By Jer Kennelly

RAMBLING HOUSE:  Every 1st Thursday in the Community Centre in Knockanure.

PRAYER MEETING:  Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex NCW on the last Sunday of the month.

KNOCK: Annual Pilgrimage to Knock takes place this year on Weds 5th July from Knockanure, Moyvane, Tarbert. Contact Margaret 087-2976304.

PARISH: 2nd Collection weekend 3rd & 4th June for Family Services & Accord. Confessions: Moyvane Saturday 6.45pm to 7.15pm. Eucharistic Adoration: every Tues. after 10.00am Mass to 11.30am.

Weekend May 27th & 28th Fr. Wilhad (Rosminlan Priest from Tanzania & Kenya) will do a Mission Awareness Appeal at Masses. Bishop Ray has given permission. Welcome Fr. Willy.

From June 2nd to June 28th inclusive, Fr. Brendan plans to be away, Fr. Liam O’Connell will be here.  He was here last year. Welcome Fr. Liam!

Sunday Mass obligation, during Covid this was suspended but it has been reinstated since Easter.  It means that all of us in good health are expected to come to Church at the weekend.

A Day of Prayer for the Synod of Bishops (October), on the Feast of the Visitation, (May 31st) Pope Francis has requested prayer.  At Knock Shrine there will be 11am Prayer Service, 12 Noon Mass, 7pm Rosary & Mass, see  Otherwise, let’s all keep the Pope’s request in mind on that day.

GAA Knockanure Lotto results for 23 May 2023. Jackpot- E2,800. Numbers drawn were 3,5,19, and 24. No winner. Lucky Dips for E25 went to Margaret Dowling, O Brien’s Bar; Bridget Flaherty, Knocknasna; Sairse, Fiadh, and Allanah Barry, NCW; Philomena Molyneaux, Knockanure, and Donnachadh Woods, Knockanure. Next Draw Tuesday May 30th and Jackpot will be E2,900.

BBQ: Christy’s Listowel in aid of Kerry Parents and Friends Centre Listowel on 4th June from 6pm.

WRITERS’ Week, Begins Wednesday 31 May 2023. More at

BOOK: Martin Moore ‘A Kerry Odyssey’, the story of Listowel-born John Moore, who soldiered in the Boer War and later in the Great War (1914-1918). He was one of nearly 300 Kerrymen who served with the ANZACS (Australian/New Zealand forces) at Gallipoli, The Somme and Messines.

His war exploits are included in at least ten books in New Zealand. ‘A Kerry Odyssey’ will be launched at Listowel Writers Week, Friday, June 2, 2023.

ROSARY at 8pm in Knockanure during May on Tuesday and Thursday evening; at Moyvane Grotto every Tues. 7pm ;  at 7pm at O’Connell’s Ave Grotto every Sunday at 6pm.; Finuge Grotto every Monday at 8.00 p.m. and Killocrim Grotto every Friday at 8.00 p.m.  Rosary every evening from Monday to Friday during the month of May at 7.30pm at the Marian Shrine in the Square, Tarbert. All are welcome.

MASS: Ballybunion St. Johns, cemetery, on Friday 9th June at 7pm.  Ballydonoghue’23 Cemetery Masses, Lisselton Monday June 12th and Gale Thursday June 15th.  Both at 8.00pm. St. Michael’s, Tuesday, 20th June, St. John Paul II, Wednesday June 21st, Finuge Cemetery, Thursday 22nd June.

Listowel Fri 2nd -St. Padre Pio & 1st Friday evening mass at 6.45pm.

LATIN MASS will be offered Sunday, May 28th, at 12.00 noon at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, by Fr.Bernard Healy. More information from [email protected]


DEATH of Eileen Scanlon (née Keane), Leitrim West, Moyvane and late of Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel, on May 18th, 2023,. Eileen will be missed by her husband Timmy, daughter Josephine, sons John and Denny, daughters-in-law Caroline and Annmarie, son-in-law Johnny, grandchildren Timmy, Natasha, Sean, Ava, Darragh and Aoife, brother Denny, sisters Betty and Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and  nieces. Mass for Eileen Scanlon was celebrated at The Church of The Assumption, Moyvane, on Wednesday, followed by burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATH of Maureen Cregan (nee Hanrahan) Tieraclea, Tarbert and formerly of Aughrim, Moyvane, on May 20th 2023. Maureen, wife of the late Brendan Cregan. Survived by family John, Mary, Anne, Seamus, Denis, Thomas and Tina, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. Requiem Mass for Maureen was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Tarbert, on May 25th, Interment in the adjoining Chapel Yard.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary O Donoghue, Esther Byrne, Pat Joe McEnery, Willie Pearse, Jack Higgins, Sr. Alexis Fitzgerald, James Duggan, Catherine Forde, Daniel F Kennelly, Anne Dillon, Denis Collins,

