Knockanure Notes

Knockanure Notes-27/07/2021

By Jer Kennelly


All of a sudden it’s time to say goodbye.  Have you noticed in life that it’s always like that?  There is all the time in the world – until there is no time!  “Tomorrow” has finally come!!  Was it yesterday or the day before, when I stood at the Altars in Moyvane and Knockanure and saw a field of strange faces – a blur of people all different?  This weekend I look from the Altars and I see Chris, Eileen, Paddy, Noreen.  No blur now, but every face a person, every person different, every person, thank God, a friend unique and loved by me.  A Priest’s life is just that – journey.  We are on the move always.  That doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes to say goodbye.  You have, each and every one of you, given me so much – your trust, your friendship, entry into your hearts and a place before your hearths.  I am immensely grateful.  I will never forget you, I beg you, never forget me in your prayers. You will always be in mine. We have each

given each other something precious -a memory.  For me at any rate this memory of good, caring, loving people both within the Parish and outside the Parish will never, never fade.  In all my future journeys wherever the good Lord sends me, you will be part of my story.  All in the Listowel Community Hospital, each and everyone of them, have been kind and very supportive to me in my ministry there. It’s hard to say goodbye to them too.  Many thanks to them for many things during my time there.  As for my First Friday calls, they were simply so, so special and all whom I visited always richly blessed me.

Finally, I struggle to find words, on your behalf and on my own behalf, to express huge thanks and gratitude to Jacqueline in the office.  She did everything to perfection, and I could not have managed without her.  This Newsletter was always done beautifully by her each and every week, even during first lockdown.  She was the voice of welcome on the phone and her work in all areas of parish administration was simply exceptional.  She was so helpful and supportive in so many ways – we all owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her fantastic work on the Offertory and Dues envelopes.  Her up to the minute work in recording your contributions in the Parish has resulted in quick and prompt CHY3 returns which have been an enormous benefit to the Parish.  ‘Her office has always been a beautiful place of welcome’.  She has been extremely generous to our Parish but especially to me with her time, advice, excellent work and her beautiful bond of confidentiality.  She is now moving to pastures new and I have accepted her resignation and wish her well in her new beginnings.

The Parish Office closes on Friday 30th July.

A word of welcome and blessing to your new P.P. Fr. Brendan Carmody S.J. I wish him well and I know you will love and support him as you have done for me during the short six years with you.  The Parish Pastoral Council and the Finance Committee will remain on to help Fr. Brendan get established in the Parish.   Among the items to be decided upon will be running of the Parish Office and also the formation of new committees.

                I AM BLESSED

All negative thoughts I’ve decided must go, I’ll try to say ‘Yes’ when I want to say ‘No’.  I won’t say, ‘I can’t’ but ‘I can only try’.  And accept things that happen – not keep asking why.  I’ll make time for hobbies and brighten the day, and not let my problems affect what I say.  There are many folk homeless, sad, hungry, in pain.  I am blessed with so much I’ll not grumble again.  Today will be good for I’m filled now with hope with God’s love inside me, I know I can cope.  No moaning or groaning, no sighing, no dread.  My positive thoughts are all there instead.

                                      SOME RECORD

Our concerts were great, and very enjoyable. Each different, with a lovely atmosphere in the beautiful venue of our Assumption Church.  No damage was ever done to the seat or the carpet tiles during these concerts.  Also, it was just great to be able to put up the ‘Thought provoking’ posters in many parts of both our Churches over the years.  I think it speaks volumes about our Churches and all who visit them that never once were any of the posters disfigured, taken or interfered with in any way.  Now isn’t that a wonderful record! The same can be said for our Cribs, Easter Gardens and our Shrines.  Again, many thanks for such respect and kindness.

                                        SCORING IN THE GAME OF LIFE

For when the one Great Scorer comes – To write against your name – He marks – not that you won or lost –  But how you played the game.

More from Fr Kevin McNamara; Mass cards signed by me will no longer be available in Holly’s from Sunday 31st July.  I would like to thank Terry and his excellent staff for allowing this service to be part of this excellent store.  On a personal note, Terry and all the staff have been excellent to me especially during C19.  The staff are always cheerful, courteous, and very helpful.  I will miss you Holly’s.  Many thanks for your help.

Next week’s Newsletters will be at Holly’s and Noel’s from Thursday.  This will be my last Newsletter in the Parish.  Special thanks to Mike, Angela and Brenda who ensured that the housebound were kept in touch with events in the Parish.

AHAVOHER CEMETERY: It is imperative that the gates are kept closed at all times.

HEATWAVE: Daytime maximum temperatures generally 27 to 30 degrees Celsius with overnight values not falling below 17 to 20 degrees. Farmers who were trying to cope with the mild and misty weather, were able to rapidly save their hay and silage areas that were soft got an unexpected new lease of life. To help prevent heat stress occurring in cattle, pay attention to water, feed, shade and management.  For many staying indoors was preferred, except early morning and evenings were great.

DEATH of Margaret (Peggy) Horan (Nee Leahy) Leonia, New Jersey and late of Trien, Kilmorna, Listowel. Peggy died at her home in New Jersey on Sunday 18th July, 2021. Predeceased by her parents Hannah and Tim Leahy, her niece Nora O’Donoghue and grandnieces baby Róisín Curtin and baby Leah O’Donoghue. Beloved wife of 56 years to Brendan Horan, devoted mother of Siobhain DeMagistris and her husband Jeff. Cherished nana of Erin and Megan. She will be sadly missed by her sister Maureen (Trien) and her brothers Willie Joe (Trien), Pat (Moyvane), Teddy (Listowel), Mike (New York) and Jerry (Kilrush). Her sisters in law Eileen, Mary, Margaret, Rose and Mary, her brother in law, Jim, her auntie Phil Counihan (Ballyduff) and her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. A funeral will take place for Margaret (Peggy) on Friday from 4 – 8pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home. Her funeral mass is on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. John R.C. Church.

