By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Mary Bhatia (née McCoy) Emerson Hill, New York, USA and formerly of the Old Mill, Newcastle West, on August 23.  Reposing at Colonial Funeral Home, 2819 Hylan Blvd., corner of Tysens Lane Tuesday 7-9pm, and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral  Mass of Christian Burial in St Sylvester’s R.C. Church, Targee St on Thursday August 27 at 10am and burial in Moravian Cemetery.  We extend our sympathy to her husband Shamsunder, sons Raja, and Gyan grandchildren Annika and Karina, ten brothers and four sisters and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Mary McMahon, 35 Liosán Court, Newcastle West, Brothers of Charity, Newcastle West and formerly of, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, on Thursday August 27. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Friday from 6.30pm to 8pm. Her remains arrived at the Church of the Assumption, Newcastle West, on Saturday for 11.30am Requiem Mass. It was celebrated by Fr John Mockler and family members participated throughout the ceremony. Fr John’s homily touched on the readings and on Mary being one of God’s children.

Her niece Carrie, on behalf of the family, paid tribute to Mary after the Mass. She was the second eldest of eight children born to Annie and Paddy. Her birthday was on August 20 and she was 63 years old. Mary was educated in Kilcolman N.S. and she helped out on the family farm after leaving school. She was a constant companion to her mother until she went working to the Brothers of Charity, Newcastle West in 2001. Mary moved into her own apartment and independent living in 2007. This resulted in Mary making many new friends and extending her pastimes which included shopping with her special friend Ellen.

Mary was laid to rest in Churchtown Cemetery, Newcastle West, on Saturday August 29. We extend our sympathy to her mother Annie, brothers, John, Michael, Thomas, sisters, Julie, Margaret, Kathleen, Bridget, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grand-nieces, other relatives and friends. May she rest in heavenly Peace.

Best wishes to Fr Laurence Madden, P.P. Ardagh/Carrigkerry on his retirement. We wish him good health and happiness in the future. We thank him for the good work he has done since his appointment as Parish Priest in September 2008. He was very involved in all church affairs, committees, visitations, and also in the Social Club. Since his ordination in 1974 he has given outstanding service in all parishes he has been appointed to. He will have time now to pursue his pastimes including painting which is a favourite hobby of his.

The following are the Lottery Results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday August 24. The numbers drawn were, 5,12,13,28, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Jimmy McCoy, Ballintemple. €60 Joan Molyneaux, Ardagh. €60 John Woulfe, Grouse Lodge, Ardagh. €30 William, Adam, Joseph, and Holly Steele, Ardagh. €30 Noreen Murray, Reens. €30 Lysa Murray, Reens. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,000, and the draw will be held in Foley’s Bar, Ardagh.

The Irish Cancer Society would like to thank everybody who donated to the church gate collection held in Coolcappa/Kilcolman on August 15/16. Thanks also to the collectors and the amount collected was €724

Congratulations to Katie O’Connor from Abbeyfeale, who won 1st place in the U-12 Girls English Singing competition at the recent All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil held in Sligo. Katie is the granddaughter of Betty and Paddy from St Mary’s Terrace, Carrigkerry. Congratulations to all the other local competitors who participated and won honours.

Congratulations to all the Saint Kieran’s competitors and their mentors who participated in the recent Community Games National Finals held in Athlone. They did us all proud with their performances.

Saint Kieran’s, lost to Mungret, by 1-20 to 0-12 in Round 5 of Group 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship, and played in Croagh, on Friday August 28. They trailed by 1-11 to 0-6 at half time, and played the second half with fourteen players, after a player was ordered off.  TEAM John Greaney, Mikey Breen, Paudie McCarthy, James Windle, Sean Windle, Brendan McCarthy, Mossie Shine, Jack Ben Harnett, 0-1 Darragh Treacy, 0-1 Seamus Mangan, Anthony Molyneaux, Donie Nolan, 0-8 Ian Mackessy, Jonathan Ruttle, Danny Collum, 0-1 Sub Mike Enright, 0-1

Saint Kieran’s lost to Daithi Brudairs, by 3-25 to 5-2 in the West Minor B Hurling Championship semi-final played in Knockaderry on Friday August 21.

The final round of the County Senior Football Championship has been postponed from Thursday Sept 3 for two weeks because of Limerick’s participating in the All Ireland U-21 Hurling Final on Saturday 12th September. It has been re-fixed for Wednesday 16th September in Newcastle West at 6.30pm. All supporters are delighted that Limerick are in the All Ireland final but spare a thought for the football players who will be in action mid-week on a work or school day many miles away from the match venue. This championship is so drawn out that interest is hard to maintain for all involved. It started on April 24 and is now due to finish on October 18, close on six months, for only twelve teams contesting it. Once again the footballers are the poor relations of Limerick Gaelic games.

The Desmond League commenced on Friday August 21 and Sunday August 23 with defeats for the local teams. In Division 1 Carrig Celtic lost 5-2 away to Athea Utd, on Friday and drew 2-2 at home to Feenagh, on Sunday. In Division 2 Old Mill lost 1-0 away to Adare Utd and Creeves Celtic 2-0 away to Newcastle West Rovers B.

Nominations are being sought at present for the People of the Year Awards, which will be presented live on RTE One television on Saturday 5th December. Each year the awards, which are organised by Rehab, recognise the work done by the many unsung heroes within communities around Ireland. The nominations are needed for the following categories: Young Person of the Year, International Person of the Year, Sports Person of the Year and Community Group of the Year. To nominate a person fill in the short nomination form, on or call the people of the year awards office for a nomination form on 01 2057397. The closing date for entries is Monday 14th September.

The first céilí of the new season will be held in Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla, on Friday 4th September. Music by the Johnny Reidy band and all are welcome. The very popular dances to top class bands are held on a monthly basis and attract a large crowd.

The West Limerick Singing Club will hold their monthly singing session in the Ramble Inn, Abbeyfeale on Friday 4th September at 9pm and all are welcome. This is an opportunity for singers to perform in a relaxed atmosphere amongst their friends.

West Limerick Vintage Club are holding their 8th Annual Vintage Show & Family Fun Day at The Thatch Bar, Newbridge, Askeaton on this Sunday 6th September. The proceeds will go to The Oncology Unit of University Hospital Limerick. On display will be vintage cars, tractors and farm machinery plus a dog show, Wheel of Fortune and lots of fun for the children. The entry fee is €5 and €10 for families and there will be food stalls and free parking. The club have raised over €20,000 for charities and good causes from this event over the past few years and they would be grateful for your support for this charity fundraising day.

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club returns after the summer break on Tuesday 8th September from 2pm to 4.30pm. The members will participate in bingo, exercises, music, song and dancing. Birthdays will be celebrated and refreshments provided. The usual bus service will run and new members will be most welcome.

World Suicide Prevention Day, takes place on Thursday 10th September, and to mark it Suicide or Survive (SOS) will be holding “High Tea and Talk” events around the country during the month of September. To get involved and to hold an event contact Jacqui to register at SOS on 1850 577 577 They will send you a “High Tea and Talk” pack filled with information on how to run your tea morning including bunting. Mental health issues need to be discussed and highlighted and this offers people and communities an opportunity to do so over the month of September.

The annual Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday 12th September. For additional information, and booking please contact John Joe at 069-76280. The annual national pilgrimage in honour of St Pio will take place at Knock Shrine on Sunday 20th September. For more details contact Pat Dalton, on 069-62306