By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Joseph Harrold of Sweeps Cross, Coolanoran, Newcastle West, on Friday September 14 ex customs and excise in Cobh, Co. Cork. Reposing at St Catherine’s Nursing Home Newcastle West on Sunday, September 16 from 6.30pm, followed by removal to St Molua’s Church in Ardagh. Fr Michael Noonan, and Fr Paddy Bowen, Concelebrated his Requiem Mass on Monday, at 11.30am, with family participation in the readings, prayers of the faithful and bringing the offertory gifts to the Altar.  Maura and Donie provided appropriate hymns and music and Fr Michael traced Joe’s journey through life. He worked with Met Éireann, and Revenue, and the majority of his life was spent living in Cobh. Joe was laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery and he will be sadly missed by all. We extend our sympathy to his brother John, sister Peg Mulvihill, nephews Tossie and Jack, nieces Marie, Margo and Roseanne, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Bridget Sheehy (née Hartnett), 66 Assumpta Park, Newcastle West, and formerly of Reens, West, Ardagh, in her 97th year. Reposing at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Monday, September 17, from 6pm until 8pm. Arriving at Newcastle West Church on Tuesday morning, September, 18 for 11.30am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her sons Patsy, Mike, Richard and Willie, daughters Bridie, Mary and Geraldine, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Nora Ambrose, Dunganville, who celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends at the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West on Sunday, September 9. She attended and enjoyed the Ardagh Chalice Festival last weekend.

Congratulations and best wishes to all the students who received their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday September 12.

Congratulations  to Limerick who won the TG4 All Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship at Croke Park on Sunday, September 16. They defeated Louth by 5-6 to 0-8 and Róisín Ambrose from Ardagh and the Old Mill club was half forward. This is her first year on the team and she linked up the play very well and never put a pass astray. A great achievement for her family, parish, club and county and her late grandfather Jack Bett Enright would have been very proud of her display and success.

Congratulations to Old Mill lady’s football team and mentors who defeated Mountcollins by 3-7 to 1-5 in the County Junior Championship Final at Mountcollins on Friday, September 21.

The following are the Lottery results from Reens Bar, Ardagh on Monday September 17. The numbers drawn were 5, 10, 21, and 22, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each, John Dillane, Ballinabearna, Emma Galvin, Ardagh, Ita Liston, Ardagh, Michael Greaney, Kilcolman and Aoife Liston Adare. Next week’s Jackpot will be   €11,000 and the draw will be held in Reens Bar, Ardagh.

The Ardagh Chalice 150 festival commenced on Friday night last (which was Culture Night) with a parade from Rearasta Fort led by the Fenian Pike men and bodhrán players to St Molua’s Church.  Fr Michael Noonan concelebrated Mass and the six parish quilts were blessed. Minister of State for Finance Patrick O’Donovan performed the official opening which was followed by a History Seminar and an Address by Sean Kelly M.E.P. The Hunt Museum Ardagh Chalice Replica, Sam Maguire Cup, and numerous other replica chalices were all present and greatly admired and photographed.  The events on Saturday featured GAA Blitz, genealogy workshop, busking, Rearasta Fort walk and talk, Comhaltas performance, Art Prize presentation and GAA talks. The festival continues this weekend and to keep informed people can source news on the following sites:

Saint Kieran’s lost out to Newcastle  West by 0-15 to 1-10 in the County Senior Football Championship at Knockaderry Gaelic Grounds on Sunday, September 16. It was a spirited performance against one of the favourites who scored two late points to book a semi-final place. St Kieran’s will play Monaleen in the Quarter final in Kilmallock on Saturday September 29 at 2.45pm. They trailed by 0-8 to 0-5 at half time, and fell five behind before a tremendous goal from Darragh Treacy brough them right back into contention. TEAM: Robert Bradley, Paudie McCarthy, Johnny McCarthy, Kevin Meade, Anthony Mullins, Brendan McCarthy, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Jack Ben Harnett 0-1 Liam Kennedy, Noel Callanan, Darragh Treacy 1-0, Anthony Molyneaux 0-3 Killian Enright, Seamus Mangan 0-2 Sean McSweeney 0-4. Sub John Doyle.

Creeves Celtic defeated Abbeyfeale Utd B 4-0 at home in Division 2 of the Desmond League on Sunday, September 16. Darragh O’Connor 2, Richard Hayes, and Kevin Shanahan scored their goals. Carrig Celtic had no fixture.

The card game has resumed in Ardagh Community Centre on Tuesday’s at 9pm. All are welcome and new players are most welcome.

The RTE Céilí House recording held in Ardagh Community Centre was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. It was due to be broadcast on Saturday night last but RTE were not ready. It will be presented by Kieran Hanrahan on Radio 1 this Saturday, September 29 at 9pm.

Desmond College Newcastle West night classes commence on this Thursday September 27 from 7pm.  They run for eight weeks from 7-9 and it costs €90. Gerard Greaney genealogist from Ardagh is presenting a genealogy and family history class, which should be very interesting for people to delve into. All enquiries to the college.

Applications are open at present for the 2018 Sport’s Capital Programme with a total of 40m on offer. Clubs and organisations wishing to avail of the programme, must register before Friday October 5 and applications can be submitted up to Friday, October 19.

A four week jiving class commences at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West on Monday October 2 from 8pm to 9.30pm, no partners needed and all are welcome. A series of social dancing nights commence there on Thursday October 4. The dancing is from 9pm to 11pm, and music that night by Dermot Lyons. Set dancing classes with John Joe Tierney in Con Colbert Hall Athea each Tuesday evening from 9pm. Set dancing classes with Fiona Buckley in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Tuesday’s and in Monagea Parish Hall on Thursday’s from 8.30pm.

VTOS Shanagolden are currently enrolling learners for the new Academic Year QQI-Level 5 Information Processing) which commenced last week. Participants must be over 21 years and in receipt of Social Welfare for at least six months. Mature learners will be taught new skills in Computers, Communications, Accounting, Work Experience, and Art. People who join the programme can retain their Social Welfare entitlements, and receive travel and meal allowance, Childcare support under CETS, and Career Guidance.  Contact Melanie Casey on 069-60106 for more details.

Congratulations to John Kiely, Dromcollogher, who won €174 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday September 21. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.