The death has taken place of Sister Rosaleen Mangan, Sisters of Charity of St. Paul the Apostle, Sallypark, Birmingham, England and formerly of Glensharrold, Carrigkerry. She passed away peacefully on Monday 22nd of July in the Convent, in her 94th year. Eileen was a native of Glensharrold and one of twelve in family to Tom Mangan, and Ellen Aherne. She attended Carrigkerry N.S along with her brothers and sisters and received her First Holy Communion there in 1926.  Eileen received her second level schooling in the Convent Newcastle West; she interred the convent in Sally Park Birmingham, in February 1937 where she was a postulant for six months, and then a novice. It was a time spent learning and training with a lot of silence. She became Sr. Rosaline after taking the Three Vows, and spent some time at a branch convent in 1939 the year that World War 2 broke out. Those were difficult years, often spending nights in air raid shelters. When the War was over she returned to Birmingham and following retreat and preparation she was professed. She spent time in Wallsall, Worcester, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and Warrington, teaching doing parish work and Hospital Chaplaincy and attained the position of Superior.

She gave tremendous service to the Church and its people in England well into her retirement years, and she was highly regarded and much loved by all sections of the community. She was a regular visitor to Glensharrold and Limerick up to recent years when an accident caused her to retire and enter the Convent in Sallypark.  Her Funeral Mass in the Convent Chapel, Birmingham was concelebrated by her nephew Fr. Tom Mangan, P.P. Saint Joseph’s Parish Limerick, on Friday 26th July. It was a celebration of her long life with her fellow sisters participating in the ceremony and as members of the large choir. A number of family members attended the Mass and burial which followed in the Convent Cemetery in Birmingham. We extend our sympathy to her sister Bridie Kiely Glensharrold sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, and grand-nieces, many friends and her community in Birmingham, and Kilfinane. May she rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday 22nd July. The numbers drawn were 5,13,29,30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. 60 Dave Connelly c/o Bus Eireann. 60 Sharon Roche c/o Seán Downey. 60 Ann Madden, Garryduff. 30 Pat Dalton c/o Lyons. 30 Jerry Hayes and Eileen c/o Foley’s. 30 Triona and Lorraine c/o Fitzsimons Printers. Next week’s draw will be held in The Old Mill Bar and the Jackpot will be 10,800.

Ireland basked in sunshine for the most of July making people very happy as they went about their work. It was lovely to have got a summer at last and we hope the fine weather will return in August. The farming community was working around the clock to get the silage cut and the hay saved.  The bogs were crowded with people as they tended their turf bank getting it ready for bringing home, which some people were doing as well. The school students were soaking up the sun after their hard school year and the spaces at the beaches were limited.  It is a great time to be on holiday when the sun shines, and we welcome all visitors to the locality and we hope they enjoy their leisure time.

A word of thanks to everybody who contributed 210 to the upkeep of Cahermoyle Grotto. It was collected at the recent Mass held in the grounds of Cahermoyle House in Ardagh.

Congratulations to John and Peg Mulvihill who were prize winners at the card game held in Rathkeale Community Centre on Wednesday 17th July.

Congratulations to Mick Robinson, and Jack Woulfe, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden hall on Friday 19th July.

Carrig Celtic selection defeated Newcastle West by 2-1 in the Over 35s Desmond League Cup Final played in Ardagh on Friday 19th July. Johnny Hanlon and Ger Kelly scored their goals to secure the double this year. Cathal O’Sullivan was captain and he received the trophy from Claire Scanlon O’Donovan, organizer of ‘’CRY’’ the charity that will benefit from this year’s over 35s tournament.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Saint Senans by 1-8 to 0-6 in the County Senior Football League, in Foynes Gaelic Grounds on Thursday 18th July.

Saint Kierans drew with Feenagh/Kilmeedy 2-6 each in the West Junior B Hurling Championship in Newcastle West Gaelic Grounds on Friday 12th July.

Saint Kieran’s will play Dromin/Athlacca in Round 3 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship in Ballingarry Gaelic Grounds on this Saturday 3rd August at 7.15pm.

A two hour programme featuring The Great Southern Trail was broadcast on Radio Kerry on Saturday last 27th July. Presented by Frank Lewis it was a mix of chat history music song with a number of contributors who reside in the area and who are associated with the group.  John Hough from Glenastar spoke about the Ardagh Chalice, and the programme was very interesting and well done to all involved.

The Desmond Castle in the Square in Newcastle West is open to the public from 10am to 6pm. People are encouraged to pay a visit to the recently restored banqueting hall and grounds, during the holiday period.

Carrigkerry Playground Committee   held a public meeting in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Thursday 25th July. A decision on what amusements will go into the playground was reached after discussions amongst the attendance. The plan of work can now go out to tender to secure a contractor to do the work.  The Committee will have a fundraising bag pack in Tesco Newcastle West on Friday 2nd August.

A charity céilí in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be held in Knockaderry Community Centre on Friday 2nd August from 9.30pm. A raffle will also be held for some brilliant spot prizes. More details from Teresa 087-9427259 or Deirdre 086-1630201 Music by the Striolán Céilí Band and tea will be served and all are welcome.

West Limerick 102 Community Radio will hold their next car boot sale and indoor market, in Newcastle West Community Centre on Sunday 4th August from 9am to 3pm. To book a stall contact Marian on 087-6866450. Gates open at 7.30am and admission is €2 and all support will be greatly appreciated.

The annual Graveyard Mass to mark the feast of Saint Molua, which falls on a weekend (4th August), will be celebrated on Monday 5th August at 7.30pm. Saint Molua is the patron saint of Ardagh.

Mass will be celebrated in historic Knockpatrick Graveyard on Sunday 11th August at 2.30pm. This is the burial place of Charlotte Grace O’Brien poet, writer and philanthropist, who was born in Cahermoyle, in Ardagh in 1845. All are welcome to attend.

A West Limerick Pilgrimage to Lourdes for 7 nights leaves on Wednesday 14th August, and there are a few seats available. Contact Pat Dalton at 069-62306 for full details.

Mass will be celebrated at Borrigone Holy Well on Thursday 15th August at 3pm. All are welcome to attend and do the rounds and to collect water from the blessed well as people did in times past.

Barrigone/Robertstown Community Group are holding a Donkey Derby and Dog Show at Barrigone, Askeaton, on Thursday 15th August at 4.30pm. A great family day out is promised and for further details please contact Eric Fitzsimons on 087 9245100.