By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to Sr. Joan Geoghegan, Glensharrold Carrigkerry who celebrated her Golden Jubilee as a nun with the Sacred Heart’s order in Dublin on June 16. She celebrated the joyful occasion with family and friends at their special mass and dinner. Her parents were Margaret and Tom from Glensharrold Cross, and she  attended Carrigkerry National School. Joan went to boarding school in Youghal Co Cork and she did her Leaving Certificate in the Loretto Convent there. She studied for her third level education in Ireland England and in California USA. and she worked with the street people at St. Anthony’s Foundation in San Francisco, California.

Joan joined the Sacred Heart Sisters in Weymouth, Dorset England in 1967 and she was Professed in 1972. She has taught in a Sacred Heart’s Secondary School in Epsom, Surrey England and with the Oblate Fathers in Belcamp College, Malahide Road, Dublin and at the Donahies Community School in Donaghmede, Dublin. She is a regular visitor to her home area, to see family and friends, and to keep in touch with events. We wish her continued good health and happiness in her profession.

The death has taken place of Daniel Power (Donie) Kilscannell, Ardagh on Friday June 23rd  peacefully  surrounded by his loving family at his daughter’s residence Blossom Fort, Ballyclough, Mallow, Co Cork. He was a member of the farming community and husband of the late Elizabeth (Lil). He lay in repose on Saturday at his daughter’s residence, Blossom Fort, Ballyclough, Mallow, and on Sunday in St Kyran’s  Church, Coolcappagh. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday June 26 at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Kilscannell Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his daughters Marie Murphy and Breda Moynihan, his son John and extended family members. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Jimmy McCoy, Old Mill Road, Newcastle West, on June 29 peacefully at his residence.   He suffered ill health in recent years and he was father of the late Marie. He lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home on Saturday July 1 from 6.00pm, followed by removal to Newcastle West Church.  The  Requiem Mass was celebrated on Sunday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Calvary cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Mae, sons James, John, Kevin and Brendan, daughters, Michelle, Katrina, Áine, brothers, sisters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a wide circle of friends. May he rest in peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday June 26. The numbers drawn were 17,25,26 and 27 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Tim Fitzpatrick, c/o Josie, Geraldine Woulfe, c/o Neary’s, Margaret Sheehan, c/o Ailish, Margaret Keogh,c/o Ailish, and Erin Hennessy, c/o Moore’s .  Next week’s Jackpot will be €16,800 and the draw will be held at Reen’s Bar Ardagh.

The Limerick GAA Club Draw for June was held live on the sports programme on Limerick Live 95fm. Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s who had three winners, as follows; Gerry and Tricia Fitzgerald €500, Noel Hennessy €250 and Cathal Breen €100.

The Desmond Complex Newcastle West would like to thank the people of Coolcappa/Kilcolman, who contributed to their collection held on Sunday June 25. The total amount collected was € 116.68 and all money collected goes towards transport costs to the Day Centre. The Friends of Saint Ita’s Community Hospital Newcastle West wish to thank the people of Coolcappa/Kilcolman who contributed to their recent church gate collection. The amount collected was € 300 which will go towards ongoing improvements for the patients in Saint Ita’s Hospital.

Sophie Liston AK Utd daughter of Stephen Liston Carrigkerry was a member of the Desmond U-16 League team that finished third in the Gaynor Cup held at UL.  She scored the winning goal in their 1-0 win over the Cork Women’s League, in the 3rd/4th place playoff on Sunday June 25.

Evan Donovan, and Edward Fitzgerald from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the West Limerick U-17 team that participated in the recent Celtic Challenge Hurling  Competition.  Saint Kieran’s lost to Newcastle West 2-12 to 1-10 in the All County Football League, and to Crecora/Manister  1-20 to 0-17 in the All County Hurling League.

Congratulations to all the Saint Kieran’s athletes who competed in the County Community Games Finals held in Mungret GAA Grounds  on June 24/25.

Carrigkerry Defibrillator training was held on Tuesday June 27 and Wednesday June 28 in Carrigkerry Community Centre. Ann, Denise, and Denis, were in charge of training and 34 people attended.  They received very informative tuition, and await the arrival of the Defibrillator to the village. The response for donations to cover the cost of the training and the Defibrillator has been very encouraging to date. More information can be got from Pat on 087-2750061

West Limerick 102 community Radio are holding a 50/50 draw at present. The tickets cost €2 and are available in local shops, and from the Station. This will be a weekly fundraiser for the Radio, and the draw will be held live on air each Friday at 12.45pm. The winning ticket holder receives half of the money collected that week and the Radio Station receives the other half. The first  three weekly winners were Billy Harnett, Abbeyfeale, €410, Margaret Brouder, Newcastle West €351 and Martin Sutcliffe, Newcastle West, €332. All support to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

The Palatine Museum Rathkeale have announced the following opening times;  In July and August it will open every afternoon including Sunday  from 2pm to 5pm.

Sean Liston is the author of From Fair to Mart and Beyond a history of Golden Vale Co-operative Mart Ltd. 1956-2016.The book describes the changes in livestock marketing from the days of the fairs held in every town in Ireland. The 11chapters cover; Before the marts, organisation of farm business, founding of local society, early trading and local expansion, mart expansion, from the Midlands and local centres, new business-the meat project, re-grouping and stabilisation, GVM Property Auctioneers, diversification and rationalisation, the stakeholders, committee, farmers staff buyers, local interests, and challenges for the future. The book will make interesting reading for elderly members of the farming community who will have lived through this period in Irish history. The 450 page book can be got at Newcastle West Bookshop, Newcastle Kerry Agri-Business Store, and from the author, who lives in Knockaderry.

Templeglantine Comhaltas are holding their Seisiún  Summer shows again this year as part of the national scheme. The opening show was held on Thursday June 29 and  they will continue weekly until mid August in the Devon Inn Hotel. There was a great turnout of people and they were well entertained by the very talented group of musicians, singers, and dancers, assembled by the local branch. Members of the audience also participated over the two hour show, and the theme this year is Legacy. The shows commence at 8.30pm, and it is a great social occasion to take visitors to.

Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish have announced the following changeover of Mass times for the rest of the year,  Saturday  at Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman 7.30pm, and Sunday  at Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa at 10am.

West Limerick singing club will hold their next monthly singing night on Friday July 7 in the Ramble Inn in Abbeyfeale from 9.30pm. All singers, storytellers, entertainers, and audience members will be most welcome to come along and to join in the fun. On Friday August 4 Donie Lyons, a founding member will launch his new CD The Lovely Banks of Blaine, during the night. It features 22 tracks of music and song and all are welcome to come along.

The annual summer outing to Milltown Malbay to take in the Willie Clancy Festival has been set for Saturday July 8. The coach will leave from the usual location at the top of Sheehan’s Road Newcastle West at 9am sharp that morning. The group will take in music and dancing sessions during the day. Early booking is advised as seating is limited and names and deposits to Ita Mc Quinn on 087-2593415.

Jim Hartnett will hold a First Aid course on this Saturday July 8 from 12 noon to 4pm, in Rathkeale Community Centre. The course will cover all areas of First Aid including CPR,and the cost is € 20 per person. All the proceeds will go to West Limerick Community Radio, where Jim is a volunteer.  More details from the station at 069-66200.

The following is a list of upcoming Sunday cemetery masses; Kilbradern July 9 at 12 noon, Coolcappa August 13 at 10am, Clounagh August 20 at 12 noon, Kilcolman November 12 at 12 noon.