By Jer Kennelly

KNOCK: Annual Knock Pilgrimage takes place this year on Saturday 18th June 2022.  The Eucharistic Adoration National Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on the same week-end 17th/18th June (Corpus Christi week-end).  Bus leaves Knockanure/Moyvane on the Saturday 18th June.  Further details later. Contact Margaret at 087 297 6304.

ROSARY at Knockanure Grotto on Tuesday and Thursday evening at 8pm.

AGM of Knockanure Valley Text Alert. Representative of Muintir Na Tire Dermuid Cronin and the local Garda Sgt Paula Kelliher Community Welfare officer will be in attendance on the night. Thurs. 26th May at 8pm in Knockanure Community Centre.  All who wish to remain in the group or who wish to join, a fee of €10 can be paid on the night. All welcome.

ROSARY is recited at Our Lady’s Grotto, Moyvane, every Tues. at 7:30pm, also Knockanure every Tues. & Thurs. 8pm, during the month of May.

DEATH of Tady Finucane, 7, St. Ita’s Terrace, Abbeyfeale, on Wednesday, 18th May, 2022.

Tady, son of the late Tim and Peg, brother of the late Michael and Margaret, sadly missed by his brothers Willie, Henry, Paddy, Jim and John, sisters Mary, Nora, Josie, Helen, Ann and Kate, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and  grandnieces. Following requiem Mass in Abbeyfeale Church on Saturday Tady Finucane was laid to rest at Reilig Íde Naofa Abbeyfeale.

DEATH of Nora Lane (née Dillane), Benanasbig, Kilmorna, on May 17th, 2022, in the wonderful care of her daughter Nancy. Wife of the late Pats and sister of the late Anna. Nora will be sadly missed by her sons Con and Patsy, daughters Margaret, Nancy, Theresa and Caroline, her 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, Patsy’s partner Noreen, sons-in-law, brother-in-law Tom, sister-in-law Sr. Consilio, nephews, and nieces. Funeral arrived at Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure, on Thursday morning, with the Requiem Mass for Nora being celebrated at 12 noon, followed by burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane. Fr. Tom McMahon, celebrated the requiem Mass, and gave a lovely tribute to Nora.

DEATH has occurred of Michael (Mike) O’Connor, The Bog Lane, Carhooearagh, Kilmorna on May 13th, 2022. Survived by his wife Mairéad, children John and Fiona (U.K), stepchildren, sister Joan, brothers Willie and Brendan, son-in-law Richard, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, and extended family. Requiem Mass for Mike Connor was celebrated in Listowel Church on 17th May.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Kennelly, Alf Neville, Joe Lyons, Tom Molyneaux, Peg Sheahan, Maureen O’SuIiivan, Bibi Dillon, Kathleen Culhane, Mike Joe Cronin, Elizabeth Imelda Sheehan, Dick Fitzgerald, Mary Moriarty, Kit Breen, Mary Flavin, Mary O’Donoghue,

MASS INTENTIONS: Sat.21st May’22 at Moyvane for Jerry & Jenny O’Carroll, Son Christopher, Granddaughter Tracey (Aniv.), Woodgrove at 7.30pm; Sun.22nd May’22 at Knockanure for People of the Parish at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Ukraine: Peace and Justice at 11.00am; Mon.23rd May’22              No Mass in Church; Tues.24th May’22 at Moyvane for Michael Dore (Aniv.) Woodgrove at 10.00am; Wed.25th May’22- Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Thurs.26th May’22 at

Moyvane a Private Intention at 10.00am; Fri.27th May’22- Knockanure for Deceased members of Lynch family, (Aniv.) Gortdromagouna at 10.00am; Sat.28th May’22- Moyvane for Willie Pearse (Aniv.) Woodgrove at 7.30pm; Sun.29th May’22 – Knockanure, The Ascension of The Lord at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Michael Flaherty (Aniv.) Glenalappa at 11.00am.

NEW HORIZONS for the Parish. In light of a need for more accountable structures indicated by the diocese, the Parish Societies need to be reviewed.  Because of this and various happenings in the Parish (Covid/change of Parish administration etc.), I invited feedback in February.

