By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Denis Collins, Reastra, Ardagh peacefully at his residence on Friday, October 22. Removal from his residence to Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh for Requiem Mass at 12.30pm on Sunday, October 24. Denis was laid to rest in the local cemetery. Sympathy to his wife Eileen, son Kieran, daughters Jackie and Rosari, brothers Connie and Eddie, sister Helena,  grandchildren Lee, Aidan, and Niall, sons in law, daughter in law, brothers in law, sisters in law,  nephews, nieces,  relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

A further launch of ‘In Loving Memory’ by Mary Kury, will be held at Rathkeale Tourist Office/The Old Court House on Thursday October 28. Tea / Coffee and light refreshments will be served. The book will be available at the next launch or from me Mary Kury Ardagh by post or Order online at [email protected]  or by text at 0879282462. ‘Connections’ by Bridie Murphy is available from the following shops: Sonas Health Shop, Tony Hayes Newsagents, Special Occasions and O’Connor’s Londis, all in Newcastle West, Riordan’s Chemist Athea, Roche’s Mace Shanagolden, Moloney’s Daybreak Carrigkerry and directly from Bridie at 086-8833277 or email [email protected]

Congratulations to  Shirley O’Regan and Patrick Sheehan,  102 FM presenters, who won Radio Craol Achievement Awards on Friday night last, October 22nd in Kilkenny. Shirley won  a Craol Gold Achievement award for her documentary ‘’My Trousers Turned Back -Con Sings On’’, in the ‘Social Benefit’ category. Congratulations also to Tom Aherne, Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Gerard Greaney who participated and  shared their memories and recollections of Con Greaney on the 20th anniversary of his passing. The Judges commented on the warmth of delivery, intriguing title and distinctive music. Patrick Sheehan won  a Craol  Gold Achievement Award  in the Community and Volunteer Participation category for his “Dromcollogher Day Care Centre” programme. Shirley has also been shortlisted for an award for “Gaeilge Bhriste”, and we wish her well next week.

Congratulations to St Kieran’s who defeated Croom  3-10 to 0-7 in the County Under 19 A Football Championship final at Mick Neville Park on Tuesday October 19. They led 1-7 to 0-3 at half-time. Craig MacInnes, Conor Kelly, Aaron Heffernan, Jamie O’Brien, Shane Fitzgerald,  Dan Geraghty, Sean Ryan, Cormac Mann, Lorcan Murphy, Cathal McEnery, Jamie Baynham, Tom McMahon, Conor Woulfe, Jamie Keane, Shay Greaney. Subs: Cillian Heffernan, Mike Long, Darragh McMahon, Jack Mulqueen, Robert Cremin.

Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s who defeated South Liberties 1-4 to 0-5 in the County Under 15 Football Division 2 Championship Final at Mick Neville Park on Saturday, October 23. They led by 1-2 to 0-3 at Half time. TEAM: Ben Cussen, Christopher Kiely, Conor McMahon, Cormac Murphy, Derry O’Connor, Oisín Ryan, Eoghan Sheehan, Sean Long, Bryan Sheehan, Luke Corrigan, Oisín Cummane, Mikey Kelly, Tadhg Dineen, Jack O’Sullivan, Shane O’Mahony. Subs: Cathal Kinahan, Conor Sheehan, Eoghan Cummane, Jake Lynch, Joey McClellan, Mark Sheahan. Scorers: Oisín Ryan 1-0, Bryan Sheehan 0-2, Oisín Cummane 0-1, Shane O’Mahony0-1.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Doon by 1-11 to 0-11 in the Quarter final  of the County Junior  A Hurling Championship at Kilmallock on Sunday October 17. In a hard-fought physical encounter, they led by 0-7 to 0-6 at half time. A good scoring 3rd quarter and Anthony Molyneaux’s goal paved the way for victory. They play Ballybricken/Bohermore in the semi-final on Saturday October 30, in Clarina at 3pm. TEAM: John Greaney, Anthony Mullins, Paudie McCarthy, Aaron Heffernan, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Brendan McCarthy, Cathal McEnery, Eoin McEnery 0-1, Ian Mackessy 0-7, Mike Flynn, Sean Ryan, Cormac Mann, Anthony Molyneaux 1-2, Johnny McCarthy 0-1 Michael Murphy. Subs James O’Connor, Donie Nolan.

