Kathleen’s Corner-27/05/2015

By Kathleen Mullane

Well it was a great day on Saturday afternoon last when parents and their children gathered in Páirc na nGael for the annual Community Games. Luckily it was a very pleasant day and the games went off without a drop of rain! It was great also to see both boys and girls partaking in all the events. Well done to all those who helped in any way to organize and run off the games. Best of luck to the winners who now go forward to the County Finals in the near future.

Congrats to Kevin Murphy of Dirreen (son of Noreen and Denis) who celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday night last at the Top of the Town. A brilliant night was enjoyed by family, relatives and friends alike.

Incidentally the very best of luck to all the students who are heading off to Canada, the USA and further afield in the next few days to work for the summer months and the best of luck also to all the secondary students who will be starting their Junior & Leaving Cert exams next week.

Things are “gearing up” for the “Fun/Adventure Run” which is being held on June 7th and organized by the local GAA Club. Many are taking to the roads getting fit for the event which, if last year’s event is anything to go by, should be a great success. If anyone wishes to help out please contact Kevin O’Keeffe on 087-7636568.

Well Athea was in a state of shock last week when news filtered through of the sudden death of Marion White (nee O’Connor) of Gortnagross. Marion was much loved by so many, she did so much volunteer work, organizing the annual Fashion Show to send people to Lourdes and going to Somalia and various other places doing volunteer nursing work. Huge crowds came to pay their last respects at Kelly’s Funeral Parlour on Sunday evening. Concelebrated Mass on Monday had 15 priests in attendance. Burial took place afterwards in Holy Cross. ‘May the light of heaven be hers’.

The death occurred suddenly also last week of Denis Quaid of Dirreen. Denis was very well known in the ‘racing circuit’ and will no doubt be very sadly missed by all the racing enthusiasts. Denis will be laid to rest on today Wednesday.  Go ndeana Dia trócaire le na h-anam.

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By Carrig Side-27/05/2015

By Tom Aherne

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday May 18th. The numbers drawn were 2,18,19,30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Ita Kirk, Reens Ardagh. €60 Denis Woulfe, Ardagh. €60 Oisín and Daithí, c/o Curley’s. €30 G and N c/o Denis Greaney. €30 Nora Dineen, Ardagh. €30 Liam Doherty c/o Alish. Next week’s draw will be held in Reens Bar, Ardagh, and the Jackpot will be €11,800.

We extend our sympathy to Joe and Nora Walsh and family Corbally, Kilcolman, on the death of Joe’s mother Nora Walsh nee Mulvihill, Leitrim East, Moyvane, County Kerry at Kerry General Hospital on Sunday May 10th. Following repose at Lyons Funeral Home Derry Listowel on Monday May 11th her remains were removed to the Church of the Assumption Moyvane. Following her funeral Mass she was laid to rest in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, on Tuesday May 12th. She is survived by her sons, daughters, sons -in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Mary O’Connor, Jobbers Cross, Shanagolden, who celebrated her 96th birthday on Thursday May 21st

Congratulations and best wishes to Nora Barrett, Rooskagh West, who celebrated her 91st birthday also on Thursday May 21st.

Congratulations to Martin Flynn, and Mike Kearney who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday May 13th.

It was heartbreak for Carrig Celtic in the Desmond League Cup final played in Clounreask, Askeaton on Saturday May 16th when they were pipped 5-4 on penalties by Abbeyfeale Utd. The match ended 2-2 after extra time with a Sean McSweeney and an own goal making up their total. It was a good all round display by the team and a cruel way to be defeated on penalties in sudden death. TEAM: Shane O’Connor, Sean O’Connor, Anthony Liston, Alan Moloney, Gavin Hayes, Podge McCarthy, Donal Nolan, Anthony Molyneaux, Sean McSweeney, Seanie King, Ray Cahill, Subs Ray Brouder, John O’Connor, Francis Moore, Dean Liston, Sean Dwyer, Declan Greaney. Management Mickey O’Grady, Paul O’Connor, Alan Moloney.

Congratulations to Kilcolman Rovers who defeated Broadford Utd 1-0 in the Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League U 11 Cup Final at Clounreask on Wednesday May 13th. Con Enright scored the goal and Jack Kennedy was player of the final. TEAM: Jack Kennedy, Cillian Heffernan, Danny Madigan, Darragh McMahon, Conor Kelly, Ryan Moloney, Captain Lorcan Murphy, PJ O’Sullivan, Cian Mullins, Conor Hodgson, Oisin Ryan, Chris Kinehan, Joseph O’Connor.

Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s Community Games U 15 Futsal team, and manager Catherine Hayes, who won silver medals at the County Finals in Galvone Limerick on Sunday 17th. TEAM: Michael Shanahan, Michael Conlon, Eoin McEnery, Shane Murphy, Shane King, John Hayes.

Congratulations to the U-13 team who received 4th place medals and manager Michael Murphy. TEAM: Thomas Murphy, Patrick Ambrose, Cathal McEnery, Cormac Mann, Tomas Mann, Ashton Magner, Shay Greaney, Tom McMahon.