It does not serve much purpose to go through the different perspectives in detail but what in general emerged was a desire for a return to “normality”, concern to re-engage those who have moved away, a need to better include youth of different stands (altar servers, choirs etc.)  Other items included some need for more extended newsletters, better Mass times, Church maintenance (current and future), adult education (retreats/lectures/seminars), a retirement village.

Parish representation mainly through the Pastoral Council and Finance Committee is appreciated but included a strong call for renewal.  This pivoted on the need for regular replacement of members in the interest of vitality and better inclusion.  For this, various people were proposed.

As a follow up and initial step, the pastoral council and finance committee will soon be reframed as the Parish looks ahead.

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION 2022: Following cancelation of our Corpus Christi Procession during the Covid period we hope to have hold our Annual Corpus Christi Procession on Saturday, 18th June immediately after the Vigil Mass of the Feast of Corpus Christi at 7.00 p.m.. (More details later).

CEMETERY MASSES 2022:Tuesday-  June 21st – St. Michael’s Cemetery at 8.00 p.m.; Wednesday, June 22nd – St. John Paul at 8.00 p.m.;  St. John’s Cemetery, Ballybunion on 10th June at 7 pm.; Killahenny: 15th July at 7 p.m. Kilconly: 29th July at 7 p.m.

WORLD Communications day is on 29th May.

TAIZE this summer. We are taking young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years.

We travel on Sun. June 26th and return on Sun. July 3rd. Cost of the pilgrimage is €600. For more information contact Tomás Kenny on 086 3683778 or [email protected]

OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY 7th to 14th August. Places on this Bavarian Event are available.  Spiritual Director – Fr. Dan O’Riordan.  Contact Premier Travel – 0214277700 or email [email protected]

RECONNECTION WITH SERVICES for older people on Monday, 23rd May in the Listowel Community Centre, 11.00am. – 1.00pm.  Information on services for older persons and carers available on the day.  Drop off facility for unused or out of date medication.

CONCERT in Abbeyfeale Church:  The Lost Souls and guests including Donal Murphy, church cantors and surprise guests will perform at a concert in the Church of the Assumption Abbeyfeale on Friday, May 27 with proceeds to Ukraine.

RACING: Tralee Races (Point-to-Point Horse Racing) will take place at Ballybeggan Racecourse, Tralee on Sunday the 29th Of May 2022. Listowel Races June Festival take place on June 4th, 5th and 6th. Limerick on 26th and 27th of May.

CAMP: Listowel Family Resource Centre Summer Camp, July 4th–29th, 10.00am to 1pm. Contact 068-23584/087 9664054. Also, Workshop using technology to help with reading & writing (dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia) Mon. 30th May 10.00am-11.00am

OUTING: Moyvane ICA, places still available on ICA Summer Outing to East Cork Weds 22nd-Fri 24th June. Contact Jill 087 9512387 by Tues. 24th May.

SIAMSA Tire Fri 27th May 8:30pm Live Irish Trad Music.  (066) 7123055

TRAINING in Moyvane for under 8 girls has started back Mondays from 6.30-7.30pm. Can all children bring own water bottle and gum shields are essential. Any new members joining please come along and have a chat with one of the trainers Monday evenings. Looking forward to welcoming everyone back and meeting our new members. Margaret, Louise, Niall and Mike.

SUMMER CLOTHES: – Ukrainian children boys & girls 4 to 10 years.  T shirts, shorts, pants, dresses, shoes, runners, sandals etc.  Clothes in good condition that your children have grown out of.  These can be dropped out to the Ardagh Community Centre anytime between 8. 30am – 4p.m.Monday to Saturday.  They are still looking for bikes for adults and children so that they could use the Greenway.

TARBERT ACTIVE RETIREMENT – is on every Friday in the Tarbert Bridewell between 10.30am and 12 Noon. Different activities every week followed by Tea/Coffee, refreshments and a chat. New members always welcome.

