By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Mary Askins, nee Wright, Clough Village, Gorey, Wexford.  She was a native of Coolanoran, Ardagh. Reposing at her home on Wednesday, June 26 from 4 pm, until 9 pm. Removal from her home on Thursday June 27 at 12.15 p.m. to The Church of the Sacred Heart, Ballyoughter for Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. followed by Burial in the adjoining Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Liam and children Thomas, Niall, Adele, Kara and Rona, sister Catherine, brothers Patsy and Mike, daughter-in-law Jennifer, grandchildren Claudia, Aaron, Mark, Dylan and Kian, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend sympathy to Ann Lodge, and family, Riddlestown, on the death of her sister Ita Kelly, nee Leahy, Churchtown, Newcastle West. 

We extend sympathy to Peg Lane, Glenastar, Ardagh on the death of her sister -in-law Mary (Mae) Lane, nee Crowe, Rathmale, Mungret and Ennis. May they both rest in Peace.

A 56-page booklet on the history of Ballyloughane school was published to mark the 50th anniversary of its closure. It contains a lot  of interesting articles about Ballyloughane and the surrounding areas,  and school photographs. A few former pupils recall their school going days, plus profiles of well-known personalities. Articles about Ardagh and Carrigkerry schools and local songs and verses are also included. It is on sale locally for €10 in Moloneys, Carrigkerry, Greaney’s, Ardagh and Gerard O’Connor’s, Churchtown 

St Kieran’s Heritage Association held their monthly meeting in Ardagh Community Centre on Thursday, July 4 and twelve people were in attendance. In the absence of the Chairperson Secretary Mary Kury conducted and guided the meeting. A review of the Ballyloughane Reunion weekend was discussed and all present were happy with the way it turned out. The attendance at the mass and celebration in the community centre was very good considering it was summertime and lots of other events were on elsewhere. Forty-one people took part in the walk at some stage, including members of the Deel Ramblers walking group. The local newspapers were thanked for their coverage, and orders are being taken for a DVD of the reunion event.

Heritage week takes place from Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 25 and the members discussed ways of marking it. A poetry night was put forward and teased out and a final decision will be made on it at the August meeting. The William Smith O’Brien weekend is fixed from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, 15. A series of talks will be held on the Friday night in Ardagh Hall with a walk on the Saturday taking in Rathronan and Cahermoyle. As the ADRSC are holding a family fun day in Coolcappa on the Sunday, the main event in Ardagh will be a walk to Reerasta Fort and talk on the Ardagh Chalice. The meeting discussed future events to be held over the winter months, with a series of three local talks on the one night being proposed.  Since the association was founded in September 2016 it has concentrated on commemorating the major events associated with the catchment area. This has been very successful but there are many other areas of heritage to be catered for. One way to address this is by learning more about the landscape, old ruins etc, and the many interesting people living in our locality past and present.

The members enjoyed the Black Hill outing despite the unfavourable weather and  are looking forward to an autumn trip away (to be arranged). The holding of a local craft fair in November is also under consideration, and a Gramophone/Record  Night was also aired. It was proposed and agreed that the association curtail their activities during the summer  months in the future, to allow members to take a two-month break to recharge the batteries, to be re-energised for the autumn events. The Association would like to wish member Fr Tim Curtin a speedy recovery after his recent fall. The church gate collection in Ardagh and Carrigkerry will be taken up on Saturday/Sunday July 13/14. All support will be greatly appreciated. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 1 at 8.30 pm in Ardagh Community Centre and all are welcome

The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s  Bar, Carrigkerry on Monday, July 1. The numbers drawn were 1,2,8, and 15, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Joan Relihan, Ardagh, Kate Ambrose, Ardagh, Kieran and Jamie, Carrigkerry, Catherine O’Donnell, Carrigkerry, and Kathleen Hayes, Carrigkerry. Next week’s Jackpot will be €18,800 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh.

Congratulations to two locals who lined out for Limerick in the Primary Game during the Munster Senior Hurling Final in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on June 30. Derry O’Connor, St Molua’s N.S., Ardagh was a member of the Limerick hurling team and Maebh Kelly, Ardagh  N.S., was a member of the Limerick camogie team.


Roisín Ambrose (0-1) lined out at centre field for Limerick who defeated Wexford by 1-18 to 1-10 in Round 2 of the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship at Croke on Saturday, June 29.

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 1-13 to 1-12 in the quarter final of the Munster Under 20 Football Championship at Thurles on Tuesday, July 2. Saint Kieran’s had three players involved in the win. Noel Callanan started and scored 1-3 from play, John Hayes was introduced after 6 minutes, and scored 3 points from frees and Kevin Guina was on the panel.

St Kieran’s defeated Croagh/Kilfinny/Rathkeale 2-13 to 0-18 in Round 3 of the West Minor Hurling Championship in Coolcappa on Friday June 28.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Askeaton by 1-18 to 1-16 in Round 2 of the West Junior A Hurling Championship in Croagh on Tuesday July 2. The teams were level at half time, and five times during a closely contested second half.  TEAM John Greaney, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paudie McCarthy, Killian Enright, Darragh Treacy, Brendan McCarthy, Mossie Shine, John Buckley, Sean McSweeney, Danny Collum, Johnny McCarthy 0-3, Cillian Ambrose, Anthony Mullins, Anthony Molyneaux 1-2, Donie Nolan 0-11. SUBS Eoin McEnery, Mike Flynn, Mikey Breen, Stephen Hennessy.

Carrig Celtic drew 1-1 away to Abbeyfeale United in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Monday, July1. This was their final game of the season leaving them sixth on the League table with 19 points. They won 5, drew 4, and lost 9, scoring 28 goals and conceding 53. Rathkeale AFC won the title with 49 points. Creeves Celtic defeated Askeaton AFC 6-0 at home in the Division 2 League Cup quarter final on Sunday June 30. Seamus Mangan, Richie Hayes 2, Darragh O’Connor, and Brian Nash, scored  their goals. Katie King and Jessica McGrath from Carrig Celtic were members of the Desmond League squad who participated in the Under 15 Gaynor Cup played at UL.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association are holding a church gate collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on Saturday/Sunday, July 13/14. All support will be greatly appreciated.

The following are the dates for the annual cemetery Masses,  Kilbradern Cemetery, Sunday, July 14 at 12 noon, Coolcappa Cemetery, Sunday, August 18 at 10am and  Clounagh on Sunday, September 1 at 12 noon.

Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a summer sponsored walk on Sunday July, 14 at 12 noon from Ardagh Hall. Sponsored cards are in circulation and all support will be greatly appreciated. The club held a very successful  Sports Day on Saturday, June 29.

Dynamic Coaching are holding a Summer Soccer Camp in Carrig Celtic Football Ground, Carrigkerry from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19  from 10am to 2pm daily. It will cater for boys and girls from 5-14 and the fee is €65 per child and family discount available. All players get full Academy kit and pull cord gym bag. The Camp is a fun way to learn new skills, develop as a player, keep fit and active, and make new friends. Book online at or phone 087-4469107.

Congratulations to Jody Woulfe, c/o Noma’s Hair Salon in Newcastle West, who won €280 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 5. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station if interested.