Dylan Moloney, John Hayes, and Michael Shanahan from Saint Kieran’s assisted Limerick in a four county U-14 team blitz in Rathdrum, Wicklow on Saturday May 16th.

Daniel Geraghty and Conor Woulfe, from Ardagh N.S. were part of the West Limerick team that took part in the Mackey Cup Tournament played in UL.

Emma Donovan, and Leah Hayes, from Kilcolman N.S. were part of the West Limerick team that took part in the Neville Cup Tournament played in UL.

The Orlaith Geoghegan fundraising night at the Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday May 16, was a tremendous success and a very enjoyable night that was enjoyed by the 600 attendance. The musicians and singers provided great entertainment and all involved in holding the night are to be complimented. The following is a note from Orlaith’s parents Martin and Jackie:

“On April 22, Orlaith Geoghegan was admitted to the Rainforest Ward at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London, where she commenced treatment for her condition under the care of Dr Khalid Hussein specialises in Paediatric Endocrinology with special interests in Hypoglycaemic disorders. To date Orlaith has responded well to treatment received however her care needs continue to be demanding and this treatment will be the norm for the foreseeable future.

Orlaith’s parents, Jackie and Martin, would like to take this opportunity to extend their gratitude and say thank you for the overwhelming support received from the communities of Limerick and further afield’ Particular thanks is extended to neighbours, friends and family who have made themselves available and offered support during this difficult time. To the members of the Orlaith Geoghegan Benefit Fund who, without exception, generously gave their time to the successful fundraising efforts and to all those who contributed to the fundraising effort.”

The Limerick Association, under the chairmanship of John Giltenan, a native of Rathkeale, will hold a Benefit Night for Orlaith in Kilburn, London on Saturday 26, September. More details nearer the time.

The untimely death of broadcaster and television presenter Derek Davis, caught us all on the hop and he will be a sad loss to his profession. He was much loved for his friendly and relaxed approach that put people he was talking to at ease. Many will recall his year spent on the showband circuit with his band Mean Tom and the Tree Tops. Big Tom was the top attraction at the time and Derek went on the road as friendly opposition to him. He was a gentle giant and he enjoyed a very successful career and he left a wonderful collection of memories behind to remind us all of his many talents. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations to West Limerick102FM Community Radio who celebrated ten years on air last week. A large crowd turned up at the station on Saturday afternoon last to join with staff and volunteers to celebrate the happy occasion. A lot of people from the locality have being involved in the journey which commenced on March 1st 2002 as Newcastle West 103 Radio. This fledgling station closed after six months to allow an application to be made to the BCI. A trial month on air followed in 2003 and eventually a five year broadcasting licence was awarded two years later.

The Station went on air on Sunday, May 15th 2005 and Eileen Flynn O’Sullivan from Carrigkerry was the first voice to be heard. She went on to become one of the most loved and sought after voices and her involvement was spread over many programmes. Irish Television was present to capture this great occasion of community involvement by so many people in West Limerick. Limerick Matters goes out each Wednesday at 7pm on SKY 191 Channel and it should feature the visit to the radio on this coming Wednesday 3rd June.

Shanagolden Community Hall celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year, and they are holding a Showband Concert to mark the occasion on Friday 19th June. The line-up will include Tommy Drennan, Trudy Lawlor, Ronan Collins, Sean O’Dowd, Lorraine and the Conquerors. It is an all ticket event and they cost € 25 each and they are available from Community Council members and also in the local shops. A great night is promised and bar facilities will be available.

Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society will have a full day outing to Cobh and Spike Island on Sunday 28th. June 2015 leaving Limerick city at 8.000am.  This should prove to be a most memorable visit which will give us an opportunity to view one of the world’s largest cruise liner ‘The Royal Princess’ which is 19 decks high and will be berthed in Cobh that day and will depart at 6pm.  The visit will include Cobh’s famous Cathedral St. Colman’s, the Titanic Memorial, Lusitania Victims burial plot, Jack Doyle the Gorgeous Gael’s grave.  We will also visit Spike Island with a viewing of the home of ‘Little Nellie of Holy God’.  The trip includes guided tours throughout.  As seats are limited early booking is advisable.  Contact Pat O’Donovan PRO 087 9977340.

The annual Rathfredragh Cheshire Home Fete will take place on Sunday 5th July. The committee are seeking donations at present and they can be dropped into Reception at Rathfredragh. They will accept clothes, shoes, handbags, or bric a brac but not any electrical equipment. For more details contact Catriona on 069-83279

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-27/05/2015

Lucky Numbers Draw

23/ 05/ ‘15

No’s Drawn: 4, 11, 18, 28. No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each

Shane O’Connell, Ballyhahill

Pat Mulvihill, Hillside Drive

Páraic Enright, Athea

Sylvia Boucher, c/o Thady Hunt

Sellers Prizes:  Lillian Fitzgerald & D. de Barra

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Jim Sullivan, Lower Rd., Athea

Margaret Sheehy, Dirreen

Next Draw: 30/05/’15 Venue:  Top of the Town Jackpot: €6,400

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