By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Mary Walsh, nee Barry, Lisbane, Shanagolden, and late of Ash Street, Tralee, on Saturday March 25. She lay in repose at St. Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa on Monday March 27 from 8pm to 9.30pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Kilbradren Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Jimmy, sons Mike, Joe and James, daughters-in-law, brother Joe, sisters Sr. Kay and Tess, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandson Paddy, relatives and large circle of friends. May she rest in Peace.

Members of the Carrigkerry and Killeedy Wren groups made a presentation to Sr. Bridie, and members of Dromcollogher and District Respite Care Centre on Friday March 24.The cheque for €6,535 was the proceeds from their concert  in Raheenagh, and sales from the DVD of the night.

The members of Athea Horse and Pony Racing made a presentation of €1,200 to Pat Dalton, (representing Milford Hospice) at Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Saturday March 25. Seán King, and Paddy O’Sullivan from Carrigkerry are members and very involved in horse racing.

Jackie Geoghegan, and Sharon Kinehan, would like to thank most sincerely all those who supported our coffee morning in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. We raised € 700 for this fantastic cause.

The following are the Lottery results from Foley’s Bar, Reen’s, Ardagh on Monday, March 27. The numbers drawn were 4,19,24,26, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each; Seán and Teresa Downey, Lisgordan, Teresa McCarthy, Ardagh, Nora N Ambrose, Dunganville, Helen Byrnes, c/o Denis Greaney, and Marie O’Donnell, Carrigkerry. Next week’s Jackpot will be €14,200 and the draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh.

Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, and Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-1 were members of the Limerick team that defeated Leitrim by 0-14 to 0-8 in Round 6 of the National Football League Division 4 game played in Fraher’s Field Dungarvan on Saturday March 25.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Rathkeale 1-12 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the County Senior Football League at Coolcappa on Saturday March 25. Tournafulla defeated Saint Kieran’s by 4-12 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling League on Sunday March 26.

Carrig Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Abbeyfeale United in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday March 26. Carrig Celtic B defeated Creeves Celtic 2-0 at home in Division 3 of the League Cup, with Alan Moloney, and Donal Balfe, scoring their goals.

Congratulations to the following Saint Kieran’s community games prize winners; Aine Nolan was the winner of the U-16 Irish dance, and was fourth in the U-16 solo music at the recent talent finals. Mya Bridgeman, and James O’Sullivan, was fourth and third in the solo Irish dance.  The U-12 contemporary Irish dance group finished in second place in the final.

Congratulations to Joan Madigan, and Peg Murphy who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday March 22.Congratulations to Peg Mulvihill, and Jim Lynch, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden hall on Friday March 24.

Coolcappa Music Group are holding a fundraising social dance in aid of Milford Hospice on Friday April 7 at Rathkeale House Hotel. Music by Taylor’s Cross, from 9.30, and admission is €10. All support for Milford Hospice who do wonderful work in the community will be greatly appreciated.

Newcastle West Film Club present Viva at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday April 7 at 8pm. The entry fee is €7 and refreshments will be available.

West Limerick Singing Club will hold their next singing night at the Ramble Inn in Abbeyfeale on Friday April 7 and all are welcome.

The Coolcappa clean-up will be held on Saturday April 8 from 10am to 12 noon. People are asked to meet outside the Community Hall for the litter picking around the village and district, and new pickers will be welcome.

St Kieran’s Community Games are holding an Athletics and Family Day on Sunday April 9 at 3pm in St Kieran’s GAA field in Coolcappa. This will be the fortieth anniversary of the first sports held in Coolcappa on June 26 1977. It was organised by Coolcappa Open Sports committee, and it was held in Pa Sheehy’s field.  It cost 224 pounds to run it and it was an outstanding success. Part of the expenses were raised by holding a raffle and the ticket sellers travelled to carnivals, pubs and dance halls to sell the tickets which cost 25 pence a book.

