Knockdown News – 27/10/2020

by Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to Bridie and Stephen Murphy, Glensharrold, who became grandparents last week when their son Stephen and wife Michelle gave birth to baby Archer, a brother for Mason. We wish them all the best of fun in the years ahead.

Congratulations, too, to Tina and Noel FitzGerald, Ballyhahill who became grandparents when their daughter Christine and husband Dermot Hale gave birth to Ruadhri, a brother for Hannah. Glad to hear that all are doing well.

Hallowe’en is upon us. In recent years there has been more emphasis on Trick or Treating but in this year of Covid 19 that is not encouraged but there is an opportunity for the children to go back to the old fashioned ways of celebrating; e.g. snap apple, and taking coins out of a tub of water with your teeth. The pumpkins have replaced the turnip as it is easier to carve out so there is still room to have plenty fun.

In these days of restrictions Fr Austin hopes we are keeping well and staying safe and wants to assure us that Mass is offered for our intentions and that we are remembered in prayer each day along with the spiritual act of Holy Communion. All Mass intentions which were booked are offered privately on the date booked. We are all grateful to him for that.

Along with Churches the libraries are closed again too. But there are lots of services available online with our library cards, including Borrowbox, Pressreader and Free magazines for those who cannot live without some reading material. Check it out at

Charlie Chaplin is reported to have said the following. They are relevant today.

(1) Nothing is permanent in this world, not even our troubles.

(2) I like walking in the rain, because nobody can see my tears.

(3) The most wasted day in life is the day in which we have not laughed.


Remember: Wash your hands, wear your mask, keep your distance. Stay at home as much as possible.


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Sports – 27/10/2020

Athea GAA

by Damien Ahern

Our second club draw took place on Saturday last outdoors at our grounds on Facebook live.

The following were the lucky winners;

**Results of Club Draw Number 2**

€500 1st Prize – Des McAuliffe,

€300 2nd Prize – Tommy Wrenn, Templeathea

€200 3rd Prize – Catherine Tierney, Templeathea

€100 4th Prize – John Hunt, Coole West

€100 5th Prize – Tommy Mahony, Templeathea

€100 6th Prize – Helen Hanrahan, Lower Dirreen

Again, thanks to everyone who has supported our club draw.

The next draw is scheduled to take place on November 14th.

A reminder to all that our walking track remains open during the lockdown.

Signage and a hand sanitizing station has been installed for your safety.


Athea GAA Little Things Campaign

The GAA and the HSE are working in partnership to bring the messages of protection, resilience and support for mental wellness to local communities.

Both organisations are keen to increase their efforts to normalise the conversation around mental health. In this regard the GAA selected the 2016 GAA Health & Wellbeing Theme Day, at the second All Ireland Football semi-final that took place in Croke Park on August 28th, as another way to promote the HSE #littlethings using the strap line “Little Things can improve your game”.

The #littlethings campaign highlights that we all experience difficult times in our lives, and that when we do, there are some evidence-based little things that can make a big difference to how we feel.

Partnering with the GAA for their theme day provided a highly visible and exciting way to encourage and normalise discussion around mental health and fitness. By placing that discussion in a familiar sporting environment, people were more receptive to the messages and stories about mental health. Building personal as well as community resilience and empowering people to reach out for support when needed is an important protective factor for mental health.

#LittleThings you can Do

Here are the #littlethings that can make a big difference to our mental health and our wellbeing:

