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.


Join the Central Catholic Library Association. We want to turn the Library into a major hub for Catholics to meet and exchange ideas about spreading the Faith. 2022 marks Centenary of the Central Catholic Library at Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Please share this message. See


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.


The death has occurred of Fr. Donal (Daniel J) O'Leary of Church Place, Rathmore.


                Fr. Donal (Daniel J) O' Leary, Church place, Rathmore and a priest of Leeds Diocese England, predeceased by his late brother Joseph (RIP). Sadly missed by brother Fr. Micheál, sister Maura and by everybody who knew him. Requiem mass will take place at 1pm on Thursday (Feb 7th 2019) at St. Joseph’s Church Rathmore. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Died 21 January 2019.


IRELAND’S Own; Galway born Sr. Julie Canny survived the atomic bomb blast on 6th August 1945, 70,000 were killed in seconds. All eight sisters survived the bomb blast. Sr. Julie died Nov. 1 1987 aged 93.


DEATH of Josie O’Donnell (nee Daly), Meenoline , Templeglantine, Co. Limerick who died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on October 20th. 2018. Josie is predeceased by her husband Thomas, son Gerard and infant son John. Josie is deeply regretted by her sons Dan, Fr. Tom (Chriss) S.C.A. (Argentina), Connie and Pat, daughter Catherine (Kiely), brother Battie, sister-in-law Kitty, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces.


The case, which involves a former government minister attempting to stash about US$9 million (€8.2 million) mostly in cash at a small convent near Buenos Aires, has rocked the country’s political system.


Fr Tom O’Donnell (64), from Templeglantine, west Limerick, has been appointed to lead the Catholic Church’s investigation into the affair. The Pallotine missionary is the parish priest of St Patrick’s parish in Mercedes, about 70km from Buenos Aires.






James Jameen was educated at special schools and became a shoemaker and lived in Dublin. He wrote about his experiences growing up, and I plan to make the materiel available in the Documents page for e-mailing.


MICHAEL WOULFE went to New Zealand.


NORA became Sister Dympna


JOSIE became Sister Monica


MARYANNE became Sister Philomena




When PATEEN was about 10, (1929) PADDY and his parents moved back to their ancestral home at Keale. It's believed this house was built by RICHARD's father, another PATRICK WOULFE, with the help of his 2 sons.




PATRICK (8) (b1822) Listowel. Remained in Ireland. married Catherine O'Connell. 10 children. Ellen(9), Mary(9) nun b1842, Thomas(9) b1854 Jesuit, John (9) b1858 Jesuit, Patrick (9) b1860 Jesuit, Catherine Theresa (9) Nun, b1866, Margaret (9) b? married ? Ginell, Richard(9) to Australia, disappeared. Thomas (9) b7/21/1853 married ?Stack, married Johanna Hannon. 12 children....Katia(10) b1879, Marie (10) b1881, Patrick (10) b1889, Morris (10) b?, John (10) b1883, Richard (10) b1892, *next are children of ?Hannon...Michael b1893 (children in Listowel, Joe(11), Eileen(11) b1933, Son(11) -lives on family farm Listowel) Patrick Joseph (10) b1891, Edward(10) b1897 d 1982, Johanna (10) b1900 d 1937, Margaret (10) b1901 d 1983 married John Walsh - son Liam Walsh b1942. married Breda O'Connor.




JAMES BUCKLEY WOLFE (b4/13/1843 Ireland - d1/1916 Iowa. Married ANNA O'CONNOR. 7 children.




PATRICK BERNARD Wolfe b1848 d1922




...(b10/7/1848 Chicago, Illinois - d6/13/22 Clinton) Lawyer in Dewitt, Iowa starting in 1871. Married MARGARET CONNOLE of DeWitt 1878.Elected to State Senate 1885, resigning in 1891. Appointed Judge in Clinton County 1891 - 1904. In practice with son JOHN LOYOLA WOLFE. Patrick also had a daughter, MARY ZETA WOLFE who never married. JOHN LOYOLA WOLFE (b1879 - d1962) Well known Lawyer and Member of Iowa General Assembly. Married MARY CATHERINE KANE 10/16/1912. 5 children.


