Archive for March, 2014

Pat’s Corner-26/03/14

Recent Deaths

The death has taken place of Anna Flaherty, Blaine, on Saturday 22nd March. Sympathy is extended to her sons Patrick and Timothy, daughters Elizabeth, Catherine and Nora and their extended families.

Sympathy is extended to Tim and Lily Somers on the death of Tim’s mother Peg, of Irremore, Listowel.


Congratulations and well done to fellow correspondent Tom Aherne on his excellent article in last week’s Limerick Leader “Then and Now”. Tom described life before the World Wide Web and how people had to rely on the postman or visit to local shop for local news and the weekly travelling shop and the weekly paper for news outside the locality. The weekly paper was then posted to relatives abroad. Tom also wrote about items in West Limerick making headlines during the week.


West Limerick Resources are holding a seminar on caring for traditional building on April 10th. It will be presented by Dr. Fidelma Mullane, a specialist in the study and care of traditional buildings and will examine the history of building in the countryside, show the importance of maintaining traditional construction techniques and skills and provide information on caring for rural buildings. Contact Suzanne on 069-79114 or email [email protected]

Tracing Your Ancestors

Flyleaf Press have a number of county guides about tracing ancestors and have published a new edition of their “Guide to Tracing your Limerick Ancestors” by Margaret Franklin. This revision is greatly expanded and updated and is a comprehensive guide to all of the records available for tracing families in the county. The new edition is filled with information on what the records contain and how and where they can be accessed.  It is well illustrated with maps of the various administrative divisions; with examples of the types of records to be found; and with other relevant material. It also provides background on social history of the county and how the history has affected the keeping and survival of records. There is also a comprehensive index.

Limerick Heritage

Limerick History and Heritage Conference will take place in the Hunt Museum on Saturday 29th March when elements of Limerick history and heritage will be explored with the history departments of Mary Immaculate College and the University of Limerick. Keynote address will be by Dr. Eamon O’Flaherty, University College, Dublin. Other speakers include Dr. David Fleming and Dr. John Logan, University of Limerick. Dr. Maura Cronin, Dr. Ursula Callaghan and John McGrath, Mary Immaculate College. Jennifer Moore, Royal Irish Academy and University of Limerick, Dr. John O’Callaghan, St. Augusta’s College, Sligo and author Mae Leonard.

Dawn Run

Pieta House chief executive John Freeman will this week launch Darkness into Light 2014 with Electric Ireland in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick City, taking place on Saturday May 10th. Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning event which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. This year, Darkness into Light will take place in 39 locations and for the first time there will be two Limerick venues– Limerick City and Newcastle West. Registration for Darkness into Light is available now at

Hospital Rainbows

Hospital Family Resource Centre is now offering a Rainbows Programme to children and young people who have experienced loss due to separation or bereavement. Rainbows is a twelve week programme that helps children meet other children who have had similar experiences and to put their feelings into words. It is a safe, enjoyable group of children of the same age group. This confidential and free service is open to all. For further information phone Mary or Brigid on 061-383884.

Alcohol Debate

Macra na Feirme held a debate on the theme “Youth Abusing Alcohol or Alcohol abusing Youth” at the Castletroy Park Hotel on Saturday last 22nd March. This youth-held event incorporated a dramatic sketch followed by contributions from expert speakers on the subject of alcohol abuse among Ireland’s young people. Macra na Feirme announced that it aims to tackle this contentious topic and ensure that the drinks industry, the government and youth groups are working together to inform and protect the health and wellbeing of young people.

Recent Wedding

Congratulations to Lorraine Herbert (daughter of Mary Anne and Jim) of Coole, Athea and Gary O’Connor of Brosna who were married recently. Fr. Bowen performed the Nuptial Ceremony here in Athea Church. The reception was held in the Listowel Arms Hotel. A very enjoyable day was had by everyone. Many years of good health and happiness to Lorraine and Gary.

