Knockanure Notes

Kathleens Corner – 25/06/2020

by Kathleen Mullane

Well, to start this week, after  a lovely  sunny  day this thursday, after a lot of rain these  past few days, I will  give six little stories with  lots of meanings.

1. Once all villagers decided to pray  for  rain. On the day of prayer all  the  people gathered  but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith.

2. When you throw babies in the air, they laugh  because  they know you will catch them. That is trust.

3. Every night  we go to  bed without  any  assurance  of being  alive  the next morning, but we still set the  alarms to wake up. That is hope.

4. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That is confidence.

5. We see the  world  suffering, but we still get married and have children. That is love.

6.On an old man’s shirt was written “in am not years 80 years old. I am sweet 16 with  64 years experience”. That is the attitude

Have a good week and live your life like these six stories. Remember, good friends are the rare jewels of life; difficult to find and impossible to replace.

Well, we wish Hannah Scanlon of Dirreen a very happy 98th birthday which she celebrated last week with her family and wasn’t she looking a million dollars on the day. Here’s to good health for Hannah and the big one isn’t too far away.

Happy 40th also to Liam Flavin of Glasha who celebrated his big day recently best wishes to him.

To all in the nearby parishes who have lost loved ones recently our thoughts are with you.

This Thursday sees a meeting at our church at 8 pm to organise the reopening of our church for Mass next Monday. Anyone wishing to give a hand cleaning or stewarding their help would be most welcome. Numbers at Mass will be limited to 50 at the start so you are urged to come to Mass early in the week and any day will suffice your duty for Sunday Mass.

Thankfully GAA pitches are reopening  this week and our youth will be ecstatic  though it’s great to see many of them through out the Covid,  running and keeping fit, cycling  etc. Keep safe everyone we must still be wary of the situation.

Athea trip to Lourdes 2019

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Knockanure Notes – 11/06/2020

by Jer Kennelly

MASS at 10am on Sunday on YouTube, for connection search Church of the Assumption Moyvane & click on the stained glass window.  Daily Masses from Moyvane Church – side door open and can be heard in your car in the car park. All Churches in the Diocese of Kerry have reopened for private prayer. Many of us remember stories of our ancestors, how they attended mass rocks to evade the authorities.

CONGRATULATIONS to Nora Lynch nee Flaherty of Glasha, Athea on her 100th birthday. Her three children will not be able to be with her to celebrate her birthday, due to restrictions at present. Nora is daughter of Tim Flaherty and Hannie Connor of Knockanure. Only one of her siblings Patrick is still alive. Her husband Jack died some years ago, Nora still keeps abreast of all the news in the local papers.

A BIG SHOUT OUT:  To Paul and Gerry and the Knockanure Community Centre who continue to provide beautiful meals each day (Mon-Fri) for us and thanks to those who deliver them.  Thank you also to Marie and Mary who provide some meals on Saturdays and Sundays.  Well done to all.

OPEN: Kerry County Council has advised that from next Monday, June 8th, all civic amenity sites around the county will fully reopen for business.

CORPUS Christi walk was usually held on June 14th, hundreds always joined in, other events cancelled include Adventure Race Dingle, Spraoi Killarney  and 10k run Ballyheigue. The Cahirmee Horse fair on July 12th is also cancelled.

CLOTHES BANK: the clothes bank in the Moyvane Church car park where the contents go to the SVP in the county.

BAPTISMS: no clear guidelines as to when Baptisms will commence again.

DEATH has occurred recently in Kilburn, of Mary Shine, wife of the late Dan Shine, native of Moyvane.

DEATH of Willie Pearse, Woodgrove, Moyvane and formally of Willesden, London and Newquay, Co. Clare, on the 31st May, 2020. Survived by his wife Hannah (nee Dore), sons Liam – Mayo, Michael – London and daughter Linda – London, grandchildren, Conor, Shauna, Kayla – Mayo, Sean, Claire, Owen, Jamie, Andrew and Aaron – London, sisters Myra Chapman and Anne Connell, daughters in law Marie and Karen, son in law Dave, nieces, and nephews.

DEATH of Pat Joe McEnery, Tubbertureen, Moyvane, on the 31st May, 2020. Predeceased by his brothers Johnny and Denis. Sadly missed by his wife Joan, sister Mary, nephew Eoghan, nieces Martha, Edel and Muireann, brothers-in-law Tom, Jim and Dominic, sisters-in-law Helen and Margaret, and extended family. Remembered by his friends, First seen at midfield for Kilbaha school in the Parish league; a powerful Moyvane warrior together with late brother Johnny; Pat Joe. A tower of strength and a gentleman on and off the football pitch and always a pleasure to meet on big match days in Dublin; He was a great character and part and parcel of Moyvane GAA over many years. It is hard to believe that both he and his brother Johnny who were towers of strength at the centre of Moyvane defence have gone to their eternal reward. We ploughed the furrow for many years together in Moyvane GAA.

