By Jer Kennelly

PADRE PIO Devotions in Castleisland led by Fr. Mossie Brick on Tuesday, April 20 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. Watch on church services on line.

COMMEMORATION of the death of Mick Galvin a native of Ballydonoghue who was killed at Kilmorna 100 years ago took place recently, other casualties, later on May 12th were Patrick Walsh, (Liselton), Jeremiah Lyons (Duagh), and Patrick Dalton (Athea). Later on May 26th 1921, Jack Sheehan was killed. Sir Arthur Vickers was killed on 14th April 1921 and Kilmorna House burned.

FR. KEVIN our parish priest, commented on a recent Fair City storyline, which he said was inaccurate and disrespectful to the sacrament of confession. He said he was contacted by scriptwriters from Fair City who apologised and said there was no intention to cause offence.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: The support line is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 2220 24.

DEATH has taken place of the Very Reverend Tom Hickey, retired P.P. Baile an Fheirtéaraigh and formerly of Dingle on the 12th of April 2021. Survived by his sister Maura O’ Connor (Limerick), his brother Ben (USA), sister in law Margaret, nieces, nephews, grandnephews, Bishop Ray Browne and the Priests of the Diocese of Kerry, parishioners and the communities in which he ministered.

Minister Foley says Father Hickey was a gifted man, who shared his time and talent so generously with the communities he served and those with whom he worked. She says he spent a lifetime organising and teaching drama throughout the county, winning numerous awards in a variety of drama competitions and Kerry was blessed to experience his giftedness and his genius.

Fr. Tom was born in 1924 and was ordained in 1950.  He started his priesthood in Motherwell Diocese in Scotland, returned to the diocese of Kerry to serve in Tuosist, Brosna, Duagh, Moyvane, Tralee, Killeentierna, Irremore, Kenmare, Ballinskelligs and finally Ballyferriter.  He retired as parish priest in Ballyferrriter in 2005 and became Assistant priest from then till the present day.

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ANNIVERSARIES: Richard Stack, Kathleen Reidy, Mike Greaney, John Kennelly, Nora M Cronin, Mary Murphy, Nell Heffernan, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Paddy Barrett, Peg O’Sullivan, Nora Fitzgerald, Ian Cahill, Peggy O’Connor, Ann Kennelly, Sr. Marcellina O’Sullivan, Marie McEllistrim, Sheila Furlong, Sr. Eileen Scanlon, Sean Collins, Martin Mulvihill, Con Carmody, Mai Liston, Tom Finucane, Tom Heffernan, Fr. Paul Dillon. Mass Moyvane;  Sat 17th at 7.30pm for Mike Greaney, Bunaghara & Leitrim Middle (Anni); Sun 18th at  11.00am for John Shanahan, Kilbaha (Anni) & his loving dad Patrick & deceased of the Shanahan & Egan families; Mon 19th  at 7.30pm for Kitty O’Sullivan, Kinnard, Glin (Anni);Tues 20th at 7.30pm a Special Intention – Sick; Wed 21st at 7.30pm for Tom McNamara, Cooraclare Village (Anni); Thurs 22nd at 7.30pm for               Robert Nolan, Carrueragh (Months Mind); Fri 23rd           at 7.30pm for Martin Mulvihill, Nenagh & l/o Glenalappa (Anni); Sat 24th at 7.30pm for Con Carmody, The Village (1st Anni); Sun 25th at 11.00am for Nell Flavin, Trien (Months Mind).

Mass Knockanure; Sun 18th at  9.30am for Teresa Kennelly, Knockanure & Listowel (Anni) & Maureen Smith, and mass on Sun 25th  at  9.30am for Helen & John Joe O’Sullivan, Ardagh & their daughter-in-law Mary O’Sullivan, Athea (Anni).

Feast of St. George is celebrated on Friday 24th April.  He was a Roman tribune who was martyred for his faith and who became the patron saint of soldiers and of England.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bridie Fitzgerald who was born at Athea on 26th March 1921, having reached 100 years, she lives at Mungret and Fr. Davern celebrated the occasion with a mass and remarked on others who reached 100 years in the locality.

