Knockanure Notes

Knockanure Notes-01/12/2020

By Jer Kennelly

REMEMBRANCE MASS:  Our remembrance Mass for the dead was deeply appreciated by so many but especially by those living outside the Parish who were able to connect with us in prayer last Monday evening week. Sincere thanks to all who helped in making the celebration special. You can still see the mass on YouTube. MASS of Remembrance on 23 November 2020 Moyvane.

MASS: Regardless of the National announcement on the lifting of restrictions, Masses will remain the same in the car park/radio in Moyvane until Sat 5th.

MEALS: Knockanure Community Centre are providing meals for locals during the restrictions of Covid 19. Glin Homes & Daycare Centre has been providing up to 90 meals on Wheels. Meals are delivered to the elderly of Glin and surrounding parishes of Loghill, Ballyhahill, Athea, Moyvane and Tarbert. They have been operating for past five years.

DEATH of Ita Bradley (née Liston) Athea Village, Athea/Tralee, Late of Meadowlands, on 20th November 2020. Predeceased by her parents Ned & Mary Anne, husbands Denis McNulty (Donegal) & Sean Bradley (Donegal), and her brother Tom Liston (Athea). Sadly missed by her children, daughter Geraldine, sons Kieran & Colm, son in law Vito Missorici, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters Mary Pallas (Limerick), Theresa Mullane (Athea), Anne Carroll (Caherconlish) & Phil Foley (Listowel), brother-in-law Johnny Mullane, and nephew Tony Pallas.

DEATH has taken place of Philomena Vaughan – Nee Goulding (Lahinch, and Knockanure,) on November 21st in her 95th year. Relict of Micheal R.I.P. Pre deceased by her brothers Jackie and Donal. Mother to Brid, Maree, Aileen (O’Sullivan) and twins John and Michael. Missed by her son in law, daughter in law,grand children, nieces, and  nephews.

DEATH of Margaret Neenan (nee Pierce) of Laccamore, Abbeydorney and formerly Doon, Tralee, at home in her 101st year on 26th November 2020, wife of the late John, mother of Gerard, Marie & Patricia and sister of the late Hannah (Carroll). Also survived by her her grandchildren Máiréad, Ciara, Greta, Eimear & John, great grandchildren Ruby & Bróna, nieces Sr. Breda O.P. (Drogheda), Josephine & Teresa, nephews Michael (and the late Johnny), daughter-in-law Ann, and son-in-law Ned.

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. John Joe Walsh, Sr. Carmel Danaher, Tim Healy, Nora Leahy, Birdie Joan Ahern, Nora McAuliffe, Ellen Quinn, John McMahon, Ann Kissane, John O’Connor, Pat Hayes, Jim Brosnan, Julia Leahy, Rita Fitzmaurice, Sr. Marie Costelloe, Bridie McCarthy, Tommy Foley, Peggy Sheehan, Jackie Healy Rae, Bridie Campbell, Mass Moyvane; Sat 28th at  7.30pm for Margaret & Johnny Meade, Aughrim; Sun 29th at 11.00am for Peggy & Mick Sheehan, Leitrim Middle; Mon 30th at 7.30pm for Alan Collins, London (seriously ill) & his sister Roberta, his loving carer.  Their deceased parents Pan & Kevin Collins; Tues 1st at 7.30pm for John O’Connor, Inchamore & his son Seán; Wed 2nd at 7.30pm Mass for Deceased members of the ICA & deceased relatives of ICA members; Thurs 3rd at 7.30pm for Tom Hanrahan, New York, his brother Con, sister Helen O’Connor, Tarmons & their parents Thomas & Mary Ellen, Lr. Aughrim; Fri 4th at 7.30pm for Michael Dore, New Houses (Anni) & Breda Dore (Months Mind); Sat 5th at 7.30pm for Maurice & Joe O’Connell, Tarbert & Deceased of the O’Connell family and Mass on  Sun 6th  at 11.00am for Paudie O’Connor, Upper Direen, Athea. Mass Knockanure; Sun 29th at 9.30am  for Holy Souls (all on the November List), and Mass on  Sun 6th at 9.30am for Sheila Nash, Gortdromagouna (Anni) & Deceased of the Nash family.


