By Jer Kennelly

CHURCH Update from the Diocese on Covid: Religious services and weddings can proceed without capacity limits as existing measures remain (social distance/no physical handshakes/no full choir/no holy water in fonts/one way entry and exit/to Communion/Communion in hand only etc.)  All advised to be responsible as the incidence rate in Kerry is very high.  Dispensation from Sunday Mass and Holy Days obligation remains while Mass during the week is encouraged in lieu of it.

Moyvane/Knockanure Christmas Cards: available in The Parish Office, Packet of 7 cards for €2.

Mass for recently Deceased: Nov. 16th at 7.30pm Moyvane, and Nov. 19th at 7.30pm in Knockanure

Mass Arrangement: Regular morning mass @ 10.00am does not exclude Mass at other times of the day for special occasions (on request).

NOVEMBER MASS for relatives of hospital staff, former staff members and all those who died in hospital over past year and in the Palliative Care, also those who have experienced pregnancy loss or infant death, on 1st November in St. Johns Church Castle Street, Tralee at 7 p.m. Mass live streamed for those unable to attend in person.

ANAM CARA: An Evening for Bereaved Parents – Tuesday, 9th Nov. – 7.20pm. – Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee.

CLOCKS WENT BACK on  Sunday – 2.00am.

MEALS: Knockanure Community Centre Meals on Wheels service. Meals €6 each/€40 per week (7 dinners), contact Nora 087-7476717 or Mary 087-6328104.

AGM of Knockanure Valley Txt Alert: Representatives of Muintir Na Tire Diarmuid Cronin and the local Gardai Sgt Mannix and Jim Foley in attendance, 1st Nov.’21 at 8pm at Knockanure Community Centre. All welcome.

BEREAVED: Anam Cara Kerry is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 9th November at 7:20pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents. For more information see or call the information line on 01 4045378.

GLÓRACH drive-in bingo continues at Abbeyfeale GAA grounds every Sunday at 2pm.

DEATH Tom Normoyle, Drumrisk, Glin, on October 27th, 2021, Predeceased by his wife Bridie and brother John. Survived by his sons Michael and Thomas, daughter-in-law Emily, sister Mary, grandchildren Kieran, Aidan and Annie, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, and nieces

Following mass on Friday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin, burial in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin.

ANNIVERSARIES: Micheal O’Sullivan, Eamon O’Connor, Michael McNamara, Mary McElligott, Mick Culhane, Eamon Dunlea, Liam Lynch, Austin Stack, Jerry O’Carroll, Catherine Ita O’Connor, Tina Thompson, Bridie Mason, Mass- Saturday 30th Oct’21 at Moyvane for Denis McEvoy RIP at

7.30pm; Sunday 31st Oct.’21 at  Knockanure for People of the Parish at 9.30am, and Moyvane  “Thank You” from the Noonan family for your support at 11.00am ; All Saints Day at 9.30am on Monday 1st Nov.’21 at Knockanure and Moyvane on All Saints Day at 11.00am and 7.30pm;

Tuesday 2nd Nov.’21  in Moyvane at10.00am; Wednesday 3rd Nov.’21  Knockanure for Michael Culhane (Anniversary) at 10.00am; Thursday 4th Nov.’21  Moyvane for Tim O’Connor RIP at 10.00am and Friday 5th Nov.’21  Knockanure for Mary Callan at 10.00am.

INDULGENCE: This year, the Vatican has decided once again to grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead on any day in the month of November. In a typical year, the Church only grants this plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory to those who pray in a cemetery on Nov. 1-8, the week of the Solemnity of All Souls’ Day.

CANCELLED: Unfortunately things have changed and Moyvane Bingo did not begin again on Thursday, October 28. Safety is our priority and with that in mind we have to postpone our plans to reopen.

BUS: Local Link Kerry offices on 066-7147002 or email [email protected]

GRANTS have been announced for local projects; Sive Bog Walk, Listowel (€20,000): Enhancement of the Sive Bog Walk bringing it up to the required international standard. Lighting of Moyvane Wood Walk (€20,000): Lighting of Moyvane Wood Walk with provision for lighting bollards.

SCHOOL: Fifty-five schools including Tralee, Castleisland, Killorglin, Ballyduff and Causeway will each receive a set of four dyslexia-friendly children’s books about Irish wildlife, thanks to Cara Credit Union and author, Shane Casey. Dyslexia affects, about one in eight on average.

COLLECTION:  Bishops are asking parishes throughout Ireland to undertake a special Church collection on 6 and 7 November to invite the public to support Trócaire in its work to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in East Africa. Bishops also discussed that in the countries where Trócaire works, less than 5% of the population have been vaccinated for Covid .An additional 200 million people have fallen into poverty globally as a result of the Covid crisis.

