Deaths Moyvane Knockanure District 2020

Deaths Knockanure Moyvane and district 2020


MASS of Remembrance on 23 November 2020 Moyvane.


25 12 2020

VOYAGE In 1976, Tim Severin left Brandon Creek with a crew of five on a voyage to prove that it was possible for St Brendan, to discovered America. He died recently aged 80.

DEATH of Patrick (Pat) Moloney, Keylod, Moyvane, on December 22nd, 2020. Predeceased by his parents Michael and Bridget, sister Johanna and brother Michael. Survived by his brothers William and Tom, brother-in-law Brian, sister-in-law Christina, and nephews.

DEATH on 22nd December 2020 of ‘Mossie’ Brosnan, Ballybunion, he was a former bakery owner, hackney operator and member of Ballybunion Fire Service. Mossie is predeceased by his wife, Joan and daughter, Eileen. Survived by son, Billy, daughters, Mary C and Siobhán, daughter-in-law, Breda O’Donovan, sons-in-law, John Dillon and Patrick Shanahan, grandchildren: Jennifer and Kieran Brosnan, Diarmuid and Hannah Dillon, brother Stevie and sister Kathleen, sisters-in-law, Greta, Kathleen and Mary Stephen in London, nieces, and nephews.

ANNIVERSARIES: Pat Dalton, Der O’Connor, Cathy Scannell, Jackie McNamara, Peggy Mahony, John Joe Hanrahan, Sr. Magdalen Harnett, Paddy Curtin, Tom Enright, Denis Histon, Maureen Egan, Hannah Wetherall, Irene O’Keeffe, Brendan Mulvihill, Peg O’Shea, Sr. Felicitous Joy, Sr. Noella Crowley, Fr. James Hannon, Margaret Beardsley, Fr. Michael Francis Kennelly, Pat Mullane, Peg Joy, Mass Moyvane Sat 26th at  7.30pm for– Patrick Curtin, Aughrim; Sun 27th at 11.00am for Ned & Maureen Sheehy, Leitrim Middle; Fri 1st at 12 noon for Ben Mulvihill, his parents Tessie & Denis  & his nephew Denis Jones; Sat 2nd at 7.30pm for Marie Walsh, Barragougeen (Months Mind) & Ellen Walsh and Mass on Sun 3rd at 11.00am for Dan O’Callaghan, Aughrim,  Johnny & Margaret Diggins, Murhur, Patrick & Hannah Enright, Glin (Anniversaries).

Mass Knockanure; Sun 27th at 9.30am for  Hannah & Ned Quinn, Beenanaspig, Kilmorna, and Mass on Sun 3rd at  9.30am for Teresa & Michael Bambury, Gortagleanna.

19 12 2020

SYMPATHY To Tony & Timmy Horgan, Trien on the death of their sister Kathleen  Mankin, who died in London recently.

DEATH on 16th December 2020 of  Tommy Kelly of Coole West, Athea, predeceased by his parents Jack & Mary and brother Denis. Survived by sons Jonathan, Maurice & Thomas, brothers Pat (England), Jimmy & John, sisters Joan (England), Maureen & Nora, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH took place on 13th December 2020 of Sr. Scholasticia Scanlon of Presentation Convent, Killarney. Formerly of Dromroe, Ballagh, West Limerick. Daughter of the late Ned and Mai and sister of the late Maura, and sadly missed by her sisters Gretta (Ryan) and Ita, brothers Eamonn and Patrick, sisters-in-law Mary and Ann, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, relatives, and her Presentation Community.

DEATH has occurred of Patrick Flaherty, Firies Village, and formerly of Knockanure, Moyvane,  at his daughters residence on the 12th December 2020 in the loving care of his family. Predeceased by his parents Tim and Hannah, brothers Tim, John, Michael, Tom, Willie and sisters Mary and Hannah. Survived by his wife Doreen, daughter Joan, son John, son-in-law Neilly, daughter-in-law Ilona, grandchildren, Danny, Marie, Jevon, Oran, Brogan, Bryn and seven great grandchildren, sister Nora, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was a great accordion & flute player, and will be missed by his card playing friends, And as a Parish volunteer.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Basil McAuliffe, Margaret Carmody, Eileen Moriarty, Sheila Kerins, Nora Crane, Mary McKenna, Michael Foley, Kieran Hayes, Liam Foley, Desmond Groarke, Noreen Buckley, Jim Sheehy, Sr. Marguerite Shine, Sr. Maura Carmody, Mary White, Hazel Culhane, Eileen Mansfield, Michael Brosnan, Sr. Carmel Beasley, Jack O’Brien, Michael Dalton, Tom Walsh, Mary Moriarty, Margaret Lynch, John Behan, Dan Shine, Willie O’Connor, Mary Stack, John Joe Kennelly, Nancy Brosnan, Mauren Sheehy, Denny McEnery, Sr. Rita Donegan, Tom Wright, John Michael O’Sullivan, Elizabeth Lynch, Michael Flanagan, Bea Galvin, Michael Moore, Julia McCarthy,

13 12 2020

DEATH of Peg Hayes, Bedford, Listowel, on December 9th, 2020. Survived by her nieces and nephews. Peg was laid to rest at St Michael’s Churchyard, following requiem mass in Listowel church.

DEATH of Catherine (Kitty) McEnery (née Cox), Tubbertureen, Moyvane and late of Kilcox Lower, Lisselton on December 5th, 2020.  Predeceased by her husband Denny and sister Maureen. Survived by her sons Denis, John, Liam, Tom, Leonard and Aidan, daughter Margaret Doherty (Templeglantine), her 23 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, brother Tom, sisters Ann and Nodie, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Kitty was born in 1934 and married Denny in 1962. Kitty was laid to rest at Knockanure Churchyard, after requiem mass in Moyvane Church on 8th December 2020.

ANNIVERSARIES: Con Shine, Mary Boland, Jim Walsh, Seamus Flaherty, Anne Cunningham, Breda Meehan, Paidi O’Shea Hannah Dillon, John Dalton, Eileen Dalton, Mary Walsh, Crissie Nolan, Mathew Thompson, Paudie O’Connor, Phyl O’Kelly, Eddie Carmody, Tom Moran, Sr. Dympna Mulvihill, Sheila Harnett, John Dillon, Bridie Cox, John Mulvihill, Fr. Placid Nolan, Lila Carroll, Sr. Loreto Relihan, Sr. Anna Patricia O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Peg Meade, Neelie Buckley, Micheal Carr. Mass Moyvane; Sat 12th  at 7.30pm  Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list);

 Sun 13th at 11.00am for Mike Joe, Eily Mai & Seamus O’Flaherty, The Village (Anni); Mon 14th at   10.00am Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list); Tues 15th at 7.30pm for John & Timmy Buckley, New Houses (Anni) their parents Elizabeth & Jeremiah & dec. of Buckley & Kiely families; Fri 18th  7.30pm for Ned, Catherine & Nora Keane, Lenamore; Sat 19th  at 7.30pm for             Con Healy, Moyvane North, and mass on  Sun 20th  at 11.00am for Connie Shine, The Village & dec of Shine family. Mass Knockanure on Sun 13th at 9.30am for John Joe Barry, Knockanure Village (Months Mind); Wed 16th  at 7.30pm Shared Christmas Mass (for living on Christmas list);Thurs 17th  at 7.30pm  for John & Peggy McElligott, Lissaniskea, Kilmorna & their daughter Betty McElligott Neumann, and mass on  Sun 20th  9.30am for Willie O’Connor, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna.


5 Dec 2020

DEATH of Marie Walsh (née Walsh), Barragougeen, Moyvane and late of Tullamore, Listowel, on November 30th, 2020. Predeceased by her husband John P. Sadly missed by her sons Pat, Jerry, John-Joe, James and Mike, daughters Helen, Ann, Theresa and Margaret, grandchildren Leah, Sean, Ella, Darragh, Marc, Luke, Dylan and Shane, brother Diarmuid, son-in-law Aidan, daughters-in-law Anne and Fiona, sisters-in-law Mary (London) and Margaret (Tralee), nephews, and nieces.

DEATH of Gerald Stack, of Dooncaha, Tarbert on December 3rd, 2020. Predeceased by his parents Gerald and Nora, sisters Mary, Kitty, Peggy, Noreen and Breda. Sadly missed by his sister Hannah O’Sullivan (Finuge), nephews, and nieces.

DEATH of Angela Carmody (née Kelly), Knockerin, Skehenerin, Listowel and late of Knockadireen, Duagh on December 3rd, 2020. Predeceased by her husband Mossie, brother Bill and sister Betty. Survived by her sons Patrick and Maurice, grandchildren Danny, Patrice, Ellie and Ben, brother Pat (Listowel), sisters Peggy (Youghal) and Ann (London), daughters-in-law Joanne and Pauline, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Breda Thomas, Fr. Liam Hayes, Sheila Nash, Tom O’Connell, Thomas J O’Donoghue, John Broderick, Tom Culhane, Betty Neumann, Nora Kennelly, Mary Ellen Daly, John Fitzgerald, Con Healy, Sr. Mary Kevin Enright, Margaret Moloney, Jack Conroy, Breda Leahy, Paudie Mulvihill, Eugene Brandon, Timothy O’Sullivan, Tom Mulvihill, Tom Flaherty, Fr. Brian Dalton, Fr. Bob Barry, Mass Moyvane; Sat  5th at  7.30pm for Maurice & Joe O’Connell, Tarbert  & Deceased of the O’Connell family; Sunday 6th  at 11.00am for Paudie O’Connor, Upper Direen, Athea; Monday 7th at 10.00am a Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list) and 7.30pm for Mark Flaherty, Glin (Anni & 30th Birthday Remembrance); Tuesday 8th FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – HOLY DAY Mass at 11.00am for Dermot Blythe, Westport (Rec Dec) & his loving wife Brenda who predeceased him some years ago, and Mass at 7.30pm for David & Tina Thompson, Leitrim West (Rec Dec); Wed. 9th at 7.30pm for Tom Culhane, Leitrim East (1st Anni); Thurs 10th  at 7.30pm for Alice Hanrahan (née Clifford), Aughrim & her sister Kate; Fri. 11th at 7.30pm for Nora & Mick Roche, Glin Road; Sat. 12th at 7.30pm a Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list); Sunday 13th at 11.00am mass for Mike Joe, Ellie Mai & Seamus O’Flaherty, The Village.

 Knockanure Mass –Sunday 6th at 9.30am for Sheila Nash, Gortdromagouna (Anni) & Deceased of the Nash family; Tuesday 8th FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION -HOLY DAY  9.30am Shared Christmas Mass (for the living on Christmas list), and mass on Sunday 13th at 9.30am for John Joe Barry, Knockanure Village (Months Mind).

29 Nov 2020

MASS of Remembrance on 23 November 2020 Moyvane.

MASS: Regardless of the National announcement on the lifting of restrictions, Masses will remain the same in the car park/radio in Moyvane until Sat 5th.

PADRE PIO Devotions in Castleisland Parish Church on line on the First Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Witness by: Rachel O’Brien, her story is laced with positivity, hope, courage and a love of Saint Pio.

MEALS: Knockanure Community Centre are providing meals for locals during the restrictions of Covid 19. Glin Homes & Daycare Centre has been providing up to 90 meals on Wheels. Meals are delivered to the elderly of Glin and surrounding parishes of Loghill, Ballyhahill, Athea, Moyvane and Tarbert. They have been operating for past five years.

MASS: Horizons runs 9 to 10 am on Sunday mornings on Radio Kerry. It is followed directly by Mass from Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee.

DEATH of Ita Bradley (née Liston) Athea Village, Athea, / Tralee, Late of Meadowlands, on 20th November 2020. Predeceased by her parents Ned & Mary Anne, husbands Denis McNulty (Donegal) & Sean Bradley (Donegal), and her brother Tom Liston (Athea). Sadly missed by her children, daughter Geraldine, sons Kieran & Colm, son in law Vito Missorici, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters Mary Pallas (Limerick), Theresa Mullane (Athea), Anne Carroll (Caherconlish) & Phil Foley (Listowel), brother-in-law Johnny Mullane, and nephew Tony Pallas.

DEATH has taken place of Philomena Vaughan – Nee Goulding (Lahinch, and Knockanure,) on

November 21st in her 95th year. Relict of Micheal R.I.P. Pre deceased by her brothers Jackie and Donal. Mother to Brid, Maree, Aileen (O’Sullivan) and twins John and Michael. Missed by her son in law, daughter in law , grand children, nieces, and  nephews.

DEATH of Margaret Neenan (nee Pierce) of Laccamore, Abbeydorney and formerly Doon, Tralee, at home in her 101st year on 26th November 2020, wife of the late John, mother of Gerard, Marie & Patricia and sister of the late Hannah (Carroll). Also survived by her her grandchildren Máiréad, Ciara, Greta, Eimear & John, great grandchildren Ruby & Bróna, nieces Sr. Breda O.P. (Drogheda), Josephine & Teresa, nephews Michael (and the late Johnny), daughter-in-law Ann, and son-in-law Ned.

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. John Joe Walsh, Sr. Carmel Danaher, Tim Healy, Nora Leahy, Birdie Joan Ahern, Nora McAuliffe, Ellen Quinn, John McMahon, Ann Kissane, John O’Connor, Pat Hayes, Jim Brosnan, Julia Leahy, Rita Fitzmaurice, Sr. Marie Costelloe, Bridie McCarthy, Tommy Foley, Peggy Sheehan, Jackie Healy Rae, Bridie Campbell, Mass Moyvane; Sat 28th at  7.30pm for Margaret & Johnny Meade, Aughrim; Sun 29th at 11.00am for Peggy & Mick Sheehan, Leitrim Middle; Mon 30th at          7.30pm for Alan Collins, London (seriously ill) & his sister Roberta, his loving carer.  Their deceased parents Pan & Kevin Collins; Tues 1st at 7.30pm for John O’Connor, Inchamore & his son Seán; Wed 2nd at 7.30pm Mass for              Deceased members of the ICA & deceased relatives of ICA members; Thurs 3rd at 7.30pm for Tom Hanrahan, New York, his brother Con, sister Helen O’Connor, Tarmons & their parents Thomas & Mary Ellen, Lr. Aughrim; Fri 4th at 7.30pm for Michael Dore, New Houses (Anni) & Breda Dore (Months Mind); Sat 5th at 7.30pm for Maurice & Joe O’Connell, Tarbert & Deceased of the O’Connell family and Mass on  Sun 6th  at 11.00am for                Paudie O’Connor, Upper Direen, Athea. Mass Knockanure; Sun 29th at 9.30am  for Holy Souls (all on the November List), and Mass on  Sun 6th at 9.30am for Sheila Nash, Gortdromagouna (Anni) & Deceased of the Nash family.

FEAST of the Immaculate Conception is on Dec. 8th


22 11 2020


Tom Culhane Snr, Leitrim East; Con Healy, Moyvane North ; Hazel Culhane, Leitrim East; Baby Max, Upper Direen; Baby Luan, Tralee; Pauline Murphy, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna; Jack Walsh, Moyvane North,

Jack Shine, Glin Road; Hannah Keane, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna; Patrick Hayes, Clounbrane; James Kirby, Glenalappa; Con Carmody, Moyvane Village; Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh; Mike-Joe Cronin, Mail Road Cross; Pat Joe McEnery, Tubbertoureen; Willie Pearse, Woodgrove; Willie Buckley, Church Road; Patrick Shanahan, Kilbaha; Anne Nolan, Carrueragh; Kathleen Stack, Church Road; Baby Keelin, Ballincollig; Breda Dore, Woodgrove; John Joe Barry, Knockanure Village; Kathleen O’Brien, Church Road.   This Mass will go out on YouTube on Monday 23rd at 7pm.   You will also be able to hear it on Assumption Radio 99.9fm which will broadcast at the same time. I ask your continual prayers for those who are grieving their loved ones.  May our loved ones especially those who have died this year enjoy new life in God’s Kingdom.  May they rest in peace.  As always thanks to Conor Hogan for filming and to our music ministry by our gifted trio Lisa, Laura and P.J.

DEATH took place on 13th November 2020 of John Joe Barry of Knockanure Village, Moyvane and formerly of Birmingham, England, peacefully in University Hospital Kerry surrounded by his loving wife and family. Predeceased by his parents Mick and Mai Barry, Knockanure. John Joe, beloved husband of Mary and loving father to Theresa (Athea) Angela (Moyvane) Anthony (Mayo) Mary, Bernadette, Michael and Brenda (Birmingham) 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, neighbours and his many friends.

He went to England in 1956 and married Mary and raised his family in England, retiring and came home to build a house on his father’s site in Knockanure, he was an only child.

His Requiem Mass was celebrated in Knockanure church on 16th November 2020.

DEATH of William Liam Bunce, 55 years old. Formerly of Lenamore, Ballylongford. Husband of Ann (nee Sheehy) Bunce.  Father of Sean, Brian, Aidan, & Maura.  Son of Margaret Ryan & John Bunce.  Brother of Kathleen Fitzmaurice, Breda Gaggioli, Marie McEnery, Evelyn Mullins, & John Bunce.

Funeral Thursday 9:15 am from Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W 95th St. Oak Lawn to St. Gerald Church for Mass at 10am (4pm Irish time). Date published 17th November 2020.

DEATH of Kathleen O’Brien (née Hynes), Church Road, Moyvane, and late of Renvyle, Connemara, on November 16th, 2020. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband Mick, daughter Pamela, sons Mike and Kieran, grandchildren, brother Peter, sister Barbara, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.

DEATH of Margaret (Peg) Moloney (née Stack), Tullahinell, Ballylongford, on November 11th, 2020, wife of the recently deceased Patrick. Survived by children, Dolly, Peter, Ned, Patrick and Tony, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers Brendan, Phil and Jim, daughters-in-law Irene, Julie and Marian, son-in-law John, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH of Bridget Guerin (née Moran), Dooncaha, Tarbert, on November 15th, 2020. Survived by her husband Sean, sister Sr. Catherine, brother-in-law Francis, and extended family.

DEATH of Marie Buckley (nee Moore) of Main Street, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary on November 13th 2020, Marie wife of the late John, mother of Anne (O’Meara), Patricia, Nóirín, Maura and Sinéad, adored Nana of Aoife, Doireann and Eimhin and much loved sister of the late John J Moore and recently deceased Kathleen Dunleavy. Her husband John Buckley was a native of Moyvane, died about 25 years ago.

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr. John Horan, Joan Mullane, John Timothy Soules, Bridie Robinson, Jim Hudson, James McCarthy, Pat Foley, John Buckley, Maura Gallahue, Nell O’Carroll, Mattie Walsh, Con Bunce, Phil Scanlon, Bridie Quille, Eileen O’Brien, Sr. Goretti Francis Stack, Mass Moyvane;  Sat 21st  at 7.30pm for Deceased of the Sheehan family, Kilbaha, Dick, Peggy, Tom, John, Mary Vaughan, Myles & baby Richard Sheehan;  Sun 22nd at 11.00am for Holy Souls (all on the November List); Mon 23rd  at  7.00pm Memorial Mass for all whose funerals were celebrated, see list on top; Tues 24th  at       7.30pm for Willie & Mary Keane, Lenamore;  Wed 25th at 7.30pm for Johnny Quinn, Leitrim Middle; Thurs 26th at 7.30pm for Patrick Scanlon, Moher; Sat 28th at 7.30pm for Margaret & Johnny Meade, Aughrim, and mass on  Sun 29th at 11.00am for              Peggy & Mick Sheehan, Leitrim Middle.

  Mass Knockanure on feast Christ our loving King Sun 22nd  at 9.30am for Holy Souls (all on November List); Fri 27th at 7.30pm for Paddy Flavin, Kilmeaney, his wife Bridie & his brother Jack, and Mass on Sun 29th at 9.30am  for Holy Souls (all on the November List).

RADIO: Assumption Radio 99.9fm All Masses from Moyvane Church can be heard on this wavelength.  Please note tannoy switched off in Moyvane Car Park. Knockanure Masses remain on tannoy system only.

FEAST of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which the Church observes on Nov. 21.

When she was 3 years old, Mary’s parents took her to the Temple in Jerusalem, where she would live and learn to serve in the Temple worship. Mary remained in the Temple until she reached puberty, when she was betrothed to Joseph.


DEATH of Christina (Tina) Thompson (née Perry), Leitrim West, Moyvane, and late of Bourne, Lincolnshire, U.K. on November 9th, 2020, wife of the recently deceased David. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her son Mark and daughter-in-law Nicola, grandsons Ben, Séan and James, brothers-in-law Michael and Philip, and sister-in-law Sandra.

DEATH of Catherine Ita O’Connor (née Harnett), Rathoran, Kilmorna, Listowel, and late of Purt, Abbeyfeale, (last of 14 of the Harnett family, Purt), on November 7th, 2020, in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her husband Davy, son David and grandson David. Survived by her sons John, Jim and Morgan, daughters Carina, Geraldine, Mary and Cora, her 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sister in-law Bridie (Ennis), nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Tom Scanlon, Mossie O’Halloran, Mary Moloney, Rita Kelly, Tom Barrett, Mickie Buckley, Noreen Moore, Tess Fitzgerald, David Hegarty, Sr. Gerard Sheehy, Maureen Scollard, Pat Martin, Noreen McElligott, Margaret Halpin, Noreen Broderick, Richie Martin, Maureen Fitzmaurice, Philomena Curtin, Liam Collins, Brendan Ferriter, Evelyn Scannell, Mass in Moyvane; Sat 14th at 7.30pm for Holy Souls (all on November list); Sun 15th at 11.00am for Noreen O’Driscoll, Farranree, Cork (Anni); Mon 16th at 7.30pm for Mairéad Lehane, Cappagh, Askeaton (Months Mind); Tue 17th at  7.30pm for Aniela Nawrot, Kepno, Poland (who is unwell at this time); Wed 18th at 7.30pm for Mickey Buckley, Glin Road (1st Anni); Sat 21st at 7.30pm for Deceased of the Sheehan family, Kilbaha, Dick, Peggy, Tom, John, Mary Vaughan, Myles & baby Richard Sheehan, and Mass on Sun 22nd at 11.00am for Holy Souls (all on the November List).

 Mass Knockanure on Sun 15th at 9.30am for Holy Souls (all on November List); Fri 20th at 7.30pm for Michael Culhane, Ballyguiltenane, Glin (Anni), and Sun 22nd at 9.30am Mass for Holy Souls (all on November List).


7 11 2020

SYMPATHY to Tom & Pat Moore, Glenalappa & Nenagh and to the Dalton family, Beale on the death of their uncle Mick Culhane whose funeral took place recently in Glin.

DEATH of Norah Fitzgerald Keale, Athea, who died in New York on 31st October 2020. Predeceased by her parents Jack & Nellie. Survived by brothers and sisters, Kathleen (USA), Mary Ita (Clare), Michael (Dublin), Eileen (England), Sean (Athea) & Pat (Templeglantine), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces. She worked at the United Nations in the 80s.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mai Lane, John Eymard O’Connor, SR. M Ita O’Connor, Betty Histon, Paddy Flavin, Christina Scanlon, Elizabeth O’Connor, Patsy Flynn, Sr. Eithne Finucane, Margaret Forde, Helmuit Kostal, Ann Barry, Bridie Meade, Johnny Collins, Gus Cremin, Harold Sheahan, Michael White, Robert Corridan, Mass Moyvane; Sat 7th at 7.30pm for          Neilie Flynn, Abbeyfeale & l/o Kilmorna (Rec Dec)

(brother-in-law to Denis Flavin, Kilmorna);  Sun 8th  at 11.00am for Holy Souls (all on November List);

  Mon 9th at 7.30pm for Tim O’Connor, Inchamore & Sligo (Anni) -Parish Radio; Wed 11th  at 7.30pm for Bibi Dillon,Barragougeen, 40th Birthday Remembrance; Sat 14th at 7.30pm for Holy Souls (all on November list), and Mass on  Sun 15th at 11.00am for Noreen O’Driscoll, Farranree, Cork (Anni). Mass Knockanure on  Sun 8th  at 9.30am for  the Holy Souls (all on November List);  Fri 13th mass  at 7.30pm for Robert Connor, Kilbaha (Anni), and  Sun 15th, mass at 9.30am  Holy Souls (all on November List).

October 2020; We extend our sympathy to Mary Griffin and family Reens, Ardagh on the death of her son-in law Richard (Richie) Roche, Ballybehy, Abbeyfeale and formerly of Castlemahon. His funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Saturday, October 24, at 11am followed by burial in Reilig Íde Naofa, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy also to his wife Trish, daughter Ava, son Mark, mother Mary, sisters Patricia and Teresa, brothers Paul, Denis and Michael,  brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, work colleagues, comrades in the Abbeyfeale drama group and a large circle of friends. His acting ability was much admired by all who attended the many productions he appeared in. May he rest in Peace.

31 10 2020

MASS FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE DIED IN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL KERRY on Monday 2nd November at 7.00pm.  You are welcome to join online at or

DEATH has occurred of Breda Dore of No. 1 Woodgrove, Moyvane on the 29th October, 2020, at her residence. Daughter of the late Ciss and Michael and sister of the late John, Mike and Kathleen and sister in law of the late Willie Pearse.  Survived by her brother Jeremiah, sisters, Hannah, Mag, Noreen, Mary and Teresa, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, brothers-in-law, sisters in law, all the Lynch, Triolio and Quinn families in New York and Singapore and the Dore, Pearse and O’Reilly families in London, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Eucharia Leahy, Michael Culhane, Eileen Murphy, Ita O’Gorman, Bridie Mason, Liam Lynch, Austin Stack, Jerry O’Carroll, Peg Stack, Mass Moyvane; Sat 31st at 7.30pm for  Bridie Hunt & her sister Louise O’Connell;   Sun 1st at  11.00am for  Holy Souls (all on November List);  Mon 2nd at  7.30pm for Gay Byrne, Dalkey, Dublin (1st Anni) -Radio Link Only; Tues 3rd at 7.30pm for Holy Souls (November List) – Radio Link Only; Wed 4th at  7.30pm for Kathleen Stack, Church Road (Months Mind); Thurs 5th at 7.30pm for               Holy Souls (November List) – Radio Link Only;  Fri 6th at   7.30pm for Connie McSweeney, Ballyguiltenane, Glin, (brother-in-law to Marian Quinn, Woodgrove); 

  Sat 7th at 7.30pm for Neilie Flynn, Abbeyfeale & l/o Kilmorna (Rec Dec) (brother-in-law to Denis Flavin, Kilmorna), and mass on Sun 8th at 11.00am for Holy Souls (all on November List).

Mass Knockanure on Sun 1st  at  9.30am for Holy Souls (all on November List), and Mass on   Sun 8th at  9.30am for  Holy Souls (all on November List).

NOVEMBER SACRED SPACES Moyvane and Knockanure Churches are open daily for visitation and prayer. You will have an opportunity to pray and reflect at these Sacred Spaces.  On your visit bring a colourful fallen leaf and place it in the big wooden dish – with a happy few words of blessing for those you are remembering. All our faithful departed are in the hands and care of our loving Jesus.  There will be prayers and reflections which you can read and reflect on at these ‘Spaces’.

THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS: Anyone wishing to look at The Lady Of All Nations prayer day with Fr. Paul Maria Sigl can do so by visiting

24 10 2020

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.

17  10 2020

DEATH of Anne O’Mahony (née Conway), Glouria, Lisselton, and late of Owenbeg, Easkey, Co. Sligo, on October 11th, 2020, Survived by her husband Maurice, sons Danny, Oliver, Martin, John, Cathal and their partners Jennifer, Angela, Jennifer and Elaine, daughter-in-law Xiao (Mary), granddaughter Ciara, brother Tony, sisters Kay Lavin, Mollie Kennedy, Elsie O’Reily and Martina Scanlon, brothers-in-law Gerry, Michael-John, Damien and John, sisters-in-law Eileen, Maureen and Carmel, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, extended family, former work colleagues, and neighbours.

ANNIVERSARY: Dan O’Donnell, Joan Hilliard, Tom Hogan, Sean Broderick, Moira Nash, Mick Reidy, Julia Anne Costelloe, Paddy Keane, Ita Vaughan, Anthony Foley, Ann Higgins, Pat Nash, Joan Woulfe, Paddy O’Sullivan, Bridget Dillane, Bridget Dalton, Ellen Orman, Paddy Horan, Nora O’Donoghue, Fr. Sean Dillon, Eddie and Mary Costelloe, Brendan Harnett, Denis Leen, Jimmy Mulvihill, Elizabeth O’Dowd, Tim Cantillon, Maurice Collins. Mass Moyvane; Sat 17th at 7.30pm for Seán Broderick, Coilagurteen; Sunday 18th at 11.00am for  Willie Martin, Glin (Rec Dec., uncle to Marian Quinn, Woodgrove); Wed. 21st at 7.30pm for Gerry Galvin, Leitrim East, his parents, Brendan & Eileen & his brother Pat; Fri. 23rd  at 7.30pm for Nora O’Donoghue & daughter baby Leah, Clounbrane & Perth (1st Anni);  Sat 24th  at 7.30pm for Tommy & David Stack, Keylod (Anni), and Mass on Sun 25th at        11.00am  for Anne Nolan, Carrueragh (Months Mind).

Mass Knockanure; Sun 18th at  9.30am for Parishioners, and Mass on Sun 25th  at 9.30am for Seán McMahon, Carrueragh.


11 10 2020

DEATH of Dan O’Flaherty, Kenny Heights, Listowel, and  Affoulia, Lisselton, on October 6th, 2020.  Brother of the late Anne, survived by his wife Mary, sons Liam, Donal and Dermot, daughter Josephine, grandchildren Arfaa, Shaheer, Hashir, Qaim, Donovan, Briana, Paddy, Libby, Liam, Chloe and Sophie, brothers Timmy and Billy, sisters Nora, Helen and Josephine, daughters-in-law Bridget, Joanne and Briana, son-in-law Farrukh, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Following Requiem Mass at Ballydonoghue Church Dan O’Flaherty, was laid to rest at Ahavoher Graveyard.

DEATH took place on 9th October 2020 of Cornelius (Neilie) Flynn, 20, Belfry Heights, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick and formerly of Kilmorna, Listowel, Neilie, (ex Kerry Group PLC and Flynns Hackney Services, Abbeyfeale) is sadly missed by his wife Kathleen, son Joe, daughters Brenda (Heffernan) and Sheila (Fisher), sister Sheila (Enright) and brother Martin.

Recent deaths; James Enright Main St., Tarbert, Unexpectedly in Abu Dhabi on October 3rd 2020.  Kay Papp nee Horgan, London late of Bunagara, and Sheila Mahony nee Stack, Florida, late of Toor, Duagh.

ANNIVERSARIES: Maurice Leahy, Pauline Quinn, Mary Hickey, Marguerite Clancy, Ned Connell, Sr. Martina Relihan, Elizabeth M. B. Kennelly, Mary O’Connor, Michael Finucane, Martin O’Connell, Bro. Michael McAuliffe, Fr. Hallie Ashe, Paddy Faley, Mass Moyvane; Sat 10th at 7.30pm for Seamus O’ Halloran, Donnybrook & l/o Ranelagh (Rec Dec); Sun 11th at 11.00am for Denny McEvoy, Aughrim, & deceased of the McEvoy & Foley families;  Wed 14th at  7.30pm for Mickey Buckley, Glin Road & deceased family members; Fri 16th at  7.30pm for Paddy & Maureen Fitzmaurice, Gurtdromosillihy; 

 Sat 17th at 7.30pm for Seán Broderick, Coilagurteen, and Sun 18th at 11.00am mass for Willie Martin, Glin (Rec Dec), (uncle to Marian Quinn, Woodgrove).

Mass Knockanure – Sun 11th at 9.30am for Pat Lynch, Lr Carrueragh, & deceased family. Mass  Sun 18th at 9.30am                 for Parishioners.

2 10 2020

DEATH of Kathleen Stack (née Enright), Church Road, Moyvane, and late of the Hill, Moyvane, on September 29th, 2020. Predeceased by her husband Willie and brother Mikey Joe Enright. Survived by   her nephew Donal, nieces Ursula, Anna, Kathleen and Margaret, grandnieces, grandnephews, and extended family.  Requiem Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, was celebrated on Thursday, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery.

DEATH of Noreen Lynch (née Horgan), Luachra Road, Clieveragh, Listowel, and late of 97 Church Street, Listowel, on September 26th, 2020, Survived  by her husband John, daughters Mary and Deirdre, grandchildren Aidan and Ciara, sons-in-law Dermot and Cathal, brother-in-law Tim Lynch, sister-in-law Marie Liston, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH of Anne Nolan (née O’Flaherty), Carrueragh, Kilmorna, on September 26th, 2020. Survived by her husband Robert, son Liam (Speedy), daughter Linda, grandchildren Oliver, Paige and Ellie Mai, brothers Dan, Timmy and Billy, sisters Nora, Helen and Josephine, daughter-in-law Eileen, son-in-law Jamie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Following Requiem Mass in Moyvane Church, on 29th September Anne was laid to rest at Ahavoher Cemetery.

DEATH on 26th September 2020 of Sr. Columba (Kathleen) O’Carroll, Mercy Convent, Military Road, Waterford City. Sr. Columba was born in Ballylongford.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Ann Doyle, Patsy Healy, Bridie Lynch, Sean Dowling, Sr. Catherine Colbert, Joan Mulvihill, Mary Ellen Flaherty, Paudie Shanahan, Joe O’Connor, Tommy Stack, Michael Moloney, Monsignor Michael Leahy, Murt Downes, Mass Moyvane; Sat 3rd at 7.30pm for Mary Ellen Flaherty, Keylod;   Sun 4th  at 11.00am for Jim Watkins, Killaloe, Ballina & l/o Saggart (Rec Dec) (brother to Kathleen, Phil & Claire); Wed 7th at 7.30pm for Joseph O’Connor, Kilbaha & deceased of the O’Connor & Foley families ; Sat 10th at 7.30pm for Seamus O’ Halloran, Donnybrook & l/o Ranelagh (Rec Dec), and Mass on  Sun 11th at 11.00am for Denny McEvoy, Aughrim & deceased of the McEvoy & Foley families. Mass Knockanure; Sunday 4th for Tom Flavin, Trien; Fri  9th at 7.30pm for                 Paddy & Harriett Pender, Sallynoggin, Dublin (Anni), and mass on Sun 11th  at 9.30am for Pat Lynch, Lr Carrueragh, Kilmorna and deceased family members .

27 9 2020

DEATH of Willie Martin, 36 Marian Place, Glin, and formerly The Mall, September 18th 2020. Predeceased by his wife Ellen (Lena Mai née Mulvihill RIP August 8th 2017). Survived by  his sons Patrick and Liam, daughters Annmarie and Caroline, his sister Mary, brothers-in-law Pakie and John, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren Cara, Chloe, Will, Jack, Holly and Jason, nieces, and nephews.

DEATH has taken place of David Thompson, Leitrim West, Moyvane, and late of Bourne, Lincolnshire, U.K., on September 24th, 2020, at his son Mark’s residence. Survived by his wife Christine, son Mark, grandchildren Ben, Séan and James, brothers Michael and Philip, sister Sandra, daughter-in-law Nicola, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Tom Fitzgerald, Mike Lynch, Mossy Culhane, Bridget Stack, Mike Parkes, Jerry Enright, Patsy Byrne, Gerard Relihan, Peg Flaherty, Tom Flavin, Mattie Quinn, Eddie Langford, Jerry O’Regan, Gerard F Horgan, Sheila Carmody, Mary E Carpenter, Mai Mullane, Jim McCarthy, Pat Stanley, Sr. Mary Aquin O’Carroll, Nell Byrnes, Mass Moyvane; Sat 26th at 7.30pm for Special Intention – Sick; Sun 27th  at 11.00am for John Shanahan, The Waterfall, Kilflynn (Rec Dec); 

Wed 30th at  7.30pm for  Gerard & Joan McEnery, Tubbertoureen; Fri 2nd  at 7.30pm for  Willie Stack, The Hill; Sat 3rd at 7.30pm for  Mary Ellen Flaherty, Keylod; Sun 4th at 11.00am for Jim Watkins, l/o Saggart, Dublin (Rec Dec) (brother to Kathleen, Phil & Claire).

Mass Knockanure; Sun 27th at 9.30am for Paul McGonigle, Kenmare (1st Anni), and mass on Sun 4th           9.30am for Tom Flavin, Trien


23 9 2020

DEATH of Kathleen O’Sullivan nee Kelly, Born on March 13, 1930, Kathleen was number nine of ten children to Matthew and Elizabeth Kelly in County Clare was the beloved wife of the late Michael C. O’Sullivan, a native of Derry, Listowel; loving mother of Maureen Donohue (late Robert), Patrick (Mary), Robert (Bernadette), Dianne Haley (Jack), Sheila O’Sullivan-Feeney (Jeff), Elizabeth O’Sullivan (Greg), Margaret O’Sullivan, Brenda Doychak (Doug), Eileen Thomas (Mark), and Michael (Sara); dear grandmother of 25 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Also survived by her sisters-in-law, Kitty of Dublin, and Philomena of County Clare, her cousin Mary Sullivan and many nieces, nephews, and cousins from Ireland and England. She was predeceased by 9 siblings; Martin, Pat Joe, Bobby, Jim, Johnny, Ita, Anne, Mary, and Susan. Kathleen died 12th September 2020. Funeral Mass on September 19, 2020 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 1325 Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Soder, Richard V Cantillon, Tim McElligott, Dan Joy, Bridget O’Connor, Bill Cahill, Tom Dillon, Con McMahon, Mass Moyvane; Sat 19th at 7.30pm for Sr. Paschal Hegarty, Presentation Convent, Killarney (Recently Deceased); Sun 20th at 11.00am for Mary & John Feury, Glin (Anni) & their sons Jackie, Patrick & Michael & their grandsons Richard & Seán; Fri 25th at              7.30pm for Mikey Joe Enright, Church Road;  Sat 26th at 7.30pm  a Special Intention – Sick;  Sun 27th at 11.00am for John Shanahan, The Waterfall, Kilflynn (Rec Dec). Mass Knockanure; Sun 20th at 9.30am for Parishioners, and Mass on  Sun 27th at 9.30am for Paul McGonigle, Kenmare (1st Anni).

13 9 2020

SYMPATHY to the family and relations of Anna Greaney who lost her life in Australia recently.

DEATH has occurred of Ita Shine (née Hayes), Upper Dirreen, Athea, on 7th September 2020 Predeceased by her husband Donal, sister Teresa and brothers-in-law Jack, Alphonsus & Joe, sisters-in-law Helena & Maureen. Survived by sons Donie & John, daughters Joan & Mary Ita, sons-in-law Liam & James, daughters-in-law Nora & Catherine, grandchildren Leanne, Daniel, Stephen, Lorraine, Christopher, Tara, Maeve & Amy, brother Seanie, sisters Ann & Helen, brothers-in-law Pat & Bernard, sisters-in-law Eileen & Joan, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH took place of  Timothy (Tadhg) Horan, on 2nd September 2020, of Main Street, Glin, formerly Trieneragh, Duagh, in his 102nd year.

ANNIVERSARIES: Brother William Kelly, Teresa Joan Stack, Desmond Fitzgerald, Joan O’Keeffe, Emmet Kennelly, Vivienne Rogan, Bridget Brosnan, Margaret Daly, Margaret O’Connor, Moira Griffin, Paddy O’Halloran, Bridie Behan, Madeline Barrett, Bill O’Donnell, Sr. Maria Stack, Molly Chrisfield, Timothy Horgan, Mass Moyvane. Sat 12th at 7.30pm for Denny Murphy, Port Road, Killarney; Sun 13th at 11.00am for Bridget, Pat & Dick Stack, Drommurhur; Wed 16th at 7.30pm for     Fr. Dan O’Connor, M.S.C. Knocknagree & Cork (Rec Dec); Sat 19th at 7.30pm for Sr. Paschal Hegarty, Presentation Convent, Killarney (Recently Deceased), and Mass on Sun 20th at 11.00am for Jackie Feury, Newcastle West & l/o Glin (Rec Dec (brother to Joan Moloney, The Village).

