By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Patricia (Padraigín) Lordan Aherne, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, and formerly of Dromcollogher, suddenly, at her residence on Wednesday, February 5. Her passing  at a young age was a huge shock to family, neighbours and friends, and she will be sadly missed by all.  She was a popular teacher (known as Muinteoir Padraigín) at Gaelscoil  Ó’Doghair, Newcastle West, adored by children and staff. Her garden was very close to her heart and she was always tending to her heathers, plants and flowers outside and those in the poly tunnel. She followed Liverpool and Munster, and liked music, and was kind and courteous to all she met. Reposing  took place at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Saturday February 8, from 5-8pm. The funeral cortege  arrived at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Dromcollogher on Sunday for Requiem Mass at 2pm. It was concelebrated by Canon James Ambrose, Fr. Michael Liston, Fr. Tim Curtin, Fr. Michael Noonan and Fr. John Mockler, and family members participated in the ceremony.

Symbols to represent her life was taken to the altar. Maeve and Ellen took a jigsaw and book from her preschool, An Naíonra, where she spent 35 happy years. Tom brought a Liverpool jersey to represent her life-long support of the club. Ben brought a bunch of flowers, as Trish was a passionate and talented gardener. She nurtured the garden as lovingly as she did the children in her care. Attie brought some CDs to the altar to reflect her love of all types of music. Burial took place  afterwards in Dromcollogher Cemetery close to her first home. We extend our sympathy to  her loving husband Liam, mother Kathleen, sisters Anne, Ellen and Attie, mother-in-law Kay, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death took place of David Upton, Old Mill,  peacefully, at his residence on Wednesday, February 12. He was in his early twenties, and had been ill for a while, and will be sadly missed by all. Reposing at his residence on Friday, February 14 from 4-7pm. Arriving at the Church of the  Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West on Saturday for Requiem Mass at 11-30am, followed by Cremation afterwards in Shannon Crematorium at 2-30pm .We extend our sympathy to his loving parents Helen and Seamus, sister Kate, brother-in-law Colum, uncles, aunts, niece and nephew, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Michael, Patrick, and the extended members of the O’Connor family, Glenastar, Ardagh, on the recent death of their brother John O’Connor who lived in Waterford City. To Tom Downes  Coolcappa, Bill Downes Ardagh, and the extended members of the Downes and Moroney families  on the death of their sister Mary Moroney on Saturday, January 25, (Ballyine Carrigkerry) who lived in Manchester, England. A memorial Mass was held in Coolcappa Church on Friday, February 14, and burial will take place in Manchester on Friday, February 21.

To Caroline and Mike Daly and family Kilcolman, and the extended members of the O’Connor family on the death of her father William (Willie Pa) O’Connor of Collins Park, Abbeyfeale, and formerly of Glenshesk, Templeglantine,  who passed away  at his home on Wednesday February 5, in the presence of his family. To Geraldine and Patsy Brouder  and family, Moyreen, Ballyhahill, and the extended members of the Larkin family on the death of her father Jim Larkin, Clash, Athea, on Saturday February 8. May they all rest in Peace.

SSE Airtricity, Ireland’s largest provider of 100% green electricity, has presented €246,959 to community groups close to its Tournafulla, Rathcahill, Dromada, and Athea Wind Farms in West Limerick, and Leanamore Wind Farm in North Kerry. This year’s presentation takes the company’s contribution to almost two million (€1,994,568) since 2008. Representatives of 70 local groups from West Limerick and North Kerry gathered in Halla Inse Ban, Templeglantine, for this year’s presentation on Tuesday January 28. Three local groups received awards for their energy efficient and sustainable projects, Ardagh Development Association, Ardagh District Recreational and  Sporting Co. Ltd, and Carrigkerry Community Centre.

The West Limerick Charity Wrenboys held their presentation night at the Silver Dollar Bar Newcastle West on Saturday February 8. The members presented cheques to Ardagh/Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club, Orchid Unit, Saint Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West, Oncology Unit, University Hospital Limerick, and Dromcollogher Respite Care Centre. The members of the group who are mainly from the Ardagh area, express they’re thanks to all people who donated on Saint Stephen’s Day.