SIAMSA Tíre are offering Adult Singing Workshops with the Irish National Opera on Thursday, November 18 from 7 – 9pm.  You don’t need to have any experience of singing, reading music or of opera to take part. Just an enthusiasm to try something new. The Sea Shanties workshop is an ideal workshop for people who enjoy singing in groups. Contact or call 066-7123055 to book.  Cost €15. Exhibition of Siamsa Tíre’s designers’ artistic process in developing the new visual identity. Submissions must be received by 5pm on November 8th.  See for full details.

STORIES: In Bogmen, Neil Brosnan from Listowel, recalls his first day in the  bog and many indelible memories over the years. His story is in the 12th Ireland’s Own Anthology of Short Stories, which was recently published. Neil Brosnan is a singer/songwriter and author. A holder of All-Ireland and World Fleadh medals for his songs, his short stories have been widely published in Ireland, Europe and the USA. He has won the Bryan MacMahon, Maurice Walsh and Ireland’s Own short story awards.

REGISTER ; Living with grief and loss – Online Webinar- Join us for the webinar on Thursday Nov 4th, 8.00pm – 8.30pm Finola Cunnane, a St. Louis Sister from Dublin, has worked and lectured in the fields of education, spirituality, scripture, theology, pastoral care, counselling and retreat work.  Having gained a Ph.D from Fordham University in New York, she has held lecturing positions with Dublin City University, Dublin, Fordham University, New York and St. Michael’s College, Vermont and has also lectured and given retreats in Canada, Malta, New Zealand and West Africa. Finola is widely published. Her first book was published in 2004 and since then she has written over a hundred articles.

PADRE Pio November Devotions Castleisland on Tuesday 16th November 7.30pm – month of “The Holy Souls” It is their time, their space. They May need our prayers.  Don’t let the Sadness of Parting destroy the Special Memories. Witness –  by Fr Mossie Brick.

HELP: Kerry Cancer Support Group was established in 2007, they have dealt with 30,000 appointments  since their foundation, more from 0667195560.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND,  November 5-7, 2021 Restore Communication, Renew Commitment and Rekindle Romance. This is an online experience (using Zoom), starting on Friday evening at 8pm and ending on Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm. Details

FEAST of Christ the King, instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925. See his encyclical ‘Quas Primas’.

THEATRE: Richard Walsh from Ballybunion is theatre artist in residence at St. John’s Theatre in Listowel. Rehearsals are in progress for a theatre show that looks at the Kerry landscape of 18th Century. Performance is scheduled for December 19th at St. John’s Theatre.

STORY: Specsavers, together with the An Post Irish Book Awards 2021, invites you to write a short story. You could win all the shortlisted books entered in the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Award 2021 and €500 for your school. Send to Specsavers Short Story Competition, c/o WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

FITTEST School; The winning school will be crowned ‘Ireland’s Fittest School’ and will be rewarded with €5,000 worth of sports equipment and a visit from Fit Squad coaches Phil Healy and David Gillick.

LORNA BYRNE Born  March 25, 1953, Dublin: In 2019, she was named as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in the world.  Author and philanthropist Lorna Byrne is an inspiration to millions of people around the world.

SCIENCE Week: Running from November 7-14, Science Week 2021 aims to give the public inspiration for ideas, more at

JOBS: Edwards Lifesciences are to create 250 new jobs at its manufacturing facility in Castletroy.

TRAINING: Pre-Apprenticeship Route programme; To qualify you will need to be at least 16 years of age and have completed a Lev   el 4 Major Award, or hold an equivalent qualification. To learn more, talk to at Pat 061 578 114 or email [email protected].

WOMEN only tractor and machinery skills course at Salesian Agricultural College, email [email protected]

SIGHT Loss; Retina 2021 public engagement day on Nov 6th from 10am to 2pm, estimated that nearly 300,000 are living with vision impairment in this country,    details from

TOILET: Tom Cuddy of Irish Water said: “In 2021 we found out that 1 in 4 people living in Ireland were still regularly flushing the wrong things down the toilet – that’s almost a million people.

GREEN: Eat locally or at home, take your lunch in reusable containers, use reusable utensils and a cloth napkin. Extra waste comes from doing big shops, and putting two-for-one bargains in the trolley. Whole-animal eating is respecting the animal enough to realise that, if it has died for you, you can make use of every part of it. Recycle kitchen scraps, in a compost bin. Stop using plastic bottle and paper cups by going for reusable options. Look for loose fruit and vegetables.

