Archive for April, 2021

By Carrig Side-27/04/2021

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Patrick O’Connor, Main Street, Ardagh,  peacefully at UHL, on Tuesday, April 20. In accordance with government guidance a private family Funeral Mass took place in Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh, on Friday, April 23 at 11.30am, followed by burial  in the local cemetery.  We extend our sympathy to  his brothers Michael and Christopher, sisters Catherine Moran (Toureendonnell, Athea) and Mary Boyce (Granagh), brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, neighbours relatives and  a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Sheila O’Regan, Dromrahnee, Ardagh, Co Limerick and formerly of Hearnsbrook, Killimor, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Sheila died suddenly at her residence on Thursday, April 22, predeceased by her much-loved brother, Brendan. In accordance with government guidelines a private family Funeral Mass took place in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday,  April 24 at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her  husband Willie, sons Brian and Cian, daughter Emer, brothers and  sisters Frances, Catherine, Noel, Austin, Willie, Joe, Michael, Martin and Grainne, daughters-in-law Annie and  Danielle, son-in-law John, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.  May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Claire Heffernan, Kilrodane, Ardagh and Neil Stokes who were married  recently. Claire is a teacher in Monagea National School and is a widely known performer  in Comhaltas circles.

The Limerick Leader Focus on Photographers has been running on the back page of their weekly paper since Covid-19 hit us a year ago. Bridie Murphy from Glenastar, Ardagh was featured last August, and last week her son Kevin featured to become the first two photographers from the same family to feature. When it comes to taking  award winning photos both Bridie and Kevin have got it clicked.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for April was  held on Saturday, April 24, during the Limerick Live Sports Show from 10-11am. Congratulations to Gary Thompson joined with  the Saint Kieran’s club  who won the exclusive 5th star prize of A Weber Spirit 11 E 320 GBS Gas Barbecue  plus €250 worth of free utensils. The next draw will be held on Saturday, May 29. The top prizes each month are €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000.  There  is also an exclusive 5th star prize each month. There are  four prizes of €500, four prizes of €250, and 17 prizes of €100. The 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.

All fundraisers at present are virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic and details are available on their social media sites. The Great Limerick Run will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (May 1-3) with different distances to run jog or walk to choose from. Alzheimer’s Tea Day will take place on Thursday, May 6, and people can sign up and donate in support. The annual Darkness into Light  event in aid of Pieta House will take place on Saturday May 8. Participants can walk run or hike 5km in their own time and place in support.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, April 19. The numbers drawn were 3, 18, 22 and 24 and there was no winner of the €5,300 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each:  Maeve Enrigh,t online, Noreen Noonan, The Commons, Ardagh, Olga Mills, New Zealand, online, Helen Byrnes, c/o Denis Greaney, Ivan Neary, Ardagh.  Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €5,400. 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 on Monday, April 19. Congratulations to  Gavin Wilmott, who won €115. 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 102fm draw will be held on Friday, April 30, at 12.45 pm on the Exchange show. 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.


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Abbeyfeale Notes-27/04/2021

By Marian Harnett

DEATHS: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Ita Corbett, The Belfrey, and to the O’Regan family Ardagh on the death of Sheila.  May they rest in peace.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE:  Only a couple more days until Fleadh by the Feale 2021 kicks off!! All events will be on our Facebook page from Friday, April 30 – Monday, May 3.  Guaranteed to be a jam packed weekend of music, song and dance. Bígí linn!!

Artistes include:  John Forde, Jackie Murphy, Laura O’Donoghue, Adrian O’Leary, Ian Sheehy, Muireann Hickey, Comhaltas Teampall An Ghleanntáin-Templeglantine, Brogan McAuliffe, Thomas Ahern, Elle Marie O’Dwyer Music, Billy McComiskey, Joseph McNulty, Fuinneamh, Máire Ní Chonchúir, James O’Connor, Micheal Broderick, Padraig Enright, Eibhlin Healy, Jackie Healy, Natasha Sheehy, Husband and wife: Mairead Corridan, Gearóid Keating, Darragh Horan, Greta Curtin, Jessie Healy, Singing Sisters: Eibhlín and Catherine Broderick. Liam Broderick, Louise Mulcahy, Michelle Mulcahy, The Murphy Family, Denis Curtin.

