Did the Apostles who took part in the Last Supper understand the meaning of the words spoken by Christ? Perhaps not. Those words would only be fully clear at the end of the Triduum sacrum, the time from Thursday evening to Sunday morning. Those days embrace the mysterium paschale; they also embrace the mysterium eucharisticum.











GAA Abbeyfeale; Established in 1884 by Father William Casey, Fr. Caseys GAA Club Located in the West Limerick parish of Abbeyfeale, Fr. Caseys GAA Club have won the County Senior Football Championship on a remarkable 8 occasions and contributed many  players to County teams. In addition to their Senior triumphs Fr. Caseys have also  numerous Intermediate, Junior, U21, Minor and Underage Gaelic Football successes during their history.


Jan 2015

Britain's oldest person has died at the age of 114.

Mrs Ethel Lang was born in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley on 27 May 1900 and lived in the South Yorkshire town all her life. She went to a nursing home in 2005, left school at 13 and married in 1922

Oldest woman in Britain now is Gladys Hooper, 111, from the Isle of Wight




CHILDREN and Inflammatory bowel disease; A recent study looked at 1,072,426 children for a total of 6.6 million person-years of follow-up. Of those children, 748 developed IBD. Children treated with antianaerobic antibiotics had nearly 1.52 cases of IBD per ten-thousand person years, while those who were not given antibiotics saw just 0.83 cases per ten-thousand person-years; for an 84% relative risk differential.


." The letter was written in 1861 by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah, a week before the Battle of Bull Run:
July the 14th, 1861

Washington D.C.

My very dear Sarah:

The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days-perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more.

Our movement may be one of a few days duration and full of pleasure-and it may be one of severe conflict and death to me. Not my will, but thine O God, be done. If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing-perfectly willing-to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt.

But, my dear wife, when I know that with my own joys I lay down nearly all of yours, and replace them in this life with cares and sorrows-when, after having eaten for long years the bitter fruit of orphanage myself, I must offer it as their only sustenance to my dear little children-is it weak or dishonorable, while the banner of my purpose floats calmly and proudly in the breeze, that my unbounded love for you, my darling wife and children, should struggle in fierce, though useless, contest with my love of country?

I cannot describe to you my feelings on this calm summer night, when two thousand men are sleeping around me, many of them enjoying the last, perhaps, before that of death-and I, suspicious that Death is creeping behind me with his fatal dart, am communing with God, my country, and thee.

I have sought most closely and diligently, and often in my breast, for a wrong motive in thus hazarding the happiness of those I loved and I could not find one. A pure love of my country and of the principles have often advocated before the people and "the name of honor that I love more than I fear death" have called upon me, and I have obeyed.

Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield.

The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when God willing, we might still have lived and loved together and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me-perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar-that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name.

Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often been! How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness, and struggle with all the misfortune of this world, to shield you and my children from harm. But I cannot. I must watch you from the spirit land and hover near you, while you buffet the storms with your precious little freight, and wait with sad patience till we meet to part no more.

But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night-amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours-always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.

Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again.

As for my little boys, they will grow as I have done, and never know a father's love and care. Little Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood. Sarah, I have unlimited confidence in your maternal care and your development of their characters. Tell my two mothers his and hers I call God's blessing upon them. O Sarah, I wait for you there! Come to me, and lead thither my children.





kathleen(Holly)phillips <phillipskathleen80@yahoo.com> Date: 2009-10-18 Comments:
I found out my father's mother and father came from county kerry, Her name was margaret brandon (Holly) and his was James Holly, his parents names were Michael Holly and Ellen (O'Neil)Holly, her parents names were James Brandon and Ellen (Diniheen)Brandon, she emigtrated to new york in 1896 and James followed in 1899. And information on any of their family, I'd greatly appreciate it. James died in 1947 and Maargaret died in 1922. She came from Listowel, but I don't know where James came from

Mike Sheehan <ChosFewNJ@aol.com> Date: 2000-05-30 Comments:
Great! What wonderful information Seems like only Kerryonianns provide such wonderful info for their people.
Mike Sheehan - Kennelly - Mulvihill - Finuge, Ballyhorgan

Carol J. Culp <polyus@aol.com> Date: 2001-06-26 Comments:
How do I list my GGGrandmothers emmigrant burial. Catherine Carr, daughter of Richard and Johana Carr Born Ahalahana,Murhur,Moyvane County Kerry on Nov 5, 1846 died 6 June, 1914 Omaha Nebr, Usa.

