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For the entirety of my visit the church was empty and I was continually struck by the disbelief of such a small place housing such a masterful execution of minimalist architecture. The mystery and intrigue that initially surrounded the church is still with me to this day but once the building is introduced into your life stories relating to it reveal itself.

 

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World War One at Home

 

Listowel, Co. Kerry - Kitchener, The Early Years

 

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History of the Catholic church in Indiana (Volume 2)

 

...son of William and Bridget (Sullivan) Shine, both natives of the same county.... (Knockanure, county Kerry, Kerry, Ireland - 1864)

 

 

 

  A genealogical and heraldic history of the colonial gentry

 

...m. 1886, Annie, daughter of John Lang LEY, of Knockanure, CO. Tipperai-y, J. P., and has issue, Frances 'Violet.... (United Kingdom - 1886)

 

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A genealogical and heraldic history of the colonial gentry .. (Volume 2)

 

...m. 1886, Annie, daughter of John Lang let, of Knockanure, CO. Tipperary, J. P., and has issue, Frances A'^iolet.... (Undetermined country - 1886)

 

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History of the Catholic church in Indiana (Volume 2)

 

...and is a son of William and Bridget (Sullivan) Shine, both natives of the same county.... (Knockanure, county Kerry, Kerry, Ireland - 1864)

 

 

 

History of the Catholic church in Indiana (Volume 2)

 

...son of William and Bridget (Sullivan) Shine, both natives of the same county.... (Knockanure, county Kerry, Kerry, Ireland - 1864)

 

 

 

   The San Francisco call 1898/02/20

 

...Thomas C J. C. and Michael E. O'Connor, a native of Knockanure, County Kerry, Ireland, aged 50 years.... (Knockanure, California, United States - 1898)

 

  

 

 History of the Catholic church in Indiana (Volume 2)

 

...and is a son of William and Bridget (Sullivan) Shine, both natives of the same county.... (Knockanure, county Kerry, Kerry, Ireland - 1864)

 

 

 

   The county families of the United Kingdom, or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland .. (Volume...

 

...Only son of John Neville Langley, Esq., J. P., of Knockanure, Capt. and Hon. Major late Tipperary Art. S.... (Wales, United Kingdom - 1893)

 

 

 

   L'Irlande. Tome 1 / par J.-G. C. de Feuillide

 

...dans le Waterford, apparut à Owen O'Suillibhan, un barde du Munster, qui, vers l'année 1784, mourut à Knockanure, dans le... (Knockanure, Ireland - 1784)

 

  

 

  

 

  The Chadwicks of Guelph and Toronto and their cousins

 

...Married, February, 1880, Anna Maria Robertina Hephzibah, daughter of John Langley, of Knockanure, County Tipperary, J.P., and his wife, Sarah... (Ontario, Canada - 1880)

 

  

 

History of the Catholic church in Indiana (Volume 2)

 

...parish of Knockanure, to Miss Bridget Sullivan, a daughter of Eugene and Katherine (Connell) Sullivan, natives of the western part... (February, Indiana, United States - 1833)

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

The History and antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory V. 4

 

...was baptized by the Rev. James Carroll, the parish priest, Dec. 18th, 1749. " From his earliest years young Millea... (Knockanure, Kilkenny, Ireland - 1749)

 

 

 

  The San Francisco call 1898/02/20

 

...1898, at St.-Mary's Hospital, Rev. Cornelius O'Connor of I'kiah, Cat., brother of Sister Mary Teresa of Sacramento and Thomas C... (Knockanure, California, United States - 1898)

 

  

 

  History of the Catholic church in Indiana (Volume 2)

 

... JOHN W. SHINE, patrolman, and one of the most efficient members of the Indianapolis police... (Knockanure, county Kerry, Kerry, Ireland - 1864)

 

 

 

Encyclopaedia of Ireland

 

...Gallery oflrelami The Last Supper: Oisin Kelly. Exterior, Knockanure Church, Co. Kerry The Irish Times Ltd.... (Ireland - 1968)

 

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Kelly's handbook of distinguished people

 

...of late John Langley, of Knockanure, co. Tipperary, J.P. , in. 1886, Wm.... (Undetermined country - 1886)

 

  

 

Francis Guy's county and city of Cork directory

 

...Cronin Cornelius, Knockanure... (Cork, Ireland - 1865)

 

  

 

Francis Guy's county and city of Cork directory

 

...Creed John, Knockanure... (Cork, Ireland - 1865)

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

The Catholic Journal 1906/11/30

 

...O'Neill, Monagnan, Kennelly, Knockanure, Robert Keat-Walker, J.... (Rochester, New York, United States - 1906)

 

  

 

  

 

The county families of the United Kingdom, or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland : containing...

 

...Knockanure (AVIIO d. 1881), by Sarah Geraldine, dau, of... (United Kingdom - 1881)

 

  

 

The Irish priests in the penal times (1660-1760) [microform] : from the state papers in H. M. Record Offices, Dublin and London, the Bodleian...

 

...of Murhur and Knockanure. That Cornelius Lyne a new popish priest officiates in the parish of Dromod. That Daniel Holohane... (Ireland - 1714)

 

  

 

  

 

The Irish priests in the penal times, 1660-1760 : from the state papers in H.M. record offices, Dublin and London, the Bodleian Library, and...

