Knockanure Notes

Knockanure Notes-23/02/2021

Jer Kennelly

GREAT that Fr. Kevin is inspiring local youths to develop their talents to paint items for display at the Presbytery gate. It will be remembered in time to come, some new artist may thrive on the opportunity to display their work.

GOOD NEWS, funding has been procured to upgrade the water pipes in the Knockanure district.

ON-LINE: Adoration Initiative for LENT- REGISTER and commit to that hour, TEXT FIDELMA  at  086 – 2603421 the following information:

SATIONS OF THE CROSS: will be aired on the Radio 99.9fm every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 4pm. The Stations are on the Radio only, so you can listen from your own homes.

PADRE Pio March Devotions in Castleisland on Tuesday 23rd March at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by Mike O’Mahony from Ardfert. A journey from Alcohol 24/7 to a pathway of recovery and living for

one day at a time.

NIARON LTD:  will commence jointing works outside the Creamery in Moyvane village on Monday the 22nd of February. Works at this location will continue for approximately 4 weeks. A traffic light traffic management system will be in place for the duration of the works. The works are deemed essential by ESB. All works will be carried out in accordance HSE COVID 19 Guidelines. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused.

ONCE OFF MUGS:  Through the sale and donations received from this fundraiser for both Churches in the Parish over the past week we have banked €2,175 bringing the total to date €4,075.  Mugs are still available from Holly’s, the Parish Office and after weekend Masses.  Very many thanks for your great generosity.

SYMPATHY: To the Stack Family, Upper Aughrim & to Fr. Jim Finan and the Finan family, Carrowcorragh, Lavagh, Co. Sligo on the death of Fr. Joe Finan (brother to the late Mary Stack).  Fr. Joe served in the Diocese of Leeds.

DEATH of Bridie  McElligott (née Moore), Tournageehy, Listowel and late of Glenalappa, Moyvane on February 17th, 2021, at Tournageehy, Listowel, in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her husband Tim. Sadly missed by her sons Tom and Denis, daughter Lelia (Blake), grandchildren Laura, Peter, Ronan, Daniel and Ellen, son-in-law Tony, daughter-in-law Sue and also Marian, sister-in-law Helen (McElligott), nephews, and nieces.

DEATH on 15th February 2021 of Betty McCarthy (née (Bess) O’Connell) of Love Lane & Main Street, Charleville, and late of Moyvane. Wife of the late Patrick, sister of the late Maighread, Kitty, Maisie, Jo, Anna and Maurice. Mother-in-law of the late Siobhan. Survived by her children Dan, Helen, Mary & Lisa, sister Dympna, brothers-in-law Monsignor Justin Mac Carthy & Louis O’Reilly, sister-in-law Marjorie, sons-in-law John, Brian & Edmond, nieces, nephews, grand-children Daniel, Kilian, Evan, Rachel, Emer, Sinead, Orla & Doireann.

DEATH has occurred of Tom Kennelly of Templeathea East, Athea, formerly of Ardagh on 17th February 2021. Predeceased by his parents Ellen & John Kennelly (Ardagh), and cousin Mike Enright of Athea.

ANNIVERSARIES: Maggie Moore, Catherine O’Sullivan, Bridie Stackpoole, Eileen McGrath, Mary Ellen Buckley, Tim Quaide, Richard Brosnan, Dan Hanrahan, Sr. Joan Mulvihill, Mary O’Connell, John Morgan, Michael Kevin O’Connor, Tom Barton, Joan Scanlon, Nora Hurley, Gerry Brosnan, Jack Flavin, John Behan, Nora Mary King, Mass at Moyvane on radio; Sat 20th at 7.30pm for Ellen & Tom Culhane, Marian Place, Glin (Anni) (parents of Marian Quinn, Woodgrove); Sun 21st at 11.00am for Henry & Bridie Stackpoole, Aughrim (Anni) & deceased of the Stackpoole & Meade families; Mon 22nd at 7.30pm for Bernie Walsh, Moyvane North (Months Mind); Tues 23rd at 7.30pm for  Deceased members of the Gould family, Pilgrim Hill especially John, Julia & Ellen; Wed 24th at  7.30pm for Richie Brosnan, Coilagurteen (Anni); Thurs 25th at 7.30pm Mass of thanksgiving for family, neighbours & wide circle of friends who supported Dermot Gallagher on the sudden death of his loving wife Kathleen, Askeaton; Fri 26th at 7.30pm for Bernadette O’Sullivan, Aughrim (Anni) her parents Paddy & Bridget, her brother John Joe Hanrahan & James & Betty O’Sullivan; Sat 27th at 7.30pm for Jerry Brosnan, The Village (Anni), and mass on Sun 28th at 11.00am for Mary Stack, Upper Aughrim (Months Mind).

Mass Knockanure; Sun 21st at 9.30am for Patrick & Mary Kennelly, Gortdromagouna (Anni), and Mass on Sun 28th  at 9.30am for Hannah Keane, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna (1st Anni)

TRÓCAIRE BOXES:  for those who wish to take them are available in the Churches.  If you wish to contribute directly to Trócaire, you can do so on www.tró

WTO: Christian leaders in Nigeria have hailed the appointment of their compatriot, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the new Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

LEAVING great to see that students can now strive to achieve their best for their cert.

Few people remember 50 years ago adults, holding down a job, sat their Leaving Cert, with help from Teachers at the Tech and tuition for a few hours a week from the Nuns.

