by Jer Kennelly

WISHING all our readers a safe and fulfilling Christmas, many are reflecting on past Christmas’s, especially country people who are observing the exodus from the countryside.

RADIO Transmission as you may know was damaged in the storm.  The engineer has promised to fix it but for various reasons, it is unlikely to be in working order for some time.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

CONFESSIONS Monday 20th Dec.’21 in St. Mary’s Church Listowel at 8pm, for the region.  There will be several priests available for Confessions.

CARDS; Knockanure/Moyvane Christmas cards are available in the Parish Office, €2 for 7 cards, Great Value. Please note the Parish Office will be closed from Thursday 23rd Dec. and will reopen Tuesday 4th Jan.’22.

PADRE Pio December Devotions in Castleisland on Tuesday 21st December 7.30pm.

BEST WISHES to Anne-Marie Scanlon, daughter of Anne and John, Upper Athea, who on the 11th December 2021 married JJ Clancy of Knockanure, in Athea church, ceremony performed by Canon Tony Mullins. The bride had her 3 sisters Katie, Breda and Jenny as bridesmaids. The Groom had John O’Connor, Padraig Donegan and Alan Quinn as best men. J .J. is son of Neilus and Margaret Clancy of Knockanure. The reception was held at The Devon Inn Hotel.

GAA Knockanure Lotto Draw Results; There was no winner of the €2000 jackpot on Tuesday 14th December. Numbers drawn were 1, 9, 23, 28.  Our lucky dip winners were; 1. James Fogarty, Church Road, Moyvane; 2. Mike Lynch, Taxi; 3. Jim Gould, Kilmorna; 4. Steph & Cathal, c/o Jim Gould, and 5. Amanda O’Connor, Keylod. Our next draw will be held on Tuesday 21st December with higher lucky dip prizes!! Our new jackpot will be €2100.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish our dedicated supporters a very safe and healthy Christmas. The Club has experienced great success over the past 12 months and we look forward to an even better year ahead. For further updates why not check out Facebook Page ‘Knockanure GAA Updates’

FINAL; In Moyvane the Senior North Kerry Championship Final in Con Brosnan Park on Sunday, December 20 at 2.00pm.

THANKS to all the volunteers who make things run a little more smoothly, the light that they shine, gives inspiration and encouragement. Without the volunteers many would be in a dark place.

Thanks to all who help with information for the notes. People away from the district, look forward to local news.

MASS streamed live on

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael O’Connor, Peg Meade, Neelie Buckley, Michael Carr, Eileen Moriarty, Sheila Kerins, Nora Crane, Mary McKenna, Michael Foley, Kieran Hayes, Liam Foley, Desmond Groarke, Pat Moloney, Mossie Brosnan, Sr.  Marguerite Shine, Sr. Maura Carmody, Mary White, Hazel Culhane, Eileen Mansfield, Mary Ryan, Michael Dalton, Mary Moriarty, Margaret Lynch, John Behan, Dan Shine, Willie O’Connor, Mary Stack, John Joe Kennelly, Nancy Brosnan, Jerry Fitzmaurice, Sr. Rita Donegan, Tom Wright, John Michael O’Sullivan, Noreen Hanley.

MASS INTENTIONS: Sat.18th Dec.’21 Moyvane for Padraig & Jackie McMahon of Lisaniskea (Birthday Remembrance)     at 7.30pm; Sun.19th Dec.’21 Knockanure for John & Peggy McElligott, Lisaniskea and daughter Betty Newmann, USA at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Paudie O’Connor (Anniv.) Upper Direen also Baby Max and deceased of O’Connor Family at 11.00am; Mon.20th Dec.’21    NO MASS in Church; Tues.21st Dec.’21  Moyvane for Pat Moloney (Anniv.) brother Michael, sister Johanna, and niece Caroline at 10.00am; Weds.22nd Dec.21 at  Knockanure for Timothy Keane, Funeral London at 12.00 Midday; Thurs.23rd Dec.’21 in Moyvane for Michael Fitzmaurice, Month’s Mind Lower Aughrim at 10.00am; Fri. 24th Dec.’21 Moyvane for Christmas Eve at 6.00pm and mass Knockanure for Private Intention at 8.00pm, and mass in Moyvane for Private Intention at 10.00pm; Mass Sat. 25th Dec.’21 at  Knockanure for         Christmas Day at 9.30am, and mass Moyvane for Private Intention at 11.00am; Feast of the Holy Family, Sun. 26th Dec.’21 Mass Knockanure for People of the Parish at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Ned and Maureen Sheehy (Anniv.) Leitrim Middle at 11.00am.