CAMPAIGN TO STOP ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVOUR IN ABBEYFEALE:  Cllr. Liam Galvin is seeking signatures on the following petition:  “ That the Minister for Justice enacts legislation or amends current legislation, as necessary, to put the onus on parents of children under 16 who are gathering /loitering in public areas and engaging in anti-social behaviour, to be responsible for their children and that sanctions be imposed on parents whose children are engaging in such behaviour by means of fines and that these fines would be recovered by means of attachment of earnings, if applicable.”  You can sign on line on Cllr. Galvin’s FB page or the Abbeyfeale Community Group FB page.  You can also contact Cllr. Galvin on 087 9850435.

CONGRATULATIONS: Sr. Agnes Fitzgerald, Sr. Consillo’s sister and a native of Brosna, was awarded Person of the Month in Limerick, she has spent 39 years working in Cuan Mhuire.

ACTIVE RETIRED: We are inviting expressions of interest from all Active Retired Groups to host an event/ activity for older members of your community during the month of May. All event organisers must ensure that their event is on-line, or alternatively events must be adhering to the public health guidelines that may be in place at the time.

COOKING: Certificate in Culinary Arts (Food Preparation and Cooking) starts on Monday, May 10. The course is fully funded, so no fees are payable. It runs for 20 weeks full time and aims to develop a range of basic food prep, cooking and culinary arts skills. Each learner will be based in an industry standard production kitchen at Kerry College’s Clash Road Campus and will have their own workstation. Apply here now:

CHURCH NEWS: Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Ann Romain. Sean O’Mahony, Caherhayes 8th Anniversary.  Friday 10am Deceased members of the Hughes & McEnnis Families.  No Saturday morning 6.30pm Mai & Tade Collins, Ballaugh.  Sunday 10am Mary & James Scully, Mountmahon.  Denis & Ellen Collins, Purt and deceased members of the Geary family. 12 noon Stasia & John McGill and deceased family members. Sincere thanks to parishioners who continue to support the church through their weekly offerings. Your weekly contributions enable us to keep the parish functioning and we are grateful for that. As well as using the weekly envelopes, parishioners can also use the DONATE button on the parish website An increasing number of parishioners are opting to use this electronic donating system. It is a completely secure and confidential method of supporting the church. Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.

NOTICE TO PUBLIC:  As a result of the Coronavirus, all West Limerick Resources events, Training Courses, Workshops and Face-to-Face Meetings are postponed until further notice. Staff are available to respond to clients and community groups by email or phone in relation to West Limerick Resources work and projects. Please check our Website on or Facebook on for further updates or contact the main office landline 069 62222 with any queries and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member.

LOCAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE:  Are you interested in developing or expanding your social enterprise? Have you an innovative approach to addressing community needs? ‘Cooperating to Succeed’ is an imaginative yet practical programme designed to support social entrepreneurs, providing a year-long training and support package, tailored to your current needs. For further information please contact [email protected] or 069 66294.

HELPLINES:  COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: The support line is open every day, 8am-8pm, by calling 081 822 2024.  Hospice Bereavement Line 1800807077 Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm. Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults who live in the Republic of Ireland.  Text 50808 to receive support from a volunteer.  A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588.    Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm.   24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504.  Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019.  Accord NCW 069/61000.   Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email Aware (Depression & Anxiety) 1980 303 302 National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247 Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 311222.




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By Damien Ahern

Congratulations to Sarah O’Connor, Rachel Greaney and Rebekah Daly who have been selected on the Limerick Ladies 2021 Panel. We are very proud to have our club represented at County Level.

We are currently seeking the public’s support in naming our two new superheroes!  The superheroes heard about all the fantastic developments at our club and are here to bring some fun and colour to our facility, and also to help us to further reduce our loan balance – ‘Be a Hero, Run with us to Zero’. There will be a prize of an Athea GAA O’Neill’s Half Zip  Squad Top per name chosen following a public vote. Suggestions can be submitted to our facebook page or through Athea National School.

To kickstart our fundraising efforts – ‘Be a Hero, Run with us to Zero’, a ‘Walk to Croker’ is currently being organised for mid May where we will be encouraging everyone to join us in our walk to Croker. More details to follow next week.


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