By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Sean Murphy Coolanoran, Ardagh, on Friday February 5th. He lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Sunday from 6pm to 8pm. Sean’s remains arrived for 11.30am Mass in St Molua’s  Church, Ardagh, on Monday  February 8th.  He was laid to rest afterwards in the New Cemetery Clouncagh. We extend our sympathy to his wife Winnie, sons John and Anthony, daughters Fionnuala and Mary, sister Hannah McNamara, sons in Law, daughters in law, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Mary and Tom Mullins, and family Ardagh, on the death of Mary’s sister Joan Lynch nee O’Donoghue, wife of the late Jerry from Ballinvullen, Newcastle West. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West, on Monday February 8th, from 6pm followed by removal to Castlemahon Church. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at 11.30am followed by burial afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy also to her brother Tom, sisters Nora, Chrissie, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, grand nieces, neighbours, other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has also taken place of Patrick,  always known as Chris O’ Connor, Birmingham, England and formerly of Ballyvoughan, Ardagh. His remains arrived at the Church of the Sacred Heart and Saint Margaret Mary, Witton Road, Aston, Birmingham on Wednesday February 10th at 7pm. His Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday   February 11th at 11am. His burial took place afterwards in Newhall Cemetery, Sutton Coldfield. We extend our sympathy to his wife Nora (Madigan) sons, daughters, grandchildren, brother Mick, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Ciara Mann and family Kilscannell on the death of her mother-in-law Mary Mann (née O’Riordan) Church Street, Abbeyfeale and formerly of Banard, Abbeyfeale, and wife of the late Tommy. She lay in repose at Harnett’s Funeral Home, Abbeyfeale, on Thursday February 11th from 4pm, followed by removal to the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday at 11am followed by burial afterwards in Reilig Íde Naofa, Abbeyfeale.  We extend our sympathy to  sons Pat (solicitor, Tralee), Thomas (Matt McCoy’s and An Post)and Billy (The Good Hair Company), daughters Annette (Annette’s Boutique) and Gerardine (The Little Rascals), brother Jimmy (Chicago), sister Theresa Boylan (Limerick), daughters-in-law Fionnuala, Helen and Ciara, son-in-law Denis, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. May she rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday February 8th. The numbers drawn were 9,14,15,23, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Moira O’Donovan, Ardagh. €60 Margaret Healy, Newcastle West. €60 Stephen Kennelly, Shanagolden. €30 Pa Crowley, Ballylin. €30 Tom Costello, Coolcappa. €30 Mary O’Connor, Carrigkerry.  Next week’s draw will be held at Foley’s Bar, Reens and the Jackpot will be €10,400.

Congratulations to everybody connected to Foynes Yacht Club Sailing Academy who was awarded the ISA Regional Training Centre of the Year Award in the Southern Region for 2016. The awards ceremony took place in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on Thursday February 4th. The Commodore James McCormack from Glenville, Ardagh accepted the award on behalf of the Sailing Academy. The McCormack family are to be complimented for their commitment and dedication to sailing and the Foynes club over the years.

Johnny McCarthy Darragh Treacy and Sean McSweeney from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick team/panel that lost to Longford by 0-13 to 1-8  in Round 2 of the National Football Division 3 League, at Longford on Sunday February 7th.

Alva Neary from the Old Mill club was a member of the Limerick team that lost to Wicklow by 0-13 to 0-8 in Round 1 of the National Football League Division 4 at Bray on Sunday February 7.

Carrig Celtic B lost 3-0 at home to Glin Rovers B in the Richard Hogan Cup Quarter Final on Sunday February 7. They were the only local team in action due to the wet weather. In the Desmond Ladies League Carrig Celtic lost 4-1 at home to Askeaton in Division 1 with Maggie O’Connor scoring their goal.

Congratulations to Donie Donovan and James Bridgeman who were prize-winners at the card game held in Monagea Hall on Wednesday February 3rd.

Krakow will be the venue for World Youth Day, the Catholic youth festival which is held at three year intervals. It will be held from Monday 25thJuly to Monday 1st August. Participants must be aged 18 and over at the time of travel. If interested please contact Fr Tim Curtin, 086-3697735, or the parish office 069-76678

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club would like to thank the West Limerick Charity Wren Group for their welcome donation of €365 towards the weekly running cost of the club. The club was due to reopen after the winter break on Tuesday February 16th, weather permitting. They meet from 2pm to 4.30pm each Tuesday and participate in bingo, exercises, music, song dance and poetry.  The usual bus service will run and new members are especially welcome.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the Sunday’s of Lent will be held in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. A speaker from the Eucharistic Adoration Committee will speak in Ardagh/Carrigkerry and Coolcappa/Kilcolman churches this week end on the value and importance of Adoration in the parish.

The Stations of the Cross will be held in Calvary Cemetery each Sunday during Lent at 2.30pm. All people who have relatives buried in the cemetery are invited to come along and participate in the Stations and pray for the souls of their departed.

The action group set up against the proposed Gasification at Gortnadroma are holding a meeting in Shanagolden Hall on this Thursday 18th  February at 8pm. All are welcome to come along to air their views and offer support.

The Old Mill Sports Club will hold their AGM in Ardagh Hall on Saturday 20th  February at 5.30pm. They are asking all parents, mentors interested in the club to attend. There is a need for more people to get involved in the club at present.

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.

A car boot sale and indoor market in aid of West Limerick 102 Radio will be held at the Community Centre Newcastle West, on Sunday 21st  February. The gates open at 7.30am and stalls can be booked by contacting the Station.

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.

A concert will be held in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Friday 26th February at 7.45pm in aid of the Joanne McMahon Thanksgiving Fund. The joint hosts on the night will be Fr Tony Mullins and Seamus Hennessy and an impressive line-up of entertainers will be performing. They include The Limerick Tenor Michael Nash, who has local connections. The well-known musician Charlie Reynolds. Jean O’Brien accompanist and Sinead O’Brien soprano. Michael Collins and family and Seamus Hunt, the Newcastle West piper. The talented Ardagh Choir will be on home ground and will also perform. The tickets cost €12 and are available from any member of the organising committee or at the door on the night.

Tickets can be booked by contacting the following: Noelle 087-4384112, Mary 087-6115111, David 086-2205572, Richard 088-6679822, Michael 085-1742904, Theresa 086-8123855, Liam 087-2410606, or Kay 087-6748868. All support will be greatly appreciated.

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