JOHANNA (b1859) became Sister Scholastica.


Catholic News Article


Catholic education should be celebrated – Kate Liffey




The year before last, my now-96-year-old father, Robert McQuillan, decided to take a little trip down memory lane.




He made contact with his old secondary school, the former Christian Brothers’ secondary in Dundalk.




He received a warm welcome from the current principal of Coláiste Rís, Padraig Hamill.




The old roll books were taken down from a dusty shelf somewhere and my dad’s name and the names of his fellow students were mulled over; memories flooding back for my father and the story of the school’s pivotal role in the education of the youth of Dundalk since 1869 unfolding once again as the two men talked together.




Listening to my dad reminisce about his education, I imagine his story as a fairly common one for his generation and the generations after his.




He was born in 1923, the third son of seven children. His father was a master blacksmith who worked on the Great Northern Railway but it was primarily from his mother that the wish for a good education came.




He started primary school in 1928 with the Sisters of Mercy and then moved in 1929 and went to the Christian Brothers’ primary, in the 60th year of the school’s founding.




His first teacher was a Belfast man, Johnny Barnes. My father remembers him fondly as a great soccer player – something with which the Brothers at the time were not too enamoured.




Robert McQuillan still remembers the names, and personalities, of most of the teachers, the laymen and the Brothers, who taught him.




He remembers the exact fee for the education he received – 30 shillings a term, with the third boy and following boys free.




My father tells me very matter-of-factly that without the Christian Brothers and other Religious Orders like them in the town, there would have been no education at all for boys like him.




He doesn’t ‘sugar coat’ it either, acknowledging the complexity of the history of the Brothers in Ireland.




But for my dad, he will always be grateful for the rich educational experience he received from them and what it empowered him to do with his life.




Four of the six boys in my father’s family – one little boy, Danny, sadly died from diphtheria as a child – went on to sit their Leaving Certificate.




His sister and two of his brothers sat the Intermediate Certificate, now the Junior Certificate. This was no mean feat in terms of academic achievement for those times.




One of my father’s happiest memories was the day the Leaving Certificate results were published.




Brother Sullivan came out to the family home and the envelope was handed over with very matter of fact words of congratulations; he had come in the top four candidates in the town.




The results were published in the Dundalk Democrat and my grandfather carried the newspaper cutting to show his friends at work. That was in 1941.




A number of years later and all of my uncles who achieved their Leaving Certificate results read at university, with one going on to gain a PhD in mathematics.




My dad graduated as a mature student with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from University College Dublin.




It is worth remembering, of course, that all of this happened in my father’s family well before the introduction of free education.




Fast forward to this year, and having helped prepare many thousands of young people for the world in which we live, my dad’s old school in Dundalk will celebrate, with a certain very justifiable pride and satisfaction, 150 years of its existence in 2019.




Across every town in Ireland, north and south, similar schools were set up by large numbers of religious men and women. They were founded to serve the needs of local communities.




In the case of the Christian Brothers, founded by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice in the early part of the 19th century, ‘the local’ mattered a great deal.




Local needs around education were met locally. Well over 100 schools were established up and down the country, the most recent one in Bray, Co Wicklow in 1956.




The history of these schools is obviously mixed – and that of course, must be remembered – but that they sought to serve local communities, especially poorer communities, is significant.




One of Blessed Edmund Rice’s most famous sayings is: “Were we to know the merit and value of only going from one street to another to serve a neighbour for the love of God, we should prize it more than silver and gold.”




The theme of Catholic School’s Week in 2019 – which is being celebrated this week – is ‘Celebrating the Work of our Local Catholic Schools’.




For all of us who benefited from a Catholic education, it is worth reflecting that when we talk about the characteristic spirit or ethos of our local Catholic schools, we are not just talking about the faith context of the school, although that is important; rather, we are also referring to the school’s history, and geographical and social context.




All of this will hopefully make for a rich, honest and very real celebration of all that has been achieved in Catholic education in local communities and in the lives of thousands – even hundreds of thousands – of young people.




Among that number my dad, Robert McQuillan, is very happy to count himself.