Mass Knockanure; Sun 13th at 9.30am for Kitty & Jackie Murphy, Kilmeaney; Fri 18th at 7.30pm for Timothy Horgan Jnr, Trien, (Anni) and mass on  Sun 20th at 9.30am for Parishioners.

5 Sept 2020

SYMPATHY:  To Joan & Billy Moloney & family, The Village on the death of Joan’s brother Jackie Feury, Newcastle West & and Glin whose funeral took place on Thursday 3rd. September 2020.

ANNIVERSARIES: Breda O’Driscoll, Sheila Barry, John Patrick Ryan, Ned Stack, Ando Brosnan, Elma O’Connor, Hugh Goulding, Fr. Michael Maher, Anna Maria McGibney, Kitty Murphy, Jack Costello, Michael Scanlon, Fr. Joe Walsh, Sr. Mercedes O’Connor, Padraig Kelly, Sr. Anthony O’Connor, Mary Broderick, Margaret Mullins, Brendan Daly. Mass Moyvane; Sat 5th at 7.30pm, a Special Intention – Sick; Sun 6th at 11.00am for Johnny & Mena Hanrahan, Ballygoughlin, Glin;  Wed 9th at 7.30pm for Ned & Mary Ellen Stack, The Village & deceased of the Stack family & Ned Scanlon; Fri 11th at              7.30pm for Fr. John Quinlan, S.M.A. Cork & Tralee (Rec Dec); Sat 12th at  11.30am  First Holy Communion Scoil Chorp Chríost and 7.30pm mass for Denny Murphy, Port Road, Killarney and 

Sun 13th mass at 11.00am for Bridget, Pat & Dick Stack, Drommurhur.

Mass Knockanure – Sun 6th at 9.30am for Alan Smyth, Sallynoggin, Dublin (Rec Dec) (relatives in Knockanure), and Sun 13th at 9.30am for Kitty & Jackie Murphy, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna.

29 Aug 2020

DEATH of Joan Keane born 28/05/1921, Passed away Melbourne 23/08/2020 Daughter of Daniel and Johanna Keane, of Carrueragh, Knockanure, Moyvane. Sister to Peg, Lil, Mary, Teresa & Dan (all dec). Loved Auntie Joan to many. Thanks to all at Mary Mackillop/St Vincent’s Care Services, Hawthorn East for their care since 2012.

DEATH occurred on Thursday 27th August 2020 of Sr. Paschal Hegarty Presentation Convent, Killarney, / Listowel. Sr. Paschal. Dearly loved and sadly missed by her sisters Sr. Martina, Sheila (Carey), Nora (Hurley) and Teresa (D’Arcy), brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, relatives, her Presentation Sisters Community and many dear friends. Predeceased by her sisters Annie, Elizabeth and Sr. Kathleen and her brother Martin. Burial in Kilsinane Cemetery, Listowel.

The death has occurred of Mary Cullinane (née O’Callaghan) Upper Fairhill, Cork – On August 6th, 2020. Mary (nee O’Callaghan), Upper Fair Hill, wife of the late James and mother of Jim, Philip, Marie (McLean), Fiona (Dorgan) & Irene (Morrissey). Sadly missed by her loving family, grandchildren, great-grandchild, brothers, sisters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Liam Nolan, Michael Joe Daly, Margaret Kennelly, Mossy Meade, Jim Barry, John Carroll, Jeremiah Brendan Sheehy, Vincent Wash, Charles Guillin, Martin Jordan, Fr. Gerard O’Connell, Delia O’Donoghue, Patsy Buckley, Mick Shine, Dan Foley, Paul Collins, Mass Moyvane –

 Sat  29th at7.30pm for Peggy Enright, Church Road;  Sun 30th at 11.00am for Seán Larkin, Maurice & Mary Dowling & Hillary Dowling; Wed 2nd  at 7.30pm for   Mary Cullinane, Cork City (Rec Dec) (sister to Madge Kiely, Aughrim); Fri 4th at  7.30pm for Stephen & Mary Roche, Bedford;  Sat 5th  at                7.30pm  Mass for Special Intention – Sick;  Sun 6th at 11.00am mass for Johnny & Mena Hanrahan, Ballygoughlin, Glin;

Mass Knockanure –  Sun 30th  at 9.30am  for Parishioners and  Sun 6th mass at 9.30am Alan Smyth, Sallynoggin, Dublin (Rec Dec) (relatives in Knockanure).

22 Aug 2020

SYMPATHY to the relatives of Alan Smyth, Sallynoggin, Dublin, who died on August 12, 2020.

ANNIVERSARIES: Madge Fitzgerald, Betty Nash, Joan McCarthy, Mick Barrett, Shane Courtney, Bridie Moore, Sr. Evangelist Cantillon, Mary McLoughlin, Geraldine Hegarty, Pat Mulvihill, Phil Kerin, Peggy Enright, Sr. Columba Relihan, Denis McGrath, Henry Brosnan, Mass Moyvane; Sat 22nd at 7.30pm for Mary & Ned O’Flaherty, Tubbertoureen; Sun 23rd  at 11.00am for Patrick Shanahan, Kilbaha (Months Mind); Mon 24th at 7.30pm  for Kathleen Gallagher, Askeaton (Rec Dec); Wed 26th at 7.30pm for Bridie Moore, Glenalappa; Fri 28th at 7.30pm for Liam Lynch, Leitrim Middle & Deceased of the Lynch & Byrne families; Sat 29th at 7.30pm for Peggy Enright, Church Road (1stAnni), and Mass on Sun 30th at 11.00am for Seán Larkin, Maurice & Mary Dowling & Hillary Dowling.

Knockanure Church – Sun 23rd at 9.30am mass for Jimmy Ruddle, Glin (Rec Dec.). Sun 30th              9.30am for Parishioners.

15 August 2020

SYMPATHY to the family of Andrew Fleming, native of Dunmore, Co. Galway who died in an accident on Tuesday afternoon in Tarbert.

 ANNIVERSARIES: Sean Neligan, Sr. Kathleen O’Connell, Patricia Danaher, Peg Keane, Geraldine Dillon, John Hudson, Sr. Patrick Tarrant, Breda Daly, Tom Lyons, Mary Stack, Catherine Broderick, Margaret Crowley, Donie Cahill, Mary O’Carroll, Robert Moloney, Anne Browne, Con McSweeney, Fr. Billy O’Gorman, Jack Martin Mulvihill, Elsie O’Sullivan. Mass Moyvane; Sun 16th at 11.00am for Jack Martin Mulvihill, Glenalappa; Tues 18th at 7.30pm for John Stack, Aughrim; Wed 19th at 7.30pm for Paul Sweeney, Sandymount, Dublin & l/o Donegal (Rec Dec); Fri 21st at 7.30pm for Joe & Mary Lynch, Woodgrove; Sat 22nd, at 7.30pm for Mary & Ned O’Flaherty, Tubbertoureen, and Mass on  Sun 23rd at 11.00am for Patrick Shanahan, Kilbaha (Months Mind). Mass Knockanure;  Sat 15th at 9.30am Feast of the Assumption – Holy Day of Obligation for Parishioners; Sun 16th  at 9.30am for Jason Plested, UK, and Mass on Sun 23rd at  9.30am for Jimmy Ruddle, Glin (Rec Dec).

 POET and songwriter Willie Finucane died 20 Aug 1988.

8 8 2020

GRAVEYARD masses are missed by many people, who make an annual pilgrimage to local graveyards and remember  those who have passed away and reminisce about them among ourselves. Local cemetery headstones can be viewed at knockanurelocal site.

BORN On 6th August 1775, Daniel O’Connell. ‘The Liberator’. A lawyer and politician is considered one of the most important figures in Irish history.

BEIRUT 300,000 people have been left homeless by the explosion.

YEMEM Over 10 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

TRAGEDY on the Shannon on 15th August 1893 when 17 lost their lives.

DEATH of John Denihan, Dooncaha, Tarbert, on August 3rd 2020. Survived by sisters Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth (Liz), Helen, Margaret and brothers Stephen and Anthony, sisters in law, and brothers in law.

DEATH of Eliza Walsh, Coolkeragh, Listowel, and late of New York, on August 5th, 2020. Predeceased by her siblings Kitty, Mary Catherine, William, Patrick (Tullamore), Martina (Cork) and Teresa (U.S.A). Survived by her nephews Martin Walsh, John, Kieran and Derek Noonan (Cork), Chris and Bruce Golden (U.S.A), nieces Marion and Elizabeth (Walsh), Noelle Noonan, Donna Golden, grandnephews, and grandnieces

DEATH occurred on Monday 3rd August 2020 of Rev. Fr. John Kennelly, Our Lady of Fatima Home, Tralee, and late of Ballylongford, Co. Kerry. Fr. John Kennelly is predeceased by his parents Bridie and Timmie and his brother, Colm. Sadly missed by his sisters Mary (Kenny) and Nancy (McAuliffe), brothers Brendan, Alan, Paddy and Kevin; sisters-in-law Rena, Brenda, Kathleen, and Marion; nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; relatives and friends, the Bishop and Priests of the Diocese of Kerry, the communities in which he ministered and the staff and residents at Our Lady of Fatima Home.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael O’Donnell, Mick Moore, Pats Carmody, Paddy Keane, Sr. Ita Rochford, Bridie O’Carroll, Mary T Hegarty, Jim Harnett, Billy Buckley, Georgie O’Connell, Brendan Daly, Tom Moloney, Sr. Rose Flynn, Bridie Leahy, Mary Keane, Kay Horgan, Josie Loftus, Bridget Hayes, Brid Flavin, Mass Moyvane;  Sat 8th at  2.00pm for Esther & Seán Foley, Ashgrove (Mass of thanksgiving

for their Golden Jubilee, 50 years of marriage), and mass at 7.30pm for Dora & Mossie Ahern, Kilbaha (Anni); Sun 9th at 11.00am for Pat Hayes, Clounbrane (Rec Dec); Mon 10th at  7.30pm  Special Intention; Tues 11th  at 7.30pm for Hannah & Jimmy Doyle, Glin Road, their son Mick & their

daughters Maureen & Betty (Hannah’s Anniversary occurs at this time); Wed 12th at 7.30pm for Michael O’Neill, Limerick (Rec Dec); Thurs 13th at 7.30pm  for Thanksgiving Mass for all our local Home Helps and their families; FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION – Holy Day of Obligation       (As Moyvane Church is dedicated to Our Lady of  Assumption – this is a very special day in our Parish.  Let us remember in our prayers all Parishioners & Priests who have gone to their eternal reward, who have left us a beautiful Church.  Our Lady keep us safe and well) Mass Fri  14th at 7.30pm  VIGIL: Marian Quinn, Woodgrove, Birthday Blessing; Sat 15th at 11.00am  for Kathleen & Dan Ryan (Anni) & grandson Daniel (RIP), West Clare & New York and mass at 7.30pm  Special Intention – Eugene & family; Sun 16th  at 11.00am Mass for  Jack Martin Mulvihill, Glenalappa (Anni).

Mass Knockanure – Sun 9th at  9.30am for  Special Intention (sick); Sat 15th at 9.30am mass for Feast of the Assumption Holy Day of Obligation for Parishioners and Sun 16th mass at 9.30am for Jason Plested, UK (Anni).

31 July 2020

DEATH took place of Patrick Shanahan, Kilbaha, Moyvane, on Friday evening 24th July. Predeceased by his son John and brother Brendan. Sadly missed by his wife Kathleen, children Tom, Joanne, Karina, Padraig and James, grandchildren, Cara, Emily, Oisín, Seán, Cian, Aaron, Ellie, Katie, Conor, Aislinn, Aoife and John Patrick, brother John Joe, daughters in law, Patricia, Claire and Gina, sons in law, Aidan and Mark, brother in law John, sisters in law, Mary, Helen and Bridget, nieces, and nephews.

DEATH has taken place of occurred of Nellie Aherne, Dirreen, Athea, in her 95th year, on 30th July 2020. Predeceased by her parents William & Margaret, brothers Willie & Tom, sisters Nora, Bridie, Margaret, Kathy & Mai.

ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Finucane, Leah Erin O’Donoghue, John P Walsh, John Purtill, Mary Kennelly O’Connor, Betty Griffin, Sr. Benedict Cotter, Sean Redmond, Dora Ahern, Paddy Casey, Pearl Dean, Nell O’Connor, Sr. Rosalie Enright, Mary Flaherty, Eileen McNamara, Lizzie Burns, Joe Kearney, Kitty Barrett, Fr. Noel Moran, Sr. Brendan Sheehy, Jerry Mulvihill, Eileen Ahern. Mass in Moyvane on Sat 1st  at 7.30pm for Jackie Lyons, Derry, Listowel; Sun 2nd  at 11.00am for Damien Lyne, Killarney (Rec Dec); Mass on  Sat 8th at 2.00pm for Esther & Seán Foley, Ashgrove (Mass of thanksgiving for their Golden Jubilee, 50 years of marriage) and  7.30pm Mass for Dora & Mossie Ahern, Kilbaha (Anni); Sun 9th at  11.00am for Pat Hayes, Clounbrane (Rec Dec). Mass  Knockanure – Friday 7th at 7.30pm for Ellen Collins, Lisaniskea (Anni), her husband Laurence & their son Maurice and Mass on Sun 9th  at 9.30am for a Special Intention (sick) (please note Mass time has changed to 9.30am.

RECENT DEATHS July 2020; Brian O’Connor, Sheffield, formerly of Kent UK, late of Listowel and Ballyduff.

John Halpin, Harrow, London late of Coolkeragh.

The death has occurred of Sr. Mary O’Carroll  of Glasnevin, Dublin / Tarbert, Kerry

 (Holy Faith Sisters, Glasnevin, Dublin). Sr. Mary Calasanctius (Cally), (also Mona), died in Marian House, Glasnevin on the 27th July, 2020. Survived by her sisters- in-law, Tess and Kathleen, nephews, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family, her community in Marian House, Holy Faith Sisters, former colleagues and friends. Predeceased by her brothers, Jack, Mossie and Patrick, her sisters Kathleen and Josephine.

25 July 2020

DEATH Paddy Cronin M.P.S.I of Bishopstown, Cork & formerly of Knockanure, Moyvane, On July 18th,  2020, in his 91st, year. Husband of the late Nuala (née Byrne), father of Padraig, Maelíosa and Seán, brother of Kathleen, Betty and the late Mary, James, Michael, Jackie, Eddie, Peig, Tony and Tom, father-in-law of Gary, Mary and the late Maria. Sadly missed by his loving family, grandchildren Líosa, Lucy, Karl, Katie and Luke, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH has taken place in Cork of Fr. Dan O’Connor, M.S.C., a native of Knocknagree .

ANNIVERSARIES: Benny Collins, Paddy Kennelly, Sr. Dympna O’Driscoll, Michael O’Connor, Canon James Neville, Eileen McManus, Peggy McElligott, Tom Geoghegan, Michael O’Keeffe, Mass Moyvane; Sat 25th at 7.30pm for  Willie Buckley, The Village (Months Mind); Sun 26th at 11.00am for  Patrick O’Driscoll, Farranree;  Mon 27th  at 7.30pm for  Margaret O’Connor, Ballybunion; Tues 28th at  7.30pm for Andrzej Nawrot, Kepno, Poland (Anni) & Special Intention for his wife Aniela & blessing on their son Adam in Dublin; Wed 29th at 7.30pm for Jeremiah Mulvihill, Glenalappa (Anni) & deceased of the Mulvihill & Connolly families; Thurs 30th at 7.30pm for  Jerry Clancy, Knockanure (Anni); Fri 31st at  7.30pm for  John Walsh, Barragougeen (Anni), his parents Ellen & Patrick & deceased of the Walsh family; Sat 1st at 7.30pm for Jackie Lyons, Derry, Listowel, and Mass on Sun 2nd  at 11.00am for Damien Lyne, Killarney (Rec Dec).

18 July 2020

GRAVEYARD Committee was formed in the Parish at a meeting on 20th July 1997.

DEATH on 11 July  2020 of Jimmy Ruddle, sympathy to his wife Catherine, daughters and sons, Hélene, Ann Marie, Carol, James, Patrick, David, and Denis; sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law and grandchildren, niece, and nephew. Mass in Moyvane for the happy repose of Jimmy, at a later date.

DEATH has taken place on 16 July 2020, of Fr. John Quinlan, SMA, Blackrock, Cork and formerly of Cahill’s Park, Tralee.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bridger Collins, Jack McKenna, Fr. Timothy Gunn, Hannah Ferguson, Bill Enright, Nora Moore, Ellie Scanlon, Maurice Stack, Margaret Twohig, John Broderick, Fr. Denis Dwyer, John McAuliffe, Maureen Airey, Mary Holly, Mass Moyvane; Sat 18th at 7.30pm for Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh (Birthday Remembrance); Sun 19th at  11.00am  for Peg Sheehan (née O’Connor), New York & l/o Upper Aughrim; Mon 20th  at             7.30pm for  Rita Daly (née Finucane), l/o Moyvane, Tralee &

South Africa (Rec Dec); Wed 22nd at 7.30pm  for Nora Moore, Kilmorna (Anni), her  husband Jimmy & their son Willie; Thurs 23rd at  7.30pm for Denis Corridan, Murhur; Sat 25th at 7.30pm for Willie Buckley, The Village (Months Mind), and Mass on Sun 26th at 11.00am for Patrick O’Driscoll, Farranree, Cork (Anni).

11 July 2020

DEATH of Rita Daly nee Finucane of Moyvane & Tralee, and South Africa, on 10th July 2020, wife of Austin, mother of Sharon, Amanda, Colleen & Fiona and sister of Noreen (Listowel & The Philippines). Sadly missed by her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends. A private family funeral will take place for Rita in South Africa.

DEATH of Joe Thompson, Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, aged 79 son of Peg and Joe and formerly of Headley’s Bridge, Knocknagoshel, on Saturday July 4th 2020. Predeceased by his baby daughter Rosemary, Joe, well known coursing enthusiast, survived wife of 51 years,  Marie, son Jody, daughter Emer, adored grand-daughter Abbie, daughter-in-law Marie, Emer’s partner Frank, sisters Maureen, Margaret and Noreen, brothers Tom, Lee, Jim, John and Bob, aunt Mary Whittaker, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces. He will be remembered in Knocknagoshel GAA circles as captain of the 1969 Novice Championship winning team.

DEATH of Josie Liston (née Finucane) of Coole East, Athea. Josie died on 3rd July, 2020 at Youghal & District Nursing Home. Predeceased by her husband Jack, she was mother of the late Mary Ryan (Clarina). Survived by her children Joan (Cratloe, Clare), Mike (London), Dinny (London), Noreen (Athea), Jimmy (Athea), Liam (Listowel), Geraldine (Lexlip), Sean (Athea) and Angela (Youghal), son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Josie was a native of Knockanure, her brother Willie was a great poet and songwriter.

DEATH of Jack Charlton, he personified golden era in Irish football – Taoiseach

ANNIVERSARIES: Dan Flynn, Peg Brouder, Sr. M Joseph Sheehy, Jeremiah Cronin, Martin Collins, Mary McCarthy, Anna Danaher Smithwick, Ciss Dore, Martin McGrath, Mgr. Padraig O’Fiannachta, Jackie Keane, Helena O’Keeffe, Johnny McEnery, John Murphy, Sr. Declan Murphy, Bridie Mai Moore, Fr. William Buckley, Tom Sullivan, Margaret Horgan, Nora Mulvihill, Mass Moyvane; Sat 11th  at  7.30pm for Pat Joe McEnery, Tubbertoureen, (Months Mind); Sun 12th  at 11.00am for Paddy Connolly, Glenagragra, (Months Mind); Tues 14th  at 7.30pm for Mary McCarthy, Newcastlewest & Lr.Aughrim; Thurs 16th at  7.30pm for  Ellen & Tom Sheehan, Kilbaha; Fri 17th at  7.30pm for Ciss Dore, Woodgrove, her husband Michael, their sons  John & Mike & their daughter Kathleen; Sat 18th  at 7.30pm for Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh (Birthday Remembrance), and Mass on  Sun 19th at 11.00am for Peg Sheehan (née O’Connor), New York & l/o Upper Aughrim, (Rec Dec).

  MASS Duagh; Church: Monday &Thursday ;10.00am Tuesday & Friday 7.30pm.  Saturday 7.30pm & Sunday 11.30am.

MASS ON TELEVISON  –  R.T.E. News Now at 10.30am each morning.

DEATH of Sheila Birkinshaw (née Kennelly), Rathea, Listowel, on July 7th, 2020, at her residence. Predeceased by her husband Derek and youngest son Simon. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her son Nick, daughter Joanna, grandchildren Sam, Matt, Jacob, Sarah and Ben, great-grandchild James, brothers Mike and Bill, sisters Joan, Noreen and Tess ,son-in-law Sam, sisters-in-law Peggy and Pat, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.


Ballybunion Church mass; Saturday 18th July  2020 :7.00 p.m.:Sr. Lelia Sheahan, Madge Sheahan, Sheila Sheahan, Bro. Hugh Sheahan, Elizabeth McElligott,, Mons. Edward Kissane.

July 4 2020;

SCHOOL: At a recent Board of Management at Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure the following votes of sympathy were  passed – To The McElligott & Foley Family Kilmeaney on the death  of Hannah Keane

To The Prendiville Family Carrueragh on the death of Anne

To Joan & The  McEnery Family Tubbertooreen & Listowel on the death of Pat Joe McEnery

To The Buckley Family Moyvane & O’ Connor Family Direen Athea on the death of Bridget  Buckley.

SYMPATHY: To Mike & Bernadette Gliroy & family & Bridie Sheehan & family on the sudden death of Bernadette’s mother-in-law Margaret Gilroy, Sligo whose funeral took place recently in Sligo.  To Dermot Gallagher & family, Askeaton  on the death of his wife Kathleen.  Kathleen was a regular visitor to the Church in Moyvane and to social gatherings. We extend our sympathy to the Buckley and Keane families who are relatives here in the Parish. 

DEATH: The brother of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, died on Wednesday July 1 2020, at the age of 96, the diocese of Regensburg has confirmed. Benedict XVI visited his brother in Regensburg last month after hearing he was seriously ill, and stayed in the diocese for four days during which the two brothers celebrated Mass together on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

DEATH occurred on 27 June 2020 of Martin Kennelly of Mylerstown Stud, Two Mile House, Naas, Kildare / Woodford Listowel. Husband of the late Sabina and father of Paul, Mary, Elizabeth, Martin and Sean.  Missed by his family, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter,

DEATH took place on 26 June 2020 of Tom Sheahan, Ballyline, Ballylongford and formerly of Leitrim Middle, Moyvane. Husband of Margaret for 59 years;  father of Mary, Thomas, Úna and Pat and grandfather of Patrick and Gerard, predeceased by his son-in-law Mike Barry; sadly missed by his brother Con, brother-in-law Willie, son-in-law John, daughter-in-law Joann, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Burial in St. Mary’s New Cemetery, Tarbert.

DEATH of Kathleen Dillon (née Hartnett), Duagh Village, on June 27th, 2020. Predeceased by her husband Mattie. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Brenda and Jerry, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Joseph O’Keeffe, Bettie Moloney, Joe Woods McConville, John Patsy O’Sullivan, Sr. Rosario Weir, Brendan Finucane, Dan Broderick, Peg Vaughan, Michael Moloney, Mass Moyvane; Sat 4th at 7.30pm for Willie Pearse, Woodgrove (Months Mind); Sun 5th at 11.00am for Elsie Murphy, Ballyphehane, Cork (Anni); Tues 7th at  7.30pm for Tessie Mulvihill, Pol Line (Anni) & her  husband Denis their  son Ben; Thurs 9th at  7.30pm for Bridie Reilly (nee Fitzmaurice), Glasgow & l/o Leitrim Middle; Fri 10th at  7.30pm for James McNamara, Ballylongford, Birthday Remembrance RIP; Sat 11th at 7.30pm for Pat Joe McEnery, Tubbertoureen, Moyvane (Months Mind), and Mass on Sun 12th at 11.00am for Paddy Connolly, Glenagragra, Glin (Months Mind).

27 June 2020

DEATH of John Joe Kearney of Fr. Russell Road, Limerick, formerly Kilbaha, Moyvane on June 17, 2020. Husband of Kay, dad to Pat, Norma, Karen and Olive and grandad to Shane, Emma, Jack, Laura, Molly, Ava, Alison and Matilda. Sadly missed by his daughter-in-law Deirdre, sons-in-law Paul, Brian and Seán. Sympathy to his brother Patrick & family in Kilbaha, his brother Mossie & family, Manchester and his sister Bridie & family, Listowel.

DEATH has occurred of Bridget Buckley, New York and l/o Upper Direen, Athea. Survived by  brother Denis O’Connor & family, New York and also her sister Mary Kelly & family, New York.  Con Buckley l/o The Village, predeceased Bridget. Bridget was  a sister to the late Paudie O’Connor, Upper Direen.

DEATH of Gerard O’Connor, Springmount, Duagh, on Tuesday, June 23rd 2020. Gerard, son of the late Michael and Bridie is survived by his wife Margaret, his  children Sharon, Niamh, Gearóid, Darragh and Clodagh, brothers Kevin, Fr. Declan, Brendan and Brian, sisters Valerie and Carmel, sons-in-law Simon and Seán, Gearóid’s partner Jessica, Darragh’s partner Kelley, grandchildren Tadhg, Róisín, Donagh, Aoibhín, Fiadh and Éabha, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jim Galvin, Seamus Vaughan, John Joe Barrett, Padraig Madden, Patrick Synan, Michael Murphy, Kathy O’Donovan, John Joe O’Donnell, Sr. Ida Woulfe, Jerry Carey, Eileen Holly, Julia O’Connor, Mick Finucane, Mary Kirby, John Kirby, Richard Kissane.

FIRST MASS IN THE CHURCH SINCE THE LOCKDOWN IN MARCH  WITH CONGRETAION AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION; Mon 29th  at 7.30pm for Marguerite Flynn, Knockanure, 40th Birthday celebration; Wed 1st at  7.30pm for  Seán Begley, Kantoher, Limerick (Anni); Fri 3rd at 7.30pm for Fr. James Kissane, Ahalahana (Anni) & deceased of the Kissane Family and Sat 4th at 7.30pm for Willie Pearse, Woodgrove (Months Mind) and Sun 5th at 11.00am for Elsie Murphy, Ballyphehane, Cork (Anni).

DEATH of Kevin Kenneally, Late of St. Mary of the Angels, Beaufort, Co. Kerry and Hillside Park, Dunmore Road, Waterford. Died 24th June 2020. Predeceased by his father Billy, deeply regretted by his mother Maureen, brothers Brendan, Donal, Patrick and Martin, sisters-in-law Martina, Monica, Mairead and Helen, nieces and nephews Cathy, Sarah, Liam, Megan, Fionn, Niamh and Tom, aunts Carmel and Eithne, his community in St. Mary of the Angels, relatives and friends.

DEATH of KENNELLY Dan  (Portmarnock, Co. Dublin and formerly of Limerick) June 21st, 2020. Husband of the late Eileen and father of David, Donald, Sean, Mairead, Fiona and Deirdre. Sadly missed by his sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

June 18, 2020 – (JTA) — Vera Lynn, a British singer who performed at benefit concerts for Jewish refugees in the years leading up to World War II, has died at the age of 103.

Lynn, whose late husband, Harry Lewis, was Jewish, is best known for the iconic song “We’ll Meet Again.” Other hits included “The White Cliffs Of Dover” and “There’ll Always Be An England.”

20 June Notes 2020

DEATH of Jean Kennedy Smith, a former United States Ambassador to Ireland, on 18th June 2020. The 92-year-old was the last surviving sibling of JFK. The youngest sister of President John F Kennedy, Senator Robert F Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy, she received honorary Irish citizenship and is being remembered for the work she did to achieve peace in Northern Ireland. she was an advocate for persons with disabilities and the founder of a non-profit organization affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center that promotes the artistic talents of children, youth, and adults with disabilities.

DEATH took place of Willie Buckley, Church Road, Moyvane, Suddenly, on June 12th, 2020, at his residence. Predeceased by his parents Bill Buckley a native of Knockanure and Nora McMahon a native of Athea and his  sister Breda (O’Driscoll).Survived by his sister Marian (Mawe), nephew Conor, niece Caoimhe, brothers-in-law Tom and Oliver, and dear friend Kathleen.

SYMPATHY: To Bridget Mulvihill & family, Glenalappa on the death of her brother Paddy Connolly, Glenagragra, Glin whose funeral was in Glin.  To the Jones family Ballybunion & the Mulvihill family, Poul Line on the death of Denis Jones whose funeral took place in Ballybunion.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael O’Sullivan, Joan McLoughlin, Jim Cogan, Martin Whelan, Mary Dunne, Mary Nolan, Maggie Kennelly, Tom Manaher, Denis Lane, Nora Buckley, Eileen Kennelly, John Joe McElligott, Bess Horgan, Masses are available on Parish Radio link. Sat 20th at 7.30pm for Jack Mulvihill, Woodgrove; Sun 21st at 10.00am for Jim Groarke, The Village & deceased of the  Groarke & McKenna families, and 11.00am mass for Gerald Tierney, Woodgrove (1st Anni); Mon 22nd at          7.30pm for Mary Brosnan, Coilagurteen; Tues 23rd at  7.30pm for Helen O’Connor, Tarmons, Tommy O’Connor, Loughill & l/o Tarmons & deceased of the O’Connor & Hanrahan families;  Wed 24th at  7.30pm for Nora Buckley, New York & Bawnaraha; Thurs 25th at  7.30pm for Bibi (Bridget) Dillon, Leitrim East (Months Mind); Fri 26th at 7.30pm for Mike Joe Cronin, Mail Road Cross (Months Mind);

Sat 27th at 7.30pm for Parishioners; Sun 28th at  10.00am for  Karen Harrison, The Wirral, Liverpool (Rec Dec), and 11.00am  Mass for Jack Shine, Glin Road & his twin brother Pat  (Birthday Remembrance)

13 June 2020

DEATH of Carmel Lynch (née Stokes), Billerough, Listowel, Co. Kerry and formerly of Cahirdown, Listowel, on June 9th, 2020,

June 2020; On behalf of the entire student body of Coláiste Íde agus Iosef I would like to offer sincerest condolences to Donal and David and all of Ms. Stokes-Lynch’s family at this sad time. A kind and caring person, a dedicated teacher and a wonderful friend, Ms. Stokes-Lynch was a vibrant member of the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef school community. Through her support and love of teaching she left a lasting impression on each and every one of her students and we will always remember her. She will be sadly missed.

Conor McAuliffe (Ceannaire) and all the students of Colàiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale.

Students of Coláiste Ide agus Iosef

DEATH The death has occurred of Michael Haslam of Lakelands, Athea, Limerick / Tipperary Town, Tipperary of the 12th infantry Battalion. Michael was predeceased by his parents Gerry and Margaret  and his granddaughter Eilís. Survived by his wife Anna (Nee McMahon, Athea) and his  sons Gerry, his wife Maria (Glenamaddy, Galway) Sean and his partner Angela (England). A grandfather to Niamh and Cormac and great grandfather to Conal, Éanna, Aaron and Tadhg. His passing is deeply regretted by his sisters Breda and Maggie (Tipperary town). Michael is sadly missed by his Athea family, his comrades from I.U.N.V.A. and O.N.E..

ANNIVERSARIES: David Riordan Moyvane, Cillian O’Connor, Joan Keane, Eamon Keane, Nancy Enright, Fr. Bill Prendiville, Tommy O’Connor, Fr. William Stack, Sr. Acquilina Relihan, Laurene Kennelly, Tony Buckley, Jim Groarke, Mass on Sat 13th at  7.30pm for  Anne Prendiville, Carrueragh (Months Mind); Sun 14th at 10.00am Sacred Heart Novena Intentions and 11.00am Mass of Thanksgiving – Special Intention; Mon 15th at 7.30pm  for Deceased of the Flavin & Mulvihill families, Aughrim; Tues 16th at  7.30pm  for Sacred Heart Novena Intentions; Wed 17th at           7.30pm for Nancy Enright (née Cronin), Tarbert & deceased of the  Cronin family, Leitrim West;

Thurs 18th at 7.30pm for Mary & Tom McNamara, Cooraclare Village (Anni); Fri 19th at 12noon  Graduation Mass for students of Murhur N.S. and  7.30pm  mass for Peggy Williams, Ballydonoghue (Months Mind); Sat 20th  at 7.30pm  for Jack Mulvihill, Woodgrove (Anni); Sun 21st at 10.00am for Jim Groarke, The Village (Anni) & deceased of the Groarke & McKenna families, and the 11.00am Mass for  Gerald Tierney, Woodgrove (1st Anni).

June 6 2020

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

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

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

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

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


30 May 2020

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  7th 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.

May 23 2020 notes

DEATH on May 20, 2020, of Fr. Billy O’Carroll, St Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, and formerly of Tralee, Ogoja Diocese (Nigeria), Buchlyvie (Scotland) and Grenada (West Indies)

ANNIVERSARIES: Dolores Connolly, Maureen O’Sullivan, Fiona Moore, Netta Flaherty, Sr. Mary Buckley, Dick Fitzgerald, Mary Flavin, Mary O’Donoghue, Tom Lynch, Esther Byrne, Bridie Histon. Mass on Sat 23rd at 7.30pm for John Carmody, Ahalahana & dec of the Carmody family; Sun  24th  10.00am Michael Andrew Beasley O’Flaherty, Ballybunion and 11.00am mass for Mary Rose Kennelly, Norah Kennelly Kelly & Lorrane Kennelly, Gortdromagouna; Mon 25th at 7.30pm  for Michael Quealy, Ballincollig (1st Anni); Tues 26th at 7.30pm for Ned Costello. Mass on Wed 27th  at 7.30pm for All those who have died from C19 in Ireland and their families. Mass on Thurs 28th at  7.30pm for Margaret & Michael Flynn, Knockanure & deceased of the Flynn & McMahon families;

Fri  29th at 7.30pm for Micheál Mulvihill, Gurtdromosillihy; Sat 30th at 7.30pm for  James Duggan, Murhur and Mass on Sun 31st at 10.00am for Rubi McMahon, Washington DC & Nancy, Jack & Josie

McMahon, Lisaniskea, and 11.00am Mass for Parishioners.

16 May 2020

SYMPATHY:  To Terry & Mary O’Brien, Glin Road on the sudden death of Terry’s brother Mick in Limerick whose funeral took place in Limerick.

DEATH of  Sean Ahern, Tarmons East, Tarbert on the 11th May, 2020. Survived by his wife Rose, son Michael, grandchildren Sean and Laura, brothers Tom, Mike and Patrick, daughter-in-law Denise, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces. 

DEATH of Anne Prendiville (née Stack), Carrueragh, Moyvane. (Retired V.P of Murhur N.S), on the 13th of May, 2020. Survived by her husband Finbar, daughter Emer, son Robert, grandchild Finn, sister Ena, daughter-in-law Mairéad, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Her mother  Cathy Stack died 2003 (nee Ferris), and her father Bob  died in 1996.

DEATH has taken place of Tom Stack – Lifford Road, Ennis, & formerly of Moyvane.

(Retired Chief Fire Officer, Clare Co. Council) on May 12th, 2020. Husband of Joan & father of Deirdre, Eibhlín, James, Pauline & Tommy, also survived by, sister-in-law Sheila Stack (Moyvane), son-in-law Seamus Brennan, daughters-in-law Jo & Mary Stack, grandchildren Conor, Laura, Gary, Darragh, Shane, Ciarán, Niall, Ellen, Hannah, Fergal, Diarmuid & Niamh, great grandson Alfie, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces. Tom’s sister Sr. Dympna Stack died 13th March 2020. Also predeceased by siblings Bridie Behan in 2015, Mai McCarthy in 2007, John in 2002, and Dick in 2008, they were children of Jim Stack and Molly Cunningham of Moyvane South.

DEATH took place on 8th May 2020 of Rev. Fr. Colmcille Murphy of the Franciscan Order, St Clare’s Parish Friary, Blackley, Manchester, and formerly of Sallowglen, Tarbert. Survived by his sisters, brothers, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

DEATH of Fr. Michael Fleming, parish priest, of Killorglin and formerly of Scartaglen  died on the 8th of May 2020. Fr. Michael is deeply regretted by his brothers and sisters: Mai Fleming, Killarney, Eileen Carew, Tipperary, Patrick, New Jersey, Sr. De Lourdes, Mercy Sisters, Tralee and Sr. Angela, Mercy Sisters, Clonakilty,  Fr. Michael will be sadly missed by all of his extended family, friends and the many communities he was part of including the diocesan community.

ANNIVERSARIES: Patrick Shanahan, Noranne McCarthy, Maureen O’Connor, Con Flaherty, Mary Stack, Sr. Loretto O’Connor, John P McGrath, Canon Pat Horgan, Mossie Fitzgerald, Ava Maria Hegarty, Fr. Vincent Kavanagh, Padraig Kennelly, Sr. Lelia Sheahan, Eileen McCarthy, Michael Kennelly, Alf Neville, Fr. Ned Corridan, Sr. Aloysius McElligott, Joe Lyons, Tom Molyneaux, Mass; on  Sat 16th at 7.30pm for Peter McGrath, Ahalahana; Sun 17th at 10.00am for Noreen Sweeney, Carrueragh  & her husband Pat; 11.00am for Fr. Paul Dillon, Duagh (Rec Dec). Mass on Mon the 18th at  7.30pm a Special Intention; Tues 19th at  7.30pm  a Special Intention – sick. Mass on Wed 20th at 7.30pm  for Eamon Gallagher, Ellen Mullane, Denny Mullane & the  dec. of the Gallagher & Mullane families; Thurs 21st at 7.30pm for Nora & Jack Walsh, Leitrim East;  Fri   22nd  at 7.30pm for Con Carmody, The Village (Months Mind); Sat 23rd at 7.30pm for John Carmody, Ahalahana & dec of the Carmody family. Mass on Sun 24th at 10.00am for Michael Andrew Beasley O’Flaherty, Ballybunion, and the 11.00am  mass is for Mary Rose Kennelly, Norah Kennelly Kelly & Lorrane Kennelly Gortdromagouna.

May 9 2020

DEATH OF FORMER PARISH PRIEST of Knockanure Moyvane, Canon Michael Fleming, P.P. Killorglin. He served in this parish from 2001 to 2003 as P.P. and then moved to Killorglin. A native of Scartaglen, Canon Fleming had worked in several parishes in Kerry and overseas and following initial postings in Dingle and Waterville, he spent some time in Wembley. Another former Parish Priest Fr. John Lucid died during the Easter season in 2017.

DEATH has taken place in Sutton, London of Norah Smith nee Lane late of Kilmorna in her 96th year , daughter of the late Denis and Eileen Lane, mass will be offered at a later date in her memory, sadly missed by her daughter Caroline and family, brothers Bill, Eanus, and Joe, sisters Eileen, and Mary, nieces, nephews and extended family.

