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By Carrig Side-19/04/2017

By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to Kate O’Doherty, Ardagh who was recently named Irish Student Designer of the Year 2017 Irish Fashion Innovation Awards. Kate is a fourth year student at the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) and her win has created a major stir within the fashion industry. The annual awards show was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, and 42 students from all over Ireland displayed their designs to over 500 guests.  Awards were made in the areas of Fashion, Millinery, Accessories and Jewellery, with the overall Student Designer of the Year 2017 going to 4th -year LSAD Fashion student Kate O’Doherty.

Speaking of her win, Ardagh native, Kate said I was thrilled to be selected to represent Limerick School of Art and Design at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards and delighted to have my family with me to share in what was a wonderful event. It was amazing to see my design come to life on the catwalk and a magical moment when I heard my name announced as Student Designer of the Year 2017. The competition judges gave Kate the verdict for her unique and creative design, which came to life when it appeared on the catwalk. Kate’s complete collection will be on display at the LSAD annual graduate show which will take place on Thursday May 11. Kate was a guest on the Limerick Today Show on Limerick Live 95fm on Tuesday April 11.

The death has occurred of Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly (née Magner) Cahermoyle, Ardagh, at her residence on Sunday April 9. Her passing at a young age has created deep sadness in the locality and she will be sadly missed by all who were lucky to make her acquaintance. Her contribution throughout her life to family, and community will never be forgotten. She lay in repose at St Molua’s Church Ardagh from 4-7p.m. on Wednesday April 12 followed by Requiem Mass. Liturgical Prayers in the Church at 12.30pm, on Thursday followed by burial in Ardagh cemetery.

We extend deep sympathy to her husband Bernard, daughters Mai and Iris, brothers Connie and Mike, sister Marie, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grandnieces, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, extended family, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Patsy Barrett Rooskagh who recently celebrated his 80th birthday at a family and friends get together in Newcastle West.

A big thank you to all the people involved in the Team Limerick Clean-up on Good Friday. It was wonderful to see individuals and groups participate in their communities, for the general good of all despite the unkind weather. It is great to see this united stand against people who dump rubbish around our beautiful countryside. It is hard to understand their thinking and motives for doing so, and the harm it does, to our wild life, fish population, and tourist industry. Two weeks ago another load of old furniture, after a house clearance was dumped at the entrance to scenic Scotland Bog in Glensharrold. A lot of the contents could have been recycled if the people who dumped them wished to do so. The people involved keep their own households neat and tidy and yet think nothing of spoiling it for others by dumping their rubbish in every convenient location. Cameras are great for spotting the dumpers, who can be seen, and we hope our Council will take action on the people involved.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association held their 16th meeting on Wednesday April 5 and ten people were present. Ger Greaney was chairperson in the absence of John P O’Sullivan, and he welcomed everybody and Secretary Mary Kury read the minutes, and correspondence. The future plans of the association were discussed with next year’s Ardagh Chalice anniversary being the main focus. A lot of people associate the Chalice with Ardagh in County Longford and this need to be addressed and highlighted. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 10 in Coolcappa Community Hall at 8pm and all are welcome.

Congratulations to the following prize winners in the Carrig Celtic 300 club draw. First Prize; €1,000 Moyvane Marian Hall, Second Prize; €250 Lorcan Flavin, and three prizes of €50 each; Josephine Kiely, Lisgordan, Ardagh, John Greaney, Kilcolman, and Sean Windle, Knockfinisk.

The following are the Lottery results from the Old Mill Bar on Monday April 10. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 25, and 27 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each;  Emma and Maureen Noonan, Ardagh, Teresa Flavin, c/o Catherine Noonan, John Duggan, c/o Neary’s, Catherine O’Donnell, c/o Moloney’s, and P O’Sullivan,

c/o Josie. Next week’s Jackpot will be €14,600 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s community games members Amy Ava and Hannah, who won the U-10 Group Irish Dance competition held in Rathkeale Community Centre, on Sunday April 9. They were also awarded the overall entertainment act prize, and Hannah also came first in the U-10 Solo Irish Dance.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Rathkeale by 0-16 to 2-7 in the West Senior Football Championship semi final at Askeaton Gaelic Grounds on Easter Saturday April 15. They led by 0-10 to 1-5 at half time and extended their advantage in the second half. They will meet Ballysteen in the West final. Team Dan Madden, Mossie Shine, Brendan McCarthy, Anthony Mullins, Kevin Meade, John Doyle, Jack Ben Harnett, 0-1 Johnny Mc Carthy, 0-1 Darragh Treacy, 0-1 Noel Callanan, Anthony Molyneaux, Sean McSweeney, 0-11 Niall O’Shea, 0-1 Paudie McCarthy, Seamus Mangan, 0-1 Subs John O’Connor, Killian Enright.  Saint Kieran’s will play Ballylanders in the opening round of the Limerick senior football Championship on Saturday April 22 in Kilmallock at 7pm.

