The death has taken place of Joseph ‘Joe’ Doody Tiermore, Shanagolden, and late of Glensharrold, Carrigkerry suddenly on his way to Limerick Regional Hospital on Tuesday  2nd April. Husband of the late Mary Catherine who passed away in August 2011 he was a retired forestry worker and he was 79 years old. He attended Kilcolman N.S. and worked with local farmers, as well as with the E.S.B. installing the power lines to the district in the fifties/sixties. Joe was a hard worker in bog and meadow all his life, and was also a gravedigger, who was acknowledged as a character, who was well known around the West Limerick area. His passions in life resolved around his family work sports, wrenboys, and a few drinks, in company. Joe and family moved from Glensharrold to Shanagolden in the late seventies, and he settled into his new surroundings but he still kept the links open with friends and former neighbours. Joe Doody’s heart remained in his native Glensharrold despite his exile and during meetings he would recall with great joy the happy times spent there. He was a loyal and true wrenboy who was always the first person to arrive on Saint Stephens Day to hunt the wren with the Glensharrold group. He never spared the goatskin even smoking a cigarette as he performed.  He was a passionate follower of Saint Kieran’s, G.A.A. Club and a thorn in the side of opposition less experienced free takers and dubious referees.

Reposing at Ferris’s Funeral Home Shanagolden, on Friday from 6.00pm, The Glensharrold Wrenboys formed a guard of honour as his remains were removed to Saint Senan’s Church Shanagolden. Fr Noonan assisted by Fr O’Leary celebrated his Funeral Mass, on Saturday with family members assisting in the readings, prayers of the faithful, and offertory gifts. Symbols associated with Joe’s life, family photo, bodhrán, turf, Hurley and football, were taken to the Altar before the Mass commenced. The local choir’s choice of music and song was uplifting and large crowds attended the Mass as well as the removal and burial. The burial took place in sunny and scenic Kilmoylan Cemetery on Saturday 6th April.  The Glensharrold Wrenboys and friends gave Joe a rousing send off at the graveside, which was his wish. We will all miss his company and comments, but delighted in having knowing him and the contribution he made to life, in sporting and entertainment terms in rural Ireland. We extend our sympathy to sons Michael, Patrick, James, daughters Bridget, Marie Griffin, son –in-law Pat, daughter –in-law Angharad, brother-in-law Donie, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends kind neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Breeda Larkin Clareview, Brookville Avenue, Ennis Road, Limerick, and late of Reen’s Ardagh, peacefully on Thursday April 4th at Adare and District Nursing Home. She was a retired Assistant Matron of Saint Camillus Hospital Limerick, and a member of a well known farming and sporting family. Her remains were removed from Magner’s Funeral Home Rathkeale, to Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Saturday night last. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Sunday 7th April at 12 noon followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We extend sympathy to her sister Kitty, sister-in-law Josie, and brother –in –law Jack, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to John O’Shaughnessy and family Carrigkerry following the death of his mother Catherine (Kate) O’Shaughnessy, (nee Ahern) of Beechwood House Nursing Home, Newcastle West, and Craggs, Borrigone, Askeaton, and formerly of Coole West Athea, Her remains reposed at Ferris Funeral Home, Shanagolden on Easter Sunday followed by removal to Robertstown Church. Requiem Mass on Monday 1st April followed by burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Cormac Long from Rooskagh, and Rathkeale Boxing Club who won a Gold Medal in the All Ireland Boxing Championships in the National Stadium in Dublin, on Saturday 30th March. Cormac has now won a record five All Ireland titles in a row, which is a wonderful achievement for the talented sportsman.

Congratulations to Con Enright and Paddy Molyneaux who were prizewinners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday 27th March. Congratulations to Mike Barrett, and Mary Aherne O’Connor, who were prizewinners of the Good Friday card game held on 29th March.

Congratulations to John Mulvihill, and Vinnie Wrenn, who were joint winners of the Good Friday card game held in Shanagolden Community Centre on 29th March.

