By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Michael Moloney, Orchard Road, Cork and formerly of Duncaha,  Shanagolden, on Tuesday, January 25, peacefully, surrounded by his family in Cork University Hospital. Michael was a retired member of  An Garda Síochána. Reposing  took place at his residence on Thursday, January 27, from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated at 11.00am on the following morning  in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross. Michael was laid to rest  afterwards in St John’s Cemetery, Ballinrea, Carrigaline. Sympathy to his wife Patsy (nee Cogan, formerly of Carrigaline), children Mary, John and Adel and brother Noel, (Duncaha) John, Oliver and the late Tom and Moira, son-in-law Brian, daughter-in-law Eilish, his twelve adored grandchildren, great-grandchild, nephews, niece, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The blessing of the throats will be held in St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry following the 10am Mass on Thursday, February 3, and in St Molua’ Church Ardagh following the 7.30pm Mass on Friday, February 4. Fr Michael Noonan will make his usual calls on Thursday and Friday February 4/5. First Saturday devotions will be held in St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry at 11am on February 6,  with adoration and rosary followed by mass. Adoration is held in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh every Monday from 10am to 12 noon and all are welcome.

Congratulations to Roisín Ambrose Ardagh and the Old Mill ladies football club who has been announced as the Limerick ladies junior football captain for the 2022 season. She will be joined by Sophie Hennessy, Cathy Ambrose and Iris Kennelly also from the club on the panel of 40 players preparing for the new season. Graham Shine is the manager, and 15 clubs are represented with Amy Ryan from the Oola club the vice-captain. Limerick will be at home to London in their first match in  Division 4 of the National Football League on Sunday, February 13. Roisín is also a member of the  Newcastle West and Limerick senior camogie teams. It is a great achievement for Roisín, her family and  community and best wishes to her in her new role.

The St Kieran’s GAA club are participating in the Ireland Lights Up and Step Challenge 2022. The walk commenced on Wednesday, January 19, from the Ardagh Astro Turf car park at 6.45pm.  It is important that walkers wear suitable footwear, a Hi-Viz vest and carry a torch for to stay safe. The organised walks are being held each Wednesday and Friday nights from 6.45pm, up to Wednesday, March 2. The steps challenge runs 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.

In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies Soccer League played on Sunday January 23, Kilcolman Rovers defeated Breska Rovers B 3-1 away. Marie Balfe, Roisin Tucker, Sophie Hennessy, Ciara Downes and Molly Mc Grath scored their goals. Creeves Celtic had no match but still remain top of the league table. No games in the men’s league for Carrig Celtic and Creeves Celtic.  Creeves Celtic continue to top the Division 1 League Table.

Darragh Treacy, from the St Kieran’s club, was a member of the Limerick football team who defeated Longford by 4-9 to 1-11 in the opening match in Division 3 of the National Football League  played at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday, January 29.

The Limerick Under 20 football panel  has been named for the upcoming Munster championship and it includes Craig MacInnes and Seán Ryan from the St Kieran’s club. The manager is Seamus O’Donnell also from the St Kieran’s club. The St Kieran’s club player and Newcastle West Town soccer club player Mikey Conlon recently signed for Kettering Town who play in the National League North in England. Mikey played hurling and football at under age and minor level for St Kieran’s and all in the club send him best wishes and hope he has a successful career across channel.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday, January 24. The numbers drawn were 10, 13, 15 and 17, and there was  no  winner of the €6,100 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: Mary Harnett, Coolacokera, Jason Mullins (Online), Cian Reidy, 2 Rathina, Newcastle West, Ita Dineen c/o Denis Greaney, John Lynch Carrigkerry (Online).  Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €6,200. 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 Danny Harrold, Bruree, who won €570 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, January 28.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.

Limerick Council has announced new opening hours for Gortnadroma Waste and Recycling Centre EIRCODE: V94XY04. It is open to the public on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s from 9am to 3pm, but closed for lunch from 1pm to 1.30 pm.

The Citizen’s Advice  is a very helpful service for members of the general public, to find out information from the  very helpful  and courteous staff. The office is open for queries from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.15pm. They can be contacted on phone 0761 075780 or email [email protected]

The Friends of St Ita’s Newcastle West continue to support the upgrading works done at the community  hospital. Since they were set up, they have raised over €4 million, due to the support of all sections of the community. To make a donation, people can send/drop it into St Ita’s, c/o Friends of St Ita’s, or you can donate on their website on the donation page. All support will help the committee to continue their great work at the popular community hospital.      

The next car boot sale in aid of the Newcastle West Community Centre will be held on Sunday, February 20. They are accepting bric a brac donations, toys, clean clothing. No books, broken toys etc. They have limited stall spaces available and any enquiries to 069- 69584.

The details and prizes  of the popular Club Limerick GAA Draw for 2022  will be announced shortly. It is a vital fundraiser for all clubs as the cost of running a club soars year on year.  The first draw is set to take place on Saturday, March 26.

Limerick Clean-Up (TLC)is set to take place across Limerick city and county on Good Friday, April 15. The registration is now open for the 7th edition of the largest one day clean up in Ireland. After a two year break due to Covid restrictions groups or individuals are urged to sign up early on www. and help make this year the best ever.

Accord the Catholic Marriage support service is currently offering couples who are preparing to get married a four-module interactive marriage preparation course via video link. Accord can be contacted by phone at 01 5053112 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, email  marriage [email protected] They also offer online support to individuals or couples who are having problems in their marriage. The West Limerick Accord office is located at the parish centre in Newcastle West. Ring 069- 61000.