by Tom Aherne

JACK O’GRADY: The death has taken place of John (Jack) O’Grady Glenbawn, Ballyhahill, in his 96th year peacefully at his home on Monday March 23. He was the husband of the late Peg and father in law of the late Kieran (Kilmartin).   He was a native of Barnigue, Carrigkerry  and he worked in England for a while, and later in construction with Tom Normoyle Knockdown the builder. He kept a lovely kitchen garden up to a few years ago, and his life and times were recorded by Willie O’Regan and broadcast on 102 Community Radio.

A private funeral was held due to the Covid-19 virus, and a celebration of Jack’s life will be held with a memorial mass in the future where we can all remember him for the gentleman, he was to all who knew and loved him., The Requiem Mass was celebrated  in the Church of The Visitation Ballyhahill on Wednesday March 25, at 12 noon and burial afterwards  in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin.  We extend our sympathy to his  daughter Eileen, sons Thomas, John and Noel. daughters in law Marcella, Mary and Noreen, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister Joan, brothers Paddy and  Maurice, nephews, Nieces, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends.

SYMPATHY WISHES: We extend our sympathy to John Kinnane  Glensharrold Carrigkerry on the death of his father Michael (Mikey) Kinnane, Glenagragra, Glin, on March 24, In his 87th year at the Regional Hospital Limerick. A private family  funeral was held due to the Covid-19 virus. Requiem Mass took take place on Friday March 27, at 12 noon in The Church of The Immaculate Conception Glin with burial afterwards in Kilfergus Cemetery. We extend sympathy also to his  wife Annie, son Liam and , daughters in law Esther and Bernie,  grandchildren Gary, Katie, Emma and Colum,  sister Josie Kinnane, extended family, neighbours and friends. May he Rest in Peace

SHOP LOCAL: In these uncertain and worrying times for all, please consider the welfare of small businesses in our locality. Lots of these small businesses could, and most likely will go out of business due to the Covid-19 outbreak. They will find it very difficult to  survive weeks of little or zero cash flow, despite the  Government assistance. The Tesco’s, Dunne’s, Lidl and Aldi, of this world will be fine, but it is another story for the local grocers, butchers, hairdressers, bakeries, fuel merchants, furniture manufacturers etc. These businesses involve our neighbours, friends, and acquaintances, so please consider them first, or they may not be there, when this virus will pass as it will in time.

MASS: Mass is broadcast on West Limerick 102 each Sunday morning from 10am, which has been welcomed by all who like to attend Mass.  Radio Maria Ireland can be located on Saorview Channel 210, and daily and Sunday Mass is available there. Other masses  times and venues can be got online. The local churches remain open daily for a limited time if people like to call in for a quiet reflection , but please observe the hygiene regulations.

PRESENTATION: The annual Glensharrold Wren Group Presentation evening has been deferred to a later date due to the  Covid-19 virus. It is usually held in March each year, and cheques are

presented to local community groups. The groups to receive funds this year will be Ardagh/Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club, Kilcolman Senior Citizens/Parish Committee, and Carrigkerry Community Centre. The group would like to thank all the people who invited them into their  homes and attended Moore’s Bar on Saint Stephens Day. Following a very successful Wren Night on Saturday February 1, the remaining proceeds will be presented to the three groups. The group have been presenting money yearly back into the community since the Alan to Peto fund in the early 1990s, and look forward to the next presentation, at a later date.

RESPONSE GROUP: The Saint Kieran’s area response team was set up in Ardagh Hall on Saturday March 14. It was set up to help  housebound people with their shopping and medical  needs. The catchment area was divided into seven sub areas, Ardagh, Carrigkerry, Coolcappa, Coolanoran, Creeves, Kilcolman, and Old Mill. Flyers with lists of volunteers and contact details from each area was delivered to all households.

The group with assistance from shops and pharmacies has agreed strict hygiene protocols, when delivering items to houses, so volunteers don’t pass the virus to the  vulnerable parishioners. These include using disposable gloves and the pledge to never enter a house. The bottom line is that each shopper will be personally known to each person requiring the service. To date several people have availed of the service.

GLENVILLE HOUSE: Glenville House and Gardens Ardagh have announced the following opening hours for 2019 from Tuesday to Saturday: April 1,-30, May 1-30, August 15-23, September 1,10, from 9-30am to 1-30pm. Admission € 5, Students € 3, with children and OAPs free. Restrictions in place due to Covid-19 guidelines.