For all of us in the Christian Family, never have we needed prayers, healing and blessings as much in these difficult and strange times.  We have decided this year to have shared Christmas Masses which will operate as follows:   You can get special Christmas shared Mass cards with a tag.  You can send the Christmas card to the family you are including in the Masses, fill in the names on the tag, leave them in the Parish Office and they will be hung on the Christmas trees in each Church which are arriving this week.  Cards cost €1 and place your own private Mass offering in the box in the Parish Office. Please note:  Shared Mass Cards are not available at Holly’s – Parish Office only. There will be six Masses celebrated for all those whose names are on the Christmas tree tags which will take place as follows:

MOYVANE: Mon 7th @ 7.30pm, Sat 12th @ 7.30pm, Mon 14th @ 7.30pm, Wed 23rd @ 7.30pm.

KNOCKANURE: Tuesday 8th @ 9.30am, Wednesday 16th @ 7.30pm.

However those who request Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards these are available in the Parish Office and at Holly’s – these Masses will be said individually by me and four Priest friends who have no access to Mass intentions and will be said over the Christmas period.  €10 Mass offering and €1 card.

HURLING: Martin Stackpoole the Lixnaw man with many local relations is set to miss the Joe McDonagh Cup final, after injuring his wrist against Carlow, the game will be played in Croke Park on Sunday, December 13.

NURSES who served in the war are forgotten, let us remember Nurse Mary Danaher, born Athea 1887, she served in Egypt and died at Gaza age 31, of dysentery on October 12th 1918.

CHRISTMAS Eve 1961 was a joyous day for Cpl Tadhg Quinn of port Abbeyfeale, when he came home to Abbeyfeale from army duty on  the Congo. Older people in the community recall the Siege of Jodotville, where he was stationed at the age of 18.

NURSING Homes, free post friends, as they miss the contact and news from home. Support to Parishioners of Abbeyfeale in Nursing Homes .Due to the necessary Covid -19 restrictions it is not possible for Fr. Tony to visit parishioners in Nursing Homes this Christmas. Fr. Tony is asking family members to let him know which nursing homes their relatives are resident in so that he can write to them for Christmas. All contact details will remain confidential to Fr. Tony. You can email the contact details or text 087-2600414.


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Knockanure Notes-24/11/2020

By Jer Kennelly

THE DEATH took place on 13th November 2020 of John Joe Barry of Knockanure Village, Moyvane and formerly of Birmingham, England, peacefully in University Hospital Kerry surrounded by his loving wife and family. Predeceased by his parents Mick and Mai Barry, Knockanure. John Joe, beloved husband of Mary and loving father to Theresa (Athea) Angela (Moyvane) Anthony (Mayo) Mary, Bernadette, Michael and Brenda (Birmingham) 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, neighbours and his many friends.

He went to England in 1956 and married Mary and raised his family in England, retiring and came home to build a house on his father’s site in Knockanure, he was an only child.

His Requiem Mass was celebrated in Knockanure church on 16th November 2020.

DEATH of William Liam Bunce, 55 years old. Formerly of Lenamore, Ballylongford. Husband of Ann (nee Sheehy) Bunce.  Father of Sean, Brian, Aidan, & Maura.  Son of Margaret Ryan & John Bunce.  Brother of Kathleen Fitzmaurice, Breda Gaggioli, Marie McEnery, Evelyn Mullins & John Bunce.

Funeral Thursday 9:15 am from Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W 95th St. Oak Lawn to St. Gerald Church for Mass at 10am (4pm Irish time). Date published 17th November 2020.

DEATH of Kathleen O’Brien (née Hynes), Church Road, Moyvane, and late of Renvyle, Connemara, on November 16th, 2020. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband Mick, daughter Pamela, sons Mike and Kieran, grandchildren, brother Peter, sister Barbara, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.

DEATH of Margaret (Peg) Moloney (née Stack), Tullahinell, Ballylongford, on November 11th, 2020, wife of the recently deceased Patrick. Survived by children, Dolly, Peter, Ned, Patrick and Tony, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers Brendan, Phil and Jim, daughters-in-law Irene, Julie and Marian, son-in-law John, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH of Bridget Guerin (née Moran), Dooncaha, Tarbert, on November 15th, 2020. Survived by her husband Sean, sister Sr. Catherine, brother-in-law Francis, and extended family.