Tina Mattocks <tinamattocks@hotmail.com> Date: 2002-03-26 Comments:
Just looked again - wonderful site. My grandfather was Thomas White from Athea Limerick married to Mary Hunt of Knockanure (Kerry). Mary was the daugher of James Hunt and Bridget Carroll. There are also Fitzgeralds and Nolans in the family. Been to Ireland 4 times now and will be going agin!!

Doris Gilday Hohn <Dorisgh@aol.com> Date: 2000-09-26 Comments:
My son-in-law, William Patrick Stack is decended from Thomas Stack, son of John who came to USA in late l800's. The family is from Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland near the Stack Mountains. Happy to find this area genealogical site and hope to begin internet research. Thanks. dgh




collected by Cathie Loudon



In Euripides' Suppliant Women, a messenger reports the bravery of the seven men who died while trying to take back the city of Thebes. All the men who died were not only great warriors, but they lived exemplary lives of honorable manliness.

Hear, then. By granting me the privilege of
praising friends, you meet my own desire
to speak of them with justice and with truth.
I saw the deeds-bolder than words can tell-
by which they hoped to take the city. Look:
The handsome one is Capaneus. Through him
the lightning went. A man of means, he never
flaunted his wealth but kept an attitude
no prouder than a poor man's. He avoided
people who live beyond their needs and load
their table to excess. He used to say
the good does not consist in belly food,
and satisfaction comes from moderation.
He was true in friendship to present and absent friends.
Not many men are so. His character
was never false; his ways were courteous;
his word, in house or city, was his bond.

Second I name Eteoclus. He practiced
another kind of virtue. Lacking means,
this youth held many offices in Argos.
Often his friends would make him gifts of gold,
but he never took them into his house. He wanted
no slavish way of life, haltered by money.
He kept his hate for sinners, not the city;
A town is not to blame if a bad pilot
makes men speak ill of it.

Hippomedon, third of the heroes, showed his nature thus:
While yet a boy he had the strength of will
not to take the pleasures of the Muses
that soften life; he went to live in the country,
giving himself hard tasks to do, rejoicing
in manly growth. He hunted, delighted in horses,
and stretched the bow with this hands, to make his body
useful to the city.

There lies the son
of huntress Atalanta, Parthenopaeus,
supreme in beauty. He was Arcadian,
But came to Inachus' banks and was reared in Argos.
After his upbringing there, he showed himself
as resident foreigners should, not troublesome
or spiteful to the city, or disputatious,
which would have made him hard to tolerate
as citizen and guest. He joined the army
like a born Argive, fought the country's wars,
was glad when the city prospered, took it hard
if bad times came. Although he had many lovers,
and women flocked to him, still he was careful
to cause them no offense.

In praise of Tydeus
I shall say much in little. He was ambitious
greatly gifted, and wise in deeds, not words.

From what I have told you, Theseus, you should not
wonder that these men dared to die before the towers.
To be well brought up develops self-respect:
anyone who has practiced what is good
is ashamed to turn out badly. Manliness
is teachable. Even a child is taught
to say and hear what he does not understand;
things understood are kept in mind til old age.
So, in like manner, train your children well.

Ballybunion Marriage
Bride Residence Groom Residence Date Witness Witness Brandon, Bridget Ballyegan Connor, John Ballybunion 08/09/1878* Luchane, Patrick Brandon, Michael Brandon, Bridget Knockenagh Scanlan, John Listowel 17/02/1874* Buckley, Patrick Brandon, John Brandon, Bridget no rec Shea William Coolard 31/01/1845 Brandon, Timothy Rice, Thomas Brandon, Ellen no rec Cahill, John Galey 06/02/1860 Cahill, Bartholomew Brandon, David Brandon, Hanora Galey O'Connor, Thomas Beale Hill 31/01/1891 Mulvihill John Walsh, Bridget Brandon, Honora Coolard Connor, Richard Glouria 02/03/1867 Connor, John Dore, John Brandon, Mary Garryard Fealy, Thadeus Galeville 03/02/1872* Dillen Thomas Guiry, John Brandon, Mary no rec Griffin, Maurice Bromore 04/02/1845 Hennessy Thomas Callaghan, Maurice Brandon, Mary Lacca Kennelly, Timothy Lacca 08/07/1888 Enright Thomas Casey, John Brandon, Mary Ballyegan Landers John Listowel 18/03/1866 Carr Joanna Connor, Edmund