In the Desmond Ladies League Division 1 Kilcolman Rovers defeated Creeves Celtic 2-0 at Newbridge on Sunday October 17. Mia Forrestal and Molly McGrath scored the goals.  In the men’s league Carrig Celtic and Creeves Celtic had no fixtures. Creeves Celtic are holding their monthly Split the Pot draw on Friday, October 29, at Hanley’s Food Store, Creeves. Tickets are available from Hanley’s shop, Thatch Bar and Neary’s Bar, Ardagh.

Milford defeated Ballyagran in the annual Eilish Dillane Cup in  Under 12 camogie at Milford on Saturday, October 9. The cup was presented to the winning captain Polly McAuliffe by Johnny Dillane husband of the late Eilish. She was the former Eilish O’Neill from Old Mill and a great supporter of the Milford camogie club.  

Pat Moran’s, Newbridge will host a Rambling House  session  on Friday, October 29, from 8.30pm. All entertainers  including musicians, singers, dancers and story tellers are welcome to attend.

Kilcolman National School are holding a clothes collection on Friday November 5. Accepted will be used clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, curtains etc. Items can be dropped to the shelter in the school  from Friday, October 22. All support is greatly appreciated.  St Kieran’s GAA Club are holding their annual clothes collection on Saturday/Sunday, November 6/7. All types of rewearable clothes, paired shoes, handbags, belts,  curtains, towels and bed linen accepted. No pillows, duvets, blankets or wet clothes. Items can be dropped off at Ardagh Community Centre and the club grounds at Coolcappa from 9am to 6pm.

Debra Ireland Kerry Challenge 2021 will take place from Friday, November 5 to Sunday, November 7, inclusive. This 75K three-day challenge helps raise funds to ease the pain of E.B. (Epidermolysis Bullosa) Eamon O’Kane, Pat Toomey, Mike Histon and Joe Carrig from the Shanagolden/Creeves area will be taking part as they have done for many years up to the pandemic last year. All support will be appreciated  for this very worthy cause.

Communities across Limerick are being urged to donate gift-filled shoeboxes for children  affected by poverty  in Eastern Europe  and Africa this Christmas. The theme for this year’s appeal is ‘Make A Child Smile’ and aims to encourage people to think  about the single impact , joy and smiles that a shoebox brings to the child who receives it. All people have to do is find an empty shoebox, wrap it in Christmas paper and fill it with gifts  for a boy or a girl aged between 2 and 14, give online or attach a €4 donation and bring it to a local drop off point  before November 8. People can also build a box online by donating at www.

The next  Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on Saturday, October 30, during the Limerick Live Sports Show from 10-11am. The top prizes each month are 1st prize €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000. The fifth prize each month is an exclusive  star prize. This month it is a hotel break for two nights with dinner. There are  four prizes of €250, and 17 prizes of €100. The total prize money given out each month is €21,000. The Saint Kieran’s GAA Club would welcome new members, and subscription can be paid through the Club force App.

Congratulations to Kathleen Sheehy who won € 347 in the Broadford United Split the Bucket draw.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery  draw took place on Monday October 18.  The numbers drawn were 9,19, 22 and 28, and there was  no  winner of the €4,900 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: A J O’Sullivan c/o Dawn’s Launderette, Kate Ambrose Liskileen, (Online), Tom Mackessy, Coolanoran,  Margaret Carroll (Online), Ann Holyhead, c/o Dinny Greaney. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €5,000. 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 Gerry Martin Newcastle West , who won €555 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, October 22. The tickets cost €2, or 3  for €5 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. A number of exciting new programmes are  being broadcast at present with more on the way. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.