A requiem mass will be celebrated for Peggy in Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure on Monday 2nd August, 2021 at 11. a.m.

DEATH of Timothy (Timmy) Noonan, 40 Woodgrove, Moyvane, on July 18th, 2021, at University Hospital, Limerick. Timmy is survived by his parents Tricia and Con, sister Siobhan, brother James, partner Nicola, grandmother Kathleen, nephews Conor and Killian, nieces Caoimhe and Eabha, brother-in-law Joe, sister-in-law Niamh, uncles David, Pat, John and Richard, aunts Marie, Helena, Catherine, Geraldine, Margaret and Ann, extended family, neighbours and his many friends.

Requiem Mass for Timmy celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Saturday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane. Large crowds came out to show their sympathy. It is believed that Timmy Noonan’s death is being ascribed to ‘Sudden Adult Death Syndrome’ a day after he had played for Moyvane against Tarbert. Timmy aged 26-year-old, worked for Kerry Ingredients and was found in an unresponsive state. Fr Kevin McNamara P.P. said; “POPULAR TIMMY GONE – BUT HIS MEMORY WILL LIVE ON. It is difficult and impossible to take it in that Timmy Noonan has left us all so quickly and suddenly.  Another hard and painful blow to our Parish.  Timmy best described as a character who left his imprint in so many hearts, not least of all when he worked in Holly’s.  So many have spoken lovingly on how cheerful and helpful he was in serving.  Also a larger than life character with the GAA Club.  Timmy left a big imprint on the Club and was always to the fore in selling the Club Lotto tickets.  We all ask ‘Why?’ – I find these words encouraging.  ‘My life is but the weaving between God and me.  I only choose the colours He weaveth steadily. Sometimes He weaveth sorrow and I feel a foolish pride.  I forget He sees the upper and the underside. We are always in the hands of God, and He is the only one that sees the full picture’ Timmy and John McGrath were great pals.  Now together again.  Come on now lads, send us down a few smiles and blessing upon all of us in the Boro, from your presence with Jesus”.

DEATH of Maura O’Connor (née McElligott), Gunsboro, Listowel and Áras Mhuire Nursing Home, on July 16th, 2021, Predeceased by her husband Denis (Bud) of Dowling’s newsagent Listowel, sister Kathleen Hayes and brothers Ted and John. Survived by her nieces Norma and Brid, nephews Timmy, Donal, Dick, John and Gerry, grandnieces, grandnephews.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Holly, Sr. Mary O’Carroll, Benny Collins, Paddy Kennelly, Sr. Dympna O’Driscoll, Michael O’Connor, Canon James Neville, Nellie Ahern, Ellen McManus, Tom Geohegan, Peggy McElligott, Mass Moyvane; Sat 24th at 7.30pm for  Peggy O’Brien, Co. Wicklow (Rec Dec)  (sister to Mary Quinn, Leitrim Middle); Sun 25th at 11.00am for        Rita Daly (née Finucane), l/o South Africa & Moyvane (Anni); Mon 26th at 7.30pm for Jackie Lyons, Derry, Listowel (Anni); Tues 27th at  7.30pm for Kate Flaherty, Woodgrove (Anni); Wed 28th at 7.30pm for Denis Corridan, Murhur (Anni); Thurs 29th at 7.30pm for Jeremiah Mulvihill, Aughrim (Anni) & deceased of the Mulvihill & Connolly families; Fri 30th at 7.30pm for Jerry Clancy, Knockanure (Anni); Sat 31st at 7.30pm for  Mary & Ned O’Flaherty, Tubbertoureen (Anni), and mass on Sun 1st Aug at 11.00am for         Maurice Harnett, Leitrim West (Anni).

Mass Knockanure on Sun 25th at 9.30am for Assumpta Mahony, Coolaclarig (Rec Dec); Mon 26th  11.00am Funeral (Burial of Ashes) of Tommy Fitzmaurice, North Finchley, UK & l/o Bunaghara.  Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel. Sun 1st at 9.30am, Mass for The staff & residents of Aras Mhuire Nursing Home (living) and the deceased of the aforementioned, requested by James Gould.

A requiem mass will be celebrated for Peggy Horan (Nee Leahy of Trien)  in Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure on Monday 2nd August, 2021 at 11. a.m.

TRIBUTE: Margaret Horan (Nee Leahy) fondly known as Peggy passed away peacefully Sunday 18th July 2021 surrounded by her loving family in Leonia, New Jersey, USA.Peggy was predeceased by her father and mother Tim and Hannah Leahy (nee O’sullivan), niece Nora O’Donoghue (nee Leahy), Grand-nieces Roisin Curtin and Leah O’Donoghue.

Peggy was the beloved wife of 56 years to Brendan Horan, devoted mother to Siobhain DeMagistris and her husband Jeff. Cherished Nana to Erin and Megan. She was a dear sister to Maureen Connolly & husband Jim (Trien Road), Willie Joe Leahy & wife Eileen (Trien Road), Pat Leahy & wife Mary (Moyvane), Teddy Leahy & wife Margaret (Listowel), Mike Leahy & wife Rose (New York), Jerry Leahy & wife Mary (Co. Clare). Devoted niece to Phil Counihan & husband Gerald (Ballyduff). Adored by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended families and wide circle of friends.

Born in 1946 in Knockanure, Peggy immigrated to the US in 1962 where she held the role of Supervisor for Bell Atlantic. A resident of 40 years in Leonia, New Jersey this was to be her forever home. Upon retirement Peggy took up the role of Home Health Caregiver. A former member of the Bergen Irish Association Peggy was a talented and experienced Irish Set Dancer. Both Peggy and her husband Brendan travelled near and far for the love Irish dancing.

