By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Maureen Hynes, (nee Lee) Knockane, Newcastle West, on Saturday March 14th. She was a native of Ballyine, Carrigkerry and ninety two years old. She lay in repose at her residence on Sunday from 5pm to 7.30pm. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West on Monday at 11.30am. Maureen was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery Newcastle West on Monday March 16th. We extend our sympathy to her daughters Patricia, Catherine and Helen, son Michael, sister Nancy, brothers Patjoe and Mattie, nieces, nephews, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Batt O’Connor, Rooska East, Carrigkerry at University Hospital, Limerick on Monday March 16th. He was in his eighties and he was a well liked member of the community. He was a hard worker and a good provider for his family. Batt and Mary were married for 55 years and they raised eight children. He liked music, singing, dancing, Limerick hurling and listening to local radio. He enjoyed the entertainment provided at Stacks and Moran’s Lounge Bar and wren nights over the years.  He lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Saint Patrick’s Day from 4pm to 6pm, followed by removal to Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry.

His Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fr Richard Keane and Fr John Mockler on Wednesday at 12 noon. Family members participated in the ceremony and the hymns and music were uplifting. Fr Richard paid a nice tribute to Batt who was a regular Mass attendee. He was a man of faith who regularly received the sacraments. The Holy Rosary was recited in the home every night by family members. He lived a long and fulfilled life and will be sadly missed and mourned by family and friends. His coffin was taken from the church as Brosna Town was sung in tribute. Batt was laid to rest as the sun shone in Ardagh Cemetery on Wednesday March 18th.

We extend our sympathy to his wife Mary, sons Tom, Paddy, Mike, Batt and Jimmy, daughters, Catherine, Joan and Maryellen, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephew, niece, other relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Michael O’Donnell, Kilscannell, Ardagh, at University Hospital, Limerick on Tuesday March 17th. He was one of nine in family and was aged 83 years old. He was educated locally before he embarked on his travels all over the world. He worked on the buses in England and on cruise ships around the World. He was involved in the hotel and restaurant business in America, and was a fine cook. He did a lot for the Irish community in America, and a letter of tribute from the American counsel was read out during the Mass.

He lay in repose at his residence on Thursday March 19th from 6pm to 8pm. His remains arrived at Saint Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa for his Requiem Mass at 12.30pm on Friday.  Gifts important in Michael’s life were taken by family members to the altar before the Mass commenced. They included a cookery book and chef hat to signify his love for cooking. The American flag as Michael had dual citizenship. Next a history book as he loved history and knowledge, and read the New York Times daily and a family portrait to show his love for his family.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Tim Curtin, and family members participated in the ceremony. Fr Tim traced his journey through life and Orla, and George paid lovely tributes. Tim led the singing of his favourite hymn before the final prayers. He was laid to rest in Kilscannell Cemetery close to his home on Friday March 20th.  We extend our sympathy to his brother Tim, brother-in-law George, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, and friends. May he rest in Peace.

We extend sympathy to Geraldine and Patsy Brouder and family Finnoe, Ballyhahill on the death of Geraldine’s mother Anne Larkin, Clash, Athea, who was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery on Monday March 16th. We extend sympathy to Michael and Liz Scanlan, and family Kilbradern on the death of Michael’s father Patsy Scanlon, Church Street, Dromcollogher, who was laid to rest in Dromcollogher Cemetery on Wednesday February 18th. May they rest in Peace.

Johnny McCarthy and Darragh Treacy from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick team that lost to Fermanagh by 2-19 to 2-10 in Round 5 of the National Football League Division 3 at Brewster Park, Enniskillen   on Sunday March 15th.  Both players got their names on the score sheet.

Alva Neary, and Mai Kennelly from the Old Mill club were involved in Limerick’s 1-18 to 3-5 victory over Derry in Round 4 of the National Football League Division 4 at Martinstown on Sunday March 15th.

Askeaton/Saint Kieran’s lost by 2-15 to 1-14 to Daithi Brudair’s in the West Under 21 B Hurling Championship semi-final on Saturday March 14th at Knockaderry.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Rathkeale by 1-14 to 1-5 in Round 2 of the County Senior Football League at Coolcappa on Saturday March 14th.