REMEMBERING those who have died due to Corona Virus on 3rd March. Masses in Ireland today,  pray for and remember all who have died as a result of the Corona virus. Sadly, over 770,000 have died in Europe.

BOOKLET: Copies of the 2021 Lenten edition of “Walk With Me” are available. The reflections are inspired by Pope Francis’ latest encyclical or letter “Fratelli tutti” and his new book “Let Us Dream”, both of which were published late last year and written as a response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

DIVINE Mercy Conference. The Annual National Divine Mercy Conference, the weekend of 19 – 21st February, will be virtual this year, via their website and Radio Maria.

PARENTS: Online Pre-Sacramental Preparation talk for Parents:  First Communion – Journeying with your child is on Tuesday 23rd Feb at 7pm.  Register online @ or email for details.


at 8 p.m. via Zoom.  Contact: to register and for Zoom Link.

NIGHT OF SONGS AND MUSIC TO LIFT THE SPIRIT’ –a concert in St Mary’s Cathedral featuring singers Lillie & Jean Foley, pianist Noel O’Sullivan & violinist Olwyn Trant on Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 8pm.The concert will be held behind closed doors but on the webcam, live-streamed from,

KNOCK SHRINE ONLINE LENTEN LECTURES: Knock Shrine will host a series of online discussions to help engage Christians during Lent.

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT  – 21ST FEB 2021 “Jesus went into Galilee.  There he proclaimed the Good News from God” (Mk 1: 12)  Is He asking you to follow Him by proclaiming the Good News to the people in your Diocese as a priest, a deacon or in the consecrated life?  Speak to your local priest or Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office: email:

RECOVERY Haven Cancer Support House operates through Level 5.  As we are in an extended period of lockdown and restrictions, people are understandably incredibly anxious, worried and finding it more difficult to cope. This is particularly true for the more vulnerable in society – among them, cancer patients, their families and carers.  At Recovery Haven Kerry, we want to reassure you that we are still here for you.  While taking every precaution advised, we are here to offer emotional support and practical help to those affected by cancer, their families or carers.  While much of our group and therapy work is currently on hold due to Covid 19, we are still offering phone support, counselling and a range of online classes – Stretch and balance, yoga, pilates, stress management, mindfulness, look good feel better programme, men’s support group and Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House will have a 6 week Thriving and Surviving course online via Zoom commencing in March, (date to be considered) from 10.30 am to 1 pm. The course is to help support people recovering after cancer treatment. If you are interested or would like to know more about this course, then please contact Reception on 066 7192122

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.


Knockanure and Moyvane old events.


Good Times in the Past

Moyvane community Centre occasion


WEATHER: “We used to not worry too much about such extreme cold weather in places like Texas, but we probably need to get ready for more in the future,” Le Xie said. With climate change, he said, “We’re going to have more extreme weather conditions throughout the country.”

Here in Ireland weather has turned mild and many shrubs are beginning to sprout. Even a plum tree is flowering.

SALT: Everyone knows that salty foods make you thirsty. But according to new research, when people increase their sodium intake long-term, they actually drink less water. And that’s not the study’s only surprising finding: High sodium levels also increase feelings of hunger, the authors say, which may suggest that high-salt diets contribute to weight gain.

Experts say this counterintuitive discovery—that dietary salt boosts appetite but decreases thirst—upends more than 100 years of conventional scientific wisdom. The findings are published this week as a set of two papers in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

POPE; “To experience Lent with love means caring for those who suffer or feel abandoned and fearful because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these days of deep uncertainty about the future, let us keep in mind the Lord’s word to his Servant, ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you’ (Isaiah 43:1). In our charity, may we speak words of reassurance and help others to realize that God loves them as sons and daughters,” Pope Francis wrote in the message published Feb. 12.

The pope emphasized that even a small amount of almsgiving when offered with “joy and simplicity” can multiply, as did “the loaves blessed, broken and given by Jesus to the disciples to distribute to the crowd.”

“Love is a gift that gives meaning to our lives. It enables us to view those in need as members of our own family, as friends, brothers or sisters. A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness,” he said.–tVypgJEsH1mso_rldEQ44BZSDayi-1w8irGe0kN3YZj5r0AzGnbVcf-m0tcnKlG7W34KGb_8G46VmHZP9HtYNpMxG3A&utm_content=110927137&utm_source=hs_email

We all make many decisions every single day. From little ones like what to eat for breakfast, to big ones like whether to take a new job. Given how regularly we’re deciding, we certainly have a vested interest in getting better at this skill. But how do we do so? How can we get better at making big choices, and spend less time dithering over the insignificant minutiae that often overwhelms our mental bandwidth? And why didn’t anyone teach us how to do this stuff to begin with?

6 Ways to Carry On in Our Current Crisis

COMMENTARY: So many are asking, ‘What do we do now?’ Here is my humble plan.

CROSBIE; I had been puzzling about what Francis might have been doing before his first recorded appearance in Ireland at age 35. It was easy to assume that he participated in Henry VIII’s campaigns in France or Scotland in the early 1840s. But there appears to have been a lull in hostilities between England, Scotland and France from when Francis was in his late teens until about 1542. So opportunities for military service were limited. Except, of course, in Ireland, where Francis’s uncle Thomas was enforcing the dissolution of the monasteries. Is it possible that Francis accompanied his uncle? More at Frank Parker’s author site- A Septuagenarian’s ramblings


Onto the scene, now, enter two men of disputed origin, Patrick Crosbie and his son Pierce. Not to be confused with Francis Cosby and his descendants, this family claimed descent from English gentry in the district of Great Crosbie in Lancashire. Most sources, however, suggest they were in fact from the MacCrossan family, hereditory bards to the O’Moores.

