The death has taken place of Margaret (Peggy) McDonnell, nee Barry, Dunmoylan, Shanagolden, on Sunday 18thAugust.  She was a home maker, in her early seventies. and a member of the farming community. She came from Belville, in the Feohanagh/Castlemahon Parish forty seven years ago to Dunmoylan to set up home with Michael. She was a very kind and popular lady who was dedicated to her family and farm life, and she will be sadly missed by all. Peggy had a positive outlook on life and saw the good side in things that happened and in people.  Her cooking recipes and country lore and knowledge of the outdoors will be missed. She lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden on Monday 19th August from 6pm followed by removal to Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman. Fr Tony Mullins concelebrated her Requiem Mass on Tuesday morning at 11am. He was assisted by Canon James Ambrose, Canon Tony O’Keeffe, Fr Denis Mullane, Fr John Duggan, Fr Paul Finnerty and two Seminarian students. Symbols associated with Peggy’s life were taken to the altar by family members and friends before the Ceremony commenced. They included her prayer book and rosary as her faith meant a lot to her. A toy racing car as she loved Formula Racing, hurling and sport. A single rose as she liked gardening and flowers. A small branch and leaf from the Copper Beach tree in their yard as she liked nature, the outdoors and farming. A jug to signify her hospitality and welcome for all who called to the house. A CD of accordion music as she loved traditional music and the Wrenboys. The bread and wine to be used in the Eucharist. Family members assisted in the readings, and prayers of the faithful. Fr. Tony’s homily touched on Peggy’s great faith and her yearly trips to Lourdes and her acceptance of her illness. David McDonnell, on behalf of the family, thanked everyone who cared for Peggy and the people for their attendance, visits and messages of support in recent weeks.

Her burial took place in nearby Kilbradern Cemetery on Tuesday 20th August. Her popularity was evident by the large crowds that attended to pay their respects to the family on both days.  We will remember Peggy for the great welcome she had for the Glensharrold Wrenboy group each Saint Stephen’s Day. We extend our sympathy to her husband Michael, sons David and Richard, brother Paddy, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, and brother-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of John Ryan, Killcole, Rathkeale, and late of the Fairgreen, and Stryker Limerick.  He lay in repose at Magner’s Funeral Home, Rathkeale, on Thursday 22nd August from 6pm followed by removal to Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa. The requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday morning at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Tracy, son Sean, daughter Sarah, father Michael, sister Audrey, extended family and friends. May he rest in Peace.

We also regret the passing of Pat Delaney, the great Kilkenny hurler, who played against Limerick in the 1973 All Ireland final. He was a top class forward and he won 4 All Ireland senior medals, and 2 All Star Awards plus many more honours in a very successful career. May he rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday 19th August. The numbers drawn were 12,15,26,29, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Anthony Molyneaux, Ardagh. €60 Brodie O’Connor, Ardagh. €60 Mike and Marie Copse, Ardagh. €30 Pauline Enright, Kilscannell, Ardagh. € 0 Mary Greaney, Kilcolman. €30 Paddy Enright c/o Moore’s Bar.  Next week’s draw will be held in Moore’s Bar, Carrigkerry and the Jackpot will be €5,600.

Congratulations to James O’Connor, Kilcolman, and Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas branch who came second in the 12/15 age group in the bodhrán competition, at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Derry on Saturday 17th August.

Congratulations to John Mulvihill and Vinnie Wrenn, who were first prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday 16th August.

Congratulations to Joan Madigan, Grouse Lodge, Ardagh, winner of the Lady Captain’s Prize at Newcastle West Golf Club, Rathgoonan, Ardagh, on Sunday 18th August. Congratulations also to her sister Peg Murphy who won 3rd prize.

The 44th Newcastle West flower Show was held on Wednesday and Thursday 14/15th August, in the Community centre Newcastle West.  It created a lot of interest and attracted a lot of entries in the various categories, over the two days. We congratulate all the participants and local winners, and the committee for holding the popular event. Mary Barrett from Coolcappa was the overall point’s winner and she was awarded the William Begley Cup. She also won the Collins Nurseries Shield the Peter Moore Trophy and the Donal O’Keeffe Memorial Trophy. Mary Kiely Kilcolman was also very successful winning three trophies for her efforts The Dean O’Brien Cup, Patrick Golding Memorial Trophy and the Mary McCormack Trophy. 

The annual Milford Hospice Fair is fixed for Sunday 1st September at the UL Arena in the UL Campus. Milford Care Centre is a 10 minute walk away from there. The organizers would appreciate your support for this most deserving cause.

West Limerick Community Radio is holding their next car boot sale and indoor market on Sunday 1st September from 9am to 3pm, at the Community Centre in Newcastle West. The admission is € 2 and a wide selection of items will be for sale. More details from the Radio Station on 069-66200

Accord that is based in Newcastle West provides a marriage and relationship counseling service, with both daytime and evening appointments. They also deliver Marriage Preparation Courses, with two more to be held on Saturday 7thSeptember, and Saturday 16th November. For more details please ring 069-61000 or email[email protected]

The national grandparent’s pilgrimage to Knock will be held on Sunday 8th September from 2pm. Commencing with Anointing of the Sick and reciting the Rosary to be followed by Mass at 3pm.  Sister Briege McKenna will be the guest speaker, and Dana Rosemary Scallon will be the guest singer. More details from 098-24877

The West Limerick Vintage Club will hold its annual vintage and family fun day beside the Thatch Bar, Newbridge, on Sunday 8th September. An action packed afternoon of events is promised and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Ardagh/Carrigkerry Saint Vincent de Paul Pilgrimage to Knock, will take place on Saturday 14th September. To book places on the bus please contact Johnjoe, at 069-76280 Chrissie at 069-76243 or Mary at 087-3537473.

A West Limerick Pilgrimage to Lourdes direct from Shannon will take place from Sunday to Friday 22nd to 27thSeptember.  People will stay in the Hotel Anito, and full details from Marion Pilgrimages at 01-18788159 or Elma Hanley Newcastle West at 069-62605.

As part of its ‘’Life’s Journey’ series Lough Derg offers a one day workshop ‘Living with Suicide’ on Wednesday 25thSeptember. This day is for adults who have been affected by suicide, either through personal loss or with suicidal ideation, those ministering to the suicide- bereaved or those working in support services. For further information contact Maureen in the Lough Derg office, Pettigo, Co Donegael, 071-9861518 or email [email protected]