 

...of Murhur and Knockanure. That Cornelius Lyne a new popish priest officiates in the parish of Dromod. That Daniel Holohane... (Ireland - 1714)

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

The county families of the United Kingdom, or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland .. (Ed....

 

...of Knockanure Lanigan, of Glenaguile Lee, of Barna Lenigan, of Castle Ffogerty Lid'wiil, of Dromard * Lloyd, of Lisheen Lloyd,... (Castle, Ireland - 1875)

 

 

 

   The county families of the United Kingdom, or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland .. (Ed....

 

...of Knockanure Lanigan, of Glenaguile Lee, of Barna Lenigan, of Castle Ffogerty Lidwill, of Dromard Lloyd, of Lisheen Lloyd, of... (Castle, Ireland - 1850)

 

  

 

  

 

The county families of the United Kingdom, or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland .. (Ed....

 

...of Knockanure Lanigan-O'Keeffe, of Glenaguile Lee, of Barna Liduill, of Dromard Lindsay, of Ballinard Castle Lloyd, of Cranagh Castle Low.... (Grene, Ireland - 1887)

 

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The county families of the United Kingdom, or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland .. (Ed....

 

...of Knockanure Lanigan, of Glenaguilo Lee, of Barna Lenigan, of Castle Ffogerty Lidwi U, of Dromard * Lloyd, of Lisheon... (Castle, Ireland - 1862)

 

  

 

The Intermountain Catholic 1909/02/27

 

...94 years The marriage of Mathew OKeefe George street Waterford to Miss Norah Walsh Knockanure took place on Jan 14... (Salt Lake City [Utah] ,, Utah, United States - 1909)

 

  

 

  

 

The Intermountain Catholic 1909/02/27

 

...The marriage of Mathew OKeefe George street Waterford to Miss Norah Walsh Knockanure took place on Jan 14... (Salt Lake City [Utah] ,, Utah, United States - 1909)

 

  

 

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XIV, Issue 39 1887/01/21

 

... Douglas Blacker has granted his Knockanure tenantry a reduction of 25 per cent., on the... (National, New Zealand - 1887)

 

  

 

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVIII, Issue 2 1890/05/09

 

...Kerry.- Robert Hunt presided at the recent meeting of Knockanure League.... (National, New Zealand - 1890)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XIV, Issue 39 1887/01/21

 

... Douglas Blacker has granted his Knockanure tenantry a reduction of 25 per cent., on the... (National, New Zealand - 1887)

 

  

 

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVIII, Issue 2 1890/05/09

 

...Kerry.- Robert Hunt presided at the recent meeting of Knockanure League.... (National, New Zealand - 1890)

 

  

 

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XIV, Issue 39 1887/01/21

 

... Douglas Blacker has granted his Knockanure tenantry a reduction of 25 per cent., on the... (National, New Zealand - 1887)

 

  

 

  

 

The Intermountain Catholic 1909/02/27

 

...George street Waterford to Miss Norah Walsh Knockanure took place on Jan 14... (Salt Lake City [Utah] ,, Utah, United States - 1909)

 

 

 

  The Catholic Journal 1905/01/28

 

... Colleen House, Knockanure, County Kerry.— KAVANAGH-Dec.... (Rochester, New York, United States - 1905)

 

  

 

Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Wednesday, 08 February, 1950; Page: 7

 

Listowel Urban Council voted sympathy to Very Rev. Canon Brennan, P.P.. V.F., Listowel, on the death of his brother, the late Senator Joseph Brennan.

 

 

 

Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Monday, 05 November, 1894

At the Listowel Quarter Sessions (before County Court Judge Shaw), the Rev M Dillon, PP, Newtowndillon, sued one of his parishioners, a farmer named James O'Connor, residing at Gortdromogowna for a sum of £2, amount alleged to be due for the use and occupation of a certain pew in the Catholic Church at Knockanure, for two years to the 25th March last.

 

Mr F Creagh, solr, appeared for the complainant, and Mr J Condon, solr, Newcastle,

 

defended. Evidence having been given, His Honor asked how the ground of the church was held. Mr. Creagh said by prescription. Continuing he stated that in 1866 Father Sheehy, the complainant's predecessor, made an arrangement letting some of his parishioners pews for 21 years, which expired on the 25th March, 1887. Father Dillon became parish priest in 1888.

