By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Joan Woulfe (née Enright) Clash, Athea,  peacefully at the Regional Hospital on Tuesday, Oct 22. Beloved wife of the late Denis. She lay in repose at Kelly’s Funeral Home, Athea on Friday, October 25 from 6-8 followed by removal  to St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea. The  Requiem Mass was celebrated there on Saturday at 12 noon, followed by burial immediately afterwards to Templeathea Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her sons Jim (Athea)  Bobby (Ardagh), daughter Marie (Abbeyfeale), daughter-in-law Geraldine, grandson Denis and  partner Jennifer, family friend Ted, brothers Tom, Patsy and  John, sister Nellie O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Ita Stack née Kiely, Mohernagh, Ballyhahill, on Friday October 25.  A native of Athea she was 90 years old. She lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home Shanagolden on Sunday, October 27. from 5-7 pm, followed by removal to the Church of The Visitation, Ballyhahill. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday, October 28 at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Kilfergus Cemetery Glin. We extend our sympathy to her son Paddy, daughters Helen and  Mary, daughters in law, son in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, (including Breda Flynn, Glensharrold) relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Johnny Kennelly suddenly at his residence in Glensharrold on Wednesday, October 30. Funeral details next week.

The DVD of the Kathy Casey Byrne  Memorial  concert is now on sale in Ardagh at Neary’s Bar, Greaney’s Butchers and Ailish’s Hair Salon.

On each Sunday of November the Rosary will be recited at Reilig Mhuire Cemetery Askeaton at 3pm, and all are invited to attend. The annual November Rosary will be recited each Sunday of the month in the three cemeteries in Newcastle West as follows: Famine Cemetery 3pm, Calvary Cemetery 3.20pm, and Churchtown Cemetery 3.40pm, and all are welcome.

The following are the Coolcappa/Kilcolman November Cemetery prayer dates;  Sunday November 10, Coolcappa Cemetery – Prayers after  10am Mass. Sunday November 17, Kilbradern Cemetery – Prayers at  11am. Mass will be celebrated in Kilcolman Cemetery on Sunday November 10 at 12 noon.

The following are the Minutes from the last meeting held on October 8, courtesy of Mary Byrnes. Present were Mary Kury, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Honor Kirby, Richard McDonnell, John P O’Sullivan, Ger Greaney, Patrick O’Regan, John Hough, Dave Dillane, Mary Byrnes, Mary Kelly and Caitriona Kelly. Apologies from Tom Aherne. The Minutes of the previous meeting  were read by Mary Kury. Congratulations extended to Theresa Doyle McMahon and the organizers of the Kathy Casey Byrne memorial concert on its success. Congratulations also to John Hough on the launche of his book on Mitchelstown  Creamery in Mitchelstown on the 26/9/19 and in Ardagh on the 5/10/19.

Special guest, Honor Kirby from Limerick stall traders, gave a talk on the setting up and running of stalls. The importance of social media was discussed; it was suggested that the S.K.H.A. website should be upgraded. St Kieran’s Heritage Association is to hold a craft fair/sale of work on Sunday November 24th. Stalls for arts and crafts, books, upcycled items, bric-a-brac, etc. can be booked. To reserve a stall text Mary Kury on 087 9282462. There is no charge but a donation to charity would be appreciated. All profits go to 2 local charities. Charities proposed: Brothers of Charity and Ardagh senior citizens club. It was announced that the group won a 120 euro in the St Patrick’s day parade in Rathkeale. It was suggested that the group have a Christmas party. Caitriona to check out venues.

Members were asked to suggest items for next year, and events mentioned: 1420 Arrival of the Mac Sheehy’s to the area (Lisnaculla),1830 Penny Post arrives in the area, 1850 birth of Fr. Bob Ambrose, 1870 Opening of Nutgrove N.S,1920 Ardagh barracks destroyed. 1955 Glenside céilí band formed,1970 New church in Coolcappa built. The next meeting will be held on Thursday November 7, at 8.30pm in Ardagh Community Centre, and all are welcome.

Zumba  classes continue in Coolcappa Community Hall on Thursday nights at 8pm. The charge is €7 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, and Michael Browne. The Carrigkerry list is Mary Goulding, Mary Murphy, Breda Collins, Anne McMahon, Peg (Margaret) Flynn, John Kennelly. 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 ardaghcarrickerryoffice@gmail.com 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 www.teamhope.ie

Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a church gate collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on the weekend of Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10.

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.

Old Mill ladies football club are holding a Table Quiz in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Friday, November 15.

Eddie Carey  will be appearing  at Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West on Friday, November 15. He will launch his new recording and will be joined on the night by several other entertainers.

A Gala Fashion Show will be held in the Longcourt Hotel Newcastle West in memory of Mary Cremins on Friday, November 22. Prosecco on arrival with a Christmas Market from 6.30pm, and Fashion Show from 7.30, and a luxury prize raffle also. All proceeds to the Children’s Grief Centre, and Milford Hospice. Tickets are €20 and they are available from Rosemary on 085-1688307. or Deirdre on 087-6415449. It promises to be a great evening and all support appreciated.

Congratulations to Martin Mullane Monagea Road who won €298 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, November 1.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.