By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Nora Ambrose, (nee Moore) Daar View House, Dunganville, Ardagh, and formerly of Ballinoe, Tarbert, on Friday June, 26. She was wife of the late Martin, who died on June 12, 2000, and mother of the late Thomas who died on December 9, 1989. She was a homemaker, whose life revolved around her family, home life, and great faith. Her ability to multitask around the house and farm was recognised and admired by all. Nora, and Martin raised their seven children on the family farm and made all who called very welcome, with tea and a selection of her home baking. She was a private person who confined her social activities to visiting family members, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at her residence on Monday June 29 from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. Removal to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh, on Tuesday morning June 30 for Requiem Mass at 11.30am. Her Funeral Mass was concelebrated by Canon Seamus Ambrose, Canon Frank Duhig and Fr Paddy Bowen.

Symbols representing Nora’s life interests were taken to the altar by her grandchildren before Mass commenced. They included a cookery book, to show her love for cooking and baking. A Kerry football jersey representing the pride she had in her native place. Her Rosary beads which were in daily use as religion and faith were very important to Nora. A framed photograph of her house and surrounds which were close to her heart since she came to live there in 1961. A framed family photograph to show her love for her nearest and dearest.

Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts and reflection. Fr Seamus linked the readings, Nora’s talents, sense of place, history and farming involvement during his free flowing homily. Her daughter, on behalf of the family, paid Nora a lovely tribute, before the ceremony ended. A large crowd was in attendance to pay their final respects and to offer their support to the family. Nora may be gone to another place but her memory will certainly live on. She will be sadly missed by family, neighbours and friends. Nora was laid to rest on the last day of June in the adjoining cemetery.

We extend our sympathy to her children Beth, John, Maura, Pat, Stephen and Eibhlin, daughters-in-law Triona and Deirdre, son-in-law Jer, grandchildren Katie, Elle, Martin, Sinead, Cathy, Patrick, Róisín, Ciara and Tomás, brother Mick, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours, friends and dear friend Maudie.  May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Paudie McCoy, Shanagarry, Newcastle West, husband of the late Joan, on Saturday June, 27. Reposing at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Sunday June 28 from 6.00pm followed by removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West. His Requiem Mass, was concelebrated by Fr John Mockler, Fr Richard Keane and Canon Frank Duhig on Monday June 29 at 11.30am. Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful and offertory gifts.

Fr John touched on the readings, and informed the large congregation about the life and times of Paudie during his homily. He was one of seventeen in family and Tom and Kitty, from the Old Mill were his parents. He had ten brothers, and six sisters and he was predeceased by his brother Tossie. He was born on June 9, 1950 and he worked in England, and America, with an Electrical Company for a number of years. He came home in 1975 and he worked in Wyeth’s. Paudie’s ill health problems commenced at an early age which remained throughout his life.

The upbringing and example he received from his parents helped him to face these difficulties. Religion, prayer and the Rosary was a source of comfor and he had God in his heart. Paudie was engaging and he liked to chat and he was a good story teller. He liked traditional music and song and the company of family and friends. The loss of his wife in 2010 was another blow as he became more housebound in recent times. Paudie will be sadly missed by family and by all who knew him.

Paudie was laid to rest afterwards in Churchtown Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sons Padraig, Liam, Gearoid and Sean, brothers, sisters, daughters-in-law, grandsons, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

We note the passing of Liam O’Murchu, who was a well-known TV presenter for many years. He presented the part English and part Irish Trom agus Eadtrom, and also Up for the Final programmes. Val Doonican, the gentle sounding Waterford singer also passed away on July 1. He was a major TV star in Britain and he had his own show on Saturday nights. Walk Tall, Johnstone Motor Car, My Elusive Butterfly and Paddy McGinty’s Goat were amongst his famous songs. Jimmy Doyle, the Tipperary hurling great who lit up the playing fields of Ireland with the artistry of his camán also passed away. He won all the major honours and he was also a sportsman who always played the ball in an era when it was often the survival of the fittest on the playing fields. May they rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Pa O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry West and Edel Tobin, Chapel Close, Newcastle West, who were married in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West on Saturday June 27 and held their reception in the Devon Inn Hotel. Pa was a former player with Carrig Celtic, and Saint Kieran’s clubs.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday June 29. The numbers drawn were 8,16,18,26 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Teresa Downey, Lisgordan, Ardagh. €60 Stephen Kelly, Bus Eireann. €60 Paddy O’Sullivan, Abbeyfeale. €30 M and W c/o Denis Greaney. €30 J Flaherty, Carrigkerry.  €30 Louise Moriarty, Ardagh. Next week’s draw will be held in Moore’s Bar, and the Jackpot will be €13,000.

