By Tom Aherne

Saint Kieran’s GAA club held their annual general meeting online on Friday, November  21, on the Microsoft teams’ site.  Chairman David Woulfe welcomed all 31, and the various reports and addresses were dealt with during an upbeat and  positive meeting.  During his address David recalled a year that no one could imagine, since lockdown on March 12 disrupted the playing season. He thanked Ian Mackessy for organising the site, which he believed  was the first in the county to be held this way. Highlights included the road hurling last Christmas which was very successful, and over the past five years €12,000 has been given to local charities.

The club walks around the village over an eight week period was very popular and attracted large crowds twice weekly. Thanks to Deirdre and all the stewards who organised and kept everybody safe. Ivan Neary and Paul Moriarty and the area response group were thanked for the work they did during the lockdown months. Donal McEnery and the Bord Na Nóg  were thanked for the work they are doing with the underage players. The Cúl Camp was held with reduced numbers and the Covid officers Aisling Hayes, Deirdre Ambrose and the various team supervisors were thanked.

The highlights on the curtailed playing season were few with no honours won, but progress was made by the minor hurlers who reached the semi final. The senior footballers bowed out tamely from the County championship but retained their status and will compete in their 50th year in the topflight in 2021. The U-21 Footballers season should commence in early 2021. Darragh Treacy was congratulated on his success  with Limerick footballers, as were all club players who represented  the county.  Best wishes were sent to Sophie Hennessy and Róisín Ambrose from the Old Mill ladies club and the Limerick team contesting the All Ireland semi final.

Financially it was a very good year for the club who entered 2020 in the red but exited in the black.  This was due mainly to the success of the Christmas Draw 2019, scrap metal collection, U-21 static cycle and the church gate collection. The numbers in the Limerick Development draw were up and all who gave sponsorship were thanked. The club membership rates for 2021 remain the same as they were, and the online club force is proving very successful. All the club officers, development draw promoters, club force personnel and the front line staff around the locality were also thanked. Two club Gaels who passed on during the year John Mullins and Donal Mulvihill were remembered for their service and dedication, as were all members who suffered bereavements.

The following  officers were elected to run the club in 2020. Chairman David Woulfe, Vice-Chairman Patrick Windle, Secretary Ivan Neary,  Ass-Secretary Owen Hayes, Treasurer Tom Harnett, Ass-Treasurer Ian Mackessy, PRO Owen Hayes, Children’s Officer Deirdre Ambrose,  Irish Officer John Hough. A club committee was put in place  and most of the football and hurling management teams for 2021 were appointed.

The Charity Road Hurling competition will be held on Sunday, December 27, if Covid-19 allows. All funds raised on the day will be donated to three local charities Milford Hospice and the Night Daffodil Nurses, who do wonderful work in our communities, and Pieta House. It is a very enjoyable event and growing in popularity each year, and all support will be greatly appreciated. All who assisted and supported the club during the year were thanked. It is hoped to run the Oskar fundraiser in November 2021, if life returns to near normal. The meeting concluded on a positive note, with hopes high for a successful year for all.

The death has taken place of Ellen (Nellie) Barry, nee Carrig, Church View, Askeaton, suddenly on Saturday,  November 14. Pre-deceased by her beloved husband Paddy. She was a member of the well known Carrig family from Creeves Cross. Reposing at her home until arrival at St  Mary’s Church, Askeaton on Wednesday, November 14, for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial took place  afterwards in Relig Mhuire Cemetery, Askeaton. We extend our sympathy to  her daughters Mary and Lisa, son in law Mike, Lisa’s partner John, grandchildren Jack, Ava, Mia and Cathal, brothers, sisters, relatives,  extended Carrig family in the locality and a wide circle of friends. May she rest in peace.

“Lights on the Horizon” is a newly published hardback book of poetry, fiction and drama, created to honour Ireland’s frontline heroes. It was written during thelockdown in March 2020, and it reflects people’s experiences during this difficult time. It features collections of short stories, poetry, fiction and photography. Peg Prendeville from Knockdown has two poems included “Spring Cleaning the World” and “Life with Covid-19.”

The last dates for Christmas posting has been announced for standard post as follows, Parcels and letters  to the Rest of the World is December 7. Parcels to America is December 7 and letters  December 11. Parcels to the Rest of Europe is December 12 and letters December 17. Parcels and letters to Great Britain is December 18, and both to Northern Ireland is December 19. The last day for posting parcels and letters around Ireland is Monday, December 21.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for November will be held on Limerick Live 95fm during the sports show on Saturday, November 28. The star prizes this month is a two nights Spa Break in Fitzgerald’s Woodland  House Hotel and Spa Adare, and dinner in Timmy Mac’s Bistro. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online.

The annual Milford Hospice Light up a Memory Christmas Tree event will be held online this year on Sunday, December 6. Lights can be sponsored  from now until Christmas for €5, and they will remain illuminated on the tree until Sunday, January 3, 2021. The lights can be purchased online at or by calling the Fundraising Department at Milford Care Centre at 061 485859. The ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook and on their website at 6pm on Sunday, December 6.

Congratulations to Donal O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry who won €100 in the Athea GAA Club Development Draw held outdoors on Sunday, November 15 at their Gaelic grounds.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, November 16, in the Community Centre, Ardagh. The numbers drawn were 3,10,23,27  and there was no winner of the €3,300 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Kate Ambrose Ardagh (online), Josie and Maggie, Deirdre Ambrose (online), Patsy Duggan c/o Ann Mullins, and Rosemary Enright Hodgson (online).  Next week’s jackpot will be €3,400. 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 eight split the pot fundraiser draw at Hanley’s Foodstore, Creeves, on Monday, November 16. Congratulations to Mary Jo O’Keeffe who won €142. 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  Hanley’s Food store Creeves and from committee members. 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.

Congratulations to Ronan Costello, Tournafulla, who won €180 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, November 20. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry) 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.