DEATH of Marie Buckley(nee Moore) of Main Street, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary on November 13th 2020, Marie wife of the late John, mother of Anne (O’Meara), Patricia, Nóirín, Maura and Sinéad, adored Nana of Aoife, Doireann and Eimhin and much loved sister of the late John J Moore and recently deceased Kathleen Dunleavy. Her husband John Buckley was a native of Moyvane, died about 25 years ago.

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. John Horan, Joan Mullane, John Timothy Soules, Bridie Robinson, Jim Hudson, James McCarthy, Pat Foley, John Buckley, Maura Gallahue, Nell O’Carroll, Mattie Walsh, Con Bunce, Phil Scanlon, Bridie Quille, Eileen O’Brien, Sr. Goretti Francis Stack, Mass Moyvane;  Sat 21st  at 7.30pm for Deceased of the Sheehan family, Kilbaha, Dick, Peggy, Tom, John, Mary Vaughan, Myles & baby Richard Sheehan;  Sun 22nd at 11.00am for Holy Souls (all on the November List);Mon 23rd  at  7.00pm Memorial Mass for all whose funerals were celebrated, see list on top; Tues 24th  at  7.30pm for Willie & Mary Keane, Lenamore;  Wed 25th at 7.30pm for Johnny Quinn, Leitrim Middle; Thurs 26th at 7.30pm for Patrick Scanlon, Moher; Sat 28th at 7.30pm for Margaret & Johnny Meade, Aughrim, and mass on Sun 29th at 11.00am for  Peggy & Mick Sheehan, Leitrim Middle.

Mass Knockanure on feast Christ our loving King Sun 22nd  at 9.30am for Holy Souls (all on November List); Fri 27th at 7.30pm for Paddy Flavin, Kilmeaney, his wife Bridie & his brother Jack, and Mass on Sun 29th at 9.30am  for Holy Souls (all on the November List).

MOYVANE ICA Family Fun Day will have to be cancelled this year due to Covid 19. Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to reassure all the boys and girls that they will be at the Marian Hall again in 2021.

MOYVANE GAA AGM 2020: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and following public health guidelines, we are unable to hold our 2020 AGM in the normal fashion.  Croke Park has given Clubs the option of holding an ‘AGM Day’ which we have accepted. The format is as follows: The Moyvane AGM Day date will be Friday, December 11th. All AGM documents, including Minutes of the 2019 AGM, Secretary’s Report, Financial Report and Chairman’s Address, will be available to Club Members before AGM day. To request a copy of these documents, please send your email address to and you will be furnished with same. All motions, nominations for officer roles, questions relating to the AGM documents and items for other business must be emailed to or posted to Aine Cronin, Mail Road Cross by Friday, November 27th.  Correspondence received after this date cannot be considered. On the AGM Day the current Executive Committee will elect the officers for 2021 along with Management for Minor, U20, Junior and Senior teams. All questions on the AGM documents will be answered by email within 7 days after AGM day. Results of motions and items of other business will be dealt with by the Executive Committee and emailed within 14 days of the AGM date. Please contact Áine on 087/0906892 if you have any queries.

ROAD Closed from Gale Bridge to Athea for several days, and much diverted traffic, speeding to make time, due to having to travel in a circle. Locals were complaining for several years about the condition of road.

WALK starting on Tuesday, December 1, Joe Dowling of Carrigkerry,  will start his charity walk in the Demesne in Newcastle West, and aims to complete the walk by mid-December. Joe is asking anyone that can afford a   donation , to contact Councillor Francis Foley in Tadgh O’Connor’s in Newcastle West, Dooley’s Pharmacy in The Square, Newcastle West,  Pat Geaney, Knockaderry or Moloney’s Shop in Carrigkerry where you can put your name on a Sponsorship card. 100% of the funding will go to the NCBI . Joe is a brother of Michael J Dowling CEO  of Northwell Health New York, who was recently announced as  a winner of a Presidential  Distinguished  Service Award which will be presented in December.

GREEN Procurement webinar run by Limerick County Council, due to be held on 17th Nov. details from the Limerick EGLA2020 on YouTube. Farmers who spent generations draining their land, are now being agitated by a proposed Re-Wetting Scheme.

Green-Schools and Irish Water had their 2020 awards ceremony online with a presentation shown on screens in 24 schools around the country.

NEW day care centre in Listowel for people living with Alzheimer’s is being furnished and to open in January. Estimated that 170 in vicinity of Listowel have Alzheimer’s.


