By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Florrie Darcy, nee Downes, Borehamwood, London and late of Ballyline, Carrigkerry, daughter of the late Bill and Maggie Downes. She died on Sunday November 29th and burial will take place in London. Mass will be celebrated in Carrigkerry Church at a later date. She was educated in Ballyloughane N.S. and she was always interested in the news from her own locality. She kept in contact through the notes in the local newspapers. We extend our sympathy to her sons Pat, Mark, Noel and Liam, brothers Tom and Bill, sister Mary, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren and extended family members. May she rest in Peace

The death has taken place of Michael Guiry, Finnoe, Ballyhahill peacefully at Grange Con Nursing Home, Carrigrohane, Co Cork on Friday November 27th. He lay in repose at Ferris Funeral Home Shanagolden on Saturday November 28th from 6pm followed by removal to the Church of the Visitation, Ballyhahill. His Requiem Mass was celebrated on Sunday at 12 noon followed by burial in Kilcolman Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Mary, sons Pat, Denis and Noel, sister Sr. Stephen (Nora) and extended family members. May he rest in Peace

The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s Bar on Monday November 30th. The numbers drawn were 5,13,14,16, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows €60 E and J O’Donoghue, Reens West, Ardagh. €60 Seán Herlihy, Monagea. €60 M and W, c/o Denis Greaney. €30 Amanda Kinsella, Old Mill. €30 Mike Liston, Glenastar. €30 John Dineen, Ardagh. Next week’s draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh and the Jackpot will be €8,000.

Congratulations to Mick McQuinn, and Catherine Kiely who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday, November 25th. The annual Christmas 45 card game will be held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday 18th December at 9pm. Admission is €10 and 80% of the admission will be paid out on prizes. A raffle will also be held with cash prizes for the lucky winners. Teas will be served and all card players are welcome

The County Limerick Finals of Ceol an Gheimhridh took place in Shanagolden hall on Sunday November 29th. Congratulations to all the local prize winners and best wishes in the Munster Finals which will be held in Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher on Sunday 14th February.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Granagh/Ballingarry by 1-19 to 2-7 in the West U-21 B Football Championship semi-final at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Saturday November 28. They led by 1-10 to 1-2 at the interval, and they will meet St Senan’s in the final. TEAM Dan Madden, John Byrnes, Maurice Shine, Eoin Moran, Michael Upton, Daniel Barrett, Anthony Mullins, 0-1 James O’Connor, Shane Lynch, Patrick Liston, 0-1 Seamus Mangan, 0-8 Darragh O’Connor, 1-2 Liam Upton, 0-5 Raymond Noonan, 0-2 Pa O’Connor, Subs Kevin Meade, Brian McCarthy, Killian Ambrose.

West Limerick lost to South Limerick by 0-6 to 1-1 in the final of the Larkin Shield played at Páirc na nGael Limerick on November 23. Leah Hayes from Kilcolman N.S. was a member of the panel.

All the Desmond League soccer programme was rained off on Sunday November 29th.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for November, was held in the Limerick Live 95fm studio, during the sports programme on Saturday, November 28th. The Saint Kieran’s club had no winner and the lottery jackpot was not won. The final draw for 2015 will be held on Saturday 19th December at the same venue.

The 35th edition of the Feohanagh/Castlemahon parish annual was launched by Liam Irwin in the New Hall Castlemahon on Saturday November 28th. It contains 120 pages, and the front cover features Fr John Duggan, a former Parish Priest of Coolcappa/Kilcolman, who departed in 2002. He retired from active parish work, after 42 years’ service on Friday October 16th. He also served in Monaleen, Granagh/Ballingarry, Dromin/Athlacca and Adare. His thanksgiving mass and presentation is featured plus lots of photographs also in the annual. The very interesting magazine was printed by Fitzsimons Printers in Ballyneety. It is on sale in Castlemahon and in shops in Newcastle West, for €10 and it is a good read.

John Sheahan, the last member of the legendary Dubliners Group, has put his thoughts down on paper. He has been writing poetry for a number of years and now they are included in his debut collection of poems and lyrics titled Fiddle Dreams. In recent years his poems have been read and performed at countless events where music and the spoken word take to the stage together. In Fiddle Dreams his subjects range from childhood and family through art and craft. His main focus though is the music that sustains him and the musicians who have played so significant a part along the way. The book is a collection of heart-felt, light footed verses and a unique insight into the mind of a musician for decades now at the heart of Irish cultural life. John, whose mother came from Ardagh and his father from Glin, is wished well with the book which can be got in good bookshop, or online at Phone (01)8392034

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.

The annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas collection will be taken up in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th December. Your generosity would be greatly appreciated.

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

A Reconciliation Service Mass will be held in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Tuesday 15th December at 7.30pm. The following are the Christmas Mass times in the four local churches. The Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will be held in St Kyran’s Coolcappa at 6pm, St Colman’s, Kilcolman at 7.30pm, St Molua’s Ardagh at 7.30pm and St Mary’s Carrigkerry at 9pm. The Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman at 10am and in St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry at 11.30am.

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.  A lot of people around Ardagh were involved in the running of the weekly event which brought a large number of people in buses to play. The back of the hall had to be extended a few times to cater for them. People also played with the aid of an amplification system in the parked buses. Names who helped out included the following Fr Daniel Costello, Fr John Connors, Fr Billy O’Gorman, Aidan Murphy (Brother)Denny Browne, Kevin Magee, Dick Woulfe, Jim O’Donnell, Ned Ambrose, Con O’Sullivan, Patsy Madigan, Paddy Quinn, Pat Nally, Bernard Mulqueen, Jimmy Drew, Dan Aherne, Liam Steele, Mrs Quinn, Mrs McCarthy, Mrs P Sheahan, Mrs B Sheahan,  Criss Scanlon, Sean Ryan,  Madge Mullins, Patrick Mullins, Gerard Quinn, Carmel Sheahan, Bernie Sheahan, Dympna Sheahan, Breda Ambrose, Betty Ambrose,  Frank O’Connor, Jack Lynch, John Dillane.

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.

Ardagh N.S. students are presenting an evening production of “The Wizard of Oz” on Monday 21st December.

The Celtic Tenors will perform in Concert in Shanagolden Church on Wednesday 23rd December at 8pm. Tickets cost €25 and they are available from members of the Community Council and local businessess. It promises to be a very enjoyable night of top class entertainment.