POET: The Brendan Kennelly Literary Archive was launched in Trinity College Dublin at an online event marking the poet’s eighty-fifth birthday April 17th, 2021.

WORLD Day of Prayer for Vocations Sunday 25th; also Anzac Day.


Rest in Peace Fr Tomás 1924 to 2021

The death has occurred of the greatly loved Fr. Tom Hickey, retired P.P. Baile an Fheirtéaraigh and formerly of Dingle on Monday last, the 12th of April 2021.

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INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PRIEST: Sunday, April 25th is Vocations Sunday you might consider becoming a priest? Interested contact our Vocations Director – Fr. Joe Begley – Vocations Director [email protected]   Also check out our Vocations link in

ST JOHN’S Theatre in Listowel is looking for a new curator in residence, closing date for submissions is 23 April 2021.

VACCINE: Dr Brosnan of Dingle says if GPs received regular deliveries of the vaccine, it would almost allow for walk-in vaccinations to take place. Many country people have no transport and then travelling long distances, increases danger. Heard story about a partner of  a person vaccinated, following day had strange side effects including pains and stiffness, and they got no vaccine themselves.

SPRING cleaning along the roads continues, great to see volunteers collect and dispose of roadside rubbish. Sad the council do not have more bins in villages, as many would use them, rather than dumping cans and bottles containing fluids, which would spill in cars, which have no holders for half used containers.

HSE; Newspaper reports, only students and trainee nurses and medics who received Covid-19 vaccine can train and do work placements in hospital wards and in health facilities. Change of mind; In a letter to higher education institutes, Dr Henry advised that students who have not taken the vaccine may continue in HSE facilities, subject to following public health guidelines and infection prevention and control.

LECTURE on Bryan MacMahon will be live on April 22nd at 7.30pm. Details from Kerry Writers Museum site.

COMMUNITY Games events see their Facebook Page.

RENEWABLE Energy; details to developing the grid to meet ambitious 2030 renewable energy targets. It must redevelop the grid to manage 70% of Ireland’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. The workshop aims to get the thoughts of rural communities and individuals on the four draft approaches in order to reach the 2030 targets. More from Irish rural link

COOKING: Certificate in Culinary Arts (Food Preparation and Cooking) starts on Monday,  May 10th 2021. The course is fully funded, so no fees are payable. It runs for 20 weeks full time and aims to develop a range of basic food prep, cooking and culinary arts skills. Each learner will be based in an industry standard production kitchen at Kerry College’s Clash Road Campus and will have their own workstation. Apply here now:

MAIZE: Teagasc say 15,000ha of forage maize will be grown in Ireland this year, same as in 2020 and 16,200ha and 17,300ha of maize grown in 2019 and 2018 respectively.

CALVES: Dairy Beef Calf Programme, the closing date of Monday, April 26, applications can be made online at Male dairy calves and both male and female dairy beef calves will be eligible for the scheme and applicants can receive payment on a maximum of 20 calves.

EU: Brendan Golden, the IFA’s national livestock chairperson said of  European Commission trade deal with the Mercosur countries”.   “There is little or nothing in this deal for Ireland. We must be prepared to reject it,”

NIARON LTD: ESB jointing works will continue between Knockanure village and Moyvane graveyard this week.

VIRTUAL FLEADH BY THE FEALE: See our Facebook page for registration details.

COMHALTAS are asking individuals to prepare a history project under several headings, to preserve the heritage of our county, details on their website.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 2021:  You can join us at Sunrise – Saturday, May 8. Join in any way you can – walk, swim, and bike or simply share your sunrise moment. Visit to sign up.

GAA: Limerick are play in Allianz Hurling League on Saturday, May 8 against Tipperary at the LIT Gaelic Grounds at 5.30pm. In the second round, Limerick travel to Salthill to play Galway at Pearse Stadium on Sunday, May 16 at 3.45pm. inter-county fixtures calendar, Kerry will get going with competitive games in June.

DEGREE: Pre-Degree course for adults, closing date 31 May 2021, details from University of Limerick.

ACTIVE Retired; We are inviting expressions of interest from all Active Retired Groups to host an event/ activity for older members of your community during the month of May. All event organisers must ensure that their event is on-line, or alternatively events must be adhering to the public health guidelines that may be in place at the time.