 

Mr. Condon contended that the money could not be recovered till it had been shown that the complainant and defendant held respectively the position of landlord and tenant. His Honor asked if Father Dillon could produce a document showing that he had the freehold of the church. Mr. Creagh said there was no such document, as it was never given to a parish priest. His Honor said he was wholly unable to see upon what ground of law Father Dillon was entitled to succeed to the freehold of the church. There was no evidence before him as to tan person in whom the church was vested. There was no document produced that the church was vested in Father Dillon, or anyone else for that matter, as he was told, as a matter of fact, that the church was held by prescriptive title, and that there was no documentary title, and under those circumstances he was inclined to say that if the church belonged to anyone it belonged to the parishioners. But at any rate it was perfectly clear that it was not vested in Father Dillon for his own sole use in such a way that he could bring an ejectment against any member of the congregation to deprive him of the use of the church. The freehold was vested in Father Dillon, subject to the right of the parishioners to occupy the Church for religious Purposes, and any arrangement made between him and the parishioners as regards the payment for any specified right in the church would be an arrangement which he was not in a position to take notice of at all. Father Sheehy, his predecessor, in consideration of subscriptions from the members of the congregation for the

 

building of the church, gave them exclusive right is to certain pews for a certain space of time, which expired, and the right of the exclusion of the pews also expired, and those members of the congregation were again back on their original right to use the church subject to the right of their fellow-parishioners for religious purposes. He did not see how Father Dillon was so possessed that he could let the exclusive use to one member rather than another, and sue as if he were the sole proprietor. As a matter of Law Father Dillon had no case, and he should, therefore, dismiss the case.

 


 

Knockanure and County Kerry history

 

History: At present Knockanure village has only seven occupied houses.100 years the village had 19 houses. Two Pubs and several shops. Today only one pub and garage  remains. Many tradesmen worked in the village. Michael Carmody a Weaver, Dang Murphy a Blacksmith, Brosnan a Shoemaker, Hanrahan a Cooper and Mr Casey and Mr Carroll School teachers. Wilmot and Murphy Smith

 

Old trades have nearly died out like shoeing horses, harness making, stone mason and the repair person who could do all sorts of trades, he could build, thatch repair, pave and pick scallops or quarry flags.

KERRYMAN 25th April 1964

 

Knockanure Church opening , Foundation work had been done voluntary. Church of Corpus Christi in the Diocese of Kerry was blessed and dedicated on Tuesday by His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Denis Moynihan, Bishop of Kerry. Church designed by Michael Scott and Partners of Dublin, built of bricks, concrete and glass. The church was to have been opened last year, but a defect in the building, had to be remedied causing a delay. Two load bearing side wall of brick, with a flat roof of t beams of concrete for a roof, the front and rear wall are of glass, no plastering and is maintenances free.

 

The design was submitted two years ago at the Salsburg Churchyard Exhibition. The screen inside the front door is a carving in teak of the Last Supper by Oisin Kelly. The Arts Council gave assistance towards it. The stations of the cross are tapestries by Leslie McWeeney, The Altar and sanctuary floor are of limestone and the church has underfloor heating. The lights are recessed between the beams. It cost nearly £23,000. The platform around the church was supplied by locals using about 200 tractor loads of stones. Carpark also provided and will be tar macadamised later.

 

Present on Tuesday was Fr Donal O Sullivan S.J. Director of the Arts Council of Ireland, who praised the modern church. Mass was celebrated by Fr Pat Ahern, CC Tralee, Fr Austin O Callaghan CC Beaufort, Deacon; Fr Michael Leahy, CC Killarney sub-deacon and Fr John Shine CC Killarney , Master of ceremonies, all natives of the parish. Dr. Moynihan presided and the assistants were, Fr. Peter Canon O Sullivan PP, V.F.ListowelFr Patrick Canon Lynch PP, V.F, Dingle, who while Parish Priest of Moyvane laid plans for the erection of the church. The church can accommodate 280 people, was packed and the choir was under Mrs Thomas O Callaghan NT. Other clergy present were, Fr John Scanlon, PP Tousist; Fr E McElligott, St Patrick’s, Killorglin. Fr John O Keeffe, Bishops Secretary. Fr James Kissane, St Brendan’s Seminary. Fr John Galvin CC, Dromtariffe. The Parish Priest of Moyvane, Fr Denis Mangan and the Curate Fr Fr Daniel Griffin. The special sermon was preached by Fr Patrick McCarthy , Cc Tralee. Two oldest attending were 84 year old Mrs Nora O Connell of Lisaniskea and 80 year old Mr Edmond Sweeney of Moyvane.

 

 

The Old Church in Knockanure predates any Dominican arrival. However, the evidence in most of these refuge sites is that the friars lived like secular clergy and worked in the churches near to the houses of refuge. The administration appears to have turned a blind eye to secular clergy. Their particular interest was in breaking the religious orders. The main reason for this is that the religious orders were international organisations and open to continental influences contrary to the policies in Westminster. In Creggs, Milltown, Donore, Castlewellan, Sixmilebridge, Ballingaul, Longwood, Swords, Malahde, Thomastown, Killyon, Rathcabban, Boula, Mount Mary, Castlelyons & Kilcommac the friars were living and dressing as secular priests at that time - there is no reasonable explanation as to why Knockanure alone would be the only one that was different. Their poverty would have necessitated work in the area and, whilst it is possible that they never worked in the chapel at Knockanure they would certainly have worked in other chapels in the area as incumbents.

The arrival in Knockanure was probably at the invitation of the Stack family but sadly there are no documents to tell us anything about what was happening or how the friars arrived there or why Knocknure was chosen. The friars were also in possession of a house near Spa but the likelihood is that the bishop of Ardfert wanted help in more remote places of his diocese during those troubled times. The redundant friars of Tralee would have been a welcome help in the years between the Puritan era and the rebuilding of Catholic dioceses in the early 19th century. Sadly much of this story remains a series of speculations as records do not exist and living memory is long gone by now!

