By Jer Kennelly

CONGRATULATIONS to Fr. Kevin McNamara on the fortieth anniversary of his ordination, it is also a sad time for him as he is unable to celebrate, due to government restrictions. The pain of losing his mother immediately after his ordination, casts a sorrowful shadow, which lasts a lifetime. Well done to Fr. Kevin for organising the Novena last week, many hours work and the contribution of so many volunteers, are an inspiration to people who may have become feeble in the faith. The success of the Novena which was done  from the grass roots up, is an example to big government, that ordinary people knows what is best for the community.

DEATH of Jeffrey Bradshaw, Lacca East, Kilmorna, and formerly of Smethwick, England, on Thursday June 10th 2021. Jeffrey is survived by his wife Brenda, son Michael, daughter Tracy, son-in-law P.J. Harnett, daughter-in-law Maxine, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

DEATH of D.P. Woulfe, Bridge Street, Abbeyfeale on June 6th 2021. D.P., predeceased by his father Dan, mother Brenda and sister Mary. Survived by his wife Maureen, son Michael and his partner Samantha, his adored grandchildren Alaura and Tadhg, mother-in-law Lil Daly, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and the extended Daly family, Aunty Nora Stack and the Stack family.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jack Mulvihill, David Riordan, Nancy Enright, Fr. Bill Prendiville, Tommy O’Connor, John Joe Kearney, Bridget Buckley, Fr. William Stack, Jean Kennedy Smith, Laurene Kennelly, Tony Buckley, Mass Moyvane; Sat 12th at 7.30pm for             Willie Buckley, Church Road (1st Anni); Sun 13th at 11.00am for Patrick Connolly, Glin (1st Anni); Sat 19th at 7.30pm for Parishioners, and mass on Sun 20th at 11.00am for Patrick McEnery (Anni) & Mai & Sonny Buckley, Listowel.

Mass Knockanure on Sun 13th at 9.30am for Denis & Anna Flaherty, Lisaniskea (Anni), and mass on Sun 20th at 9.30am for       Rubi McMahon, Washington D.C. & Nancy, Jack, Josie & Pádraig McMahon,

Lisaniskea (Anni) & Jackie McMahon, Lisaniskea (Rec Dec).

JOBS: The Rural Employment Service are hosting FREE ‘Tea Break Talks’ on Tuesdays in June, Contact Finn Fitzgerald for further information 087 759 1951.

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.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: The support line is open every day, 8am-8pm, by calling 081 822 2024.  Hospice Bereavement Line 1800807077 Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm. Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults

HSE South Dr. Anne Sheahan has reminded Leaving Cert students, their families and their friends that coming into contact with someone with Covid-19, could disrupt plans to sit exams.

FATHER’S Day 20th June.

CANCER, Recovery Haven Kerry had a free webinar on Friday, June 11th for parents concerned about the effects a cancer diagnosis in the family is having on their children. Talk given by child and adolescent psychologist, Edel Lawlor.

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

SPEAKERS at Moyvane Church Novena last week, details from Parish Newsletter, see social media for much more; Thady opened the Novena reminding us of the warm humanity of the Sacred Heart.   Geraldine our first speaker reminded us in such a moving and generous way of the reality of Faith, Hope and Love……..and the greatest is Love.  Her husband John, 49, son Tomás, 14 and Amelia, 6 still motivate her daily to keep their love alive.  I cried and prayed for her – powerful start.  Then our very own Gabriel – honest, uplifting and from the heart – a light that darkness could not overpower.  When he said ‘he was snookered!’  No confession, no Communion, cut off from the Sacred Heart! – that was so sad and painful to hear.   Thank God for the Sacred Heart light, love and forgiveness which Gabriel never gave up on.  Next, John Quinn from the ‘Home of the Oyster’ – Clarinbridge.  The seven seanfhocails all directing us to the Heart of Jesus.  Gems of faith placed before us by an extraordinary wordsmith – still writing, still sharing, still inspiring.  His voice is magic. So sad to hear John tell us about poor Fr. Dineen S.J. late of Rathmore who paid an awful price for his dedication to the Irish language.  Fr. Seán put a lovely reflective presentation on the ‘new normal’ before us on Sunday.  So well-crafted and presented, we were all so proud that he is one of our own – the spontaneous round of applause showed that.  Mairead with the beautiful Sacred Heart statue which her late great mum received on her baptism day has been a treasured presence to this very day in her home and with her loving family.  It has inspired her in her generous work and presence with those who live alone and those heavy with loneliness.  She called on us to invest more in family life allowing the Sacred Heart to inspire us.   Next, Brenda invited us in a lovely way to move from head to heart.  That journey for her has been so, so special in beautiful Knockanure.  In a move to heart, especially the Sacred Heart, life can and will be so much more meaningful.  Next, we had Fr. Tom speaking to us on the occasion of his 37th Anniversary of his Ordination, the Feast of St. Columba.  Lovingly he traced the early days of his Priesthood which brought him to Derry in the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland.  The people helped him – they were people of faith, they were people of heart who trusted the Sacred Heart.