  • Keeping Active – being active every day, something as simple as a walk, is proven to have a positive impact on your mood.
  • Talking about your problems – problems feel smaller when they are shared with others, without having to be solved or fixed. Just talking about it will do you good.
  • Looking out for others – Lending an ear to someone else in trouble, or catching up with someone who seems distant, can change their day, or their lives. You don’t have to fix it for them – just listening is a huge help.
  • Doing things with others – Taking part in a group activity that you enjoy is proven to have a positive impact on how you feel, be it a game of football, joining a choir, volunteering.
  • Eating healthily – A regular healthy, balanced and nutritious diet will help both your physical, but also your mental health, and have a positive impact on how you feel.
  • Staying in touch – Catching up with friends and family is good for our mental health, reminding us that we’re part of a community, and having a positive impact on how we feel.
  • Drinking less alcohol – For the average Irish drinker, reducing alcohol will have a positive impact on their health and mental wellbeing, making it easier to cope with day to day difficulties and stresses.
  • Sleeping well – Getting a good night’s sleep of 7 or 8 hours, as often as you can, will have a positive impact on how you feel. Protect your sleep if you can, it will do you good.


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Knockanure Notes – 27/10/2020

by Jer Kennelly

KNOCKANURE VALLEY BE ALERT GROUP: would like to thank Kerry County Council for the community support grant we received. This has enabled us to purchase 9 community alert signs to improve the safety of the local people. Due to COVID-19 no AGM will be held, all committee members are all staying on for another year. If you would like to join the committee or the group please contact Danny Winter 087 686 3726.

MOYVANE/KNOCKANURE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: wish to acknowledge with thanks the grant from Kerry County Council Community Support Fund.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kennelly’s Homevalue Hardware, Moyvane. They mark 42 years in business, opened their door – October 1978.

CHANGES: At this time of year we would be celebrating Halloween Festivals, looking forward to Castleisland Horse fair, Tralee Circus and Listowel Food Fair. Also looking out for the Kerry Magazine and Parish Journals.

ALL SAINTS and all Souls mass will be celebrated behind closed doors this year.

DEATH has taken place of Betty O’Carroll (nee Nolan) (of Killelton, Ballylongford) & (Late of Moyvane) on Monday October 19th 2020. Predeceased by her husband Mossie, Betty is deeply regretted by her daughters Joan Browne, (Ballybunion) and Liz (Tralee), son-in law Liam, grandchildren Katie, Eoin, Brendan and great-granddaughter Siábhra and sister-in-law Maureen Nolan. Requiem Mass for Betty was celebrated at St. Michael’s the Archangel Church, Ballylongford, followed by burial afterwards in Lislaughtin Abbey.

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. Sean Ryle, Denis Foley, Node Guiney, Patrick Healy, David Stack, James Moody, Joan Keane, Sr. Jarlath Kerrisk, Joe McKenna, Marie Buckley, Sean McMahon, Jamie McCoy, Jack Kennelly, Kathy Moran, Billy Mockler, Sr. Nuala O’Leary, Michael McNamara, Eileen Hannon, Moira Donohue, Micheal O’Sullivan, Eamon O’Connor, Mary McElligott. Mass on  Sat 24th at  7.30pm for      Tommy & David Stack, Keylod; Sun 25th at 11.00am for Anne Nolan, Carrueragh (Months Mind);

Wed 28th at 7.30pm  for Liam Sexton, Knockanure & deceased of the  Sexton family; Fri 30th at  7.30pm for James Moody, Woodgrove; Sat 31st at  7.30pm for  Bridie Hunt & her sister Louise O’Connell and Mass on  Sun 1st at 11.00am  for Holy Souls (all on November List)

Knockanure Mass on Sun 25th at  9.30am for Seán McMahon, Carrueragh, and Mass on Sun 1st at                9.30am for Holy Souls (all on November List)

NOVEMBER MASSES; Your November list for the dead should be handed in no later than 31st October.  Our Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls begins on November 1st and will continue on the following dates:  These nine Masses can be heard over the tannoy in the car parks or on Parish Radio Link.

Sunday 1st November at 9.30am  in Knockanure, and 11.00am  in Moyvane;  Sunday 8th  at  9.30am Knockanure, and 11.00am Moyvane; Saturday 14th at  7.30pm  Moyvane; Sunday 15th at  9.30am  Knockanure; Sunday 22nd  at  9.30am  Knockanure, and 11.00am Moyvane and on Sunday 29th Mass at 9.30am at Knockanure.

