By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Kathleen O’Sullivan, nee McCoy, 7 Ascal Inse Ban, Templeglantine, after a long illness at University Hospital Limerick on Friday April 13. She was a daughter of the late Con (postman) Ballyloughane, Carrigkerry. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home on Tuesday April 17. Arriving at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity Templeglantine, for 11am Requiem Mass on Wednesday morning followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Michael, son Oliver, brothers Sean, Connie, Jimmy and Timmy, sister Josie, brothers -in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Julia O’Mahony and family Ardagh, on the death of her mother Breda Roche, nee Dee, Tullig South Templeglantine peacefully at St Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West. She lay in repose at Hartnett’s Funeral Home, the Square, Abbeyfeale on Monday April 16 from 6pm, followed by removal to the Church of the Most Holy Trinity Templeglantine. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11am followed by burial afterwards in Reilig Na Tríonóide, Templeglantine. Sympathy also to her husband Tom, sons Thomas (New York) and Patrick (New York), daughters Joan English (Templeglantine) sister Esther Sweeney, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Samantha Griffin and Gerard Moloney who were married in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Thursday April 19.

Congratulations to Pa O’Dwyer Rooskagh who recently retained his title as Ireland’s strongest man. He now turns his attention to the Great Britain contest.

Congratulations to the Conroy family Coolcappa who recently did a fundraising climb of Carrantuohill as a thank you to Milford Care Centre for the wonderful care given to three family members since 2008. They were joined by extended family and friends and their final donation was €22,200.

The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Monday April 16. The numbers drawn were 7, 11, 20, and 30 and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each:  Luke and Nana Mackessy Coolanoran, Loretta Hayes Ardagh, Ailish Doherty Ardagh, Timmy and Joan Copse Glensharrold, and Ann Goggin Askeaton. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,600 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

Limerick lost to Tipperary by 2-12 to 1-11 after extra time in the Munster Minor Football Championship in Newcastle West on Wednesday April 18. John Hayes from the Saint Kieran’s club was captain and he scored a point from his centre field position. Dylan Moloney scored 1-5, from centre forward and Kevin Guina, 0-1 after being introduced as a substitute.

Saint Kieran’s defeated St Patrick’s by 1-10 to 0-8 in round 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at Askeaton on Sunday April 15. They led by 1-3 to 0-4 at half time after John Doyle found the net at the end of a good movement.  Sean Mc Sweeney, and Jack Ben Harnett combined for seven points in the second half to help secure the points.  Liam Kennedy was very impressive all through and the win moves them to joint top of Group 2 with Newcastle West.

TEAM: Robert Bradley, Paudie McCarthy, Johnny,  McCarthy, Kevin Meade 0-1, Liam Kennedy, Brendan McCarthy, Anthony Mullins, Darragh Treacy, Jack Ben Harnett 0-2 Anthony Molyneaux, John Doyle 1-0 Noel Callanan 0-1 Killian Enright 0-1, Sean McSweeney 0-5, Ray Cahill. Subs Seamus Mangan Brian Crowley, Diarmuid Crowley, and Mike Windle.

Kilcolman Rovers defeated Broadford Utd 4-1 at home in the Division 1 Desmond League Cup semi final on Sunday April 15 with goals from Anna Mc Mahon, Sophie Hennessy, Patrice Dowling, and Dora Bury. Creeves Celtic defeated Newcastle West Town 1-0 away in the other semi final with Dymphna O’Brien on target

John Keily from Ardagh is the programme editor and main producer of Sacred Space on West Limerick 102fm. It is broadcast every Sunday morning from 10am to 11am and repeated on Sunday nights between 11pm – 12pm.  The programme includes inspirational music, chat, interviews, what’s on locally and not so locally including radio and TV and reflection on the Sunday gospel reading of the day. It is presented by John Keily, Lorraine Buckley and Shane Ambrose, the regular panellists, with input each week from invited guests.

Congratulations to Peg Murphy and Joan Madigan, who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game on Wednesday April 11.

The Irish dancing classes are held in Ardagh Community Centre each Monday at 7pm, and in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Wednesday at 7pm, for step dancing and Sean Nós dancing for children at 8pm, and adults at 9pm.

Kilcolman N.S. are holding a bumper clothes collection this week and they need your help to make it a success. Any re-wearable clothes, paired shoes, belts handbags, curtains, towels, bed linen, soft toys, are accepted. Bags can be dropped into the school shelter before Friday April 27. Thanks to everyone who supported the last collection which raised €440 for the school.

A charity Céilí in aid of Down Syndrome Limerick will be held in the Longcourt Hotel in Newcastle West on Friday April 27 at 9.30pm. The Mountain Road Céilí Band will supply the music, and all are welcome, and support will be appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s community games committee are holding their athletics fun day on Sunday April 29 in Coolcappa GAA field with registration from 2-2.30pm. Check out their Facebook for all the race and event details.

The First Holy Communion will take place in St Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Saturday May 5 at 11am, and in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday May 26 at 11 am.

The West Limerick 102fm Variety Concert at the Longcourt Hotel Newcastle West on Wednesday April 18 was a wonderful night of entertainment for the large crowd that attended. From 8.20 to 12 midnight people sat back and enjoyed the unique talents of the all star line-up. Peter Burke the multi talented musician and singer from Newport, and Ballinahinch, commenced proceedings and he assisted all the artists throughout the night. Emily Clarke from Crecora, showed all her stage craft from days of yore appearing with the top showbands to get the feet tapping to the lively numbers. Willie Relihan from Churchtown a master of the real country songs gave a rousing performance that was greeted with much acclaim by the appreciative audience. Michael and Fiona Collins from Newcastle West provided the traditional entertainment with songs and music including the Sally Gardens, and jigs and reels to conclude the first half.

Donal Ring and his brother and son from Cork turned back the years for many with their old time céilí dance tunes that got the crowd dancing in front of the stage. Donal recently celebrated over 60 years in the entertainment business. Marian Kirby from Caherconlish who is making inroads as a fine country singer around the county did a guest spot which went down very well. Elle-Marie O’Dwyer from Freemount a wonderful talent excelled and during her rendition of the Chapel Gates in Cooraclare a pen could have been heard if it dropped. PJ Murrihy singer, songwriter, storyteller from Mullagh in Clare sang all his favourites, including Sell the Pig which always gets the crowd singing along.  All the performers came on stage for the grand finale and they paid tribute in song to Big Tom.