Congratulations to Con Enright and Moss O’Connor, who were prizewinners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday March 11th. Congratulations to Peg Mulvihill, and Jim Lynch, who were prizewinners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday March 13th. The annual Good Friday night 45 Drive will be held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday 3rd April starting at 9.30pm sharp.

Carrig Celtic defeated Newcastle West Rovers 2-0 away in the Desmond Premier Division League Cup quarter final on Sunday March 15th with Sean Mc Sweeney, and Francis Moore scoring the goals. Creeves Celtic lost 4-1 away to Glin Rovers B in the 2nd Round of the Desmond Cup with Jason Ahern scoring their goal. Carrig Celtic B lost 4-0 at home to Newcastle West Rovers B in Group B of the Division 3 League Cup.

In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Carrig Celtic defeated Charleville 1-0 at home with Layla Sparling scoring. Creeves Celtic defeated Kilcolman Rovers 4-0 at home with goals from Avril Dalton, 2 Amy Madigan Cooke, and Linda Kennelly.

Ardagh Graveyards and Ardagh Cemetery book written by Mary Kury is a most interesting publication and it is selling well since its launch on Saturday February 28th. It is a mine of information on its past history and the people who are buried there. It is on sale for € 20 and it can be got at Ardagh Post Office and Shop. All the proceeds from the sales will go to Ardagh Development Association for the upkeep of the graveyard and cemetery.

Congratulations to Sue Mullins, Ardagh, who received the best actress award at the West Limerick Drama Festival on Sunday March 15th. She played the part of Cass in the Knockaderry/Clouncagh Drama Group production of The loves of Cass Mc Guire. Congratulations to Gerard Liston, Coolcappa who received the best supporting actor and adjudicator awards at the various Drama Festivals. He played the part of Fr Rice in the Shoestring Theatre Company production of Trad.


Ardagh Drama Group presents The two loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary in Rathkeale Arts Centre on 28th, 29th 31st, March and 1st and 2nd April at 8pm.

Kilcolman School fundraising committee will hold a cookery demonstration night with Deirdre Doody on this Thursday 26thMarch in Ardagh Hall at 8pm. The tickets are € 10 and they are available from Marian on 087-7901425 or Sharon on 086-8106522

Daffodil Day will be held on this coming Friday 27th of March.   People who wish to volunteer on the day or to donate daffodils please contact Kate Buckingham Glenastar, Ardagh on 069- 76148.

Jackie Geoghegan and Sharon Kinehan (Madigan) are holding a coffee morning in aid of the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day on Friday 27th March from 10am to 3pm, at Jackie’s house Lisgordan, Ardagh. Your support would be greatly appreciated and enquiries to Sharon on 086-8106522

Knockdown Vintage Club and Estuary Macra Charity Modern Vintage Run will take place on Sunday 29th March at 12.30pm. It will start and finish at Knockdown and light refreshments will be served and a free raffle for the participants. There will be music by the Nightingales in the Knockdown Arms from 3pm to 6pm. A raffle will be held for numerous prizes, and proceeds to Saint Vincent De Paul.

Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society will hold their monthly talk on March 30th. 2015  on ‘Ritual Animal Sacrifice in Irish Folk Tradition’ by Dr. Billy Mag Fhionn at Room T.1.17 Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick at 8pm. For further detail contact Pat O’Donovan P.R.O. Key House, Newcastle West 087 9977340 / 069 62713.  All are welcome, and no admission charge.

Saint Senan’s and District Community Alert will hold its AGM on Wednesday 1st April in Shanagolden Hall at 8pm.

Team Limerick has organized a major clean up around the city and county for Good Friday 3rd April. It is open to community groups, voluntary group’s schools and sports clubs as well as individuals 

Glenville House and Gardens Ardagh have announced their opening hours for 2015 as follows.

April 3rd -30th Tuesday-Saturdays 9.30am to 1.30pm.

May 1st -15th Tuesday –Saturday 9.30 am to 1.30pm.

August 22nd -30th Saturday and Sunday 9.30 am to 1.30pm.

September 1st -26th Tuesday-Saturdays 9.30am to 1.30pm.

The admission rates are €5 students €3 children and old age pensioners are free.