The death has taken place of Donie Mangan, late of Grouse Lodge, Ardagh, in Birmingham on Friday June 20th. He was educated in Kilcolman N.S. and he worked as a servant boy with local farmers after leaving school.  He was a member of the Glensharrold Wrenboys in his youth and enjoyed the usual pastimes with his friends. He emigrated to England in 1964 and he worked in various jobs on arrival including a Hospital porter and in building sites. Donie spent many years working at British Leyland Motor Company until he was forced to retire due to failing health. Donie was laid to rest in Birmingham. We extend our sympathy to his wife Jean, sons, Peter, Dave, and Mike, daughter, Claire, brothers David in Ballincollig, County Cork, and John, in Grouse Lodge, and other relatives, and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Monday June 23rd. The numbers drawn were 5,10,16,27, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows €60 Tom Mackessy, Coolanoran. €60 Marie Carrig c/o Curley’s. €60 Katie Keane, c/o John Mullins. €30 Mary Lee, Newcastle West. €30 Séan, Kerri, and kids, c/o Josie. €30 Joan O’Connor, c/o Moloney’s. Next week’s draw will be held in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh and the Jackpot will be €5,200.

A celebration to mark Joan Buckley’s retirement from work in Kilcolman N.S. was held at the school on Wednesday June 25th. Joan began work there in the mid 1970s and after years of dedicated service is wished a long and happy retirement.

Congratulations and best wishes to Denis Mangan, Rathgoonan, Ardagh who recently celebrated his 50th birthday.

Congratulations to all the Saint Kieran’s members who participated in the Community Games County Finals in Mungret over the week-end of June 20th -22nd.

Congratulations to Ger Guina, Carrigkerry who won the Ballyheigue Half of the Head Marathon on Saturday June 14th. He defeated 170 participants and created a new course record time of 1.17.39 around the scenic coast of Kerry.

Johnny McCarthy, and Darragh Treacy from the Saint Kieran’s Club were members of the Limerick senior football team that defeated London by 1-16 to 1-13 in the All Ireland Football Round 1 Qualifier played at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday June 21st.

Neary’s Bar, Ardagh was the Sponsors of the West Limerick Junior B Hurling League Final which was played in Coolcappa Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday June 10th. Feohanagh defeated Newcastle West by 2-11 to 1-7 and Jason Mullins from Saint Kieran’s was the referee.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Ballysteen by 3-16 to 0-1 in the West Junior B Football Championship played in Knockaderry on Sunday June 22nd.

The rain came on Wednesday last after over two weeks of warm and sunny weather which was most welcome after a slow start to our summer. People’s spirits were lifted and all took advantage of the sunshine be it work related or for leisure activities. The farming community worked nonstop harvesting next winter’s supply of fodder. The yields were high and all reported satisfaction with their totals. The bogs in the locality were very busy as well as people were turning footing and stacking their turf.

Carrigkerry/Old Mill Development Association and Athea Community Council have amalgamated for the new CE Scheme which commenced on Monday June 23rd. This is due to the new rules introduced by the Department of Social Protection, who took over the running of the C.E. Schemes from FAS. The work will continue as usual with the only changes being at office and administration level. Carrigkerry/Old Mill will have 16 participants and a supervisor, and Athea will have 17 participants and a supervisor.

The property market around the locality remains slow as we pass the mid summer months. Signs for a good number of houses, farm land and sites for sale, are to be seen, along the many roads of the parish. Land is still a good buy for people with spare money to invest with, as interest rates, from financial institutes, and shares offer little return at present. The farm of land in the right location will always sell as agricultural land is scarce and does not come on the market that often. At present people have a good choice available to them after a number of new farms have come up for sale. In Glendiheen, Kerrikyle there is 162 acres to be sold in one or two lots with road frontage along the main Ardagh to Shanagolden road. In the Old Mill area an attractive holding of 98.5 statue acres is for sale by private treaty in one or two lots. It has extensive road frontage and obvious site potential as it is only 2kms from Newcastle West.

A residential property plus 75 acres of land is currently for sale in Ballyvoughane, Ardagh, not far from the Newcastle West Golf Club. A small holding of 12, 55 acres of Agricultural land is currently for sale in Glensharrold. It is located next to Carrig Celtic AFC Clubhouse, and it contains a derelict residence in need of repair.  50 acres of land with a slatted unit and silage slab is for sale in Coolacokera. There are 19 acres of forestry land about 16 years old with good road frontage and easy access for sale in Knockfinisk, Carrigkerry.   Sale has been agreed on 14 acres of Agriculture land with road frontage and good potential which was on offer in Grouse Lodge, for the past number of months off the main Ardagh to Shanagolden road.  Land prices are up over 2% this year and demand remains high but house prices remain stagnant with demand low at present. There is a fine choice of houses for sale around the locality to suit all potential buyers.  They vary in size and price and are located in the villages and in the rural countryside. It is a buyer’s market at present with lots of variety on offer at good price levels.

The annual weekly Seisiún Show will commence in the Devon Inn, Templeglantine, on Thursday 3rd July at 9pm. The show will include music, song, dance and storytelling and will run for July and August.

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 McQuinn immediately at 087-2593415

The changeover of Masses in Coolcappa/Kilcolman Parish will take place on the first weekend in July. Mass will be celebrated in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday 5th July at 7.30pm., and in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Sunday 6th July at 10.30am.

The annual Dawn Mass will be celebrated at Saint Brigid’s Well Newcastle West, at 6am on Sunday 6th July. An open invitation to attend and to avail of tea or coffee afterwards.

The annual fundraising garden fete will be held in Rathfredagh Cheshire Home on Sunday 6th July from 1pm. There will be a variety of attractions on offer including vintage display, dog show, and wheel of fortune children’s sports, face painting, magic show, bouncy castle, bingo, bric-a-brac stall and many more. Live music will be provided by Michael O’Brien, Paddy Quilligan, Grey’s Burdon, Enright’s, Kevin Barry and Big Maggie. All support on the day will be appreciated.

Coolcappa Music Group is holding a Mass in Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh, on Monday 7th July at 7.30pm, for Joanne McMahon, and the Ambrose family, Ardagh, to offer prayers for their recovery. All are very welcome to attend.

The annual Mass will be celebrated in Kilbradern Cemetery on Sunday 13th July at 2pm.

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.