The death has taken place of Kitty O’Malley, nee Buckley, Ballinakill, Castlemahon, and formerly of Glenville, Ardagh, and Milford, County Cork.  She was in her eighties, and well known around the area. Kitty and her late husband Tony who worked in Patrick Mc Cormack’s Joinery lived in Glenville, for many years. Kitty took great pride in the house, and flowers grew in abundance, in the garden. The family including daughter Evan were all members, of Newcastle West Golf Club. Kitty was a committee member from 1979 to 1998 and fulfilled the role of Competition Secretary and Hon-Secretary for a number of years. She was Ladies Vice-Captain in 1987 and Captain the following year which was the 50th Anniversary of the club.  Kitty moved to Ballinakill following the death of Tony and continued another chapter of her life, with family and new friends. She was a most interesting and independent lady who kept up to date with the affairs of the country. She always had time for a chat when our paths crossed in the shops in Newcastle West.

My last meeting with Kitty was in Newcastle West Golf Club in Rathgonan, for the launch of their History book on Sunday 7thJuly. She was in good health and enjoyed the evening and the company of the members and friends present.  Kitty remained out and about and going to the shops in her car until her recent illness. She will be sadly missed by family relatives and numerous friends. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday 30th October. Arriving at Castlemahon Church on Thursday for Requiem Mass at 12.30pm. Kitty was laid to rest in Deliga Cemetery Milford, on the last day of autumn. We extend our sympathy to her daughter, Evan, grandchildren Cormac and Deirdre, son –in-law Donal Quaid, Cormac’s wife Maria, sisters, brother, nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place unexpectedly at his residence of Paddy Enright, 5 Rooska Court, Carrigkerry. He was a native of Kerrikyle, Kilcolman, and in his late seventies. He came from a large family and he attended Kilcolman School. He worked with local farmers including John Donovan, of Windles Bar after leaving School. He left Ireland at a young age, and he saw service in both the Irish and British Army and served in the Congo.  He was a well travelled man and he spent the majority of his working life in Australia, around Melbourne, where he was known as Paddy Bodhran due to his skill with the goatskin. He played a few Gaelic football matches with Kilcolman, when around and he also participated in boxing. He returned to retire in Ireland about seven years ago and after time spent in other places settled in Carrigkerry. He was a familiar figure around the village, and he enjoyed a  chat and a few drinks with friends.

His remains reposed at Reidy’s Funeral Home; Newcastle West from 6pm to 8pm, on Friday 1st November, followed by removal to Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman. Fr Larry Madden, P.P. Ardagh/Carrigkerry and Fr Denis Mullane, P.P. Coolcappa/Kilcolman concelebrated his Funeral Mass on Saturday morning at 11am. Paddy was laid to rest beneath a showery sky in Kilcolman Cemetery on November 2nd All Souls Day. The local musicians and bodhrán player gave him a rousing send off at the graveside, as the shower descended on all present. Sympathy to his sisters Hannie, Nellie, Mary, Joan, Bridget, Theresa, brother Joe, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, other relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

We extend sympathy to Joe and Betty Ahern, Glenagower, Athea, on the sudden death of Joe’s sister Eileen Kirke, in Dublin. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Mary McCormack Ardagh, who recently celebrated her 70th birthday.

The Friend’s of Saint Ita’s Community Hospital wish to thank the collectors and everybody who contributed to their recent church gate collection in the parish. The amount collected was Ardagh €360.00 and Carrigkerry €173.18.

Sister Consilio and Agnes Fitzgerald of Cuan Mhuire, Bruree wish to thank the collectors and everybody who contributed to their recent church gate collection in the parish. The amount collected was Ardagh €163-65 and Carrigkerry €188.10.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday 28thOctober. The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 19, 20, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Jim Geaney c/o Josie. €60 William Keogh c/o Caroline. €60 Donal Murphy, Rathkeale. €30 Sean Downey, Lisgordan, Ardagh. €30 Ailish Enright, Ardagh, €30 Mary Keane, Old Mill. Next week’s draw will be held in Moore’s Bar, Carrigkerry and the Jackpot will be €7,600.