BIG Crowd attended the Knockanure Gortaglanna Commemoration recently, Rosary was recited and several speakers spoke. A few of the men who actually were involved in the construction of the monument at Gortaglanna are still with us and remember making the blocks, on site.

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ROSE: 23 girls will be on the Siamsa Tíre stage on June 4, hoping to become the Kerry Rose 2022.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE Monday night May 23 at the earlier time of 7.30pm a very special Rambling House with Ita McQuinn as its hostess will get under way in the Community Centre Monagae.  All proceeds will be donated to the Brothers of Charity.  Every one welcome, singers, musicians, dancers, poets, lilters and most importantly those who just wish to be the audience.  So come along early and help Ita and friends celebrate the ninth birthday of the Rambling House.

TRAD concert on Friday May 27 in Siamsa Tíre. Leonard Barry and Seamie O’Dowd will perform for the latest in the Trad Connections series.

TINTEAN. The Irish Chamber orchestra travelling with Mozart, is taking place on Saturday 28th May.

CONCERT: Recovery Haven Kerry and a number of Kerry musicians and singers will have a gala summer concert at Tralee’s Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Sunday, June 19th.

TARBERT HISTORICAL and Heritage Society–  host local historian, Pádraig Ó Concubhair on Sat. 21st May at 8pm at the Bridewell. Talk on Kerry life through the lens of a School Inspector in a talk entitled “Brown Paper Parcels are on the way.”

BEST Wishes to Moyvane GAA club member, and player Brendan Galvin who was elected as Vice Chairperson of the Middle East County Board. Brendan, is also Chairperson of the Arabian Celts Club in Bahrain.

BLOOD Transfusion Service will be in Ballybunion Community Centre on Thursday 16th of June from 5pm to 8pm. Please phone 061 306 980 to make an appointment. 1000 people in Ireland get blood transfusions every week.

LAY PEOPLE TO TAKE UP LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE DIOCESE OF KERRY. We bring your attention to the new volunteer Ministry of the Lay Pastoral Leader in our Diocese. It is being introduced as a response to the changing needs of parish communities.

TG4; Every Thursday at 15:40. This series follows young people as they dream about the job they would like when they get older. The Job Fairy comes to visit these young people, giving them the chance to experience their ideal job. Experts reveal the secrets of the trade, giving us a taste of what a day in the life of said job would be like. This series was made to inspire and to allow young people to dream big, presenting a wide range of information on jobs from fashion designer to dentist to engineer and so on.

VETERN Vintage and Classic Car Club have attracted 70-car entries for the 43rd running of the event.

Start on Saturday May 20th, from the Ballygarry Hotel, outside Tralee at 10 am.

Ballyduff Vintage will hold a Tractor Run in Ballyduff on Sunday June 26th in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House, Irish Community Air Ambulance and Árd Chúram Day Care Centre North Kerry.  Further information phone (087)4393048.

ALONE are currently looking for befriending volunteers. Support and Befriending is a supported one-to-one relationship between a volunteer and an older person who has been linked in with ALONE. Visit for more details and to sign up.

HI DIGITAL Learn essential skills at Hi Digital.   It’s a step by step course designed for anyone who needs a bit of help developing their digital skills, particularly those who have rarely or never been online.  To register email hidigital @ or freephone 1800203030.

ASCENSION Sunday 29th May and also World Communications Day. Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians is celebrated on Tuesday 24th May and is a special day of prayer for the Church in China.

DANCE: Afternoon tea dance will take place Sunday 29th May Upstairs in Ballybunion Community Centre. In aid of Down syndrome from 3pm-5pm with Music by Matt Dillon.

AFRICAN community in Kerry are celebrating Africa day on Sunday, May 22 with a big day of celebrations in Tralee Town Park.

ROGATION Prayer. As we sprinkle this holy water on our fields, crops, gardens and

our animals, our tractors, machines and cars, may they be protected by Your grace

and power. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

FLEADH; Limerick County Fleadh Cheoil launched at the Top of the Town on May 20th at 8pm.

