knockanuare notes March 11th 2018

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre, on Monday 12th March 2018. Music by Stevie Donegan. All Welcome. If attending it is important to please ring office on 068/49799. New members especially welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS to Niall & Niamh Finucane on the birth of their twin girls and Kieran & Sandra Stack on the birth of their son.

BLOOD: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a blood donor clinic in the Community Centre, Ballybunion on Thursday 15th March from 5-8pm.

CHOIR: Listowel Folk Group are busy practicing in St. Mary’s for their biggest event to date. They will sing the mass as Gaeilge when St. Patrick’s Day mass from Listowel is broadcast on RTE at 11.00a.m. on March 17th 2018.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Irish language bi-annual running festival Rith will be finishing its 500km course in Listowel! Rith lasts for seven days in its entirety, beginning in Belfast on the 11th March. To register your group for the parade, contact Christy Walsh (of Christy’s The Square for an entry form. Any individuals or groups looking to participate in Rith can do so by contacting a member of Glór na nGael in Listowel, or buying a km on the rith website

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS, March 20th. (3rd Tuesday) in Lixnaw Church.

The witness will be given by John Sheehan from Ballinaskelligs, South Kerry.

His theme will be “How to deal with mental health issues“.

MARCH: Thousands were in Dunlin for the Pro Life march on Saturday last, several from the locality attended.

LENT; Monday Stations of the Cross in Moyvane at 7pm. Wednesday Lenten Mass in Moyvane at 7.30am.

ICA: the ICA will sell daffodils in aid of the Cancer Society after all masses in Moyvane and Knockanure on the weekend of 17th and 18th March.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: a short presentation will take place on Friday morning in Listowel after the 10.30 a.m. Mass.

MASS now at the Community Centre in Knockanure.

DRAW: There was no winner of the €7000 jackpot with draw held on Monday 5th March. Numbers drawn were 16, 21, 23, and 28.Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Barney Buckley, c/o O’Briens Bar; 2. Eamon McSweeney, c/o Enright’s Bar; 3. Tom Murphy, c/o O’Briens Bar; 4. Del Boy Club, c/o Mike the Pies, and 5. Mary Horgan, Trien.

There was no winner of the €7100 jackpot for draw held on Friday 9th March. Numbers drawn were 9, 16, 22, and 29. Lucky dip winners of €25 each were; 1. Jason Heaphy, c/o Kevin’s; 2. Bibi Gleason, Athea; 3. Cadhla O’Sullivan, Knockanure; 4. Billy Leahy, Trien, and 5. Mary Lane, Benanaspuig,

Next draw to be held on Friday 16th March with jackpot reaching €7100.

SYMPATHY: The Knockanure GAA Football Club wish to express their deepest sympathies to the family of the late Jerry Brosnan, Moyvane GAA Club President. Jerry’s love of all things football was evident from his attendance to Moyvane games of Coiste na nÓg to senior level along with his many pilgrimages from Moyvane, Kerry to Croke Park in support of the green and gold. A true patron of the game. RIP.

SYMPATHY: At a recent Board of Management at Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure the following votes of sympathy was passed – To Nash Family Knockanure on the death of Shelia Nash. To The O’Connor Family Kilmeaney on the death of Willie O’Connor. To The Donegan Family on the death of Moss Joe Gilbert Ballydonoghue. To The O’ Connor Family Bruach na Gael Moyvane on the death of Daniel Keane Thurles, Co. Tipperary. To The Brosnan Family Coilgurteen, Moyvane on the death of Patrick Walsh .

SYMPATHY: To Theresa Hanrahan and Bernie Kearney, Kilbaha on the death of their sister-inlaw Maud Carmody (née Kissane) of Meen, Listowel whose funeral took place last week in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel. To Ena & Johnny McEvoy, Aughrim and Michelle & James Sheehy, Asdee on the death of Ena and Michelle’s brother John Walsh, Larha, Asdee.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bill Hudson, Mary O’Keeffe, Ann O’Sullivan, Tess Stack, Margaret Flynn, Bishop Casey, Mary Ann Collins, Paula Kavanagh, , Finbar Slattery, Kitty Fitzgerald, Paddy Moore, Nora Scanlon, Michael Keane, Ned Leahy, Noel Mulvihill, Pat Joe Barry, Mary B. O’Connell, Margaret Mulvihill. Mass Moyvane: Mon 12th at 7.00pm, Stations of the Cross and mass at 7.30pm for Mikey Joe Walsh, Leitrim Hill (Months Mind); Wed 14th at 7.30am, Lenten Mass – Special Intention;

Fri 16th at 7.30pm, VIGIL – ST. PATRICK’S DAY Mass for Eamon Pelican, Moyvane South; Sat 17th 11.00am for Denis Murphy, Cork (Rec Dec) (father to William and father-in-law to Connie, Bruach na Gaile), Mass at 7.30pm for Maureen Kinane, Aughrim (Anni); Sun 18th at 11.00am, mass for Nora & Joseph O’Connor & Pascal O’Rourke. (Note: Masses held in Knockanure Community Centre on Sat 17th at 10.00am for Kitty & Mossie Flaherty, Glenalappa (Anni) and Sun 18th mass at 10.00am for Tim & Hannah Leahy, Trien.