Eoin Burke, Liam Kennedy, Noel Callanan, 0-3 and Diarmuid Mulcahy sub from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick team that defeated Waterford by 1-10 to 0-9 in the Munster Minor Football Championship in the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday April 12.

Carrig Celtic lost 3-1 away to Rathkeale in the Desmond Premier Division League Cup semi final on Sunday April 9. Carrig Celtic B defeated Feenagh B 2-1 at home in the Division 3 League Cup with goals from Donal Balfe, and Liam Upton. Creeves Celtic lost 2-0 away to Knockaderry in the same competition. Kilcolman Rovers defeated Broadford Utd 2-1 at home in the Desmond Ladies Division 1 League Cup semi final. Ciara O’Donnell, and Dora Bury, scored their goals.

Easter week saw the arrival of a new electric car around the village of Carrigkerry. It is an insight into what the future holds for motorists, and we wish the family enjoyable driving.  Technology is advancing so quickly that soon we will have driverless cars in the locality and they will ferry us around at the touch of a button. Forward thinking follows the family who also owned the first tractor to come to the area.

People are asked to hand in their Trócaire Boxes to their local church or school. If possible please replace the smaller coins with larger coin or ideally with notes. Please be generous with your donations as every cent can make a difference, to the poor in third world countries.

From this coming week end April 22/23 the change of Mass times will operate in Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish as follows; Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry Saturday at 6.30pm, and in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Sunday at 11am.

Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas are holding a rambling house in the Community Centre Ardagh on Saturday April 22 at 8pm. All musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers are most welcome, and it promises to be a very enjoyable night. The proceeds will go to the Irish Guide Dogs and the RNLI, and all support will be appreciated.

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By Carrig Side-12/04/2017

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Thomas Ahern, (Tom) Knockfinisk, Athea, at his residence on Sunday April 2. He was a retired member of the farming community and he was 87 years old.  Tom who was the last surviving member of his family lived a long life and fulfilled life and the crowds that attended his removal were testament to the popularity of the family. He was outgoing and he conversed well with people and he loved going to music and singing sessions. He loved to sing and he compiled a number of his many songs in a CD for future listening. He was one of the first to own a car around his own area, and his presence will be sadly missed by all.

He lay in repose at Kelly’s Funeral Home Athea on Tuesday April 4, from 6.00 pm.
His remains arrived at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Wednesday morning for 12.00 noon Requiem Mass.   Fr Tony Mullins was the chief celebrant along with Fr Tom Mangan and Fr Tim Curtin. The gifts taken to the altar, miniature car and tractor, family photo, mobile phone, watch and CD represented his life’s interests. Tom received a great singing and musical send off and he was laid to rest afterwards in Holy Cross Cemetery,  Athea
We extend our sympathy to his wife Anne, sons Johnny (Old Mill) and Thomas (Knockfinisk, Athea), daughters Nora (Galway), Maura (Kilcolman), Ann (Askeaton), Angela (Newcastlewest) and Patricia (London), daughters-in-law Alice and Gráinne, sons-in-law Gerry, Frank and Donie, grandchildren, great-grand child, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has also occurred of Catherine (Kitty) Moloney (née Stack) No 10, The Cross, Ardagh, and formerly Ballylongford, Co Kerry at the University Hospital Limerick on Sunday April 2. Kitty and husband Christy, who were married for 58 years, returned from England in the 1970’s and raised their family of three. Kitty was a housewife, and a good neighbour, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was a regular mass attendee and she loved playing Bingo and cards.

She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Tuesday April 4 from 6pm followed by removal   to St. Molua’s Church, Ardagh. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr Michael Noonan, on Wednesday at 11.30am. Gifts associated with her life interests included a Bingo book, deck of cards, prayer book and family photo. Kitty was laid to rest on Wednesday April 5, in St. Molua’s Cemetery, Ardagh. We extend our sympathy to her husband Christy, sons Edmond, Peter and Thomas, brothers and sister, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends.  May She Rest in Peace

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday April 3. The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 13, 21, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each; Jean and Leanne Browne, Glenville, Pat Liston, Glenastar, Eileen O’Connor, Glenastar, Alan O’Mahoney, Ardagh and Breda Foley, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €14,400 and the draw will be held in the Old Mill Bar.