FOOD: The A-Z of Foods is a useful resource outlining everything you need to know about how to best manage food at home in order to prevent food waste.

Historic Graves

MILFORD Care Centre new chief executive Mary O’Brien. “The board of Milford Care Centre together with the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary are very happy with the appointment of Ms O’Brien, who brings a wealth of experience as an executive manager, leader and innovator to her role as chief executive. She has a proven track record, working in challenging and busy environments and a history of consistently achieving strong results with practical, cost-effective approaches to service development. She has forged partnerships beyond traditional healthcare boundaries and is a proven leader in accelerating healthcare transformation.” Milford Care Centre chairman Joe Murphy said.


WETLANDS: This website will try to bring you information on small freshwater wetlands in Ireland. There are thousands of wetlands in Ireland, scattered all over the country. Some are large and some are very small. Many of the larger; more “important”, wetlands have been identified and singled out for special protection, for example, under the objectives of the Ramsar Convention. RAMSAR Ireland ratified the Ramsar Convention in 1985 and a total of 45 Irish wetlands, making up an area of almost 67,000 hectares (that’s the size of one-hundred Phoenix Parks!) in various parts of the country are specifically protected under the Ramsar Convention.

CURLEW, Irish Name: Crotach – Scientific name: Numenius arquata- Bird Family: Waders. They are very scarce now around the countryside, for many years our agricultural advisers were promoting the destruction of their habitat, but they have changed their tune lately.

CAP: The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is currently developing Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan for the period 2023 -2027 (CSP). This work is based on the Commissions draft proposal for a Regulation establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP Strategic Plans) and financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The draft EU regulations are available on the Commission’s website

AWARDS 2021; Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar officially opened the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards 2021, in partnership with the National Ploughing Association (NPA). Last year’s competition attracted more than 60 entries.

GRANTS: Limerick City and County Council an open call for Limerick based creative practitioners, organisations and communities of place and interest to submit applications for Made in Limerick Grants 2021 funded by Creative Ireland. The Creative Ireland Made in Limerick Grants 2021 are open for applications until 4pm Wednesday 21st April.

EASING Restrictions;


LIBRARY: The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, TW9 4DU, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444

Our immediate priority will be to give access to as many people as possible and demand is likely to be high, as we have been closed for several months. We are therefore asking visitors to book a maximum of two visits in a rolling four-week period. We will keep this limit, and all of our arrangements, under regular review.

TOMB: An ancient tomb, described by archaeologists as “untouched” and “highly unusual” has been discovered on the Dingle Peninsula recently.


AUSTRALIA, What’s on

IRISH: Trevor McClaughlin is an academic and a historian, now retired from Macquarie University. He is the author of Barefoot and Pregnant? Irish Famine Orphans in Australia: Documents and Register (1991 and 2001), From Shamrock to Wattle: Digging Up Your Irish Ancestors (1985 and 1990), and ed. Irish Women in Colonial Australia, (1998).


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April 15, 2021

As many EWTN personalities and Register writers take part this weekend in discussing “Listening for God” at a free, virtual conference by the same name, I’m reminded of a quote from the beloved Cardinal Robert Sarah in his deeply moving book The Power of Silence:

“Christ lived for thirty years in silence. Then, during his public life, he withdrew to the desert to listen to and speak with his Father. The world vitally needs those who go off into the desert. Because God speaks in silence.”

In the noise and pandemonium of our daily lives, it becomes difficult at times to hear our own voices, let alone quiet ourselves to listen closely to God himself, always there, waiting for us to recognize and be still. But that’s exactly what EWTN Radio’s own Teresa Tomeo set out to do in inviting more than 70 Catholic thought leaders, writers, deacons and priests to delve into the topic for three days this weekend.–G0TYBW0JKNkhcRTGi7iocqkI___d7QjI1ZJjtcthgU0tg6lAGJd_XBkSsTuvDzrJET_nQQ8vBweJjL0TGmlErrFsQRg&utm_content=121587035&utm_source=hs_email


