By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Evelyn McMahon, nee Cahill, Kilreash, Ardagh, peacefully, surrounded by family at her home on Wednesday, September 21st. Wife of the late Jerry who died in September 2008, she was 90 years old and a native of County Sligo. She lay in Repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Tuesday September 22nd from 6pm followed by removal to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh. Fr Tim Curtin, P.P Coolcappa/Kilcolman and Fr Michael Noonan P.P Ardagh/Carrigkerry concelebrated her Funeral Mass last Friday and family members participated in the prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts and reflection. Fr Tim paid a lovely tribute, tracing Evelyn’s path through life during his homily.

Evelyn was born on October 25th 1925 and was from a family of six from Collooney in Sligo. She moved to London in 1945 and worked as a teacher to foreign diplomat’s children. She met her husband Jerry, from Ardagh, there, who was a Wireless Operator and on April 1st 1951 they returned to Ardagh and a life of farming. They were blessed with five in family and they enjoyed success with their prize winning farm. Evelyn was a hard worker who possessed deep faith and enjoyed her privacy. She was very interested in politics and enjoyed the daily paper and current affairs. Evelyn also found time to be involved in the local clubs and church and fundraising for the parish schools and churches. She also helped out catering for events in the local hall, and was a regular Mass attender who kept informed by parish radio in recent times.

Evelyn was laid to rest in the local Cemetery on Friday, September 23rd the feast day of St Padre Pio. We extend our sympathy to her sons Peter and Joe, daughters Bernadette, Monica and Mary, sister Sr. Maurine, brother Joe, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Noreen Ruttle, nee McNamara, peacefully at her residence Newbridge on Sunday, September 11th. She lay in repose at her residence on Tuesday evening where large numbers called to pay their respects. Her remains were received in Saint Mary’s Church, Rathkeale on Wednesday, September 14th for Requiem Mass, which was followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Christy, sons Mike, Paul and Alan, daughter Catherine, grandchildren, great-grandchild, brother Sylver, sisters, Fiona, Teresa, Valerie, Victoria and Rosie and extended family members and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Geraldine Nolan, daughter of Ursula and Jerry, Ballyegna, Ardagh and Michael McErlane, Belfast, who got married in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman on Saturday, September 10th. The couple, who returned from Australia, held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, September 19th. The numbers drawn were 10, 23, 24, 30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners, who won €40 each: Angela O’Connell, Ardagh, John Shine, Old Mill, Ann Goggin, Askeaton, Tommy Mullins, Ardagh and John Dillane, Ballinabearna. Next week’s Jackpot will be €9,000 and the draw will be held in Moore’s Bar, Carrigkerry.

The Quinn family, late of Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, recently made a donation to staff members of the University Hospital Limerick in memory of their late brother Joe. It was in grateful thanks to the staff of the ICU for their care of Joe during his final illness.

Congratulations to Martina McMahon, of Broadford Handball Club, who is this year’s All Ireland Ladies 60×30 Senior Singles Champion. Thanks is due to her sponsor Mattie Histon, from Kilcolman, and Drivewise School of Motoring for his financial input into her career.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held their second meeting since they were formed at Coolcappa Hall on Thursday, September 22nd. Gerard Greaney chaired the meeting in the absence of JP O’Sullivan and eleven people including five newcomers were in attendance. At the outset a vote of sympathy was passed to Secretary Mary Kury on the death of her mother Evelyn McMahon, Kilreash, Ardagh. Gerard commenced by giving a brief introduction to the aims of the association for the benefit of the new people present. He stressed the importance of setting up a membership list for the association to enable it to apply to West Limerick Heritage Association for support in insurance and other costs. A membership fee of €10 was passed and it will be taken up at the next meeting.  Ideas for fundraising were discussed and it was decided to hold a Pub Quiz, with a venue and a date to be announced. A day trip to a few local sites was also discussed to expand the range of activities. West Limerick Heritage are collecting material for a heritage magazine at present and interested people are asked to submit material of a heritage theme, to them in the coming weeks. They hope to include items from every parish in West Limerick and the magazine will be on sale in late November.

Sean Shiels, well known for his re-enactments and military displays, gave a wonderful demonstration of the uniforms, clothes, possessions, arms and ammunition that was in use around the time of the Fenian Rising and the attack on the Ardagh Barracks on March 5th 1867. The association intend to re-enact this battle in Ardagh next March on the exact date of the 150th anniversary of the attack. To enable it to do so the association will need to source the items demonstrated by Sean and all members are asked to begin the search for the clothing and foot and head gear of that time. Places to search in include charity shops, car boot sales, drama groups and the internet. People will be available to carry out alterations nearer the time, when numbers involved will be announced. People who are interested in participating in the re-enactment are asked to attend the next meeting which was fixed for Friday 7th October in Kilcolman Community Creche at 8pm. People can also view the progress of the Association on Facebook at the following The association promise exciting times ahead with the above activities and much more down the line, so if interested in our area heritage please get involved you will be very welcome.

Carrig Celtic lost 5-1 away to Abbeyfeale Utd in the Desmond Premier Division on Sunday, September 18th. Seanie King scored an early goal but Utd were too strong on the day. In Division 3 Carrig Celtic B defeated Glantine B 3-0 at home, with goals from Mike Dore, 2 and Kealan O’Connor. Creeves Celtic lost 3-2 at home to Knockaderry despite being 2-0 up courtesy of Seamus Mangan at half time.

In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Creeves Celtic lost 3-1 at home to AK Utd, with Norma Nolan hitting the target. Carrig Celtic, and Kilcolman Rovers were not in action.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Feenagh/Kilmeedy by 2-9 to 2-8 in the County Intermediate Hurling Relegation Final at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Saturday September 24. They led by 1-4 to 0-5 at half time, and increased their lead to four points, only to concede two goals to trail by two.  The sides were level entering the closing stages, but the team led by Paudie McCarthy showed great passion and determination to claim victory and remain Intermediate for next season. TEAM: John Greaney, James Windle, Paudie McCarthy, James O’Connor, Mike Flynn, Brendan McCarthy, Michael Windle, Jack Ben Harnett,  Anthony Molyneaux, 0-1 Mossie Shine, 1-0 Johnny McCarthy,    0-2 Darragh Treacy, 0-1 Sean McSweeney, 1-0 Donie Nolan, 0-3 Danny Collum, 0-1 Sub Seamus Mangan, 0-1

Saint Kieran’s defeated Saint Senan’s in the West Minor B Football Championship played in Sean Finn Park Rathkeale on Saturday, September 17th. They will play Drom/Broadford in the final.

The card game resumed in Ardagh Community Centre, on last Tuesday, September 27th at 9pm. A big welcome back to all the regular players and I am sure new players will be most welcome also.

West Limerick Indoor Bowls Club meet each Thursday from 7-7.30pm, in Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla.  New participants and spectators are most welcome to attend, and if interested contact 069-81936.

Ireland’s fifth annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week continues to this Sunday 2nd October. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and to highlight the measures that can be taken to prevent it. It is known as the silent killer as it is colourless, odourless and very difficult to detect and it can kill in less than three minutes. CO can be produced by any fuel when burned-coal, turf, oil, gas or wood and symptoms include headaches, dizziness, drowsiness or nausea.  It is recommended to install one audible carbon monoxide alarm in your home and in other rooms where fuel is burned. They are available to buy in hardware or DIY shops and now is the time to install before the heating season.

The new parish Mass times from this week onwards are as follows: St Molua’s Church, Ardagh, Saturday, October 1st at 6pm and St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry, Sunday, October 2nd at 11am.