Congratulations to the following prize winners in the Carrig Celtic 300 club draw. First Prize; €1,000 Moyvane Marian Hall, Second Prize; €250 Lorcan Flavin, and three prizes of €50 each; Josephine Kiely, Lisgordan, Ardagh, John Greaney, Kilcolman and Sean Windle, Knockfinisk.

The members of Saint Molua’s Parents Association recently presented the principal  Mr Kelliher, with a cheque for €5,000 the proceeds of a Race Night held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh. They would like to thank the parents, sponsors, and Pa Quaid from Peadar’s Bar for their help and support in making the event a success.

Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, and Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-2 were members of the Limerick team that defeated Wicklow by 2-13 to 2-9 in Round 7 of the National Football League Division 4 game played in Newcastle West  on Sunday April 2.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Na Piarsaigh away by 1-14 to 1-12 in Round 2 of Division 1 of the County Football League on Friday March 31.

Congratulations to John Hayes who gave a man of the match performance for his school team Scoil Mhuire agus Ide Newcastle West, in Knocklong on Friday March 31. They defeated Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir, by 1-14 to 3-6 in the Munster U 16½ Corn Seosamh Ui Neill  Final.

Creeves Celtic defeated Glantine B 7-1 at home in the Division 3 League Cup on Sunday April 2. Seamus Mangan, 3, Dara O’Connor, 2, Tommy Dillane, and Tom Shanahan, scored their goals. Carrig Celtic teams had no fixtures.

Congratulations to Áine Nolan, from St Kieran’s who won the U-16 solo singing in the County talent finals held in Askeaton on Saturday April 1.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association held their 16th meeting on Wednesday April 5 and ten people were present. Ger Greaney was chairperson in the absence of John P O’Sullivan, and he welcomed everybody and Secretary Mary Kury read the minutes, and correspondence. The future plans of the association were discussed with next year’s Ardagh Chalice anniversary being the main focus. A lot of people associate the Chalice with Ardagh in County Longford and this need to be addressed and highlighted. The association members and pike men will participate in the Dromcollogher Easter Rising Commemoration on Sunday April 16. They are asked to meet up for the 3pm start at the cemetery. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 10 in Coolcappa Community Hall at 8pm and all are welcome.

The Trocaire campaign will end on Easter Sunday and people are asked to contribute as much as possible to help those who are suffering severe poverty following the many disasters that occur throughout the third world. Honduras is a country in Central America, with a population of over 8 million people. For the most marginalised and rural populations in Honduras, it has become increasingly difficult to farm what land they have due to the extreme erratic weather conditions caused by climate change. The effects of relentless climate change have created an extraordinary situation for communities in Honduras that are already struggling. Crops have either failed or produced small yields. Rivers have flooded, leaving high levels of salt deposits, affecting farmland and polluting the water table. For some, migrating to surrounding cities often appears to be the only solution. Currently about 1 million households live below the poverty line.

Honduras is one of the countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change, and the impact of extreme weather events is felt most strongly by the poor. Trocaire is working with the communities, in Honduras and other parts of the world, that are most at risk of the devastating effects of extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, floods, and drought, to help save lives by preparing for and mitigating the effects of the next emergency.

The Calvary Cemetery Committee will hold their annual flag days for the upkeep and refurbishment of the cemetery in Newcastle West on Thursday April 13, and Saturday April 15. All support will be greatly appreciated.

The following are the Easter Ceremonies arrangements for the four local churches.

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Kilcolman 7.30pm, Ardagh 8pm.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross Ardagh 12 noon, Passion Coolcappa, 3pm, Carrigkerry 3pm, Ardagh 7.30pm, Stations of the Cross Carrigkerry 7pm, Kilcolman 7.30pm.

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Coolcappa 8pm, and Ardagh 9pm.

Easter Sunday Kilcolman Dawn Mass at 6.30am, and Easter Sunday Mass at 10am, Carrigkerry at 11am.

The annual Team Limerick clean- up will be held on Good Friday April 14. This will be the third year, and the event is going from strength to strength. All the local community groups will be organising their own clean-up, and for more information email tlc@limerick.ie ring 061-496200, or visit www. teamlimerickcleanup.ie

The Old Mill Lady football club are holding a bag pack in Tesco, Newcastle West on Easter Saturday April 15. All volunteers are asked to contact Moira McEnery at 086-8110634 by phone or text, or any committee member stating a time that suits best as there are slots available from 2pm, onwards. All the money raised will go towards the club registration costs.