Plant a tree in memory of a loved one. Some house plants remove formaldehyde released from carpets and furniture. Try going paperless. Repurpose your items.

Instead of turning on lights and lamps, save the planet by using natural light whenever possible.

Being active outside is a great way to reduce your daily use of electricity and get a daily dose of vitamin D. Research local events in your area that contribute to or promote sustainability.

No need for tech toys every year. Have the heater is a few degrees lower. Then, use more blankets.

Use washing machine, dishwasher, and other household appliances less often, wait for full load. Take showers instead of baths. Beware modern, pumped power showers can use more, not less, water than bathing it is claimed. Only use the standby mode when you’re sure you’ll get back soon. By cleaning and maintaining your white goods, you will prolong their life. Shut off the water when brushing your teeth. Walk, or cycle, Use motor vehicles only when needed. Reusing furniture.


NATURE: Honeybees visit only one type of flower in any one foraging trip. The more vegetation you have, the more carbon you are storing. Hedgehogs eat pests such as caterpillars, slugs and snails.

Will I wear it at least 30 times, before buying? Clothes shipped across the world have a high carbon footprint. All animals and plants are carbon stores. Globally, 10 billion tonnes of carbon are transferred to seabed sediments when phytoplankton die or are eaten then excreted.

CARBON: Many are commenting that the government and the council are avoiding making carbon cuts for themselves. Farmers must get recognition for the trees that they plant and the hedges that they grow. “At the minute within the national inventories, all the benefits associated with this activity go directly to society,” he said.    “The carbon that is locked up by grass, trees and hedges must be allowed to offset the emissions produced by animals on farms. This is not the case at the moment.

It is claimed that 100 global companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions.

CSO: Milk prices increased in 2020 and, with output expanding by 3.9%, the value of milk production grew by €144.1 million (5.5%), from €2.6 billion to just under €2.8 billion.

GROWTH: GlaxoSmithKline turnover grew by 5% to £9.1 billion in the third quarter.

MORE: School books are dumped, Farmers are being forced by regulations to erect buildings etc and in a few years will be idle, rather than repair, many items are disposed, fashion and advertising contribute to global warming and should carry a warning.

CLIMATE finance plays a critical role in helping developing countries tackle climate change and adapt to its impacts. In 2009, developed countries agreed to mobilise $100bn in climate finance per year by 2020, and in 2015 agreed to extend this goal through to 2025.

However, the UK COP26 Presidency now says the $100bn goal is likely to fall short in 2021 and 2022 – though is confident it will be met in 2023.

Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives, said: “To provide confidence and momentum going into COP26, the $100bn climate finance goal must be met immediately, not in 2023.

NATIONAL Organic Training Skillnet, has announced the speaker list for its fourth annual five-day Biological Farming Conference – BioFarm 2021.The conference will take place from November 8-12 in The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, with both virtual and in-person ticket options available. The Minister Charlie McConalogue will deliver the opening address.

ENERGY upgrade for existing houses, while there is a housing shortage for thousands, simply diverts scarce labour from building new houses.

VISIT: Discover the remains of prehistoric tombs. Imagine the thrill of defending a castle. Wander through medieval halls.

CENSUS 1921 for England and Wales will be published online by Findmypast on 6 January 2022.

FRANCE- 5 new historical record collections: birth, marriage, death, and two censuses. This content was added thanks to MyHeritage’s recent acquisition of French genealogy company Filae.

CLUB Limerick New York was formed in July 2019. “Its aim to support all things Limerick GAA and other Limerick interests in New York & Ireland.

VIKINGS reached the New World first.

The length of the occupation remains unclear, though it may have been a decade or less, and perhaps 100 Norse people were present at any given time, Dee said. Their structures resembled Norse buildings on Greenland and Iceland.

Oral histories called the Icelandic Sagas depict a Viking presence in the Americas. Written down centuries later, they describe a leader named Leif Erikson and a settlement called Vinland, as well as violent and peaceful interactions with the local peoples, including capturing slaves.

The 1021 date roughly corresponds to the saga accounts, Dee said, adding: “Thus it begs the question, how much of the rest of the saga adventures are true?”

Reporting by Will Dunham in Washington, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

BACTERIA IN INVADERS’ BONES New research suggests the Vikings brought leprosy to Ireland as remains from Irish cemeteries examined ——————

Researchers focused on five cases of probable leprosy which were identified in human skeletal remains excavated from burials in Ireland ——————————–

None of the three individuals appear to have been local to Dublin and, while one may have been British or from the north of Ireland, the remaining two grew up in Scandinavia.