By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Nora Ambrose, The Cottages, Ardagh, on Monday, August 28. Nora was a popular and well known member of the village and wider community and she will be sadly missed by all. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Wednesday, August 30, from 6pm-8pm. Arriving at St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Thursday morning for Requiem Mass at 11:30am. Burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her daughter Breda, brother, sisters, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place also of Catherine (Kitty) Relihan, nee Kelly, The Cross, Ardagh, on Thursday August 31 in the wonderful care of St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West. Kitty was a homemaker and good neighbour of quiet disposition and good faith. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Friday, September 1 from 6 o’clock with removal at 8 o’clock to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh. The Requiem mass was Concelebrated by Fr Michael Noonan, Canon James Ambrose, Fr Tim Curtin and Fr Larry Madden on Saturday at 11.30.

Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts and reflection. Fr Michael paid tribute to Kitty who he visited on the First Friday since his arrival in the parish, during his homily. Kitty was laid to rest afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her  husband Michael (Sonny),  children Helen, John and Ann, grandchildren Chloe, Nathan and Mollie, son-in-law Liam, brother Michael, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Pat (Patrick) Madigan, Newbridge and a member of the farming community on Sunday, September 3. He lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden on Monday from 6pm, followed followed by removal to Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa. The Requiem mass was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5 followed by burial in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sons John and Pat, daughter Mary, brothers Fr Dan and Maurice, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchild, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace. We thank all three for their contribution to family and community life over their lifetimes.

Congratulations to all involved in the running of Kilcolman Creche who are celebrating ten years in operation this year. It is a non profit making facility that is managed by a board of directors and run by a manager and staff of 15. At present it caters for 58 boys and girls from six months to 12 years, and it is open from 7.30am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. Parents interested in placing their child there can phone 069-60770 to arrange a visit to see this fine facility.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday September 4. The numbers drawn were 1, 8, 19, and 25, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each,  B and W c/o Denis Greaney, Teresa Noonan, c/o Tommy Greaney, Tommy Mullins, c/o Nora Dineen, Chris Scanlon, c/o Dawn ‘s Laundry, and Dave Connelly, c/o Bus Eireann. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,800 and the draw will be held in Reens Bar, Ardagh.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held a meeting in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Thursday September 7, and 15 people were present.  The association was set up on September 1 2016 and a very rewarding year was spent involved in numerous activities. The coming year was discussed at length and it promises to be just as busy. First up is the Culture night to unveil the Ardagh Chalice Anniversary 2018 celebrations in Ardagh Hall on Friday September 22. John Hough will deliver a talk and the video of the talk on the chalice given by Raghnall O’Floinn from the National Museum of Ireland back in September 1993 will be shown. It is planned to launch the DVD of the Fenian Rising commemoration back in March also on the night. The exhibition on the Fenian Rising and the children’s art is still on display in Newcastle West Library.  A provisional date for the trip to Dublin to visit the Museum, and Dail Eireann, has been set for Tuesday October 10. Contact Secretary Mary Kury to book a spot on the bus. To date good interest has been expressed for the visit to see the Ardagh Chalice, and other items on display.

Mary Kury was very busy over the summer and she assembled paper Mache replicas of the Ardagh Chalice Hoard which she showed to members at the meeting. They are a credit to her artistry and they will be on display on Culture night. A meeting to discuss grant applications will be held on Thursday September 14, and a further meeting to finalise Culture night will be held on Thursday September 21 at 8.30pm, and both in Neary’s, Ardagh. Membership for year two will be collected at the first meeting in October. The latest on the trip to Dublin is that due to event bookings  there it may be postponed to January.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Dromcollogher/Broadford by 5-15 to 2-2 in the West Minor A Football Championship semi-final played in Croagh on Tuesday August 29. Saint Kieran’s play Knockaderry in the County Intermediate Hurling  relegation playoff on this coming Sunday.

Carrig Celtic lost 3-0 at home to Newcastle West Rovers in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday September 3.  Creeves Celtic defeated Glantine B 3-0 at home in Division 3 with goals from Seamus Mangan, 2 and Richard Hayes. Carrig Celtic B defeated Athea Utd B 2-0 away with goals from Mike Dore, and Mike Upton.

SSE Airtricity is inviting applications from community based projects in the locality of their Tournafulla Rathcahill, Dromada, and Athea Wind farms. The applications will be accepted within a 20km radius of the wind farms for projects that have an energy efficiency or sustainability theme; however preference will be given to projects within 5km of the wind farms. The closing date for applications is Friday, September 22. Contact their community development officer Anne Reynolds for more details. Tel: 01 655 6556 Email: [email protected]

The weekly set dancing classes have resumed in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West following the summer break. They take place each Tuesday evening from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, and no partner is necessary. All are welcome back and beginners will be most welcome, and more details from Fiona on 086-3510774. The classes will resume in Monagea hall on Thursday evenings also from 8.30pm in the coming weeks. Call Ita on 087-2593415 or Fiona on 086-3510774 for additional information.

The annual coffee morning in aid of Milford Hospice will be held in the Community Centre Ardagh on Thursday September 14 from 10am to 12 noon. This will be the 25th year of holding this fundraiser and members of the public are urged to support the event.  Every cup, cake, and every donation helps Milford make a difference in providing specialist consultant led palliative care to the people in the Mid West.

A Qigong class will start in Gortboy Newcastle West on Fri Sept 15 for 8 weeks from 10-11:30 am, and it is open to all ages. Contact Dolores on 0877889346. for more details. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.

Old Mill minor ladies play Saint Kieran’s U-16 Boys in a fun football match in Coolcappa on Sunday September 17 at 6pm. This is a fundraiser in aid of the ADRSC Lip Sync event, and it promises to be a very entertaining evening. The main Lip Sync event will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 11.

This year’s national Ploughing Championship will be held in Screggan Tullamore, County Offaly from Tuesday September 19 to Thursday September 21.

This year’s Culture Night will be held on Friday September 22, and Limerick Arts Office has issued a public call out for participants, who would like to get involved. Last year Limerick hosted 118 events in 76 locations and it drew in about 18,500 people, who participated or were audience members. Limerick Arts Office will support the involvement of clubs organisations, or groups who would like to organise an event. Contact by email [email protected] or call 061-407363/061-557363.