By Tom Aherne

The death took place of Eugene (Jane) O’Connor, Gurrane, Newcastle West and late of Rooskagh East,  at UHL on Saturday, October 19. Jane was a gentleman, good neighbour and friend to all being kind-hearted good natured and helpful to all he encountered. His passions in life revolved around his family faith and love of the land. He was one of the old farming stock who lived close to nature as he worked the land and tended to his garden. He was a man of simple  tastes who liked his bacon and cabbage and was happy with his lot in life. He never embraced modern technology being happy to converse with all be they young or elderly. He loved people to call to the house and was a familiar sight out and about on his tractor.

His remains reposed at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West from 6pm, to 8pm, on Tuesday, October 22. Large crowds attended to pay their last respects and console the family. The funeral cortege arrived at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West on Wednesday for 11.30am mass. His funeral Mass was concelebrated by Fr Frank Duhig, Fr John Mockler and Fr Joe Cussen, and family members and friends participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts, reflection, and tribute. Before the Mass commenced symbols that were very much part of Jane’s life were taken to the altar. They included his trademark cap, rosary beads, tractor and keys, and an item from his garden. The readings from the book of Ecclesiastics and from St Paul to Timothy were very appropriate for the life he lived.

Fr Frank paid Jane a deserved tribute as part of his homily, as he visited the family home regularly since his arrival in the parish 16 years ago. His faith was very important to him and the family chosen readings, and his Gospel message summed Jane up. He was seldom in the house when he called and could  be seen moving around in the garden and farmyard doing the chores. Son John, on behalf of the family, paid a very nice tribute to his father who was a hard worker, who never retired and enjoyed a very healthy life, being free of medication. He was a very determined person who overcame a serious accident back in the 1970s, and other obstacles, over the years. The family decision to move from Rooskagh in the 1990s was one of his best, as it was hard to make a living there.  He took to his new surroundings and better land very quickly, but his heart always remained in his beloved Rooskagh. He was witty and loved to engage with people, and his friends always liked to visit regarding Jane as a second father.

The music and hymns were very appropriate for the life he led, with “When the Leaves begin to Fall” being especially pleasing. Jane was laid to rest in St David’s Cemetery, Churchtown as the leaves fluttered to the ground with his native Rooskagh in the distance. We extend our sympathy to his wife Bridie, daughter  Alice (Lynch) and sons John, Patsy, Gerard, Michael and Denis, sisters Anne Aherne, Peg Scanlon, Nora Dowling and Esther Horgan, his daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
Oh, then a home is happy with folks so good and kind

The plough and harrow idle and the harvest off our minds

Potatoes picked and pitted from the big ones to the small

Sure, a man may well be happy when the leaves begin to fall.

The death has taken place of Thomas Cribbin, Toomdeely, Askeaton, and formerly of The Corner House, Shanagolden, peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, October 20. Reposing at Madigan’s Funeral Home Shanagolden on Tuesday, October 22, from 4pm, pm followed by  removal to St Senan’s  Church, Shanagolden. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 12 noon, followed by burial in Reilig Mhuire Askeaton. We extend our sympathy to his wife Ann, daughters Frances (Murphy), Brenda (O’Brien), Maria (Donovan), Catherine (Kidney) Agnes (O’Brien) sister Mary O’Connell, Coolanoran, Ardagh, sons in law Declan, Neil, Alan, Brendan and Kevin, sister in law Mary, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relations and  friends. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Becky Collum Creeves and David Keating Rockchapel, Cork who  were married recently  in St Senan’s Church Shanagolden.

Matty Histon of Drivewise School of Motoring Kilcolman is calling time at the end of this year, as he is retiring after 22 years. He had a large pass rate in his driving school operating out of Newcastle West, with over 22,000 clients passing their driving test. He would like to thank everyone that supported him in business, and in turn he was a great sponsor and supporter of Kilcolman Rovers Ladies Soccer Club for 13 years.  They were outstandingly dressed each year and a credit to his sponsorship. Matty played for Kilcolman Rovers in1968 the year they were formed, and last year attended their 50th reunion. He was also a Desmond League referee, and supporter of local teams. Many thanks to Matty for providing  a great service to the community and best wishes in his retirement.
The following are the Lottery results from the Thatch Bar, Newbridge  on Monday, October 21. The numbers drawn were 9,12,17, and 21 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh, John McSweeney, c/o Moloney’s, Pat and Peter, c/o Moloney’s, Jim Shields, c/o Pat Molyneaux, and Jack Mulvihill c/o Nora Dineen.  Until the jackpot is won two additional prizes of €50 will be awarded each week. Congratulations to this week’s  winners Dan Hennessy c/o Moore’s and the Five Greaney’s c/o D Greaney. Next week’s Jackpot will be €20,000 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