They were granted land at Ballyfin in the north of County Laois in return for informing on the activities of the septs. Later they acquired land at Tarbert in County Kerry. It seems they offered to assist with the removal of the septs from Laois, suggesting to the Lord Deputy that the septs be allowed to lease the Crosbies’ Tarbert acres.



CHINA: “Reflecting upon the deep pain of Jewish persecution throughout the ages, I feel compelled to speak out,” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis wrote in a Dec. 15 op-ed in The Guardian titled “As chief rabbi, I can no longer remain silent about the plight of the Uighurs.”


WRITERS: Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary 2021

Are you between 15 and 17 years old and would you love to be a writer some day? Or, are you already one?

MoLI is offering a five-day, immersive, blended learning programme to 15 lucky students around Ireland. The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary will take place both online and onsite in MoLI from 19 to 23 July 2021 (subject to public health guidelines).



The link is

Money go to Suranam in India. Yours in De La Salle. Br Thomas Walsh.   0863453092.

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Knockanure Notes-16/02/2021

By Jer Kennelly

MUGS; There has been a big uptake on them since last Wednesday.  The remaining ones can be got in Hollys, Parish Office or after Masses this weekend (provided we still have some of them).  When they are gone that’s the end of them.   This is a fund raiser for both Churches.  Very many thanks to those who have made donations to off set the expense of getting them printed.

  1. VINCENT DE PAUL COMMITTEE: would like to thank everybody who contributed to their recent collection. They would like to especially thank the local businesses who held buckets in respect of Moyvane/Knockanure St. Vincent de Paul. They appreciate all that everyone did to help make this successful. Sincere thank you to each and everyone of you who donated to this worthy cause.  If you find that you may need assistance from St. Vincent de Paul please drop a sealed envelope with your name and address into the post box at the Presbytery door (marked SVP) and Fr. Kevin will pass it on.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Marking our season of Lent, a short Stations of the Cross-Prayer Service will take place each Friday morning in Listowel after the Friday morning 10.30 a.m. mass.

ASH WEDNESDAY:  A day of Fast & Abstinence (start of Lent) Blessed Ashes will be available in both Churches to take home.

SYMPATHY: To Kate & Brian O’Connor, The Village on the death of Kate’s dad Jerry Cadogan, Drimoleague, Cork whose funeral took place recently.  To the Bon Secours Sisters, Cork City on the death of Sr. Gregory Hennessy, formally of Barefield, Co Clare.

DEATH of Mary Clancy (nee Goulding) of New St. Abbeyfeale and formerly of Knockanure, who passed away on Tuesday 9th February 2021. Mary, wife of the late Neily and mother of daughters Jean (Meaney) and Elena. Sadly missed by her brothers Christy (Knockanure), Michael (Newcastlewest) and sister Patricia Danaher (Loughill). Predeceased by her brother Joe Goulding (Boston) and her sister Sr. Elena Goulding (Pennsylvania). Deeply regretted by her son in law Sean, cherished grandchildren Jennifer and Shane and great-granddaughter Sadie, sisters in law Kathleen and Sally, nieces, nephews, relatives, wonderful neighbours, friends and especially her dear friend and neighbour Nell of Abbeyfeale.

DEATH of Margaret O’Donoghue (née Cronin) of Keale, Athea, Limerick, & late of Knockalougha, Duagh. At her home in her 99th year surrounded by her loving family on 5th February 2021.

Predeceased by her husband Timothy, daughter Margaret & son-in-law Gerard Slowey.

Survived by her family, sons Denis (Athea), Michael (Templeglantine) & Patrick (Athea), daughters Theresa (Clare), Mary (England), Eileen (Mountcollins) & Christina (Athea), brother John Paul, daughters-in-law Ita & Mary, sons-in-law Mick, Billy & Patrick, 19 grandchildren, 19 great grand-children, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Peggy Gordon, Patrick Roche, Bernadette Cudlipp, Mons Tim Harnett, Br. Clement McCarthy, Phyllis O’Donoghue, Joe Mackessy, Eileen Larkin, Dan green,  Sean Og O’Ceallachain, Seamus McDermott, Sr. Berchmans Murphy, Johanna Dell, Paudeen Moloney, Elizabeth Sweeney, Maureen Lyons, Tom Relihan, Sr. Baptist Kirby, Sr. Finian Kearney, Emmet Leahy, Joan Furlong, Ella Ahern, Carmel Hynes, Kathleen Flavin, Bridget Softley, Patrick J Flavin. Mass Moyvane; Sat 13th at 7.30pm for Denis Murphy, Ballyphehane, Cork (Anni); Sun 14th at 11.00am for Dick Cunningham, Kilbaha (Months Mind), Donal Cunningham, Kilbaha (Anni), his sister Breda & Andy Thomas; Mon 15th at 7.30pm for Fr. Michael Hanrahan, Kilbaha (Anni); Tues 16th at 7.30pm for Sr. Gregory Hennessy, Bon Secours Convent, Cork (Rec Dec); Wed 17th at 7.30pm ASH WEDNESDAY:  A day of Fast & Abstinence (start of Lent) Blessed Ashes will be available in both Churches to take home.  Jim Normoyle, Kanturk & l/o Glin (Rec Dec) (brother of Bridget Kiely, Moyvane North); Thurs 18th at 7.30pm for Brenda Dineen, Lenamore, Ballylongford (Rec Dec) (niece of Noreen Roche, Ahalahana);

Fri 19th at 7.30pm for Dick Stack, Moyvane South (Anni);  Sat 20th at 7.30pm for Ellen & Tom Culhane, Marian Place, Glin (Anni) (parents of Marian Quinn, Woodgrove), and Mass on Sun 21st  at 11.00am for Henry & Bridie Stackpoole, Aughrim (Anni) & deceased of the Stackpoole & Meade families.

