Centenary Ball marks 100 years of Salesians in Pallaskenry


By VSO Publications


– January 23, 2020


A special Centenary Ball to mark 100 years of the Salesians in Pallaskenry will be held on Saturday, 25th January, at Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel and Spa in Adare, and past pupils, past and present teachers and Salesians, are invited to help to celebrate the huge contribution which the Salesians have made in touching the lives of the thousands of students who were educated at Salesian College in Pallaskenry. The evening will begin at 6.30pm with a drinks reception followed by a four-course meal. ‘Truly Diverse’ will provide entertainment for the remainder of the evening. Tickets are available from www.eventbrite.ie


Mass will be celebrated in the College Chapel at 12 noon on Saturday, followed by a tour of the school, with light refreshments served in the school canteen. Fr John Campion will be chief celebrant, accompanied by many Salesians. People will also have an opportunity to walk the corridors and classrooms and reminisce about past schooldays.


Fr Aloysius Sutherland (the first rector) and four Salesians moved into Copsewood House, Pallaskenry, on 8th December 1919, and they later established a secondary school and agricultural college.


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Rev. Patrick J O'Donoghue




Birth 4 AUG 1885 • Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland


Death 9 OCT 1944 • Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA




Fr Pat Donoghue; 1944 • Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA


Calvary-All Souls Chapel Grave #9 Lot 1436 Section F


Death of Mother Margaret Kennelly(1846–1927)


02 Feb 1927 • Toureen, Duagh, Kerry, Ireland


Death of Father Daniel O'Donoghue(1843–1913)


9 Apr 1913 • Toureen, Duagh, Kerry, Ireland


Mary Moran SSL is the eldest of four girls from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. She was born on November 17, 1939. In 1952, she received a County Council scholarship to attend St Louis Secondary Boarding School, Kiltimagh. In 1958, she entered the St Louis Sisters in Monaghan.




DEATH of Eileen Hannon, née O’Riordan, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry, and formerly Lake Vale, Ballydesmond, Co. Cork, peacefully in the wonderful care of Listowel Community Hospital, on 31st October 2019, wife of Danny and mother of Maurice, Pat and Lesley-Anne, also survived by her grandchildren Erinna, Ashleigh, Clodagh, Lainey, Ella and Lewis-Daniel, sisters Maureen, Noreen and Kay, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Pre-deceased by her sisters, Sr. Sheila, Kitty, Peg and brother Don.


Killarney Echo and South Kerry Chronicle 1899-1920, Saturday, March 08, 1913; Page: 6




Mr. Mulvihill then proposed a resolution extending their kindest and heartiest wishes and fervent God-speed to their respected townsman, the Rev. Willie Cain, on his departure from the dear old motherland to resume the important Godly duties as pastor in the parish of Portland, in the diocese of Ballarat , Victoria, and earnestly  hoping that he would long be spared to labour so zealously for the propagation of the Faith and the advancement of the interests of the people whom God had placed under his charge. The resolution which was seconded by the Chairman, was passed with, acclamation.




DEATH of Sr Eileen Ryan, (Sisters of Mercy, Athy, Co Kildare and late of Kilteely, Co Limerick ) – Sept 27, 2019 ,peacefully in the loving care of the Staff of Le Cheile Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Athy. Sr Eileen, predeceased by her parents John and Margaret Ryan, her brothers Jerry and Larry, her sisters Sr Gertrude and Catherine. Deeply regretted by her sisters Sheila Roche, California and Sr Noelle, Bon Secours Sisters, Cork, nieces, nephews and grandnieces, her Mercy Community, extended family and friends.



Sympathy to Eileen, and Richard Ambrose and family, Dunganville, Ardagh, on the death of Eileen’s brother Fr John Joseph Courtney, Mill Hill Missionaries, Dublin, Kenya, and formerly of Boheshill, Glencar, Co. Kerry, on  August 23, peacefully in the Beacon Hospital Dublin. He was son of the late John and Bridget (nee Foley) Courtney, and his ministry was spent in Kenya until he retired.  He is survived also by his brothers Patie, Donal, Jerry and sisters May (Murphy), Brid (Fitzgerald), sisters in law, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, his extended family and friends and by his Mill Hill Missionary colleagues.


DEATH: Michael O’Brien (Mickey), Finnoe, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick. 19/9/2019.


Deeply regretted by his sorrowing Wife Mary, Daughter Ella, Sisters Nan McSweeney (Loughill), Sr. Mary O’Brien (Mallow), Sr. Catherine O’Brien (Charleville), Nephews, and Nieces.


