By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Gerry Hayes, Main Street, Ardagh following an illness. He lay in repose at Kelleher’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Wednesday, November 25th from 6pm followed by removal to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh. His Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday at 11.30am followed by burial in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his mother Brenda, Loretto, sons Brendan and Dermot, daughters Martina and Laura, grandchildren, sisters Eileen and Breda (O’Sullivan), nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Catherine (Kitty) Conway, nee Brouder, Glin, wife of the late Daniel (Donal) and mother of the late Mary and grandmother of the late Alastair, at University Hospital Limerick on Saturday November 21st.  Kitty was a member of the well-known Brouder family in Kilcolman and she was 90 years old. She lay in repose at her home on Monday, November 23rd from 6pm to 8pm. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at 12 noon in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin. She was laid to rest afterwards in Kilfergus Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her son Tim and his partner Diane, sisters Margaret (Peggy) and Philomena (Phil) brothers Mick and Raymond, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren James, and Joshua, her neighbours and friends in the ICA. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Roisín, Vincent and John McCormack from Gkinetic Energy who were recently presented with the SEAI Design Award 2015 at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham Dublin. The company have designed and developed a unique tidal energy device for harnessing energy efficiently from ocean and river flows. Vincent and John are natives of Glenville, Ardagh and more details on their company that was set up in 2013 can be viewed online at

Congratulations and best wishes to Pa and Ann Leahy, Creeves and Patsy and Marian Nolan, Castlematrix who recently celebrated their Ruby wedding anniversaries in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare. Congratulations and best wishes also to Mary Foley, Knocknagun, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday at Moore’s Bar, Carrigkerry.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday November 23. The numbers drawn were 11, 25, 27, 30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners €60 Mary Nash, Lisbane, Shanagolden. €60 Joan Molyneaux, Ardagh. €60 B O’Connor and Josie, Ardagh. €30 Paddy Molyneaux, Ardagh. €30 M, W, c/o Greaney’s. €30 Pa Wilmott, Rathkeale. Next week’s Jackpot will be €8,600 and the draw will be held in Moore’s Bar.

West Limerick Vintage Club recently presented a cheque for €3,500 to representatives of the Oncology Unit, University Hospital, Limerick. It was from the proceeds of their Annual Vintage Show and Family Fun Day which was held in Newbridge on September 6th.

Joe Carrig, Eamon O’Kane, Mike Histon and Pat Toomey from the Creeves, and Shanagolden area recently presented a cheque for €12,473 to Debra Ireland. It was the proceeds from the Debra Ireland Kerry Challenge, (three day 75km walk in Dingle) last summer.

Creeves Celtic lost 6-0 to AK Utd in Division 2 of the Desmond League, on Sunday November 22. Old Mill lost 3-1 at home to Granagh Utd, with Mike Curtin scoring their goal. Carrig Celtic B lost 5-0 at home to Ferry Rangers in Division 3. Kilcolman Rovers defeated Creeves Celtic 2-0 at home in Division I of the Desmond Ladies League. Ciara O’Donnell, and Erin Hennessy scored their goals. Carrig Celtic lost 1-0 away after Extra Time to Broadford Utd in Round I of the Desmond Cup.

The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary with Milford Hospice Friends Association wish to thank most sincerely all who contributed so generously towards the annual church gate collection taken up recently before Mass at Kilcolman Church. The amount collected was €311.70 and a special thanks also to the collectors who gave so willingly of their time.

The following are the last posting dates for this Christmas: Letters and parcels around Ireland December 21, Northern Ireland December 19, Great Britain, December 19, and parcels December 18, Europe, December 18, and parcels December 12, USA December 11, and parcels December 7, Rest of the World December 7.

We welcome Pauline Ahern, from Ardagh and congratulate her on her new role as Ardagh/Carrigkerry Parish Secretary. Signed Mass Cards for all occasions are available in the Church Sacristy. Reconciliation Service in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Friday 4th December 7.30pm and in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Tuesday 15th December at 7.30pm. There will be an Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the Sundays of Advent in Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh from 2pm to 4.30pm each Sunday and all are welcome.

