I read the story re: Mulvihill, Manitoba, Canada. In an odd


work-related story about 5 years ago, I spoke with a guy named


Jerry Mulvihill whose uncle was the priest that the town was


named after. The story was basically as reported. Jerry was


originally from Canada but had lived all over through his


involvement with the thermal insulation business. He was


retired in Texas and was up there in years.


In case you are not aware, the 1911 Irish census is available at


www.moyvane.com. It is a great source for searching Kerry


Mulvihills. I found both my grandfather and my grandmother


on there. There were 32 different Mulvihill households in 1911


in what is now Moyvane Parish. I found something from a


1850s census that had 38 different Mulvihill households in


what is now Moyvane.


Finally---how do I order the DNA testing material? Depending


on the testing, it may be interesting because as I am sure I have


told you before that I am a double Mulvihill---both of my dad's


parents were Mulvihills from north Kerry. I was there with my


brother and Dad last September on a golfing trip for his 80th


birthday. Spent 4 days in Ballybunion and Moyvane. I am


going to Ireland for 3 weeks in June-July to visit my wife's


family in Wicklow---don't know if I will get to Kerry.


I will try and make Philadelphia.


Mike Mulvihill


Chicago, Illinois


Please email our Chieftain Jim for more information on DNA kits


at jmulvihill@comcast.net. We encourage all clansfolk to


please have one male in your line tested so we can continue to


piece together the fascinating history of our family name and


discover how and where our ancestors moved across the old


world. It is a simple cheek swab and reveals no personal


health information.




A Mulvihill priest of OMI Order from Kilbaha,


Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry, went to Canada. He was the uncle


of Brother Shine who was in Cork about 100 years ago.


Jer Kennelly


County Kerry



Matt and Rita Goulding have travelled from Ballyduff, County Kerry with their pedigree cattle




(from Jim Costelloe's Asdee.....)


I can recall the parts of the horses’ tackling that the youth of today have probably never heard of.; I refer to the winkers, the collar and the hames, the straddle and the brichin. There was a harness strap, a backband, the kicking trace (for breaking in young animals) the traveller on the shafts of the cart, the rider and the lynchpin for keeping the wheels on the axle. I remember the spokes and the fellas of the wheels with the bands. Then there were the rails ( known as creels in other parts of the country) and the guards which extended over the cart wheels. The hay was cut with a pair of horses and a mowing machine. We had a high wheeled Pierce, a low wheeled Pierce and a Bamford. The hay was turned by hand using two prong pikes. It was raked into rows using a raker and gathered into wynds using a slide. The meadows were clean raked after making the wynds which were sometimes tied with súgáns. Hay making in those days was heavy work.




The 1950s  as remembered by Jim Costelloe and told in his book, Asdee in the 40's and 50s


... At that time in Asdee there were no Costelloes- they were all Custelloes, MacMahons were Mickmahons, O’Connors were simply Connors, McElligotts were Elligotts, Ruddles were Riddles and Moriartys were Maraartys. There were no cars then, they were all motors, a barrel of stout was a quarter tierse, hayforks were pikes and a dung fork was a four prong pike. There were high shoes and low shoes and we didn’t know which were boots. A stripper was a cow, a gallon was a container for sweets and a muller was an aluminium pot. We also had the skillet, the black pot with its three legs which hung over the fire with the pot hooks. The bread was baked in the oven which was placed on the brand over the coals.




These were the days of the settle beds, the po ( politely known as the chamber pot), the ticks of feathers, the straw mattresses and the  iron beds with the brass knobs at the four corners. The parlour was the sitting/dining room which was rarely used except on the morning of the Station when the priest dined there. It usually smelled of dampness and had old, decaying furniture with limp curtains and wallpaper with a flowery border which was almost always discoloured at the corners.


Mayday, Mayday!


 May 1st. There are many traditions associated with May Eve and May Day. Here are a few from the National Museum of Ireland's website




As in much of northern Europe, May Day in Ireland, was a celebration and welcome of the summer.


The May Bush


The May Bush was a decorated bush, which in rural areas was left outside the house. In towns, it was erected in a communal place.


May Poles


Originally tall trees were used but later these were replaced by formal poles erected in the town centre.


May Flowers


May Flowers were picked on the evening before May Day and this was often done by children who went garlanding for flowers.


Bonfires & Dancing


Dancing was a feature of May bonfire celebrations. It also featured around the May Pole or where communal May Bushes were burnt.


Marian processions


Much of the traditions associated with May have been incorporated into the Marian processions found throughout the country.


Butter stealing


May Day was especially associated with butter stealing: the stealing of the butter profit of the home.


Divining & Forecasting


May was also a time to study the weather and weather in the month of May would forecast what was expected to follow in the summer.


Collected by


aged 62

Local Historian



Dominicans Knockanure

From Site http://www.flickr.com/photos/feargal/5198406965/

Please check , some of the details on site are suspect and are only guessing,

But details below appear correct.

Please note Hennessy.

Locally there is no exact date of arrival but the possibility of a second concurrent Dominican foundation in Kerry arises. In all likelihood the community of Holy Cross would have decamped somewhere in the third quarter of the 17th century at the latest but, there was still a Prior of Holy Cross in 1703. The Cromwellite commander for the Kerry area was one Brigadier John Nelson. Nelson was noted for being both ruthless and relentless in his hunting of Catholic clergy. It was under Nelson that fr. Thaddeus Moriarity, the prior of Holy Cross, was hanged on 15th of October, 1653. With Nelson’s prohibition on priests, Jesuits and others in Popish orders to live in Parliament’s quarters, it is unlikely that the community would have remained in Tralee from that point. The arrest and execution of fr. Moriarity gave a credible date for the move to Knockanure. In 1683 the names of ffr. Peter Kina, Dominic O’Connor, Edmond Fitzmaurice, Dominic O’Sullivan, Thomas Fitzgerald, John Cahane, Dominic Egan and Peter Hennessy are all associated with the community of Holy Cross. In a town of about a thousand souls it would have been difficult to hide eight friars (or maybe more). It would make sense that the three novices in that list of names and their master would certainly have moved to a house of refuge. The ordained served some role in ministering to the Catholics of the town but the novices and students would have had no such role. Maybe the community divided with one group in Corpus Christi and the others in hiding back in the town and ministering to the locals under a prior until 1703. Like so much of Irish History from this time you have to draw possibilities rather than depend on the often confusing and contradictory sources. From what is available to me I can only suggest that there was a slow move from Tralee to Knockanure with members living in Knockanure from c.1653 until 1804 but the Dominican presence in the area only ended after the death of fr. Bartholomew Shine, O.P., in 1827.

The brethren lived in a house some distance west of the chapel in a farm that belongs now to the Barrett family. There is a well in a field by the farmhouse which was said to have had healing powers. It is now covered in but its site is marked by a tree in one of this series of pictures. The friars lived at the top of the hill above the well but were evicted for non-payment of rents in the early years of the 19th century and the lands passed to the Stack family. One of the Dominicans who lived in Knockanure was a fr. Edmund Stack, O.P., so maybe the conveyance wasn’t totally adverse.





The Football Feats of Jack Flavin
John Murphy
One of Moyvanes greatest footballer was born in Aughrim and grew up when Con Broshan was the best midfield player in Ireland from 1924 to 1932.
At 19 he was on the Newtown (Moyvane) team which won North Kerry in 1928. At 20 he was of the Kerry junior team who won the all-Ireland in 1930. Two of that team also went of to greater honours -David o Keeffe and Roondy Landers. In 1931 he was of the team who won the National League and was sub the same year when they won the all-Ireland. In 1932 he was again sub in the 4 in a row win. Then politics began to rear its ugly head and a valley period in Kerry Football set in from 1933 to 1936. But back again in 1937. He was part of a forward machine which swamped Cavan in the replayed final -the other forwards were Purty and Roondy Landers, Miko Doyle, Charlie Sullivan and Tim o Leary. In 1938 he was on the Galway team which beat Kerry in a replay. In 1939 he won the National League with Galway. Still with Galway he won three more Connaught Championship medals only to be beaten twice by Kerry in the All- Ireland Finals of 1940 and 1941 -the third time by Dublin. Truly a great player. A local poet puts it better,
Mick Roche played a great game at mid-field, but Flavin was peerless. That day for his equal is surely missing from football in Kerry today.



n Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM, gearoid pierse <gmpierse@gmail.com> wrote:

Kerry County Council County Manager Tom Curran has agreed to meet a delegation of Public Representatives and residents after this weekend's door-to-door survey and public meeting confirmed the massive public support for the 9km extension of the Great Southern Trail from the Limerick border at Kilmorna into Listowel. The cross-party delegation is to be lead by Jimmy Moloney (FF) Mayor of Listowel.

On Saturday 19th of September, teams of volunteers including residents, walker groups, parents of young families and public representatives from all political parties surveyed each house along the 9km route from Listowel to the Limerick border. 80% of of the 150 households surveyed expressed their unqualified support for the trail, and a further 10% were supportive provided their privacy concerns were addressed. A further 10% of residents / landowners (a total of 15) chose not to express an opinion to the survey team but said that they wished to speak directly with either the owner of the line CIE or Kerry County Council so that their concerns could be addressed also.

At the public meeting held in the Listowel Family Resource centre at 6pm on Saturday 19th of October, Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Arthur Spring TD and Brendan Griffin TD spoke strongly in support of the trail, as did Mayor of Listowel Jimmy Moloney, Cllr Maria Gorman and Cllr Tim O'Leary. Cllr O'Leary, who was a guard in Listowel for over 30 years explained that he had been in contact with an Garda Siochana in both Newcastle West and Westport who confirmed that the Trails there do not attract anti-social behaviour, crime or trespass.

The Chairman of CIE has confirmed CIE's Ownership and support of the trail in a response to Brendan Griffin TD who is on the Oireachtas Transport Committee (attached).

Given that the North Kerry Abandoned Rail Line Action Group (NKARLAG) have written to CIE to confirm that they will not be proceeding with an Adverse Possession Claim (Contact Niall Grogan of CIE Property Management 01 7032921), the onus is now firmly on the 5 Listowel local area councillors: John Brassil (FF), Pat Leahy (Lab), Robert Beasley (SF), Tim Buckley (FG) & Liam Purtill (FG) to speak with the 15 remaining landowners to address their concerns. This is a democratic imperative given the overwhelming support of the people of Listowel (2000 signatures collected) plus of residents along the route of the proposed 9km Great Southern Trail extension. None of the 5 Local Area Councillors attended the public meeting or door-to-door survey. Some of the 5 councillors have admitted to have been subject to "intense personal lobbying" by the NKARLAG so it is imperative that these councillors use this communication channel with the NKARLAG to find out what their concerns are so that they can be addressed.

Furthermore, Kerry County Council is being urged to apply for the approximately € 400,000 in funding that would be required to complete the 9km trail in the upcoming November round of Greenway funding. The November round of funding is €6.5m in total but there will be intense competition from other Greenway projects around the country.

For Queries contact:

Jimmy Moloney Mayor of Listowel 087 9026066

Cllr Tim O'Leary 0860647923

Michael Guerin, Great Southern Trail Convenor North Kerry 0871221234

Gearoid Pierse, Great Southern Trail Activist North Kerry 0867228470


More details on www.facebook.com/Listowelrailwalk



Gerald Griffin 1803-1840

Gerald Griffin born 12th Dec 1803 died Christian Brother Cork in 1840 son of Patrick Griffin and Ellen Geary of Limerick .His grandfather James Griffin died 1798 aged 68yrs .It is claimed that his Great Grandfather was Francis Griffin who married Nora Fitzgerald and lived at Glenalappa , Newtownsandes .Gerald Griffins sister Lucy Sr Evangelist born 1806 died 1844 .Joined Presentation Convent Youghal in 1837.Her sister Anne Sr Baptist 1805 -1878 Entered Sisters of Charity, Superior Clarinbridge 1844 died there 1878 . Three of their cousins joined The Mercy Order in Limerick . The first Ellen Entered 1840 , Bridget Entered 1852, Maria Entered 1853 she died 1908 .Several of their nephews joined the Priesthood , Rev Frederick died 1902, Rev Carroll Nash died 1889, Rev John died 1939, Rev Gerald died 1940 .Another cousin Sr Mary Westropp Brereton a Mercy Sister Limerick. Gearld Griffins sister Bridget married Mr. White. They had five daughters in religion in the USA. His brother Dan had a daugter Alice born on the 22rd of February 1847. She was known as Sr. Magdalen F.C.J. She died in Canada on the 30th of April 1901. She was of the order of the Faithful Companions of Jesus. She made her vows in Brittany in France on the 28th of July 1872. The order had a house in Clarendon Street, London.

Knockanure Football 1934.
Knockanure Football Team in 1934 reached the final in Division 2 of the North Kerry Championship . The failed to take the field in time to play the final in Asdee.Their transport a Lorry from Athea Failed to pick them up in Knockanure.So they made a dash for Asdee in lashing rain by Trap Car and Bicycles .When they arrived in Asdee late the match was already awarded to Craughdarrig .
The team included Jack Carroll.Pat Joe Stokes, Ned Scanlon, Davy O Connor, Patsy O Connor, Jack Stokes, Ned Murphy, Fr Jim Leahy, Fr John Connor, [Islandanny] Fr John Connor Keylod, Bill Buckley, Fr Morgan O Connor Rathoran, Pat Joe Stack, Jack Nash, John Murphy. Subs Jerry Carroll, Tom Scanlon, Matt Dillon, Micky Connor, Billeen Connell.


