By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Sean McAuliffe Knockdown, Athea, and formerly of West Ewell, Surrey, England unexpectedly at his residence on October 27 in the loving care of his wife Louise. Reposing in Kelly’s Funeral Home, Athea on Tuesday October 30 from 6pm to 8 pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea at 12 noon, and burial afterwards in Holy Cross Cemetery. The late Sean has a lot of relations in the Carrigkerry area. We extend our sympathy to his wife  Louise, daughters Louise and Charlene, step children Kerry, Sarah, and Matthew, beloved GaGa of Thomas and  Aiden, brothers Connie, Liamie and  Martin, sisters Mary, Breda, Joanie, Maudie, Theresa Flynn, Helen O’Sullivan and Noreen, sons-in-law Tom and Sam, daughter-in- law Emily, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins, other relatives and a large circle of friends both in England and Ireland. May he Rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from the Old Mill Bar on Monday October 29. The numbers drawn were 3, 12, 18, and 25, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each, B Keogh c/o Ailish, Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh, Ivan Neary, Ardagh, James Prendeville, c/o Nora Dineen and Ann Goggin, c/o Noonan’s.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €12,200 and the draw will be held in Neary’s /Bar.

Carrig Celtic lost 4-2 (Seanie King, and Padraig McCarthy scored) away to Glin Rovers in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday October 28. Creeves Celtic defeated Newcastle West Town B 6-0 away in Division 2. They head the table and Tom Shanahan 3, Chris Hayes, Shane Lynch, and Seamus Mangan scored. In the Ladies Desmond League Kilcolman Rovers lost 3-2  Ide Trant, and Aoife Danaher scored) away to Ballingarry in the Premier Division.Creeves Celtic defeated Askeaton 3-0 at home in Division 1 with Dymphna O’Brien scoring all three goals.

Congratulations to Tom Moran, Athea who was recently named Business Person of the Year at the South Dublin Chamber’s Annual Business Awards in the City west Hotel in Dublin. The Moran family ran a very successful business in Carrigkerry in the 1980s after taking over from the Stack family. They moved to Dublin in 1988 taking over the ownership of The Red Cow Hotel.

Congratulations to John Joe Cahill, Ardagh, last week’s winner of a Panasonic TV at O’Connor’s Londis Shop Newcastle West.

Newcastle West Library is hosting the Ardagh Chalice 150 Children’s Art work which they produced for competition during the Festival last September. On display will be replica chalices, shields, poems, short stories etc from the four local schools. The very impressive art work can be viewed during the month of November.

The annual November Rosary will be recited each Sunday of the month in the three cemeteries of Newcastle West. Starting in the Famine Cemetery at 3pm, Calvary at 3.20, and Churchtown at 3.40pm, and all are welcome.

The rehearsals are coming to a close for the 15 groups who will be performing their acts in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on this Saturday, November 10. The official rehearsals stepped up a pace to twice weekly Friday’s and Sunday’s in recent weeks.  All the individual groups have also been meeting up in between to perfect their skills and to synchronize their steps. This year’s show will be completely different to last years, with all new Lip Sync songs and movements. There will be 71 participants taking to the stage, with 41of these new to the show.

The opening act promises to be a spectacular piece with great action and movement involving the majority of participants. Last year’s popular winners The Village People will be defending their title, but they face stiff opposition from the other 14 acts, namely Sia Later, The Hairy Babies, Backbog Boys, B*SIXTH, The Jailbirds, The Beehives, The Three Murderesses, The Carrig Cowboys, Six Pack, The Chalice Chicks, The Blow Ins, Chubby M, Young & Younger, and the Bellas who were brilliant last year. The action packed movements and singing in the songs range from low to loud to louder and all will be familiar to members of the audience.

Ian Mackessy is organising a go fund me page for people who are away from the area and who want to support the Astroturf facility. Visit the ADRSC Lip Sync Facebook page to keep up to date with the fundraising events. The support of the community for this major fundraiser  will be much appreciated by the ADRSC, as the cost of putting this facility in place is high  Thanks to all the people who have supported the various fundraisers in recent weeks, and given sponsorship for the booklet  it is greatly appreciated.

The tickets are now on sale for the eagerly awaited Lip Sync Legends show on Saturday November 10th in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine. As there is only one show night this year they will be snapped up quickly and people may be disappointed. They are available in six locations, and they cost € 20 a ticket, with no age concessions. They can be bought at Neary’s, Greaney’s, and Ailish Hair Craft in Ardagh, Moloney’s, and Moore’s in Carrigkerry, and Londis O’Connor’s Shop Churchtown, Newcastle West. Early buying is advisable for this not to be missed community night which will provide four hours of entertainment. The doors are open at 7.30pm, and the show commences at 8pm.

Old Mill Ladies Football Club will hold a church gate collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on Saturday/ Sunday November 10/11 and all support will be greatly appreciated.

The children and parents of Coolcappa N.S. are holding a coffee morning and a bake sale in Coolcappa Hall after 10am Mass in aid of the Indonesian earthquake victims on Sunday November 11.

Mass will be celebrated for the Holy Souls in Kilcolman graveyard on Sunday November 11 at 12 noon.

A Clothes Collection will be held at Coolcappa National School on Wednesday November 14. All donations of clothes appreciated.

West Limerick 102fm presents their Winter Concert at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West on Wednesday November 28 at 7.30pm sharp. The doors will open at 6pm and the admission is €15. The concert will feature some of Irelands best entertainers including Paddy O’Brien from Waterford, Marion Kirby from Caherconlish, Muriel O’Connor and Fran Curry from Cashel and formerly of the Bards, Glen Flynn from Tullamore, Traditional Group from West Limerick, Eddie Carey from Newcastle West, Dermot Lyons TG4 Glor Tire Finalist, and that fine singer Willie Relihan from Churchtown in Cork. It promises to be a Night not to be missed similar to previous concerts.

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]

Congratulations to Pat Whelan Newcastle West, who won €382 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday November 2. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.