Archive for July, 2020

By Carrig Side – 30/07/2020

by Tom Aherne

The Limerick GAA Club draw for July took place during the Live 95fm Sports Show on Saturday, July 25. It was a very successful draw for the Saint Kieran’s club who had five winners. Congratulations to Mattie Histon, Kilcolman who won the special monthly prize of a 2 night stay in Parknasilla Resort and Spa with dinner included. Congratulations also to John and Maurice Shine who won €500 and Aishling Hayes, Sean McCarthy, and Michael Greaney who won €100 each.

Congratulations to Liam Woulfe, Adare and Ardagh native on his reappointment for a second five year term on the Teagasc Authority. Liam is the Managing Director  of Grassland AGRO and of Freshgrass Group.

The following is the Coolcappa/Kilcolman cemetery mass time schedule, Saturday, August 15 Coolcappa Cemetery at 7.30pm, Sunday August, 16, Kilbradern Cemetery at 12 noon, Friday, August 21, Kilcolman Cemetery at 7.30pm, Sunday, August 30, Clounagh Cemetery at 12 noon.

The following is the Coolcappa/Kilcolman first Holy Communion dates. On Saturday, August 8, in Coolcappa Church at 11am. Saturday, August 15 in Kilcolman Church at 10am, and also at 12 noon. Saturday, August 22, in Kilcolman Church at 10am and also at 12 noon

The Sunday Masses are on Saturdays at 6.30pm in Saint Mary’s, Carrigkerry and 11.00am on Sundays in Saint Molua’s, Ardagh (until October). If you wish to come to Mass on a weekday instead of the weekend Fr. Michael is providing an evening Mass in Carrigkerry on Thursdays and in Ardagh on Fridays at 7. 30pm. Masses are celebrated in Saint. Kyran’s, Coolcappa, Tuesday 9.30am, Thursday 7.30pm, Saturday 7.30pm. Saint Colman’s, Kilcolman, Wednesday 9.30am, Friday 7.30pm, Sunday 10am.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Doon  by 1-11 to 0-7 in Round 1 of Group 1 of the County Junior Hurling Championship at Clarina on Saturday, July 25.  

The death has taken place unexpectedly  of Kathleen O’Connor, nee Keogh, Killoughteen, Newcastle West, on Friday, July 17. Kathleen was predeceased by her daughter Maura, brother Willie Keogh and her late husband Willie. In accordance with government guidelines a private funeral Mass took place in Newcastle West Church on Wednesday July 22, at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her partner Ned, daughter Caroline Daly (Kilcolman), son Pat (Athea), sisters Anne Casey and Nora Reidy, son-in-law Michael, sisters-in-law, grandchildren Brian, Emma, Conor, Becky and Rory, nephews, nieces, relatives, carer Helen and friends.

May She Rest In Peace.
Congratulations to Tom Ryan, Ballybrown  who won €170 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 24.  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.

Creeves Celtic soccer club made a presentation of PPE equipment to the Brothers of Charity,  Foynes, following their family 5km walk/run fundraiser.  

ALONE have announced a national support line and additional supports  for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the current Covid-19 outbreak. They have professional  staff available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance  where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818,222, 024.

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 McEnery at 086-8110634, for all the details.

Culture Night 2020 will be on Friday, September 18 and it will be a lot different this year due to Covid-19. It will be aimed at stay at home on-line audiences, which will be shown through new channels.

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Abbeyfeale Notes – by Marian Harnett

‘THE HOLE IN THE GROUND’: This horror thriller with a supernatural vibe made in Ireland and shown at the Sundance Film Festival has been nominated for best film 2019 at the IFTA’s.  Conor Dennison,  son of Peigi and Dee Dennison Abbeyfeale Hill has been nominated for Best Production Design.  We wish him every success.

HELP FOR YOUTHS:  Our Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults who live in the Republic of Ireland.

WEST LIMERICK COMMUNITY RADIO:  WL102fm has provided a great service throughout West Limerick since the lockdown began with Mass being broadcast every Sunday, loads of country and western music, (all genres of music but you see where my heart lies!), a daily rosary and local news from the county as well as current affairs and documentaries.   By the terms of the licence that they get to broadcast, they must raise a share of their running costs in the community that they serve and over the years volunteers have organised concerts, car boot sales, tea dances and sold raffle tickets as well as organising a yearly church gate collection at all the local churches.  That all came to a halt on March 14 last and they are now hoping to restart the weekly draw in order to get an income stream going again.  Tickets are on sale all over the West Limerick area and in Abbeyfeale at  Ann Lyons’s, The Square for €2 each and  please be generous in your support.