Fergal

 

 

 

 

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History Comhaltas

 

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

 

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

 

In 1978/79 Poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice took the chair there (Moyvane native). He was succeeded after a few years by Dan Keane. Interestingly Dan recalls around the 78/79 mark - a member of over 60, with 30 children in a music class. Get this though - junior membeship was ten pence, senior was fifty pence! Better again, he has the costings of the first social at what was then 2Monty's" and is now Kirby's Lantern's. They were as follows: supper was £1.20 per head, the hall was £35, the band were £68. Tickets were £2 senior, junior £1.50.

 

Souls of Song

by Dan Keane

If we are to accept that music in its broader sense means music, song and dance, then the soul of song must likewise embrace every aspect of the musical arena. To put on record every singer, dancer and musician that have graced the parish even in my lifetime would be a formidable task.

In two articles which I have written Cross-roads and Comhaltas in Moyvane and Knockanure, I have mentioned musicians I have known, and might I say musicians held in high regard.

Going back to my early childhood I can recall a white-haired old man sitting in his own corner singing songs. The man was William Leahy of Carrueragh, he must have impressed me as the memory lives on. In later years I heard his grandaughter playing the fiddle, she is also Mrs. Leahy.

My father and mother were both good singers, and if I leap forward in years I must say my nephew Michael O'Connor can take me back to memories of my father when he sings 'Skibbereen'. Michael's brother Bernie has an immense amount of songs but has a different style.

In my school days I remember the teacher Thomas O'Callaghan during singing lessons saying, "You can't sing properly if you don't open your mouth". He even referred to the way Paddy Scanlon could sing. Paddy had a grand voice with a musical ring, he could sing in the bog or around the land, but like many a good singer he was too shy for the stage.

There was another schoolmate of mine, John O'Connor late of Kilmeaney. John was a wonderful singer, no gradh for the stage, but it was the magnetism of his singing which held the crowd at Flynns on the occasion of Willie Finnucane's song on the raid at Flynns.

On the Coilagurteen road there was Paddy Creed and Mick Doody. Paddy Creed only walked with a crutch and Mick Doody was blind. Both were fiddle players. In Keylod Tade Flaherty and his son Mickey were well known on the tin whistle, while Moss Nash and his father Mike were also great exponents of the same instrument. I once asked Mike, "where did you learn to play?". Mike said, "Love-a-God, boy, I never learned only played away like a child-id suck a bottle!". At Morans we had very good singers. Patrick and Mary were outstanding and their brother Mickey played the fiddle. Molly's granddaughter Oonagh O'Hanlon of Dooncaha is keeping our traditional songs alive.

Kitty Flaherty-Kennelly had a beautiful sweet voice, her daughter Joan is an outstanding singer. The Flahertys of Gortdromagowna were and I could say are noted flute players. Pat is living in Fines. It was at their house in Gortdromagowna I wrote 'Dancing at Flahertys'. Up in Trien we have another supreme flautist, Joe Keeffe. Joe is a native of Athea. I couldn't say he's a-blow-in, he came from the east against the breeze. In Carrueragh Moll Flavin was the first woman I ever saw to play the concert flute.

In Carrueragh also was Pat Lynch, another schoolmate who was a fantastic whistler; he was the man I had in mind when I wrote 'Mickey Malone'. In Kilmeaney was Michael Keane whose accordion was heard at many a raffle, and also there was Paddy Nash (Bill's father), the man who said, "I declare to God, boyeen, if I lived long enough you'd see me in the Chapel with my little accordion playing at Mass".

In the past Kilbaha was a real home of music. I understand there is an article being written on the Kilbaha wren boys or should I say wran boys, (as they were always called). Sigerson Clifford said, 'don't say Wren Boys or you'll spoil it all'. I was once at a party at Thorntons and a man (a yank whom I didn't know) told me he once saw eight Thorntons dancing a reel and three Thorntons playing fiddles.

At the present time we have Gerard Donegan on the accordion and on the flute an accomplished player in he person of Eddie O'Connor, Patrick Hanrahan and his son Paudie were both dancers, as also was Tom Sheehan. Above the road is the home of the Cunninghams whose choice of instrument was the flute.

In the field of singing Mrs. Kennelly, always known as Mary Jane, was a sister to Patrick Hanrahan and also a sister to Paddy Finucane's wife, Lily. In 1936 I had the pleasure of hearing both. They were not identical in singing; Mary Jane had a powerful voice, musical and clear. Lily had a voice full of sweetness. As Jack Manaher once said 'She was so sweet if she gave you tea you'd need no sugar'. Continuing in the field of sweetness Mrs. Cunningham, the woman always known as Nora J.D., had a beautiful voice. I can still hear her singing 'Memories'. She'd be grand aunt to Karen Walsh-Trench, the well known singer.

Back the Hell Road we had Denny Moloney and Billy both fiddle players. Denny told me that as a young lad he went working to a man by the name of Stack a farmer in Moyvane. Stack's daughter married Buckley, a school teacher. Denny never said what wages he got but he told me Stack taught him to play the fiddle. His son Brendan is a good fiddle player.