Ballybunion Baptisms

Candidate D/O/Birth D/O/Bapt Father Mother Residence Brandon, Daniel no rec 28/01/1866 Brandon, James Deenihan, Ellen Lacca Brandon, Dermot no rec 03/05/1849 Brandon, Michael Connor, Catherine Coolard Brandon, Ellen 26/12/1873 27/12/1873 Brandon, James Deenihan, Ellen Kilgarvin Brandon, Esau no rec 29/08/1839* Brandon, Raymond Brandon, Hanora Coolard Brandon, Hanora no rec 12/07/1863 Brandon, James Denihan, Ellen Laka Brandon, Honora no rec 02/04/1848 Brandon, Timothy Scanlon, Mary Coolard Brandon, James 16/08/1882 20/08/1882 Brandon, James Deenihan, Ellen Lacca Brandon, Jeremiah no rec 03/04/1858 Brandon, Timothy Scanlon, Mary Coolard Brandon, John 15/06/1871 17/06/1871 Brandon, James Deenihan, Ellen Kilgarvin Brandon, John 04/04/1897 11/04/1897 Brandon, John Sheehy, Ellen Knockenagh Brandon, John no rec 15/08/1855 Brandon, Thomas Connell, Mary Coolard Brandon, Margaret 12/05/1876* 14/05/1876* Brandon, James Deenihan, Ellen Kilgarvin Brandon, Margaret no rec 15/05/1841 Brandon, Michael Connor, Catherine Coolard Brandon, Margaret no rec 15/01/1859 Brandon, Thomas Connell, Mary Gale Brandon, Mary 14/01/1869 16/01/1869 Brandon, James Deenihan, Ellen Lacca Brandon, Mary no rec 15/07/1865 Brandon, John Enright Mary Lahesragh Brandon, Mary 04/03/1887 05/03/1887 Brandon, John Sheehy, Ellen Knockenagh Brandon, Mary no rec 15/12/1839 Brandon, Michael O'Connor, Catherine Coolard Brandon, Michael 26/09/1891 27/09/1891 Brandon, Daniel Power Debora Lacca Brandon, Patrick 21/08/1894* 26/08/1894* Brandon, John Sheehy, Ellen Knockenagh Brandon, Thomas 09/04/1892 10/04/1892 Brandon, John Sheehy, Ellen Knockenagh Brandon, Thomas no rec 29/07/1845 Brandon, Michael Connor, Catherine Coolard

World War I: Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener
By Kennedy Hickman,

Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener

Photograph Source: Public Domain
Early Life & Career of Horatio Herbert Kitchener:
Born June 24, 1850, Horatio Herbert Kitchener was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Henry H. Kitchener and his wife Frances Anne Chevallier-Cole. Though born Listowel, Ireland, Kitchener's family was of English descent. In 1864, the family moved to Switzerland as Kitchener's mother was suffering from tuberculosis. The mountain air failed to improve her health and she died later that year. In the wake of his mother's death, Kitchener returned to Britain and entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. Eager to see action, he took leave in 1870, and joined a French ambulance company during the Franco-Prussian War.

Contracting pneumonia after a balloon ascent, he was brought back to England by his father. Completing his studies, he was commissioned into the Royal Engineers on January 4, 1871, but was reprimanded by the Duke of Cambridge for violating British neutrality and fighting with the French. Three years later, Kitchener was dispatched by the Palestine Exploration Fund to aid Claude R. Conder in surveying the region. Completed in 1877, the eight-volume survey later became the basis for many modern maps of the region. After a brief stint as vice-consul in Anatolia, he was transferred to Egypt in 1883.

Kitchener in Africa:
Arriving with the British rank of captain, Kitchener was also given the Turkish rank of bimbashi (major). The following year he participated in the expedition to Khartoum to relieve Major General Charles Gordon's besieged garrison from a Mahdist army. Arriving on January 28, 1885, the expedition found that the defenders had been overwhelmed two days earlier. After retreating back to Egypt, Kitchener was made Governor of the Red Sea Territories with the rank of colonel. Wishing to re-take the Sudan, the British consul-general of Egypt, the Earl of Cromer, tapped Kitchener to lead the Egyptian army in 1892.

