By Tom Aherne

I would like to wish the editors, staff member’s fellow contributors, and all the readers at home and abroad a very happy New Year. Many thanks to everybody who supplied items for the notes over the past year it was much appreciated. The feedback from people who read them especially from those living away or abroad is always positive as it keeps them in contact with their native place. I welcome news items and can be contacted by phone 069-76143 evenings, or by email [email protected] and items should reach me by the previous Saturday for the following week’s publication.

Christmas came and went without any major incidents in the locality and the celebrations were a little low key compared to other years. A number of people returned to be re-united with family for the holidays, and we hope they all enjoyed their stay. The Christmas Trees lit up the local villages, once again, and a good number of houses, were highly decorated as in previous years. The weather was very kind being dry, calm, mild and sunny most of the time. It allowed people to move about to the many attractions that were on around the locality. The Church attendances were on a par with the previous year, and we compliment all the choirs on their performances and all people who participated in the ceremonies.

The usual number of Wren Groups were out and about calling to the houses and entertaining the people, with their own traditional brand of music song and dance. The present Glensharrold group celebrated their 60th anniversary, and Carrigkerry their 34th.  Ardagh Comhaltas, Coolcappa Music group and  West Limerick Charity Wrenboys were other groups that visited the locality. Thankfully we had no major accidents or deaths around the locality. We send get well messages to everybody who was sick over the festive holiday and a return to good health for 2017. Congratulations also to a number of people who got engaged over the festive season.

The Requiem Mass for the late Michael Joseph Brouder, Addlestone, Weybridge, Surrey and formally of Gortnadroma, Kilcolman, took place in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman, on Wednesday December 21. He was a retired businessman who lived in England for the majority of his life. Mick came home religiously each Christmas with his bodhrán to hunt the Wren with many groups including the Carrigkerry group in recent years. A large crowd was in attendance and his fellow wren members paid tribute to him in the church and cemetery. Burial of ashes took place in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his son Michael, grandchildren Kelly, Shannon and Danielle, great grandchildren, sisters Philomena and Peggy, brother Raymond, sisters in law Nancy and Mary, nephews, nieces and extended family and friends. May he rest In Peace.

The death has taken place of Mary Murphy (née Ahern) late of Broomfield and Dickenson’s Lane, Midleton, Cork peacefully at home, on Friday December 23. Beloved wife of the late Sean and sister of the late Tom. She was a native of Barnigue, Carrigkerry and sister of Bridie Sheehy. She lay in repose in T Wallis & Sons Funeral Home, Riverside Way, Midleton on Monday December 26, from 7.00pm with Rosary at 8.00pm. Reception for Mary into the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Midleton on Tuesday December 27 for 2.00pm Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to children Eileen, Theresa (Aherne) and Patrick, sisters Catherine, Eileen, Nora and Bridie, her son-in-law Paul, daughter-in-law Caroline, grandchildren John, Lisa, Ella, Sean and Charlie, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May She Rest In Peace.

The death has taken place suddenly of Noel Franklin, 11 Dernish Avenue, Foynes, at his residence on December 25. He was father of Breda O’Donnell, Creeves. He lay in repose at his residence on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. He was laid to rest in Reilig Mhuire, Askeaton following Requiem Mass in Foynes Church on Wednesday December 28. We extend our sympathy to his wife Mary, sons Joe and Johnny, daughters Breda and Helen, sister Anne, brothers Phonsie, Bobby and Gerard, daughter in law, sons in law, brothers in law, sisters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and kind neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Niamh Nolan, daughter of Maura and Donie, Kilcolman, who celebrated her 21st birthday with family and friends at the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Saturday December 17.

The following are the prize winners from the Coolcappa Hall raffle draw held on Friday December 16. 1st Prize K Moroney, Limerick, 2nd Prize Mike Barry, Rathgoonan, Ardagh, 3rd Prize Aoife Hayes, Cooltomin, 4th Prize Eamon Liston, Sydney, 5thJack Downes, Dromcollogher, 6thPrize Catriona O’Kelly, Clounagh, 7th Prize Tracey Ryan, Kilcool. The Coolcappa hall committee wishes to thank everybody who supported the Christmas raffle, and who sponsored the prizes. All the proceeds will go towards the insurance, heating, and lighting of the hall.