MASS INTENTIONS: Sat. 27th May’23- Moyvane- William Hudson, Recently Deceased at 12Noon; Pentecost Sunday, Cornelius O’Carroll, Recently Deceased, Manchester & New Houses Moyvane and at 7.30pm; Sun.28th May’23- Knockanure- 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane at 11.00am; Tues.30th May’23 – Moyvane a Remembrance Mass for Bridie C. Shine and Fr. John Shine, The Village at 10.00am; Weds.31st May’23- Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Thurs.1st June’23- Moyvane for Tom & Peg Brouder, Kilbaha, and Brid Brouder (Aniv.’s) at 10.00am; Fri.2nd June’23- Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Sat.3rd June’23- Moyvane- Pentecost Sunday for John Kearney & his Parents Dan & Bridie, The Village, (Aniv.’s) at 7.30pm; Sun.4th June’23- Knockanure- The Most Holy Trinity at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Michael Flaherty (Aniv.) at 11.00am.

EXAMINATION: In preparation for the State Exams which begin on Wednesday June 7th we invite our Examination Candidates to join us at the Vigil Mass in Listowel on Saturday night, June 3rd at the 6.15 p.m.

WRITERS’ Week, Listowel. Begins this year Wednesday 31 May 2023. Kay Caball will tell the story of the Fitzmaurice Family on Jimmy Deenihan’s walking tour at Listowel Writers Week on Friday June 2 starting from Kerry Writers’ Museum at 10.00 a.m.

RACING: Listowel from Saturday June 3 to Monday June 5 over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

LAUNCH of Listowel Kayaking Club took place on May 14 2023.

FULL MOON on June 4th.White thorn, buttercups, Rhododendron are all in bloom.

GLORACH: The Cremation of Sam McGee” and “The Shooting of Dan McGrew”.  The rhyming couplets off the page will be brought to life on stage by Mike O’Mahoney, who brings his one man show Robert Service; Bard of the Yukon to the Glórach on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May.  Tickets can be booked at or at 0871383940.”  Don’t forget  Bingo every Monday at 8pm and upcoming events – A night of bluegrass music on Sat 10th of June a fundraiser for St. Ita’s Hall with the Lost Souls.

LEAVING Certificate 2023 written exam will start on Wednesday, 7 June 2023 and finish on Tuesday, 27 June 2023. The results of the  Leaving Certificate 2023, are expected on Friday, 25 August 2023.

GAA: Donie Buckley- He worked under three different Mayo managers – James Horan, the joint Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes pairing, and Stephen Rochford. Buckley was the constant throughout that high-performing era, staying on-board as the ship’s chief engineer despite various captains in the wheelhouse.

MATCH: Coiste Na nOg U13 County League- Moyvane 0-12- St Michaels/Foilmore/Skellig  1-07.

FLEADH: The Kerry County Fleadh will take place in the Tintáin Theatre, Ballybunion on June 10th and 11th and in St Joseph’s Secondary School on June 17th and 18th.

The County Limerick Fleadh Cheoil held in Kilfinane over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

The Fleadh Nua in Ennis town over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

TINA TURNER: Siamsa Tíre will host ‘Rebecca O’Connor as Tina Turner — Simply The Best’ on Sunday, June 4, while she’ll be in the INEC in Killarney on Friday, June 9.

LISTOWEL HOSPICE The total amount raised for the Listowel Hospice Kay Hanley Memorial Good Friday Walk was €6,940. Sincere thanks to all that attended and to everyone that donated in person, online and to those who sponsored people. Thank you to Eilish Stack for her delicious homemade treats, Garvey’s Supervalu Listowel, Charlie Cantillon and to our wonderful volunteers.

JOB as Diocesan Advisor for Primary Religious Education, the Diocese of Kerry invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Diocesan Advisor for Primary Religious Education. Closing Date Fri. June 16th’23.  More details on

JOB: Teagasc are now hiring for two Dairy Advisor posts in the Kerry/Limerick Region.

Vacancy 1: Business & Technology Dairy Advisor for the Teagasc, the indicative duration of which is 31 months, subject to contract. Location is Teagasc, Gortboy, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, V35 X012

Vacancy 2: Dairy Advisor for the Kerry Agri-business Joint Programme, the indicative duration of which is 8 months (with possible extension), subject to contract. Location is Teagasc, Clieveragh, Listowel, Co Kerry, V31 N971.

BISS scheme applications, close Monday May 29.

LYME disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans by the bite of a tick. We call the tick a ‘sceartáin’.They can be picked up when you allow bare skin come in contact with grass, especially where deer are grazing.

