By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Peg Flynn (nee Flaherty) of Carrigkerry and formerly of Knockfinisk, unexpectedly at Limerick University Hospital on Saturday, September 21, surrounded by her loving family. Peg was wife of the late Michael who passed away 42 years ago when their three children were very young. She was quite natured and a homemaker who devoted her life to raising her family. She was also the caretaker at nearby Carrigkerry N.S. up to a few years ago. She was very popular with all the children over the years, and highly regarded by all in the wider community. Her passing was unexpected as she had only celebrated her 80th birthday three months ago.

Peg took an interest and supported all local community events, functions, sports and enjoyed her many outings over the year. She was a regular church attendee until a few years ago when she was struck down with an illness, which curtailed her activities. Her faith was important to her, and she had a devotion to Our Lady and made trips to Knock to show her devotion. Peg was a lucky person winning numerous prizes in various draws, lotteries, bingo and TV game shows.

Reposing took place at her residence on Monday, September 23 from 5 pm to 8 pm. The funeral cortege arrived at St  Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Tuesday for Requiem Mass at 1 o’clock.  Fr Michael Noonan celebrated and a large crowd was in attendance. Family members participated in the ceremony and the hymns and music added to the occasion. Before Mass commenced life symbols were taken up to give an insight into Peg’s life. They included items to show her love for Bingo, baking, gardening etc. Fr Michael paid tribute to her during his homily touching on her love for family and grandchildren, devotion to the church, home baking, gardening  TV, pastimes and interests. Peg was laid to rest afterwards in St. Molua’s Cemetery, Ardagh. We extend our sympathy to her daughter Bridget, sons Mike and Pat, daughters-in-law Theresa and Denise, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, other relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. May she Rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Shane Crowley, Commons, Ardagh, and Grace Murphy, Dublin, who got married in St John’s Church Cratloe, Co. Clare on Friday, September 6. The reception was held at Dromoland Castle.

We extend our sympathy to Kate and Edward Buckingham and family, Glenastar, Ardagh, on the death of Kate’s sister Jo Harrington (née Lee) of The Elms, Rathkeale Road, Adare,  and formerly of Lee’s Cross.  Retired teacher, C.B.S., Adare, and beloved wife of the late Jackie and sister of the late Mike. Reposing was  at her home on Sunday, September 22 from 5pm to 8pm. Arriving at Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare on Monday for Requiem Mass at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Adare Old Cemetery. We extend sympathy also to  loving sons Tom, Brian, Johnny, Damian and Lee, brother Jimmy, sisters, Kate, Mary, Breda, Ann and Margaret, grandchildren Ross, Jack, Emily, Laura and Kate, daughters-in-law Pat, Jackie and Bríd, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family and a large circle of friends. May she rest in peace.

We extend sympathy also to Donie and Mary Donovan, Grouse Lodge, Kilcolman on the death of Donie’s sister Mary Fitzgerald (née Donovan) formerly of Rathkeale and Woodcliffe House, Loughill, Co. Limerick. Mary, aged 76 years,  died on Saturday,  September 7, 2019 in the loving care of the staff of Rosalyn House Care Home, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England. Reposing at Neville’s Funeral Home, Marsh Road, Luton on Sunday September 29, from 3.30pm – 6.30pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated at 10am on Monday  at Vincent’s Parish Church, Houghton Regis followed by burial at Houghton Regis Cemetery.  We extend sympathy also to her husband Patrick, sons Bernard, Leo and  Eoin, daughter Danielle, grandchildren, daughters in law, son in law, brothers, family and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Lisa Collins, Glensharrold who celebrated her 30th birthday with family and friends at the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West on Friday, September 20.

The Hope Foundation cares for street children in Kolkata, and Danielle Donovan, Kilcolman is holding a clothes collection on their behalf. The clothes can be dropped off at her house, or she can collect them. Please contact her on 087-9063338 and all support would be greatly appreciated.

The following are the Lottery results from  Neary’s Bar, Ardagh  on Monday, September 23. The numbers drawn were 6,14,24, and 30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each:   Until the jackpot is won two additional prizes of €50 will be awarded each week. Congratulations to this week’s winners Eamon Dillane, Old Mill, and David Noonan, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €20,000 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh.

Congratulations to Gráinne and Tom Ahern, Knockfinisk who won first prize of €500 in the Athea GAA club draw held on Saturday, September 21.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Oola by 2-9 to 0-9 in the County Senior Football Championship semi-final at Limerick Gaelic Grounds on Friday, September 27. They led by 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time, playing into the city goals, on a misty calm night. Oola dominated the second half and drew level with 15 minutes to play. They edged ahead by one with six to play and added 1-2 to run out convincing winners. TEAM Robert Bradley, Mossie Shine, Paudie McCarthy, Diarmuid Mulcahy; Anthony Mullins, Johnny McCarthy, Kevin Meade; Liam Kennedy, Darragh Treacy; Anthony Molyneaux (capt), John Hayes 0-3, Noel Callanan, Sean McSweeney 0-5, Donie Nolan, Seamus Mangan 0-1. SUBS: Killian Enright, Ray Cahill, John Doyle, Diarmuid Crowley. MANAGEMENT Noel Broderick, Mike Barrett, Michéal Reidy, Paul Woulfe, Mike Greaney. Saint Kieran’s had no winner in the Limerick GAA Club draw for September  held on the Sports show on Limerick Live 95fm on Saturday last.

Carrig Celtic lost 3-2 ( Seanie King 2,) at home to Granagh Utd in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup on Sunday, September 22. Creeves Celtic V Pallaskenry was abandoned in the second round of the FAI Junior Cup. Carrig Celtic B had no fixture. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Creeves Celtic defeated Rathkeale 2-0 at home.  Sandra Larkin, and Shannon Ruttle scored their goals. Kilcolman Rovers had no fixture.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association will hold their next meeting on Thursday, October 3 at 9-15pm, in Ardagh Community Centre and all are welcome.

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, Fr Michael Noonan, 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 Mc Mahon. The concert will be produced by Fr Tim Curtin, Sean Moriarty, and Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon. 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 centenary of the foundation of the Mitchelstown Co-Operative Agricultural Society Limited was marked by Dairygold with an event at its headquarters in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork on Thursday, September 26. A commemorative book, “Mitchelstown Co-Operative Agricultural Society Ltd A History 1919-1990”, was written by Limerick historian, John Hough, who himself is a shareholder member of the society. John Hough from Glenastar and St Kieran’s Heritage Association will hold a local launch of his book  at Ardagh Community Centre at 8pm, on Saturday, October 5. The MC will be David Woulfe, and an open invitation is issued to all, and refreshments will be served.

Creeves Celtic soccer club are holding a victory celebration dance in Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday, October 5. Medals will be presented to the successful players, plus Player of the Year awards, and tickets cost €20.

Congratulations to Holly Bridgeman, Foynes, who won €253, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday,  September 27. 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.