History 06

Jan 5 -06 Notes
SCHOOLS: Because of the shortage of teaching posts several teachers set up their own Secondary Schools in the 1930's and '40's. Catholics Secondary Schools were set up in Abbeyfeale, Tarbert, Glin, Newcastlewest and Castleisland to name a few, the annual fee for a student was £9 to £12 per year. The Principal of Colaiste Mhuire which was established in 1937 in Abbeyfeale was Miss Catherine Woulfe, who studied under Dr. Douglas Hyde. This year it is 40 years since O Malley's free education bill.
TEN years ago 87 dictatorships fell around the world.
KNOCK Shrine at St Malachy's Church , Mayo, Quebec was erected by Rev. H.C. Braceland and in 1966 the Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa Dr. J.R. Windle led a pilgrimage to the shrine.
HISTORY: Fleadh in Listowel 1985,'86 and '87; New Outdoor Altar at Knock was erected in 1966; New Years Night 1926 Dr. Douglas Hyde inaugurated 2RN Radio; Christmas Night near Craughwell in 1835 the poet Raftery was buried; Arts Council cut funding for National Entertainment Scheme in 1985; M.J. Flavin was unanimously selected as a candidate for parliament at a convention in Listowel on January 9th 1906; Massacre at Wounded Knee took place on 29th December 1890, Black Elk an Oglala Sioux who was a member of an Indian Dance Group which toured England and Europe between 1886 and 1889, on returning home to South Dakota he witnessed the killing by the troops of his people. Saturday January 5th 1828 Humphrey O Sullivan a Kerryman in Callan writes in his diary, That some townspeople are putting in order a circulating library. It is a year established .... Who will establish an Irish Library?; Davy Crockett reaches the Alamo on Jan. 5th 1836; January 1606 trial of gunpowder plotters; Petty was sent to survey Ireland in August 1652 he estimated that only 20,000 of every 180,000 houses had chimneys, smoke caused widespread eye trouble, also 30,000 beggars travelled the roads of Ireland. As a young man in Paris he is said to have existed for a week on two penny worth of walnuts. William Petty was well educated died on the 16th of December 1687 of gangrene. Blessed John Duns Scotus born 1266, as far as I can understand, his view was that Christ was the perfect man and that God created the human race in his image, Blessed John was buried in Cologne in 1308.

JOURNALS: The Ballyguiltenane Journal is the biggest seller in the district year after year it provides a platform for local poets, writers and storytellers, several writers from abroad also contribute. Athea Parish Journal is also available and has articles on the Cratloe Hedge School; Interview with Con Greaney, Bunny Dalton, Tom Mullins and several others: Folklore from Carrigkerry collected in 1938, Crafts in the Locality and much more.

Jan 12 -06 Notes
MOYVANE name change, before voting should we consider the merits of going back to the old Irish name, as Moyvane is only the anglicised version of the original name.
HISTORY: 1936, the year of the three kings in England, Kipling and Chesterson died, German army entered the Rhineland; James Joyce died 13th of Jan. 1941; 1906 General Election returned the Liberals to power; According to recently released 1975 state papers,
The cottage in Bruree where De Valera was reared was bought in 1974 for £5,000; A Garda memo states The extent to which girls can be employed in order to release gardai for outdoor work is extremely limited; advice to the government on the celebration of the bi-centenary of the birth of Daniel O Connell, Issue a stamp and have some local function at his birthplace.
On 15th January 1836 Daniel O Connell wrote a letter to David D Leahy an Innkeeper of Abbeyfeale advising him that he will arrive in Abbeyfeale about 2pm on Sunday. 40 eggs cost one penny in 1686. First Edition of the Ballyguiltenane Journal is available at Newcastlewest Library, it contains poetry from Paddy Faley and Tom O Donoghue; letters from P Foley which won prizes on Radio Eireann; articles on Feury's Hill with its five county view, the coopers shop and a walk around local townlands and reminiscing about times past.
Local events in January 1966; Gerald McKenna new public relations officer for GAA; Fr Pat Ahern produces his first Nativity Pageant at CYMS in Tralee; Patrick O Sullivan appointed temporary Headmaster in Causeway; Tom McEllistrim Junior son of Tom McEllistrim TD was appointed to Kerry Committee of Agriculture; the marriage took place of Paddy Kearney and Eileen Francis SRN.
TO HEAL a burn without a scar: Take a handful of yellow scurk that grows on old walls and half as much of the white of a hens dung and enough pigs lard to make the mixture into an ointment, boil well and strain with fine cloth, put it on the burn twice a day with a feather, remedy prescribed by Jane Perry in the first decade of 1700.
TITUS OATES was expelled from the English College in Spain in 1677 after five months probation for disgraceful conduct, he was later given a pension of £5 per week from William of Orange.
EMPLOYED in this country in 1986 was1.01 million people, it is expected that by end of this year 2006 that 2 million will have jobs.

Jan 19-06
HISTORY: EWTN ( Eternal Word Television Network) was founded in 1981 by Mother Angelica a Franciscan who had only a garage, $200 and trust in God, now EWTN is a worldwide media organisation which can be contacted at www.etwn.com ; English statistics reveal that in 1984 only 1,000 women were found guilty of serious driving offences, while the figure men amounted to 28,000; there is big hype now about bird flu, an advertisement for Ku-Ku in The Liberator of January 8th 1924 promises a cure for poultry distemper, which has caused untold damage to Irish poultry, also in the same edition violent storms and heavy rain visited the South of Ireland on Saturday night and continued slightly unabated till Sunday , serious floods in many parts. Irish Echo of January 24th 1931 reports: John McCormack filled the Carnegie Hall on Friday last, the house was in uproar when he sang I met her in the Garden where the Praties Grow, only three artists could consistently pack the hall, McCormack, Paderewski and Kreisler; On Saturday night January 24th 1931 the Knocknagoshel young men held their Grand Annual Ball, also on the same night The Rose of Lima Circle held their annual ball in aid of the foreign missions, Testimonial Dance in aid of the recently injured Rory O Connell of Tralee was held on Sunday 25th 1931. Cork Examiner of Jan 7th 1922 reports President De Valera's resignation and the Treaty Dail debate, Michael Collins at one point in the debate, said that we will have no Tammany Hall methods here, also reported is the inquest into eighteen deaths in Belfast, where the Coroner said there was a Bolshevist Association out to create strife between the two sides. Local events: Parnell visited Kilmorna on Sunday January 18th 1891 he was born in 1846. Sr. Mary Berchmans Kennelly of Knockanure entered the convent on 20th January 1906 she died in Brentford in 1959; J. J. McNamara B. Agric. Science gave a talk to Knockanure Macra on 21st January 1956 on his visit to Denmark in 1954 at the time 60% of total agricultural production was consumed by the Danes, 27% of the population got their livelihood from agriculture, 90% of agricultural exports went to England.
TRANSPLANT: First full lung transplant in Ireland too place at the Mater Hospital last week, 17 others are on the waiting list, for transplants to take place donors are needed, enquiries about donor card ring 1890 456 556.
AUTISM: Report on research of Dr Mickey Keenan from the University of Ulster claims that his method of treating autism which is all about empowering parents and using special techniques which help you get the best out of your child can bring remarkable results.
BIRTHDAY: Happy birthday on January 22nd to local historian John Murphy. Best wishes also to Kitty Shine of Moyvane who has reached her 90th birthday.

FRANCISCAN Missionaries of Mary, Sister Nuala gave a talk on the work of the missionaries at masses last weekend, Sr. Nuala told us her order work in 77 countries and families in poor countries have to live on a euro a day, Last year the tsunami and the Pakistani and Indian earthquake put extra strain on their resources, thankfully none of their members were killed in these tragedies

Jan 26- 06
PLOUGHING Match will be held in Abbeydorney on January 29th, Causeway on February 5th and Ardfert on February 12th .
500,000 acres of wheat was grown in Ireland in 1851, by 1881 the acreage under wheat had dropped to 150,000 acres. 1 million acres of potatoes were grown in the 1860s and by 1890 the acreage was half a million acres. Cattle numbers doubled between 1841 and 1900
SUGAR beet is grown by 3,700 farmers and provide jobs for 5,000 directly and indirectly producing an income of E140 million, due to changes in the markets this year we may see the last beet campaign in this country
BOOK: The Far Side of the World is a new book just published on Irishmen who served in the Korean War, several locals died in the war and a memorial to them is in Lixnaw.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Collins who celebrated her 100th birthday on January 18th 06 Mary was the second of six children born to John and Elizabeth Collins of Direen, Athea. Mary did her teacher training in Scotland where she taught for some years, returning home to teach in Kilbaha, Clash and Athea. Mary's centenary party was held at Dromore Nursing Home and was attended by Cannon Kelly of Athea and her nephews, nieces, friends and relations
HISTORY: ; First British-Consul General appointed to America was Sir John Temple who became a baronet in 1786, Sir John's reports were filled with stories of American misery anarchy and discontent, Temple was a first cousin of Dr Robert Emmet the elder; snippets from The Western Herald for January 1833, Mr William Gun Mahony second son of the late Rev James Mahony of Castleisland was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Royal marines; the population of the United States has reached 12 million; Long description of January fashions; report of grand supper attended by 400 people at the Mansion House for the encouragement of Irish manufacture among the attendance were Lord and Lady Headly, Lord and Lady Ennismore, Hon. Mr and Mrs Hare and Lord Riversdale; Patrick McMahon of Clare was attacked in his home by a group of men who took away his daughter; Heavy flooding on roads; Information on Captain Rock who is said to have gone to America; Mr Mullins MP for Kerry has refused to attend O Connell's Irish Congress which was held in Dublin; Cholera has disappeared from Listowel where the Knight of Kerry has established soup kitchens; Society to promote emigration established in Limerick. Tasmania collected among its inhabitants in 1855 £25,000 for relief of widows and orphans of the men who died in the Crimean War. RIC man Tobias O Sullivan who was born in Galway was killed in Listowel on 20th Jan. 1921; In 1946 a single room with private bathroom in Spain cost about 25 shillings, a meal in a first class hotel for two cost over £3, principal taxes on the meal 20% luxury tax went to help the poor, there was also a 10% war tax on the meal. After 40 years the Tarbert correspondent for the Kerryman is to retire on February 2nd 06.
CENTURY of News Photography exhibition to mark the centenary of the Irish Independent is on display at Tralee Library. A sample of the 300,000 items which were donated to the National Library are on view, more details from www.nli.ie

Feb 2nd 06
HISTORY: William Pitt died 23rd of Jan. 1806, he became Prime Minister in December 1783 at the age of 24 years; In 1899 measles killed 600 children in Dublin; Snippets from the Kerryman for January 1906, Month's Mind for Cannon Fuller; Mr M.J. Flavin MP spoke at Listowel Rural Council and Board of Guardians meeting and told them that when he was elected 10 years ago the ratepayers were paying £4.000 for 101 extra policemen, within two years he had them removed, Mr Flavin urged farmers to support labourers as they had supported farmers during the land agitation; Parkinson's of Tralee and his exploits on land and at sea including a trip he made to Klondike; Stephen J O Reilly plumber was seeking a job at Glin Industrial School; John McMurrough Kavanagh of Dunquinn announced that from now on he will be known by his Irish name; Poem on, A Hundred Years from Now; Information wanted on lost family members, Courtney, O Riordan and Bradley; Kerry `98 Memorial, the idea of the memorial came from the GAA and so far it was claimed that they did not make any effort to contribute to it: A Tribute to Mr M.J. Flavin by the Newtowndillion U.I.L. among these present were at the meeting were Mr J. M. Hanrahan D.C., T. Dineen D.C., J Nolan, D. Shine, M. O Connor, E.E. Stack, J.J. Hanrahan, P. Mc Mahon. Kerryman of 1940 reports; Red Cross Chase at Leopardstown , clamed to be the greatest sporting event ever staged in Ireland; Death took place of Mother Genevieve Sheahan aged 77 years and 56 years in religion she was a sister of the late Fr Peter Sheahan of Newtownsandes and Fr Denis Sheahan of Manchester Diocese, death also of Mrs William Cahill of Knocknisnaw; Story on the boxer John L Sullivan; Loaf of bread cost 5 pence over the counter. Freeman's Journal of January 1797 contains an advertisement for English Lottery tickets which can be bought in whole, halves, quarters, eight and sixteenths; Charity Sermon will be preached at St Peter's Church on February 19th 1797 since the last charity sermon 4928 poor families at different times have been relieved, 824 Wheels with a Pound of Flax to each have been distributed.
FEAST: Wednesday Feast of St Bridget, the local children make St Bridget Crosses to mark the day;

