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By Carrig Side-24/05/2017

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Liam Duggan, Ballymacelligott, Co Kerry and the Commons, Ardagh, on Monday May 8. He was the son of Majella and John, the Commons, and in his late thirties. He was a keen golf player who was associated with many clubs over his too short life. A Memorial for Liam took place in Harnett’s Funeral Home, Abbeyfeale on Monday, May 15. We extend our sympathy to his wife Catherine, children Jack and Amelia, parents, parents-in-law, sister, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Jeananne Lenihan, nee Sheehy, 7 The Forge Feenagh and formerly of Barnigue Carrigkerry. She was only in her early thirties and she suffered ill health for many years. She lay in repose at Reidys Funeral Home Newcastle West on Friday May 19 from 6pm to 8pm. Arriving at St Ita’s Church, Feenagh on Saturday morning for 12 Requiem Mass, followed by burial afterwards in Feenagh cemetery.  We extend our sympathy to her husband Declan, children Shane, Meadbh, parents John, Bridie, mother in law, father in law, brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Nancy and Raymond Brouder and family Gortnadroma, on the death of Nancy’s sister Josie Golding, nee Woulfe, Churchtown Road, Newcastle West on Tuesday May 9 at Saint Catherine’s Nursing Home. Her remains were removed from Reidy’s Funeral Home to Newcastle West Church on Thursday and following Requiem Mass she was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery on Friday May 12. Sympathy is also extended to her sons Joe, Patrick, Tommy, Gerald and Brian and daughters Mary and Karen and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

People in the locality were saddened to hear of the death of Jim Begley who owned a hardware business in Bridge Street, Newcastle West for many years. He was the friendly face behind the counter, firstly at Egan’s Hardware, who customers liked to interact with and they doing their business. A native of Knockaderry he was a well known sportsman in his young days. He was a member of the Knockaderry team that won the West Junior Hurling championship in 1967, and he also played with Western Gaels, and Ardagh before he retired. His grandchildren are currently very successful in the athletic arena. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Eoin Burke, Cappagh a member of the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas branch who received an overall distinction in Grade 8 of the SCT Exams. He received the Micheál Ó hÉidhin medal at the National Comhaltas Congress in Dublin.

Congratulations to Eimear Colbert, Kilcolman and Rachel Mullane, fellow student at Coláiste Mhuire, who were first place winners in the Senior Life-Sciences category at SCIFest in LIT on April 27. Their project was titled: Does the effectiveness of a foliar spray made from nettles vary with water hardness?

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Stephanie Muckell, Ardagh and Brendan Walsh who were married in St, Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday May 13.

Parishioners in the Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish have contributed €1,523.57 towards the annual Lenten Trocaire appeal.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday May 15. The numbers drawn were 8,20,21 and 29 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Gerry Scannel, c/o Greaney’s,Aaron Mulqueen,c/o Greaney’s, Paddy Bridgeman,c/o Madigan’s, Alice, Daniel, and Michael Barrett, Glenastar, and Barry, Fiona, and Noel Kennelly, Kilcolman.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €15,600 and the draw will be held at The Thatch Bar Newbridge.

Congratulations to the following Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League Player of the Year winners, Arina Hayes, Kilcolman Rovers U-16 Girls Division 2 Award Sophie Liston, AK United U-15 International Cap Award, and Lorcan Murphy, Kilcolman Rovers, U-13 Inter League Award.

In the Desmond Division 3 League Cup Carrig Celtic B drew 1-1 away with Knockaderry on Sunday May 14. Creeves Celtic lost 2-1 at home to Ferry  Rangers, with Brian Nash getting their goal. As a result Carrig Celtic B will meet Ferry Rangers in the final.


A meeting to put a defibrillator in place in Carrigkerry village was held on Tuesday May 9 and a good crowd was in attendance. A fundraising target of €2,000 was set to pay for the purchase and maintenance of this life saving machine. It was decided to start with a house to house envelope collection, to be followed by a once off raffle. The training on how to use the defibrillator will be held over two evenings and a Saturday morning in Carrigkerry Community Centre. A list of interested people has been drawn up and any other person interested in being added can contact Carrigkerry Community Centre 069-76667 during office hours, or Pat at 087/2750061.

