By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Maura Liston, Coolybrown, Ardagh and late of Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, England in the loving care of the staff at St Catherine’s Nursing Home Newcastle West. Maura was predeceased by her siblings Jim, Dick, Paddy, Denie and Anna (Sr. Marie-Therese) and her nephew Matt. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated in St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa, on Tuesday, October 27 at 11am, followed by burial afterwards in Kilscannell Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her sister in law Ita, extended family, Peter, Breda, Noel, Katherine, Niamh, Dan, Aisling, Patrick, Eileen, John, Jimmy, Dara, cousins, neighbours and friends, May she rest in peace.

The annual Remembrance Mass for our dearly departed in the parish over the past year was  curtailed due to Covid-19 restrictions. On Tuesday last, November 3, Mass was celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry at 10am for Kit Egan, Patricia Aherne, Eileen Behan,  Denis Fitzgerald and Patrick Foley. On this coming Friday mass will be celebrated in Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Friday, November 6,  at 7.30pm, for John Joe Kennelly, Nell Lenihan, Mary Kelly,  John Mullins,  Peggy Brouder,  Jack Mulvihill,  Anthony John, Margaret Woulfe, Catherine Robinson, Owen Conway, and Angela Cremin.

Three houses are for sale in Ardagh village at present. The former Central Bar and  a 2 Story residence, on the main street, and a cottage on the School Road.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery  continues. The fourth draw took place on Monday, October 26, in the Community Centre Ardagh.  The Jackpot was €3,000, and the numbers drawn were 2,12,14,27 and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each, Pat Dalton c/o Greaney’s, James O’Connor, Rathreigh online, Luke and Nana c/o Mackessy’s, Jack Ahern c/o Greaney’s and Ivan Neary Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will  be €3,100. People can play online using club force on the club’s Facebook page, with 6pm on Monday evening the deadline. The tickets are also on sale at the usual outlets, and all support will be appreciated.

Creeves Celtic  held their fifth split the pot fundraiser draw at Hanley’s Creeves on Monday, October 26. Congratulations to Linda Kennelly who won €132.The entry fee is €2, with €1 going to the club and the other €1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two Euro in plus details, are available at the Thatch Bar, Neary’s Bar and Hanley’s Foodstore Creeves. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month. The forms are available from committee members, and the  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for October was held on Limerick Live 95fm during the sports show on Saturday, October 31. Saint Kieran’s club had no winner, but congratulations to Ann Horan, Glin, School Principal in Carrigkerry N.S. who won the star prize. The star prize this month was  a two night luxury stay in the Lough Rynn Castle Estate and Gardens. The package includes breakfast in the Sandstone Restaurant plus evening dinner for two plus a bottle of wine. Congratulations also to former player Brian Nolan, Rathkeale who won €100. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online.

Darragh Treacy from the St Kieran’s GAA Club was a member of the Limerick team that defeated Waterford  by 2-14 to 0-9, in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan on Saturday last, October 31. Seamus O’Donnell is a member of the backroom team. The result saw them advance to the semi-final this coming weekend.

Sophie Hennessy, and Roisín Ambrose were member of the Limerick team that defeated  Derry by 4-10 to 0-7 in the All Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship in Lannleire Louth on Sunday, October 25.

Congratulations to Olly O’Kelly Newcastle West  who won €108 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, October 30. 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, creating new talk shows, documentaries and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

The late Madge Mullins from Glenville Ardagh, who died on November 22, 1984, wrote the following lines about All Souls Day, November 2, 1973.

Today is All Souls Day

And we think of our loved ones, who’ve passed away

Perhaps they are waiting there, in a queue

For just one prayer from me or you.

The Golden Gates are open

But they cannot enter in,

Until their souls are clean and pure

And free from mortal sin.

So, let’s all pray for them today

For God to speed them on their way,

To his heavenly home above

Where he’ll gather them around him with love.