HOSPICE COFFEE MORNING Saturday 17th March from 10am. – 2pm. at Nora Mulvihill’s House, 31 Church Street, Listowel.

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE LISTOWEL: Alzheimer’s/Dementia talk Tuesday March 13th from 7.30- 9.30pm. For info on a wide range of courses 068/23584.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY operates a free transport service for patients attending hospital for chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer Drivers pick the patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door.

TREES: National Tree Week from Sunday March 4 to Sunday March 11.

LISTOWEL TOASTMASTERS: An open meeting in John B Keane’s on Thursday, March 8 from 8-10pm.

TALKS AT THE LIBRARY Abbeyfeale: Our Anxiety and Connecting with Teenagers will take place on Thursday, March 15 from 7 – 8 pm. Presented by Anthony O Shaughnessy ACI/APCP. Anthony has been working as a counsellor and therapist for over twenty years. Booking essential on (068) 32488.

EXPLORING Family Life Dr. Patricia Kieran will speak in Asdee Community Centre on Tues. 20th March at 7.30pm. Patricia teaches Religious Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

FASHION: St. Josephs Secondary School Ballybunion will be holding their annual fundraiser fashion show at the Tintean Theatre Ballybunion on Thursday 15th March, at 7.30 pm.


CONFIRMATION DAY will take place in Duagh Church on Tuesday, March 20th at 3.30 p.m. Bishop Ray Browne will confirm 44 candidates.

MEDJUGORJE MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING will take place on this Monday at 7.00pm. in the Parish Meeting Room.

PROGRAMME ON FAMILY: week 4 Tuesday night in the Parish Meeting Room, Listowel on Pope Francis ‘Joy of Love’ It is being facilitated by Fr. Sean O. Sheehy. It is free all are welcome.

LEGION OF MARY meet every Wednesday from 8pm. to 9pm. in the parish meeting room, Listowel. New members welcome.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, chat up a prospective partner and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND, The film night for people booked is on Thursday 22nd March Starting at 7.30pm sharp in the Parish Meeting Room, Listowel. Those looking to pay their balance can contact Premier Travel direct on 021-4277700.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – “Deep in Canadian Woods” – Pádraig Ó Concubhair in conjunction with Tarbert Education Society will give an illustrated talk on the Fenian Invasion of Canada in 1866 at the Bridewell on Sat. 24th March at 7.30pm. Cupán tae and everybody welcome.

PRO LIFE: We bring your attention to this week’s newsletter for Choose Life 2018. All issues are also available on our diocesan website at www.dioceseofkerry (Home Page under Diocesan News).

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: [email protected]/7134276. The Amoris programme for the World Meeting of Families Let’s talk family, Let’s be family –Weds 14 March 7.30 – 9.30 pm. All welcome

TAIZE: Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Taizé 1 – 8 July 2018. For details tel Tomás Kenny tomaskenny.

KERRY HOSPICE WALK – will take place on Good Friday 30th March at 10.30am. New Route this year. Tarbert Comprehensive School to Tarbert Island. Your continued support is much needed and greatly appreciated. All Funds raised go directly to the Kerry Hospice Foundation to provide funding for Hospice Care in Kerry. A new 15 Bed Palliative Care Unit funded by Kerry Hospice opened in 2017. Sponsorship cards available at Tarbert Bridewell 068 -36500.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Tarbert – will take place again this year on March 17th at 12.15pm after mass. The parade will commence from Tieraclea Park and make it’s way down to the Bridewell, where there will be a stage with entertainment. Tarbert Development Association are extending an invite to all individuals, clubs, societies, businesses and Tarbert Parish Town Lands to take part in this year’s parade. To join the parade contact Doreen on 087-2817831.

GOOD FRIDAY SOUP KITCHEN – will take place on the 30th March in the Community Centre, Tarbert at 10.30am. All proceeds from the Soup Kitchen will go to the wife and children of the late Pat Martin, Tieraclea. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

GOLD; Community Games Limerick, One of the last events of the day was the under 14 boys FC . Maurice Fitzgerald didn’t disappoint and won his heat by a narrow margin But in the final Maurice left nothing chance and powered his way to a gold medal.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: Now that the weather is improving (!) and the days are getting longer Helga Henn with her home grown vegetables will be in the Square every Friday.

