bu Tom Aherne

Welcome to our weekly look at events making the news around the Carrigkerry District on this last Sunday in September. The year is moving on and the All Ireland’s, Listowel Races and The Ploughing  are all over and the majority of the Swallows have departed for foreign climates. The leaves are falling and growth is slowing as the fall of the year is on the horizon. It was a mixed year on all fronts with bad weather, emigration, job losses, and a fall in living standards for the majority of people. We look ahead to the next quarter and hope it will bring better news for all.

We welcome a new moon on Tuesday 27th and we are thankful that the object that fell from space escaped us. Last Sunday’s Mass in Saint Mary’s was an anniversary Mass for the late Dinny and Tess Walker from Rooskagh. The Church gate collection was in aid of Saint Kieran’s GAA Bord na nÓg.

Congratulations to Robert O’Sullivan, Coolcappa and Mary-Jane Murphy, Hillside Drive, Athea, who were married in Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Athea, on Friday 9th September. They held their wedding reception in the Devon Inn Hotel in Templeglantine. Best wishes to the happy couple in the future.

We extend our sympathy to Aidan Nicoll and family Glensharrold, Carrigkerry following the death of his father John, of Galtee Avenue, Caherdavin, Limerick. His remains were removed from Griffin’s Funeral Home, to Christ The King Church, Caherdavin, on Tuesday evening. Requiem Mass on Wednesday 21st September, followed by Cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin. Sympathy also to his wife Kathleen, mother Bridget, sons John- James, Kevin, Michael, Daniel, daughters Caroline, Jacqueline, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relations, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place also of Michael McDonnell, Rathfarra, Shanagolden. His remains were removed from Cahermoyle Nursing Home, Ardagh, to Saint Senan’s Church, Shanagolden, on Monday evening. Requiem Mass on Tuesday 20th September, followed by burial in Kilbradern Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to all his relatives, neighbours, and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Philomena O’Brien (nee Bridgeman) 44 Marian Park, Patrickswell, and formerly Ardagh, on Wednesday 21st September (unexpectedly) Parish Clerk, Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Patrickswell. Her remains were removed from Thompson’s Funeral Home, Limerick to Patrickswell Church on Friday evening. Requiem Mass on Saturday 24th followed by burial in Patrickswell Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Matty, family Matthew, Mike, Bridget, Terence, Catherine, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grand-children, sisters Mary Downes, and Theresa Downey, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives. and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from the Old Mill Bar on Monday 19th September. The numbers drawn were 5,8,16,26, and there was no Jackpot winner.

Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows.

€60 Thomas Treacy,  Ardagh.

€60 Brian Crowley,   Ardagh.

€60 Pat Buckley,  Athea.

€30 Kit Relihan,   Ardagh.

€30 Caroline Daly, c/o Alish.

€30 Edward + Thomas + Henry.

Next week’s draw takes place at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, and the Jackpot will be €11,000.

The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, together with Milford Hospice, Friends Association, wish to thank most sincerely all the people who contributed most generously towards the annual Church gate collection, taken up at Ardagh on Saturday 17th, and Carrigkerry on Sunday 18th September. A special thanks to all the collectors, who gave of their time so willingly. The amount collected in Ardagh was €501.10, and in Carrigkerry €265.61.

In last week’s soccer action in the Desmond League Carrig Celtic defeated Old Mill 1-0 away in Division 1 with Seanie King getting the all important goal. Kilcolman Rovers lost 3-0 away to Creeves Celtic in Division 2. Carrig Celtic B drew 1-1 at home to Saint Ben’s in Division 3 with Mark Collins on target as they increased their lead at the top of the table.

Carrig Celtic ladies defeated Askeaton 6-1 away in Division 1 of the Desmond League, with goals from Michelle Brouder 2, Karyn King, Maggie O’Connor, Anne Mc Sweeney,  and Bridget Liston. Kilcolman Rovers had no fixture.

Mass Cards and get well cards are now on sale in the sacristy in Coolcappa, and Kilcolman Churches and will be available at all Mass times.

Our Lady’s Pastoral Area which includes Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish recently published Edition 2 of their Newsletter. It includes information and items of interest from all the seven parishes in the cluster.  Our Pastoral Council who do great work behind the scenes, have applied to the Redemptorist Congregation in Limerick to hold a Parish Mission in the Spring of 2012.

The month’s mind Mass for the late Mick Barrett, Glenastar Ardagh, will take place on Saturday 8th October at 10.15pm in Saint Mary’s Church in Carrigkerry.

The Limerick County Cycling Championships were staged around the Old Mill and Rooska on Sunday 18th September. A large crowd of cyclists competed and Noel Lane from Kilcolman was amongst the medals.

In preparation for the Tidy Towns Competition, Limerick County Council allocate funds for priming grants, for community groups. The grant money must be used for purchasing  trees, shrubs, brushes, shovels, street furniture and other incidental items, which are required to carry out maintenance and improvement works. The closing date is this Friday 30th September. The details can be found on the council’s website www.icc.ie

Monaleen and Newcastle West will contest this year’s County Limerick senior football final after wins over Father Casey’s and Drom-Broadford on Saturday last. It will take place in The Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Sunday 16th October.

Hospital-Herbertstown defeated Athea to advance to the intermediate football semi-final.

Ireland made it 3 wins in a row at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday morning defeating Russia by 50 points. They play Italy next Sunday morning with the winner advancing to the 1/4 finals.

I will conclude with our thought

‘Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up’