By Jer Kennelly

SACRED HEART NOVENA continues till the 11th of June Speakers from around the Country and from the Parish will be relayed on a big screen as they share their views with us each evening. During these Novena days Fr. Kevin will be available in the Church of the Assumption daily 12noon to 1pm and from 3pm to 4pm for Confessions.

MASS on Assumption Radio 99.9fm from Moyvane Church daily. Office Closed on Mon 7th.

FUNDS: Knockanure National School Astro Turf Play Area

CONGRATULATIONS to Martin Moore who won Nilsson Local Heritage Award– Kindly sponsored by the Nilsson Family. Martin received first prize for his book “When Freedom’s Sword was Drawn” at Writers’ Week recently, Martin has many connections with the parish.

LISTOWEL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE SUMMER CAMP: A new and exciting summer childcare initiative which is aimed at children of primary school going age. The programme runs throughout July (Monday July 5th Thursday July 29th from 10.30am-1pm daily). Details 068/23584.

FUND: The 2021 Community Support Fund has just been launched. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 18th June 2021 and application forms are available for completion online via the Kerry County Council link:  More from 066 71 83680.

COUPLE & RELATIONSHIPS; We work to resolve difficulties that arise in marriages and relationships. We work with couples and individuals.  Contact us at:  ACCORD Killarney. Tel: 0646633612 or email: [email protected]

LEAVING CERT STUDENTS- We wish to assure all Leaving Cert students that they will be remembered in the nine days of our Sacred Heart Novena.  Our prayer is that God’s Holy Spirit will bless, direct and keep them calm and safe as they begin their exams.

SYMPATHY: To Marina Scanlon, Listowel Road, Moyvane on the death of her brother Tom Nolan, Shanagolden whose funeral took place recently. To Tom & Nora Hogan, Temple, Athea on the death of Nora’s brother Denis Mullane whose funeral took place in Scotland.

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. William Scanlon, Ita Keane, Tony Foley, Paud Woulfe, Kathleen O’Dwyer, Sr. Helen Keane, Willie Buckley, Gerald Tierney, Mass in Moyvane; Sat 5th  at 3.00pm for Peter McGrath, Ahalahana (Anni) & his son John (Months Mind) -note time, later at 7.30pm mass for John Kearney, The Village (Anni) & his parents Dan & Bridie – Novena; Sun 6th  11.00am  mass for James O’Brien, Glin (Anni) – Novena; Mon 7th  mass at 11.00am for Hughie Fitzmaurice, Leitrim Middle (Anni) – note time, and later at  7.30pm  Special Intention for all Novena Participants of Novena ;

Tues 8th at 7.30pm mass for Nora & Jack Walsh, Leitrim East (Anni) & Michael Mulvihill – Novena;

Wed 9th at 7.30pm for   Pat O’Carroll, London & Gortdromagouna (Months Mind) – Novena;

Thurs 10  at 7.30pm for Seán Begley, Killeedy (Anni) – Novena; Fri 11th  at 7.30pm Feast of the Sacred Heart – Special Intention – Novena, and later at  9.00pm for Nora Fitzgerald, Lenamore (Months Mind) – note time; Sat 12th  at 7.30pm  for Willie Buckley, Church Road (1st Anni); Sun 13th  at 11.00am for         Patrick Connolly, Glin (1st Anni).

Mass Knockanure, Sun 6th at  9.30am for Michael Flaherty, Glenalappa (Anni), and mass on Sun 13th 9.30am for Denis & Anna Flaherty, Lisaniskea (Anni).

FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI there will be no procession again this year for Corpus Christi in Listowel.

RECOVERY HAVEN  CANCER SUPPORT, If you or someone you know is in need of  support  contact   by phone on 066 7192122.

CLEAN UP: 3,400 registered volunteers took part in the annual County Clean Up.

RACING in Listowel, a flavour in this link;

NEW SITE: Aengus Fitzgerald (a Listowel native) and Dermot O’Sullivan (Cahersiveen) are co-founders of ‘DuuGong’, a site that encourage businesses to act more sustainably.

TEST: there are 101,000 people waiting to sit a driving test and a further 105,000 people waiting to sit their theory test, according to newspaper reports.

GAA have confirmed that 100 spectators will be allowed to attend club and inter-county matches, with a total of 200 in grounds with a minimum capacity of 5,000.Division 4B Round 1 Thursday 24th June at 7.30pm, Duagh B v Knockanure. Children sports;

Glin GAA Club is holding a scrap collection.  Final day for donating is Saturday 12th June, please contact James on 0872311156 or Jack on 0872289841.

COVID: Dr Mairin Ryan “Increasing the period of presumptive immunity from six to nine months has widespread positive implications for people. “For example, a person who has Covid-19 in the last nine months would be exempt from serial testing.

TOURISM is the Counties most valuable industry, employing up to 14,000 people who cater for 2.3m visitors per year. Kerry is proposed to receive €793,000 ‘Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund. Time will tell the benefits, as we all know that thousands was spent on Covid projects over past months and no benefit to show.