Mass Knockanure; Sun 14th at  9.30am for Nora Gould, Pilgrim Hill (Rec Dec), and Mass on Sun 21st  at 9.30am for Patrick & Mary Kennelly, Gortdromagouna (Anni).

TRIBUTE to Mary O’Carroll;

VALENTINE’S Day, if you’re stuck wondering what to buy or make for that special someone, — how about writing a personalized romantic love poem. St. Augustine once said “One loving heart sets another on fire”.  This Sunday we have a great opportunity to be kind and loving to each other.

MARGO Celebrated her 70th birthday recently.

FOUND: Bronze Medal was found in a house in Athea recently. It is awarded by the Catholic Scouts of Ireland.

NIARON LTD:  will commence jointing works at a location 1km south of Knockanure Village on Monday the 15th of February. Works at this location will continue for approximately 4 weeks. A traffic light traffic management system will be in place for the duration of the works. The works are deemed essential by ESB. All works will be carried out in accordance HSE COVID 19 Guidelines. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused.

CITIZENS INFORMATION: Telephone Tralee Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm on  0761  07  7860  or  email Providing  information  on Social Welfare, Health, Housing, Employment Rights, Family Matters, Income Support.

CANCER: Recovery Haven, the Cancer Support House in Tralee, are continuing to deliver care and emotional support during the pandemic. Contact them for help and a safe place to access information.

LEAVING Cert radio feature every week on Spin Ar Scoil.

BANNED, Turfcutting, harvesting peat, power stations and soon rural houses, is this the future.

TRÓCAIRE:   Please note that for this Lent, there will be no distribution of Trócaire Boxes in the Parish. Those of you who wish to contribute directly to Trócaire can do so by logging onto www.tró .We encourage Parishioners to collect for the St. Vincent de Paul Society within the Parish as this year’s Lenten alms giving.  Very many thanks.

EVENTS to mark the centenary of War of Independence ambushes in Kerry and Cork have had to be postponed.

RUNNING 100 miles in the month of February is the ambition of Abbeyfeale musician Donal Murphy, proceeds from run going to Pieta House.

RING of Kerry Charity Cycle cancelled the annual event contributed almost €17 million to over 160 charities over the past 37 years.

SIAMSA TIRE: exhibition showcases a diverse range of art forms developed by a group of women artists living and working in Kerry known as ‘INHOUSE’.  Group members include Margaret Kennedy, Noreen Breen, Jo Mc Elligot, Jacinta Scully-Usher, Catherine Pearson, and Susan Hitching. Following the exhibition launch, the group will work with the Siamsa Tíre team to share the exhibition and talk about their own experience as artists with secondary schools to help them meet elements of the Leaving Cert curriculum.

RECORDS; Extra records of, births, Deaths and marriages are available on line at Irish genealogy site.

CLASS: A new series of online physical education classes for primary school children in Kerry, is being launched under Kerry County Council’s ‘Keep Well Kerry’ initiative.  Children in classes from Junior Infants to 6th Class can log on Tuesdays and Thursdays for twenty minute sessions provided by a PE teacher.

TREE an addition to the Athea church yard – a monkey puzzle tree. The tree was donated by Gene & Noreen Brouder.

CLOSING: BorgWarner, which is based in Monavalley, to close they had 200 workers at one time.

BorgWarner has been in Tralee for 30 years.

COVID: Official Government statistics show that Castleisland, Tralee and Listowel make up the electoral areas with the 10 lowest infection rates of coronavirus per population in the country. The over 70s are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by June. Home Care workers are being neglected, by the authorities in priority for vaccine.

GAA; There will be no matches or training until Easter at the earliest because of the COVID 19 crisis.

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TOASTMASTERS Listowel Meeting Times, Phone: 087 3361427.

NEED TO TALK – Help is a phone call away :

Samaritans – Free-phone 24/7 on 116 123 or Email

Pieta House – Call 1800 247 247 or Email

Childline – ISPCC  – Free-phone 24/7 on 1800 666 666 / Text “Talk” to 50101 or Go to

If you are in crisis please contact your local G.P. Out of hours, contact South Doc on 1850 335 999 or your nearest Emergency Department. For further information and a list of other supports please access : Tel : 1800 111 888 /

Issued by the HSE/Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.

WORKSHOPS: Online Workshop in Preparation for the season of Easter for Parish Cantors & Music Directors – Wednesday 24th February at 8 pm via Zoom.   The focus for the evening will be how to approach music and singing for the Easter ceremonies and the Easter season.  The workshop will be led by Tomás Kenny and Ailish Walsh (Director of Music, Castleisland Parish).   Please contact Tomás at to register and for the zoom link.