THE JOY OF LOVE PROGRAMME: A facilitated community discussion on the joys and challenges of family life in Ireland today. An opportunity to reflect on the relevance of our Christian faith in living out family life today. This meeting will take place at the Community Hall in Templeglantine on Wednesday, March 14 at 7.30p.m. It would be great to see you there. You will be most welcome. The meeting is open to everyone. Bring a friend.

CEILI: West Limerick Set Dancing Club monthly ceili in Devon Inn on Sunday, March 18 at 4pm. Music by Eddie Lee and Pat Casey, teas served, all welcome.

DIABETES IRELAND AT CASTLEISLAND LIBRARY: On Wednesday, March 14 at 11am Pauline Lynch Regional Development Officer Diabetes Ireland will give a general talk on Diabetes. This talk is for Adults and is part of the Healthy Ireland at your Library initiative. For more information on this talk or any other services available at the library call in or phone 066-7163403. The Library is open from 10am to 5pm Tues to Saturday.

SKILLS FOR CITIZENS WORKSHOP: Come along to The Red Door, NCW on Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 2pm to meet Enda O’Callaghan from IOLAR Training who will give workshops to adults on The Digital Skills for Citizens IT Programme as part of Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2018. There will be demonstrations on Digital Skills for Citizens, File Management, Word Processing and Spreadsheets. Sign up with Enda for future Free IT course. Admission is FREE and all are welcome.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2018: The parade will start from Mountmahon at 4pm and proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. Participants are asked to assemble at the Industrial Estate DIGITAL from 3pm, they are responsible for their own insurance cover and will be required to sign a waiver to that effect. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Decorated Window and Best Youth Entry.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, chat up a prospective partner and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

EASTER CANTATA: Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Easter Cantata, "Jerusalem Joy" in the Church of the Assumption on Wednesday, March 21 at 7.00 p.m. All Welcome.

SAY THE ROSARY AT A MASS ROCK: Rosary at Mass Rocks for Life and Faith. On March 18 a rosary will be said at the Mass Rock in Ashford Ballagh at 2.30pm.

BRUACH NA CARTRAIGE: The Rockchapel based group Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra will present their new show "Music from The Manuscripts" in Bruach Na Cartraige Rockchapel on Friday March 16 at 8.30pm. This show is a celebration of the music of local musicians Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount Rockchapel, and his father Dan Curtin, and their neighbour Dave Leahy Secondgloss Mountcollins who died in 1907. The manuscripts from all three were recently discovered. They give us an important glimpse of an older layer of Sliabh Luachra Music that predates that what prevails today, with many tunes that have not been heard or heard of for over one hundred years.

LIMERICK AND DISTRICT WOODTURNERS: Mickey Dunne is a well know leading exponent and maker of Uilleann Pipers, he will discuss the challenges of making the pipes at a workshop in Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle on Tuesday, March 27 from 7.30 – 9.30pm. Further information limerickwoodturners or Vice Chairman John Ryan 087 1260525. Our own Liam Flynn RIP was a founder member of the group.

GLÓRACH NEWS: After a rigorous selection process, Molly, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel from Rockchapel will star in the Abbeyside Players production of Sam Cree’s comedy ‘Second Honeymoon’ alongside a sterling cast under the direction of Merce Hobson. Angeline O’Donnell who plays her besotted owner said “I am delighted that Molly has been chosen, she has great stage presence and acts like a dog with a future”. It is expected that she will bring a large following from the Rock and that seats will be at a premium so get in fast and book on 087 1383940 for shows beginning Wednesday March 28 and continuing on Thursday, March 29 as well as Thursday April 5, Friday April 6, Saturday April 7 and finishing up on Sunday, April 8. Doors open 7pmand show starts 8pm sharp. Admission €10.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage maybe had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims-All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

TALKS AT Abbeyfeale LIBRARY: Our Anxiety and Connecting with Teenagers will take place on Thursday, March 15 from 7 – 8 pm. Presented by Anthony O Shaughnessy ACI/APCP. Anthony has been working as a counsellor and therapist for over twenty years. Booking essential on (068) 32488.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

PARKING AT MASS IN ABBEYFEALE: Parking in the church area. Please co-operate with parking regulations. Parking is not allowed where there are double yellow lines. Parking while at Mass on this roadway is causing traffic congestion. Members of the Men’s Shed are volunteering in the Church Yard to assist with parking for a few weeks. Please adhere to their advice and make the best possible use of the church car park. From now you are liable to get a ticket if you park incorrectly. Also keep the centre by the main gate free in case of emergency.

