by Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Eileen Kearns nee O’Sullivan of Swindon, England and formerly of Ballyvoughane, Ardagh,  on Friday May 22 in Swindon. Cremation took take place in Swindon on last Friday June 5. We extend our sympathy to her husband Joe, sons Joseph, Kevin and Chris, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and sisters Joan O’Connor and Nora Murphy, brothers Danny, Mike, John, Mossy and Pat, relatives, and friends.   May she Rest in Peace.

I would like to thank all parishioners who contributed recently to my annual collection.  Your generosity and support was absolutely overwhelming. I would like to thank Connie, Tom, and  John for organising the drive by collection, using great ingenuity to ensure compliance with the Covid 19 restrictions.  I would like to thank all of you who have send me cards and messages of support during this time. May God bless and protect you. Bernard.  

The Limerick GAA Club draw 2020 has commenced after the delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The first draw was held on Saturday last and announced  during the Live 95 Radio  Sports Show. The Saint Kieran’s club had no winner. People interested in joining can contact the club on their face book page. The next draw will be held on Saturday June 27.

Coolcappa Community Centre are running a clothes collection to aid fundraising for the hall. You can drop your used clothes to Coolcappa Community Centre between 12noon and 6pm on  Saturday June 13. We will be exercising supervision to ensure social distancing and will ensure everyone’s safety as a priority. If these times do not suit , please text Diane on 087 9203939 to arrange an alternative time. Thank you and looking forward to your support.

Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a clothes collection at the end  of June. Please contact Moira Mc Enery at 086-8110634, if you wish to drop off bags before this date. Clothes and shoes must be of wearable quality, and no duvets or sheets.

The weekly Athea and District Newsletter ceased printing their copies on March 17, due to the Covid -19 pandemic. After a week break the newsletter resumed online, and it can be viewed at  A new edition is available each Thursday, with news from Athea, Abbeyfeale, Knocknanure, Knockdown, and Carrigkerry. The contributors include Domhnall De Barra, Kathleen Mullane, Marian Harnett, Jer Kennelly, Peg Prendeville, and Tom Aherne.

Saint Kieran’s GAA Club whose catchment area includes Ardagh/Carrigkerry and Coolcappa/ Kilcolman parishes, was formed in May 1972. The time has now arrived to include all the material that is available from the four areas and beyond together in book form in a complete club history. A small group of people have come together to oversee the project during the current lockdown of all club activities. This is a window of opportunity  to put the wheels in motion, as the time frame is just two years. Most club members may use this time to recall their association with the club, over the years. The history will include a  memories section , recalling the successes, and disappointments,  the personalities involved, and companionship’s  formed within the club over the years.

All are welcome to share their recollections  be they passed players, club officers, or loyal supporters, with a special appeal to the elder generation. The West and County winning Captains are invited to share their thoughts and  memories of their big days. The role of the dual player, and players that came from other clubs, or went and joined other clubs, would make interesting reading. The carnival matches and tournament games were legendary with many incidents worth recalling. The many dinner dances, club functions, and Scór successes were all part of the club’s story and are worth recalling.

The club would appreciate 600 words or thereabouts, and  ideally your contribution by email, but a written memory can be transcribed afterwards. This is a major club project to record for posterity the dedication, and contribution of men and women in most households within the parishes, and all help will be greatly appreciated. Since it was announced 9 people have been fast off the mark and submitted some  lovely reminiscences.  It is planned to have the club history ready in time to launch it to mark  the jubilee of Saint Kieran’s GAA in two years’ time.

This week we continue to look back at the Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish notes in the Limerick Leader from June 1990, as notes are scarce due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The death occurred  at the Regional Hospital Limerick of Winifred Upton Ballinabearna, on May 19. Removal from Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West to Holy Trinity Parish Church Rathkeale, followed by burial. Sympathy to her sons, daughters, and extended family. May she rest in Peace. 

The death has also occurred at the Regional Hospital of John Ahern, Rooskagh. His remains were removed from Reidy’s Funeral Home to Carrigkerry Church. He was laid to rest after Requiem Mass in Calvary Cemetery Newcastle West on Wednesday May 23. Sympathy to his wife, sons, daughters, and extended family. May he rest in Peace.

The death has also occurred of Hannah Mullins, Glendiheen, Ardagh at the Regional Hospital on Friday May 25. Her remains were removed from Reidy’s Funeral Home to Kilcolman Church. Burial took place in Ardagh Cemetery after Requiem Mass on Monday May 27. Sympathy to her sisters, cousins, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Villa Rovers who defeated Rathkeale United 4-3 to win the Desmond First Division League Cup on Tuesday May 22. Noel Hennessy was named Man of the Match. Saint Ben’s A defeated Kilcolman Rovers 2-1 in the Desmond Challenge Cup on Saturday May 26. Cork defeated Limerick by 4-15 to 1-3 in the Munster senior football championship semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Saint Kieran’s players Liam Barrett, and Dan Larkin, started, and John Donovan was introduced as a substitute.

Cahermoyle Nursing Home had a half page advertisement in the Limerick Leader. They were recently opened and looking for residents. It described the rooms, and services available, and a list of businesses associated in the refurbishment of the home. The new owner was Marie Horan Richardson originally from Templeglantine, and the matron was Sheila Kennedy. The previous owners were the Oblate Fathers who bought it out in 1919. The house was built by Edward O’Brien on the site of an earlier house owned by his father  William-Smith-O’Brien (1803- 1964) the Young Ireland leader. Charlotte O’Brien  the writer was born there and Dermot O’Brien the artist grew up there.