By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Teresa (Tess) Geoghegan (née Pelican) Grouse Lodge, Kilcolman, and wife of the late Tom. She was a native of Moyvane, and in her early seventies. She was a homemaker and was involved in running the family farm since her marriage to Tom. She was in bad health in recent years and she will be sadly missed.  She lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home on Sunday January 31st, from 6pm followed by removal to St Colman’s Church, Kilcolman. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday at 11am followed by burial in Kilbradern Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her son Stephen, daughter Joanne, brother Eamon Pelican, son in law, daughter in law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has also taken place of Nora Mary (Nan) Stack, Queen of Peace Centre, Rathgar, formerly of Rathfarnham, Dublin and Carrigkerry, County Limerick, peacefully at St James’s Hospital in her 100th  year. Reposing in Flanagan’s Funeral Home, Aungier St., Dublin, Tuesday 2nd February from 2pm to 4pm. Removal Tuesday to the Church of The Annunciation, Rathfarnham, arriving at 6pm. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 10am followed by cremation at Newlands Cross Crematorium. A Memorial Mass was celebrated at 11.30am last Sunday February 7th, at St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry.  We extend our sympathy to her sister Maureen Egan, Ballinvulla, Ardagh, nieces, nephews and friends. Nan was predeceased by brothers Tom, owner of Stacks Lounge Bar, Carrigkerry and Liam in Dublin. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Mary Stephen O’Connor, Glensharrold who celebrated her 90th  birthday on Wednesday February 3rd. Mary is very active and out and about and is a member of the Carrigkerry Church Choir each Sunday. A family gathering to mark this great occasion was held in the Newcastle West Golf Club in Rathgonan, Ardagh.

Congratulations also to Alice Barrett, daughter of Nancy and Jack, Glenastar, Ardagh who celebrated her 21st   birthday. A party attended by family and friends was held in the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West on Saturday February 6th to mark the occasion. The music was supplied by Paddy Quilligan and an enjoyable night was had by all.

Congratulations also to Mary O’Connor, Jobbers Cross, who also celebrated her 90th birthday.

Limerick City and County Council has appointed a new caretaker for Ardagh Cemetery/Graveyard. Jim Molyneaux must be contacted for the allocation of graves and he can be contacted at 087-9119460. Planning permission must be granted by the Council for the erecting of headstones and kerbing.

The following are the Lottery results from the Old Mill Bar on Monday February 1st. The numbers drawn were 8,16,22,28, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows €60 M and N Ardagh, c/o Denis Greaney. €60 B O’Connor and Josie, Glensharrold. €60 S.M.T. Adams, c/o Curley’s, Ardagh. €30 Pat Dalton, Carrigkerry. €30 Donal Dineen, Ardagh. €30 Tom Tierney, Reens, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €10,200 and the Draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh.

Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy and Sean McSweeney from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick team that drew 1-12 to 2-9 with Tipperary in Round 1 of the National Football Division 3 League, at Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock, on Sunday January 31st.

The Bord Na Nóg presentation night will be held on Sunday 21st February at 6.30pm in Ardagh Hall. The U-14 Feile Peil Competition will be held on the last week-end of June 24/25 and the club will be hosting players on the Friday and Saturday night’s. They are seeking 14 host families and if people can help out they are asked to text Deirdre at 087 9509218

The Limerick GAA Club Draw was launched in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare on Thursday January 21st. Saint Kieran’s are participating and are seeking members to join up at present. The Draw commences in March and the cost is €100 for the ten months. The club get to keep 50% of the membership money and there are valuable prizes on offer each month. Contact Michael Windle on 086-8223376 or any other committee member for more details and to join up.

The National Club Draw run by Croke Park for all clubs around the country is being run again this year. Each club who participate will retain the proceeds of the tickets they sell but the club cannot buy the tickets themselves. The tickets cost €10 and are printed in books of ten and participation is not compulsory for clubs. The prizes on offer are well worth winning with first prize a new Opel Corsa. The draw will take place on Friday 11th March at Croke Park.

Old Mill lost 3-1 away to AK Utd in Division 2 of the Desmond League on Sunday, January 31st. Carrig Celtic B lost 5-1 away to Glin Rovers B in Division 3. Carrig Celtic, and Creeves Celtic had no matches due to the bad weather. Creeves Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Broadford Utd in Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League. All the other fixtures were called off.

The draw for the first round of the Desmond Cup was held on February 1st and the matches are due to be played on Sunday 14th February.  Carrig Celtic are away to Kildimo Utd B, and Carrig Celtic B are at home to Askeaton B. Old Mill are at home to Creeves Celtic in a local derby and best of luck to all four sides.

The wait is over and the 31st Dáil has been dissolved and the canvassing has stepped up a notch. Posters adorn all the posts in around the villages and the Election literature is filling up the letter boxes. All the candidates have their answers ready and a list of promises as they seek the number 1 vote for Friday 26th February.

A meeting to help commemorate Ardagh’s part in the Easter Rising will be held in Neary’s Lounge Ardagh on this Friday 12th February at 8pm. This is a non-political community based commemoration and all are welcome.

Mike Larkin, a native of Reens, is once again involved in his local drama group in Banogue. They present Family Fever in Banogue Community Centre on this Thursday 11th -Sunday 14th inclusive at 8pm sharp. It is a three act comedy by Sam Cree with lots of laughs guaranteed.

The Munster finals of Ceol an Gheimhridh 2015/16 will be held in Hazelwood College Dromcollogher on Sunday 14th February. We wish the best of luck to all the local competitors participating in the events.

RAGE the action group opposing the proposed gasification plant at Gortadroma, are holding a public meeting at Shanagolden Hall on Thursday February 18th at 8pm. The waste to energy plant has aroused a lot of opposition, and the action group would appreciate your support. RAGE members Catherine Dowling, Mary and Joe O’Connor were guests on the In the County programme on Limerick Live 95 on Saturday morning last.

The West Limerick GAA Board will hold their All Star Awards Night, on Saturday 20th February in the Rathkeale House Hotel. Congratulations to Anthony Mullins from the Saint Kieran’s Club who will receive the Minor B Football Award and James O’Connor, who will receive the U-21 B Football award.

The County Senior Scór final will be held in Askeaton in Askeaton Community Hall on Sunday 21st February commencing at 7pm. All clubs are asked to participate, and to support the event.

West Limerick 102fm Community Radio, Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the Desmond Complex on Tuesday 23rd of February at 7.30pm. The meeting will commence at 8pm sharp and all are welcome

The annual walk in aid of the Respite Centre Dromcollogher, will be held on Sunday 28th February. The five mile walk will depart from the Respite Centre at 12 noon. Parking is available in front of the GAA Grounds, and refreshments will be served afterwards. Sponsorship cards are available by contacting 087-9354090.

Following the huge success of Team Limerick Clean-Up last year we are delighted to announce that the event will take place again this year on Good Friday 25th  March. It was great to see Ardagh/Carrigkerry and Coolcappa/Kilcolman, parishes playing such a big part in last year’s clean-up and we are hoping that all who participated will once again become involved this year. The event is titled Team Limerick Clean Up 2 this year, and the date is Good Friday 25th March from 10am, to 1pm. Communities, and groups can register on  Join The Clean Team and be part of history again this year.  For further information, please email[email protected] or call 061496200