Appointed sirdar (commander-in-chief) of the Egyptian Army with the rank of major general, Kitchener began a rigorous training program designed to build an effective fighting force. Equipping his men with modern weapons, Kitchener began advancing up the Nile in March 1896. Building a railroad as they advanced, Kitchener's army brought the Mahdists to battle at Omdurman on September 2, 1898. Though some of his commanders criticized Kitchener's tactics, he won a stunning victory and the Sudan was quickly retaken. Proceeding south, he was able to present a firm, but diplomatic front during the Fashoda Incident.

The Boer War:
For his success in the Sudan, Kitchener was knighted and elevated to Baron Kitchener of Khartoum. Remaining in the Sudan, he worked to rebuild the country through the construction of schools and mosques, as well as worked to ensure the religious freedom of the inhabitants. With the outbreak of the Boer War in 1899, Kitchener was dispatched to South Africa following early British reverses. Serving as chief-of-staff to Field Marshal Frederick Roberts, Kitchener worked to reorganize British logistics and transport. In February 1900, he led a highly-criticized assault during the Battle of Paardeberg.

With the defeat of the Boer armies, Kitchener succeeded Roberts in November 1900, and worked to suppress the remaining enemy guerrillas. In an effort to end the conflict, he negotiated a reconciliatory peace treaty with the Boers only to have it rejected by London. As a result, Kitchener embarked on a brutal scorched earth campaign to end the Boer insurgency. Burning farms, British troops forced Boer families into concentration camps to prevent them from aiding the guerrillas. Conditions in these camps quickly deteriorated and the British were harshly criticized by the international community.

Continuing to lobby for a compromise peace treaty, Kitchener was finally rewarded in 1902 with the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging. With the end of the conflict, Kitchener, now a full general, was made Viscount Kitchener. Transferred to India where he was named commander-in-chief, he worked to reform the Indian Army. Coming into conflict with the Viceroy, Lord Curzon, Kitchener was able to compel his resignation. Promoted to field marshal in 1910, Kitchener lobbied for the position of Viceroy of India, but to no avail. Instead he was posted to Cromer's old position as Agent and Consul-General in Egypt.

Kitchener in World War I:
Made Earl Kitchener on June 29, 1914, he was immediately tapped by Prime Minister H.H. Asquith to serve as Secretary of State for War when World War I commenced two months later. One of the few who believed that the war would last several years and cause heavy losses, he initially directed Britain's overall war strategy as well as oversaw recruitment and munitions acquisitions. One of his first actions was a massive recruitment campaign to dramatically expand the British Army. Soon a distinctive poster featuring his face appeared all over Britain encouraging people to enlist.

Dubbed the "New Army," Kitchener's efforts represented the first time that Britain had fully committed its manpower to building up its land forces. With the Western Front quickly settling into trench warfare, Kitchener advocated landing troops at Iskenderun in present-day Turkey. He argued that such an attack would cut the Ottoman Empire in two as well as sever critical rail links. Rebuffed, he was talked into supporting Winston Churchill's attack on Gallipoli. As the fighting progressed, Kitchener found it increasingly difficult to work with other members of the war cabinet and relations became strained.

In 1915, his political reputation was badly damaged as the Gallipoli campaign began to collapse and the Shell Crisis hit. The latter, a scandal resulting from a belief that the British Army was short on shells, led Asquith's government to collapse. In the coalition government that was formed, Kitchener was retained but responsibility for munitions production was transferred to David Lloyd George. Following the crisis, he travelled to the Mediterranean to inspect the conditions at Gallipoli and other installations in the region. It was hoped that Kitchener could be persuaded to remain in the area as commander-in-chief.

That December, Sir William Robertson was named Chief of the Imperial General Staff on the condition that he was granted the right to speak for the army in the Cabinet. As a result, Kitchener was reduced to overseeing manpower and recruitment. Though declining in influence, Kitchener was selected, along with Lloyd George, to travel to Russia in May 1916 on a diplomatic mission. Shortly before departure, Lloyd George was forced to back out and the decision was made to send Kitchener alone. Traveling north, he boarded the cruiser HMS Hampshire at Scapa Flow on June 5, 1916.

Putting to sea, Hampshire struck a German mine around 7:30 PM that same day as it sailed towards Russia. Sinking west of the Orkney Islands in a heavy gale, only twelve of the crew were rescued. Beloved by the public, Kitchener's death stunned Britain and was viewed as a disaster for the war effort. Several conspiracy theories were subsequently advanced regarding Kitchener's death, the most notable being that Hampshire was sabotaged by the famed German spy Fritz Joubert Duquesne. German records indicate that Duquesne was awarded the Iron Cross for his actions.