By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Pauline Brouder, née Neary, Dromrahnee, Ardagh, on Sunday, May 12 peacefully at Killeline Nursing Home, Newcastle West. She was 53 years old and had bravely faced a battle with MS for a lengthy time and spent the last six and a half years in Killeline Nursing Home. She lay in repose at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Monday, May 13 from 6pm, and a large crowd attended to pay their respects to family.

The Funeral Mass was concelebrated by Fr Michael Noonan, Fr Denis Mullane, and Canon Frank Duhig on Tuesday, May 14, and a large crowd was in attendance. Life symbols were taken up to the altar before mass commenced. They included items that showed her love for family (family photograph), her work in the Revenue offices in Limerick and Newcastle West (Calculator), her passion for entertainment (Joe Dolan, and Nathan Carter mementos). Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts and reflection. The readings were taken from The Book of Wisdom and St Paul’s Letter to the Romans. The Hymns sung included Slán Abhaile, Be not Afraid and in my Father’s House.

Mary spoke in tribute on behalf of the Brouder family thanking priests, Killeline Nursing Home and the Care team,(who all called to see her on Saturday night) neighbours and friends, employers Revenue, Limerick County Council, Foynes Engineering, and Desmond College, Bridget and Mike for taking care of the family. Pauline was born in Blackburn England to Mayo (Martin) and Limerick (Maureen) parents, and the family would spend their holidays in Ireland where she grew fond of. The family moved home to Ireland in 1981 and they settled in Barnigue, and Pauline, and sister Caroline attended The Vocational School in Newcastle West. Carrigkerry was the dancing Mecca of West Limerick at the time and the family attended on the three weekend nights.

Pauline was very popular, and it was here she met the love of her life Pat Brouder, and Caroline lost her dancing partner. They were married on November 7, 1992, and set up home in Dromranhee, Ardagh. and were blessed with Declan and Ciara. Pauline worked in Neodata Newcastle West, Revenue Limerick, and lastly following a transfer to Revenue Newcastle West. She was happiest at home taking care of Pat, Declan and Ciara. She was a real lady who was of quiet disposition and a good friend and confidant to all. She liked style and fashion,  shopping trips, and singing and Wagon Wheel was her favourite song. She had the unique ability while swimming of never getting her hair wet. Mary was followed by Irene who recited a touching poem.

Her work colleagues in Revenue  formed a guard of honour as her coffin was taken from the church to the cemetery for burial. It was sunny and windy as the tears in the eye’s attendees said a last goodbye to Pauline, who will be sadly missed by all but remembered with fondness for her goodness to others throughout her cut short life. We extend our sympathy to her  husband Patrick (Pat), son Declan, daughter Ciara, mother Maureen, sister Caroline, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces , kind neighbours, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to John, and Noreen Long and family Glenagower, Athea on the death of John’s brother Micheál Long, Turraree, Glin, peacefully, after a brief illness, on Friday, May 10 at Milford Hospice surrounded by his loving family. He lay  in repose at Kelly’s Funeral Home, Athea on Sunday  May 12 from 5pm to 8pm.

The Funeral cortege arrived in Glin  to The Church of the Immaculate Conception, for Requiem Mass at 11 am, with burial immediately afterwards in Kilfergus Cemetery. Sympathy also to  his parents Seamus and Maureen (nee Reidy), brother Liam , sister-in-law Angela, nephews  nieces Shauna, Jamie, Brian, Michael, Seán, and Mark, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, May 13. The numbers drawn were 8,14,23, and 29, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Niamh Daly, Ardagh, Maurice McAuliffe, c/o Nora Dineen, Noreen Murphy, Ardagh, James Bridgeman, c/o Greany’s, and Ann Holyhead, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €17,400 and the draw will be held in Moore’s  Bar Carrigkerry.

Carrig Celtic lost 2-1(Seanie King) at home to Broadford Utd in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Friday May 10. Creeves Celtic defeated Killeaney/Bally Rovers Reserves 1-0( James Bridgeman) away in Division 2 to remain six points clear. Kilcolman Rovers lost 2-0 to Ballingarry in the Desmond Ladies Cup Final played at Mike Hanley Park Askeaton on Sunday May 12.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Knockaderry by 4-14 to 2-11 in the West Junior B Football League at Coolcappa on Sunday May 12. Derry O’Connor Ardagh NS, and Jack O’Sullivan Kilcolman NS were members of the West Limerick panel that competed in the Mackey Cup held in Bruff on Wednesday May 8. They defeated South Limerick by 3-8 to 1-3 in the semi-final and lost to East Limerick by 3-9 to 3-5 in the final.

Róisín Ambrose was a member of the Limerick team that lost to Cork by 1-13 to 0-4 in the Munster Senior Camogie Championship semi-final in Páirc Ui Rinn on Saturday May 11. Meabh Kelly Ardagh NS was a member of the West Limerick panel that competed in the Neville Cup held in Bruff on Wednesday May 8. They lost to South Limerick by 2-2 to 0-5 in the semi-final. Caitrín de Bhál Kilcolman NS was a mentor.

Congratulations to Martin Flynn and Michael Kearney, who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game on Wednesday, May 8. Congratulations to Jim Lynch and Peg Mulvihill, who were prize winners  at the card game held in Shanagolden on Friday, May 10.

The people of Limerick will cast their votes in four different ballot papers on Friday, May 24. It will be a complicated process with local and European elections, the Referendum on the regulation of divorce and the plebiscite on a directly elected mayor with executive functions for Limerick City and County. I think we have a chief executive, forty councillors, and enough back up  people in offices to run a small county without adding another layer of administration costing about half a million. Put this money into neglected rural community projects that will benefit many people, and not a select few within the golden circle.

The Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a fundraising Coffee Morning in the Desmond Complex  Newcastle West on Friday, May 24, from 9am to 1pm. This annual event is being hosted by Sheila Lee, and Ciara Mann, for the club, and  all support for this fundraiser will be greatly appreciated. A clothes collection will be held on Saturday, May 25 from 10am to 2pm, in the Old Mill Dressing Rooms. People who have bags to drop off  before that date are asked to text 086-8110634 to arrange collection/drop off.

The annual Debra Ireland Kerry challenge takes place from May 24-26, and Mike Histon, Pat Toomey, Joe Carrig, and Eamon O’Keane from the Creeves/Shanagolden area are participating. They do this difficult challenge in aid of children who have this eye disease, and they would appreciate support.

Newcastle West Film Club is screening Finding Your Feet in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday May 24, at 8pm. It is a hilarious and heart warming romantic British comedy with a stellar cast. The admission is free as it is part of the Bealtaine festival. Refreshments will be available, and all are welcome.

The children of Coolcappa NS will receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Saturday, May 25 at 11am. Best wishes to all involved on the day.

All the students from the Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish doing exams are invited to the Parish Mass in St Kyran’s Church on Saturday, May 25 at 7.30pm.

The Beehives will host a general knowledge quiz in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Saturday, May 25, at 9.15pm. There will be a raffle, and finger food supplied, and all proceeds will go to the ADRSC project.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association are holding a Church gate collection  in Coolcappa/Kilcolman, on Saturday/Sunday, May 25/26. All support will be greatly appreciated.

The annual Brenda and Michael Nolan Memorial 5K Run and Walk takes place Sunday, May 26 at 1pm in Shanagolden. The race is organised by their grandson Mike Carmody and supported by Shanagolden and Foynes Community Council. All the proceeds will go to the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick and Shanagolden and Foynes National Schools.