Here I must go back to a musician I have deliberately left out, Jim Moloney from Coilagurteen. Jim was a man of over six feet, broad shouldered and strong. It was intriguing to watch the small concertina which he always held on his knee. It used remind me of Robert Service's line, 'As he clutched the keys in his talon hands'. His music attracted no less a dancer than the famous Jerry Nolan but Jerry found more attractions than Jim's music. He married Jim's daughter.

Jerry was a fantastic dancer and danced solely for the love of dancing. He had some beautiful steps, and to show his interest let me tell you a story. Dan Finucane told me he was cycling through Ballylongford with Jerry, Jerry had no light. Passing the junction a guard shouted 'halt', Jerry cycled away and left Dan behind. The guard was on foot and made no pursuit. About two miles out the road, a voice called 'is that Dan?'. Dan dismounted, Jerry emerged from under a hedge and said, 'hold the light a minute I got anew step yesterday, I want to see if, I have it'. His son Jim is a great lover of dance and music and a great exponent of the accordeon.

There must have been a history of music in Jerry's area, I once heard a verse,

"Better and better our Country is getting

Since Katie the settle took up her abode,

Not forgetting old Din with his bow and his string,

You may say we'll have music along the Hell Road".

On the Hell Road also was Jack Dunne. A good flute player and a very competent step dancer. In Gortdromosillihy we had Jack Dunne's nephew Tom Stack another good flute player, and a master of the same instrument Johnny McAuliffe. Michael McEnery also came from the same area. He married in Leitrim. His favourite instrument was the fiddle. His grandaughter, Celine Kennelly is the great- grandaughter of Mary Jane Kennelly already mentioned. She is also the great, great-grandniece of Kate Heffeman 'The Maid of Sweet Coolard'. On the 100th Anniversary of Kate's death she sang the song in Coolard on an historic tour, she is an accomplished singer.

In Gortdromasillihy also was the Foley family producing many good singers. Johnny Enright, who was a relative of the Foleys, was likewise capable of giving a good song. The first man I ever heard to sing 'Lough Sheelin Side', away back in the 1930s. I had the pleasure of seeing Josie Enright dancing on the stage at Tom Connor's hall. He was top class and was also a dancing teacher.

In the village we had Billy Cunningham, another great singer, his sons Maurice and Eddie masters of the concert flute, and on the art of singing we had Con Brosnan. I heard him once on the stage and his daughter Eileen whom I also heard once on the stage, a grand singer but also a stage shy person. Among the younger folk the Groarke family were excellent in music and song while the Doyle family of the Glin Road have wonderful voices and have likewise a great inheritance of music.

In the Aughrim area Mary Stack was also among the singing fraternity. As likewise were her namesakes the Stacks of the village, and in the Leitrim area Marie Quinn whose mother is Thornton is an outstanding singer. I cannot recall hearing any of the Quinn family playing music but I am informed it is a part of their inheritance. On the Mail road the Foley family are capable of revealing their inheritance of song and dance. In the Murhur-Clounprohus area the Hanlons were superb. Jerry had a slight impediment of speech which never impeded his singing, Tom his brother was also a great master of the art. Tom's favourite was 'On board of the Ship Melrose' .

At Galey bridge there was a lovely sweet singer who sang specially for me, not on the stage but on my knee, her name Noreen Finucane, now Mrs. Stack. Back in Knockanure Ned Carmody was able to sing the real old fashioned type like 'We'll bolt the Back Door'. He had a grandson named McMahon, (whose first name I can't recall) but he had a tremendous melodious voice, he went away in his youth. His father (whose first name also escapes me) was outstanding on the fiddle and the Gouldings also had the gift of song. Down by the Mail Road I must remember my friend Pat Ahern now living in Doonbeg where we shared the stage on a few happy occasions including once for Clare Radio. He is a good singer and a really good entertainer.

I must now cross the border in to Tarbert parish but we crossed the border many times for Mick Walsh a concert flute player and a good actor who helped to raise funds to build our church. Up the hill was Martin Ned Mulvihill a fair exponent on the accordion. I didn't know his mother, but one time she was old and in hospital I heard someone making an enquiry to know how she was. The answer was, 'She's fine. She danced a step for the nurses yesterday' .

I don't know if Pat Bunce ever played a fiddle but I'm told he made one. Down to Leitrim to Moloneys, James was a step dancer, and I've an idea there was a wee bit of music. Over the fence to Sean Ahern and of course his brothers Father Pat and Father Dan, and by no means ignoring the girls of the family. There is no need for me to say Fr. Pat is a grand fiddle player a marvellous producer and like all great men, a man of modesty. I remember the first play Sean took part in and I remember the first time I heard him singing. In the acting he combined excellently with Mick Walsh, and did likewise in the music. In the singing he was really Heavenly, so good I hated to hear him singing comic songs, I thought it a waste of a grand voice, but he had to cater for all tastes.

One final story. Sean's wife was putting the children to bed. She asked Sean to help by singing for one of the children. Sean sang and sang and sang was wide awake. Poor Mrs. Ahern decided to take over, the child looked up at her and said 'Oh, Mammy! I'd stay awake all night listening to him' - so would I.