Peggy was always a true supporter of the green and gold of Kerry. Proudly supporting Kerry down through the years both in the US and Ireland – famously known for her ‘Up The Kingdom’ cheer during each game. Family was her proudest love of all. She always made time for her family – her husband, daughter, granddaughters, sister, brothers, nieces and nephews, cousins. Peggy leaves behind a heartbroken family and life-long legacy of warmth and fond memories to be cherished always by her family and friends in New Jersey, New York, the Trien Road, in Listowel and Moyvane, Co. Kerry. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

FEAST of St. Ignatius of Layola is celebrated on Sat. 31st July.  He was the founder of the

Society of Jesus.

WELCOME BACK Fr. Bernard Healy has completed his Doctoral Studies in Rome and will return to ministry in St. John’s Parish on August 4th.

SOUTHDOC LISTOWEL: is at the Primary Care Centre, Greenville phone 1850 33 59 99.

BEST wishes to Philomena Molyneaux and Maurice Molyneaux of Knockanure on their 45th wedding anniversary.

CONGRATULATIONS to Athea on winning the West Intermediate League Final against Monagea.

LIFEGUARDS: The lifeguards at Glin Pier are on full time shifts until the end of the summer.

Great weather for Ballybunion as it is scorching weather, a little exposure and often is being practised. Fun Fair back in Ballybunion at Sandhill Road till August 8.

CANCER support webinar is open to all professionals supporting children who are impacted by cancer, from healthcare workers to teachers to sports coaches, explaining cancer in a child-friendly, and  easy for them to understand. The webinar will take place via Zoom on Friday, July 30th at 11am and anyone interested contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 71 92122 to register.

 LOCAL LINK- To Book your seat: |or  Call  066 714 7002.

NEWKD/RSS Home Visitation Service adheres to and implements strict policies and procedures in regards to safety and welfare of the elderly. All volunteers and staff are carefully screened and also Garda vetted. Please contact: NEWKD, 20 William Street Upper, Listowel, at 068/23429

or visit

FOOD: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will host a Food Systems Summit in New York this September. It will be a key part of the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). Changing the way we produce, process, distribute, and consume food can help to address many of the challenges we face today; and to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future for all people, and our shared planet. Ireland has been actively engaged in the preparations for the Summit, and as part of those preparations we are hosting four free virtual events.

EU Mercosur deal increase in beef entering the EU would be 53,000t carcass weight equivalent. It is reported that the value of Ireland’s beef output would be cut by at least €44.

IFA president Tim Cullinan, said that the government must reject the proposed European Commission trade deal with the Mercosur countries.

ENERGY: Public Consultation on the Draft Guidance for Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings

From Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Submissions closed 10 September 2021.

ALERTS: County Council is inviting the public to sign up for a free alerts service which enables you to receive important messages, updates and alerts, look at for more  information.

DOWNSIZING: The closing date for applications for homes in the Mungret Gate scheme Limerick is August 5. See for more details about the Private Downsizing Scheme.

SCHOOL: Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) has carried out a survey by i-Reach Insights in May 2021, when 895 parents of school going children were surveyed.

 Funding back to school, 65% of Munster parents said they use their monthly income, with 38% relying on their savings. The number of Munster parents taking out a credit union loan is up from 8% to 10%, parents who turn to moneylenders, up 1% since last year.

ARTS 2021 Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary week-long programme recently ended was led by Young Adult writer Sarah Maria Griffin and was designed to develop the skills of fifteen promising young writers. Creative workshops and one-to-one feedback sessions were complemented by special guest lectures from agents, publishers, academics, arts administrators, and podcasters, giving participants a glimpse into different careers in the arts.

KERRY Suckler bred calves was 42,029  in 2020,– beef calves represented 29.5%.

FARMERS: According to the preliminary results, the national average income has increased from €23,600 in 2019 to €25,663 in 2020, an increase of 9%. Cattle rearing farms little change in average income, tillage average incomes fell by 1%.

FLOWERS are thriving along the back roads where minimal cutting is done. Woodbine, roses and meadowsweet are among a host of flowers. This year blackbirds appear scarce. Past years they cleared blackcurrants in a few days, this year, it is a rare bird in the district.

DOGS Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity have received 515 requests in the last three months from people seeking to surrender their dog.

CAMPA MHUIRE:  Free online Catholic Faith Camp for Children aged 5-12.  The four day Summer Camp running from July 27th -30th, Tuesday to Friday, will include Music & Action Songs, Arts & Crafts, into the Deep Bible Stories, Games, Drama, Live streamed daily Mass and more! No need to register, check out

FLEADH FEST online music festival from 1st to 9th August.

ULTRA CYCLISTS; are a group of like-minded adventure cyclists who take on an ultra cycling challenge every year for charity. Since 2016, they have completed 6,723km over five different cycles in 18 days, in five different countries, raising €172,456 for various charities both local and national.

FUNDING Digital Hubs in Kerry to benefit are; HQ CoWorking Space €65,517.30; RDI Hub €66,626.11; Sneem Digital Hub €71,250.00; The Box CoWork €66,482.00; Kenmare CoWorking Hub €71,000.00; Mol Teic (Dingle Hub) €68,000.00; Office Light €40,473.00; Killarney Technology Innovation Ltd €67,122.00; gteic@Corca Dhuibhne – Údarás €14,967.00; Island Point €74,976.00; Kerry Innovation Centre €71,872.65; South Kerry Development Partnership CLG  €67,805.00.

Connected Hubs Scheme €8.8 million of funding, that will benefit 117 remote working projects nationwide.

BISHOP RAY Browne; Well done and thank you

Indeed, how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age.  Ps.99

It has been a difficult and challenging year for every aspect of parish life, with limited or no congregations in church, the restrictions on funerals and weddings, and so much more. Many homes and individuals have been seriously affected. Together, ever there for one another, we have come through. Sincere thanks to all clergy and the whole community, for their dedicated service. A special word of thanks to parish secretaries. More at

DES O’MALLEY- taken from Irish Examiner Tue, 15 Apr, 2003.