Feb 9th 06
HISTORY: Kerryman of February 3rd 1906 reports; Two Milltown men dangerously attacked on highway; Ballylongford Notes reports on what Shrove means in Bally. Also forty girls attending night classes there; Dean Carmody states only for the military that St John's Church would be burned to the ground; Letter from M.J. Nolan of Newtownsandes stating that he will move at the next meeting of the County Council to ask for a grant to construct a railway from Listowel to Tarbert; Scheme of Instruction in Horticulture 1905-6, plots of land wanted; Two fishermen Stack and Whelan accused of putting net across river. Snippets from Feb. 10th 1906 Kerryman; Case of a young Caherciveen Carpenter and his Master; Mr M J Nolan Vice-Chairman of Kerry County Council fired on near his house in Newtownsandes; Votes of sympathy from all over Munster and one from Dublin was extended to Mr Thomas F O Sullivan on the death of his father Eugene; Brosna farmer made pledge twenty years ago and intends keeping it till Ireland gets Home Rule: Ballyheigue schools closed due to dispute ; Land Labour Association held a large meeting at Tarbert, Glin Industrial School and Listowel Brass Bands played popular airs, on the platform were M J Flavin MP, M J Nolan JP CoCo, William McMahon CoCo, M Ryle of the Kerry People, J. E. J. Julian JP CoCo, D. Mangan RDC, Eugene Mulcaire etc, the report of the meeting took most of a page; DNA: Researchers from Trinity College Dublin using DNA samples, say one in twelve Irish men could be descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages. Genghis Khanis is said to have nearly sixteen million descendants.
JUBILEE: To celebrate its Golden Jubilee of Moyvane Church of the Assumption the Parish Liturgy Group have organised a Parish Mission from 18th March to 25th March.
A new heating system and the re-wiring of Moyvane Church is due to take place from 11th to 23rd February
Feb 16-06
Knockanure N.S. was opened in 1966.
HISTORY: James Earl of Desmond in 1568 entered Fitzmaurice Country in Kerry, took all cattle, burned houses and continues killing Fitzmaurice's men; Home Rule officially backed by the Church on 16th of February 1886; Churchill made his famous speech to loyalists at the Ulster Hall in Belfast on 22nd of February 1886.
Snippets from Lady Gregory's Diary written at the Russell Hotel, Dublin for 14th of February 1926: She left Galway by train and read the papers which reported riot scenes at the Abbey and an attempt to stop O Casey's play; she surmised that nearly all the trouble at the Abbey over the play was caused by women. Mrs Skeffington leads them, the same women cause disturbance on Poppy Day and at election meetings, Mrs Skeffington lost her husband in 1916, he was not a fighter but a pacifist who was killed by an insane British Officer. In Dublin an armed group tried to kidnap the chief actor Barry Fitzgerald, all the players stayed in the Theatre between Matinee and evening performance for safety reasons. The train that Lady Gregory travelled on to Dublin was crowded with people who were going to the football match Ireland v England;
Vatican Radio inaugurated on February 12th 1931, their information office during the war 1940 to `46 broadcast over 1,240,000 messages.
September 1956 the Mass X Ray unit visited Listowel of 258 checked 21 were abnormal; Ballybunion 109 checked, 11 abnormal; Moyvane 121 checked, 5 abnormal; Tarbert 181 checked, 12 abnormal; Ballylongford 80 checked, and 8 were found to be abnormal.
Disability Pension was applied for by 568 Kerry people in 1956, 361 pensions were granted, 93 were refused on medical grounds and 114 were refused on means test; at end of 1956 there were 1.100 on Disability Pension in Kerry.
254 blind people received help from Kerry Council in 1956.
BLIND: At present Trachoma affects 84 million people worldwide eight million of them are blind, the infection is spread by eye discharge, flies, fingers and clothing one dose of antibiotic can keep the infection at bay for a year.
European Commission are proposing to bring in a regulation to limit flights to five hours for guide dogs on airlines. The same Commission are bringing in the Nitrates Regulations for farmers.
GORTA held their Church Gate collections recently over the past twenty years these collections in Kerry yielded E425,000.

Feb 23rd 06
HISTORY: Bits and pieces from the Kerryman of February 17th 1906; Kerry County Council meeting was addressed on the principles of direct labour by Mr Mulcare R.D.C. and Mr Horgan of Newtowndillion; also discussed at the Council meeting was death of Fr Foran PP Prior, increase in Vets salary from £100 to £110, loan of £1,800 to buy Steam Roller, Outrage on Mr M.J. Nolan; Mr Nolan's letter to the Editor of the North Cork Herald is printed, he defends the people of Newtownsandes , saying that the blame for the shooting was on one individual not the whole of Newtownsandes; Dept. of Agriculture gave £10,000 towards deducing price of seed potatoes, they can now be bought for 1 shilling and three and a half pence; Labourers Cottage can be built for £84 and 10 shillings; Funeral of Fr John Foran PP, Prior at Listowel, he was predeceased by his brother Fr William who died in Australia, survived by brothers and sisters, principal celebrant of Mass was Rev Coleman Sweeney nephew, Fr Foran was buried in the family grave at Murhur. Kerryman for end of February features: Letter from America which reports death of well known priest Fr Maurice J Murphy born in Duagh 1844, Douglas Hyde was giving five lectures a week in America and hoped to be in New York for St Patrick's Day; Concert and Lecture at the Gymnasium in Listowel, among the topics covered in the Lecture and slide show were the Siege of Limerick, Landen, Surprise of Cremona, Blenheim, Ramillies and Fontenoy;
Marriage of Michael Buckley son of the late Mr T Buckley of Knockane and Mary Bridget Nolan daughter of Mr M.J. Nolan of Moyvane House, her uncle Mr M.J. Moore attended;
CULTURE: European Culture and History site is at www.michael-culture.org

VICTORIA Cross instituted 150 years ago, some men who won the cross include Joseph Connors of Duagh, Richard Kelliher of Tralee, two Agar's father and son of Tralee, William Nash of Newcastlewest, Claude Raymond and Fr Dan Kelliher was Military Cross winner.

Extract from Kerryman of Saturday February 17th 1906

Report of indignation meeting held at Tarmons on 13th of February 1906.
Mr Nolan was their representative for 13 years and the meeting condemned the cowardly attack on him.
Attending the meeting from Tarmons were D. Mangan. D.C.: J. Mangin, T. Moore, M. Fitzgerald, P. Fennel, M. O Connor, J. Graddy, James Graddy, R. Fennel, P. Mahony, J. Mahony, J. Enright, T. Buckley, P. W. Bunce, W. Fennel, P. Murphy, M. Wren, D. Wren, J. Egan, E. Enright, M. Burns, J. Halpin, J. Buckley, P. Bunce, T. Mackessy, P. Sweeney, J. Mulvihill, J. Mackessy, P. Collins
Dooncaha: J. Mulvihill, M. Enright, T. Ware, M. Enright, J. Kissane, W. Ryan, M. Scanlon, M. Donovan, J. Kennelly, M. Patt, J. Scanlon, J. Heffernan, M. Mulvihill, E. Scanlon, E, Kissane, P. Horan, J. Holly, Mrs Moriarty, M. Horan, P. Ware, J. Guerin, D. Guerin, J. Enright, J. Stack, T. Sanley, T. Moore,
Shanaway: T. O Brien, M. Murphy, P. O Brien, J. O Conner,
Tarbert: D. Dalton, W. Dalton, T. Linnane.

March 2- 06
HISTORY: St Patrick remarks in his confession: "The suffering of these women who live in slavery is the greatest of all. All the time they have to endure terror and threats" In 1066 William the Conqueror and his Norman army won the Battle of Hastings beating the English , in 1169 the Normans arrived in Ireland and established here names like Fitzgerald, Fitzmaurice, Cogan, Barry, Burkes, Lacys, Butler and numerous other names.
Kerryman of March 6th 1926 reports on Knockanure Branch meeting of Cumann na Geadheal, Secretary was J.T. O'Connor, the edition also reports the emigration of a whole family who are leaving for America and a letter about 2RN from Mr Moore of Ballybunion. Kerry Champion deports death on March 5th 1948 of John Stack who was MP for North Kerry from 1885 to 1892.
Bush is looking for $338 Million for the National Archives and Records Administration in 2007.
Tommy Moran began work as a coffin maker in Listowel in 1966 , saved enough to take him to England where he worked in a pub, returning home in 1978 he bought a bar in Carrigkerry which he developed, then moved to Jack Burkes in Thomas Street, in 1988 he bought the Red Cow Inn for £1m over the following eight years he expanded further increasing staff to 700.
March 9th 06 Notes
HISTORY: Nelsons Pillar was destroyed on March 8th 1966; Headlines from Kerry Champion for February 1936:Symparhy to Mr De Valera on the death of his son Brian aged 20 years; Cannon Murphy of Abbeyfeale died; death of Michael O Connor of Listowel and Brooklyn; Death of Michael Wall born at Kilmorna, he was chief representative of Pierce Engineering; William O Connor of Chapel Street, Tarbert failed to pay levy; Legion of Mary had Whist Drive in Walsh's Ballroom; New F.F Cumann established at Bedford; Lecture at the Plaza by Tom Barry of Cork; In the March 7th 1936 edition of Kerry Champion the paper reported on a letter from P. O Callaghan N.T. Knockanure on the disrepair of the Gortaglanna Memorial. March 2nd 1776 British troops in Boston were shelled by the Americans. Hogan Stand dedicated on 17th of March 1926. An Oige Hostel the Irish Youth Hostel is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year 2006. Everyone has over 1,000 ancestors when you go back 10 generations.

March 16th 06 Notes

INFORMATION on Thomas Tydings born early 1870s is being sought by his relations in America.
HISTORY: Ice Caps at the Poles are said to be over four million years old in the distant past big trees grew where the tundra is now; This year is the Centenary of the death of Michael Cusack founder member of the GAA, he went to school in Carron where he later taught, the school which was recently refurbished was built in 1858. The Hogan Stand was dedicated at Croke Park on 17th of march 1926. Sinn Fein founded in 1905 was in the words of Arthur Griffith a King, Lords and Commons Party till 1917. Snippets from the Kerryman: March 7th 1936 death of Mrs Jeremiah Buckley of Clounmacon, chief mourners were sons Patrick, Timothy and Jeremiah, daughters Mrs O Sullivan , Dromin; Mrs Lawler, Trippol; Mrs Shanysby , Chicago and Mrs Dunne , Chicago. March 14th 1936 prices: hens eggs 6 shillings per 120; duck eggs 5 shillings and 6 pence per 120; Chickens 9.5 pence per lb; old fowl 4pence per lb and ducklings were one shilling each; Also claimed in the paper that no labourers cottage was built in North Kerry by the Fianna Fail government; The tragic death occurred in Knocknagoshel of three members of the Danaher Family and the fourth member critical suffering from influenza pneumonia. Experiments: A mixture of shredded paper and molasses was used to replace hay in cattle feed experiment in America in 1991.

March 23 06 Notes
HISTORY: Elizabeth Barrett born March 1806 married Robert Browning in 1846, the couple exchanged 575 letters before their marriage. First Women's Day of Prayer in Dublin was held in 1934, it was led by Mrs Caroline Lyle and Miss Rosa Hudson. Kerryman March 1946: Cobwebs Glory was presented for the first time by the Listowel Drama Group: Lixnaw Red Cross gave a variety Concert at Tobin's Hall in Abbeyfeale; Listowel Hospital Sewage scheme cost £1,500; Recollections of Tom Quane on great hurling days in Kerry. March 1966: Death of Bishop Heffernan Bishop of Zanzibar from 1932 to `45; Listowel Drama Group presented Two on a String.

March 30th 06 Notes

KERRY. Archaeological & Historical Society lecture: Local man Gabriel Fitzmaurice will talk on the Social History of Kerry at Tralee Library on Wednesday 29th of March at 8pm.
HISTORICAL lecture on Beheading in Elizabethan Ireland will be given by Dr. Patricia Palmer of University of York at Tralee Library on Thursday 20th of April at 8pm.
AMBASSADOR: Australia's new ambassador to Ireland Ms Anne Plunkett is a descendant John Hubert Plunkett who was New South Wales attorney general 150 years ago.
HISTORY: In 1855 Kerry Diocese had 200 National Schools attended by over 30,000 scholars; between 1845 and '55 the population of the Diocese fell by 57,000.Birthdays: Michael Davitt at Straide on 25th of March 1846; Historian Mary Hickson at Ashe Street in 1826, Tralee; Samuel Beckett born April 1906; Ian Paisley April 6th 1926.First International Olympic Games were opened by King George of Greece on April 6th 1896. Kerryman of March 14th 1936 gives a sketch of the Kerrymens Society in New York which was founded in 1881 Denis Buckley of Kilcummin was the first President in 1936 his son was President, previous chairman Richard Stack who was brother of Bob of Ballybunion, next President John Brassil, up to 10,000 attended the Societies Field Day at Celtic Park.
Henry P Lanner used write the Kerry-New York Notes for the Kerryman

6th April 06
HISTORICAL lecture on Beheading in Elizabethan Ireland will be given by Dr. Patricia Palmer of University of York at Tralee Library on Thursday 20th of April at 8pm.
HISTORY: Recent Centenary of the American Jewish Committee was marked by opening an office in Berlin where the extermination of the Jews was planned by Nazis; First Jews came to Ireland in c1660, Eskine Childers who was elected President in 1973 was a descendant of them; Gladstone first Home Rule Bill introduced on 8th of April 1886; James Stephens 1882-1950 was Registrar of the National Gallery described the Easter Rising in his diary, he wrote "This has taken everyone by surprise. It is possible that with the exception of their Staff it has taken the Volunteers by surprise"; Henry Ford tested his first car in 1896; Women's League of Health and Beauty Est. April 8th 1930 by Mollie Bagot Stack; St Francis Xavier was born in Spain on 7th April 1506;

13th April 06
HISTORY: Kerry Champion of April 18th 1936 reports Garda investigation into report of 19 calf skins stolen from Newtownsandes Co-op, the paper also had an article on Juvenile Crime and remarked on lack of parental control and absence of school instruction. Lartigue Monorail approved on 16th April 1886 under the Listowel and Ballybunion Railway Act; William G Hare Earl of Listowel born in 1906 and was Secretary of State foe India in 1947; San Francisco Earthquake occurred on 18th of April 1906, 1,000 were killed and 2,500 acres of houses were burnt following the quake; Foundation Stone of St Peters Basilica was laid by Pope Julius II on April 18th 1506.
BECKETT and MacGreevy Celebration will be held in Tarbert from 21st to 23rd of April 06, full details from the Bridewell heritage Centre, Tarbert.