Fr.  Kevin will Privately celebrate six more Masses, so in total there will be 15 Masses for all those named on your November Lists.  Those in the Parish Offertory envelope system may use the envelope in their box or the envelope attached to the Newsletter this weekend.  If you use this one please put your box number on it.

Envelopes can be dropped into the Parish Office, the post box at the Presbytery door or at weekend Masses.

NOVEMBER CANDLES: November candles for your home with a nice prayer are available from the Parish Office €3.  It may be nice to set up a sacred space for November in your home.

ARD CHÚRAM: To mark Positive Ageing in North Kerry, Ard Chúram is asking you to submit a poem or a Limerick entitled “The Corona…”  Please send your entry to: Mairéad Hanlon, Ard Chúram, Greenville, Listowel no later than Nov 4th.

BLAS na hEireann award of a gold medal was won by Kearney’s Home Baking, Ballyhahill at the 13th Annual awards held in Dingle. Kearney employ 22 people.

ATHEA to receive funding for a Public Water Bottle Refilling station from Limerick City & County Council.

BEST WISHES to Kennelly’s Hardware is a family-run business established on the 23rd October 1978 by Mike Kennelly. After working in Dublin for 2 years, Mike returned to his local village of Moyvane where he opened a hardware business and began as a sole trader in a rented premises. In 1981, Mike purchased a new shop in the centre of the village. Nearly a decade later, the business expanded when he bought a site on the Glin Road and built a timber and materials yard. This gave further employment to the local community. In September 1994, the business became a limited company.

In 2002, the business moved to a larger premises where is it is still trading today. This is adjacent to the original shop of 1978 and over 40 years later, the family-run business continues to serve its customers from all over North Kerry and West Limerick.

WEST LIMERICK COMMUNITY RADIO – WL102fm , Mass broadcast every Sunday morning at 10am

LOAN for a E500 computer from Credit Union, pay back E10 per week.

ALL SAINTS Day  on Sunday 1st November and the following day is All Souls.

MASSES are streamed live from St. Mary’s Church, Tarbert on

Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 11.30am.

ST JOHN OF GOD have been providing services to disadvantaged people for a century, and their services help about 8,000 people, with a staff of 3,000. They are planning to hand their services over to the HSE before this time next year.

ALONE on 01-679 1032. information  email

FULL MOON on 31st October.

POPE: In the new biopic documentary film Francesco, Pope Francis said “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”

Pope Francis said he is happy and grateful to God for the liberation of Father Pierluigi Maccalli, the Italian missionary priest who was kidnapped in Niger on 17 September 2018. Father Maccalli was  released in Mali on 8 October 2020, after two years of imprisonment in the hands of jihadist militants together with three other hostages.

REUSE: October is Ireland’s National Reuse Month, reuse is about valuing our stuff, by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new stuff, and avoids waste thereby cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. When it comes to waste, many believe the government are the most blatant culprits.

SHOEBOXES: Christmas shoeboxes due to covid-19 restrictions. Shoeboxes will not be sent from Ireland this year. They are asking you instead to please donate a gift-filled shoebox online for €20 on anytime until December 23rd.

MARRIAGE COURSES AND COUNSELLING SERVICE: Until at least May 2021, Accord pre-

marriage courses will take place live on-line with up to 12 couples:  via Zoom they will be interactive and delivered by two presenters.  Contact Accord on 066/7122280 for further information.

POETRY;  Keith Ó Riain graduated with a first class honours degree in Gaeilge and History from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, he produce the first ever edition of the poetry of the eighteenth-century Cork poet, Éadbhard de Nógla, along with textual analysis of the poems and a study of his life and work. Keith has been announced as the global winner in the history category of the 2020 Global Undergraduate Awards, for his study of the ideas, values and beliefs of the Maigue-side district poets in the period c. 1730-1770.