Arriving at The Church of The Visitation, Ballyhahill on Sunday for 1pm Mass. Burial immediately afterwards in Kilcolman Cemetery.




CONVENT Listowel; Our Open Evening for Students wishing to enroll for the Academic Year 2020-2021 will take place on Wednesday 2nd October 2019;


Junior All Ireland Winning Camogie Team; Past pupil Jackie Horgan and Team Captain Niamh Leen visited the School with the Kathleen Mills Cup which they won on the 8th September. Well done to all the team on their historic win in Croke Park.


Ballyheigue Our Lady’s Well September 2019;


Míle Buíochas.........to the large crowd who once again attended the Pattern Day Mass . We would like to thank in a special way .....Dr. Brid Walsh and The Irish Red Cross , the Gardaí, Stewards, Ministers of The Eucharist, Readers, Alter Servers, Liturgy Group , Altar Society, choir and our Sacristan Cecelia.Our thanks as well to Mary Flahive, Benny McDonnell, Derek and Kate McCarthy for the use of their fields for parking and to Pat and Geraldine O’Connor for making their house available for vesting.Joe, Adrian, Mary Jane and Patrick  for their work in keeping the grounds looking magnificent all the year round and  Judy for the beautiful refurbishment of the statue of Our Lady.Last but not least —the group of men who gave of their time, machinery, materials and labour to greatly improve the Grotto car park and bus lay-by. This has made our Well and Grotto a truly beautiful place to visit and pray.






Message from Fr. Crawford: Sept 2019


During the summer I celebrated my Golden Jubilee as a priest in the Diocese of Limerick.  I spent two days with my class mates in Maynooth in early June.  There we exchanged stories of our experience over the seven years of formation in college and fifty years as priests in various Dioceses of the country.  We were joined by a good number who started with us in September 1962 but left at different times to pursue a different vocation and were not ordained.  We were delighted to hear their interesting stories and meet some of their wives.




Then a week later I jointed my family for a large gathering of extended family – all 56 of us – and we had a great party.  A week later there was a Parish celebration organised by the Glin Pastoral Council.  This was a wonderful celebration for me and many of my family who were invited and attended.  We were amazed at the large congregation and level of detail in the liturgy of the Mass and also the wonderful food and entertainment we shared at Ceol Corbrai until last evening.  On behalf of the Crawford Clan I thank you.  We do appreciate your kindness.




I wish to thank you all for your good wishes, your cards of congratulations, your generous gifts and Prayers.  It was a wonderful Parish event and a Day to Remember and cherish for life.  A Big Thank You to all.




Then in July when I quietly reflected on my age I wrote to Bishop Brendan offering my resignation as Parish Priest of Glin Parish.  All Parish Priests (and Bishops too) are requested to offer their resignation at the age of 75 (Canon Law no. 538).  Then I waited for his reply.  In the meatime I discussed with him my options and plans for the future.  I conveyed my willingness to continue to minister and help out where needed.  I was not ready however to leave the Parish and people of Glin where I have enjoyed your hospitality, friendship and support since I was appointed in August 2005.




In due course Bishop Brendan replied accepting my formal offer to resign but he asked me to continue for the time being and in view of our conversations he proposed that I continue as Co-PP in the Pastoral Unit for the year ahead.




So the position is clarified.  I will continue to work with your and for you in the year ahead until next summer when he will review the team in this Pastoral Unit of Parishes, i.e. Glin, Loughill/Ballyhahill, Shanagolden/Foynes/Roberstown and Coolcappa/Kilcolman.  Míle Buíochas. T. Crawford.


Limerick Leader 1905-current, Wednesday, March 03, 1937; Page: 3


TO BE ORDAINED IN ROME- Amongst the students in minor orders to be ordained on Saturday, 13th March, at the Irish College, Rome (writes our Abbeyfeale correspondent), is the Rev. Timothy Murphy, of The Commercial Hotel, Abbeyfeale, who was a prominent member of the local G.A.A. Club.


Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, October 26, 1935; Page: 4



The death of Mrs. Michael J. Moloney occurred after a protracted illness at her residence, the West End Hotel, Abbeyfeale, and removes from the town one of Its oldest arid most respected residents .

There in 1953;Fr. Richard and Fr. A Harntett, CSSp, Dublin;

Limerick Leader 12 June 1916


Funeral of Mrs Humphreys Moynihan, who died at the Square Abbeyfeale. Funeral to Templeglantine.