TARGET of 25% agricultural land under organic management by 2030, rich countries will deny the poor states of food, during famines or crop failures.

OLED’s: (organic light-emitting diode), there are only three sites in the world making then at present – Ohio,  Pennsylvania, and Shannon.

WHEEL Chair Association in Listowel provides services four days a week to 20 members from the town and surrounds. They now have a new garden space at their HQ in Listowel, thanks to sponsorship of Chadwicks Group.

BOOK: Still Alice- By Lisa Genova. A New York Times bestseller with over 157,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads: When 50-year-old Alice is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the distinguished professor’s world is irrevocably changed; Bluestockings, By Jane Robinson, In 1869, five women enrolled at a university for the first time in British history — paving the way for a decades-long battle for equality in education.

GARDAI National Community Engagement Week. Ran for five days from Monday, May 22 to Friday, May 26.

GARDEN: I once fought against the dandelions, nettles and docks that infiltrated my garden. But now I know they are essential, I’m glad I lost the battle.


2023 Pulitzer Prize in International reporting was Awarded to Malachy Browne of Broadford and NY recently in the New York Times offices. His father is from Listowel.

ARTS Office in Kerry is asking for anyone interested in organising an event for Culture Night Kerry to get in touch at [email protected] closing date for application is 5pm Tuesday, June 20. Further information about Culture Night is available at

Arts Council funding details here- More details (

Arts Festivals in Kerry who are applying for the Capacity Building Support Scheme with the Arts Council are asked to contact us for further details of additional €1000 funding, subject to budget, from Kerry County Council for successful applicants Capacity Building (

Applications are now open for Young Irish Film Makers’ 10-day summer residential programme for aspiring young filmmakers & animators starting in August More details (


Music; O’Keeffe monument in Scartaglen May 2023

C.D. with some lovely songs, including Fr. Tony Mullins, the proceeds of which will go to The Friends of St. Ita’s

RACE Meeting at Listowel  from 3rd to 5th of June, at Castleisland on June 11th.

CRIUNNIÚ na nÓg 2023 — free and creative activities for thousands of young people —Taking place on Saturday, June 10, there’s loads of events.


SIAMSA Tíre launched its summer season of events with the opening of ‘Anam’ by the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Bringing together world-class step dancers from the US, Canada and Ireland this is an exhilarating fusion of dance combined with live music and song. To say thank you to residents of Kerry, we are offering a special local rate of €15 (70% discount) to attend a Siamsa production this summer – Anam or An Gaoth Aniar. Call 066 7123055 to book (up to 8 per booking). The summer programme also includes touring comedy, drama, music and children’s events. Visit for details.


AFRICA Day; Sunday 28th May, with a big day of celebration in Tralee Town Park. Groups are organising an African party for the entire county of Kerry.

GOOD NEWS: 9.5 million Malawians are no longer at risk of losing their sight to trachoma, thanks to their government action and help from Sightsavers, the elimination Programme began in 2014. Sightsavers opened its doors in 2003.

RALLY: All Ireland Rosary Rally in Knock Sat. June 3rd 1pm, Holy Mass, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, a talk by Bishop Oliver Doeme. Main Celebrant Archbishop Eamon Martin. Bus from Kerry, ring Eilís 087-6341538. See for more details & livestream.

DOLLY DAY on Sat 24 June at 4pm in Listowel.

BALLYBUNION, no public EV charging point at the popular tourist town.

YOUTH DAY: The stamp was intended to sell for 3.10 euros, about $3.30, the Associated Press reported. The Vatican’s numismatic and philatelic office is a major source of income for Vatican City through its sales of coins, stamps, and medallions.

A new stamp design is being prepared to commemorate the upcoming World Youth Day.

World Youth Day 2023 will take place in Lisbon Aug. 1–6. The international Catholic gathering is usually held every three years. It draws hundreds of thousands of attendees, including the pope.

LOURDES: Youth Pilgrimage 2023 22nd – 27th June. For details contact Karen at 061-350000 or email at [email protected]

ACCORD: If you have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church. If you have the enthusiasm to be part of the ACCORD team in supporting couples who are preparing for the sacrament of Marriage. Join ACCORD and train as a Marriage Preparation Programme Facilitator.

Please contact Aisling on 01 5053112 or email: [email protected]


TILLAGE: Minister McConalogue also stressed to Deputy Healy-Rae that in the government’s Food Vision 2030 Strategy and Climate Action Plan a target has been set to grow the area under crops to 400,000ha by 2030. He said that under the government’s Tillage Incentive Scheme established last year the total area under tillage grew by between 6% and 7% and that the budget for the Protein Aid crop scheme had more than doubled to €7 million.