DEATH has taken place of Thomas Vincent Breslin (Retired Garda) (Palmerstown, and formerly of Derrymonan, Ballina, on April 15th 2020,  predeceased by his wife Margaret Kennelly, their children are  Angela, Edel, Vincent, John, Patrick and Catherine, brother Joe, Sr. Breege MMM, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and 14 grandchildren.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jer Murphy, Joe Faley, Paud Culhane, Tom Sullivan, Molly White, Dillon Boyer, Lar Buckley, Ellen Stack, Michael Anthony Ahern, Eileen Keogh, Patsy Horan, Fr. Roger Duggan, Jer Scannell, Sr. James Kennelly, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Francis Brosnan, Tom Quinlan, Peter McGrath, Tony Cronin, Jerry McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Tim Kennelly, Joseph Kiely, Mass celebrated in private; Sat 9th at 7.30pm for  James & Bridget Beaton, Ahalahana; Sun 10th at  10.00am for  Jerry & Bridie McCarthy & their son Jeremiah of Gurtdromosillihy; Mass at 11.00am for Parishioners; Mon 11th  at 7.30pm  for Mike O’Brien (Rec Dec); Tues 12th  at 7.30pm for Mai Carr, Ahalahana – Birthday Blessing & Thanksgiving; Wed 13th at 7.30pm for David Foley, Kilbaha & Deceased of the Foley &

O’Connor families; Thurs 14th at  7.30pm Mass Special Intention – Sick & caring family; Fri 15th at 7.30pm for John Joe Mulvihill, Co. Meath & Gurtdromosillihy (Months Mind); Sat 16th at 7.30pm  Peter McGrath, Ahalahana; Sun 17th at  10.00am for Noreen Sweeney, Carrueragh & her husband Pat 

And Mass at 11.00am for  Fr. Paul Dillon, Duagh (Rec Dec).

May 1 2020

DEATH of Marie Fealey (née McMullan), Courthouse Lawn, Listowel, and late of Tralee, on the 28th April, 2020. Predeceased by her son Mark, sister Shelia and brother Billy. Survived by her sons Ken and Jeremy, daughters Antoinette and Ruth O’Keeffe, her 11 grandchildren, brothers Sean and Jerry, sister Kathleen, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, and niece Sarah.

DEATH has taken place of Reverend Fr. Paul Dillon, Pipershill, Trieneragh, Duagh, on the 25th April, 2020. Survived by his brothers Pat and Kevin, sister Celia, sisters-in-law Mai, Nell and Marie, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, Bishop Ray and fellow clergy in the Diocese of Kerry and Salford U.K.

ANNIVERSARIES: Dan Ahern, Sr. Conception O’Connor, Bridie Cox, John Neenan, Heidi Deegan, Sr. Bridie O’Sullivan, Mary R Kennelly, Kay O’Brien Hattley, Jeremiah McCarthy, Paul Dalton, Ml Andrew Beasley O’Flaherty, Mike Brendan Sheehy, Agnes Mulvihill, Statia Hanrahan, Tom Liston, Josie Goulding, Michael Dowling, Darragh Langan, Nora Walsh, Bridget Beaton, Mass on Sunday 3rd at 10am for Tom O’Flaherty and at 11am for Padraig McMahon; Monday mass at 7.30pm for Conor Walpole and his Family; Mass Tuesday at 7.30pm for Thanksgiving Charlie and Patricia Duignan and Family; Wed at 7.30pm mass for Special intention; Thursday Mass at 7.30pm for Maureen Moloney, London and Barragougeen; Mass on Friday at 7.30pm for Jerry and Jenny O’Carroll and their son Christopher; Mass on Sat. 9th at 7.30pm for James and Bridie Beaton and Sunday  10th Mass at 10am for Jerry and Bridie McCarthy and son Jeremiah and the 11am mass is for Parishioners.

25 April 2020

ABBEYFEALE:  The late Canon Neville who was interviewed while he was in Flurry’s in Abbeyfeale for a haircut on the recent programme on RTE – he died two days later.  The diocese contacted the film makers and they have agreed to make the full interview available to the diocesan website.

SYMPATHY:  To the Fitzgerald family, Kilmorna & the Shine family, Direen, Athea on the death of Nora Fitzgerald in Waterford. To Nora Fitzmaurice & family, Leitrim Middle and Mary Lyons & family, Derry, Listowel on the death of their nephew Ian Cahill, Galway & London who died in London recently.

 DEATH has taken place of Con Carmody, Moyvane Village and the Hill, Gurtdromasillihy, on the 23rd April, 2020. Predeceased by his brothers Eddie and Michael, sisters Eileen, Sr. Hannah and Kay. Survived by his wife Catherine, brother John, sisters Elizabeth, Maria and Noreen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

DEATH has occurred of Peg O’Sullivan (née Sheehan) of Bronx, New York, USA and Tarmons West, Moyvane, on 20th April, 2020. Predeceased by her husband Patrick, brothers Patrick, John and David and sisters Nora and Maureen. Peg is survived by her children Ann Marie (Hannah), Dennis, John & Norma, son-in-law David, daughters-in-law Patricia and Emer, grandchildren Seamus, Paul, April, Anne, Patrick, Alish, Clare, Kelly, Niall, Maeve, Tara, Aine, Shauna and Sharon, great-grandchildren Ruby, Liam, Anthony, Amber, Cole & Alisi, sisters Ann Finucane, Catherine Cioffi, brother Mike Sheehan and sisters-in-law Theresa, Marie, Sheila and Nora, her many nieces, nephews, great-grandnieces and nephews in Ireland and USA. Requiem mass for Peg was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church Tarbert on Wednesday. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

DEATH has taken place of Matthew Kennelly, Pallas, Listowel, on the 18th April, 2020. Predeceased by his wife Nora Hudson,(a native of Kilbaha), son Neilus (Con) and grandson Fiontan. Survived by, his son Ned, daughters Mary, Siobhán and Anne, grandchildren, sisters Elaine and Mary, daughters-in-law Ann-Marie and Sinéad, sons-in-law John, Joe and Ciaran, brother-in-law William, nephews and nieces. Matthew was laid to rest in Kilshenane Cemetery.

DEATH has taken place of Denis Fitzgerald, Glensharrold, Athea on 19th April 2020. Son of Tom & Breda, brother to John & Edward, sadly missed by his Aunts Carmel Flynn (Mayo), Ita Mullane (Knockdown) & Nuala O’Connell (Limerick), uncle P.J. Costello of Kilmoyley.

Anniversary of Venerable Nano Nagle(1718-1784),  on 26th April. Foundress of the Presentation Sisters.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bridget Teresa Carroll, John J Buckley, Jim Fitzgerald, Mickey Walsh, Sheila Vaughan, Eddie Moloney, Jack Walsh, Sr. Mary Andrew O’Flaherty, Benny O’Connell, John Joe O’Connor, Fr. Pat Moore, Paddy Feury, John O’Connor, Hannah Sheehy, John Horgan, Jeremiah Christopher O’Carroll, Liza Mulvihill, David O’Brien, Sr. Perpetua O’Brien, Mass behind closed doors for week; Sat 25th at 7.30pm for Margaret, Patrick & Oliver Carmody, Cuss; Sun 26th at 10.00am on youtube  for John Shanahan, Kilbaha; Mon 27th at  7.30pm for Jim Fitzgerald, Lower Aughrim; Tues 28th at    7.30pm for Margaret McNamee Larney – Special Intention; Wed 29th at  7.30pm for Bridget O’Donoghue, Cork (Rec Dec); Thurs 30th at 7.30pm for Jerry & Ellen Enright, Lisaniskea; First Fri  1st May at 7.30pm for Denis O’Connor, Glin; Sat 2nd at  7.30pm for John O’Connor, Moyvane South and

Sun 3rd at 10.00am on youtube for Tom O’Flaherty, The Village, and 11.00am mass is for               Pádraig McMahon, Lisaniskea.

CANDLES AND LIGHTS: From Fr. Kevin;  Each evening in Moyvane Church I light candles praying that the Lord will continue to keep us all safe and well in these trying times.  This week in front of the Presbytery there is a special light that comes on each night from 9pm to Midnight reminding all of us to continue to keep in our prayers the Frontline Workers who are helping all of us immensely at this time. May the Lord continue to bless and guide them.   I ring the bells in Moyvane Church a quarter of an hour and a minute before Mass starts and the Jubilee bell is rung after Mass finishes.  These bells invite all of us to keep the prayers going.

17 4 2020

SYMPATHY:  To Noreen McEvoy & family and Seán Foley & family on the death of their sister Maureen Moloney, London & l/o Barragougeen.  To Betty & Ger O’Connell & family on the death of Betty’s brother in law Joe O’Carroll, London & l/o Tullamore, Listowel.  To the Moriarty family, Bally Road, Ahalahana on the death of their sister Babs Palmer (née Moriarty) who died in London.

DEATH took place 13th April 2020 of  Gertie Cassidy nee Mc Dermott Moys Clontibret and formerly Milltown, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Predeceased by her husband Frank. Sympathy to her niece Elvina McDermott Flynn, N.T. Knockanure.

DEATH has taken place of John Joe Mulvihill of  Tara, Co. Meath (late of Gurtdromosillhy, Moyvane, on 15th April 2020. John Joe, predeceased by his Sister Joan, brothers Michael and Donie, niece Theresa. Sadly missed by his  wife Joan, sister Theresa (Chicago), brother Brendan (Los Angeles), nieces, and nephews.

DEATH of Christy O’Connell, Mapleton Road, Birmingham and formerly of Gortnagross, Athea, and Moyvane on Monday, 13th April, 2020. Christy is predeceased by his daughter Ann Munday. Survived by his wife Margaret (Nee Hurley), sons Pat & Denis, brother John (Athea), daughters in law Annette & Jackie, son-in-law Keith, grandchildren Mark, Jenny, Sarah, Matthew, Lottie and Sophia, brother-in-law Joe, nephew Shane (Ballyhahill), nieces Joan (Shanagolden) and Marie (Athea).

ANNIVERSARIES: Nell Heffernan, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Paddy Barrett, Peggy O’Connor, Ann Stack Kennelly, Sr. Marcella O’Sullivan, Marie McEllistrim, Sheila Furlong, Sr. Eileen Scanlon, Sean Collins, Martin Mulvihill, Mai Liston, Tom Finucane, Tom Heffernan, Nora Kennelly, Sr. Vivian Nolan, Dan Lenihan, Marie Kennelly, Annie McMahon, Carrigkerry (mother to Julie Fitzmaurice) and Tom Sheehan, Kilbaha who died on Good Friday 17th April, 1981.  Mass for following this week; Sat 18th at 7.30pm for Mike Greaney, Bunagarha & Leitrim Middle; Sun 19th at 10.00am for Tim & Hannah Leahy, Trien; Mon 20th at  7.30pm  for Gabriel McNamee, UK (Rec Dec); Tues 21st at  7.30pm Mass of Thanksgiving for Betty Moody’s recovery; Wed 22nd at 7.30pm for Tom McNamara, Cooraclare Village; Thurs 23rd at 7.30pm for Cathy Murphy, Rec Dec; Fri 24th at 7.30pm for Laurence Collins, Lisaniskea, his wife Ellen &  their son Maurice; Sat 25th at 7.30pm for Margaret, Patrick & Oliver Carmody, Cuss and mass on Sun 26th at  10.00am for John Shanahan, Kilbaha.

9 4 2020

DEATH has taken place in her 96th Year of  Marie O’ Connor (Nee Stack) Meadowlea, Ballyhahill, and formally of Fleanmore, Ballyhahill and Leitrim Middle, Moyvane 4th April 2020. Predeceased by her husband Michael. Survived by her daughters Mary and Bernadette, Sons Michael, Christopher, Eddie, Maurice, Emmett, Gerard and Joseph, Sons-In Law, Daughters-In-Law, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nephews, and Nieces.

SYMPATHY: To Eileen & Tim Joe Sheehan, The Village on the death of Eileen’s mother Bridget O’Donoghue, Donoughmore, Cork who died this week and her aunt Ellen Fulignati, Blarney (sister to Bridget O’Donoghue) who died the previous week.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary O’Shea, Bridie Liston, Lily O’Connor, Imelda Collins, Ita Danaher, David Parrish, John Joe Brosnan, Fr. Paddy Sheehan, Fr. John Lucid, Davie Dillon, Teresa Kennelly, Kit Culhane, Josie O’Sullivan, Patsy Flynn, Emer Ward, John Dunne, Richard Stack, Kathleen Reidy, Mike Greaney, John Kennelly, Nora M Cronin, Mass on  Wed  15th at 7.30pm for  Richard Stack, Clounbrane & his wife Hanna; Thurs 16th at 7.30pm for  Mai Quinn, Leitrim West;  Fri   17th at  7.30pm for  Teresa Kennelly, Lisaniskea, Kilmorna; Sat   18th at  7.30pm for  Mike Greaney, Bunagarha & Leitrim Middle, and  Sun   19th at 10.00am for  Tim & Hannah Leahy, Trien.

3 April 2020

SYMPTHY:  To Lizzie Lane & family, Beenanaspig on the death of her sister Eileen (Nellie) Carbury (née Fitzgerald),(1932-2020), Brooklyn, New York & late of  Beenanasbig. Nellie Carbury was laid to rest at St. Charles Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, New York. Sympathy to James & Deirdre Balfe & family, The Village Moyvane on the death of James’s Father John of Newcastle West who died recently. Sympathy to Matt Mooney and family on the death of his brother Patrick J Mooney (Lucan, Co. Dublin and formerly of Kilchreest, Loughrea, on March 28th, 2020.

DEATH of Michael Brendan Galvin, Patch, Duagh,  on the 29th March, 2020, at Áras Mhuire Nursing Home, Listowel. Predeceased by his parents John and Mary, sisters Rose and Margaret. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and his many friends in Áras Mhuire. Up to recently Brendan was alert and enquired about his many relations and friends. Tributes; RIP Brendan a lovely gentle person. I have beautiful memories of him worked with him in Edenburn Hospital in 1970’s. Sincere sympathy to his family. Julie Keane Gleeson;

DEATH has occurred of Jimmy Kirby, Glenalappa, Moyvane and late of the Meadows, Listowel and Parkanna, Athea, on the 29th March, 2020. He was predeceased by his wife Mary. Sadly missed by his son Pat, daughters Bernie and Marie, grandson Conor, sister Bridie, nephews, and nieces. Predeceased by his brother John and sis Siobhan, and  his mom was Mary Ann Stokes from Knockanure. Requiem Mass for Jimmy Kirby was celebrated on Thursday 2nd of April. Jimmy was a great athlete in his day and won several County Championship medals and trophies. Tribute; Jimmie I am so sorry to hear of your death only for you, I was only minutes from  death when you lifted a limestone roller off me. I always thought you should have got an award for it Jimmie, I have thanked you before but I must thank you again- Bill Nolan; Wonderful memories of summers long ago in Parkana and Glenalappa. Wynin’ hay, stacking and drawin’ bales and all the jobs we used to do with Jimmy. We’ll never forget the Hillman Minx reg TZA 81 or the Zetor tractor. Many nights we spent watchin’ TV programmes like the High Chapparal, The Virginian etc. Sincere condolences to Patrick Bernie and Marie Also to his twin sister Bridie. Rest in peace old friend-  Bill Mulvihill and family; Fondest memories of Jimmy, and all the Kirby Family, in the 50’s in Glenalappa. Always appreciative of him facilitating our move to that beautiful spot – we’ve never regretted it. Jimmy always had time for a chat, and was full of fun, whilst carrying out on the daily workload for farmers in that era and later.  Deepest sympathy on his passing to all his  family – particularly his sister, Bridie, son, Pat  and daughters, Bernie and Marie. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Eoin & Pauline Hand.

 ANNIVERSARIES: Joan Guerin, Sr. Eileen Kiely, Tom Carey, Sr. Elena Goulding, Tom Sheehan, Peg Mulvihill, Peggy Barrett, Aidan Cummins, Margaret Devine, Sr. Philomena Griffin, Hannah Stack, Mary Sweeney, Dick Collins, Bridget Kennelly, Nora Enright, Michael Lyons, Josie Stack, Mary Quinn, Kathleen McGrath, Mass on Mon 6th at 7.30pm for Conon Pat Taaffe, Diocese of Killaloe (Rec Dec);

Tues 7th at 7.30pm for Jason Plested, UK ; Wed 8th at 7.30pm for Miriam Quaid, Cork (Rec Dec) ;

DEATH has occurred on 26th March 2020 of Sr. Evelyn (Sr Mary Rose) Gleeson SCJM. Ros Glos Convent, Moore Abbey, Monasterevin, Kildare and Formerly of Lyracrompane Listowel. Sister of Charity of Jesus and Mary, Moore Abbey. Sister was predeceased by her brother Stanley, sisters Rosmund, Hilda and Rebecca. Sadly missed by her niece Dolores, nephew Greg and extended family, grandniece and grandnephews, many cousins and friends; and her Community and Staff in Ros Glos Convent, Moore Abbey, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, 28th March 2020.

SYMPATHY:  To Janet McNamara & family on the death of her husband John and to his brother & sisters and extended family in Birmingham & West Clare.  (First cousin to Fr. Kevin).

ANNIVERSARIES: Donal Brosnan, Sr. Nora Francis, Willie O’Sullivan, Eileen Culhane, Tim O’Brien, Maurice O’Connell, Eilish Walsh, Jackie Broderick, Anthony Curtin, Patrick F power, Betty Lynch, Maurice Walsh, Ruby McMahon, Eileen Meehan, John Joe Wynne, Annie McMahon, NO PUBLIC MASSES UNTIL FURHTER NOTICE IN MOYVANE OR KNOCKANURE CHURCHES, please keep in your prayers the following whose Masses will be offered this week: Mon 30th  7.30pm John McNamara, Birmingham (Rec Dec), (First cousin to Fr. Kevin); Tues 31st at  7.30pm Special Intention – family protection; Wed  1st April at 7.30pm for Maureen Groarke, Cork (Rec Dec); Thurs 2nd at 7.30pm for Riobard O’Dwyer, Eyries, Cork (Rec Dec); Fri 3rd         at  7.30pm for Fr. Michael Lomasney, Cork & Ross Diocese (Rec Dec); Sat 4th at  7.30pm for Ellen, Seán, Aggie & Anthony Aherne, Moher Cross –Anni

And Mass on PALM SUNDAY 5th at 11.00am for Noreen & John Scanlon, Inchamore & deceased of the  Scanlon & Flavin families. All of the above celebrations will be on Parish Radio Link, which operates only from Moyvane Church.

DEATH of John (Jack) O’Grady, Glenbawn, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick. In his 96th year. Died peacefully at his home on 23rd March 2020. Beloved Husband of the late Peg and Father in Law of the late Kieran (Kilmartin). Sadly missed by his loving Daughter Eileen, Sons Thomas, John & Noel. Daughters in Law Marcella, Mary & Noreen, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Sister Joan, Brothers Paddy & Maurice, and Nephews.

20 3 2020


Please note that I will continue to say Mass on my own each day, please keep in your prayers the following whose Masses will be offered this week: Bill Looney, Carrueragh & Birmingham (1st Anni)

Danny & Nora Walsh, Moher (Anni); Eamon Sweeney, Woodgrove (Anni), his son Pat & Pat’s wife Anna Mai Michael, Anne & Denis Hanrahan, The Hill (Anni). the Parish Radio Link is out of commission in Knockanure, however, the Vigil Mass at 7.30pm and the 11am Mass in Moyvane will be available on the Radio Link. Mass on line daily at Listowel Parish site and Abbeyfeale parish site, stations in Abbeyfeale daily.

MASS: If you have relatives or neighbours who would like to participate in an online Mass, please offer to help them.

DEATH has taken place of Patsy Hayes, Clounbrane, Moyvane and late of Beale, Asdee, on the 14th March, 2020. Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Anna B. Survived by  his wife Bríd, sons Thomas and Patrick, daughter Helen, grandchildren Dáire, Almha, Sean Óg, Aoife, Róisín and Brandon, brothers John and Thomas, sisters Kitty and Anna Mai, daughter-in-law Bernice, son-in-law Sean, brothers-in-law Denis, Pat Joe, Liam and Jim, sisters-in-law Catherine and Betty, nephews, and nieces. Funeral Mass celebrated at the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Wednesday 18th March, with burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.

ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Holly, Peg O’Mahony, Michael O’Connor, Hannah Moloney, Mairead O’Connor, Ellen O’Keeffe, Betty Murphy, Margaret O’Connor, Liam Keane Stack, Thomas O’Connell, Nora Walsh, Michael O’Keeffe, Richard Stack, Mary Bridget Crean, Mary Connellan, Maureen O’Connor, Joan Flannery, Mary McMahon, James Danaher, Billy Enright, Michael D O’Sullivan, John Fitzmaurice, Eileen Relihan, Peg Moloney, Sr. Eileen Kiely,

March 14 2020

DEATH on Friday 13th March 2020 of  Sr. Dympna (Eileen) Stack, Mountbellew, Galway. Sisters of the Christian Retreat, Mountbellew, Co. Galway, and late of Moyvane South, Co Kerry. First principal of Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, in her 92nd year. Deeply regretted by her sisters in community, her brother Tom (Ennis), sisters-in-law Sheila and Joan, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces, great grandnephews, cousins and extended family, retired and current staff of Holy Rosary College, neighbours and wide circle of friends. Her parents were Jim Stack who came from Glin and Molly Cunningham who was born at Kilbaha. Her siblings were Mai, John, Dick, Bridie, and Tom the sole survivor.

 DEATH has occurred of Jack Flaherty, Cloumacon, Listowel on the 12th March, 2020,survived by his brother, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Mass at Listowel Church with burial afterwards in St. John Paul II Cemetery.

DEATH took place of Hannah Keane (née Halloran), Kilmeaney, Kilmorna, on the 10th March, 2020. Predeceased by her husband Mike, granddaughter Michelle, brothers John, Paddy and Tom, sister Mary. Survived by son Tim, daughters Mary, Helen, Breda, Siobhan and Liz, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother Timmy, sister Catherine, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces. Requiem Mass for Hannah was celebrated at Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery.

DEATH of Father Eamonn O’Hara (Retired Parish Priest of Carlton, Nottingham, and formerly of Cloongoona, Tourlestrane, Co. Sligo), on 8th March 2020. Local priests Frs, Tom, Brendan, and James attended funeral.

SYMPATHY to Josie Clancy, Knockanure on the death of her sister Sr. Cyprian Dalton formally of Athea who died in Selly Park Convent, Birmingham.

ANNIVERSARIES: Nora Scanlon, Michael Keane, Ned Leahy, Noel Mulvihill, Pat Joe Barry, Mary B O’Connell, Margaret Mulvihill, Dan Liston, Billy Looney, Tom Moore, Anna Flaherty, Jo Timoney, Please note celebrating Mass privately all this coming week. Mass for the following whose Anniversaries occur at this time and were scheduled for this weekend and throughout the week.

Peggy Wallace, Aughrim (Anni); Kitty & Mossie Flaherty, Glenalappa (Anni); Margaret Mulvihill, Gurtdromosillihy (Anni)

Please note that the following Masses that were due to take place this weekend and next have been deferred at the request of the families: Margaret & Michael Flynn, Knockanure (Anni) & deceased of the Flynn & McMahon families; Mary Savage, Charleville (Rec Dec); Jack Shine, Glin Road (Months Mind) – new dates will be published later.

Notes March 11

SYMPATHY: At a recent Board of Management at Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure the following votes of sympathy were passed – To The Moore Family Kilmeaney, Kilmorna on the death of Mary Mansfield Tralee. To: Brenda and Seamus Clancy Knockanure on the death of Mary Savage Charleville. To: The Horgan Families Trien,  Kilmorna  on the death of Patricia Walsh nee Horgan England

DEATH took place recently of Margaret Barry from Brosna, who was almost 96 years old. Aunt of  Domhnall de Barra, of Athea. There is now only one member of his father’s family living, Mary O’Keeffe. She is last of a family of nine.

DEATH took place of   Patrick O’Sullivan, Derry, Listowel and Áras Mhuire Nursing Home, on the 29th February, 2020. Predeceased by his parents Margaret and Patrick, brothers Tom and Michael-Chris, sister May. Survived by his sister Kitty, sister-in-law Kathleen, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and his many friends in Áras Mhuire.

Requiem Mass for Patrick was celebrated at Listowel Church on Wednesday morning, with burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.

DEATH took place of Patrick J. Flavin, of Carrueragh, Kilmorna on  February 21, 2020 at  Boston, state Massachusetts, USA.

ANNIVERSARIES: Alice Barrett, Tommy Buckley, Jimmy Windle, Nora Daly, Kitty Normoyle, Sean Fitzgerald, Margaret Mulvihill, Tom Flaherty, Stephen Kennelly, Mary Riordan, Bill Walsh, Mickey Meehan, Ann O’Sullivan, Margaret Flynn, Bishop Eamonn Casey, Paula Kavanagh, Finbar Slattery, Kitty Fitzgerald, Paddy Moore, Bernie O’Connor. Mass Moyvane; Mon  9th at 7.00pm the Stations of the Cross Mass at 7.30pm for Catherine O’Connor, Glin; Tues 10th  mass at 7.30am  Lenten Mass (please note change from Wednesday  for this week only); Wed  11th mass at 7.30pm for Mai Riordan, Moyvane South; Thurs  12th at 7.00pm Stations of the Cross, and mass at 7.30pm for Patrick Hughes, Aughrim; Fri  13th  mass at 7.30pm for Tom Culhane, Leitrim East (Months Mind);

Sat 14th mass at  7.30pm for Peggy Wallace, Aughrim, and Sun 15th mass at  11.00am for Parishioners. Mass Knockanure on Sun  15th at 10.00am for Margaret & Michael Flynn, Knockanure

 & deceased of the Flynn & McMahon families.

DEATH Sr. Joan Mulvihill, Presentation Sisters, Dooradoyle, and formally of  Moyvane.

Pre-deceased by her parents, brother Michael, sisters Mary, Sr. Dympna & Sr. Ursula. Survived by her nieces Mary, Ann & Una, grandnephews, great-grandniece, and her presentation community.

Requiem Mass for Sister Joan was celebrated on Wednesday Feb. 26th 2020 at St. Nessan’s Church, Raheen. Funeral after to Mount St. Oliver Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Louis O’Carroll, Patsy Kennelly, Mike Dore, Nora Carmody, Nora Roche, Elizabeth Flaherty, Mary O’Hanlon, Bridie Flaherty, Anna O’ Reilly, Bobby Buckley, Siobhan Stack, Billy Casey, Michael Kissane, Sr. Pius O’Farrell, Bridie Flavin, Tom B O’Connell, Margaret Wallace, Mass Moyvane;

Mon 2nd at  7.00pm, Station of the Cross and at  7.30pm  Mass for Victims of abuse; Wed  4th at 7.30am Lenten Mass; Fri 6th at  7.00pm             Bernadette O’Sullivan, Aughrim (Anni) Bridget, Paddy &

John Joe Hanrahan & James & Betty O’Sullivan; Sat 7th at  7.30pm  for Carol Ann Flahavan, Moyvane North (Anni), and Mass on Sun 8th at 11.00am for Mickey Meehan, Moyvane South (1st Anni).

Mass Knockanure; Thurs 5th at 7.00pm Stations of the Cross followed by Lenten Mass at 7.30pm;

 Fri  6th at  8.00pm for Siobhán Stack, Perth Australia & late Listowel (1st Anni), and mass on  Sun  8th  10.00am for Bridie Flavin, Trien, (Anni).

DEATH of Sr. Finian Kearney, P.B.V.M. Presentation Sisters, Castle St., Tralee & formerly of Kilmurry, Cordal, Castleisland, on 19th February 2020. Pre-deceased by her parents Mary and Jim Kearney, her sisters Peg, May (Sr. Emanuel), Joan (Sr. Benigna), Lizzie, Kathleen and her brother Donal. Sadly missed by her nieces and nephews, her grandnieces and grandnephews.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Ellen Barrett, Tim Quaide, Richard Brosnan, Dan Hanrahan, Bernadette O’Sullivan, Mary O’Connell, John Morgan, Michael K O’Connor, Tom Barton, Joan Scanlon, Nora Hurley, Gerry Brosnan, Jack Flavin, John Behan, Nora Mary King, Noirin O’Hanlon, Mass Moyvane:

Monday 24th at 7.30pm for Richie Brosnan, Coilagurteen; 11.00am mass on Ash Wednesday, and at 7.30am Lenten Mass; Thursday 27th at 7.30pm Emmett Leahy, Carrueragh ; Friday 28th at 7.30pm  for Marie O’Callaghan  & deceased of the O’Callaghan family; Sat. 29th at 7.30pm for  Jerry Brosnan, The Village, and Mass on Sunday 1st March at 11.00am for Con & Bridie O’Flaherty, Tubbertoureen.

Mass Knockanure at 9.30am on ASH WEDNESDAY and Mass at 10.00am on Sunday 1st for Mary Carmody, Knockanure.

DEATH took place of  Jack Shine, Glin Road, Moyvane, on the 7th February, 2020, survived by his wife Bridie, son Don, daughters Norma (Stack), Mairéad (New York) and Elaine (Broderick-Clonmel), grandchildren Ellen, Shane, Laura, Amy, David, Ruth, Emma and Jack, daughter-in-law Karen, sons-in-law Johnny and Joe, sister-in-law Mary, nephews, and nieces. Reposing at Lyons’ Funeral Home, on Monday evening from 5.00p.m to 8.00p.m. Requiem Mass on Tuesday, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery.

ASH Wednesday is on 26th Feb.

DEATH took place on 9th February 2020 of  James G. O’Callaghan (J.G), Bárr-ná-Féile, Kilmorna,  and late of Ardilea House, Dublin and Middelton Park, Co. Westmeath. Predeceased by his parents Jim and Rosalie. Survived by his brothers Brendan and Diarmuid, sisters Rose Marie, Toni and Aisling, brother-in-law Ray Moran, nieces Emma, Róisín, Sophie and Jasmine.

 DEATH of Sr. Aquin Enright, Holy Rosary Convent, Bettystown, formerly of Tarbert, on 13 February 2020. Predeceased by her sisters Sr. Kevin, Sr. Rosalie and Margaret and brothers Fr. Tim and Jim. Survived by  her Holy Rosary Sisters, her sister Breda and brothers Jerry, Danny and Tommy.

DEATH: Sr. Mary O’Connor, (Mercy Sister) of Our Lady of Fatima Home, Oakpark, Tralee and formerly of Athea, and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Castletownbere, died on 11th February 2020, at Our Lady of Fatima Home, Tralee. Dear sister of Nora (Aherne, UK) and Sr. Gerard and the late Joe, Mary and Joan. Sadly missed by her family, the Mercy Sisters, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

DEATH Frank O’Dowd, on 3rd of February 2020, late of Countess Road, Killarney, and Knockanure and New York. Husband of Annita (Horgan) and dad of Emer. Also survived by, sisters Isabel and Sue, brothers Gerry, John, Tom and Brendan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, relatives, and many friends. Predeceased by his brother Diarmuid. Requiem Mass on Wednesday 12th in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

 DEATH has taken place of Irene Nolan, Loughanes, Lisselton and late of Farnastack, on the 8th February, 2020. Predeceased by her parents Jack and Josie, sister Elaine and infant brother Con. Survived by her brothers Rev Fr. Joseph and Con, sister Marianne (San Jose, California), sister-in-law Maureen, nephew John, nieces Siobhan, Mary, Elaine, Louise and Sarah, grandnephews, and grandnieces. Requiem Mass for Irene was celebrated at Ballydonoghue Church on  Wednesday 12th, with burial afterwards in Lislaughtin Abbey Cemetery, Ballylongford.

ANNIVERSARIES: Eileen Larkin, Dan Green, Seamus McDermott, Sr Berchmans Murphy, Johana Dell, Paudeen Moloney, Elizabeth Sweeney, Maureen Lyons, Tom Relihan, Sr. Baptist Kirby, Emmet Leahy, Joan Furlong, Ella Ahern, Carmel Hynes, Kathleen Flavin, Bridget Softley, Maggie Moore, Catherine O’Sullivan, Eileen McGrath, Mass Moyvane; Mon 17th at 7.30pm for Irene Nolan, Lisselton (Rec Dec)

 (sister to Fr. Joe Nolan); Fri  21st at 7.30pm for Tommie O & Una O’Sullivan, The Village, & deceased family members; Sat 22nd at  7.30pm for James Fitzmaurice, Dublin & Leitrim Middle, and Mass on

Sun 23rd at 11.00am for  Bridie Stackpoole, Aughrim, her  husband Henry & deceased of the Stackpoole & Meade families. Mass Knockanure: Sunday 23rd February at 10.00am for Parishioners.

SYMPATHY:  To Bernie Walsh, Moyvane North on the death of her sister Patricia McCarthy, who died in Glasnevin, recently.

DEATH of Mossie Kennelly, Kilgarvan, Ballylongford, on the 6th of February, 2020. Predeceased by his wife Noreen, brothers Johnny and Patsy, sister Eileen. Survived by his sons Michael and Danny, daughter Siobhan, grandchildren Maurice, Megan and Mikey, daughter-in-law Ita, sisters-in-law Bridget and Maureen, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

Requiem Mass for Mossie Kennelly celebrated in Ballydonoghue Church on Saturday morning, with burial afterwards in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATH occurred on the 6th Febuary,2020 of Michael Sheehy of Clieveragh Park, Listowel, / Tullylease, Cork. (Retired Garda Siochána). Husband of Catharine and father of Aoife and Ciarán. Remembered by his wife and children, brothers Richie, Eugene and Benjie, mother-in-law Katty, nephews, nieces, Aoife’s fiancée Luke, and extended family.

ANNIVERSARIES: Vera McDermott, Cecelia Doyle, Johnny Enright, Sr. Austin Brosnan, Bridie Mulvihill, Peggy Higgins, Ned O’Keeffe, Sr. Eileen Brosnan, Nan Hurley, Christina Melody, Sr. Patricia O’Brien, Hannah Murphy, Mary Cronin, Patrick J Dowling, Mary Fitzmaurice, Stephen Casey, Hannah Ferguson, Peggy Gordon, Patrick Roche, Bernadette Cudlipp, Mons Tim Harnett, Br. Clement McCarthy, Phyllis O’ Donoghue, Joe Mackessy, Mass Moyvane; Mon  10th at 7.30pm for  Fr. Michael Hanrahan, Kilbaha. Fri  14th at 7.30pm for Jack Walsh, Moyvane North (Months Mind); Sat 15th at 7.30pm  for Denis Murphy, Ballyphehane, and Mass on Sun 16th at 11.00am for Donal Cunningham, Kilbaha, his sister Breda & Andy Thomas.

Church of Corpus Christi Knockanure: Sunday 16th February

Mass Knockanure on Sun 16th at  10.00am for Patrick & Mary Kennelly, Gortdromagouna.

DEATH took place on 28 January 2020 of Mary Savage (née Cussen), Graigues, Charleville, / Broadford, Limerick. At Brenda and Seamus Clancy’s residence, Knockanure, Moyvane.Wife of the late Denis and mother of Pat, Brenda, Anne, Vincent and the late Larry, sister of the late James and John (Mount Plummer, Broadford, Mark (Gurrane, Charleville) and Sr Margaret D.M J. Survived by  sons, daughters, brother Larry (Patrickswell), sisters-in-law Helen and Eithne, son-in-law Seamus, daughter-in-law Eileen, Lyla and Caroline, grandchildren Denis, Niamh, Jessica, Laura and Mallaedh, nephews, and nieces. Reception into Holy Cross Church, Charleville, on Friday for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to Holy Cross Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bridger Brosnan, Nora Mary Stack, Sr. Joan Curtin, Denny Mulvihill, Sr. Thomas O’Connor, Bridget Leonard, John Dore, Joan Philips, Sr. Irene Stack, Nora Walsh, Ned O’Keeffe, Michael Daly, Mikey Joe Walsh, Eileen O’Connor, Nellie Hannon, Padraic Liston, Marina Lynch, Michael Scanlon, Con Hanrahan, Neily McCarthy, Margaret O’Brien, Bridie MacNeil, Joanie McKenna, Mass Moyvane; Mon 3rd at 7.30pm  Mass for the Sick – Feast of St. Blaise (who was a medical

 Doctor before becoming a Bishop); Wed 5th at  7.30pm for  Jimmy Dalton, Athea (Rec Dec) (brother of Mary Hudson, Kilbaha); Thurs  6th at 7.30pm for Donie Mulvihill, Glin (Rec Dec); Fri 7th  at 7.30pm  for Pat Foran, Bedford; Sat 8th at 7.30pm  for Jack & Mary Guiney, their sons William, Jim & John & dec of the Guiney & Enright families,  Ballyhahill/Glin, and Mass on Sun 9th at 11.00am for Denis Mulvihill, Leitrim West). Mass Knockanure on Sun  9th at 10.00am for Catherine Culhane, Ballyguiltenane, Glin, and deceased of Sheahan & Culhane families.

25 Jan 2020

ANNIVERSARIES: Nora Ita Hunt, Margaret Murphy, Martina Noonan, Michael O’Regan, Jo Heffernan, Eily Mai O’Flaherty, Tess Geoghegan, Sr. Hubert Foley, Fr. Eddie Morrissey, Eileen holly, Davie McMahon, Dick Stack, Pat Barrett, Patie Enright, Patsy Stack, Paddy Brouder, Mae Relihan, Liam Finucane, Mary Fitzgibbons, Brendan Keane, Maureen Fitzgerald, Ralph Toomey, Eamon Pelican, Mass Moyvane; Fri  31st at 7.30pm for Mairead McDermott, Strokestown, Roscommon (Rec Dec)

(partner of Paul Mulvihill); Sat 1st at  7.30pm for Martin & Mary Mulvihill, Leitrim East; Sun              2nd at 11.00am  Mass of Thanksgiving – Special Intention. Mass Knockanure; Thurs 30th at 7.30pm  for Pats Lane, Beenanaspig, and Mass on Sun 2nd at 10.00am for James & Kathleen O’Connor, The Hill, Knockanure.

18 1 2020

DEATH has taken place of Pauline Murphy (née Butler), Kilmeaney, Kilmorna, Listowel, on 13th of January, 2020. Predeceased by her husband Séan, 25 years ago. Survived by her sons Mark and Séan, daughters Caroline and Aine, grandchildren Jack, Charlie, Jamie, Rebecca and Noel, brother, sister, daughter-in-law Noreen, nephews, and nieces. Requiem Mass for Pauline was celebrated at Knockanure Church  on Thursday 16th January, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATH of Geraldine Daly, 8 Stokers Lawn, Listowel and late of Knockane, Listowel, on 11th January, 2020. Predeceased by her parents Michael and Eileen and baby daughter, Helen. Survived by sons Jack and Mikey, daughters Kerri and Kady, partner Jimmy, brothers Brendan, Buddy, Des and Aidan, sisters Pat, Ann, Helen, Noreen, Marie, Martina and Caitriona, uncle Timmy, aunt Debbie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

DEATH has taken place of Jimmy Dalton, Coole West, Athea on 11th January 2020.

Predeceased by his brother Mike, sisters Nora (Templeglantine) & Josie (Listowel). Survived by sisters Margaret (Hogan) & Mary (Hudson), brother-in-law William, nephews, and nieces.

Requiem Mass was celebrated for Jimmy Dalton on Wednesday 15th Jan, at Athea Church, burial afterwards in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea. His uncle Paddy Dalton was killed at Gortaglanna during the Troubles.

DEATH of John Jack Walsh, Moyvane North, Moyvane, (late of Whitehall, Dublin) better known as Jackie, passed away on the 16th January 2020. Predeceased by his parents Patrick & Molly and brother Eddie. Husband of Bernie and brother of Joan, Florrie, Tommy and Benny, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbours and very close friends Bridget, Ita, Louise, Noreen and Paudie. Requiem Mass for Jackie Walsh was celebrated at the Church of the Assumption Moyvane on 18th January. Burial afterwards to Ahavoher Cemetery, Knockanure.

SYMPATHY: To Margaret Mulvihill, Woodgrove and to her son Paul on the death of Paul’s partner Mairead McDermott, Strokestown, Roscommon whose funeral was in Strokestown on Wednesday Jan 15th 2020. To the family and relatives of Teddy Dore, Ballygalogue Park, Listowel whose funeral was in Listowel on Thursday (Jan 16th 2020). Canon Jerry Breen Birmingham and Ballybunion who died recently.              

