by Tom Aherne

Our local shops Moloney’s Carrigkerry and Greaney’s Ardagh remained open and provided  a great service to all their customers during the lockdown. They were  essential to the community with travel restrictions in place, and people confined to their homes. Dairygold Store  operated a ring and collect service at their store in Ardagh. People are encouraged to support all the other local premises when they are allowed to open.

The two local community employment schemes in Carrigkerry/Old Mill, and Ardagh have resumed their activities over the past few weeks following the Covid-19 virus shut down. They do great work in the community and the villages, and graveyards are all looking well at present.

The Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association activities are curtailed at present due to the corona virus. Some members were involved with the local community response group assisting people with shopping etc. The Facebook page has been keeping people up to date with local places of interest being featured.  The activities will resume when given the all clear to do so. Stay safe and follow all the HSE guidelines.

The Deel Ramblers walking group  suspended their weekly  walks due to the corona virus last March. These social outings  have given great enjoyment to their regular walkers, and others who join them at various locations around the county and beyond. At the end of the walk they usually meet up for refreshments and a chat. The organisers  wish all the members continued  good health and look forward to resuming activities when it is safe to do so.

Please note that due to Covid-19, face to face service in all North Munster Citizens Information Service offices are suspended until further notice. The phone and email service will continue to operate as normal and the contacts for their Limerick office are phone 0761 07 5780 email [email protected].

The annual novena in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help starts on Friday June 19, and continues until Saturday June 27, with the theme of hope in a time of crisis. The novena will be celebrated on the internet via the Redemptorist  website, There will be four sessions daily at 8am, 10am, 7.15pm, and 9pm, and the prayers,  the preaching, and the singing will be the same as always.

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 death took place of Pat Joe Mc Enery of Tubbertureen, Moyvane at the Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital, Kerry, on Sunday May 31. Predeceased by his brothers Johnny and Denis, he was a member of the farming community and his final weeks were spent in Tralee Hospice. He was a member of that fine Moyvane football team back in the 1960/70s, that met Saint Kieran’s in many  tournament  matches  during the carnivals that were held in Athea, Glin, Tarbert, Duagh, Moyvane, Carrigkerry, Shanagolden etc. Pat Joe centre back and his late brother Johnny full back  were outstanding footballers, who thrilled the large crowds that attended  these matches.  Pat Joe and Joan often attended Mass in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry and was  a very pleasant person to converse with.   A private family Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Tuesday June 2, at 12 noon, followed by a private burial in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane. Sympathy to Joan and sister Mary and the extended family. May he rest in Peace.

Coping with bereavement is the subject of  an on-line talk given by councillors from Milford Care Centre. The talk is designed to give general information on grief and loss to  bereaved people their family and friends. The information is recorded in two parts, which are approximately 35 minutes in total. Bereaved people are invited to light a candle to remember the deceased or have a photograph of them visible during the presentation. The talks can be accessed through  You Tube. The Bereavement Service may be contacted by email at [email protected] or phone 061-485800.

This year’s Con Curtin Music Festival in Brosna,  which was due to run from June 26, to 28, , is cancelled due to the continuing lockdown with the Covid-19 pandemic. It is with sadness that the organisers  said goodbye to the 20th year anniversary celebrations as everyone had been looking forward to a cracking festival of great music, song and dance. They organisers would like to thank all the musicians, singers and dancers who had agreed to perform. The festival committee would also like to thank the local community for their continued support and to wish all good health until we meet again.

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. This week sees the beginning of the Group, Intermediate, and Leaving Certificate Examinations, one of the, if not the most important phases in a young person’s life. We wish all the students of the parish  taking these exams  the very best of luck and hope they attain  everything they wish for.

Congratulations to Michael Noonan TD on the 21st anniversary of his first election to Dail Eireann. In those 21 years he has served the people of West Limerick very well. The high standard in which he is held was evidenced by the very large crowd who attended the dance  held in his honour  at the River Room Motel Newcastle West on Friday June 1. He is the present Minister of State for the Department of Marine.

The summer dues collection will be taken up in both churches next weekend. The West Limerick Community  Workshop  are holding a church gate collection at all the masses next weekend. Please subscribe generously  to this worthy cause.

Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon from Coolanoran  who was very involved with the Cheshire Home, and fundraising for the handicapped was profiled in the Limerick Leader Personal File Column.

Harlem Nights was the film showing that week in Latchford’s Cinema Newcastle West. It starred Eddie Murphy, and Richard Pyror. Paddy O’Brien from Waterford was appearing at the Ashford Tavern on Saturday June 9.