Des O’Malley is to become an alternate director of the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Mr O’Malley, 64, retired last year from the Dáil, where he had represented a Limerick constituency for more than 30 years. He served in the Justice, and a number of Trade, Industry and Commerce-linked ministries, establishing the Progressive Democrats in 1985 after a series of clashes with Charles Haughey. Mr O’Malley has represented Ireland on the board of the Reconstruction and Development Bank for the past six years.

SWEDEN: Public events and gatherings are limited to a maximum of 3,000 people if audiences are seated outdoors; 300 people for indoor seated events (including funerals and weddings, if seated services); 600 people for outdoor non-seated events; and 50 people for indoor non-seated events (including private parties). For races or outdoor sports competitions, up to 900 people are allowed and for outdoor demonstrations, up to 1,800 people are allowed.

LOUGH DERG: The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the Lough shore is now open daily. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option. A guided walk experience will be offered on Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st July, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. Further dates for these guided walks will follow for late August and early September. For information email or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518.

COMFORT FOR CHEMO, KERRY RE: 54321 – SPINATHON FUNDRAISER – LISTOWEL, 31st July 2021. The 54321 Challenge, now in its 9th year, have graciously chosen Comfort for Chemo Kerry, as their nominated charity this year. They are seeking volunteers in North Kerry district to take part on the day, by shaking a bucket, raising awareness, and hopefully having great fun into the bargain.. If you can help us in this fundraiser, please contact us at 086 364 8083 or on Facebook

  1. MARY’S CHURCH PARISH YOUTH GROUP LISTOWEL. In light of Covid 19, we are raising funds for all the staff of University Hospital Kerry as a thank you for their selfless and heroic work during the pandemic. As a group, we are walking/cycling 25km from St. Mary’s Church Listowel to University Hospital Kerry on Friday 30th July. Any and all donations are GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

WALK on Sunday, September 19 during World Alzheimer’s Month 2021. Alzheimer’s Memory Walk is a family-friendly suitable for all ages and abilities to unite together with their families and communities to raise awareness and funds for dementia supports.

SHOW in England; The 162nd Great Yorkshire Show took place from (July 13-16th 2021), had 104,000 people attending over four days.

UK FILES:  The new files come from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office, covering the early months of Tony Blair’s government in 1997. The newly released Cabinet Office files (PREM 49) shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad under Blair’s leadership.

These files are available for you to view online and download for free from our online catalogue,


Olympics Jul 19, 2021- By John Dodge

Irish-Born Athletes Competing For Other Nations At Tokyo 2020


1888 – Birth of Dan Ahearn in Athea, Co Limerick. He was an Irish and later American track and field athlete and a member of the Irish American Athletic Club. He competed for the U.S. Olympic team in the 1920 Summer Olympics where he finished sixth in the Olympic triple jump competition. He was later a policeman in Chicago and died there aged 54.

Leahy family Creggane; Thomas Leahy in about 1880 married Catherine McDonagh from Coolrus Bruree and it is from that family came the famous Olympic athletes Con Leahy and Paddy Leahy

Southern Star 1892-current, Saturday, February 02, 1974; Page: 14

General Eoin O’Duffy was Garda Commissioner and played a very prominent role in athletics. As President of the old N.A.C.A.I,, he recruited funds by a personal appeal to send our best Irish team ever to the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics — Dr. Pat O’Callaghan, Bob Tisdall, both gold medal winners; Eamon Fitzgerald, fourth in the triple jump, and Mick Murphy. BOB Tisdale born in Sri Lanka on May 16th 1907 won gold medal for Ireland in 1932, he died on July 27th 2004 aged 97years, he trained for the Olympics at Ballybunion.

New York NY Irish American Advocate 1935-1936 – 0444.pdf

The New York Gaelic Athletic Association has lodged a protest against the American and International Olympic Committees for not allowing Ireland to compete as a nation at the Berlin Olympics.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, February 06, 1960; Page: 11

A KERRY County Board motion that the N.A.C.A. select a team to represent all Ireland at the Olympics in Rome, sparked off a lively discussion at the annual Congress of the N.A.C.A. in Cork on Sunday. The motion was later withdrawn and it was decided that the General Council would consider a suggestion to send a suitable representative to Rome to explain Ireland’s position to the representative of the various other countries. It would cost £500 to £600 to send a team to the Olympics.

LEANE of Finuge; Sporting Globe (Melbourne, Vic. : 1922 – 1954) Sat 20 Mar 1954 Page 10

Leane gets five wins

Pat Leane Australian Olympic representative, today won five events of the ten event Decathlon contest at Olympic Park. Leane won each event by clear margins.

Progress points after today’s five events (five tomorrow) : — Leane 3944, Liddy 3031. Grant 2964,

Preusker 2834. Fredricksen 2484. Bartlett 2230. Leane appears likely to threaten the Australian

Decathlon record when the tile series are completed at Olympic Park tomorrow afternoon.

Leane’s performances were best in the four events and save him a total of 3221 points.

He was 2/10 sec. better than the next best in the 100 metres run, two feet better in the long jump,

and 6ft. 6in. better in the shot put, and four inches better in the high jump.

Ray Weinberg, last year’s decathlon champion, did not defend his title through lack of preparation.

Leane won in 1952 but did not defend last year.

Olympics 1972; David Dushman, a Jewish soldier who liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, died at 98.

At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, when 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered by Palestinian terrorists, Dushman was sleeping in lodgings across from the Israeli delegation.

He moved to Austria and later to Munich, where he fenced recreationally until four years ago.

DIED 25 July 2017; Margaret Bergmann Lambert, a high jumper who was barred from the 1936 Berlin Olympics because she was Jewish, died in New York age 103.


