Tom Aherne

The Kathy Casey Byrne Memorial Concert (in aid of the Mid Western Cancer Foundation and the Irish Youth Foundation) will be held in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Friday, October 4, at 7.30pm. Acts appearing will include: St Molua’s Church Choir, Coolcappa Church Choir, the deaf choir with Carrie from Limerick, Fr Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Ann Phelan violinist with the RTE Orchestra, Charlie Reynolds Musical Director, Siobhan Doody,  Dymphna Mangan, Michelle Donovan soprano, Ger Liston An Seanchaí, Michael Enright, 11 year old tenor and Theresa Doyle McMahon. The concert will be produced by Fr Tim Curtin, Sean Moriarty, and Theresa Doyle McMahon. Tickets are now on sale at Neary’s, Greaney’s and Ailish’s Hair Salon in Ardagh, and at Tony Hayes in Newcastle West. They cost € 15 each and a giant raffle will be held during the interval.

Kathy embraced all challenges with spirit and willingness and achieved many of her goals in life. Her 29 years were short but the life in those years impacted greatly on her family, school and friends. She was a teacher, organiser, sports coach/manager, MC and an inspiration to her colleagues at Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Prosperous, Kildare. Music and dance were important to her and the concert will provide plenty of entertainment, that she enjoyed so much. May Kathy’s adventurous spirit be an inspiration to us all.

The death has taken place of Joseph (Joe) White, Ballylin, Shanagolden and formerly of Railway House, Rathkeale, Greyhound Trainer, on Monday September 16. He lay in repose at St Kyran’s  Church, Coolcappa on Tuesday  from 6pm to 8.30pm. His Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Kilbradren Cemetery. We extend sympathy to his loving wife Sheila, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, sisters in law, kind neighbours, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Mary Cremins (née Roche) of The Oaks, Cloughanarold, Riddlestown, Rathkeale, and late of Kilcool Bridge, Rathkeale and Penney’s the Crescent Shopping Centre, on September 18, peacefully, after a brief illness, at her residence, in the presence of her family. She lay in repose on  Thursday September 19, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at her residence.
Removal on Friday, September 20 to St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa, to arrive for 11am Mass followed by burial in Coolcappa Cemetery. We extend sympathy to  her loving husband Maurice, son Patrick Sean, parents Eileen and Sean Roche, sisters Margaret and Kay, the extended Roche and Cremins families, large circle of friends and neighbours. May She Rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of  Michael O’Brien (Mickey) of Finnoe, Ballyhahill, peacefully on Thursday, September 19. He lay in repose at his home in Finnoe, Ballyhahill on Saturday, September 21, from 5pm to 8pm. His remains arrived at The Church of The Visitation, Ballyhahill on Sunday for 1pm Mass, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Kilcolman Cemetery. We extend sympathy to  his sorrowing wife Mary, daughter Ella, sisters Nan McSweeney (Loughill), Sr. Mary O’Brien (Mallow), Sr. Catherine O’Brien (Charleville), nephews, nieces, kind neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Angela Ahern, Knockfinisk who recently celebrated her 50th birthday at Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale.

The Friends of St Ita’s Community Hospital, Newcastle West wish to thank the collectors and everyone who contributed so generously to their  church gate collection held in Coolcappa on Sunday September 1. The amount collected was €225, which will go to ongoing improvements for the patients at the hospital.

The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary together with Milford Hospice Friends wish to thank the collectors and everyone who contributed so generously to their  church gate collection held in Carrigkerry (€170.70) on Saturday, September 7, and Ardagh (€446.15) on Sunday, September 8.

The Family Fun Day held in Coolcappa GAA Field on Sunday, September 15 in aid of the Ardagh Astro Turf Project was an outstanding success.  It was hosted by “6 Pack” (and their many friends) one of the Lip Sync acts from last year, and it  commenced at 12 noon. The list of events included Dunk Tank, Bouncing Castles,  Races, Long Puck, Egg and Spoon Races,  Games, Face Painting,  Pigtown Limerick Pig on a spit, Cake Sale, raffle, and lots more stalls. All proceeds went to the Ardagh Astro Turf Project, which is attracting a lot of teams and groups since it opened earlier in the year. Kudos to the organisers for a great day out for all who attended.

The following are the Lottery results from  Neary’s Bar, Ardagh  on Monday September 16. The numbers drawn were 8,11,14, and 28, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Tom Brosnan, c/o Josie, Aoife O’Connor, c/o Greaney’s, Des Hanley, Coolcappa, Dolores Braddish, Askeaton and Cathy Finucane, c/o Moloney’s. Until the jackpot is won two additional prizes of €50 will be awarded each week. Congratulations to this week’s winners Thomas Costello, Coolcappa, and Francis McCarthy, Askeaton.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €20,000 and the draw will be held in Moore’s Bar, Carrigkerry.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Galbally by 3-12 to 1-9 in the County Premier Football semi-final at Ryan Park Kilbreedy on Wednesday, September 18.  The senior footballers play Oola in the County Championship semi-final in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Friday September 27, at 7.30pm.

The Desmond League soccer season has commenced again after a short summer break. Carrig Celtic B lost 4-3 at home to Breska Rovers B in Division 2 on Sunday September 15. Shane King 2, and Sean Kelly scored their goals, and the A team had no fixture. Creeves Celtic lost 2-0 at home to Breska Rovers in Division 1.

Congratulations to all the local players and selectors involved in Newcastle West’s victory in the County u-14 Championship final. They defeated Bruff by 5-6 to 3-4 at Rathbane Limerick on Tuesday, September 9.

Congratulations to Sean Moriarty and Marie Carrig, who were first prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday, September 13. Congratulations to Peg Mulvihill and Marie Wrenn who were first prize winners at the card game held in Monagea Hall on Wednesday, September 11. The weekly 45 card game resumed in the Community Centre, Ardagh on Tuesday, September 24 at 9pm. New players will be most welcome.

Genealogy Classes with Gerard Greaney start this Thursday night, September 26, at Desmond College, Newcastle West. People interested in tracing their relatives can  phone 069-62205, to book a place. “Remember a family tree can wither if no one tends its roots”.

All musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are invited to Jim’s Rambling House, Newbridge on Friday, September 27 at 8.30pm. It promises to be a great night of music song and dance and all are welcome.

The Cook Medical Women’s Mini Marathon in Limerick takes place on Sunday, September 29. For more information see

Creeves Celtic soccer club are holding a family fun day in Newbridge on Sunday, September 29. It is a free event and lots of entertainment on offer for children of all ages. The club will hold a victory celebration dance in Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday, October 5. Medals will be presented to the successful players, and tickets cost €20.

Congratulations to Trish Dillane, Templeglantine, who won €306 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday,  September 20. 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.