DEATH took place on 31st May 2020 of Jack Higgins, Ballingarry, and  Athea, in his 93rd year. Predeceased by his wife Mary neé (Gregg). He was father of Maurice, James, John and Marie, grandfather of Eve, Cian and Clodagh, father-in-law of Anne and Ita. Also survived by brothers Willie, Pa and Jim, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

ANNIVERSARIES: Dan Scanlon, Ita Keane, Tony Foley, Hannah Barnes, Paud Woulfe, Winnie Sheehy, Kathleen O’Dwyer, Sr. Helen Keane, Liam Cronin, John Lynch, Mary Horgan, Sr. Joan Kirby, Gerald Tierney, Mai O’Connor, Jack Mulvihill, Mass Moyvane; Sat  6th 7.30pm for John Kearney, The Village, & his parents Dan & Bridie; Sun  7th at  10.00am for  Hughie Fitzmaurice, Leitrim Middle and 11.00am for Fr. Michael Fleming, former P.P. of Moyvane &   l/o Scartaglen; Mon 8th at 7.30pm for Bríd Brouder & Tom & Peg Brouder, Kilbaha; Tues 9th at 7.30pm for                  Sr. Carmelita Murphy, The Presentation Convent, Listowel; Wed 10th  at7.30pm, Mass for Intentions of all  First Friday Calls and on  Thurs 11th at  7.30pm -Sacred Heart Novena Intentions- Fri 12th at 7.30pm -Sacred Heart Novena Intentions – Sat 13th at  7.30pm  Mass for Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh (Months Mind) ;Sun 14th  at 10.00am – Sacred Heart Novena Intentions and 11.00am  Mass of Thanksgiving – Special Intention.

COPUS Christi feast on 14th June. Procession was a feature of this day.

FRANCISCAN FRIARY HOLY HOUR: Live on Facebook every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sunday from 11.15—12.15, Go to google, type Killarney Franciscan Friary Facebook and you can join in the holy hour.


Please note that there will be two boxes in the car park Moyvane (next to Easter Water point) for Novena Intentions – one for intentions that can be prayed for publically (not including names) and the other strictly private which will be at the Altar for each evening Mass.  Be assured that (Fr. Kevin)I am the only one that has access to these intentions.  Each evening after Mass both these boxes will be kept at my prayer space in the Presbytery.

Novena prayer leaflets can be picked up at Holly’s, Noel’s and at the porch Masses in preparation for Thursday.  May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved forever.

The Sacred Heart Novena consists of nine days of praying the Novena prayer and attending Eucharist.  These Masses will be celebrated at the porch door in Moyvane Church from 11th to the 19th.  Our YouTube Mass on the 14th is a Novena Mass.  For those of you who are unable to attend the following is the Novena prayer.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, source of every blessing, I adore you, I am sorry for my sins, I offer myself to you.  Make me humble, patient and kind.  Keep me close to you now and each day of my life.  Protect me from all danger, be with me in joy and in times of sorrow.  Give me health of mind and body and bless all that I do.  Grant that one day I will be with you in your heavenly home and enjoy the peace and love of your kingdom.  O most Sacred Heart of Jesus hear my prayer for (your Novena intention).  We place all our trust in you.  May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved forever.


MASS Duagh Monday—Friday @ 10.00am. on 106 FM.

ALL IRELAND ROSARY RALLY CONFERENCE: will be exclusively live on Radio Maria Ireland from

5.30pm on Saturday.  Saorview TV channel 210; Listen on, download the Radio Maria Ireland App to your smartphone or tablet,  listen through the Radio Maria Ireland Facebook Page or listen live by calling the landline number +353 1 4373 277.

FUNERALS from Fr. Kevin:  Very many thanks to grieving families who have been so helpful to me in celebrating Mass for their loved ones.  I appreciate too that the guards of honour from the Church gate to Brosnan’s Corner are proving supportive to families.  I still encourage you not to congregate in the car park but to keep social distancing in mind while in the guard of honour (2meters).   With regards to Parish Radio Link, these Masses are going out, but as we are not allowed to share microphones, readings and eulogies cannot be heard on Parish Radio Link, only to those present in the Church.

YOUNG PEOPLE: Cruinniú na nÓg , national day of free creativity on June 13th is a for children and young people. ‘Windows On Our Lives’ event is promoted by Kerry County Council.

Children can send their videos to: [email protected]

The video slideshow will feature online on the Kerry ETB website

GROW boxes; 1,000 of them are available free, register with to register your interest.

CYCLE Around the World in 80 days, Abbeyfeale cycling club are doing a charity cycle details on Facebook.