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Knockanure Notes-20/07/2021

By Jer Kennelly

FR KEVIN is leaving us to the surprise of many, as he was one of the most active priests in the locality, during the Covid 19 pandemic. During these times it will not be possible to have a parish gathering to thank him and wish him well in his new assignment.

GLÓRACH BINGO AT FR. CASEY’S: Drive-In Bingo at the GAA grounds in Abbeyfeale every Sunday, until further notice, with a 2pm start.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Mulvihill family, Moyvane who won the Dawn Milk Al Fresco Dining summer promotion worth E1,000. The next draw closing date is August 27th, send your tokens to Dawn Summer Promotion, Po Box 407, An Post Mail Centre, Edward Street, Tralee.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Teagasc are spending E4m in forty scholarships in post graduate study.

Kerry College – two new Tech Apprenticeships will start in September.

MUNSTER Technological University has secured €2,219,980 in funding to provide 837 places under the Government’s Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiatives for the academic year 2021/2022.

Cyber Ireland reports that 48 per cent of companies have open or unfilled cyber roles.

SOUTHDOC Care Centre Greenville, contact 1850 33 59 99.

PIETA Midwest have helped over 1,000 people over the past two years, half of them are under 25.

DAY for Grandparents and elderly on July 25th; Parishes are invited to celebrate grandparents, elders, older priests and religious, who have given lives of dedicated service to their families and communities. Parishes are also asked to ensure that their local nursing care home is included in this annual celebration.

DEATH has taken place of Jennie Kennelly (née Fitzgerald), Moybella, Lisselton and late of Coil, Listowel, on July 10th, 2021. Predeceased by her husband Paddy, parents Mary and Chris, brothers Paddy and Billy and deceased members of the Kennelly and Fitzgerald families. Survived by her sons Tom, Chris and Fr. Padraig, daughters Maria and Eileen, sons-in-law John and Tom, daughters-in-law Anna and Debra, grandchildren Cathal, Tadhg, Eoin, Sinead and Aoife, nephews, and nieces.

Death of Gerald Fitzgerald, Coolkeragh, Listowel, on July 13th, 2021. Survived by his wife Peggy, sons John, Liam and Brendan, grandchildren Seán, Sarah, Ciarán, Ciara, Emer, Cadhla and Damhin, daughters-in-law Cora, Aine and Maeve, brother-in-law John Joe, sisters-in-law Annie, Maureen and Nodie. Gerald was first cousin to Jennie Kennelly and his mother Nora, came from Derry.

Death of Margaret Aherne nee Sheehy of Laurel Court, Oakpark, Tralee and formerly of Meen, Listowel, on 8th July 2021, wife of Dan, mother of John & Andrew and sister of Fr. Seán, Anna, Marie, Betty and the late Brendan. Also survived by granddaughter Molly, daughters-in-law Amy & Sarah, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandniece, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

Death of Sr. Anne Daye, Presentation Convent Castleisland, and formerly of Lispole, Dingle, on July 9th 2021.

SYMPATHY to Fr. Joe Nolan and family of Lisselton on the death recently of their sister Marianne in California.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bridie Mai Sheehy, Fr. William Buckley, Tom Sullivan, Margaret Horgan, Nora Reidy, Bridget Collins, Jack McKenna, Fr. Timothy Gunn, Mary Scanlon, Hannah Ferguson, Bill Enright, Nora Moore, Maurice Stack, Patrick Shanahan, Margaret Twohig, John Broderick, Fr. Denis Dwyer, John McAuliffe, Maureen Airey, Mass Moyvane; Sat 17th at 7.30pm for Bridie Reilly (née Fitzmaurice), Leitrim Middle & Glasgow (Anni) & deceased members of the Fitzmaurice family; Sun 18th at 11.00am for Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh (Birthday Remembrance); Wed 21st at 7.30pm Mass of thanksgiving – Special Intention; Thurs 22nd  at 7.30pm for Nora Moore, Kilmorna (Anni), her husband Jimmy & their son Willie; Sat 24th at 7.30pm for  Peggy O’Brien, Co. Wicklow (Rec Dec)

(sister to Mary Quinn, Leitrim Middle), and Mass on Sun 25th at 11.00am for Rita Daly (née Finnucane), l/o South Africa & Moyvane (Anni).

Mass Knockanure on Sun 18th at 9.30am for Jerry & Ellen Enright, Lisaniskea (Anni), and Mass on Sun 25th at 9.30am for Assumpta Mahony, Coolaclarig (Rec Dec).

LATIN Mass will be offered on Sunday 25th July 2021 at 12.30pm at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, Tralee, by Fr. Martin Hegarty CC.

CONGRATULATIONS to the priests who are celebrating Jubilees of their Ordination. We have three priests celebrating 50 years, and six priests celebrating 40 years. We now have 12 parishes served by the priests of the Pastoral Area.

BARNAGH GARDENS: Olive and Maurice Sheehan and family who have re-opened Barnagh Gardens to act as a Greenway Hub. Greenway on the rail line through   Kilmorna to Listowel, is expected to open next year.

EDUCATION event for people interested in Social Farming, contact Joseph McCrohan, at 066 9472 724.

REOPENS:  The Listowel cinema has reopened after 6 months closure. Bookings can be made online on and you can also just turn up but come early.  For further information call 068 22796

FEAST of St. Bridget of Sweden, patron of Europe is celebrated on Friday July 23rd.

PAYMENTS C19: The personal rate for this payment is €350 per week, as compared with the normal Illness Benefit rate of €203. It will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating due to being a probable source of infection, and for a maximum of 10 weeks if a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If a person has been certified for less than 10 weeks, they will be paid for the duration of their certificate.

