by Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Patrick (Pat) Flynn, Rathreigh Ardagh suddenly at his residence on June 30. He was a retired mechanic, who operated a garage at Churchtown Newcastle West for many years. His Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday July 4. at 11am in St Kieran’s Church Coolcappa. Pat was laid to rest afterwards in Tullylease Old Cemetery  Cork. We extend our sympathy to his wife Mary, sons Michael and Emmett, daughter in law Liz grandchildren Megan, Chloe, Evan and Alex, brothers Eddie, Sean, Tom and Frank,  sisters Teresa, Nora, Kathleen, Margaret, Mary and Breda, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, neighbours  and his many friends.  May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Mary Cahill, Scart, Milford, Co. Cork and late of Old Abbey, Shanagolden, on Friday June 26. Her  Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday July 1, at 2pm in Saint Senan’s Church Shanagolden, with  burial afterwards in Kilbradren Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her brother Chris, sister in law, nephews, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, relatives and friends. May she rest In Peace.

Ardagh/Carrigkerry churches reopened on Monday June 29  with physical distancing in place, and sanitizers at the entrance to the church. The Sunday Masses until October will be on Saturdays at 6.30pm in Carrigkerry and 11.00am on Sundays in Ardagh. To cater for the safety of all who come to the  churches the capacity of each church will be greatly reduced. In Ardagh the Church it is down to 45 -50 and in Carrigkerry it will be down to 35- 40 – depending on how many families come together. This may not be sufficient to  accommodate all who might want to go to the one Sunday Mass. People who can are encouraged to come on weekdays and leave the Sunday Masses free for those who can only come on Sundays. If people wish to come to Mass on a weekday instead of Sunday, the clergy are providing an evening Mass in Carrigkerry on Thursdays and in Ardagh on Fridays at 7. 30pm. The basket will not be passed around for the collection. But a box/basket will be placed at the entrance for collections at all Masses in the week.

The Carrigkerry Church Sacristan would like to thank most sincerely all the people who contributed to the recent clerk’s collection.

Ardagh is one of five Limerick villages (Abbeyfeale, Askeaton, Bruff, and Rathkeale) that have received funding of € 1.5 million from the Rural Regeneration  and Development Fund to deal with the issue of derelict sites. It is the largest amount awarded to a single project in the country under this round of funding. A further € 500,000 will be provided by Limerick City and County Council. The aim of the project is to bring derelict properties back into use with an emphasis on reuse for housing. Resettlement of populations in the core of towns and villages is needed for their sustainable development.

West Limerick 102 community radio have a new GAA programme recalling the West Limerick hurling clubs from 1970 to date. It is on air on Thursday’s from noon until 1pm. It is intended to  feature all the clubs, and the presenter is Pat O’Donovan. County Views continue each Wednesday evening from 9-30 to 11pm. It is presented by Pat O’Donovan and he is joined by a few guests each week. They discuss the current affairs, which the listeners request as it is on live. Presenter Pat O’Donovan can be contacted on 087-9977340, if people want to participate as a guest or to choose a topic.

Saint Kieran’s club grounds have reopened since Wednesday June 24, and training has been  allowed since Monday June 29. The formats for the various competitions  have be revised due to the shorter playing season. In the County Senior Football Championship Saint Kieran’s will now play only two matches instead of five as the two groups of 12 have been reduced to four groups of 3. They will meet Galbally in round 1 in Kilmallock on Sunday August 16, at 7pm, and if they win, they will play Monaleen in round 3 on the weekend of August 30th. The top two teams qualify for the County quarter finals. The County Junior A Hurling Championship fixtures have also been announced. Saint Kieran’s are in Group 1 a difficult group of six teams and commence against Doon on the weekend of July 25/26. They also play Ballybrown, Caherline, Garryspillane, and Castletown/Ballyagran.

Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a sponsored walk on Sunday August 9. It will commence at Ardagh Hall and proceed along the Greenway if the Covid -19 restrictions allow. It is also planned to hold a coffee morning in September. Team training has also commenced, and new members are most welcome to join the club. Contact Moira Mc Enery at 086-8110634, for all the details.

Saint Kieran’s GAA club and ADRSC are planning a scrap metal and household items collection on Wednesday September 23. People who may have items  that they would like to give before this date are asked to contact David on 086-2205572 to arrange a collection in the coming weeks. Household items include steel oil tanks, biscuit tins, drink cans, empty food cans, steel coal bunkers, coal buckets, steel window frames, saucepans, kettles (not plastic) boilers , electric cookers, gas cookers, dishwashers, steel gutters, washing machines, golf irons, sink tops, ironing boards, clothes irons, radiators, solid fuel cookers, copper, food mixers, brass, electric knives, aluminium, fireplaces, (steel), lead, bicycles, electric cable,  go karts, sheep wire,  trampolines,  fencing wire,  swing frames,  goal posts.

Farm and other machinery include old cars, engines and parts, gates, railway lines, corrugated iron, wheelbarrows, trailers, cement mixers, tractors, diggers, transport boxes, water pumps, combine harvesters,  electric motors, hay balers, binders, silage balers, batteries, hay turners, milk tanks, mowing machines, milk cans/buckets, milking machines, ploughs, toppers, milk coolers,  agitators,  ring feeders,  barrels, and slurry tanks.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.

Mass due to  be celebrated in Kilbradern graveyard on Sunday July 12, at 12 noon, has been deferred.