FARMERS have been under many pressures since the lockdown and nobody seen to appreciate the plight of many of them. Who knows what will happen between now and the coming of the Cuckoo next year, as he will be shortly leaving us. The birds are still singing early in the morning. We still appreciate the fine weather and the recent rain, will improve growth. With the country opening up the principal thing is not the distance, but how you act after leaving your car. The safest way is have your own food and drink, and use only recently cooked food. Outdoor music sessions and events could also be managed. As toilets are closed, people have to be prepared, not enough warning is being provided in the media about it.

EIRGRID – Given the current government restrictions EirGrid has taken the decision to extend the deadline for applications to the Kilpadogue-Moyvane-Knockanure Community Sponsorship Fund until the 3rd July 2020. Should you have any queries in relation to the fund or the application process, please contact: Catherine Scully at SECAD Partnership CLG either by phone (021 4613432) or email [email protected]

MACADAM surface is to be placed on the 40km Southern Greenway route, hopefully in time the Kerry section will get the same treatment, which would be a safe haven for locals and visitors.

ST PIO: The final Padre Pio Devotion for this season was held in Castleisland Church on Tuesday, June 2nd, they will return again on Sept. 1st.


LIFEGUARDS are on duty at Glin Pier on Saturdays & Sundays for the month of June 2020. Depending on the time of high tides each day, the lifeguards are on duty for a number of hours before and/or after high tide.

LIVES June 2020: Mask-clad protesters  gathered in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and smaller cities and towns across the country, drawing attention to racial profiling, police brutality and the more than 400 Indigenous people who have died in police custody since a royal commission into the problem was held in 1991.

NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART: The annual Novena to the Sacred will take place in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Western Road, Cork City from the 11th to 19th June.  Devotions daily at 10am and 7pm will be live streamed.  Just google ‘Missionaries of the Sacred Heart – Live stream’.

FAITH: Alpha Course using Zoom online – Explore Life and the Christian Faith. Video followed by relaxed and friendly discussion. Join us on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. starting on June 11th   Over 18’s only.  For registration email [email protected]    Follow us on facebook at Alpha Kerry,   Visit: for Alpha information.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre;

Due to Covid-19 and as a result of social distancing and other necessary Public health requirements the Diocese will not be running any programmes in Ardfert Retreat Centre for the foreseeable future.  In March the HSE looked at the Retreat Centre as a possibility if they needed extra bed capacity. Thank God they did not.

In mid-May the Diocese was approached by Talbot Grove, Castleisland asking if the Diocese would consider entering into a letting agreement of the Retreat Centre.  Due to social distancing requirements Talbot Grove has seen a significant reduction in its capacity to run its residential programmes and is looking for additional capacity to meet its needs.   The Diocese is looking at the possibility of entering into a short term letting arrangement with Talbot Grove for a term of one year commencing on July 1st next.

ACCORD: Over the  phone  counselling  for couples, individuals and Family members. Call 01 5313331 Monday to Friday between 9am and 8pm. ALONE: support line daily 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

CITIZENS INFORMATION: are open for phone and e-mail queries. Phone Kerry 0761 07 7860 or  email  [email protected]  10  am  to  4pm Monday to Friday.

HISTORY:  Trasna na Tíre facebook page are doing online lectures on history through Zoom. Well worth a look.

READINGS: Liturgical Readings for Sunday, 7th June, 2020-

TRALEE: 2020 Marks the celebration of 150 years since the Dedication of St. John’s Church. To mark this special occasion a special programme of events is being prepared.

Travel Ireland


KNOCK: Virtual Pilgrimages from Knock Shrine: Pilgrimages Masses are streamed live each Sunday at www.knockshrine, commencing with Rosary at 2.30 p.m. and Mass at 3.00 p.m.  Light a candle, place a petition or remember a loved one with a Mass Card.  See for more details of upcoming online pilgrimages and online services.

Kerryman 1904-current, Friday, June 24, 1988; Page: 18

Medieval Church of Knockanure

IT WAS sometime before the Norman Invasion 1169 A.D. that the Irish Church was re-organised and among the large number of parishes established, in the diocese of Ardfert (now Kerry) was Knockanure.  In those times it was spelt In Irish “Cnoc an, Iubhair” — the Hill of the Yew Tree. It included the Islandanny area as far as Purt.  According to Barrington in his book ”Discovering Kerry” Churches of this type seen in the old Knockanure graveyard were built mostly in the period 1350—1500. Traditionally it is believed that bullocks’ blood is used, in the mixing of mortar. Fr. Gaughan states that the Priests were appointed from Rattoo Abbey near Ballyduff. They were Augustinian Friars.

In his research he has come across three Friars who were appointed to Knockanure — Fr. Cormac O’Connor 1434, Fr. Kennelly and, Fr. Scanlon About 1580 trouble started for the Church in North Kerry. The Earl of Desmond with his allies, O’Connor of Carrigafoyle and Fitzmaurice of Lixnaw, rebelled against Queen Elizabeth I. The Irish were defeated and their castles taken. Rattoo Abbey was burnt and the Priests, dispersed, — many were killed.

It is probable that from, this time Knockanure fell into disuse and gradually became a ruin. The Churchyard high up on the green hill Inspired the local poet Paddy Drury to compose the following verse: Knockanure churchyard, May The Heavens well bless you, That lovely spot where the Dead do resort If you stand by its wall on A clear summer day You can see the ships sailing From many a port You can see Tarbert Isle and The hills back in Kerry The tide of Saleen as it rises and folk If you travel the nation for a burial plantation Sure Knockanure church is the pride of them all.

Gearoid Collins.




The Black Nurse Who Drove Integration of the U.S. Nurse Corps

In World War II, Mabel Keaton Staupers tirelessly fought for the integration of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps—and eventually won.


Three years later, in 1948, the ANA also integrated. Staupers became president of the NACGN in 1949. And after the two major victories, in the Armed Forces Nurse Corps and the ANA, she led NACGN in its voluntary dissolution, believing that it had fulfilled its objectives. Even though she recognized there was still much work to be done for true equality, “[t]he doors have been opened and [the black nurse] has been given a seat in the top councils,” she wrote upon NACGN’s dissolution. “The progress of active integration has been well started.”

For her work toward racial justice in the nursing profession, Staupers was awarded the Mary Mahoney Medal, named after the first black nurse to earn a degree in the U.S., by the NACGN for distinguished service in 1947. This was followed by the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor awarded by the NAACP, in 1951, for “spearheading the successful movement to integrate Negro nurses into American life as equals.”



Pilot, Volume 33, Number 27, 2 July 1870

May 27,1870,  at Knocknagorna, Athea, co. Limerick, Mrs. Mary Dalton, aged 86–1829—1950–en-20–1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-++athea+limerick——

Pilot, Volume 31, Number 14, 4 April 1868

March 8, 1868, at Kyle Athea, co. Limerick, Mr. John W. Ahern, aged 26 years.


On Sunday, Baron Deasy and Mr. Justice O’Hagan, taking advantage of the repeal last session of the enactment preventing Catholic officials from carrying the insignia of their office into Catholic chapels,  attended High Mass in the Limerick Catholic cathedral, the Judges wore their judicial costume, and the Catholic members of the corporation attended with them officially. The building was crowded, and the Catholic members of the Bar were present. The bishop, Dr. Butler, officiated.–1829—1950–en-20–1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-++athea+limerick——

LIMERICK. OF JAMES KELLY, a native of Athea, county Limerick; when last heard from was in New Jersey, in January, 1864. Any information will be thankfully received by Richard Slack, Delaware, Ohio. Address to John Delton, Mount Gillead, Ohio–1829—1950–en-20–1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-++athea+limerick——

Pilot, Volume 21, Number 42, 16 October 1858

QF JOHN ENRIGHT, a native of Athea when last heard from, in 1853, was in Cincinnati. Address his brother, Wm Enright Tunnel Hill, Pickers Dst, South Carolina.–1829—1950–en-20–1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-++athea+limerick——

Boston Pilot (1838-1857), Volume 17, Number 45, 11 November 1854

OF MATTHEW TOOMEY, of Athea, co Limerick, who landed in N York Nov ’5O, left in the same year for Michigan, and has not been heard from for 3 yrs. Information received by his brother John Toomey, Exeter, N H.–1829—1950–en-20–1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-++athea+limerick——


Local pictures and also some from around the country

Dance of Life Act 1

George Floyd had ‘violent criminal history’: Minneapolis police union chief

Mississippi Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers was fatally shot in his driveway in 1963. His killer wasn’t sentenced until 1994.


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Knockanure Notes – 04/06/2020