ANNIVERSARIES: Johnny O’Hanlon, Eileen Collins, Fr. James Noonan, Fiona O’Connor, Joseph V Buckley, Mary Nolan, Mary Linnane, Marie Lyons, Sr. Enda Beasley, Emma O’Brien, Theresa O’Connor, Mary Morrissey, Teresa M Hanrahan, Lily O’Keeffe, Pat Cunningham, Sr. Kathleen Hegarty, Patrick Walsh, Moss Joe Gilbert, James Harnett, Maud Enright. Mass Moyvane; Mon 20th  at 7.30pm for Eileen Collins, Glin Road; Tues 21st  at 7.30pm for  Mary Nolan, Glenalappa & deceased of the Nolan & Galvin families; Sat  25th at 7.30pm for Richard Stack, Moyvane South, mass on Sun 26th at 11.00am for Eily Mai O’Flaherty, The Village. Mass Knockanure; Thurs 23rd                   at 7.30pm for Ollie Leahy, UK, and Mass on Sun 26th at 10.00am for Parishioners.

Jan 10 2020

DEATH has taken place of Noreen O’Sullivan, Charles Street, Listowel and late of Graffa, Ballylongford on the 9th of January,2020, at Áras Mhuire Nursing Home, Listowel. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Minnie, sisters Maureen, Bridget and Elsie, brother Tom. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sisters Sr. Emmanuel and Patricia, nephew Christopher, relatives, neighbours and friends. Requiem Mass for Nora took place on Saturday, with burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.

DEATH of Donal (Donie) Mulvihill, Ard-Álainn, Killacolla Barker, Glin, and Gortnaminch, Listowel (formerly Moyvane) on 6 January 2020. Predeceased by his sister Joan (Dunne), brother Micheál, and niece Theresa Barrett (Chicago). Donie will be greatly missed by his wife Eileen, sister Teresa (Chicago), brothers John-Joe (Navan) and Brendan (Los Angeles), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, extended family,

 Requiem Mass Saturday 11 January for Donie Mulvihill at the the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin. Burial in adjoining cemetery. His first wife Eileen Brosnan died  in 1988 aged 62 years.

DEATH of stallholder Anna Costello from Glin who had been with the Abbeyfeale Farmers Market since it was established in April 2003.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Josephine Lynch, Hugh Brady, Jerry Moore, Dan Mulvihill, Rebecca Roche, Catherine Moloney, Liam O’Connor, Peggy Mulcahy, Martin Stack, Connie Shine, Michael Moloney, Mike Joe Stack, Maighread O’Callaghan, Kit Scanlon, Catherine Hudson, Hannah Stack, Mary Collins, Sr. Mercedes Meade, Sr. Aquinas Liston, Fr. Michael Buckley, Michael Walsh, Mass Moyvane; Mon 13th at 7.30pm for  John Gregg, Aughrim  & dec., of the Gregg & Hanrahan families; Tues           14th  at 7.30pm  for Mary O’Sullivan, Kilbaha & dec of the O’Sullivan family; Wed 15th at 7.30pm for John Michael O’Sullivan, Causeway (Rec Dec) (brother of Doreen Flaherty, Moher); Thurs  16th at  7.30pm  for Catherine Scanlon, Leitrim West, her husband John & their son Tom; Sat 18th at  7.30pm for                Bill Horan, Aughrim & dec of the Horan family, and Mass on Sun 19th at  11.00am for Annie McMahon, Carrigkerry (Rec Dec) (mother of Julie Fitzmaurice, Mail Road Cross)

Mass Knockanure on Sun 19th at  10.00am,Mass of Thanksgiving.

Jan 4 2020

SYMPATHY:  To Doreen Flaherty & family, Moher on the death of her brother John Michael O’Sullivan, Causeway whose funeral was on Friday 27th December.  Mass for the happy repose of his soul will be celebrated in Moyvane Church on Wednesday 15th January at 7.30pm.

SYMPATHY to Mike & Deirdre O’Connor & family, Upper Direen, Athea, Mass of the Angels was celebrated on January 1st for their son Max.

DEATH took place on January 1, 2020, of Rev. Fr. James Hannon, son of the late Donal and Nancy and dear brother of Gerard and Jeanelle (Griffin). Mourned by his brother, sister, brother-in-law Gerry, sister-in-law Geraldine, nephews Brian and Donal, nieces Aimee, Rachel and Maeve, aunts Mary, Joan and Sr. Geraldine, carer Eileen Fogarty and family, friend Tess, Bishop Crean, former Bishop Magee, fellow priests, relatives, neighbours and friends.

DEATH took place on 28th December 2019 of Jackie McNamara, 8 Chapel Lane, Killala, and formerly of Moyvane, and Syracuse, New York. Predeceased by his daughter Rosaleen.

Survived by his wife Carmel, daughters Marie ( Somers), and Patricia ( Collins), sons-in-law Ronan and Eamon, his grandchildren Megan, Dennis, Naoise, Conor, Molly, Brian, and Emily, his sisters Mary and Joan ( Syr, NY ), brother Chris ( Ballybunion), brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, and nieces and nephews. Requiem mass for Jackie McNamara was celebrated on Wednesday in St Patricks church, Killala, followed by burial in Killala cemetery.

DEATH of Julia McCarthy (née Mullane),Tarmons East, Moyvane and late of Athea, on the 27th of December, 2019. Predeceased by her husband John. Survived by her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Requiem Mass for Julia McCarthy was celebrated on Wednesday in Tarbert Church, with burial afterwards in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea.

DEATH has taken place of Nancy Brosnan (née McAuliffe), Lacca East, Kilmorna, formerly Knocknagoshel, on 25th December 2019, wife of the late Francie and sister of the late Seán. Sadly missed by her family, her sister Sr. Theresa (Presentation Castleisland), sister-in-law Ann, nephew Tim, relatives and her friends in Áras Mhuire nursing home. Requiem Mass for Nancy Brosnan was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Monday 30th Dec 2019, followed by interment in St. John Paul II Cemetery, Listowel.

ANNIVERSARIES: Peg Werkman, Sr. Theresa Murphy, James Joy, Kathleen O’Brien, Brown Joe O’Connor, Pat Brosnan, Hannah Mai O’Connor, Tom McMahon, Jim Kennelly, Josie McNamara, Kitty Barry, Kathleen O’Connor, Mary Bourke, Tim Leahy, Nellie O’Sullivan, Owen Liston, Sean O’Halloran, Noreen O’Connor, Mass Moyvane; Mon 6th at 11.00am  Feast of the Epiphany, Thus 9th at 7.30pm  for Bridget & John Holly, Emma & Jack O’Brien, The Village; Fri  10th at 7.30pm for  Ned Moore, Glenalappa & his wife Bridie; Sat 11th  at 7.30pm  for Hanna Stack, Clounbrane & her husband Richard, and Mass on Sun 12th at 11.00am for Parishioners. Mass Knockanure, Mon 6th at 10.00am  for Special Intention (Sick), and Mass on  Sun 12th at  10.00am for Michelle Foley, Kilmorna & her granddad Michael Keane.

FEAST of the Epiphany 2020 – The Wise Men come to visit Jesus – is celebrated on Mon. 6th Jan and is a Holy Day of Obligation.

DEATH has taken place of Hazel Culhane (née Butcher), Rose Cottage, Leitrim East, Moyvane, on the 23rd December, 2019. Predeceased by her husband Jimmy. Sadly missed by her daughters Joanna and Bernadette, grandchildren Joshua, Leanne, Jim, Jordan and Lewis, sons-in-law Nick and Josh, brother-in-law Jerry, sister-in-law Rita, nephews, and nieces.

Requiem Mass for Hazel Culhane, celebrated at Moyvane Church on Monday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

DEATH occurred on 23rd December 2019 of Eileen Mansfield (SRN) nee Bunce (Chute Hall, Tralee and formerly of Barrigugeen, Moyvane) mother of Mike, Kathleen, Margaret and Lily. Survived also by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Eileen, sons-in-law Eamonn, James and Johnny, sister-in-law Betty, brother-in-law Charlie, nephews, nieces, extended family, Requiem Mass for Eileen Mansfield was celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymacelligott followed by burial in Old Rath Cemetery, Tralee on Friday.

DEATH of John Joe Kennelly, The Cross, Ardagh, on December 25th 2019, Predeceased by his son Gerard. Survived by his wife Nora, son Michael, daughters Moira and Noreen, brother Bernard, sisters Jo, Theresa, grandchildren Olivia, Jamie, Evan, Ellie Mai, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, and sister-in-law.

SYMPATHY To Madge Groarke & family on the death of her brother-in-law Desmond Groarke, Finglas, Dublin & l/o Caherciveen whose funeral took place in Dublin.

ANNIVERSARIES: Denis Histon, Maureen Egan, Hannah Weatherall, Irene O’Keeffe, Margaret Beardsley, Fr. Michael F Kennelly, Pat Mullane, Peg Joy, Fr. Brendan Dalton, Francis Dowling, David Kennelly, Brendan Mulvihill, Peg O’Shea, Sr. Felicitous Joy, Sr. Noella Crowley, James Curtin, Jerry Lyons, Dan Keane, John Francie Ahern, Tom Roche, Dermot Keane, Bill O’Connell, Fr. Denis Quirke, Dolly Hennessy, Catherine Ann Fitzpatrick, Mass Moyvane; Mon                  30th at 7.30pm  for Denis McEnery, Tubbertoureen; Wed  1st at 12noon  for Brendan (Ben) Mulvihill, Moyvane; Sat 4th  at 7.30pm for  Con Healy, Moyvane North (Months Mind), and Mass on Sun  5th at 11.00am for John Joe Behan, Aughrim (Anni) & his parents Bridie & Thomas. Mass Knockanure on  Sun  5th for Michael & Theresa Bambury, Gurtagleanna.

Mary O’Carroll

Mary O Carroll

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 16, 1972; Page: 29


KNOCKANURE came to the fore with a bang last Saturday night when Mr. Willie Finucane (The Lots) and Mr. John McElligott (Trien), both appeared on the “Late Late Show” accompanied by Mr. J. B, Keane.

CCE- branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann was formed at Knockanure on Wednesday November 24. Officers elected for the coming year were, president, Rev. Fr O’Brien, P P ; chairman, Mr. J. McMahon; vice do., Mr. Dan Keane; sec, Mr. Tom Flavin; treas., Mr. E. Leahy; auditor, Miss Mary O’Carroll, N.T The first oiche ceoil will be held at the Community Centre on Tuesday night next,

(Other events, Moyvane GAA social and Santa in Hall)

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, June 02, 1973; Page: 11

ONE of the craft workers whose work is very much in evidence at Writers'” Week is Listowel’s own Tony O’Callaghan, who has already made quite a name for himself with his copper items.

A number of his products are on show at the Bord Failite exhibition and at Leane’s Gallery and, in addition to this, he has produced the trophies for the winners of the literary competitions .

Tony was one person, who Was keeping a very close eye on the presidential election, because the result could mean, that a sample of his work could hang in Arus an Uachtaran! Recently, Fianna Fail presented a family crest, executed by Tony, to Erskine Childers when he  visited Listowel.

A native of Knockanure, Tony teaches in, Listowel primary school, Scoil Realta na Maidine, but somehow finds time to carry on his craft. It is a very time consuming task and I work long hours at it.” he explained. “Because of the demand for my work I have done very little creative work over the past two years — it’s very difficult to refuse people But I hope to be able to do some more creative work— the type of work I want to do myself, in the future.

Tony’s largest job to date was the design and execution last year of a set of wall Plaques depicting “The Tribes of Galway” for CLE’s. Corrib Hotel, Galway.

His workshop, according to himself, are his garage and sitting room (the latter when the weather is cold), under the feet of his wife and  children.

.”I would, like to do some silver work as well but copper is my first love, and what, I Work with all the time, at present. However, I have no Intention, of giving up teaching which I enjoy as. well,” said Tony.

Kerryman North Edition, Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 RETIREMENT: On Friday last 29th June `07 Mrs Helen McEnery principal teacher at Knockanure national school bid farewell to a lifelong career in education. She saw lots of changes in education down through the years. Helen was dedicated to her method of teaching and treated all children in her care as they were her own. She will be missed both by staff and all her pupils. We all wish her a long and happy retirement. Slán leath. Padraig O Concubhair principal of Lenamore National School has also retired, Padraig began teaching in 1966 in Monaghan and came to Lenamore in 1976, Padraig is well known as a historical writer, coach and teacher and plans to do his masters in local history and continue with his extracurricular work.


Knockanure Branch of Macra na Feirme was Established in 1955.

President: Fr. J Galvin C.C

Vice-President: Joe Sweeney ,Pat Kennelly .

Chairman: John Leahy .

Treasurer; James o Connor

Secretary: Tom Flavin

Committee: Ned Sheehy, John Murphy, Jerry Clancy, Jerry Enright, Maurice Stack, Willie o Connor, J. Hanrahan, Tim Scanlon, Jackie Goulding, James Ahern. Members: Sean Nolan, Jim Connor, Sean Broderick, Tom Kennelly, Denis Murphy, Rich Shanahan, Hugh Goulding, Christy Goulding, R. Stack.

The first meeting held on the 27th of December 1955.Mr S Geaney VS Castleisland attended and Mr. N. Horan chairman of the county executive of Macra.

History Comhaltas 1950

Comhaltas came to Kerry in 1959. In 1959/60 and 1960/61 records of registration of a Moyvane Branch can be seen. Little else in that regard is known to current members. There are suggestions that Jerry Nolan was Chairman and Ann Marie McEnery was secretary.

 Moyvane/Knockanure Branch was not always a combined entity. Dan Keane, our longest standing member and still our President, recalls being invited by Mary O’Carroll a native of Knockanure to help found a branch. Their first meeting was held in the old school in Knockanure (which in the last few years was renovated into a community centre). The first Chairman there was Jackie McMahon, Vice Chairman Dan Keane, Secretary Tom Flavin, Treasurer Mary O’Carroll.


KERRYMAN, Saturday, April 21, 1962; Page: 7

CO-OPERATION ASKED FOR Knockanure PTAA are making plans for their annual outing when they intend to do a cruise up the Shannon. They would like to hire a launch exclusively for pioneers. To do so they are anxious to get the co operation of the surrounding branches of the Association. Any branches who may be interested should contact Miss Mary O’Carroll NT who will supply further information.

MACRA NA FEIRME The Knockanure branch of Macra na Feirme  are making great strides to keep abreast of the times Last week they had a film show dealing with the use of electricity as a means of heating water for rinsing, washing, and scalding dairy utensils. The film show was under the supervision of Mr P O’Sullivan, R Sc.


Kerryman 12 August 1961. (Snippet) From Moyvane Notes.

Miss Mary O’Carroll N.T. and Miss Mairead O’Callaghan N.T. both of Knockanure, have gone on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. One of the prime objects of their pilgrimage is to assist the sick and needy in that penitential place.

 SOCIAL A grand social was held at Knockanure at which the tea was served by the young men’s committee who are taking a prominent part in all local movements. Proceeds will be used to decorate Moyvane for the Tidy Town competition.

SPORTS; Knockanure Sports will be seen as usual on the 15th. The strong tradition has kept this meeting going into at least the third generation with a full programme every year. A dance will be held in the Enterprise Hall, Athea, on that night with music by the Western Star Ceili Band.


Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, June 08, 1963; Page: 21

Knockanure athlete was the star  of County National School Sports

TRALEE C.B.S., with a total of 31 points;- captured the cup for the best- all-round urban school at the County National School Sports held under ideal conditions at Castleisland on Sunday.

The cup for the best all-round Rural school was shared by Kenmare and Castleisland National Schools, each scoring 16 points. Outstanding athlete of the day was sturdy 11-year-old Jim Collins, Knockanure, who showed his versatility  by winning no less than five  medals. Jim took, the long jump (under 14), and (under 12) was second In the High Jump and third in the 60 yds dash and 120 yds. Unfortunately Jim was a sole competitor from his school Otherwise, the school would have made a very brave showing in the rural schools cup competition.


Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 24, 1966; Page: 5

THE sale of work in aid of church funds, held in the old school at Knockanure, proved a success despite the fact that it was held on Sunday night when most of the local teenagers were dancing

The most successful ticket buyers were Mr. Denis and Mrs Hanrahan, NT, who collected seven prizes in all, worth almost £10 Other big wins were: Mr. F O’Carroll, two chairs; Mrs T. Flavin, a twenty-one piece set of china, and Mr. Ted Keane, who had two wins in succession The largest single win was the big hamper by Mr, Tony Horgan.

Mr. Jerry Enright was in charge of the big wheel, assisted by Mr. Tom Flavin and ticket sellers were Messrs E. Sweeney, Ml. Kennelly (grocer), Jky. Cronin, R. Flavin. Miss Mary O’Carroll N.T., was chief bursar and Mrs M. O’Connell, ex-N.T., was general supervisor. The door tickets were taken by Mr. C Goulding and Mr. W. Stack. Very Rev. D. Mangan, P P. thanked all who helped to make the sale such a success.


Those home on holidays will be glad of news of some entertainment during the vacation period. There will be a big concert on Dec. 29 and again on January 1. The Pioneers of Knockanure will be sponsoring a social function on January 3, and the final of the card drive will be on January 10. All are in aid of church funds


Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 16, 1972; Page: 29


KNOCKANURE came to tile fore with a bang last Saturday night when Mr. Willie Finucane (The Lots) and Mr. John McElligoit (Trien), both appeared on the “Late Late Show” accompanied by Mr. J. B, Keane.

Branch of Comhaltas  Ceoltoiri Eireann was formed at Knockanure on Wednesday November 24. Officers elected for the coming year were, president, Rev. Fr O’Brien, P P ; chairman, Mr. J. McMahon; vice do ‘ Mr. Dan Keane; sec, Mr Tom Flavin; treas., Mr. E. Leahy; auditor, Miss Mary O’Carroll, N.T. The first oiche ceoil will be held at the Community Centre on Tuesday night next.


Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, October 06, 1973; Page: 5

Some Moyvane Notes.

MR. LIAM HANRAHAN and Mr. P. J. McEnerny of the Moyvane GAA Club would like through this column, to express their thanks to Moyvane people, and indeed North Kerry people generally, whom they met and who entertained them in their homes in the U.S.A . while they were on tour with the North Kerry football selection. Such good friends included Mr. John O’Sullivan, in Boston; the O’Sullivan girls in New York (of Lenamore); Mr. Morgan Moran, Mr. Mike Scanlon (both of Athea) and Mr. Frank Thornton (Kilbaha), all three in Chicago; Mr. Bill O’Dowd, in Pittsburgh (of Lisselton) and Mr. Tom O’Donoghue (formerly of Behins, Listowel).

CHARITY WALKERS—The following members from Knockanure took part in the recent Charity Walk organised by the P.T.A.A., Miss Mary O’Carroll, N.T., Mrs. Tom O’Connor, Kathleen, Bernard and Francisco O’Connor (all four of one family from Keylod); Paudie Keane, Willie Leahy, Christopher and Noel Larkin, of Coilagurteen; Noreen Kennelly and Brendan Keane, both Keylod; Maurice Flavin, Monica Bambury, Eileen, Joan and Jerry Kennelly, Knockanure, and Richie Stack, Dromurhur. Mrs. Tom O’Connor, Keylod, walked 15 miles last year and made £80, Some sponsors were from Australia and New York.


Kerryman 1904-current, 25.11.1977, page 35 (Edited)

THERE will be a feis held in the Community Centre at Knockanure next Sunday starting at 2 p.m. There are 200 medals and plaques.

The AGM of, Craobh Cnoc an Iuir de Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann elected the following officers for the coming yeah chairman, Tom Flavin, Trien, Kilmorna; vice do., Jerry Enright, Lisaniskea; sec, Mairead Flavin, Trien, Kilmorna; treas., M. O’Carroll, Knockanure: auditor, David O’Connor, Lisaniskea,  delegates to Co. Board, Dan Keane, Keylod and Mary O’Carroll. Knockanure.




Moyvane/Knockanure  C.C.E.  Results.

Tin Whistle:   1st Kieran Flavin  U 12

Tin Whistle;  Slow Airs,  1st  Kieran Flavin.

Concertina;  2nd   Kieran  Flavin.

English Singing;   2nd  Kieran  Flavin.

English Singing;   1st   Tara Finucane   U 12.

Irish Singing;      2nd   Tara Finucane.

English  Singing;  3rd   Chloe Mulvihill   Rec  U 15.

English  Singing;  1st  Tara Mulvihill  over 18.

Tin Whistle;   2nd  Bridget McCarthy   15 -18.

Concertina  2nd  Bridget McCarthy.

Fiddle;   3rd  Linda Kennelly   15 – 18.

Fiddle,  Slow Airs;  3rd  Linda Kennelly.

English Singing;   1st   Kieran Lane,   15 – 18.

Newly Composed;  1st  Dan Keane.

Trios  2nd  15 – 18,  Bridget McCarthy, James Duggan, Caoimhe  Lynch.

 Ceili Bands ,  12 – 15   2nd.    .Kieran Flavin, Una Fitzmaurice, Conor O’Sullivan, Jerome O’Connor,Niamh Shine, Elaine Hudson, Ann Langan, Edel Langan, Yvonne O’Brien.

Ceile Bands,   15 – 18,    1st.     Alanna Donegan, BridgetMcCarthy, Regina Galvin, Lorraine Horgan, James Duggan, Caoimhe Lynch, Linda Kennelly, Owen Wrenn, Evelyn  O;Brien, Miriam Langan.

Sets  U 11 Mixed  4th.  Martin Stack, Liam Corridan, Timothy Noonan, Niall Twoomey, Niamh Stack, Kerryann Finnucane, Marguerite O’Flaherty, Rebecca Horgan.

Sets  U 14  Mixed  4th.    James Noonan, Timothy Noonan, Tady Finucane, Michael Horgan, Elaine Hudson, Tara Finucane, Siobhain Noonan, Breda Lane.

Sets  U 17  Ladies  2nd;   Norella Molyneaux, Breda Lane, Tara Finnucane, Erin Stack, Siobhane Noonan, Ann Marie Scanlon, Niamh Shine, Elaine Hudson.

Set  U  17  Mixed   2nd.     Owen Stack, James Noonan, Kieran Lane, Tady Finnucane, Ann Marie Scanlon, Breda Lane, Norella Molyneaux, Niamh Shine.



Kerryman 1904-current, Thursday, December 05, 2002; Page: 43

SCOR na nOg county semi-final will be held in the Marian Hall Moyvane on Friday, December 6 at 7.30pm. The County finals will be held at the Gleneagle on Sunday, December 15 starting at ?.30pm. Congratulations Kieran Lane, Una Fitzmaurice, Eoin Stack, Norella Molyneaux, Kevin Fitzmaurice, Breda Lane, Thady Finucane and Shauna Foley our local Scor group of Set Dancers who came second in their class at St John’s recently.


Knockanure Moyvane Senior Citizens Annual Christmas Dinner will be held at the Arms Hotel on Sunday December 15. Please book your place with any member of the committee.


Last Sunday the First Sunday in Advent: The Churches New Year was marked at 10am Mass with the addition of new readers and the singing of the Knockanure National School Choir.


THE Ceol an Gheimhridh will take place after Christmas for anyone interested in taking part in music, singing, storytelling, set dancing, etc. Age groups, U 14 and 14 1H years. Please forward names to Secretary Mary Buckley, 492.W or Chairman Jerry Enright, 492H2, before December ?. Competitions open to Comhaltas members only.

MOYVANK/KNOCKANURK SENIOR CITIZENS: The annual Christmas Dinner will be held on Sunday, December 15, at the Listowel Arms Hotel at 2pm sharp. Please book with Maureen Nolan, Noelle O’Callaghan. Eileen Quinn.  Mary Carroll, and Eileen Kennelly. Spot prizes welcome.


Tidy Towns 2002

“Caring for our environment”


County : KERRY

Category : A

Overall Developmental Approach Max 50  in 2002 =32 in 2001= 31

The Built Environment 40 25 25

Landscaping 40 26 24

Wildlife and Natural Amenities 30 17 17

Litter Control 40 24 24

Tidiness 20 14 14

Residential Areas 30 20 20

Roads, Streets and Back Areas 40 22 20

General Impression 10 6 6

TOTAL MARK 300   awarder in 2002 =186 awarded marks in 2001= 181

Knockanure, County Kerry


Knockanure is very welcome to the 2002 Tidy Towns

Competition. Thank you for your submission this year. The

village enjoys a rural setting amongst low hills and lush

countryside. Scenic views of the surrounding countryside are

a pleasant feature of Knockanure. We note with interest the

details of your planned work programme and wish you well in

its implementation.


Most buildings are presented to a high standard and the

church with its bell tower was particularly admired, the

addition of appropriate wrought iron handrails will enhance

this area further. Flynn’s Bar, as usual, is well presented, the

‘Guinness’ sign is acceptable but the ‘Harp’ sign is outdated

and should be removed or, at a minimum, should be

maintained clean. We look forward to the appropriate

redevelopment of the old national school on the eastern road.

Some buildings need to be painted to freshen their

appearance and, as you are aware, the workshop/garage in

the village centre at the beginning of the cul-de-sac road looks

quite bad, we wish you well in overcoming this problem.


The village has a fine collection of mature, semi-mature and

young trees. Healthy high and low hedgerow have been

noted also and indeed the new hedgerow from the sports

grounds towards the village is establishing itself well. Newly

planted trees in the church carpark and elsewhere including

school grounds will provide a valuable heritage for future

generations. The grotto looks especially well and the stone

work here was admired. The rose display at the nameplate at

the northern entrance to the village was in full bloom during



We are happy that you are pleased with the new handbook

and that you will use this as a source of ideas for an

appropriate project under this heading. Of particular interest

might be the new Neighbourwood Scheme. This might be an

appropriate project for you to undertake. We look forward to a

survey of the wildlife of the area and having the details of

these in your submissions in future years. Local walks,

including nature walks, should be identified and signposted

from the village.


Litter control is good, the village was litter free during

adjudication. We note with interest your encouragement to

households and the local school to keep litter in check. Do

keep us informed of your litter management strategies as

these can earn you valuable additional marks also.


Tidiness is quite good in the village with the exception of the

old school, as mentioned above, and the workshop / garage in

the village centre.


The majority of residential properties are nicely presented.

Congratulations on the increase in your housing stock since

last year and in your efforts to incorporate new residents into

the Tidy Towns effort. Some properties need to be painted to

freshen their appearance and many boundary walls could be

cleaned or painted also. Encourage householders to pay

particular attention to the roadside areas to their boundary

walls, in many cases these are weedy and rough in

appearance. Do try to achieve a consistency having all either

hard surfaced or grassed.


Road surfaces in the village are quite poor, no doubt this

problem will be addressed over the coming years. Do make

representations to the council regarding the ducting of cables

during the course of resurfacing. This will enable you to

provide street lighting on attractive lamp standards. Some

signs need to be refurbished, for example the speed limit sign

on the eastern approach road. In some cases field

boundaries could be better shaped. Grass cuttings ideally

should be removed rather than left along the roadside as they

look unattractive as they mature. They also enrich the earth

and hinder the growth of wildflowers.


The overall impression of Knockanure is favourable, however

a little more attention to detail is necessary. We wish you well

in the implementation of your plan and look forward to many

repeat visits. Thank you for your participation.


Knockanure Teachers

Samuel Lewis in 1830 reports Knockanure had a small Thatched Church with a School attached, Griffith Valuation 1850 John Byrne had school valuation 10 shillings,

Michael Mulvihill had school c 1834, Also hedge school at Trien and at Connors Gortdromagowna,

1868 to 1873 teachers Casey, Keane & Molyneaux,

Boys school records burnt when school went on fire,

 1874 to 1917 Maurice Casey, to 1923 Jer Carroll, to 1903 Elizabeth O Mahony, to 1918 Tim Sullivan, Later Harnett for a short time, to 1919 Joan Flaherty, to 1923 Mary Mc Mahon, to 1928 Tom Callaghan, to 1933 Julia Flaherty, to 1953 Paddy Callaghan, to 1957 Miss J J Horan, to 1968 Miss M O Callaghan, to 1969 Cormac O Leary, to 1965 Kate Finucane, to 1972 Mairead O Callaghan, to 1990 Mary O Carroll,

Moyvane Murhur Teachers


John Shanahan, Margaret Lawlor, Elizabeth & Alice Madden, Tom Enright, David White, Pat Shine, Elizabeth Mc Carthy c1863, Denis Connor, John Rourke, Jim Barry came 1880, Tom Carr, Dan Mulvihill,

Girls’ School

Joan Hederman to 1889, Bridget Shine to 1880, Joan Fitzmaurice to 1885, Lizzie Gleeson to 1926, Nora Scanlon to 1934, Elizabeth Nolan to 1946, Bridie Barrett to 1958, Mary B O Connell to 1964, Mary O Carroll to 1964,

Boys School

Some teachers: Robert Jones c1901, Dan Mulvihill & John O Rourke to 1904, Maurice O Claochlaighe to 1941, Joe Moriarty to 1930, Kathleen Mulvihill to 1945,Tim Buckley to 1941, Tom o Connell to 1944, Mary Shine to 1939, Sean Barrett to 1954, Padraig O Sullivan to c193?, Cormac O Leary to 1953, Mary B O Callaghan to 1971, Noel O Connell to 1961,


Tom O Callaghan 1929 to 1944, Mary B Dinneen 1929 to 1945, Mary Collins to c1951, Dorothy O Sullivan to 1964,

Aughrim School c1850 under The Church Education Society & Rev R Fitzgerald,

Samuel Lewis in 1830 reports Near Newtownsandes Large School House erected at the expense of Fr J Long PP. The Board of Education allows £12 per year to support the School.

See more at


Irish Independent 1905-current, Monday, November 11, 1946; Section: Front page, Page: 1

O’CARROLL Knockanure — Nov. 9 1946, at her residence, Knockanure, Moyvane, Kerry. Mary O’Carroll, relict of Jeremiah O’Carroll, N.T. Solemn Requiem Mass to-day (Monday, 10 o’c, in Knockanure Church Funeral at 1 o’c. American papers, please copy.


9 Oct 1926 ? Advocate NY

Death has occurred of Jerh O’Carroll ex T.D. Knockanure, Newtownsandes,   father   of   the   late   Prof   D.   O’Carroll,   Belvedere   College,   Dublin.

New York NY Irish American Advocate 1925-1927 – 0843.pdf


Marriage; James Hunt Knockanure son of Con, labour md Brigida Carroll Knockanure dau of John C lab, on 6 July 1876. Witness Dan and John Carroll.


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1925-1927 – 0062.pdf

SATURDAY,  JAN.  24, 1925

…at Brisbane. The son of a national teacher at ‘ Newtownsandes, he was only 31. In 1913 he became professor of …


 Death of   William   Harnett,   Brosna, On   Saturday.   December 27,    1924   


O’CARROLL    DIES    IN    AUSTRALIA. Prof.  Dan  O’Carroll,   a  noted   Volunteer   and   personal   friend    of   Michael  Collins,  died  on  Christmas  morning  at!  a   consumptive     home     at     Brisbane.     Thirteen  months  ago,  because  of  failing  health,  he  went  to  Australia  with  a   younger     brother,    with     whom   he  worked    on   a   banana   farm    in    New  South  Wales,  but  his  condition  not  improving  he  entered  the  home  at  Brisbane. The   son   of   a   national   teacher   at  Newtownsandes,   he  was   only   31.    In    1913   he   became   professor    of   mathematics  and  Irish  In  Belvedere  College.  Being  a    fluent    native     speaker, he  taught  In  the  Leinster  College  of  Irish during  vacations.  A   member   of   “D”  Co..   2nd   Dublin  Batt,  at  the  time  of  the  rising,  he  was  appointed   despatch-carrier   to   his   native    Kerry,    and   was    shadowed    the entire  way  by  two  British  agents.  Entering   a     hotel,     he     Coolly     walked   through  to  the  back  and  thence  took  to  the   open   country,   and,   though    still  pursued,    eventually    got    clear    away and  delivered  his  despatches.  Later he  was   quartermaster   of   the  company   of  which  Paddy  Moran   (executed    after    “Bloody    Sunday’)    was  captain   and   Martin  Savage   (killed   in the attack on Lord French) was lieutenant. As intelligence officer during the Black and Tan Regime he had numerous exciting adventures and took part in many operations especially in Dorset St. area. Under his control were five batches of secret service agents and in the end all except himself were  arrested.  At  a  time  when the  British  were  eagerly  searching  for  him   he   succeeded   in     paying     three     visits  to  Mountjoy  to  see  Moran,  then  under  sentence   of  death. 


Death of Elizabeth Troy of Listowel, she had six sons, five were priests and one daughter was Sister of Mercy in Chicago. Death of Ven. P A Enright aged 70, native of Ardagh, he founded house for education of Limerick priests at the Irish College in Rome. (Condensed)

Ellen Carroll nee Wilmot Red Cottages d Sept 2nd 1977 her Husband

Tim d 21st June 1954 Buried Knockanure.

Catherine Wilmot d 19-4-1907.

Maurice Wilmot d 2-4-1930 Erected by Dau. Mary USA.

Edmond Wilmot Charles St d 2-2-1938 his Wife

Mary d 28th Sept 1955 Daughter

Catherine d 12-1-1948 Son

Dr Seamus Wilmot Registrar NUI d 28-1-1977 Son in Law

North Kerry Families Near Listowel

North Kerry Families Near Listowel

From Helens Family Tree, just a sample see site for hundreds of names.


M            i               John (Jack) CRONIN was born on 21 Dec 1896. He died on 6 Nov 1973.

                                M            ii             

                Patrick (Pat) Leo CRONIN was born on 13 Dec 1897 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 15 Dec 1897 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. He died on 16 Feb 1970 in Los Angeles. He was buried on 19 Feb 1970 in Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Pat attended St. Michael’s College, Listowel prior to studying philosophy at St. Patrick’s College, Carlow. In 1919 he went to the United States where he studied at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, and was ordained on 11 June 1922 in Lincoln, Kansas. During World War II he served as a chaplain in Europe for the U.S. Army and attained the rank of colonel.

According to an article in the Kerryman newspaper of 23 September 1961 on the dedication of the new Church of Our Lady of Fatima and St. Senan in Irremore, Pat donated a Rosary window to the new church in memory of his granduncle, Bishop John Cunningham of Concordia, Kansas.

Pat was living in Los Angeles at the time of his death.

                                F              iii            

                Margaret Mary CRONIN was born about 18 Aug 1899 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 20 Aug 1899 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. She died in probably London.

Margaret joined the Mercy order, becoming Sr. M. Patricia. She lived in Camberwell, London.


                Hannah (Sr. Patricia) O’CONNOR was born on 19 May 1921 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 29 Dec 2008 in Cork. She was buried on 31 Dec 2008 in St. Oliver’s Cemetery, Cork.

Sr. Patricia was a sister in the Bon Secours order. She lived in Cork.


There follows a poem written about James, written many years after his death, by his granddaughter Maureen Gordon (née Hussey):



Looking backwards through the years,

I see you sitting on my childhood bed –

Wizard of wonder,

Ancient innocence –

Weaving me webs of magic and myth.

Heroes and gods,

Enchanters, unicorns

Peopled the lucid air

Through which we voyaged

On translucent seas

To coral islands – Cathay – Camelot.

Later, on tired old legs,

You trudged the streets,

Trading your meagre pence on market stalls

For unconsidered treasure,


Of well-thumbed books

Whose illustrations burned

Scarlet and gold through tissue coverings

Thin as the mists of time.

You were not reckoned a successful man,

Small value put on you or on your wares;

Though I recall you aureoled with love,

Your photos show you threadbare,


You left no legacy the world calls wealth,

Only to me

The little golden key

To jewelled caverns,

Labrynthine ways

Into infinities of cosmic space.

You were my Homer and my Gutenberg.

Once you saw Venice,

And the spell it cast over your life

Suffused my youth with light.

When your great-grandson,

Your true avatar,

Caught in the same enchantment,

Took me there and I first recognised

The beauty floating on the mirroring water

That proved the truth of your mythologies,

You smiled at me again out of his eyes.


from The Tug of the Undertow © 1995, Maureen Gordon


Robert BUTLER was born on 16 Jan 1836 in London. He was christened on 7 Feb 1836 in St. Patrick’s Church, Westminster, London. He died on 1 Nov 1902 in St. Charles College, Bayswater, London. He was buried on 6 Nov 1902 in Lady Chapel, St. Edmund’s College, Ware, Hertfordshire.

Robert’s baptismal sponsors were Isaac Joseph Fairbrother and Helena Fairbrother.

Robert studied for either one year or two at Sedgley Park School in Wolverhampton until the age of about 14 when he began studies for the priesthood at St. Edmund’s College in Ware, Hertfordshire, starting in 1850. He received the Tonsure (cutting or shaving of all or part of the hair as a ritual of induction into religious life) in 1854 and the Minor Orders the following year. He was ordained Sub-deacon in St. Edmund’s College Chapel on 7 March 1857 and Deacon on 27 February 1858. He then joined the newly formed Congregation of Oblates of St. Charles, based in Bayswater, London, and in September 1858 he left for Rome where he was ordained in 1860. He then returned to Bayswater where he served for about 17 years in the parish of St. Mary and All Angels.

In 1877 Robert was present at the death of Pope Pius IX. From the sermon given by Monsignor Ward at Robert’s funeral we are told that “Cardinal Manning happened to come to Rome just at the time, and he brought his friend, Father Butler, with him. It was the end of December in the year 1877. I was myself in Rome, then a young layman, when he came; and together we went to the great Basilica of St. Peter, which was filled to overflowing, for a solemn Novena was going on for the dying Pontiff. It was his great ambition to assist at his death: and his wish was granted. He has often described to me the scene. There were praying round that death-bed dignitaries of the Church, bishops, archbishops, and cardinals. He obtained admission in order to act if necessary as messenger, and he joined in the prayers.”

Robert moved into education in 1878, becoming rector of St. Charles College, Bayswater, succeeding Cardinal Manning who had recently died. Robert held this position until his death in 1902. At the time of his death he was also President of the Conference of Catholic Colleges of England.

Robert died of ‘Heart failure, Pneumonia and Pleurisy (about 3 days) and Influenza (8 days)’ at St. Charles College. He was brought back to St. Edmund’s to be buried on the north side of the altar of St. Edmund’s College Chapel.


‘unknown’ CUNNINGHAM was born in abt 1750s in north Kerry or west Limerick. He died in possibly Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. ‘unknown’ married ‘UNKNOWN’.


    I think it likely that ‘unknown’ above was named Bryan because all three of his sons (whom we know of) who had children appear to have called their eldest sons Bryan, suggesting they were following the tradition at the time of naming their first-born son after the child’s paternal grandfather.

    It is thought that ‘unknown’ above was originally from the Templeglantine area of Co. Limerick but either he or his sons all moved to Co. Kerry at some point in the early to mid-19th century. His sons Myles and Daniel settled in Kilbaha in the parish of Newtownsandes (now called Moyvane) while his putative son John moved to Irremore, near Listowel.

    Parish records have been located (on for several Cunninghams with Kilbaha connections who may be related to ‘unknown’ above:

    A Mary Cunningham of Kilbaha married a Daniel Mangan in Moyvane on 29 July 1843. Witnesses were Thomas Mulvihill and George Mahony. Baptismal records have been located (on for an Elizabeth and Daniel Cunningham, children of a James Cunningham and a Hanora Thornton of Kilbaha. Elizabeth was baptised on 7 December 1841 (sponsors were Michael Thornton and Mary Thornton) and Daniel on 18 May 1844 (with sponsors Daniel Cunningham and Honora Cunningham). Could James have been a son of ‘unknown’ above? Or could he have been a son of ‘unknown’s son Daniel? However, we have no evidence to show that ‘unknown’ had a son or grandson named James.

    Another Cunningham family with Moyvane connections was that of John Cunningham who was married to Catherine Moore and whose son, Cornelius, was baptised in Moyvane on 30 December 1834. However, it is not known if this family lived in Kilbaha.