Kate Liffey is the National Director for Catechetics and co-ordinator of the National Faith Development Team Council for Catechetics of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.




This article appears in the Faith Matters column of The Irish News newspaper of 31 January 2019 to coincide with the celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2019.


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The death has occurred of Sr. M. Ita O'CONNOR


Convent of Mercy, Castletownbere, Cork / Duagh, Kerry


O'Connor (Sr. M. Ita) Convent of Mercy, Castletownbere, Co. Cork and formerly of Duagh, Co. Kerry. Peacefully on the 9th November 2018 in the loving care of the sisters and staff of Catherine McAuley Nursing Home, Beaumont Dublin. Predeceased by her sister Catherine (Ryan), brothers Dan, Tom and Denis. Sadly missed by her loving family, brother Johnny (USA), The Mercy Sisters, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, brother-in-law Michael, sister-in-law Eileen, former colleagues and students in Scoil Phobail Bhéara, relatives and friends.


Reposing in Beaumont Convent Chapel on Saturday, November 10th, from 2pm with evening prayers at 3.30pm. Funeral Mass on Monday, November 12th, at 12 noon in St. Brigid's Church, Duagh followed by burial in Springmount Cemetery, Duagh.


December 2018;

DEATH has occurred of Fr. Bob Barry late of Lahardane who died in London.

DEATH has taken place of Fr. Brian Dalton, Florida USA & Bridge Rd. Reposing  Gleasures Funeral Home, Listowel Wednesday 12th Dec. arriving to the Church for 7.30pm. Requiem Mass Thursday 11.30am. Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.



DEATH took place of Sean (John) O'Connor, Inchamore, Listowel, on the 1st December 2018, son of the late John. Survived by his mother Margaret, sister Mary, brothers B.J. and Gerard, nephews John, Jamie and Connor, niece Lisa, sister-in-law Bridget, brother-in-law Sean, aunts Sr. Augustine, Sr. Cornelius (Sacremento, USA) Bridie (Loughill), Mary (Glin) and Catherine (Ballybunion).


DEATH took place on 11th August 2018 of Sr. Ita Rochford of Our Lady of Fatima Home, Oakpark, Tralee, and Ballyduff, County Kerry, sister of Michael and the late Sean, Patsy and Anton. Sadly missed by her loving family, the Mercy Sisters, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews and greatgrandnieces, brother-in-law John, sisters-in-law Brenda, relatives and friends.


DEATH has taken place of Fr. Noel Moran, Lahard, Beaufort, Killarney and formally of Brosna on Wednesday 8th August 2018.  He was a former curate in Moyvane/ Knockanure Parish.


Kerryman, September 07, 1968; Fr. Thomas Noel Moran to be Curate in Moyvane. Kerryman Saturday, June 19, 1971; Curates transferred by His Lordship are: Rev. Bernard Fitzgerald from Killorglin to Moyvane; Rev. Noel Moran from, Moyvane to Killorglin.


DEATH, Very Reverend Canon James Neville Pastor Emeritus Abbeyfeale and formerly of Neville’s Cross, Kilfinny, Co. Limerick, died on July 29th. 2018; sadly missed by his sister Eithne, sister-in-law Margaret, niece, nephew, grandniece, grandnephews, his housekeeper Bernadette Hyland, Bishop Brendan, the priests of the diocese, all his other relatives, parishioners and a large circle of friends.


Older people remember him as a great hurler, who played with the best of them.



August 2018

BISHOP LACY: On Friday August 3 the Bishop Lacy Stone unveiled at Ardagh Graveyard as part of the St Molua Pattern Mass at 6.30pm. A talk on Bishop Lacy by Dr Michael White of Madrid held later in the Community Centre. Another event, on Sunday August 5 a 12k walk from Bishop Lacy’s birthplace Dromadda, Athea to Ardagh Community Centre.


James (Fr. Jimmy) BUCKLEY was born on 9 May 1909 in probably Knockane, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died before 3 Jun 1981 in probably Lancashire.




    Jimmy was a priest in the Salford diocese of Lancashire. The 1939 Register shows Jimmy living at 40 Union St., Oldham, Lancashire.


