By Tom Aherne

There are exciting plans proposed for Moloney’s shop in Carrigkerry which serves so well the local community and the passing customers. An  application is before Limerick City and Council Council at present seeking permission to demolish existing substandard  shed and erect  an extension to existing  retail facility  to incorporate  an off-licence area,  upgrade the entrance and glassing to the retail  and erect a new storage shed and all associated  site works at Knocknagun, Carrigkerry. The Moloney family recently upgraded their premises in Abbeyfeale to a high standard so customers can look forward to similar results in Carrigkerry.

Timmy and Joan Copse, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry recently presented Milford Hospice Limerick with a cheque for €4,821, the proceeds of their Christmas Lights display. Mary and Cormac Hayes from nearby Shanagolden Christmas Lights display raised €13,000 this year for Milford Hospice, and the Children Ark Unit University Hospital  Limerick. Both families would like to thank everybody for their support and kind donations.

We extend sympathy to Pat and Daphne Casey and family, Reerasta Ardagh on the death of Pat’s sister Eileen O’Brien, Howth, Dublin and formerly of Knocknasna,  Abbeyfeale, on Wednesday, February 3, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. A private family funeral service  was live streamed  on Saturday, February 6. Sympathy also to her husband Tom, sons Thomas, Kieran,  and Brendan, and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

It has been announced that Ardagh village is to receive an allocation of €100,000 under the National transport authority improvement grants scheme. These grants are to improve facilities, footpaths etc. and to promote cycling and walking facilities, and grants were also awarded to Athea, Glin and Newcastle West.

David Egan, a native of Carrigkerry village, is doing the Running Home Challenge. He will walk or run 1112km, the distance from Amsterdam to Carrigkerry village. He  will donate €1 for every km and hopes to get enough donations to at least match that. All donations go to Midwest Simon Community who do great work for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The contact details #runninghome  David will be very thankful for all support received.

Glenville House and Gardens in Ardagh have announced their opening dates for 2021, with restrictions in place  due to Covid-19 guidelines. April 3rd -30th, May 1st -26th, August 4th -22nd (Heritage Week) September 1st -17th, Tuesday to Saturday (9.30am -1.30pm). The admission is €5, students €3, with children and old age pensioners free.

Enrolments are now open  for the coming school year 2021/22, at Saint Molua’s N.S. Ardagh. Please email the school on [email protected] or download an application form from their website www. and post to the Principal, Ardagh National School.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, February 8. The numbers drawn were 17,21,25 and 27, and there was no winner of the €4,300 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each:  Tom Neary, Ardagh, Daniel Power, Skehanagh, Michael Liston, Glenastar, Diarmuid Carroll, Shanid, and the Buston family Coolcappa. Next Monday night’s Jackpot will be €4,400. 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 split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store,  Creeves, on Monday, February 8. Congratulations to Mary Nash who won €120. 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.

Tralee Garda station members filmed the Jeresulama challenge dance video on the roof  of their station, and around scenic Kerry. Garda Nicola Hogan from Rathkeale and daughter of Tom and Annette Shiels of the Old Mill was one of the Gardai who featured.

Team Limerick (TLC)  clean up year 6 will go ahead this Good Friday, April 2. It was not held in 2020 due to Covid-19, and our communities show all the signs. The event  will have to be Covid compliant as we could still be in Level 5. Individuals and groups are asked to register for the clean-up by logging on to www. More details will be announced in the

The death has taken place of Frank O’Connor, 3 Lilac Close, Newcastle West,  suddenly at his residence, on Wednesday, February 10. Predeceased by his parents Peg and Ned and nephew Mark. Frank and his family were regular patrons to Stacks Carrigkerry back in the 1970s. As a young fellow he often performed on stage with the groups that were providing the entertainment. Little Jimmy Osmond, youngest member of the Osmond family at the time, recorded a song titled Long haired lover from Liverpool,  which went to number 1 in the British charts in 1972, and young Frank often belted it out at Stacks Lounge bar. In accordance with government guidelines a private family funeral Mass took place in Newcastle West Church on Saturday,  February 13 at 11.30am, with burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sisters Margaret, Rena and Joan (Australia), Sr. Martha (South Africa), Carmel (Newcastle West) and brother Denis (Florida), brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-niece, grand-nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.