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Knockdown News – 02/07/2020

by Pag Prendeville

Sincere sympathies to the Dalton family, Dromagarraun on the death of Maura this week. I remember her as a lovely, kind, hard-working lady. May she rest in peace with her husband Paddy

Things are returning to some form of normality; the world will never be as it was pre Covid 19. I have arguments with myself as to how cautious we should be or if we are being cautious enough. I feel we were put in this world to do the best when we can and live as good a life as we can and die when we have no more choice. We cannot live forever, no matter what care we take of ourselves. I don’t think it is good to cocoon forever. What purpose would it serve to be alive but yet not enjoying life? I agree with Dr Ivor Browne who said to get out there and live but we must be respectful of others and not put them in the way of danger either.

I mentioned the Abha Bhán River walk last week. It continues to attract walkers every day. Rooting among my father’s poems I found the following:

The Banks of the Abha Bhán

How often in the years that’s passed I walked with fishing gear

Along the banks of sweet Abha Bhán as big trout did appear

What a thrill to see them leap and see the rod aquiver

As we hooked them, fresh and pure, from the lovely Abha Bhán river.

Here the anglers came from far and near and were always satisfied

As many hours passed quickly by along the riverside.

And many’s the pleasant chat we had as we all walked along

Our relaxed minds so free from care on the banks of the Abha Bhán.

For here amid the fragrant flowers the spirit seemed to rise

With the skylark singing overhead and we heard the cuckoo’s voice

The hawthorn blossoms, pink and white, were beautiful to scan

Like a bridal silken veil adorning the banks of the Abha Bhán.

Paddy Faley R.I.P.

 

 

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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 &
Birmingham.
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
Friday.
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 http://www.artscouncil.ie/culture-night/
140 FILMS: https://www.amny.com/things-to-do/watch-more-than-140-films-online-during-this-
years-brooklyn-film-festival/
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
on www.triathlonireland.com
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
Friday.
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.
http://www.nd-chretiente.com/index-eng.php

(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.
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200430/Switzerland-relaxes-coronavirus-guidelines-
allowing-children-and-grandparents-to-hug.aspx
KERRY COUNTY BOARD WEBSITE: Runaí – Karen Trench, CCÉ Ballydonoghue/Lisselton, see their
facebook page for Irish Music. www.kerrycomhaltas.ie
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: https://ireland.alpha.org/ 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
globe.
FORGER FREE FOR NURSING FLU VICTIMS
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.
https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=LAH19181106.2.238&srpos=7&e=—–1922–en–20–1–txt-txIN-
+Spanish+Flu+nurse——-1

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.
https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=SLODT19181019.2.33&srpos=17&e=—–1922–en–20–1–txt-txIN-
+Spanish+Flu+nurse——-1
Riverside Daily Press, Volume XXXIII, Number 301, 19 December 1918

RIVERSIDE’S METHODS OE COMBATING THE FLU APPROVED BY BEST AUTHORITY Dr. H. R. Martin Is
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.
https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=RDP19181219.2.92&srpos=20&e=—–1922–en–20–1–txt-txIN-
+Spanish+Flu+nurse——-1
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Knockdown News – 21/05/2020

by Peg Prendeville

In the midst of all this Covid drama there is good news. I have a new neighbour. Welcome to the world John Patrick Mulvihill. Congratulations to Kim and Thomas Mulvihill, Glenbawn on the birth of their son John, a little brother for Maggie, this past week. Kim is granddaughter to Jack O’Grady who died in March. All are doing well.

Both our parish Churches are open for private prayer from this week . The opening times of each church are as follows: Loughill Church: 10:30am until 5pm

Ballyhahill Church: 9:00am until 6pm. A few people have said to me how glad they are that the doors are open again as they love going in for some quiet time. So that is more good news.

The fine weather continues with more and more work being done around houses and gardens. The inside work can wait for a rainy day which is bound to come sooner or later.

I hear that the small libraries will not open yet and only a few of the big libraries will be open in June. So life in the library world will be changed for another while. More on this later when I know more. We all have to adapt to these changes whether we like it or not.

Some children miss going to school while others do not want to go back to school anymore as they are enjoying the freedom too much. Pros and cons on all sides.

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