DEATH has occurred of Fr. William Buckley, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Munich, Germany and formerly of Derry, Listowel. Died 19th July 2018, Predeceased by his sisters Sheila and Betty, Survived by his brothers Bobby and Tim, sisters Peggie, Josie and Mary, sisters-in-law Mary and Phyl, brothers-in-law Micky and Sean, nieces and nephews, grandnieces, and  grandnephews. Requiem Mass on Saturday was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel, and burial afterwards In St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.


July 2018

Knockanure GAA:

The Club would like to congratulate Fr. Sean Jones, Moyvane on his ordination on Sunday 1st July 2018. A wonderful and joyful occasion celebrated by many parishioners he became the first priest to be ordained in the Diocese of Kerry since 2007. Fr. Sean Jones’s ordination was held in the Church of the Assumption Moyvane in a ceremony presided over by Bishop Ray Browne. We would like to wish Fr. Jones the very best in his future ministry.


  A COMMUNITY THAT CREATES ... I am reminded of the opening hymn of the Ordination last Sunday ... “This Day was made by Lord, we rejoice and are glad”. Sunday was truly a day to rejoice and to celebrate the faith that each one of us has in our hearts. All of us on that day, I am sure, felt a sense of how alive our faith is in our Church and how we are stronger when we gather together. During the ceremony, thoughts of life growing up in Moyvane ran through my mind, the people who journeyed with me, be it my neighbours in Aughrim, my teachers in Murhur, the friends I sat with in the classroom, the farmers on their way to the creamery, the faces from around the village, the gathering for Mass on the weekends ... it was community, it was a sense of being part of something other than just ourselves. It is where we learn to become the people the Lord wants us to be, people of love and compassion. Vocations are a result of community, a community that shares faith, encourages prayer and supports participation in the life of the Church. Over the years that faith was shared with me, I was encouraged by everyone’s prayers and I was supported and encouraged to make it a lived reality in my life. May the vulnerabilities of our lives not prevent us from knowing the Lord who loves us unconditionally. Let these days be one of new beginnings where we can re-enkindle the fire of faith within us, that our hearts, minds and souls are gazing upon the love, mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ. Let us support each other on that journey. Fr. Seán Jones. (From Parish newsletter)






The year i did my leaving cert my favourite teacher was Mrs Breda Carmody. The staff names. Sr Cyril, Mrs Mary Hanrahan, Mrs Prendiville, Mr Tony Behan, Mrs Kay Foley, Sr Eileen, Mrs Colette Daly, Mrs Mary O Flaherty, Mr John Flaherty, Mrs Nolan, Sr Elizabeth, Sr Cecelia, Mr Tony Tarrant, Mrs Mc Guire, Miss Prendiville, Mr Beecher, Sr Gemma, Sr Sheila, Sr Consolata ,Monsignor O' Mahony, Mrs Breda Carmody, Mrs Noreen Mc Carthy, Mrs Eileen Mulvihill, Mrs Anne Dillon, Mrs Kathleen Hayes,




School History


It all began in 1842 when Fr. Darby Mahony, the then Parish Priest of Listowel, decided to build a Presentation Convent in Listowel. In May 1844, four nuns came to Listowel from Milltown, to run the convent. Their main objective was to open a National School in Listowel.


On the day of the opening 300 pupils attended but this number soon rose to 500.


May 2018

DEATH has taken place of Fr. Roger Duggan MSC, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Western Road, Cork City and Listowel, Co. Kerry on the 14th of May 2018. Sadly missed by his sister Una Hayes and brother-in-law Liam Hayes (Tanavalla, Listowel), niece Julia, nephew Danny, grandnephew Mathew and his fellow Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Ireland and Australia. Bishop Ray and several priests celebrated Requiem Mass for Fr. Duggan on Thursday 17th May 2018. Burial afterwards in St. John Paul II Cemetery, Ballybunion Road, Listowel. He was Born Wales, reared Birmingham, and Ordained 1993.


Fr Duggan Listowel; Born Wales, reared Birmingham, Ordained 1993 worked in Australia.


He had family in Kerry.