Knockanure Notes

Knockanure Notes-11/05/2021

By Jer Kennelly

BACK IN CHURCH WITH A CONGREGATION from Moyvane Knockanure newsletter;

It’s good to be back with a congregation at Masses from this Monday 10th.   I am weary with all the restrictions but I respect them.  I encourage all of you to do likewise.  Returning we will still have social distancing and will be guided by our volunteer stewards.  It’s important that you listen to them and be guided by them.  If that procedure upsets or annoys you then it would be advisable to wait a little longer when there will be further lifting of restrictions.  Despite the lethal danger of Covid-19 and its remarkable transmission capacities (just look at India these days),  it is extraordinary that some Christians have failed to convince our society that we take our social obligations seriously.  That we treasure the old and the vulnerable, that we believe that health is a holy thing, and that we know that death is sad and tragic.  Practically all of you have been great and so supportive of all that is demanded of us during this difficult time.  Let’s keep this big effort going as we reopen on Monday.  I ask you to keep the following in mind: All Masses from 10th listed will have a congregation. For now weekday Masses are in Moyvane only. Weekend Masses – Vigil at 7.30pm Saturday (Moyvane) and  Sunday 9.30am (Knockanure) and 11am (Moyvane) Stewards will guide you to your seat and will lead you out after Mass. Masks will have to be worn and social distancing maintained. No gathering around Exits or Entrances. No congregating in the Car Parks after Mass.

Any Mass you attend will fulfil your Sunday obligation. Baptisms can go ahead with just the immediate family – contact the Parish Office. Thanking you in advance for your support and understanding.  May God continue to keep us all safe and well.

PADRE PIO:   May Devotions Castleisland Church on Tuesday, May 18 at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by stroke victim Tom Harrington from Crotta. Tom has had to re-jig a massively busy life/work schedule and manage a new pathway. A story laced with hope and positivity.

CHURCH Concert is due to be held in Moyvane in the Autumn.

BOOK LAUNCH- Rhyming History: The Irish War of Independence and the Ballads of Atrocity in the Valley of Knockanure by Gabriel Fitzmaurice will be launched in Seanchaí, the Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. Everybody is welcome to this historic launch which commemorates the centenary of the tragic events in Knockanure in April and May 1921.

TALK: On May 12th 1921, a troop of Black and Tans were travelling out from Listowel towards Athea when they arrested four young unarmed men in Gortaglanna. Prior to this the barracks in Listowel had been burnt out. In this lecture, local historian Martin Moore, examines the background to this event, the profiles of those who lost their lives and looks at further dimensions of the Gortaglanna deaths. See writers museum on facebook for lecture.

Sir Arthur Vicars, was killed by the IRA on April 14th, 1921 at Kilmorna and the Great House burned to the ground.

SCOIL CHORP CHRÍOST KNOCKANURE:  have launched a major fundraiser. We need to extend our playground area; our outdoor space is limited.  The school field is often too wet to play on and we are hoping to upgrade to an Astroturf surface this summer.  We need to raise €15,000.  Due to covid, we cannot have any fundraising activities.  We have organised a GoFundMe page, accessible via the School Facebook page.  We also need the support of our community.  We need your support. Contributions can be made via the GoFundMe page or by cash or cheque.  You can contact the school on 068-49130 if you require further information. Thank you in advance. Mrs. Julienne Donegan, Principal.

DEATH of John (Jackie) McMahon, Lisaniskea, Kilmorna, Listowel, on May 5th, 2021. Predeceased by his son Padraig and his sister Josie. Survived by his wife Lillie, sons Sean, Tom and Matthew, daughters Eibhlis and Áine, grandchildren Rachel, Sarah, Patriz, Jade, Padraig, Alice, Grace and Emily, brothers Fr. Tom and Matt, sisters Sr. Mary, Peggy, Teresa and Angela, daughters-in-law Brenda and Alex, sons-in-law Kieran and Pat, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, and extended family

Requiem Mass being celebrated in Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure, on Monday at 12 noon, live-streamed on, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATH has taken place of Assumpta Mahony (née Flavin), Coolaclarig, Listowel on May 4th, 2021.

Predeceased by her parents Martin and Annie and her brother Denis. Survived by her husband Michael, sons Sean and Kieran, grandchildren Chloe and Anna, brother Frank, sisters Joan and Louise, daughters-in-law Deborah and Elaine, brothers-in-law James, Larry and Tom, sisters-in-law Mai, Bridie and Kathy, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH has occurred of Noreen Horgan (née Mulvihill) Upper Athea, Athea, on 1st May, 2021. Predeceased by her husband Sean, brothers Maurice, Michael and Paudie, sisters Mary, Sheila and Bridie. Noreen will be sadly missed by her sons Denis (London) Patrick (London), John (Athea), Kevin (Athea), grandchildren Claire, Padraig, Mark, Nicola, Eoin, Daire, Fainche, Michael and Eleanor, great-grandchildren Mason & Shay, sister Joan, daughters in law, Eileen, Margaret, Yvonne and Draganna, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Dowling, Darragh Langan, Nora Walsh, Bridget Beaton, Jeremiah Murphy, Joe Faley, Paud Culhane, Tom Sullivan, Molly White, Dillon Boyer, Mick O’Brien, Sean Ahern, Ellen Stack, Tom Stack, Michael Anthony Ahern, Eileen Keogh, Anne Prendiville, Patsy Horan, Fr. Roger Dugan, Jer Scannell, Sr. James Kennelly, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Francis Brosnan, Tom Quinlan, Peter McGrath, Mass Moyvane;  Sat 8th at 7.30pm for Sinead Halkett, Listowel (Anni); Sun 9th at  11.00am for Siobhán Shanahan (née Brosnan), Adare & Ballybunion (Rec Dec); Mon 10th at 7.30pm for Deceased of the Doran family, Asdee; Tues 11th at 7.30pm for Mary Barry, Tralee (Rec Dec); Wed 12th at  7.30pm for Michael Buckley, New York & l/o Banaraha (Months Mind); Thurs 13th at 7.30pm for Michael O’Brien, Ardfert (RIP); Fri 14th at  7.30pm for         Peggy Williams, Ballydonoghue (1st Anni); Sat 15th at 7.30pm for David Foley, Kilbaha (Anni) & deceased of the Foley & O’Connor families, and Mass on Sun 16th at 11.00am for Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh (1st Anni).

Mass Knockanure on Sun 9th at 9.30am for Mary Rose Kennelly & Norah Kelly (née Kennelly), Gortdromagouna, and mass on Sun 16th at 9.30am for Noreen & Pat Sweeney, Knockanure (Anni).

ROSARY Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm on the Radio 99.9fm.

YOUNG People: Cruinniú na nÓg, day of creativity for children and young people, on June 12th and Kerry County Council’s arts office are in charge, events that are being organised through the arts office can be viewed on the Cruinniú na nÓg  website

GAA: Club footballers playing competitive games on the weekend of June 12 and 13 with the county leagues to begin.

BEST Wishes to Kitty Flynn, Flynn’s Restaurant, Main St. Abbeyfeale who celebrated her 101st birthday recently.

CON GREANEY programme broadcast on West Limerick 102 fm on Saint Patrick’s Day, you can still  hear it on podcast, on the West Limerick 102 fm radio Facebook platform.