20th April 06
HISTORY: 1912 Kerryman of April 20th gives the main points of the Irish Home Rule Bill, Lower House to have 164 seats, expenditure on Old Age Pension, Insurance act, Labour Exchange and Postal Services was £3 million; Irish Parliament revenue £7 million deficit £2 million; April 10th 1915 edition of the Kerryman displayed an advertisement from J.J Kennelly of the Cloth Hall where he claims that he is the only Munster tailor with a Diploma from the British Institute of tailoring, J.J Kennelly was born in Knockanure also in the same edition of the Kerryman shallow water in the Feale for past fortnight and John Redmond reviewed 25,000 volunteers in Dublin, Ulster had 50,000 volunteers, most of the native Dublin volunteers supported Mc Neill's Committee; Report on Brosna Cow Testing in the April 3rd 1915 Kerryman several cows had had 700 gallons and a large number had 600 gallons while some cows had 250 gallons.
BOSTON Pilot: From October 1831 to October 1921, over 31,400 Irish immigrants placed advertisements looking for lost relatives in the Boston Pilot.

April 27th 06 Notes
HISTORY: Kerryman of April 27th 1912 reports on Listowel publican Martin Mulvihill who was charged under the licensing laws with having his door open before 2pm on Good Friday, Martin was a retired policeman who served in Belfast and his watch cost 6 guineas which he bought in 1877.In April 1915 the Kerryman gives a list if subscribers to Listowel Feis, Fr Ferris gave £1; Fr Breen of St Michael's £1; Madame de Janasz Kilmorna £1; Mr Flavin J.P. and Mr Little Inspector N.S, gave 10 shillings each; J.H. Pierce 5 shillings; Cannon Pattison, J Crowley and J Curtbertson gave 2 shillings each; Lars Larson half a crown and J Moore 1 shilling. Fr Darby Mahony famous Listowel PP died 28th April 1856. Irish population in May 1946 was 2,955,107 in 1966 it was 2,884,002.

May 4th Notes
HISTORY: Padraig O Cearbhaill of Glin gave his first Irish Class at Ballyguiltenane School on May 5th 1936; Jerry Kennelly of Knockanure wins his first election to Kerry County Council on May 5th 1926; Eamon de Valera addressed the first gathering of Fianna Fail at the La Scala Theatre in O Connell Street on May 16th 1926; Between January 1919 and 28th June 1922 members of the RIC suffered 442 killed, 725 injured and 20 kidnapped or missing; Johnny Cash born 1932 of Baptist parents in Arkansas, made his first single in 1955, during his lifetime he recorded 1,500 songs. May 1966 Ballybunion Greyhound Racing Club officially opened; 25 Kerry farmers were protesting at the Dail in May 1966; Irish Constabulary formed May 1836; In three day beginning on the 19th of April 1506 it is estimated that between 2,000 and 4,000 Jews were murdered in Lisbon; St Francis Xavier born in Spain in 1506 arrived in Japan in 1549 and died aged 46 in an Island off the coast of China.

May 11th 06 notes
FR. CASEY: Sr. Delia was on WL 102 on Friday evening last May 5th giving a talk on Fr Casey PP Abbeyfeale who died December 1907, next March it is planned to hold a special commemoration in his honour, publish a book and invite relations of Fr. Casey to Abbeyfeale.
BOOK on the history of St Ita written by James Dumphy is now available. St Ita who was born in Co Waterford in 475 and died at Killeedy, Co Limerick aged 80 years.
HISTORY: Empire State Building was opened in May 75 years ago. May 13th Traditional Big fair in Listowel; Cork wins first National Hurling League on May 16th 1926. Archbishop of Tuam set up a commission in 1936 to question the three surviving witnesses to the 1879 apparition of Our Lady at Knock. In 1943 the Department of Agriculture had fifty tillage inspectors and sixty three tillage supervisors to check 300,000 holdings which were subject to compulsory tillage orders; Males engaged in farm work in 1946 amounted to 519,600; De Valera made a radio speech in 1946 on the World Food Shortage-Our Own Position, farmers were asked to grow more wheat so that the Irish people would not be competing for American wheat which was needed for the starving people of Europe; In 1953 Ireland was a net importer of dairy products to the tune of £559,000, our dairy exports amounted to £2.1 million. Margaret Nagle of Annakissey married William Hickey of Kilelton in 1767 . Margaret had a picture of Joseph Nagle who fought at Fontenoy in 1749 when he was 21 years old.

May 18th 06 notes
HISTORY: Households in Carrueragh in 1901; Michael Mulvihill, Pat Enright, Jer Doody, James Fitzmaurice, Tim Moloney, John Moloney, John Creed, Mary Sheehan, John Dore, Pat Lynch, Willie Stack, Willie Keane, Pat Sweeney, Con Nolan, Tom o Brian, Tom Cahill, Jim Barrett, Bill Hunt, Jim Hunt, Pat Madigan, ? Ahern, Pat Flavin, Dan Carroll, Bridget Pierce, Mossie Stack, Kate Nolan, Maurice T Stack, Garrett Stack. Bob Stack, Bill Leahy, Jack Larkin, John Murphy and Dan P. Keane. Summer Time first became law on May 21st 1916. Catholic Boy Scouts were established during the winter of 1926/27. Kerry Champion of May 23rd 1936 reports that James Delargu gave a lecture on Saturday at Listowel Boys School to the recently formed Listowel Folklore Society. 1936 Edel Quinn sent to Africa to promote the Legion of Mary she died there May 12th 1944. Michael Davitt Centenary Conference will be held at St Patrick's College, Dromcondra, Dublin 9 from May 26th to 28th, enquiries to 01 88 422 39. Red Cross International Tracing Service will open their vast store of information to historians shortly. 1921 there were ten Irish regiments in the English Army. Mothers Day was established in America a centaury ago following a campaign by Anna Jarvis to remember he mothers humanitarian works. As part of the war effort in 1917 President Wilson used sheep to keep the Whitehouse lawn in trim saving valuable man hours.
RARE Breeds: Kerry Bog Pony Co-Operative will have a special day at Muckross Farm in Killarney on Saturday June 3rd all the farm exhibits and many displays will be on view.
May 25th 06
HISTORY: James Connolly established the Irish Socialist Republican Party on 29th of may 1896; Pallas was wrecked at the Gulf of St Lawrence on 30th of may 1856, among the passengers lost were 72 from Cork; Fitzgerald Stadium officially opened on 31st of May 1936, the field was bought for £750 and development cost £3,000;
CAPUCHIN Annuals first edition was published in 1929 in 1976 the Annual was loosing £1 per copy sold so the Capuchins decided to suspend .publication after the 1977 edition. During 1906 Temperance Crusade the Capuchin Fathers visited 117 Parishes in 23 Diocese , where they distributed 200,000 pledges.
Redemptorists Fathers first went to Cebu Province in the Philippines in 1906.
Snippets from Kerry Champion of May 1936: May 2nd Listowel CYMS had a variety concert provided by Tralee Musical Society. May 9th Con Brosnan presided at a meeting of the North Kerry Board of the GAA, 12 clubs were represented, North Kerry League competition May 10th in division 111 at Duagh Newtownsandes play Knockanure, referee M. Stack; Blackcock Feathers v Duagh ref. C. Brosnan. Aeridheacht Chairraidhe in Tralee attracted 12,000 to 14,000 patrons. May 23rd report on Listowel Library which had 2,106 books, 200 were Irish books, Aviation Day in Tralee Friday May 22nd 1936.
YOUNG Scientist exhibition which is in its 43rd year, entry forms and details are now being sent to secondary schools, very few Kerry schools enter the competition, more information from 1800 924 362.

June 1st 06
WEATHER: The wet weather is the constant topic of conversation by most people, cows are indoors in several districts. In 2,700 BC a slab was inscribed near Aswan on the Nile part of the message goes like this My heart was in great affliction, because the Nile failed to come in time in a period of seven years ---- everyone was in distress, the annual flooding of the Nile in Egypt was controlled when the Aswan dam was completed in 1964. Edith Holden an artist of the English Midlands recorded an entry in her diary on May 29th 1905 " One of the driest Mays I ever remembered only one wet day and one or two showers during the whole month of May".
Three days rain in 1926 melted all the buildings made of salt mud in the town of Shali near Siwa in Egypt close to the Libyan.
FARM Holidays in 1988 could be taken at Tom and Mary Dillane, Tarbert, B@B for £9.60, dinner £10, part board week £112; Mrs J Groake , Burntwood, B.B £10, high tea £9.50; Bambury Family, Ballylongford, B.B £9.60, high tea £6.50.
Holiday of 11 days in the Costa Brava in 1965 cost 21gns.
AUSTRALIAN Prime minister addressed the Dail while on a visit to Ireland recently, the first labour prime minister of Australia was Chris Watson his mother was New Zealand- Irish Martha Minchin, he only served from April to August 1904, Chris Watson died in 1941.
DAIL question revealed that on June 1st 1926 Newtownsandes and Listowel Credit Societies were being formed by I.A.O.S.
HOME Rule bill defeated on June 8th 1886.

June 8th 06
HISTORY: Michael Davitt died the last day of May 1906, his family were evicted from their home in Straide when he was four years old and at age eleven he lost his right hand in a cotton mill near Manchester. at age 24 sentenced to 8 years in Dartmoor for fenian activities, while in prison he came to believe that violence was self defeating, Michael Davitt was a great human rights campaigner and founder of the Land league. For many years his family grave in Straide was ignored and covered in briars. Liberator of Thursday June 8th 1916 reports Lord Kitchener and his staff drowned, Kitchener was born June 24th 1850.
50 YEARS ago Bill Hudson who was American born arrived at the home of his ancestors in Kilbaha. Ever since Bill has been researching his roots, copies of his work is available at Tralee and Listowel library. June 1966: Fr Brendan Sheehy son Sergeant Sheehy of Moyvane was ordained for Boston; Jack Leahy got prize at the County Show for the female champion; Marriage took place of Joan Healy of Moyvane and Gerald McLaughlin, James Sheehy and Margaret O Callaghan both of Moyvane got married in Boston.


JUNE 15th Notes 06
HISTORY: Bishop Bill Murphy was born in 1936 ordained a priest 18 June 1961and made bishop n 1995. Berlin Olympic Stadium with 76,000 seats was opened in August 1936, the last match in this years FIFA World Cup will be played in the stadium. While the 1936 Olympic Games were in progress anti Jewish persecution was scaled down. Average net wages for workers on the Feale drainage scheme in 1956 was c£4 and 8 shillings. AIDS was discovered 25 years ago. Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded 20 years ago, since then Adi Roche and her helpers have raised E16 million to help victims of the fallout from the reactor and given Irish holidays to 14,000 children from the affected district.
Kerry Champion of June 20th 1936 gives details of goods taken by the IRA, claims were made at Listowel Circuit Court, compensation claims included guns, taking of trap and overcoat, bicycle, quarry powder and meals supplied;
TREES are now in their prime, the Druids used sleep on branches of the rowan tree to improve their vision of the future, rowan was also associated with women; the alder which is now in full flower in the past it was associated with men; the oak was king of the trees; hazel was used by water diviners and also used to banish evil spirits; romance was associated with birch, but generations of children knew the pain it could bring; whitethorn was very white with flowers this year, ancient poets would have a whitethorn at their backs when reciting a lampoon.

June 22nd 06
ST MICHAEL'S College Year Book is now available ,it contains 64 pages of articles and photos compiled by the students, included in the Journal are class and sports photos; interview with Johnny Horgan of Glin who went to St Mick's 75 yrs ago; Eddy Dowling who was born in 1925; where are they now and St Michaels charity event for Ethiopia.
TADHG Gaelach O Sullivan who died in 1795 is the subject of a book recently launched by Fr Pat Moore, the book was written and researched by a Waterford woman.
UNCOVERING Kerry is a new travel guide written by Duagh woman with Knockanure connections Bridget McAuliffe.
LONGEVITY: Irma Stahler spent time in three concentration camps during the last world war and died recently aged 107 years, it is reported her formulae for long life was to block things out and get on with it.
KERRY A.& H Society will visit Glin Castle and surrounds on Wednesday June 21st at 10.45am.
GAA historical committee in Croke Park are researching GAA events in Canada, more information from joflynn@mulgrave.com
WATER Safety: RNLI have 43 Lifeboat Stations around the country, two stations based on inland waterways rescued 89 people last year, one in Lough Erne and the other in Lough Derg. RNLI rescued 1,161people last year and depend on voluntary donations to keep the service going. The RNLI are now introducing a hovercraft into their fleet.
MEMORIAL was unveiled on June 3rd 06 to Con Leahy of Cregane Limerick's only Olympic Gold medal winner which he won 100 years ago in Athens. Con was a member of a family of three sisters and seven brothers who between 1897 and 1913 collected five Olympic medals, 33 Irish Championships, six English titles and three American Championships. The memorial is at Bedford Row in Limerick City.
HISTORY: Nano Nagle took the habit on 24th of June 1776; Fr Mathew died 150 years ago this month; Custer's last stand was made on 25 June 1876; 29 of June 1976 was the hottest day in Ireland since 1887 the temperature reached 31.4 degrees centigrade;
KENNEDY: President Kennedy's ancestors include Fitzgerald, Hannon, Hassett, Hickey, Kennedy, Linnehan, Cox, Field,Murphy, Noonan, Sheehy, Wilmouth.
Sample of 1901 census for Knockanure village area; Maurice Griffin aged 58, his son Maurice aged 18; Bessie McCormack aged 70; Michael Barry aged 32, wife Bridget Kelleher aged 23 and four children; Jeremiah Carroll aged 42, his wife Mary Gorman aged 35; Julia Kelly aged 50, Ellen Kelly aged 47, Mary Kelly 28 and Jer Nolan aged 26; Tom Cronin aged 45, wife Margaret 42 and son James aged 17; Michael Finucane retired farmer aged 85, wife Mary aged 80 with son and two grandchildren; Michael Kelleher aged 60, his wife Nora aged 53 and son Tom aged 18.
PHOTO: Dr Page is taking up the second Rathcoola Residency 2006 and wishes to photograph relations and descendants of people transported to Australia, details from j.owens@griffith.edu.au