EU are slapping on a charge of over E32 per ton on Ammonium Nitrate from Russia at present and plan to continue to at least 2025, the tax was introduced in 1995, according to newspaper reports.

WILD Geese Festivals 2020 in Limerick will mark the 330th Anniversary of the Flight of the Wild Geese.

PIETA House have answered 10,000 calls since March this year.

LIBRARIES are to get funding of up to E713,500 to reach out to people who are said to be disadvantaged.

SCIENCE Week runs from 8th to 15th November.

BE WINTER READY from Marian:  Keep warm, eat well and avoid unnecessary travel. You should eat regular hot meals and drink plenty of fluids, this will keep you warm and will give you energy to keep active.  Ensure you have sufficient supplies of food and of any prescription medicine you may need. Keep active indoors.  Have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in your home.  Ask your relatives and neighbours for help if you need it. Keep their phone numbers on a list beside your phone.  In icy weather, wear well-fitted shoes with non-slip soles if you have to go out but try to limit walking outside during the cold weather.  Consider wearing a personal alarm so that family or neighbours are alerted if you fall.  If you have a fall, even a minor one, make sure you visit your doctor for a check up.  Leave a low energy light on at night time, preferably one with a high light output. Use a non-slip shower or bath mat.  Make sure wires or cords from lamps, telephones etc. do not trail where you walk.  Arrange furniture so that you can easily move around all your rooms.  Remove rugs or use non-slip tape or backing so rugs will not slip, Consider installing hand rails on both sides of the stairs. (Also vitamin D for people indoors)

COVID 19; Pro footballers earning more in one week than some people get in 10 years get tested 3,4,5 times a week but a working class person, will have difficulty in getting a test. Time for the church create a group of volunteers, who will be willing to risk themselves in situations where the professionals are dodging the bullet. As more and more will live and die in abandoned situations.

TRALEE CHURCH: Monday Nov. 09th to Friday Nov. 13th we will have a Novena of Remembrance nightly at 7.30pm. This Novena will include a Liturgy of the Word with a Guest Speaker who will address some aspects of Grief & Loss followed by a litany & prayers for all our faithful departed at our Remembrance Tree.  This will be followed by a solemn Expression of Grief through the medium of the creative arts – music, song, poetry & art etc.  We will conclude with a Solemn Blessing.  We are inviting people who have experienced loss/grief in their life to journey with us over these 5 evenings. Our Guest Speakers for these evenings include; Teddy Linehan – Chaplain Kerry Regional Hospital;  Elizabeth Doherty – Rainbows Kerry;  Margaret Naughton – Chaplain Bons Secours Hospital Tralee;  Amber Kavanagh – Pieta House Tralee, and   Brigid Quilligan – Kerry Travellers Health & Community Dev. All on line at St John’s Church Tralee.

TRALEE HOSPITAL; Mass for those who have died in the hospital, those who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who have died within the Palliative Care Services.  We also remember at this Mass deceased employees of UHK both current and retired, celebrated on 2nd NOVEMBER AT 7.00PM, View at –

Due to Covid 19 restrictions this Mass will be live streamed.

BISHOP RAY’S INVITES YOU TO READ HIS PASTORAL MESSAGE: which is on our Kerry Diocesan Web page at

LECTIO DIVINA ON ZOOM DATES:  29th October Thursday 5th , 12th , 19th November   (6 weeks) Time: 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. We will begin each week by watching a short video which corresponds with the upcoming Sunday’s gospel, which is from the gospel of Matthew this liturgical year.  If you are not familiar with Lectio Divina you could watch the following 6-minute YouTube video which explain it very well – To participate, please email:

PAPERS EXTRACTS; New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 – 1173.pdf

14 July 1934

The death occurred at the Presentation Convent, Killarney, of Sister Evangelist Kennedy, a native of Dingle. The deceased was 83 years of age, 57 of which she had spent in religion. After Requiem Mass the interment took place In the Convent Cemetery.