The months of April and May, 1921 saw a lot of bloodshed in the Parish of Moyvane-Knockanure.  This was, of course, during the Irish War of Independence.  On Thursday, April 7, Mick Galvin, an IRA volunteer, was killed by British forces during an ambush at Kilmorna in Knockanure.  On Thursday, April 14, 1921, Kilmorna House was raided by the local IRA.  Kilmorna house was burned and Sir Arthur Vicars was shot.  Then on May 12, Crown forces shot dead three unarmed members of the Flying Column, Paddy Dalton, Paddy Walsh and Jerry Lyons at Gortaglanna.  Their comrade and fellow member of the Column, Con Dee made a miraculous escape from the scene.  On Thursday May 26, Jack Sheehan was shot in Moinvionlach bog as he attempted to escape capture by the Crown forces.  To commemorate these events, the North Kerry Republican Soldiers Memorial Committee are asking that each household light a candle on Wednesday, May 12, the centenary of the Gortaglanna tragedy, at 9pm.  Fr. Kevin has very generously sponsored commemorative candles which can be collected by parishioners at all Masses this weekend.                      

GABRIEL’S BOOK LAUNCH- Gabriel Fitzmaurice

With freedom now to gather, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, Gabriel Fitzmaurice will launch his latest book – ‘Rhyming History:  The Irish War of Independence and the Ballads of Atrocity in the Valley of Knockanure’ in the Seanchaí, the Kerry Writer’s Museum on Saturday 15th May at 2pm.  Feel free to join this historic launch which commemorates the centenary of the very tragic and sad events in Knockanure which occurred one hundred years ago this month.

STORYTELLING;  Kerry Writers’ Museum storytelling workshops take place on May 7th, 14th and 21st from 10 am to 12 noon.  Each workshop is a standalone event. This Bealtaine Hero event is organised in partnership with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. To register for the workshops email:

May 13th 2019 Gabriel Fitzmaurice was with the Sliabh Luachra Active retired Network Choir. Kerry Writers  Museum in Listowel had Bealtaine Writer’s Residency from May 1st to 24th.

POETRY: Matt Mooney latest collection of poetry, Steering by the Stars was launched online through the Limerick Writers Centre recently. It is Matt’s fifth collection of poetry.

LOCAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE:  Are you interested in developing or expanding your social enterprise? Have you an innovative approach to addressing community needs? ‘Cooperating to Succeed’ is an imaginative yet practical programme designed to support social entrepreneurs, providing a year-long training and support package, tailored to your current needs. For further information please contact or 069 66294.

LOAN: A New Brexit Loan Scheme is to be launched in the coming weeks, according to the government.

FEAST of Our Lady of Fatima is celebrated on Thursday 13th May.  On this day in 1917 Our Lady appeared to the three children in Portugal.  She asked them to pray for sinners and an end to the Great War.  Thursday is also the fortieth day after Easter, the day Jesus ascended to heaven.

COLLEGE: Kerry College have over 100 full time courses, Tralee at Monavalley, Clash Road and Denny Street, Killorglin, Listowel and Killarney. Sign up for all courses online:  Contact the Admissions Office on 066-71 4 96 96 or

COVID-19, May 3 2021; a total of 250,290 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, and a total of 4,906 Covid-19 related deaths.

STORY of Maighread McGrath and her life is recalled in a recent edition of the Weekly Observer, her father Dr. McGrath is still recalled in the locality, his inventive way of controlling nerve pain, is recalled.

KNOCK: Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam has welcomed the inclusion of Knock, the international Marian Shrine, as one of thirty shrines around the world invited by Pope Francis to be part of his marathon of prayer during May for the end to the pandemic.

FOSTERING First agency working in partnership with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency in Ireland. Founded in May 2005, call 01-4171944.

JOHN’S YOUTH AMBASSADORS We  are  currently  exploring the  possibility  of  recruiting young people aged between 16 –18 years who would like to volunteer some of their time over the Summer months to work as “Youth Ambassadors” leading guided tours of St John’s Church, welcoming visitors and also taking families on guided walks through the Town Park. This programme will involve a week of training mid-June (compulsory) and then the work part in July/August (Flexible to suit your availability). If you are interested to apply please e-mail for an application form.

DENTIST; “Fewer than 800 of the country’s 2,500 general practice dentists were actively treating medical card patients last month as record numbers of dentists abandoned the DTSS scheme following unprecedented funding cuts,” according to press reports.

DESMOND castle grounds are now open daily from 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.15pm). Please keep an eye on the FB page for more.

MUSEUMS Day is usually celebrated on 18th May, ICOM, have input into 37,000 institutions in 158 countries.

ICMSA has launched the first ‘interactive’ monthly milk price comparison tool that allows dairy farmers to input their individual milk volumes, constituents and quality results and see – at the touch of a button – what they would have been paid for the same supply by every other milk processor in Ireland. Milk production in Ireland rose 50% since the removal of milk quotas in 2015.

Exports rose by 62% (€2bn), but farm incomes have remained static.

ORGANIC: Minister Hackett has said the response to the Organic Farming Scheme was “strong” and that if all 317 of those who applied are eligible and go ahead and convert, there will be an increase of more than 20% in the number of farmers who will farm organically in Ireland under the scheme.

KWD County Cleanup, takes place from May 22nd to 30th

NIARON LTD:  ESB Jointing works continues in the same locations, Moyvane North (in front of Keane’s) and  just outside Moyvane village in the direction of Tarbert.

FOOD AWARDS: Blas na hEireann 2021, entry closing date 28th May.

OPW are to open 97 sites from now on under present regulations.

CROSS Border travel is permitted, even though North and South have different vaccine coverage and also have more liberty in North. The government are doing things that are politically correct, but endangering many of their voters.

MAY DAY: Canon MacEwan (1908 – 1991) was born in Glasgow. You can hear Canon MacEwan’s May Day hymn: composed by a Mary E. Walsh who was a pupil of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

ANGELUS: Kilmallock Mart featured in new video for the Angelus, which is due to be aired on RTE One at 6pm.

MASS: 9th of May 2021 Readings & Mass,

MALARIA kills over 400,000 children every year, Vaccine developed by scientists at Jenner Institute, Oxford, shows up to 77% efficacy in Burkina Faso trial.

NEW Moon on 11th of May.

DEATH:  Peter Matson set up Scanglo 53 years ago, later became Myson, known as Rettig in 2000.

Peter died recently in Florida, aged 81 years.

BUSINESSWOMEN; THE 22 finalists of the Network Ireland Limerick businesswoman of the year, online awards evening for them is on May 19.

NAHB found that rising timber costs have added $35,872 to the average price of a new home in the U.S.

WIND: The big companies that dominate the wind turbine manufacturing and installation sector are Vestas is Danish, Siemens Gamesa is Spanish and GE Renewable Energy is headquartered in Paris. Enercon, Nordex and Senvion are all German.

CHEESE Plant; The Belview plant had been approved for planning permission by Kilkenny County Council in November 2019. Following an appeal by An Taisce against that decision, An Bord Pleanála granted final permission on June 30, 2020. An Taisce then sought a Judicial Review of that decision.