June 29th 06
RELICS of St Claude La Colombiere will be in Ireland during June and July, his relics will be in the Cathedral Killarney on July 12th 06 and then move to Cork Cathedral on July 13th.
The Cuckoo was still singing on Friday last in Knockanure and on Tuesday last at Direen,Athea, the fine weather at present is great for both human, animal and plant life, some will have regrets that the longest day is gone.
FOLKLORE collected in Athea, Carrigkerry and Kilcolman National Schools in 1937 was read on WL 102 on Thursday morning last June 22nd , Kilcolman school had nearly 200 pupils and only four teachers. Kerry Folklore collected c 1937 is available at Tralee Library.
Listowel and Carrigafoyle Castles are open to the public daily.
COURTENARY National School in Newcastlewest will celebrate their tri-centenary in the autumn
HISTORY: Number of persons in each house in Gortdromagowna recorded in the 1901 census; Edward Carmody 5; Patrick Nash 4; James Kennelly 5; Patrick Kennelly 7; Michael Barry 10; Pat Kennelly7; Ellen Lynch 5; James O Connor 6; John stokes 10; Mary Meehan ?; John Buckley 7; Tom O Connor 9; James Lynch 8; Patrick Broderick 8; Patrick Woulfe 12; Lawrence Buckley 10; Thomas O Connor 6; Mary O Connor 6; No name 8; Laurence Buckley 5; John Buckley 6; James Hunt 9; John Stokes 5; Michael Lynch 7; Timothy Flaherty 9; John Flaherty 9; Mathew Costelloe 3 and James sexton 3. July 1st 1966 Radio Eireann began five weekly programmes on "A Boy from Bruree".
July 4th 1776 Declaration of American Independence adopted by congress. St Oliver Plunkett was hung , drawn and quartered on July 1st 1683 he was the last Catholic to die for his faith at Tyburn.
KYOTO: was capital of Japan for 1,000 years and has numerous shrines and temples to both Shinto and Buddhist gods , the city is surrounded by tall hills and is a great centre for art. Kobe Japan's principal port is a short distance away.
RUSSIAN Comfrey was brought to England c1870 by Henry Doubleday who got the root of the plant from the Palace garden at St Petersburg. Patrick R Kennelly who died in 1912 brought the first comfrey plant to Knockanure, he got it from a contact from Tipperary whom he met in Ballybunion. Pliny The Elder (AD 23-79) noted the herbal qualities of Comfrey.
SAIL on the Dunbrody from July 5th to 9th, computer database on ship listing 3.5 million emigrants to America, details from 087 9845 102
SENIOR Citizens held their meeting on Monday last the 26th of June in the Marian Hall.
HISTORY from July 06

July 6th 06

ARMS: This months Africa reports that small arms kill an estimated 500,000 people every year, the five permanent members of the Un Security Council produce 88% of the worlds conventional arms, several countries make more money out of arms sales than they give out in aid.
MADONNA Louise Veronica Ciccone was born August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. , she was called after her mother who died from breast cancer when she was six, Madonna was third of eight children.
HISTORY: Kerry Weekly Reporter of Saturday 23rd of June 1906 reports on The Annual Brosna Sports which was held on the previous Thursday, W Buckley of Newtownsandes won the one mile and the two mile bicycle race, while M Ahern of Athea competed in 100 yards, long jump and 56 lbs off the shoulder; the next edition of the paper June 30th 1906 reports Douglas Hyde was made a Freeman of Cork City following his return to Queenstown from his seven months travelling and lecturing in America, other reports include; 600 were on the books of the outdoor relief officers in Listowel area also noted was that the children in the deserted children's ward do not appear healthy and straw in cradles was not in proper condition; Lord Kitchener gave donation of 1,000 rupees to an appeal to organise Trained British Nurses Society in India. Kerryman of July 11th 1936 reports that a big crowd were at Moyvane Sports field to witness two senior County championship ties, football and hurling Mitchells beat North Kerry while Stacks beat Pearses. Boston Pilot of July 12th 1856 had an advertisement seeking information on James Grant who left Listowel in 1850, his brother Michael Grant of Wappelo, Louisa County, would like to hear of James.
NED Kelly Exhibition continues at the James Joyce House 15 Usher's Island, Dublin 8. Enquiries to 01 672 8008. A book on Ned Kelly was written in Australia by James Jerome Kennelly who had first hand information on the Kelly's, James Jerome Kennelly had granduncles in Gortaclahane, Pallas and Knockanure.
HEROD did not eat pork and Augustus mused "Better to be Herod's pig than his child".
SAD to hear that the Jesuit Church of the Sacred Heart in Limerick closed after Mass on Friday last June 30th 06, the church served the people of

July 13-06 Notes
RELICS of St Claude La Colombiere relics will be in the Cathedral Killarney from 3pm to 10pm on July 12th 06 and on July 13th from 8am to noon and then move to Cork Cathedral. St Claude was spiritual director to St Margaret Mary who along with her sisters first venerated the Sacred H

AWARE formed in 1985 have 60 support groups all over Ireland, they publish a quarterly magazine and their helpline number is 1890 303 302.
eart on July 20th 1685.
CIE Art Collection is now on view at Tralee Library the Arts Council paid half the cost of the pictures which were purchased between 1959 and 1971, some cost £5.25, £3, £14.70 more expensive artwork cost £250 and £275.

BEST Wishes to Bridie and Jack Stackpoole on the 50th anniversary of their wedding, they celebrated with their family ,friends, neighbours and relations at the Devon Hotel on Friday last July 7th, Jack and Bridie can be proud of the musical ability of their family and grandchildren who entertained the party after the meal.
GOLDEN Jubilee of the ordination of former PP of Glin Fr Martin Madigan was celebrated in Glin Church last week, the reception was held at Conway's afterwards.

HISTORY: Snippets from Kerryman: of July 3rd 1926, Picture on front page is picture of Mr John J. Hanley Baron of Broadway; Surprise that no excursion train will run from Kerry next Sunday; Large numbers paying rounds at St Mulleens Well in Brosna; Schism in the Kerry Farmers Union; The long drawn out British coal strike has a detrimental effect on the Killarney tourist industry; The Shannon Scheme; Free State accused of altering captured document. July 10th 1926 edition: Our American Letter by Wm. Parkinson who had travelled over 4,000 miles since his last letter tells of cost of smuggling Chinese into America from Canada jumped; The Eucharistic Congress opened in Chicago on Sunday; the story of a notorious rum runner; other topics in the paper include O Neill Griffins money enquiries from Listowel and Ballylongford, Proposed tour of Kerry football team to the U.S.A.; pickle Nasturtium seed; Historical Sketches of Abbeyfeale reports that David Leahy who was taken prisoner built an extensive concern at Abbeyfeale in 1813 also his involvement the restoration of stolen property and Thomas Guiltenane; An Irishman Down Under and New York Kerry Notes. Above are just a few items to get the flavour of Kerryman in July 1926.
ABBEY Reopens 18th of July 1966, the original building was burnt in 1961.
FIRST Black female Kenyan novelist was Grace Ogot she published The Promised Land in 1966.
THOUGHT: Aggressive people need the assertiveness of others to tone them down.

July 20th 06

GREAT to hear Bishop Casey recalling his work as a priest on Radio Kerry last Sunday night, and the week before our own retired Parish Priest Fr Joe Nolan was interviewed on the Chaplaincy work done by priests among emigrants in England.
KNOCK: A group from the Parish and district travelled to Knock on Tuesday 11th of July, it was a lovely day for travelling and the fine day in Knock coupled with all the devotions found everyone in good mood on the return journey, one unexpected feature was the finding of a ring in the collection envelope on the bus , despite calls for the owner to come forward nobody came forward to claim it. A day at Knock could consist of a visit to the Museum where you could spend hours browsing, the Prayer Guidance Centre, Knock Counselling Centre, visit the Basilica and several chapels, St Joseph's Rest Home, Our Lady's School of Evangelisation, full details on Knock at www.knock-shrine.ie
Our Lady appeared at Knock in 1879 she also appeared at Gietrzwald 200 km from Warsaw in 1877 from 27th of June to 16th of October .
RELICS of St Claude came to St Mary's Cathedral on Wednesday last July 12th for the 22 hours the relics were on display many came to pay their respects, St Margaret Mary and St Claude have influenced about 300 religious congregations to use the words Sacred Heart in their title, here we are familiar with the Sacred Heart picture in every traditional home, the Messenger of the Sacred Heart and the Pioneers who use the Sacred Heart in their badge. August 23rd marks the 150th anniversary of the extension of the Feast of the Sacred Heart to the whole church world wide.
TEMPERANCE Weekend will be held from 6th to 8th of October 06 in Cork to mark the 150th Anniversary of Fr Mathew's death and the birth of Matt Talbot.
HISTORY: Douglas Hyde died 12th July 1949, he was given a state funeral and was laid to rest at Portahard Co Roscommon beside his wife Lucy, daughter Nuala, his sister Annette and parents Elizabeth and Arthur. The great-grandfather of Douglas Hyde The Rev Arthur Hyde was Vicar of Killarney.
Office of Public Works is 175 years old this year, they will be celebrating at Farmleigh with RTE Concerts and recently a gallery in Lord Iveagh's cow house.
75th Anniversary of the Dublin Eucharistic Congress occurs next year, several from the Parish attended the Congress, while the people at home participated by attending to their faith and decorating their dwellings and streets to show their fervour .
Michael Davitt centenary was celebrated with a vintage steam train excursion from Claremorris to Foxford and Ballina on Saturday July 15th; 49,000 Irish died in World War 1.
In July 1956 Kerry had 15 creameries and 50 cream separating stations according to a Dail report.
Kerry Weekly Reporter snippets from July 1906 editions; Terms of reference of royal commission to inquire into congestion in Ireland; Forty Kerry Catholic Clerical Managers meet in Killarney; This years show abandoned due to low subscriptions; Fr Casey of Abbeyfeale on the Parliamentary Fund and the labourers bill; Home bred beef, war office boycott; Local questions in Parliament; Phases of dessert thirst; In praise of gardens. Kerry Sentinel of July 8th 1884 published a letter from W.M. Stack stating that Michael Davitt will be in Tralee next week.
SOMME: The battle of the Somme was recently commemorated to learn more about the men who fell during 1914-18 war see a copy of The Widows Penny by Patrick J McNamara in any County Limerick Library. Names mentioned include Guina of Athea; Foran, Dunne and Dore, of Newcastle West; Fitzgerald of Ballyhahill; Cusack and Cusack of Glin.

Notes July 27th 06

POPULATION of Kerry according to latest figures is 139,616, Newtownsandes 1037 up 33 since 2002.
NCBI was established in 1931 to promote independence of people with vision impairments their 75th fundraising celebration dinner will be held at the Burlington Hotel on 15th of September, enquiries to 01 882 1925, other fundraising activities include Equestrian Challenge in Argentina from 12th to 22nd of November and Mountain Bike Challenge in Thailand from 12th to 26th of November.

HISTORY: 26th of July 1586 Francis Drake arrived at Plymouth with potatoes. Kerry Sentinel July 4th 1906; reports speech to parliament by Thomas O Donnell MP he told of 80,000 living in Congested Districts in Kerry, their average valuation was being £1 and 3 shillings per head, 333 houses had 5 occupants per room, 30houses had 11 occupants per room; John Moran of Strand Street was charged with act contrary to public decency by bathing in the canal All Ireland Football Final big attendance, Kerry beat Dublin, a drenching downpour all during match. K.S July 25th 1906 contains advertisement for Kerry's first GAA Listowel Sports which was held on Sunday August 5th 1906, special trains from Limerick, Killarney and Tralee, D.J. Flavin among many others was on the sports committee; Death took place of Denis Brosnan of Duagh father of Rev D. Brosnan of St Brendan's Killarney, he died at his daughters Mrs P Galvin's house at Patch, Duagh. July 23rd 1956 anti- red revolt in Hungary. First Transatlantic flight to Knock Airport 29 July 1986. Birth of Tom Crean July 20th 1877, birth of John B. Keane 21st July 1928. Ryder Cup first matches staged in the USA in 1927; 5,000 staff will be needed to run this years event.
GALWAY Races: The winner of the principal race in 1946 was Fair Pearl came in at 10-1 the horse was owned and ridden by Mickey Tully, he forfeited the race due to a technicality, first TV coverage of the Galway races was in 1963.

