By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Mary Kate Sheahan, nee Keeffe, Kilreash, Ardagh peacefully at Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home, Listowel on Saturday, March 31. She was one of the parishe’s oldest citizens and would be 99 years old on July 4. She lived through a lot of major changes in Ireland wars, emergencies, recessions, and modern technology.  She lived life as a good Christian, overcoming her burdens, and  offering  a warm and welcoming home. She enjoyed her cooking and baking and looking after her pets and fowl. She was outgoing and caring and enjoyed music and dancing. Her neighbours including the Greaney family were very good to her over the years.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Monday, April 2 followed by removal to Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh. Fr Michael Noonan celebrated her Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11am. Her relatives participated in the ceremony and Maura sang appropriate hymns. Fr Michael paid tribute to her long life during his homily. She was born in 1919 and baptised in Ardagh church. She was a woman who enjoyed the simple things in life, whose faith meant a lot to her. She enjoyed her bacon and cabbage, and the companionship of her cats and dogs. She was a very honest person who  liked music and the company of her neighbours and friends.  Her husband Paddy died in 1986 and in recent years she spent time in Cahermoyle Nursing Home. When it closed she moved to Lystoll Nursing Home.  Burial took place in the local graveyard. We extend our sympathy to her son Joe, nephews, nieces, cousins,  neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The news of the death of Jane Barrett, England and late of Ballyloughane  has also come to our attention. No funeral details at present.

Nora Quaid, a native of Glenastar, Ardagh and living in Ballybunion for many years,  is the current Lady Captain of Ballybunion Golf Club. As part of the club’s 125 birthday celebrations they honoured its favourite son Tom Watson on Sunday April 1. Nora Quaid and Captain Tom Wall unveiled a plaque to the golfing superstar on behalf of the members at the entrance to the first tee on the old course. It was in recognition of his outstanding  contribution to the club.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s community games participants who were successful in recent competitions, winning medals in swimming, U 16 Group Music, and U-14 Set Dancing.

The following are the Lottery results from Reen’s Bar Ardagh on Monday April 2. The numbers drawn were 7,16,26, and 29, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Conor Kerins, c/o Neary’s Bar, Masie Moroney, c/o Reen’s Bar, Timothy Madigan, Ardagh, Liam Cremin,  Newcastle West, and Sean Roche, Newcastle West. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,200 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Ballysteen by 3-4 to 0-7 in Round 1 of the County Senior Football Championship at wet and windy Bog Garden Rathkeale on Easter Sunday evening. Their ability to score goals when needed was a telling factor in the win, against opponents  who enjoyed more possession , but the concession of easy goals, and inaccurate shooting cost them dear. The Saints led by 1-3 to 0-4 at half time, with Noel Callanan scoring a cracking goal after taking on the Ballysteen defence. Sean Mc Sweeney from a free, and Killian Enright added further goals, to get the team off to a great start. TEAM: Robert Bradley, Paudie McCarthy, Brendan McCarthy, Kevin Meade, Liam Kennedy, Johnny Mc Carthy, Anthony Mullins, Darragh Treacy, 0-1 Jack Ben Harnett, Anthony Molyneaux 0-1, John Doyle, Noel Callanan 1-0, Killian Enright 1-1, Sean McSweeney 1-1, Ray Cahill. Subs Ian Mackessy, Diarmuid Crowley.

Askeaton/ Saint Kieran’s lost by 1-15 to 1-7 to Templeglantine in the West Minor Hurling Championship. Róisín Ambrose, and Kate Ambrose were members of the Limerick Minor camogie team that drew 12 points each with Offaly in Round 4 of the All Ireland Championship.

Carrig Celtic lost 4-2 away to Granagh United in the Premier division of the Desmond League on Sunday April 1. Carrig Celtic B lost 2-0 at home to Ballingarry B in Division 3, and Creeves Celtic won 4-0 away to Athea United B to move six points clear in the table. Jerome O’Connor 2,  Brian Nash, and Mark Hayes, scored their goals. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers defeated Broadford United 1-0 away with Dora Bury scoring their goal. Creeves Celtic lost 3- at home to Newcastle West Town, and Carrig Celtic drew 0-0 at home to Askeaton.

Congratulations to Catherine Kiely and Mary Aherne O’Connor who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Good Friday night. Congratulations to Mike Robinson and Jack Woulfe, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Good Friday.

The Patsy (Seoirse) Sheahan Memorial Darts Cup 15th annual singles open competition will be held on Friday April 13 at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh. The draw for players will be at 8pm sharp. All proceeds on the night  will go to the Irish Cancer Society and all are welcome. Congratulations to Moore’s Bar A Carrigkerry  on winning the West Limerick darts league on Friday March 16.

The annual collection for the Limerick Down Syndrome Organisation is being held in Coolcappa/Kilcolman on April 14/15. These funds are vital for the continued support for people with Down Syndrome and their families in Limerick City and County and the surrounding areas of East Clare and North Tipperary.  A charity Céilí in aid of Down Syndrome Limerick will be held in the  Longcourt Hotel  Newcastle West on Friday April 27 at 9.30pm. The Mountain Road Céilí Band will supply the music, and all are welcome.

A fundraising concert/céilí and old time dance in aid of the Leanne Bennett fund will be held in the Community Hall, Ardagh on Sunday April 15. The concert will commence at 7.30pm, followed by a céilí and old time dancing.  Artists performing include the All Ireland winning Ardagh/Carrigkerry/ Manister Plearacha Group, Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross Céilí band. The admission is €10 and all support will be greatly appreciated for this very deserving local cause.

West Limerick 102FM present a grand variety concert at the Longcourt Hotel Newcastle West on Wednesday, April 18 at 8pm. Appearing on stage will be Peter Burke, PJ Murrihy, Emily Clarke, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Willie Relihan, Michael Collins and friends, and the Donal Ring Céilí Band. It promises to be a tremendous night’s entertainment with that all star line up and tickets cost €15. They can be got from the radio station on 069- 66200, Pat O’Donovan 087-9977340, Patsy Naughton 087-7920183, and at Ann Lyons shop Abbeyfeale

The Old Mill ladies football club are holding a clothes collection on Saturday April 21 and any clothes can be dropped to a committee member or contact Moira McEnery 086-8110634 prior to that date. All support for this fundraiser will be appreciated.  The coffee morning (Mad Hatter theme) fixed for Saturday April 28 has been postponed  until the end of the summer.

Tournafulla Development Association will hold a fundraising bingo afternoon in Halla Tadhg Gaelach  Tournafulla on Sunday, April 15 at 3pm sharp. The prize money is €2,100 and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Qigong classes at Hollytree Clinic Bishop’s Street  (next to courthouse), Newcastle West,  with Alan Sheehy. Starting on Friday April 13 10:30 – 12pm. 6 weeks, €75. Contact Alan on 087 2480 723 or Hollytree Clinic on 087 707 1080. Therapeutic Kung Fu classes starting on Tuesday April 17 7pm – 8:15. 6 weeks, €75. Contact details as above.

Congratulations to Theresa Lynch, Newcastle west who won €333 in last week’s  West Limerick 102 fm 50/50 draw. Tickets cost €2 and they are available in local shops or from the radio station.