HTEPII project is located within the Santa Marta North Atlantic Maritime Project, an inclusive partnership of the police, clergy, state and civil society in Ireland, England, Scotland, Spain and Portugal. Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC, said: “I am delighted that MIC has an association with the Santa Marta Group. Together, we are engaged in a quest for social justice, responding to the call of Pope Francis to the world to confront the causes of the scourge of human trafficking so that victims are protected, and an end put to this appalling form of exploitation.”


PRISON: The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas is a charitable organisation, which was established by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in 1985. The ICPO works on behalf of Irish prisoners overseas to provide information and support to these prisoners and their families. No Irish prisoner was transferred into the State from an overseas prison for the fourth year in a row.

DAWN Chorus 4 May 2021; Filename- Dawn Chorus 4 May 2021.mp4.

BISHOP Brendan Leahy of Limerick has welcomed the resumption of public worship, but has urged caution against “COVID complacency”. He also asked the public to think of the people of India as COVID sweeps with devastating consequences through their nation and to engage in a “marathon of prayer” that COVID passes. Bishop Leahy said, “The resumption of public ceremonies in churches from 10 May onwards is deeply satisfying in so many ways.”

POPE Francis said that he is praying for the people of India as they face a devastating coronavirus outbreak. In a message dated May 6 to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, the pope expressed his “heartfelt solidarity” with the country’s 1.3 billion population.

VACCINES: “We are exporting 200 million doses to the wider world and we have distributed 200 million vaccines to Europeans, the rollout is forging ahead,”  Ms McGuinness said.

GAA Athea- Be a Hero, Run with us to Z€RO! Athea to Croke Park Sponsored Walk

To kick start these efforts, a 260km Athea to Croker Sponsored walk is being organised to take place over the weekend May 14th – May 16th. Everyone is invited to join us in completing a sponsored 5km walk/run around our ‘Walk & Talk Track’ (7 Laps) at an allocated time. Donations will be gratefully accepted online through gofundme –… please contact 083 1400293 by Wednesday May 12th.

North Kerry GAA, County League may begin on 13th June.


NANO Angle held their 2021 Virtual Punchestown Racing Festival Preview Night in Christy’s Bar on  26th April. We would like to thank Christy Walsh of Christy’s Bar for hosting the event, Pat Healy who done a fantastic job as MC and John C O’ Shea who was on camera. More at


CREATE your own Nature Journal for Biodiversity Week 11.30am Friday 21st May 2021

To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021 Kerry Artist in Residence Lisa Fingleton will host a special workshop for schools (for children aged7+) on how to create a nature journal.

More details and to register (


CHANGE: There’s no shortage of information out there on how to change — how to lose weight, exercise more, curb your anger, quit smoking, and every other kind of habit someone might want to pick up or drop. But despite this avalanche of information, you’re probably struggling to change just as much as you ever did. What you need is an actual strategy — to identify what particular barrier is keeping you from a particular goal, and a specific solution to that specific roadblock.

ENGLAND; 70 years since the Festival of Britain – a national showcase of Britain’s best art, design, science and invention. London’s South Bank site was the beating heart of the festival – home to the Dome of Discovery and Royal Festival Hall – where scientific discovery, architecture and art were displayed to millions of visitors.

1918 ELECTION; By Peter Keeling / History Today

May 5, 2021

This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at History Today.

This May, English, Scottish and Welsh voters go to the polls in the first U.K. elections held during a pandemic since 1918. That year, amid an influenza epidemic which claimed the lives of tens of millions globally, David Lloyd George led his coalition government to a crushing victory in mainland Britain, while Sinn Féin swept the board in what was soon to become the Irish Free State.


DICTATORS: The Roman dictator was one of the earliest and most famous examples of state-sanctioned emergency powers. When the Republic had a specific problem, such as defeating an approaching enemy army, the Senate would appoint dictators with wide-sweeping powers, including complete control of the military. There were limits. The Senate retained control over the budget, and dictators faced both a six-month time-period and heavy social pressure to finish the task. They had to retire as soon as possible. Remarkably, the role was rarely abused. Over 300 years, the Roman dictators were appointed 95 times. Yet its misuse marked the descent from Republic into Empire.


Vatican Conference 2021: Anthony Fauci, Deepak Chopra Headline First Day

The Vatican health conference also features the CEOs of large pharmaceutical companies, including Moderna and Pfizer, along with celebrities active in medical philanthropy, global health advocates, policymakers, physicians, and religious leaders.

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Knockanure Notes-04/05/2021

By Jer Kennelly

MASS on Assumption Radio 99.9fm from Moyvane Church daily.

Public worship would be allowed to resume on Monday, 10th May 2021, with up to 50 people allowed to be present.

MARTS: Buyers may return to marts, while adhering to public guidelines, from Monday, May 17.

FUNDRAISER: Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure:  have launched a major fundraiser. We need to extend our playground area; our outdoor space is limited.  The school field is often too wet to play on and we are hoping to upgrade to an Astroturf surface this summer.  We need to raise €15,000.  Due to covid, we cannot have any fundraising activities.  We have organised a GoFundMe page, accessible via the School Facebook page.  We also need the support of our community.  We need your support. Contributions can be made via the GoFundMe page or by cash or cheque.  You can contact the school on 068-49130 if you require further information. Thank you in advance.

ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER – The feast, instituted by Pope Pius X11 in 1955, proposes the example and intercession of St. Joseph as worker and patron of workers. It remembers the dignity of human labour.

LISTOWEL – St. Padre Pio & 1st Friday Evening Mass at 6.45pm.

MASS on RTE News Channel TV on Thursday May  6th, at 10.30  am  will  be from  St. John’s Church, Tralee.

DEATH has taken place of Pat (Paddy) Joseph O’Carroll, Cricklewood, London and late of Gurtdromagouna, Knockanure, on April 18th, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his parents Francis and Mary and his brother Jerry. Survived by his wife Anne, children Pamela, Miranda and Francis, grandchildren Sami, Saskia, Emily, Annabel, Paddy, Eliza, Delia, Riley and Maybelle, sisters Mary and Margaret, daughter-in-law Caroline, son-in-law Doug, sister-in-law Maureen, brother-in-law Ted, nephews, and nieces.

The Requiem Mass was celebrated in Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure, on Saturday May 1st live-streamed on, with burial afterwards Family grave in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.

DEATH has occurred of Patrick Dalton of Gortnagross & Knocknagorna, Athea on 26th April 2021. Predeceased by his father Willie Joe & brother John. Survived by his wife Mary, son Joseph & daughter Marina, mother Peggy, brother Liam (Ardfert), sister Marie (Mulvihill – Moyvane), brothers-in-law Brendan, Seán, Tom, Cyril & Thomas, sisters-in-law Joan, Delia, Mary & Kathleen, nephews, and nieces. Requiem Mass in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Saturday (1st May), burial immediately after in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea.

The Mass live-streamed on

DEATH of Conor King (Douglas) On April 24th 2021, following an accident Conor, son of Maura (nee Duffy) and Eamonn, brother of Áine grandson of Dinny, Elma, Alphonsus and the late Kathleen. Sadly missed by his family, aunts Leona and Denise, Uncles Des, Brian and Stephen and their families, relatives. He was Grandnephew of Eddie Stack, Moyvane.