PRIEST; In case of an Emergency, Weekday Evening Rota starts at 5pm on the day to 9am the next day For Listowel/Moyvane/Lixnaw/Duagh Monday and Wednesday, Fr. Anthony O’Sullivan 087-2461749; Tuesday and Saturday, Fr. Declan O’Connor 087-0908949; Thursday and Friday, Fr. Brendan Carmody 087-9601549.

LIVE CRIB in Duagh: thanks to Duagh Tidy Towns Committee. All will be subject to public health guidelines at the moment and will remain open throughout Christmas period from 11.00am-9.00pm. All proceeds are in aid of local charities.

ADORATION in Listowel Church takes place every Wednesday straight after 10.30am. Mass until 1.00 p.m.

COLLECTION: Samaritan’s Annual Collection will be taking place at Masses in Moyvane and Knockanure on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Your support would be greatly appreciated and thank you for your generosity in the past. Samaritans can be contacted 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Free Call 116123.

POPE Francis has approved the creation of a new foundation promoting spirituality, art, formation, and dialogue in the environs of St. Peter’s Basilica.

WREN: Carrigkerry Wrenboy Group, weather permitting, instead of their usual house to house visits have decided to perform outdoors at various locations on St. Stephen’s Day. Their opening performance will take place in Carrigkerry at 11.00 a.m. sharp, followed by Knockdown at approximately 12 noon. Kilcolman 1.00 p.m. Creeves Cross 2.15 p.m. Ardagh at 3.15 p.m. with a final performance in The Square, Newcastle West at approximately 4.15 p.m.

FUNDING: Master / First Plan for Town Centre. Minister Heather Humphreys TD announced funding of €100,000 for Abbeyfeale  the only Town in County Limerick to benefit from this fund.

HISTORY of St John’s Church Tralee.

LEADER funding – In the period 2007 – 2013, was €85 million per year. In 2016 – 2020 it was €50 million a year.  It is proposed that €35 million will be spent annually for 2023 – 2027.

TRANSPORT: Linking villages may be a good thing, but so few live in them, most people are scattered around the countryside. Who is going to take people from countryside to the villages and return them home? We must go back to the time when a local unofficial taxi could provide transport. See details at

Br Richard Hendrick Mission Talk 2021

WALK in honour of the late Bill Kirby, will depart from the Brogue inn, at 11.30am on December 26 All proceeds from the walk will go towards the Kerry Hospice Foundation’s Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General Hospital. The walk has raised about €350,000 for charity since it began.

DOCTORS: South African doctors can’t travel, due to Covid regulations, they are said to provide 30 to 40% of SouthDoc’s GP cover. Why not provide nurse cover as many of them have years of experience.

SIAMSA Tíre have announced that as a result of the latest Covid restrictions it has been forced to cancel its Christmas panto. All original bookings at Siamsa Tire will be fully refunded. But the Oliver Hurley produced show will now be staged at the INEC. Tickets will be on sale from the INEC box office.

RAMBLING House; DVD can be ordered from the Irish Rambling House, Lyreacrompane Listowel. Phone 087-2853570, or visit

CARDIAC Death; Have you or someone you know been affected by the loss of a young loved one through Sudden Cardiac Death? FREE all-island helpline (1800 714 080 from ROI or 00 44 8006 40 62 80 from NI/UK) on Tuesday or Thursday between the hours of 7pm-9pm, Wednesday between the hours of 10am and 12 noon or Sunday 4pm-6pm.


QUAD: 12 deaths associated with their use between the years 2008 and 2017, 75% of those involved were 60 or older.

HOMECARE: Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If
you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 991 6791 or 087 744 0729. Our website is
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. If you or someone you know needs support this Christmas, please call our National Support and Referral Line on 0818 222 024 from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week.

CALVES: Export of 120,000 calves under threat. The Dutch market requires a calf at the three-to-three-and-a-half-week age bracket and the proposed ban on the transport of unweaned calves below 35 days will remove it, say exporters.

MATCH; AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday December 19th

Austin Stacks (Kerry) v Newcastle West (Limerick)- Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee at 1:30pm

Referee: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary)- Live Streaming available via

TREES: Aldi is to plant 1 million native Irish woodland trees by 2025 in partnership with Green Belt. The trees are expected to remove more than 160,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over a 100-year life.

BOOK: Timmy Woulfe, writer, historian, dance master, footballer, recently launched his book “As Tough as Tathfhéithleann”, a list of Irish words and phrases which were commonly used in the parish of Athea in the last century.

CENSUS: Since 1801, there has been a census conducted in England and Wales every ten years.

BUY A TRÓCAIRE GIFT OF LOVE and send your love around the world this Christmas. Visit or phone 1850 408 408.

