By Tom Aherne

The latest Limerick GAA club draw was held on Saturday, August 29, on Limerick Live 95fm, during their sports programme from 10 to 11am. It was another good outcome for the Saint Kieran’s club who had two winners, to add to the five in last month’s draw. Congratulations to Michael O’Mahony who won €1,000 and Marian O’Connor who won €250. Contact the Saint Kieran’s club if you wish to join for the remaining draws at €10 per month.

The death has taken place of John Byrnes, Riddlestown, Rathkeale on Thursday, August 20, peacefully at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He was predeceased by his wife Kitty. His remains arrived at Saint Kyran’s Church on Wednesday, August 26 for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial followed afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sons, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, aunt Mary, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, extended family and many friends. May he rest in peace.

The death has taken place of Patrick (Pa) O’Connor, Knocknagorna, Athea, at University  Hospital, Limerick on Saturday, August 22. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Monday, August 24, and he was laid to rest in Templeathea  Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his  brother Michael (Carrigkerry), sisters Nora (Athea), Breda (Limerick), Theresa (Newport), Peg (England), Alice (England) and Loretta USA, brothers-in-law Pat Kelly and Seamus Ryan, sister-in-law Marie, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, cousin, other relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future  to Donie Sheahan, Cahermoyle, Ardagh, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday.

The cemetery masses due to be held in Kilcolman and Clounagh were all called off. The Knockpatrick, and Skehanagh cemetery mass will not be held  either due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Monaleen by 0-11 to 0-6 in Round 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Saturday, August 22. They trailed by 0-5 to 0-3 at half time. They now play Galtee Gaels in a relegation semi final. TEAM Ray Noonan, Mossie Shine, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Anthony Mullins,  Brendan McCarthy, Liam Kennedy, Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, Donie Nolan, Noel Callanan, Paudie McCarthy 0-1, John Hayes 0-3, Seamus Mangan 0-1, John Doyle 0-1, Kevin Meade. Sub Stephen Lyons. Saint Kieran’s lost to Saint Senan’s by 1-9 to 0-11 in the County U-16 football championship.

Congratulations to Peg Kiely, Knockfinisk,  Athea, who won €117 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, August 28. 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 allow 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.

The recent spell of wet weather has highlighted the condition of many of our rural roads. The very wet weather we got since August 2019, and the lack of attention since the lockdown is really showing with lots of potholes appearing from surface water running and lodging on surfaces. All the rural roads  need to be examined and repaired before their surfaces are further eroded. They need to be attended to now before some motorist badly damages their vehicles. The rural dwellers pay their motor tax as well as the urban dwellers, and a little fair play would be appreciated.

Peter Burke, singer songwriter, was the guest on a Story and a Song on West Limerick 102fm on Saturday last from 3-4pm. He is one of the leading entertainers on the social dancing scene for many years, and always attracts large crowds at his dances. Peter has been a very good supporter of the station over the years, performing at a number of the concerts. The past six months has been a difficult time for Peter and fellow entertainers, watching their living wiped out due to the Covid pandemic.

A prime parcel of 50 acres, with semi-derelict 4 bedroom farmhouse in need of substantial modernisation  with potentially  a great aspect, is for sale on the lands on Wednesday September 16 at 3pm, at Coolcappagh, Ardagh.

Culture Night 2020 will be held 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. Limerick Culture and Arts Office are inviting clubs and organisations wishing to organise  an event to visit

SAINT KIERAN’S HERITAGE ASSOCIATION NEWS SYMPATHY WISHES: Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association members would like to extend their sympathy to fellow members Fr Tim Curtin, Coolcappa/Kilcolman, Caitriona O’Kelly and Mary O’Kelly, Clounagh on their recent family bereavements. Fr Tim’s father Patrick (Paddy Molly) Curtin(Bar) Rockchapel, passed peacefully on Sunday, August 16, in his 99th year in the company of his family at his daughters’ residence Ballywilliam, Kinsale Co. Cork. His Requiem Mass was celebrated  on Wednesday, August 19 at 2pm in St Peter’s Church Rockchapel, with  burial afterwards in the local cemetery. May he rest in Peace.

Frances O’Kelly (aunt of Caitriona, and sister-in-law of Mary), Lifford Gardens, Ballinacurra, Limerick and Croagh, passed away  on Monday, August 24, at University Hospital Limerick. Reposing for family and close friends took place at O’Grady’s Funeral Home, Ballingarry on Tuesday from 6pm with removal at 7.30pm to St. Mary’s Church, Rathkeale. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, August 26, at 12 o’clock, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in Peace.