ENGLISH government is continuing to support the NHS in its fight against Corona virus. Taken together with this new funding, the government has provided £63 billion in 2020 to 2021 and £29 billion in 2021 to 2022 to support health services and increased the NHS core non-COVID budget from £130 billion to £136 billion.

EMPATHY Project; To date we have trained 248 teachers and 65 Youth workers, bringing the Story Exchange model to thousands of young people nationwide.

The Empathy Project

EU has exported 220 million jabs, almost as many as it has used for its own citizens. (May 2021)

UNVEILING OF PLAQUE:  Former Justice and Foreign Affairs Minister Gerard Collins was principal speaker recently at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the Joy’s Corner Abbeyfeale Ambush which took place during the Irish War of Independence on June 5, 1921.

FLOWERS: Fuchsia is now covered with abundant flowers. Wild flowers are now blooming along many quite side roads, pity the council go so severe in cutting more than margins on the principal roads and they lecture us about biodiversity. The quantity of weed killed purchased by taxpayers money is ignored.

WATER: European context, Ireland is one of the best for water quality, where only 98% of groundwater bodies are below 50mg/L for nitrates, in contrast to Germany and Spain at 72% and 78.5% respectively, according to farm organisations.

MUSIC: TG4, 21:30. four-part series, Fleadhfest ’21, follows presenters Dáithí Ó Sé and Doireann Ní Ghlacáin travel the four provinces, Celebrating 70 years of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. On Mondays; Kellogg’s Cúl Camps is back for a second year with a 6 part series exploring a virtual Cúl camp. Two days of racing from this year’s Galway Races Summer Festival will be broadcast live on TG4 on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st July

CAMPA MHUIRE: Free online Catholic Faith Camp for Children aged 5-12.The four day Summer Camp from Tues. July 27th–Fri. July 30th will include Music & Action Songs, Arts & Crafts, into the Deep Bible Stories, Games, Drama, Live streamed daily Mass and more! No need to register, check out

GOLF HOTEL; at online auction on BidX1 on Friday, July 23 with a guide of €650,000.

ARTS: Crooked House Theatre Company has initiated a project called Dréimire which aims to recruit 20 applicants from ethnic, migrant and under-privileged backgrounds, particularly young people living in Direct Provision, who would like intensive help in accessing actor-training at third level colleges in Ireland and in the UK. The project is called Dréimire and serves as a stepping stone/support system for young people interested in pursuing acting at third level institutions.

The application for Dréimire 2021-2022 is now open. The application will close for further submissions on Friday, September 10th at 5pm.

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Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership (Kerry LCYP) wishes to provide a listing of professionals who are available to work with children and/or young people on creativity projects in Kerry.

BOOK: Conor W. O’Brien: Life in Ireland: A Short History of a Long Time, Merrion Press, Dublin 2021

ISBN: 9781785373848- RRP: €16.95

This journey through time in Ireland, with its focus on how landscapes, flora and fauna have changed in deep time, would make a great present for the Irish-identified naturalist teenager in your midst. Or the curious general reader, of course.

HERITAGE: Tinteán online is a magazine for all those interested in their own Australian-Irish heritage or in Australian-Irish history and culture, and the Irish diaspora more generally.

BUSSES: Three new hydrogen-powered buses, Climate and Environment Minister Eamon Ryan launched the 2.4 million pilot scheme recently, and will operate on commuter services in Dublin. There are only 4,200 hydrogen powered vehicles worldwide.

PEAT: Heritage officials called on to attend agri-committee on peat, article by Charles O’Donnell

BE INFORMED: Please go to the catholic website Pick of the week –

Audio Commentary on “Jesus & the Jewish roots of the Eucharist” by Lighthouse Catholic Media.

RECOVERY HAVEN:  Kerry’s outdoor Marquee – six-week – Awareness through Movement Classes.  Starts Wed. 21st July – 11.00am.  To book – 0667192122.

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER RETREATS: This year the summer retreats for Youth2000 are back. For the  Munster  Area  there  are  three  retreats happening this summer all during the same weekend. It is from 13th-15th August and they take place in Limerick, Cork and Waterford. Places need to be  booked  through  the  Youth2000  office  or 00353 (0) 1 6753690

BISHOP Ray Browne Diocese of Kerry 16 July 2021.Diocese of Kerry Appointments July 2021

Bishop Ray Browne wishes to announce the following changes of appointment of clergy of the Diocese of Kerry: Retirements: Fr. Tom Crean, PP Kenmare. Fr. John Lawlor, PP Ballydonoghue.

Fr. Con Buckley, PP Kilgarvan.

Appointments: Fr. George Hayes PP Glenflesk to be PP Kenmare. Fr. Kevin McNamara, PP Moyvane to be PP Glenflesk .Fr. Brendan Carmody SJ to be PP Moyvane. Fr. Martin Spillane, PP Caherdaniel, to be PP Brosna. Fr. Bernard Healy further Studies Rome to be CC, St. John’s, Tralee.

KILLARNEY: we  reflect  on  Aghadoe  Cathedral  and  Innisfallen Island. Aghadoe Cathedral .The area has also been linked with 5th century missionaries; however the first  major  discovery  that  Aghadoe  was  an  important  site  was  the discovery of the 7th Century Ogham Stones. According to the Annals of Innisfallen, St. Finian the Leper founded another monastery at Aghadoe around the 6th or 7th century, dating from 939; the monastery is also known as the “Old Abbey”. Also present in the vicinity is the 13th century Parkavonear Castle, built by the Normans in 1169 post the Anglo-Norman Invasion. It is believed that the monastery on Innisfallen Island is closely linked  with  the monastery  at Aghadoe;  reference  is first made  to  their relationship  in  the  Annals  of  Innisfallen  while  also  a  great  scholar  of Innisfallen was buried in Aghadoe in 1010 AD. The round tower began construction in 1027; with the 12th century came new rulers, Eóganacht Locha Léin, who constructed a new church in Romanesque style called the ‘Great Church’. The church was finally completed by the end of the 12th century with the addition of a chancel; this was later segregated from the rest of the church by a wall.

