POETRY: ===================================

Patrick Stack

Patrick Stack was born in Limerick and raised in Duagh, Co. Kerry. Educated at St.Michael’s College, Listowel, he read French and English at Trinity College, Dublin before moving to Spain (1988) where he taught English and worked as an interpreter and translator. Since 1995 he has settled in Co. Clare, Ireland where he works as a web developer, programmer and adult education tutor. In 2007 he became a member of The Three Legged Stool Poets group. He has had poems published in The Clare Champion, Crannóg, Revival and Brigid’s Fire. His first collection is due out in 2013.


Tom Moloney

A regular reader at the White House Poetry Revival, Tom Moloney grew up in Raheenagh, Co. Limerick, Ireland. He now lives in Broadford, four miles from there, where he has his own grocery business. He has primary degrees in Arts, Business and Social Science as well as a Masters degree in Cultural Studies. He is a regular contributor at poetry readings in the South of Ireland.

Published in 2009, Tom’s first collection, ‘My Register’, was published in 2009 by Linden Publishing Services Ltd. (ISBN 978 1 905487349)


‘Tom’s well-crafted poetry is always entertaining. His philosophy of true-to-life filters through on powerful emotive subjects and with a sweet uniqueness. – Donal O’Flynn


‘Tom Moloney writes with the twinkling eye of a story maker and the voice of a storyteller. There is a community of awareness in his work, which is at once, modern and traditional. His poems say ‘walk with me’ rather than ‘hear this’. If you do, you will delight in the journey and likely chuckle along the way. A sage in the making.’

– Brian Blaney.


Erika J. Ahern Blogs   April 5, 2021

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Instead of one day of Easter, Catholics enjoy eight octave days of feasting. Sustained partying requires careful planning and self-pacing to avoid merriment burnout. Follow this guide with your family to maximize the delights of Easter and the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday.



COVID- 19; The WHO and other health authorities have failed to clearly prioritise measures to improve indoor air quality to reduce the chance of catching COVID-19, says Jose-Luis Jimenez, an atmospheric chemist at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “They don’t emphasize how important it is,” he says. What the WHO needs to say is “fact, it goes through the air,” says Jimenez, “we breathe it in.”


A stark message from the WHO would ensure that national health authorities take notice, says Jimenez. Australia, the Netherlands and some other nations still do not acknowledge in their public statements that airborne transmission has a significant role in spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

By the start of this year, concerns over ventilation had reached boiling point. Hundreds of health-care workers, scientists, engineers and occupational health-and-safety experts signed open letters calling on government officials in Canada, the United States, Australia, Colombia and the United Kingdom to address, among other things, poor indoor air quality. These concerted campaigns all urged local or national governments to take steps to reduce airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

One of the problems is that governments and businesses are still spending millions of dollars on surface disinfection, says Jimenez, despite evidence that it is rare for SARS-CoV-2 to pass from one person to another through contaminated surfaces. By contrast, few countries have invested in measures to improve indoor air quality.

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