West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that we are working to support the Food Cloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area. Food Cloud is a simple yet ingenious idea whereby working with local supermarkets for the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community spirit based on shared food.  To enable the roll out of Food Cloud, West Limerick Resources has organised an Information Evening at our Offices at West Limerick Resources (next to Sean Hennessy’s) on Tuesday April 11 at 7.30pm. We would like to hear from Community Groups or Charities in the area who would be in a position to support this initiative, by receiving the food donations for their own work or indeed for further distribution within the community. Please RSVP by return email or for more information please contact Dearbhla/Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 66293 or email [email protected]

The West Limerick branch of the Mental Health Association of Ireland will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday April 12 at Maple Lodge, Gortboy at 8pm. All members are asked to attend and new members will be made most welcome.

The annual Team Limerick clean- up will be held on Good Friday April 14. This will be the third year, and the event is going from strength to strength. All the local community groups will be organising their own clean-up, and for more information email [email protected] ring 061-496200, or visit www.

Kerry Group Rás Mumhan, the first major Stage Race of the Irish Cycle Racing season will pass through Carrigkerry, and Ardagh on Easter Saturday April 15. It will pass Carrigkerry twice the 1st time will be approx. 12.15pm  on its way to Ardagh (12.25pm)  and then again at approximately 1.45pm when it will go over to Blaine Bridge before going on to finish in Althea at 2.15pm The local Cycling Clubs in the area will be out Stewarding the Race as it passes through the area. Stage 2 will start in Listowel at 11am and cover a 130km route taking in North Kerry and West Limerick.

This tough hard stage will finish in the village of Athea after 130km of undulating roads, and it is built for the real strong elite riders, with a number of category 2 and 3 climbs.  The route will take the riders from the start in Listowel on to Ballylongford, Tarbert, up the town in Glin, then on to Athea for the first of three times up the hill on the road to Carrigkerry, on to Ardagh, Shanagolden, Foynes, up the big climb in Glin again, on to Athea again, then on to a 25km finishing circuit through Carrigkerry to Blaine Bridge and back to finish up the hill out of Athea.

A field of 200 riders representing all the top Club teams in the country and a good representation of teams from Britain and the Continent will be participating also, while Limerick and Kerry teams will also be in the lineup. This is a huge International race and is sure to bring a big crowd of cycling and sports enthusiasts to the area. People are asked to co-operate with the Stewards, Gardai and Race Marshalls, and to keep their dogs especially under control.  There will be traffic delays also as the race passes through.

Full details of Kerry Group Rás Mumhan on Facebook Kerry Group Ras Mumhan Twitter @rasmumhan.  For further information please contact: Mary Concannon   Race Secretary/Organiser 00353 87 2802071    maryconcannon15@ 00353 64 6644396. Tadhg Moriarty Race Director/Press Officer 00353 87 2443360 [email protected]. Kerry Group Padraig Mallon 00353 66 7182309 [email protected].

The Old Mill Lady football club are holding a bag pack in Tesco, Newcastle West on Easter Saturday April 15. All volunteers are asked to contact Moira McEnery at 086-8110634 by phone or text, or any committee member stating a time that suits best as there are slots available from 2pm, onwards. All the money raised will go towards the club registration costs.

A fundraising Bingo night will be held in the Community Centre Ardagh on Wednesday April 19 at 8.30pm. The proceeds from the night will go towards the Community Response Unit being set up at present which will cost around €6,000. All support for this great project will be greatly appreciated.

A gala concert in aid of Saint Mary’s Church Rathkeale will be held in the church on Friday April 28 at 8pm. The admission is € 15, or a family ticket for €40 and all support will be greatly appreciated. Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon, who continues to do great work for all the local worthy causes, produces, and the all-star line-up features, Michael Nash, Anne Phelan, Jean O’Brien, Eve Stafford, Charlie Reynolds, Michael Doyle, Enda Walsh, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr Tim Curtin, Fr Liam Enright, Coláiste na Trócaire choir, and the Hands in Harmony deaf choir.