The result of the 2020 Election held on Saturday February 8, saw Patrick O’Donovan, Fine Gael, Niall Collins, Fianna Fail, and Richard O’Donoghue Independent elected to serve Limerick County in the next Dáil. There was no joy for locals Conor O’Donoghue, Ardagh Aontú, or Con Cremin Kilcolman Independent. Voting this time was held in Carrigkerry Community Centre instead of in the School, and thanks to all who voted in our four local villages. The turnout in Ardagh was 75% and the top three vote getters were Michael Collins, Patrick O’Donovan, and Séighin Ó Ceallaigh. The turnout in Carrigkerry was 63% and the top three vote getters were Michael Collins, Patrick O’Donovan, and Séighin Ó Ceallaigh. The turnout in Coolcappa was 64%, and the top three vote getters were Patrick O’Donovan, Tom Neville, and Michael Collins. The turnout in Kilcolman was 69% and the top three vote getters were Michael Collins, Patrick O’Donovan, and Séighin Ó Ceallaigh.


The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, February 10. The numbers drawn were 16,23,27 and 28 , and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Willie Treacy c/o Neary’s, Timmy and Con, c/o Moore’s, David Woulfe, Grouse Lodge, Ardagh, Sharon Roche, c/o Sean Downey, Susan Griffin, c/o Moloney’s. Next week’s Jackpot will be €5,800 and the draw will be held in Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Monday night. The Lottery can now be done online by logging onto, go to “find my club”-St Kieran’s and just click on play lottery and pay by card.

The Old Mill Ladies football club held their underage presentation, from under 8 to under 16 aged teams  at the Ballintemple Inn on Sunday, February 2. Triona Ambrose Chairperson made a  special presentation to Bill and Nora O’Connell, former owners of the Old Mill pub, in recognition of their involvement in the club and their lifelong commitment to it. Daughter Anne O’Connell and family accepted it on their behalf as they were unable to attend. Sophie Hennessy, Roisín Ambrose, Mai Kennelly, and Iris Kennelly, from the club were members of the Limerick team/panel that lost to Louth  by 2-10 to 1-9 in Division 4 of the Ladies Football League at Cooley on Sunday February 9.

Glenroe defeated Saint Kieran’s by 2-14 to 1-9 in Group 4 of the County U-21 B Hurling Championship in Glenroe  on Sunday February 9. John Hayes, and Liam Kennedy from the club are members of the Limerick U-20 football panel for the Munster Championship. They play Tipperary in the quarter final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Wednesday February 19, at 7pm.

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club returned after the Winter break on Tuesday, February 18. They meet weekly from 2-4-30pm, and everyone is welcome to come along for a game of Bingo, exercises, music, stories, song, and dance, with birthday celebrations, and  a break for refreshments. New members are most welcome.

The Zumba class (€7) with Mairead is held in Ardagh Community Hall each Thursday at 7.30pm. It does wonders for your health and it  is a most enjoyable evening, and all are welcome.

Ardagh Drama Group are currently in rehearsal for their next production “Nobody is Talking to Me” which will  be staged in Castlemahon Hall on Thursday February 20, Friday February 21, Sunday February 23 (Benefit Night), Thursday February 27, Saturday February 29, and Sunday March 1. Curtin up at 8pm each night and admission is €10, and all support appreciated.

A fundraising Céilí in aid of Saint Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House will be held at Mungret St Pauls GAA Clubhouse on Friday, February 21, from 9pm to midnight. Music by Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band and admission is €10, and refreshments will be served. Saint Gabriel’s is a not for profit  organisation and registered charity, a name long associated with excellence in providing children’s disability services in the Mid West. Fidelma  the organiser is a great supporter of all the Céilí venues, and fundraisers, and deserves a very large crowd. A raffle for numerous spot prizes will be held and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Kay O’Donoghue, who won €185 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, February 14. 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.