 

 

 

 

Fr Gerry Memorial Unveiled

By

Pat Brosnan

 

A large number of people from far and near turned out at St Bartholomew’s Parish Church, Athea, on Sunday last for the Fr Gerry Roche’s second Anniversary Mass and the unveiling of the lovely memorial to him in the Church grounds. The Mass was a beautiful ceremony which was concelebrated by one of the Kiltegan priests (Fr Gerry’s Order) and other Kiltegan Missionaries including a native priest from Kenya where Fr Gerry ministered for several years, also the local clergy and a number of other priests from various areas of Limerick and Kerry. During the Mass members of the Memorial Committee and of Fr Gerry’s family performed the readings. Michael Woulfe, Chairman of the Memorial Committee, spoke of how the committee members met regularly for the past 18 months and put a lot of effort into the fund-raising. He also paid tribute to all those who contributed to the fund-raising and others who helped in different ways, such as the local FAS workers and supervisors and stone masons Brian Scanlon and his son John and Alan Ryan Hall who designed the Memorial, as well as the local clergy in providing the site within the Church Grounds, and Fr Gerry’s family for their co-operation. The local GAA club were also thanked for the 1968 County Championship medal which is incorporated into the Memorial. During the Mass, Domhnall de Barra, who was also a member of the 1968 Athea team, sang one of Fr Gerry’s favourite songs “The Boys of Barr na Sráide” and after the Mass the Memorial was unveiled by Jimmy Denihan TD Minister for Arts and Culture who also paid a tribute to Fr Gerry’s courage and dedication to his calling. When the unveiling ceremony was completed tea, sandwiches, cakes and apple tarts were provided for all those who attended in the Memorial Hall afterwards. Domhnall de Barra, Bríd and Joe Stapleton provided some great lively music and later on a film was shown depicting the mission life of Fr Gerry in Kenya and the work he performed there right up to the time of his tragic death. The film also portrayed members of his family and friends and the shock and sadness that they went through on hearing the traumatic tidings of Fr Gerry’s death. Last Sunday was a day of some great memories of a mighty man and to the Athea people one of their own, naturally intertwined with sadness and regret that a priest of his calibre and commitment did not make it home for his retirement where he would have been such an asset to our Parish. It is good to know however that this beautiful memorial has been put in place to his memory where it will be honoured by all the people of the parish as well as other areas and hopefully by many of future generations.

 

WESTERN STAR

“The Western Star” 1962, among the founder members were Patie Enright, Timmy O’Keeffe, Mick Barrett, Moss Harnett, Moss O’Connor, Eddie O’Connor and drummer, Dick Prendiville. Dickeen started in the hall in Ballylongford in September 1946, playing with Moss Harnett, John Joe and Peter O’Connor and Tom O’Donnell. Prendiville played at Tobin’s Hall Abbeyfeale in 1947 and played with Chris O’Connor, Paddy Collins, Joe Whyte and Moss Harnett. Other players Darkie Devine, Bill McGaley, Tommy Watson, Micky Houligan, Sonny O’Mahoney, Dan Canty, Frankie Dennison, Jimmy and Tess Finnegan and Frank and Florry Harnett.

 

 

 

 

 

KNOCKANURE

 

 

Old Church in Knockanure was a ruin according to Charles Smith in 1756.

O Donovan letters 1841 describes the old Knockanure church on the hill situated about three miles east of Listowel as a well preserved ruin.

 

The Dominicans had a Friary nearby in Barrett's land where there is a well called friars well. They Dominicans came to Knockanure after they were banished from Tralee c1652, they left Knockanure c 1804 to take up parish duties, among names mentioned were Fr Edmond Stack died 1781Fr Bartholomew Shine came to Knockanure 1791 and made PP of Brosna and died in 1827.

 

Knockanure was part of Listowel Parish from 1803 to 1829.

 

 

Lewis tells us that there was a thatched Chapel in Knockanure in 1837 it was replaced in 1865 by a stone and slate church. It was a plain church with a single chamber and three rows of seats and a small gallery at the back to accommodate abut 12 families.

The church was entered by a small side porch. Windows in stained glass at the back of the altar were erected by the young ladies of the parish c1908, the church was sold and demolished in 1968.

 

The building of the present flat roofed church with glass ends in Knockanure started in 1963, it was to cost £12,000 but soon ran to over £20,000.Michael Scott and Partners were the architects, who promised a maintenance free building, it has a litany of defects since it was built costing thousands. The Church was dedicated on the 21st of April 1964.

The woodcarving of the Last Supper coat £700 in 1964and was executed by Oisin Kelly. The Stations of the Cross in Tapestry were designed and executed by Leslie McWeeney

 

In 1824 Knockanure had two schools one attached to the Church and another run by Michael O Mahony. The National School opened in 1851 and another school now the Community Centre was built in 1874and closed in 1966 with the opening of the present flat roofed school

 

LEWIS Directory 1830s

KNOCKANURE, a parish, in the barony of IRAGHTICONNOR, county of KERRY and province of MUNSTER 4 miles (E. by N) from Listowel, on the river Feale; containing 1246 inhabitants. This parish which is situated on the confines of the county of Limerick, comprises 5995 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act; about one-half consists of good arable land, and the remainder of coarse mountain pasture and bog.