The following are the prize winners from the Saint Kieran’s Club Christmas draw held at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Thursday December 22.

1: €500, Pat O’Shaughessy, Glin,

2: 2 night hotel break, Bridget Kennedy, Kilcolman,

3: €150, Tony Liston, Coolcappagh,

4: Christmas Hamper, Miriam Shanahan, Barna,

5: €50 fuel voucher for Gerard O’Connors, Brian Crowley, Ardagh,

6: Afternoon tea in the Strand Hotel, Tom Roche, Templeglantine,

7: Marguerites voucher, Jennifer Hogan,

8: 2 Bottles of red/white wine, Mike O’Sullivan, Knockaderry,

9: Bottle of vodka, Paddy Molyneaux, Ardagh,

10: Peadar’s Bar gift voucher, Noreen Leen, Kilflynn,

11: €50 Valero oil voucher, Cormac Murphy, Ardagh,

12: O’Neill’s gear bag and football, Julia Greaney, Ardagh,

13: Bloomers restaurant voucher, Niamh Nolan, Kilcolman,

14: Bottle of white wine, Conor McMahon, Kilcolman,

15: Meat voucher for Greaney’s butchers, Liam Mulcahy, Coolcappagh,

16: Bottle of brandy, Una McEnery,

17: Voucher for Billy Mann’s hairdressers, Tony Leahy,

18: Sunday Lunch at Newcastle West Golf course, Joan O’Mahony,

19: Bottle of whiskey, Karen McAuliffe, Ballyclough,

20: 3 month gym membership Ardagh, David Guiry, Knockaderry,

21: Foleys Bar voucher, David Sheahan, Barraduff

22: Bottle of wine/biscuits, Ruth and Emma Sheahan, Templeglantine,

23: Voucher for Deel Bakery, Maggie O’Connor, Carrigkerry

24: Bottle of Jameson, Paul Brosnan,

25: O’Neills gear bag and football, James Culloty, Currow,

26: Peadar’s meal voucher, Jack O’Donoghue, Reens,

27: Bottle of wine, Patrick and John Woulfe, Dunganville.

The club would like to thank everybody who supported the draw and who sponsored the prizes.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday December 19. The numbers drawn were 1, 12, 19, 30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each. Jamie O’Connor, Ardagh, Tom Corrigan, Askeaton, Patrick O’Connor, Creeves, Darragh Rohan ,c/o Foleys Bar, Reens, and Nancy Daly, Ardagh. 

Congratulations also to the Christmas draw lucky dip winners, of €40, Cha O’Connor, Ardagh, Mike Collins, Park, Ballyhahill, The Thatch Bar, Donal and Todd c/o N Dineen and Peadar’s Bar. Next week’s Jackpot will be €11,800 and the draw will be held at Peadar’s Bar Ardagh

Jason Mullins from the Saint Kieran’s club was the referee in the County U-21 A Football Championship Final played in Bruff on Sunday December 18. Tory Gaels defeated Galbally by 0-11 to 1-6.

The club are selling Limerick GAA Season tickets for €100.  The season ticket gets you free entry into all club championship games including all St Kieran’s games and county finals. The ticket provides great value for the GAA enthusiast that goes to a lot of games during the course of the year.

The Limerick GAA club draws for next year took place at the County Convention held in the Green Hills Hotel Limerick on Thursday December 15. In Group 2 of the Senior Football Championship St. Kieran’s, are paired with Newcastle West, Ballysteen, Ballylanders, St. Patrick’s, and Oola. In Group 1 of the Intermediate Hurling Championship St. Kieran’s, are paired with Dromin/Athlacca, Drom/Broadford, Newcastle West, and Hospital/Herbertstown.

Creeves Celtic defeated Feenagh B 5-2 at home  in Division 3 of the Desmond League on Sunday December 18, and  Carrig Celtic B defeated Knockaderry 1-0 away. Ray Brouder was a member of the Desmond League team that lost 6-1 to Limerick District, in the Oscar Traynor Trophy at Jackman Park on Saturday December 17.

Congratulations to Mike O’Mahony, and Mike Young, who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday December 14.

The new changeover of mass times in Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish from this weekend are as follows. St Kyran’s Coolcappa Saturday January 7 at 7.30pm, and St Colman’s Kilcolman Sunday January 8 at 10am.