Online Pre-Sacramental Preparation talks for Parents.  The Diocese of Kerry will be hosting two online events for parents whose child is going forward for the sacraments of First Holy Communion or Confirmation. Dr Dan O Connell will be presenting an online talk – First Communion – Journeying with your child – on Tuesday 23rd Feb at 7pm.  Dr Patricia Kieran will be presenting an online talk – Confirmation – Journeying with your child – on Tuesday 2nd March at 7pm.  Register online @   For further information contact: email  or phone 064 6632644.

Due to GDPR protocol some churches have been instructed to disable the comment section on Mass Broadcasts.

DAY OF PRAYER FOR SURVIVORS OF ABUSE This year falls on Friday February 19th PRAYER OF ATONEMENT Lord, forgive us our many sins. We grieve and repent with all our hearts for having offended you, for our great failings and neglect of the young and vulnerable. We place all those who have been hurt by the Church in any way into your loving hands and under the protection of Our Blessed Mother. Lord, bring peace to their broken lives and show us all the way out of darkness and into the light of your Word. May we as the people of God be more fully human,  more fully Christ-like and more fully your people, that we may see the errors of the past and go forward with renewed hope and faith in Christ and in our Church. Amen

HEARTBEAT: HeartBeat nurse Anna will be on Zoom on Monday February 22nd 7.30pm for 8pm to talk about Heart Health items and to answer any questions or worries people may have in that area. Contact Billy at 085 1773 910 or emailing for the zoom details. For more information visit our website us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter:@kerryheartsIE

LOCK DOWN rules, no more than 20 people are allowed to attend a funeral in Scotland in person.

WEATHER reports are ignored by most people, because of the hype, by the forecasters.

POOR me is regular cant of some, older generation, observe that they outlast all their cohabitants.

PEACE: One of Mattie J.T. Stepanek’s most popular (and needed) poems. Mattie wrote this poem on September 11, 2001 as an international passage for peace.

Life and career

Matthew Stepanek was born on July 17, 1990. Stepanek’s parents divorced when he was a child.[2] He was raised in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and later lived in Rockville, Maryland.[3] His hero was former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who described Stepanek as “the most extraordinary person whom I have ever known”.[3][4][5][6]

Stepanek suffered from a rare disorder, dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy. His three older siblings died from the same illness. The condition was unknown until his mother was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease in 1992, after all four of the children had been born.[2]

INDIA: Farming employs more than 50% of India’s workforce, 85% of whom own fewer than five acres of land. New laws farmers say will leave them at the mercy of corporations by taking away the safety net of guaranteed prices for certain crops and leave them at greater risk of losing their land.

SUDAN: My appeal to you is, please don’t leave South Sudan alone.

Ask your parishes to give this Lent. Tell them our story. Give us that blessing. We need your prayers. We need your support. It’s my cry to you.

This partnership here with Trócaire and Cafod, it goes beyond partnership. It is joining, holding our hands together. Staff are always on the frontlines. They leave their good life to walk with us through these minefields of South Sudan.

It is faith in action. I know this because I am also the beneficiary of support from the Catholic Church through Trócaire & Cafod.

I am a priest because of it. Because of the books, the chalks, the pens. People from Trócaire supported me to go to school. Supported me to study. Supported me even to travel to Maynooth, where I did my courses. Maybe the Lord called them to give this support.

So Please, I beg you to help South Sudan. Please fill your Trtócaire Boxes This Lent.

Father James Oyet, South Sudan.

POOR: In 2020, World Vision’s U.S. programs reached more than 10.3 million people with resources and support ranging from cucumbers to showers. When COVID-19 hit Los Angeles hard, Hollywood Adventist Church, Adventist Health, Kohler Co., and World Vision formed a partnership to provide showers in the church parking lot — via the KOHLER Relief Showering Trailer — to people experiencing homelessness. As many as 200 people come through each week to use the seven showers, equipped with donated personal care items for people to take with them.

BUNTING: The Festival enjoyed its inaugural celebration in 2018. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength building upon a growing comprehensive roster of stellar, world class musicians, guest scholars, film makers, authors and distinguished guest speakers both local and international.

Remembering Bunting Festival

GREENWAY PIONEERS OPPOSE NAME CHANGE:  The Great Southern Trail Ltd. (GST) voluntary group was formed about thirty years ago after Shannon Development had abandoned their visionary project designed to create Ireland’s first Greenway along 85km of the former Limerick to Tralee railway. Shannon Development bestowed the name ‘Great Southern Trail’ on the project to reflect the railway heritage. They engaged John Grimshaw of Bristol to survey the route and prepare a comprehensive study. John’s report was visionary and is available on

CASH-for-Residency; Known officially as the Immigrant Investment Programme (IIP), it was launched in 2012, encouraging foreigners to invest in Ireland. The applicant must have net worth of €2 million and be able to invest half of that in one of a number of specified Irish industries or charities (where the requirement is less). Since it was set up, 21 US citizens have taken up the scheme and a smaller number from Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and other countries. But the champions are the Chinese, who account for over 1000 of the 1166 successful applicants. The scheme offers residency rights but not citizenship rights.

MoLI is offering a five-day, immersive, blended learning programme to 15 lucky students around Ireland. The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary will take place both online and onsite in MoLI from 19 to 23 July 2021 (subject to public health guidelines).

COVID Deaths;  — One in 73 haredi Orthodox Jews in Israel over the age of 65 has died of COVID in the past year — more than four times the number in the same cohort of the general population — according to a new report. When observant Jews drink or eat, they recite a blessing that includes the name of God before and after. Jewish law, states that in order to say God’s name, people should have their heads covered.