DEATH occurred of Sister Bridget Windle on 17th April 2021, born 1920 at Upper Aughrim. Sr. Bridget died at Queen of Peace Nursing Care Rathgar, sadly missed by her Community at Notre Dame Convent, Churchtown; the worldwide Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions; her niece Kathleen, John Chris Cunningham and family, Glin (Limerick); nephew David (and Ann), nieces Ellen (and Russ), Kate (and Tom), (Birmingham); niece Angela (and Tom), (Scotland); relatives and many friends and neighbours in Moyvane. Due to current Government guidelines Bridget’s funeral Mass and burial service will be strictly private. View the funeral Mass on Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 11am on the following link

ANNIVERSARIES: Jeremiah Christopher O’Carroll, Liza Mulvihill, David O’Brien, Sr. Perpetua O’Brien, Dan Allen, Sr. Conception O’Connor, Bridie Cox, John Neenan, Heidi Deegan, Sr. Bridie O’Sullivan, Mary R Kennelly, Canon Michael Fleming, Fr. Colmcille Murphy, Kay O’Brien Hattley, Jeremiah McCarthy, Paul Dalton, Michael Andrew Beasley O’Flaherty, Mike Brendan Sheehy, Agnes  Mulvihill, Statia Hanrahan, Tom Liston, Danny Liston, Josie Golding, Mass in Moyvane; Sat 1st at  7.30pm for Conor King, Douglas, Cork (Rec Dec); Sun 2nd at 11.00am for Tom O’Flaherty, The Village (Anni)  & his nephew Michael Andrew Beazley, Ballybunion; Tues 4th at 7.30pm for Denis O’Connor, Glin (Anni); Wed 5th at 7.30pm for Patrick Feury, Glin (Anni) & deceased of the Feury family; Thurs 6th  at 7.30pm Jerry & Jenny O’Carroll, Woodgrove & their son Christopher (Anni); Fri 7th  at 7.30pm for Tom McCarthy, Kilbaha (Months Mind); Sat 8th at 7.30pm for Sinead Halkett, Listowel (Anni), and mass on Sun 9th at 11.00am for Siobhán Shanahan (née Brosnan), Adare & Ballybunion (Rec Dec)

Mass Knockanure on Sun 2nd at 9.30am for  Pádraig McMahon, Lisaniskea (Anni), and Mass on Sun 9th at 9.30am for Mary Rose Kennelly & Norah Kelly (née Kennelly), Gortdromagouna.

NOVENA IN HONOUR OF ST.  BRENDAN. In preparation for the feast of St. Brendan May 16th, the community in Curraheen, Tralee, are hosting a  short  novena  beginning  on Wednesday 12th May and continuing each day up to Sunday 16th May.

PIETA HOUSE are  encouraging  people  to register online and get up at Sunrise on May 8th to  walk,  run,  cycle,  swim  or  do  some activity  in  support  of  Pieta  House.    Visit for more details. Pieta  provide free,  accessible one-to-one counselling to  people suffering  from suicidal  ideation,  engaging  in  self-harm or to those bereaved by suicide. CRISIS HELPLINE call 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444

FINUGE GROTTO Rosary will be recited at Finuge Grotto every Tuesday evening 8pm during the month of May.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People.  ALONE manage a national support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

RHYMING: Writer Gabriel Fitzmaurice, is launching Rhyming History on the Centenary of the Valley of Knockanure shooting. The War of Independence and the Ballads of Atrocity in The Valley of Knockanure. In this new publication to mark the centenary of the War of Independence in North Kerry, Gabriel Fitzmaurice has drawn together the threads of traditional lore and balladry with the steel-wire of factual evidence to explain the origins of the ballad ‘The Valley of Knockanure’ by the internationally acclaimed writer, Bryan MacMahon, who had been commissioned to do so in 1946 by Pádraig Ó Ceallacháin, a noteworthy activist in the cause for Irish Independence. Other variants of the song are also provided with insightful commentary. The book is accompanied by a CD.

History Lectures ; Kerry Writers’ Museum in conjunction with Listowel and District Historical Society, presents a series of history lectures throughout the year.  Each lecture focuses on a particular aspect of local history or commemorates significant anniversaries in Irish and international history.

CLOTHES COLLECTION – The Shannonside Women’s Group will hold a clothes collection on Thursday 13th May in the Church car park from 8am to 10.30am in aid of the Community Centre, Tarbert.

FAITH it’s a beautiful thing, That little word with the special ring, It’s faith in the things I cannot see, Like knowing my God is always with me, Faith that everything will turn out alright, That my days of darkness will lead into light, Faith that Jesus will take my hand, And guide me through things I don’t understand, That no matter where I roam, far and wide, My God will be there by me side, And until I’m home in Heaven above, I will always know my God’s true love, And until that day He call me home, I will never have to walk alone, To know that someday I’ll hear angels sing Faith, it’s a beautiful thing.

PADRE Pio May Devotions Castleisland Church on Tuesday 18th May at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by stroke victim Tom Harrington from Crotta. Tom has had to re-jig a massively busy life/work schedule and manage a new pathway. A story laced with hope and positivity.

VACCINE: If the vaccine was so good why are they still warning the vaccinated and the young who have little to fear from C19. Give the youth an opportunity to get herd immunity and the pharmaceutical companies, and health professionals would lose millions. Our health professionals should disclose, who gave them grants to achieve their present professional status.

NIARON LTD: ESB Jointing works have commenced just outside Moyvane village on the way to Knockanure and have commenced just outside Moyvane village in the direction of Tarbert, south of Moyvane river.

SPORTS: Cúl Camps Kellogg’s ; Cúl Camp is confirmed for Monday July 26th to Friday 30th July in Glin. Number of attendees are not capped but once 100 children are registered we will be advised, and will have the option of extending this number. Coaches are allocated 1:10 children. Lunch will be eaten in the open stands and all activities happen on the field.

TG4 will broadcast Gaelic Games with 25 games live and exclusive from the Allianz Leagues (Football and Hurling) over the coming months. TG4 will show at least four live games every weekend, with one game on Saturday and three games every Sunday; two of which will be live on TG4, while a third will be available to view live on the TG4 Player App, in addition to deferred full coverage of the game on TG4 later that day. TG4’s coverage begins on the weekend of May 8 with Allianz Hurling League action including; Westmeath v Galway, Wexford v Laois, Cork v Waterford and Antrim v Clare.

TG4; When the journalist Evelyn O’Rourke as diagnosed with breast cancer, she was pregnant with her second child. Evelyn is on a mission to discover what sort of experience women who are diagnosed with cancer have today on 12/05 @ 21:30

TG4; 02/05 @ 21:30, Cork Folk Festival is a new music series.

PARENTING Limerick: a network of organisations providing parenting and family support in Limerick City and County; The Limerick Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC);

ABC Start Right Limerick: a prevention and early intervention programme for children 0-6 and their families in Limerick City Centre and Northside. We hope to support you in your parenting journey!

KINGDOM VIRTUAL DEMENTIA CAFÉ runs 2nd Tuesday morning of every month via Zoom.  It provides support for people living with dementia or those experiencing memory loss

and loved ones family and friends.  Guest speakers each month.  Chat openly to health care professionals and peers.  Contact or call 0867809989.

INNOVATION Arena 2021 in association with Enterprise …

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Welcome to the application form for the Virtual Innovation Arena Competition 2021. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a virtual boot camp, one to one judging panel and the selected winners will be invited to exhibit in the 2022 Winners Enclosure at the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships.. Before your submit your application, we’d advise you to note .