    According to family lore, our Cunningham family is connected to Philip Cunningham, the Moyvane-born rebel who was transported to Australia following the 1798 Rising and became the leader of the failed Castle Hill convict rebellion of March 1804. However, I have not been able to prove a definite connection between Philip and our Cunninghams or a link between him and the townland of Kilbaha. While Philip Cunningham’s birthplace is shown as “Moyvane, Co. Kerry” on transportation documents, I have been told that from 1690 until 1939 the parish now called Moyvane was known as Newtownsandes, so it is a possibility that the Moyvane on the transportation documents might actually relate to one of the TOWNLANDS of Moyvane North or Moyvane South located in the PARISH then called Newtownsandes. I have also read that Philip Cunningaham was born in a place called Gleann Liath (or Gleanlea or Glownlee) in the parish of Newtownsandes/Moyvane. Gleann Liath forms part of the townland of Murher which is located directly to the west of both Moyvane North and Moyvane South (with Kilbaha being directly east of Moyvane South), so it does seem likely that Philip Cunningham came from this general area. I am wondering if Gleann Liath might be located on the eastern side of Murher, close to the border with Moyvane North/South, which might explain why Moyvane was specified on the transportation papers.

    Whether or not there is a connection, Philip Cunningham’s story is worth telling: he was born probably in the 1760s and, according to ‘Home Thoughts from Abroad – the Australian Letters of Thomas F. Culhane’ published by the Glin Historical Society in 1998, was involved in nationalist activities with the United Irishman in north Kerry in the period leading up the 1798 Rising. “Gerald FitzGerald and Sandes had appointed Phil Cunningham of Gleann Liath, Moyvane, Bill Leonard of Aghanagran, Marcus Sheehy of Duagh and Pat Galvin as leaders in their respective parishes. Tom Langan (Captain Steel) had charge of Glin parish and surrounding districts…. Eventually all these men were arrested and sent to Botany Bay… [They were] put on board the convict ship Anne, which did not leave Cork until much later”.

    Other sources tell us that Philip Cunningham was related in some way to a Cunningham family in Co. Tipperary, and probably sometime in 1790s he moved to Clonmel in that county where he ran a public house and worked as a stonemason. In February 1798 he married a local woman whose surname was Black. In Clonmel he became a leader locally of the 1798 Rising which led to his deportation to Australia on board the ‘Anne I’, which docked in Port Jackson in NSW in February 1801.

    The Castle Hill Rising was the first rebellion in Australian history. Involving Irish convicts (mostly political offenders arrested in the aftermath of the 1798 Rising), the revolt began with the rebels’ seizure of their convict station and culminated in a clash between the rebels and government troops. After the troops opened fire, the convicts fled and the rebellion was broken. Philip Cunningham, who had been wounded in the melée, was captured and immediately hanged.

    The Cunningham surname is common in all areas of Ireland, especially Ulster and Connaught. In east Ulster the name is mainly of Scottish origin, and in other areas it is mainly the anglicised form of native Irish names, such as MacCuinneagáin.


Edward/Edmond (Ned) STACK [Parents] was born on 17 Feb 1886 in Ballygoughlin, Glin, Co. Limerick. He died on 8 Dec 1939. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Edward/Edmond married Josephine (Ciss) RUDDLE on 30 Jul 1921.

Josephine (Ciss) RUDDLE [Parents] was born in Glin, Co. Limerick. She died on 8 Dec 1931. She was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Josephine married Edward/Edmond (Ned) STACK on 30 Jul 1921.

    Ned and Ciss ran the Stack family farm in Ballygoughlan, Glin.

They had the following children.

                                F              i              

                Irene (Sr. Irene) STACK was born in 1923 in probably Ballygoughlan, Glin, Co. Limerick. She died on 5 Feb 2011 in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

    Irene, a Mercy sister at Balloonagh Convent in Tralee, attended school at the Mercy Covent, Moyderwell, Tralee before entering the convent.


Daniel (Dan) LYONS [Parents] was born about 20 Jan 1865 in Derry, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 22 Jan 1865 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died on 8 Dec 1944 in Derry, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Daniel married Hanora (Nora) HUDSON on 4 Mar 1905 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

    According to the 1911 census, Dan and Nora had been married six years and had five children born alive, four of whom were still alive at the time of the census.

    Note: Civil records give give Dan’s date of birth as 17 January 1865 but this is incorrect.

Hanora (Nora) HUDSON [Parents] was born on 25 Jul 1877 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 26 Jul 1877 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 7 Feb 1937 in Derry, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Hanora married Daniel (Dan) LYONS on 4 Mar 1905 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

    Civil records give a birth date of 3 August 1877 for Nora but this is incorrect. When one has differing birth and baptismal records one should use the information from the batismal record as births at that time, especially in rural areas, were often not registered until well after the event and incorrect birth dates were sometimes given, either because the exact date was forgotten or to avoid a fine for not registering a birth within the required time limit.

    Nora’s baptismal sponsors were William Hudson and Johanna Hudson.

    Nora died of a cerebral haemorrhage aged 59.


M            i               Richard (Dick) HUDSON was born on 18 Mar 1918. He died on 5 Jul 1993.

                                M            ii             

                Patrick (Pat) HUDSON died on 17 Feb 2000. He was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Pat lived in Kilbaha before moving to live with his brother Jim at Knockbrane (or Knockbrean) Cross in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. Neither Pat nor Jim ever married.

Pat appears to have been a significant point of contact for Hudson researcher Bill Hudson who has contributed an enormous amount of information to our Hudson family tree. According to Bill’s notes, “While on a visit to Dublin, I saw this book [“County Kerry – Past and Present” by J. King, published by Hodges Figgis & Co., 1931] in Dublin Castle and discovered on page 176, the mention of two Hudson families. While I had been in Tralee in 1929 when my Father called on one Richard Hudson solicitor there (who later proved to be a third cousin), I had never heard of Kilbaha. Procuring Ordnance maps of the area, I hired a car and driver and… I landed up in Kilbaha, near Newton Sandes (now Moyvane) on 27 May 1956 and met Patrick Hudson [above] who had just come home from the creamery and who introduced me to his 78 year old Father John (Jack) Hudson. Later I drove up the hill to meet the Ned Hudsons [presumably Jack’s first cousin Ned Hudson who was married to Hannie Hanrahan, herself a Hudson descendant]. From that point, I was hooked and the rest is history”.


William? HUDSON (caution: not verified) [Parents] was born in abt 1750s in probably north Kerry. He died in probably north Kerry. William? married ‘UNKNOWN’.


    Much more information on the Hudsons is to be found in Bill’s multiple-volume family history entitled ‘The Hudsons of County Kerry and their Descendants’ along with more recent works entitled ‘The Hudsons of Tralee’, ‘The Hudsons of Kilbaha North’, and ‘The Hudsons of Ballyeagh’ along with a study of land ownership in the townland of Kilbaha where Bill’s Hudson ancestors settled, copies of which Bill has donated to Tralee and Listowel libraries in Co. Kerry. The National Library of Ireland in Dublin also has a copy of ‘The Hudsons of County Kerry and their Descendants’. Bill researched his Hudson family history for over half a century and these very impressive works are the fruits of his labour. Note that advance notice needs to be given to the above libraries to view these volumes. 

    It is not certain at all that the first name of Mr. Hudson above was William, but Bill’s father thought it might have been. It is certain that William(?) above was connected to the Hudson family of Tralee who were prominent landlords and business people in the area at the time, but the exact relationship is not known, hence the caution after his name. His life span places him in the same generation as his putative brothers Richard and Edward so I have listed him as such, although I have no solid evidence to prove he was a son of William and brother of Richard, Edward and another possible brother whose name may have been William. 

    It is also known that William(?) above was Protestant, as were the Hudsons of Tralee. It is a possiblility that he was a son of William Hudson of Bunagarha, near Listowel, who was the father of Kilbaha landlord Edward Hudson who settled in Tralee (and grandfather of Edward’s son, also named Edward, who inherited the Kilbaha land), but we have no evidence to support this. Any assistance in establishing the exact nature of the connection would be much appreciated. Please email

    I have been told that Richard, a son of William above, converted to Catholicism on his marriage to a Catholic, but it could be that it was William who converted. This theory is based on (a) Edmund Hudson who married the Catholic Mary Galvin may have been a son of William. If Edmund was indeed a son of William then it could be regarded as unusual to have two sons marrying outside their faith and perhaps it is more likely that it was William who married a Catholic and converted, and (b) in the notes of Hudson researcher Bill Hudson of Florida there is mention of a William Hudson who married a housemaid, which suggests a Protectant-Catholic union. Bill was unable to determine which William this may have been, but it is possible it was the father of Edmund and Richard (assuming they were brothers). This theory is of course is all conjecture and would need to be supported by hard evidence.

‘UNKNOWN’ died. ‘UNKNOWN’ married William? HUDSON (caution: not verified).

They had the following children.

                                M            i               Richard HUDSON was born in abt 1780s. He died before 1853.

Edmond (Ned) HUDSON [Parents] was born on 20 Mar 1881 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 21 Mar 1881 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 23 Dec 1969 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Edmond married Johanna (Hannie) HANRAHAN on 13 Jan 1921 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

    Ned’s baptismal sponsors were Edmund Hudson and Bridget Hudson.

    Ned and his wife, Hannie, were second cousins – Hannie’s maternal grandmother was Johanna Hudson, sister of Ned’s paternal grandfather Edmond Hudson.

    There is a possibility that Ned and Hannie were actually doubly related in that Ned’s maternal grandmother, Bridget Cunningham, could have been related to Hannie’s maternal grandfather, Bryan Cunningham – a sister of his, perhaps. However, we do not know if Bryan had a sister named Bridget, although he did have a first cousin named Bridget, born in 1820 and daughter of his uncle Daniel Cunningham. Could this Bridget Cunningham possibly have been Ned’s maternal grandmother, Bridget Cunningham? Unfortunately we do not have sufficient information on Ned’s maternal grandmother to prove or disprove this.

Johanna (Hannie) HANRAHAN [Parents] was born on 11 Mar 1891 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 7 Feb 1981 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Johanna married Edmond (Ned) HUDSON on 13 Jan 1921 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

    Hannie was also known as “Hannie John Paddy” (because her father’s name was John and her grandfather’s name was Paddy).


Mission in County Kerry January 2021

DIOCESAN MISSION, was held on line last week and judging by the number who followed it, it was a success. It was an opportunity for us to gather in reflection and in prayer, online and in our homes. Mission talk each evening, first we had – John Connell, author, journalist, farmer then – Martina Lehane Sheehan, spiritual guide, psychotherapist, author. Tuesday’s speaker – Fr Peter McVerry, social activist, advocate for the homeless, Jesuit priest. Wednesday’s speaker – Jane Mellett, activist, environmentalist and  Laudato Si Trócaire worker. Thursday’s speaker – Br Richard Hendricks, spiritual teacher, poet and blogger, Franciscan brother. Friday’s speaker – Olive Foley, widow of Axel Foley and ambassador for Children’s Bereavement Services, Limerick. Nice booklet was also available and a lovely souvenir of the first Diocesan Mission in Kerry. Jane Mellett, environmental activist and Laudato Si’ Officer with Trócaire. She spent more than ten years as a pastoral worker with Dublin Archdiocese. In 2018, Jane walked 1,000 km from Italy to Poland with a group of pilgrims carrying Pope Francis’ message to the UN Climate Talks. She spent a year tweeting the entire Laudato Si’ document to Donald Trump.

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Let Us Dream, The Path to a Better Future is our Instagram Youth Project for the upcoming Mission.

Pope Francis invites us to dream of the future and to see, to choose and to act to create a better future for all.

What kind of future do you hope for and how will it be achieved?

Share your ideas through one of the following categories: Art, Photography, Poetry or Video (up to 1min)

All entries can be submitted directly to Instagram @youthDoK or by  email to up to 24th January 2021.  Participants must be between 16 and 30 years old.  The entries will be posted on the diocesan Instagram page and on during  the week of the diocesan mission. Prizes for best entry in each category. Please contact Des Bailey Ph. 086 736 4605 for more details.


The Presbytery, Abbeydorney.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 31st January, 2021.

In the Parish Newsletter, for the past two weekends, you were informed that a ‘Diocesan Mission, would happen from last Sunday until this past Friday evening.  While Parish Missions have not happening as frequently as twenty-thirty years ago, most adults will have memories of the ‘Mission’.  Some people will remember when the Mission went on in a parish for two weeks – one week for the men and the other for the women.  I wonder can you recall the name of the layman who facilitated our Mission, held in preparation for the celebration of the  Golden Jubilee of the church in Abbeydorney in 2018!  The Diocesan Mission was a breaking of new ground and very different from any Parish Mission (Retreat) that we might have experienced.  Because of the ongoing Covid restrictions, those who wished to participate in the Mission did not have to go the church, or even to leave their own homes because the various activities were done on line – something which is rather new to most people.

                        One of the highpoints of the daily programme from last Sunday to Friday was the talk given by what we would normally call a ‘visiting speaker.’  Just as Mission participants did not have to leave home, the speakers were able to give their talk via ‘Zoom’ from their home.  John Connell, from Co. Longford and Martina Lehane Sheehan, who spoke on the first and second nights respectively, have written books and this ‘Dear Parishioner’ contains a sample of each speaker’s writing.  John Connell’s book is called the Cow Book and there is a certain amount of the content about cows and farming generally.  He gives and insight into the relationship between his parents and himself and into the tensions between a father and son, involved in running a farm together.  John is very interested in spirituality and the passage that you will read inside touches on that topic.

Martina Lehane Sheehan has spent some time as director of retreats and programmes at Ennismore Retreat Centre in Cork.  Her book, ‘Seeing Anew’, ‘invites us to see ourselves, our life experiences and our relationships with new eyes.  Through real-life stories, we discover the patterns of thought, beliefs and habits that lead to stress, and by recognising them, we can be helped to choose new patterns that will bring spiritual freedom’.          (Fr. Denis O’Mahony)


  The Deep End – Genuine authority

‘But man, proud man,

Dress’d in a little brief authority,

Most ignorant of what he’s most assur’d…’

(Measure for Measure –William Shakespeare)

We probably wouldn’t have to think too hard to come up with examples of people who seem to fit the above description.  Puffed up with a sense of their own importance, they are anxious to be seen as the experts on everything, in spite of limited knowledge or experience.  We tend to criticise politicians and other public figures, if we feel they are blind to the struggles of ordinary people. They don’t know what it’s like, for example, to live on a minimum wage, to care for a family member with a disability, or to be at risk of homelessness. On the other hand, it is refreshing when those in power have either faced some of these issues themselves or have made the effort to do some research and really listen to people.  We can tell when someone is speaking with genuine authority, care and compassion.

In today’s gospel, those who listen to Jesus’ teaching in the synagogue know there is something different and exciting about him.  His teaching is in sharp contrast to the scribes they are used to hearing, and makes a deep impression on them.  The difference, as stated twice in this passage, is his authority and it leaves his audience ‘astonished’. He does not use his position the way we might use our ‘little brief authority’ to make ourselves look good.  Instead, he uses his authority to serve, to love, and to bring mercy and freedom.

Tríona Doherty, Intercom, January, 2021.

It is easy to love the people far away.  It is not always easy to love those close to us.    It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our home.  Bring love into you home for this is where our love for each other must start.

(Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short-term gains over lasting achievement, displays a poverty of ambition.  It distracts you from what is really important. (Barack Obama)

(Both quotations are taken from Pioneer magazine, January 2021.)


The Way of the Cross (John Connell)

It is the first day of February and I am out in the fields cutting rush, a type of reed which is common to this land.  The paddocks around the house are reclaimed bog, and there is a fine crop of this weed.  I cut and gather and bundle, and soon I have enough to complete the job.  It is the feast of St. Brigid, and I am collecting the blades to weave a cross of rush, as it is said Brigid herself did when she explained the way of Christ to a local Celtic chieftain on his deathbed.  I do this because we have always done it. I do this in a way beyond religion. I do it in a way of culture.

Mam has asked the children of the playschool to bring in their own rushes and she will show them how to weave the cross so that they can each of them take one home.  I take the reed in my hands, now bend and fold and tie its four ends with string.  I will place it above our icon of the Virgin and child which hangs over the fireplace.  There it shall dry out in the days to come, ageing and changing as the year goes on.  I replace the cross each year – it is a topping up of faith.

Now that I am home, I go to Mass each Sunday. Our parish is Killoe and there is a healthy congregation.  I go on my own and listen more deeply than I used to as a child.  I find great beauty in the words and stories, and it has made me think.  Its imagery is often that of the farm and farmer.  The scripture is rich with men of my trade, men who have risked everything to look for a single missing lamb and felt happier at its finding than in the keeping of the other ninety-nine in the flock.  I too have known that joy at the salvation of something you thought was lost – as shepherd, as cattle drover, as a man come through darkness.

Religion has become a laughable word in modern life.  To believe is often to be scorned, and yet what is so wrong in belief?  I do not agree with everything the Catholic Church says and there are things I ignore.  I too have doubted my faith, even turned my heart from God, and yet I have found faith once more.  I found the beauty and wonder of nature on the farm, and in the joy and despair of life. For this, I have no other word but Yahweh.   Father Seán is our parish priest.  He is also my anam cara, my soul friend on the farm, but we talk about what the next book shall be, if it shall be.   (We find the word ‘Yahweh’, the Hebrew word for God used at certain times in the Bible.  In the Book of Genesis, we find in chapter 2, v. 5 – ‘Yahweh God’ and later on, Yahweh is used on its own. D. O’M).


 Blindness of the False Self (Martina Lehane Sheehan)

The false self tends to conceal those parts of the personality that seem unacceptable to the outer world.  These parts get pushed away and become what Jung refers to as our ‘shadow’.   We reject those aspects of ourselves that do not seem to comply with the outer image we want to portray.  This might mean we hide our anger, jealousy, our failure or traits we would insist are ‘out of character’ for us.  The shadow often reveals itself through dreams, through other people’s feedback (which might not always be positive), through unexpected mistakes (like the Good Friday experience), or through bodily symptoms.   Jung cautions us that the less we own the shadow, the blacker it becomes.  The good news is that apparently when the shadow is brought into the light of awareness and integrated, it is 90% gold, because it leads to fuller integration and growth.

                        Sometimes we only recognise there is something wrong when we discover our life lacks lustre, when we are sick and tired of being sick and tired!  Our life may seem perfectly calm on the outside, while inside we feel we are walking on stilts.  When we scratch below the surface, we meet the anxiety and the fear that lurks behind the false self and its defensive energy.  The needs of the ego are often at variance with the depths of our being, which is why the mystics and spiritual writers have so much to say about ego defences being something we must wrestle with on our spiritual journey: ‘It is our false selves which see ourselves as potential subjects for special and unique experiences.’ 

                         However, we can be consoled that Jesus smiles patiently as he sees us make that journey, for he patiently accompanied his disciples, who right up to his death argued about who was the greatest.  The ego self must die so that the beautiful self we are meant to be can blossom and bear fruit.  The defensive dynamics of the false self – where we are always in charge, never wrong and always doing it ‘all by ourselves’ – can feel imprisoning for our spirit.  It can feel the ‘the road to hell’.

In the paragraph of her book, from which the passage above is taken, Martina had started the chapter by recalling an experience she had, when she was facilitating a ‘prayer experience’ in a church on ‘Good Friday’ night.  At a particular point, she had hoped to play a recording of a ‘Taize’ chant but when the altar boy pressed ‘play’ on her cassette player, what came out was not the chant but what came out was a song, called the ‘Road to Hell’, which she had recorded on the other side of the cassette.


The Presbytery, Abbeydorney, (066 7135146)

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th January 2021.

Dear Parishioner,

                               It is almost two weeks since the very long ‘Mother and Baby Homes’ report  was published.  A lot of writing has been done about it; a lot of discussion has taken place about it on radio and television.  One would need to be very insensitive not to understand the pain and suffering of mothers, who gave their babies up for adoption because they did not have any other choice.  In the same way, I think, all of us would like to see every living person, who was born in a ‘Mother and Baby’ home, getting a full birth certificate.  Shortly after the report was published, the Iona Institute put on its website the text of a talk given in April 2017 by Fiona Kennedy, writer of a biography on Frank Duff, the Dublin layman who founded the Legion of Mary.  The title of the talk was ‘Frank Duff’s care for unmarried mothers and their children.’ 

                  On 1st October 1930, a hostel for homeless women, the Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven) was opened by Frank Duff in North Brunswick Street in Dublin.  In the first week, fifteen women were admitted to the hostel.  Soon after opening, a pregnant woman sought admission.  Her entry to the hostel, remaining there subsequently and keeping her child, led to the start of a type of hostel within a hostel, specifically organised on the basis of units for mothers and children…..Later on, the Legion of Mary acquired some houses in North Great Georges Street, which were divided into flats and could be used by the women and their children as step down facilities before moving on to independent living.

                 Frank Duff’s special sympathy for unmarried mothers was at odds with the thinking of the time, when the consequences of an extra-marital birth were disastrous, rendering both mother and child social outcasts.  Forty years after the Regina Coeli hostel had been opened, Frank Duff wrote about his thinking in 1930.  “We began to work for a place, which would provide for the mother keeping her child.  When the hostel was opened, it sought, as part of its work, to provide for that particular problem.  At once, it was found that it met a dire need……The success of the method has been positively incredible.  About three thousand five hundred children have been dealt with in the intervening time.  All, but the handful resident in the hostel, have gone out into the world and have been living the ordinary life of the community”.’

(Fr. Denis O’Mahony)


‘In the beginning was the Word’

The opening words of St. John’s Gospel are the heading of an article, in his weekly column in the Catholic Times, by Fr. Chris McDonnell.  In the early part of his article, he reflects on how important words are, in communication with one another.  A quotation from spiritual writer, Henry Nouwen, ends ‘Words, words, words!  They form the floor, the walls and the ceiling of our existence.’

Fr. McDonnell continues:  When we attempt communication, we arrange words in a significant order, telling a particular story that we wish to share with our listeners or readers, hoping that they might understand what we are saying and so respond to our initiative.  The opening of John’s Gospel brings us face to face with the Word that is God. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”.  A brief, yet profound statement, that brings us face to face with the reality of Creation.  The tone of our voice tells as much of the story as the meaning of the words we use, be it soft or harsh.  There is a silence in the space between words that offers time for reflection on the sounds we hear.  Sometimes the silence tells us even more than that, it gifts us time to pause and reflect.  At other times, the significance of a word goes way beyond its literal meaning, having an association with time or place or an individual in an altogether different context.  It revives memories.  That surely is why the Desert Fathers offer us a way of quiet, a space that is not immediately filled with the sound of language, an opportunity to listen rather than offering an immediate opinion.  

How often in a verbal exchange with someone do we find ourselves developing our response when we should be listening to what our companion is telling us?  Solitude is completed by silence, the active silence of listening.  When we seek out the counsel of a friend, what is it that we expect in our time together over a cup of coffee?  We have a problem which is the cause of anxiety and we wish to talk it through with someone we trust will be sympathetic. So, what is it we expect in our time together? Some go seeking a solution neatly packaged and tied with pink ribbon.  Others look for reassurance that everything will eventually be alright, that given time, all will be resolved but sometimes the response is one of attentive silence. A Japanese proverb comes to mind.” I may not say much but don’t mistake me for a wall”.

 We recognize this when we describe someone as ‘a good listener’.  For some reason, many people are afraid of the experience of silence and so when they find themselves in the solitude of silence, they seek to fill the lonely hollow with the spoken word, anxious not to be left alone in a void.

All of this, of course, applies to our life in prayer for that indeed can be another ‘wordy world’.  So often the words ‘Let us pray’ are followed by the copious eloquence of carefully chosen words, rarely by silence. We have our lists of requests, those who have asked for our prayers, the hectic fill that is for so many their day by day life-experience. Our lives are so busy that we can no longer hear what it is that God is asking of each one of us. Our life in prayer should be one continuous action, our doing from one moment to another a wordless prayer, carrying us on our journey in faith, a silent sifting of one action after another.  An attentive silence is the reality of prayer.  We have too easily become dependent on words rather than on caring for the being who we were meant to be, an individual reflection of the creative word of God.  Carefully chosen words can inspire those who hear them to act in a particular way.  Gandhi suggested that ‘Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul’ and so we ought to begin our prayer by listening in that space between words rather than cluttering it up with noise.

Possibly one of the most necessary requests made by the community of their priests is this: ‘teach us to pray’.  It does of course pre-suppose that the priest has already explored the life of prayer himself.  It will not be answered by a glib formulation of worn-out words. Rather, we must address the root of our relationships and talk once more of our silent listening in time set aside.  Simplicity, brevity, awareness, all have a part to play. That is why a liturgy that is built around a silent presence, one with another and all with God, can lead us into the depths of prayer.

Parish liturgies can only be enhanced by taking the risk of venturing into this unfamiliar territory, where the ground is cleared of unnecessary clutter and growth of new seed is encouraged.  I always remember the words of a Dominican, whom we invited to talk with parishioners on the ministry of Reading, discussing with me the programme for the evening. I opened with the suggestion that we start with mass at 7.30 p.m.  His response was rapid and succinct -‘Why do Catholics always want Mass with everything?’  He was not being disrespectful to the Eucharist but was only offering for consideration an alternative access to prayer.

Seeing your Life through the Lens of the Gospel   John Byrne osa

1. ‘The time is fulfilled’ – this is a decisive moment in the life of Jesus. His public ministry is about to begin. Recall turning points in your own life when something new happened and with hindsight you can say the time was ripe for it to happen, ‘the time was fulfilled’.

2. ‘Repent and believe the good news’. Jesus was not preaching a new doctrine, but calling for a change of heart, as a response to the good news of the gospel message. A new way of understanding God leads to a conversion in how we relate to God, a change of heart. A growth, in awareness of who we are, can lead us to a new level of self-confidence, another change of heart. Can you recall times when ‘good news’ led you to a change of heart?

3. The Spirit of God who was at work in Jesus calling the disciples continues to work in our day and in our lives. That is why the gospel message is one of GOOD NEWS. When has your understanding of the gospel message led you to a different style of life? Who was the ‘Jesus person’ through whom the call came to you? To whom have you been a ‘Jesus person’ in this way?   (Intercom January 2021)

God’s Word this Season -Reality January 2021

Today ’s gospel takes another look at the call to discipleship.  The arrest of John the Baptist is the prompt for Jesus to begin his own mission.  Mark sums up Jesus’ preaching in one short verse – “the time has come, repent and believe the Gospel.” To carry out his plan, Jesus needs people who will work alongside him. The first four he calls are fishermen. They are called while they are still practising their trade. They are also two pairs of brothers, who are called after their father’s name. It is quite likely that Simon and Andrew were poorer people than the Zebedee boys, James and John. The “sons of Jonah” do not appear to have owned their own boat. They fished by casting their net into the lake from the shore and then drawing it in. The Sea of Galilee was one of the major sources of wealth in Palestine. Fish were caught for consumption while they were fresh. It is also known that there was a thriving industry, for preserving  fish, by smoking them so that they could be sent to more distant places for sale and export.  The Zebedee family has a fishing boat, as well as hired men who work alongside the family.  Following a homeless prophet would entail a major change in lifestyle for his boys, yet they follow Jesus without hesitation.

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Prayer to the Creator Lord, Father of our human family, you created all human beings equal in dignity: pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter, dialogue, justice and peace. Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war. May our hearts be open to all the peoples and nations of the earth. May we recognize the goodness and beauty that you have sown in each of us, and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects, and shared dreams. Amen

Kerry North notes

New York NY Irish American Advocate 1930-1931 – 1010.pdf

…The memorial, a limestone slab, has been erected by the North Kerry Republican Memorial Committee. The unveiling ceremony will take place …


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1930-1931 – 0972.pdf

…KERRYMAN KILLED IN FALL FROM LADDER John Quilter, Ballyreheen, Lixnaw, North Kerry, met with a tragic death while engaged In piking up …


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1930-1931 – 0957.pdf

15 Aug 1931

Ballybunion returned to its own on Sunday when the very pleasant weather conditions attracted huge crowds during the afternoon and evening. All afternoon crowds by car and bus flocked to the place, and the scene in the evening was indeed a busy one as the horde of visitors prepared to leave.


Sister M. Helena Moriarty, who died at St. Patrick’s Convent of the Sisters of Charity, Paddington, Australia, was born In Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry, and had been 40 years in Australia. She was a fluent Irish speaker, and was educated at Loreto Convent, Killarney. Mrs. O’Flaherty, Ballyferriter, is her sister. Seven of her nephews are priests. Sister M. Bernard Phelan died at the Presentation Convent, Midleton.

Telegraph wires were cut at Glin, Co. Limerick.

On Sunday some very Interesting contests took place at the Sportsfield, Athea, when Shanagolden lined up against Abbeyfeale in football, and the newly local hurling team crossed camans with a veteran 15 representing Askeaton. The score was Abbeyfeale, 2 goals 3 points; Shanagolden, 2 points.

The attendance at the Irish college, Ballingeary, during the last month constituted a record. The disciplinary rule which prohibits the use of any language but Irish during the terms is stated to have had very remarkable and satisfactory results. The children’s course, which was run in conjunction with the County Vocational Education Committee’s course, had also been a great success.

At a meeting of the Shamrock Gaelic Athletic Club, Kenmare, it was unanimously decided to present a silver mounted umbrella to Rev. Fr. Joseph Rice on his appointment to Cape Clear. Father Rice was captain of the Kenmare team for several years


The death of Mrs. D. Hough of Ballyshane, Monagea, who passed peacefully away at the home of her son, P. Hough, of Bridge Street, Newcastle West, is announced with regret. Deceased, whose maiden name was Dowling, was a member of the Dowling family of Ballintubrid, Newcastle West.


Francis Henry Downing, former head of the Arm of solicitors practicing under the name of F. & C. Downing, Demy Street, Tralee, died in Oxford, England, Tuesday morning. The deceased will be buried to England.


M. J. Curtin, M.C.C., presided at a meeting of farmers in the Abbeyfeale area, held in The Hall, Abbeyfeale, on Sunday last, after 10 o’clock Mass. A large crowd of men assembled on the farm of John M. O’Connor, Lenamore, Ballylongford, on Sunday where they engaged to saving a large quantity of hay cut by neighbours during the previous week. Young O’Connor was arrested to connection with the illegal drilling charges at Coolard and is at present to Cork jail awaiting trial before the Kerry Circuit Court.

Miss Vera and Miss Hilda, Blennerhassett, Ballyseedy, Tralee, nieces of the Knight of Glin, have been during the week visiting Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Fitzgerald at Glin Castle. His many friends throughout Iveragh will be delighted to hear that Tom Sheehan, youngest son of B. Sheehan, auctioneer, has successfully passed his final examination and taken out his degrees to Dentistry at the recent examination held in Dublin.

The death at 17 years of .Master Gerard Mulcahy, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Mulcahy, merchants, Tarbert, is much regretted to Tarbert and Glin, where his aunt—Mrs. Patk. Mc-Coy, merchant—lives. Deepest sympathy is offered his family, an old North Kerry one.


Wednesday the death took place of John Mulcahy, Ballinash, Foynes, aged 70 years. On Thursday the remains were brought to the church at Foynes, where Rev. Father O’Callaghan, C. C, offered the Rosary and, next morning, Mass, for the happy repose of his soul. On Friday after-noon the funeral took place to the burial ground at Loughill. Rev. Father O’Callaghan, C. C, officiated.


Fred P. Brown, Holyoke, Mass., U. S. A., a native of Knockaclarig, Brosna, County Kerry, after an absence of 43 years, Is at present home on a visit to his sister, Mrs. Mary O’Keeffe, Mountcollins. Mr. Brown holds an important position, being Janitor In Holyoke High School. The news of the recent death of Miss Mary Enright, 24 years, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Enright, Corgrigg, Foynes, has evoked feelings of sorrow and regret amongst all to this district who knew her, and deservedly held her in the highest esteem. She left home for the first time four years ago and was getting on splendidly to Boston


An American farmer wrote to a firm: “Please send me on of them gasoline engines which you advertise on Page 785, and if it Is any good I’ll send you a check for it.” The following reply was promptly received: “Send us the check, and If it is any good we will send you the engine.”


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1930-1931 – 0926.pdf

25 July 1931

The death of John Dillon took place at his residence, Ballygarrett, Duagh. His demise removes from the district of North Kerry one of its most esteemed inhabitants.

The death of Florence ODonoghue, wheelwright, Boherbee, Tralee, occurred Thursday at the grand old age of 96 years. He retained full possession of his faculties to the last. He was father-in-law of Patrick Reeney, Boherbee. Saturday morning Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul was celebrated, presided over by Right Rev. Monsignor OLeary,

The Intermittent heavy rains have considerably handicapped hay-saving work in the Thurles district. On Sunday evening there was a regular downpour, which lasted over an hour, filling the channels with water.

The marriage took place, with Nuptial Mass, at the Church of St. Ann, Rathmines, on Wednesday week, by Rev. Joseph O’Connor, cousin of the bride, of Martin Quigley, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Quigley, Silver St., Nenagh, to Hannah (Babs), daughter of the late D. C. O’Connor and Mrs. O’Connor, Knocknagoshel County, Kerry.

Miss Margaret Byrnes, South Quay, Newcastle West, daughter of the late Thomas Byrnes, and niece of William Phelan, merchant, Newcastle West, was recently married to David Dooley, Ballyfrawley.

The marriage of Timothy Tierney, vintner and cattle dealer, Dromin, and Miss Nancy Holly, Glensharrold, Ardagh. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Carroll, Ardagh. Willie Carroll, Dromin, was best man, and the bridesmaids were the Misses Stack, Carrickerry.

Summer ‘ wedding bells have chimed for Dan Lucey, Dulague, and Miss Brosnan, Brosna; for J. Daly, Tooreencahill, Gneeveguilla, and Miss Bridget Collins,., Mullin, Scartaglin; and for Miss Tesa Dowd of Doyle’s firm, Castleisland. The latter happy pair were married In Cork on Tuesday, the bride’s brother, Father Dowd, officiating.

His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Keane, Bishop of Limerick, arrived at Glin on Saturday to pay his triennial visit to Glin Parish, where he had been a beloved P. P. for five years. Glin was his only parish previous to his Consecration. During his pastorship in the troubled times he discharged his onerous duties in a most kindly manner.


John Costello, P. P., Summer, Iowa, and brother to Rev. M. Costello, C. C, and Sister Enda, Oakpark, Tralee, is at present On a visit to Castleisland, where he stays with his brother, W. J. Costello. Rev. Redmond Burke, P. P., Seattle, Washington, has also for some time been enjoying a visit to his native town. Father Burke is the son of the popular business man, Thomas Burke. Rev. T. Crowley, California, is staying three weeks with his brother, C. Crowley, Main street. His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. O’Collins, Bishop of Geraldton, Australia, visited Oileann, Ciarraighe, last week, when he called on Mrs, W. Costelloe, Mrs. M. Mc-Elligott and Mrs. T. H. Murphy, sisters of Rev. Maurice Brosnan, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. He also called on T. O’Herlihy, father of Rev. J. M. O’Herlihy, Perth, and on Maurice G. Prendiville, Cordal, brother of Rev. R. Prendiville, Adm., Perth—once a wellknown member of the Kerry team. Another distinguished young athlete, Joseph O’Connor, enjoys his vacation from Rockwell at his father’s residence, The Kingdom House. From the great West, Mr. Geaney, popular N. T., returned to Castleisland on Sunday, accompanied by Miss Bonnie Lawlor, Miss Rita Murphy and her brother, Jeremiah Murphy. Michael M. Brosnan has been enjoying a brief holiday at home from St. Enda’s where he studies for the Redemptorist Order. Mrs. Burke is at present on a visit to her son, the genial and very popular manager of the National Bank.


A boy fishing In Ballinacurra river, Templemungret, Limerick, found a tin box concealed near the water’s edge. He reported the find to the Garda and Sergeant Morgan and Garda Behan, who took possession of it, found It contained five live Mills bombs.


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…at 11 a m. on Friday. The place names of North Kerry emphasize the complete overlordship of the Normans. From the Anglo …


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11 July 1931

The youngest bishop In the world, Right Rev. James P. O’Collins, Bishop of Geraldton, Western Australia, is presently visiting his maternal uncle, Michael Fitzgerald, and Mrs. Fitzgerald, Rock Lodge, Loughill, Co. Limerick. He celebrated Mass on Sunday morning at Glin Parish Church.


The death occurred of Danl Keane, aged 85, at his residence, Islandanny, after a brief illness. The deceased gentleman was a member of one of the oldest and most respected families in North Kerry. An ex-member of the U. S. A. army and the hero of four wars—John Murphy, Lisheen, returned last week to the old sod to enjoy an Immense pension. Decorated for service in the far-away Philippines, he attained a high rank.


Rev. Patrick Ryan, who has been ordained priest In Ottawa, Is son of T. Ryan, Lisheen, Borrisokane.


Capt. Frank O’Toole of the Marine Service, who died at .sea, was in charge, of a fleet, of vessels plying between New York and Buenos Aires. He comes from an old seafaring family, his father and uncle commanding Cork Steam Packet Co. vessels. He was married to Joanna, daughter of the late J. Fitzgerald, Kanturk.


An interesting discovery was made at Ross Castle, Killarney. Some work-men, who are executing repairs to the old fortress, entered a secret room of the Castle and on the wall discovered a mural painting in colours. The figure represents a man with his hands joined as if in prayer. It is thought that the figure represents one of the O’Donoghues, former chieftains of the district.

His friends throughout Kerry were pleased to hear of the appointment of Dr. John J. Sheehan to the important position of M.O. to Rooska Spa Wells, Lisdoonvarna. After a brilliant collegiate course he took on hospital work in Dublin, Blackburn and Vienna, where he gained considerable experience and high praise, from the Governors of these big institutions. This young doctor belongs to an old and highly respected Iveragh family, being third son of B. Sheehan, Villa Nova, Caherciveen. The death has occurred at New Orleans of Rev. Daniel O’Sullivan, S.J.,. a native of Nohoval, Knocknagree. ] He celebrated the golden jubilee of his entrance into the Society of Jesus [ last August.


Rev. J. Coll, who was recently ordained at St. Mary’s University, Texas, son of the late P. J. Coll, clerk of Kilmallock R. D. C, has arrived on a visit to his mother at Bruree. He was a well-known hurler and a member of the Rockwell College team.


Extensive and serious flooding in the Cappamore district has resulted from the recent heavy rains “which for the past week have fallen here almost without cessation. The Mulkear valley is also submerged, hundreds of acres of meadow and tillage lands being affected.


J. Daly, native of Doohamlet on a visit home from the United States of America, says the only hope for Uncle Sam is to abolish prohibition.


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…accurate, long range shooter. Weighs 176 pounds. CON. BROSNAN, Newtownsandes, North Kerry, is Kerry’s best mid- field man since the days …


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Homes in Ireland Irish-Americans on the lookout for Private Residences, Business Premises, Farms or Land Etc. and who are anxious to settle in THE OLD LAND—would do well to communicate with the undersigned, who have always a number of the above  on their books to choose from. Let us  have your exact requirements GALVIN & SON  AUCTIONEERS  M. I. A. A., LISTOWEL, KERRY, IRELAND


The death of one of North Kerry’s oldest, most respected and most progressive farmers, John O’Keeffe, has occurred at Killeacle, Ardfert, Friday.


MEMORIAL TO FOUR GREAT KERRY POETS James Fenton, Deputy Chief Inspector of Schools In Ireland, living at 6 Warren Point, Clontarf, Dublin, and a native of Iveragh, Co. Kerry, is pushing a project, fathered by himself and the famous Father P. S. Dinneen, to erect a memorial to the four great Gaelic poets of Kerry in Killarney. The poets in question are Egan O’Rahilly, Owen Roe O’Sullivan, Pierce Ferriter and Geoffrey O’Donoghue. Mr. Fenton says they have already £400 In hand and appeals to Munster Gaels to help the project.  Bishop O’Brien of Kerry and several of the clergy and laity have contributed. We will be glad to forward through The Advocate any contributions sent to us for this worthy object. J. C. O’CONNOR.