by Jer Kennelly

MASS on Sunday morning on at 10am on You Tube.
For YouTube connection search Church of the Assumption Moyvane & click on the stained glass
window. Very many thanks to Conor Hogan for his continual generosity and dedication in getting
the YouTube Masses out to so many weekly. Much appreciated Conor.
CHURCHES in the Diocese of Kerry have reopened since Wed. 20th May, for private prayer.
In Moyvane you can sit in your car and listen to mass, being said at the church doorway.
BEST WISHES to Fr. Brendan O’Callaghan who celebrates 60 years of Priesthood on June 5 th 2020.
Born at Knockanure on 16th September, 1936, all his siblings have predeceased him.
MASS ON TELEVISON – Parishioners if they wish can watch Mass daily on television, it is on the
channel R.T.E. News Now at 10.30am each morning. You can if you wish also stream Mass live from
various Churches in the Diocese of Kerry.
WEATHER is wonderful since the restrictions were imposed, pity, people are being prevented in
partaking in many outdoor activities, the rules were designed by university professors who have
little concept of the feelings of the ordinary Joe Soap. The Southern Trail is now open. Plants need
watering daily and farmers will soon experience drought conditions.
COVID 19 SUPPORT SERVICE FOR KERRY – Supporting Communities, Families and Individuals in this
time of need. KERRY FREEPHONE SERVICE –1800 807 009.
ALONE have a national support line for older persons. It is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8
p.m. Call 0818222024. Despite the number out of work, it is the rare individual who would
volunteer to foot turf and do other small jobs for people who would appreciate help.
DEATH has taken place of Patrick Enright of Ashgrove Meadows, Ballina, Co. Tipperary and formerly
of Tubbertureen, Moyvane. Patrick passed away on Thursday, May 21st, 2020. Husband of Anne and
Dad to Ciaran and Cora, granddad to Cian, Caoimhe and Cillian. Also survived by grandchildren,
daughter-in-law Yvonne, brothers Denis and Joe sisters Margaret and Mary, brother-in-law, sister-in-
law, nieces, nephews.
DEATH of Mike Joe Cronin, Mail Road Cross, Moyvane, on the 26th May, 2020, at University Hospital,
Kerry. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Eileen, daughter Aine and her partner Joe,
sister Noreen in UK, nephew Tim, grandnephew, and grandniece.
DEATH of Bibi Dillon (nee Enright) of Leitrim East, Moyvane, and formerly of Ballyhahill, on May
25th 2020. Wife of Patrick (Dromerin) and devoted mother of Adam, Patrick and Ava. Sadly missed
by her loving family, relatives, neighbours and dear friends.
DEATH has occurred recently of Kathleen Culhane (wife of Paud Culhane) Leitrim Middle &
DEATH aged 81 of Brendan Boyer at Las Vegas on May 28, 2020. Survived by his wife of 53 years,
Stella, his three children, Brendan Jr., Aisling, Clodagh, and his two grandchildren, Liam & Nora
Stella. Hundreds recall his visits to Ballybunion and other local venues.
It is reported that during the show band era there were about 700 bands involved.
ANNIVERSARIES: James Duggan, Eileen Healy, Eileen Goulding, Chris Moriarty, Ita Sweeney, Daniel F
Kennelly, Anne Dillon, Sr. Cornelius Holly, Dennis Collins, Tommy O’Hanlon, Willie Flaherty, Joan
McCarthy, Fr. William Scanlon, Mass; on Sat 30th at 7.30pm for James Duggan, Murhur; Sun 31st at
10.00am for Rubi McMahon, Washington DC & Nancy, Jack & Josie McMahon, Lisaniskea and the
11.00am Mass id for Parishioners. Mass on Mon 1st at 7.30pm for James O’Brien, Glenagragra, Glin;
Tues 2nd at7.30pm for Mary Morrissey, Cooraclare (Rec Dec); Wed 3rd at 7.30pm for Kathleen
Dore, New Houses; Thurs 4th at 7.30pm for Timothy & Julia O’Flaherty, Moher; Fri 5th at 7.30pm
Special Intention for Fr. Brendan O’Callaghan, Knockanure Celebrating 60 years of Priesthood; Sat
6th at 7.30pm for John Kearney, The Village & his parents Dan & Bridie, and Mass on Sun 7 th at
10.00am for Hughie Fitzmaurice, Leitrim Middle, and the 11.00am mass is for Fr. Michael Fleming,
former P.P. of Moyvane & and recently P.P of Killorglin (Rec Dec)

