by Tom Aherne

The death took place of Margaret O’Sullivan, nee Fillingham, late of Newcastle West and Barnigue, Carrigkerry, and  formerly of Southall, London, on Wednesday July 15, (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Beloved wife of the late Phillip. Sadly, missed by her loving sons John and David, daughter Susan, daughter-in-law Patricia, grandchildren Marie, Jimmy, Cathryn, Michelle and Michael and their partners, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. Due to government advice regarding public gatherings a private funeral will take place.  Margaret and the late Phillip lived in Barnigue for several years and were very popular members of the community. Margaret was a member of the West Limerick Bowling Club from the start and enjoyed their outings to other clubs. May she rest in Peace.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Granagh/Ballingarry  by 3-12 to 2-12 in the County U 21 B Hurling Championship at Coolcappa on Friday July 17. They missed out on qualification to the quarter finals, with Glenroe, and Granagh/Ballingarry advancing from the group. Saint Kieran’s junior hurlers are due to play Doon in Round 1 of the County Championship at Clarina on Saturday July 25, at 7pm.

Congratulations to Mai Murphy, Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale who won €212 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 17. This was the first draw held since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in early March. 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 at 069-66200 if interested.

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 The good news sees the return of the printed copy on this Wednesday, July 22 in Moloney’s Shop Carrigkerry, Mullane’s Knockdown and Athea. The newsletter contains  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.

A new GAA programme commenced on West Limerick Community radio on Thursday,  July 2, from 12 noon to 1pm. Presenter Pat O’Donovan and two club guests  each week will recall their club’s progress over the past 50 years. It is intended to feature all the west Limerick clubs during the series.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for 2020 is still available to join and  Saint Kieran’s are accepting members at present, in person or online. The cost to join is €10 each month or €70 for the next seven draws, and a minimum of 50% goes directly to the club, (depending on the numbers joined) and the other 50% to support the county teams. The first prize each month is €10,000, with cash prizes ranging down from €3,000,to €2,000, €1,000, €500, €250 and €100. Thirty prizes in total each month, with a special monthly prize added this year. The next draw will take place on Limerick Live 95fm, during the sports programme on Saturday, July 25.

The 2020 Kellogg’s Cul Camps  for children aged 6-13, commenced in Limerick on Monday last, July 20. The number of clubs hosting a camp is well down this summer due to the Covid-19 virus. There will be six primary camp leaders, and around one hundred camp coaches involved in delivering the camps. One coach to eight children is recommended and the usual on field activity will be held. The separate groups will stay to their own section of the field and staggered breaks will be held. All children will need to bring their own equipment and water containers. All the current GAA Covid-19 guidelines apply to those attending the camps. Saint Kieran’s GAA Club will hold their Cul Camp from Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14.

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.