The death of Mrs. Ellen Stack, Ballinascreena, Causeway, took place recently at her residence.


The reception took place at Mount Saint Joseph’s Monastery, Cork, of Master Louie Flynn, son of Mrs. Flynn, Carrigahorig, Birr, and brother of Rev. Father Flynn, C.C., Whitegate, Limerick.


Advance Information of Great Importance About the EUCHARISHC CONGRESS, 1932 Has Just Reached Us We are now ready to accept bookings for Ships on ALL LINES TO IRELAND.

The very ancient custom of the “Christmas Waits” is extinct In practically every town in Ireland, giving place here and there to “Christmas Carols.” It survived in Castlebar, but with the death, at an advanced age, of John Forde, and perhaps the most accomplished angler and game snarer in the district, it will now die out.


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25 April 1931

Death; death of Mrs. Hanora Walsh, relict of the late William Walsh of Knockalougha, Duagh.

Jeremiah Granville was arrested in connection with the larceny of £38, some correspondence and deposit receipts belonging to John Broderick, Church street, Listowel.


With the ribbon-holder filed off and the edges otherwise smoothed, a Great War Medal was passed off on Mrs. Delia Murphy of Ballymakeabeg as a 5s. piece. But when checking over the contents of her till, she detected the deception and informed ‘the Guards. Their inquiries led to the arrest of Margaret Flanagan of Carhullgane on a charge of stealing the medals and of Joseph O’Driscoll (her son) and William McMahon of Clonhantinny on a charge of uttering one of them as a coin and of obtaining 5s. by false pretences.


The death took place at Upper Mallow street, Limerick, Tuesday of Mrs Margaret Byrnes of Newcastle West.

Sunday Ml. Doyle, a comparatively young married man and father of six children, met his death under very tragic circumstances, while employed as thatcher In the house of Ml. Dillane, Mein, Listowel. Shortly before tea-time Mr. Dillane Invited deceased to have a pint of stout and, in mistake, produced a bottle containing Jeyes Fluid, which was identical with the one which contained the stout. Deceased drank a portion of it before realizing its contents and died in a short time afterwards.


The death of Patrick Lane of Caherlane, Abbeyfeale, which occurred in his 85th year, removes a popular and much respected farmer from the district.

The death at Gunsboro of Mrs. Kate McElligott removes one of the oldest residents of Asdee district.


“How dare you insinuate that I am a weakling!” shouted a respectably dressed young woman to a man who offered her his seat in a crowded ‘bus at Kilmacthomas Saturday. She slapped the man’s face. The conductor ejected her from the ‘bus.

Married; Miss Margt. Goulding and Wm. Minihane, both of Skibbereen.

The death took place Tuesday at Rathrea, Ardagh, of James Condon, brother of the late John Condon, Attorney, Newcastle West.


Many expressions of sympathy have been conveyed to Humphrey P. O’Donoghue, L. P. S. I., of New street, Abbeyfeale, on the death of his mother, a native of Kanturk.

The death has occurred at Aglish of Mrs. Cataerine Fewer, widow of the late Rd. Fewer. The deceased, who was aged over 80 years, was sister to the late Rev. S. Phelan, Canada, and aunt of Rev. Ed. Phelan, New Zealand, and Rev. Wm. Doody, Nova Scotia.


Belfast Catholics are to build a new school for St. Peter’s Parish, on the site of the old Model School, Falls Road, which was built at a cost of £14,000 and was bombed and burned in 1921.



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April 1931

Kerry Poets Memorial; By James Kenton, Deputy Chief Inspector of Schools, Dublin, Ireland. The famous Irish-American artist, Jerome O’Connor, visited Killarney recently for the purpose of visualizing the landscape with a view towards designing a memorial In commemoration of the four great Kerry poets— Piaras, Aodhgan, Seafradh and Eoghan. As in the case of the projected Tralee monument this worthy Kerryman of genius is taking a keen personal interest in the success of this worthy object. The funds in the hands of the Killarney committee have increased from £300 to £400 net during the past 12 months.


CHRISTIAN BROTHERS BENEFIT; A monster benefit in aid of the new Irish Christian Brothers’ School at 164th street and Walton avenue, will be held at the Bronx All-Ireland Ballrooms this Thursday night, April 23. Patrick Reilly, chief of staff of the St. Patrick’s Day parade and president of the A. O. H., is chairman of the committee which includes:


 Mrs. Coughlin was one of the very few remaining who left Ireland the year of the unfortunate famine, when with her family she sailed on the maiden voyage of the Chariot of Fame to Boston. Father Theobald Mathew was a passenger and administered the temperance pledge to her and many of the passengers, resulting in long life and happiness to those who lived up to the rules of the Irish Temperance Society, which was organized in Boston In 1849 through Father Mathew. During her sickness a missionary priest called to see her through the article published In this paper last July, and they had an interesting talk about the Ireland of her time In the Irish language. Mrs. Coughlin —————————————————-


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…is over the worst phase now! There will be a North Kerry dance at the Kerry Halls this Saturday night. William Kenny …


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…Sullivan, Minister for Education, speaking at a meeting of North Kerry, said although it was unlikely that a general election would …


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…strain! Began at the Shamrock Saturday night. There was a North Kerry dance these. They were just beginning to come in …


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…social gathering of the folk from the midlands. PAGE NINE NORTH KERRY BALL At the SHAMROCK BALLROOMS 251 West 125th Street, bet …


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17 Jan 1931

KNOCKNAGOSHEL, CO. KERRY, SOCIAL AND DANCE. This Sunday evening, January 18, in that famous mecca of dancing, Murphy’s Halls, 229 E. 47th street, will be held the annual ball of the Knocknagoshel boys and girls.———————–


Wednesday, January 21, at the Kerry Hall, 303 West 128th street, a lecture and exhibition of lantern slides on Ireland’s ancient leadership in Europe will be given by the well-known Irish scholar, Father O’Flanagan.

Oregon; I met scores of successful Irish sheep and cattle men, mostly from the Counties of Longford, Leitrim, Cavan, Roscommon, Kilkenny and Kerry. I never met a single Tipperary man either as an owner or a herder in all my travelling through that country. I wonder whether it’s pride or lack of backbone has kept the “sthone throwers” from hobnobbing with the “woollies?” In the southern end of the State, close to the point where California and Nevada form contact with it, I “discovered” another highly successful colony of Irish sheep and cattle men. Lakeview Is the name of the town and the country is also known as the Lakeview Country. West Limerick, North Cork and North Kerry were the districts I found abundantly represented here. So large and successful was this col-only that they were publishing their own Irish newspaper In Lakeview. O’Connor and McCarthy were the names which predominated


New Munster Ballroom; Every townland and hamlet In both counties Is represented on the committee and it looks like a never-to-be-forgotten reunion and gathering of the boys and girls from Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Ballyhahill, Knocknagoshel, Kenmare, Brosna, Killarney, Tralee, Dingle, etc. Special entertainment has been secured for both nights. American music by the Starlight Six and Irish by the Munster Five.


Wexford Sarsfields F. C. have the following motion tabled for the Co. Wexford Convention: “In the interests of Gaelic pastimes, it would be advisable to lift the ban as far as witnessing Soccer and Rugby matches is concerned.


HOLD THE HARVEST Written by Fannie Parnell in the Early Land League Days

 Now are you men, or are you kine, ye tillers of the soil? |

Would you be free, or evermore, the rich man’s cattle, toil? ;

 The shadow on the dial hangs that points the fatal hour—

 Now hold your own! or, branded slaves, for ever cringe and Cower.

(See paper for many more verses)

Soon after my arrival In Oregon I made the acquaintance of an old Irish priest Father Patrick J. Gibney, a native of Trim, Co. Meath, who had spent nearly sixty years of his life In the State. In fact, he was a missionary among the Indians there when it was still known as Oregon Territory, and it was admitted to the Union as long ago an 1859. ———————————————

So now in conclusion let me say that-Oregon is my favourite State for one and the same reason that it was Father Gibney’s favourite State, and that is “because it reminds me so much of Ireland.”


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17 Jan 1931

Mahony Clan; On the other hand, the OMahoneys are descended on the female side from Sabh (Sabina) daughter of Brian Boru, and in the male line from Hugh Garve (the terrible) O’Donohue. “Now as to the antiquity of the O’Mahoneys, the foregoing should prove conclusively that they are but a younger branch of the O’Donohues and were not a clan, but merely a sept of that family.


A romantic adventure, while residing in this castle, happened to Lord Thomas Fitzgerald, heir to the earldom of Desmond. While on a hunting expedition amid the mountain  slopes, and the lonely, picturesque glens of North Kerry, —————————————————–Break)

knocked on the door, asking, at the same time, for a drink of water. Readily the cottage door was thrown open at his summons, and a delicious draught of milk tendered to him by the daughter of the cottager, Catherine MacCormack, a young girl of such simple grace and exquisite —————

Final adieu to the hills and plains of the storied land of Desmond, and sailed with his wife to live an exile’s life In France. He died in Rouen in 1420.———————————


Some 38 years ago that distinguished Irish scholar and writer, Dr. P. Dinneen, expressed the hope that the rising tide of interest in Irish-Ireland would revive the memory of John Clarach MacDonnell, the famous Jacobite poet, and that the people of Charleville would erect a suitable monument above his grave. Born near the town of Charleville in the year 1891, MacDonnell, about whose life and writings very little appears to be known locally, ———————————————–Break)

Headstone; Translated Into English reads: “John MacDonald, surnamed Clarach, a truly devout Catholic, a poet of genius, adorned with the three languages, Greek, Latin and Irish, Is buried beneath this tomb-stone. He died in the 63d year of his age. A. D. 1754. May he rest in peace.”


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…em. Paddy McKenna, Tom Peggett and Tady Connor ran a North Kerry dance at the Shamrock, but I haven’t a thing …


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…Tendered by Al Bolton & Jim Leddy Saturday Night, Nov. 29 NORTH KERRY SOCIAL AND DANCE Of the BOYS and GIRLS of Duagh …


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…comet In case it wouldn’t, there will be a North Kerry dance at the hall this Saturday night, and Paddy McKenna …


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…the monster dance this Saturday night given by the North Kerry Social Club, the Co. Cavan Ball Sunday night and the …


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Nov 9 1930

THE PLANTATION OF EAST KERRY, FOLLOWING THE FALL OF DESMOND By T. M. Donovan in The Kerryman. AFTER THE GERALDINE’S. In the reign of Elizabeth, after the sordid and shameful tragedy enacted in the wood of Glounanentha, where the last of the regnant Geraldines was slain,


After the English Pale was extended to Carlow and Meath, as the result of one of the old Anglo-Irish wars, three Nolan brothers settled in Kerry. Two of these founded the Nolan families of North Kerry, and the third brother settled in East ( See paper for more)


Sister of Archbishop Mannix Dies. By the death of Mrs. Mary C. Wallis. which took place at her residence, Maryville, Charleville, Co. Cork, Rev, Dr. Mannix, Archbishop of  Melbourne, has suffered the loss of his only sister. The deceased was relic of the late Edmond P. Wallis and was a lady whose kindly nature and piety Of disposition endeared her to all who knew her. She was the mother of Rev. P. Wallis.


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…this Saturday night. On Sunday night there will be a North Kerry dance. By the way, if any of you want to …


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…Street, East of Eighth Avenue THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, OCT. 18 North Kerry Celebration DWCB with the Boys and Girls f Listowel, Abbeydorney …


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18 Oct 1930


 Oh! give me the sight of those mountains grand

That loom on the Western sky,

 With the glow on my cheek, by the ocean breeze fanned,

And a vision of islets and borders of sand,

That glint in the sun on that tortuous strand,

And the roll of the waves ever nigh.

 Give me the tread on the brown mountain side That slopes to the dust-laden plain, With its rivulets glistening o’er stretches wide,

As thro” heather and gorse they noisily glide

To their home in the restless ocean tide,

With ever their low refrain.

 Oh give me a view from the top-most peak

Which toiling steps have sought,

The encircling bay, and the cozy creek,

Which storm-swept vessels anxiously seek,

In hastening drive from the tempest bleak

And the angry ocean’s wrath.

 Give me the brush of an artist renowned

To paint those scenes of splendour The valleys inset, and the hills around,

The wide-pastured plain, md the storied mound,

The tall lighthouse keep, where the waves resound,

And lakes in their mountain grandeur.

N. A. D. Tralee.


The Munster athletic and cycling contests held at Ennis on Sunday attracted a “gate” of £180. which was a much larger amount than that, realized when the contests were held last year In Killarney.

. FITZGERALD, KERRY (R. L P.). The death of Mr. E. (Dick) Fitzgerald, Kerry’s great footballer In days gone by and supporter at all times In recent years of the team on every occasion of its appearance in first-class matches, came as a great shock.————————————-

By Carbery;  Coming up under a shadow, with their old revered ex-captain dead in Killarney, the 1029 champions standing rigidly to attention at the national anthem and still more rigidly while the Artane boys played Chop-in’s funeral dirge, seemed to realize that here at Croke Park was the biggest funeral that ever honoured a great Gael—85,000 bareheaded and dignified bearing tribute to the dead.——————————————–

I felt that Monaghan would reproduce their football against Kildare. Lambe was their best man, but both himself and Mason, who had controlled Kildare’s attack at mid-field In the semi-final, were completely dominated by the old “alarmers” from North Kerry—Brosnan and Stack. I have never seen the Newtownsands-Ballybunion pair in better heart. Brosnan’s kicks in play are short and precise, yet his placed kicks were long and telling. Now for Kerry’s forwards. There was not a weak place ———————————————— the public generally was bitterly disappointed. The big game was a very poor final, Monaghan falling completely against as fit a Kerry side as ever travelled to an Important game.

The hurling and football All Ireland season of 1930 will close with the finals (junior), and the battle lies between Tipperary, Kilkenny and London.


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4 Oct 1930

Most Rev. Dr. O’Brien, Bishop of Kerry, presided at the Office and Solemn Requiem Mass for Rev. Mau-rice Costelloe, P. P., Milltown. The assistants at the throne were Ven. Archdeacon Marshall, P. P., V. F., Kenmare, and Ven. Archdeacon Casey, P. P., V. F., Castleisland. Right Rev. Monsignor O’Leary, P. p., V. G., P. A., Dean of Kerry, and over 70 priests were In the choir.

DEATH; Wm. Dr. O’Connor, merchant, Main St., Abbeyfeale, who died aged 73, was for almost half a century a leader In the commercial life of the district. He buit up an extensive trade, and—————–

The death of Mrs. Mary Sheahan, fanner, Ballyguiltenan, Glin, widow of the late Edmund Sheahan, a staunch supporter of the Land League in the eighties, has just occurred. Deepest sympathy is offered her family.

The deepest sympathy of the people of the parish of Templeglantine and surrounding parishes is extended to the Rev. J. OKelly, PP., Templeglantine on the death of his brother, the Rev. Bro. Nessau Kelly, Presentation colIege staff, Cobh.

The demise of Patrick W. Stack, Carrickerry, as a sequel to a protracted Illness, which took place on Friday, has occasioned deep and widespread regret throughout West Limerick and North Kerry.

Co. Limerick Swimmer Missing. M. Geoghegan, Glin, a strong swimmer, who often crossed the Shannon to the Clare coast and back, a distance of three miles each way, set out to do so on Sunday evening and did not return. Civic Guards and friends have been searching for him since without result.


James Guerin, Aughanish, has, together with his wife and children, returned again to New York after a lapse of 12 years. Earning a very good living at Mountpleasant forge——————————

At Tralee, Win. Dowling, The Kerries, Tralee, was fined £10 for removing a load of gravel from the foreshore at Lohercannon.

On Sunday St. Munchin’s (Limerick) Rugby Club visited Kilmallock and defeated the local team. When Just outside the town on their return journey stones were thrown at the bus by which they travelled, breaking glass and injuring one at least of the occupants.

John McCormack will visit Limerick in October for the first time since he became famous as a singer. He sang here when he was little more than a boy, the engagement being his first outside his native town of Athlone.

The Glens of Antrim. They .were delighted, and fine phrases were coined to express the satisfaction of a party of about 100 Civil Servants from Saorstat Eireann, who made a weekend trip to Antrim and visited the Glens of Antrim and other beauty spots. The trip was organized by the Civil Servants Travel Society, with the arrangements in the hands of J. P. O’Connell,


It was a step in the right direction to appoint a Commissioner, said M A Kelleher, presiding at a meeting of Tralee Chamber of Commerce. He thought It was obvious to any business man that the administration of a county or town could be better done by a capable individual, who could devote his time every day to the work in hand, rather than by a body who met from, time to time.

Hurling Champions Welcomed Home. The Tipperary team, which won the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park, were accorded a wonderful reception on their return to Thurles.


Covid 19 Tributes


Seamus Griffith 1938-2020

Seamus Griffith kept a small brown leather suitcase in the attic. It was tied with a butcher’s knot and he delighted in telling his family they were not allowed to open it until he was gone.

That time came much sooner than everyone expected. Seamus contracted Covid-19 and died on April 16th. Weeks passed before his family could bring themselves to open the suitcase. When they did, they found the story of his life. Seamus was 13 when his mother Kitty helped him to pack the suitcase. One of seven children, he was leaving the family farm in Rathanna, Co Carlow to work in a general store in Graiguenamanagh. The case contained letters from his mother, handwritten job applications, religious pictures, Irish ballad songbooks and treasured family photos.


Tom Hennessy

Born – 1948 Died – 2020

Tom Hennessy was the fifth son in a family of 13 boys born to Julia and Edmund Hennessy at Ballyriggan House, Kilfinane, Co Limerick. He lived a full life on the family farm but rarely ventured beyond Kilfinane throughout his 72 years. Only Tom seemed interested in being a farmer so he inherited the 150 acres. “He enjoyed farming and worked hard all his life,” recalls his brother Eugene. “He never left.” With up to 60 Friesian cows to be looked after and milked daily, as well as pigs and poultry, it was a life-consuming job. He supplied milk to the local creamery…


Laura Bernal

Born – 1956 Died – 2020

Laura Bernal was the Argentine ambassador to Ireland, a position she had taken up in 2016. Bernal, who was from Buenos Aires, began her working life as an academic teaching history and international relations. Her diplomatic career began with a posting in Portugal, followed by Colombia and Greece. Between 2008 and 2016 she was head of human resources at the ministry of foreign affairs in Buenos Aires. The highlight of her stay in Ireland was the visit of her compatriot Pope Francis in 2018…


Barry Ward

Born – 1971 Died – 2020

Barry Ward, from Carrigallen, Co Leitrim, contracted Covid-19 while living in the city of Dumaguete on the island of Negros in the Philippines. He had previously suffered from dengue fever, and a compromised immune system may have contributed to his premature death at the age of just 48. Barry distinguished himself both academically and through sport when he was younger. His love of books and sport began at Carrigallen National School. He won his first All-Ireland medal in the Community Games, then held at Mosney, as a determined 10-year-old…


Fr John Nolan

Born – 1936 Died – 2020

A native of Wexford town, John Nolan was born on March 1st, 1936. His mother died when he was child, leaving two small children. John and his older sister were reared as part of their aunt’s family; their father had to find work in England to support them. When John spoke of his early life, he marvelled at the goodness of his aunt who treated his sister and himself as she did her own children. He remembered a happy childhood and young adult years. John entered Cahermoyle, the Oblate Novitiate in Co Limerick, in 1955…


Marjorie Ryan Harvey

Born – 1921 Died – 2020

Marjorie Ryan Harvey (99) treasured the autograph book she kept from when she worked as a doctor’s receptionist at Shannon Airport. In the 1940s and 1950s, plenty of movie stars passed through. “At that time, you had to give them inoculation and she had this brilliant book of all these famous people who passed through – John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart – there were loads of stars in it. She absolutely loved the book,” says Marjorie’s daughter Ita. Born on Ballymorris Stud Farm in Cratloe, Co Clare, Marjorie met her late husband, Frank, while he worked at Shannon Airport..


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Joe O’Carroll


Joe O’Carroll was a happy-go-lucky, gentle soul who was deeply connected to his hometown of Listowel and Kerry roots despite living abroad for nearly four decades.

Born on October 1st, 1962, Joe was one of 10 children who grew up on a farm in the townland of Tullamore. His sister Mairéad, who was one year older, recalls the happy years her brother and siblings spent growing up in rural Kerry.

“Life on the farm was mad but they were the happiest times of our lives. Joe was a very happy-go-lucky chap who loved the outdoors and machinery. But like so many others, he went abroad to look for work in construction.”

Joe moved to London aged 19 where he started working on a cousin’s construction site. He would continue to drive machinery on sites for the rest of his life and returned home to visit family in Listowel twice a year.


“He loved to go to the Listowel races and always came back at Christmas. It was such a joy for my mother to see him coming through the door, she loved him coming back.”

Joe loved Irish music, particularly traditional Irish songs, and never lost his Kerry accent. “It was kind of like he never left home. He spent all those years in London but his Kerry roots were very important to him.”

Joe worked long hours in construction and never missed a day’s work. “He was happy to get up early in the morning and work hard all day and then meet friends at the weekend,” remembers Mairéad. “He had a huge number of friends and was very sociable. He loved hanging out with all nationalities, he got on with everyone.

“He had total generosity of spirit with his time and money and he’d light up a room. He was always smiling.”

On March 27th, Mairéad called her brother and discovered he was feeling unwell with a suspected tummy bug. She could hear his laboured breathing on the phone and urged her brother to call the emergency services. Joe was brought by ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital and spoke to his sister by phone on the 28th to reassure her that he was feeling okay.

However, early on March 29th he was transferred to ICU. His family was contacted on April 11th and told his condition had deteriorated and the priest had been called. Joe died on Monday, April 13th aged 57.

“It was devastating, right up until the day he died we never gave up hope. He hadn’t been ill before that, he was a very healthy man all his life.”

On May 6th, Joe was cremated at Kensal Green in West London. The hearse carrying his body to the crematorium was followed by a JCB draped with the Kerry colours. “All his friends lined the route and the JCB drove behind all the way through the streets of London. It was such a beautiful tribute. He had so many friends, that’s the measure of the person he was.”

Joe’s ashes were sent back to Ireland and he was buried with his father and sister on June 13th in Listowel. “It was deeply upsetting but it gave us some comfort that he was going to join his father. Joe was a beautiful, gentle soul who was dearly loved by family and friends alike.”


Fr Jim O’Donoghue 1934-2020 ————————————–

He was loved by his brothers and sisters and a litany of nephews, nieces and cousins going back a few generations. To declare an interest, I’m one of those cousins, and on visits to our home in Belfast he passed on wonderful stories about the Moriartys and O’Donoghues, respectively from Inch and Caherciveen in Kerry, maintaining a narrative for more generations to pass on, providing roots and connections that are important to families.


Caroline Crowley -Born – 1959 Died – 2020

In February 1980, Caroline Daly walked into a record shop on Camden Street, looking for Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg’s Je T’aime on vinyl. The record was out of stock, but shop assistant Gerry Crowley took her details to place an order. When the record arrived, he went to the hospital where she worked to deliver it to Caroline personally, with a written note asking her to meet him at Cassidy’s pub at 8pm that evening. Within a month, the couple were engaged, and they married that October…


Helen & Brendan Dillon

Born – 1932 Died – 2020 Born – 1928 Died – 2020

Helen and Brendan Dillon grew up less than a mile from each other in Dublin’s north inner city. They met in their 20s when both worked for then State agency the Land Commission, were married for 61 years and died within two weeks of each other to be buried together in Glasnevin Cemetery. She was 87 and he was just three weeks shy of his 92nd birthday. Helen McCormac, as she was then known, lived on Susanville Road in the shadow of Croke Park while Brendan was raised on Addison Road in nearby Fairview…


James (Jem) Cleary- Born – 1926 Died – 2020

“That sense of anything is possible never left him,” say Philomena Cleary of her father-in-law, James (Jem) Cleary, a worker with the Irish Glass Bottle Company who, along with four friends, cycled to Rome in 1950, the year Pope Pius XII invited all Catholics to visit the city to celebrate. The story of the epic trip was the “greatest story” of a born storyteller, she says. James and his friends cycled through a continent still ravaged by war, often having to cycle for miles to find a crossing over a river because the bridge they had planned to cross had been blown up during the fighting, and had yet to be replaced…


Joseph G Geary- Born – 1929 Died – 2020

Joseph G (Garry) Geary was a member of the Limerick family who ran the well-known but since closed Geary Biscuit Factory at Merchant’s Quay in the city, though he had no involvement with it himself. Known as Garry he began working as a chartered accountant with the William O’Donnell firm in the city. He became a partner as it evolved through many takeovers down the years. One of seven children, he was a natural teacher who trained “hundreds” of accountants in Limerick, including his niece Siobhán, who recalls his “terrific work ethic and dry sarcastic wit..


Patrick Brady -Born – 1934 Died – 2020

When Patrick Brady foiled an attempted Royal Mail post office robbery in the early 1970s, his bravery was rewarded with a medal from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. He was no stranger to the palace, delivering sackfuls of mail on his postal rounds. He also had responsibility for pension cash deliveries to post offices in the Chelsea area. A native of Larabryn, Maynooth, Co Kildare, he moved to London in 1952 and worked for the Royal Mail all his life until retirement…


Brendan O’Reilly -Born – 1928 Died – 2020

At the tender age of “88 and a half” Brendan O’Reilly travelled for 14 hours in order to visit his grand-daughter Tanya in Alberta, Canada. He watched his first ice hockey match and promised he would return some summer. That wasn’t to be as Brendan broke his hip and contracted coronavirus six months after he entered a care home. He died on April 25th. Brendan was a driving force behind the formation of the Donnycarney branch of the St Vincent de Paul, the local Credit Union and Social Centre…


Brigid Sreenan -Born – 1931 Died – 2020

“She always said she was never happier than when she was helping her father on the bog as a child,” recalls Dermot Sreenan of his mother, Brigid. Born Brigid Fallon on May 27th, 1931, in the townland of Greenhall, Co Longford, her family were small-hold farmers. “She was from that generation who had nothing,” he says. “It was in the days when sons inherited everything; all the land, and she was bitter about that, I do know that. She would have wanted to stay on the farm, but couldn’t.”…


Alice Kennedy- Born – 1937 Died – 2020

Alice Kennedy’s abilities as an organiser shone through in her work with the Irish Elderly Advice Network in London and her establishment of the Irish Elderly choir, which performed in the Royal Albert Hall. “There was no such thing as it couldn’t be done,” her brother Seamus Culleton said of her bubbly, problem-solving personality. A native of Clonaslee, Co Laois, she was born on March 2nd 1937 to William Culleton a Land Commission worker and his wife Mary Tobin…


Fr James Hurley- Born – 1926 Died – 2020

Fr James Hurley was immensely proud that his birthday was on China’s National Day, October 1st. The Jesuit priest, known to his community as Jimmy but as James to his family, had spent 58 years of his life in Hong Kong before returning to live in Ireland in 2014. “He began working with secondary students in 1962 and became closely involved in the student movement there,” says his nephew Dick Lincoln. He was also a founding member of Amnesty International in Hong Kong…

——————————-On his return to Dublin in 2014 he acted as pastor for the Cantonese-speaking Chinese and had a constant stream of visitors from Hong Kong.

In November 2019, he broke his ankle and was recovering slowly in Cherryfield nursing home in Dublin when he contracted Covid-19.


Sheila Geoghegan- Born – 1941 Died – 2020

Sheila Geoghegan’s early career as one of Aer Lingus’s first air hostesses in the 1960s brought together three of her great loves: travel, music, and meeting people. The second-youngest of six children, she was born in Warrenpoint, Co Down, on April 22nd, 1941. Her mother Maureen worked in the drawing room in Harland & Wolff in Belfast, and was a keen historian and contributor to The Irish Times. Her father Eugene was a plumber and a prizewinning athlete…


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Father James O’Donoghue

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 14th of April, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland at the age of 85

Father James (Jim) O’Donoghue- Mill Hill Missionary

May he rest in peace

Fr. Jim O’Donoghue was born on the 27th of May, 1934 at Cahirciveen in the County of Kerry, Ireland. His father was Denis O’Donoghue, a teacher, and his mother was Teresa Moriarty. His family consisted of three brothers and six sisters. Jim’s birth diocese was Kerry also.

Determined to be a missionary priest, Jim attended our Mill Hill School at Freshford from 1947 to 1952, proving himself to be a most capable student. He proceeded to study Philosophy at Roosendaal in Holland from 1952 to 1954, then to study Theology at Saint Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, London from 1954 to 1958. Jim’s aptitude to study did not go un-noticed by the staff and his superiors.

Jim committed himself to God and the Society by taking the Perpetual Oath on the 6th of May, 1957 at St. Joseph’s College chapel. He was ordained priest in the same chapel on the 13th of July, 1958 at the hands of Cardinal Godfrey of the Archdiocese of Westminster, England.

Not unsurprisingly, Jim’s first appointment was to Further Studies. He was sent to the Catholic University at St. Louis, USA and achieved a Masters Degree in History. Keen to go abroad, Jim was appointed to work at Saint Anthony’s College, San Jose, Antique Province in the Philippines in 1962. Jim made a great contribution to the up-building of St. Anthony’s College, and is still very fondly remembered there today. He was a dedicated, gifted and popular teacher and priest and a stalwart member of the Mill Hill community in the Philippines. In 1979 Jim was appointed back home to Ireland to work as a member of the “Promotion Team”. In 1982 he was appointed Rector of our school at Freshford. In 1983, he was appointed to the Missiehuis in Roosendaal to teach and be a Spiritual Director. In 1988, Jim was transferred to a similar post in St. Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, London. In 1992 Jim was again appointed to his “Home” region in Ireland, this time for promotion, vocation and teaching work. In 2002 Jim generously accepted a short appointment back to his beloved Philippines, to help in the Formation House in Iloilo. After only three years, in 2005, Jim was withdrawn from the Philippines and appointed to the Irish Region. There he continued to minister as a priest, especially in St. Mary’s Parish in Belfast, which he found particularly rewarding. By December 2016 Jim was ready to retire to our retirement house at Dartry, Rathgar, Dublin. By then, Jim was 81 years old, but looked much younger than his years!

Jim settled into retirement and quickly became a key member of our Dublin community as his personality and great sense of humour endeared him to his fellow Members, the staff of the house, and the many visitors who passed through the portals of the house.

Almost two weeks ago, Jim succumbed to the covid-19 virus and was eventually taken into hospital. Every effort was made to save Jim’s life by the staff and auxiliary workers at the hospital. His family, colleagues and friends visited and prayed for his recovery, but it was not to be. The Lord embraced him “Home” around today, Easter Tuesday, the 14th of April. May he hear the word, “Come, good and faithful servant. Take for your heritage the Kingdom prepared for you.”


Father John Sweeney

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 9th of April, 2020 at Southport Hospital, Merseyside, United Kingdom at the age of 89 of  

Father John Sweeney

Mill Hill Missionary

May he rest in peace

Fr. John Sweeney was born in the Royal Burgh of Rutherglen in the south east of Glasgow on the 24th of December 1930. His parents were Martin Sweeney, a labourer, and Catherine Sweeney nee McKenna. John had only two siblings, Martin and his sister, Roma. Both John and Martin became Mill Hill Missionary priests, Roma never married but supported her brothers throughout her life. John was fiercely proud of his family, his place of birth and his local parish of St. Columbkille’s in Rutherglen, within walking distance to Celtic Park Football Club, known locally as “Paradise”. (Both Martin and John were life-long supporters of Celtic.)

John completed his primary education at St. Columbkille’s Parochial School, and his secondary education at St. Mary’s High School in Motherwell, where he received a Senior Leaving Certificate, Scotland in 1947. John was blessed with an excellent intellect and ability to study.

Feeling called to the priesthood, John followed his brother, Martin, to the Mill Hill Missionaries’ seminaries, first at Roosendaal, to study Philosophy 1947-1949, then to St. Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, to study Theology 1949-1953. With special ecclesial permission, since he was not yet the “Ordainable age”, John took the Perpetual Oath as a Mill Hill Missionary at Mill Hill on 1st of May, 1952. He was consequently ordained priest in St. Joseph’s College chapel by Cardinal Griffen of the Archdiocese of Westminster on the 12th of July 1953. John always delighted in being ordained on the 12th of July, since his celebration had nothing to do with King “Billy” and his victory in 1690!

Immediately after ordination, John was appointed to Further Studies, to achieve an MA in French and Economics (1956) at the University of Glasgow. Recognising John’s education talents, John was appointed to teach at St. Peter’s College, Freshfield, Merseyside also in 1956. 1965 brought the realisation of John’s dream, when he was appointed to Uganda, to work as a teacher and chaplain at Namilyango College. From 1980, he added prison chaplain to his pastoral work, and work on the National Justice and Peace Commission of Uganda. In 1984 John was elected Society Representative for Uganda. In 1989 he transferred his prison chaplaincy work to the Diocese of Jinja, Uganda, where he was serving as Vicar for Religious. By 1993 John enjoyed a rare “Home-leave”, after which he returned to his beloved Uganda, this time to serve in Namasagali College. He continued his prison chaplaincy too.

By 2007 it was time for John to return to his home-land. Blessed with good health and much stamina, he worked as chaplain at Nazareth House near Edinburgh. In 2013, mainly to accompany his brother Martin who was experiencing ill-health, John retired to Herbert House, Freshfield, Merseyside. The Sweeney brothers were together again after a life of love and service in East Africa! John was a great help and comfort to Martin in his final years. Sadly, John fell victim to COVID-19 recently at Herbert House, and died at today, Holy Thursday, the 9th of April 2020.  May John’s soul rest in peace in the real Paradise.


 Filipinos Celebrate ‘Loneliest” All Souls Day amid Pandemic

By Fons 29 October 2020

“Forgive your family. They must have their reasons for not visiting you today.”

Having taken care of the Catholic cemetery in the city of Dagupan, north of Manila, for two decades, Romulo Soriano already knows whose graves he should whisper these thoughts to on All Souls’ Day.

These are the unkempt tombs covered with vines without offerings of candles, flowers, and food.

“I talk to the dead so they won’t feel alone when their relatives are not there to visit them while others are surrounded by their loved ones,” said Romulo.

Source: Licas News


By Courtney Mares

VATICAN , 03 May, 2020 / 11:25 PM (ACI Africa).-

On Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis said he was thinking of all the priests and doctors who gave their lives in the service of others during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Italy alone, more than 100 priests and 154 doctors have died of COVID-19, the pope said.


The Late Fr. Frank Caffrey, Irish Spiritan Priest who served in Kenya for decades after he had been expelled from Nigeria during the Biafran war.

Credit: Congregation of the Holy Spirit – Irish Province

By Jude Atemanke

NAIROBI , 19 April, 2020 / 6:41 PM (ACI Africa).-

The Irish Spiritan Priest, Fr. Frank Caffrey, who served in Kenya for decades after he had been expelled from Nigeria during the Biafran war, was laid to rest in Ireland Saturday, April 18 after succumbing to COVID-19.

Fr. Caffrey died Tuesday, April 14 in Kimmage, the Irish headquarters of the Religious Missionary Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) located on the South side of Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. He was aged 86.

He was among the brave cohort of priests and nuns expelled from Nigeria for their efforts to feed and protect people from government forces during the Nigerian-Biafran war, the civil war that was fought between the government of Africa’s most populous nation and the secessionist State of Biafra from July 1967 to January 1970.

Ordained in 1963 in Clonliffe College by Archbishop McQuaid, Fr. Caffrey was then commissioned to Nigeria. From 1964 to 1967 he taught Science at St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Obollo Eke in the Diocese of Enugu, where he added a laboratory to the school, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit – Irish Province reported.

On leave when the Nigerian Civil War began, he taught for a year in St. Mary’s College, Rathmines, an inner suburb on the southside of Dublin. He then spent a year teaching and in pastoral ministry in Spring Lake, New Jersey, USA.

Back in Nigeria in 1969, he was involved in relief work and the spiritual care of civilians in Oballo-Afor, Owerri, Imo state.

In January 1966, a group of Nigerian Army Officers overthrew the Nigerian Government. This led to much bloodshed and turmoil in the country in which the young Father Caffrey was then engaged in teaching and missionary work, according to a report. 

In July 1967 Nigerian troops invaded Biafra where there was a higher concentration of Holy Ghost Fathers than anywhere else in Nigeria.  Amongst them was Fr. Caffrey who was then serving in Obube, a locality in Owerri North Local Government of Imo state.

The outbreak of violence interrupted the usual work of the local people so that the planting season passed without crops being sown.  Inevitably starvation followed and Fr. Caffrey with his helpers tried as best they could to feed up to 6,000 children twice a week and another 1,000 or so children four times a week in a desperate attempt to keep them alive. Children were given priority but arrangements were also put in place to feed widows and the elderly, both of which groups were also extremely vulnerable in the war-torn territory of Biafra.

All of this relief work went on while the Civil War was in progress. Fr. Caffrey had to take evasive action on several occasions to avoid the menacing attention of Nigerian airforce planes.  An Irish colleague, Sr. Cecilia of the Presentation Nuns, was a martyr of the Biafran War, shot and killed when a car in which she was travelling was attacked by a Nigerian fighter plane.

In January 1970 the Biafran Army resistance collapsed and the Nigerian Army took control of the Eastern part of the country. Missionaries living or working in Biafra were arrested and confined under house arrest.  These included Fr. Caffrey who was detained with 28 fellow Missionaries including nine nuns and Bishop Joseph Whelan of Owerri.

All were charged with illegal entry into Nigeria and working in that country without permits.  Fines were imposed but although the fines were paid the Missionaries were kept in detention. Police vans arrived to where they were under house arrest in Port Harcourt to take them to prison. The Missionaries, priests and nuns alike, staged a sit down in the street demanding to be released as the fines imposed on them had been paid.

The local police and the military authorities could not agree as to what to do with the recalcitrant Missionaries but eventually the impasse was resolved and they were all lodged in a local prison. Cell blocks originally built to accommodate two prisoners were for the next six or seven days home to groups of ten Irish clerics.  Fr. Caffrey and his colleagues were eventually taken from the prison and brought to the local airport where on the instructions of the Police Inspector General they were flown to Lagos from where they were deported from Nigeria.

The fate of the Irish Missionaries who had been the backbone of the Biafran relief effort was later reported in the Evening Herald of 16th February 1970 under the headline, “Jail Protest – Nuns and Priests sit in street.”

After being expelled from Nigeria in February 1970, Fr. Caffrey was assigned to Kenya the following year. He taught Applied Mathematics at Polytechnic School in Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa until he took up pastoral ministry in the late 1970s.

He served in Mwatate Mission, in Kenya’s Taita County from 1979-1983 before moving to St. Mary’s School, in the capital Nairobi where he spent over a decade as bursar before returning to Ireland in 1995.

A fine cook who was renowned for his hospitality and welcome, Fr. Caffrey was known to like parties and enjoyed having visitors for dinner.

He also applied his interests in mathematics and science wherever he was, deriving much satisfaction from the use of technology to improve the quality of life of those living or working with him. A keen reader and fond of travel, he never lost contact with friends and family.

Having done pastoral work in Penascola, Florida for a short time, Fr. Frank returned to Ireland in 1996. He served in St. Michael’s parish, Athy in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin until 2003 when he moved to the Parish of the Resurrection, Bayside on Dublin’s northside.

Community Bursar at the Spiritan Provincial House in Ireland from 2007 to 2012, Fr. Caffrey was then appointed to Kimmage where he served until his death on April, 14.

His niece, Fiona MacCarthy mourned him on Twitter April 17: “Tomorrow we will bury my wonderful uncle, Fr. Frank Caffrey, who died Tuesday of Covid-19. He was among the brave cohort of priests and nuns expelled from Nigeria for their efforts to feed and protect people from government forces during the Biafran war.”


“He was Bishop at a time when truth and courage were dangerous attributes to possess or fight for. Ndingi belonged to a rare breed. He belonged to an irreplaceable generation of religious leaders that stood for greater ideas for the Church and for the country,” said Kaikai during the April 2 program, News Gang.

