By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Ellen (Nell) Johnson (née Neville) Glenside, Annacotty, Limerick and formerly of Clounagh House, Reens, Ardagh, unexpectedly at home, on Wednesday March 31. Nell was wife of the late Donal Johnson M.R.C.V.S. Pre-deceased by her sisters Mary (Byrne), Peggy (O’Sullivan), Joan (O’Dwyer) and brothers Eric and  Michael Neville. The Funeral Cortege departed Clounagh House at 11.30am on Friday (April 2) for arrival at St. Mary’s Church, Rathkeale for 12 noon Liturgical Service. Nell was laid to rest afterwards in Coolcappa Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to  sons Neil, Kyran, Ken, Ian and  Derek, brother Ger Neville, daughters-in-law Ríóna, Michèle, Sinéad, Jen and  Bernie, her 13 adored grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, her carers Susan and  Patricia, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Michael (Mick) Meade, Kilcosgrave, Shanagolden, peacefully in the loving care of Milford Care Centre, on Thursday, April 1. Beloved son of the late Ellen and  John Meade, and predeceased by brother John-Joe and sons Oliver and Brendan. Mick was an ex employee of Limerick County Council. Mick was a member of the Ardagh hurling team that won the West Junior hurling championship in 1956. They defeated Banogue in the final  by 4-3 to 1-5, but lost the match following an objection. He also played in the  1964 West Junior hurling final when Adare defeated Ardagh by 6-5 to 3-7. A private family Funeral Mass was held in St. Senan’s Church Shanagolden at 12 noon on Sunday April 4, and burial  took place afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Moira, daughter Helena, and sons Pa, Kieran, Shane, Senan and Evan, brother in law Denis and his wife Mary, sister in law Nora-May, son in law, daughters in law, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great granddaughter, kind neighbours, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

GREENWAY UPDATE: Work is continuing at Ardagh Station House and nearby shed. The roof has been stripped and the timber exposed. The lovely stone work  is a credit to the original builders, and when  renovations are complete it will be a great asset to all. The Greenway is now open from Rathkeale to Ardagh  and from last week to Newcastle West. The Greenway received a major boost in recent weeks with news that over €400,000, has been granted for works on the stretch  of the greenway between Rathkeale and Abbeyfeale. The money is being allocated under the government’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. This funding is to improve the signage, amenity areas, furniture, and general work on the greenway. The work is being done in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Limerick Council.

Congratulations to Leah Hayes Kilcolman a Leaving Cert student at Scoil Mhuire agus Ide, Newcastle West, who received a Soccer Scholarship for High Point University North Carolina USA. Leah currently plays for Cork City in the Women’s National League.

Kilcolman National School will hold a Monster Clothes Collection in aid of school funds on Wednesday, April 21. They will be pleased to accept clean clothes, bed linen, curtain’s, towels,  shoes, bags, belts and soft toys, but not duvets or pillows. Bags can be dropped in over the wall close to the shelter when it reopen for class on Monday April 12. All support will be appreciated, and many thanks for the continued help and support.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday March 29. The numbers drawn were 6, 18, 25 and 28 and there was no winner of the €5,000 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Pa Wilmott, Rathkeale, Maria Madigan, c/o Timmy Madigan, Maurice McAuliffe, c/o Nora Dineen, Joanne Duggan, Croagh, c/o Brendan Duggan and Ivan Neary, Ardagh. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be €5,100. 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 split the pot draw on Monday, March 29. Congratulations to Paul O’Connor who won €124. The next draw will be held on Monday, April 12. 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.

The next West Limerick 102 draw will be held on Friday, April 9.The tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.