DEVELOPMENT of site of the old Listowel Livestock Mart, will begin shortly according to newspaper reports.

TALKS  on the €5 billion Brexit Adjustment reserve, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said that Ireland would get €1.05 billion of this.

GREEN CERT: With Barrister-at-Law Tracey O’ Mahony; This week The Advertiser spoke to Barrister Tracey O’ Mahony about the upcoming vote in the European Parliament by Irish MEP’s with regard to the Digital Green Certificate or ‘Vaccine Passport’.

LISTOWEL CANCER SUPPORT GROUP As you know there was not any Street collection for Daffodil Day again this year so we set up a Just Giving online collection and surpassed expectations TG. We wish to thank all those that went to the trouble to get money to us Online and gave it to us personally. Amount raised €9,780.

GARDENS: Many are planting, but cost of seed and plants, surprise us, many shrubs come from glass houses and if you do not protect them in the beginning, they are wasted, disappointing amateur gardeners. Blackcurrants are looking well so far, apple blossoms are plentiful, but recent frosty nights may affect them. White thorn will flower shortly. Gone in most place is lady’s shock, a wild flower that grew in meadows. This time of year many went to local blessed well, it was also a great social occasion, as you could meet people from far and wide in pleasant surroundings.

CAPITOL: The storming of the US Capitol building on January 6 of this year will go down as one of the darkest days in American history and one Kerry man, Donie O’Sullivan was there at the centre of it all to capture it for CNN.

Death of Ashli Babbitt an unarmed woman; Her brother, Roger Witthoeft, explained his sibling’s likely motivation to the Times. “My sister was 35 and served 14 years — to me that’s the majority of your conscious adult life,” Witthoeft said. “If you feel like you gave the majority of your life to your country and you’re not being listened to, that is a hard pill to swallow. That’s why she was upset.”


ACCORD TRALEE 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. Phone  066 7122280.

A US police officer who died after January’s Capitol riot had two strokes and died from natural causes, the chief medical examiner for Washington DC has ruled.

DEATHS: an estimated 700,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases.

If no action is taken, drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050

antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a ‘silent pandemic’, according  to Sunita Narain, Director-General, of India’s Centre for Science and Environment.

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A RESEARCHER at the University of Limerick is to bring together medical experts to generate a world-class environment for cancer research. Dr Patrick Kiely has been selected to spearhead the project by the Irish Association for Cancer Research (IACR), to which he was recently elected.

A native of Tarbert, Co Kerry, Dr Kiely was recently appointed Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences at UL,


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THE Shannon Estuary and the surrounding lands have “mighty potential to bring investment” to the region, if plans to develop it are carried out sufficiently,” according to county councillor, John Sheehan. Limerick County Council director, Tom Enright believes that a framework plan for the estuary will help identify what is lacking in infrastructure for the future of the region.


RECORDS: The oldest journalist is Walter Bingham (Israel, b. 5 January 1924) who is 97 years and 90 days old, as verified in Jerusalem, Israel, on 5 April 2021.


Roots Community Shop and Café has had a long journey to where it is now and gladly opened its doors in December 2020.————————-—–

Their LEADER funding was administered by West Limerick Resources Siobhan explained.

For the second stage of construction, they applied for more funding from different sources such as the Department of Rural Affairs, the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and even some money from the JP McManus Benevolent fund.

This success story has resonated with community groups across Ireland, who often call Kilmeedy for advice. “people are travelling from within the Limerick area to see what we’re doing and we look forward to welcoming more from further afield once restrictions are lifted,” Ms Heaney remarked.

Don’t be afraid to give Roots Shop and Café a visit and if you would like to keep up to date on their story you can follow them on Instagram.

SPACE: The group detected two polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) — the first molecules of their type ever specifically identified in space.


Albert the Great, the patron saint of scientists, is a favorite of Shingledecker’s. “The church has preserved knowledge [and] promoted learning, schools and science. And for it to be seen as suddenly antagonistic to [scientists] is a betrayal of the legacy of the church in fostering learning and discovery,” Shingeldecker said.


WINDFARMS: The Danish wind power firm Ørsted has warned that up to 10 of its giant offshore windfarms around the UK and Europe will need urgent repairs because their subsea cables have been eroded by rocks on the seabed. (The Guardian Reported)


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Knockanure Notes-27/04/2021

By Jer Kennelly

THE PARENTS COUNCIL MURHUR NS:  have arranged a Clothing Collection for April 29th.  In light of current conditions, bags of unwanted clothes can be dropped into the Marion Hall, Glin Rd at the following dates & times: Saturday 24th April 10:30-12:00pm; Tuesday 27th April 7-8pm.  Please do NOT drop bags at times other than those designated above. Bags of unwanted, dry, clean Clothing (all types), Bed Linen (pillow cases, sheets, covers), handbags, shoes can be given – all bagged. Also, the Parents Council have arranged the date of Friday 30th April for the next Split the Bucket Draw! Tickets can still be purchased in Hollys, Noel Stack Butchers & Mike Kennelly’s Hardware! We would like thank all those who have supported to date.

BLESSING OF HOLY WATER:  At the weekend Masses, Fr. Kevin will bless water making it Easter Water.  Fill your own bottles at home and he will bless them.  Those at home can have bottles at the ready as well.

VOCATION SUNDAY:  In former years this Sunday was dedicated to praying for Vocations.  We need to continue to pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.   Vocations Director in the Diocese is Fr. Joe Begley.  Email

NIARON LTD:  ESB Jointing works has commenced just outside Moyvane village on the way to Knockanure and have commenced just outside Moyvane village in the direction of Tarbert

VIRTUAL FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The 25th annual Fleadh by the Feale which was always held on the May Bank Holiday will have to take place virtually this year. See local papers for details.

WEATHER is good, plenty of sunshine and a fresh breeze. Pity some soft leaves and plants were burned during the recent late frost. Early silage is being cut also. Some cattle are still indoors, milking cows are receiving priority on the outside. Land around here still dodgy for cattle, as land is slow to dry.

FAITH it’s a beautiful thing, That little word with the special ring, It’s faith in the things I cannot see, Like knowing my God is always with me, Faith that everything will turn out alright, That my days of darkness will lead into light, Faith that Jesus will take my hand, And guide me through things I don’t understand, That no matter where I roam, far and wide, My God will be there by me side, And until I’m home in Heaven above, I will always know my God’s true love, And until that day He call me home, I will never have to walk alone, To know that someday I’ll hear angels sing Faith, it’s a beautiful thing.

DEATH has taken place of Paddy Carroll a native of Knockanure and living in England. Funeral mass at Knockanure Church on Saturday May 1st 2021 at 12 noon.