He said that besides Ndingi Mwana a Nzeki in Nakuru, the Catholics had sainthood-bound Maurice Cardinal Otunga, the Archbishop of Nairobi, the soft-spoken but firm John Njenga in Mombasa, a fiery Zaccheus Okoth in the Archdiocese of Kisumu as well as Anglican and Presbyterian leaders who kept the government in check.

“Together with Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki, these religious leaders stood for the good of all Kenyans in a most unique way. Together with Ndingi, they made the pulpit an authoritative source of hope and common good,” said Kaikai.


By Peter Mapuor Makur

JUBA , 06 November, 2020 / 9:51 PM (ACI Africa).-

To the people of South Sudan and Uganda, Mexican-born Comboni Missionary Fr. Jesus Aranda Nava will be remembered most for his dedication to the poor refugees who he served until he met his death in Uganda earlier this week.

Aged 68, Fr. Aranda succumbed to COVID-19 complications on Wednesday, November 4 at St. Mary’s Lachor Hospital in Uganda’s Gulu Archdiocese. The health facility is located towards the country’s border with South Sudan where the Comboni Missionary Cleric had been ministering to South Sudanese refugees.

In an interview with ACI Africa Friday, November 6, the Provincial Superior of the Comboni Missionaries in South Sudan, Fr. Louis Okot said the Cleric had been admitted to the Ugandan Hospital on October 20 with symptoms of malaria and pneumonia.

“Fr. Aranda was later tested and found to have COVID-19. He passed away on the 4th of November,” Fr. Okot told ACI Africa November 6.

Collection Poetry North Kerry West Limerick

 Tom Lynch dabbled in a bit of poetry from time to time but from whom he inherited the gift he could not say. He couldn’t recall there being any poets or sages in the Lynch family. One of his poems that springs to mind was one he wrote in the early 1980’s known as ‘Modern Progress’ It was around the beginning of the computer era and it went as follows –

I dream of the days and old-fashioned ways

Before life got confused with inventions

That has addled our brains, brought stresses and strains

And left us with headaches and tensions.

To move with the times is called progress alines

Where life’s a continual rat race

To reach for the stars after stopping in Mars

If ever they jet us to that place.

But that as it may but I’ll venture to say

That predictions too often come true

And before very long unless science is proved wrong

There’ll be nothing for man left to do

Take the silicon chip with a built-in horse whip

To make robots perform just like men

Who will work night and day without overtime pay

And wont stroke over tea-breaks at ten.

They can wire TV sets and put engines in jets

They can make the spare parts for our trains

And they never get tired for their bodies are wired

To a mass of mechanical brains.

I have no crystal ball to tell what may befall

In the forthcoming decade or two

But computerised schemes will put paid to our dreams

Of a future with skies over blue.

Now heaven forbid but I’ll bet you a quid

Or a dime to a fistful of dollars

That the whole human race will be launched into space

Lest we stop teaching science to our scholars.

In a less sombre view let me add a refrain

To this preview that’s only hear-say

For no matter how great are the threats to our fate

Where there’s a will there’s always a way.

When the oil wells run dry don’t sit down and cry

Just because you can’t drive your new rover

Get a good lively ass that will take you to Mass

And your problems of travel are over.



Stair na hÉireann / History of Ireland

The Valley of Knockanure

We are as influenced by the poetry of a nation as we are by its history, and more so than by its laws. During the War of Independence, the months of April and May, 1921 saw a lot of bloodshed in the parish of what is now Moyvane-Knockanure near Listowel in North Kerry. On 7 April, Mick Galvin, an IRA volunteer, was killed by British forces during an ambush at Kilmorna in Knockanure. The IRA had been lying in wait to ambush a group of British soldiers who were cycling to Listowel after a visit to Sir Arthur Vicars at Kilmorna House. Vicars had been Ulster King of Arms and custodian of the Irish Crown Jewels which were kept in Dublin Castle, the burglary of which in 1907, although Vicars was never seriously suspected of being involved in their theft, led to his ruin and, ultimately, to his death.

Found guilty of negligence and dismissed from his post, ruined socially and financially with neither position nor pension, Vicars, at the invitation of his half-brother, George Mahony, came to live in Kilmorna House. The fact he remained there during the War of Independence when British Forces and IRA activists were matching atrocities was foolhardy rather than courageous, and typical of the man who was generally regarded by the local people as a decent and eccentric gentleman.

On 14 April 1921, Kilmorna House was raided by the local IRA. One of the party, Lar Broder, told the steward, Michael Murphy, that they had come to burn the house. Which they proceeded to do. However three members of the Flying Column led Vicars to the end of the garden and shot him. On 12 May Crown forces shot dead three members of the Flying Column at Gortaglanna, Knockanure, a short distance from Kilmorna. This is the incident that is commemorated in various ballads.

Poetry, particularly narrative poetry to which the ballad belongs, distorts historical fact for aesthetic reasons – these may be for the imperatives of narrative, for considerations of rhyme or metre, or for reasons of the poet’s perceptions or sympathies. The ballads of the atrocity in Knockanure on 12 May 1921 are no different. No version gets the facts entirely right. All versions tell a basic story but even the most historically accurate distort the facts.

The most famous ballad of the events is Bryan Mac Mahon’s ‘The Valley of Knockanure’, written in 1946 – though, in the true spirit of tradition, its authorship is disputed. On 16 August 1969, Pádraig Ó Ceallacháin, Republican and retired Principal Teacher of Knockanure National School, wrote the following testimony:

I, Pádraig Ó Ceallacháin, formerly Príomh-Oide Scoile of Knockanure NS Co Kerry hereby affirm that about 20 years ago I brought to Mr. Bryan McMahon NT Ashe St. Listowel a few verses of a traditional ballad on the murdering at Gortagleanna, Co Kerry in May 1921 of three soldiers of the IRA – Jeremiah Lyons, Patrick Dalton and Patrick Walsh. I also supplied Bryan McMahon with a copy of the sworn statement of Con Dee the survivor and requested him to rewrite the ballad and to add whatever verses were necessary so that it would be historically accurate. This Bryan McMahon did and later supplied me with printed copies of the ballad in question ‘The Valley of Knockanure’ a copy of which is affixed herewith.

Signed: Pádraig Ó Ceallacháin

Date: 16/8/69

Witness: Aibhistín Ua Ceallacháin

‘The Valley of Knockanure’

(Co Kerry)

Performed by Finbar Furey

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

In memory of Jeremiah Lyons, Patrick Dalton and Patrick Walsh, murdered by Crown Forces

at Gortagleanna, Co Kerry on 12th May, 1921.

You may sing and speak about Easter Week or the heroes of Ninety-Eight,

Of the Fenian men who roamed the glen in victory or defeat,

Their names are placed on history’s page, their memory will endure,

Not a song is sung for our darling sons in the Valley of Knockanure.

Our hero boys they were bold and true, no counsel would they take,

They rambled to a lonely spot where the Black and Tans did wait,

The Republic bold they did uphold though outlawed on the moor,

And side by side they bravely died in the Valley of Knockanure.

There was Walsh and Lyons and Dalton, boys, they were young and in their pride,

In every house in every town they were always side by side,

The Republic bold they did uphold though outlawed on the moor,

And side by side they bravely died in the Valley of Knockanure.

In Gortagleanna’s lovely glen, three gallant men took shade,

While in young wheat, full, soft and sweet the summer breezes played,

But ’twas not long till Lyons came on, saying “Time’s not mine nor your”,

But alas ’twas late and they met their fate in the Valley of Knockanure.

They took them then beside a fence to where the furze did bloom,

Like brothers so they faced the foe for to meet their dreadful doom,

When Dalton spoke his voice it broke with a passion proud and pure,

“For our land we die as we face the sky in the Valley of Knockanure.”

‘Twas on a neighbouring hillside we listened in calm dismay,

In every house in every town a maiden knelt to pray,

They’re closing in around them now with rifle fire so sure,

And Dalton’s dead and Lyons is down in the Valley of Knockanure.

But ere the guns could seal his fate Con Dee had broken through,

With a prayer to God he spurned the sod and against the hill he flew,

The bullets tore his flesh in two, yet he cried with passion pure,

“For my comrades’ death, revenge I’ll get, in the Valley of Knockanure.”

There they lay on the hillside clay for the love of Ireland’s cause,

Where the cowardly clan of the Black and Tan had showed them England’s laws,

No more they’ll feel the soft winds steal o’er uplands fair and sure,

For side by side our heroes died in the Valley of Knockanure.

I met with Dalton’s mother and she to me did say,

“May God have mercy on his soul who fell in the glen today,

Could I but kiss his cold, cold lips, my aching heart ‘twould cure,

And I’d gladly lay him down to rest in the Valley of Knockanure.”

The golden sun is setting now behind the Feale and Lee,

The pale, pale moon is rising far out beyond Tralee,

The dismal stars and clouds afar are darkened o’er the moor,

And the banshee cried where our heroes died in the Valley of Knockanure.

Oh, Walsh and Lyons and Dalton brave, although your hearts are clay,

Yet in your stead we have true men yet to guard the gap today,

While grass is found on Ireland’s ground your memory will endure,

So God guard and keep the place you sleep and the Valley of Knockanure.

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SEÁN Ó h-AIRTNÉIDE 1928 – 2017

I met an old friend in Mountmahon today

And he said Jackie Thady had just passed away.

The great Seán Ó h-Airtnéide has gone to his rest.

Devon Road is in mourning. He was one of the best.



 “The Raffle” was a card game (usually 41) played in various houses during the run up to Christmas. The first prize would be a turkey. Food might be served and people would often bring their own drink. There might also be a bit of set-dancing towards the end of the night. It was a great social occasion in the locality. The Raffle alluded to below by Sean O’h-Airtneide would have taken place in the early 60’s. People would have been known to each other, either by their first names or by their nicknames. Most of those mentioned have now gone to their eternal reward. May they Rest In Peace.

Come listen awhile and I’ll make you smile.

The raffle will soon begin.

A welcome to all who answered the call

And three cheers for Mikey Din.

The turkey cock might go to Ballaugh.

He might go back to Banard.

Or safe and sound he might go to the Pound.

And what about Bogmount Yard?

I met postboy Lynch and Pats Larry, The Inch,

And a crowd from Garravaun.

Paddy Grady came down with a white half a crown,

And a welcome for Mattie Dillane.

Nell Patie’s son took part in the fun.

Hannie Connell is ran off her feet.

Big Mossie Ger isn’t able to stir.

Jim Fitz is at home from the beet.

Donovan’s Kiteen is like sweet sixteen.

She is out in every set.

I met Dan-a-Ray and he looking for tay

On this night we will never forget.

Ned Leahy and Pat came hether the lot.

Mary Colbert will give us a song.

Michael Kelly from Tour and our own Mossie Moore

Will be jigging the whole night long.

Mossie Jack Dave sang a bit of a stave.

Denis Crowley is afraid he’ll be late.

I saw Moss Ward coming in to the yard

With the Walshes, Mary and Kate.

Coming up from the well I saw Dinny John Ell

And also Jer Luke and Batt.

Foxy Patsy was there, coming home from the fair.

He is always eager to chat

Larry Curtin is grand with the pipes in his hand.

Paddy Ellen came after the cows.

And twelve or thirteen came from Knockadereen

To dance and to sing and carouse.

I met Johnny Joy. I met Patie Boy.

The Hill crowd showed up to a man.

And Paddy Morart was there from the start.

Give him something to bury the wran.

Miss Woulfe was there and she hadn’t a care.

She was dancing the Highland Fling.

I saw Con Walker too, with his heart so true

And he talking to Purry Ring.

I noticed Pop Wall peeping in to the hall,

And a good many more from the town.

Nell Foley ran up to try out her luck.

Mind, or she’ll run us all down!

I saw Madie Roche outside in the porch.

Dinny Connell is here with Jim Browne.

I met Sean and Seaneen and their uncle Mickeen

And they all after coming from town.

Paddy Barry was there with his back to a chair.

I met a good few from Listowel.

Pearse from Athea is so jolly and gay.

Nick Browne after drawing his dole.

It was up on the stand Paty Dee shook my hand.

I will come when the office is shut.

I hope we’ll have moon so that Maurice The Gorsoon

Will be able to come down the short cut.

 I met Willie Joe, a star long ago.

Paddy Moore we persuaded to play.

And the great Mossie Mike jumped off of his bike

And danced ‘til the break of day.

Bob Fitz came in and so did Bill Flynn.

Mike Leahy so rangy and tall.

Mikey Denis went out for a bottle of stout

And then took a seat by the wall.

I met John Joe Mack who is great for the crack.

He must have heard the report.

Bridgie Dalton will come at the roll of the drum

Herself and Mary Anne Sport.

Sean Lemass left his car at the cross.

We are happy to see him so well.

We’ll give him his tea when Ireland is free.

Good luck to Francie and Nell.

My bit of a song is getting too long,

But Christmas is near at hand.

Tisn’t easy to know where the turkey will go.

God Bless our native land.

                                                       Sean O’h-Airtneide



Trimmings Of The Rosary

By Father Hartigan

He was born at O’Connell Town, Yass, New South Wales on 13th October 1878. His parents came from Lisseycasey, County Clare, Ireland. and he was the fourth of nine children. He was ordained in 1908 and in 1916 he was appointed Parish priest of Barrigan. Here he wrote one of his earliest poems, “The Parting Rosary” concerning a young local lad who was killed in the Great War during August,1916.

He was one of the first curates in the region to own a motor car. It’s said that in 1914, he took the last rites to Jack Riley of Bringenbong – The Man From Snowy River.

His first poetry was published in local journals from 1906 and in 1921, believing that his poems were of no merit, Father Hartigan, produced ‘Around the Boree Log and other Verses’ under the pseudonym of John O’Brien.

Father Hartigan passed from this world in 1952. He was Australian of Irish descent and in the following poem, you’ll grasp far better than this writer could ever convey, the tradition of gathering the “childer” to say the rosary. (Irish Culture and Customs)

Ah, the memories that find me now my hair is turning grey,

Drifting in like painted butterflies from paddocks far away;

Dripping dainty wings in fancy-and the pictures, fading fast,

Stand again in rose and purple in the album of the past.

There’s the old slab dwelling dreaming by the wistful, watchful trees,

Where the coolabahs are listening to the stories of the breeze;

There’s a homely welcome beaming from its big, bright friendly eyes,

With the Sugarloaf behind it blackened in against the skies;

There’s the same dear happy circle round the boree’s cheery blaze

With a little Irish Mother telling tales of other days.

She had one sweet, holy custom which I never can forget,

And a gentle benediction crowns her memory for it yet;

I can see that little mother still and hear her as she pleads,

“Now it’s getting on to bed-time; all you childer get your beads.”

There were no steel-bound conventions in that old slab dwelling free;

Only this-each night she lined us up to say the Rosary;

E’en the stranger there, who stayed the night upon his journey, knew

He must join the little circle, ay, and take his decade too.

I believe she darkly plotted, when a sinner hove in sight

Who was known to say no prayer at all, to make him stay the night.

Then we’d softly gather round her, and we’d speak in accents low,

And pray like Sainted Dominic so many years ago;

And the little Irish mother’s face was radiant, for she knew

That “where two or three are gathered” He is gathered with them too.

O’er the paters and the aves how her reverent head would bend!

How she’d kiss the cross devoutly when she counted to the end!

And the visitor would rise at once, and brush his knees-and then

He’d look very, very foolish as he took the boards again.

She had other prayers to keep him. They were long, long prayers in truth;

And we used to call them “Trimmin’s” in my disrespectful youth.

She would pray for kith and kin, and all the friends she’d ever known,

Yes, and everyone of us could boast a “trimmin'” all his own.

She would pray for all our little needs, and every shade of care

That might darken o’er The Sugarloaf, she’d meet it with a prayer.

She would pray for this one’s “sore complaint,’ or that one’s “hurled hand,”

Or that someone else might make a deal and get “that bit of land”;

Or that Dad might sell the cattle well, and season’s good might rule,

So that little John, the weakly one, might go away to school.

There were trimmin’s, too, that came and went but ne’er she closed without

Adding one for something special “none of you must speak about.”

Gentle was that little mother, and her wit would sparkle free,

But she’d murder him who looked around while at the Rosary:

And if perchance you lost your beads, disaster waited you,

For the only one she’d pardon was “himself”-because she knew

He was hopeless, and ’twas sinful what excuses he’d invent,

So she let him have his fingers, and he cracked them as he went,

And, bedad, he wasn’t certain if he’d counted five or ten,

Yet he’d face the crisis bravely, and would start around again;

But she tallied all the decades, and she’d block him on the spot,

With a “Glory, Daddah, Glory!” and he’d “Glory” like a shot.

She would portion out the decades to the company at large;

But when she reached the trimmin’s she would put herself in charge;

And it oft was cause for wonder how she never once forgot,

But could keep them in their order till she went right through the lot.

For that little Irish mother’s prayers embraced the country wide;

If a neighbour met with trouble, or was taken ill, or died,

We could count upon a trimmin’-till, in fact, it got that way

That the Rosary was but trimmin’s to the trimmin’s we would say.

Then “himself” would start keownrawning-for the public good, we thought-

“Sure you’ll have us here till mornin’. Yerra, cut them trimmin’s short!”

But she’d take him very gently, till he softened by degrees-

“Well, then, let us get it over. Come now, all hands to their knees.”

So the little Irish mother kept her trimmin’s to the last,

Ever growing as the shadows o’er the old selection passed;

And she lit our drab existence with her simple faith and love,

And I know the angels lingered near to bear her prayers above,

For her children trod the path she trod, nor did they later spurn

To impress her wholesome maxims on their children in their turn.

Ay, and every “sore complaint” came right, and every “hurled hand”;

And we made a deal from time to time, and got “that bit of land”;

And Dad did sell the cattle well; and little John, her pride,

Was he who said the Mass in black the morning that she died;

So her gentle spirit triumphed-for ’twas this, without a doubt,

Was the very special trimmin’ that she kept so dark about.

But the years have crowded past us, and the fledglings all have flown,

And the nest beneath The Sugarloaf no longer is their own;

For a hand has written “finis” and the book is closed for good-

There’s a stately red-tiled mansion where the old slab dwelling stood;

There the stranger has her “evenings,” and the formal supper’s spread,

But I wonder has she “trimmin’s” now, or is the Rosary said?

Ah, those little Irish mothers passing from us one by one!

Who will write the noble story of the good that they have done ?

All their children may be scattered, and their fortunes windwards hurled,

But the Trimmin’s on the Rosary will bless them round the world.



This week marks both my mother’s birth-day and death-day. The following poem is in her honour.

By Peg Prendeville

The dark days of November

are a fitting reminder of your anniversary.

Your grave holds no comfort for me

as your spirit

could not be contained

by any clay.

I hear your laugh

and see your merry eyes dancing

as you dragged hoarse music

from an old accordion.

On hearing Dad’s footsteps at the door,

you handed it to Jack, our neighbour,

and sat back to see Dad’s reaction

to the lively hornpipe

that now filled the room.

Your laugh and humour

has never died.

It continues to ring in my ears

inviting me to dance in your memory.



Beal Strand

“Tis often I dream of the days long ago,

  When young life in old Ireland was grand,

And I whistled and sang as I’d plough, sow or mow

  In the fields looking down on Beal Strand.

 You may travel elsewhere, by sea and by air,

  And roam many a fair, foreign land,

But where’er you may go, through sunshine or snow,

  You’ll find no place like lovely Beale Strand.

The idle and rich search here and search there,

  For false pleasures that they say are grand;

Oh! had I but one week, the pleasure I’d seek

  Is to roam over Beale’s golden strand.

 In the days long ago, bright with warm sunlight,

    The ebb tide racing down by Asdee,

The lark’s song in the air, Burton Castle in Clare,

 What sweet memories they all bring to me.

When the sun sank to rest away in the west,

   And the shadows crept over the land,

The peace and the quiet that came round with the night,

   Sure ’twas then that I loved you Beal Strand.

Were I young once again, ’tis at home I’d remain,

  Midst people so kindly and grand;

“I’d build a nice cot on that beautiful spot,

 To live always beside you, Beal Strand.

Now my end is in sight, I pray God day and night,

   As I’ll die in this far-away land,

That my spirit shall soar o’er the old Shannon shore,

 To look down on you, lovely Beal Strand. ”

Brian O’Grady


Faction fighting to Co-Operative movement

Co-Operative movement North Kerry

 See link for full details in 300 pages


‘Better, Farming, Better Business, Better Living’: The Irish Co-operative Movement and the Construction of the Irish Nation-State, 1894-1932 A thesis submitted to the University of Manchester for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities.

2013 Patrick Doyle


Throughout the PhD, there are times when it feels that the work is produced under conditions of intense solitude, but it is only as I compose these lines that I realise how much the work rests upon the kindness and good grace of others. I am indebted to all the friends and family who have made this work possible. All the members of the Doyle and Durcan families have helped to make the experience of research and conference attendance in Ireland possible for which I am exceptionally appreciative. I’d especially like to thank my aunt, Margaret Doyle, for her hospitality and all the homemade bread. Also, thanks to my uncle and aunt, Anthony and Catherine Doyle, for their generosity and willingness to shepherd me back and forth to Tralee at the height of the Rose of Tralee madness! My aunts and uncles, Helen and Alan Breakey, Anne and Nicholas Monds, have also granted me much needed sanctuary whilst in Monaghan and Sligo respectively. Honourable mention also goes to Colm Houlihan for the fry-up at Shannon Airport. In London, I am deeply indebted to ——————————-


From 2013 Patrick Doyle

The manager of Newtownsandes Co-operative Society decided to establish cheese-making facilities in response to other nearby creameries switching  production from  butter  to cheese.  He wrote  to  the  IAOS  in  Dublin  of  the necessity  to  maintain  parity  with  rival  co-operatives  stating,  ‘if  they  can  do  this  we must follow suit or go under.’

Thomas de Lacy, Newtownsandes to CC Riddall, 27 February 1918. NAI/1088/751/6,


The Civil War disrupted the everyday business of co-operative societies.

Newtownsandes Co-operative  Society  experienced  an  alarming  drop  in  milk  supply.  Daily  milk  volume fell  by  300  gallons,  a  fifth  of  the  normal  supply, ‘owing  to  the  cutting  of  the  roads locally.


IAOS organisers devoted themselves to the propagation of a new wave of credit societies.  County Kerry responded well to this drive. In 1922, only the Newtownsandes Co-operative  Credit  Society  existed  in  Kerry.142  By  1928,  this  number  climbed  to fourteen.  The  fluke  outbreak  affected  Kerry.  Milk  supplies  dropped  and  creamery managers    paid    higher    prices    to    prevent    suppliers    going    elsewhere.    The Ballymacelligott   Co-operative   Society’s   accounts   for   1924   show   a   society  financially  overstretched ——————–

See NAI/1088/751/3, Newtownsandes Co-operative Credit Society Correspondence Files.

NAI/1088/751,   Newtownsandes   Co-operative   Society,   General   Correspondence Files NAI/1088/752, Newtownsandes Co-operative Credit Society, General Correspondence Files


Listowel Search;

In  County  Kerry,  labour  organisations  turned  to  co-operative principles to secure the economic interests of their members. In November 1918, The Irish  Homestead reported  the  establishment  of  a  workers’  co-operative  store  in Tralee.66  The  following  January,  the  ITGWU  established another  co-operative  store in the market town of Listowel ‘for the benefit of the workers’.67 Located in Kerry’s most urbanised areas, these stores reflected the ITGWU’s desire to use co-operative methods to benefit the local consumers, the same group from which the trade union’s members were drawn.

Co-operation in Tralee’, Irish Homestead, 30 November 1918. 67 ‘Listowel Co-operative Store’, Irish Homestead, 25 January 1919

Why the Traders Leave the CWS Alone’, Irish Homestead, 19 January 1907. 85 Kerry Local History Archive (KLHA), Minute Book of Listowel District, Rural District Council, ‘Proposed Co-operative Bacon Curing Plant’, 31 October 1907.



87 spite  of  support  given  by  Horace  Plunkett.86  In  December  1908,  Charles  Riddall arrived  in  Listowel  to  persuade  locals  of  the  benefits  of  organising  their  own creamery along IAOS-oriented lines. The local newspaper recorded Riddall’s speech to the farmers around Listowel, which made a scathing attack upon the CWS: This  English  Co-operative  Society  was…  thoroughly  co-operative  in  England, but  in  Ireland  it  stood  on  the  very  same  level  as  a  proprietary  creamery.  In Knocknagoshel,  one  of  the  principle  points  to  be  got  over  in  regard  to  the people’s  connection  with  the  English  concern  was  the  fact  that  the  farmers… were tied hand and foot in the English institution, and it then became the task of farmers in  that locality  to liberate  themselves  from the  hands  of  those English persons  who  came  over  to  Ireland  some  twenty  years ago  posing…  in  many cases  as  philanthropists,  but  who  had  proved  to  be in  many  cases  the  exact opposite. 87This  verbal  assault  sounded  the  decline  of  the  CWS’s  efforts  to  organise  Irish dairying.   In   January   1909,   the   CWS   ceded   the   co-operative   territory   around creameries to the IAOS, having shared ‘the common experience of those Englishmen who  seek  to  pave  the  bogs  of  Ireland  with  good  intentions.’88By  the  end  of  that decade, the CWS ceased establishing creameries and sold off most of its concerns to local  farmers  or  creamery  proprietors  retaining  only  three  creameries  and  six auxiliaries.89  In  Knocknagoshel,  farmers  assumed  control  of  the  local  creamery premises.  Riddall  argued  that  the  prosperity  of  Irish  farmers  relied  upon  their ‘liberation’  from  an  English  institution,  thereby  linking  the  IAOS  and  co-operative farmers in Kerry to larger processes of social change and intensified nationalism that underpinned  this  period.  The  outcome  of  this  conflict  held  important  consequences for  the  continued  development  of  co-operative  organisation  in  Ireland.  The  IAOS became  increasingly  bound  up  in  notions  of  national  development.  The  idealisation

The Co-operative Movement in North Kerry: The Proposed Bacon Factory’, Kerry Sentinel, 22 February 1908. 87 ‘Proposed Co-operative Creamery for Listowel’, Kerry Sentinel, 2 December 1908.


173 labour  newspapers.’65  In  County  Kerry,  labour  organisations  turned  to  co-operative principles to secure the economic interests of their members. In November 1918, The Irish  Homestead reported  the  establishment  of  a  workers’  co-operative  store  in Tralee.66  The  following  January,  the  ITGWU  established another  co-operative  store in the market town of Listowel ‘for the benefit of the workers’.67 Located in Kerry’s most urbanised areas, these stores reflected the ITGWU’s desire to use co-operative methods to benefit the local consumers, the same group from which the trade union’s members were drawn.  The  IAOS  exhibited  an  uneasy  relationship  with  organised  labour.  By  May 1919,  antagonisms  between  co-operators  and  the  trade  union  movement  emerged. AE  hoped  that  workers  continued  to  establish  co-operative  societies,  but  grew anxious  about  their  autonomy  from  the  IAOS’s  authority.  AE  suggested  that  trade unions might be better served through incorporation into the IAOS. He wondered if:  trade union leaders would communicate with the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society,  so  that  investigation  may  be  made,  and  it may  be  seen  whether  labour would be better advantaged by coming in with farmers in starting a single strong society catering for both.68Such collaboration never occurred, which confirmed a distance between co-operating farmers and organised labour. Rural labourers looked to the ITGWU for leadership, whilst  the  IAOS  represented  landowning  farmers.  This  reflected  the  inability  of  the IAOS to make significant progress into towns. The IAOS ceded influence over urban interests to a mixture of private industry, commercial interests and trade unions. This situation  confirmed  the  IAOS’s  reputation  as  a  rural  producers’  organisation.  The


More information at

283 Published Online (Lexis Library) ‘McEllistrim v Ballymacelligott Co-operative Agricultural and Dairy Society Limited [1918-19] All E R Rep Ext 1294’, in Lexis Library,

Published Online (Newspapers) ‘Titled Englishman, Dublin Banker, Spends Week Here’, The Evening Independent [St. Petersburg, Florida], 14 January 1924, <,1058019&gt; ‘To Pacify Ireland by Stern Methods, Says Lloyd George’,The New York Times, 10 October 1920, <;

Dáil Éireann, ‘Democratic Programme of Dáil Éireann’, Parliamentary Debates, Volume 1, 21 January 1919, <;.


Saorstát Éireann, ‘Creamery Act, 1928’, Irish Statute Book, 26 (1928), <;.  Saorstát Éireann, ‘Dairy Produce Act, 1924’, Irish Statute Book, 58 (1924), <;.


Corcoran, Donal, ‘Public Policy in an Emerging State: The Irish Free State, 1922-25’, Irish Journal of Public Policy, 1 (2009), <; .


Kennelly,  James  J,  ‘The  “Dawn  of  the  Practical”:  Horace  Plunkett  and  the  Co-operative Movement’, New Hibernia Review, 12.1 (2008), 62-81.

Kennelly,  James  J,  ‘Normal  Courage:  R.A.  Anderson  and  the  Irish  Co-operative Movement’, Studies, 100 (2011), 319-330.

McAuliffe, Mary, Katherine O’Donnell and Leeann Lane, eds, Palgrave Advances in Irish History (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

O’Rourke,   Kevin   H, Culture,   Politics   and   Innovation:   Evidence   from   the Creameries, (Dublin:  Department  of  Economics  and  IIIS,  Trinity College,  2001), <;.

West,  Trevor,  ‘Gallagher,  Patrick’,  in Oxford  Dictionary  of  National  Biography<;.


Faction Fights from Examiner

In the early 1600s, the Lawlors (or Lalors) had been among seven strong families (‘septs’) transplanted from Queen’s County where they had been regarded as too hostile to the English plantations established there; they were subsequently settled around Tarbert, in Iraghticonnor.

Similarly, in the mid-1600s, the O’Briens, lords of Co. Clare, who owned the lordship of Tarbert, settled many Clare families in North Kerry, including the Mulvihills; this created resentment among several local families, and ‘led to many bloody fights’.


In December 1828, ‘to reconcile contending factions’, a priest had a large crowd of people from Ballylongford, Lisselton, Tarbert and the Galey walk, as a penance, from Tarbert to Tralee.


In January 1828, they arrived there shouting and roaring and wheeling their cudgels, ‘and with genuine whiskey courage, driving men, women, children, pigs, cows, goats, and sheep before them in sad dismay’.

Afterwards, The Kerry Evening Post stated that the assistant barrister and local magistrates were determined: ‘to suppress the horrible and demoralising spirit of faction and outrage which has long been the curse and disgrace of this country, and which in almost every instance, proceeds from an immoderate use of whiskey: and to such a pitch has this savage spirit arisen in Listowel and its neighbourhood, that a very respectable Magistrate of that vicinity, declared it was impossible with safety to carry on the ordinary business or intercourse between man and his neighbour at fairs or markets.’

At Listowel bridge, in December 1831, Maurice Shea, a servant, was attacked by Patrick Sullivan, William Bourke and John Bourns.


In other episodes in Listowel, John Stokes, described by a policeman as ‘one of those who did bad work in the country’, was arrested with stones in his hands and ‘in the act of calling out for Cooleens and factions’ at the fair held in August 1836.


The Ballyeagh Fight

In June 1834 the Ballyeagh Fight took place on the White Strand Ballyeagh. It was one of the many faction fights of the time. At that time races would be held on the strand at low tide. Great numbers attended the meeting and tents lined the bank of the river on the Ballyeagh side – there is no strand at the other side. The factions engaged in this fight were the Lawlors principally from the Beal side and the Coolleens principally from the Ballyconry and Cashen side.

Evidently this was no sudden outburst for the parties were preparing for days before hand and came to the strand in military formation the Coolleens on horseback. Hacket and Aherne lead the Coolleens. They brought cart loads of stone to use in the fight. A little hay or straw was thrown over the stones and the women sat on top to allay suspicion.

Rev Father Buckley PP of Ballybunion met them a short distance from the strand and asked them to go home but they refused. Then he asked them to keep the peace and not spill blood but they told him they would

Taken from; Baile an Bhunánaigh (B.) (roll number 16851)

Location: Ballybunnion, Co. Kerry- Teacher: P. Ó Hailin

From Moyvane School

The Glin Fight    John Mulvihill

The Glin Fight.

It was in Glin the other night.

A dreadful fight took place.

Between the Dillanes and Thompsons.

Which proved a great disgrace.

I’m sad to say in wartimes.

Those boys they can’t agree.

When left in peace and happiness.

Enjoying their own liberty.

Now the leaders of this fighting band.

Are the Crane Stacks from Kinnard.

Who went to the aid of their cousin Bill.

Who belonged to the Irish Guards.

And with his brothers, Jack and Martin.

Those lane boys did subdue.

And they suffered a defeat from those Dillanes.

Those tailors of renown.

Now those Dillanes are of a widespread race of decent families.

They’re spread all over the countryside.

And not unknown to me.

From Newtownsandes to the hills of Clare.

And around by sweet Knockeen


Knockanure Search in Folklore

 Maureen Lynch

Informant   Muiris Ó Loinsig

to say that there were two gates here and everybody who passed the way with cattle or cars had to pay a toll of a halfpenny. There was also a pound there. There is a Dispensary at Pike. In this building was the old National school whose first teacher was John O’Connor. O’Connor was not long there when he had to flee the country owing to his connection with the Fenians. Then came my Grandfather old Master Lynch who taught there for six years and who opened the school at Rathea in 1875.

My Grandfather was a native of Knockanure. He used to tell stories about a woman name Joan Grogan of Knockanure. This woman used to be “out” with the good people. One night they were on their way to Castleisland to decide whether a girl there name Brosnan was to be


The Rebels of Knockanure

    Patrick Wallace- Informant  Daniel Sheahan

The Rebels Of Knockanure.

Our hero boys they were brave and true.

No counsel did they take.

‘Till they wandered to that lonely spot.

Where the Black and Tans do lay.

But freedom bold they did uphold.

Torture they did endure.

‘Till it came to their lot, that day to be shot.

In the valley of Knockanure.

In Gortha Glana’s shade of glens.

Our Sinn Fein boys took shade

Waiting for their own dispatch.

Before they would make a raid.

It was not long until Lyons came.

And saying time is not mine nor your.

By the Black and Tans our lives were ran.

In the valley of Knockanure.

When our boys had no escape to make.

There is one thing they did secure.

Their souls were free to meet their God.



    William Finucane Age    14 Informant   Joseph Gleeson Age 72= Occupation  farmer

Drowning: –

There were three beautiful fiddle players drowned in the river Gale on Saturday June the 11th 1752. They were crossing the river at Gortdromagowna, and a flood arose and caught them. They were drowned in the roaring waters. A man was passing, and he saw them but failed to rescue them. Two of their bodies were found, and were buried in Knockanure churchyard. The third was never found. The hole in which they were drowned is since called “The Fiddlers Hole”. It is in a place called Tubber. It is in the farm now owned by Mrs. L. Buckley.

P. S. The teller, Joseph Gleeson has died since, he died on the 30th of March 1938. He was a protestant.




Collector   Máire Ní Cheallacháin Occupation-  múinteoir

Pattern Day Knockanure

This very old rite has existed in many old Irish villages, and country places and still is carried out in many centres, and with great enthusiasm. [crossed out]

For generations back on the 15th day of August there was held in Knockanure what was known as the Pattern day.

In the earlier part of the nineteenth century this Pattern was the scene of many a faction-fight between what were known as the Couleens and the black Mulvihills; young and old assembled there to see the fight; the contending parties being armed with black-thorn sticks. Each party had its captain and for months previous he had instructions given to his men who attended classes in their various districts. Hard strokes were given and received, and many a young man was maimed for life. The fortunes of war varied from year to year, the defeated party always turning up the next year with fresh men, and attacked their opponents with renewed vigour.


Author and folklore researcher Seán Moraghan, who previously worked as a tour guide at Muckross House, will launch his latest work in Killarney Library tomorrow evening (Thursday), at 6.30pm.

The book explains what faction fighting is. Every strong farmer has a strong gang behind him. Tens or even hundreds might take part. Fights were commenced after the exchange of insults; after prompting by a man who might drag his coat along the ground, demanding, “Who will tread on the tails of my coat?”; or by the practice of “wheeling” – twirling a fighting stick overhead and shouting for the other party to come on.”

He explained that in Killarney, faction fighting may have gone on since the 1600s. “During the late 1700s, the greatest fighter was Daniel O’Donoghue, known as the O’Donoghue of the Glens, who regularly brought his faction into Killarney from Glenflesk, where he had an estate. On every fair and market day they marched through it, shouting, hallooing, and offering five pounds for the head of any man that would dare oppose them.”

‘Days of the Blackthorn’ used newspaper accounts from the nineteenth century and oral history collected during the 1930s to reveal who the factions were, where they fought in each district of Kerry, and who some of their famous fighters were, he added.


North Kerry Papers from America


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0204.pdf

June 11 1910

On Friday last the funeral of the late Mrs. Dillon, wife of Dr. J T Dillon, M.D., Listowel, took place to the family burial ground, Lislaughton, and, needless to say, was of very large proportions as well as being of the most representative character.

There was a great muster of Gaels In the Town Hall, Listowel, on the eve of the departure of one of the members of the local football club, Mr. Con. Healy. The boys assembled to bid him God-speed to the land of the Stars and Stripes, and also to express their regret a losing the services of such a staunch Gael and true friend.

We announce with feelings of deep regret the death which occurred on Friday evening, of Mr. Cornelius Groves. The deceased, who had reached the fine old age of eighty-three years, was highly esteemed not only In his native district of Ballymacelligott, where he was a favourite with Catholics and Protestants alike, but throughout the whole county.

 It is with feelings of deep regret that we chronicle the death of Mr. Patrick Rice, Blanemore, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, which sad event took place at his residence on Thursday night, May 19th, The deceased was highly respected and popular in the district, and, though he had reached the venerable old age of 73 years, the people hoped that, he would recover; but Providence ordained otherwise. To his numerous friends in North Kerry, with whom he was such a general favourite.


At a meeting of the Board of Trinity College, it was announced that Mr. Maurice Harrington Fitzgerald was bracketed third in the list of Classical Scholars, Mr. Fitzgerald, who is the second son of Mr. W. J. Fitzgerald, clerk of the Crown and Peace for the County of Cork.

No fewer than 1,166 tramps were relieved at the Clones Workhouse during the past half year, and at the Guardians’ meeting yesterday the chairman said they would have to take some drastic steps to deal with the matter —————————————

The first number of the “Cork Free Press” appeared on Saturday, June 4.

RETURNING to Ireland; Mary Harrington, to Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick; Mr. James Moore, Mrs. Mary Moore, Joseph Moore and baby Moore, going to Dublin;


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0146.pdf

23 April 1910

We announce with deep regret the death which occurred at eight o’clock this morning of Miss “Tessle” O’Mahony, daughter of Mr. James O’Mahony, Upper Castle street, Tralee, and sister of Rev. Charles O’Mahony, Manchester.

 It is with feelings of sincere regret we announce the death of Mr. Martin Mahoney, Kilcummin, which sad event took place at his residence on Saturday evening at the age of 66 years. We record with deep regret the death of Mr. John Trant, of Behins, Listowel. It was only about four months ago the people of North Kerry, with Mr Trant had to mourn the loss of his esteemed wife.

Rev. Father Burke, C.C, Ballybunion, has been appointed Parish Priest of Caherdaniel, In succession to the late Rev. Father McCarth.

The announcement of the death, which took place on Tuesday, of Mrs. John Breen, High street, Killarney ————————————-

There was a large and representative attendance at the funeral of Mr. Daniel A. Spillane, U. D. C, P. L. G., which took place from Killarney Cathedral to Aghadoe. ————————————-

It is with feelings of sincere regret we announce the death of Mr. Matthew Ashe, Dingle, which took place at his residence, Strand street, Dingle, at the age of 64 years.