Old Mill defeated Adare Utd 4-2 at home in Division 1 of the Desmond League on Sunday 31st March. Kevin, Brian, and Diarmuid Crowley and Gearoid Whelan scored their goals. Carrig Celtic had no games.

Saint Kieran’s defeated holders Drom –Broadford by 2-11 to 0-6 in the West Senior Football Championship quarter final played at Newcastle West Gaelic Grounds on Easter Monday 1st April.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Newcastle West by 2-8 to 1-6 in the County Senior Football League Round 1 played at Foynes Gaelic Grounds on Saturday 30th April. This game also doubled up as the final of the 2012 Saint Senan’s Football Tournament.

Askeaton /Saint Kieran’s defeated Feenagh/Kilmeedy by 1-10 to 0-4 in the County U-21 13 a Side Hurling Competition played at Kevin Long Park Feenagh on Friday 29th March.

Saint Kieran’s club received a nominator’s prize of € 2,000 from the final of the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stakes at Limerick Greyhound Track on Saturday 30th March. Their dog Droopy’s Banner finished third in the final of the race which was the richest puppy stake in the World with a total prize fund of € 160,000.

Carol Noonan, Clounleharde, wishes to thank all who supported her in her recent fundraiser at the Knockdown Arms for the benefit of Aid Cancer Treatment. The amount raised was €6,580.00. Carol acknowledges that without the huge support and co-operation of the Knockdown Vintage Committee and the recently formed Estuary Macra Group the event would not have been the huge success it was. Thanks to all who sponsored so many prizes and a huge thanks to all who supported the fundraiser in any way. Aid Cancer Treatment, whose headquarters is in Cork University Hospital deeply, appreciates your generosity in these recessionary times.

Unislim classes are held in Kilcolman Community Creche each Wednesday evening from 7-8pm. The classes commenced on Wednesday 3rd April and a free to join offer and a pay only weekly fee of € 10 is valid until Thursday 11th April. Contact Marian on 086-2737845 for more details.

Glenville house and gardens situated in Glenville Ardagh, is open to the public in 2013 during the following days and hours. April 3rd—30, Th May 1st –15, Th August 17th—25th September 3rd –28th, from 9.30pm to 1.30pm. The admission is €5, student’s €3 children and OAPs are free.

The Irish Coffee Festival will be held in Foynes from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June. Entries are currently being taken for the float parade, the food and craft fair and the Comhaltas busking competition. Contact the festival office on 069-65416 or e-mail

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will run a course Living with Dementia/Learning Together, one evening a week over five weeks for family carers of people with Dementia in the Mid West Alzheimer Society Regional Office Second Floor, George’s Quay House, George’s Quay Limerick. The course dates are Thursday 18th April, 25th April 2nd May, 9th May, 16th May. A leaflet with the course details can be downloaded at

West Limerick 102 Community Radio is holding a Car boot sale and indoor market on Sunday 14th April from 8am to 2pm in the Community Centre Newcastle West. Gates open at 7.30am and the entrance fee is € 2 with children under 16 admitted free   with an adult. Stalls can be booked by contacting 069-66200/0876866450.

Coolcappa Parents Association is hosting a fun/run from Clounagh to Rathkeale along the railway line on Sunday 14th April at 11am, All are welcome to come along and enjoy the fun.

Kilcolman National School will hold its annual school dance in the Shannon House Foynes, on Sunday 14thApril from 3pm to 6pm. Music by Maura and Donie, and tickets cost € 5 and all support will be much appreciated.

A pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Saturday 20th April. The day’s events will include talks, Rosary Eucharistic procession, blessing of the sick, Benediction, adoration Mass, Confessions, workshops. There will be children’s adoration and special workshop/talk for young people as well. The chief celebrant will be the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Browne. People interested in attending are asked to contact Kathleen Cremin on 087-9215889.