Aug 3rd 06

FULL MOON is on August 9th , the great weather over the past two months is gradually passing away. Tourists had a great time, it is the foolish person who would go abroad for sun this year. In 2005 we had 1,717,000 overseas people visiting the Southwest while 1,525,000 Irish came to the Southwest, spending at total of E275.6 million.
DAY TRIP to Cobh was made by the Ballyhahill/Loughill parishioners and friends on Tuesday last July 25th, the group was led by Fr O Leary PP a wise shepherd ready for any eventuality that may occur, his father herded sheep on Spike Island so he was at home in Cobh and district as far as history and local knowledge was concerned. The magnificent Fota Island is on the approach to Cobh Heritage Centre situated in the old Victorian railway station where you can explore the conditions of ships and passengers leaving Queenstown, multi media show of the Titanic and Lusitania connections, Irish Wake, Annie Moore, Wall of Dedication where you could enter the name of a relative who left via Cobh to foreign lands. About 2.5 million adults and children emigrated via Cobh over the years. St Colman's Cathedral on Cobh Island is one of the great Irish cathedrals built on a high hill its foundation stone was laid in 1868 and built in the form of a Latin Cross, exterior in Dalkey granite and Mallow limestone, cost £230,000 to complete. The pulpit is of Austrian Oak, the Organ has 2,468 pipes, the spire is 300 feet, to renovate the Cathedral to day I am told could cost E3.7 million. Spike Island in Cobh harbour had an army and naval presence for 800 years, convicts built the fortress on the Island c 1792, from c1850 to 1883 Spike Island was used as a penal colony, the mortality rate from 1849 to 1883 was over 44%. Between 1791 and 1853 30,000 men and 9,000 women were sent as convicts to Australia. Now we have our Justice Department proposing the desecrate the Spike Island by building a new prison there. Sad to see Haulbowline huge cranes now lay idle. You can have a cruise around the harbour to see all the landmarks many of them now redundant. By 1830 Cobh was the Brighton of Ireland, Geraniums can be left out during the winter in Cobh.
. Other interesting places to visit include: Sirus Arts Centre in the old Yacht Club building; Old Middleton Distillery restored to its 18th centaury grandeur, only 15 minutes from Cobh. Six passenger ships visited Cork during July one ship called Constellation had 1,000 crew and 2,450 passengers.
AID: Irish government is to increase aid to immigrant groups in U.S. by 29%. Bill Nolan of Ballydonoghue gives a profile of Zambia in the new free paper called In View Kerry, Zambia has a population of over 11 million, Irish aid to the country amounts to E20 million, spending of it is overseen by Ambassador Nolan.

AUGUST 3rd 06 Notes

DAY TRIP to Cobh was made by the Ballyhahill/Loughill parishioners and friends on Tuesday last July 25th, the group was led by Fr O Leary PP a wise shepherd ready for any eventuality that may occur, his father herded sheep on Spike Island so he was at home in Cobh and district as far as history and local knowledge was concerned. The magnificent Fota Island is on the approach to Cobh Heritage Centre situated in the old Victorian railway station where you can explore the conditions of ships and passengers leaving Queenstown, multi media show of the Titanic and Lusitania connections, Irish Wake, Annie Moore, Wall of Dedication where you could enter the name of a relative who left via Cobh to foreign lands. About 2.5 million adults and children emigrated via Cobh over the years. St Colman's Cathedral on Cobh Island is one of the great Irish cathedrals built on a high hill its foundation stone was laid in 1868 and built in the form of a Latin Cross, exterior in Dalkey granite and Mallow limestone, cost £230,000 to complete. The pulpit is of Austrian Oak, the Organ has 2,468 pipes, the spire is 300 feet, to renovate the Cathedral to day I am told could cost E3.7 million. Spike Island in Cobh harbour had an army and naval presence for 800 years, convicts built the fortress on the Island c 1792, from c1850 to 1883 Spike Island was used as a penal colony, the mortality rate from 1849 to 1883 was over 44%. Between 1791 and 1853 30,000 men and 9,000 women were sent as convicts to Australia. Now we have our Justice Department proposing the desecrate the Spike Island by building a new prison there. Sad to see Haulbowline huge cranes now lay idle. You can have a cruise around the harbour to see all the landmarks many of them now redundant. By 1830 Cobh was the Brighton of Ireland, Geraniums can be left out during the winter in Cobh.
. Other interesting places to visit include: Sirus Arts Centre in the old Yacht Club building; Old Middleton Distillery restored to its 18th centaury grandeur, only 15 minutes from Cobh. Six passenger ships visited Cork during July one ship called Constellation had 1,000 crew and 2,450 passengers.
AID: Irish government is to increase aid to immigrant groups in U.S. by 29%. Bill Nolan of Ballydonoghue gives a profile of Zambia in the new free paper called In View Kerry, Zambia has a population of over 11 million, Irish aid to the country amounts to E20 million, spending of it is overseen by Ambassador Nolan.
ANNIVERSARIES: St Ignatius of Loyola died 31st July 1556 he was one of 13 children,

. In 2005 we had 1,717,000 overseas people visiting the Southwest while 1,525,000 Irish came to the Southwest, spending at total of E275.6 million.

Tom Neville Stack
Information from Miss Mai Quillinan .
Tom Stack was married in Carrueragh Kilmorna , to Mary Neville of Carrigkerry . They had three sons the eldest born on christmas night 1849 was called Thomas Neville Stack . The second son Maurice Tom Stack married Mary Goulding their children were Tom Maurice and John Maurice Tom inherited the farm while John went to America . The third brother of Tom Neville Stack was called William he got a farm in Carrigkerry .
Mai Quillinans mother Ellie Stack was daughter of Maurice Tom Stack a brother of Tom Neville .
Mais father Michael Quillinan of Blossom Hill Rathkeale , Co Limerick . Tom Neville Stack Founded The Finance Union Journal in 1877 .It is reported that three generations before Tom Neville a member of the Stack family was a Butter Merchant in Cork who had a brother a Banker .
Another Stack Nicholas Moore Stack a man of culture and an actor taught at Maynooth and Carlow College .
Tom Neville himself was a Journalist a Financier and a Poet his second wife was a daughter of Mr Andrew Thunder of Dublin .
Mr Thunder went to Clongroves Wood College . He died aged 45yrs .
Mr and Mrs Stack were married for over 20yrs and had five children.
In 1895 Tom Neville Stack was one of the Founders of the British Homes Assurance Corporation Ltd. .
He was also an Officer in the 2nd London Rifles which was founded by Prince Albert .
Tom Neville Stacks views on Irish Banking are contained in the Blue Book which was issued by a committee of the House of Commons

Knockanure Branch of the Land League

A meeting of the Branch was held on Sunday 1885. Mr T. W. Leahy in the chair. Other officers were Mr Patrick Kennelly, Mr J. T. Nolan honouree secretary, Mr. James o Connor, Mr. Hugh Goulding, Mr. John Carroll. Mr. M. o Connor, Mr. Dan F. Leahy, Mr. W. T. Leahy, Mr. James o Sullivan, Mr. Dunne.Honouree secretary of Athea Branch also Present.Reports of previous meetings were also read. A large number handed in their subscriptions and received cards for membership. Subsequently a large contingent headed by the Athea fife and drum band marched into the village. A large crowd had assembled outside the League room and were addressed by Mr. D. T. Leahy Mr. J O Sullivan and Mr P Dunne who spoke forcibly on the necessity of the organising the friendly feeling between Farmers and labourers vote of thanks to the Athea Contingent brought the Proceedings to a close. The Release of Knockanure Land League Prisoners in 1885 who arrived in Listowel by train from Tralee was greeted with deafening cheers. Mr. James o Sullivhan of Kilmorna presented of behalf of the noble young ladies of the parish a bouquet of flowers to Daniel Leahy and his colleagues who were just realised from prison. A crowd headed by the Listowel Brass Band marched through to Mr. Stacks new house. A meeting chaired by John Fitzpatrick of St. Michaels Collage was held. Others attending were J. Condon, solicitor Newcastlewest. J. Moran, solicitor, Listowel.
J. Stack M.P for North Kerry addressed the Meeting. A vote of thanks having been passed the people dispersed. The released prisoners were entertained to dinner at the residence of Mr. John Stack


Fr William Moloney lately arrived from Ireland took up a tempory position in Sierra Valley where lived about 1000 people many of them Ranchers in 1868 . He is noted as being the first Missionary to visit the north of Pumas County . Visiting Johnsville on Deer Creek , Quincy, Indian Valley, Susanville and Honey Lake Valley in Lassen County . He was the first Priest in Lassen County . The records show that Fr William Moloney was very active on the Missions in California and Nevada .He gave 40yrs service to the Church in this area . Journies of 50 miles were common . At times he would be 100 miles from the end of the trail at Downieville where mining took place in 1880 . He named his famous Horse Charley . In the mountain area of Northern California travel in winter was difficult with deep snow drifts . To travel you would need a pine board 4" wide and 8 to 12ft long fixed to the soles of shoes a long stick was needed for balance . A priest had to be strong and fit to cope with the hardships of Missionary life . It took 6 weeks to make the circuit from Truckee to Alturas and back home again . Fr William Moloney son of Tadhg and Kate Enright born Coilagurteen, Knockanure in 1841 Ordained 1864, died Sutter Creek 1903 . He was a brother of M T Moloney Solicitor General Ottawa .Inscriptions on Family Headstone Gale Cemetery , Timothy Moloney died Nov 1st 1885 aged 93yrs . Memorial Erected by their son Maurice Moloney Ottawa Ill. USA . Also remembered son John Moloney who died Jan 19th 1904 .his wife Ellen died 13th April 1908 .son Edward Moloney died Nov 5th 1872 aged 27yrs.


John Windle Sudden Death

Kerryman Report April 1924

Sudden Death inListowel .

At about 11oclock on fri a Fair Day in Listowel a small farmer of Aughrim moyvane .John Windle aged about 65 yrs collapsed and died . an Inquest was held that evening by Dr Clancy Coronor .Mr Martin Mulvihill merchant .Church St .foreman of the Jurey .Sergt P Flynn represented the State . Martin Mulvihill said that he and his father were born on the next farm to the deceased and knew him very well a delicate man who lived alone with a couple of children . Was neglected and perhaps had no proper nurishment either. Mr William Collins also knew deceased well was also present .Mr Maurice Healy of Ballygrennan said that deceased appeared to be in ordinary health shortly before he died .

Dr T Buckley found that death was due to heart failure .A Verdict according to medical evidence was returned .

Another Report in the same edition .

Abbeyfeale Markets .

150 loads of hay @ 60 shillings upwards

Calves 25s to 50s each . eggs 10d per doz. potatoes 1s 3d per stone. Oats 2s.




Jimmy Nolan as he was generally called was a man of many parts, a shopkeeper, photographer and a writer. Many newspapers and magazines have published his work. He was always a good man to seek out a suitable photo to publish. He knew the type of material that suited each publication. He knew all the tricks in publishing. If he gave a photo exclusive to a newspaper it would have a better chance of been published. Other things Jimmy had to watch was writing something that could cause offence. There are always self-appointed censers, just waiting for the opportunity to show their authority. The revenue commissioners were said to read the parish notes in the "Kerryman" where they got the names of people who worked abroad and return with a "nest egg". When a concert or a dance was advertised through the notes, unless you worded it very carefully it would be omitted, unless there was an advertisement that week in the advertising column of the newspaper for the dance or the concert. When a concert was mentioned often a sketch or play was part of the show. Often the play or sketch would not be mentioned because the performing rights people would be alerted the collect there few pounds. Jimmy has left us a valuable insight into what was happening in the parish through the "Kerryman" notes column. Where he added a bit of history here and there, most notes recorded weddings, deaths and who went abroad he also wrote for the Shannon Side Journal on the tragic drowning on the Shannon in 1893. Jimmy says while an article in 1946 for the "Cork Examiner" he interviewed closely many who were connected with the disaster of 1893. Many remember how Jimmy would climb on a chair steady himself with the support of a bystander. He would a just his camera many times to get what he considered a proper shot. He was always in demand for every occasion where a photographer was needed. Often travelling long journeys which were no problem to him as he enjoyed been driven to occasions, where he would get a photo and bits and pieces for his next weeks notes.

Now and again he would admit that he was the worst handwriter, sending notes to the newspaper, so he got a typewriter to make things easier for the printers.

Creamery suppliers always visited his shop. Both with news and to get some supplies. Many the ice cream cut straight from the block Every household in the district has a photo taken by J. F. Nolan.

We would do a service to his name and future generations if a book of his photos were published. He is a most neglected photographer at the present time.

Knockanure Branch of the Land League

A meeting of the Branch was held on Sunday 1885. Mr T. W. Leahy in the chair. Other officers were Mr Patrick Kennelly, Mr J. T. Nolan honouree secretary, Mr. James o Connor, Mr. Hugh Goulding, Mr. John Carroll. Mr. M. o Connor, Mr. Dan F. Leahy, Mr. W. T. Leahy, Mr. James o Sullivan, Mr. Dunne.Honouree secretary of Athea Branch also Present.Reports of previous meetings were also read. A large number handed in their subscriptions and received cards for membership. Subsequently a large contingent headed by the Athea fife and drum band marched into the village. A large crowd had assembled outside the League room and were addressed by Mr. D. T. Leahy Mr. J O Sullivan and Mr P Dunne who spoke forcibly on the necessity of the organising the friendly feeling between Farmers and labourers vote of thanks to the Athea Contingent brought the Proceedings to a close. The Release of Knockanure Land League Prisoners in 1885 who arrived in Listowel by train from Tralee was greeted with deafening cheers. Mr. James o Sullivhan of Kilmorna presented of behalf of the noble young ladies of the parish a bouquet of flowers to Daniel Leahy and his colleagues who were just realised from prison. A crowd headed by the Listowel Brass Band marched through to Mr. Stacks new house. A meeting chaired by John Fitzpatrick of St. Michaels Collage was held. Others attending were J. Condon, solicitor Newcastlewest. J. Moran, solicitor, Listowel.
J. Stack M.P for North Kerry addressed the Meeting. A vote of thanks having been passed the people dispersed. The released prisoners were entertained to dinner at the residence of Mr. John Stack.


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 Hartnett 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 McCarthy 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 Dineen 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.

Knockanure School Girls c1890.

