by Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of John (Johnny) Roche of Clonagh, Reens, Ardagh, peacefully on Thursday July 23. Predeceased by his son Bryan. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday July 27, at 11am. in Saint Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa. Burial took place afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Rathkeale. We extend our sympathy to his  wife Mary, son John-John (Australia), daughters Margaret, Isabella, Karen, eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sisters, sons-in-law, sister-in-law, cousins, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Donal Mulvihill Lisbawn, Shanagolden, peacefully on Saturday,  July 25, at St. Camillus’s Hospital, Limerick. His Requiem Mass took place on Monday, July 27 at 2pm in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman, followed by cremation at Shannon crematorium. We extend our sympathy to his wife Marian, daughter Cyra, sons Robert and Cian, son-in-law Ger, grandchildren Eoghan, Emilia, and Leo, brothers Tony and Eamon, sisters Nuala and Anna, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours, and friends. May he Rest in Peace. 

Donal  was a native of Main Street Shanagolden, and he was an outstanding soccer player, who played with a number of clubs around the area. He also played and managed the Desmond League team in the Oscar Traynor Trophy. Donal played Gaelic football with his native Saint Senan’s winning two West and  County Junior Football Championships in 1973 and 1986 when he was captain. Saint Senan’s defeated  Na Piarsaigh by 1-10 to 1-7 in the County final at Bruff on Sunday November 18, 1973. They defeated Kilteely/Dromkeen by 0-6 to 0-5 in the County final  at Bruff in November 1986, and Donal was their captain. He switched allegiance to the Saint Kieran’s club and a high point was being a member of the team that won their first County senior football championship in 1981. They defeated Claughaun by 1-9 to 1-2 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Sunday,  November 1. Donal played at centre field and he was named Man of the Match.

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. Doon led by 1-4 to 0-3 at half time, and Saint Kieran’s reduced it to 1-5 to 0-7 midway through the second half, only for Doon to hit the last six points without reply. TEAM/PANEL John Greaney, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paudie McCarthy, Liam Kennedy,  Jack Harnett, Brendan McCarthy, Ian Mackessy, Mossie Shine, Eoin McEnery, John Buckley, Johnny McCarthy, Mike Flynn, Seamus Mangan, Anthony Molyneaux, Michael Murphy, Anthony Mullins, Cillian Ambrose, James O’Connor, Edward Fitzgerald, Eoin Burke, Billy Breen, Mike Breen, John O’Connor, Liam Ward, Kieran Copse, Danny Collum.


Creeves Celtic soccer club will hold its underage registration night for the 2020/2021 season on Wednesday, August 12, at 7pm, at the Thatch Bar Newbridge. The club are starting a “Split the Pot” fundraiser to help with the daily running of the club. Entry fee €2, with €1 to the club and the other €1to be paid out in prize money each week. The club are asking participants to sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month for 12 months.  The forms are available from committee members, or at the registration night, and the first draw will be held on Monday, August 31.

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.

Irish Forestry Unit Trust are applying to Limerick City and County Council for permission to construct two new entrances and access road to existing forestry plantations on the site of existing  entrances at Boughilbo, Ardagh. They are also applying for permission  to construct a new entrance/exit and access road to existing  forestry plantation on the site of existing entrance at Rooskagh West. The planning applications may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the Planning Authority  Limerick City and County Council Offices, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick.

The 2020 Kellogg’s Cul Camps  for children aged 6-13, commenced in Limerick on Monday, 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.


Congratulations to Denis Lane who won €104 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 31. 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.

National Heritage Week will be held from Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 23, this year. It will be a restricted programme of events this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Shirley O’Regan from West Limerick 102fm has been assembling heritage items of interest into short slots in recent weeks to mark the event.  Listen out for these programmes, which  will be broadcast during Heritage week.

After 45 years’ service to the Limerick Leader Eugene Phelan retires as Editor on this Wednesday, August 5. We thank him for all the help he has given to the parish correspondents and wish him a long and happy retirement.