By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Paddy Falahee, Ballyloughane, Carrigkerry and formerly of Limerick County Council,  peacefully at Milford Care Centre Limerick on Thursday, February 4. His Funeral Mass took take place in Saint Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Saturday, February 6 at 11.30am followed by burial afterwards in Churchtown Cemetery, Newcastle West. We extend our sympathy to his sisters Sister Bridie, and Sister Peg, relatives, friends and neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Michael Dore, Balliston, Shanagolden, and husband of the late Nora. His Funeral Mass was celebrated  in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman at 11am on Monday, February 1 followed by burial immediately afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sister Eithne, daughters Mary, Michelle and Laura, son Paul, sons in law Brendan, Peter and Kevin, daughter in law Candace, aunt Emer, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family and a wide circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place  of Mary (May) O’Rourke (née Flynn), Marian Park, Portumna, Galway and Ardagh, Limerick peacefully in Portiuncula Hospital on Monday, February 1. Formerly of Glenastar, Ardagh, Co. Limerick and Chelmsford, England. Predeceased by her husband John, brothers Seán, Mike and Dan, sisters Bridgie, Nora and Eily. Survived by her loving sisters Madge, Hannie and brother Patie. A private family Funeral  Mass was celebrated  on Thursday, February 4 at 11am in Saint Brigid’s Church, Portumna, followed by burial in Saint Michael’s Cemetery.

We extend our sympathy to  children Sarah (Salesian Sisters), Hanorah Beirne (Roscommon), John (Galway), Michael (Longford), Mary Keenan, (Galway) and Bernadette, grandchildren Damien, Elaine, Ailbhe, Iarlaith, Caoimhe, Ríona, and  Jack and great grandchildren Fiadh and Roisín. sisters Madge Maune England Hannie O’Connor Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, brother Patie Galway, sons-in-law Pat Beirne, Michael Keenan, daughters-in-law Patricia and Mary Carmel, nieces, nephews and their families, neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Margaret Ryan was the proprietor of the Thatch Bar in Newbridge for 30 years from 1969 to 1999. The bar situated where four roads met, going towards Askeaton, Rathkeale, Creeves, and Coolcappa, was a great gathering place for people from the surrounding areas. Ardagh Development Association held Quiz nights there back in the 1990s, Saint Kieran’s GAA Club held fund raising nights, and Lottery draws there. Villa Rovers soccer club played many matches in the adjoining field there against the local Creeves Club, (who Maureen allowed to use as their home ground) and in Desmond League fixtures.

Margaret Ryan, nee Casey, of  Deel Manor, Askeaton passed away peacefully in her 97th year  on Monday, February 1 at Abbot Close Nursing Home, Askeaton. A private family Funeral Mass took  place at 12 o’clock on Tuesday, Feburary 2 at Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, followed by burial afterwards in Kildimo Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her family members,  and may she rest in Peace.

The passing of Paddy Clancy from Hill Road,  Ballingarry on Sunday, January 31 in his 90th year in Caherass Nursing Home is deeply regretted around the locality. Paddy was a traditional musician, who played the accordion and he also manufactured them. Over the years he played at all the local venues, and  around the Carrigkerry  locality. A private Funeral Mass was held at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballingarry on Tuesday, February 2, followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his family members, and may he rest in Peace.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, February 1 in the Community Centre, Ardagh. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 11 and 22 and there was no winner of the €4,200 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Winnie Murphy, Coolanoran, Eileen Fitzgerald c/o Denis Greaney, May Gallagher, online, Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh and Kathleen Ryan, Coolacokera.  Next Monday night’s Jackpot will  be €4,300. 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  split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store,  Creeves, on Monday, February 1. Congratulations to Des Hough who won €122. The weekly   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. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

Congratulations to well known sportsman Davy Nolan, Kilcolman, and his dog Dannos Rambler, who won the Johnny Waters Memorial Stake at Limerick Greyhound Track on Saturday, January 30. The dog was bred in nearby Rathnagore by Noel and Fiona Ahern, who have enjoyed great success with their Tullig Prefix, which is known far and wide. Davy played with Saint Kieran’s and Monagea in Gaelic Football and with Kilcolman Rovers and Villa Rovers in soccer.

The former Limerick and  Ballysteen footballer Pa Ranahan paid a nice tribute to former Coláiste  Mhuire Askeaton principal John Egan in a recent article in the Limerick Post. I quote: “We were lucky that the principal at the time, John Egan  was very much GAA orientated, having hurled for Limerick at one point. And was very understanding of classes being missed  as a result! He also took charge  of a few of the teams over the years. The training we did was of the old school variety, but it was the way at the time and the players respected  him and bought into it fully. My GAA interest was cultivated during that time and I am very grateful  that John Egan  and a couple of other teachers in the school had an interest in GAA and willingly gave up their time during and after school.” John Egan was from Coolcappa and a fine hurler in his day who played with Ardagh, and Limerick. He continued his interest in Askeaton school, being coach, manager, and driver of their team bus.