The Rome Daily Sentinel N.Y. 17 March 1921


A tailor of Keenagh. County Longford, was taken from his work today and shot dead. A card with the words: “Shot by the Irish republican army for spying.” was attached to the body. A constable was shot dead in North Kerry, and a woman, into whose house the body was taken, died of shock. Eamon de Valera, “president, of the Irish republic.” in an Interview with the Associated Press today spoke bitterly of the English government’s “lack of principle and statesmanship,” „ “England,” he said, “is trying to win by playing on human weakness. As a matter of fact, though it does not realize it, England is playing not, on the weakest but, the strongest quality of the Irish people — their spiritual quality. The young men of Ireland are saving to themselves: At best, the span of life is only 70 years. We must all die; so why not now in circumstances like these? Never perhaps, as by dying in such a cause as Irelands could we do so much for the world.


New York Tribune, Sunday October 15 1922


Weekend Fighting Feared –Special cable to the Tribune. Copyright, 1922,

DUBLIN, ‘Oct. 14.—Increasing disorders throughout the city twenty-four, hours ‘before the government’s amnesty offer expires are taken to indicate a week-end of ambushes and reprisals.  There was much firing during the night and telegraph wires in the city’ and suburbs were cut in many places. Four Free State soldiers were injured when a bomb which was found near Dublin Castle, thought to be harmless exploded while it was being examined at the Vicar  Street army post. Sergeant Brown and a soldier named Byrne of the government forces were injured seriously in an ambush in North Kerry. They were in an auto-mobile carrying General Murphy which was attacked from the roadside. The assailants escaped.

COVID-19; Last week, the CDC acknowledged what many of us have been saying for almost nine months about cleaning surfaces to prevent transmission by touch of the coronavirus: It’s pure hygiene theater.

“Based on available epidemiological data and studies of environmental transmission factors,” the CDC concluded, “surface transmission is not the main route by which SARS-CoV-2 spreads, and the risk is considered to be low.” In other words: You can put away the bleach, cancel your recurring Amazon subscription for disinfectant wipes, and stop punishing every square inch of classroom floor, restaurant table, and train seat with high-tech antimicrobial blasts. COVID-19 is airborne: It spreads through tiny aerosolized droplets that linger in the air in unventilated spaces. Touching stuff just doesn’t carry much risk, and more people should say so, very loudly.


In our time, the cinema is struggling to adapt to the changing tastes of audiences and remain culturally significant. Lilies of the Field predates the modern self-consciousness of film’s preoccupation with diversity and cultural characterizations. Instead of being a movie about a socio-political message, it is instead an unpretentious film about people of different backgrounds working to find some kind of common ground. This is the kind of story that transcends time and place — and one sorely needed today.


Blessed Margaret.

When Margaret was about six, she wandered away from her mother’s maid into a hallway leading to her parents’ rooms.  Guests who were just arriving saw her and almost discovered who she really was.  Her mother’s maid quickly picked up Margaret and whisked her away.  When her father heard about the near discovery, he had his workmen quickly build a stone room next to a small Church away from his castle.  Little Margaret lived as a prisoner in that stone room for 14 years.  She couldn’t get out, but her needs were provided for.  The Priest was furious with her father, but he was helpless to do anything that might bring harm to Margaret.  Instead, he became her closest friend, teacher, confidant, confessor … and provided the Sacraments for her through a window.  (The stone room is still there, and a little Church dedicated to Margaret.  You can walk down to it from the castle tower.  From Citta di Castello, the road to the Metola castle tower is through the village of Palazzi. )


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WORDS: Jamie Hale, the London-based CEO of Pathfinders Neuromuscular Alliance, a UK charity run for and by people with neuromuscular conditions, notes that the potential for harm exists even if the words are not used against a disabled person specifically. “There’s a sense when people use disableist language, that they are seeing ways of being as lesser,” says Hale. “It is often not a conscious attempt to harm disabled people, but it acts to construct a world-view in which existing as a disabled person is [negative].”

Using language that equates disability to something negative can be problematic in several ways.

First, these words give an inaccurate picture of what being disabled actually means. “To describe someone as ‘crippled by’ something is to say that they are ‘limited’ [or] ‘trapped’, perhaps,” says Hale. “But those aren’t how I experience my being.”