DEATH has taken place of Angela Kearney (née Buckley), Main Street, Moyvane and Cahirdown, Listowel, and late of Kilkee on April 22nd, 2021. Predeceased by her parents William and Catherine, sister Anna Lourdes. Survived by her husband Joe, sons Alan and Brian, daughters Lisa and Michelle, grandchildren Aoileann, Dara, Jack, Rachel and Aisling, brothers Christopher and Andrew, sisters Bridie and Beana, sons-in-law Derek and Dan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

Requiem Mass being celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Monday at 12 noon, live-streamed on , with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Vivian Nolan, Dan Lenihan, Marie Kennelly, Billy Fitzgerald, Bridger Teresa Carroll, John J Buckley, Jim Fitzgerald, Mickey Walsh, Sheila O’Riordan, Jack Walsh, Sr. Mary Andrew O’Flaherty, John Joe O’Connor, Fr. Pat Moore, Paddy Feury, John O’Connor, Hannah Sheehy, John Horgan. Mass Moyvane; Sat 24th at 7.30pm for        Con Carmody, The Village (1st Anni); Sun 25th           at 11.00am for Nell Flavin, Trien (Months Mind) & her twin grandnephews Ben & Daniel on their 21st Birthday Remembrance and Anniversary; Mon 26th at 7.30pm a Special Intention – Emigrant family;

Tues 27th  at 7.30pm for James Fitzgerald, Lower Aughrim (Anni); Thurs 29th  at 7.30pm for Sr. Crisalda, Malta (1st Anni) – prayers & blessings to her loving sister Josephine in Malta and her special friend Maura in Dublin; Fri 30th at 7.30pm for Mai Carr, Birthday Celebration Blessings; Sat 1st at 7.30pm for John O’Connor, Moyvane South (Anni), and Mass on Sun 2nd at 11.00am for        Tom O’Flaherty, The Village (Anni) & his nephew Michael Andrew Beazley, Ballybunion.

Mass Knockanure; Sun 25th at 9.30am for Helen & John Joe O’Sullivan, Ardagh & their daughter-in-law Mary O’Sullivan, Athea (Anni), and Mass on Sun 2nd at 9.30am for Pádraig McMahon, Lisaniskea (Anni).

FEAST of St Joseph the worker May 1st. Sundays in May were always traditional days for visits to local Holy Well. Feast of St. Catherine is celebrated on Thursday 29th April.  She was a Dominican Sister who worked to bring about peace on the continent in the fourteenth century.  She is patron saint of Europe.

CUCKOO was singing early in the morning on 21st April, the dawn chorus is great at this time, birds sing well in evening also. By chance I noticed a house with an Avery in their back yard recently, it contained many species of birds, I am told they love lettuce and apples.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sr. Agnes Fitzgerald a native of Brosna, on being awarded Person of the Month in Limerick, she has spent 39 years working in Cuan Mhuire.

WELCOME; Hello there and welcome to the parish youth group Listowel or PYGL. We are a small (religious group) group of teens that attend/host social events. The group started in September 2019

FR Tom HICKEY: (16 Iúil, 1924 – 12 Aibreán, 2021)

Fuair an tAthair Tomás Ó hIceadha bás ar an Luan, 12 Aibreán, 2021.  Bhí sé mar shagart paróiste anseo ó 1989 – 2005 agus bhí sé gníomhach sa pharóiste go dtí gur cailleadh é.  Bhí sé ag comhcheiliúradh ag Aifreann Dhomhnach Cásca ar an 4 Aibreán i mbliana.  Ghlac sé páirt i searmanais na Cásca leis.  Is féidir le daoine féachaint ar na searmanais seo agus aifreann na sochraide ar

ACCORD TRALEE 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. Phone  066 7122280.

FULL Moon 27 April- will be visible throughout the night sky rising at sunset in the east and setting with the sunrise the next morning. Moon Distance: 363,526.30 km.

SHANNONSIDE WOMEN’S GROUP – will hold a clothes collection on Thursday 13th May.

PIETA HOUSE are  encouraging  people  to register online and get up at Sunrise on May 8th to  walk,  run,  cycle,  swim  or  do  some activity  in  support  of  Pieta  House.    Visit for more details. ON Friday April 30, Fedamore natives Padraig Kelleher, Shane Fitzgerald, Alan Shire and Paul Kiely will cycle to all 65 GAA clubs in Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend covering over 530km in aid of Pieta House.

COURSE: Kerry College course to explore if working in IT is for them. Details from 066 714 96 96, or contact

ACTIVE RETIRED; We are inviting expressions of interest from all Active Retired Groups to host an event/ activity for older members of your community during the month of May. All event organisers must ensure that their event is on-line, or alternatively events must be adhering to the public health guidelines that may be in place at the time.

STAFF at Trinity College Dublin earning over €300,000 per year more than doubled last year to 13.

PLANNING has been granted to IDA for an €11m advanced manufacturing building at Raheen Industrial Estate, Limerick.

SPORT Ireland are to give €443,356 to Limerick Sports Partnership to increase levels of participation in sport especially amongst specific target groups such as older people, girls and women, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and people in disadvantaged communities.

€9.5 million has been approved for 29 Local Sports Partnerships.

SILAGE: Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine has building specifications relating to silage storage – see or

KERRY Council Lorries; two Scania lorries have clocked over 1 million km each.

CLIMATE: Deputy Healy-Rae claims the Climate Action Bill will reduce the national herd by 50%, we only account for 0.1% of global carbon emissions. Irish tourism industry will be hit by carbon charges on flights. He wants included in Bill, zero VAT on insulation materials for homes and making public transport free in some areas.

SIAMSA: For full details of the spring and summer programmes and to book your online events visit

EURO 2020 fixtures; the Irish government have been unable to guarantee the attendance of spectators. Now the three Group E games featuring Slovakia, Sweden and Poland have moved  to Saint Petersburg.

FINES: At last month’s Newcastle West Joint Policing Committee meeting Cllr Galvin read out a motion calling on the Minister for Justice to enact legislation to put the onus on parents of children under 16 who are gathering / loitering in public areas and engaging in antisocial behaviour to be responsible for their children. Cllr Tom Ruddle seconded Cllr Galvin’s motion. Cllr John Sheahan said “we can pass motions but if our national legislator doesn’t take it up, we are going nowhere”.

Cllr Sheahan also noted that there are an awful lot of children and young people who have been “exemplary” during the Covid-19 pandemic when their “lives have been turned upside down and they should not be forgotten in the middle of all this”. Cllr Jerome Scanlan said that if respect isn’t nurtured in the home it is very hard to develop it. He proposed that councillors write to all three local TDs about the issues on the  ground in the Newcastle West municipal district. (From Limerick Leader 16 April 2021).

GUARDS: “What we are going to do is we are going to deploy some additional resources one day a week to go and visit villages and towns throughout County Limerick to make gardai more accessible to the people of those areas,” says Insp Lacey.

MEDICINES: News report about over prescribing on media last week, people who live by the river, are familiar with the amount of tablet containers being dumped. Many feel they have to encourage their doctor to prescribe medicine in order to claim welfare money, there is no check are they using the medicine for themselves or what they do with it.

BRYAN MCMAHON: Kerry Writers’ Museum an online lecture about Listowel writer Bryan MacMahon on Thursday, April 22, at 7.30pm – as part of its ongoing series of online lectures about Kerry writers – entitled ‘Bryan MacMahon: Master, Storyman and Friend’.

The illustrated presentation delivered by a Listowel native and lifelong friend of Bryan’s, Éamon Ó Murchú

“I have been greatly privileged that, in my journey through life, I have had, as a guide, ‘the Master’, my friend Bryan MacMahon,” Éamon said ahead of the event.

“He provided me with a unique, life-long education as teacher and friend.”

Born in Listowel in 1909, Bryan MacMahon was a folklorist; short-story writer; poet; playwright and producer of plays; novelist, lecturer and ballad-maker.

