By Jer Kennelly

BACK IN CHURCH WITH A CONGREGATION from Moyvane Knockanure newsletter;

It’s good to be back with a congregation at Masses from this Monday 10th.   I am weary with all the restrictions but I respect them.  I encourage all of you to do likewise.  Returning we will still have social distancing and will be guided by our volunteer stewards.  It’s important that you listen to them and be guided by them.  If that procedure upsets or annoys you then it would be advisable to wait a little longer when there will be further lifting of restrictions.  Despite the lethal danger of Covid-19 and its remarkable transmission capacities (just look at India these days),  it is extraordinary that some Christians have failed to convince our society that we take our social obligations seriously.  That we treasure the old and the vulnerable, that we believe that health is a holy thing, and that we know that death is sad and tragic.  Practically all of you have been great and so supportive of all that is demanded of us during this difficult time.  Let’s keep this big effort going as we reopen on Monday.  I ask you to keep the following in mind: All Masses from 10th listed will have a congregation. For now weekday Masses are in Moyvane only. Weekend Masses – Vigil at 7.30pm Saturday (Moyvane) and  Sunday 9.30am (Knockanure) and 11am (Moyvane) Stewards will guide you to your seat and will lead you out after Mass. Masks will have to be worn and social distancing maintained. No gathering around Exits or Entrances. No congregating in the Car Parks after Mass.

Any Mass you attend will fulfil your Sunday obligation. Baptisms can go ahead with just the immediate family – contact the Parish Office. Thanking you in advance for your support and understanding.  May God continue to keep us all safe and well.

PADRE PIO:   May Devotions Castleisland Church on Tuesday, May 18 at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by stroke victim Tom Harrington from Crotta. Tom has had to re-jig a massively busy life/work schedule and manage a new pathway. A story laced with hope and positivity.

CHURCH Concert is due to be held in Moyvane in the Autumn.

BOOK LAUNCH- Rhyming History: The Irish War of Independence and the Ballads of Atrocity in the Valley of Knockanure by Gabriel Fitzmaurice will be launched in Seanchaí, the Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. Everybody is welcome to this historic launch which commemorates the centenary of the tragic events in Knockanure in April and May 1921.

TALK: On May 12th 1921, a troop of Black and Tans were travelling out from Listowel towards Athea when they arrested four young unarmed men in Gortaglanna. Prior to this the barracks in Listowel had been burnt out. In this lecture, local historian Martin Moore, examines the background to this event, the profiles of those who lost their lives and looks at further dimensions of the Gortaglanna deaths. See writers museum on facebook for lecture.

Sir Arthur Vicars, was killed by the IRA on April 14th, 1921 at Kilmorna and the Great House burned to the ground.

SCOIL CHORP CHRÍOST KNOCKANURE:  have launched a major fundraiser. We need to extend our playground area; our outdoor space is limited.  The school field is often too wet to play on and we are hoping to upgrade to an Astroturf surface this summer.  We need to raise €15,000.  Due to covid, we cannot have any fundraising activities.  We have organised a GoFundMe page, accessible via the School Facebook page.  We also need the support of our community.  We need your support. Contributions can be made via the GoFundMe page or by cash or cheque.  You can contact the school on 068-49130 if you require further information. Thank you in advance. Mrs. Julienne Donegan, Principal.

DEATH of John (Jackie) McMahon, Lisaniskea, Kilmorna, Listowel, on May 5th, 2021. Predeceased by his son Padraig and his sister Josie. Survived by his wife Lillie, sons Sean, Tom and Matthew, daughters Eibhlis and Áine, grandchildren Rachel, Sarah, Patriz, Jade, Padraig, Alice, Grace and Emily, brothers Fr. Tom and Matt, sisters Sr. Mary, Peggy, Teresa and Angela, daughters-in-law Brenda and Alex, sons-in-law Kieran and Pat, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, and extended family

Requiem Mass being celebrated in Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure, on Monday at 12 noon, live-streamed on, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATH has taken place of Assumpta Mahony (née Flavin), Coolaclarig, Listowel on May 4th, 2021.

