By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Philip Patrick O’Sullivan, Castleview, Newcastle West and late of Ballingaddy, Kilmallock and  Barnigue Carrigkerry at his residence on Tuesday January 23. He was 79 years old and the family lived in Barnigue for close on 20 years. Philip lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Friday January 26 from 5.30pm, followed by removal to the  Church of the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West. His Requiem Mass was Concelebrated by Canon Frank Duhig, Fr Joe Cussen and Fr John Mockler, on Saturday at 11.30am, and family members participated in the Readings, Prayers of the faithful, and the Offertory gifts.

His son John brought symbols (cap, photo, walking stick, and his E Cigarette holder) that were dear to Philip to the altar before Mass commenced. The photo was taken recently at The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll  in North Cork, as Philip had a great love for donkeys. Canon Duhig linked the message from the readings and Gospel as he traced Philip’s path through life. He was a native of Ballingaddy Kilmallock, and he moved to England at a young age to work. Philip worked as a handyman and labourer assisting people in the different trades during his lifetime. He met his wife Margaret who is English in a Lyons Tea Shop in London.

The family moved home to Ireland and settled in Barnigue, in the late 1990s during the power loss due to the storms. Philip was quoted as saying there was no electricity when he was leaving Ireland and no electricity either when he returned. Philip worked on the Carrigkerry/Old Mill Community Employment Project up to his retirement.  He was a hard worker and a very good neighbour, and the family settled well in Barnigue, and people were sad when they left for Newcastle West. He enjoyed a long and relatively healthy life until recent years, when he and Margaret moved to Newcastle West. Philip enjoyed TV and watching football and Manchester United were his team. We extend our sympathy to his  wife Margaret, daughter Susan, sons John and David, daughter-in-law, sister, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has also taken place of Frank (Thomas) Fitzgerald, London and late of Ministerland, Ardagh, in London on January 11. He laid in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Tuesday  February 6  from 5.30pm, followed by removal to St Molua’s Church Ardagh. The Requiem Mass  was Celebrated on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial afterwards to the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to  his daughter Rachel, son Desmond, partner Debbie, brother John, sisters Veronica, Elizabeth and Rita, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Loretto Hayes and family, Ardagh on the death of her mother Joan Walsh, nee Murphy, 6 Glenwood, Newport, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Coolboreen and Drombane, Killoscully, at Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home Newport on Saturday January 27. Her remains were removed from Delany-Minihan Funeral Home Newport on Monday January 29 to the Church of the most Holy Redeemer. She was laid to rest following Requiem Mass in Rockvale Cemetery Newport, on Tuesday January 30. She is survived by her loving family Jimjoe, Marette, Pat, Sean, Loretto, Timmy, and Margaret, brother Pat, and extended family members. May she rest in Peace
The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday February 5. The numbers drawn were 5,17,21,and 28 and there was no lucky Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each,  Sheik c/o Peg O’Connor Glenastar, Ned Ahern, Ardagh, Tom O’Connor, Lisbane, Shanagolden, Nora Cronin, Ardagh, and Declan Hogan, Rathkeale. Next week’s Jackpot will be €4,600 and the draw will be held in Moore’s  Bar Carrigkerry.

West Limerick charity wrenboys held their annual presentation night recently and donations were given to the Tuesday Social Club Ardagh, The Community Crisis Response team, The Rehab Unit at St Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West, and the Oncology Unit at University Hospital Limerick. They were set up around 2001 by the late Paddy McCarthy from Ducateen, Newcastle West, and the members over the years, deserve great credit for the giving of their time and talents, in support of the various charity groups they have assisted. Thanks to all the volunteers, who were either musicians, singers, dancers, and drivers for their dedication.

The records show that over the past ten years, they have collected and distributed over €19,000 to local charities. This year’s members were John Mullins, Denis Daly, Donie Clancy, Cathal Mulcair, Paddy Daly, Paul Moriarty, Paul O’Connor, Tom Mullins. Niall O’Shea,  John L O’Sullivan, Pat Sullivan, Francis O’Connor, and Aine O’Connor. The members would like to express their sincere appreciation to the people of West Limerick  for their generosity to this charity fund each St Stephen’s Day. They look forward to meeting all their supporters next St Stephen’s Day.

Carrig Celtic lost 2-1( Killian Enright) away to Abbeyfeale United in the Premier Division of the Desmond League, on Sunday February 4. Carrig Celtic B gave a walk over to Ballingarry B in Division 3. Creeves Celtic defeated Glantine B 4-0 away to remain on top of the table with goals from Jimmy Dillane, 2 Seamus Mangan, and Tom Shanahan

In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers defeated Kilbehenny Celtic 4-1 away with goals from Kelly Mc Lean, Dora Bury, Patrice Dillane, and Ciara O’Donnell. Creeves Celtic defeated Carrig Celtic 4-0 at home with goals from Angela Sheehan, 2 Dympna O’Brien, and Sandra Larkin.

Darragh Treacy and Sean McSweeney (panel) were members of the Limerick team that were defeated by Carlow by 2-11 to 0-13 in Division 4 of the National Football League at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick  on Sunday February 4th.

Saint Kieran’s are holding a night to honour the achievements of the junior hurling teams of 1956,1964and 1977 who contested and won West Limerick honours. It will be held on this Saturday February 17 with Mass for deceased members of the club in Ardagh Church at 6.30pm. A get together for the surviving members will follow in Ardagh Hall from 7.30, with presentations to the players involved followed by refreshments and chat. Memorabilia and photos will also be on display to browse through and all are welcome to join in and to honour the past achievements of players who served the club so well.

The Old Mill ladies football club held their annual general meeting in Ardagh hall on Thursday February 1. Chairperson Triona Ambrose welcomed all and thanked everyone who contributed to their very successful year. The various reports, and addresses followed and team mentors were put in place for the new season. Chairperson: Triona Ambrose, Vice Chairperson: Jimmy Duggan, Secretary: Deirdre Ambrose, Ass Secretary: Moira McEnery, Treasurer: Margaret Upton, Ass Treasurer: Ann Geraghty, PRO: Moira McEnery, Child Welfare Officers: Jill Liston and Sheila Lee, General Committee: Sheila Lee, Jill Liston, John Liston, Pat Lee, Tom Byrne.

The best of traditional fare featuring Donie Nolan-accordion and vocals, Liam Flanaghan-fiddle and Caoimín Ó Fearghail-pipes and guitar, will be held in St John’s Theatre, Listowel on this Friday February 17. Contact 068 22566 for booking and start time.

A Mass of Thanksgiving for Sr Bridie O’Sullivan will be held in Dromcollogher on Friday February 16 at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration as a mark of appreciation and gratitude for her commitment and hard work at the Respite Centre, and the parish. Refreshments will be available after mass at the Day Care Centre.

A Hope Foundation fundraiser to raise funds towards sending Slaney Mulcair, Kilcornan, to Kolkala in March will be held upstairs in Dolan’s Limerick on Saturday February 17 from 9.30pm. All proceeds from the music and singing session will go to the Hope Foundation.

Newcastle West Post Office will host an event to commemorate the launch of the ninth definitive series-A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, A Selection Phase 2 Stamps on Monday February 26 at 7.30pm. Included in the eight stamp series, launched on Thursday January 25 will be the Ardagh Chalice, which is timely with the 150 anniversary taking place next September. All are welcome on the night, and some of the first day covers will be available to purchase.