Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Catherine (Kit) Egan (Nee O’Connor) of Carrigkerry and Bishop Court, Newcastle West, predeceased by her husband Tommy. She was a native of Carrigkerry and a district nurse by profession, who was highly regarded by all around the community. She was a very interesting lady to converse with, being quiet natured and engaging with a good sense of humour. She was  noted for her cooking and household skills and generous hospitality to all callers. Kit’s house was open to all and when we were attending Carrigkerry school  we often called in to collect a football to play before the lessons commenced. Kit would take care of us if we needed anything.

She was residing in Newcastle West since the passing of her husband Tommy. She made numerous new friends and got involved in activities there. She became a member of Arra Friends and Meals on Wheels, and was a regular at events held in the Desmond Complex. Kit celebrated her 90th birthday only a few months ago, which was a celebration of her long life of caring for others.  She enjoyed sports and rugby, and her favourite players were Peter Stringer, and Paul O’Connell.  She also got to meet JP McManus, who she admired greatly, in Adare in recent times. Her last few months were spent in Killeline Nursing Home where she made more new friends.

She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Thursday November 14  from 6 -8 pm. The funeral cortege arrived at Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Friday for 11.30am Requiem Mass. It was Concelebrated by Fr Joe Cussen, Fr Frank Duhig and Fr Michael Noonan, and  family members participated  in the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory and lovely tribute from son Michael. Noel on violin and Jackie on guitar supplied very appropriate hymns and tunes, and the attendance was representative of all sections of community.

Kit was laid to rest  in Calvary Cemetery Newcastle West, on Friday November 15. We extend sympathy to  her sons Michael, Seamus and David, daughter Margaret, brothers Michael and Moss, sisters Peig, Joan, Eileen and Anne, grandchildren Vivien, Liam and Shane, all her extended family and friends.  Kit deserves to be remembered for her valuable contribution to family and the wider community and may she rest in Peace.

The following is a report from Councillor Michael Collins: I am delighted that footpath upgrade works has commenced today November 11 in Carrigkerry village. This was an election issue last May and following recent representations by locals I was successful in securing funding to upgrade the footpath from Rooskagh  Court towards the Filling Station. I have also been given a commitment on the addition of new public lighting in the village. I will continue to work on other issues in relation to the village.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar on Monday, November 11. The numbers drawn were 1,14,19, and 27, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Eileen McEnery c/o Reens, Stephen Ambrose c/o Foley’s, P and J c/o Josie,  Kathleen Nolan c/o Greaney’s, and Maureen Flavin Carrigkerry. Until the jackpot is won two additional prizes of €50 will be awarded each week. Congratulations to this week’s winners: Liam O’Sullivan Old Mill and Aoife and Breda c/o Reen’s.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €20,000 and the draw will be held in Reen’s Bar Ardagh.

Congratulations to Peg Mulvihill and Jim Lynch who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday, November 8.

Congratulations to Ian Cahill, Ardagh who defeated Keith Massey in the final of the Stephen Hendry Cup at Newcastle West Snooker Club.

The county Limerick finals of Ceol an Ghreimhridh were held recently in Glin and congratulations to all the local competitors who participated and won prizes.

Carrig Celtic defeated Killarney Athletic 2-0 at home in Round 4 of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday November 10, with goals from Noel Callanan, Donie Nolan, and Seanie King. Former player Ray Brouder is now a member of the Newcastle West Town team.  In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers defeated Newcastle West Town 5-0 at home with goals from Dora Bury2, Gillian Musgrave 2, and Sophie Hennessy.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Father Casey’s by 3-8 to 1-11 in Group 1 of the County Premier U-21 Football Championship at Tournafulla on Saturday November 9. They lost to Adare  by 2-10 to 1-12 also in the same competition on Saturday November 16. The club are holding their 2019 AGM, on Thursday, November 28 at 8pm in Ardagh Hall, and all members are asked to attend.  People interested in getting involved are also very welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Kilcolman National School who won the West Primary Schools Division 2 football final on Friday November 15.

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.

The Hayes family in Shanagolden will switch on their Christmas lights on Saturday, November 23, at 5pm. Their winter wonderland includes a display of over 200,000 lights. The money raised from then until Monday, January 6 will go to two charities Milford Hospice Limerick and the Children Ark Unit in Limerick University Hospital. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Tournafulla Development Association will hold a fundraising bingo afternoon in Halla Tadhg Gaelach  Tournafulla on Sunday, November 24 at 3pm sharp, with €2,000 in prize money. A double book and one sheet will cost €15, and a single book and one sheet will cost €13, and half books are available at €5. Your support would  be greatly appreciated.

A Christmas Craft Fair will be held at Ardagh Community Centre on Sunday,  November  24, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Stalls booked include: Quilts, Picture Frames, Celtic Art, Galway Crystal. Pebble Art, Ironware, Honey, Celtic jewellery Paintings, Books, Christmas Dec’s, Crochet, Cakes, Bottle stall, Sweet shop, living history and refreshments. Reduce your carbon footprint by shopping locally, support artists and crafters from West Limerick and meet up with friends. Come and have a cuppa, enjoy the Irish music and dancing, watch the Nativity play and sing along with the carols. Be part of the day by donating cakes, books or bottled goods from 11am on Sunday 24 at Ardagh Community Centre. Bigi linn agus Failte.

Congratulations to Pat Condon, Square, Newcastle West who won €228 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday November 15.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.