Predeceased by her parents Martin and Annie and her brother Denis. Survived by her husband Michael, sons Sean and Kieran, grandchildren Chloe and Anna, brother Frank, sisters Joan and Louise, daughters-in-law Deborah and Elaine, brothers-in-law James, Larry and Tom, sisters-in-law Mai, Bridie and Kathy, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH has occurred of Noreen Horgan (née Mulvihill) Upper Athea, Athea, on 1st May, 2021. Predeceased by her husband Sean, brothers Maurice, Michael and Paudie, sisters Mary, Sheila and Bridie. Noreen will be sadly missed by her sons Denis (London) Patrick (London), John (Athea), Kevin (Athea), grandchildren Claire, Padraig, Mark, Nicola, Eoin, Daire, Fainche, Michael and Eleanor, great-grandchildren Mason & Shay, sister Joan, daughters in law, Eileen, Margaret, Yvonne and Draganna, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Dowling, Darragh Langan, Nora Walsh, Bridget Beaton, Jeremiah Murphy, Joe Faley, Paud Culhane, Tom Sullivan, Molly White, Dillon Boyer, Mick O’Brien, Sean Ahern, Ellen Stack, Tom Stack, Michael Anthony Ahern, Eileen Keogh, Anne Prendiville, Patsy Horan, Fr. Roger Dugan, Jer Scannell, Sr. James Kennelly, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Francis Brosnan, Tom Quinlan, Peter McGrath, Mass Moyvane;  Sat 8th at 7.30pm for Sinead Halkett, Listowel (Anni); Sun 9th at  11.00am for Siobhán Shanahan (née Brosnan), Adare & Ballybunion (Rec Dec); Mon 10th at 7.30pm for Deceased of the Doran family, Asdee; Tues 11th at 7.30pm for Mary Barry, Tralee (Rec Dec); Wed 12th at  7.30pm for Michael Buckley, New York & l/o Banaraha (Months Mind); Thurs 13th at 7.30pm for Michael O’Brien, Ardfert (RIP); Fri 14th at  7.30pm for         Peggy Williams, Ballydonoghue (1st Anni); Sat 15th at 7.30pm for David Foley, Kilbaha (Anni) & deceased of the Foley & O’Connor families, and Mass on Sun 16th at 11.00am for Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh (1st Anni).

Mass Knockanure on Sun 9th at 9.30am for Mary Rose Kennelly & Norah Kelly (née Kennelly), Gortdromagouna, and mass on Sun 16th at 9.30am for Noreen & Pat Sweeney, Knockanure (Anni).

ROSARY Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm on the Radio 99.9fm.

YOUNG People: Cruinniú na nÓg, day of creativity for children and young people, on June 12th and Kerry County Council’s arts office are in charge, events that are being organised through the arts office can be viewed on the Cruinniú na nÓg  website

GAA: Club footballers playing competitive games on the weekend of June 12 and 13 with the county leagues to begin.

BEST Wishes to Kitty Flynn, Flynn’s Restaurant, Main St. Abbeyfeale who celebrated her 101st birthday recently.

CON GREANEY programme broadcast on West Limerick 102 fm on Saint Patrick’s Day, you can still  hear it on podcast, on the West Limerick 102 fm radio Facebook platform.


The months of April and May, 1921 saw a lot of bloodshed in the Parish of Moyvane-Knockanure.  This was, of course, during the Irish War of Independence.  On Thursday, April 7, Mick Galvin, an IRA volunteer, was killed by British forces during an ambush at Kilmorna in Knockanure.  On Thursday, April 14, 1921, Kilmorna House was raided by the local IRA.  Kilmorna house was burned and Sir Arthur Vicars was shot.  Then on May 12, Crown forces shot dead three unarmed members of the Flying Column, Paddy Dalton, Paddy Walsh and Jerry Lyons at Gortaglanna.  Their comrade and fellow member of the Column, Con Dee made a miraculous escape from the scene.  On Thursday May 26, Jack Sheehan was shot in Moinvionlach bog as he attempted to escape capture by the Crown forces.  To commemorate these events, the North Kerry Republican Soldiers Memorial Committee are asking that each household light a candle on Wednesday, May 12, the centenary of the Gortaglanna tragedy, at 9pm.  Fr. Kevin has very generously sponsored commemorative candles which can be collected by parishioners at all Masses this weekend.                      

GABRIEL’S BOOK LAUNCH- Gabriel Fitzmaurice

With freedom now to gather, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, Gabriel Fitzmaurice will launch his latest book – ‘Rhyming History:  The Irish War of Independence and the Ballads of Atrocity in the Valley of Knockanure’ in the Seanchaí, the Kerry Writer’s Museum on Saturday 15th May at 2pm.  Feel free to join this historic launch which commemorates the centenary of the very tragic and sad events in Knockanure which occurred one hundred years ago this month.

STORYTELLING;  Kerry Writers’ Museum storytelling workshops take place on May 7th, 14th and 21st from 10 am to 12 noon.  Each workshop is a standalone event. This Bealtaine Hero event is organised in partnership with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. To register for the workshops email: [email protected].

May 13th 2019 Gabriel Fitzmaurice was with the Sliabh Luachra Active retired Network Choir. Kerry Writers  Museum in Listowel had Bealtaine Writer’s Residency from May 1st to 24th.

POETRY: Matt Mooney latest collection of poetry, Steering by the Stars was launched online through the Limerick Writers Centre recently. It is Matt’s fifth collection of poetry.

LOCAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE:  Are you interested in developing or expanding your social enterprise? Have you an innovative approach to addressing community needs? ‘Cooperating to Succeed’ is an imaginative yet practical programme designed to support social entrepreneurs, providing a year-long training and support package, tailored to your current needs. For further information please contact [email protected] or 069 66294.

LOAN: A New Brexit Loan Scheme is to be launched in the coming weeks, according to the government.

FEAST of Our Lady of Fatima is celebrated on Thursday 13th May.  On this day in 1917 Our Lady appeared to the three children in Portugal.  She asked them to pray for sinners and an end to the Great War.  Thursday is also the fortieth day after Easter, the day Jesus ascended to heaven.

COLLEGE: Kerry College have over 100 full time courses, Tralee at Monavalley, Clash Road and Denny Street, Killorglin, Listowel and Killarney. Sign up for all courses online:  Contact the Admissions Office on 066-71 4 96 96 or [email protected]

COVID-19, May 3 2021; a total of 250,290 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, and a total of 4,906 Covid-19 related deaths.

STORY of Maighread McGrath and her life is recalled in a recent edition of the Weekly Observer, her father Dr. McGrath is still recalled in the locality, his inventive way of controlling nerve pain, is recalled.

KNOCK: Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam has welcomed the inclusion of Knock, the international Marian Shrine, as one of thirty shrines around the world invited by Pope Francis to be part of his marathon of prayer during May for the end to the pandemic.

FOSTERING First agency working in partnership with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency in Ireland. Founded in May 2005, call 01-4171944.

JOHN’S YOUTH AMBASSADORS We  are  currently  exploring the  possibility  of  recruiting young people aged between 16 –18 years who would like to volunteer some of their time over the Summer months to work as “Youth Ambassadors” leading guided tours of St John’s Church, welcoming visitors and also taking families on guided walks through the Town Park. This programme will involve a week of training mid-June (compulsory) and then the work part in July/August (Flexible to suit your availability). If you are interested to apply please e-mail [email protected] for an application form.

DENTIST; “Fewer than 800 of the country’s 2,500 general practice dentists were actively treating medical card patients last month as record numbers of dentists abandoned the DTSS scheme following unprecedented funding cuts,” according to press reports.

DESMOND castle grounds are now open daily from 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.15pm). Please keep an eye on the FB page for more.

MUSEUMS Day is usually celebrated on 18th May, ICOM, have input into 37,000 institutions in 158 countries.

ICMSA has launched the first ‘interactive’ monthly milk price comparison tool that allows dairy farmers to input their individual milk volumes, constituents and quality results and see – at the touch of a button – what they would have been paid for the same supply by every other milk processor in Ireland. Milk production in Ireland rose 50% since the removal of milk quotas in 2015.

Exports rose by 62% (€2bn), but farm incomes have remained static.

ORGANIC: Minister Hackett has said the response to the Organic Farming Scheme was “strong” and that if all 317 of those who applied are eligible and go ahead and convert, there will be an increase of more than 20% in the number of farmers who will farm organically in Ireland under the scheme.

KWD County Cleanup, takes place from May 22nd to 30th

NIARON LTD:  ESB Jointing works continues in the same locations, Moyvane North (in front of Keane’s) and  just outside Moyvane village in the direction of Tarbert.

FOOD AWARDS: Blas na hEireann 2021, entry closing date 28th May.

OPW are to open 97 sites from now on under present regulations.

CROSS Border travel is permitted, even though North and South have different vaccine coverage and also have more liberty in North. The government are doing things that are politically correct, but endangering many of their voters.

MAY DAY: Canon MacEwan (1908 – 1991) was born in Glasgow. You can hear Canon MacEwan’s May Day hymn: composed by a Mary E. Walsh who was a pupil of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

ANGELUS: Kilmallock Mart featured in new video for the Angelus, which is due to be aired on RTE One at 6pm.

MASS: 9th of May 2021 Readings & Mass,

MALARIA kills over 400,000 children every year, Vaccine developed by scientists at Jenner Institute, Oxford, shows up to 77% efficacy in Burkina Faso trial.

NEW Moon on 11th of May.

DEATH:  Peter Matson set up Scanglo 53 years ago, later became Myson, known as Rettig in 2000.

Peter died recently in Florida, aged 81 years.

BUSINESSWOMEN; THE 22 finalists of the Network Ireland Limerick businesswoman of the year, online awards evening for them is on May 19.

NAHB found that rising timber costs have added $35,872 to the average price of a new home in the U.S.

WIND: The big companies that dominate the wind turbine manufacturing and installation sector are Vestas is Danish, Siemens Gamesa is Spanish and GE Renewable Energy is headquartered in Paris. Enercon, Nordex and Senvion are all German.