The late Mrs. O’Brien, Carrick-on-Suir, was in many respects a most remarkable and Interesting woman. She was an Intimate friend of most of the Young Ireland leaders, and during ’47 and ’48 she frequently acted as their trusted messenger in South Tipperary and Co. Waterford. Mitchel, Meagher, Doheny, Savage, Michael Cavanagh. —————————————————

The solemn profession of Sister Mary Michael Joseph (Miss Annie O’Brien), daughter of the late Mr. John Morgan O’Brien, Lissard, Galbally, and niece to the Rev. M. Horrigan, P.P., Knockainey, and to the late Rev. John O’Brien. P.P., Holy-cross, Thurles, took place on Wednesday at the Presentation Convent, Limerick. The Most Rev. Dr. O’Dwyer presided, assisted by the Chaplain to the Convent, Rev. J. Wall. —————————————-

An interesting function took place at Cruise’s Hotel, Limerick, when a number of prominent citizens presented Mr. Thomas Moore, D. I., R. I. C, Easkey, with an illuminated address and a purse containing 105 sovereigns, as a mark of the esteem In which he was held by the people of Limerick city while stationed there as Head Constable for eight years.


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0079.pdf

19 Feb 1910

A very Interesting and popular matrimonial alliance has just taken place in Listowel. The happy couple were Mr. T. F. Cotter of Convent street, and Miss Buckley, daughter of Mr. J. Buckley, Finuge. All parties join in expressing the hope that Mr. Cotter and his, pretty bride will during their wedded life enjoy every happiness and good fortune.

 On Thursday last, 27th January, the marriage took place in Tarbert of Mr. Daniel Wren of Tarmons and Miss Minnie O’Connor, second daughter of Mr. Patrick O’Connor, cattle dealer, Tarbert. The bride was given away by her father. The bridesmaids included Miss Bridgie O’Connor (sister); Miss May O’Connor (niece), and Miss Mary McGushion (cousin). Mr. John O’Connor; brother of the bride, stood up as best man. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. Martin, P.P., and immediately after the Nuptial Mass the wedding party proceeded to the residence of the bride’s father, here the wedding breakfast was served. Later in the day the happy young couple, accompanied by their friends, drove to the bride’s new home some miles away. The marriage presents were numerous and valuable. Kerry and West Limerick, as well as In other parts of these counties by all lovers of that grand Gaelic pastime for which Kerry is now so noted, as one of the trio of Wren brothers of foot-ball fame. The brothers Dan and John have played many hard-fought games against the most noted of our county teams, and on one occasion they travelled to Cork to fight for the honour of Kerry against the former county. The famous Jim of New York, chat crack forward in the “Kerrymen,” couple of years ago was called upon to don the gallant Kerry colours in one of Ireland’s greatest All-Ireland finals. Dan’s many friends in Gaelic circles In New York will be delighted to hear of this happy change in his state of life. He played with the New York Kerrymen during the season of 1906-07, having gone over especially for that purpose, and, we are glad to be able to say, even excelled In Celtic Park, the expectations of our exiled Gaelic brethren. With them, as with the Gaels at home, and with his numerous friends in North Kerry we heartily join in wishing him and his young wife many years of joy and happiness.


The Liam Dall Coisde Ceanntair and the Tipperary Teachers’ Association in Saturday congratulated Diarmuid T Croinin on his appointment to a school in his native parish, near Rathmore. Mr. O’Croinin was for years one of the most prominent figures in the Gaelic movement in South Tipperary.


Military honours on Tuesday at the funeral In Limerick of Louis O’Farrell, aged 80, who served In the Crimea and was the possessor of several medals.

The death of Mr. Richard S. Cussen, J P., Co. Councillor, which occurred on the 1st Inst., at his residence, Creveen House, Ballyduff, Co Kerry, will be learned with sincere regret by a wide circle of friends.

Her many friends will hear with genuine regret of the death of Miss Monica Breen (Enfant de Marie), daughter of Mr. John Breen, High Street, Killarney. The sad event took place on Monday, January 24th

The news reached here that Mr. P. F. Clery, for many years accountant at the Provincial Bank, Clonmel, had died rather suddenly at Listowel, where he was managing the local branch of that  bank. A fine type of Irishman, he was a —————————————-

Yesterday the Most Rev. Dr. O’Callaghan, Bishop of Cork, blessed the new Honan Memorial Church attached to St. Patrick’s Incurable Hospital in Cork. There was a large attendance of clergymen. The building of the church is due to the generosity of a well-known Cork Catholic lady, Miss Honan. ========================================

                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0074.pdf

Feb 12 1910

A NIGHT IN OLD IRELAND – Third Annual Ball of the North Kerry Social and Literary Society To Be Held At Eccentric Firemen’s Hall, S. W. Corner 3rd Ave. and 27th Street, SATURDAY EVE., MARCH 5th 1910. Tickets Admitting Gentleman and Lady —  including Wardrobe Check 50 Cents.  OFFICERS Jeremiah, Mahoney, President; P. O’Rourke, Vice-President; P. Teagney, Treasurer ; H. Sullivan, Rec. Secretary; C. Moore, Fin, Secretary ;T Lavery, Serg’t-at Arms; M. T. Brassell, Floor Manager; T. Falvey, Asst Floor Manager. To be represented by Tralee, Listowel, Castleisland, Tarbert, Ballylongford, Newtownsandes, Ballybunion, Brosna, Duagh.


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0071.pdf

12 Feb 1910

On Sunday last were laid to rest the mortal remains of Mr. Jeremiah Dillon, of Meen, Listowel, after a lingering illness, lasting over two years. The deceased was one of the most extensive farmers in North Kerry, and some twenty years ago, as a result of the active and manly part which he took in the Land War waged against the late Mr. George Sandes, his agent, he, like many others, fell under the ban of that tyrannical agent and was evicted for a single gale’s rent, his rent being at the time £180 a year, whilst his valuation was £111.

 A man named Michael Stack of Foildarrig, Duagh, was on Sunday arrested and brought Into Listowel on a charge of seriously assaulting a man named Edward Sheehy, same locality, by striking him with a stone on the head, causing serious injury. The defendant was remanded on bail when the injured man’s life was pronounced out of danger. The affair arose out of a dispute over the elections.

Mr. Denis Shanahan, brother of esteemed Castleisland man, Richard E Shanahan, died a short time since in Australia. He was very popular in the early Land League days in Castleisland. He took a prominent part in helping the distressed in the famine of 1879. He was well known to Michael Davitt and William O’Brien and others, and brought down Joe Biggar. He got a send-off when leaving his native town for Australia, and many living still joined in complimenting him then. He succeeded in getting to the top as a prince merchant in Brisbane. He leaves a wife and three children. His loss will be felt by many an Irishman at the Antipodes.


The obsequies of the late Rev. C. McCarthy, C.C., took place at Brosna (Co. Kerry), Rev. M. O’Flaherty, C.C, celebrated Requiem High Mass, Rev. J. Harty, C.C, Decaon; Rev. Fr. Daly, CC, Sub-Deacon; Rev. Fr. Dillon, C.C, Master) of Ceremonies. There was a large attendance of clergy.

The death of Mrs. Shanahan, wife of  Mr Edward Shanahan, Clandouglas, and sister of the Bishop of Kerry, came with feelings of shock to all who knew her.——————— To her children in America her death will come as a very painful calamity. She has two sons on the American Mission—Rev. Wm. Shanahan, P.P., Churchden, Iowa. U. S. A., and Rev. John Shanahan Fort Dodge, Iowa.


We regret to announce the death of Mr. Daniel O’Connor, painter, Boherbee, Tralee. Mr. O’Connor who was son of the late Mr. Gerald O’Connor, was Widely known and respected in the town. He was son-in-law of Ml Thos. Fitzgerald, than whom no better and more uncompromising Nationalist could be found In the whole of Ireland.

We announce with deep regret the death of Mr. Jas. O’Connor, law clerk which took place on Tuesday morning at his residence, Moyderwell, Tralee The remains were conveyed to St John’s Church, on Wednesday evening and the funeral, which took place to the New Cemetery on Thursday, at 1 o’clock, was very largely attended. We deeply regret to announce the demise of Mr. Jas. O’Connor, painter Mr. O’Connor for years was one of the most prominent Nationalists in Tralee.

We announce with deep regret the demise of Mr. Timothy McQuinn, which took place at his residence on Friday. Mr. MacQuinn was an old and highly respected citizen of Tralee.

Mr. M. Joyce, M.P., has contributed £1 and Sir A. W. Shaw £5 to the funds of the Limerick Distress Committee.


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0058.pdf

5 Feb 1910

NORTH KERRY SOCIAL CLUB MEETS. The North Kerry Social and Literary Society held a meeting on Sunday night, January 30, ,1910 at 222 Lexington avenue. President J. Mahoney was in the chair. It was decided to hold their annual ball In the Firemen’s Hall, 27th street and third avenue, on Saturday night, March 5, 1910. A hustling committee was appointed ———————————————

Officer John E. O’Shaughnessy Passes Away. , . On Friday, Jan. 21, after an illness of three weeks, during which he was fortified by the rites of our holy religion, receiving the attention of the best medical skill and nursed with most loving care, the soul of John E. O’Shaughnessy, passed to its eternal reward. He was a member of the Chicago police force, and won first place in the list of 600 applicants who took civil service examination for the position. He was spoken of as the most polite man on the force.” His father-in-law, Mr. John Walsh, in whose home he had lived for over two years, said he loved him as a son and that “he was the most perfect gentleman who ever entered anybody’s house.” He was a native of Ballincartin, Knocknagoshel, in the Kingdom of Kerry, the son of Edmund and the late Mary (nee Mangan), and first cousin to the present Bishop of Kerry. He was a true Irishman in principle, had a deep rooted love for his native land, which of course served to make’ him a better citizen of his adopted country.


THE KERRY DANCE TONIGHT. All arrangements are now complete for the annual ball of the Kerry Men’s Association which takes place at Sulzer’s Harlem River Park this Saturday night, and unless all signs fail it will be one of the grandest and most successful affairs the Kerry men has ever had. For in addition to Kerry’s wonderful ——————————————–        ——————————-

Letter from ————————————-

P. Cullman, 393 Willis Ave., Bronx, Formerly of Abbeyfeale Co., Limerick.


GOOD WORK OF DUBLIN SISTERS. Eloquent and impressive was the sermon delivered yesterday at St Francis Xaviers’, Gardiner street, by the Rev. Patrick Tighe, S.J., in making the annual appeal for the Convent of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge, St. Mary’s Asylum, High Park, Dromcondra. The Asylum provides a peaceful home for 215 penitents, and is recognized as one of the most valuable charitable institutions in the city.


“God help them, God help them,” exclaimed the preacher, “they are despised by men, and, it Is assumed, forgotten by God. They were once as fresh as the heather on the mountain and as fragrant as the hawthorn, but their downfall was occasioned by men who now turn their heads away from them.” The women themselves, Father Tighe continued, felt their sad position keenly, and remorse setting in they sank lower and lower in their condition of horror, sorrow, degradation and shame. But even at the last stages of despair—and apart from the fact that many of them often wished for death—there was a chance of rescue, and it was here that the good Sisters of Our Lady of Charity came forward! to extend their kind-ness, sympathy and hope to the fallen ones.


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0022.pdf

8 Jan 1910

On the application of Mr. John Fitzgerald (instructed by Mr. John Condon), the Lord Chancellor has appointed Mr. Wm. M. M’Elllgott. Clerk of Petty Sessions, and auctioneer, a Commissioner for taking affidavits at Listowel, for the Co. of Kerry.


Election; Eugene O’Sullivan, of Firies, will contest East Kerry against John Murphy, M.P., the sitting member. It is understood that Mr. T. Neville… Stack intends to contest North Kerry, for which the sitting member is Mr. Flavin.

WEDDING BELLS.  WALSTONE-CONWAY. On Wednesday, December 29, J. M.  Walstone and Miss Mary E. Conway were joined in wedlock. Miss Conway halls from County Sligo and has been very prominent at all Irish socials. Mr. Walstone is a New Yorker. We wish them all the good wishes the New Year brings them. A. SLIGO MAN.


One of the incidents of the early part of last century (See paper) ————————-

the messengers travel as far as twenty miles or more before they could dispose of then. This Incident is related by the peasantry in most parts of Ireland, but in the South it appears that “kipeens” or bits of twigs were used instead of straws. “The Night of the Straws” was as famous 20 or 30 years ago for fixing age among old people as “The Night of the Big Wind is now. It is stated that the ceremony of the straws was carried out in 24 hours, and, whether O’Connell was really responsible for it or not, it, undoubtedly took place, causing the greatest excitement and commotion among the peasantry, and remains one of the biggest and most extraordinary practical jokes on record.


                Rochester NY Democrat Chronicle 1893 – 5272.PDF

30 June 1893

To Aid Tenants. London, June .30. -John Morley. chief secretary for Ireland, and Mr. Balfour, leader of the opposition, introduced jointly in the house of commons yesterday a bill enabling the congested districts board in Ireland to acquire land to be occupied by migrating tenants. This is the first instance in modern parliamentary history of the government’s introducing a bill supported by the leader of the opposition. ———————————

Thomas Sexton, anti-Parnellite for North Kerry, accused the opposition of trying to force an all-night sitting upon the house and then trying to back out. On division the Camborne motion to adjourn was lost by a vote of 270 to 242.


THE VIKING SHIP. Delayed at Canajoharie by the Tug Breaking Down—expected here Sunday. The Viking ship, with its crew of hardy Norsemen and college boys, is expected to reach this city, barring accidents, sometime Sunday. The ship was towed up the Hudson river by a tug and was to have been towed through the canal, but at Canajoharie last evening the tug broke down ———————————


                Rochester NY Democrat Chronicle 1893 – 5095.PDF

June 14 1893

Sexton Will Remain. London, .June 14.—Thomas Sexton has reconsidered his decision to withdraw from parliament and will continue to represent North Kerry.



                Rochester NY Democrat Chronicle 1893 – 0878.PDF

…by the imperial government. Thomas Sexton, anti Parnellite for North Kerry, argued that the transitional provisions of the financial scheme …


                Rochester NY Democrat Chronicle 1893 – 0445.PDF

…retained In the new bill. Thomas Sexton, anti-Parnellite for North Kerry, was loudly cheered on rising. He’ referred to the case …

                Oswego NY Daily Times Jan-April 1883 – 0311.PDF

…the National Federation last night Thos. Sexton, M P. for North Kerry and formerly M. P. for West Belfast, was elected …


                New York NY Tribune 1900 02-20 Page 3.pdf

…Empire and kindred questions. Michael Joseph Flavin. Nationalist. Member for North Kerry moved to reduce the vote of £33.000.000 by …


                Oswego NY Daily Times April-July 1893 – 0342.PDF

Here Mr. Thomas Sexton, Nationalist M. P. for North Kerry, interposed. He spoke in opposition to the proposed amend …


                Caledonia NY Advertiser 1894-1896 Grayscale – 0493.pdf

…It is the opinion now that Thomas Sexton, who represents North Kerry in the house of commons, will he elected to lead …


                New York NY Labor Action 1940-1958 – 5169.pdf

9 April 1956

Socialist Greetings: A conference whose purpose is to bring  internationalist socialists together to  discuss the problems which beset the  world socialist movement is a welcome  event, and we regret that circumstances make it impossible for us to participate directly in your deliberations. As American socialists, we live in the country which is the most powerful bastion of the capitalist system, and – the leader of the camp of capitalist imperial­ism in the cold war struggle which di­vides the world. Such is the wealth, the power and the apparent stability of capi­talism, in this country, that of all the major nations of the earth we have the least socialistically inclined working Class, and hence the weakest socialist movement. It is the duty of American socialists to expose and oppose the military, economic and political imperialism by which both major political parties in this country seek to shore up the capitalist world as a whole and at the same time to assure American hegemony over it. Examples of the major line of the foreign policy of this country is its support, to the reactionary- regimes of Chiang Kai-shek, Franco; Syngman Rhee and Pibul Songgram, and the fact that it averts its eyes, while a “socialist” premier of France sends NATO-assigned troops to shoot down the fighters of the Algerian liberation movement. (sample of article)


Coalition Vote Falls In Irish By-Election

By M. M. Dublin, March 16 ; Hang together or hang separately: that is the axiom of the government coalition. In the North Kerry by-election, it was De Valera against the rest, name­ly, against the government coalition of the conservative Fine Gael, Labor Party, Farmers, and Republicans, all ganged up to present a facade of unity to the voters. The government candidate was a nominee of the Republicans, the daughter of the late deputy whose place was being filled, following his death in a road acci­dent. She had been press-ganged into the election by the ward heeling require­ments of Irish politics. A girl of 21, her only political attributes were her fath­er’s name and his tragic death. However, the combined government vote behind her was down by 2000, while De Valera’s rose by 900, indicating a per­ceptible shift from the government- par­ties



                Batavia NY Progressive Batavian 1880-1886 Grayscale – 0434.pdf

June 2 1882

Archbishop McCabe was enthroned Cardinal at  Dublin on  the 29th  ult. with imposing ceremonies.


One hundred moonlighters on the 28th ult, in North Kerry, compelled the tenants on the estate of Hewson to swear at the muzzle of their guns …


                Oswego NY Palladium May-Aug 1892 – 0666.pdf

19 July 1892

Gladstone; He Has as precedents the facts that 1841 the Melbourne ministry was thrown out on a vote of  no confidence, and in 1859 the present Duke of Devonshire “no confidence” amendment turned out the Derby-Disraeli government. A most striking indication of the resurgent power of Sir Charles Dilke was seen in the manner of his reception at a demonstration of 35,000 miners at Derby yesterday. A number of members of the, House of Commons were on the platform.

London July 19 – Thomas Sexton anti-Parnelfite, has been elected to the Houses Commons for the North division of County Kerry by 2,023 majority. His-opponent was H.Burke,- Parnellite, who received only 771 votes.


                Oswego NY Palladium May – Aug 1893 – 0359.pdf

June 10 1893

Bicycles sales; The record of last  year sales  in this country  up  200,000.  

World’s Fair Trains Dont Pay. CLEVELAND, Ohio, “June 10.—The Lake Shore’s new World’s Fair schedule, in effect scarcely two weeks, has already proved itself a white elephant.————–

…LONDON. June 10.—Thomas Sexton, anti-Parnellite M. P. for North Kerry, has resigned his seat in Parliament on account of dissensions regarding the Freemans Journal…


                Brooklyn NY Union 1886 – 1066.pdf

31 August 1886

Tralee August 31; A famer named Flashire ? has been found dead with a bullet through his heart In a field near his home in North Kerry. It is supposed that he Was murdered because of agrarian trouble.


                Wheeling WV Daily Intelligencer 1894 (512).pdf

…upon their part. Thomas Sexton, the Anti-Parnellite member for North Kerry, started the ball, rolling at that time by asking what …


                Wheeling WV Daily Intelligencer 1893 (165).pdf

14 July 1893

Chicago July 13; —————————–

IRELAND’S DAY, The green flag will wave from the centre flagstaff in the grand plaza, east of the administration building, Sep­tember 30; That date was decided on to-day for the children of the green isle to celebrate at the fair. It will be Ire­land’s day and it is expected that the Irishmen of the country will be there. When a committee composed of Col. Colby and Messrs. O’Connell, Moynham and Jordan called on Secretary Culp and President Higginbotham and stated, that the Irish wanted to have a special day at the fair, a look over the calendar showed that September 30 would be the first available opportunity. “Will that do?” asked Secretary Culp.”It will,” replied the chairman —————

…commons to-day, Mr. Thomas Sexton (anti-Parnellite), member for North Kerry, asked Mr. Gladstone to grant a day for the discussion …(on suspending Sexton on Tuesday night)


The house then went into committee of the whole for the further discussion of clause nine of the home rule bill. The debate was marked by an attack on Mr. Gladstone by a member of his own party. Sir. Robert Wallace (Lib­eral), member for East Edinburgh, was opposed to the withdrawal of the “in- and-out” section of clause nine, an­nouncement of which was made by Mr. Gladstone yesterday, and he spoke at length against the coarse of the prime minister. He said that the withdrawal of this subsection gave to the Irish members retained in the imperial par­liament all the rights and privileges held by British members, and that this would deprive Great Britain of home rule by making the Irish members the arbiters of British interests ————————-

A  F R I G H T F U L  M A S S A C R E .Terrible Tragedy In the Mikado’s Kingdom – Murder of several families causes great excitement – details of the atrocities

New York, July 13.—The Japan Mail received per latest mail, gives the fol­lowing account of a terrible tragedy in the Mikado’s kingdom; (Cause of crime a woman and her relationship with a man)

Pirates and the Sea


Kerryman 1904-current, Friday, May 17, 1991; Page: 7

DERRYNANE House, built from the profits of smuggling wine, silk and brand} into Kerry from the Continent throughout the 18th century, is now one of the cornerstone tourist attractions in South Kerry.

First opened to the public as a museum in 1967 by Eamon de Valera, honouring Daniel O’Connell, the architect of Catholic Emancipation, it now attracts up to 18,000 visitors every year. Many of the house’s artefacts were damaged or missing by the time the house was turned over to the State.

Maurice O Connell got most of the family’s wealth through smuggling wine, silk and brandy from Spain, Italy and France. When the uncle died in 1825 he left 32,000 gold sovereigns after him.

19-3-1929 P4 Connacht Sentinel; The theory was that Dun Aengus was a pirates den and was erected by the Formorians. Mr Dalton says that he has fresh evidence to show they were pirates. Present writer has another story. There are a large number of pre-historic remains including an ancient Quay at Rinnville which may have been used in conjunction with nearby lead mine. Grinding stones and granite mortars and many mine workings in the area. There are other old buildings like Dun Aengus, but of lesser structure. These were not pirates on a hill. Mines also at Strandbally, Waterford, also at Lismore. Tin and Copper at Killarney, Copper in Wicklow. Miners travelled the country and enslaved the natives. On the Arran Islands, O Flaherty  says that buildings of stone to hold 40 men on their floors. Book of Leinster says gold smelted near Dublin 1500 BC. Miners may have come from Mediterranean area

5-7-1898 Examiner; Diving operations by Captain Collins of Cork a.nd P Collins in Dunivoily Bay, near Courtmacsherry Bay and the Seven Heads . Great local interest in their Paraphernalia, it revived stories of old wrecks of French Fleet, Spanish Armada, Pirates East and West, Indiamen with priceless treasures. Mr. Bennett mentions numerous ships wrecked there, others mentioned Klondike, which natives wanted but could not reach. The divers found cannon, which are now on the beach and hope to find more valuable stuff and make Dunivoily famous.

31-10-1936 P6 Southern Star; Reports bloody visitation of Algerian Pirates to Baltimore on 20 June 1631.St Leger the Lord Presidentprepared a comprehensive plan to guard against another surprise visit of pirates. He ordered beacons on headlands at Dundeedy and Dunworley, on the firing of the beacons, people to assemble under arms. Other beacons at Baltimore, Cape Clear, Mizen Head, Sheephead Point. Daniel O Sullivan was also to erect beacons. Dingle and Tralee where there are many honest and well affected people and a company may be placed there to secure them.

11-6-1938 P6 Tuam Herald; The Haunt of English pirates and buccaneers. Till 1588  control of the sea was in the hands of the Spain. They extended the known world, subdued Mexico and Peru, planted colonies in South America, West Indies, Philippines and Indian Ocean all in space of 50 years. At the same time they were fighting Moors, Turks, protecting coast from Corsairs from Tunis and Constantinople.

31-10-1936 P6 Southern Star; Then England who were only small fry in a lifetime took from Spain their leading role, almost by a miracle. The sailors who manned Elizabeth’s Navy were from Devonshire and Cornish Creeks, Huguenots from Rochelle and Irish Kerns with long sknes , says a writer of the period. Many pirate gangs were in operation during this period

28-8-1938 Southern Star P8; The Sack of Baltimore in two hours. Thomas Davis made event famous with his poem, “The Sack of Baltimore” which is 8 miles from Skibbereen, at one time had two members in Parliament. Old O Driscoll Castles. Various derivation of name it was at one time called Dunashad. Baltimore name only 700 years old. O Driscoll’s owned large parts of Cork and Kerry, they were fishermen and pirates. The men of Clan London tried to capture O Driscoll and failed on 20th Feb. 1593. A Spanish ship bound for Waterford was plundered by the O Driscoll’s. The Mayor of Waterford and 400 ships set out to finish the O Driscolls, no further mention of O Driscoll for 7 years, till 1600when Don Juan D’Aquila landed at Kinsale, O Driscoll joined him and when Irish beaten at Kinsale the English took his castles etc. But he fed and supported the English troops. Gained their thrust and invited to visit the Queen. But when he arrived the Queen was dead. James 1 confirmed his possession for 300 years. Then he gave Sir Thomas Crooke a lease. Driscoll’s lost most of their property later to Sir  Walter Coppinger and left the scene. James 1 Charter for Baltimore 25-3-1613 to Sir Thomas Crooke. Harbours in Baltimore brought in £20,000 per year to the King

Summer 1631 two Barbary Corsairs were seen around the Irish Coast. One ship had 200 men and 24 guns and the other half its size commanded by Dutch Captain Mathew Rice or Reis. The pirates forced a small ship under Captain John Hackett to lead them into Baltimore, which they destroyed.

1-6-1915 P10 Examiner; Cargo steamer attacked, torpedoed, believed to be American, no news whether she reached port.

22-8-1923 P6, Independent. Pirates attack British ship, Jacoh Harkinson she had 3,000 cases of whiskey, they shot the Caotain Arthur Moore and one of the crew, the pirates fled.

7-12-1946 p13 Kerryman; Shipping exhibition at 112 Patrick’s Street, Cork. Gives pictures and details of Irish Shipping since it was established in 1941. The object of the exhibition was to show the ordinary person the achievements of Irish Shipping during the emergency. Pictures of one of the new Irish Ships7,500 tons 405 ft long and width of 56 feet, will be modern to the last rivet. Pictures of Irish Ships abroad at various locations. Irish Alder, Irish Larch, Irish Spruce, Irish Poplar. Picture of Irish Ash first Irish ship to enter Virginia harbour. Director of Irish Shipping, Ltd is Major TD Hallinon.

10-4-1915 P4 Kerry Sentinel; South Kerry sea fisheries going well in past week. No trawling in district during the week, except in inshore waters, until the last is heard of the German Submarines. Final preparations now being made for lobster fishing. But because of the German Submarines, ships will not be able to transport catch.

30 July 1927 P7 Kerryman; Norwegian Steamer Solviken which left Hong Kong for Saigon, was attacked by pirates who injured officers and threatened to kill all white men. Pirates spoke good English. When steamer reached Bias Bay they unloaded two boxes of gold bars value $20,000 and passenger belongings, also took away Chinese crew. The pirates told them to send their Aeroplanes, but you will not find us.

SUBMARINE WARFARE. PIRITES CONTINUE CAMPAIGN. SEVERAL VESSELS ATTACKED. After a period of almost total inaction, there has been a resumption of German Submarine activity; and news of the sinking of two steamers and of an attack on a neutral vessel was received in London on Sunday night. A submarine torpedoed the French steamer Europe off. Bishop Rock, near the Scilly Islands. .

The crew were saved. When off the Skellig Rocks, on the Kerry coast, the s.s. Fulgent met a submarine. which fired a torpedo and sunk the Fulgent. Most of those aboard the steamer lost their lives. South of the Scillies a submarine torpedoed the American steamer Gulflight. The vessel did not sink, and it has since reached Falmouth in a damaged condition. The submarine continued firing while the Svorno’s crew were taking to the boats. The submarine’s crew evinced amusement at the men’s plight. Submarine torpedoed the Russian   coal steamer Svorno off the coast of Kerry (south-west of Ireland) on Saturday. The vessel sank in 12 minutes, during which time the crew launched the boats safely. They were picked up subsequently. A submarine sank the British steamer Edwonie from the River Plate. The   crew landed at the Scilly Islands. Taken from Ballarat Courier  Tuesday 4 May 1915.



A romance of .half a century ago has been reviewed by a discovery at lnch Island, Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry. A boy who was strolling across the island struck his loot against something sticking out of the ground. He bent down to see what it was. He had unearthed a human skull, and. full of fear, he fled incontinently from the spot He told his tidings, and the police went to the place and began to dig- Two feet below the surface they found the skeleton of a full-grown woman, of medium height. An inquest was held, but the jury  arrive at no decision. There was no evidence of identification, and there was nothing to show the circumstances of the woman’s death. And then there came back to the minds of tile older islanders a memory which seemed to solve the mystery. Fifty years ago. says the ‘Irish Independent,’ there lived on .Inch Island a man named .Moriarty. who had the reputation of being much of a smuggler and  a little of a. pirate He traded, without the co-operation of the revenue authorities, with a Spanish wine merchant, whose son frequently visited Moriarty.

During one of these visits he fell violently in love with Aileen Moriarty. who was also. beloved by Murtagh O’Sullivan. the handsome young lieutenant of her father in his illicit trade. The Spaniard won Aileen’s heart, and preparations were begun on a lavish scale for the wedding. ? But when the marriage day dawned Aileen and Murtagh had vanished. for many days a feverish but effective search was made for them, and at length the young Spaniard sailed home bereft of his bride. The island tongues were busy, and it was generally agreed that Murtagh had done Aileen to death and fled from the scene of his crime. The story was ‘told at the fireside on winter nights, and the ghost of Aileen came to corroborate it. Wayfarers saw her wandering- in the moonlight with the hilt of a dagger protruding from her breast. Others beheld her wraith, at the spot where the skeleton was found, kneeling in her bridal robes. Although the law is unsatisfied, the islanders of Inch are convinced that the remains are those of the murdered daughter of the smuggler. Daily News Perth Tuesday 9 May 1905 .

PIRATES: By an Act ‘of George II, 1752, It  was enacted that the judge should direct the bodies of pirates and murderers to be dissected and anatomised, or hung in chains. The custom of hanging was, abolished . in 1834.

Advocate Melbourne 16 April 1936

IRISHMAN AWARDED HIGHEST SEA HONOUR The V.C. of the lifeboat service—the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Gold Medal—has been awarded to Coxswain Patrick Slaney, of Ballycotton, Co. Cork, arid silver and bronze medals to members of his crew, for one of the most gallant and daring rescues in the history of the sea. During the terrible storms of February, the Daunt’s Rock lightship broke away from its moorings, and, in response to distress signals, Coxswain Slaney and his men launched their lifeboat. Tremendous seas ,were running, and it took them

four hours to reach the vessel. Again and again huge waves broke over the lifeboat, and after each sea had passed the coxswain counted his men. Two return journeys to Cobh had to be made for supplies of rope and other necessaries before a rescue could be effected. The struggle lasted for 63 hours, during which time the crew had practically no sleep, but finally the eight men on the lightship were transferred to the lifeboat and brought safely ashore. Nearly the entire crew were laid up for weeks as a result of salt water burns and exposure in the raging blizzard. The last occasion on which the institution’s gold medal was awarded to an Irishman goes back to 1911, when Fr. John O’Shea, of Waterford, received it for his gallantry in setting out, single-handed, in a small boat to a schooner in distress.


    The Henrietta sloop, of Ballylongford, was boarded last Friday morning, in the mouth of the Adare river, on her passage home from Limerick, by six men, armed and with their faces painted, who ordered all the passengers up on deck, and rifled the persons of every one of them, carrying off a good booty. While engaged in this daring outrage, the ruffians presented fire arms at the heads of their victims, threatening instant death in the event of resistance. They also went below and seaarched the cargo, consisting of groceries, woollens and mercery, and plundered a bale of silk handkerchiefs, muslins, laces, and shawls.

   On the same night a sail-boat belonging to Knock, county Clare, was also plundered by a party of ruffians, who boarded her in the Shannon.

Reading Mercury &c 12 December 1831

More on Kitchener

Commissioners for the Improvement of the Shannon Navigation, will be situated further down the river, parallel to the direction of the current, and free from liability to be encumbered at its base with silt. It is to be a work of masonry 300 feet long, ashlar on the face and rubble in the wing walls, and rendered capable of easy subsequent extension; and the bed of the river is to be partly excavated to enable vessels to approach earlier and lie longer afloat. Estimated cost, £1,839. A considerable quantity of corn is shipped in small craft for Limerick,

In 1837 Samuel Lewis, in his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, wrote this description of Aghavallin, the parish containing Ballylongford:

    AGHAVALLIN […] a parish, in the barony of IRAGHTICONNOR, county of KERRY […] containing, with the town of Ballylongford and the of Carrigue, 5688 inhabitants. This place anciently belonged to the O’Connors of Kerry, whose principal seat, Castle Carrig-a-foile, signifying in the Irish lan guage “the rock of the chasm,” was situated on the south-west side of the inlet between the main land and the small island of Carrigue, which is encircled by the river Shannon. This castle was defended on the land side by a double wall flanked with circular and square bastions, which are still remaining, and was fortified against Queen Elizabeth by O’Connor, who placed in it a garrison under the command of Julio, an Italian officer.

    The castle, with the entire barony, excepting only one estate, was forfeited by the O’Connors of Kerry, in 1666, and conferred by the act of settlement upon the Provost and Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin. The parish is situated on the river Shannon, and within a mile and a half of the high road from Tralee to Limerick, and comprises 15,152 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. About one-third of it is good arable land, rather more than one-third of a coarser quality, and the remainder is mountain pasture and bog.

    Limestone for manure is brought from Askeaton by turf boats returning from Limerick; and sea manure is also extensively used. A species of brown stone of good quality is quarried for building. […] A steam-boat passes daily from Kilrush to Tarbert and Limerick, and vessels of 30 tons enter the creek for potatoes and turf, in which a considerable traffic is carried on. Dredging for oysters off the island of Carrigue, and fishing, employ several persons in the season. […]

Saleen Pier

The new pier was part of the work on the “First Division” or “Lower Shannon” undertaken by the Commissioners for the Improvement of the Navigation of the River Shannon; the good Captain Mudge proposed to build or improve piers or quays at Kilrush, Carrigaholt, Tarbert, Querrin, Ballylongford, Glin, Foynes, Kilteery, Cahercon (Kildysert), Clare (now Clarecastle), the River Deel to Askeaton and the River Maigue to Adare.

The works cost £1811; £891 was a government grant and the rest came from three proprietors in the district: S E Colles £504, the representatives of M Black £185 and Trinity College £230.


Discover Ireland site

Scattery island has had a long and turbulent history since St Senan founded his austere monastery here in the 6th century. Despite vicious attacks by the Viking Raiders and others over the centuries, the well preserved remains of his round tower, cathedral and oratory can still be seen.

Also worth visiting are the ruins of O’Cahane castle, an Elizabethan tower house built in the 16th century, and the 18th century battery built to defend against a French invasion.

Although the last of the Scattery islanders, who were river pilots and expert currach handlers, left for the mainland in 1978 the ruins of the island village, ‘The Street’, and several churches remain.

Asdee In The 1940’s and 50’s: A Rural Miscellany


by Jim Costelloe

Irish, Irish Interest – Asdee In The 1940’s and 50’s: A Rural Miscellany


During the 1990s Jim wrote a weekly column, under the pseudonym ‘The Scribe of Asdee’, for the Cork regional paper, The Vale Star, and for the Limerick regional paper, The Weekly Observer. These columns consisted of his reminiscences of his early years in Asdee and form the basis for Asdee in the 1940s and 1950s – A Rural Miscellany. In his writing, Jim describes the full panoply of rural life in north Kerry in the 1940s and 1950s. He writes with an honesty that allows the reader see life then as it truly was.

Folklore 1930s

During the wars of Napoleon smuggling was very much carried on on the South coast of Ireland. The smuggling vessel used come regularly to Dirk Cove and unload a cargo of tobacco, wine, brandy ad silk which was purchased at a low price. The family of local gentry named Galways were the principal smugglers in the district and they amassed great wealth. When they used take the tobacco they used draw it inland and sell it through the country. When the Napoleon wars ended the British Government brought military and Coastguards into the country and stationed them on the coast, and this put an end to the smuggling.

Written by Jeremiah Calnan, Ballylibert.    M.317. Page 206.

SMUGGLING Dingle area


1839. Case of Mr. Dillon, late of the Coastguard.

To the editor of the shipping and Mercantile Gazette.

Revenue Fleet News Revenue Fleet News

1834  We are concerned to state that 44 half-bales of contraband tobacco contraband have been found on board the ‘Thetis’ by Lt.Triphook and crew of the ‘Hamilton’, Revenue Cruiser, and Mr.Dexter,Chief Officer and men of the Coastguard at Beale. The greater part was secreted in the seamen’s berths, and five bales among the cargo (timber). The crew have been marched in custody from Tarbert to Tralee gaol, to abide the usual investigation. The vessel herself will, it is feared become a complete wreck, but the cargo is safe.

 Ref: Saunders News-Letter Tuesday 9th.December 1834.

Joseph Dexter

Joseph Dexter was my Great, Great Grandfather and was reputedly a Captain in the Royal Navy,as my ancestors proudly recalled.

Joseph Dexter was a Captain in the Royal Navy ?

Joseph was born on 10th. October 1800. He retired in October 1849 with a pension of £54 p.a. A Captain in the Royal Navy’s retirement pension would have been £191-12-6d.

Navy Lists were published quarterly and have been examined for the years 1831,1832,1839,1842 and 1849. In no list is Joseph Dexter shown as a Captain, Commander, Lieutenant or as an officer serving in the Coastguard. So it is clear that Joseph was not a Naval Officer who at some time had been seconded to the Coastguard Service in Ireland.

Researching “Coastguard – An Official History of H.M. Coastguard” by William Webb and published by HMSO 1976.

The Coastguards were created in 1822 to break up smuggling. Initially it consisted of 3,000 men commanded by R.N Officers. At the end of the 18th.. Century approximately 50% of the spirits drunk had been smuggled into the country without payment of duty. In 1831 the Admiralty decided that the coastguards could become a reserve for the Royal Navy. All appointments in the Coastguards of any rank should be held to be of equal rank in the R.N. There were 28 districts in Ireland, each district under an Inspecting Officer – Naval Rank of Commander.

In Ireland in 1839 there were:-

    Chief Officers – 153

    Chief Boatmen – 180

    Commissioned Boatmen – 349

    Mounted Guard – 796

At Five Mile Point where Joseph was Chief Officer in 1825 the Establishment was:-

    Chief Officer – 1

    Chief Boatman – 1

    Commissioned Boatman – 2

    Boatman – 4

This then was the background of at the time Joseph joined the Coastguard Service as a young man.

The following were the places at which he was stationed as given by his daughter Wilhemina and can be confirmed by study of the Establishment books at the P.R.O. ADM 175/15 & 16.

    Nanny Water


    Clogher head – Port Drogheda 3rd. August 1822

    Five mile Point (25m.South of Dublin) 1st February 1825 Chief Officer


    Milk Cove

    Skerline (Sherkin) (Island of the coast of Cork) 10th. October 1829

    Valentia 3rd. July 1830

    White Strand Inspecting Officer

    Beale 10th. October 1831

    White Horse (or Blue Hill) 10th. July 1849 Inspecting Chief Officer

Regarding Joseph being a Harbourmaster. On Page 316 of the Coastguard Establishment Book, a page which covers the Station of Howth in Co. Dublin, there is a pencilled note reading “The Inspecting Chief Officer is also Harbourmaster at a salary of £20 p.a.” So it seems that it was possible for Joseph to have been both Coastguard and Harbourmaster or alternatively to have been Harbourmaster at Tralee when he retired.

In summary it seems likely that the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy was an equivalent rank in the Coastguards and which was used by his family and contemporaries and subsequently passed down through the generations.

Joseph Dexter’s Grave

We visited Ireland in 1994 and found Joseph’s grave at Ballylongford in the Protestant Cemetery. It was very much overgrown, but we were able to make out the inscription as being :-



of Ahanngran

Who Departed this life July the 26

1858 Aged 57 years

Formerly of HM Royal Navy

And Inspecting Chief Officer of

Coast Guard


Affectionate Widow.