SYMPATHY To the Sheehan & O’Connor families in the parish on the death of Peg Sheehan (née
O’Connor) l/o Upper Aughrim who died in New York on Sunday 24th . Peg was wife of the late Tom
Sheehan, Kilbaha. Funeral and burial will take place in Westchester New York.
DAY OF PRAYER LIVE FROM CATHEDRAL: The Proposed Day of Prayer for the Parish Eucharistic
Adoration Groups has been postponed. In its place there will be a Holy Hour streamed from the
Cathedral on Thursday evening 04th June at 8.00p.m. streaming from Cathedral. Access the
streaming via the Cathedral website.
CONFIRMED 2020: It was a great blessing that our confirmation children this year received the
sacrament on Tuesday 25th February. A beautiful celebration it was from both schools and all
families involved. This Pentecost day please pray for those young hearts that received the Holy
Spirit, long life and happiness to them. They are as follows: Murhur N.S Katelyn Casey, Cian
Fitzgerald, David Hunt, Darragh Scanlon, Caoimhe O’Connor, Meave Ahern, David Brassil, Muiris
Kearney, James Kissane, Seán Scanlon, Abbie O’Sullivan, Joshua Nestor, Donnacha O’Connor, Aoife
Scanlon, Rebecca Roche, Mikala Mulvihill, Eamonn Bowler, Kiegan Moloney, Conor Mulvihill. Scoil
Chorp Chríost: Blathnaid Keane, Grace Barrett, Hazel Barrett, Jack Buckley, Brona O’Connor, Chloe
Moore, Chloe Kennelly, Chloe Walsh, Tommy Clancy, Rachel O’Connor.
TAIZE Prayer around the Cross at St John’s Tralee church on Sundays at 7pm on line.
FR. BRENDAN O’CALLAGHAN (Taken from Moyvane Knockanure parish Newsletter)
This coming Friday, June 5th, Knockanure native Fr. Brendan celebrates 60 years of Priesthood. Born
on 16th September, 1936, Fr. Brendan, is a man of great passion, humanity and vitality. His many
activities over the years aptly demonstrate this in what has been a beautiful Priesthood. However, if
one examines these, one cannot help but notice that they are all still driven by one underlying
passion – the tremendous desire to spread the Good News in building up the Kingdom of God.
Limited as we are in these times with all special celebrations I will celebrate the porch Mass from
Moyvane Church on Anniversary day June 5th at 7.30pm. Fr. Brendan will be in his ‘famous blue car’
and his great pal also Knockanure native Fr. Tom McMahon, will be present in his own car too.
Family were and still are so important to Fr. Brendan. He is the last of his family, all others have
gone before him marked with the sign of faith. In his own words he gives us a glimpse of his parents
and family, how his vocation started Fr. Brendan as a Priest’s and where it took him to. Fr.
Brendan shares the following: “I owe everything to a loving family who had a great sense of parish
and community. My father Pádraig RIP (from Dingle) came to Knockanure as head teacher and
married local girl Bessie Cronin RIP. My brothers Austin (RIP, January 1982) died while serving as a
curate in the Parish of Lixnaw, Tony (RIP, September 2006) taught in Moyvane before being moved
to Listowel. My sister Mairead (RIP, January 2014) taught in Knockanure before she moved to
Clarinbridge, Galway. I was ordained on 5th June, 1960 and retired in 2003. I remember vividly Fr.
James Leahy (RIP), first of many priests from Knockanure school challenged me (at half time of a
football match in Listowel sports field) “Brendan we need priests in Nottingham”. There began the
journey we are celebrating, joining with neighbour and fellow parishioner Fr. Tom McMahon serving
in the Nottingham Diocese. By the 29th June that year, I was at St. Peter’s, Leicester, hence my
loyalty to ‘The Blues’ Leicester City Football Club and Leicester Tigers Rugby Club”. We all wish Fr.
Brendan continued good health and blessings, ad multos annos.
TOGETHER WE CAN……… (From Parish Newsletter)
Since mid-March, I have, to the best of my ability, tried to maintain spiritual and pastoral support for
all in the Parish and beyond. As we head to July 20th, the Parish Pastoral Council and myself will
need a support team of parishioners (ideally with suitable expertise …….medical, health & safety,
project management, crowd control etc) who would help us implement Diocesan guidelines. We
need generous parishioners who have personal skills to serve as stewards and who are willing to
supervise the sanitizing of seating areas etc to the required standard. A whole parish effort could
have the benefit of making it successful and easy to adapt to the new norm. While we enter a new
era, it might be more effective in terms of facilitating numbers and maintaining hygiene to celebrate
Mass initially in Moyvane Church. Depending on how we progress there then we can judge how safe