Innisfallen  island  can  be  seen  in  the  distance  from  Ross  Castle  out beyond the entrance to the bay. A monastery was founded on Innisfallen in the 7th century and it became a seat of learning and it is said that King Brian Boru studied there. On the island are the remains of the extensive 12th  century  Augustinian  priory  and  a  small  11th -12th  century Romanesque church. The annals of Innisfallen, a major source of early Irish history and now stored in the Bodleian Library in Oxford were written there. Boat trips to the island operate from the Ross Castle area from Ross and Reen piers

VISIT: 1887. Monsignor Pesco, Papal Envoy Visit to Bantry to See Baroness of Bantry, (Rosamond Catharine Petre), only Visitor to Him in the Evening John Edward Barrett, J.P., Carriganass Castle, Kealkil.


Advocate NY 9 Feb 1954

In fulfilment    of   the   last   wish   of   an   exile    who   went   to   America    in    1900,   a   trunk   containing   150   books   will   soon start   a   3,000-mile   journey   across   the   Atlantic   to   a village   library in County Limerick.  The books were bequeathed by Mr.  Martin J.   Sheehy,  retired   Deputy   inspector   of   the  New  York   Police  Department,  and  a  native  of  Glenalappa,  Moyvane,   Co.  Kerry,   after    he   read   during his last illness that   a branch  library    had    been    opened    in    Glin,    where   much   of   his   youth   had   been”   spent.

Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Thursday, 30 September, 1886; Page: 2

.—Detective Sergeant Maguire arrested yesterday at Queenstown a man named George Mason, a labourer, on the charge of having committed a serious assault at Newtownsands. The accused was taken into custody when about going on board the steam tender of the Inman Steamer City of Richmond, bound to New York. He was taken before a magistrate and remanded pending the arrival of an escort from Listowel.


Irish Examiner 1841-1999, 13.06.1898, page 2

The President of Newtownsandes Dairy Society will up to 20th inst , receive tenders for supplying coal to the above mentioned Creamery, carriage paid to Listowel Railway station.

Kerry Weekly Reporter 1883-1920, 30.03.1895, page 5

Notice to Contractors; The Committee of the Newtownsandes Co-operative Dairy Society, Limited, will on Monday the 25th March 1895, meet to consider tenders for (a)Building a Dairy Factory at Newtownsandes. (b)Providing and Erecting Machinery; (c) Sinking a Pump; (d) Building Place.

Copies of plans and specifications to be seen with the President Rev M Dillon, PP or at the office of the Engineer. F C. Hartigan, B.E., C. E. and Architect, Rathkeale.

Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Saturday, 17 April, 1897; Page: 7

Glin Industrial School

Moyvane House, Newtownsandes,

Co. Kerry, April 15th, 1897.

DEAR SIR,—In the leading article in your paper of yesterday—Wednesday—on the proposed ” Irish Poor Relief Bill,” the following occurs—”The Glin Industrial School has not been, from causes which we may expect to disappear, a very pronounced success up to the present.” How you arrive at this conclusion I fail to see.  I am, and have been, a member of this School Board since its formation, and lent my humble assistance to its establishment, and I venture to say that a more successful institution is not in the United Kingdom.

In support of this assertion, I can with confidence appeal to the highly respected Bishop of Limerick, Dr O’Dwyer; to Lady Monteagle, who takes a particular interest in it; to Lady Emly, to Miss Balfour, to Miss Greaves, and a host of other distinguished and disinterested personages who have visited the institution.

One or two persons, through pique or jealousy at not being put on the school Board, have done their utmost to throw ridicule on the school and its management, but their efforts are utterly futile.

I defy the most prejudiced or sceptical to visit it without at once admitting the manifest improvement morally, physically and intellectually of the children since its formation two years ago.

The boys are now able to turn out a suit of clothes fit for the most fastidious, and a pair of boots fit for a ballroom. The carpentry work of the house for some time past has been done by the boys, and the bread baked there would suit the most delicate palate. So you see the Christian Brothers and the officials have left nothing undone on their part.

The good, kind Sisters are not forgetful of those under their charge. I saw dishes turned out solely by the girls that would do credit to a Parisian cook, and that would tempt, the appetite of the greatest epicure, and the needlework and knitting, etc, which is done by them, would bear comparison with establishments of a quarter of a century’s standing.

This very useful institution was most unreasonably criticised—when only half a year established—by persons from whom encouragement and support should have been expected, and who, I believe, would never have given utterance to these remarks had they visited the school before they made use of them.

It is a decided loss, and a great pity that a leading paper, such as yours, should become the channel, unwittingly I have no doubt, of casting any aspirations, no matter in how small a way, on the management of this school, for to my own personal knowledge everything is done to make it a success.

There would be no dearer wish of my heart than to see two or three such institutions in each county in Ireland, and there would be no surer means of doing away with workhouses, as the children who are obliged to avail of their shelter would, if placed in such schools, become honourable, upright, and self-supporting members of society.

There is nothing causes me greater pain than the marked difference between the few children left in Listowel Workhouse for want of room at Glin school—outwardly, timid and squattest—and the manly, upright demeanour of their former comrades, who have been at Glin for some time.

My reason for referring to your editorial is, I fear, it may be the means of deterring other unions of establishing similar schools, and I would beg of you before you again refer in any away disparagingly to it to send one of your staff to visit it, and from the very satisfactory report which he must send you, you will I know with pleasure, quite agree with the statements contained in this letter. I remain, dear sir, yours very faithfully,. M J NOLAN , Chairman, Listowel Board of Guardians, and Member of the Glin School Board.


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By Jer Kennelly

COMMUNITY Employment jobs at Moyvane and Knockanure are advertised.