Brid Ahern, Mary Ahern, Mary Ahern, Ellie Ahern, Mag Ahern, Brid Buckley, Mgt Buckley, Eliz Buckley, Kate Buckley, Kate Broderick, Mary Broderick, Brid Broderick, Mary A Buckley, Kate Brosnan, Han Buckley, Mary Brosnan, N Broderick, Ellie Broderick, Ellie Barry, Joan Barry, Mgt Broderick, Mary Buckley, Nora Buckley, Han Collins, Mary Carroll, Mgt Collins, Ann Carroll, Mary Connor, Brid Costelloe, Mgt Connor, Han Connell, Ellen Costelloe, Brid Carroll, Julia Cronin, Jna Costelloe, Julia Collins, Mgt Collins, Mgt Cronin, Nano Cronin, Mary Custelloe, Ellen Connor, Mgt Custaloe, Nano Connor, Nora Connor, Kate Connor, Brid Carroll, Jna Connor, Mary Carmody, Mgt Connell, Brid Creed, Mary and Kate Costelloe, Kate and Brid Connor, Mary Doolin, Mary Dowd, Mary Drewry, Kate and Jna Dillon, Mary Dee, Nora and Mgt and Ellie Dillon, Kate and Bridget Driscoll, Mary Dore, Mgt Dee, Mary ,Jna and Brid Donaghue, Ann Dowd, Mgt Dore, Cath, Mgt, Ellen, Han, Brid, Jna, and Mary Enright, Ellie Egan, Mgt Egan, Mgt and Kate Enright, Jna Flaherty, Han Fitzgerald, Mary Fealy, Nora and Jna Flaherty, Mgt, Mary, Liz, and Ellen Fitzgerald, Brid Flaherty, Kate Fealy, Brid Fitzgerald, Han Fitzgerald, born c1886, Han and Cath Flaherty, Mary and Mgt Finucane, Mary Fitzmaurice, .

Knockanure National School Opened 26-4-1874.

Teachers c 1890 were Julia Flaherty, Joan Mc Mahon, and Mrs Casey.

Notes taken at National School Exhibition held in Listowel.
Nora Shanahan, born 1914 Clounmacon, Mary Walsh Beale born 1919.Ann Moloney Castlegrace Co Tipperary born 1916.Peggie O Dell born 1922, Rita Shine Creamery Managers daughter. Sarah Barry Newtownsandes came in 3rd Class, Mgt Barry b1916. Joan Horan and her sister came to Knockanure their Guardian a Pensioner.

Noreen Hayes School Teacher Knockalucka 1926. Mary Kennelly Shopkeepers daughter 15-10-1918 in 5th Class. Mgt Horgan and K Sullivan at Knockanure School 1931, and 1941 respectively . Mary Synan b1924, Mgt Synan b1922. Mary Kennelly Finuge 1915. Nora and Mary Kennelly born Finuge 1915 .


Knockanure Tithe List c1825.
Keylod and Gortaglanna
John Sweeney ,John Sandes, Tom Connor, John Moran, Con Keane, Pat Moore, Tom Kelly, John Goulding, ? ? ,Tim Ahern, ? Connor, James Leahy, John Goulding, ? Moloney, ? ? , Mc Mahon, Tom & George & John Sandes, James Nash.

Carrueragh And Coilagurteen

Denis Mahony, Tom Lister, Fitzgerald & Dore, Widow Larkin, Francis Carroll, David & ? Flynn, Tom Nolan, Joe Sweeney, Widow Stack, Garrett Stack, John Relihan, Pat Stack, Wm. Connor, John Griffin, Tim Leahy, John & Widow Leahy, Tom Costelloe .

Geo Gun, Mrs Raymond, Widow Sullivan, Ml & Widow Relihan, ? Pope, Wm. Moore, D Finucane, John & Phil Costelloe, Pat & Dl Burns. Buckley & Finucane, Ml & John Costelloe.


John Kelly, James Fitzgerald ? ,John Cregan, John Mc Mahon, Ml & Tom Mulvihill, John Buckley, Ml Scanlon, Widow Stack O Connor, Widow Connor & Son, Dl & Eamon Griffin, Tom & John Connor, Wm. Stack, Tom Mulvihill, Rob & Tim Leigh, Widow Sullivan , Dl & P Connor & W Buckley, Tim Leahy , Darby Connor.



Knockanure 1850 Index


Ml Moore, Tom Kelly, Mgt Sandes, Tom Connors, Sylv Casey, John Connors , Jer Connors, Hugh Golden, Tom Woulfe, Lar Buckley, John Buckley, Mary Connors, Tim Flaherty, Jer Kennelly, Jer Carroll, Wm. Moore, Mce Neville, Jer Golden, John Golden, John Connors, Jas Connors, Con Connors, Tom Lyons, Robert Hunt, Cath Stoke, Ml Hunt, Tim Hunt, Denis & Dan Sullivan, Wm. Flaherty.


Ml Connors, John Sandes, Church, Pat Keane, John Byrne, Mary Dillane, Tom Moore, Mary Moore, Cath Connors, John Moran, Cath Connors, Wm. Sandes, John Golden, Batt Connors, Pat Byrne, Ml Nash, Tom Langan, Ml McCormick, Jer Dillane, Cath Lindsay, Ellen Enright, Ml Golden, John Kelly, Ed Dillane, James Dore, Ellen Mulvihill, John Stokes.


Pierce Mahony, Mary Dore, John Kennelly, John Callahan, Rob Mahony, Dan Nolan, Con Costelloe, Tim Moloney, Ellen Larkin, Jas Larkin, Jas Leahy, Pat Stack, Pat Keane, John Flynn, John Doody, Tom Stack , Cath Stack, Pat Stack, John & Mary Nolan, Ml Dore, Garrett Stack, Tim , James & John Leahy, Wm. Lynch, Tim Madigan, Tom Leahy, Sarah Nolan, Joe Sweeney, Mary Nolan, Nora Finucane, Ml Relihan, Dan Carroll, John Carroll, Mary Enright , Mary Carroll, John Enright, John, Tom & Ellen Costelloe, Tom Corridan, John Relihan, Joan Pierce, Martin Enright.


Nora Connors, Mce Connors, Bridget Moore, John Stokes, Wm. Leahy, Tom Mahony, Ellen Mulvihill.


Tim Jones, Mary Kelly, Ml Stack, John Kelly, Dan Cronin, John Scannell, Stephen Pope, John Murphy, Ml Scanlon, Wm. Moore, Wm. Lunham, Tom Paradine, John Relihan, Tom Finucane.


Pierce Mahony, Tom Sullivan, Nora Mc Mahon, John ,Dan & Denis Lyons, John Carroll.

Shanacool : Wm. Lunham.


John Sandes, Tom Connors, Batt Connors, John Connors, John Leahy, Tom Leahy, Grave Yard, John Connors, Wm. Leahy, Ml Connors, Con Lyons, Pat Hanrahan, Pat Kelly, Wm. Sandes, Terence, Tim & Johanna Mc Mahon, Pat Buckley, Pat Carroll.

April 17-Yesterday morning the dwelling-house of Riversdale, near Listowel,
with a most extensive range of out-offices, consisting of three stables,
coach-house, cow-house, Barn, potatoe-house, and cider-house, with two
farm-houses on the demesne, were discovered to be on fire, when much
valuable property was consumed, with two horses and a cow, and several
others dreadfully scorched. A large quantity of potatoes, oats; ive carts,
and many other articles of husbandry were also consumed- the dwelling-house
was, with great exertion, saved from sharing the fate of the offices.-When
such family as the RAYMONDs, respected and remarkable for their hospitality,
benevolence nad charity to the distressed, are, in their absence in England,
to be selected as the victims of outrage and destruction of property-who can
reckon for one night to escape the alarming system now so prevalent, and
until now totally unknown in that country, where hospitality and friendly
feeling were hitherto congenial to the men of Kerry?

Since writing the above we have received the following from our Newcastle
"On Thursday night, some of those daring ruffians, whose nightly
depredations reflect such disgrace upon their country, set fire to the
out-offices of Riversdale-house, the property of Mr. RAYMOND, which raged
with such rapidity, that, in a short time, the whole beautiful and extensive
concern was, with the exception of the dwelling-house, alone, consumed to
ashes, and four valuable horses, several cows, a large quantity of oats,
potatoes, turf, farming utensils, several hogsheads of cider, and many other
valuable articles totally destroyed, together with two farm-houses
continguous thereto. The same night no less than ten fires were perceptible
in the above part of the county Kerry.

Valley of Knockanure

Easter Week or the heroes of Ninety-Eight
Those Fenian men who roamed the glen for victory or defeat
Their names on history's page are told, their memory will endure
Not a song was sung of our darling sons in the valley of Knockanure.

There was Walsh and Lyons and the Dalton boy, they were young and in their prime
They rambled to a lonely spot where the Black and Tans did hide
The Republic bold they did uphold though outlawed on the moor
And side by side, they fought and died in the valley of Knockanure.

It was on a neighbouring hillside we listened in hushed dismay
In every house, in every town, a young girl knelt to pray
They're closing in around them now, with rifle fire so sure
And Lyons is dead and young Dalton's down in the valley of Knockanure.

But ere the guns could seal his fate, young Walsh had broken through
With a prayer to God, he spun the sod as against the hill he flew
And the bullets cut his flesh in two, still he cried with voice so sure
Oh, revenge I'll get for my comrades' deaths in the valley of Knockanure.

The summer sun is sinking now behind the field and lea
The pale moonlight is shining bright far off beyond Tralee
The dismal stars and the clouds afar are darkening o'er the moor
And the banshee cried when young Dalton died, in the valley of Knockanure.



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 Ahean.Members: Sean Nolan, Jim Connor, Sean Broderick, Tom Kennelly, Denis Murphy, Rich Shanahon, Hugh Goulding, Christy Goulding, R. Stack.
The first meeting held on the 27th of December 1955.Mr S Seaney VS Castleisland attended and Mr. N. Horan chairman of the county exeulure of macra.
The church building fund was in progress at this time also.
Mr. J McNamara gave a lecture to the class on January 21st 1956 on his visit to Denmark. Described their methods and answered questions. They
Hoped at their next meeting to get a film show on farming methods,. Later reeplies from film operators stated that E.S.B. must be installed before they could show films. The department of agriculture asked farmers to dress cattle against warables and to castrate or slauter all male calves not intended for breeding immediately.
A public meeting also called to encourage the E.S.B.to come to the parish.
Macra social in Killarney on Dec 18th 1956 at ten schillings per ticket.
The branch also enquired the cost of Mr Walsh's hall in Listowel for a dance the fee was £22. On the 30th November 1957 the branch held a dance in Moyvane they also deceided to give £3 to the church building fund. Emmet Leahy also joined the club in 1956.
In Oct 23rd 1957 Dr Michael Brosnan asked the branch to do some thing for the kerryman's hostel in London. It was decided to hold a church gate collection for them.
More meetings were held with the E.S.B to encourage them to send an official canvasser to the parish, without result so local public representations were contacted to enlist their help.
Lectures were given by Mr R. F. Ryan on soil fertility, also Mr Fred Hayden national organiser for macra attended one of their meetings. He introduced debating to the club. March 12th 1957 James F. Nolan photographer attended and took photos for the farmers journal. Moyvane had a film show on the cow on 22nd Feb 1957 Mr McNamara agricultural instructor in charge of the film. The branches first film show was shown on Nov 19th 1957.They also put down concrete floor in the old hall and got seats from the old church in Moyvane to furnish it.

New members in 1957 were Jerry and Paddy Carroll, Willie Stack, and Philip Donovan. The branchs first outing was held on May 20th 1958 they visited Mitchelstown and the Ivan Allen farm. The branch also had a quotation for a bus from Knockanure to Limerick show for £19, not enough members were interested and the trip was canceled
In october the secretary wrote to the B.T.E office in Tralee to get lecture on TB.They also hired Bunny Dalton Band for a dance .Repairs to the Hall cost £12 ten Shillings .Many Dances were held over the years The Bands included The Western Star Band tickets for their Dance cost 3 shillings .The oConnell Band and another new pop Band called The Radar also played at dances .A discussion took place on staging a play .Fledged And Flown was chosen as their first play .That decision was made on March 9 th 1959.Members of the drama group went to see Sive in Listowel on May 13 th 1959 On the 22of Feb 1960 the Club wrote to the Minister for Posts and Tellegrafts asking him to erect a Public Phone Booth in the Village,It was also decided to ask the Council to erect Public Lights in the Village .A card game was planned for 24 th of Oct 1960 .First Prize £5 plus other Prizes.Lectures continued from time to time given by Local Instructor Mr Maurice Stack of Listowel .On sept 16 th 1965 the Club was told of a new Television Programme ,called Telefis Feirme . It was decided to apply for a T v set so that members could view the Programme .A short time later the Club was told that they were one of 5 in the County selected to receive a free T V set .Mansholdt came to Tralee in 1970 many from the Parish went to see and hear him in the Brandon Hotel . He predicted that the viable farmer would have 40 cows and do all the work himself .There was great excitement in Tralee on the night Mr Mansholdt gave his talk with anti Common Market protesters waving Placards and shouting slogans It appeared to be an organised protest with little local support .Inside in the Brandon Hall many questions were asked of Mr Mansholdt and the Minister for Agriculture
The final Story of Knockanure Macra Na Feirme is yet untold old Photos and Minute Books have been mislaid it is hoped to collect further details at a later date.




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Subject: Newtownsandes ON-LINE
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 16:15:23 -0800

Hi i hope you don't mind my writing to you. I am trying to trace details of my great grandfather Micheal Brennans family/ancestors. He was born on the 14-04-1892. He lived on a farm with his father Eugene Brennan, Lacca, Lisselton in County Kerry, Ireland. He emigrated here to England when he was fourteen and his previous life I know little about. I would really appreiciate ant information. kind regards Kerry from Yorkshire England

still looking for any records of john cronin and Helen Kelleher they lived at THE LOTS Knockanure 1923. Thanks.

Steve cronin.

Great grandmother, Annie O'Connor, & her sister, Kate, emigrated to Philadelphia circa 1875 from Tralee. Parents were Michael & Johanna O'Connor. Annie married William W. Campbell in Phila. Great grandfather, John J. Kennelly, born in Listowel emigrated to Philadelphia around 1873. His parents were Michael & Catherine Kennelly. John married Catherine McElroy in Phila. Any info on original Kennelly or O'Connor families appreciated.