He also wrote for pageants, radio features, and television scripts.

His first play, The Bugle in the Blood, was produced in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 1949. His 1952 novel, Children of The Rainbow, was published in Britain, the United States and Canada. Bryan is remembered fondly in Listowel as The Master, having served as teacher and later Principal at Scoil Réalta na Maidine or the Boys’ Primary School, where he started his education as a pupil.

In his lecture, Éamon will comment on the life and times of Bryan MacMahon; his warm personality; the philosophy of life that permeated his teaching and writing; his many talents; and his lifelong contribution to his hometown of Listowel.


The lecture delivered live on Zoom. However, we will be live streaming the lecture on our YouTube channel which can be viewed at the following link:

To get a free registration link, one can e-mail


CLIMATE Action; Ireland’s new Agri-Food Strategy to 2030 was published at the end of last week, shedding light on how Irish farming will look over the coming years.

The strategy is divided into four ‘missions’. These are:

Mission 1 – A climate-smart, environmentally sustainable agri-food sector;

Mission 2 – Viable and resilient primary producers with enhanced well-being;

Mission 3 – Food which is safe; nutritious and appealing; and trusted and valued at home and abroad;

Mission 4 – An innovative, competitive and resilient agri-food sector, driven by technology and talent.

More at


The IFA said it has been engaging at all levels to “ensure that farming is treated fairly in the climate action process”. The organisation highlighted a point in the new Climate Bill which states that, in implementing the bill, the minister “shall” have regard to “the special economic and social role of agriculture including with regards to the distinct characteristics of biogenic methane”. See Agriland site for more.


ARTIST: Visual Artist in Residence

Lisa Fingleton is Kerry County Council’s new Visual Artist in Residence.

As part of her residency, Lisa would like to work with the people of Kerry to explore the cross sections between creativity and issues, such as climate action and biodiversity, helping them to connect with the world around them. Lisa will commence her residency in mid-April and any individuals, artists, groups and schools interested in mentoring and being part of these projects should contact the Arts Office on arts[at] / 066 7183541 for further information.

FREE emigrants to Van Diemens Land [Tasmania] in 1837.

Killarney to Van Diemens Land 1837

LIMERICKMAN; Statue of County Limerick slave owner is removed from US city- By Bernie English – April 16, 2021

According to Norman G. Rukert’s “Historic Canton,” Captain John O’Donnell was born in 1749. In his youth, O’Donnell “ran away to sea and found himself in India, amassing a sizeable fortune before he was thirty.” As an employee of the British East India Company, O’Donnell lived in India for 16 years.

In 1786, O’Donnell purchased 11 acres of land in Baltimore, which eventually grew to more than 1,900 acres. O’Donnell named his plantation Canton, which is what English speakers at the time called the Chinese port city of Guangzhou. Records show that he kept 36 enslaved people on his plantation. O’Donnell had seven children with his wife Sarah Chew Elliott. It is believed only one, Elliot, returned to his father’s native Ireland to study at Trinity College Dublin.

DEBATE on EU; Debate on The Future of Europe

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DEBATE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE. The Conference on the Future of Europe is an initiative that seeks a new agreement on the future of European democracy by engaging a two-year inter-institutional discussion and a citizens debate during 2020-2022.

There is an attempt by some politicians to avoid a referendum, on the outcome, the peoples voice.

MAURICE MULCAHY MEMORABILIA: Family members are looking for Maurice Mulcahy Memorabilia

Any memorabilia or information.  Contact Tourist office on 068 25555 and leave a message.

ENGINE Docs aims to inspire a new generation of documentary filmmakers.

For more information and details on how to apply click here.

Deadline for applications is Monday 24 May 2021 at 12 noon.

PARENTS: 25 Apr International Parental Alienation Awareness Day – Resources.  Today is the International Parental Alienation Awareness Day. This day highlights a particular form of domestic abuse that takes place when one parent tries to distance his or her children, without reason or justification, from the other parent when a marriage or relationship ends. Such a denial of the rights of children to have a loving relationship with both parents has long-lasting and damaging consequences for a child. For more information about the issue log on to

FAIRTRADE is an action under Climate Action and can be used in a number of categories in the National TidyTowns Competition. It will be an action in the Newcastle West Tidy Towns group application for 2021.


HELP AFRICA: Self Help Africa was created in the immediate aftermath of the Ethiopian Famine of 1984/5 to deliver long-term solutions to the problem of hunger and extreme poverty in the region.

The IFA supported the shipment and distribution of 2,000t of Cara Donegal seed potatoes to famine-affected communities in Ethiopia – one of the first major projects carried out by the Self Help.

That initiative and others were spearheaded by former IFA president, the late Joe Rea, and was followed in the late 1980s with support for programmes of irrigated horticultural production promoted by Self Help Africa in the Meki and Marako regions of southern Ethiopia.



Tralee Mercury 1829-1839, Saturday, October 24, 1829; Page: 2

PUBLIC DINNER IN LISTOWELL, TO MR. KEANE. We understand that the independent and public spirited inhabitants of Listowel, intend to give Mr. Keane of that town a public dinner, as testimony  of their-regard for the important service he has rendered this county? by his successful opposition to the exaction of illegal tolls & customs at the Fairs of Listowel . When considered that there are 26 Fairs in Listowel in the year, and one hundred and four markets, it cannot be questioned but Mr. Keane has conferred, very important benefits on his native county by his manly and uncompromising Opposition to those most oppressive imposts upon the industry of the people. Mr.eane has we understand, at his own expense, procured Potatoe measures for the use of the People, without fee or reward.

Tralee Mercury 1829-1839, Wednesday, March 09, 1831; Page: 4

IRRAGHTICONNOR ACCOUNTS. James Dunworth, for widening and deepening 404 perches of the drains, on the sides, of. the Mail Coach road, from Listowel to Tarbert, between Daniel Dunford’s house at Murhur , and James Kennelly’s house at Poul —Allowed.

Tralee Mercury 1829-1839, Saturday, July 30, 1831; Page:

LATE AFFRAY IN LISTOWEL. Parturiunt Montes Nascetur  ridiculus Mus.

The King at the prosecution of John Francis Hewson  of Ennismore, Esq. against John Hilliard and Henry Hilliard, Esqrs. Surely it must be in the recollection of our readers that the Ultras in the neighbourhood of Listowel, chagrined at the defeat of the Knight of Kerry, gave every opposition in the month of May last, to a peaceable demonstration of public feeing which was being paid to William Hilliard. Esq., of Ballyhorgan, for his liberality at the late-Election. In this affair Captain Hewson, “late of the Tarbert Fencibles” cut rather a conspicuous figure, and upon an  exparte statement which was made to the Chief Secretary, the Crown was induced to prosecute, which for the character of the present  Government we sincerely regret. After this days proceedings, will the Anti-reformers dare continue to libel the character of that neighbourhood and we boldly ask, has this procession turned out to be what Mr. Hewson and his Boroughmongering friends have represented, namely ” an Insurrectionary movement of the Physical force of the neighbourhood ?” Our readers may easily guess from whom this sentence has been quoted.

FRIDAY, 29th JULY 1831.