The Limerick GAA Club Draw for June was held on the Limerick Live 95 FM Sports Programme, on Saturday June 27. The Saint Kieran’s Club had no winners and the next draw will be held on Saturday July 25th, also on the Limerick Live 95 FM Sports Programme.

Johnny McCarthy and Darragh Treacy, from the Saint Kieran’s Club, were members of the Limerick senior football team that lost to Tyrone by 1-14 to 0-8 in the All-Ireland Football Qualifier, played in Healy Park, Omagh, on Sunday June 28.

Saint Kieran’s participated in the U-14 Regional Feile Football Finals in Portlaoise, on Saturday June 27.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Drom/Broadford by 3-7 to 0-12 in Division 1 Round 6 of the County Senior Football League, played in Dromcollogher, on Tuesday June 23.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Cappamore by 2-17 to 0-12 in Round 3, of Group 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship played in Clarina, on Wednesday July 1. They played uphill and against the slight breeze in the opening half and trailed by 2-8 to 0-3 at half time. A good third quarter performance raised hopes, but Cappamore’s overall craft and marksmanship saw them run out deserving winners. TEAM John Greaney, James Windle, Paudie McCarthy, Brendan McCarthy, Sean Windle, Anthony Molyneaux, 0-3 Mossie Shine, Darragh Treacy, Jack Ben Harnett, 0-1 Johnny McCarthy, 0-3 Jonathan Ruttle, 0-1 Donal Nolan, 0-4 Ian Mackessy, Danny Collum, Seamus Mangan. Subs: Mike Flynn, Mike Windle, Mike Steele. They play Feenagh/Kilmeedy next with a win vital to keep them out of relegation trouble.

Erin Hennessy, Carrigkerry and Kilcolman Rovers, and Katelyn Hayes, Knockfinisk, and Abbeyfeale Utd, were members of the Desmond U-16 Squad who participated in the recent Gaynor Cup Competition, played in University of Limerick. The team played five matches and finished 12th overall in the competition.

Congratulations to John Mulvihill, and Vinnie Wrenn, who were prize winners at the card game held in Ballingarry Hall, on Saturday June 27.

The Desmond Castle in Newcastle West is open to visitors over the summer season. It is well worth a visit as there is lots to see and view from its vantage point.

The Athea/ Carrigkerry/Old Mill, Community Employment Scheme for 2014/15 ended on Friday June 19. A new scheme commenced on the following Monday, continuing the good work already done in the three locations.

West Limerick 102FM Community Radio, are holding a car boot sale and indoor market at Newcastle West Community Centre on Sunday July 12th. It commences at 8am and all support will be greatly appreciated.

The annual Athea Day trip to Kilkenny takes place on Tuesday July14th. For full details contact Marie Wrenn, on 087-7674832 or Joan Fitzgibbon, on 087-9865005

The dates for the annual graveyard Masses in the locality are as follows. Kilbradern, July 12th, Kilcolman, July 19th, Clounagh August, 9th, Coolcappa, August 16th. The starting time will be 12 noon, and all are welcome.

Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society have the following list of activities. Half day outing Sunday July 12th. Bruree/Athlacca. Organiser: Charlotte Murphy Tel. 086 8690094 Evening outing Wednesday July 22nd. “In the footsteps of Old Limerick Cinemas” with Joe Coleman.  Organiser: Mary Kenehan Tel. 061 312592 Half day outing Sunday July 26th. Abington /Glenstal. Organiser: Cian O’Carroll Tel. 061 326022 Half day outing Sunday August 16th. Tulla, Co. Clare Organiser: Tom O’Farrell Tel. 087 9054841 Full day outing Sunday August 30th. Galway. Organiser: Elsie O’Connell Tel. 087 6115212 Mid-week excursion September 14th. – 17th.  To Northern Ireland.  Organiser Pat O’Donovan Tel. 087 9977340