it would be to take it to Knockanure. Outdoor Liturgical celebrations may be contemplated subject
to adjustment in Government restrictions. Delightful news that Holy Communion will be distributed
and I am delighted that the perspex frames that I had made last week complies with the distribution
of Holy Communion – with an opening at hand level. I would urge any parishioners who can help
out to contact me by phone on 49308 or email [email protected] or engage with your
nearest Pastoral Council member who are as follows: Michelle Mulvihill, Mary O’Flaherty, Elizabeth
Brosnan, Mary Fitzgerald, Margaret Horgan, P.J. Mulvihill, Joanne O’Connor, Kay O’Hanlon and
Eileen Roche. Depending on the plans we put in place will determine how we move forward. So
let’s engage and prepare for the 20th. We can do it – and if we do the Parish will continue to be a
delight and inspiration to its parishioners who deserve the best. May God bless, protect and
motivate all of us in helping and looking out for each other. Stay safe, strong and well.
GERMS: According to the Robert Koch Institute, 400,000 to 600,000 infections with hospital germs
occur in Germany every year – about 10,000 to 20,000 people die from them.
FULL Moon on June 5 th .
FARMERS: Teagasc has set up a telephone helpline to assist farmers with questions concerning the
current Covid -19 virus. It will offer advice on a range of issues that the farming community face, as
they continue to do their essential work in maintaining the food supply around the farmyard. The
number is 076 111 3533, it is open from 9-30am to 12-30pm, and from 2pm to 5pm, Monday to
CULTURE Night has grown from a relatively small-scale cultural event, staged only in Dublin in 2006,
to the significant national cultural event it is now, with some 400,000 people visiting museums,
galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. Was due to be held
on Friday 18th September 2020. More at
140 FILMS:
GLIN Pier: Welcome the summer season. There are lifeguards on duty for all the weekends in June,
and on duty from 1st July for the duration of the summer.
Glin Triathlon 2020, the final triathlon of the season. Saturday 12th September 2020. Register now
ENGLISH PUB last week; There were gentle conversations taking place outside a pub which was open
last night – customers buy their beer in plastic cups and take them a little way away into their small
groups and smile at each other in the sunshine.
EIRGRID – Given the current government restrictions EirGrid has taken the decision to extend the
deadline for applications to the Kilpadogue-Moyvane-Knockanure Community Sponsorship Fund
until the 3rd July 2020. Should you have any queries in relation to the fund or the application
process, please contact: Catherine Scully at SECAD Partnership CLG either by phone (021 4613432)
or email [email protected]
INFORMATION: Phone Kerry 0761 07 7860 or email [email protected] 10 am to 4pm Monday to
EVENTS: Sad that the 2020 Limerick Fleadh in Athea was concealed, it would have been Athea’s
tenth occasion hosting the Limerick Fleadh Cheoil, having hosted the event in 1975, 1976, 1983,
1984, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002 and 2019.
Monday, 25th May, the second anniversary of the lifting of the 8th amendment that allowed
abortion in Ireland. Writers Week and Queen of the May event in Knockanure also cancelled.
Every year on the weekend of Pentecost Sunday the Chartres Pilgrimage takes place in France, with
pilgrims marching from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to the Cathedral of Chartres, over sixty miles
away. Last year fourteen-thousand pilgrims came from all over the world to take part. This year
because of the epidemic the pilgrimage had to be cancelled.

(JTA) — Sweden’s only Jewish overnight camp has reversed its decision to close this summer.
Camp in Maine; Modin’s list of measures include holding campwide gatherings in large open areas,
where groups of campers can socially distance; serving meals table by table rather than having
campers line up at a buffet; using only disposable plates and silverware; and closing communal
bathrooms. Staff will be tested before they arrive and will be at camp “well in advance of the
campers,” according to the email to parents.
GRAND PARENTS: “Children are practically not infected and do not pass on the virus. And most
children are infected by their parents. That is why small children pose no risk to high-risk patients or
grandparents. So, it is legitimate that grandparents have physical contact with younger children. If
the children get older, for example, from the age of 10, the risk increases, then this contact is no
longer desirable,” Dr. Koch, head of the infectious diseases unit at the Federal Department of Public
Health (FOPH), said.
KERRY COUNTY BOARD WEBSITE: Runaí – Karen Trench, CCÉ Ballydonoghue/Lisselton, see their
facebook page for Irish Music.
FAITH: Alpha Course using Zoom online – Explore life and the Christian Faith. Video followed by
relaxed and friendly discussion. Join us on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. starting on June 11th Over 18’s
only. For registration email [email protected] Follow us on facebook at Alpha Kerry,
Visit: for Alpha information.
ACCORD Over the phone counselling for couples, individuals and Family members. Call 01 5313331
Monday to Friday between 9am and 8pm.
VIRUS Panic Means More Virus Deaths
It isn’t overconfidence that’s killing Americans, as The Atlantic charged in its story about a red state
re-opening: “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice.” No, the panic is what’s killing the thousands
of elderly Americans trapped in nursing homes, without visitors, clergy, or even Last Rites at their
lonely deaths. Because according to the Courier Times, what drove blue state governors to dump
virus patients at nursing homes was fear.

Are These Blue-State Governors Just Pro-Virus?