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By Carrig Side-26/03/14

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Michael O’Grady, formerly of Knockfinisk, Carrigkerry and Emer O’Connor, Knocknagun, Carrigkerry who were married in the Holy Trinity Church Adare, on Friday March 14th. The wedding ceremony was concelebrated by Fr Willie O’Gorman P.P. Tournafulla/Mountcollins, and Fr Larry Madden P.P. Ardagh/Carrigkerry. The reception was held in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare. The happy couple are currently on honeymoon in Hawaii, and Las Vegas, and they will reside in Limerick City.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Trevor Collins, Glensharrold and Joanne Rohan, Cappagh, who were married in The Radission Hotel, County Clare on Friday March. 14th.

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Paddy Molyneaux, Ardagh Cross who recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

Congratulations to Michael Kearney and Martin Flynn, who were prizewinners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday March 12th.

Carrigkerry/Old Mill Development Association held a very successful fundraiser in Knockaderry Recourse Centre on Sunday March 16th. They presented the play Moonshine, by Jim Nolan which was performed by Knockaderry/Clouncagh Drama Group. Many thanks to all who turned up on the night and enjoyed a wonderful performance by the local group. Thanks also to the people who bought tickets in support of the event, and were unable to attend. Thanks to all the people who gave spot prizes, and supported the raffle. A special thanks to Knockadery/Clouncagh Drama Group cast and crew who gave of their time and talents. The proceeds from the night will go towards the running of the C.E.Scheme in Carrigkerry and Old Mill.

A second meeting to discuss the Ardagh Chalice Project was held in the Community Centre, Ardagh on Thursday March 13th. The main topic discussed was the cost with early estimates coming to over € 5,200 which may rise as the work progresses. A number of fundraisers will need to be done to cover the cost of the project. All donations will be welcomed by Treasurer Mike Daly and ass-treasurer Nora Kennelly.

Congratulations to Coolcappa Music Group members who won 1st Prize for the best float in the   Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Rathkeale.

Johnny Mc Carthy and Darragh Treacy from Saint Kieran’s saw action with Limerick in their 0-18 to 1-6 defeat to Fermanagh in Round 5 of the National Football League Division 3 tie at the Gaelic Grounds in Newcastle West  on Sunday March 16th.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Mountcollins by 2-10 to 1-3 in Round 1 of the West Limerick Senior Football Championship in Kevin Long Park Feenagh, on Saint Patrick’s Day. They now progress to meet Drom-Broadford in the Quarter final.

Askeaton/Saint Kieran’s defeated Daithi Brudairs by 1-14 to 0-11 in the West U-21 B Hurling Championship played at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Saturday March 15th.  They will meet Croagh /Kilfinny in the semi-final.

Róisín Ambrose,  from the Old Mill club was a member  of the Limerick Ladies panel that was defeated by Waterford by 5-7 to 4-3 in Round 2 of the Munster U-14 B Championship at Ballybricken Gaelic Grounds  on Saturday  March 15th.

Limerick lost by   3-15 to 0-8 to favourites Cork in the Munster U-21 Football Championship semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn Cork on Wednesday March 19th.  Sean Mc Sweeney from Saint Kieran’s was corner forward and Limerick senior player Darragh Treacy was introduced as a substitute during the game. Only the team management can explain why Darragh, and members from Sean Finns Rathkeale, who won the County Premier Championship in 2013 did not start the match. Kieran Larkin Banogue, whose roots are in Reen’s Ardagh, was also a member of the team.

Carrig Celtic B lost 3-0 at home to Shountrade in Round 2 of the Desmond Cup on Sunday March 16th.

Old Mill lost 2-0 at home to Kildimo in Division 1 of the Desmond League.

The ghost estate in Carrigkerry is to receive funds from the development fund in Limerick County Council to address the sewerage, surface water, footpaths, and lighting issues. The estate has also applied for funds under the Government nationwide scheme for the cleanup of ghost estates.

A total of € 5,000 has also been allocated from the Development Contributions fund for footpath repairs at Ardagh Village.

