By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Anne (Hannie) Dalton, nee Enright, of Glenbawn, Carrigkerry peacefully at her residence on Friday January 20.  Hannie was a native of Kerrikyle and wife of the late Paddy. She was in her early eighties and worked for many years at Barry’s house in Barnigue. She was a regular Bingo player and liked her shopping trips on the Rural Bus. Hannie was out and about until recent weeks and will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Sunday from 6pm to 8pm. Her remains arrived at Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Monday for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Hannie was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery Newcastle West on Monday January 23. We extend sympathy to her son Pat, brother Joe, sisters Eileen, Joan, Theresa and Bridie, daughter in law Bridget, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Michael O’Connor, Manchester UK and formerly of Moig, Shanagolden, brother of the late Paddy. He lay in repose at Ferris Funeral Home, Shanagolden on Thursday January 26, from 6.30pm followed by removal to St Senan’s Church, Shanagolden. His Requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday at 12 noon followed by burial afterwards in Kilfergus cemetery Glin. We extend our sympathy to his sister Anna (Molloy), brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives  and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has also taken place of James O’Connor, Lissatotan, Rathkeale, and formerly of Lisbane, Shanagolden. He lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden on Thursday January 26 from 6pm, followed by removal to St. Kieran’s Church, Coolcappa. His Requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday at 11am, followed by burial afterwards in Kilbradren Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Catherine, sons Patrick, John, Cedric and Brian, daughter Vanessa, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, brother Tom, sister Mary, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday January 23. The numbers drawn were 7,24,26,28, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Patrick Mullins, Glenville, Ardagh, Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh, the Steele family Ardagh, the Sheik, Ardagh, and Mary and Sarah O’Connor, Carrigkerry. Next week’s draw will be held at the Old Mill Bar, and the Jackpot will be €12,400.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held their 10th meeting on Wednesday January 25 in Ardagh Community Centre. Chairman John P O’Sullivan welcomed all and Secretary Mary Kury read the minutes, and 22 people were present.  A lot of discussion about the March weekend took place, and plans are coming together.  The Mary Kury’s book telling the story of the Fenian attack on Ardagh Barracks, is available from members € 5 each and at the Wednesday night meeting’s and local shops and at the quiz next Saturday night. The special crafted medals are also available from members € 5 each and at the quiz next Saturday night. For more information and to see the Fenian medals, and book cover check out the Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association Facebook page, and the Old Mill Facebook page. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday February 1 at Ardagh Community Centre at 8pm, and all interested people are asked to attend.

Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, and Sean McSweeney from Saint Kieran’s were members of the Limerick senior football team that contested the McGrath Cup final in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday January 22. Kerry won by 3-13 to 2-12 after extra-time. The club will hold their Bord Na Nóg awards night in Ardagh hall on Sunday February 19 commencing at 7pm.

Carrig Celtic defeated Newcastle West AFC by 5-0 in the Premier Division of the Desmond League, on Sunday January 22. Donie Nolan, 2 Ray Brouder, Timmy Enright, and Ray Cahill scored their goals. Creeves Celtic lost 3-2 away to Glantine B in Division 3, and Carrig Celtic had no fixture. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers defeated Carrig Celtic 4-1. Ciara O’Donnell, 2 Anna Mc Mahon, and Patrice Downing scored their goals. In round 1 of the League Cup Creeves Celtic lost to Kilbehenny 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at home. Avril Dalton, and Sandra Larkin, scored their goals.

The Old Mill Ladies football club run a lottery at the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West every Saturday night in aid of club funds. It costs €2 per line, and the club keeps half of the total collected and the lucky winner of the bonus ball gets the other half. All support for the club is greatly appreciated.

Last year saw a number of high profile entertainers pass on and this trend is continuing into the New Year.  On the local scene two favourites, passed on Jim Connery from Kilmallock last December, and Michael O’Mahony from Milford on January 11. Both musicians and singers gave lifelong service and much enjoyment to their large legion of followers. Jim was a member of the Vantones, and Michael of the Shandrum Céilí Band. They were later both solo artists as well and widely known throughout the country. Both played in all the local Lounge Bars, including Stacks, and Moran’s in Carrigkerry attracting large crowds during the halcyon years of that era. Michael had another link with our area, as his late sister Kitty was married to Tony O’Malley who lived in Glenville, Ardagh. We thank both for their contribution to the music scene and for enhancing our musical tastes.

From Wednesday February 1 the Newcastle West Citizens Information Office will be available on the first floor of the Desmond Complex. The opening hours will be 10.30am to 2pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  People will be informed of their rights and entitlements, and the service is free and confidential

Coillte plans to carry out forest operations, clearfell and regeneration plans in the following townlands/properties during 2017: Ballinloughane, Glenastar, Rooskagh, Kerrikyle, Moyreen, Templeathea, Sugarhill, Ballygoghlan, Clash South, Beasley’s, Derreen, Tooraree, Shanagolden, Keale, Fleanmore, Cleanglass, Caherlevoy, Gortnaclohy, and Dromroe. The regeneration plans include landscape, design where appropriate, and have been prepared for these areas. Interested people who wish to view these plans may make an appointment by contacting: Kieran Quirke, Coillte, Back of the Forge, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

066 7163377 or e-mail [email protected]

Castlemahon Hall will stage The Successful TD featuring John Kenny and Mary Mc Evoy on Friday February 3 at 8pm. The admission is €20 and for additional information ring 087-3868409. The play will be on at the Gaiety Theatre from February 6.

Newcastle West Film Club present the first film of the year and 18th season, I Daniel Blake, in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday February 3 at 8pm. The fee for the screening is €7 and refreshments available

West Limerick Singing Club hold a session on the first Friday of each month in the Ramble Inn Bar, Abbeyfeale. All singers and storytellers are most welcome to perform and all others to view the proceedings. They will meet on Friday February 3.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association are holding a Pub Quiz at O’Shaughnessy’s Bar Reens, on Saturday February 4 at 9.30pm. The entry cost is €5 each, and a team of 4 costs €20, and a raffle will be held. All the funds collected on the night will go towards the commemoration, and the re-enaction of the Fenian uprising of Ardagh in 1867. All support will be greatly appreciated.

West Limerick 102FM are pleased to announce a new Saturday Market and Car boot sale. It will commence on Saturday February 4, and will continue every first Saturday of the month in the Community Centre Newcastle West. The gates will open at 7.30am, and the sale will continue until 1.30pm. There are over 50 spaces inside and outside available, and all types of traders are welcome. Further details from Bernadette at the Station on 069-66200

A social dance in aid of the Station will be held in Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday February 22. Music by the popular PJ Murrihy from West Clare and admission €10.  A Variety Concert will take place on Wednesday March 8 also in the Rathkeale House Hotel. The line-up of artists will be announced nearer the time. The AGM will be held on Thursday March 2 and only paid up members of the Station will be allowed to vote. Membership costs €20 and is available from the Station.