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards from Carrigkerry are for sale in Moloney’s shop in Carrigkerry. They contain snow covered landmarks from around the village. They cost €5 per pack and the proceeds will go towards the Playground development.

Christmas cards are also on sale in John Sheehan’s shop in Templeglantine with the proceeds to go to help an orphanage in Chernobyl. Liam Downes, a native of Old Mill, is involved in this fundraiser. All support for both will be greatly appreciated by the organisers.

West Limerick Singing Club will hold their monthly session on Friday 4th December, at 9.30pm in the Ramble Inn Abbeyfeale. A warm welcome to all singers, storytellers and interested people to attend.

Newcastle West Film Club present Clouds of Sils Maria at The Desmond Complex in Newcastle West on Friday 4th December at 8pm. This is the third night of the season and admission is €7. The venue is ideal for the crowd who come early for a chat and refreshments, before curtains up.

Áine Upton, a transition year student in Desmond College, Newcastle West, has undertaken to travel to Calcutta, India, with the Hope Foundation in March 2016. She will take part in the “Students helping Students” programme. Hope believe that understanding and witnessing the reality of poverty inspires young people to take action for change. As part of her fundraising she will be holding a pub quiz in Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh on Friday 4th December at 9pm. Áine would appreciate your support for this cause and there will be plenty of spot prizes to be won on the night.

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held in Coolcappa Community Hall on Saturday 5th December at 6.30pm. The committee would welcome donations of the following items: glass, pottery, crockery, cutlery, costume jewellery, candles, vintage clothing, ornaments, books, photo frames, etc.  Items can be collected within a reasonable distance, or dropped to Rosemary Enright 085-1688307

The annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held in the Community Centre Carrigkerry on Sunday 6th December with Mass at 2pm followed by a hot lunch and entertainment and all are welcome.

Newcastle West and District Lions Club are holding their annual Christmas Concert in Newcastle West Church on Sunday, December 6th at 7.30 pm. Red Hurley and the Unity Gospel Choir are the featured singers and all proceeds go to local charities.  The tickets cost €25 and they can be purchased at Hayes Daybreak in the Square, Newcastle West or phone 069-61888.

Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus at Cappagh House,  Cappagh on Saturday 12th  December, from  5pm to 8pm  and on Sunday 13th December from 2pm to 8pm.  Have your photo taken with Santa and receive a gift.  Mrs. Claus will be telling stories by the fire. The elves will be busily face painting and festive refreshments for Mums & Dads. Children €5 Adult €10 family of 4 €25. Raffle for super prizes.  All proceeds to Cappagh Community Council, Lourdes Youth Helpers, Pilgrimage, Community Groups and organisations. Find us on Facebook. Cappagh Christmas Experience.

Milford Hospice Light up a Memory will be held on Sunday 13th December at 6pm. People are invited to sponsor a light, (€5) on the Milford Hospice tree. They can do so by calling the fundraising Department of Milford Hospice on 061-485859/485860 from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. People can also register online at

Ardagh Community Centre will hold a Monster Christmas Bingo in aid of funding for the Community Centre upkeep on Wednesday 16th December at 8pm. The event is being held to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bingo being held there. The posters are up and the plans are in place and all are looking forward to a good night’s entertainment. It was the late Fr Anthony Elliott that started off the Bingo and a large amount of people were involved in running it. Fr Anthony Elliott C.C. was in Ardagh/Carrigkerry Parish from 1968 to 1973. When he arrived there was a big debt, and when he left there was £20,000 in the bank, He was an excellent fundraiser and he organised Carnivals in Ardagh and Carrigkerry and the Bingo in Ardagh. The fundraising was to help pay for the new Church in Ardagh, which opened in 1967 and for the renovations in Carrigkerry Church.

There will be €2,100 in prize money and lots of spot prizes on offer. A double book and two sheets will cost €15. A single book and two sheets will cost €13. A half book will cost €5 and extra sheets will cost €2 each. A fleet of buses have been put in place to bring in the people who wish to attend. Your support will be greatly appreciated and all are welcome. The event will recall many happy memories of a time when Ardagh Bingo was a must place to be of a Monday night.