CARS AND VANS ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY:  Dogs being stolen – be careful.  Several reports locally of men calling to houses looking to buy dogs.  Don’t leave them out unless they are accompanied.

OPENING OF PARISH CHURCH:  We are obliged to adhere to the two-meter social distancing rule.  Parishioners need to be aware that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. The practice before the lockdown of parishioners attending Mass on a Saturday evening or Sunday Morning is not practical or safe in this circumstance.  We are suggesting that some people come to Mass during the weekdays. Some parishioners like to attend Mass daily. We are asking these parishioners to attend just once a week for the time being.  If you come to Mass and discover that when you arrive that the maximum number of people is already in the church, parishioners will be able to hear Mass in the car park through the outside loudspeaker system which is at the Grotto side of the church. Holy Communion will be distributed at the Grotto.  Again the 2-metre social distancing must be strictly adhered to while attending Mass in the church car park.  To maintain safety and prevent the spread of the virus, the church will be cleaned after each Mass.  In line with HSE guidelines, Parishioners are encouraged to wear face coverings while in a confined area. This is the responsibility of each individual.  Attending Mass will see significant changes and we ask you to follow the instructions below. There will be only one entry point to the church that is the main door at the front of the Church. When you are entering the church, remember to maintain the two-meter social distance. Stewards will direct you to the hand sanitizing stations and then to your seats. The seats will be clearly marked. In line with social distancing the seats will accommodate three individual people and family members may sit together.  When families attend together, they will be allocated one seat to themselves.  We ask you to cooperate with the stewards. At Communion time, stewards will direct you to Holy Communion and at the end of Mass we are asking people to exit the church gradually and safely. Do not come to Mass if you have a cough or feel you could have a temperature. We will continue to broadcast our Masses online. 

FARMERS’ MARKET REOPENS:  The weekly market has returned to the small square from 9-1pm every Friday.  We thank you for your continued support.

FACE MASKS:  Kathleen Quinn has made face masks which were donated to local nursing homes.  She has a selection available for sale so contact her on 087 2802704.  There are also masks available from Peg Grady at Batt’s and Maureen Hickey of Pins and Needles.

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Knockanure Notes – 30/07/2020

by Jer Kennelly

CHURCH: Knockanure Church will open very shortly when we have all the safety measures in place.

BOOK Masses (Months Minds & Anniversaries) Baptisms & Weddings during Office hours. 

REACH ACTIVE WORKS: The Knockanure Moyvane Road  reopened on Thursday evening 23rd July. Minor works will continue along the Kilmorna, Trien, Athea and Moyvane – Knockanure Roads next week, all works will be complete under stop and go or traffic light traffic management system.  Jerry Clancy – Reach Active 086/6072159.  

KN WORKS: Minor works on the L1010, Piermount, Bog line, and Moyvane Roads next week, all works will be complete under stop and go or traffic light traffic system.   Shane Sheehan – 087/9829576.

DEATH Paddy Cronin M.P.S.I of Bishopstown, Cork & formerly of Knockanure, Moyvane, On July 18th,  2020, in his 91st, year. Husband of the late Nuala (née Byrne), father of Padraig, Maelíosa and Seán, brother of Kathleen, Betty and the late Mary, James, Michael, Jackie, Eddie, Peig, Tony and Tom, father-in-law of Gary, Mary and the late Maria. Sadly missed by his loving family, grandchildren Líosa, Lucy, Karl, Katie and Luke, nephews, and nieces. 

DEATH has taken place in Cork of Fr. Dan O’Connor, M.S.C., a native of Knocknagree . 

ANNIVERSARIES: Benny Collins, Paddy Kennelly, Sr. Dympna O’Driscoll, Michael O’Connor, Canon James Neville, Eileen McManus, Peggy McElligott, Tom Geoghegan, Michael O’Keeffe, Mass Moyvane; Sat 25th at 7.30pm for  Willie Buckley, The Village (Months Mind); Sun 26th at 11.00am for  Patrick O’Driscoll, Farranree;  Mon 27th  at 7.30pm for  Margaret O’Connor, Ballybunion; Tues 28th at  7.30pm for Andrzej Nawrot, Kepno, Poland (Anni) & Special Intention for his wife Aniela & blessing on their son Adam in Dublin; Wed 29th at 7.30pm for Jeremiah Mulvihill, Glenalappa (Anni) & deceased of the Mulvihill & Connolly families; Thurs 30th at 7.30pm for  Jerry Clancy, Knockanure (Anni); Fri 31st at  7.30pm for  John Walsh, Barragougeen (Anni), his parents Ellen & Patrick & deceased of the Walsh family; Sat 1st at 7.30pm for Jackie Lyons, Derry, Listowel, and Mass on Sun 2nd  at 11.00am for Damien Lyne, Killarney (Rec Dec).

