By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Marian O’Sullivan (Nee Shine) Dually Newcastle peacefully at her residence on Wednesday July 9th. She was a native of Ballyine, Old Mill, and was educated in Ballyloughane N.S. and the Convent of Mercy Newcastle West. We all have fond memories of Marian, who was a fellow passenger on the Old Mill/ Carrigkerry School Bus to Newcastle West, and she had yet to reach three score years. Marian and Denis got engaged when they were only nineteen years old and they were married for close on forty years. They enjoyed wonderful times together and they were blessed with son Martin, and daughter Marie. She enjoyed family life, her garden, camogie involvement, and Newcastle West Golf Club as a caddy for Denis. Marian has left a lasting impression on all whose lives she touched as she travelled along the life path, and she will be sadly missed but not forgotten in the hearts of her family and friends.

She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Thursday July 10th from 5pm until 8.30pm. Her remains arrived in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West; on Friday for 11.30am Requiem Mass. Symbols associated with Marian’s life were taken to the Altar before the Mass commenced. They included a pot of flowers from her own garden which she got immense pleasure from being an outdoor person.  A Newcastle West jersey, hurley and sliothar to mark her time spent with the camogie club. She was joint manager with Mike Nash on the U-14 team that won their first County Camogie B Championship title.  They defeated Killeedy by 2-0 to 1-0 at Knockaderry on Friday June 20th 1997.

It was a lovely ceremony concelebrated by Fr Frank Duhig, Newcastle West, Fr Sean Harmon, Saint John’s, Fr Denis Mullane, Coolcappa/Kilcolman, and Fr Richard Keane, Newcastle West. Family members and friends added to it with their participation in the well chosen readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts, and lovely reflection. Fr Frank paid fulsome tribute to Marian during his homily which touched on the readings, gospel and her acceptance and faith, and concern for her family. The music and hymns from the Doyle family enhanced the occasion. Denis on behalf of the family addressed the congregation at the conclusion of the ceremony and invited all back to Newcastle West Golf Club for refreshments. He thanked everyone for their help and support over the last ten months of Marian’s illness, and paid his own personal tribute, which touched all present.

It was only fitting that there was a large attendance at the removal, Mass, and burial as Marian was so popular. Marian was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery on Friday July 11th. We extend our sympathy to her husband Denis, son Martin, daughter Marie, mother Ellen, son-in-law, Conor, grandchildren Cillian, and Sarah, brothers, Maurice, and John, sister, Bernie Madigan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Jack O’Grady Glenbawn, Ballyhahill, and a native of Barnigue, Carrigkerry who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He celebrated it in style at Brown Joe’s Bar in Athea on Saturday July 5th.

Congratulations and best wishes to Trevor Nolan, son of Marion and Patsy Castlematrix, Rathkeale, and Nicola White, daughter of Mike and Josie, Saint Mary’s Park Rathkeale who were married in Saint Mary’s Church Rathkeale on Friday July 4th. The Nuptial Mass was concelebrated by Fr Michael O’Shea, and Fr Willie Russell, and the reception was held in the Charleville Park Hotel. Trevor grew up in Coolanoran, and played for many years for Saint Kieran’s GAA Club, before his move to Rathkeale. He has won honours with Sean Finn’s Rathkeale in recent years.

Coolcappa Music Group held a Mass in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh, on Monday 7th July at 7.30pm, for Joanne Mc Mahon, and the Ambrose family, Ardagh, to offer prayers for their recovery.  Fr Tony Mullins, was the celebrant, of the ceremony which included singing and music from the choir and group, and a large crowd were in attendance to offer their prayers and support.

The following are the Lottery results from The Thatch Bar, Newbridge, on Monday July 7th. The numbers drawn were 13,17,16,27, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Pat Liston, Glenastar. €60 Ezra Neary, Ardagh. €60 Veronica Roche, c/o Josie. €30 Tony Galvin, c/o Peadar’s Bar. €30 Molly Griffin c/o Bus Eireann. €30 Stephen Griffin, c/o Bus Eireann.  Next week’s draw will be held at Peadar’s Bar Ardagh, and the Jackpot will be €5,600.

Congratulations to Jack Woulfe, and Mike Robinson, who were prizewinners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday July 4th.

Johnny McCarthy, and Darragh Treacy from Saint Kieran’s were members of the Limerick senior football team that defeated Antrim by 3-11 to 0-15 in Round 2A of the All Ireland Qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday July 5th. Darragh was introduced in the second half and he scored the last goal in injury time.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Newcastle West by 0-11 to 2-4 in the County Football League at Coolcappa Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday July 1st.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Drom/Broadford by 2-12 to 0-9 in Round 4 of Group 1 of the West Junior B Football Championship at Newcastle West on Sunday July 6th.

Minister for Sport Michael Ring recently announced details of grants for over 30 clubs and organizations in Limerick city and county as part of this year’s sports capital grants.  It is welcome news for Saint Kieran’s GAA Club who are to receive €15,000, Killeaney AFC €40,000, and Athea GAA Club €30,000.

Carrig Celtic defeated Askeaton 3-2 after extra time to retain their Over 35s Desmond League title at Templeglantine on Friday July 4th. Joe O’Sullivan, 2 and Sean Lynch scored their goals, and Michael Murphy was the man of the match.

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has announced the following clerical changes for Limerick Diocese to take effect from Sunday 14th September. Very Rev Thomas Mangan, Administrator of Saint Joseph’s Parish O’Connell Avenue to be Parish Priest of Donaghmore/ Knockea Parish . A good number of other changes have been announced also due to retirements. Ardagh/Carrigkerry and Coolcappa/Kilcolman will remain unchanged at present.

An Art Exhibition commences at the Library in Newcastle West on this Thursday 17th July at 7.30pm. The exhibition will be of special interest to our area as it contains paintings by Fr Larry Madden, Chris Greaney and Nora Kennelly, and all are welcome to attend.

The annual weekly Seisiún Show commenced in the Devon Inn, Templeglantine, on Thursday 3rd July.   The show includes music, song, dance and storytelling and will run each Thursday for July and August from 9pm and a great night’s entertainment is promised.

The Munster Fleadh Cheoil is taking place in Killarney Co Kerry all this week up to Sunday 20th July. Best wishes to all the local competitors taking part.

Kilcolman Community Creche fundraising committee are holding a Golf Classic on Friday 18th July from 11am in Newcastle West Golf Club. The cost of entering a team of 3 is €150 which includes a meal for each player. The prizes include golf bags, golf shoes, and green fees to various golf clubs including Adare Manor, and Limerick Golf Club. On the night there will be local traditional music, a raffle, spot prizes, and of course the main winning prizes which will be presented at 9pm sharp. The evening is open to the public, so please come along, enjoy and support the evening. If you are interested in entering a team in this event or you would like to advertise your business, please contact Stephen on 089-2212228. The committee would greatly appreciate your support.

The annual summer open day at the Organic College Dromcollogher will be held on Sunday 20th July from 2pm to 5pm. People can tour the garden and the tunnels, and call into An Siopa Glas, which will have organic seeds plants jams chutneys and salads on display and teas and coffees will be available.