BIODIVERSITY: The government has been urged to ensure that the recommendations in the final report of the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss are “fast tracked for action”.

The report including almost 160 recommendations, of which 17 are specific to agriculture



FAMINE: Return of Revd. John Long, P.P. of Moyvane

Number of deaths from 1st October 1846 to 1st April 1847? – 180, exclusive of children, of whose deaths there was no return kept, but I would venture to say there could not be less than 40.

Number of same known to be caused by famine? – 106 adults, besides children, and I would say from their tender age that a higher proportion of them, died by famine.

More here Black -47

Index; Kerry (County)- Ardfert and Kilmoyley 202- Ballybunion 207- Ballylongford and Tarbert 204- Castlemaine 208- Moyvane 210



Mc vs Mac origin, is Mac Scottish or Irish?


Myths abound and none are true, including this one: “Mc represents Irish heritage and Mac is the reserve of the Scots”.  In fact, Mac belongs to both. (Did you know that the largest wave of Scots migration to Ulster actually took place in the 1690s, and was fuelled by severe famine conditions in Scotland?) The word Mac in the Gaelic tradition of both Scotland and Ireland means “son of” e.g. Mac Colaim = son of Callum / Colm = McCallum. Some Mac names were Anglicized to recognise this tradition, e.g.  Mac Séamais = the son of Séamas / Shamus/ James = Jameson.  And others lost their Mac altogether due to phonetics e.g. Mac Aodha = son of Hugh = Magee / Mackey and so on. The use of Mc and Mac prefixes was simply down to early inconsistencies in record-keeping.


In Ireland, any given ‘Mack’ may have been recorded as Mac, Mc, M’ and even Mag depending on the transcriber. This scenario was particularly true for 18th-century records, like the Elphin Census of 1749. Search The Flaxgrowers List of 1796 for “McDermott” and you will see no results. However, a partial surname search for “Dermot” will reveal that in 1796 “Mac Diarmata” was recorded under “M’Dermott / M’Dermot” (see also M’Dermottrow for MacDermot Roe). The key takeaway is that Mc and Mac names typically contain a second capital letter (so its always worth searching with and without the prefix).


Irish grammar is tricky, and that’s why it can help to explore “Mag” as a grammatical “Mac”.  See what happens when you search for Maguire under “Guire” in 1796″ here. The key takeaway for the Mag group of “G” names such as Magarry, Magee, Magill, Magowan, Maguire, is to embrace the possibility of a Mac or Mag prefix (see below for our guide to Irish surname spelling alternatives).



The Catholic union of Ballylongford and Tarbert was located on the south-west coast, in north Kerry, in the barony of Iraghticonnor.  Ballylongford Catholic parish was coextensive with Aghavallen Civil Parish and Tarbert Catholic Parish with Kilnaughtin civil parish.


‘The 1831 census reported parish populations of 5,698 (Ballylongford/Aghavallen) and 4,371 (Tarbert/Kilaughtin) respectively.   In 1841 41 per cent of the housing was classified as fourth class and the female illiteracy rate was 74 per cent. The population of the Union was overwhelmingly Catholic.  The Public Instruction Commissioners identified 93 per cent of the 1831 population as Catholic but the Protestant numbers were artificially boosted by the presence of military fortifications, a customs office and a lighthouse on Tarbert Island.


McCarthy’s 780 deaths in the six-month period during the Famine amount to a yearly total of nearly 1,400. By this time the parish’s population had dropped to perhaps about 10,500, which implies a catastrophic mortality rate of about 130 per 1,000 people.’

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Dan Keane tribute


Fr Patrick Peyton – Sorrowful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary



TALK: Event by Kilrush and District Historical Society and Paddy Waldron at Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, County Clare- Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Rene Franklin is the Archivist with Clare County Council, a position which she has held since 2007. She graduated from UCD with an HDip in Archival Studies and a BA degree in English and History of Art. She has worked on various exhibitions, some of which can be reviewed at

She is currently cataloguing the Joe Barrett Collection, found in Kilrush.

We all have letters, legal documents, birth and marriage certs, photographs, and albums. We might even have newspaper cuttings, magazines or articles torn out of them, postcards and bits of ephemera that mean something to us and our family, and we want to keep them safe.

Rene’s lecture will look at how we can do this.

Her talk will focus on the preservation of family archives.

KDHS lectures are free to members, EUR5 for non-members, payable on the night only. New members are welcome. The membership form can be downloaded from our website at

For new members joining now, their first year’s membership will run to June 2024.

If you are not able to attend this event, or any of our lectures, then you can participate via Zoom. Details of how to watch the lecture via Zoom are circulated by email shortly before the event to those on the Society’s mailing list. There is a mailing list sign-up form at