by Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Carmel O’Donovan nee Purtill, Tubrid, Creeves, Shanagolden, and wife of the late Patrick. Her remains lay in repose at her son Patsy’s residence in Ardagh on Friday January 18 from 4pm-8pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday at 12 noon in Saint Senan’s Church Shanagolden, with burial afterwards in Kilbradren Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her sons Eddie, Ollie and Patsy, daughters Ann, Martina, Geraldine, Caren and Toni, sons in Law, daughters in Law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Kathlyn Hayes Knockfinisk and Scoil Mhuire agus Íde Newcastle West who recently received the Student of the Year award. She is very involved in all sports with Old Mill Ladies and Newcastle West camogie. Kathlyn was a participant in the ADRSC  Lip Sync Legends Fundraiser with the Bellas act last November in the Devon Inn Hotel.

The signage for the St. Kieran’s area community watch will be erected in the next few weeks. If anyone would still like to be included in any future text alert concerning illegal or unsociable behaviour, or indeed lost or stolen property, livestock or pets, applications forms are available at the back of the 4 local churches or the Daybreak Shop in Carrigkerry or Greaney’s Butchers in Ardagh or alternatively ring Pat on 0872750061.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday January 21. The numbers drawn were 12,13,20, and 22, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each Paudie c/o Moira, Ann Relihan Ardagh, Josie O’Connor Glensharrold, Oisín O’Connor Creeves, and JAP c/o Greaney’s. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 14,200 and the draw will be held in Reens Bar Ardagh.

Limerick defeated Offaly by 1-12 to 0-13 in the National Camogie League at Banagher on Sunday January 20. Roisín Ambrose from Ardagh and the Newcastle West club made her senior debut at centre field. Róisín may well be the first player from the parish to do so at this grade, which is a great achievement following her All Ireland ladies football success with Limerick last year.

Saint Kieran’s set dancers represented Limerick at the Munster Scór Na Nóg Final in Cappoquin Waterford on Sunday January 20. Saint Kieran’s officers and players are selling National Club tickets for € 10 at present. The draw is run by Croke Park and the clubs receive all the proceeds from the tickets they sell. The prizes include a 2019 Renault Clio 2, All Ireland Final weekend packages, and shopping vouchers. All support will be greatly appreciated by the club. The Astroturf pitch is near completion and soon will be open for teams to use. The booking is online on the following website http//http://ardaghdistrictrsc.ie/

Carrig Celtic lost 6-1 away to Granagh Utd in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday January 20. Creeves Celtic lost 3-2 away to Glin Rovers B in Division 2 in what was only their second defeat in the league this season. In the Desmond Ladies Cup quarter final Kilcolman Rovers defeated Askeaton 3-0 away. Marie Liston, Dora Bury, and Ann Mc Mahon scored their goals.

Congratulations to Jim Dalton and Francis Woulfe, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday January 18.

The Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place each year from June 21 to 26, and each parish is entitled to apply for two places for over 16-year olds. The closing date is January 31, and anyone interested please contact Fr Michael Noonan on 087-6796217 or the parish office 069-76678. For the Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish applications   please contact Fr Tim Curtin on 086-3697735 or Ann Dore on 086-3794646.

All are welcome to Saint Brigid’s Well in Shanagarry Newcastle West on this Friday February 1 at 7pm. The rosary will be recited, and prayers will be said to mark her feast day.

Newcastle West Film Club will present Leave No Trace in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday February 1 at 8pm. Tickets cost € 7 and refreshments available before the screening and all are welcome.

A set céilí will be held in Halla Tadgh Gaelach Tournafulla on Friday February 1 from 9.30pm.  The Striolan Céilí Band will provide the music, and refreshments will be served at the interval. The venue is known far and wide for its warm hospitality and lovely eats and treats.

The annual Milford Hospice 10kmrun/walk will be held at UL on Sunday February 3 commencing at 11am outside the main library. Contact the fundraising department at 061-485859 or 061-485860 for all the details.

The Jailbirds group who participated in the Lip Sync Legends are holding a Valentine’s Disco at the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Friday February 15 from 9pm until late. There will be spot prizes for the best dressed and a raffle will be held, and food will be available. The DJ will be Sean Carrig and admission is € 10 and all proceeds will go to the Astro Weather Pitch Ardagh. The tickets are available from Denis Greaney, Neary’s Bar, The Ballintemple Inn, and from members of the Jailbirds. All support for the group and the ADRSC project will be greatly appreciated.

A Valentine’s Ball will be held on Saturday February 16 in Rathkeale House Hotel, with all  proceeds going to Milford Hospice. It commences with a Presseco reception at 7pm followed by a 4-course meal with lots of pop up entertainment. Music by Traffic followed by DJand the MC on the night is Tim Cusack of The Lime Tree Panto Society. Tickets are € 50 per person or a Table of 10 for € 450 euro. They can be got by contacting Mary Roche on 087 7473550, Maurice Cremins on 086 3530096or Deirdre Hough on 087 6415449. All support will be greatly appreciated for what promises to be a great night’s entertainment.

Saint Molua’s NS Ardagh have application forms for the 2019/20 school year and they can be got by contacting the school office by phone 069-76353 or by emailing [email protected], ie There will be an Open Morning on Friday February 15 at 10am and all are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Ita Tracey Newcastle West who won € 209 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday January 18. Congratulations also to Kathleen Harrold Bruree who won € 215 on Friday January 25. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.