CHEESE Plant; The Belview plant had been approved for planning permission by Kilkenny County Council in November 2019. Following an appeal by An Taisce against that decision, An Bord Pleanála granted final permission on June 30, 2020. An Taisce then sought a Judicial Review of that decision.


HTEPII project is located within the Santa Marta North Atlantic Maritime Project, an inclusive partnership of the police, clergy, state and civil society in Ireland, England, Scotland, Spain and Portugal. Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC, said: “I am delighted that MIC has an association with the Santa Marta Group. Together, we are engaged in a quest for social justice, responding to the call of Pope Francis to the world to confront the causes of the scourge of human trafficking so that victims are protected, and an end put to this appalling form of exploitation.”


PRISON: The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas is a charitable organisation, which was established by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in 1985. The ICPO works on behalf of Irish prisoners overseas to provide information and support to these prisoners and their families. No Irish prisoner was transferred into the State from an overseas prison for the fourth year in a row.

DAWN Chorus 4 May 2021; Filename- Dawn Chorus 4 May 2021.mp4.

BISHOP Brendan Leahy of Limerick has welcomed the resumption of public worship, but has urged caution against “COVID complacency”. He also asked the public to think of the people of India as COVID sweeps with devastating consequences through their nation and to engage in a “marathon of prayer” that COVID passes. Bishop Leahy said, “The resumption of public ceremonies in churches from 10 May onwards is deeply satisfying in so many ways.”

POPE Francis said that he is praying for the people of India as they face a devastating coronavirus outbreak. In a message dated May 6 to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, the pope expressed his “heartfelt solidarity” with the country’s 1.3 billion population.

VACCINES: “We are exporting 200 million doses to the wider world and we have distributed 200 million vaccines to Europeans, the rollout is forging ahead,”  Ms McGuinness said.

GAA Athea- Be a Hero, Run with us to Z€RO! Athea to Croke Park Sponsored Walk

To kick start these efforts, a 260km Athea to Croker Sponsored walk is being organised to take place over the weekend May 14th – May 16th. Everyone is invited to join us in completing a sponsored 5km walk/run around our ‘Walk & Talk Track’ (7 Laps) at an allocated time. Donations will be gratefully accepted online through gofundme –… please contact 083 1400293 by Wednesday May 12th.

North Kerry GAA, County League may begin on 13th June.


NANO Angle held their 2021 Virtual Punchestown Racing Festival Preview Night in Christy’s Bar on  26th April. We would like to thank Christy Walsh of Christy’s Bar for hosting the event, Pat Healy who done a fantastic job as MC and John C O’ Shea who was on camera. More at


CREATE your own Nature Journal for Biodiversity Week 11.30am Friday 21st May 2021

To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021 Kerry Artist in Residence Lisa Fingleton will host a special workshop for schools (for children aged7+) on how to create a nature journal.

More details and to register (


CHANGE: There’s no shortage of information out there on how to change — how to lose weight, exercise more, curb your anger, quit smoking, and every other kind of habit someone might want to pick up or drop. But despite this avalanche of information, you’re probably struggling to change just as much as you ever did. What you need is an actual strategy — to identify what particular barrier is keeping you from a particular goal, and a specific solution to that specific roadblock.

ENGLAND; 70 years since the Festival of Britain – a national showcase of Britain’s best art, design, science and invention. London’s South Bank site was the beating heart of the festival – home to the Dome of Discovery and Royal Festival Hall – where scientific discovery, architecture and art were displayed to millions of visitors.

1918 ELECTION; By Peter Keeling / History Today

May 5, 2021

This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at History Today.

This May, English, Scottish and Welsh voters go to the polls in the first U.K. elections held during a pandemic since 1918. That year, amid an influenza epidemic which claimed the lives of tens of millions globally, David Lloyd George led his coalition government to a crushing victory in mainland Britain, while Sinn Féin swept the board in what was soon to become the Irish Free State.


DICTATORS: The Roman dictator was one of the earliest and most famous examples of state-sanctioned emergency powers. When the Republic had a specific problem, such as defeating an approaching enemy army, the Senate would appoint dictators with wide-sweeping powers, including complete control of the military. There were limits. The Senate retained control over the budget, and dictators faced both a six-month time-period and heavy social pressure to finish the task. They had to retire as soon as possible. Remarkably, the role was rarely abused. Over 300 years, the Roman dictators were appointed 95 times. Yet its misuse marked the descent from Republic into Empire.


Vatican Conference 2021: Anthony Fauci, Deepak Chopra Headline First Day

The Vatican health conference also features the CEOs of large pharmaceutical companies, including Moderna and Pfizer, along with celebrities active in medical philanthropy, global health advocates, policymakers, physicians, and religious leaders.