By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Eileen Hennessy (nee Histon) 31 Castle View, Newcastle West. Eileen was 69 years old and she was a member of a well-known Kilcolman, family. She attended the local school and participated in the usual games and pastimes. She married Jerry and they lived in Knockaderry before moving to Newcastle West.

Eileen was a homemaker who always put her family’s interests before her own. She was kind and good hearted and a warm welcome awaited all who called to her home. Her talents included dressmaking which was used to good effect for family members. She liked to see the sun shining and the music of Nathan Carter, Mike Denver and Derek Ryan was always on. She got great enjoyment from her grandchildren who were always calling and sweets and treats were kept for them. A good friend and neighbour she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Wednesday June 10 from 6pm, followed by removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Her Funeral Mass was concelebrated by Fr Richard Keane, Fr Brendan Murphy and Fr Tim Curtin, on Thursday at 11.30am. Family members were very involved throughout the ceremony and Maura provided appropriate hymns. Symbols representing Eileen’s life interests were taken to the altar before Mass commenced. They included a sewing box, to show her love for dressmaking, tea and toast which she enjoyed very much in the mornings. A Nathan Carter CD as she loved country and western music. A crutch she used to keep up with her grandchildren. Her glasses which she used to read the local papers.

Fr Richard traced Eileen’s journey through life during his homily and a family member also paid tribute to her. Her grandchildren in tribute recited verses to show their love for her. Eileen was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery on Thursday June 11. We extend our sympathy to her sons, daughters, grandchildren, brother, sisters, nephews, nieces, extended family members, neighbours, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Kathleen Walsh, Saint Catherine’s Nursing Home, Newcastle West and Ballyneety, Shanagolden, on the death of her sister Maureen Dillane, Main Street, Glin on Sunday May 31. Following Requiem Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, she was laid to rest in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin on Tuesday June 2. In last year’s Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal there is a lovely interview done by Mary Hogan with Maureen Dillane, who was a shopkeeper in the village. May she rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy also to Kitty Meade, Carrons, Kilcolman, on the death of her brother Seamus Stubbins, Dromin, who was laid to rest recently. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Oran Lawlor, Ballyloughane, Carrigkerry and Jade May Stichbury Hatfield, England who were married on Friday May 29. The ceremony was held in Welwyn Garden and the reception in the Old Palace Hatfield Park.

The following are the Lottery results from The Old Mill Bar on Monday June 8. The numbers drawn were 3,17,18,24, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows €60 Pat Liston, Glenastar, Ardagh. €60 Mike Lynch, Shanagolden. €60 B O’Connor & Josie, c/o Bingo. €30 Vincent Murray, Ashford. €30 Moira O’Donovan, Ardagh.  €30 Moss, Josie and Pa O’Connor, Glensharrold. Next week’s draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh and the Jackpot will be €12,400

The friends of St Ita’s Community Hospital Newcastle West wish to thank the collectors and everyone who contributed so generously to their recent Church gate collection in Kilcolman. The amount collected was €258.20 which will go towards ongoing improvements for the patients, in the Hospital.

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club is currently on their summer break. They had a very enjoyable party to conclude their activities and the club will resume activities in September.

Congratulations to Kilcolman NS who won Division 4 of the Primary School League at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, on Friday June 5. They defeated Kilfinny NS by 4-2 to 1-9 in the 7-a-side hurling final. Congratulations to Cormac Behan, Carrigkerry and Ahalin NS who won the West Division 2 hurling title, and the Division 1 and 2 camogie title also in Rathkeale, on Friday June 5 and Monday June 8.

Shoppers at Dooley’s Super Valu, Newcastle West, will receive Kits for Kids tokens, which can be donated to the Saint Kieran’s Board Na Nóg collection point in the shop. Please support this initiative which will run until Sunday July 5.

Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Newcastle West by 0-10 to 0-8 in Round 3 of Group 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at Dromcollogher Gaelic Grounds on Friday June 5. It was a very even and exciting game played before a good attendance, on a good playing surface. St Kieran’s led by two points at the interval after playing with wind advantage. They were under pressure all through the second half and late scores gave Newcastle West the victory. Darragh Treacy, in the first half and Stephen Kelly in the second half were the two most influential players on the field.

It was a far better performance that against Ballysteen in the last round and with a little luck they could have got a result. With two more rounds to play against Na Piarsaigh, and Father Casey’s, they are still in contention for the final knock out place. TEAM: Patrick Histon, John O’Connor, Paudie McCarthy, Kevin Meade, Diarmuid Crowley, John Doyle, Shane Lynch, Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, Jack Ben Harnett, 0-1 Donal Nolan, 0-3 Ray Cahill, 0-2 Brian Crowley, 1-0 Niall O’Shea, Anthony Molyneaux, 0-2 Subs Sean Windle, Maurice Shine, Seamus Mangan, Conor O’Mahoney, Ian Mackessy.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Athea by 1-10 to 0-6 in Round 2 of the West Junior B Football Championship played in Glin Gaelic Grounds, on Saturday June 6.

The Old Mill Sports Club are holding a clothes collection at present to raise funds for the club. Bags of clothes may be dropped into the shed at the sports field. A meeting to plan activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the club will be held at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on this Thursday night at 9.30pm.This weekend festival will take place in late August.

Kilcolman Rovers Soccer Club are holding their awards night on Friday 19th June in Ardagh Hall at 8.15pm. All the players and their families are most welcome to attend.

Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society will have a full day outing to Cobh and Spike Island on Sunday 28th. June 2015 leaving Limerick city at 8.00am.  This should prove to be a most memorable visit which will give us an opportunity to view one of the world’s largest cruise liner ‘The Royal Princess’ which is 19 decks high and will be berthed in Cobh that day and will depart at 6pm.  The visit will include Cobh’s famous Cathedral St. Colman’s, the Titanic Memorial, Lusitania Victims burial plot, Jack Doyle the Gorgeous Gael’s grave.  We will also visit Spike Island with a viewing of the home of ‘Little Nellie of Holy God’.  The trip includes guided tours throughout.  As seats are limited early booking is advisable.  Contact Pat O’Donovan PRO 087 9977340.

The Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, will hold their 3rd annual Summer Fair on Sunday 28th June. It is a fundraising event with all the usual stalls and attractions present for people. Entertainment will be provided and all support will be greatly appreciated.

The Saint Kieran’s GAA Cul Camp will run from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July from 10am to 2,30pm in Coolcappa grounds. The camp is open to primary school children aged six to thirteen years and an action packed and fun filled week is promised. The cost is €55 per child, second child €45, third and fourth child €40. Bookings and further

The annual Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Fete will take place on Sunday 5th July. The committee are seeking donations at present and they can be dropped into Reception at Rathfredagh. They will accept clothes, shoes, handbags, or bric a brac but not any electrical equipment. For more details contact Catriona on 069-83279