By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Joe McCormack, Ballinacurra Gardens, and late of Ardagh, Co Limerick, husband of the late Mary (President of Limerick Golf Club Seniors) peacefully in the loving care of the doctors, nurses and staff of Saint John’s Hospital Limerick on Thursday June 12th. He lay in repose at Thompson’s Funeral Home, Thomas Street on Friday June 13thfrom 5.30pm followed by removal to Saint Joseph’s Church O’Connell Avenue. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday at 11am. Joe returned to his native parish for burial in Ardagh Cemetery on Saturday June 14th. A large crowd attended to await the funeral cortege, and to pay their respects to the family members.

Joe lived a long and interesting life, as he was a member of the Gardaí, a building contractor, and a member of the office staff at Patrick McCormack’s Joinery Works in Ardagh.   He was part of the team with Tom Mc Crave, who set up and operated a branch of the Desmond Credit Union, in Main Street Ardagh. He moved to Limerick to live over 30 years ago, but often returned for special occasions in the parish. He liked a game of golf and often played with the local Cahermoyle Golf Society. He turned his hand to painting in later years and produced much admired scenes on canvas. Joe will be remembered as easy going with a pleasant manner and a good person to converse with and he will be sadly missed by all.

We extend our sympathy to his wife Alice, sons Joseph, James, Vincent, John, and Donal, daughters Mary O’Connor, and Margaret O’Neill, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandson, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, extended family and his many loyal friends and neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Joe Lynch, Killaheen, Reens, Ardagh, husband of the late Tess, and survived by his good friend Nora, family and friends. He lay in repose at Magner’s Funeral Home Rathkeale, on Monday June 16th from followed by removal to Saint Mary’s Church, Rathkeale. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at 12 noon followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to Nora, family and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Dara O’Connell, Reens, Ardagh, who won a bronze medal at the recent Special Olympics National Games held in Limerick.

Congratulations to Noel Galvin, Ardagh, who matched the numbers drawn 2, 8, 12, 28, and won the Ardagh Development Association, and Saint Kieran’s GAA Club Lotto Jackpot of €13,600 at Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday June 16th. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners €60 Stephen Kennelly, Shanagolden. €60 Jack Ahern, Ardagh. €60 Teresa Danagher, Ardagh. €30 Con and Teresa, c/o Moore’s Bar. €30 Denise and Sarah. €30 Dawn Power, Arra Veterinary.  Next week’s draw will be held in Moore’s Bar, Ardagh, and the Jackpot will be €5,000.

The parish clerk of Carrigkerry Church would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who contributed to her recent annual collection. Any outstanding envelopes may still be handed in.

The Ardagh Chalice Project committee isdelighted to report that work on the monument is nearing completion thanks to the work of Jack McKenna, John Shiels, Mike, and Paddy Daly. The next part of the project will be laying paving stones round the base of the monument. An Irish Night was held on Saturday June 14th in aid of the project, and thanks to all who supported it. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd July at 8.30 pm in Ardagh Community Centre.

Congratulations to Sean Moriarty, and John Dolan and Jim Dalton, and James Bridgeman, who were prizewinners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday June 14th.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Kildimo/Pallaskenry by 0-15 to 0-12 in Round 3 of Group 2 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship at sunny Askeaton Gaelic Grounds on Saturday June 14th A small attendance witnessed a close and competitive encounter that failed to produce a goal, with the majority of the points coming from placed balls. Saint Kieran’s led by 0-11 to 0-7 at half-time and missed a few goal scoring opportunities either side of the break. They were under pressure as a result and reduced to 14 players it took stout defending to retain their lead to the final whistle. With two wins from their three matches played they remain mid table in the 6 team Group and still in contention to progress to the next stage. TEAM. John Greaney, James Windle, Paudie McCarthy, Brendan McCarthy, Sean Windle, Patrick Windle, Mike Windle, Mike Flynn, 0-1 Anthony Molyneaux, 0-3 Jack Ben Harnett, 0-3 Johnny McCarthy, Mossie Shine, Danny Collum, Darragh Treacy, 0-1 Donal Nolan, 0-7 Subs Jonathan Ruttle, Ray Cahill.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Fedamore by 2-10 to 2-4 in the County Junior B Football League semi-final played in Clarina on Monday June 16th.

A benefit night for Martina Tierney Barna Templeglantine will be held at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday 27th June. Music by Donie and Maura Nolan, and tickets cost €5 and there will be valuable prizes to be won in the raffle. Martina Ahern is a native of Carrigkerry village, and all support will be most welcome.

Old Mill ladies football club are representing Limerick in the All Ireland Feile Na Nóg Finals in Roscommon on 27th/28th June. The U-14 girls are representing Limerick in the National Finals and we wish them all the best.

Kate Ambrose represented the Newcastle West Club and Limerick in the Féile Camogie Skills Competition in Armagh last Saturday June 21st

Old Mill defeated Mungret in the County U-12 Ladies Football Final in Banogue, on Friday 13th June. Team Leah Hayes, Máiread Ryan, Róisín Mann, Emma Donovan, Ali Rose Ambrose, Holly Meredith, Niamh Foley. Captain Iris Kennelly, Tara Mc Carthy,  Sophia Liston,  Niamh Enright,  Aoife Kinehan, Mai Forrestal,  Aoife Lee, Ciara Ryan, Ciara Kelly,  Emma Brennan, Molly Mc Grath,  Mentors. Ciara Mann, Mike Foley, Ber Kennelly. Yvonne Meredith, Donal O’Donovan, Jimmy Duggan.

Saint Kieran’s will represent Limerick in the Feile Peil 2014 in Mallow on this Saturday 28th June for the regional competition.

On this coming Sunday 29th June the Mannix Joyce weekend takes place in Knockfierna, commencing at 2.30pm.  The committee will welcome a visit from Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society.  This large gathering will be addressed by Donnacha O’Dulaing of RTE who has recovered from a recent illness and has confirmed his attendance.  The day’s events will be followed by an evening of traditional entertainment at the Rambling House on the hillside.  Free entry and all are welcome.

A fundraising dance in aid of Milford Hospice will be held in the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West, on Sunday 29th June from 3pm to 6pm. The music will be supplied by Big Maggie, and Ger, and spot prizes to be won and finger food served. Support will be appreciated and more information on 086-0620596

The annual Mass will be celebrated in Kilscannell Graveyard on Monday 30th June at 7.30pmSaint Kieran’s are holding their Cúl camp in Coolcappa Gaelic grounds from Monday 30th June to Friday 4th July. The camps provide boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13 with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity. The cost is €55 for 1st child € 45 for the second child and € 40 for the third and subsequent children. A Kellogg’s GAA Cúl camp kit (including jersey shorts and socks) and backpack in county colours are provided to each child when they attend the camp. For more details log on to

The annual outing to Milltown Malbay in Clare takes place on Saturday 5th July. The musical bus will leave The Cash and Carry Sheehan’s Road Newcastle West at 9.30am sharp. It will be a day of music and dancing around Killimer, Milltown Malbay and Newmarket –on-Fergus. Names and deposit to Ita Mc Quinn immediately at 087-2593415

Kilcolman Community Creche fundraising committee is holding a Golf Classic on Friday 18th July commencing at 2pm in Newcastle West Golf Club. If you are interested in entering a team in this event or would like to advertise your business, please contact Stephen on 089-2212228. The committee would greatly appreciate your support.