LISTOWEL Connection;

SCHOOL: Athea National School, Are celebrating 100 years on Friday, 10th June at 12:00pm.

Primary School teachers- Would you like to invite a writer or storyteller to your school before the summer break? If so, financial support is still available through Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Scheme, so get your application in soon More details (

PLAY: Noke Theatre in conjunction with St. John’s Theatre in Listowel are setting up a new play-writing group. The group will be managed by Richard Walsh, a well-known Ballybunion playwright.

Contact Richard at [email protected] or Maire at [email protected] for details.

TAX breaks for video game firms can open a door for Kerry

MAGAZINE: Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine committee is seeking material for the 2022 edition of their Parish Magazine. Photos of current family, sporting events, etc are very important for documentation going forward. Please e-mail to [email protected] or post to Lisselton Post Office.

GLOBAL Warming; Sarsfield House in Limerick, which housed 1,000 revenue staff is being considered for demolition, a 1970’s constructed building. With the housing crisis, the loss of space, energy and work involved in demolition of a relatively new public building, is a poor headline for the general public.

  1. It is reported in the press that E3.7 million funding has been withheld from the university.

GARDA investment in their fleet, this year is E12 million allocation.

WATER: Discover how good your household is at saving water. Simply answer a few questions about your water usage habits and our calculator will do the work for you.

BURNING: Minister of State Ossian Smyth has said he does not expect a further exemption on the burning of agricultural green waste beyond January 2023.

GARDEN: plant, garden & food fair, part of Limerick Garden Festival 2022 which will take place on Sunday 19th June at Milk Market, Limerick.

CROPS Grant: farming organisation want an incentive of €250/ha for tillage farmers who grow a temporary crop of short rotation grass for fodder production over the winter months, and a €200/ha payment for those who grow catch crops.

FAO has distributed seed potato kits to over 17,700 vulnerable households in rural Ukraine.

Each family or household, consisting on average of 2.6 people, received a kit with 50kg of seed potatoes. Ukraine, data shows that the volume of agricultural commodities exported in April was three times that which was exported in March.

BEACH ; The 13 beaches in Kerry were awarded the Blue Flags recently, and include ; Ballybunion North Beach; Ballybunion South Beach; Ballyheigue; Banna Strand; Doire Fhíonáin (Derrynane); Fenit; Baile an Sceilg (Ballinskelligs), and more.

LABOUR and Farmers 100 years ago. In  County  Kerry,  labour  organisations  turned  to  co-operative principles to secure the economic interests of their members. In November 1918, The Irish  Homestead reported  the  establishment  of  a  workers’  co-operative  store  in Tralee.  The  following  January,  the  ITGWU  established another  co-operative  store in the market town of Listowel ‘for the benefit of the workers’. Located in Kerry’s most urbanised areas, these stores reflected the ITGWU’s desire to use co-operative methods to benefit the local consumers, the same group from which the trade union’s members were drawn.  The  IAOS  exhibited  an  uneasy  relationship  with  organised  labour.  By  May 1919,  antagonisms  between  co-operators  and  the  trade  union  movement  emerged. AE  hoped  that  workers  continued  to  establish  co-operative  societies,  but  grew anxious  about  their  autonomy  from  the  IAOS’s  authority.  AE  suggested  that  trade unions might be better served through incorporation into the IAOS. He wondered if:  trade union leaders would communicate with the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society,  so  that  investigation  may  be  made,  and  it may  be  seen  whether  labour would be better advantaged by coming in with farmers in starting a single strong society catering for both.68Such collaboration never occurred, which confirmed a distance between co-operating farmers and organised labour. Rural labourers looked to the ITGWU for leadership, whilst the  IAOS  represented  landowning  farmers.  This reflected the inability of  the IAOS to make significant progress into towns. The IAOS ceded influence over urban interests to a mixture of private industry, commercial interests and trade unions. This situation confirmed the IAOS’s  reputation  as  a  rural  producers’  organisation.  The

OUTING; Knockfierna Heritage Society have organised an outing to Cork on Saturday, June 4. They will visit the butter market museum, Shandon Church, Cobh Cathedral, Spike Island etc. Contact Pat at 087-9977340, or Helena at 085-1190991.