LISTOWEL HOLY LAND: We wish to confirm that flights have been confirmed – Departing from Dublin via Istanbul to Tel Aviv on 29th October 2022 and returning on the afternoon of Saturday, 5th November 2022. Turkish Airlines are holding the flights until 5th January at which point we have to pay a deposit.  Total price €1,550.00 which includes bus to and from Listowel to Dublin. There are just a few places left. More details from Premier Travel: 021-4277700


Cork Heritage event;

LIMERICK Project to cost E80m.

LIBRARY has a number of resources for teachers including Block Loan accounts, Toys and Sensory resources, seasonal online events, and online resources such as TTRS multisensory, Ask about Ireland and eLanguage learning. Further information is available on

EDUCATION; Kerry Education and Training Board have a permanent base in Listowel town now.

A new building, which is located at Clieveragh Industrial Estate, was acquired for €445,000.

ORIGINS of various figures of speech; The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms- By Christine Ammer. Why do we call out “the elephant in the room,” admit to having a “senior moment,” or warn that “too many cooks spoil the broth?” Discover the origins of various figures of speech and quirks of the English language in this comprehensive, well-researched dictionary of idioms!

JOBS: It is almost impossible in the rural areas to find someone to do small jobs, many elderly and people living alone have little chance of getting jobs done, which in times past, would be speedily completed.

JOBS: Central Pharma, due to begin operations at an IDA facility at Kerry Technology Park in 2022 creating 100 new jobs.

BD a leading MedTech company in Ireland since 1964. Are to invest €70 million with support of IDA Ireland and create 130 skilled new jobs in Limerick.

RURAL: Census 2016 showed that 54.6% of the Kerry population lives in a rural area. Census 2016 showed that just 8% of the Kerry population is employed in the farming, fishing and forestry sectors. Teagasc National Farm Survey 2019 showed 52.5% of farm families nationally now depend on off-farm employment.

KERRY Co-op board members for 2021/2022 are:  Mundy Hayes;  John O’Sullivan;   Shane Wall; John Fitzmaurice; Martin Griffin;  John O’Connor; Conor Creedon;  Patrick Hanafin;  Patrick Rohan; Denis Carroll;  Eoghan McCarthy; John Casey; Jim McInerney; Pat O’Donoghue; James Tangney;  Fiachra Liston; Seamus Crawford; Victor Gardiner; Denis Donovan, and  James O’Keeffe.

KERRY shoppers can give Kerry Gift Card which can be used in dozens of Kerry businesses and services.

RTÉ film from Castleisland turkey and goose market from 1964

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 who live in the Republic of Ireland.  Text 50808 to receive support from a volunteer.


TG4;  ‘Mná na bPíob’ on TG4 Sunday, December 19 at 9.30pm. Abbeyfeale musician Louise Mulcahy tells us about women pipers ; Christmas Day 22:20; A special gathering of musicians, friends and family to celebrate one of Ireland’s most loved and respected musicians, east Galway’s Joe Burke who passed away in February 2021. St Stephen’s Day at 21:20;  50 years after his death in 1971, Sean Ó Riada’s granddaughter Doireann Ní Ghlacáin resolves to find out more about this divisive and iconic figure. By charting her grandfather’s life and times, we uncover the true Ó Riada, in a moving tribute to this giant of Irish cultural life. With performances from Iarla Ó Lionaird, Barry Douglas, Nell Ní Chróinín, Cór Chúil Aodha & Peadar Ó Riada and interviews with contemporaries and family. A seminal feature length documentary giving an intimate portrayal of Ó Riada like never before.

On St. Stephen’s Day we have live coverage when Ulster welcome Connacht to Kingspan Stadium in Round 8 of the championship as part of the annual Winterpro Action. On New Year’s Day then we will have more live interprovincial action in Round 9 of the championship when Connacht welcome Munster to the Sportsground and Ulster welcome Leinster to Kingspan Stadium.

HUNGER: 811 million people are chronically hungry. 283 million are in hunger crises with 45 million people in 43 countries across the globe in near famine, according to UN report. Ireland is to provide €75 million for the period 2022 to 2024 to help relief in famine areas. 300 children and adults are to spend this Christmas in Direct Provision centres in the Limerick region.

MILK: IFA claim liquid milk producers are leaving the sector. The retail price of milk is the same for a decade. Costs for September 2021, compared Sept. 2020 – feed, energy and fuel costs have risen by 14%, 21% and 22% respectively.

MILK MARKET Limerick; Wednesday 22nd of Dec 11am to 3pm a fundraiser day for Limerick Suicide Watch sponsored by Lyons Of Limerick who will have an Open Air Courtyard  concert with the  Downtown Dixieland Jazz band. Thursday 23rd Dec from 8am to 3pm, there will be a Christmas Food Market featuring Local Limerick seasonal Food.