West Limerick 102 are holding a car boot sale and indoor market at Newcastle West Community Centre on Sunday April 16. For more details contact the station on 069-66200

The Michael and Brenda Nolan Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Easter Sunday April 16 in Shanagolden. The walk commences at 12.45pm, and the run at 1pm. The registration will be held in the Sports Building in the Community field from 11.30am. Lots of prizes for the top finishers in the various categories.

A fundraising Bingo night will be held in the Community Centre Ardagh on Wednesday April 19 at 8.30pm. The proceeds from the night will go towards the Community Response Unit being set up at present which will cost around € 6,000. All support for this great project will be greatly appreciated.

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By Carrig Side-05/04/2017

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Mary Walsh, nee Barry, Lisbane, Shanagolden, and late of Ash Street, Tralee, on Saturday March 25. She lay in repose at St. Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa on Monday March 27 from 8pm to 9.30pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Kilbradren Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Jimmy, sons Mike, Joe and James, daughters-in-law, brother Joe, sisters Sr. Kay and Tess, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandson Paddy, relatives and large circle of friends. May she rest in Peace.

Members of the Carrigkerry and Killeedy Wren groups made a presentation to Sr. Bridie, and members of Dromcollogher and District Respite Care Centre on Friday March 24.The cheque for €6,535 was the proceeds from their concert  in Raheenagh, and sales from the DVD of the night.

The members of Athea Horse and Pony Racing made a presentation of €1,200 to Pat Dalton, (representing Milford Hospice) at Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Saturday March 25. Seán King, and Paddy O’Sullivan from Carrigkerry are members and very involved in horse racing.

Jackie Geoghegan, and Sharon Kinehan, would like to thank most sincerely all those who supported our coffee morning in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. We raised € 700 for this fantastic cause.

The following are the Lottery results from Foley’s Bar, Reen’s, Ardagh on Monday, March 27. The numbers drawn were 4,19,24,26, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each; Seán and Teresa Downey, Lisgordan, Teresa McCarthy, Ardagh, Nora N Ambrose, Dunganville, Helen Byrnes, c/o Denis Greaney, and Marie O’Donnell, Carrigkerry. Next week’s Jackpot will be €14,200 and the draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh.

Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, and Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-1 were members of the Limerick team that defeated Leitrim by 0-14 to 0-8 in Round 6 of the National Football League Division 4 game played in Fraher’s Field Dungarvan on Saturday March 25.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Rathkeale 1-12 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the County Senior Football League at Coolcappa on Saturday March 25. Tournafulla defeated Saint Kieran’s by 4-12 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling League on Sunday March 26.

Carrig Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Abbeyfeale United in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday March 26. Carrig Celtic B defeated Creeves Celtic 2-0 at home in Division 3 of the League Cup, with Alan Moloney, and Donal Balfe, scoring their goals.

Congratulations to the following Saint Kieran’s community games prize winners; Aine Nolan was the winner of the U-16 Irish dance, and was fourth in the U-16 solo music at the recent talent finals. Mya Bridgeman, and James O’Sullivan, was fourth and third in the solo Irish dance.  The U-12 contemporary Irish dance group finished in second place in the final.

Congratulations to Joan Madigan, and Peg Murphy who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday March 22.Congratulations to Peg Mulvihill, and Jim Lynch, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden hall on Friday March 24.

Coolcappa Music Group are holding a fundraising social dance in aid of Milford Hospice on Friday April 7 at Rathkeale House Hotel. Music by Taylor’s Cross, from 9.30, and admission is €10. All support for Milford Hospice who do wonderful work in the community will be greatly appreciated.

Newcastle West Film Club present Viva at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday April 7 at 8pm. The entry fee is €7 and refreshments will be available.

West Limerick Singing Club will hold their next singing night at the Ramble Inn in Abbeyfeale on Friday April 7 and all are welcome.

The Coolcappa clean-up will be held on Saturday April 8 from 10am to 12 noon. People are asked to meet outside the Community Hall for the litter picking around the village and district, and new pickers will be welcome.