Carrig Celtic defeated Kilcornan 4-3 at home after extra time in Round 3 of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday October 20. Noel Callanan, and Sean Mc Sweeney scored two each, and Creeves Celtic lost 3-0 away to Shannon Town. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Creeves Celtic ( Audrey Bradford, Sandra Larkin,)defeated Kilcolman Rovers (Dora Bury) 2-1 at home to stay top.

St Kieran’s lost to Drom/Broadford 6-3 to 2-5 in the Under 13 Football Division 2 Final, and to Glenroe 0-5 to 0-3 in the Under 13 Hurling Division 3 Final. The club had no winner in the October Limerick GAA Club draw held during the sports show, on Limerick Live 95 on Saturday.

On each Sunday of November the Rosary will be recited at Reilig Mhuire Cemetery Askeaton at 3pm, and all are invited to attend.

Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish masses for those who died over the last 12 months will be held in Coolcappa Church on Friday, November 1at 7.30pm, and in Kilcolman Church on Saturday November 2 at 7.30pm.

The annual Cemetery Mass will be celebrated  in Clounagh on Sunday, November 3 at 12 noon. Prayers at 11am, in Kilcolman Cemetery beforehand.

St Kieran’s Community Games are holding their AGM in Coolcappa Hall on Wednesday November 6 at 7pm. They cover Coolcappa/Kilcolman, and Ardagh/Carrigkerry parishes, and provide an outlet for the youth to participate in the various events , as solo, and team players both indoors and outdoors. New members are needed to get involved to ensure the future of the club.

Zumba  classes will commence in Coolcappa Community Hall on Thursday November at 8pm. The charge is € per class, and  it  is a most enjoyable evening, and all are welcome.

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish Remembrance Masses  for those who died over the last 12 months will be held in Carrigkerry on Thursday November 7, at 7-30pm, and in Ardagh on Friday November 8, at 7-30pm. The following is the Ardagh list: Michael Sheehy, David Hogan, Joan Molyneaux, Brigid King, Timothy Madigan, Danny Daly, Margaret Breen, Pauline Brouder, Michael Collins, Brenda Hayes, Kevin Brouder, Hugh O’Reilly, Jerry O’Connor. The Carrigkerry list is Mary Goulding, Mary Murphy, Breda Collins, Anne McMahon, Peg (Margaret )Flynn. If any person is omitted from the list their relatives are asked to contact the parish office at 069-76678 to rectify the records. It is customary for a family member, relative, or friend to bring a remembrance candle to the altar, on the night of the mass. A request to same to contact the parish office to confirm their availability to do so. Phone 76678, email [email protected] leave a note in the post box of Ardagh church or in the sacristy in Carrigkerry.

The 10th annual Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is ongoing at present and families, friends, schools, community groups, and businesses  are asked to support by donating gift filled  shoeboxes to children from some of the poorest regions around the world by Friday, November 8. The gifts can include all writing material, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap (wrapped) facecloth hairbrush and combs, hats scarves gloves socks and underwear. Each shoebox should contain something special like sunglasses, games ,small Irish gift, photo of yourself, sweets in date up to April 2019. Toys like dolls, cars, cuddly toys, skipping rope, yo-yo, and finger puppet are acceptable. The age bracket is from 2-14 and € 4 to be enclosed in each shoebox. More information can be got by visiting

The county finals of Ceol an Gheimhridh hosted by the Glin craobh will be held on Sunday November 10. These competitions are strictly reserved confined to Comhaltas  members, with a maximum of three entries per branch in each competition-wind, reed, strings, duet, quartet, Céilí band, singing, (Irish and English), storytelling, recitation, figure dancing, and set dancing. The age categories are  U-11, and U-14. The age of all this year’s competitors is reckoned at January1, 2019. Full competition rules can be found on the Munster Comhaltas website.

Congratulations to Margaret Reidy Ardagh who won €290 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, October 25th. 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.