TOILETS: The Council have been very lax in providing toilets, as hotels and bars are closed, many have been forced to use any convenient spot, and increasing danger of spreading infections.

ROSE Festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row because of the Covid pandemic.

The festival, which we all love to attend also gives an estimated €8.5m boost annually to Kerry economy.

AIDS: Darragh Lynch is one of the co-founders of Uccello Designs, that creates and manufactures living aids for the disability market. He is a native of Ballylongford.

NEW: Sarah Fitzgerald’s New Business Featured in Saturday’s Irish Independent

If a preowned vintage dress is your dream wedding attire, be sure to check out Sarah’s rent and return option at

FRIENDS of the Museum is a new scheme by Kerry Writers’ Museum in Listowel which provides exclusive offers to members as well as contributing to the ongoing development of our Museum. It is also a novel gift idea for someone with a passion for culture.

Kerry Writers’ Museum, in association with Listowel Writers’ Week, present a lecture on Tralee-born writer Alice Curtayne (1898-1981). Visit their site for details.

OLD STORIES are being collected by Turtle Bunbury and associates and will be available in new podcast. Several locals have already contributed to his books over the past 20 years, details from vanishingireland site.

ARTS: Kerry County Arts Newsletter 3rd June 2021


Cruinniú na nÓg is back! Our national day of creative activity for young people takes place on Saturday June 12th right across Ireland with hundreds of online and challenge events taking place.

CHILDREN: Kerry Library is holding a creative writing competition for Primary School children based on the theme ‘Myth and Magic’. Children are invited to submit a creative piece, e.g short story, poem, comic strip, of no more than 500 words by 5pm, Monday 28 June. Further details can be found in the Children’s Services section on the Kerry Library website

FOYNES Flying Boat and Maritime Museum now open. Exhibits include early days of flying and the Maureen O’Hara collection.

FAIRY Trail Tarbert in Leslie’s Woods. The old trail has now closed down and this new trail is situated on the back of the Hill Road on the right hand side. Tarbert Comprehensive LCA students and their teacher donated 27 fairy doors.

BANK HOLIDAY, it is expected that many Limerick people will travel to both Kerry and Clare seaside’s during the holiday.

GRANT: Phoenix Women’s Centre in Tralee are to receive funding from the Community Mental Health Small Grants Scheme for 2021, granted in association with Kerry County Council, Healthy Kerry and Pobal.

NIARON LTD:  Works will continue at Joint Bay 19 approx. 1km North of Moyvane Village and Joint Bay 15, 250m south of the Moyvane River, for the week commencing June 6th.

FAIR DEAL Scheme –support for nursing home residents in Kerry is the second lowest in the country at €933 per week.

COST: Agri-food customs posts required in North have cost more than £24.4 million to staff in their first year.

DRIVE IN Bingo in a Limerick Village was cancelled due to one objection, according to newspaper report. Another local village who had mass on outside speakers, also got an objection. Countless planning permissions are delayed because of an objection, the objector may be 200 miles away.

TG4 -16/06 @ 21:30; The extraordinary story of how Eamon de Valera stowed away on a ship to America in 1919 and announced himself in the lobby of the world’s most expensive hotel as “The First President of Ireland”. We tell on screen for the first time the untold story of the political baptism of fire for de Valera that follows,

Tour de France Beo- Ag tosú Dé Sathairn 26/06 @ 11:00.

CLIMATE: Research is underway to calculate the carbon sequestering potential of Irish farms –

IFA National Environment Committee chairman Paul O’Brien, said “We believe that we have a good news story, massively able to sequester a lot of carbon and once we can prove that, then that will help to change the whole debate I believe. ICMSA president Pat McCormack said he is “deeply concerned” with the direction of current government policy, which he claimed “represents a clear threat to commercial family farming in Ireland”.

OPTING out of Father’s Day emails. We understand that Father’s Day can be a difficult time for some and lots of reminders can make it harder. So if you’d prefer to not receive emails from us about Father’s Day, please let us know. Email from British National Archives.

FRAUD: “Within the crime of fraud there is a category of ‘business email compromise’. This is where criminals can hack into a system and change bank account details to an account they have access to,” said divisional crime prevention officer Sergeant Ber Leetch who has highlighted one recent incident in Limerick.

POPE recently celebrated the beatification of three Spanish Civil War martyrs, María Pilar Gullón Yturriaga, Octavia Iglesias Blanco, and Olga Pérez-Monteserín Núñez, which took place in Spain on May 29. “Today amid so much darkness we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others.”  – Pope Francis.

FEAST: Solemnity of Corpus Christi: The Solemnity or Feast of Corpus Christi (The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) was instituted by Pope Urban IV following the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena in 1263 (when during a Mass the Consecrated Host bled and turned into human flesh) and was first celebrated the following year 1264.  It celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Feast of St. Colmcille is celebrated Wednesday in Ireland and Scotland.  He founded the monastery at Iona which remains a place of pilgrimage.