St Kieran’s Community Games are holding an Athletics and Family Day on Sunday April 9 at 3pm in St Kieran’s GAA field in Coolcappa. This will be the fortieth anniversary of the first sports held in Coolcappa on June 26 1977. It was organised by Coolcappa Open Sports committee, and it was held in Pa Sheehy’s field.  It cost 224 pounds to run it and it was an outstanding success. Part of the expenses were raised by holding a raffle and the ticket sellers travelled to carnivals, pubs and dance halls to sell the tickets which cost 25 pence a book.

West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that we are working to support the Food Cloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area. Food Cloud is a simple yet ingenious idea whereby working with local supermarkets for the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community spirit based on shared food.  To enable the roll out of Food Cloud, West Limerick Resources has organised an Information Evening at our Offices at West Limerick Resources (next to Sean Hennessy’s) on Tuesday April 11 at 7.30pm. We would like to hear from Community Groups or Charities in the area who would be in a position to support this initiative, by receiving the food donations for their own work or indeed for further distribution within the community. Please RSVP by return email or for more information please contact Dearbhla/Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 66293 or email dconlon@wlr.ie

The West Limerick branch of the Mental Health Association of Ireland will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday April 12 at Maple Lodge, Gortboy at 8pm. All members are asked to attend and new members will be made most welcome.

The annual Team Limerick clean- up will be held on Good Friday April 14. This will be the third year, and the event is going from strength to strength. All the local community groups will be organising their own clean-up, and for more information email tlc@limerick.ie ring 061-496200, or visit www. teamlimerickcleanup.ie

Kerry Group Rás Mumhan, the first major Stage Race of the Irish Cycle Racing season will pass through Carrigkerry, and Ardagh on Easter Saturday April 15. It will pass Carrigkerry twice the 1st time will be approx. 12.15pm  on its way to Ardagh (12.25pm)  and then again at approximately 1.45pm when it will go over to Blaine Bridge before going on to finish in Althea at 2.15pm The local Cycling Clubs in the area will be out Stewarding the Race as it passes through the area. Stage 2 will start in Listowel at 11am and cover a 130km route taking in North Kerry and West Limerick.

This tough hard stage will finish in the village of Athea after 130km of undulating roads, and it is built for the real strong elite riders, with a number of category 2 and 3 climbs.  The route will take the riders from the start in Listowel on to Ballylongford, Tarbert, up the town in Glin, then on to Athea for the first of three times up the hill on the road to Carrigkerry, on to Ardagh, Shanagolden, Foynes, up the big climb in Glin again, on to Athea again, then on to a 25km finishing circuit through Carrigkerry to Blaine Bridge and back to finish up the hill out of Athea.

A field of 200 riders representing all the top Club teams in the country and a good representation of teams from Britain and the Continent will be participating also, while Limerick and Kerry teams will also be in the lineup. This is a huge International race and is sure to bring a big crowd of cycling and sports enthusiasts to the area. People are asked to co-operate with the Stewards, Gardai and Race Marshalls, and to keep their dogs especially under control.  There will be traffic delays also as the race passes through.

Full details of Kerry Group Rás Mumhan on   www.rasmumhan.com. Facebook Kerry Group Ras Mumhan Twitter @rasmumhan.  For further information please contact: Mary Concannon   Race Secretary/Organiser 00353 87 2802071    maryconcannon15@ gmail.com 00353 64 6644396. Tadhg Moriarty Race Director/Press Officer 00353 87 2443360 genemoriarty12@gmail.com. Kerry Group Padraig Mallon 00353 66 7182309 padraig.mallon@kerry.ie.

The Old Mill Lady football club are holding a bag pack in Tesco, Newcastle West on Easter Saturday April 15. All volunteers are asked to contact Moira McEnery at 086-8110634 by phone or text, or any committee member stating a time that suits best as there are slots available from 2pm, onwards. All the money raised will go towards the club registration costs.

A fundraising Bingo night will be held in the Community Centre Ardagh on Wednesday April 19 at 8.30pm. The proceeds from the night will go towards the Community Response Unit being set up at present which will cost around €6,000. All support for this great project will be greatly appreciated.

A gala concert in aid of Saint Mary’s Church Rathkeale will be held in the church on Friday April 28 at 8pm. The admission is € 15, or a family ticket for €40 and all support will be greatly appreciated. Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon, who continues to do great work for all the local worthy causes, produces, and the all-star line-up features, Michael Nash, Anne Phelan, Jean O’Brien, Eve Stafford, Charlie Reynolds, Michael Doyle, Enda Walsh, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr Tim Curtin, Fr Liam Enright, Coláiste na Trócaire choir, and the Hands in Harmony deaf choir.

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