She had given distinguished lights to the church; Very Rev. Dr. Humphrey Moynihan, D.D. President of St Thomas ? University, St Paul’s USA; His brother Dr James Moynihan, D.D. also Professor at the same university and Rev Florence Moynihan . a pastor in same diocese.

Killarney Echo and South Kerry Chronicle 1899-1920, Saturday, July 17, 1920; Page: 4



 Many friends and admirers , will be pleased to hear that the Very Rev. John Breen, S.T.L., President St. Brendan's Seminary, Killarney, has been appointed Canon in the Cathedral Chapter and Chancellor of the Diocese of Kerry, by Most "Rev. Charles O'Sullivan, D.D., Lord Bishop of the Diocese.

Irish Examiner 1841-current, 19.11.1921, page 5

Death of Rev Timothy O’Donoghue, of Diocese Cloyne and Newmarket. Worked in Diocese for forty years. A native of Clondrohid , born 71 years ago and educated at Mr Golden’s famous classical school, Macroom and later at St Colman’s. After ordination, served in Glasgow.


Kerry News 1894-1941, Friday, October 28, 1927; Page: 4


By T. M. DONOVAN (11)

In my first article I gave a list of the parish priests of Castleisland since 1781. I mentioned it first the grand old Pastor who reigned as spiritual ruler here for 49 years. Archdeacon Jeremiah O'Leary succeeded Fr. Maurice Fitzgerald.






BENEDICT RULE; These Benedictine were already in exile from England, where Catholics were not free to follow God’s call to a religious vocation. Henry VIII had suppressed all the religious orders in 1540. Helen More, the great-great-granddaughter of St. Thomas More, was one of the first postulants in the Benedictine house at Cambrai; her father Cresacre More (the great-grandson of John More, St. Thomas More’s only son), donated funds and dowries to the foundation of Our Lady of Consolation and her sister Bridget joined the order too. Generations of English girls had endured exile to observe St. Benedict’s Rule.




July 2019

Richard (Rich) Kissane, Clountubrid, Listowel.(Suddenly) at his residence on the 5th July 2019.Predeceased by his parents Michael and Molly. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his heartbroken family, his wife Mary, sons Mike and P.J, daughters Majella and Joanne, grandchildren Isabella, Darragh, Seanie, Dáithí, Richie, Michael & Thomas, brother Francis, sisters Sr. Noreen and Miriam,

GOLDEN Jubilee Celebration: Fr. Tom Crawford will celebrate his Golden Jubilee in June 2019. Mass will be celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin on Sunday 23rd June at 1pm.


Congratulations to Canon Frank Duhig who will celebrate 50 years in the priesthood with a mass in Newcastle West church on Saturday, June 15 2019 at 12.30pm.


The Notebook  Fr Bernard Healy






The whole Catholic world comes on pilgrimage to Rome, but where do the Romans themselves go on pilgrimage? Many head to Lourdes, Fatima and San Giovanni Rotondo like the rest of us, but the pilgrimage site that has a special place in the hearts of many Romans is Divino Amore, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love at Castel di Leva, a little under 10 miles from the centre of the city.




Devotion to the image of Our Lady and the Child Jesus with the Holy Spirit at the shrine [pictured] began in 1740; a pilgrim on his way to Rome got lost in the countryside. Spotting the tower of Castel di Leva, he made his way towards it in search of directions.




Drawing near, he was set upon by a pack of wild and angry dogs. Fearing for his life, his eyes fixed on the sacred image painted on the tower and he cried out to Our Lady for help. Immediately and miraculously, the crazed hounds stopped their pursuit and withdrew, whilst some nearby shepherds came shortly afterwards to put the pilgrim on the right path.


Glin Parish Pastoral Council – Golden Jubilee Celebration: Fr. Tom Crawford will celebrate his Golden Jubilee in June 2019. To mark this momentous occasion, Glin Parish Pastoral Council will host a celebration. Mass will be celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin on Sunday 23rd June at 1pm (no 11 o’ clock mass).  Afterwards there will be a light buffet served in Ceol Corbraí Hall. There will be entertainment with music and song from our local Glin talent.


Sr. Patrick Horgan, Presentation Convent, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and late of Ballyhorgan, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry, on Easter Sunday, April 21st 2019. Predeceased by her brothers Tim and John. Deeply regretted by The Presentation Sisters, her beloved sister Sr. de Sales (Presentation Convent Dingle & Tralee), sisters-in-law Mary (Ballyhorgan) and Rita (Abbeyfeale), nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, all extended family, relatives and many friends.


Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11am with burial afterwards in the Convent Cemetery.


DEATH: Michael Fuller, Ardeen House, Glenoe, Listowel, Co. Kerry, April 19th 2019, husband of the late Eily (Keane) and father of Liam, Jim, Adrian and Maria. Predeceased by his brothers Eamonn and Stephen, sisters Betty (Sr. Claver) Eileen and Nora. Sadly missed by his loving family, daughters- in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren Seamus, Michael, Ray, Niamh and Grace, extended family and friends.


DEATH has taken place of Josephine Tarrant, (Née Relihan) 63 Church St., Listowel, and late of Bedford, Listowel, on 21st April, 2019. Predeceased by her husband Eamon, sisters Catherine (Sr. Aquilina), Bridie (Sr. Loreto), brothers Tom and John Joe. Deeply regretted by her daughter Geraldine, sons Gerard and Fr. Joseph, her grandchildren Sarah, James, Aoife, Rhona, Graeme, Myrna and Doireann, her son-in-law Alex, daughter-in-law Jenny, sister-in-law Teasy Sheehy, her great grandchildren, nieces, and  nephews,


DEATH has occurred of Rev. Fr. Teddy Molyneaux of Woodford, Listowel, and South Africa, peacefully on 23rd March 2019, brother of Mary Behan (Ballymacaquim, Abbeydorney), Dan (Dromcolliher), Kitty Alice (Dublin) and the late Andy, John & Mossie.


The funeral for Fr. Teddy Molyneaux has taken place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. A Memorial Mass for Fr. Teddy Molyneaux was celebrated on Saturday (April 13th) at 10.30 am in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel.


Sr. Concepta (Mai)Looney her brother Billy died on 17 March 2019.


Sisters of St Louis represented at Anti-Human Trafficking Conference in Ireland


by Finola Cunnane SSL


 On March 1, Finola Cunnane SSL attended an Anti-Human Trafficking Conference at the Department of Justice and Equality, Dublin, entitled, “Human Trafficking: Hidden in Plain Sight”. Organised by APT Ireland (Act to Prevent Trafficking) to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking, presentations were given by representatives of key Human Trafficking organisations in Ireland, including, Noeline Blackwell, CEO, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre; Sheila Crowley, Services Manager, RUHAMA; and, JP O’ Sullivan, MECPATHS. The Keynote address was given by Kevin Hyland, OBE, who gave an international perspective on the issue. (Break)


Showing a shocking video of the 40,000 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo used to mine cobalt for mobile phones and electric cars,




PARADE: St Patrick Parade Baton Rouge Style, story from Rodge Byrne


Athea native Fr Mike Moroney, Pastor of St Alphonsus Church, Greenwell Springs, Baton Rouge, Louisiana was pleased to accept the very prestigious role of Grand Marshal for the 34th “Wearing of the Green”, St Patrick’s Parade which occurred on Saturday, 16th March in Baton Rouge. Originally started by Irish-American, Patrick Shingleton (Pat) (staff member of WBRZ TV station) some 34 years ago with a few floats. (see Athea news for more)


Fr. Moroney of Athea




March 2019

DEATH has taken place of Fr. Teddy Molyneaux, Woodford & South Africa .


WORDS TO THE WISE – “A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated: yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” – Mark Twain.


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DEATH of Fr. Con (Neily) Horan, Malahide Road, Artane, Dublin and formerly of Knockognoe, Brosna, and the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.Fr. Neily passed away on Monday February 25th. 2019 and is predeceased by his brothers Jimmy, Tom, DC, Rory and Danny. He is survived by his sister Mary (Sr. Peter, Killarney), nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Requiem Mass for Fr. Horan at St. Carthage’s Church, Brosna, on Wednesday at 11.00 a.m. Burial afterwards in the church grounds.


DEATH has occurred of Sr. Catherine Houlihan of Bealduvroga, Rathkeale, and the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Paul, Selly Park, Birmingham UK. Peacefully in her 95th year in the care of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Paul. Predeceased by her brother Tom Houlihan and sister Bridie Sullivan. Deeply regretted by her Sisters in religion, sisters Peg Hannon and Mai Mason. Remembered with love by sister-in-law Bernie, nephews, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and many friends. Date of death 23rd February 2019.