By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Tom Barrett, Ballylahive, Newcastle West, and late of White Plains, New York and St. Catherine’s Nursing Home, Newcastle West. Tom died peacefully in the care of the staff at the Trauma Ward, University Hospital Limerick, on Easter Sunday, April 4. Predeceased by his wife Mary (nee Drohan) and his brothers and sisters. In accordance with government guidelines, a private family funeral Mass took place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, on Thursday, April 8 at 2.30pm. Burial took place afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sister and brothers,(Eoin, Kilrodane Ardagh) nieces and nephews and a wide circle of family and friends in Ireland and America. May he rest in Peace.

The weekend parish mass times have changed for the summer months as follows, Saint Mary’s Carrigkerry each Saturday evening at 6.30pm, and Saint Molua’s Ardagh each Sunday morning at 11am. All weekly masses in Ardagh church are available on the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Parish Facebook page, and all masses in Carrigkerry are available on 107FM Radio.  Easter Water is available  in both churches following the blessing over Easter. Please bring your own bottle and adhere to HS guidelines with regard to sanitising your hands. Hand sanitiser is available in both churches. Contribution boxes have been fitted  to inside doors entering both churches for parishioners to place their weekly  offerings. The boxes are opened and emptied daily.

Fr Michael has the following  message for parishioners: A sincere thank you to all the parishioners  who have paid  your Lenten Station Dues and Easter Dues. Your contributions  are very much appreciated. Due to a change in the banking services by the Permanent T.S.B. in Newcastle West, the cash desk in the bank will be closed from this week onwards. The parish accounts and the Dues Account are with this bank, and only notes and cheques will be accepted via the banking machine. We are requesting people to either place notes or cheques in the weekly contribution envelopes. If it is more convenient  for you rather than doing a weekly  coin contribution, perhaps you could do a 3 or 4 week notes contribution instead. Your generosity to the parish is very important and we are extremely grateful for your continued support. We apologise for the inconvenience caused but unfortunately  this is completely outside of our control. Take care, stay safe, and God bless all. Fr Michael.

Banks are a law onto themselves, and are only interested in making money and not serving the people. The options available to people who need these services are to move to another financial institution if available in their town. The big loser as a result of the changes may be  the one off church  collections held during the year.

Carrigkerry National School  commenced accepting applications for admission to the 2021/22 school year on Monday, April 12. A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form  is available as follows: By emailing [email protected] carrickerry.ie or writing to the Principal, Carrigkerry NS, Carrigkerry, Co. Limerick.

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 Con and Anne Kirby Memorial Stake commenced at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday, March 27. It is sponsored by JP and Noreen McManus, and €20,000 prize money will be on offer for the Limerick GAA Clubs,  with €10,000 for the winning greyhound and associated club. All the Limerick GAA Clubs were allocated a greyhound for the event, which is being run off on Saturday nights. Saint Kieran’s greyhound Droopys Fittest ran out of contention after two rounds of the event.

The next Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on Saturday April 24, during the Limerick Live Sports Show from 10-11am.The top prizes each month are €10,000, 2nd prize € 3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000. The exclusive 5th star prize is A Weber Spirit 11 E 320 GBS Gas Barbecue  plus €250 worth of free utensils. There are  four prizes of €500, four prizes of € 250, and 17 prizes of €100. Total prize money each month is €21,000. The Saint Kieran’s GAA Club would welcome new members, and subscription can be paid through the Clubforce App.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday April 5. The numbers drawn were 7,17,22, and 28, and there was no winner of the €5,100 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each:  Liam Steele, Ardagh c/o Patrick Mullins, Mary Kiely, Ballykiely c/o Sean Downey, Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh c/o Moira, Noreen Murphy, Newcastle West c/o Moloney’s, and Olga Mills online. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €5,200. 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.

Congratulations to Peg Kiely Knockfinisk Athea, who won €145 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw 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.