By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Peg Ward, nee Kiely, Ballylin, Shanagolden, wife of the late Mick, in her 92nd year, at University Hospital Limerick on Saturday October 3. She was a native of Athea parish and in good health until her recent illness. Her popularity was evident by the large crowds that attended the Funeral Home, Mass and burial.  Peg had a great welcome for all who called to her home over the years. She lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden, on Monday October 5 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Arriving for the Funeral Mass which was concelebrated by Fr Tim Curtin, Fr Frank O’Dea and Fr Tony Kelleher on Tuesday October 6 in St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa at 12 noon. Family members participated in the readings and prayers of the faithful and presented the offertory gifts, rosary beads, prayer book and holy water.  Fr Tim traced Peg’s path through life during his homily. Peg Kiely came to work in Coolcappa and it was there she met her late husband Mick Ward. They made their living from the land by working long and hard hours. They were blessed with their three daughters, Mary Peggy and Breda. They were married for 38 years until Mick passed away in 1993.

Peg was a determined person who loved living in her own home with the help and support of family and neighbours. She was a regular mass attender whose faith meant a lot to her. She had her own special places in both Coolcappa and Kilcolman Churches and she visited Knock over the years. She liked Fair City and other programmes on Television. She used her phone a lot to keep in touch with her sister Ita, and other family members. The family thanked everybody for their kindness and help and Margaret Carroll supplied the music and verses.

Peg was laid to rest in Kilcolman Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her daughters Mary, Peggy and Breda, sister Ita, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, life-long friends Sheila and Joe, nephews, nieces, kind neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Maria Lane and Eoghan Clancy who were married in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman, on Friday September 25.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Valerie Lodge, Coolcappa and Seamus Sheahan, Kilteery, Loughill West who were married in The Church of the Assumption, Loughill on Saturday October 3.

Congratulations and best wishes, in the future to Ann and John, Madigan, Lisgordan, Ardagh who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Ballybunion ladies who won the All Ireland Miele Fourball Golf All Ireland title at Newlands Golf Club in Dublin on Sunday, October 4. Nora Quaid nee O’Connor, a native of Glenastar, Ardagh, was a member of the team.

“The Hills of Old Kilcolman” the Irish Traditional Music Album” from Jacki, and John O’Connor, Kilcolman, was launched on Saturday October 10 in Killoscully Community Centre, Killoscully, Co. Tipperary.   The album was featured on Limerick Matters on Irish Television, Channel 191 on Wednesday October 7. The five minute segment included an interview with Jacki who played the concertina and short song sections with Kilcolman scenery in the background.

This album is currently for sale at Moloney’s Daybreak, Carrigkerry; Curley’s Post Office and Shop, Ardagh; Buckley’s Shop, Devon Road, Templeglantine; The Ramble Inn, Abbeyfeale; Mullane’s Costcutter, Shanagolden; MACE, Shanagolden; Trade Electric, Newcastle West O’Connor’s Londis, Churchtown, Newcastle West.  Mullane’s Glin, Brouders and Collins’ shops Athea and Ann Lyons, Shop Abbeyfeale. Net proceeds in aid of Milford Hospice, Limerick. All support greatly appreciated.

A lot of work is being done since Fr Tim Curtin took up his role as administrator of Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish. Meetings have been held and all committee members have been kept busy.  A new combined mass newsletter has been introduced similar in format to the one in use in Coolcappa/Kilcolman with the weekly mass and events included.  Fr Tim can be contacted on mobile 086-3697735, or Kilcolman House, at 069-60126. Wednesday is his day off and on call is Canon Frank Duhig, contact 069-62141, or mobile 087-6380299. The parish and newsletter email is [email protected]

Volunteers are needed in the production of the weekly newsletter. Anyone interested in helping please drop your contact information into the parish mailbox in the Parish Priest’s house in Ardagh. A knowledge of basic computer skills would be helpful. Notices for the newsletter should be signed and a contact number provided. They should be dropped into the office mailbox by Wednesday. The parish visits to the sick and housebound will take place on the Thursday before the 1st Friday. In Coolcappa/Kilcolman the visits will take place on the 1ST Friday.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday October 5. The numbers drawn were 10,11,13,15, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Bridget King, Ardagh. €60 Karen, and Sarah, Glensharrold. €60 Helena and Caroline, c/o Ailish. €30 Angela Enright, Ardagh. €30 Sarah O’Brien, Ballinacally, Ardagh. €30 Michael Collins, c/o Curley’s. Next week’s draw will be held in Reens Bar, Ardagh and the Jackpot will be €7,200.

The Limerick Club draw for September was held at Limerick Live 95FM on Saturday October 3. Saint Kieran’s club had no winners and the next draw will be held on Saturday 31st October at the same venue.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Knockainey by 3-6 to 2-7 in the County Minor B Football Championship semi-final played at Feenagh, on Sunday October 4.

Old Mill were defeated by Adare 7-9 to 3-9 in the County Limerick Ladies Football U-16 A Cup Final played at Askeaton on Saturday October 3.

Carrig Celtic defeated Old Mill by 3-0 in Round 1 of the Reidy Cup on Sunday October 4, with goals from Anthony Molyneaux, Sean McSweeney, and Ray Cahill. Creeves Celtic lost 3-0 away to Granagh Utd in Division 2 of the Desmond League. Carrig Celtic B defeated Feenagh B 8-1 in Division 3.

In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman defeated Broadford Utd 4-1 away with goals from Erin Hennessy, Ciara Colbert, Ciara O’Donnell, and Sandra O’Connor. Creeves Celtic drew 0-0 at home to Carrig Celtic.

Congratulations to John Sheehy and Mary Aherne O’Connor who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday, September 30. The cards commence at 9pm, tea will be served and all are welcome.  The card game in Ardagh hall continues each Tuesday night at 9pm, and all are welcome.

The University Hospital Limerick and Croom Hospital has extended their evening visiting time by an extra hour from Monday, October 12. The new evening visiting times are from 6pm to 9pm. The daytime visiting hours remain at 2pm to 4pm. The hospitals encourage family and friends to visit as it provides support to patients and speeds up their recovery.

To mark 2015 as the year of consecrated life, a special Mass will be held in Newcastle West Church on this Thursday October 15th at 7.30pm. All are welcome

Coolcappa National School are inviting all grandparents to attend their first Grandparents Day at the school on this Friday 16th October from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

A month’s mind mass for the late Tom O’Connor, Glenastar, Ardagh and London, will be celebrated in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday 17th October, at 10.30am. The celebrant will be Fr Tony Mullins. The month’s mind mass for Maudie Mullins, Dunganville will be celebrated there also on Saturday at 7.30pm.

A monument dedicated to the memory of Con Colbert, one of the executed leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, will be unveiled at Con Colbert Hall, Athea, on Saturday 24th October at 4pm. Con was born on October, 19th 1888 in Monalena, Castlemahon. The family relocated to Gale View house in Athea when he was three years old. He attended Kilcolman National School while staying with his relations in Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish. Con was shot by firing squad in Kilmainham Jail on May 8th 1916. The unveiling will be performed by his grandniece Aide Colbert Lennon. All are welcome to attend.