BEACH: restrictions on dogs and horses on parts of Kerry’s Blue Flag beaches during this summer after the Kerry County Council Beach Bye Laws 2022 were adopted by Councillors who voted by 26 to 6 to adopt the Bye Laws.

NEW MOON on 30th May. We had an evening of rainbows on 18th May. Many have silage cut and land is dry, recent rain, will encourage growth. With a heat wave in the Indian region, coupled with the complications of the war, food may be scarce this year. The government and the EU, are dragging their heels, knowing full well it will be the poorest will suffer. Weeds are also thriving in the garden. The White Thorn is in full bloom, giving a beautiful aroma when near them. May 29th last day for the local Blessed Well.

MILK: Kerry Group announced an increase to its base milk price for supplies in the month of April.

They will pay a base price of 49.5c/L, including VAT. an increase in price of 3c/L.

LEARN: The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, now in its 12th year, will take place from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th May 2022, with the theme Learn Something New in 2022.

POETRY: Michael Hartnett Poetry Award Competition Deadline: 17 Jun 2022. The Michael Hartnett Poetry Award is now open for submissions. This year, the award will be for collections of poems in English. The award will be made to the winning poet on the basis of a third, or subsequent book of poetry, published in the last two years, i.e. 2020 – 2021.

SCEILG Mhichil reopened on 14th of May.

WOMEN OF NOTE is a show that celebrates the music of epic female performers down through the years. Hear their songs, their stories and learn about the impact they have made. Produced by and starring Grace Foley with narrator Laura Reidy, pianist Noel O’ Sullivan and violinist Padraig Creedon. Gleneagle INEC Club, Sun May 29th, 8pm.

ÁRD CHÚRAM DAY CARE CENTRE for the elderly & Dementia Centre Listowel needs your support!

Árd Chúram has been selected as a beneficiary of the 2022 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Fundraising is central to sustain and grow the facilities and services on offer within Árd Chúram. If you, or any member of your family will be home on holidays in July, would like to join our Team of Cyclists please log into the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Facebook page.

RTÉ reported on the case; Cllr. Charlie Farrelly Wins His ‘Unfair Treatment’ Case against Kerry County Council, see the link here:

SCAM: You miss a call from a +44 number (UK) and ring back the number, When you ring back you are automatically connected to a billing service and cost €25 per call.

TEST: The White House announced that Americans can now request a third order of free, at-home coronavirus tests shipped through the U.S. Postal Service.

HOLY WELL: National Holy Wells Day: Sunday 19 June:  Invites us to: 1) to become aware of how precious water is and 2) to visit a local Holy Well and pray for the protection of water and 3) to plan with others how you can protect the water in your area.

CROSSRAIL, is a 73-mile railway line in south-east England. It runs from Essex in the east to Berkshire in the west. Three and half years late and at least £4bn over-budget, Crossrail finally opens on Tuesday 24 May.

MONKEY POX: Small numbers of cases have cropped up in the world before, including the UK, but all can be immediately linked to somebody travelling to an affected country and bringing it home.

Monkeypox is spreading during sexual activities with most cases having lesions on their genitals and the surrounding area. Many of those affected are gay and bisexual young men.

POTATO: The Irish Potato Federation is proud to host the 11th World Potato Congress (WPC 2022) which will take place in Ireland, 30 May – 2 June 2022. Founded in 1973, the Irish Potato Federation was originally set up to promote the interests of the wholesale potato trade in Ireland and to promote potato consumption. Today it consists of ten members, comprising potato growers, wholesalers, packers, importers and exporters of both seed and ware potatoes.

BIOSCIENCE: Brandon Bioscience is focussed on creating crop solutions derived from the marine algae Ascophyllum nodosum.



