Locals weathered last weekâ€™s extreme wintry conditions: when a heavy snowfall followed by frost, floods and gale force winds hit the parish. While a number of large trucks got ditched at the top of the hill in both heading towards and leading from Castleisland there were no serious mishap. Fifty years ago we got a similar fall of snow which lasted six weeks on this occasion most of the snow only stayed on the ground three days . The aftermath of the recent inclement weather sees a fresh crop of potholes emerging on the local roads.
Ardfert Retreat: An evening of prayer for the men of Knocknagoshel will be held at the Ardfert Retreat Centre on Thursday 7th February from 8pm to 10pm. Contacts people, Ben Brosnan, Loughfouder, Jerry Lenihan, Meenganaire, Phil Herlihy , Church View, and Thomas Oâ€™Connor, Headleyâ€™s Bridge. New members would be greatly appreciated young and old. Itâ€™s only one night in the year that we go so join us.
Late Jimmy Cotter: News has reached the district of the death in New York of Jimmy Nicholas Cotter and late of Knockbrack Upper, Knocknagoshel. In his mid- eighties Jimmy emigrated in the late 1940s and up to a few years ago payed an annual holiday to the old sod. Jimmy was an avid reader of these notes weekly and declared so many a time whenever we met up during his trips home . Mass will be offered for the repose of his soul in St Maryâ€™s church, Knocknagoshel, on this Wednesday night at 8pm. Sincere sympathy is extended to all his relatives and friends.
Late Kevin Heffernan: The death last weekend of former Dublin football star Kevin Heffernan rekindled for many his clash with Knocknagoshelâ€™s Ned Roche when Kerry defeated Dublin in the All Ireland of 1955. On that occasion Ned held a vice like grip on the Dublin star who the pundits had forecast Heffernan would destroy Roche.
Pony and Trap Priest: The passing of Canon Jackie McKenna in Dingle recently brought back to memory of the older folk in Knocknagoshel the brief period he served here in 1948. During that time he travelled around to the Station districts with the parish clerk Larry OConnor in a pony and trap. He recalled those days for me when met at Abbeydorney Ploughing match a couple of years ago. In his early 90s Canon Jackie was last of Pony and Trap priests.