SPEAKER at Novena in Moyvane on Thursday night 10th June was Bishop Paul Dempsey, the Bishop of Achonry Diocese. Ordained a priest in 1997, Bishop Paul is a native of Co. Carlow and, until his appointment as Bishop of Achonry, served in various parishes in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin.

His Episcopal Motto is DUC IN ALTUM – Launch out into the deep. (Luke 5:4)

The last speaker at the Novena was Brenda, who gave us the history of the devotion to the Sacred Heart. Every night also music and a great variety hymns were sung. See social media for repeat of talks.

CHANGE in the planning application for natural gas plant at Ballylongford, has been accepted by An Bord Pleanála.

BUS Eireann have 200 employees based at their Roxboro Road Depot and are spending nearly E4m refurbishing it.

NOVENA to Our Mother of Perpetual Help is on from June 18th to 26th, on line at Redemptorist website.

LOURDES: Limerick Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2021. For the second year, due to the restrictions in place, we cannot have our usual pilgrimage to Lourdes this month.  Lourdes holds such a special place in our hearts and this year Fr Frank and his committee have created a virtual pilgrimage for us. Each pilgrimage session will be broadcast on Limerick Diocesan Facebook page through their Diocesan website. If you would like your petitions to be included at Masses during our virtual pilgrimage please email them using this email address: [email protected]

OFFERTORY BOXES:  Those who are in the Offertory Box system will receive their new Offertory Box in the coming weeks.

IFA members across the country in 30 towns had a nationwide protest on Friday, June 11. Irish farmers are trying to secure their future. Danger of cuts and extra regulations coming in in the new CAP proposals.

ICMSA president Pat McCormack said: “It’s now a question of the Irish government working towards getting the maximum flexibility that will allow us to mitigate the worst results of the very flawed logic behind this CAP.

FRUIT: Gooseberries and blackcurrants have a heavy crop this year, but wild plums and apples appear poor, due to late frost and cold spring.

BLUE FLAGS 14 of them have been awarded to Kerry Beaches. Many of the lesser known beaches are almost deserted while the Blue Flag ones are crowded.

ATHLETICS: Regional Athletics Hub in Newcastle West, to cost €3m, includes an international standard athletics track, floodlights and track facilities.

IMMIGRANTS: The Tablet; A June 7 U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled that hundreds of thousands of immigrants with a temporary immigration status cannot apply for a more permanent way to remain in the country if they first entered without authority to do so.

WRITERS: Listowel Writers’ Week is devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry. This is done through literary panel discussions, moderated talks, poetry readings, interviews, cultural tours, walks and more.

JUST a Thought; Mary Cogan May 31st – June 4th

Just a Thought

https://writersweek.ie/

OLDER PEOPLE: Our group of volunteers is here to help the older people in our communities with free over the phone help to resolve any IT or technical issues they have.

https://generationtech.ie/

The human lifespan record belongs to Jeanne Calment, a French woman who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.

HEALTH; It is reported that a local doctor is booked out for three weeks and another person is waiting for three weeks to get their long toe nails trimmed.

COVID continues to throw 2021 Festival plans for Limerick sings up in the air, we are delighted to announce that this year’s Festival, which takes place from June 11th – 13th, will be coming to you virtually! With a host of exciting opportunities for you to join us across this year’s Festival weekend – including engaging with our workshops, enjoying our concerts,  tuning into our live “In Conversation” or just taking time out to listen to our unique Outdoor Chorus or wonderful Choral Trails – we look forward to bringing the joy of singing to you this June!

https://www.limericksings.com/

NATIONWIDE: Plan your Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh adventures taking place nationwide along rivers, on doorsteps and in botanic gardens, at quay sides and on islands, at handball alleys and swimming baths now. https://brighteningair.com/

BLAST Arts in Education; In excess of 300 artists are currently trained and registered on the Online Register of Approved Artists, managed by the education centre network nationally. All artists will have submitted their Child Safeguarding Best Practice Policy (to include Child Safeguarding Statement) and their Certificate of completion of the Children First Training module to the education centre. https://www.gov.ie/en/service/69096-blast-arts-in-education/

WATER Fountains: The locations are:   People’s Park, near the entrance at Barrington Street;  Merchant’s Quay, Limerick City – beside the gate into St Mary’s Cathedral;   Adare Library; Civic Buildings and Courts complex in Kilmallock; The Square, Abbeyfeale, and Athea Village.