Sean McSweeney, Anthony Molyneaux, and Ray Cahill from Carrig Celtic saw action with the Desmond League in their 6-0 defeat to Limerick District, in the Oscar Traynor Inter –League Trophy Competition in Clounreask, Askeaton on Sunday 27thNovember. Pat King from the club was a linesman.

Creeves Celtic defeated Ferry Rangers 3-1 at home in the 2nd Round of the Richard Hogan Cup. James Naughton, 2 and Jonathan Hayes scored their goals.

Congratulations to Ardagh National School who won the West Limerick Division 1(9-a-side) Final for the second year in a row. They defeated Ballingarry N.S. in the final played at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Wednesday 23rd October.

An under strength Saint Kieran’s lost to Newcastle West by 3-6 to 1-8 in the opening match in the County Premier U-21 Football Championship in the Bog Garden, Rathkeale on Saturday 26th October.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Garryspillane by 2-7 to 3-3 in the County U-13 Division2 Hurling League Final at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale, on Saturday 26th October.

Christmas Cards from Carrigkerry are available for sale in Moloney’s Shop Carrigkerry with the proceeds going towards the proposed Carrigkerry Playground. They cost €1-50 each or a pack of five for €5.  There are several different winter scenes to choose from and support for this fundraiser will be greatly appreciated.

The Budget is over and we are all poorer as a result of taking 2.5 billion out of the economy. It has received favourable reaction from sections of the community but it will be next January before we all feel the hidden effects. The removal of the Telephone subsidy to pensioners and the bereavement grant was sneaky and not the work of a caring and just Government. Their argument that the money was going to the phone companies and the majority had mobile phones does not stand up. The landline phone is a lifeline for people using alarm pendants living on their own in isolated rural areas. A mobile phone is only as good as the coverage in the area, which is very poor in many places around our locality. The money the Government intends to save should be put towards a scheme to help community alerts to assist people to secure their home and personal safety.

The Rosary will be recited each Sunday in November at the three cemeteries in Newcastle West. Famine cemetery at 3pm, Calvary cemetery at 3.20pm, and Churchtown cemetery at 3.40pm. All are welcome to join in and to remember our dearly departed.

The Rosary will be recited each Sunday in November at Reilig Mhuire cemetery Askeaton at 3pm. Grave owners are asked to attend.

Saturday’s Vigil Mass in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman will change to the earlier time of 6.30pm for the winter months from this Saturday 9th November. It will revert back to the original time of 7.30pm for the summer time.

Mass will be celebrated in Kilcolman cemetery on Sunday 10th November at 12 noon.

Boxercise for teenagers starting in Ardagh Hall on Wednesday 13th November from 7-8pm.

Pilates for beginners starting in Ardagh Hall on Wednesday 13th November from 8-9pm.

The Feohanagh/Castlemahon Parish Annual will be launched by Father Michael Wall, Chaplain and lecturer at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Friday 15th November, at Castlemahon Parish Hall. This year’s eagerly awaited annual is dedicated to the memory of Margaret Doody Scully, May O’Connor, Paddy Roche and Fr John McSweeney, who passed away during the year.  The trio were members of the history group who have produced this fine Annual since 1981, and were fine contributors of numerous articles over the years.   Fr John was the author of the book’’ Call me David’’ Bishop David Cremin A Memoir. A Memorial Mass for them and for all deceased members will be celebrated by Fr John Duggan P.P.  in Castlemahon Church before the launch at 7.30pm, and all are welcome to attend.

The annual €2,000 45 card drive takes place on Tuesday 19th November at 9pm in the Community Hall Raheenagh. The proceeds will go towards the hall’s ongoing expenses and all are welcome to attend.

West Limerick Community Radio is holding a fundraising Céilí in the Community Centre Knockaderry on Friday 22nd November at 9.30pm. Music by Donie Nolan, and a raffle will also be held for numerous spot prizes.  Teas and coffee served and all are welcome.

The final of the West Limerick Scór na nÓg Competition will be held in Saint Molua’s Hall, Ardagh on Sunday 24th November at 2.30pm.