This day at the sitting of the Court, Sergeant Goold, on the part of the Crown, applied for liberty to send up Bills of Indictment to the Grand Jury, against two Gentlemen, for an assault upon, and preventing a Magistrate in the execution of his duty, it being a case the speedy decision of which was of vast consequence to the peace of the county

Baron Pennefather- I see nothing in this case to authorize me to do so, or make it a precedent. Can’t justice be done at the Sessions ?

Sergeant Goold- My Lord, Mr. Hewson received a letter from Mr. Stanley, saying it was a fit prosecution for the Assizes. Court.-—Then if you, Mr. Sergeant, as representative of the King’s Attorney-General, tell me from the circumstances you think it a fit prosecution for the Assizes, I shall try it. The Learned Sergeant spoke in so low a tone, we could not catch what he said. The Court ultimately allowed the bills to be sworn. At 4 o’clock, Baron Pennefather addressed the Learned Sergeant, and said he’d recommend him not to press the case, that really the county was in so peaceable a state, Justice could be done sufficiently at the Sessions, or let it stand until next Assizes. Sergeant Goold—I shall do whatever the Court pleases, however, I will speak with your Lordship. Court.—Now, Mr. Sergeant ? Sergeant.—No my Lord, after Court.


It being understood the case would be tried this morning, at the sitting of the Court, a little before the hour the Court was adjourned to, crowds were about the door, each anxious to hear the circumstances and witness the result. When the doors were opened, the rush was indescribable. At a little after 10 o’clock, Baron Pennefather entered the Court. The Traversers having appeared at the side Bar, they were  arraigned for a common assault, a riot, and obstructing Mr. Hewson, as a Magistrate. Mr. Hewson examined by Sergeant Goold. Recollects The 29th of May last; was i

Listowel on that day, was A Sunday; got a letter from the Police Constable; In consequence attended in Listowel; oncoming to Listowel was informed— Mr. Walsh for Prisoners objected to the evidence as illegal.

Court—Certainly no evidence. Mr. Hewson—Proceeded to the bridge of Listowel with the Police; saw a party with ribbons and flags coming towards Listowel  consisting of over 1000 men ; was waiting on the bridge for the purpose of stopping them ; met Rev. Mr. Mahony, P.P. Who asked witness if he intended to disperse the people, told him he did ; Mr. Mahony begged of him  to allow him half an hour and that he would disperse them; heard them call him Nicknames; called him Boroughmonger,— (laughter-)—and Anti-Reformer. (Immense laughter).

Mr. King—I wonder you survived it, Mr. Hewson. ls it for this you indict the prisoners. Baron Pennefather—In that case, Mr. King, half the house of Commons should be indicted. (Roars of laughter.) Sergeant Goold —And my Lord, we’d try them all herein a batch.

Examination continued;. Said if they did not disperse he should read the Proclamation; Mr. Leonard, a Professional Gentleman, who was standing near him, told  him that the Act authorising that Proclamation expired ; then read the Proclamation under the Riot Act. Mr. Leonard told the people that Mr. Hewson having read the Riot Act, they ought disperse, as the consequence may be fatal to themselves; in consequence of which they dispersed ; they saw another party coming from Listowel with a tree on a car, and a flag on the top of the tree.

Court—What colour was It. Mr. Hewson—Believes it was green, Mr.Supple—Was it not orange, and green, Mr Hewson—I am no Judge, ”(Immense laughter.) Mr. Hewson—At the head of this party Mr. Henry Hilliard was on foot, and Mr. J. Hilliard on horseback; remonstrated with Mr J. Hilliard ; called to Mr. Jackson, C.C P, & told the Police to stop the car ; took hold of the head of the horse, with both hands, and received from a person he believed to be on horseback, but whose name he could not tell, several blows of a whip ; did not tell the people he was a Magistrate, sent for a party of the lOth Foot, and followed the people about a mile, until stopped by Mr. Mahony, P.P. lodged information’s before Mr. Harnett.

Cross examined by Holwell Walsh, Esq. I am glad to set you in such humour, Mr. Hewson. Never heard of a Maypolo on the 29th of May ; never danced round a Maypole.

To the Court—These people had no sticks and before the car was stopped, there was disposition to riot ; none of the crowd coming  from Listowel could have heard the Riot Act read ; they might have been coming  from mass..

After the examination of two other witnesses, for the prosecution, Counsel for the Crown, seeing the absurdity of pressing the case, proposed that the traversers should make an apology, to which their Counsel objected, strongly urging there was no blow given.

Court—Would recommend the traversers to say they had no intention to strike Mr. Hewson.

Mr. King—We have no objection ; it was merely an Election squabble, and the neighbourhood of Listowel has been perfectly tranquil’.

Sergeant Goold—The Gentleman at the other side would wish to represent it as an immaculate spot.

Baron Pennefather—I have considerable  experience in this county, and am happy to say that its tranquillity is undisturbed.—I  would strongly recommend the Gentry, not to permit party feelings, to creep in between them. They should come together and unite in preserving the peace. The issue   was then handed to the Jury who brought in a verdict of NOT GUILTY. Counsel for the Crown—Messrs, Goold, Wolfe, and Plunkett. Agent, Mathew Barrington. Counsel for the Traversers—Messrs, Walsh, King, and Gibson. Agents, Messrs, Supple and Leonard.


Subject: Phone Scam

HI all,

On a more serious note, I received a phone call this morning and should have known by the number – it had a 0032 International prefix – but in my defence, it was early and I wasn’t fully functioning. The caller, a middle Eastern gentleman,  purported to be from an overwatch group for Ireland’s internet service providers including Eir, Sky Virginmedia.

He didn’t ask for any of my personal details or logins or passwords. He asked me to perform a speedtest on my pc. I used Speedtest by Ookla and he asked for the results. He then asked me to go to and at the bottom of the page click ‘download me’. This is a very professional looking website. When the download was complete alarm bells started ringing. It was an application that would have given him ‘Remote Control’ or remote access of my pc.

At this point I rang my service provider and they assured me it was a scam. Virginmedia have taken note of it, the phone he used, the process he went through and will report it throughout their organisation. I am computer savvy, I’m usually up-to-speed and diligent with what I do or don’t open with regard to emails AND I was still caught out.


Thanks- Fred Cahill


WMOF2022 Official Prayer


Family Love: Vocation and Path to Holiness


Heavenly Father,

We come before You to praise You

and to thank You for the great gift of the family.

We pray to You for all families

consecrated by the Sacrament of Matrimony.

May they rediscover each day

the grace they have received,

and as small domestic Churches,

may they know how to witness to Your presence

and to the love with which Christ loves the Church.

We pray to You for all families faced with difficulty and suffering

caused by illness or circumstances of which only You know.

Sustain them and make them aware

of the path to holiness upon which You call them,

so that they might experience Your infinite mercy

and find new ways to grow in love.

We pray to You for children and young people:

may they encounter You and respond joyfully

to the vocation You have in mind for them;

We pray for parents and grandparents: may they be aware

that they are signs of the fatherhood and motherhood of God

in caring for the children who, in body and spirit, You entrust to them;

and for the experience of fraternity

that the family can give to the world.

Lord, grant that each family

might live their specific vocation to holiness in the Church

as a call to become missionary disciples,

in the service of life and peace,

in communion with our priests, religious,

and all vocations in the Churc

Bless the World Meeting of Families.


10th World Meeting of Families to be held in Rome from 22 to 26 June 2022.

Catholic News Article





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