The death has taken place of Patsy Meade, Kilcolman Ardagh, at his residence on the feast of Saint Joseph, on March 19th He was retired transport worker, and a good neighbor and friend and he will be sadly missed by his family and by all who knew him. He worked as a machine driver for a number of companies over the years.   He was a family man who was quiet and kind and happy in his work. He liked a social drink and enjoyed a game of cards, in his spare time. He lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden on Friday March 21st from 6pm followed by removal to Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman. His Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Canon O’Keeffe and Fr Sheehy at 11.30am on Saturday morning. Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts and tributes.  Canon O’Keeffe in his homily linked Patsy to the many qualities possessed by Saint Joseph. Family members thanked everybody for their wonderful support over the last few weeks, and paid tribute to their late father. The music and hymns were uplifting and the attendance was large and representative. Patsy was laid to rest in Kilcolman Cemetery not far from his home, on Saturday March 22nd. We extend our sympathy to his wife Kitty, sons, Michael, Peter, Liam, daughters, Siobhan, and Marietta, sister’s brothers-in-law, twelve grandchildren, extended family neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The West Limerick Indoor Bowls Club would welcome new members and spectators. They meet up each Thursday evening at 7.30pm in Halla Tadhg Gaelach Tournafulla. There is no age limit and flat shoes must be worn while playing. Additional information can be got by calling 069-81936.

Trocaire boxes are available in the local churches and all families are asked to take one home, and fill them up over the weeks of Lent.

Sharon Kinehan, and Jackie Geoghegan, Lisgordan, Ardagh, will be hosting a coffee morning in aid of Daffodil Day on this Friday 28th March, from 10am to 2pm in Sharon Kinehan’s house. All are welcome and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Louise Culhane will be holding a coffee morning in Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry in aid of the Irish Cancer Society on Friday 28thMarch from 10.30am to 4pm. All are welcome and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will take place on Friday 28th March. Volunteers will be selling fresh and silk Daffodils lapel pins and other Daffodil items. All the money raised in Limerick will remain in the area providing services and support for cancer suffers and their families, and all support for this very deserving cause will be greatly appreciated.

Ardagh National School parents council are holding a Cookery Demonstration evening in the Community Centre Ardagh on this coming Friday 28th March at 7pm. Tom Flavin is the chef and all the proceeds from the night will go towards  Ardagh National School. The tickets cost €10 each and are currently on sale from committee members and from the school.

It is now ten years since the Imperial Stag Cutlery Factory in Listowel closed after opening as the Jowika Factory in 1962.The factory was renowned worldwide as the maker of quality knives for the global market. At the height of production over 130 people were employed and the workforce was drawn from north Kerry and west Limerick. A Bus operated from Carrigkerry to take the many local people who worked there over the 42 years. The reunion will take place in The New Kingdom Bar in Listowel on this Friday 28th March. It will be preceded by a Mass of remembrance for deceased workers at Saint Mary’s Church at 7pm. All who worked there are invited to attend.

An Irish Night in aid of the Ardagh Chalice project will be held at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Saturday 29th March.  A monument is to be erected on the grounds of Ardagh Church and all support will be greatly appreciated.

The Ballyloughane School Reunion (03.11.2013) DVD is now available at Gerard O’Connor’s Texaco Filling Station, Churchtown, NCW and at Moloney’s Filling Station; Carrigkerry.The contents include the Reunion Mass, Interviews Music from former pupils, children and relatives of former pupils, and snapshots of the past and snapshots of the day in question. It runs to two hours and it is priced at €10

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-26/03/14

Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw 22/ 03/ ‘14

No’s Drawn:  9,  17,  22,  27. No Winner

Lucky Dips         

€50        Sean Fitzgerald, Batt’s Bar

€30         John Stackpoole, Moyvane

€20         Ned & Pat, Athea

Mickey Mulvihill, Upper Athea

Donie & Liz, c/o Donie’s

Patricia Quinn, Upper Athea

Sellers Prizes:  Paddy Enright & Kitt Quinn

Next Draw:  29/03/’14 Jackpot: €3,100 Venue: White’s

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