GREENWAY; The Limerick Greenway is a 40km off-road walking and cycling route along an old railway line that connects the three market towns of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale.

See on line for details.

NANO NAGLE BIRTH PLACE: essay/story/poetry/song competition. Entries are free. Categories: 10-14, 15-18 and over 18 years. Closing date 30th June.  Based on 3 themes on which Nano Nagle Birthplace is based.  Entries to : [email protected]

MEN’S Health Week;  To mark International Men’s Health Week, Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House will host a Live Cookery Demonstration on Tues .June 15th from 6.30 to7.30 pm via Zoom, details from 0667192122.

HOUSING: We were told that we had a housing crisis before the C19 pandemic, things must be worse at present and the media and politicians are hiding behind the pandemic to do nothing.

ALONE welcomes referrals for people aged 60 years and over who may benefit from using our service. Our National network of fully trained staff are ready to work with older people across the County: www.alone.ie   Marie Fitzgerald, Services Coordinator, Co. Kerry, Tel: 0818 222 024.

Cycle Against Suicide:  Full details are available at https://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/community-buddy-club/

MINDING YOUR  MIND , an   online workshop  for  Young  Adults aged 18 to 30 yrs. Was held on  Thursday 10th June at 7.30pm via Zoom. Senior  clinical  psychologist and author Dr Keith Gaynor  offered some insights and advice regarding how to best take care of our mental health as we emerge from the isolation of lockdown, and how to reconnect  with  society  in  a  healthy  and positive  way.  Register  for  the  link  on  www.dioceseofkerry.ie  and  follow  us  on Instagram @YouthDoK for more information.

FAITH: Nourishing Faith Videos   https://www.dioceseofkerry.ie/resources-2/nourishing-faith-videos/

SOLAR: On a rooftop in Brooklyn, faith and sustainability are meeting. Blocks of solar panels are a pilot for the Laudato si Corporation – Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ latest initiative inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical.

BIRTH: A total lunar eclipse was visible from five continents – though not North America – on June 14, 1946. Also Donald J. Trump, was born in New York City.

CANADA: “residential school” system was an atrocity, in which the Church should never have been involved. Under this system, set up in the late 19th century by the Canadian government’s Department of Indian Affairs, more than 150,000 children were taken from their families and trained—often under deficient and even abusive conditions—to adapt to the country’s now-dominant culture. This was not “genocide,” as some activists have charged, but it was a deplorable effort to eradicate a native culture.

https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/selective-indignation-canadian-calls-for-vatican-apology/

Irish Independent 1905-current, Friday, 03 June, 1921; Page: 5

HEAVY CASUALTIES IN CO. KERRY. OFFICER & THREE R.I.C DEAD

An ambush of, 12 R.I.C, mid-way between Castlemaine and  Milltown, on Wed. evening, resulted in the following 9 casualties

KILLED. Dist.-lnsp. M’Caughey (35), native of Co Monaghan; Sergt. Collery, Sligo; Const. Quirke (33), Co. Cork) and Const. T. Cooney (28), Co. Leitrim. WOUNDED. Const. M’Cormack (23), Dublin; Const. Harvey, slightly, in face; Const. Bergin, in leg; Const. Bowles in back and leg; Const. Toomey, slightly;

The other three policemen—Constables Foley, Beard, and Herne—were uninjured. Sergt. Collery leaves a wife and 9 children.

FROM BOTH SIDES OF ROAD. The patrol were returning on cycles to Killorglin from Tralee, when fire was opened on them from both sides of the road, at a spot where the fences afforded good cover to the attackers. Before the patrol had time to realise their position, the District-Inspector and Sergt. Collory, who were leading, fell. Then began a fight which, during its half hour’s duration, was most intense, the firing being continuous, and revolvers, rifles, and bombs brought into use. After the officer and sergeant were shot the remainder of the patrol sought what little shelter the road offered and returned the fire, using bombs with, they declare, apparent effect. Const. Quirke was killed rather early, and Const. Cooney fatally  wounded.