PARISH YOUTH GROUP LISTOWEL In light of Covid 19, we are raising funds for all the staff of University Hospital Kerry as a thank you for their selfless and heroic work during the pandemic. As a group, we are walking/cycling 25km from St. Mary’s Church Listowel to University Hospital Kerry on Friday 30th July.

DEATH of Margaret Aherne nee Sheehy of Laurel Court, Oakpark, Tralee and formerly of Meen, Listowel, on 8th July 2021, wife of Dan, mother of John & Andrew and sister of Fr. Seán, Anna, Marie, Betty and the late Brendan. Also survived by granddaughter Molly, daughters-in-law Amy & Sarah, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandniece, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law. Requiem Mass celebrated at 11 am on Monday in Our Lady & St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee.

DEATH of Catherine (Rena) Carew (nee Costello), formerly of Railway Road, Abbeyfeale, on July 3rd 2021 in Novato, California. Rena, daughter of the late Denis and Mamie. Survived by her husband Tony, daughters Adrianne and Deirdre, sons Kevin and Brian, sons-in-law David and Brad, daughter-in-law Christine, grandchildren, sisters Anne Hastings (Chicago), Marian Moylan (Chicago) and Noreen O’Sullivan (Arizona), brothers Dan (Kilmorna) and John (Abbeyfeale), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and nephews.

Death of Catherine Forde (nee Hayes), late of, Erdington, Birmingham and formerly of Dirreen, Athea and Glenagragra, Glin, who died on June 2nd 2021. Predeceased by her parents John and Josephine Hayes and her uncle Buddy Furey. Survived by her husband Eddie, son James, daughter Jacqueline, son-in-law Jeff Harding, granddaughter Ella Mae, brothers John and Mike, sisters Birdie, Mary and Joan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Dan Flynn, Peg Brouder, Sr. M Joseph Sheehy, Jeremiah Cronin, Martin Collins, Mary McCarthy, Anna Smithwick, Ciss Dore, Martin McGrath, Mgr. Padraig O’Fiannachta, Jackie Keane, Helen O’Keeffe, Fr. John Quinlan, Johnny McEnery, John Murphy, Paddy Cronin. Mass Moyvane; Sat 10th at 7.30pm for Parishioners; Sun 11th at 11.00am for Patrick Shanahan, Kilbaha; Wed 14th at 7.30pm for  Ciss Dore, Woodgrove; Thurs 15th at 7.30pm for Billy McElligott, Coolaclarig, Listowel (Rec Dec); Sat 17th at  7.30pm for Bridie Reilly (née Fitzmaurice), Leitrim Middle & Glasgow & deceased members of the Fitzmaurice family, and Mass on Sun 18th at 11.00am for Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh (Birthday Remembrance).

Mass Knockanure on Sun 11th at 9.30am for Timothy & Mary Murphy, Lisaniskea, and mass on Sun 18th at 9.30am for Jerry & Ellen Enright, Lisaniskea.

JOBS: Kirby Group, has announced 300 new jobs in Raheen Business Park which will bring its staff numbers in Limerick to 1,600. As part of the recruitment drive, Kirby – which was founded in Thomondgate in 1964 – is looking to attract almost 100 people to be deployed across its apprenticeship scheme and graduate programme.

The government is continuing Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme to Dec. of this year.

MORE: The Tánaiste says a Task Force will be up and running by the Dáil recess on July 17, with the terms of reference paying attention to the Tarbert Ballylongford land bank site. €700,000 has been allocated to improve non-public roads in Kerry this year, and 800 roads on the list.

EVENTS July 2012; Summer Festival Ballyheigue; Bachelor Festival Ballybunion; Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle; Summer Festival Castlegregory, Truly Scrumptious Parade Kenmare; 13th to 15th Seafood Festival Ballybunion; Maxi Marathon Killarney; Horse Racing Killarney; Sneem Family Festival; Ras na Riochta Killorglin; Summerfest Killarney ran from 27th to 5th Aug. Horse Fair in Listowel was well attended recently, a chance for locals to meet after the long lockdown.

FEAST of St Swithin on 15th July, many country people have a great interest in the day, as they can forecast the Irish weather from then on.

HEALTH: West Limerick Mental Health Association are sponsoring a new programme on West Limerick 102 FM, commencing on Wednesday July 14, at 11am.

POPE:— As the world prays for Pope Francis to enjoy a full recovery following his colon surgery, doctors are busy explaining symptomatic stenotic diverticulitis, the condition afflicting the 84-year-old pontiff. According to the Vatican press office, Pope Francis’ post-operative recovery is proceeding normally. Within two days of undergoing the surgery July 4 in Gemelli Hospital in Rome, the pontiff was able to get out of bed for a walk and eat breakfast.

BAPTISMS: The advice from Government is that Baptisms should not take place. Our recommendation is that Baptisms which have already been booked may proceed but that no new bookings for Baptisms should be accepted pending further advice from the Government.  Numbers confined to a maximum of 10 people.

WEDDINGS: already planned will be permitted to proceed on the basis of the expected changes, with 50 guests permitted to attend wedding receptions with protective measures.

FUNERALS: The numbers of mourners permitted at funerals continues to be limited to 50. Attendance at wakes in private homes and at funeral homes is for family only. Related family gatherings should strictly adhere to prevailing public health advice on household mixing, including visitors to your home and indoor and outdoor dining.

BURIAL GROUND GRAVEYARD MASSES Kerry County Council has issued clarification in relation to the holding of burial ground masses during the Summer of 2021. The clarification is as follows: – Kerry County Council believes that it would be unwise at this particular juncture to permit the holding of burial ground masses which would result in the creation of gatherings of people, in accordance with the current public health guidelines, but will reconsider this request when the Government next review the reopening of society and the economy later this Summer (subject to the public health situation at the time).










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