By Tom Aherne

The death took place of Danny Daly of Paddington, London and late of the Commons, Ardagh, on Thursday, March 14. He was born in August 1939, one of ten in family to parents  Daniel and Bridget Daly. He emigrated to London when he was 19 years old to work in the building industry. Danny  spent 60 years in his adopted country visiting home regularly while his parents were alive. He lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Friday, March 29 from 5.30pm followed by removal  to So Molua’s Church Ardagh. Fr Michael Noonan celebrated his  Requiem Mass on Saturday at 11.30am, with family participation, and Anne Marie and family sang and played appropriate hymns and tunes.

Music and religion played a big part in his life and a Bible, and Rosary beads and an accordion were part of the gifts taken up to the altar before the mass commenced. He was a wren boy and a musician, and he played at social functions in the various Irish clubs in London. Danny was laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his brothers Paddy, Mike and Richard, sisters Bridie and Nora, nieces, nephews, sisters in law and brothers in law, other relatives and friends. May he Rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Timmy Madigan, Ballylin, Ardagh, and formerly of Gortreagh, Croagh, peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on March 22. He was a butcher by trade and in his early seventies. He was a great supporter of Saint Kieran’s teams over the years. He lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home on Saturday, March 23 from 6pm to 8pm, where large crowds attended to pay their respects to the family. His remains arrived at St Molua’s Church, Ardagh  on Sunday for Requiem Mass at 11.30am. A large crowd was in attendance and burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his  wife Bridie, son Neil, daughters Frances and Eunice, sons in law Eric and John, daughter in law Emmaline, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest In Peace.

We extend sympathy also to Julia O’Mahony and family Ardagh on the death of her father Tom Roche, Tullig South, Templeglantine. He was laid to rest in Reilig na Tríonóide Cemetery on Wednesday, March 20. May he Rest in Peace.

Sympathy also to Grace and Mike Hennessy and family Rooskagh on the recent passing of her sister Susan Nolan late of Carlow and Belgium. May she rest in Peace.

A musical event with local performers was recently held in Neary’s Ardagh for local charities. Those who participated included Paul and Robbie Moriarty, Paddy and Leanne Quilligan, Ray Noonan, Séan Carrig, and Glen O’Donnell. The songs were diverse covering country Irish folk and rock and a raffle was also held. Following the event cheque presentations of €500 were made to the Community Crisis Response Team and The Butterfly Club. Well done to all involved for their time and generosity.

Jackie Geoghegan and Sharon Kinehan would like to thank most sincerely all those who supported their Daffodil Day Coffee Morning which was held in Jackie’s house in Lisgordan, on Saturday, March 23. They raised the fine sum of  €505 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The following are the Lottery results from the Thatch Bar on Monday March 25. The numbers drawn were 1,14,17, and 21, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each:   Fergal O’Kane,  Creeves,  Helen Relihan, Ardagh, Ashlee Woods, Ballyhahill, Thomas Harnett, Ardagh, and Frank Mc Enery, c/o Lees. Next week’s Jackpot will be €16,000 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar .

Darragh Treacy and Sean McSweeney from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick team that lost to Antrim  2-12 to 1-11 in the final round of the National Football Division 4 League  at Kilmallock on Sunday March 24. Róisín Ambrose from the Old Mill club was introduced as a sub for Limerick in their 2-5 to 0-7 win away over Derry in the Division 4 National Football League tie also on Sunday March 24.

Carrig Celtic defeated Kildimo Utd 4-2 at home in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday March 24. Seanie King 2, Killian Enright, and Eoin Mc Enery scored their goals. Creeves Celtic defeated Broadford Utd 5-1 at home in Division 2 with goals from Seamus Mangan 3, Richie Hayes, and Tom Shanahan. In the Premier Division of the Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers lost 7-3 at home to Breska Rovers. Gillian Musgrave 2, and Kelly Scanlon, scored their goals.

The Trócaire Lenten appeal is underway at present and Trócaire boxes have been distributed from Schools and Churches. It is an opportunity for parishioners to give a little to help the less well off in faraway lands of Guatemala, Uganda, and Lebanon. €10 can provide seeds for a family garden,€35 can buy lifesaving medicine for people, € 55 can create legal land boundaries to protect a family farm, €65 can defend valuable people against land thefts, €250 can bring clean filtered water to one School, and €1,500 can provide mental health support for ten refugees. The people there live in fear and close to starvation, so any amount people can give in their Trócaire box on Easter Sunday will be beneficial.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association are holding their April meeting in Coolcappa Hall on Thursday 4th, at 8pm. Items up for discussion include The Big Hello weekend over the May Bank Holiday, Ballyloughane School 50th Anniversary Re-union, National Heritage Week August 17-25, Culture Night Friday September 20,  the Ardagh Chalice Festival, and lots more. New members are most welcome to attend. Thanks to everybody who supported the Quiz held in Neary’s on Saturday, March 23. People can support the association by placing their blue-chip tokens in the Ardagh Chalice container in Tesco Newcastle West.

A set céilí will be held in Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla on Friday, April 5 at 9.30pm. Music by Taylor’s Cross, admission €10 and tea served, and all are welcome.

Newcastle West Film Club present Just to be Sure a French comedy on Friday April 5 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex  Newcastle West. Admission € 7 and refreshments available, and all are welcome.

Congratulations to Mike O’Connor Ahalin Knockaderry who won €258 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday March 29. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

The aim of the CLÁR 2019 Scheme is to support the sustainability development of identified areas by attracting people to live and work there. The funding will be provided to support Schools/Community safety measures, Play Areas including multi-use games areas, and Community Wellbeing Supports comprising first response support, mobility and Cancer care transport, and sensory gardens. Limerick Council invites applications from Schools/Community Groups and Local Development Companies. Applicants must complete the relevant Application/Project Overview Form and submit same with all supporting documentation  to the relevant  Municipal District Office by the closing  date of Tuesday, April 16.