 

It is in the diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe; the rectory, which in 1607 was granted by Jas. I. to Sir James Fullerton, is now impropriate in Anthony Stoughton, Esq.; the vicarage forms part of the union of Aghavillin, also called the union of Listowel. Of the tithes, amounting to £78. 9s. 3d., two-thirds are payable to the impropriator, and the remainder to the vicar.

In the Roman Catholic divisions it is part of the union or district of Newtownsandes; the chapel at Knockanure is a small thatched building, to which a school is attached : in this and in a private school about 80 children are educated. The ruins of the old church still exist in the burial-ground.

Knockanure village is located within the Newtownsandes Electoral

Division. Between 1996-2002 the

population declined by 49 persons.

There are 16 dwelling in the Village housing just under 50 people

 

Stations of the Cross in Knockanure Church made by Leslie Mary MacWeeney (b.1936)
Born in Dublin, Leslie MacWeeney studied at the National College of Art under Seán Keating and Maurice MacGonigal (q.v.). She was awarded a scholarship to the École des Beaux Arts, Paris, where she studied under Professor Souverbis. MacWeeney has been included in many group shows, making her debut at the RHA in 1957, and participating in (and helping to organise) the IELA (1954-1963), the Oireachtas (1955, 1962) and the WCSI (1963). Each time her address was given as Kilteragh Lodge, Foxrock, Co. Dublin. She was also included in the 1959 and 1961 Paris Biennales, and more recently in the Irish Women Artists exhibition, organised jointly by the National Gallery of Ireland and the Douglas Hyde Gallery in 1987. In the catalogue to this latter exhibition, Dorothy Walker gave high praise to MacWeeney's wall hangings of the Stations of the Cross, which now hang in the Corpus Christi Church, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. Walker deemed this series to be "one of the most important works of religious art in the sixties" and found in them "no false note, nothing maudlin, nothing trite, but a powerful emotional content" (pp.56-57). MacWeeney has also had solo shows at the Clog Gallery, Dublin (1957), and the Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles (1961), and several shows at the Dawson Gallery, Dublin. Her work is in the collections of the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, TCD, the Thomas Haverty Trust, and the Santa Barbra Museum of Art, California.

 

In 1821,Kerry population was 216,185 and continued to increase until 1841 to 293,880. The population was 238,254 in 1851 and decreased to 149, 171 in 1926. The population was 139,616 in 2006.

Kerry is mostly Catholic. In 1861, 96.7% of the population were Catholic with 3.1% of the Church of Ireland, 0.10% Presbyterians and 0.1% Methodists. In 1911, 97.26% were Roman Catholic with 2.33% Church of Ireland, 0.17% Presbyterians and 0.17% Methodists.



Griffiths Valuation Index Knockanure, County Kerry
Buckley John Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Buckley Laurence Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Buckley Patrick Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Byrne John Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Byrne Patrick Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Callahan John Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Carroll Daniel Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Carroll Jeremiah Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Carroll John Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Carroll John Trien Knockanure Kerry
Carroll Mary Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Casey Sylvester Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Connell Patrick Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Connors Bartholomew Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Connors Bartholomew Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Connors Catherine Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Connors Cornelius Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Connors Honoria Beennanaspuck Knockanure Kerry
Connors James Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Connors Jeremiah Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Connors John Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Connors John Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Connors Mary Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Connors Maurice Beennanaspuck Knockanure Kerry
Connors Michael Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Connors Michael Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Connors Thomas Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Connors Thos. Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Corridon Thomas Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Costelloe Cornelius Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Costelloe Ellen Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Costelloe John Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Costelloe Thomas Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Cronin Daniel Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Dillane Edmond Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Dillane Jeremiah Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Dillane Mary Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Doody John Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Dore James Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Dore Mary Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Dore Michael Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Enright Ellen Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Enright John Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Enright Martin Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Enright Mary Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Finucane Honoria Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Finucane Thomas Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Flaherty Timothy Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Flaherty William Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Flynn John Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Golden Hugh Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Golden Jeremiah Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Golden John Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Golden John Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Golden Michael Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Hanrahan Patrick Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Hunt Michael Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Hunt Robert, Jr. Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Hunt Robert, Sr. Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Hunt Timothy Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Jones Timothy Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Keane Patrick Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Keane Patrick Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Kelly John Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Kelly John Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Kelly Mary Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Kelly Patrick Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Kelly Thomas Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Kennely Jeremiah Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Kennely John Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Langan Thomas Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Larkin Ellen Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Larkin James Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Leahy James, Jr. Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Leahy James, Sr. Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Leahy John Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Leahy John Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Leahy Thomas Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Leahy Timothy Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Leahy William Beennanaspuck Knockanure Kerry
Leahy William Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Lindsay Catherine Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Lunham William Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Lunham William Shanacool Knockanure Kerry
Lynch William Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Lyons Cornelius Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Lyons Daniel Trien Knockanure Kerry
Lyons Denis Trien Knockanure Kerry
Lyons John Trien Knockanure Kerry
Lyons Thomas Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Madigan Timothy Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Mahohy Thomas Beennanaspuck Knockanure Kerry
Mahony Pierce, Esq. Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Mahony Pierce, Esq. Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Mahony Pierce, Esq. Trien Knockanure Kerry
Mahony Robert Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Mc Cormack Michael Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Mc Mahon Honoria Trien Knockanure Kerry
Mc Mahon Johanna Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Mc Mahon Terence Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Mc Mahon Timothy Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Moloney Timothy Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Moore Bridget Beennanaspuck Knockanure Kerry
Moore Mary Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Moore Michael Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Moore Thomas Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Moore William Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Moore William Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Moran John Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Mulvihill Ellen Beennanaspuck Knockanure Kerry
Mulvihill Ellen Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Murphy John Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Murphy Thomas Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Nash Michael Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Neville Maurice Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Nolan Daniel Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Nolan John, Jr. Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Nolan John, Sr. Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Nolan Mary Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Nolan Sarah Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Paradine Thomas Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Pierce Johanna Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Pope Stephen Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Relahan John Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Relahan John Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Relahan Michael Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Sandes John, Esq. Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Sandes John, Esq. Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Sandes Margaret Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Sandes William, Esq. Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Sandes William, Esq. Lissaniska Knockanure Kerry
Scanlan Michael Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Scannell John Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Stack Catherine Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Stack Garrett Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Stack Michael Kilmeany Knockanure Kerry
Stack Patrick, Jr. Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Stack Patrick, Sr. Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Stack Thomas Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Stokes Catherine Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Stokes John Beennanaspuck Knockanure Kerry
Stokes John Kealid Knockanure Kerry
Sullivan Daniel Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Sullivan Denis Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry
Sullivan Thomas Trien Knockanure Kerry
Sweeny Joseph Carhooearagh Knockanure Kerry
Woulfe Thomas Gortdromagownagh Knockanure Kerry

