By Tom Aherne

The annual Remembrance Masses for those who died during the last 12 months will be held as follows: St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Thursday November 1 at 7.30pm. St Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Friday November 2 at 7.30pm. St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday November 2 at 7.30pm. Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Thursday November 8 at 7.30pm. The following is the Ardagh list: Francis Brouder, Mary Leahy Moriarty, Thomas (Tom) Wright, Maureen Egan, Kathy Casey Byrne, Frank (Thomas) Fitzgerald, Mary Kate Sheahan, John O’Connor, Kathleen Buston, Leanne Bennett, and Joseph Harrold. The Carrigkerry list is Helen Ahern, Donie Collins, Mary (Lane) O’Connor, Conor Hayes, Patsy Barrett, John Goulding, Con Herbert, and Bridget (Bridie) Flynn. If any person is omitted from the list their relatives are asked to contact the parish office at 069-76678 to rectify the records.

We extend our sympathy to Connie and Catherine O’Donnell and family, Knockfinisk, Carrigkerry on the death of Connie’s mother Josie O’Donnell (née Daly) (Meenoline, Templeglantine, on Saturday, October 20, peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family.  Josie was predeceased by her husband Thomas, son Gerard and infant son John. Reposing at Harnett’s Funeral Home, The Square, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 23 from 6pm followed by removal to the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Templeglantine. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 11am, followed by burial afterwards in Reilig Na Tríonóide. Sympathy also to  sons Dan, Fr. Tom (Chris) S.C.A. (Argentina), and Pat, daughter Catherine (Kiely), brother Battie, sister-in-law Kitty, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, relatives and friends. May she Rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday October 22. The numbers drawn were 4,5,17, and 20, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each,  L,G,M,T and B Madigan, Ardagh, Pat Collins, Carrigkerry, Padraig Ambrose, Old Mill, Mike and Jim, Ardagh, and Moira O’Donovan, Ardagh.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €12,000 and the draw will be held in the Old Mill Bar.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for October was held during the Sports Show on Limerick Live 95 on Saturday October 27. Congratulations to Margaret Walsh from the St Kieran’s Club who won €100.

Congratulations to Moss O’Connor and Johnny Flaherty, who were first prize winners at the card game held in Monagea Hall on Wednesday, October 17, Moss O’Connor and John Kiely who were first prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday, October 19, and John Mulvihill and Vinnie Wrenn, who were prize winners at the card game held in Ballingarry Hall on Saturday October 20.

Carrig Celtic defeated Lifford Celtic 3-2 at home in Round 3 of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday October 21 with goals from Ray Cahill, Anthony Molyneaux, and Sean Mc Sweeney. Creeves Celtic v Newcastle West Town B in Division 2 of the Desmond Cup was called off due to a bereavement. In the Premier Division of the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers lost 6-2 away to Charleville, and Creeves Celtic had no fixture.

Newcastle West Musical Society presents Jesus Christ Superstar in Castlemahon Hall on this Thursday/Friday/Saturday, November 1/2/3 at 8pm. A number of locals will be performing and a spectacular show is promised.

The annual Rambling House tour of Britain is fast approaching and the Tour 2018 – Dates and Venues  have been announced as follows: November 1 – Manchester Irish World Heritage Centre. Tickets – 0161 205 4007, November 2 – Birmingham Irish Centre Tickets – 0121 622 3763, November 3 – London Irish Centre Camden Tickets – 020 7916 2222, November 4 – Milton Keynes Irish Centre Tickets – 07999 352512.Our exiles always look forward to the visit of the Irish Rambling House tour and readers might pass on the details to their relatives living near the tour venues. Tour details can also be had from 00353 (0)87 285 3570
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A Coffee Morning will be held in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West on Friday November 2 from 9am to 1pm. It will be hosted by the group B* SIXTH and the event is being run in conjunction with the ADRSC. All proceeds are going to the Astroturf facility in Ardagh village. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Linda and company are holding a Clothes collection in Ardagh Hall and Coolcappa GAA Grounds on Saturday/Sunday, November 3/4 from 9am to 6pm, (All re-wearable clothes paired shoes belts handbags curtains towels, bed linen will be accepted) and all support will be appreciated.

The next session will be held in Jim’s Rambling House, Newbridge on Friday, November 2 at 8.30pm. A big welcome for all musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers, and a good nights entertainment is promised.

Parishioners are reminded that there is Eucharistic Adoration every Monday in St Molua’s Church Ardagh from 11am to 1pm, and from 5pm to 9pm, and all are welcome.

Congratulations to Willie O’Regan, Ardagh, who won €266 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday October 26. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

Let’s Fight Cancer Midwest are hosting a Christmas Party at 7pm, in the Longcourt Hotel Newcastle West on Saturday, December 8. The tickets cost €40 each for a two-course meal with tea/coffee and complimentary wine. Live music will be provided by the Lost Boys and a DJ till the early hours. The MC will be Sean Carrig and there will be spot prizes galore. This is a fundraiser for cancer care services for Milford Hospice and the Midwestern Cancer Foundation. For more information and tickets contact Joan O’Sullivan 086-1625960, Lisa Ruttle 087-9544848, Vicky Murphy 087-2354180 or fundraising [email protected]

The annual Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is ongoing at present and families, friends, schools, community groups, and businesses are asked to support by donating gift filled shoeboxes to children from some of the poorest regions around the world by Friday, November 9. The gifts can include all writing material, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap (wrapped) facecloth hairbrush and combs, hats scarves gloves socks and underwear. Each shoebox should contain something special like sunglasses, games, small Irish gift, photo of you, sweets in date up to April 2019. Toys like dolls, cars, cuddly toys, skipping rope, yo-yo, and finger puppet are acceptable. The age bracket is from 2-14 and € 4 to be enclosed in each shoebox. More information can be got by visiting