by Tom Aherne

We extend our sympathy to the Geoghegan family Skehanagh Ardagh on the death of Nell Cook (née Geoghegan) Hertford, England and late of Skehanagh, Ardagh. She was pre-deceased by her son Neil, three brothers and one sister. Burial in Hertford and a  Memorial Mass at a later date. Sympathy also to  her loving husband John, son Simon, daughter-in-law Nicola, sisters, brothers, sister’s in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Fr Tim Curtin Coolcappa/Kilcolman Parish on the death of his father Patrick (Paddy Molly) Curtin’s (Bar) Rockchapel, beloved husband of the late Breda (nee Cahill) on Sunday August 16, peacefully in his 99th year in the company of his family at his daughters residence Ballywilliam, Kinsale Co. Cork. The Funeral cortege left Ballywilliam, Kinsale on Tuesday at 4pm arriving at Rockchapel  via Mallow. 

The Requiem Mass was celebrated  on Wednesday, August 19 at 2pm in St Peter’s Church, Rockchapel, with  burial afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend sympathy also to sons and  daughters Mary (Cobh), Triona (Kinsale),   DJ (Cavan), Frank (Kinsale), Carmel O’Brien (Mallow), daughters-in-law Mary and Áine, son-in-law Barry, 11 grandchildren, brother-in-law Jimmy Cahill, sister-in-law Nora Moloney, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Fr Tim Curtin celebrated Mass in Kilbradern Cemetery on Sunday, August 16. It was dry and mild and over one hundred people were present. Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, August 30 in  Clounagh Cemetery at 12 noon.

The First Holy Communion Ceremony will be held  in Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday, August 29.  

The following are the Mass times in the local four churches: Monday Ardagh 9.30am. Tuesday Coolcappa 9.30am,and Carrigkerry 10am. Wednesday Ardagh and Kilcolman 9.30am. Thursday Carrigkerry and Coolcappa 7.30pm. Friday Ardagh and Kilcolman 7.30pm. Saturday Carrigkerry 6.30pm, and Coolcappa 7.30pm. Sunday Kilcolman 10am, and Ardagh 11am.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Galbally by 2-7 to 0-11 in Round 1 of the County Senior Football Championship at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock on Sunday, August 16. They trailed by 2-4 to 0-2 at half time. They improved their performance in the second half despite having a player sent off shortly after the throw in. TEAM/PANEL Ray Noonan, Mossie Shine, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Crowley, Brendan McCarthy, Liam Kennedy, Donie Nolan 0-1, Johnny McCarthy, Noel Callanan 0-1, John Hayes 0-8, Jack Ben Harnett, Seamus Mangan 0-1, Paudie McCarthy, Stephen Lyons, Anthony Molyneaux, John Doyle,  Kevin Meade, Aaron Heffernan,  Daniel Geraghty,  James O’Connor, Mike O’Mara,  Michael Murphy,  Daniel Power,  Kevin Guina,  Evan Donovan,  Eoin Burke. The minor hurlers received a walkover from Pallasgreen. The U-14 hurlers lost to Newcastle West by  2-9 to 0-7. The U-16 hurlers defeated Drom/Broadford by 5-16 to 3-8.

Congratulations to Tom Brouder, Camas Newcastle West, who won €127, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, August 21.Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. The annual general meeting,  if Covid -19 allows, will be held on Tuesday,  September 15 at 7pm at Rathkeale House Hotel. 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.

National Heritage Week was held from Saturday, August 15, to Sunday, August 23. It was a restricted programme of events this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Shirley O’Regan from West Limerick 102fm assembled heritage items of interest into short 20 minute slots to mark the event.  These programmes were broadcast last week from 11am to 11.30am, and they  included a few local voices, from Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association members Mary Kury and Tom Aherne. Mary spoke about her upcoming book on Coolcappa and Clounagh graveyards, which she is working on at present. She is aiming to publish it next month with dates and venues to be announced nearer the time. Tom spoke about the many heritage sites within the catchment area of the Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association.

The Desmond Castle Newcastle West, and Adare Castle are open to the public free of charge for 2020 as part of the Government’s July Stimulus Plan. A lot of other sites around the country are also open if people get a chance to travel around on holiday.

The next Limerick GAA club draw will be held on Saturday, August 29, on Limerick Live 95fm, during their sports programme from 10 to 11am. Contact the Saint Kieran’s club if you wish to join.

The Old Mill ladies football club are holding an Ocean Dash on Saturday, August 29, at 3pm on the Ladies Beach in Ballybunion. This will be a part of their Family Day Event. They have plans to hold a Coffee Morning in September if Covid 19 restrictions allow.

The annual general meeting of Ardagh Voluntary Housing will be held on Tuesday, September 1  at Ardagh Parish Hall.