Akron, OH – To help alleviate the pressures America’s food banks are facing to supply meals to
communities impacted by COVID-19, Roll by Goodyear, a tire buying and installation provider in the
greater Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., markets, will donate the cost equivalency of 100 meals
to Feeding America for every tire sold.
BIRTHDAY: people who have reached their 100th birthday receive a gift from the State of €2,540 and
a special message from the President of Ireland. Last year there were 417 100th birthdays of whom
176 were living abroad. The payment was begun in 1940 by President Douglas Hyde.
MARS: As part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, the Mars July 2020 rover, named Perseverance,
will explore the Martian surface and seek to answer questions about the potential of ancient life on
Mars. The rover will also gather information and test new technology that will help address the
challenges of future human missions to Mars.
SPACEX is scheduled in June to launch the 8th mission of the constellation of networked satellites
known as Starlink. The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide internet services
to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the
Los Angeles Herald, Volume XLIV, Number 4, 6 November 1918
WATERTOWN, Nov. 6. His heroic work during the Spanish influenza epidemic which is raging here
has saved Charles W. Tallman, a Cleveland, Ohio, nurse, from serving a forgery term in the Jefferson
county jail. Tallman was arrested and indicted on the charge of forgery by drawing a check here on
the Cleveland City Trust Co. of Cleveland. He passed the bogus paper on W. B. Reed, proprietor of

the City hotel here, and the paper came back marked “N. G.” Tallm. in pleaded guilty to the charge,
declaring he was intoxicated at the time. Praise for the prisoner from District Attorney Jerome B.
Cooper and Sheriff Michael Gleason resulted in a suspended sentence being imposed by Judge
George W, Reeve. They told the court that Tallman, a trained nurse, took charge of the Influenza
epidemic here when it was impossible to secure physicians and that he worked day and night among
the victims, declining to leave his patients until the crisis was over, although he risked his own health
and life by so doing.—–1922–en–20–1–txt-txIN-

San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram, Number 196, 19 October 1918
WHAT TO DO FOR THE “FLU" State Board of Health Says Epidemic Will Last Another Month; It Came
From Persons Afflicted Taken From Train at Railroad Gateways; How to Avoid Contagion, How to
Care For Those Who Have It; How to Recognize Disease in Yourself.
Nearly a third of all the cases of Spanish influenza in California are in , San Francisco, Oakland and
Los Angeles, these cities having a combined population equal to almost one-half of the population
of the entire state. The flu first appeared in California in some of the railroad centres close to the
railroad gateways at the state border. In almost every case the disease was traced at these points to
persons who were sick with influenza and were taken off the trains in these towns where so many
cases were later reported. State Board of Health says the epidemic will continue for at least a
month. The closing of the public schools is a measure that the State Board of Health does not favour,
provided that the pupils are inspected daily by teacher or nurse, those who show signs of illness
being immediately sent home. The State Board of Health has not issued any general order or made
any drastic moves in prohibiting public meetings or In closing places of amusement. The board
believes that it is much better to supply citizens with full information as to the ways in which the
disease may be contracted and in the best method of avoiding the disease. To avoid influenza, the
State Board of Health advises workers to walk to work, if possible; avoid the person who coughs or
sneezes; wash your hands before eating; make full use of all available sunshine. Do not use a
common drinking cup or a common towel, they both spread disease. Should you cough or sneeze,
cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief. Keep out of crowded places; walk in the open air
rather than go to crowded places of amusement. Keep away from houses where there are cases of
influenza. If sick no matter how slightly, see a physician. If you had influenza, stay in bed until your
doctor says you can safely get up. Sleep is necessary for wellbeing. Avoid over-exertion. Eat good
clean food. To householders- The board advises keeping out of the sick room unless attendance Is
necessary. Do not handle articles coming from the sick room until they are boiled. Allow no visitors,
and do not go visiting. Call a doctor for all inmates who show signs of beginning sickness. The usual
symptoms are: Inflamed and watery eyes, discharging nose, backache, headache, muscular pain, and
fever. Keep away from crowded places, such as “movies,” theatres, street cars. See to it that your
children are kept warm and dry, both night and day. Have sufficient fire in your home to disperse the
dampness. Open your windows at night. If cool weather prevails, add extra bed clothing. If you feel a
sudden chill, followed by muscular pain, head-ache, backache, unusual tiredness and fever, go to
bed at once. See that there is enough bed clothing to keep you warm. Open all windows in your
bedroom and keep them open at all times, except in rainy weather. Take medicine to open the
bowels freely. Take some nourishing food such as milk, egg-and-milk or broth every four hours. Stay
in bed until a physician tells you that it is safe to get up.—–1922–en–20–1–txt-txIN-
Riverside Daily Press, Volume XXXIII, Number 301, 19 December 1918

Home from Chicago Where Spanish Influenza Was Discussed in American Health Convention—Mask
and Quarantine Approved.
When the Riverside board of health introduced the mask, closed its doors against assemblies and
established the quarantine in its combat with Spanish influenza, it adopted the most approved
methods in the battle against the epidemic. Only in one place did the board fail and that was in
nurse supervision of the schools. This however, was no fault of the board of health, which matter
being up to the board of education.
Dr. H. R. Martin is home from the American Health convention in Chicago and he is responsible for
the statement made above, basing his claims on the papers and discussions of influenza, and the
most effective manner in combating it.—–1922–en–20–1–txt-txIN-
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