AMANDA Gorman is, without question, an impressive young woman. She is the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, and has read her poetry for a wide variety of audiences, ranging from the Library of Congress to MTV. What makes her success even more incredible is that she used poetry to overcome a difficult array of disabilities: a speech impediment, auditory processing disorder, and hypersensitivity to sound. She has been open about her struggle to speak, and caused the nation to fall in love with her when she spoke at Joe Biden’s inauguration. But this brilliant young poet is also an ardent supporter of abortion, and a pro-abortion poem she shared in 2019 is going viral again.


WAR COUPLE: This post was written in collaboration with Beth Fortson.

“I’d feel like a quitter if I left the service now.”

– Wren Josephine Mary Kennelly

This Valentine’s Day, the Still Picture Branch would like to share a photo story from the series 26-G. This series is the subject of one of our ongoing digitization projects and will soon be available to researchers everywhere through our online catalog. The photographs in 26-G come from the main historical file for the U.S. Coast Guard which heavily features photographs taken during WWII.

This photo story depicts the union of a couple in love – both serving their countries on active-duty. In the spring of 1945, Women’s Royal Navy Servicewoman Josephine Mary Kennelly, 19,  married American Coast Guardsman Dominick Andriacci, 29, in Liverpool, England. Both bride and groom would return to their duty stations soon after their wedding. Dominick would go back to his Coast Guard ship, and Josephine back to her role with the Women’s Royal Navy Service.


Squinting at his enemy’s face through a sniper scope, Kappler sees the laughter on the priest’s face and becomes so agitated (Plummer’s twitching face wordlessly conveys his murderous rage) that he tremblingly starts to finger the trigger, white line or no white line. But Msgr. O’Flaherty, though he can’t clearly see his opponent’s expression at that distance, appears to sense (perhaps warned by the Holy Spirit or his guardian angel) that he may be overplaying his hand and walks away.

That penultimate confrontation is among the film’s most cinematic moments — but the final encounter, dramatically shot in the Colosseum, is the most significant. On the brink of surrendering Rome to the Allies, terrified for wife and children, Kappler turns in desperation to his hated enemy, forcing himself to appeal to the very Christian principles he despises in the hope that Msgr. O’Flaherty will use his underground railroad to spirit his family out of Italy.

The priest’s Irish temper gets the better of him in the moment, leaving the Nazi officer shouting after him in despair that his faith means nothing after all — but in prison Kappler discovers, to his wonder, that his family has indeed been saved. Closing titles inform us that Kappler was visited regularly in prison by Msgr. O’Flaherty himself, who ultimately baptized his former enemy into the Catholic Church.



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Knockanure Notes-09/02/2021

By Jer Kennelly

ASH WEDNESDAY February 17th, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick and new Moon on Feb. 11th. This year Knock Shrine will host a new series of online discussions to help engage Christians during Lent, under the title ‘Living Christian Faith – Lenten Conversations’. Many give to  Trócaire which was established by the Catholic Church in 1973 as a way for Irish people to donate to development and emergency relief overseas.

HAPPY 90th Birthday to Margaret Sweeney of Woodgrove, Knockanure Road Moyvane.

Congratulations also to Mary Leahy who recently celebrated her birthday, they are neighbours almost across the road from each other.

SYMPATHY:  To the family of Kathy Scollard, Dromcollogher, whose funeral took place recently.  Kathy was older sister to Nora Carr, Aughrim and to Anna Mulvihill, Glenalappa.  To Mary Collins & family, formally of Moyvane Post Office on the death of her brother Pat Guiney, Coolaclarig.

DEATH of Sr. Deborah O’Flaherty rsm- member of the Sisters of Mercy, Brisbane Congregation, died on the 26th January, 2021 at Mercy Community Aged Care – Mary Damian Centre in her 68th year of Religious profession. Eucharist to celebrate Sister Deborah’s life at St Vincent’s Chapel, 131 Queens Road, Nudgee, on Tuesday, 2nd February, Deborah’s burial will follow at Nudgee cemetery. Sympathy to Tom O’Flaherty, Murhur and to the O’Flaherty & Hanlon families on the death of sister  Deborah.

DEATH of Mary O’Carroll, ex N.T. of Knockanure School, on Thursday, 4th February, 2021. Predeceased by her brothers Jerry (died 1970), and Michael. Sadly missed by her sister Joan (Co.Mayo), brothers John (Naas, Co. Kildare) and Teddy (Tralee, Co. Kerry), sisters in law, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, kind neighbours and many friends. It would take a book to chronicle her involvement in local activities. She lost he mother young and was a mother figure to her siblings.

DEATH of Dr. John Corridan  (Bishopstown, Cork and formerly of Listowel.):On Feb 3rd, 2021 in his 101st year, husband of the late Patricia and father of Mary-Pat and Candy (O’Callaghan).

Sadly missed by his daughters, son-in-law Mattie, grandsons Jack, Kevin, Daniel, Gary and David, sister-in-law Ella, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH of Sr. Immaculata Buckley, Presentation Sisters, Chapel Street, Carrick-on-Suir, formerly of Clounmacon, Listowel. Died 1st February 2021, Predeceased by her parents Timothy and Mary Anne, her brother Diarmuid (Deemie), her sisters Lizzie Bambury, Mary O’Shea, Srs Barbara and Vincent PBVM. She will be sadly missed by her sister Sr. Vianney PBVM (Texas), her nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, her Presentation Sisters, extended family relatives and friends.

