By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Edward (Ned) Lawlor, Saint Mary’s Park, Rathkeale and formerly Knocknagun, Carrigkerry peacefully on Tuesday,  June 29 at University Hospital Limerick. His Requiem Mass took place at Saint Mary’s Church, Rathkeale at 11am on Thursday July 1, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We extend sympathy to his wife Kathleen, sons Patrick, Michael, Eddie, Gus and John, daughters  Mary, Nora and Kathleen, grandchildren, brothers Con and Pat, sisters Mary and Ann (U.S.), sons -in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews,  extended family in Nenagh, other relatives, neighbours and many friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place peacefully  of Elizabeth (Betty) O’Connor, (nee Brown) Dunmoylan, Shanagolden on Tuesday, June 29, at Adare and District Nursing Home. Beloved wife of the late John. Fr Tim Curtin celebrated her funeral Mass in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman at 12 noon on Friday, July 2, followed by burial in the local cemetery. We extend sympathy to her sons Pat, John, Gerard, and Henry, daughters Lily, Ellen and Susan, sister Nellie, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews. relatives, friends and kind neighbours. May she rest in Peace.

Due to the latest recommendations from the HSE and the increasing impact of the Delta variant, the upcoming First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies have been postponed until further notice.

The new car park at the Station House, Ardagh is open for people to park their vehicles. Work continues on restoring the Station House, and goods shed, and new signage has been put in place. The entire 40-kilometre route from Rathkeale  to Abbeyfeale fully reopened to the public on Thursday last, July 1. The Greenway has featured on national TV and Radio, and  print publications, and promises to be a great asset to the  West Limerick area. It would be nice to see the original committee’s names from the Great Southern Trail who were responsible for putting  it in place in the beginning remembered at some location along the Greenway.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Askeaton by 0-16 to 0-13 in round 3 of the West Junior A hurling league at Coolcappa on Sunday, June 27. In earlier rounds they had defeated Newcastle West B and lost to Rathkeale. The Limerick  hurling and football Championship draws for 2021 took place on Tuesday, June 29, and the action is due to commence in late August. Twelve teams will take part in the senior football championship divided into four groups of three clubs. The top two in each group progress to the quarter finals, with the bottom four teams  going into the relegation playoff semi-finals. Saint Kieran’s are in Group 1 along with Ballysteen and Galtee Gaels.

Twenty four clubs will contest the Junior A Hurling Championship and will be divided into four groups of six. The top two teams in each group will progress to the quarter finals,  with the bottom four teams  going into the relegation playoff semi finals. Saint Kieran’s are in Group 2 along with Saint Patrick’s, Monagea, Ahane, Garryspillane and Kilteely-Dromkeen.

Róisín Ambrose was a member of the Limerick senior camogie team that lost to Cork by 4-20 to 2-9  in the Munster final played at  The Ragg Tipperary on Saturday last, July 3.

Newcastle West Community Centre are holding a Car Boot sale on Sunday July 11 from 8-30am to 1pm. To book a stall in advance ring 069-69584. Admission is €2, all are welcome, and proceeds are in aid of the Community Centre.

West Limerick Mental Health Association are sponsoring a new programme on West Limerick 102 FM, commencing on Wednesday July 14, at 11am. The weekly programme will focus on the positive and embrace self-care and it aims to encourage people  to open up and express their feelings. The series will also be available as a podcast.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday June 28. The numbers drawn were 19, 20, 27 and 30, and there was  no  winner of the €3,300 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Rosemary Enright Hodgson, (Online), Helen Byrnes, c/o Denis Greaney, Pat Dalton, c/o Denis Greaney, Tom Mackessy, Coolanoran, and JJ Cronin, (Online).  Next Monday night’s jackpot will be €3,400. 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, June 28. Congratulations to Jack Guinane who won €110. 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 Raymond Massey, who won €490, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 2. 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.

The unveiling of the newly-restored Ambrose monument on “Hero’s Walk”.

By Dave Lewis, Assistant Editor     September / October 2018

Nearly 30 years after the bust of John Wolfe Ambrose, the Irishman who helped New York become one of the greatest sea ports in the world, was stolen from his memorial, a new bust was unveiled and rededicated on May 15, the anniversary of Ambrose’s death in 1899. The event, which was attended by Ambrose’s relatives from Ireland and the U.S., local dignitaries including Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Warrie Price; president of The Battery Conservancy, Jonathan Boulware, and Vice Consul General of Ireland Kerry O’Sullivan.

Ambrose was born in Newcastle West, Limerick in 1838 and emigrated to the United States in 1851 with his family. After settling in he attended the University of the City of New York (Now NYU) where he studied mathematics. Ambrose had a brief stint in the newspaper business but soon came under the tutelage of a contractor named John Brown. His learning experiences with Brown led him to develop a more efficient street cleaning plan, he laid the first eight miles of pneumatic tubes in the United States, and was also responsible for the dredging of New York Harbor’s inner channels deepening and widening them to handle the top of the line transatlantic ships of the day leading to an economic boom that is still felt today. It was a humid and windy morning as the ceremony began with a musical prelude by piper Robert Patrick Lynch set the atmosphere, amidst the hum of the traffic along the perimeter of The Battery on the south side of State Street in lower Manhattan. Speakers, including Marian Betancourt, who wrote a piece on Ambrose last April for the magazine, talked about Ambrose’s influence on city he revolutionized, his several generations removed, niece, Linda Cruise spoke on the family’s behalf.