NUNS and religious, we miss them badly during this time, their courage and dedication to duty was second to none.   

STORY: Short Story of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards on 25th November 2020. For more information about the awards check out:

POETRY-  Details on

POPE  has established this Emergency Solidarity Fund to come to the aid of those people and communities who are being tragically impacted by the spread of COVID-19 in the Pope’s missions, as it supports religious Sisters and Brothers, priests, and lay pastoral workers who reach out through hospitals and small clinics, and parish and social ministries, providing vital health care, as well as basic needs, including food and shelter. The Church is often on the front lines of major threats to human well-being. In Africa alone, there are over 74,000 religious Sisters and over 46,000 priests operating 7,274 hospitals and clinics, 2,346 homes for elderly and the vulnerable, and educating over 19 million children in 45,088 primary schools. In many rural areas they are the only providers of healthcare and education.

YOUTH 2020 Summer E-Festival: (14th-16th August), Register Free on  Youth 2000’s primary objective is to provide young people with a real retreat, not just an educational conference.  We strive to lead each young soul to a genuine encounter with the Living God even within these restrictive circumstances.  We usually have over 1,000 attendees at the Summer Festival, so the possibility of reaching even more online is immense.  For more information you can contact [email protected] or phone 00447539546149.  Our motto is ‘Youth leading youth, to the Heart of the Church’.

SCRAP: Saint Kieran’s GAA club and ADRSC are planning a scrap metal and household items collection on Wednesday, September 23. Please contact David on 086-2205572.

MASS in Athea;

ADDICTION and the Family: On August 9th  the Diocesan Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation Committee will bring you a feature programme on the issue of addiction, and how finding God and developing a spiritual life is key in overcoming addiction. This programme will air on ‘Horizons’ at 9am on Radio Kerry.

ACCORD; are now  offering  over  the  phone  counselling, Call: 01 5313331.

JIGSAW support line is on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729).

REEK Sunday was always a big day climbing Croak Patrick, this year it was cancelled, I am sure locals who could drive there will climb the mountain again this year.

ATHEA NEWSLETTER: It is great to be back again with the weekly newsletter. The price has risen to €2 because the cost of production (ink, paper etc.) increased a lot since last year what with Brexit and other factors. A limited edition will be available online at especially for all the Athea people living away from home.

LOURDES: Jer Lyons-  Lourdes Experience  Lourdes 

“If my name is never picked out of a hat for anything ever again, if I never win a raffle again, it really doesn’t matter, I won the most important one…”  Jer Lyons shares how he caught the  Lourdes ‘bug’

MASS Abbeyfeale

Radio Broadcast Mass 10am Sunday Tune into West Limerick 102fm (produced by Sacred Space)


SWEDEN never closed down the country and time will tell what the long term, best practice, was but it will take about 10 years the get the full story and all the unions and vested interests will have plenty of time to cover their tracts. Still we notice that most infections are in health care workers and nursing homes, these are under government regulations, more than ordinary people. They with their regulations, forced Nursing homes to employ agency staff to comply with regulations, if they only relaxed them, many of the homes would have avoided the import of infection if left to their own judgement.

SHOW: Catherine Gallagher, ISA President and Adam Woods, Beef Editor of Irish Farmers Journal officially launch the first-ever Irish Shows Association Virtual Show, to take place on 22nd August 2020 online.

THE HOLE IN THE GROUND’ : This horror thriller with a supernatural vibe made in Ireland and shown at the Sundance Film Festival has been nominated for best film 2019 at the IFTA’s.  Conor Dennison,  son of Peigi and Dee Dennison Abbeyfeale Hill has been nominated for Best Production Design.

MOON: Full Moon on Aug 3rd;  Celebrating Apollo 11- 21 July saw the anniversary of man’s first walk on the Moon.

TAX: People on salaries and permanent jobs, will need a special tax to encourage them to back to work, otherwise they will need more and more protection money from the working person who never got a break. 