West Limerick 102fm monthly car boot sale has been discontinued due to a decline in interest and sales after twelve years. Many thanks to all the people who helped in running it and also to the stall holders who displayed their wares and the general public who supported it.

Donie Lyons from Dromreask, Glin, launched his new CD The Lovely Banks of Blaine at Barrett’s Bar Glin on Sunday May 14. It was launched by Nora Butler the renowned traditional singer from Tipperary and it contains 22 tracks.  It contains 14 familiar songs from around his locality and 8 selections of sweet flute music he is famous for. The songs include; The Lovely Banks of Blaine, Moonlight Whiskeyhall, Lovely Athea, Poll an Eas, Lather and Shave and The Exile from Coole West. Thanks to Donie these will now be preserved well into the future for people to enjoy. The CD is currently on sale in the local shops in Glin, Lyons shop Abbeyfeale, Brouder’s shop Athea, and Moloney’s shop in Carrigkerry. We extend best wishes to Donie, who is a real gentleman, and most helpful in supporting local events, on his latest achievement.

The Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a Coffee Morning at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday May 26 from 9am to 1pm. All donations of buns and cakes will be greatly appreciated as well as support on the day. The sponsored walk and the used clothes collection will be held on June 25/26.

The annual St. Pio National Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey near Thurles will take place on Sunday May 28. A coach will depart from the Market Road Newcastle West at 9.30am. For further information and booking contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306

The annual Milford Hospice Memorial walk takes place on Sunday May 28 at 12 noon.  It will start at the UL Sports Arena, and finish at Milford Hospice. You must register to participate on phone 061-485859. It will be followed by a special ceremony in which loved ones will tie tribute ribbons on the Memorial tree in the grounds of Milford  Care Centre in memory of deceased family members and friends.

A fund raising céilí will be held in the Con Colbert Community Hall Athea, on Saturday June 3 at 9.30pm. Tea and food served and more details from John Joe Tierney on 087-9963859

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By Carrig Side-17/05/2017

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Margaret Conway, née Ryan, wife of the late Bill, Ministerland, Cahermoyle, Ardagh, on May 7 peacefully at St John’s Hospital Limerick. She lay in repose at her residence on Wednesday May 10 from 5pm with removal at 8pm to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on  Thursday at 11am with burial afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her sons, daughters, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchild, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Siobhan Geoghegan, Rooska, and Brian McGuinness,  who were married in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday April 29.

Down Syndrome Limerick wishes to thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection which was held in Coolcappa, which raised €194. The Irish Cancer Society wishes to thank all who supported their recent church gate collection in Coolcappa/Kilcolman, which raised €470.

The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Monday May 8. The numbers drawn were 5,6,8,and 22 , and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each, John Duggan, Ardagh, Claire Green, Newcastle West, Joan Bridgeman, Ardagh, Martin Kenrick, Carrigkerry, and Breda Enright, Ardagh.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €15,400 and the draw will be held at Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

Congratulations to Daniel Madigan from Saint Kieran’s community games, who won a silver medal in the U-16 50m Backstroke in swimming at the National Sports Campus in Dublin on Saturday May 6.

Congratulations to Commodore of Foynes Yacht Club James McCormack Glenville, Ardagh, and his family who oversaw an eventful day of activities at the club on Sunday May 7.

Saint Kieran’s heritage Association held their 18th meeting in Coolcappa Community Hall on Wednesday May 10. Twelve people were present and Chairperson John P O’Sullivan welcomed all and secretary Mary Kury read the minutes. Matters arising were discussed and correspondence read. The upcoming closure of Cahermoyle Nursing Home was discussed as was the Post Office, and shop closure in Ardagh village. West Limerick Heritage are seeking articles for their next magazine due out shortly. The main discussion during the meeting was the Ardagh Chalice weekend of events due to take place in September 2018. A presentation of a proposed re-enactment of the Ardagh Chalice story was presented to the attendance. It was impressive and well received by all present and if it goes ahead it will be a great attraction, for the village and beyond.  The next meeting will be held on Thursday June 8 in Carrigkerry Community Centre at 8pm.

Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Dromin/Athlacca by 3-18 to 1-16 in Round 2 of Group 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship at Ballingarry Gaelic Grounds on Friday May 12. They gave a very  committed display despite lining out without a few regulars, against one of the top sides in the championship. The teams were level after the first quarter with five Donie Nolan points from frees. A scoring burst of 2-2 midway through the first half saw Dromin/Athlacca lead by 2-8 to 0-10 at half time. Donie Nolan with a point from play cut the lead to three points on resumption. It was 2-13 to 0-15 after the third quarter, after points from Donie Nolan, and Ian Mackessey cut it to four. Dromin Athlacca hit 1-3 in another scoring burst to extend their lead with ten minutes to play. Saint Kieran’s  never gave up and Donie Nolan with a goal and a point cut it to two goals with five to play.  A couple of attacks and a free, were cleared and Dromin/Athlacca hit two points to close out the game. It was a very encouraging display following on from last week’s match with Newcastle West, when a disputed 65 in injury time denied them the win.

A number of players gave outstanding displays, with the rest giving their all against a good stylish hurling side.  A number of young players have made their championship debuts, and a more committed approach is evident, and hopes are high that success can come from their three remaining group matches. Team Ian Mackessey,0-1 Billy Breen, Brendan McCarthy, John O’Connor, Michael Windle, Darragh Treacy, 0-2 Mossie Shine, Jack Ben Harnett, Captain Anthony Molyneaux, John Buckley, Johnny McCarthy, 0-1 Sean Mc Sweeney, Seamus Mangan, 0-1 Donie Nolan, 1-10,  Anthony Mullins, 0-1 Subs Pat Quaid, Killian Enright, Owen Hayes. Management Seanie Hayes, Pat Ryan, Cathal Breen.

Eoin Burke, Liam Kennedy, Noel Callanan, and Diarmuid Mulcahy sub from the club were members of the Limerick footballers that lost out to Clare by 3-13 to 0-12 in the Munster Minor Football Championship semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Wednesday May 10. Saint Kieran’s gave a walkover to Drom/Broadford in Round 1 of Group 1 of the West Junior B Football Championship.

Creeves Celtic defeated Newcastle West B 5-3 at home in the Desmond Division 3 League Cup on Sunday May 7. Seamus Mangan,2 David Dunne, and Darragh O’Connor, scored their goals. Carrig Celtic B defeated Glantine B 3-0 at home in the same competition, and Carrig Celtic had no fixture.

Congratulations to Peg and John Mulvihill who were prize winners at the card game held in Rathkeale on Wednesday May 3. Congratulations to John Mulvihill and Vinny Wrenn who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden on May 5.

Dromcollogher Co-op Mart celebrated their 50th anniversary on Thursday May 4. A number of the local farming community will be familiar with the venue, which has provided a great service during those years.

An exhibition of paintings by Pauline Sharp from Ballyhahill are currently on display in Newcastle West Library. Pauline from Sussex in England  is an acclaimed and internationally recognised artist with many awards to her name. She works mainly in oils on canvas, and animals are her main subject matter. She produces magnificent art and has won numerous awards, and has held many exhibitions since her move to Ireland. In this exhibition her subjects are equine, and exotic animals, and all 35 paintings are for sale.

West Limerick 102fm community radio are holding a fundraising dance in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Friday May 19 at 9pm. The music will be supplied by the very popular Paddy Quilligan, and there will be a raffle also for numerous spot prizes. The fundraising committee will launch their 50/50 weekly draw at the station on Tuesday May 23 at 7.30pm. All help and support will be appreciated.

The Coolcappa/Kilcolman student exam mass will be held in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Saturday May 20 at 7.30pm.

The First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday May 20 at 11am. The parish Confirmation will be held in Saint Mary’s Church  Carrigkerry on Tuesday  May 23 at 1.30pm.

The annual Dromcollogher Mayfair and Vintage Rally will be held on Sunday May 21. The organisers would  welcome the following items for their sale; books, bags, jewellery bric-a-brac, plants , kitchen utensils,  bottles for the stalls, and items for the auction. They welcome traders, car boot stands and friends and supporters. Additional information can be got by calling 087-935 4090.

The Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a Coffee Morning at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday May 26 from 9am to 1pm. All donations of buns and cakes will be greatly appreciated as well as support on the day. The sponsored walk and the used clothes collection will be held on June 25/26.

