By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Neilie Moran (Plumber), Grouse Lodge, Ardagh, peacefully at University Hospital, Limerick on Thursday, January 6. Reposing at Riedy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Sunday, January 9, from 5 to 6.30pm. Requiem Mass was celebrated on  Monday at 12 noon in St Colman’s Church Kilcoleman and burial afterwards in Calvary cemetery Newcastle West. Sympathy to his sons Neil and Michael, brother John Joe, sisters Marie Walsh, Noreen O’Keeffe and Joan Copse, grandchildren, sister-in-law, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of John Griffin (Irish Rail worker), Ardvone, Ardagh, peacefully at Killeline Nursing Home on Monday, January 10. His Requiem Mass took place at St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Wednesday, January 12 at 11.30am. Burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery. Sympathy to his sister Joan, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, Graham and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Catherine Ferris, Glencullare, Tarbert and Principal of Kilcolman N.S. and Patrick O’Connor  who were married in St Mary’s Church, Tarbert on Thursday, December 30, by Fr John O’Connor, Tarbert. The Bridesmaids were Mary Moriarty, Teresa Spaight and Mary Lyons. The Groomsmen were John Foster, Tommy McGrath and Gareth Roche. The Flower girls were Lizzie Woulfe and Aisling Kelly. The Pageboy was Mark Kelly. The music was supplied by Teresa, Cara and Blaithín and the singer was Michelle Donovan. The reception was held in the Listowel Arms Hotel. The happy couple will reside in Glencullare, Tarbert. Catherine is a very popular teacher with pupils and parents alike. Thanks to the Tarbert correspondent for the information.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Siobhan Hannafin,  Knocknaboha Old Mill and Raymond  Barrett Templeathea who got married in the Heights Hotel Killarney over the  New year weekend.

Minister Heather Humphreys announced  on Thursday, January 6, extra funding of €600,000 for Limerick  Council to be used in the development of two projects on the Greenway at Ardagh and Abbeyfeale. Part of the funding will be used to turn the Station House in Ardagh into a visitor centre and the site into a children’s playground  and a glamping site.

Liam Kennedy, from the Saint Kieran’s club, was half back and Darragh Treacy  was a half time substitute on the Limerick senior football team that lost to Tipperary 1-12 to 0-14 in round 2 of the group stages  in the Mc Grath Cup at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Sunday, January 9.

Róisín Mann, Róisín Ambrose, Kate Ambrose and Iris Kennelly (0-1) were members of the Newcastle West camogie team defeated by Drom -Inch 0-10 to 0-7 in the Munster Club Senior Camogie semi-final at Inch Tipperary on Saturday, January 8.

All fixtures in the men’s and ladies Desmond League soccer remain cancelled due to the  Covid pandemic.

The following are the St Kieran’s GAA club membership rates for 2022. Club Limerick Draw only €100, Senior adult player €55, Senior adult player including Limerick Club draw €145, Family membership €75, Family membership including Limerick Club Draw €165, Adult social non playing supporter €35, Adult social non playing supporter including Limerick Club Draw €125, Under 21/Student membership €35, Single Juvenile membership €35. Membership can be paid through the Club Force on the clubs Facebook page.

The St Kieran’s GAA club are participating in the Ireland Lights Up and Step Challenge 2022. The walk commences on this Wednesday, January 19, from the Astro Turf car park at 6.45pm. The organised walks will be held each Wednesday and Friday nights from 6.45pm, up to Wednesday, March 2. The steps challenge runs for five weeks from January 19 to Wednesday, February 23. Each individual can record their weekly steps on the My Life App. This can be done by downloading the App, tap social challenges Munster Every Step Counts and join under select team and click on St Kieran’s.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, January 10. The numbers drawn were 5, 15, 16 and 20, and there was  no  winner of the €5,900 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  Mike Magner, c/o Tom Neary, Kate Ambrose, (Online), Stephen Murphy, c/o Moore’s Bar, Tom Corrigan, Askeaton, Kate Ambrose, (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €6,000. 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.

After the Christmas break  the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, returns  on Friday, January 21. 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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

The Month’s Mind Mass for Kathleen Ryan, Coolacokera, will be celebrated in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh at 7.30pm, on Friday, January 21.

There is a grand stretch in the evenings at present as we move into the second half of the  month of January. The dry and mild weather has been a welcome bonus during these challenging times. The extra light in the morning and evening gives people a little lift after the winter darkness. The birds are making their presence felt and nature is pushing up shoots for the early flowers.