TERRIFIC SHOOTING. The fierce conflict went on until only 3 of the police were left unwounded. Assisting their wounded comrades, they retreated, having left their cycles, but taking all their arms and those of their disabled companions. The people for miles around were in terror, for the noise of the shooting was terrific.

When things had subsided the lonely figure of a woman was seen over the strewn  bodies. Rev. T. O’Sullivan, C.C., Milltown, was shortly on the scene, and rendered spiritual aid All through the evening Fr. O’Sullivan did everything possible for the seriously wounded, as did Dr. Sheehan, M.O. The bodies were conveyed to the Catholic church, Milltown, and the seriously wounded to houses near by, while the others were assisted by their comrades to Killorglin by a circuitous route. All have since been conveyed to Tralee.

The casualties to the attackers are unknown.

A CONSTABLE DYING.

According to another account, the ambushers opened fire from behind a hedge. The R.I.C. returned the fire, and after a sharp exchange eight of the Constabulary fell—four killed and four wounded—the remaining four getting back to Killorglin by the railway

The message adds that it is not known whether there are any casualties among the I.R.A.

OFFICIAL REPORT.

The Dublin Castle report

District-Inspector, sergeant, and 2 constables were shot dead and  and 3 other constables  were wounded.

ATTACK ON MILITARY.

G.H.Q., Dublin, announced yesterday “While on patrol at 8 p.m. on Tues a soldier of the Royal Fusiliers was accidentally wounded. Yesterday morning a party of the R. Fusiliers on bicycles, accompanied by a light motor van, proceeded from Killarney to Rathmore to bring in the wounded man. When a section of the party reached the river crossing one mile north of Baraduff, on the return journey in the evening, heavy fire was opened upon them at about 400 yards range,

Though the party numbered only one officer and 10 other ranks, they advanced at once towards the direction from which the fire came, but the attackers had disappeared. The driver of the car was wounded in the foot. At the point of the ambush the road had been littered with broken glass, which had been placed there since the morning.

In the meantime the soldier patient had, owing to the bad state of the road, been transferred to a hand trolley and all safely reached their destination.

REFLECTION: Luke and I discuss how our desires are strongly mimetic, that is, imitative, and how there are two groups of people that act as models of desire for us: celebrities and public figures who are distant from us, and friends, family, and colleagues who are close to us. Luke explains why it’s actually that latter group where we experience the most rivalry and conflict, because the more similar we are, the more we end up competing for the same things, the more envy we experience, and the more we want to differentiate ourselves from the crowd, even though the areas in which to do so can be increasingly small. In fact, someone can be a model of desire, not only in influencing us to imitate them, but in motivating us to act in the opposite way. Luke shares how mimetic desire can be both a negative and destructive or a positive and productive force, and offers advice on how to harness it for the latter purpose by humbly recognizing the way other people are influencing our wants, and using that knowledge to opt out of games we don’t want to play, utilize the healthy aspects of competition without allowing it to get us off track, and intentionally choose worthy, even transcendent, models of desire to emulate.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-714-why-do-we-want-what-we-want/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theartofmanliness+%28The+Art+of+Manliness%29&mc_cid=e3009e939b&mc_eid=8bc7642aa

INCOME Tax; Mike Bloomberg according to reports paid $70.7 million on income of $1.9 billion in 2018, which amounts to a 3.7% tax rate. American household generally pays about 14% in federal income tax. Mr Bloomberg claims to what he gives to charity and pays in taxes amounts to approximately 75% of his annual income, amounting to $11 billion in his lifetime. ————

(G7 Summit proposal to levy a common tax on corporations, proposed by President Biden may harm Ireland.)

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As the two men were sat next to each other, Mr Biden said: “I told the Prime Minister we have something in common. We both married way above our stations.”

Mr Johnson responded: “I’m not going to dissent on that one. I’m not going to disagree with you there or indeed on anything else, I think highly likely.”

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/president-joe-biden-says-doesnt-5513654?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en

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Keeping the Song Alive

Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR LITURGY Keeping The Song Alive Celebrating and Supporting the Work of Cantors in our Church. The Advisory Committee on Church Music invites you to take part in a Celebration by Zoom on Wednesday, 16 June 2021From 7.30 —8.30 p.m. Included in the Event: Sharing the Experience of Cantors, Input on Repertoire, Copyright, Caring for your Voice https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/keeping-the-song-alive-the-advisory-committee-on-church-music-tickets-155812189453