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By Carrig Side-10/05/2017

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Ann Buston, nee Wilmott, Shropshire, England and late of Ardlaman, Rathkeale. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated at 6pm in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa, on Friday May 5, followed by burial in Lismakeera Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her family relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Paddy Donovan, Glenastar, Ardagh, who was awarded first place in the Fleadh by the Feale Bone Playing Competition, in Abbeyfeale on Monday May 1. Paddy is a member of the Carrigkerry Wren boys, and this was his ninth win in the competition.

Congratulations to all the pupils from Coolcappa, Carrigkerry and Kilcolman who received the sacrament of Holy Communion in recent weeks.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday May 1. The numbers drawn were 14,22,27,and 30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each Moira O’Donovan, Ardagh, Sean, Ellie, and Dylan, c/o Josie, Nancy Barrett, Glenastar, Anne Greed, Askeaton, and P.O’Sullivan, c/o Josie.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €15,200 and the draw will be held at Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry.

Congratulations to the following prize winners in the Carrig Celtic FC  300 club draw. First Prize: €1,000 Shane Guiltenane , Second Prize: €250 Martin Sheahan, Knockdown, and three prizes of €50 each:  Michael Bart O’Connor, Glenastar, Killian Enright, Ardagh and Pat Bourke, Newcastle West.

Saint Kieran’s players Michael Murphy, Eoin Burke, and Liam Kennedy were members of the Limerick team that lost to Cork by 5-18 to 1-6 in the Munster U-17 Football Championship semi final  in Pairc Úi Rinn on Tuesday May 2.

Saint Kieran’s and Newcastle West drew2-10 each in Round 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Saturday May 6. The close exchanges, warmed those present on a cold and breezy evening that saw the teams level five times, including at half time (1-4 each)  and at the final whistle. A number of debatable decisions from the whistler added to the proceedings for the small attendance. It was an encouraging display from the team who showed great heart and commitment, and were unlucky not to gain the win. TEAM John Greaney, James Windle, Paudie McCarthy, Billy Breen, Mossie Shine, Brendan McCarthy, Michael Windle, 0-1 Jack Ben Harnett, Darragh Treacy, Seamus Mangan, 1-1 Johnny McCarthy, Anthony Molyneaux, 0-3 Ian Mackessy, 0-3 Donie Nolan,0-2 Anthony Mullins, 1-0. Sub John O’Connor.

In the Desmond Division 3 League Cup Carrig Celtic B lost 1-0 away to Newcastle West B, and Creeve’s Celtic  lost 4-2 away to Feenagh B. Carrig Celtic  had no fixture.

Congratulations to Jim Dalton, and Francis Woulfe, and Jack Woulfe, and Mike Robinson, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden hall on Friday April 28.

Carrigkerry NS is now enrolling pupils for the new school term next September. Enrolment forms are available from the Principal Ann Horan. Call to the school or ring 069-76229.

A 4 week jive course commenced in the Parish Hall Newcastle West on Monday May 8 and it will conclude on Monday May 29. The cost is € 10 per person per night, and no partner is required. Participants will be shown the latest jive moves to the music of Derek Ryan, Michael English, and Nathan Carter. Social dancing is sweeping the country at present and Eileen, is a very enthusiastic teacher, and exciting nights are promised. For enquiries  contact 087-2966457 Facebook Eileen’s Dance Class Email: Up the jive and keep it country with Eileen.

The set dancing class continues in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Tuesday nights at the later time of 8.30pm. It continues for over two hours, and no partner is required. All are welcome beginners, occasional and regulars, and a fun night is promised. It is a great way to keep fit and to learn the steps of all the different sets.  Call Fiona on 086-3510774 for more information. The set dancing continues in Monagea Hall on Thursday nights from 8.30pm, and all are welcome. Call  Ita on 087-2593415 for additional information.

A fundraising dance for the Declan Lenihan benefit fund will be held on Friday May 12 at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine. Michael Collins and his band will supply the music and all support will be greatly appreciated.