I am trying to trace the roots of John Holly (could be spelled Holley) who was a native of Glin and died at the age of 57 in 1925.
He is buried in Kilfergus, cemetery in Glin.
It is understood that he lived in the United States for a number of years and was in t he U S Army.
His grandson Paddy Holley is now living in Asdee and is anxious to trace his roots

Hi from New Zealand
My grandmother was Winifred Hett, daughter of Patrick or Joseph Hett , she came to NZ in 1911 from Manchester. I think her father and mother Mary Ann (Carney) originally came from Ireland.
IMy great grandfather was related to Michael Kennealey ex England and who settled in Nebraska. his Mothers name (Michael) was Bridget Dooley Kennealey, any relation to your lot?
Carole Withey

My name is Sharla Kennelley McMaster.
As far back as we can trace, a relative of ours Daniel Kennelley, born 24 Dec 1775, County Cork, Ireland and emigrated to America.
My husband and I will be in Ireland 8 JUly 2004-22 JUly 2004.
Where would be a good place to look for records of this man?
My father, William Samuel Kennelley(born 21 June 1921) has done much of the research on our family once they arrived here in the states and I know he would be interested in knowing them back farther.
Thank you for your assistance.
Sharla McMaster

Hi I just discovered your web site and found it very interesting. My grandmother was Hannah Shine and she was born in Newtown in 1880. She emigrated to America in 1898 through Ellis Island. My husband and 2 children just returned to America last Thursday after spending 10 days in Ireland Six of which were spent visiting cousins in Asdee. We also spent time visiting my mother's first cousin Kitty Shine in the nursing home in Listowel. We visited the graveyard, church and drove past the house in Moyvane. It seemed very strange not going in this time over. I look forward to reading more of your articles on the website and would like to sign the guest book. Sincerely, Teresa Keahon

I am interested in obtaining the book.........The Boro and the Cross . I live here in the U.S.A. and my ancestory goes back to Moyvane My Great Grandmother 's name was Bridget Kennelly and she married Edward Liston in June of 1880 in the Chapel in Moyvane ....I would appreciate any information as regards the history and how to obtain it of Moyvane ..............Thank you .........Patrick McGuane

Hi Jer , My Grandfather was William (Bill)liston who lived on Chapel Street in Tarbert . His house was near the Catholic Church and across from the forge shop which I used to work the bellows for the blacksmith . There is a gas station there now and my Grandfather,s property is now a credit union . I am now 66 years young and retired and will be going back to Co.Kerry within the year . I thank you for the information as regard;s the Boro and the Cross , Would like the address or email of the bookstore in Listowel (Danny Hannon). Thank's again ........Patrick McGuane

From The Cork Examiner, 22 November 1847 -

(From the Tralee Post)
As already announced, there was an attack on the Tralee
Workhouse this week.
At Killarney, on Monday, the Guardians were obliged to
call in the military to preserve the peace and prevent
In Dingle, the Relieving Officer was obliged to receive the
protection of a police force.
Threatening notices have been served on the best
landlords and most attentive guardians in Irraghticonnor.
On Wednesday last, some persons went to a tillage field
near Blennerville, out of which the crop had already been
dug, to turn it up for the sake of any small potatoes that
might have been left in the ground. The owner of the field, a
man named Kean Mahony, came to prevent them, armed
with a loaded gun, and some hot words arose, during which
a young man named Flynn raised his spade--he says to put
it on his shoulder, preparatory to going away, but Mahony
asserts that it was to strike himself--on which Mahony fired
at him, and shot his right arm to pieces, just below the
shoulder. Poor Flynn was brought in to the County
Infirmary where the wounded limb was since amputated by
Dr. Crumpe. The young man still continues in the most
dangerous state. He bore the character of a most inoffensive

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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A Philip Cunningham, Templemore, son of Augustus Cunningham, Clonmel, who died Feb 2004 is I believe a descendent of the 98 leader of the same name who left Moyvane, married a Clonmel woman named Black, ran a pub there and worked as a mason before he died for the cause in Sydney. You may have better luck with that phone number, in getting the dates for his parents and his father's(Augustus') father to trace back. From Mikey Joe Enright, Swindon, England.I came across your website by accident when I was researching my family roots. It was lovely to read about Knockanure, a place I remember so well as a child. My father, Patrick Enright, was the eldest son of Mary (nee Finucane) and Jeremiah Enright. Mary's family came from Moyvane, I believe, and Mary and Jeremiah settled in Lissaniskea, where I believe my father was born, and where I spend many happy summers visiting from England as a child. The old house has gone, but my aunt Nell still lives at Lissaniskea in a new bungalow near the site of the old house. I remember a lot about Knockanure, like Enright's Bar, the old National School, and the old church, before the new church was built. My uncle used to meet us at Kilmorna railway station on the donkey and cart, which I used to ride on when my uncle took the milk to the creamery in Kilmorna. Such wonderful times!! 20 Feb 1858Of LAWRENCE CUSIC, native of parish Newtownsands [co. Kerry]; when last heard from was in Sidney, Ohio, and moved to Iowa. Information received by his sister, Hannah Cusic, Crawfordsville, Montgomery county, Indiana. Died in Kenyucky Walsh, John R., native of Newtown Sandy, County Kerry, Ireland, died September 24, 1865 age about 53 erected by son Patrick Walsh First lady Laura Bush spoke from Mozambique on ABC's "Good Morning America" last Wednesday to promote awareness of HIV and malaria and discuss the impact that partners like you are making in Africa through World Vision. The first lady visited a World Vision project in Zambia as part of a four-country tour of Africa. I am trying to trace the roots of John Holly (could be spelled Holley) who was a native of Glin and died at the age of 57 in 1925.He is buried in Kilfergus, cemetery in Glin.It is understood that he lived in the United States for a number of years and was in t he U S Army.His grandson Paddy Holley is now living in Asdee and is anxious to trace his roots





The small North Kerry village of Knockanure is located

approximately 9km north east of the town of Listowel,

2km south of Moyvane and 2km from the Limerick



Knockanure is a crossroads settlement offering only a

minimal level of services.


The local Catholic Church, primary school and public

house are located within the centre of the village. The

nearest shop is located in Moyvane.


The village is located within the Newtownsandes Electoral

Division. In the intercensal period 1996-2002 the

population declined by 49 persons or 4.7%. The

preliminary figures for the 2002-2006 censal period,

however, recorded an increase of 33 persons or 3.3% over

the 2002-2006. No population statistics are available for

the plan area and for the purposes of this plan the

population has been calculated using the results of a house

count and the estimated household size of 2.94 as

specified in the Kerry County Development Plan 2003-

2009. There are 17 dwelling units within the proposed

boundary and this equates to a population of 47 persons.


There is no waste water treatment plant serving the village

and development is serviced via individual septic tanks/

waste water treatment systems. The lack of waste water

infrastructure will place significant restrictions on the

level of residential growth that can be accommodated over

the plan period.


Urban Form

Knockanure has a compact settlement form which has

been reinforced by a recent development of 6 semidetached

dwellings located in the village centre. The

settlement pattern in the village has altered very little in

recent decades. The old church was located to the north of

the crossroads and this was replaced in the 1960s with a

new church located to the south. The original settlement

comprised a church and a small number of dwellings.

Recent development has occurred in linear pattern at the

fringes of the village. Significant areas of land adjacent to

the village centre remain undeveloped. It is considered

that streetscape development in the centre of the village in

conjunction with measures to ameliorate the impact of

fragmented building lines, would create a stronger and

more attractive urban form.

Built and Natural Heritage

There are no National Monuments and one Recorded

Protected Structure within the plan area, namely;

Reg. No, 21301101 Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

There are no designated environmental protection areas

within, or in the vicinity, of the plan area.

Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic

The car park serving the village church is sufficient to

meet parking requirements over the period of the plan. In

general the level of pavement provision is satisfactory but

a new pavement is required between the church and the

village centre.


There is little local employment in the vicinity of the plan

area. It is envisaged that residents will continue to

commute to Listowel or other urban centers within

commuting distance.

Growth and Residential Development

In the absence of detailed population projections the level

of housing demand can be loosely calculated using the

number of permissions granted in the period preceding

the plan. In the case of Knockanure, planning permission

has been granted for 9 houses, 8 of these were part of





Sande s NTS


Moyvane Farm (H2165)

At the time of Griffith's Valuation, William Sandes was leasing a property to Stephen Sandes at Moyvane North, valued at £3 5s, on a holdings of 150 acres. It is described as a farmhouse.


Moyvane House (H2166)

William L. Vesey-Fitzgerald Foster was leasing this property from the TCD estate at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £3 15s. In 1837 Lewis mentions the principal residence in Murher parish as the property of Baron Fitzgerald but occupied by Mr. Enright. In 1814, Leet refers to it as the residence of John Sandes. Bary notes that it was earlier associated with the Sandes family. It is no longer extant.


Smith indicates that Lancelot Sandes was granted an estate in Kerry in 1667 under the Acts of Settlement. The estate of Charles L. Sandes was one of the principal lessors in the parish of Aghavallen, barony of Iraghticonnor, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The Ordnance Survey Name Books noted in the 1830s that he held lands from the Trinity College estates.William Sandes held several townlands in the parishes of Kilnaughtin, Knockanure and Murher, in the same barony. In 1863,1864 and 1865, over 2000 acres of William Sandes estate was offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court. The estate of Thomas Sandes, of Sallowglen, Tarbert, amounted to over 7000 acres in the 1870s. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Charles Lancelot Sandes also held some land in the parish of Morgans, barony of Connello Lower, county Limerick. In the 1870s his son Charles Sandes of Carrigafoyle Castle and Bayview, Clontarf, county Dublin, owned 1,208 acres in county Limerick and 227 acres in county Kerry.



Biography of Minister Jimmy Deenihan T.D.

Following his re-election to the 31st Dáil, Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. was appointed Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on the 9th March 2011.

Deputy Deenihan was appointed spokesperson for Defence from July 2007 -July 2010 when he was re-appointed spokesperson on Tourism, Culture and Sport having served in this portfolio from June 2002 to May 2007.

A Dáil deputy since 1987, Deputy Deenihan was appointed as Advisor to the Leader on Northern Ireland Policy and Party Spokesperson on Sport in February 2001. He was Fine Gael's Junior Spokesperson on Environmental Information and Protection from June 2000 to February 2001. Prior to this, Deputy Deenihan was the Fine Gael spokesperson on the Office of Public Works (1997-2000).

From 1994-1997 he was Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry with special responsibility for Rural Development, the LEADER programme, and monitoring the activities of An Bord Bia and the food industry.

He has been the Fine Gael spokesperson on Tourism and Trade (1992-1994), and was also spokesperson on Youth and Sports (1988-1993) .A Taoiseach's nominee, Mr. Deenihan was a member of the Senate from 1982-1987.

He was a member of Kerry County Council from 1985 to 1994, and a member of Kerry County Vocational Education Committee (1985-1991). From 1992 to 1994 he was a member of the Kerry County Enterprise Board and was re-elected to Kerry Council in June 1999.

A member of the Gaelic Athletic Association he won All-Ireland football medals with Kerry in 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980 and in 1981, the year he captained the team. He received a GAA All-Star Award in 1981.




Patie Enright R.I.P.

Died 31st Jan. 2012

by Domhnall de Barra


Within a few months of each other, three members of the “Western Star Céilí Band”, Mick Barrett, Dick Prendeville and Patie Enright, went to their eternal reward. While Mick and Dick had lived long lives Patie was taken when he still had a lot of living to do. It was not to be and we said farewell to him at Holy Cross on Friday last. Many fine tributes have been made to him and by now his exploits as a musician, singer, band leader and businessman are well documented. It is worthwhile giving a little thought to his early days. In the ‘fifties Ireland was a far different place from today. There was very little money about and most of the workforce were in England or America. There wasn’t any electricity in most areas and the nearest we got to tap water was the pump in the yard. Cars were few and far between and the roads were full of potholes. This did not deter the teenage Patie who formed a céilí band without even having the transport to get them to the various halls. Would anyone try it today ?; I doubt it. In the immortal words of Del Boy “he who dares, wins” and Patie did just that. Although he went on to have a modern dance band, his first love was always traditional music and of course the singing and dancing. I remember well the first time I heard him playing. It was on a crisp frosty St. Stephen’s morning and he was part of a batch of Wrenboys that included Joe Keeffe and Paddy (Davy) Connors. The music could be heard on the chilly air from over half a mile away and it was magic to me, a young lad out of his head for music. He was without doubt one of the finest traditional singers of his time. As they say “it was kind for him” as his father Denny was a noted singer before him. He had a wealth of good songs, some of them handed down from Denny and I hope someone has recorded them. A polka dancer supreme he was a member of the Athea set who won the All-Ireland Scór title. I had the pleasure of playing for them in those years and it was a joy to see Patie’s reaction when there was a change of key or a bit of embellishment to the music. He lived every note and responded with the most complex steps, often completely out of breath by the time the set ended. In later years he took to learning sets from other parts of the country and himself and Greta were regulars at the céilí’s right up to his final illness. He will be remembered in many different ways by many others but I will always remember Patie, the true Irishman, proud of our traditions and one of the best exponents of our native culture.

On a different note, he was a member of Athea Community Council for a brief period but even though his term of office was over he would always stand with us collecting at the Church gate and continued to sell our ‘Lucky No’s’ tickets up to the time of his illness. He did the same for Comhaltas. I can only imagine the scenes in Heaven when he arrived. It must be one heck of a party.

Sincerest sympathy to Greta, Padraig, Raymond and all their families on their sad loss. May he rest in peace.