ANNUAL MUNCHIN’S COLLEGE RUGBY – 1968 SENIOR CUP REUNION: A Reunion will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of St Munchin’s College winning the Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup for the first time in 1968.

FORGIVENESS is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all of us love poorly. We do not even know what we are doing when we hurt others. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour – unceasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family. –Henri J.M. Nouwen.


Fr Pat Ahern was honoured 19 Feb 2018, for his outstanding contribution to the artistic, cultural and literary tradition of the county, in a civic reception held by Kerry County Council. Fr Pat spoke with gratitude about his journey, outlining the impact the various Bishops of Kerry had on his work his location and his focus. Norma Foley spoke about his inspirational impact on Kerry and the country as a whole and she spoke with great feeling and emotion about his work with young people. Norma has worked directly with Fr Pat and has experienced his gifts first hand. It was a warm gathering of Fr Pat’s family and many friends.

Fr Pat reflected on Siamsa Tíre:

For me Siamsa Tíre is no more or no less than the celebration of simple things – things that belong to everyday human living. Things that are not bound by time at all – that carry a timeless value. The challenge is to notice them and to value them and to not be afraid or too embarrassed to celebrate them.

A few lines from the poet Patrick Kavanagh come to mind:

“Ashamed of what I loved I called it a ditch and all the while it was smiling at me with violets”.

I hope we will always have eyes and ears to appreciate and to celebrate the beauty of simple things, that we usually take for granted, maybe don’t even notice: the wonder and the colours of the sunrise or sunset the beauty of the wild honey suckle, the scent of a primrose, the song of the blackbird, the things that lift the spirit in us, lift it above the mundane, above the material, mechanical, digital lifeless, soulless world that is increasingly absorbing us…

Remarks by Cllr John Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Civic Reception for Fr Pat Ahern Monday, 19 February 2018.

Fellow councillors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a privilege for me as Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council to welcome such a special guest, Fr Pat Ahern to the Council Chamber today for this Civic Reception.

This is an opportunity for Kerry County Council to acknowledge the tremendous work that Fr Pat has done over so many years to promote the artistic, musical and literary tradition of our great county.

I am delighted that we are joined by so many of Fr Pat’s friends and acquaintances for this special occasion.

Kerry County Council occasionally honours deserving recipients with a Civic Reception such as this. As the largest public authority in Kerry, it is our way of acknowledging personal achievements which enrich the lives of the people of our wonderful county. And there can be no more deserving a recipient of a Civic Reception than Fr Pat Ahern.

Fr Pat’s contribution to the cultural life of our county has been immense. A native of Leitrim Middle, Moyvane, he was immersed in traditional Irish music from a young age. Having studied for the priesthood, he became a curate at St John’s in Tralee in 1957. He founded the St John’s Choir and was given responsibility for liturgical music in the diocese.

Graduating with a music degree from UCC in 1962, Fr Pat joined the Catholic Communications Centre in Dublin and studied TV and radio production. He produced a weekly series called ‘Network’ for RTE Radio. In those years Fr Pat worked on the production of two major religious pageants, the story of Lourdes and the story of the Passion.

His musical and theatrical work in the early years was channelled into the establishment of Siamsa Tíre, the national folk theatre of Ireland which was founded in the early 1970s. Fr Pat had great foresight in seeing the need for such a centre. Such was his passion for the new development that the diocese released him from parish work, so he could devote his time to the new theatre.

Siamsa initially operated from the old Theatre Royal Cinema in Tralee. In 1974 Teach Siamsa, was opened at Finuge and focussed on the north Kerry dancing tradition, and in 1975 a second centre was opened at Carraig in the West Kerry Gaeltacht with a focus on the Irish language.

Since then, Siamsa Tire has gone from strength to strength, culminating in the opening of the its new building on the edge of Tralee Town Park in 1991. Fr Pat was artistic director there until 1997. Fr Pat, you must take a great sense of pride in the success story that Siamsa Tíre is today.

Outside of Siamsa, Fr Pat has been responsible for numerous other productions including works on the life of Edmund Rice and the story of Christianity in Kerry. For the Millennium, he produced ‘Dance of Life’ which featured over 800 singers and a cast of 200. He has continued to involve himself also in the pastoral life of the diocese.

Fr Pat’s legacy is immense – locally, nationally and internationally. Your contribution has enriched all of our lives and has enhanced the reputation of Kerry as a place of culture, tradition and innovation.

We salute your many achievements and hope that in the years ahead, you will continue to make a contribution to the artistic life of Kerry.

We wish you every health and happiness in the years ahead.

Thank you.

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