BORN: From the earliest times, all pregnant women in Kerry as in the rest of Ireland, were delivered at home. The majority were delivered by ‘handy-women’ –women who had no training but had learned from older women or their own experiences of pregnancy and labour.   That continued in most places in Kerry until the first quarter of the twentieth century

SILVER DOLLAR: 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar Candidate Designs Unveiled

The United States Mint unveiled proposed designs for the 2021 Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Silver Dollar. McAuliffe, the first teacher chosen to go into space, was among the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986.

New Study: Climate Impact Of Grazing Cattle Overestimated

Jun 7, 2020-   Methane Cattle Grazing

POET:   Moyvane Poet Patrick McAuliffe


New York NY Irish American Advocate 1937-1938 – 1123.pdf

17 June 1939

 Requiem    Mass    for    Gerald      Fitzmaurice,   C.B., son of  the late    Henry    Fitzmaurice,  Duagh,  Kerry,  who  died on March  23 was celebrated  in  Blackrock  College  by Rt.  Rev. J. G. Neville, D.D

Bishop of  Carres,  on  Saturday.  Mr.    Fitzmaurice,   had a    distinguished    career   in  the  Diplomatic    Service  in  Constantinople,    Sofia,  and  Egypt.


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1911 – 0820.pdf

Dec 9 1911


His  many  friends   will be  glad   to   hear  that   Mr.  W.  B.  Walshe,  son   of   Mr.  R.  C.  Walshe,  ex-N.T.,  Glin,  Co.  Limerick,  has  been  the  recipient   of  a  £10  exhibition   prize  recently   offered   by  the  National   Board   to  those   who   showed  exceptional  ability  at  the  final  examination.


 The     appointment      of     Mr.     W.     O’Shaughnessy,   for   many   years   organist   at   the   Augustinian   Church,   Limerick,   to  the   important   position   of  organist   and   choir   master  to  the  Cathedral,   Killarney,   and   professor   of   music   to  the   Diocesan   Seminary,   Killarney,   has   given   much   satisfaction  to  his  many  friends


The  marriage  took  place  on  Thursday  last  at  St.  Joseph’s, Limerick, of  Mr.    Michael    Wall,   Kilmorna,   Co.   Kerry,  for   some  time  past  representative    in    the   south   of   Ireland   of   Messrs.  P.  Pierce &  Co.,  Wexford,  to  Miss  M.  A.  Fitzmaurice,  River  View,  Tarbert,   Co.  Kerry.     The   officiating   clergyman was the Rev.  Father Horgan,  P.P.,  Sneem  (uncle  of  the  bride-groom),   assisted    by   the   Rev.   Frs.   Wallace,  CC,   Shangolden,  Foley,  C.  C,   Glin,  and  Hannan,  CC,  St.  Michael’s, Limerick.  The newly married  couple  were  the   recipients   of   many   costly  presents  and   numerous  messages   of   congratulations. The wedding breakfast took  place  In  Cruise’s  Hotel.


                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1928-1929 – 0031.pdf

Jan 7 1928 ?


Dr.  John  J.  Fitzmaurice, recently appointed    M. O. at  Castleconnell,   has   taken  up  duty  there  during  the   week.   Dr. Fitzmaurlce    is    son    of    William    Fitzmaurice,   Ballydonoghue,   Glin   and Tarbert,   and   has   been   recently   married  to Miss  Leahy,  of   Athea. 


FIRE: While  undergoing  repairs In garage at Chapel Street, Abbeyfeale, a motorcar,  the   property   of   Daniel B. Harnett,  caught  on   fire and  was  very  seriously   damaged.     At   considerable   risk  a  son  of  the  owner  removed the blazing car from the garage, which  was  also seriously    threatened,  and  was  severely  burned  about  the  hands.


The   last   remnant   of   the   Cork   Exhibition,  1902-03,. is to  go    with    the    purchase  and  removal  of the Skating Rink at  the  Mardyke  by  Woodward  and   Sons.



                New York NY Irish American Advocate 1925-1927 – 1377.pdf

17 Dec 1927

The   death of Timothy Hunt which  occurred  is universally regretted.  Deceased resided  at  Dromada,  Athea. 

Dr.  John Fitzmaurice, Ballydonaghue,  Glin,  was  married   recently   to  Miss  Josephine  Leahy,  Athea.  Dr. Fitzmaurice is   brother of   Most   Rev.  Dr.  Edmond   Fitzmaurice,   Bishop    of    Wilmington, U. S.  A., and son of William  Fitzmaurice,  Ballydonoghue,  Glin.


The Pope gave an audience to Dr.  David Keane, Bishop of Limerick, who presented a report on the position of  his  Diocese.—– —


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