DEATH of John Moloney, Clarr, Moyvane, on January 31st, 2021, Predeceased by his parents Mick and Mary, brother-in-law Liam Casey. Survived by his wife Marian, daughters Ciara, Niamh and Deirdre, grandchildren Aoibhín, Jack, Erin, Keela, Sive, Joe and Darragh, brother James (Clonakilty), sons-in-law Daniel, Ian and Alan, brother-in-law John (Bristol U.K), sisters-in-law Joan, Kathleen and Nora, nephew Conor, niece Claire (Australia), and extended family.

DEATH of Eileen O’Loughlin, nee Kelleher, Sandville, Castleisland, Co. Kerry, on February 2nd 2021 in her 101st year.

ANNIVERSARIES: Con Hanrahan, Neily McCarthy, Margaret O’Brien, Bridie McNeil, Irene Nolan, Joanie McKenna, James G O’Callaghan, Vera McDermott, Cecelia Doyle, Johnny Enright, Sr. Austin Brosnan, Bridie Mulvihill, Margaret Higgins, Ned O’Keeffe, Sr. Eileen Brosnan, Nan Hurley, Sr. Mary O’Connor, Sr. Patricia O’Brien, Hannah Murphy, Mary Cronin, Patrick J Dowling, Sr. Aquin Enright, Mary Fitzmaurice, Stephen Casey, Hannah Ferguson. Mass Moyvane on Radio; Sat 6th at 7.30pm for Sheila O’Carroll, (Months Mind); Sun 7th at 11.00am for      Jack Shine, Glin Road (1st Anni); Mon 8th at 7.30pm for Tom O’Connor, Bishopstown & l/o Gortdromagowna (Rec Dec); Tues 9th at 7.30pm for Kathleen O’Brien, Church Road (Months Mind); Wed 10th at 7.30pm for Pat Foran, Bedford (Anni);

Thurs 11th at 7.30pm for Catherine Culhane, Ballyguitenane, (Anni) & deceased of the Sheahan & Culhane families; Fri 12th at  7.30pm for Denis O’Flaherty, Tubbertoureen (Months Mind); Sat 13th   7.30pm for Denis Murphy, Ballyphehane, Cork (Anni) and Mass on Sun 14th  at 11.00am for Donal Cunningham, Kilbaha (Anni), his sister Breda & Andy Thomas  Dick Cunningham, Kilbaha (Months Mind). Mass Knockanure on loudspeaker; Sun 7th at 9.30am for          Mary Savage, Charleville (1st Anni)

(mother of Brenda Clancy, Lisaniskea), and Mass on Sun 14th at  9.30am for Nora Gould, Pilgrim Hill (Rec Dec).

MASS on TV: Daily Mass on RTE News Now TV on Tuesday February 9th at 10.30 am will be from St. John’s Church, Tralee.

DINNERS are available in Knockanure, thanks to the cook and delivery persons, who bring solace to many.

HELP and support available at 0818 222 024.

BUS: Local Link Kerry, Island Point, Tralee Road Industrial Estate, Tralee Road, Castleisland. V92 E894

Phone: 066 714 7002. Email:

During Level 5 restrictions, Local Link Kerry along with all public transport will be limited to 25% of maximum seating capacity; and should be used for necessary journeys only. Face coverings must be worn.  Public transport is for essential workers and essential purposes only. Do not use public transport if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19. Pre- book your seat if you wish to travel on one of our door to door bus services. For the latest public transport COVID-19 Information visit.…/covid-19-information/

NEW MOON on 11th February.

HOMELESS: Limerick council have spent E3.4m over      past two years providing hotel beds for homeless.

TRALEE Accord is open for face-to-face  counselling  for couples  and  individuals  to explore,  reflect  upon  and work to resolve difficulties that arise in their marriage and  relationships.  Appointments are arranged for daytime or evening to suit client needs.   Contact 066 7122280

WORLD Day of Prayer for the sick Feb. 11th. Feb. 17th Ash Wednesday.

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES Killarney Parish Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes began Wednesday 3rd and concludes on Thursday 11th February (the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes). The Novena prayer will be prayed in St Mary’s Cathedral 10.30am, 6.15pm Masses online and Saturday 6.15pm and Sunday 8.00am, 10.30am & 12noon.

WRITERS’; Listowel Writers’ Week are committed to celebrating literary talent. Extensive catalogue of competitions aim to both encourage and promote this wonderful talent. The continued support of  sponsors and patrons give them a prize fund of up to €30,000 that is awarded across 8 categories including the prestigious Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and Pigott Poetry Prize.

TOASTMASTERS: The February issue of the Toastmaster magazine, you’ll meet a few Toastmaster comedians who share their best tips and techniques for using humour onstage, in the board room, and anywhere else you’re presenting. Do you have humour tips for fellow Toastmasters? Visit

HUNT Museum are celebrating Sybil Connolly this year, born in 1921, see their web site.

ART: Texaco Children’s Art Competition, closing date 24th March, this is the 67th year of the competition.