SWIM: Banna Christmas Day swim will take place this year, will take place from 12.30pm.

OUR LADY: The eyes of the image are especially mysterious. Although their dimensions are microscopic, the iris and the pupils present the highly detailed images of 13 people. The same people are present in the left eye and the right, with different ratios, just as images are transmitted by human eyes. The reflection transmitted through the eyes of the Virgin of Guadalupe is thought to be the scene in which Juan Diego brought the flowers given him by Our Lady as a sign to Bishop Fray Juan de Zumarraga, on December 9, 1531.


COVID; Sweden Said No to Lockdowns – And Suffered Much Less Than Most European Countries

By Sabrina Haverty – November 9, 2021 at 3:25pm

DOWN syndrome Kerry is a parent led voluntary organisation with a membership of over 230 families in Kerry and parts of Cork and Limerick. You are donating €5 of your Win a House in Kerry Ticket to Down Syndrome Kerry.

FUNDING Arts; We are awaiting further information regarding the recently announced funding being made available through Local Authorities for local artists, performances & pantomimes through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media’s Local Live Performance Support Scheme. Details will be available here in due course. More details (


A number of artist in residence opportunities are available at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, including with Ealaín na Gaeltachta & Poetry Ireland. Closing date: 12th January. More details (https://kerrycoco.us10.list-


UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996, Sceilg Mhichíl, Brú na Bóinne and the Giant’s Causeway.

Sceilg Mhichíl; The management plan is available for download at


FUNDS for sensory gardens; Kerry Parents and Friends, Old Monastery: €84,292; Cheshire Kerry, residential centre, Killarney: €2,500, and Kerry Rehab Group, Blennerville Resource Centre, Tralee: €30,000.

The IRISH PEOPLE was a weekly newspaper which served as the “Voice of Irish Republicanism in America.” Published by volunteers who supported an Irish Republican political analysis, the paper provided weekly reports and analysis of events in Ireland related to the struggle against British rule. It also served as a contemporary weekly record and organizer of Irish-American political activity in the United States during a crucial epoch (1972-2004). Those who wish to study historic events in Ireland and how such events were seen and influenced by Americans will find it an indispensable resource.



COMMUNITY EVENTS Traditional Music Cherish the Ladies, America’s first ensemble of women traditional Irish musicians, vocalists and dancers, will make its premiere Suffolk County appearance on Sunday, April 16th, at 3:00 p.m., at the Centereach High School in Centereach, NY. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and juniors. “Cherish the Ladies” is the name of a well-known, old Irish jig. The group’s current tour celebrates the recent phenomenon of Ethnic Folk Arts Center, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. The Suffolk tour, which includes performances on April 29th in Mastic Beach, and April 30th at St Rosalie’s Church in Hampton Bays, is being presented by the Hallockville Folk Arts Center for Suffolk County and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 8, with funding from the New York State Council of the Arts and Suf- Cherish the Ladies: Irish Traditional Music & Dance Ensemble young American-born women coming to the forefront of the formerly male-dominated field of traditional Irish music. Cherish the Ladies includes some of the leaders of this new crop of musicians. The ensemble feature ten young Irish and Irish- American women who are among the country’s most respected traditional artists. Many have won All-Ireland titles (the world championship). The ensemble includes guitarist Mary Coogan, flutist and button accordionist Maureen Doherty, fiddler Siobhan Egan, sean-nos (old-style Gaelic) singer Bridget Fitzgerald, fiddler Eileen Ivers, flutist Joanie Madden, singer Cathy Ryan Henry and step dancers Eileen Golden, Maureen Kennelly and Mairead Powell The Cherish the Ladies national tour has been organized by the folk County’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The Hallockville Folk Arts Center, in Riverhead, is committed to the research, documentation, and presentation of Suffolk County’s rich cultural traditions, according to Center Director, John Eilersten. Tickets are available by mail at Hallockville Folk Arts Center, 163 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 and will be available at the door on the evening of the performances. Additional information for the Centereach concert is available at (516) 243-7186; for the Mastic Beach concert at (516) 399-5143; and for the Hampton Bays concert at (516) 283-6730. For further information, call the Folk Arts Center at (516) 298-9782.



GAA Knockanure Lotto Results for Dec. 7; Our lotto jackpot of €9500 has been won!! Massive congratulations to Eamon Dowling c/o O’Brien’s Bar, Duagh for choosing the winning numbers 2, 6, 8, 28.A fantastic win just in time for Christmas! Our lotto draw resumes on Tuesday 14th December with jackpot returning to €2000. Many thanks for supporting our Club draw.