 

 

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 ARMY

Thomas Edmond CRONIN

Regimental number 4283
Place of birth Newtownsands, Co Kerry, Ireland
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Clerk
Address Police station, Mitcham, South Australia
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 21
Height 5' 9.25"
Weight 160 lbs
Next of kin Mother, Mrs Margaret Cronin, Knockanure, Newtownsands, County Kerry, Ireland
Previous military service Nil
Enlistment date 19 April 1915
Place of enlistment Keswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name Australian Stationary Hospital 1, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number 26/70/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT RMS Morea on 26 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll) Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Age at death from cemetery records 24
Place of burial No known grave
Commemoration details Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial 58
Miscellaneous information from
cemetery records Parents: Thomas and Margaret CRONIN, Knockanure, Newtownsandes, Limerick, Ireland
Other details War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front


Embarked Adelaide, 26 August 1915.

Attached to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, for duty, 28 October 1915; transferred to Lowlands Casualty Clearing Station, 13 December 1915; transferred to South Pier for Hospital Ship, 17 December 1915; disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 29 December 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 18 July 1916 (sick); discharged to duty, 24 July 1916.

Marched in to Royal Army Medical Corps, Mustapha, 24 August 1916; proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 September 1916; marched in to Weymouth Command Depot, England, 28 September 1916; marched in to Convalescent Hospital, Dartford, 28 September 1916; marched in to Hurdcott Command Depot, and classified 'Class A', 28 October 1916; transferred to Convalescent Hospital, Dartford, 27 November 1917; transferred to 10th Bn Details, 24 February 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 25 February 1917; marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 26 February 1917; marched out to unit, 2 March 1917; taken on strength of 10th Bn, 4 March 1917.

Killed in action, France, 7 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Sources NAA: B2455, CRONIN Thomas Edmond

 

 

 

 

Topographicial History Lewis

Subscribers

Raymond, Samuel S., Esq., Bedford-house, Listowel, co. Kerry
Raymond, Capt. W., Listowel, and Spray-mount, Ballybunnian, co. Kerry

Sands, William G., Esq., Greenville, Listowel, co. Kerry
Shepheard, Capt. W., R.N., Insp. Com. Coast Guard, Listowel, co. Kerry
Stack, Edward, Esq., M.D., Listowel, co. Kerry
Stack, Eyre W., Esq., Ballyconry, Listowel, co. Kerry
Stoughton, Thomas A., Esq., J.P., Ballyhorgan, Listowel, co. Kerry
Collis, Stephen E., Esq., Gurtenard, Listowel, co. Kerry
Denny, Rev. Edward May, Vicar of Listowel Union, co. Kerry
Elliott, Alexander, Esq., Tanavalla, Listowel, co. Kerry
Fitz-Gerald, Richard, Esq., Listowel, co. Kerry
Harnett, Rev. T., P.P. of Dunagh, near Listowel, co. Kerry
Hewson, John F., Esq., J.P., Ennismore, Listowel, co. Kerry
Julian, Christopher, Esq., J.P., Tullamore-house, Listowel, co. Kerry
Lennard, Mr. John, Listowell, co. Kerry
Leonard, Dennis, Esq., Listowel, co. Kerry
Leonard, Maurice, Esq., Listowel, co. Kerry
Mahony, Rev. Darby, P.P., Listowel, co. Kerry
O'Halloran, John, Esq., Killarem, Listowel, co. Kerry
O'Kane, Rev. John, R.C.C. Lixnaw, Listowel, co. Kerry
Raymond, Capt. James, J.P., Dromin, Listowel, co. Kerry
Raymond, Samuel S., Esq., Bedford-house, Listowel, co. Kerry
Raymond, Capt. W., Listowel, and Spray-mount, Ballybunnian, co. Kerry