The Christian Brothers’ Secondary School of Dingle had the distinction of securing second place in Ireland in the competition for proficiency In Irish conducted by the Department of Education. It took first place among the Secondary Schools of Munster.


The ordination took place In Paris on Sunday of Rev. Jerome Casey, son of John Casey, North street. At the Convent of the Franciscan Sisters, Calais, France, the solemn profession took place of Mollie Corcoran (in religion Sister Maria Sdana), daughter of Patrick and Mrs. Corcoran, Dromdeega, Dunmanway.

Amongst the ordinations to the priesthood which took place in the Lateran Basilica, Rome, on Saturday of Irish students was that of the Rev. J. Fitzgerald, son of John Martin Fitzgerald, Main street, Macroom ?


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 – 1069.pdf

21 April 1934

The many friends of Father D. F. O’Reilly will give him a great time next Friday night at the Roscommon Ballroom, 438 West 125th street, be-fore he sails for a vacation to his native Kenmare, Co. Kerry. There will be cards, consisting of


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 – 1068.pdf

21 April 1934

The death of D. O’Neill, proprietor of the O’Neill Bakeries, Abbeyfeale, has occurred In his 67th year. Deceased took a prominent part in all that concerned the Interests of, the town. He was subjected to much annoyance and suffering by the Black and Tans, who once ordered him and his family from their home preparatory to setting It on fire. The fire was only averted by a strong appeal made to the captain in charge by a member of the Holy Ghost Order


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 – 1035.pdf

…G. O’Callaghan, P. P., died at the Presbytery, Causeway, North Kerry, Wednesday. A native of Castleisland parish, he was ordained in …


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1932-1934 – 1015.pdf

3 March 1934

The many friends and pupils of Mother M. Evangelista O’Sullivan  will be grieved to learn of her death at Loretto Abbey College, Toronto, The deceased religious was born in Tralee in 1846 and received her early education at Loretto Convent, Killarney.


Kerry; Bro. M. R. Fitzmaurice made his final profession of the Irish Christian Brothers at St. Edmund’s College, Shillong, India, Rev. Bro. Fitzmaurice is a son of Mr and Mrs. Fitzmaurice of Parknasmuthane, Farranfore.


After a visit, which extended over 12 months, Rev. Fr. M. Galvin, Rathea , (North Kerry), has returned Melbourne, Australia.


James Buckley, a native of Ballybunion, has died at San Francisco. He went to San Francisco in 1915.


Francis Neligan, who left Abbeyfeale for New Zealand some 40 years ago, bequeathed a considerable sum to religious and charitable purposes in his adopted country, besides remembering a number of his relatives in Abbeyfeale. His assets amounted to about £30,000.


In the Orphanage Chapel at Duluth (hard by the great Lake Superior) 18 Irish missionary priests assembled to chant a Solemn Requiem for the late Mrs. Mary O’Connor, who died at Lyrecrompane, Listowel, on the Feast of the Epiphany.


James P. Cotter has joined the staff of St. Brigid’s Boys’ N. S., Tullamore. Mr. Cotter comes from Listowel, Co. Kerry, and is an addition to the ordinary teaching staff.


An impressive tribute was paid at the funeral of Rev. Brother M. J. Mc-Namara at the age of 58 years, whose death occurred at the Monastery, Kilkenny. The late Brother McNamara (a native of Faugheen, Carrick-on-Suir) entered the Congregation at 16. During his 42 years in religious life he taught In Dun Laoghaire, Mullingar, Waterpark College (Waterford), New Ross, and Omagh.


The profession took place at the Convent of St. John of God, Perth, Western Australia, of Miss E. Maher, (In religion Sister Mary Celsus). The above young lady is third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Maher, Kyle.

THOUGHT: “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.”  – Winston Churchill.

John Paul 11 Cemetery, Listowel

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