LITERARY festival, formerly known as The Kate O’Brien Weekend, began in 1984 to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Limerick-born Kate O’Brien. Following a difficult year and anticipating ongoing restrictions the festival returns for 2021 in a digital format to allow book lovers continued access. The Festival officially opens on Friday February 26th at 7 p.m. See details on social media, Facebook – @limerickliteraryfestival

ROOTS of the UK’s Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, her great-great-great grandparents were married, on January 23rd, 1860, at Dublin’s Donnybrook Church of Ireland parish church. Thomas Bird was a private in the 22nd Cheshire Regiment, and Belfast Catholic Mary McCague was living at Merrion Strand.

PLAY Oberammergau, Germany, Nearly 400 years ago the history of the Passion Play began. The plague raged in many parts of Europe and did not spare Oberammergau either. In 1633 the Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every tenth year, which has continued to present time, last play was due in 2020.

MOTHER: It’s true that, when you have a toxic mother, it’s difficult to imagine what life is like in a less dysfunctional family. But that doesn’t mean you don’t subconsciously crave a healthy, close relationship – the kind you may have seen your friends enjoying with their mothers.

The problem is that you don’t have a good idea of what a positive, healthy relationship entails. If your mother acted in unhealthy ways toward you, she likely didn’t have a great relationship with your father, either. This creates a skewed idea of what romance is supposed to be; as such, you might start to mythologize romance.

PRESIDENT Biden announces U.S. will again fund abortions overseas ————————————–

“The NY Times’ proclaimed ‘most religious president in half a century’ is now forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions internationally, directly targeting the vulnerable women and children that actual religious observers like Mother Teresa came to serve,” said Live Action founder and president Lila Rose in a press release. “Instead of leaning into the American promise engraved in the Statue of Liberty: ‘Give me your tired, your poor/your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’ Biden targets other nations and funds programs which dismember and kill their most vulnerable children. As my friend Obianuju Ekeocha, Founder of Culture of Life Africa, reminds us, pushing abortion on other nations is not compassion, it is ideological neo-colonization. This decision is a dark day for our nation – it will lead to more deaths of more children and for that, Joe Biden should be ashamed.”

REFLECTION: Septuagesima Sunday 31st January 2021 from Sacred Heart Church, Limerick.

Is known as Septuagesima Sunday. It registers the Pre-Lenten season. Septuagesima is Latin for “seventieth”. It signals a period of 17 days, including the three Sundays before Ash Wednesday. The vestments worn during this period are Violet in preparation for lent. We cease the use of the word ‘Alleluia’ in our chants and liturgies, except in the case of a feast. This signifies that we are entering a period of penance, since ‘Alleluia’ is indicative of celebration and joy. Equally we omit the ‘Gloria’ for the same reason. These familiar words ‘So the last shall be first and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen’ (Mathew 20:16) end the gospel.

FATHERS: Our father, and his response to us, is the first response of an ‘outsider.’ Mom’s love is body-based from the womb and the breast. It is assumed, taken for granted, relied upon instinctively, which is why a foundational ‘mother wound’ can be even more devastating to one’s very core. When one’s good mother dies, it first feels like God has died, because she is your first clear God image and Divine security.

But Dad is that other in the house, at a greater distance. He does not ‘have’ to love you. His love is not inherently felt and drawn upon, like Mother love. He must choose to love you! He decides for you, he picks you out, he notices you among the many. It redeems, liberates, and delights, therefore, in a totally different way. . . . That is the uniquely transformative experience of male love. It validates us and affirms us deeply, precisely because it is not necessary.

By Mercy Maina

NAIROBI , 25 January, 2021 / 9:05 PM (ACI Africa).-

Kenya’s President has commended members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (I.B.V.M) commonly known as Loreto Sisters for their selfless contribution to various sectors in the East African nation in what he described as “incredible Christian ministry.”

“I commend the Loreto Sisters for a century of incredible Christian ministry, education in our country and also to the social ministry and other works of Mercy they have conducted for the last 100 years,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the Saturday, January 23 centenary celebrations of the Loreto Sisters in Eastern Africa Province.

He added, “Loreto’s training has contributed immeasurably to the creative and performing arts, to politics, governance, religion and theology, environmental protection, community service, among many fields.”


(JTA) — As Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States last week, my sigh of relief was deeply, painfully personal.

My life has been defined by migration and the laws associated with it since I arrived here from Caracas, Venezuela, with my single mother and sister at the age of 6.

I remember the vibrant nature of Jewish public in Caracas, a tight-knit community that often shared almost all aspects of life with one another, from bar mitzvahs and weddings to the Jewish day school and Hebraica social club. I often vividly remind myself of the joy that was so present in the community before chaos and violence set in.


Charles Lewis Features

February 2, 2021

Underneath the horrors brought in the 20th century from all manner of totalitarian regimes was the cheapening of life.

Individuals were worth nothing on their own except for what they could contribute to the state, this ideology purported. Human beings were simply part of a mass. The state was everything, taking the place of God.

In Germany under the Nazis one way this played out was in its euthanasia program. First, children who had mental and physical handicaps were targeted. Later, it destroyed adults who were considered unfit for life.

The Nazi logic was threefold: It ended the imagined suffering of the person; hence, the term “mercy killing”; it took away the care of such people from “burdened” families and allowed more resources, such as food, to those who could benefit the state. There was a reason the Nazis called these poor souls “useless eaters.”

The Knights of Columbus has over 2 million members in 16,000 councils worldwide. The order was founded in 1882 by a Connecticut parish priest, Blessed Michael J. McGivney, who was beatified in October 2020. It is dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. In 2020 members of the Knights performed over 77 million reported service hours and gave over $187 million for charitable causes.



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