This is a unique Safeguarding Sunday, unique in the respect that there are no children present in the body of the Church and no altar servers to assist at Masses. Face to face ministry with children has been suspended across the diocese since March. The importance of getting children back into parish life once it is safe to do so has been highlighted by the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee.  When restrictions are lifted the National Board for Safeguarding Children will audit the Diocese. In the interest of best practice and transparency the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee welcomes this audit.  Anyone who would like to report a current or past safeguarding concern is advised to contact the Designated Liaison Person for the Diocese on 087/6362780. Our grateful thanks to our two safeguarding reps here in our Parish, Mary Kennelly, Moyvane and Mary O’Flaherty, Knockanure.

FULL MOON on 30th November.

FARMERS are seven times more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases than people working in other professions, according to press reports.

AWARD: Kieran Spaight Tarbert student, the overall winner of the competition during Ireland’s first lockdown, for his two-minute presentation and prototype of a safety device for cyclists, under the theme of ‘Go Green, Be Sustainable’. Special Merit Award: EZ Tie Close, Desmond College, Newcastlewest.

HISTORY Museum – Changing Faces, Changing Places – A History of Limerick Retailing 1940-2018 Do you remember shopping in Limerick city as a child? Where did your mother/gran/aunt do the shopping? Or did your family’s menfolk ever shop? Where were the shops? What shop stands out in your memory?

If you are interested in participating – and we hope you are – please contact Dr Helene Bradley Davies or Dr Maura Cronin by email to ( or phone (061-204996) Office hours.

KNOCK Advent Programme- 24 Nov- A series of online reflections for Advent with Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus SJ. Join them every Tuesday and Thursday as they travel though Advent; a time or preparation and waiting for the birth of the Christ child. They invite you to go on a scriptural and Ignatian journey through the themes of Advent, relating them to everyday experience.

For more information, check out

TALKS: Dr Jessie Rogers, lectures in Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, having previously taught at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and at the Dominican Biblical Institute, Limerick. She is a Godly Play trainer, and a spiritual guide. For further information, please contact

ARTS: The Kerry County Council Arts Grants application process is now open for projects and activities taking place in 2021. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Thursday, December 17th 2020.


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Knockanure Notes-17/11/2020

By Jer Kennelly

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Ita O’Connor, nee Harnett, Rathoran, Duagh and Purt who died in her 93rd year.  May she rest in peace.

DEBUT NOVEL LAUNCH:  At a recent launch ceremony in Newcastle West the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Michael Collins welcomed the publication by The Limerick Writers’ Centre of the debut novel of local writer Pat McLoughlin entitled The Canary in the Mine. The novel charts the ups and downs of a diverse collection of Irish emigrants who come together in 1950s London. In their daily struggles, the full spectrum of conditions, emotions and feelings are experienced: love, companionship, loyalty, separation, abuse, honesty, deceit, despair, but above all, hope – they all have a story to tell. The proceeds from Pat’s novel will go to Friends of St Ita’s. It is available at the following: Ann Lyons’s shop, Abbeyfeale; or

BE WINTER READY:  Be Prepared:  Have a small supply of non perishable, easy-to-prepare foods.  Keep extra supplies of essential medication in case it is difficult to get to the doctor/pharmacy.  Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail.  Have batteries for torches and alternative light sources in the event of power cuts.  Have a water container to ensure a supply of drinking water.  Know how to turn off your water supply.  Keep mobile phones charged up -have local emergency numbers in your phone.  Have a suitable snow shovel (but any shovel or spade will do).  Know your EIRCODE.  (HSE website).

ACCORD PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES AND COUNSELLING SERVICES: Until at least May 2021 Accord pre-marriage courses will take place live on-line with up to 12 couples; via ZOOM, they will be interactive and delivered by 2 presenters. Accord has also resumed face to face counselling. Contact Accord by Phone or online to book.

A PRAYER FOR OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES:  Take some time today, and every day of the month to remember your deceased loved ones.  Give thanks to God for them and the love they have shown during their time on earth. Take time to visit their graves.  Pray for them each day, using this or a similar prayer:  Dear Lord, Thank you for our loved ones whom You have called from this life.  Watch over them and protect them and bring them to fullness of Eternal joy where we hope one day to be united with them in Your presence forever.  Amen.



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