By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Denis Sheehy,  Carrons, Kilcolman, Ardagh, peacefully on Friday, March 11, in the company of his family and in the wonderful care of the staff of Abbot Close, Askeaton. He was a former  Desmond League Referee. Reposing at his home in Kilcolman from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday, March 13. Arriving at St Coleman’s Church, Kilcolman for 12 noon Mass on Monday, March 14, followed by burial in the local cemetery. Sympathy to his wife Kathleen, children Triona, Becca, William, Nigel, Mary Ann and Gerard, daughter in law, Sylvia and  grandsons Denis and Tadhg, mother in law Rita Kelly, Ashford, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law,  nephews and nieces – the Murphy’s, Ballingarry and the Sheehy’s, London, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Jeremiah (Jer) McCarthy, Riverview, Knockbrack, Abbeyfeale and formerly of Rooska East, Carrigkerry, peacefully at home in the presence of his family on Tuesday, March 15. Jer was predeceased by his parents Joe and Peg, brothers Thomas and John.  Reposing at Hartnett’s Funeral Home,  the Square, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday  from 6-8pm. The funeral cortege arrived at the Church of the Assumption Abbeyfeale on Friday for 11am Requiem Mass. Jer was laid to rest in Reilig Íde Naofa on March 18. Sympathy to his wife Mary (Chrissie),  son Kieran, daughters Michelle and Amanda brother Jody Rooska, sisters Ann Glensharrold and Mary, extended family members relatives, friends, work colleagues, neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Mary Reidy (nee Hynes) Knockdown, Athea, unexpectedly on Monday, March 7. Predeceased by her husband Moss and sister Annie, her remains were removed from Healy’s Funeral Home, Glin to St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Thursday March 10. Mary’s Requiem Mass was celebrated  on Friday followed by burial in Knockanure Cemetery, Kerry. Sympathy is extended to her daughters, Marie, Angela, Patsy and Elaine, sister Kathleen (UK), and extended family members, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The Catholic Bishops of Ireland have organised a special church collection for the people of Ukraine. It  will be taken up throughout the country this coming weekend Saturday, March 26 and  Sunday, March 27. All support will be greatly appreciated to aid the people who have been uprooted from their homes and separated  from family by the actions of a dictator and bully whose name deserves no publicity.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Siobhán Copse, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry and Kevin Enright, Rockchapel, Cork who were married in St. Colman’s Church, Kilcolman on Friday, March 18. The happy couple held their reception with family and friends in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine.

People enjoyed the return of the St Patrick’s Day parades around the county and the weather was good for all involved.  St Kieran’s Heritage Association and the pike men members took  part in Rathkeale and in the Askeaton parade.

A tremendous night of traditional music was held in the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West on Friday, March 18. The people who did not attend were the real losers as the three different groups entertained separately and then all came together in the final part for a rousing finale. The night also saw the local launch of their CDs, by Bryan O’Leary and Nicholas McAuliffe.  The CDs are Back in Time from Dan Brouder, Monagea on accordion and partner Angelina Carberry, Longford on banjo last year’s TG4 Gradam  Ceoil traditional musician of the year award winner. They didn’t come home until Morning from Francis and Aine O’Connor, Ardagh and  Broadford, Abroad in the Back Kitchen from Diarmuid O’Brien, Glin and Donal O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, March 14. The numbers drawn were 1, 9, 13 and 24, and there was  no  winner of the €6,800 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: Margaret Brouder, Ballinabearna, Maisie Bennett, c/o Nora Dineen, Niall O’Shea, Knockfinisk c/o Neary’s, Jackie Erswell, Newcastle West (Online), Nora Mullins, Commons Ardagh, Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €6,900. 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.

Darragh Treacy from the St Kieran’s club was a member of the Limerick football team who defeated Laois  by 0-15 to 0-14 in round 6 in Division 3 of the National Football League played at O’Moore Park Portlaoise on Saturday, March  19. The club held their medal presentation to the county Under 19 footballers at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Friday, March 11. They also held a quiz and the proceeds on the night raised € 720 which will be presented to the Irish Red Cross appeal for to aid the people of Ukraine. The St Kieran’s club ran off the annual Ita Madigan Under 13 hurling tournament finals on Sunday, March 13. Drom/Broadford defeated Knockaderry in the cup final and Granagh/Ballingarry defeated St Kieran’s in the shield final.

Róisín Ambrose was a member of the UL team who defeated UCC  by 0-12 to 0-11 in the third level College  O’Connor Cup final played at DCU Dóchas Eireann on Saturday March 12. She was also the vice-captain and played very well in defence and at midfield. Iris Kennelly was a member of the TUS  Mid West team who defeated TUD by 3-12 to 2-9  in the Lagan Cup final . Operating in attack she picked up the player