The annual Debra Ireland  Kerry Challenge takes place over the weekend of May 12 to 14. It is a 75km hike to help raise money to treat children who suffer from EB, or butterfly disease as it is commonly referred to. Joe Carrig, Mike Histon, Pat Toomey and Eamon O’Keane, from the locality will participate in the three day event, and all support for this annual fundraiser will be appreciated.

The annual parish clerk’s collection will be taken up in Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish on this coming weekend May 13/14. Please be generous with your donations in appreciation of the work being done by John Joe, and Mary and the service they provide to parishioners

The Coolcappa/Kilcolman student exam  mass will be held in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Saturday May 20 at 7.30pm.

The First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday May 20 at 11am. The parish Confirmation will be held in Saint Mary’s Church  Carrigkerry on Tuesday, May 23 at 1.30pm. 

Donie Lyons from Dromreask, Glin will launch his new CD The Lovely Banks of Blaine at Barrett’s Bar, Glin on Sunday May 14 at 3pm. Donie is an award winning All Ireland traditional singer, and a renowned musician, and he is admired and respected throughout the country and beyond. His talents have delighted so many be it live, or on local radio over the years. The CD will include mainly songs, with selections of his favourite tunes, also included. His numerous fans and supporters will be overjoyed at this news and no doubt the CD will fly off the shelves. Best wishes to Donie, who is a real gentleman, on his latest achievement.

Donie Lyons

 A Stylist Entertainer

DONIE LYONS is a master of music song and chat, and a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He is steeped in the rural traditions of dear old Ireland and in tune with present day activities. A very down to earth person who is very modest, about his many achievements down the years. Donie has spent a lifetime performing at various events and venues around his native place, and further afield. His contribution to the entertainment scene has been immense, and we owe him a big debt for preserving our great musical and singing heritage.

His music is styled on the West Limerick/North Kerry tradition, and Donie puts great feeling into it. He can coax music from the side flute that flows easy with a bounce, like a meandering stream, or a bubbling brook. This style can be heard to great effect, on an album he recorded with Gabriel Fitzmaurice, from Moyvane back in the 1990s, titled No Boundaries.

Donie is very proud of the style, and other regional styles, and hope that they will continue. The threat comes from musicians, travelling afield to Fleadhs and Comhaltas competitions, and playing with others, which eventually will bring a universal style. In olden times sessions were more localised and they kept the regional styles stronger.

Donie has been featured regularly on West Limerick 102 Community Radio, since it came on air ten years ago. I recall him playing with his fellow Glin musicians, in the early days, outside the Weigh House, in the Market Yard Newcastle West. It was the day that the late great Gerard Mc Donnell the mountain climber from Kilcornan, made a guest appearance.

Donie has displayed his talents on the Exchange programme, with presenter Sheila O’Regan, in the special entertainment shows that are held a few times during the year. His passion for the traditional music and song can light up a studio. He can join in with the other performers, at the drop of a hat and tell very interesting tales of his travels with Comhaltas, at home and abroad.

Jacki O’Connor who presents the Trad Scene each Saturday evening loves to feature Donie, playing the jigs, reels, slides, and slow airs. Every few weeks one of his songs feature, with “The Vales of New Dirreen” “The Rose of Newtownsands” and “Sweet King Williamstown”  three of the most requested numbers.

The late poet Paddy Faley composed an eight verse poem, eleven years ago in tribute to four members of the Glin Comhaltas branch who brought home All Ireland honours from the Fleadh Cheoil held in Letterkenny County Donegal. I include the two verses he wrote in tribute to Donie, who won the men’s traditional singing competition, singing “The Vales of New Dirreen” in 2005.

Donie Lyons has won the hearts of many so modest courteous and kind

With his charming voice and flute music he has captivated every mind

He never seeks to hit the limelight though he has rare qualities to unfold

All who know him were delighted to see him come home with the gold.


He is everybody’s favourite so lovable and serene

You’d stand in the frost to hear him sing “The Vales of New Dirreen”

His presence is very much requested at sessions everywhere

Where he delights the audience with his performances so rare.

It all began for Donie, who was reared in his grandfather’s house in Ballyguiltenane. Henry Sheahan played the flute, and the concertina, and Donie started to pick up the music by air, at a young age. He started playing the tin whistle, when he was seven, or eight years old and the flute when he was fourteen, or fifteen years old. He was an eager learner, and he travelled out and played with others, gaining experience, and he picked up tunes, along the way. A great interest in music, and plenty of practise, made it easier to learn new tunes.