This record is held by Lambeth Palace Library

Title:      JOURNAL of SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL, Lord Deputy. Description: (From 24 June 1594 to 27 May


ITALY is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and we started in the mountains of the north, traveled through the heartland, along the Adriatic Coast, and all the way to Rome. We visited Milan, Pavia, Florence, Siena, Assisi, Loreto, Manoppello, Lanciano, Padre Pio’s San Giovanni Rotondo, and ended in Rome, with wine tasting, cooking classes, special guides like art historian, Liz Lev, and visits to amazing churches and shrines along the way

May 16 to 20th marks Dementia Awareness Week; a campaign of huge importance as not enough is understood about vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s or other similar diseases of the brain.

Last year, the Baring Foundation commissioned a consultation with care homes entitled ‘Arts and Culture in Every Care Home?’ . This was a national call to arms, promoting the importance of a daily cultural or arts offer for elders in care homes, including people living with dementia.

Having a dog can be excellent for those suffering from dementia. They provide an outlet of social interaction and support, and can bring some confidence to people’s lives.


KILMORNA Forest Many bird species occur in the Kilmorna Forest but most of these are shy and secretive, and occur at low densities. Fruit and insect-eating birds often move around in mixed-species groups, particularly in the dry winter months when they are not breeding. This explains why it is possible to walk for long periods and see no birds, then suddenly be confronted with a whole mob. Birdwatching in any forest is always a challenge, however, as birds will hear you coming long before you see them, and they hide among shadows on the forest floor or move directly overhead in the leafy canopy. The garden around the manor provides the best birdwatching opportunities as forest-dwelling species come to the fringes. Ten of the ‘specials’ including Narina Trogon and Olive Woodpecker – are featured in our Star Birds chart and a full bird checklist is available. African Crowned Eagle may sometimes be seen soaring above the forest, while Knysna and Purple-crested Turacos (louries) feed on the Wild-plum and other fruits.


USA: Governor Kathy Hochul is unveiling plans to strengthen New York’s gun laws today.

Bishops in New Jersey are speaking out after Governor Phil Murphy’s proposal to expand abortion access in the state.

The Senate is expected to pass a Ukraine aid package on Thursday.


PRAYER TO ST. ROCH: O Blessed St. Roch, Patron of the sick, have pity on those who lie upon a bed of suffering.  Your power was so great when you were in this world, that by the sign of the Cross many were healed of their diseases.  Now you are in Heaven your power is no less.  Offer to God our sighs and tears and obtain for us the physical, mental. and spiritual health we seek.  This we ask though Christ our Lord.  Amen.    St. Roch pray for us, that we may be preserved from all diseases of body and Soul.

WORD: Life is made up of getting and giving – forgetting and forgiving.


Take Time

Take time to think, it is the source of all power. Take time to play, it is the

secret of perpetual youth. Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth. Take time to love and

be loved, it is a God given privilege. Take time to be friendly, it is the road to

happiness. Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul. Take time to give,

it is too short a day to be selfish. Take time to work, it is the price of success.

Take time to do charity, it is the key to Heaven.


POPE FRANCIS ON SUNDAY’S GOSPEL: “The Gospel reading for this Sixth Sunday of Easter presents a passage of the discourse that Jesus addressed to the Apostles at the Last Supper. Today the Lord invites us to open our heart to the gift of the Holy Spirit, so that he may guide us on the paths of history. Day by day, he teaches us the logic of the Gospel, the logic of welcoming love, by ‘teaching us all things’ and reminding us ‘of all the Lord has said to us’. May Mary, whom in this month of May we venerate as our heavenly mother, always protect us all. May she who, with humble and courageous faith, fully cooperated with the Holy Spirit, help us too to allow ourselves to be taught and guided by the Paraclete, so that we may welcome the Word of God and witness to it with our lives.



I put before Him the crowded day,

I try to hear what his voice will say.

If others are right and I am wrong,

am I the weak or are they the strong ?

I place my thoughts and feelings o’re,

as I gaze upon the little Golden Door.

Today dear Lord I may forget you.

Please do not forget me.

Jesus and Mary I always pray,

ever be with me on my way.

Lord, help me to remember that nothing

is going to happen in my life today,

that you and I won’t handle together.