by Tom Aherne

Welcome to our weekly look at events making the news around the Carrigkerry district on this wet and windy Sunday. It was a week of funerals, and we offer our sympathy to all who were bereaved and may their souls rest in Peace. I regret the passing of Michael D Ryan from Askeaton who was laid to rest on Wednesday last 7th September in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. A fellow writer and a man of many talents he was a great G.A.A. man. He suffered ill health in recent times, with stays in hospital, but was always looking to the future. The call came on Monday last and by now he is entertaining them all in Heaven with his songs and tales of life around the Askeaton area.

Ireland got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start earlier this morning defeating U.S.A. by 12 points in New Zealand. Their next match against Australia, this coming Saturday, will tell a lot as regards progress to the quarter finals.

Galway were far too strong for Dublin in the All Ireland U-21 Hurling final on Saturday evening in Thurles and maybe Limerick could have won it themselves as they failed to play to their potential against Galway in the semi-final.

Last Sunday Mass in Saint Mary’s was an anniversary Mass for the late Ellen and James Flynn, Glenastar. New text and translations from the new Roman Missal were in use during the Mass. The Church gate collection was in aid of West Limerick 102 Radio.

The All Ireland Camogie finals in Croke Park produced a lot of exciting hurling with Wexford doing the double at senior and intermediate level.

The death has taken place of Joan Woulfe (nee Woulfe) Dunganville, Ardagh, peacefully at her son Noel’s residence on Sunday 4th September. Wife of the late Jimmy she was retired from farming and a widow for the last twenty two years. Joan came from a family of six and came from Rooska  and grew up there as well as in Elm Hill, Ardagh. She moved to Dunganville when she got married to Jimmy and was a homemaker who also worked outside on the family farm. They raised a large family and Joan was known to be a very hard worker. She was highly regarded by her neighbours and friends in the wider community.                                                           Her remains were removed from Reidy’s  Funeral Home, Newcastle West, to Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh, on Tuesday evening last  6th September. Father Larry Madden P.P. was chief Celebrant at her funeral Mass on the following morning . He was assisted by Fr Lane, Fr Bowen, and Fr Bluett. Family members participated during the Ceremony with the well chosen readings, prayers of the faithful, reflection and gifts to the Altar. The gifts included a race card to remind us of her love of attending race meetings. A sewing box as a reminder of her talent for remodelling clothes for the family. A book to show her interest in reading so many books down the  years . A family photo to show her love for her family. Father Madden paid tribute to Joan in his homily and spoke about her interest in racing,  politics and attending the social club in Ardagh. Her strong faith and the many trips she made over the years to Knock, Fatima, Lourdes and other places. Her daughter  Betty thanked  everybody who cared for Joan, nurses and priests and especially her good neighbour Nora. She thanked Maura for the music and hymns, and the social club that Joan loved to attend.

Burial took place in Grange Cemetery on Wednesday 7th September. Sympathy to her family Jack, Pat, Eileen Corbett, Mary Kenness, Betty, Richard, Noel, and Liam, sister Sister Anne (South Africa) sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews. nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, relatives, neighbours, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has also taken place of Mary Lane, Manchester, England and formerly of Glenastar, Ardagh. She same from a family of seven and the majority of her life was lived in exile in England.  She emigrated in the forties, while in her twenties, in search of work, like so many others at that time. She worked for a number of years in a Doctor’s Surgery and later in a Hospital. She came home each Summer  to Glenastar until ill health prevented her travelling.  A women of simple ways, she followed the soccer action in the Premiership and attended the Irish Centres where she enjoyed the music, song and dancing. Mary carried on the strong faith inherited in her home and was good to her native Parish.

Her remains arrived in time for 11.30 am Mass in Saint Molua’s Church,  Ardagh on Thursday 8th September. Neighbours and friends, turned out in numbers to offer their sympathy and support. Father Larry Madden officiated at the Requiem Mass, which was a celebration of Mary’s life. Her relations assisted with the readings, prayers of the faithful and offertory. Fr Madden traced Mary’s  path through life in his well constructed homily. Maura’s hymns and music enriched the Ceremony for one of our parish’s exiles who will be missed  by her many friends at home and in Manchester. Burial took place in Saint Molua’s Cemetery as the sky brightened after the early morning mist and rain. Sympathy to her sister Peg, sister-in-law Mae, nephews and niece and other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has also taken place of John O’Connor (Shannon View, Ballinagoul, Glin and formerly of Carrigkerry village) peacefully at his residence on Thursday 8th September.