MINDING Your Mind as we leave Lockdown-an online workshop for Young Adults aged 18-30.Thurs 10th June at 7.30pm via Zoom. This event will be hosted by the Diocese of Kerry “YouthDoK” Young Adult Group; you can register at and follow  on Instagram @youthdok.

LOUGH Derg 2021: Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional 3 Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to“ Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” on 3rd-5th July. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office (0353) 719861518 or

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT in Listowel will take place on Wednesdays 11am to 1pm. in front of main altar. If a funeral takes place on a Wednesday there will be no Adoration

MOB: On May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked and destroyed the wealthiest Black community in the United States, the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma.


FIRST Space Station was launched on 19th April 1971 and Yuri Gagarin, was first man in space 60 years ago.  mans Journal 1763-1924, Tuesday, 10 August, 1841; Page: 4

PADRE Pio June Devotions Castleisland on Tuesday 29th June at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by Amanda Devine. Top Padre Pio Tour Guide, based in San Giovanni Rotondo. Amanda walks in the footprints of Padre Pio every day

PAPERS: Cromwell thought he could never shed blood enough. The contrast is certainly correct as regards me, for I conceive one drop too much; and he does well to say that he prefers my policy, for I am for peace, harmony, and good will—the triumph of liberty, and perfect freedom of conscience for every human being (loud cheers).

In the county which I represent, after a space of several months since the former assizes, and out of a population of 750,000, there were only 56 prisoners for trial, and of these 20 were for petty larcenies, which the judge said ought to have been tried at quarter sessions; and out of the remainder there were six Orangemen, who were in for the murder which I have spoken of! The entire number left thus amounted to only 30, out of the whole population of 800,000. But even 30 sounds large in comparison with the numbers for trial at other places- In the city of Cork which, including the suburbs, contains nearly 180,000 inhabitants, there were only three persons in gaol; in Waterford there were three in gaol, in Kilkenny they had only two or three, and even in Limerick, they had scarcely a single prisoner In Clare the judges had the same remark to make there was scarcely a single offence for trial, and throughout the land the same state continues. These are the men that they call uncivilised. Oh, the country that produced Father Mathew, and five millions of teetotallers cannot be called a country of savages (hear, hear)

Cheltenham paper—I suppose the writer who speaks of the.” wretched and ferocious slaves of O’Connell, of those who have never been brought under the gentle sway of the Protestant faith”—calls himself a Protestant (hear, hear) ?. And so ” the gentle sway of the Protestant faith” is to cut our throat?. I can only say that I am glad we have not many such Protestants amongst us. But no, that is not the Protestantism of some of the mild and gentle friends who are now around me. I know not what may be the Protestantism of my friend Mr. Steele.


Limerick Chronicle

21 June 1779

Died: Near Bandon, Mrs. STONE, aged 43. This woman was, perhaps, the most remarkable heroine that this or any other age has produced; being married very young to a sergeant in a marching regiment, of the name STONE, she accompanied him, though she was rather of a small and delicate make, through most of the hardships our armies underwent in America during the last war; no consideration of fear could make her leave his side through nine engagements, in which her husband was concerned; she helped to carry him off wounded twice from the field of battle; and it is a fact that can be testified by living witnesses now in this city, that at the siege of Louisbough, at a time when many of our troops were killed, she supplied the living with powder cartridges of the dead, and animated the troops she was next to by her words and actions. Though a woman of the most surprising intrepidity, she was never known to be guilty of any conduct which could impeach her delicacy, or violate the modest demeanour of her sex. She was never known to drop a tear, but when departing her husband in death; and died the admiration and regret of all who knew her.

© Nick Reddan 2006


POLAND: On April 18, 1025, shortly before his death, Duke Bolesław the Brave of Poland succeeded in obtaining the papal permission to crown himself, and thus became the first King of Poland.

Throughout the 10th century, the West Slavic tribes, united under the Piast dukes, who regarded themselves as descendants of the semi-legendary Piast the Wheelwright (Piast Kołodziej), went through a period of accelerated building of fortified settlements and territorial expansion. This gave rise to developed regions along the upper Vistula, the coast of the Baltic Sea and in Greater Poland.

Under Mieszko I, the expanded territory was converted to Christianity in 966, when the Piast duke married Princess Doubravka of Bohemia. Known as the “Baptism of Poland”, the event laid the basis for the development of a Polish state and its integration into the prevailing European culture. In fact, its date is often used to mark the symbolic beginning of Polish statehood.

The Miracle on the Vistula — the victory of Marshal Piłsudski in the battle against the Red Army — stopped the Soviets.

K.V. Turley K.V. Turley is the Register’s U.K. correspondent. He writes from London.


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GREEN WAY: In the next 12 months the longest green way in Ireland will be developed along the Royal Canal and will incorporate the National Famine Way, which will be like the Camino in Spain. This is something I am up for doing, according to Micheál it can be cycled in one day, jogged in two days or walked in three days.