By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Conor Hayes, Ballyloughane, Carrigkerry, surrounded by his loving family at his home. Conor (age 6 yrs) passed away peacefully on Friday, February 9. His funeral arrived at St. Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Sunday February 11 for Mass of the Angels at 1pm. The Church was packed 30 minutes before its arrival to offer their support and to extend their sympathy to the family. Fr Michael Noonan, Fr Tim Curtin and Fr Brendan Duggan concelebrated the very moving ceremony with family participation, and appropriate hymns. Symbols representing his short but full life were brought to the altar, before the ceremony commenced. They included items that showed his love for watching films, gardening, visiting places, school and family. Fr Michael paid a touching tribute to a friendly, happy, inquisitive child who loved to travel and join in family and school activities. His mother Theresa, read the reflection and shared Conor’s family journey thanking Crumlin Children’s Hospital and all others.

Conor was laid to rest in Ardagh Cemetery after the large attendance had offered their sympathy to family and relatives. We extend our sympathy to his  parents Teresa and Denis, brother Adam, aunts Kathleen Hayes (Ballyloughane), Nancy Barrett (his godmother – Glenastar), Mary Normile (Glin), uncles Mike Ahern (Glensharrold), Gerry Ahern (Glensharrold), and Jack Ahern (Ardagh), his Godmother Kathleen Galvin (Moyvane), grandaunts and granduncle, cousins, neighbours, friends, staff, teachers and the children of Carrigkerry National School. May he Rest in Peace.
The death has taken place of Tilly (Margaret) Curtin, nee Magner, Reen’s House, Ardagh
on February 10 peacefully at UHL after a short illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband Connie, her grandson Conor and sister Sr. Cornelia. She lay in repose at Magner’s Funeral Home Rathkeale on Monday evening from 5.30-7.30pm followed by removal to St. Mary’s Church Rathkeale. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her son Larry, daughters Margaret and Joan, her grandchildren Laura, Patrice, Carol and Nathan, sisters Beda (Gleeson) and Eileen (Lyons), nephews, nieces, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, kind neighbours, relatives and friends. May she Rest in Peace.

Congratulations to the O’Connor family Glensharrold, Carrigkerry who won €10,000 in the Telly Bingo show on RTE on Tuesday, February 13. Maggie playing for her mother Mary successfully picked the three white balls to claim the prize.  They bought the ticket in Moloney’s Shop in Carrigkerry.

Congratulations to Ardagh/ Carrigkerry Comhaltas members who put on a great display of music and dance at the Munster Ceol Gheimhridh finals held at Hazelwood College Dromcollogher on Sunday, February 11. Donal Bourke was third in the 11-14 wind instrument, and dancers Aine Nolan, Niamh Bourke, Natasha Costello, and Aoife Bourke, were first in the 11-14 Four  Hand Céilí Dancing.    

Congratulations and best wishes for the year ahead to Mike Daly, Kilcolman who was recently elected as Vice-Captain of Newcastle West Golf Club.

Anne Horan Carrigkerry School Principal has been shortlisted for an Everyday Heroes Award in conjunction with the People of the Year Awards. Her life saving CPR skills saved a man’s life in Tullamore in 2016. The Glin trainer in CPR gave details of the incident when she was interviewed on RTE 1 on the  Seán O’Rourke show
The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s Bar, Carrigkerry on Monday February 12. The numbers drawn were 17, 18, 26, and 28 and there was no lucky Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each,  Tina Sheehy, Newcastle West, Pat Liston Glenastar, Mike Liston Glenastar, Martina and Catherine, Ardagh, and Agatha Barrett, Athea. Next week’s Jackpot will be €4,800 and the draw will be held in Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry.

Congratulations to Peg Murphy and Joan Madigan, and John Sheehy and Paddy D O’Connor who were prize-winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday February 7.

Darragh Treacy and Sean McSweeney (sub) were members of the Limerick team that drew with London 2-8 each in Division 4 of the National Football League at Ruislip on Sunday February 11

Seamus O’Donnell the former Saint Kieran’s player was recently appointed as the Athea team trainer for the coming season.


The West Limerick Championship draws for 2018 were held recently with the following results for Saint Kieran’s. In the first round of the Intermediate Championship which is knockout they play Newcastle West in Round 1. In Junior A hurling played on a league system they are in Group 2 with Killeedy, Rathkeale, Tournafulla, and Askeaton. In Junior B football played on a league system, they are in Group 2 with Mountcollins, Drom /Broadford, Granagh/Ballingarry, and Saint Senan’s.

Readers are advised that the Limerick Leader accepts tributes to deceased members from people in their Obituaries page. They can be around 300 words and include a photograph.

West Limerick 102 community Radio are promoting their 50/50 draw at present. The tickets cost €2 and are available in local shops around west Limerick and from the Station. This is 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. All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.  The latest winner was Stephen Long, Castlemahon who won €260.

Radio presenters are also needed on an ongoing basis to introduce new ideas and shows. People interested in a very rewarding pastime are asked to contact Pat O’Donovan on 087-9977340. County News on Wednesdays from 9.30pm to 10.30pm is a new show presented by Pat O’Donovan. A panel will discuss the items making the curent news, and people can ring in and have their say on 069-66200.

The Stations of the Cross will be recited in Calvary Cemetery every Sunday during Lent at 2.30pm. All people who are associated with the Cemetery are invited to come along and to pray for their relatives and to participate in the ceremony.

The annual West Limerick GAA Awards banquet will be held in Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday February 23. Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s club who will receive three awards. Noel Callanan U 21 B Football, Liam Kennedy Minor A Football, and Michael O’Sullivan past referee’s award

A meeting to discuss plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ardagh Chalice took place in the heritage room at Ardagh Community Centre.  There was a great turn out of thirty one people.  Among them were representatives from Ardagh Development Association, Ardagh Hall, GAA, ICA, Comhaltas, SKHA, Tuesday Club, and interested individuals.  A list of events that could be held were discussed and a programme for the two weekends in September will be taken a step further at the next meeting on Sunday February 25th at 7.30 in the Heritage Room, Ardagh Community Centre.

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.