Donie who went to Ballyguiltenane School has one brother Henry, and two sisters, Maureen Barrett, and Eileen Mulvihill who also live in Glin. Farming has been his main occupation, apart from a few years working in Aughinish Alumini. Music is his main hobby but he is also very interested in Gaelic games, and he pulled tug-o-war in his youth. Politics is another passion, and he is a member of the Fianna Fail party and he has canvassed for them in the past.

Donie has a few hundred different tunes, between the jigs and the reels, and playing slides is his favourite, but he also enjoys playing slow airs. He has played with the best known names, including two of Ireland’s greatest flute exponents Seamus Tansey and Matt Molloy, and enjoyed the experience. He also played with the great Irish American fiddle player Liz Carroll who has west Limerick connections.

Donie also recalled the flute playing of John Joe Hartnett, from Strand, and Patsy Lynch from Athea. Playing partners of his also included the late Glin, fiddle players, Martin Mulvihill, and Buddy Furey. Martin had his own school of music in New York, and a branch of Comhaltas was called –The Martin Mulvihill Branch. It was from here that emerged the magical playing of Eileen Ivers. Martin who died on July 23, 1987 got a special award from President Regan, for the wonderful work he had done in promoting the Irish music.

When Martin would come home on holidays, he would be joined by several musicians for sessions, and Donie would drive him around. His usual pub was Barrett’s, in Glin, but he would also play in the other pubs in the village, and would go to pubs in Moyvane, Collins in Athea, and Windles in Carrigkerry for sessions. Joining Martin and Donie would be fiddle players Buddy Furey,  Tommy O’Connor, Willie Clarke, Mick Mangan,  Jerry Long, Michael Meade, and Jimmy Dillane, and accordion players Pat Enright, Paddy Healy,  Jim McGrath,  Michael Dillane and David McInerney.

Donie is an award-winning traditional singer, as well as a musician. His grandfather who had a lot of songs, was the first singer, who influenced him. The late Jackie Normoyle from Dromreask, who had a lovely style, was also a big influence. Donie has a vast amount of old songs in his head but concedes it is harder to perfect a song than pick up a tune. He competed in Fleadh Cheoil competitions over the years, at County Munster and All Ireland level. He contested four All –Irelands and in 2005 he won the All-Ireland for senior traditional singing in Letterkenny.

He is a keeper of the songs, and he does not like people singing traditional songs in waltz time, as they are harming them. He likes to follow the story which is at the heart of the traditional song. It is easy to understand as it is mostly about people, places or events.

Donie has also adjudicated at Fleadhs, and other competitions, in Clare, Kerry and Cavan and he is highly regarded by all for his common sense, and down to earth approach to judging. Donie won the men’s and overall World Fleadh Singing competition in Ballybunion in 2006. Ella Marie O’Dwyer, from Freemount, in Cork won the ladies section. The cup he won holds pride of place, amongst his other trophies, and medals.

Donie has gone on three tours with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, around Ireland Britain, Canada, and the USA, as part of a fifteen, or sixteen member group. His first Concert tour of Ireland was in 2005 and it was a wonderful experience, and he enjoyed every minute of it. He was joined on the week-long tour by the renowned singer Nora Butler from Tipperary and he sang two songs each night, and he also played a few tunes.

In recent years his contribution to preserving the rich musical and song heritage, around his locality has been recognised by Comhaltas, ( Medallion for winning an All-Ireland at their 60th Anniversary celebrations) and by the West Limerick Singing Club. The latter honoured him at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse, on Sunday October 18 2015. He has been a member of the club since their formation in 2002, and it was part of last year’s Gary Mc Mahon Singing Weekend.

Donie  was recognised for his tremendous service to traditional music, and singing over his lifetime.  A large crowd was in attendance for the presentation, which was well over due, for all he has done in promoting our traditional heritage over the years.  We thank him for his vast contribution, and look forward to hearing and listening to Donie, for many more years to come. The old traditions are safe in his possession, and long may Donie and his wife Betty continue to enjoy life.

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