He was a retired businessman and a member of a well known West Limerick family. He was one of eleven in family, three brothers, Dave, Mike and Moss and seven sisters, Ita, Peg, Ann, Maureen, Joan, Kit and Eileen. He emigrated to England in his young days before returning to settle in Glin. John and his wife Peggy ran a very successful Supermarket and he was a most popular member of the community. Large crowds attended the removal and burial to pay their last respects to the family. His remains were removed from Healy’s Funeral Home, Glin, to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin on Friday evening last. Requiem Mass on Saturday  at twelve noon was concelebrated by Fr Crawford, Fr Madigan, Fr O’Gorman, Fr Mangan, Fr Mc Mahon, Fr Lynch. It was a celebration of John’s life with the choir and Comhaltas members providing the lovely hymns and tunes that he would have been familiar with as he was a member of the choir himself over the years. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery on Saturday 10th September.

We extend sympathy to his wife Peggy, brothers, sisters, brothers -in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Sympathy to Geraldine and Willie Liston and family, Glenastar  Ardagh, following the death of Geraldine’s brother, Liam Nolan late of Shanid Lower, Shanagolden. His remains were removed from Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden, to Saint Senan’s Church on Saturday 3rd September. Burial after Requiem Mass, in Shanagolden Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. Sympathy also to his wife Rose, daughter, son, mother, brother, sister, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Sympathy to Tom and Martha Culhane, and family Grouse Lodge, Ardagh, following the death of Tom’s sister Mary O’Meara, Toomdeely, Askeaton, in the loving care of Milford Care Centre, on Wednesday 7th September. Her remains were removed from Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden, to Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on Friday evening last. Burial after Requiem Mass in Relig Mhuire Cemetery on Saturday 10th September. Sympathy also to her husband Willie, sons Matthew, James, Michael, William, daughter Sarah, brothers, Michael, Donie, sisters Catherine, Helen, Breda, aunts, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Reen’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday 5th September. The numbers drawn were 2,7,23,25, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners, as follows.

€60 John Duggan,  Ardagh.

€60 Peg O’Connor,  Commons, Ardagh.

€60 Marie Doody, Carrigkerry.

€30 Tom Griffin, Ardagh.

€30 Paul, Sean, David Noonan,  Ardagh.

€30 Betty + Paddy O’Connor, Carrigkerry.

Next week’s draw takes place in Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh and the Jackpot will be €10,600.

Saint Kieran’s club had no winners in the Limerick G.A.A. Development Draw, held in O’Dwyer’s Bar, Cappamore, on Friday 2nd September. Next draw is on Friday 7th October in Reens Bar, Ardagh.

Congratulations and best wishes, to the following couples  who got married recently, Stephen O’Leary and Sinead Murphy who were married in Coolcappa, and Michael O’Donoghue, Old Mill and Sinead McBride, Salthill, who were married in Salthill.

In last week’s soccer action in the Desmond League, in Division 1 Carrig Celtic lost 2-1 at home, with Ray Cahill scoring.

Old Mill lost 4-1 away to Killeaney with Alan O’Mahoney scoring.

Kilcolman Rovers lost 3-0 away to Abbeyfeale Utd B in Division 2.

Carrig Celtic B defeated Ballingarry B 4-2 away in Division 3 with goals from Dean Liston 3 and Tony Doyle.

Carrig Celtic ladies defeated Broadford 5-0 away in the opening match in Division 2 of the League. Michelle Brouder 2 Catriona Hough, Lisa Collins, and Bridget Liston got the goals.

Clever Kidz  pre-school Altavilla reopened on Monday 5th September, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Extra hours available if required and free childcare places are still available. It is situated two miles from Askeaton, and half a mile from Newbridge. Contact Josephine Moloney  061-392596 or 087-2434914 for more details.

Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas have resumed their classes in Ardagh Hall for the autumn/winter seasons. Contact 069-82074 or 069-76448 for details.

The junior set/céilí dancing classes have resumed in Carrigkerry Community Centre each Friday evening at 6.45pm. Beginners and advanced  pupils are welcome.

Newcastle West Cycling Club will stage the Limerick County Hill Climb Championships in the Old Mill area on Sunday 18th September.

Old Mill Sports Club are holding their annual sports weekend from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September. The usual events will be held and all support will be appreciated.

Living Links host their annual healing programme, information night on Thursday 22nd at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street. Limerick (beside Saint Michael’s Church).  Living Links provide practical help, information and support to people bereaved by suicide. Contact 061-400133 for more details

West Limerick Tourism in conjunction with SuperValu is currently running a schools photography competition for students of secondary schools based in the West Limerick area. There are 5 entry categories including History & Heritage, Landscape – Natural & Built, Music & Culture, Sport & Outdoor Activities and Tidy Towns & Villages.  Maximum of 2 entries per category per student allowed. Overall prize of an iPod with category prizes of an iPod Nano and Schools Prize also on offer. Entry to the competition is free.  Please note that all entry forms and photographs will be collected through the schools in September. Terms and conditions apply. For more information and entry form see:
I will conclude with our thought
‘What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient’